Gina and Beth were recently on a week long business trip together in London, and the two women had strict rules from their company of what they could and could not charge on the company card. Room service and the minibar were not on the list! That said, it was Gina’s first overseas trip with the company, and she didn’t really know the rules…
So when the two women checked out – and Gina had a $250 room service and minibar bill – she was not prepared. Having only brought her company card, Gina asked Beth if she could cover her until they got home. Of course Beth was happy to help out her colleague and charge the fees to her personal card. Gina promised to pay Beth back in cash their first day back in the office.
It’s now two weeks later, and no payback yet from Gina. However, Gina has confided to Beth that she hasn’t forgotten about the money she owes her, but she didn’t realize how tight her finances were this month, and she’s just waiting for her next paycheck before paying her back. The problem is that Beth’s credit card bill is due before Gina will get her check, and Beth really doesn’t want to go out of pocket. In fact, she feels like she’s been taken advantage of, and worries that Gina might not pay her back at all.
Is Beth overreacting? Should she confront Gina and tell her she needs all or part of the money back immediately, knowing that she clearly doesn’t have it? Or should she avoid making things more tense and wait until next week after when Gina gets paid and has the opportunity to pay her back without being asked?
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