This weekend, a friend, ‘Tina’ told me a story about her friend ‘Stephanie’ that bothered me and I wanted to get your reaction. The details have been altered slightly.
There was an event that Tina was considering going to, but the $150 price tag was one of a few reasons she decided to skip it.
Tina then got a call from Stephanie’s mom saying that she bought her a ticket. Stephanie’s mom didn’t know about Stephanie and Tina were not on the best of terms at the moment. Still, since the ticket had already been bought, Tina didn’t want to say no.
Tina attended the event with Stephanie, and while it was awkward, they survived. A week later, Tina is considering who should be responsible for the cost of the ticket.
There was never a discussion about who would pay for the ticket and it’s unclear if Stephanie’s mom wants Tina to pay her back or not. If Tina never says anything, it’s unlikely that anyone will bring it up again. But Tina did attend and doesn’t want to put any more strain on the relationship than is necessary.
Obviously Stephanie’s mom should have asked before buying the ticket, but now that she didn’t, who is responsible for paying?
Tina says that she’s going to pay the money back, but is a little annoyed that she wasn’t consulted first because she would have politely declined.
What would you do?