I enjoyed the responses from Monday’s post, so I decided to do a follow up and give a story of ‘Lisa,’ who just so happens to be Tina’s sister. Maybe controversy runs in the family?
Lisa is having roommate troubles. Her roommate, ‘Tiffany’ is cheap. Not frugal, cheap. And there are plenty of examples to back it up. Here are a few:
Example #1: Tiffany borrowed Lisa’s car and while out, got a $55 parking ticket. As she should have, Tiffany offered to pay for it. Lisa accepted, so Tiffany whipped out her wallet and handed over a $50 bill.
Really?! This isn’t a rounding game! You got the ticket, so pay it! This one makes me mad because if you mess up and admit to your mistake, you should take FULL responsibility, not just 91% responsibility.
Example #2: When they got to the apartment, Tiffany decided that the one bottle of tilex would be the only cleaning product they needed for the year. She didn’t want to “splurge” on anything else. So when some nail polish removed spilled on the carpet and tilex was the only cleaner available, it developed into a huge red stain.
I think every apartment should have a few bottles of cleaners. Don’t make your roommate buy it herself and then mooch off of them. A few dollars now will save a lot of resentment later.
Readers, how do you think Lisa should deal with Tiffany’s ridiculousness? Obviously they won’t be rooming together next year, but with 10 months to go, what should she say/not say?