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Worker Dubbed ‘Thief’ Cheered for Refusing to Pay Back Friend’s Mom Money

Nearly 75 percent of Americans would be willing to end a friendship for $500 or less of unpaid money, according to a 2017 survey by Bank of America.

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Users on Mumsnet, a U.K.-based online forum, are divided by one person’s reluctance to pay for concert tickets purchased by a friend who owed them three times the amount due to be paid for the show.

A Mumsnet user named bradtit claimed in a post that they lent a friend £300 (about $366) six months ago and have still not received the money despite the friend having “promised” to pay them back.

Approximately 71% of Americans have lent money to friends and haven’t yet received it back, according to a 2017 Bank of America poll of 1,000 people in the U.S. A buddy who owed them money and had not repaid them would cause nearly half (43%) of those polled to be inclined to abandon their friendship.

One in three persons indicated their breaking point would be $100 or less, and 4% stated debts of $10 or less would also cause them to lose a friendship. Nearly 75% of respondents said they would be willing to abandon a friendship for $500 or less in unpaid debt.

It was purportedly promised to the Mumsnet member that they would receive payment on their friend’s pay day. The user said that “she didn’t pay me a dime” despite uploading pictures of fancy spectacles and brand-new sneakers the day prior.

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According to the original poster, they and the buddy used her mother’s credit card to pay for concert tickets totaling £100 ($122). On their pay day, the original poster promised to pay the amount owed for the gig.

“When my pay day arrived, she requested the £100. I ordered the friend to “take it out of the £300 you owe me and just give me £200,” the user recalled, adding, “I was seething.”

“All hell broke loose,” the original poster wrote, “calling me a thief and telling her mum I was refusing to pay her, writing all over Facebook how you can’t trust anyone, blah blah. Aibu?”

Mumsnet users debated the viral post, which at the time of writing had more than 200 comments.

Midnightblack commented: “YANBU I’m sorry, but I don’t think you’ll get your money back [you are not being unfair]. This guy comes across as awful.

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The commenter BodenCardiganNot wrote: “You should have stopped doing business with her altogether the moment she refused to pay you. I believe you can now bid the money farewell.

Many people claimed that the most recent event may serve as a lesson.

Two lessons were learned, Tessa Anderson stated. Never give money to relatives or friends. This person [isn’t] a friend,” while MumTrain said: “Don’t lend friends money. The last.

Be careful not to lend money that you wouldn’t be willing to lose, advised user kierenthecommunity. It surprises me that you didn’t discuss this when you purchased the tickets. Or inquired as to how she could have done so given that she owed you £300.

Other commenters claimed that the initial poster was “in the wrong” because her mother, not her friend, is the one who is owed the money.

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You are mistaken, unfortunately, the user Badfootkk remarked. Her mother had to pay the debt for the tickets. She owed you money. She is not your buddy, and this just goes to demonstrate what she thinks of you.

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In agreement, RubberDucks stated: “You are in the wrong because you said you would pay her back on payday without any intention of doing so. You should have ordered her to take the £100 out of the money she owes you from the beginning.”

“You lent her money,” said user srey. Her mother owes you money. Sorry. but two distinct individuals. You owe the money to her mother.

More diplomatically, Kanaloa said, “I think it’s all a bit unfortunate. In all likelihood, she owes you a sizable sum of money and shouldn’t be requesting any from you. The tricky part is that her mum paid for them; otherwise, you’d have every right to say, “Take that out of what you owe me,” but isn’t that her mum’s money? But to be quite honest, I believe that £300 is a tiny amount to pay to be rid of a ‘friend’ like her,” Kanaloa continued.

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Newsweek was unable to confirm this case’s specifics.

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