A man received an unexpected text from a past girlfriend, who was looking for a place to stay for the night. He was happy to accommodate her, but their reunion would come at the cost of a parking ticket dilemma.
Setting the Ground Rules
Aware of the potential parking issue in his apartment building, the man kindly informed his ex about the lack of guest parking, warning that her car might be towed if left overnight.
The Free Parking Option
Thankfully, the man remembered that there was free overnight parking around the corner. However, this had a time constraint, so if his ex wished to stay longer, she would have to put money on the parking meter in the morning.
Despite their complicated history, the evening was not about rekindling romantic flames. “We had a nice night of catching up”, the man recounted. “I offered to give her my bed, but she was OK with the couch, and there were NO romantic activities or any expected.”
Generosity in the Morning
The following morning, the ex further demonstrated her generosity by treating them to bagels and coffee. On the way back from grabbing the breakfast, she stopped by her car and paid for some extra parking time.
The Ticking Meter
As the morning hours ticked away, the man reminded his ex about the impending parking situation. He suggested she either leave or feed the parking meter some further cash.
A Costly Delay
However, time slipped away, and it was only at 9:45 that they ventured downstairs to find a $40 parking ticket on her car, issued at 9:10. The ex’ reaction was far from pleased, and she vented her frustration at the city’s parking enforcement.
The Unspoken Expectation
In the midst of this tense moment, an unspoken expectation seemed to hang in the air. “There was an awkward moment where it felt like she was expecting me to take the ticket, but I didn’t offer”, the man explained.
A Hasty Departure
With a curt “Well, thanks. See you later”, the ex got into her car and left. “Over the next month, she pretty much ghosted me”, the man remembered.
Reflecting on the situation, the man pondered whether he was in the wrong for not shouldering the cost of the parking ticket. He considered the fact that he had already been treated to dinner and breakfast, so he wondered if he should have shown more gratitude and at least split the ticket cost.
The Internet’s Thoughts
Plagued by guilt, the man typed up his story and posted it on the internet, opening up the thread for comments. However, the man was relieved to find that readers were mostly on his side. “Not your fault”, reassured one person. “You explained the rules, and she saw the parking signs. She chose to keep her car there after 9 a.m. That’s on her.”
A Unanimous Perspective
Many commenters shared this same perspective. “Yup, you warned her about the fee”, agreed another commenter. “Sure, it would have been nice to pay for her, considering she paid for dinner, but you are not obligated to pay for someone else’s parking fee.”
She Was Dawdling
Everyone agreed that it was an unfortunate turn of events, but ultimately, the woman had been too slow to leave. “She had ample warning, and dawdled in spite of it”, someone pointed out. “That was a self-imposed ticket.”
Not Very Chivalrous
However, one reader pointed out that the man could have stepped in to ensure things panned out differently. “If being “chivalrous” is really a concern for you, it would have been nice if you’d offered to go feed the meter while she showered and got ready to leave”, they pointed out. “After all, she covered dinner and breakfast.”
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