A man and his friends had borrowed their friend’s car, with the man being the designated driver. Whilst the journey would be smooth, his return of the car would present a parking dilemma that would skew his moral compass.
Living Without a Car
In his freshman year, the man lived in a student dorm without the luxury of owning a car. To get around, he and his friends occasionally borrowed cars from their acquaintances.
Borrowing Sam’s Car
One day, the man and his friends requested to borrow their friend Sam’s car. Sam, though somewhat of an outcast among his peers, was their roommate’s close friend, and he was happy to help.
A Routine Grocery Store Trip
Their mission was a straightforward one: a trip to the grocery store. The man and his friends headed to the store, parked, did their shopping, and then headed back out to the car park.
The man drove the car back to Sam’s place, and to his delight, the original car parking spot was still available. He parked the car and promptly returned the keys to Sam, believing his task to be successfully accomplished.
The Unforeseen Parking Law
The following morning, the dorm buzzed with talk of freshman students receiving parking tickets. Unbeknownst to many students, the college town had an “alternate side parking” law in effect from November to March. This required cars to be parked on the opposite side of the street every night, allowing snowplows to navigate in the event of snowfall.
The Request for Payment
Sam sent the man a text message, informing him that he had been issued a parking ticket on his behalf, and would need payment. “I responded saying I had parked it in the exact same spot meaning it would have been ticketed regardless of me driving it or not”, explained the man.
Sam didn’t accept this excuse, and once again asked the man for payment. However, the man once again refused, this time raising his voice and expressing more anger toward Sam.
The man turned to a mutual friend of his and Sam’s to gauge their opinions on the matter. “I was shocked when people said I should just pay for the ticket”, the man wrote. “It was maybe $80, which is relatively pricey being a freshman with no job.”
A Reluctant Stance
The man remained steadfast in his reluctance to shoulder the entire burden of the parking ticket. He expected Sam to at least propose a compromise, perhaps splitting the cost or reimbursing him for gas expenses. However, Sam persisted in demanding the full ticket price.
Telling the Web
The man headed online with one question on his mind: was it really fair for him to be fully responsible for paying for the parking ticket? To the man’s disappointment, everyone believed that Sam was right. “You parked it, your ticket”, stated one reader simply. “He did you a favor. You made an honest mistake given a weird law but your mistake nonetheless.”
Most people agreed that whilst the parking ticket wasn’t really anyone’s fault, the man handled the situation terribly. “You drove the car and were uneducated about the parking situation”, another commenter wrote. “It’s your responsibility and it was incredibly rude for you to not pay it when Sam did you a huge favor by letting you borrow his car.”
Not Sam’s Problem
People understood where the man was coming from, but it didn’t fly. “The moment you borrowed the car you accepted any burden that would come with it, including a parking ticket”, a commenter explained. “You’re right – had you not taken the car, he would’ve gotten the ticket but unfortunately you did take the car and thus the responsibility is yours.”
Just Pay and Forget it
One reader chimed in with their opinion, stating that the man was potentially risking a good friendship and borrowable car for the sake of a small fine. “Dude, just pay the ticket”, they wrote. “It’s 80 bucks. It’s not the end of the world. It happened, and it’s your fault. But nobody’s gonna hate you forever because of it. Just own up to it.”
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