A woman experienced a dispute within her friend group, centering around a costly parking ticket, and the question of whether she should contribute to covering the fine. Here is what she had to say:
The woman and her friend group had traveled to a concert, using one friend’s car for transportation.
A Strict Time Limit
Unbeknownst to the women, the parking spot had a strict time limit. As they exceeded the time limit, what should have been a £30 parking fee ballooned into a hefty £200 fine.
The Initial Doubt
Upon hearing about the unexpected bill, the woman expressed skepticism. The woman wrote: “At first I didn’t believe her because £200 for a parking ticket? Really? Who even believes that? But she showed us the ticket letter anyway.”
The Friend’s Explanation
The friend with the car claimed she didn’t notice the parking ticket until she returned from a cruise vacation with her family. She mentioned that her family never opened each other’s mail due to privacy reasons, which led to her missing the original notice, hence the mammoth price.
The Suggestion Of Sharing The Cost
Another friend, Abi, proposed that they divide the £200 fine equally among the five friends to ease the burden on the car owner.
The Woman’s Perspective
The woman was not impressed by this suggestion and refused. She explained her reasoning: ”One, my friend is rich, so she can pay for herself. Two, she’s the one with the car, so surely she should know the rules of parking. Three, she goes on lavish holidays every year, yet she’s showing us the letter to make us feel guilty when she could have quietly paid on her own”.
The Counter Argument
The friend with the car did not accept the woman’s reasoning. She argued that since she provided the transportation, the responsibility should be shared.
The woman’s refusal to contribute led to an emotional confrontation, with her friend crying during a video call and subsequently leaving the group chat. The disagreement caused a rift among the friends.
The Final Dilemma
Seeing the consequences of her decision, the woman began to question herself. She truly believed that she should not be responsible for someone else’s parking considering her lack of knowledge on the matter. However, her decision had clearly caused great upset, and she had received various accusations of being selfish.
The woman decided to post her story on an online support group, hoping to receive kindness and understanding. However, this could not have been further from the case. “Obviously your fault”, one person declared. “She is the only friend with a car. If you are not willing to pay for a fee that all of you are responsible for, you won’t have a private taxi driver anymore.”
All In It Together
To the woman’s dismay, her story was met with accusations of selfishness. “Y’all went to the same concert and y’all were passed the deadline TOGETHER”, one commeter shouted. “She shouldn’t have to bear the cost of the fine alone since y’all went TOGETHER.”
Expect The Worst
Many people sympathized with the woman’s friends, with some believing it would be right for the woman to be excluded from trips moving forward. “Pay up, but expect not to be included in the ride-sharing going forward”, wrote another reader. “Car expenses are more than simply fuel. Tune-ups, tires, registration, and insurance, are all ongoing expenses.”
One commenter emphasized how pathetic the woman’s excuses were: “If she hadn’t taken you all to the concert, she wouldn’t have received the ticket. You were ALL there ‘overtime’ so you ALL should be chipping in and helping her pay for it. Your excuses (she’s rich and has money) are asinine. She is the one with a car, and she kindly plays taxi for all of you.”
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