Friend trip leads to cost-sharing dilemma – Fresno Bee (blog)
Dear Amy: I’m having a problem getting a friend to live up to her agreement to split expenses on a recent trip.
She (friend, not “date,” as we are not romantically involved in any way) was traveling on a vacation to my town in central Florida (not staying with me, but with other friends of hers). But, since my brother recently moved to NYC, she wanted to fly into NYC (so she could stay cheaply) and wanted me to come north from Florida so we could spend a week and go sightseeing, and then we would fly to Florida together.
I agreed to go to New York with the understanding that we’d split costs.
When we got back to my town in Florida and I asked her to pay for half of the parking fee for the airport parking, my friend asked why she should have to “pay for [my] parking.”
This isn’t a cheap fee – it was $100, though cheaper than alternative airport shuttles/limos.
Am I correct in asking for the payment since I would NOT have gone on this trip and, thus, not incurred the parking fee, except that I agreed to go with her and then drive her home from the airport?
Dear Fan: I’m a bit on the fence here, but I don’t think you are owed a parking fee for your own car for a trip you wanted/chose to take. Granted, if your car hadn’t been there at the airport, you both would have incurred a transportation fee to get to your final destinations, but you craftily imply that this airport ride was (almost) the sole purpose of you going on this week-long vacation. (And yes, it was very nice of you.)
Ideally, your friend would have offered to compensate