Wednesday, November 24, 2004

To Ask or Not To Ask

I have a fairly petty question:

If you go out to lunch with a co-worker, and they come up short for the bill, how long should you have to wait for them to pay you back?

I guess it's because I was brought up with good old Catholic guilt, but I figure I wouldn't leave it for more than a couple of days. It's been a week, and they've never even acknowledged that they remember they owe it.

Or should I just assume that they'll get the bill next time?

I'm such a weenie.


At 12:50 PM, Blogger Jennie said...

In my experience, if it goes longer than a week I usually never see the money again.

I do, however, have one friend who, instead of just paying me back, was always saying, "I'll just buy you a drink at the bar," even though I'd rather have just had the money.

At 2:41 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Try this move: Invite them out at a time when you know they have their wallet with them, and leave yours behind. Ask them to spot you the cash. Voila, you're even, and the friendship survives w/o grudges.

At 5:49 PM, Blogger Rich Rosenthal II said...

Kiss your money goodbye.

At 10:13 PM, Blogger Rambling Rene said...

Yeah, I don't think you'll see your money again...luckily my last two jobs were both in family run companies and everybody was always in each other's business and know what was what. If you got lunch, you knew you wouldn't have to buy it next time. But I don't hold any grand notion that it's that way everywhere.

At 2:01 AM, Blogger Amelia said...

Yeah, I agree your money is probably gone. I could never leave someone else with the bill - unless it was an arangement we had (eg. he was my sugar daddy).
Having said that, a friend and I often meet for lunch, and we take turns in paying. Maybe, you can suggest this next time you go with the same co-worker?

At 1:49 PM, Blogger Trillian said...

Thank you all for the good advice. I'll see if she wants to go to lunch tomorrow (maybe the same place so it jogs her memory) and just let it go if she doesn't cough up the cash tomorrow.

At 12:55 AM, Blogger Diva said...

I'm no good with things like this - I normally just forget about it and don't expect to be repaid anyway.

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Carmi said...

I'm glad you said "she", for I was worried it was me. I was scanning my neurons, hoping I wasn't the nefarious lunch-borrower.

I've got some leftover guilt if you need any.

At 7:02 PM, Blogger Janet said...

This might be old news, but I would kiss that money goodbye if I were you. Then again you might have gotten paid after writing this post. If that is the case please move on, there's nothing to see here.


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