The original poster (OP) is reaching out to the online community because of a problem she is having with a friend who she planned to attend a concert with.
They Wanted to See Taylor Swift
OP was able to purchase Taylor Swift tickets months ago in November. She waited several hours on the app and paid upfront to get three tickets. Two of her friends were supposed to pay her back the same day for the tickets.
One Friend Didn’t Pay
One friend, Mary, paid, but her other friend Caroline didn’t. She said she would give her the money next week when she received her work paycheck. But now it’s March, and she hasn’t paid anything for the ticket. OP had also planned to drive everyone to the concert and pay for the shared hotel room.
OP Was Offered More Money
Recently someone offered to pay her $750 above face value for each ticket. She told them she would have to ask her friends since she technically didn’t own all the tickets. Mary agreed with OP that as much as they would love to see the concert, they preferred to receive the extra money.
OP Asked Caroline if She Had the Money
OP messaged Caroline and asked if she had the money for the ticket (at face value as per their original agreement). She told Caroline that someone had offered to buy all three tickets and she and Mary wanted to sell them. But they would give her one last chance to pay for her ticket if she wanted to go. OP also told Caroline that she and Mary would reconsider selling their tickets if Caroline still wanted to go with them.
Caroline Said to Sell
Caroline said to go ahead and sell them as she hadn’t even applied for her passport and it wouldn’t be ready on time to go to the concert anyway. They live in a different country, but the concert is near the border.
OP Sold the Tickets
So OP went ahead and sold the tickets. She sent Mary her share of the profits: the ticket price plus $750 and kept the rest for herself.
Caroline Wants Money
Now Caroline is saying since the ticket was being ‘held for her,’ she should also have a share in the profits. OP gave Caroline 6 months to pay for the ticket and offered her another chance before she sold it. Some of OP’s friends are siding with Caroline, saying the ticket was technically hers and OP should have split the profits with her.
OP Says Caroline Should Have Paid
OP says had Caroline paid for the ticket, she would have happily paid her a percentage of the profits but she hadn’t even applied for her passport yet. Without informing OP of this, OP could have been stuck with the ticket cost and an empty seat.
Their Friends are Divided
Her friends say it was a ‘group event’ where everyone intended to pay for their ticket. Caroline couldn’t pay yet because she is going through a divorce and is a single mom of four kids, so OP should understand how tight money is right now.
OP Wonders if She Was Wrong
OP is asking if she is wrong for not sharing the ticket profit with Caroline.
The Readers Respond
Many readers said since Caroline never paid for the ticket, she didn’t own it.
“There is no “technically,” she didn’t pay for it. She doesn’t own it, you do.”
“I would text her back, “You never purchased your ticket and clearly intended for me to be stuck with the bill. Now that I’ve made a profit on them, it’s suddenly ‘your’ ticket. Nope, that’s not how it works. There’s zero chance I’m going to give you money after waiting for six months to just pay for your ticket again. I won’t discuss this again.” If she brings it up again, either block her or ignore her.”
Was Caroline Taking Advantage of Her Friend?
Some readers felt Caroline was taking advantage of OP and wasn’t intending to ever pay for the ticket.
“Caroline took full advantage of your good nature. She had no intention of paying for her ticket at all. She banked on your good nature to bring her along anyway.”
“The ticket wasn’t “technically hers.” You bought it. You paid for it. Caroline paid nothing for it, so she gets nothing for it. She wanted the ticket and didn’t have money for it. She hasn’t gotten her passport because, again, it’s a money thing. She figured that you’d just eventually give her the ticket. She never had any intention of paying for it because if she had, she would have been making small payments all this time. I’m sure you would have been open to accepting installments if that was what it took to get your money back.”
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