If a friend requests a ride, does he have to pay for gas?


ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Today’s 98.3 TRY social dilemma is shopping for friends. Here is the email I received:

Hi Jaime. I recently had to drive a friend from Halfmoon to Yonkers. She never offered to pay for gasoline or tolls. It cost me $ 75 in gas and tolls. She said I was out of place asking her for gas and money for the toll the morning we got off (she never offered it) and I should have told her I had needed money when she asked me to drive her two weeks ago. I shouldn’t have to ask, I was brought up to offer cash for gasoline when I requested a ride somewhere, whether in town or remotely. If the person declines your offer, be sure to compensate them to show them your appreciation, either by taking them to a nice dinner or offering to drive the next time they need a ride. Am I moved into expecting someone to at least share the expenses? thank you very much

~ Benny

Well I understand how Benny feels, but when I do a friend a favor like this I don’t expect gas or money for tolls. I had friends to suggest. (I’ve driven people to Plattsburgh, New York, Jersey and other places), but generally I refuse. But that’s just me, and I certainly understand that $ 75 is a big change, so yeah, it would be nice if the friend had offered to pay at least part of that cost. Let’s help Benny.

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