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A few nights ago, my fiance and I went down-town for dancing and drinks with my best friend,Kelly, and her boyfriend, Jack.As usual, it was impossible to find a place to park,so Jack decided to park in his bank’s parking lot.We told him it was a bad idea, because downtownbusinesses are known for the ease of which they willhave an unauthorized vehicle towed from their park-ing lot after hours.He said it would be OK; he would just puta deposit slip on his dashboard to show that heis a customer of the bank — surely they wouldnot tow a customer.
By Diane Verhoeven
Well, just as sure as a bank will charge you out-of-network ATM fees, when we got back to theparking lot at the end of the night, the car had beentowed.We grabbed a cab to the tow-truck place and Jack paid to get his car back. My fiance and I didn’teven bother to offer to help pay the towing fees —we were adamant at the time that he should NOTpark there.Were we correct in not helping to defray the tow-ing costs, or should we have ponied up for his stu-pidity?
— WONDERING IN WILMINGTON
Technically, you were under no obligation to payany portion of the fees or fines Jack incurred be-cause he was too lazy to find a proper parking space.However, I would’ve ponied up for the cab ride.
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Let’s face it, Jack did all the driving that night —picking you up and taking you home. It would havebeen a friendly gesture toward a friend, albeit a stu-pid one, because we all do stupid things from timeto time. And I’m sure if and when you do/did some-thing stupid, you’d want your friends not to punishyou too harshly.
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