When you invite people into your home (even if they bring a dish) you are the HOST. If you cannot afford to host, then do not invite people into your home. Asking them to pay-up after arriving is the worst. Do you know your guest's financial situation? Perhaps edamame is all they could afford until the next paycheck. Next time someone else can be the host and absorb the extra cost. It all evens out. Tallying up the balance of each item is really really bad form.
Are these tickets from a block of seats? You may want to inquire if anyone else from your company is going to the game before giving the seats away.These seats may be in the middle of a group of seats that other employees & clients are sitting in. (This is the practice at my org) If so, you may want to consider using this as a networking "gift" from your boss.
This isn't cool. He's being a jerk to someone earning a living in customer service. If he'd actually wanted help he would have sent his acct. info. You've just highlighted a Troll as a hero.
When I was applying for college & the associated loans (including a perkins), I had a discussion with my parents regarding the following: choosing a major and its market-ability and using this information in choosing a school and the debt load the related career would afford me to handle. In my 18 year old head it seemed terribly unfair. But I think more people need to be having this discussion. Opting for an expensive education for the sake of the institution's reputation, then blaming the institution for your not being able to pay for services received seems a little wrong-headed to me.
Thank you for writing this. This rings more true to me than A. Tomas' series "Betting on love..". THIS is what paying off debt feels like. Having come out the other side, all I can say is that it's worth it. *also- discover your local library, it can be a lifesaver.
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@readyornot i found that planning for the falling apart while your in the groove is helpful. make an extra burrito for the freezer- or have an "emergency stash" of paper plates for when dishes are just not going to get done. you can push through the bad days without creating a back-up that brings you down.