I Want my Clear Conscience Back
July 13, 2012 1:39 PM Subscribe
I owe a person money and want to pay her back. How should I go about it?
posted by Fairchild to Human Relations (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Five or more years ago I saw a therapist who I no longer see. I paid cash. I never missed an appointment, she was professional, and we had a good patient-therapist relationship. I saw her less than a dozen times. Probably 6-10. One day I missed my scheduled appointment. In a moment of idiocy and immaturity I accepted a lunch invitation from a new friend and didn't have the guts to tell my friend I had prior plans. I didn't call the therapist to cancel. That was irresponsible of me and it bothers me I never paid the fee for the missed appointment. Ten minutes after my scheduled time to arrive, my therapist called to inquire my whereabouts and I pretended like I forgot about the appointment. She asked me to call and reschedule. I never called and I never went back.
It has bothered me many times over the last five years that I behaved in such a way. She lost out on her fee and she was inconvenienced by my irresponsible behavior. Nowadays it is really bothering me because I spot her at my gym, local restaurants, etc. This week we were in the same exercise class. I want to pay her for my missed appointment. I should have done it a long time ago. She never billed me. The fee is 80 dollars. I want to enclose a short note.
What should I say in my note when I send the check? I want her to be paid and I want to apologize but I don't want it to be weird. We don't speak when we come in contact at the gym. I am confident she knows who I am.
Any advice appreciated. Thanks.