how do we share the cost of a ride?
July 5, 2006 4:22 PM Subscribe
My roommate and I have the same job and we usually work the same days and shifts. Our workplace is a 30 minute walk away, so once or twice a week when I'm feeling lazy I call the local transit service for a ride.
The transit van is three dollars per trip for one person and one dollar for each additional person. Here's the issue- my roommate never takes the transit van when we're not on the same shift and she is never the one to suggest taking the transit van, even when it's raining, but the second I do, she's all over the idea, crisp dollar bill in hand. I end up paying three dollars while she pays one. I once complained about how this is a little unfair, she said that it was my idea to take the van, I'm going to take it anyway whether she does or not, and I'm not having to pay any more, so she's not doing anything to hurt me. She also claims that if she decided to call for the van before I did, she would fully expect to pay three dollars to my one dollar. It's only a little bit of money, but I'm a student and three dollars is a half-hour of work.
Technically it almost seems like she's right, but I still feel like I'm being taken advantage of and it makes me irritable and bitchy towards her. Am I justified for feeling this way? Should I insist that she pay her two dollars, and if she refuses, should I avoid her before work and then sneak off to catch the van around the corner? Should I just shut up and pay my three dollars? Or what?