posted on Mar, 16 2011 @ 09:14 AM
So my friends and I have run into an issue and I am hoping to get varied opinions on the matter to help us sort things out.
Here is the situation:
A group of six friends are arranging a road trip for this weekend. Being that nobody has a car that seats over 5 people, we are borrowing a mini van
that seats 7. The agreement is obviously that we split the cost of gas 6 ways. One member of the group whom I will refer to as "person A" has
decided that since there is an empty seat, he/she is going to fill it with one of his/her children. I am taking my girlfriend on the trip. When it
was mentioned in conversation that I would be paying 2/7 of the total gas bill, person A balked and stated that I would be liable for 1/3 as his/her
child doe not have a job and therefore is not paying a gas share.
What's the etiquette here? I feel that if I was filling that spot with one of my kids, I'd pay their gas share. I'd personally rather have an
extra seat, along with the extra room that comes with it, than be cramped and still pay the same amount. Looking at it from person A's point of
view, the seat is going to be empty otherwise so why not just fill it?
Another factor to consider. Person A's kid has had a history of being quite annoying. He insults person A in front of everyone, swears, and
generally disrespects all adults. This trip is going to involve an extended weekend without a break for sleep so this has the potential to turn what
is usually an annoyig and disrespectful kid into something far worse. This fact is likely influencing my opinion as well. The idea of giving a free
seat to someone who very likely will make everyone miserable for the duration of the trip doesn't sound like a great idea to me.