I reserved a $2,000 rental car for our group trip, but nobody reimbursed me for my portion of the cost—they couldn’t get away with it.

Ah, the annual group trip. A chance to getaway, make memories, and strengthen the bonds of friendship. Or so I thought. This year, when it was my turn to organize the big vacation, I soon realized that not all of my friends were as committed to the idea as I was. In fact, some of them were downright freeloaders, and they were about to learn a lesson they’d never forget.

I had booked a gorgeous lakeside cabin for our group of eight, and the total cost for the three-night stay came out to $2,000 – that’s $250 per person. I paid the full amount upfront, confident that my friends would hold up their end of the bargain and reimburse me as we had agreed. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening.

As the trip date approached, the excuses started rolling in. First, it was “I’ll get it to you next week,” then “I just need to wait until my next paycheck.” Eventually, some of them just stopped responding to my messages altogether. I was out $2,000 and feeling completely taken advantage of.

I decided it was time to teach my so-called friends a lesson they wouldn’t forget. The night before we were supposed to leave for the trip, I sent a group message saying I was excited for the weekend and that I’d see everyone at the cabin. What they didn’t know was that I had a surprise waiting for them.

When I arrived at the cabin, I made sure to get there early to set everything up. I stocked the fridge with food and drinks and set up the living room with games and cozy blankets. But here’s the catch: I took the keys to the cabin and hid them. I also changed the lock codes so that only I could get in.

As my friends started showing up, they quickly realized they couldn’t get inside. I emerged from my hiding spot with a smug grin on my face and calmly explained the situation. “I’m sorry, but you’ll have to pay me back your share of the rental cost before I can let you in.”

Needless to say, my friends were not thrilled. Some tried to argue, while others pleaded with me to let them in. But I stood my ground. I knew I had them cornered, and I wasn’t going to back down until they made good on their promise.

Eventually, my friends realized they had no choice but to pay up. One by one, they handed over the cash, and I unlocked the door. As we settled in for the weekend, the tension was palpable. But you know what they say – payback is a dish best served cold. And in this case, I had served it up in the most epic way possible.The moral of the story? Don’t mess with the person in charge of the group trip. I may have been the organizer, but I was also the boss – and my friends learned that the hard way. Next time, they’ll think twice before trying to stiff me on their share of the bill. As for me, I’ll be planning our next adventure, and you can bet I’ll be keeping a close eye on the finances.

@arcorona89 When you best friend don’t want to pay bills with you#fyp #friendship ♬ original sound – Amber Ramos

 

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