Dave has a problem at home. He’s wondering if he was wrong to ask his girlfriend, Laura, to cover his gas payment. Now their relationship hangs in the balance…
A Forgotten Promise
Dave and Laura live together and have a beautiful two-year-old child. Dave works outside the house, while Laura is a devoted stay-at-home mom.
The Smooth Routine Shattered by a Phone Call
Usually, their routines run smoothly; however, yesterday, it was interrupted when Dave received a shrill phone call the moment he finished work. Dave had borrowed his wife’s car and forgotten to fill the gas tank the day before.
A 35-Minute Commute Dilemma
So Laura, with an almost empty tank at the mall, called Dave asking for his help. Now, the mall was a good 15 minutes away from Dave’s workplace, adding an extra 35 minutes to his commute home if he were to help Laura.
Dave’s Simple Request Turns Into a Major Argument
After a long day at work, all Dave wanted was to head straight home. He knew Laura had one of her personal cards in the car.
Unsure whether it was a debit or credit card, Dave asked Laura if she could use it to fill the gas tank. He assured her he would pay her back double and even promised to fill up the tank himself and clean the car when she got home!
Laura’s Lost Card Causes Chaos for Dave
To give more context, Dave recently got two new credit cards on his account. One was for him, and the other for Laura, and they both had the users’ names on them.
The old card he had was almost unusable. However, Laura somehow lost her new card and lost Dave’s as well, forcing Dave to continue using his old one.
Laura’s Unexpected Response
Laura’s response to Dave’s suggestion wasn’t very positive, “So use my money?!” Dave re-explained his intentions and reassured her he would pay her back, but she was still unhappy.
Eventually, Dave drove to the mall to meet Laura. He attempted to give her his card to pay for gas, but she refused to accept it. Laura wanted Dave to follow her to a gas station and fill the gas himself!
A Curious Discovery
It was then that Dave noticed that Laura had bought food from the food court! He was curious as to how she had managed to pay for it without money.
Dave’s Financial Frustration
Laura informed him that she had used her card since Dave hadn’t found the lost cards, and she expected him to pay her back for the food. Dave agreed but didn’t want to follow Laura to the gas station. He suggested taking their child home in his car and gave her his card to fill the gas.
At this point, Laura revealed a previously undisclosed issue; she claimed she couldn’t pump her own gas due to her OCD! Dave found this odd as Laura had filled up gas herself several times before. Eventually, in a huff, Laura decided to go home without filling up the gas and left upset.
From Convenience to Conflict
This entire episode unfolded because Dave asked Laura to temporarily use her money for gas, promising to pay her back.
He found himself questioning, was he wrong for asking Laura to use her money for gas? His intentions were to save some time after a long workday and make it convenient for both of them, but it ended up sparking an argument.
It seems like a fundamental communication gap and differing expectations about money management and responsibilities have caused this disagreement.
Lost Cards, Lost Patience
While some might think Dave’s request is reasonable, given he would reimburse Laura, others might sympathize with Laura, who wasn’t prepared for this sudden change in routine.
Was Laura Wrong to Refuse Dave’s Offer?
Redditors overwhelmingly thought that Laura was in the wrong. One user quipped, “You are a single father of two toddlers.”
They thought the situation sounded exhausting – “Unless it’s a habit, you just need to grin and bear it because we all do inconsiderate things sometimes, and it’s not worth fighting over a 5-minute task.”
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