Money Moral Dilemma: Should we pay for their cut-short holiday?

edited 7 September 2010 at 7:36PM in Money Saving Polls
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edited 7 September 2010 at 7:36PM in Money Saving Polls
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Should we pay for their cut-short holiday?

I went on a sailing holiday with nine friends. We paid £250 each for the yacht charter and £50 towards food. On the first day, the weather was awful, so three people went home early. The remaining friends suggested we should all give £50 to the ones who left, as they didn’t finish the voyage - but it was their choice. Should I stump up the cash?
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  • KyraeKyrae Forumite
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    I'd say that unless you've already purchased the food for the trip, give them back some of the food money or all, depending on how much they ate on the first day. They chose to leave early though, so shouldn't get any other money back, why should the rest of you have to pay more just because they dropped out?
  • scotsbobscotsbob Forumite
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    You say "the remaing friends suggested" and there are 6 remaining excluding you.

    £150 split between 7 is £21 each.

    Why fall out with 6 of your friends for the sake of £21?

    Don't be mean, pay up. Next time it could be you.
  • No way - their choice. This wouldn't have even crossed my mind! Did they not know that the weather in the UK can be unpredictable or something?
  • geri1965 wrote: »
    No way - their choice. This wouldn't have even crossed my mind! Did they not know that the weather in the UK can be unpredictable or something?

    I agree. No disrespect to the poster who worked out it's £21...it's the principle, not the money which drives me.
  • mum2onemum2one Forumite
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    totally agree as well, its the principle, British weather isn't the best, they made the decision to leave. If they were abroad, they'd lose the money, stump up for an early flight.......so in reality they better off loseing £250.....

    Sorry if it sounds mean, just being honest x
    xx rip dad... we had our ups and downs but we’re always be family xx
  • agree with above. the thought would never cross my mind, even if i was the one that dropped out i would not expect any one to give me any money back. after all no one said they had to leave early
  • Regarding the money for the charter, it's their decision to leave early, and it's not fair that everyone else who braves it out should incur increased costs because of it.

    However, if the £50 each for the food simply went into a joint kitty (rather than being paid to the charter company) there is no reason to withhold their proportion of unspent money from the quitters. After all, the people who remain wouldn't be incurring any costs for the food for the people who are leaving, so why should they keep their food money?
  • Very unusually for me, I have to disagree with the statement 'it's the principal not the money' because it does involve friends. I agree for the sake of £21, if the others want to do that I wouldn't make anyone uncomfortable by withholding that small amount.

    I wouldn't refund any of the rental price because it was their choice, but giving a token £50 back each gains more in goodwill and good feelings than the £21 costs. I wouldn't expect it and would be pleased to receive it if that were me.

    And with three people gone there's a bit more room for everyone to spread out so those who remain do gain as well.

    Sometimes, (dare I say it) it's NOT the money :)
  • I would not give back money for rental of the boat, but would give back food money if it had not been spent. Or give back food if it had been.

    Dont quite understand why the people who stay should compensate the people who go for anything. Their decision for goodness sake. What if only 2 had wanted to stay, should they suddenly incur lots of added rental 'cos the rest cop out. NO.

    If they all decided to go home - would the rental company give them back their money - NO.
  • I would not give back money for rental of the boat, but would give back food money if it had not been spent. Or give back food if it had been.

    Dont quite understand why the people who stay should compensate the people who go for anything. Their decision for goodness sake. What if only 2 had wanted to stay, should they suddenly incur lots of added rental 'cos the rest cop out. NO.

    If they all decided to go home - would the rental company give them back their money - NO.

    My thoughts exactly. It's fair they get the food money back but not the rest of the money, why should everyone else pay more for a holiday just because the weather was rubbish.
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