Do I say something?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MichiganGirl24:  I would keep my mouth shut. I can’t think of one scenario where a supervisor really wants an intern’s opinion on her personal finances. She has already decided she’s going.

Post # 4
1581 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MichiganGirl24: I agree with the PP–keep quiet. Even if she’s complaining, she’s made the decision to go and there’s nothing much you can do about it other than just clamp your mouth shut. It’s a shitty situation of course, but yeah :S Sorry!

Post # 7
12884 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I probably wouldn’t be able to take that kind of complaining anymore either.  What about suggestion some solutions?  Ask her if she’s created a budget?  Suggest eating out less?  If she blows it off, then I’d tell her to stfu about money issues.  If she bites, then maybe she has some kinda problem and her complaining is a cry for help.  (though I doubt it, but who knows)

Post # 8
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@MichiganGirl24:  It sounds like she is hoping you will tell her that you will just cover the costs for her since you get reimbursed. 

Post # 10
2367 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 Say nothing. It’s completely unprofessional behavior on her part, and she’s probably trying to get you to volunteer to pay her share. Do not engage, do not encourage the behavior by acknowledging it. Every time she brings it up, just nod and transition the conversation to something work related. 

Post # 13
1470 posts
Bumble bee

@julies1949:  +1. The second you engage with her about it, you’re on the hook. I’d keep my mouth shut.

Post # 14
3519 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@MichiganGirl24:  So wait, if she’s driving, she should will have to pay for gas both ways–are you going to help with that?  It is quite a bit if you factor that in, on top of food or other expenses.  BTW, depending on where you are in DC, you might be paying through the nose for hotel breakfast, daily parking (could be around $25/day), etc.  Make sure you bring some non-perishable snacks like granola bars, fruit, bottled water, etc.  Nothing breaks the bank like a $20 hotel breakfast.

Post # 16
2894 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@MichiganGirl24:  I would say nothing and do not cover her expenses. If you guys go out together, she should be picking up the check for you and expensing it since she’s the senior. 

It’s breach of professional etiquette for a junior person to pick up a check if it’s getting expensed. 

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