- 2 years ago
Long story short, I volunteer with an organization that throws birthday parties for homeless/low income families. On my first night volunteering, on January 14th, the mother of the child’s birthday party parked inside another business’ parking garage. (I was the only volunteer) Late into the night, she went to check on her truck, to move it so it wouldn’t get locked in.
Turns out, the owner of the business already called a tow truck, and her car was already loaded on top of the bed. (She ran back into the venue, sobbing, and told us, then ran back out, leaving me alone with her children). She managed to convince him to give her the car back, but she had to pay nearly $200 (I can’t remember the exact amount).
She came back inside the building, told us what was going on, said how she was trying to call all her family members to ask for the money, but the man said she needed it right now or he’d tow their car.
Throughout the night, she had told me how she basically was scraping buy, and only had $80 in her account I think it was two last her til next paycheck?
Basically, I offered to pay for her to get her car back, and she(completely in shock) accepted, and said she would pay me back when she got paid. (Honestly, I just wanted to go home and would have felt guilty not helping since they would have no way to get home/she wouldn’t have a way to get to work) I used my savings to pay the $198 or something tow bill, the guy brought her vehicle back down, I went home.
That same night, she sent me a text, saying how she’d get me half of it next week, and the rest in two weeks. Knowing how grim her financially situation was, I told her if she needed to wait for a month, it was okay. She pretty much said she’d pay it back sooner.
Well, it is now the 23rd of February, and I haven’t heard a peep from her since. I’ve been trying to give her the benefit of the doubt.
However, I would like to have that money back now. I’m struggling with how to word the text, where it doesn’t make it seem like I’m accusing her of not paying me back yet? I don’t want her to feel bad, but I do want my money back.