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What's your worst experience from lending someone money?

Asked by Josh Board

August 2, 2007

Zack Sullivan

From Ocean Beach (Server)

It was when I gave this woman $40 to buy some weed. She didn't give me the weed or my money back. I would've been fine with either. This was back in Oregon before I came out here. The morning I moved out, I jacked up her Honda Civic, took the wheels off, and sold them for $40. She probably knew who did it.

Rick Smith

From Ocean Beach (IT Manager)

My ex, I lent $2200 so he could buy a car. He was cheating on me, we broke up, and I never got the money back. I had him sign a contract, too. I could've sued and got the money back. I e-mailed him. We went back and forth. I finally just decided to get him out of my life altogether. We were in Texas, and I was moving to California. It was an expensive lesson.

Jon Ellis

From Pacific Beach (Respiratory Therapist)

Well, there was a time I lent my mom $200. I was in junior high school, and I got a full-time job in the summer as a custodian's assistant. I was working 40 hours a week. She never paid me the money back. I bugged her about it for the next two years, at least. I finally stopped bringing it up when I was a junior in high school.

Mark Peak

From North Park (Hotel Employee)

I was going to tell you one story, but that friend just paid me back after ten years. Oh, I had a good friend that was going through a divorce. She got locked out of her hotel in L.A. for not paying the bill. Since she had my car and the keys were in there, she told me to pay the bill. I gave them my credit card, to cover the $1200 she owed. She moved, and I never heard from her again. It was an expensive lesson. Especially since it would've been a lot cheaper to just have new keys made.

Albert Ruiz

From South Bay (DJ)

I had a friend that wanted to borrow $150. I lent him the money and didn't realize it was to support his drug habit. I was a freshman in college at State. It took him years to finally get clean. He was in the hospital for two weeks. I was surprised when he got out, that he paid me back.

Mary Hodgson

From Rancho Bernardo (Waitress)

The worst was when my friend borrowed money from me for a hotel room. She was married and fooling around. When she got caught, she blamed me. She said she wouldn't have gotten the hotel if I didn't lend her the money. She also said I should've let her use my place instead. Needless to say, she didn't pay me back.

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