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Ask the Moneyologist: My friend sent a replacement to accompany me to a Broadway show

By on April 19, 2021 0

Dear Moneyologist,

I bought tickets to a Broadway show for myself and a friend of mine. These are plans that we have agreed upon – and he has committed to doing so – two months in advance. Three days before the show he told me he couldn’t come but said a friend of his from work really wanted to go. This friend of a friend texted me later that day and we got together 15 minutes before the show.

Who owes me the money for the ticket?


Dear AD,

How funny. Hope you enjoy the show. I plan to go see the Broadway show “Hamilton” in October, a hip-hop musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. It is New York’s most popular ticket, according to The Wall Street Journal.

I am in a very similar situation to you. He bought the tickets online and I said I would refund the full cost to him when I saw him in person. October is a long way off, obviously, but I said to my friend, “I’ll be there, unless I’m invited to go to Hawaii.” I just want to go to Hawaii on my honeymoon, and not before, so you can see the bar I set for this particular musical. I don’t want to miss this. Hamilton really was a guy. Here is one of his most famous quotes: “Those who represent nothing fall for nothing.”

Moneyologist: My friend sent a replacement

There are many reasons to go to a Broadway show if you live in New York: the best theater in the world, people watching and sharing an experience of seeing a show with a friend, especially if it is ‘a first. You’ve been looking forward to this show for two months and now you’re going with a stranger so it’s a bit of a letdown. (Incidentally, Broadway’s final season from 2014 to 2015 had the highest revenue of any season in history ($ 1.37 billion versus $ 1.27 billion for the 2013 to 2014 season).

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First of all, your friend should have given you the option of choosing your own replacement. Three days’ notice is better than two which is better than one, but even one is enough for you to post a review on Facebook to see if someone wanted to join you. Usually it is the cover-up and rarely the crime that causes real problems for people and in this case that friend of a friend should be a plan B for a theater mate and not a plan A. Who wants to see a very expected to show with a total stranger?

Second, your friend owes you money for the ticket, but even Emily Post or her descendants can’t help you now. What people should do (pay you for the ticket when you first meet after purchasing the tickets) and what they actually do (forget to pay) rarely match. You can only make sure you don’t release the ticket without the sale price, so tell your friend he needs to pay you now, or tell that friend of a friend that he needs to pay you. A simple, “Ticket costs $ 100” should do the trick.

I’ll leave you with another Hamilton zinger: “I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man.” Don’t let that ruin the show or your friendship. We are all imperfect and do our best.

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