Q: Back in February of this year my boyfriend and I got invited by his old coworkers to go to a air bnb for a weekend. We -
each paid $200. The trip is in 2 weeks but we aren’t able to go anymore due to my boyfriends dad just getting out of the hospital after having a flesh eating infection. He is not able to be alone and need 24 hours care. My boyfriend needs to stay with him to help take care of him. Once we informed his coworkers we are unable to go and would like our money back, they flat out said no and aren’t trying to give us our money back. I just wanna know if there’s anything we can do because I feel like it’s not fair for us to pay $400 for them to go on vacation. I just feel like we just got our money stolen. To be clear we never signed any contract stating that we wouldn’t be able to get our money back if we couldn’t go.
A: First, very sorry to hear about the dad's medical condition, it must be very stressful for you right now. The co-workers are not under an obligation to refund your money. Perhaps if you tried to appeal to them on another basis, like you really need the money due to the dad's illness, it would go further than just telling them you don't think it is "fair" for them to keep your money. They probably budgeted for this based on counting your $400 contribution and it is probably too late to find a replacement. You might find a replacement and have them pay you.
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