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Old 11-25-2012, 10:38   #1
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Ethical question - You, a friend, and his wife carpool to an event

To share fuel expenses. The total fuel cost is $120.

What is your share of the fuel cost?
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:41   #2
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A fair share is 1/3.

A good friend would share 1/2.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:42   #3
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The easy answer would be 40 bucks, but since your buddy isn't likely to be charging his wife gas money, be ready to pony up 60 bucks.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:42   #4
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A fair share is 1/3.

A good friend would share 1/2.
This.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:43   #5
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$60. regardless of who's car.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:44   #6
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$60 like others said
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:46   #7
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:47   #8
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$60. If he had 9 kids would you expect to pay $10?
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:48   #9
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A fair share is 1/3.

A good friend would share 1/2.
That's the way I see it.
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$120 He gave up his private time with his lady both ways.
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$60. If he had 9 kids would you expect to pay $10?
No, because I wouldn't get in the damn car with 9 kids even if he paid me.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:56   #13
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:58   #14
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I'd expect to pay half if I were the friend. Having said that, I wouldn't say anything to the friend if he only gave me $40. But I might use his math the next time our positions were reversed.
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$60. If he had 9 kids would you expect to pay $10?
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No, because I wouldn't get in the damn car with 9 kids even if he paid me.
I concur, I would meet them there to maintain my sanity.

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Who's car?
Mine.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:01   #16
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I wouldn't expect any money from my friend.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:02   #17
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Factor in traffic, parking , vehicle maintenance & gratuities...let's say $142. Doing something with your friend's wife? Priceless!
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Ah, in that case, the answer is different.

Depends on the friendship. Your friend owes you at least $60. If it was me I'd cover the entire gas bill since I'm not paying for wear and tear on the car, and buy lunch.

On the other hand, with most of my friends, I wouldn't pay anything and it'd even out in the end. I don't track stuff like this closely, I just stop giving rides to freeloaders after a while.
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Pay half the gas and you're money ahead of the actual money you saved by not driving.

If the fuel cost were $120, assuming 30 MPG and $3.50 gas, it was about a 1000 mile round trip. Since running a car, including gas/oil/insurance/maintenance/depreciation/etc., costs around $0.50 per mile, the actual cost of the commute was $500.

ETA: Oops, just saw it was your car. Concur with Steven. The whole gas bill would be the most fair, considering your costs.

Also edited to fix my math.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:22   #20
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$60. If he had 9 kids would you expect to pay $10?
I would give him $120 , the nine kids and wife , an extra $50 smile and say "call me when you get back" ! Now that's priceless !
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:24   #21
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These are folks I share a similar interest with, not my best buddy for several years. I like them and consider them friends, but have only known them for a short time thrugh our similar interests. I made the numbers easy for the examle, the actual fuel cost was $328.

I got to the first fuel stop and he offered to fill the tank, and I said we'd just save the reciepts and divide the total cost by 3 at the end of the trip. He said "3? she dosen't coun't."

Not anything I'll ever mention to them, not worth bad feelings over a few bucks, just interested to see what the GT brain trust's thoughts on the subject were.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:35   #22
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$120. He's my friend. If he wants to pay half or a third, that is nice but I don't expect it. I probably wold have gone to this event anyway.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:40   #23
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So it was about a hundred gallons, total, meaning you drove 3,000 miles? That means the cost to you, the owner of the car, was about $1500 bucks. So, your "friend" paid $164 dollars for two people to travel 3,000 miles. He got quite a deal.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:40   #24
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My opinion is that a friend riding would offer to pay all the fuel costs. A friend driving would refuse anything. Dividing it by three when two of the three are husband and wife seems reaching a bit to me.
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Half...I would consider them one unit.
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