Would you rather pay $10 or $16 for a movie ticket? The answer seems like a no brainer right. But what if paying $10 made you look like a tight ass in front of your friend? Let me paint you a picture…

The year is 2007 and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is about to hit the cinemas. I asked a friend if she wanted to go on opening night. She said yes, and asked if she could bring her two sisters and their boyfriends along. I said sure and purchased six tickets online.

The night of the premiere all five of them arrived together, and one of her sisters quickly handed me a $10 note. As I’d purchased online there was a $1 booking fee per ticket; so the tickets cost $11 each. I felt like a tight ass saying, “Well actually it was $11,” so kept my mouth shut and proceeded to collect $10 from each person. The thing is, that movie ended up costing me $16 whilst everyone else only paid $10.

Here we are 13 years later and I still remember it, and it stills makes be annoyed to think about. Why? It’s not about the money. I’m annoyed at myself. I’m annoyed that I didn’t use my voice and ask for the $11. I’m annoyed for feeling embarrassed to ask for what was rightfully owed to me. I’m annoyed that I didn’t tell my friend to buy the tickets herself in the first place (why was I paying for her whole family anyway?).

The morale of the story is, the next time you have something you want to say, SPEAK UP! Don’t let fear of what your friends might think stop you. If they’re really your friend, they’ll fish through their purse/wallet to find a $1 coin.

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