Venmo requests have gotten out of control. I’m gonna hop on my soapbox for a minute: if you invite friends for dinner, you do not charge them. If you invite someone out, you do not charge them. If you host a guest in your home, you do not charge them. There is no generosity anymore and it drives me bananas.
A TikTok creator in Hawaii said that her ex-boyfriend charged her for cold medication she asked him to get while she was sick.
Jackie Li said that the ex-partner had been dating her for four years when he sent her a Venmo request for $7 to pay for Dayquil.
The video quickly went viral. In it, Jackie explains that she was surprised by the request. She notes that she prefers relationships that don’t nickel and dime each other.
People were horrified by the story, saying they’d buy medication for anyone and not charge it; a significant other should be a no-brainer.
Jackie explained in the video, “One time I was feeling really sick and I asked my boyfriend at the time if he could buy me some cold medicine on his way home.”
She continued, “So after he finished work, he dropped by CVS and picked up some DayQuil for me. Really kind of him, really appreciate that.”
She then took a nap after the boyfriend got home and she took the medication.
“I wake up and he has Venmo charged me $7 for this medicine,” she says, stunned. “He Venmo charged me $7 for cold medicine.”
She concluded, “I think I prefer a relationship where it’s like, ‘Hey, I’ll get this, you get that the next time,’ and we’re not keeping track of our expenses, dollar by dollar,’ she explained. ‘I should’ve known, but you know, we’re not together anymore so it wasn’t meant to be.”
YIKES to this guy. YIKES.