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If a favor you're doing for someone leads to a ticket, can you ask them to pay?

We recently received the following email from a listener:

Something happened the other day - my husband I disagreed on what we should do - so we were wondering if it's something we should get your listeners opinion on.

My kids are in a carpool for school. A couple moms and a couple dads take turns driving.

Last week, it was my turn to drive. When I got to my friend's house to pick up her kids - my friend told me that another mom had called and asked if we could give her kids a ride to school. I don't know this other family - but I agreed to pick up her kids so I got directions to her house.

I had never driven on this family's street before. The strangeness of the neighborhood combined with the noise of kids in the car - and I didn't notice that there was a school zone speeding camera for the middle school that is next to where this family lives.

So I just got a $189 ticket in the mail. I was going 24 in a 20. Dori - I'm a stay at home mom - we're trying to squeeze by on a single salary - $189 is a lot of money for us. And all because I was doing a stranger's family a favor.

I think I should ask that family if they would like to help us pay the ticket. My husband adamantly disagrees. He says it's our ticket and we need to pay it as much as it hurts financially. I was just trying to do these other people a favor - what would it hurt to ask them to help kick in?

So my hubby and I decided to reach out to your listeners. Should we ask this other family to kick in on the ticket?

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