A Reddit user shared a story about how one of his friends got mad at him because she wanted to take his place inside his plane, and he could not allow her to do so.
According to the OP, his friend, Jared, owns a cottage that sits on a nice lake. Every year Jared invites his friends to spend time at the cottage. Since the cottage is small, he invites people on a rolling basis, about 2-4 every time.
However, this year he decided to invite all 12 of them at once. To accommodate everyone, they were supposed to camp outside the cottage. Two of their friends, Ashley and Jen, said they did not have tents, and the OP offered to give them a tent and two cots. They agreed to the offer.
On the said day, the OP decided to fly in his Cessna 185 seaplane instead of driving. They helped pull the plane to the grassy part of the compound and pitched his special plane camping tent for his friends. Initially, they were okay with this until Ashley asked where the OP would spend his time. He told her he would be at the back of the plane.
We Want Your Sleeping Option
Ashley told him she should be the one to sleep there since she didn’t want to sleep in a tent without a floor. The OP refused, and Ashley got upset, insulted him, and told him that he had misled her.
The OP agrees he never told his friends about the specifics of his camping gear and wanted the Reddit community to judge whether he was wrong.
The Masses Weigh In
Members of the Reddit community weighed in on this story, with many people siding with the OP.
One user noted that the friends were acting all entitled, “you told them you have a tent and two cots. None of their business where you get to sleep. It’s your plane. They have no right to demand they get your accommodations. They are acting very entitled to your things. You did what you told them you would. Enjoy your plane.”
They Have a Right To Be Surprised
Another added that Ashley had a right to be surprised, but she should have found a compromise, “She had a right to be surprised, but getting upset over free accommodation and demanding you give her yours is not a great look.”
Another user said that the OP may have misled Ashley if all he brought was a wing tent, “People who don’t have camping supplies probably don’t camp. And even many people who do camp would not call that a tent. So saying to them you have a text and cots is super misleading. I’d say in that situation.”
The Bugs Might Be a Real Problem
“They weren’t sleeping on the bare ground; they had cots. I don’t see what their problem with this is, “ added another user.
The bugs may have been a problem, says another user, “Of course she was upset about not having a floor in the tent. Even if it has walls and a door, it’s not going to keep bugs all the way out. She shouldn’t have demanded to sleep in the plane, though.”
They’re Being Ungracious
Someone pointed out that both made a mistake, “Ashley’s being pretty ungracious, it’s pretty clear you didn’t purposefully mislead her about the tent floor, and it’s pretty rude for her to demand to sleep where you’re planning to sleep after you already offered to let her use your tent and (off the ground!) cot. On the other hand, the spirit of the weekend seems to be that everyone is sleeping outside in tents, so you sleeping in your plane is a little douchey.”
He Should Have Warned Them
A fellow camper pointed out that the OP should have warned them that the tent/tarp did not have a floor, “I am from a family of keen campers, and even a swag is fully enclosed here. It would not occur to me that a tent would not have a floor. Admittedly, I am Australian, so we do have a bit of an issue with snakes, spiders, mosquitos, and other animals. So no floor warrents a warning IMO.”
Beggars Can’t Be Choosers
According to another user, the OP was a choosing beggar, “you provided what you promised.
She was fine until she realised you would sleep in your plane and she wanted to. Choosing beggar springs to mind.”
“Poor communications on everyone’s end but no bad intentions from either of you. Sucks when it happens, but it’s just a misunderstanding,” notes another user
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