Writer Nicole Cliffe asked her many followers for the pettiest Venmo requests they've ever received or sent. If you're not familiar with it, Venmo is an app that makes it easy to send money to people from your bank account, and it can come in handy when splitting bills or making utility payments to your roommates. But anyone who knows your handle can send you a request for cash—which you can also refuse. There's also a social media element, so if you don't set those requests to private, anyone you're connected with can see all the back-and-forth drama over toilet paper, or whatever. The potential for drama is there, because drama follows humanity from app to app.
In Cliffe's opinion, it is fair to Venmo request something when it was discussed, but springing a Venmo request on someone out of the blue is forbidden!
People responded with total delight, because this stuff happens all the time. It particularly seems to happen when it comes to food, like shared meals. And I don't mean at restaurants. People are charging for dinner parties they throw at their own homes!
There are also often arguments over alcohol and drugs, as there are in the real world:
But all of those may be put to shame by this story of someone tabulating the shared cost of a tablespoon of salsa:
I like that story because it implies you can get money for the old condiments in your fridge.
But there were more tales of drama involving relationships, including a few that had people wondering why they paid the requesters? Reject that!
But the real answer is that interpersonal drama and pettiness was not invented by an app. This particularly hilarious tale of a dinner party gone terrible wrong involved handwritten notes:
Lots of people got Venmo'd after dates that went badly, which might actually be a good thing. It proves you were wrong to go on a date with them in the first place.
This story left me with a lot more questions than answers:
But this is my favorite, because it's a tale of pettiness that was completely justified:
I wish I could charge everyone for all the horrible stuff I've seen on the Internet.
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