- Advice for your Everyday Life
Section: money, manners 

Dear Ann Landers,
A co-worker in my office told me she wanted to see a Broadway show. I have a friend, "Harry," who gets tickets for me. This co-worker (I'll call her "Mary") asked whether he could get her two good seats. She gave me the money, and I paid for the tickets. When I handed them to Mary, she said the seats weren't very good and asked for her money back. I called Harry and asked whether I could get a refund. He said, "Sorry, no. It's too late." To keep the peace, I gave Mary her money back out of my own pocket, even though I really couldn't afford it. Am I wrong to feel cheated, or was Mary right to make me take the loss on the tickets? Please respond in the paper. -- Nameless in N.J.

Dear N.J.,
Mary treated you shabbily. If she asks you again to get tickets from Harry, I hope you tell her, "Sorry, no" -- and stick to it.

"Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet; a happy marriage has the tranquillity of a lovely sunset."
-Ann Landers