They say lending money can ruin friendships — especially when you falsely let a friend think you’re dirt poor.
A TikToker in the UK is going viral after sharing how a “broke” college friend she often supported financially was actually wealthy and lives in a “mansion.”
Good said it was a time when she could hardly make her own ends meet.
“I was living on prayer, manifestation, and vibes,” she said in the clip.
“Student finance hadn’t come through, I didn’t have some of those sweet, sweet loans. Me and my bank account used to look at each other like, ‘Are we going to have respiration for lunch today? Are we going to have air? Because there’s no money.’”
As bad as things were for Good, her so-called friend made it seem like she had it even worse.
“I used to buy her meals sometimes because she literally had no money. She was poorer than me.”
Being the friend that Good was, none if it even made her think twice — until the two went out for an end-of-semester dinner one night.
“She suggested we go out for a meal because we’d finished our first year of college and I was like, ‘Okay let’s celebrate’. I saved up all week and I had ten pounds,” Good said. “Ten pounds is enough for a chicken meal.”
Although Good anticipated they would be going somewhere nice yet cost efficient, the friend had other plans in mind.
“I walk into the restaurant that my friend booked and my heart drops. I hear classical music, I see people wearing suits and dresses, I sit down and I see complimentary lemon water.”
“I ran to the toilet and I called my sister and I was like, ‘please put some money into my account, this is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me. I feel so out of place.”
Things got worse after the bathroom break when Good saw her pal ordering several items on the menu, ones costing well above her saved ten bucks.
“I’m thinking she’s broke, are we going to dine and dash? She literally ordered so much.”
As financial anxiety spoiled all pleasantries of the formal night out for Good, her friend shocked her when it came time to divvy up the hefty tab.
“The waiter comes over and he says, ‘Are you going to split the bill or pay together?’ And my friend says, ‘We’ll pay together.’ I thought she was expecting me to pay, but she pulls out her card and she pays for her meal and my meal.”
The seemingly sweet gesture was suddenly ruined when Good learned that the friend’s year long destitution was nothing but a sham.
“I find out later that her family owns a restaurant, she lives in like a mansion,” Good said of the sickly riveting reveal. “She just pretended to be poor. Who does that? Why’d you make me pay for your meals?!”