Dear Jewish Fairy Godmother:
A friend helped me out when my car broke down. She ran me to a
doctor’s appointment I could not miss, on her way to her job. In her
rush to help unload me and my gear, she locked her keys in her car.
Fortunately AAA came within a half hour, but she got docked pay. I
said thanks for the help and gave her $10 to cover gas and her time
before we said goodbye. Should I compensate her for lost work?
Not Rich Either
Dear Not Rich:
Anyone who is working an hourly job for which they can be docked pay
deserves your generosity, even if you feel tight. A missed doctor’s
appointment would inevitably have cost you far more than an hour’s
pay for her. I’d offer her cash, and of she refuses, send her a gift card
to the local market. She was kind. You should be too.