I lent money to my friend, and he won’t pay me back – what should I do?

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Dear IRL,

I lent money to a friend who hasn’t paid me back, despite me asking it from him several times. What should I do?


Dear Unpaid,

Lots of things, but here’s what I’d do:

First, I’ll tell him that I’d really appreciate him paying back the money he owes me. In a serious way, not jokingly. I want him to understand that it’s no longer a laughing matter.

If he still doesn’t pay me back, then it depends – was the amount enough to warrant legal action? If it’s not, then I consider it the price of the friendship.

For me, I’d just cut all ties and never speak to him again. Consider it the price you pay for finding out who your real friends are.

IRL Editor

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