Dear Captain Awkward,
Here’s an awkward situation for you.
My acquaintance gave me a mattress in the summer, because it wasn’t working for her back.
I paid $260 for the movers. Unfortunately, they turned out to be creepy and unprofessional.
She’s convinced they stole things from her. At first I believed her, but now I doubt. They allegedly took a hard drive she had in storage, as well as her car keys. She’s sure they took more, but “can’t remember what.” She claims that she saw them come back 4 months after the move to attempt to go through her car…hmm. A great number of her complaints were regarding the fact that they didn’t speak English in front of her, so I had kinda been thinking she was having challenges with racism.
She contacted me a week ago, convinced that they swapped out the mattress in transit. I reassured her that this was not so.
Unfortunately, this opened conversation. Since giving me the mattress, she has discovered that she has stain protection insurance. She is having back issues again, and doesn’t like the new mattress she purchased.
She wants me to stain this mattress, have it cleaned, “discover” that the stain won’t come out, then have insurance replace it so that she can have the new one and I can get the one she’s using now.
It’s a completely different firmness. I’ve researched what she’s offering, and it’s entirely unsuitable for people of my weight and sleeping style.
Although she has assured me that she doesn’t blame me for the mover situation, she’s now exerting some significant pressure on me. She’s outlined in great detail how much money the situation has cost her, and has told me that the reason she’s pushing me is that she’s “fighting for her health.”
I feel sympathetic to her back issues, and I want to be a good human in this scenario.
But I’m currently unemployed and can’t afford to purchase another mattress if the one she’s offering doesn’t work. And I’d rather not commit insurance fraud.
We have many mutual friends. I feel like I’m stuck with her plan if I don’t want her to badmouth me.
More importantly, I don’t know the right thing to do.
No Such Thing As Free