People have gotten some really rude requests on Venmo

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I’m thisclose to being a Luddite, and even I love electronic pay services like PayPal, Chase Quickpay, and Venmo. Here in the Onion, Inc., offices, our group sandwich orders would be a petulant hellscape without the convenience of easily sending our colleagues money. The A.V. Club’s Kelsey Waite and I have basically been sending each other the same $12 back and forth for a couple of years now, due to a variety of Potbelly’s orders.


But for as much as I use Venmo, I’ve never been requested to cough up cash for anything. Basically, I try not to be a deadbeat, and if I fail to chip in for tacos or something, I am gravely ashamed. So I have not had the annoying yet amusing experiences of the people who recently answered the following call on Twitter from writer Nicole Cliffe, as Insider points out:

The answers were pretty astounding:


I guess I can see how these results happen: While you would (probably) never in a million years march up to somebody and demand 38 cents for the amount of salsa they ate at your house, Venmo offers you an extremely passive-aggressive way to do that. You can send your request off and forget it, and likely never follow up when your recipient (rightly) ignores your whiny demand for a pittance.


But still. How cheap can you get?


Rule of thumb, as original poster Cliffe pointed out on Twitter: Any unavoidable cash-haggling should be worked out preferably in advance, but at least before your party leaves the restaurant table or other group dining experience. Any undiscussed day-after requests are just plain wrong. But please feel free to share your pettiest Venmo, etc. stories below.

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.



Either I’m really old, or socially excluded enough that I have no experience with any of this. I’m kind of happy about that, to be honest.