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MsJamieFraser Sun 07-May-17 05:50:05

I am supposed to be volunteering at an event today (crowd control and afterwards to the VIP bash) my colleague sent a text message dusting the night to say that he is now not coming.

I am bloody furious with this as it leaves me in a tricky position, I said I would attend as he really wanted to go however did not want to go alone, I was supposed to be attending a christening today which I cancelled due to the event.

It also leaves me in a tricky situation with my friends company (they wrote to me asking if I had any colleagues wanting to help out) as they could not attend as they had another plans, that could not be rescheduled.

I don't want to attend this event by myself, as public transport is limited and roads are closed (due to the event) it will also take me an hour to get there, I just don't fancy attending this event alone and also doing it by myself.

I had a funny feeling he was going to do this as I over heard him saying he was going to cancel on Friday to another colleague however when I asked him he said he was talking about something else angry

I only agreed as he begged me to attend with him.

However I feel bloody bad on the event organisers and that's what's stopping me from cancelling even tho I really don't want to attend.

My dh and friends can't come with me as they are all at the christening.


WateryTart Sun 07-May-17 05:52:08

Text back saying that if he isn't going, then you can'y get there so he needs to let the organisers know.

Text the organisers yourself and say he let you down for a lift and you're sorry but you can no longer help out.

Izzabellasasperella Sun 07-May-17 05:54:08

I would go. You made a commitment I don't think you should bail now otherwise you are as bad as your colleague.

Lostwithinthehills Sun 07-May-17 06:12:25

I think that if you want a get out then WateryTart has given you a good line, however, I agree with Isabella, you made a commitment and the organisers of the event might really struggle to run it if their volunteers drop out. If you cancelled other plans to go to this event you must have been quite keen to do it. If you weren't keen to do it and only agreed because your colleague wanted you to do it you'll need to think about standing up for yourself a bit more.

luckylucky24 Sun 07-May-17 06:13:15

You shouldn't have agreed to go if you couldn't easily get there without him. What if he had been sick? I wouldn't trust him in future and would cancel and go to the christening.

Mummyoflittledragon Sun 07-May-17 06:21:26

I would go as you've made the commitment. I know it's not what you want to hear. And avoid said prick of a colleague in future. I'd also be sending a very snotty text about what a slimy idiot they are.

Blinkyblink Sun 07-May-17 06:25:39

What a horrible man. Odd that you'd go so out of your way for him when he suspected he'd let you down.

Anyway, whilst I would be very annoyed in your shoes, I would absolutely go. If only to avoid the wretched guilt that I'd feel for letting them down at the last minute.

MsJamieFraser Sun 07-May-17 06:36:14

I can get there without him, I'd just have to get public transport, (dh is taking car) and with the roads closed I would have no idea what bus to get. I'm waiting for 8am so I can speak to the us company.

It's not something that I really wanted to attend tbh, he did and because my friends where struggling I said I would go on the condition that he did...

I don't need a backbone, honesty I will be handing his arse on a plate inn Monday.

I really honestly as well don't want to attend alone and crowd control by myself, I could bloody throttle his arse!

NoSandPlease Sun 07-May-17 06:38:26

I wouldn't go. Sounds like he planned this! Just text back and say you were relying on him for a lift, public transport too unreliable or you don't have time to get bus/train.

Strikhedonia Sun 07-May-17 06:41:08

can't you ask friends to give a life to your DH to the christening, and take the car? Even if the roads are closed, it would bring you closer, and arrange public transport from there?

Nothing stops you from texting your colleague and telling him that he really should make the effort, try to change his mind.

daisychain01 Sun 07-May-17 06:43:50

If you don't have transport, you don't have transport, simple as that. I'd text him back and lay it on thick - does he realise that by him pulling out at the 11th hour means the event will lose 2 people. Put the onus on him to contact the organisers.

picklemepopcorn Sun 07-May-17 06:47:19

Is it your friend's company, organising the event? I'm a bit confused.

Phone him, make sure he has told the organisers. Ask for contact info for the organisers so that you can ask them if they can manage without you. Make it really hard for him to pull out

Blinkyblink Sun 07-May-17 06:47:35

Oh please don't ring the company about this. Surely today is going to be very busy for them, why hassle about such a trivial matter. In any event, what are you going to talk to them about.
Own it. You volunteered. You say you have a backbone. Prove it to yourself.

MsJamieFraser Sun 07-May-17 06:51:59

Strike I have replied to his text, however I have to be at the event meeting at 10.45, and looking at his Facebook, it looks Ike he had a skinful with his boyfriend last night...
So he will probably be still in his bed.

Dh and the kids fast asleep, I have emailed dh sister to ask if she could take me to the event, but shes not replied to the messages yet, I'd not I will have to get public transport

Dh need the car as even if we got a lift, We still need the car seat/boaster seat. Both DC are 11 (by law ds still needs his) and 7 year old is massive but because of his age we still have him his in seat.

Where we live is quite rural, it's not big city but not quite the countryside either.

icelollycraving Sun 07-May-17 07:16:48

You offered to volunteer. It must be something you are interested in or feel strongly about to have cancelled attending a christening for.
Look at bus info online. Get a cab if you can afford it. Can dh drop you there before the christening? Could he get a cab if it's quite close? Children can travel without seats in cabs.

PennyAsset Sun 07-May-17 07:17:17

Ring your friend and ask him why he has cancelled. Ring now!

NotYoda Sun 07-May-17 07:23:28

Don't be like him. Don't be selfish.

DisappearingFish Sun 07-May-17 07:29:00

I would cancel and go to the christening. And I would tell the organisers and your friend exactly why. He's a selfish arse and you should not have been put in this position. The event will have contingencies.

DancingPenguin1 Sun 07-May-17 07:31:15

It sucks but you made a commitment, presumably your an adult so capable of independent choices not reliant on others. Don't you let them down too.

Noeuf Sun 07-May-17 07:33:36

Is him being a colleague incidental? So your friend needed volunteers, you mentioned it at work and colleague said I will if you will to you?

StealthPolarBear Sun 07-May-17 07:34:01

Sorry how do your friends fit into this? Do you have one group of friends going to rhe christening and another group at the event?

LindyHemming Sun 07-May-17 07:35:00

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MargotLovedTom1 Sun 07-May-17 07:38:40

It also leaves me in a tricky situation with my friends company (they wrote to me asking if I had any colleagues wanting to help out) as they could not attend as they had another plans, that could not be rescheduled.

It's this bit I don't understand. Who is 'they'? Your friend's company?

MythicalChicken Sun 07-May-17 07:49:22

I don't like letting people down, so I would go. An hour on public transport is nothing. Even if it's longer than an hour, you committed yourself so you should go.

MsJamieFraser Sun 07-May-17 07:53:37

My friends run an events company, I run a large organisation (thousands of staff).

In my organisation we have a group of volunteers that sometimes help out my friends company (they get to attend concerts, VIP events, for volunteering their services and they get to go to the after parties afterwards etc...)

I sent an email out to the volunteers, and this event intreasted my colleague, REALLY interested him, however he did not want to attend alone, and because my friends where struggling finding crowd control staff, I offered my services on the condition that my colleague attended.

Friends have many staff and volunteers, however police think crowd control will be more than expected by 1000 or so, so they've had to scramble in more volunteers.

My friends are double booked and are at another event today, across the county.

The christening is mutual friends of me and my friends (not colleague) however none of us are attending (expect dh and ds's)

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