A TikToker sparked debate by claiming she didn’t bring money to pay for expenses while she went on a family vacation with a friend.
While the TikToker later revealed the claim was meant to be a hoax, the video has been viewed over 2.2 million times, and commenters debate the ethics of relying solely on a friend’s family while he’s their guest on vacation.
TikToker Carly (@carly.clement) filmed her friend’s father sitting across from her at the dining table in a restaurant and claimed he’s making eye contact because she just told him she didn’t bring any money.
“(Point of view you are) on a family vacation with your best friend’s family and her dad keeps making eye contact because I told him I didn’t bring any money with me on the trip,” the video’s text overlay reads.
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However, in follow-up videos responding to comments on her first video about the trip, @carly.clement says she “had money all along.” She also commented on the video herself, making it clear that the video about her friend’s father was a joke.
“You say that like you made it clear it was a joke,” replied one commenter.
“Is that a joke or is that your excuse for not getting the reaction you wanted?” another questioned.
In any case, commenters debated whether it would be fair to expect a friend’s family to cover for them on vacation. Some felt it was okay to expect the family they were traveling with to pay for the food.
“Every time I got invited on vacation, parents paid for dinner, I brought extra for a sweatshirt or (something)?” wrote one commenter. “But food? No.”
“Not everything but food if invited yes,” wrote another commenter.
“My friends’ family have always paid for my food since they invited me if I wanted something extra like souvenirs to buy,” repeated a third.
Others felt that adult travelers attending another family’s vacation should contribute to their expenses.
“This only applies if you are 16 or under,” wrote one commenter. “An invitation for Green Room, travel expenses, etc. doesn’t mean free food lol.”
“I wouldn’t even be comfortable without my own money,” said another.
“Y’all yeah you can expect them to pay but you still have to bring money in case they don’t or at least want to offer to join,” said a third.
The Daily Dot contacted @carly.clement via Instagram direct message regarding the video.
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*Initial publication: June 29, 2022 at 9:01 am CDT
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
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