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Awkward money situation between friends
So this is a bit of a convoluted story involving some friends, whom we'll call Amy, Betty, and Carrie.
Amy hosted a group weekend for her bachelorette party. Betty is one of the bridesmaids. Carrie was unable to go, but generously decided to donate $500 to the weekend. She did this by sending it to Betty with the express intent of using the money to cover Amy's expenses as much as possible. I did not know about any of this until after the weekend. The entire time, everything was split evenly (including Amy). Betty at some point bought champagne for the group (a bottle for 5 people). At various times, everyone was buying drinks for Amy, but not Betty more than anyone else.
Amy thanked Carrie for the champagne, at which point she discovered that there should have been $500 worth of stuff coming her way. Carrie e-mailed Betty about it, and Betty responded that the money just didn't go very far, and was sorry that Amy couldn't be covered the entire time.
I don't know Carrie, but am very close to both Amy and Betty. I have to say this is extremely out of character for Betty. I have been on the phone with Amy constantly over the past couple days because it is tearing her up, and she doesn't know how to delicately approach the situation.
So, the question is, how do you broach that situation? My hope is that there's a simple misunderstanding, and so my inclination is to simply head it off by telling Amy to call Betty and say something to the effect of "hey, I've been talking to Carrie and it seems like there's a discrepancy between how much money she gave you and what it was used for and I just want to clear it up before everything starts festering, as I'm sure there's a reasonable explanation."