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Guy Refuses To Pay Speeding Ticket He Got While Driving Partner’s Car Without Permission

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Trust is implicit to every relationship.

If there is no trust, then the relationship will suffer, if not wither.

So what happens when the trust in a relationship isn’t just damaged, but there are legal ramifications to the betrayal?

That was the issue facing Redditor and Original Poster (OP) nruri409 when they came to the “Am I the A**hole” (AITA) subReddit for judgment.

They asked,

“AITA for withholding rent until my bf pays his speeding ticket?” 

OP began got right to the situation involved.

“My bf ‘borrowed’ my car without my permission last month.”

“I was traveling and his car was at the shop so he took my car to hang out with friends without asking me.”

“I’m sure he was drinking but he denies it and last week I got a speeding bill for $115 and the speed camera time was the same time I was out of town so I knew he must have gone out without my car.”

“He denies speeding and said I agreed to let him use my car but I 100% didn’t and he never asked.”

“He says it’s under my plate number so I have to pay and is refusing to pay it.”

“So I’m taking $115 from my rent this month and he’s pissed because he saying I’m responsible for my half of the rent and I’m pissed because he sped with my car and now won’t pay the speeding ticket.”

Left to wonder if they were wrong or not, OP turned to Reddit for judgment.

Redditors weighed in by declaring:

  • NTA – Not The A**hole
  • YTA – You’re The A**hole
  • NAH – No A**holes Here
  • ESH – Everyone Sucks Here

Redditors decided: NTA

Many wondered about the relationship as a whole.


“Is this really the relationship you want to be in?” ~ Similar_Pineapple418


“As someone who has been in this relationship (without the ticket), get out while you can. I would wake up to my car gone and then would be late to work, or my bank card gone and he’ll ‘pay me back’. It doesn’t get better” ~ Apprehensive_Rip8990


“Dated a guy in college who would ‘borrow’ my car even though he had his own.”

He racked up multiple parking tickets (on campus), he didn’t pay them or tell me about any of them.”

“Parking tickets at our university were specific to the owner of the parking pass on the vehicle, which was me.”

“Found out about them all when there was a hold on my application to graduate because of unpaid parking tickets.”

“I knew they weren’t from me because they were in lots I never parked in, and I was always very careful to park only where my pass allowed.”

“I confronted him and he went all deer in the headlights and had all kinds of excuses, and claimed he’d pay me back. He never did. It never got better.”

“OP, you’re NTA, because you’re never going to get that money back any other way, but I’m going to repeat what everyone else is saying -“

“You need to consider if this is a relationship you want to be in. This guy doesn’t respect you or your property and he’s unlikely to change.” ~ RedRose_812

Some had ideas about next steps.

“It’s a hassle but OP can contact the court and say they weren’t in town, ask for the photo and then say it wasn’t them, of course it’s a somewhat nuclear approach as it often requires that they report the car stolen or say who was driving it but it sounds about right to me.”

“BF should be an ex” ~ mortgage_gurl

“Assuming you have proof you were out of town, you can fight the ticket and inform them it was not you who was driving and the individual did not have permission.”

“Point out your boyfriend would then mean the ticket would transfer to him and he may also get arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle.”

“But withholding rent could cause you both to get evicted.” ~ rjhancock

Others pointed out how big a problem this could be.


“He stole your car!”

“You would be within your right to press charges.”

“He should be grateful you haven’t sent him to jail over this.”

“Frankly, you should dump your boyfriend, because if he sees nothing wrong with stealing a car and driving while drunk, what other crimes does commit and rationalize to himself?”


“Also if he refuses to pay for the ticket, you could take him to small claims court over it.” ~ divorced-land-owner

Commenters pointed out that this is a learning experience.

“Lovely relationship you’ve got there.”

“A boyfriend who steals your car, drives drunk, gets a speeding ticket, and then refuses to pay for it? Sounds like a real winner.”

“Do I think you would be the asshole? Not necessarily.”

“Is this a smart course of action? No.”

“The only person you’re punishing here is yourself. If he doesn’t come up with the extra $115, then you now have a problem with your boyfriend and your landlord.”

“Don’t create more problems for yourself. NTA.” ~ salmonberrycreek

“Sometimes you have to accept $115 is a small price to pay to find out it’s time for a different relationship.”

“NTA but TA to yourself if you stay with this user.” ~ formidable-opponent

“Agreed on it not being smart to deduct it from OP’s portion of the rent.”

“The traffic violation and the apartment lease agreement have nothing to do with one another.”

“The landlord is going to want the full amount, and won’t care about any interpersonal squabbles. And getting a ding on your rental history will create more trouble than a couple of points on your driving record.”

“OP should, IMO, pay their full share of the rent (with the intent of leaving as soon as possible — the lease should be consulted to see what happens when one person moves out before lease agreement is up).”

“OP should face the reality that she very well may end up paying the speeding ticket fee regardless, and that would be a CHEAP way to have found out that this guy cannot be relied upon.” ~ This_Miaou

And of course, all the red flags.


“Usually I hate when Reddit tells people to just break up with their significant other but…”

“He lies to you”

“He doesn’t respect your things”

“He drives under the influence”

“He gets angry with you for calling him out on his BS”

“Some red flags, to say the least. He’s a major AH” ~ Mucho_Maas_

“NTA & are you sure you want to be with this guy?”

“Someone who borrowed your car without permission & got a speeding ticket & will not pay it & is fine with you paying for his mistake? Major red flag 🚩 there” ~ dwassell73

“NTA not only is he lying to you,”

“He is also trying to gaslight you.”

“Your relationship dynamics are a bit alien to me, but surely he’s aware of the proof (this ticket and the fact you where away). Is this normal for you guys?”

“Also even if you gave him permission he still got you a ticket and should pay up. Be careful with not paying your rent, can lead to sticky situations with future references.” ~ gumlisoddcousin


“No idea how long you two have been together, maybe this was the first incident, maybe his behaviour changed recently, I can’t tell.”

This is too late for red flags, this is RED ALERT!

“Honestly, I wouldn’t just withhold rent, I’d start gradually moving out and get the rest of my stuff when he’s not home.”

“You can fight that in court.”

“Not sure how it works in your country, but over here they first charge the owner of the vehicle, EDIT: [but they go after the driver if the owner] can prove that they weren’t driving at the time.”

“You may have travel receipts from elsewhere, showing you weren’t in the area.”

“The speeding ticket is not the issue here, though.If your boyfriend was reasonable, he’d’ve had admitted to taking your car and apologized for it (well, if he was truly reasonable, he’d asked for your permission beforehand).”

“Instead he keeps lying and tries to gaslight you into believing you gave him permission.”

“Him getting upset about you withholding not even all of your part of the rent, but just the part he rightfully OWES you is just AH behavior.”

“He showed you his true self. Believe him and RUN!” ~ KatKaleen

Some pointed out that this could lead to bigger problems.

“NTA and that boy needs to be dumped, pronto.”

“He’s lied to you, put himself and many other people in a dangerous situation (seriously, driving drunk would be a one shot to dumpsville for me) and is refusing to pay for his mistakes and instead blaming you and expecting you to deal with a situation he caused.”


“I don’t lend my car out to ANYONE, and I honestly don’t understand people who do unless it’s an emergency.”

“I have been lent a car a total of once – by a friend who needed me to be able to come to her house to take care of her dogs while she and her family were on a trip to visit a dying relative, and I didn’t have a car.”

“And even then, she knows me well enough to know that I drive like a grandma, have never been in an accident or had a ticket of any kind (knock on wood) and would absolutely pay for any damage or anything I incurred.”

“I made sure to fill the tank up before I gave it back and vacuumed it out and wiped the dust off the dash and all and went through a car wash – I firmly believe that if someone lends you something, you should strive to give it back in better shape than when it was loaned to you.”

“He put himself and others in danger.”

“He cost you money and this ticket could go on your record and cause your insurance costs to rise.”

“He’s gaslighting you about whether or not you allowed it, and is yelling at you for a mistake he made, he expects you to literally pay for his mistake and is throwing a fit when you refuse to.”

“Report that the car was stolen and show proof that you were out of town at the time.”

“See if the cameras show him driving. If you have evidence that he was drunk at the time, provide that too. He will never learn if he’s not forced to face consequences.” ~ Dark_Moonstruck

Remember to believe people when they tell you who they are.

Especially when that notice comes with a court date.

Written by Frank Geier

Frank Geier (pronouns he/him) is a nerd and father of three who recently moved to Alabama. He is an avid roleplayer and storyteller occasionally masquerading as a rational human.