Here's how much money Irish people lose lending to friends and family in one year
"I'll get you back next week, promise." Famous last words.
We all have that one friend or family member (or if you're very unlucky, both) who is a complete and utter sponge. You go out for pints together but they always manage to forget their card and wallet.
The same goes for going for a coffee or getting food, you have a lovely catch up together but you find yourself being the one who is always left with the cheque at the end.
Do they ever get you back? Do they f*ck.
Sadly, if you don't have one of these friends, then it is more than likely you who has been the culprit all these years, shame on you.
According to the Irish Examiner, Irish people are far too generous when lending money out to loved ones.
A new research survey conducted by Circle shows that on average, an Irish person can lose around €260 every year and a fifth of those surveyed give cash away every month but never get it back because they don't have the courage to ask for it.
A spokesperson for Circle, Matthew Fox, told JOE that: "a big reason for never getting money back is the awkwardness of asking someone close to you if you can get that money back that they owe you.
"Also, the fact that you don't keep tabs of who owes what and what amount makes it even harder to keep track, so the majority of the time, you just leave it."
You wouldn't get away with this in Shakespearian time, not with Shylock on your case anyway that's for sure.
He's watching you, pay back that money.