Am I Right in Asking My Ex to Return the Money I Spent on Her?

Someone on Quora asked:

I dated a girl and spent a lot of money on her. And when she broke up with me, I created an excel sheet of all the expenses and asked her for the payment.

Is there something wrong in that? Am I the only asshole here? I mean what about me? And all the things I did for her?

This was my response:

This is like asking your stock broker to give you back your losses after you took months deciding which stock to invest in, then picked that penny stock that reverse split five times and left you with ten cents after a five figure investment.  Or it went bankrupt like Wamu did and left you with absolutely nothing.

You made a conscious decision and made the choice to invest in her, with your heart, time and financial resources.

It was your fault.

Deal with it.

Your broker isn’t paying you back a single penny of your losses for fulfilling the trade that you wanted to make.

Neither is your ex girlfriend.

Originally posted on Quora.

Leonard Kim consults startups and writes books like The Etiquette of Social Media: How to Connect and Respond to Others in the World of Social Media

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