I went into business with closest pal – but he started ripping me off | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY best friend and I set up a business together but it all went sour when I discovered he was ripping me off.

We met at college and were close friends for ten years.

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I was at his wedding and I am godfather to his eldest child but that didn’t stop him stealing.

I’m 33 and he’s 34. We set up a catering business together and at first business was good with plenty of bookings.

But everything changed when his wife became more involved.

I felt they were ganging up against me and I dreaded going into work.

Then I discovered they were ripping off me and our serving staff.

We had increased our staff’s hourly rate but he wasn’t passing on the extra cash and was pocketing the difference.

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I said I needed to speak to him but his reaction was ferocious – he stormed out, saying he quit and that I was a lousy friend and business partner.

This has made me question myself. I don’t have any other good friends to talk to.

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DEIDRE SAYS:  The way he reacted suggests he knew you’d discovered his dishonesty.

An experience like this will naturally make you lose confidence.

Your friend was wrong to be dishonest but you have a great business and can continue to build on it.

Now he and his wife have left, you are a lot more likely to enjoy your work again.

I’m sending you my support pack Widening Your Social Circle.

For healthier friendships, it helps to have more than one good friend.

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