OT - Neighbour Requesting Payment AFTER Favour???
So I'm curious about everyones thoughts here. We moved into our new neighborhood last year, and we have some really nice neighbors who we've spoken to a couple of times. They mentioned at the beginning of winter that they plowed the driveway for the old owner and can do the same for us. We said something along the lines of "oh that's ok, you don't have to do that! don't worry about it!" and they said "we have a tractor and it only takes a couple minutes" so we said thanks so much, that's very kind.
Now we also have an apple tree that the old owner mentioned she (the neighbour) likes to pick apples from for baking. So we mentioned "hey, we heard you like picking the apples and we want you to know you can still do that anytime!" and that was that. They plowed our driveway anytime a major storm happened and we'd say hello, thanks again, etc. from the window.
Fast forward to today... My neighbour called me over requesting payment. I said "what payment?" and he said "for all of the plowing last winter... I just wanted to remind you it's way overdue - 7 plows x $40 each" and I was surprised and said "I had no idea any payment was required..." and he said "the old owner didn't tell you about the cost?"
So now I'm kind of at a loss for what to do. I mean, I don't have $300 laying around - if I did, I would've been able to buy a small plow, ya know? I'll of course find a way because I've never been the kind of person to not pay someone what I owe , but this doesn't feel very fair to me and I don't feel like I SHOULD "owe" a payment I never agreed to.