Re: should I loan my friend money?
Yeah agree with woosey I think. You probably won't get the cash back at all, or in the short term at least, but IMO you'd feel way worse if you don't help your friend out. If you can afford it, I'd give her the money on the condition that she goes to a gambling problem clinic/website/help group the first chance she has. If you have to, go with her or tell a family member of hers to go? Because fixing the gambling problem is the only way to guarantee she won't ask for cash again - it'd become a hostage type situation IMO ("if you were a real friend you'd loan me the cash, you did it once before, whats one more time?").