Dear Marjorie,

I'm in a share club. Eleven of us meet once a month down The Happy Man, our local pub and discuss small investments. However, although we do make money, the club is the excuse. The reality is that we're eleven mates who like to get-together for a bit of financial betterment and a good chat. The problem is the pub where we meet. Some of the members don't like it for various reasons and I wonder if you could help. The situation is this...

Four members and I think it's perfect (that's five of us) but there are rumblings. It's all a bit trivial but...

  • 2 think there are too many students
  • 1 doesn't like us paying for the reserved table (it's less than 5% of what we make on our investments)
  • 1 thinks the beer is too expensive
  • 1 doesn't like Doug, the landlord
  • 1 wants the occasional guest beer.

The five that want to remain aren't in a majority and we'd like to be fair about this. What should we do?

Thanks in anticipation, yours 

Brian Inuk

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Dear Marjorie,

Thanks for the detailed reply. Initially we thought it to be a bit of a faff but we changed the rules of the club as you suggested and held a bit of a straw poll about moving pubs. Nothing binding about it but now we have a further problem.

As expected, after the vote five of the eleven want to stay in The Happy Man but the rest have "ganged up" on us. They say it's 55% vs 45% and we have to find a new pub. All the local pubs are rubbish and don't fit the bill. Some have no students but the beer is very expensive, others charge a lot more for the reserved table but will offer guest beers and free sandwiches, etc, etc.

Could you advise me on how to respect the wishes of the six members but still stay in same pub?

Thanks again

Brian

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Dear Marjorie,

It's been a while since I last wrote. The chairman (one of the "too many students" brigade) of the pub has told the landlord that we won't be going there any more but we've still not found a new venue that fits.

Is there anything else we should do?

Getting desperate now,

Brian

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Dear Marjorie,

It's been a long while. Did you get my last letter?

Brian

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Dear Majorie,

Hello?

 

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