Ask Anna: My friend stole my idea! How should I deal?

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 05:36:11 AM. Advice columnist Anna Pulley gives a reader advice on how to handle a soured friendship and business relationship.
Ask Anna is a sex column. Because of the nature of the topic, some columns contain language some readers may find graphic. I've been running a storytelling show with two of my best friends for 10 years, and it's been one of the most important parts of my life. These two friends also happened to be married to each other. A few years ago, I proposed an idea to expand our business, and he didn't like the idea so I let it go. I brought up the idea again a year later, and this time he liked it, so we started working on it. At the same time, these two friends started going through a very difficult divorce. Eventually he told me he just couldn't stand to be associated with his ex-wife any longer, and that he is angry at me for staying friends/business partners with her. So he quit, saying that he needed a "fresh start" to his life. But a few weeks later, I found that he had taken my business expansion idea to start it as his own! I feel incredibly hurt and stunned, especially when I realize he had started booking all our contacts. I don't know what to do—should I tell our contacts what happened? —Sad And Mad Dear SAM, What a garbage monster your friend is! Especially after knowing you and working with you for a decade. That is wretched and you have every right to feel hurt and stunned. What can you do about it? You could inform your contacts of your former friend’s treachery. You could try to divide allegiances and shout accusations from rooftops and make it difficult for him to...Read more
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