DEAR ABBY: Please settle a dispute between my husband and me. On a recent business trip he took with five male co-workers and one female co-worker, my husband spent the night in the same room (two double beds in one room) as the woman. When I found out, I hit the ceiling. I don't think it is proper for a married man to share a room with a single woman with whom he works, no matter how innocent or harmless he claims the situation was. I think it also shows a lack of respect for the spouse sitting at home.
The company did not book enough rooms so the woman could have a room of her own, nor did they check to see if a rollaway bed was available so my husband could room with two other men.
My husband doesn't think there was anything wrong with this arrangement and neither did anyone else on the trip. If I hadn't let him know how upset I was, he would have spent all three nights in the same room with her. Now he is upset with me because he had to pay to move to a different hotel. I'm thinking he may have to change jobs if this is the way this company runs its business trips. Please give me your opinion. -- UPSET IN EUGENE, ORE.
DEAR UPSET: It was inappropriate for your husband's company to have booked him in a room with a woman, regardless of either's marital status. Your husband took proper action by moving to another hotel, and the company should reimburse him for his expenses.