I had a situation involving the gardener shared by ourselves and the neighbor lady, "Norma," across the street.
Today, I was stumbling in my kitchen, having just woke up, when I hear "tap, tap, tap." It was the gardener, "George," wanting to speak to me. I usually leave that stuff up to DH, and stay well hidden on Tuesdays, but hey, he caught me, fair and square, so I opened the kitchen slider to see what he needed. George told me that Norma wasn't home, that it looked like she was away, hadn't paid him for the month, and his rent was due tomorrow, could we pay him in advance for July? I told him that DH usually has the checkbook, so he needed to call him and work it out. I then called DH, who said to write him a check and mark it for July. In exchange, George will do some extra hedge-trimming or some extra work.
Later in the day, after I had got my act together and was outside, I saw Norma's car in the driveway. I later saw Norma and a friend get in the car and drive off. I was tempted to say something to her at the time, but decided to bring it to the board and get advice before I put my foot in it. I wanted to ask her if she had paid George and if she hadn't, to please make sure she does so he doesn't have to come to us to bail him out. The other option is to ask if she had paid George to find out if he is "scamming" us because he got in trouble gambling yet again.
Why does this bother me, you ask? Because this week we have several expenses involving Baren (oral tumor surgery, arthritis medication, antibiotics) to the tune of $1500+ that is already going to put a big dent in our budget for the month, so while we can afford to pay George in advance, that's $150 that we wouldn't have if something else happens. And, no, it's not our problem if Norma doesn't pay George or if he doesn't have rent, we are essentially kind-hearted people who believe in the benefit of the doubt. However, I don't like being "put on the spot," especially when I'm half-awake, in my PJ's, and my hair sticking straight up.
So my question is: Do I say anything to Norma about this and how do I word this in a way that doesn't insult George as a scammer or coming across as sticking my nose into her business with George?