I thank you for the detailed response, but no thanks on the judgement. Financial shape has nothing to do with what I'm asking.
But since you're so determined to state your opinion, here's my response: I'm in college for 2 more years and managing my living expenses on less than $600 a month. $8.00 to me is more than 1% of my budget.
Wow, bringing the topic back...I think a way of getting around the legal and ethical issue of having a shared account is if the original poster is in the same apartment or house as the person he wants or she wants to split the bill with.