Yesterday I was offered a part time job in a gym facility. I have been a substitute instructor there from time to time, so I was very excited to have been asked to work there on a more regular basis.
Another employee of the gym (we'll call her Sarah) texted me to ask if I would cover one of her upcoming classes. "Sure!" I said. "And by the way, I'll be working there more regularly in the future on Thursday mornings. I'm really excited!"
Management had asked Sarah for my contact info earlier in the week, so she knew something was up. Apparently, Sarah then contacted the person I was scheduled to replace (we'll call her Mavis).
Mavis then calls the gym and tries to speak with management by leaving a message. Management calls me asking if I spoke with Mavis. No, I had not. Then is all dawned on me how information must have traveled back to her.
It was awkward and confusing, so I apologized to management, told her that I spoke with Sarah, and that information must have gone through the grapevine. Management was frustrated because they had wanted to "spare Mavis's feelings."
Now Mavis is texting me offering me all of her classes. She says her heart just isn't in it anymore, so I might as well take over now.
Do I respond to these texts? If so, how? The common protocol for someone who cannot teach a class is to find their own replacement, but this is a different situation. I'm not sure if it is appropriate for me to communicate with anyone considering how catty this situation has become.