Yes. I am cheap. That is evident.
August 3, 2009 7:44 AM Subscribe
is it my responsibility to pay for fixing the rearview mirror?
posted by anonymous to human relations (34 answers total)
I have an older, kind of obnoxious foreign landlady who frequently asks myself and my girlfriend to perform odd little favors for her around the apartment. This can range from making her cable box work to carrying her laundry to the laundromat for her. I find her constant requests annoying, and generally feel put out by them, but I do them in the interest of keeping relations between her and I on the up and up. Also, since she's somewhat hard to communicate with (English is not her first language) I find it easier to acquiesce than to explain why I don't want to do things for her.
A week ago Friday (the 24th) she asked me to back her car into her driveway, because she can't do it herself. Obviously, as you will soon find out, I can't either. The driveway has a gate that opens inward (the driveway is incredibly narrow and between two buildings) and while I was backing it up, the rearview mirrror was caught between two slats of the gate, *snap* *crackle* *pop* it is now hanging by a wire on the side of the car.
She wasn't home at the time, so I left her a note, and we talked about it briefly before I left on vacation for a week the following morning. She kept asking me "What I do? What I do about this?" I just told her to take it to the mechanic, because I didn't have any other advice. I left at 4AM the following morning.
I got back last night, hoping against hope that the mirror would be fixed, and that's the last I'd hear of it, or she'd at least present me with a bill and we could talk about it. Alas, it's still dangling there, taunting me.
My question is basically this:
Is it my responsibility to pay for this? My impulse is that I should, at most, pay for half of this, if at all. But I understand that by agreeing to do something like this, it becomes at least partially my responsibility. I don't want to make my living situation difficult or annoying, but at the same time, I don't want to shell out because my landlady doesn't know how to park her car.
I fully expect to be eviscerated in the comments, so be as mean as you like.