iPhone broken by a 2.5 year old
September 15, 2010 2:42 PM Subscribe
What's the etiquette consensus on paying for things broken by a relative's child? Last night my wife was at her brother's house. Their 2.5 year old boy snatched her iPhone from her hand while she was using it and smashed it against a wall, breaking the screen.
posted by thewalrus to Human Relations (63 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is complicated by the fact that her brother is not doing very well financially and probably unable to pay for a new iPhone or screen repair, at least not immediately.
In my opinion if your child is out of control and destroys something belonging to another person, it's your responsibility to fix or replace the thing destroyed by your child. It's a wholly preventable accident.
If you have children and they have broken something (valued at $100 to $500+) belonging to another person, what did you do? In the reverse, if you've had something broken by another person's child, what did they offer to do?
I don't want to hold this over my brother-in-law as a debt but in my opinion he needs to do something to make it right.