My friend accidentally fried my Macbook. What is her responsibility?
March 9, 2014 3:05 PM Subscribe
I'm in grad school. My friend/classmate accidentally knocked over her water bottle on Wednesday and drenched my MacBook Air (which was on the classroom table about three feet away), killing at least the motherboard (per the repair shop where I took it) and possibly other things as well. It will cost at least $520 to repair; I'm out of AppleCare coverage because I got my computer a bit over a year ago. I have two questions.
posted by c'mon sea legs to Human Relations (89 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
The two questions:
1) Is she financially responsible for any of this? On the one hand, we're both broke grad students (she's on fellowship, I'm working two jobs to afford rent) and these things just happen. On the other hand, it's at least $520 I'm out because she didn't secure her water bottle. She feels terrible but we haven't talked about $$ at all yet, and I'm not sure what's fair to ask (or how to ask).
2) I loved the Macbook Air but was always running up against the storage limit on the computer. Having gotten the computer before I started grad school, I thought I'd want the Air because it was light. Now, however, I usually just bring a Chromebook to class precisely because I was paranoid about my Air being damaged/stolen and wanted something lightweight (I had the Air in class that day because I needed to use VPN for work). With the repair costs already being over $500, I'm considering getting a refurbished MacBook Pro instead and shelling out for the extra $700 (which I can narrowly afford by dipping into my savings). MacBooks are of course not the only computer available, but it's the OS I've been using for the past 8 years and I've had excellent experiences with Apple products aside from the occasional act of god (which I can't say about other non-Apple laptops I've used for work during the same time period). Is getting a MacBook Pro instead of repairing my Air a good idea, and if I end up getting a MacBook Pro instead does it affect any responsibility my friend has to chip in?
I've been trying to think this through, but we're rolling into midterms and my computer's fried so I'm a little stressed. I want to be fair. For the most part, data loss is not a big concern for me: I back most things up using Dropbox.