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To think if you break someone's property you should at least fix it/pay for it to be fixed?

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hibbledibble Tue 16-Jun-15 05:04:51

I gave away my sofa for free, to get rid of it quickly. It was an expensive sofa bed (over £1000 new and in decent condition). I out a Facebook message saying it was free to whoever can collect and one of dh friends collected it.

Her boyfriend dropped it on our garden gate, breaking it. Now the gate has to be stirred elsewhere as it is off its hinges and would likely be stolen for scrap metal. The front of the house looks pretty terrible tbh.

It will cost quite a lot in materials alone to fix, and this is is dh is even able to fix it, which I'm not sure he can. So far he has sent one day trying to no avail.

They also took the scatter cushions which were bought separately and I had not offered and wanted to keep. Grrrr!

Aibu to think they should have at least offered to fix?

Every time I walk into the house and see the damage it annoys me.

Mermaidhair Tue 16-Jun-15 05:46:58

In this situation yanbu, can you ask for the cushions back? Can you ask for their assistance in fixing the gate too?

Aridane Tue 16-Jun-15 05:50:47

Ugh -how annoying - no good deed goes unpunished...

TestingTestingWonTooFree Tue 16-Jun-15 06:27:00

Ask for the cushions back and tell them the cost of the gate.

londonrach Tue 16-Jun-15 06:31:36

Why did you allow the cushions to leave the house. As for the gate find out how much it would cost to fix and drop the bill around to dh friend or her boyfriend.

FenellaFellorick Tue 16-Jun-15 06:32:03

how did they get the scatter cushions? Weren't you there when they collected and your husband thought they were included? Certainly say sorry there must have been an error. They weren't part of it.

And yes, saying you broke my gate, I really need you to fix that is not unreasonable. He knew he broke it and he just left? Without saying anything about it? And he hasn't offered or anything? Some people are just really thoughtless, aren't they?

eddielizzard Tue 16-Jun-15 06:35:54

yes, ask for cushions and cost of gate. shoddy behaviour.

hibbledibble Tue 16-Jun-15 08:09:08

Like fenella says, I wasn't home, and dh let them take the cushions. I am more angry at him for that. He thinks that it would be rude for us to ask for them back.

Regarding the gate, no there was no offer to repair it. It is very cheeky isn't it?

WhenYouGottaGo Tue 16-Jun-15 08:11:39

It sounds like your DH didn't like the scatter cushions!

hibbledibble Tue 16-Jun-15 08:14:04

when quite possibly true. But I said I would put different covers on them! I wanted to at least keep the cushions as they were feather filled.

He bought new ones that were cheap, and the cushion has been ruined after 1 wash.

londonrach Tue 16-Jun-15 08:15:01

Wheryou grin. Re the scatter cushion that sounds like a misunderstanding. Gate get three tradesmen around to give quote and phone up dh friend and tell her how much it is. I bet her boyfriend hasnt told her he broke the gate...

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 16-Jun-15 08:17:27

Definitely ask for the cushions back. Tell them Dh got confused.

hibbledibble Tue 16-Jun-15 08:20:52

Do most people agree with London ?

This also happened nearly a year ago, but dh has only recently told me this is how the gate was broken. Would it still be ok to ask to contribute towards repairs?

FrancesHouseman Tue 16-Jun-15 08:23:56

God, this sounds like my fridge-giving-away incident that was well more trouble than it was worth and why I don't use freecycle anymore. The man who turned up to collect the fridge I was giving away managed to knock the gatepost over on his way out of the drive. Turns out he'd borrowed a friends van and wasnt insured so I had to pay £120 to get the gatepost rebuilt. Fucker. It was three years ago and I still feel sour about it...

londonrach Tue 16-Jun-15 08:26:49

Oh op a year really sorry but with the amount of time gone past i dont think you can do anything. Is dh friend even aware of the gate. Sadly i think it needed sorting or telling her about it straight away. Yanbu re they should have paid to fix the gate or fixed it themshelves but after a afriad thats too long.

whois Tue 16-Jun-15 08:29:14

A YEAR AGO??? if someone told me I'd broken their gate a year ago they would get quite shirt shrift. DH sounds like a total wet blanket both for not wanting to ask for the cushions back, and for not addressing the gate issue at the time.

MokunMokun Tue 16-Jun-15 08:30:19

If this happened a year ago then it's too late now. Just chalk it up to experience annoying as it is.

cuntycowfacemonkey Tue 16-Jun-15 08:34:02

I was with you until you said a year ago! Sorry but you should have dealt with it at the time.

hibbledibble Tue 16-Jun-15 08:37:01

Yes they were aware of it then, and no didn't offer to fix it.

I think you are right that too much time has passed sad

I'm really annoyed at dh for not taking any stand with this.

Friend in question has form for paying fair share in the past. I accept that she may have no idea what happened though.

hibbledibble Tue 16-Jun-15 08:38:06

Frances that sounds terribly annoying! My sympathies brew

FenellaFellorick Tue 16-Jun-15 08:41:53

oh crikey. A year ago? No, I do think it is too late now.

GloGirl Tue 16-Jun-15 08:44:32

Yes, too late. Move on.

hibbledibble Tue 16-Jun-15 08:44:39

Fair enough. I'm not expecting anything, after all, if help was forthcoming it would have been offered a long time.

This is more a grievance that they didn't offer to repair the damage.

Dh apparently didn't tell me as he thought that I would want them to contribute towards repairs!! angry

FenellaFellorick Tue 16-Jun-15 08:45:33

I agree with you. I would have thought someone would offer to sort that out. I think it's shabby that they didn't.

hibbledibble Tue 16-Jun-15 20:25:37

I've tried to talk to dh about this, now I know its not just me who thinks this kind of behaviour is not on. (Btw this came up recently as the gate is still broken, I don't know if it will ever be fixed!)

I'm equally annoyed at him for not taking a stand and telling me at the time.

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