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Who is responsible for lost mobile phone?

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uwila Tue 26-Apr-05 15:22:16

Do you give your nanny a mobile phone? If so, who would be responsible for replacing it if she lost it? You? Her? Split the cost?

Incidentally, I own the phone, but it is for her sole use whilst she works for us.

PsychoFlame Tue 26-Apr-05 15:25:25

If she lost it, then I would say her... if it was stolen, I would say you.

I have no nanny though, so have no idea if that is the right ettiquette!!!

bundle Tue 26-Apr-05 15:27:31

don't you have insurance?

uwila Tue 26-Apr-05 15:28:36

nope. Insurance not available on pay as you go plans.

soapbox Tue 26-Apr-05 15:29:25

Uwilla, can't you get a plan which has a free phone?? If she loses it just get another free one???

uwila Tue 26-Apr-05 15:30:36

You can if you pay monthly. But I'm not willing to do that.

uwila Tue 26-Apr-05 15:31:43

Actually I didn't look very hard. I just looked at the vodaphone webpage and the cheapest nokia on offer with pay as you go is £80.

lunavix Tue 26-Apr-05 15:31:54

Maybe chalk this down to experience and write in her contract if she loses it again she has to replace it?

fuzzywuzzy Tue 26-Apr-05 15:32:08

would it not be covered by your home contents insurance???

JanH Tue 26-Apr-05 15:32:18

It's mostly for your benefit, isn't it? I would say you, either way.

lunavix Tue 26-Apr-05 15:32:30

buy a phone off ebay. You could get one for £20! I have one you could have for £10!

JanH Tue 26-Apr-05 15:32:40

There is a Nokia 3410 for £20 these days.

soapbox Tue 26-Apr-05 15:33:22

Uwill - you can buy a lot of months worth of air time on a monthly plan with that - and get the phone free!

Ameriscot2005 Tue 26-Apr-05 15:34:41

Woolworth's sells mobile phones for £20, I think. You can then sign up with Virgin for a fiver.

And dock the cost from your nanny's last paypacket.

uwila Tue 26-Apr-05 15:36:16

Well, the nanny is leaving in a few weeks. I will be hiring a new one in August so the phone will be for new nanny. And I don't really think it's fair for new nanny to have to accespt cheap crap ebay phone when I paid for brand new one only a year ago. My questions is really one of liability. What do think is fair. If I lost my work phone, I think my employer might make me pay for it.

By the way, she lost it. Left it on the train.

bundle Tue 26-Apr-05 15:37:40

i really don't think it matters what a phone looks like, it's presumably so you can keep in touch, so as long as it works it doesn't really matter if it's not the latest model

Ameriscot2005 Tue 26-Apr-05 15:38:18

I would definitely have her pay for part, if not all, of the replacement cost.

Otherwise, what's the incentive not to be so careless in the future?

soapbox Tue 26-Apr-05 15:39:03

My employer would just dish out a new one

I wouldn't make her pay, but thats just me, can uinderstand if you feel differently!

I would say 50:50 would be fair - you get a brand new phone but she contributes to the cost!

Ameriscot2005 Tue 26-Apr-05 15:39:19

Agree, Bundle, and the new nanny will probably have her own mobile anyway.

JanH Tue 26-Apr-05 15:50:42

Nokia 3410 - with Tmobile though, not Vodafone, but they're not locked on PAYG, are they? You could probably just get a new SIM card with your old number.

crunchie Tue 26-Apr-05 16:02:28

Personally I wouldn't give a nanny a mobile phone, most people have their own. I know last time you had a different scenario, but I wouldn't give them one. However I do think if she lost it, she should contribute TBH Different if her bag was stolen or something.

She is leaving in a few weeks, do you NEED to get her a new one?? Can it wait ??

uwila Tue 26-Apr-05 16:06:15

yes, it can wait. But I am on the verge of hiring her replacement, and I have already told her that there is a mobile phone on offer.

uwila Tue 26-Apr-05 16:07:27

I insiste however that phone be pay as you go because I don't want to be liable for either a potentially large bill or for a year's contract.

ssd Tue 26-Apr-05 16:42:33

Uwila, I think you should tell your new nanny that she is liable for the replacement cost if she loses a mobile you supply then that's fair. Chalk it up to experience the cost of replacing the old nannies phone.

How is it going with the replacement nanny?

I've just had a thought, maybe the new nanny might refuse the mobile if she knows she's liable for the replacement costs.........maybe best to go 50;50?

bundle Tue 26-Apr-05 16:45:47

what's in her contract re: phone?

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