To expect them to pay us back for TV
Booboostwo · 12/06/2017 20:15
Friends of ours mentioned that their TV was broken, they could not afford another one at the moment and were really missing it. We had a spare TV and offered it to them. This was very clearly a loan as we said this explicitly - we'll need the TV in the near future but we're not using it at the moment.
A few weeks later they mentioned the TV was broken. Their DC was trying to switch it on, wasn't managing and used a hammer on the screen. This was all mentioned with a 'isn't DC cute' kind of tone and loads of smiles. There was no mention of compensating us for the TV. They barely apologised, it was more of a 'you'll never believe what happened' kind of story.
FuzzyCustard · 12/06/2017 20:21
Ye gods! Child trying to switch on TV with a hammer?
They should definitely compensate you (but bearing in mind they couldn't afford a TV in the first place you might have to wait).
Otherwise, you now know what kind of friends (and parents) they are for future reference.
KeiraKnightleyActsWithHerTeeth · 12/06/2017 20:23
Wtf? A hammer? How old is this kid?
I would text or phone and say
"Regarding the television we allowed you to borrow. We will need it back soon, so we just wanted to give you a heads up in plenty of time that it will need to be replaced by xyz date. The model name and no is and we bought it from abc."
thereallochnessmonster · 12/06/2017 20:35
Yeah, right. Who would let their dc loose with a fricking hammer and not be mortified about it?
Agree with above posters - they're scamming you. Or they have an incredible brass neck...
'Sorry to hear about my TV. We do need it back, as I said. It's a Samsung xxx , and we bought it from John Lewis for about £xxx. It's a 40-inch screen [in case they buy you a 12-inch replacement].
Could we have a replacement by xxx date? thanks. And mind darling dc with hammers in future!
Booboostwo · 12/06/2017 20:38
It hadn't crossed my mind that they would be lying! That seems seriously unethical!
I am fuming about it but DH wants to drop it as it's not worth falling out over. Had they come to us, really apologetic and mortified that they could not afford to replace the TV it would have been fine, but they seemed to think the whole thing was amusing.
SidesofFeet · 12/06/2017 20:46
Do you know if the tv is actually broken? I'm just wondering if they are trying it on a bit since they couldn't afford a new tv themselves, I'm wondering if they are hoping you will tell them not to worry, forget about needing the tv back and they have a new tv at no cost. Can you go around and see the tv, confirm it's actually broken, can't be cheaply repaired by them. i think you'll not get them to replace it since they couldn't afford one in the first place, pop round confirm it's broken and take it away.
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