We have known Special Snowflake (SS) for almost twenty years. She is a nice person but careless in her words and actions which unfortunately has cost her some relationships in the past. This is one such story.
DH, DD and I have hosted an annual pumpkin carving party for friends and neighbors for the past five years. This year SS and her family were able to join us for the first time, as SS had moved away upon marrying her DH and it coincided with an open weekend on their calendar. We hosted SS and family for the duration of their stay.
During the course of the evening, SS stated that she wanted to bake pumpkin seeds. She collected the pulp of all the pumpkins and disappeared inside to make her pumpkin seeds. Party was a success. Guests all have a great time. Everyone turns in for the night. Fast forward to the next morning, SS pokes her head in our bedroom to tell us they are leaving and by the way, our laundry room had flooded overnight.
DH immediately hops out of bed and goes downstairs to assess the situation. The laundry room floor had flooded at some point during the night but most of the water had recessed into the floor drain. DH gets out the wet vac, starts slurping up the remaining water, then for good measure, removes the floor drain’s cover, and sticks the wet vac’s nozzle down the drain. The floor drain is packed with pumpkin pulp; SS had dumped the pulp of sixteen pumpkins down our garbage disposal. DH calls the local plumber and makes an appointment for the next day (DH is a master electrician, he doesn’t do well with water – it’s his natural enemy). Plumber arrives on schedule and has to snake the drain three times to clear the pumpkin pulp.
SS calls later in the week to see if we found what caused the flooding, and I told her the culprit was the pumpkin pulp. Her response was, “Oops, my bad. Plumbing problems suck don’t they?,” and then switched topics.
What say you, eHellions? Is it rude not to offer to pay for all or at least part of the repair? What do you do in these situations, as either party? 1203-15