I was recently at a close friend’s home for an afternoon of swimming and fun. We chatted a while when I arrived and then she went to change into her swimsuit. She has a bar with two bar stools. Not wanting to get too comfortable, I half sat/more like leaned on one of the bar stools. Immediately it made a horrible cracking sound and fell to the ground, in pieces.
My friend and her mom came running out of their bedrooms to see the commotion and found me standing there looking at the broken stool in disbelief. I had barely touched it. The stools looked very cheap but still I couldn’t believe it had broken like that!
I apologized profusely and was of course embarrassed. Since neither of them witnessed the incident, I explained what happened. We all stood there in disbelief as I continued to apologize. If this had happened in my own home, I would have seen my guest distressed and embarrassed and would have attempted to relieve that in some way (after all, this *was* a cheap bar stool, not a family heirloom), but my friend did no such thing. That’s fine. Her prerogative.
I apologized for the 70th time and then stated I would replace it. She then stated she couldn’t remember where she got it. She started naming expensive online stores and her mom kept correcting her, saying, “Noooo I think we got it from Walmart or Target”. This went on for some time and it was awkward. I started to get the feeling my friend wanted me to hand over $250 for a $50 bar stool.
I finally said well you can log in to those sites and see your order history. We want to match the other bar stool so when you find where you purchased it, send me the info and I will order it and ship it to you.
A week later I got a text from her, showing the receipt that it had been purchased at Walmart. Replacement cost: $50, including shipping.
Strange. I’m still not sure what to think about the whole thing. 0906-17
You make good on your promise to replace the bar stool ASAP and forget about it. Personally, if I had been the homeowner I wouldn’t have expected any guest to compensate me for broken furniture but hey, that’s me.