My husband and I recently enjoyed a 10 day vacation to Europe. We had a blast, a really great time. While we were gone, we enlisted a friend of ours and his girlfriend to come by once a day and feed our cat, and scoop the litter box, and bring the mail in. Now, they live in a cramped apartment, so before we left, we told them if they wanted to, they were welcome to hang out, and watch tv, and even spend the night in the guest room if their neighbors were being obnoxious (an ongoing issue).
We arrived back to fine the cat healthy and happy, and a stack of mail, so they clearly had done their job. However we also discovered they had drank a couple of the bottles of wine from our wine rack. Normally I would have ZERO problem with this. But we discovered they drank a bottle of 2007 Opus One we had been given for our 10th Anniversary and were saving for a special occasion. This wine was wrapped in tissue paper in the back of the wine chest, so clearly not “just another bottle.”
I am not happy about this. I will not ask for payment for it, but normally we would thank them by taking them out to a nice dinner and movie, our treat. I don’t feel obligated to do this now. If they ask, how should we respond? Or should I say something about it first. “Normally we’d take you to dinner but…”
What do you think?