My dear SIL has been staying for a few days. (I've mentioned her before.) She arrived out of the blue on Thursday, and left this morning (Sunday).
BG: She lives in Hong Kong but was in the UK returning my nephews to their school after summer. It was Mr Star's birthday on Thursday so she decided to come and surprise him. Mr Star and Son Star are away this weekend and I had some plans which I had to cancel as a result of her descending.
We spent all yesterday shopping in town while my daughter was at a friend's, and in the evening we had dinner with MIL. We used my car and it was dark when we returned home. This morning SIL noticed a couple of scratches and a small dent on the driver's side of her hire car. It must have happened yesterday - looks like one of the kids on the street has ridden/fallen into it on their bike or scooter. I've quizzed the ones I've seen out this morning, and of course they've denied all knowledge.
I can totally understand how annoyed she was about this - she'll now lose her £100 deposit as she's not returning the car in the condition she collected it - but she spoke as though she expected me to offer to pay. I wondered if I should, as the car got damaged outside our house - but it was hardly our fault. (Also, not that it's relevant, but it would hurt us financially, whereas SIL and her husband are loaded and to be honest won't even notice it.)
I bean-dipped a couple of times - she kept saying how annoying/unfair it was when she'd come to see us as a nice surprise for her brother, and how she should have stayed where she was - but when she left I still felt she was cross I hadn't offered to cover the payment. I also felt - still feel - guilty that she'll be stung for something that happened outside our home and think maybe I should have.