The incident sparked a debate among other parents online.
Kids do the darndest things sometimes. Like, break electronic gadgets, for instance. But what do you do if your toddler breaks someone else's phone? Redditor business_socks4 shared his story of how his friend had brought her one-year-old daughter to a BBQ birthday party. The little girl ended up ruining his own device, so he decided to confront the mom and asked her to buy him a new one. But she refused. Later he took to the AITA subreddit to question whether his request was reasonable.
Elaborating on the incident, the 19-year-old wrote: “Jen” (19f) recently had a barbecue to celebrate her birthday. One of the other attendees was our friend “Kat” (18f). Kat brought her daughter (1f). Kat was supposed to constantly supervise her as Jen has a pool in the garden and it could be dangerous if she wandered off. Jen’s father asked a friend (19m) and I to help him carry the food from the kitchen to the garden to be barbecued. When we returned to our seats, however, we found that Kat’s daughter had gotten onto the table and made a hell of a mess, including throwing my phone onto the patio, which smashed it. Kat, meanwhile, had been talking to one of Jen’s sisters, oblivious to what her daughter was doing, apparently having expected another one of our friends (18m) to supervise her.
The OP decided to talk to Kat about the incident. He continued: I confronted Kat about the damage done to my phone as it had had juice poured over it and was clearly broken, and told her that I’d expect her to buy me a new one. Kat apologised on her daughter’s behalf but thought that this was unfair. My parents agree that I should not be expected to buy a new phone when someone else’s child damaged it and had Kat been properly supervising her daughter, this wouldn’t have happened. However, I do see why Kat and some of our friends may see me as TA here as I should have taken my phone with me and it is a lot of money to expect as compensation. So, is OP the asshole?
There were mixed reactions to the man receiving compensation. Some people even went on to blame the guy saying that he shouldn’t have left his phone unattended.
The person left an unprotected cell phone on a table during a party! They are responsible for their own negligence.— margie gilles (@mgilles_2000) July 12, 2021
One user wrote: I never leave my phone unattended especially if a pool is close. But the kid broke it so the kids keeper should replace it. To which OP responded: I don't usually, but I didnt expect to be gone long and the baby wasn't initially near me so I didn't expect anything to happen to it. However most people agreed that the guy was not an asshole in this situation. A Redditor responded: NTA. Parents are responsible for their children AND for the property their kids damage. Another added: NTA. I've got a one year old and I would feel responsible if he broke someone else's belongings. Phones in particular. Accidents happen but that doesn't mean that accountability can't be had also.
What do you think?