A woman has come under fire for ‘refusing’ to reimburse her friend for the $200 bottle of designer perfume her four-year-old daughter broke.
Ella* was content to leave her child with her friend, Charlotte*, while she had to go out and run an emergency errand.
The mum was concerned because of Charlotte’s immaculate house but her friend assured her that she was happy to watch her daughter for a few hours.
But Ella was shocked to find a furious Charlotte and sobbing child upon her return.
The friend revealed that the child had shattered an expensive bottle of Chanel perfume and that she expected to be reimbursed for it.
A woman has come under fire for ‘refusing’ to reimburse her friend for the $200 bottle of designer perfume her 4-year-old daughter broke
Ella recalled that her daughter ‘could not stop crying’ when she went to pick her up and was confused about the sequence of events.
‘[Charlotte] told me that I needed to pay her back for the perfume, and she said it in a tone that implied it was completely natural to expect me to do this,’ the mum told Kidspot.
But she was confused because she expected her friend to be supervising her daughter and should have known she was playing with an expensive item.
‘My daughter then told me that [Charlotte] explicitly told her to use the ensuite with the ‘pretty bottles’ of perfume on the bench,’ the mum said. ‘
The little girl said she had simply picked a bottle up to look at it when it slipped, hit the vanity, and then smashed on the floor tiles.
She confessed to her mistake straight away and apologised, but Charlotte was furious.
She texted her friend to find out when she could expect the money to drop into her account.
‘I refused. I explained that she should have put the bottles away and out of reach given she knew she was babysitting and had told my daughter specifically to use that toilet,’ Ella said,
The two friends have not spoken since the encounter, and the mum revealed she does not plan on reaching out ever again.
The child also revealed that she had simply picked a bottle of perfume up to look at it when it slipped, hit the vanity, and then smashed on the floor tiles
Ella’s story sparked a furious debate with strong views coming in from all sides.
It eventually spilled onto reddit where one woman complained her friend’s child vomited on her $7500 couch and refused to pay her back for the damages.
The woman, Hannah, complained she is child-free and does not allow small children into her house because her dogs are scared of them.
Another woman in her friend group, Jessica, is a single mum of two toddlers who are known to ‘run wild and make a mess’.
‘My husband and I are the only ones who can host people at our house because it’s big enough, and I usually have people over later in the day, around 7pm, as that’s when most of us are off work,’ she said in a Reddit post.
People are debating about whether parents should pay for their children’s mistakes
‘I had a gathering last weekend, a dinnertime barbecue,’ she explained. ‘Everyone was invited, and Jessica asked if she could bring her kids because she can’t afford a babysitter.’
‘I said no because of my dogs, and also because I don’t want her baby and toddler at my house.’
Hannah said Jessica previously snuck her children in while Hannah was in the bathroom and kept trying to ‘push them off on other people who didn’t want to hold them so she could relax.’
‘One of the children also puked on my $7500 white couch, which I had to replace, and Jessica refused to pay for it.’
Hannah then explained that Jessica ‘blew up’ about the incident and was angry at the group for ‘excluding’ her from their hangouts.
She then wondered if she was ‘too harsh’ on her friend and should’ve just let her bring the children over again.
A woman was upset after her friend’s toddler vomited on her $5000 couch and ruined it
Many were torn and couldn’t decide who was in the wrong.
‘Parents should pay for their child’s mistakes,’ a woman said. ‘Unfortunately, parents and kids are placed on a pedestal where the rules of being a decent human being don’t apply. If you swapped out kid with dog, people would unanimously back you.’
‘This is ridiculous,’ added another. ‘A child’s mess is always on the parent or adult meant to be watching them.’
But others didn’t think small children should be held accountable for their actions.
‘If you can afford a $7500 couch, you can afford to have it replaced,’ a man wrote.
‘Life happens, and children make mistakes,’ said another. ‘It’s not that serious.’
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