A Stain On Your Record?


Last week, Margo was asked out on a second date to the opera by the man of her dreams.  In a frenzy to figure out what to wear, her friend Holly offered to lend Margo one of her beloved vintage dresses.  Knowing how sacred her growing collection was to her, Margo was touched by Holly’s offer, and she took her up on it by borrowing a gorgeous, off the shoulder, emerald green number.  Margo looked amazing, and Holly was thrilled for her friend.

Cut to after the opera, the two love birds went out for a glass of wine. As they gazed into each others’ eyes, deep in conversation, an unknowing, tipsy patron knocked over Margo’s red wine – spilling it all over the front to Holly’s green dress. Drenched, Margo was horrified and even ended her date early to get home and work on the stain.

The next morning, she called Holly to tell her what happened and immediately took the dress to the dry cleaner. But when Margo picked up the dress a couple of days later, the stain was still prevalent. She returned the dress to Holly and apologized profusely.  Of course Holly accepted her apology, but she was clearly disappointed, and it almost seemed as if she was expecting something more.

Knowing she can’t replace the dress, should Margo offer to reimburse Holly for what she paid for it?  If an accident like this happens, and the stain is permanent, is it up to the borrower to pay in full, or is the lender responsible too for taking the risk?

How would you handle the situation?  Tell us what you think!


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2 Responses to “A Stain On Your Record?”

  1. Liz says:

    We all know that we only truly forgive ourselves when we ruin something. When someone else does it, it bothers us. I personally don’t ever lend anything out I can’t live without. No one, whether on purpose or not takes care of your possessions like you would like. It looks like Margo did the responsible thing and took it to the dry cleaners and it didn’t work. She should out of friendship also offer to pay for the dress. Holly might be able to look for a specialist to clean the dress better or maybe get it dyed. Who knows. I hope the friendship is stronger than the feeling towards the dress.

  2. Molly says:

    I agree with Liz – she should offer to pay for the dress or offer to pay for the specialist to have it cleaned or dyed.

    Honestly, they’re both wrong in this. You should never lend out a special piece of clothing, nor borrow one. Margo wasn’t careless – some clueless person in the restaurant spilled the drink.

    Friends have offered to lend me things when I needed something special, but I’d only borrow something that can survive having an idiot spill something on it.

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