Q: I went to church Sunday and dropped my 24 mo. old off at the nursery and when I got back, a friend of mine was working in my child’s’ class that day and in front of everyone, he proceeded to tell me how bad my kid was and that when the teacher picked him up, he was kicking his legs and the girl’s cellphone fell off her side and went to the floor and broke in two. He was laughing, but I was horrified. My kid is usually good, of course he has his moments, but that’s beside the point. I went in to the girl and told her we would pay for the phone. She said she had insurance, but my husband gave her our numbers to call us if she wanted us to pay for the deductible. She called today and told us what it was and wants us to send her the money. #1 Was that even our responsibility to offer to pay for her phone, when she shouldn’t have even had her cell phone on her–I mean if it were her glasses or something I can understand, but this was a device that is not to be used while you’re tending to the children in the nursery. #2 One of my friends thinks I should say something to the woman that runs the nursery about how maybe people shouldn’t be wearing their cell phones on their hips or even on them while working in the nursery, so no one goes through this again and no one has to feel bad that something got broken.
A: No, you aren’t responsible for paying for the cell phone. It was the girl’s choice to wear the cell phone and should have realized that it might get broken. Who’s to say another child might not have grabbed at it, dropped it, and it was broken? However, it was a thoughtful gesture to offer to pay the deductible. It was your choice.
It would be fine for you to say something to the woman who runs the nursery so that a similar accident won’t happen in the future.