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responsibility for someone breaking my racquet

Discussion in 'General Forum' started by TitaniumTi, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. TitaniumTi

    TitaniumTi Regular Member

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    so this was how it went

    i lent my racquet to my friend, he was playing doubles with his partner. my opponent lifted the shuttle straight towards my friend, my friend smashed the bird, but his partner backhanded it (his partner is an idiot). I witnessed the whole thing and his partner was at fault, as a result, my racquet was completely destroyed. His partner is not willing to pay me back for the racquet , what should i do? how do we deal with lowlives like these?
     
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    I am very sorry to hear you loss. Is there a reason why you call your friend's (person #2) partner (person #3) an idiot? Did anyone call the shot? I assume since you saw the entire thing, you are sure your friend's partner is at fault. If that is the cast, he (#3) should be the person pick up majority of the cost. There is no written rule who has to pay for that broken racquet. Reason with that person (#3) if he does not see it your way. However, be happy if they can get you a used same model racquet in good condition. Good luck.
     
  3. Viper2005

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    Racket loss....

    :crying: Another racket to the heaven.

    This happened to me many times.
    Here is what I'd do. The friend that borrowed the racket is responsible for replacing your racket. The friend can pursue that partner for damages or just forget/forgive the incident. Accidents happens all the time on court. The friend is responsible for returning your racket in the same condition before borrowing it.
    Costly lesson to learn, next time your friend will call the shots when the shuttle lands in-between players. If not, this will happen again and again.:mad: :eek:
     
  4. werfer

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    I agree with Viper2005. The person who borrowed your racket should pay for the damages.
     
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    just for curiousity sake... what raquet was it?
     
  6. wood_22_chuck

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    Sorry for your loss, TitaniumTi ... Was in that situation many years back. There're many considerations, and the main things are:

    • Rackets are expensive
    • Rackets WILL BREAK
    • There's never a good time for a racket to break

    Hope you can put this behind you quickly, and move on to enjoy badminton, rather than dwelling on bad experiences.

    -dave
     
  7. Viper2005

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    Great advise........move on!

    I always carry couple of my beat up rackets to lend to people. If they break it, I just tell them to give me $20.00. Or tell them, you break it-you bought it.....

    If you find yourself lending out rackets often, buy couple of $20.00 rackets and keep in your bag for that special friend.:rolleyes:

     
  8. DinkAlot

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    "You borrow it, you break it, you replace it." It's as simple as that. That is all, no excuse in the world can get them out of replacing the racket. How they replace the racket is up to them, however they do it. But that person owes you a new racket or one of comparable value or equivalent cash.
     
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    ok, now we reverse the situation. what should you do if u actually lend your racquet to a friend and he/she broke it? (in this situation, you encourage your friend to use your racquet instead of your own). is your friend responsible for the damage or you actually swallow the loss your self?
     
  10. Pete LSD

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    Exactly, it goes both way.

    How does the borrower repay the lender a similar racquet of similar value when the broken racquet get scratches and paint chips?!?
     
  11. Tomsk

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    My philosophy about lending money, but it applies to anything of value.

    "Only lend money to the people that you would give the money to"
     
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    What are friends?

    I would thought that if you are comfortable lending a racquet to this person, then he is a friend, not merely an acquaintance. Now that the incident happened, no fault of your friend...Just put yourself in his place, such that it is you, having the incident with your own racquet. What are you going to do? Nothing much, maybe beat the crap out of your partner for being so F**king stupid or if the partner is "honourable", he would replace the racquet.

    Being friends, is not to put a friend in a spot.

    So, IF (a big IF) this happened to me,
    -I lending a racquet. I will tell my friend to forget it, no fault of his.

    -If I borrowed the racquet, I will either tell the partner that he should cough up some compensation or if he is not willing..a few choice words in the form of sticking the broken racquet into certain orifice of his. I will then compensate my friend, period.

    That is what friendship is.

    p.s. Whatever compensation your friends offered is good enough. A friend will never undercompensate a friend and a friend will never have the thought that he is being undercompensated.

    On a side note, have at least 3 racquets.
    So you don't need to borrow any, If you somehow manage to broke all 3 racquet strings on the same day...it is not a good day to play badminton and it will be MOST likely you will break whatever you borrowed. Time to head home :D
     
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    Excellent Points wwcbro!!!
     
  14. LazyBuddy

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    Very good point.

    If this person is a very close friend, and it's a pure accident (even regardless his or his partner's fault, or both), I will just let it go. Overall, friendship can NOT be weight by $$$. Never to metion, we all coming to gym to have fun, and no one wants to break anything, regardless whom it originally belonged to. Just let it go.

    Of course, bring some older / cheaper rackets to gym, and lend to newbie friends is always a good idea. ;)
     
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    True, but if it's your good friend, he/she would offer to replace the racket. Otherwise, I doubt they would be a "good" friend. :p

    There are a lot of "what ifs", "buts" and "ors" in this situation. The "fact" or "law" of the matter is the person you lend it to is responsible for returning the racket in similar condition.

    However, for me, if it's a friend, I'll lend out my rackets, no worries what happens to them. If it's someone I don't know or don't know well, I will most likely not lend.
     
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    The person who borrowed your racket should pay for it. If he wishes to ask his partner to pay for it, thats his choice but at the end, you should receive the money from the borrower. As well, if it was like a year or two old, charging him full price may not help your friendship so cut it down to like half price.

    Im also curious as to what racket it was~

    I hope this works out well!
     
  17. Pete LSD

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    The rule of thumb is real good friend do not do business together and do not talk about money ;) .


     
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    True, GuavaWang and I just take turns buying each other dinner. :p

    And if he were to break one of my rackets, I wouldn't think twice about it. :D
     
  19. tomtung

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    It is the first time happened to me in thirty years that my partner broke my racket. The shuttle was on my right side, as I hit the bird (which I got it first) he uses he back hand smash right into my center side frame and broke! The problem is not an accident, he is the guy who likes to hit even the bird is not flying towards his side. I warmed him many times that he should not try to hit when the bird is not on his side. So I ask him to pay me Cdn$250.00 Li Ling Wood N90. I am not an unreasonable person, if my racket broke due to an accident. I would not ask him to pay for the damage; however, he knows his problem, he always like to steal the hit even it is not on his side. Well, guess what, he refused to pay! He says to me that one time someone broke his racket and that person did not pay him. I told him that he shall ask him to pay if it is not his fault. See I can live if it was an accident meaning if the bird is over the center and we both try to return the bird at the same time. But this time the bird is on my side and he reaches over trying to steal the hit and broke my racket! The other point is he has been playing badminton for over twenty years, he should have known better... I told him, if I break someone's racket, I will pay him/her back. These days, some people are just shameless...!
     
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    that has happened to me too. a big swinger partner of mine broke my brand new cab20 JP. that was many years ago.

    it is a tough situation. usually, the unspoken rule is the person who is holding the racket is responsible for the racket. no one want to be at fault as no one go out deliberately to break other people's stuff. the gray area is unfortunately so large that no matter what amount of arguing will let everyone agree. and in the end, it is just a racket, perhaps a friendship is worth more than that.

    such players are to be avoided in the future, or just bring out the good old aluminum racket.

    oh. and i didn't say anything to my friend.

    probably not the answer you are looking for. :(
     

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