Do you have to pay?
Has your toddler ever broken something in a store? Completely by accident?
Did the store owner/manager make you pay for the accident?
Yesterday, I took the Dictator into a store - let's just say it was NOT Shopper's Drug Mart, but a store like it (Really, it wasn't Shopper's. I'm a Shopper's addict.)
She was thirsty so I grabbed a plastic apple juice bottle from the fridge and handed it to her. My hands were full of other supplies - kid's bandaids, baby shampoo, blah blah....
My daughter dropped the plastic bottle of apple juice and the bottle exploded.
It was completely by accident. AND...AND....AND....
The way the plastic bottle broke wasn't in a way that was her fault. This is kind of hard to explain.
But you know the part around the lid, which is so difficult to rip off, but so you know the bottle hasn't been opened before? The kind that you have to use your teeth to rip open?
Anyway, that's not where the bottle broke. The lid broke in a way that if I had dropped it, the same thing would have happened.
Basically, it was a flawed plastic bottle to begin with. A flawed plastic bottle that my daughter completely by accident dropped.
Now, if you were the store owner, and you saw a mother with a ton of other things she was going to buy and the bottle of apple juice that had completely broken in a way that was clearly the fault of the apple juice company and NOT the child, would you make the person pay the $1.39 for the broken apple juice bottle?
Would you let it go?
I'm not going to say what ended up happening or what I ended up buying or not buying. However I am interested in your stories of your toddlers breaking things in stores and the reactions...