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Alice, Do I Really Need to Replace a Wine Glass Broken While I Was Housesitting? - Apartment Therapy

Alice, Do I Really Need to Replace a Wine Glass Broken While I Was Housesitting? - Apartment Therapy
From The Kitchn - September 14, 2017

Dear Alice,

This past weekend I was house sitting for some very well-off friends. I got the go ahead from them to have people over for dinner and one of my friends broke one of their wine glasses. He offered to pay for it, but I also know he is about to move, does not have a ton of spare cash and the replacement glasses cost kind of a lot ( and you have to buy a set of two). Do I go ahead and accept his offer? Do I replace the glass myself? Do I tell them and hope that they will say, "do not worry about it, we are RICH!"? I know he feels terrible, I feel terrible that he feels terrible, but I also know these people do not need two more fancy wine glasses. Ugh!

Thanks,

Sorry to Wine

Hey STW,

We have discussed a more straightforward version of this conundrum on Apartment Therapy before and the general consensus is to ask the host and if/when they politely decline your offer, send some sort of token as a gesture of atonement. I am in general agreement with the group of commenters on the original post, but things get a little more complicated with the added layers of who should do the apologizing and buying, you or your guest. So let's break it out.

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