A continuation from the previous.
I didn’t learn my lesson.
This time round, someone asked to borrow my phone for a duration of about a week, and I obliged.
However, after a few weeks, my phone wasn’t returned to me.
On top of that, I was told that my phone’s screen is scratched.
What do I say in response to that? Aren’t you supposed to take extreme care of something that doesn’t belong to you? At that point of time, I didn’t want to argue, so I just said “Never mind.”
It has been months since I last saw my phone. I guess the “Never mind” was the signal the borrower needed to take his/her own sweet time to return my phone, and the excuse given was because “still need it because no time to get a new one.”
I’m really amazed, because it all depends on how desperate you are to return what doesn’t belong to you. If you are true and sincere in returning it, even if it means travelling out of the way, you would go the extra mile to return it and thank the person for lending it to you.
Afterall, the person doesn’t owe you anything. By lending you, he is doing you a favour.
To damage what he has entrusted you with, and even failing to return it, you have shamelessly taken advantage of his goodwill.
To make things worse, while I was reasoning out how we should settle the damages, I got shouted at.
“SO WHAT YOU WANT NOW??!!”
Wow. This takes the cake. So am I supposed to apologize now? Apologize for lending you my phone in the first place?
So now the settlement is to change the screen of my phone for me.
To do that, the face plate of the phone has to be ripped out and changed, and there is no better solution.
Ironically, the Righteous Borrower has a business for renting out Polaroid cameras. I thought he/she should know best. Maybe it takes someone to borrow his/her Polaroid, scratch it or damage it in the rain.. Then, take a long time to return it (without paying anything extra since you don’t need it anyway), and offer to change the casing for you.
The Righteous Borrower always has his/her way of explaining things, so to his/her friends and peers, there will be something said about the Rude Lender that makes the whole situation totally the Lender’s fault. You can mark my word. I guarantee this will always happen.
But I don’t really care now, I just want my things back and I swear I will stop lending anything out.