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Money Moral Dilemma: Should I pay for my friend's stolen phone?

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This week's MoneySaver who wants advice asks...

I was on the beach in Barcelona with some friends when a couple of them decided to go into the water. One of them apparently asked me to watch their bag, but I was resting and didn't hear them. I had my eyes closed and someone took it without me realising; now they're asking me to pay for their phone that was inside - should I cough up?
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  • ask66
    ask66 Posts: 98 Forumite
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    No, you should not cough up.
  • boliston
    boliston Posts: 3,012 Forumite
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    They don't sound like "friends" to me!
    Putting something like a phone or wallet in a bag is risky anyway as bags are easily stolen - mine stay in a pocket.
  • securityguy
    securityguy Posts: 2,462 Forumite
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    No.

    That was easy, wasn't it?
  • Hermia
    Hermia Posts: 4,473 Forumite
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    No. If you ask someone to look after something expensive you should at least make sure they heard you!
  • Person_one
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    They should claim on their insurance.
  • Randomjargon
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    Yes! You said you'd look after my phone!!!!
  • System
    System Posts: 178,105 Community Admin
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    These moral dilemas are so poorly thought up! I didn't hear him ask that way he should have known you didn't hear him by you giving no response. Can i start writing these moral dilemmas? They'd be so much better :D
  • scotsbob
    scotsbob Posts: 4,632 Forumite
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    All sounds a bit iffy to me, I'd leave it to the insurance people to sort it out.
  • Jagraf
    Jagraf Posts: 2,462 Forumite
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    Spinkz wrote: »
    These moral dilemas are so poorly thought up! I didn't hear him ask that way he should have known you didn't hear him by you giving no response. Can i start writing these moral dilemmas? They'd be so much better :D

    Lol yes here's one vote for spinkz!
    Never again will the wolf get so close to my door :eek:
  • *Robin*
    *Robin* Posts: 3,364 Forumite
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    Spinkz wrote: »
    These moral dilemas are so poorly thought up! I didn't hear him ask that way he should have known you didn't hear him by you giving no response. Can i start writing these moral dilemmas? They'd be so much better :D

    Seconded! Go Spinks!

    As for "this week's dilemma" - what Person One said.
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