Argh! A professor at my uni, not my supervisor, loaned me a book recently. I was planning to give it back to him this week but accidently spilled a glass of water over it yesterday. It is still in good condition but the bottom of it is obviously water-logged. However, the damage is superficial. Do I:
a. Buy a new one, even though it costs £40, which I can't really afford at the moment
b. Come clean, offer to buy a new one in the hope that he'll say no
c. Give it back and not say anything
I'm swaying towards b. - What do you all think?
I would also say B, dependant on how bad it is - particularly in case they have made any notes in the txt - you don't want to throw that away.
They will either be annoyed but realise its a mistake, or not be that bothered
can't imagine anyone needing a new book for the sake of a little water - and you save £40
What I would do is buy the person a book token to the value of the book, and give the book back with humble apologies and the book token. That way they might say you can keep the tokens if the damage is a superficial as you suggest, or they can replace the book themselves. This will ensure that they will lend others books in the future, and give you brownie points for owning up and doing your best to minimise the upset. The first is the most important though as sometimes your tutors/ supervisors are the only source of hard to find material.
I think I have to change my mind as well, having thought about it, if I lent a book to someone and it cam back dog eared I'd be annoyed they hadn't looked after it.
I think it was your responsibility to return it to them in the condition they gave it to you
No question but to replace it. That is the risk you assume when you borrow a book. I won't lend books to anyone anymore, having had very bad experiences where people ruin the books, or have lost them, and not offered to replace them. These have been good friends, as well, and certainly people from whom I expected more. Based on a few of these, I simply do not lend anything anymore--no matter what--and tell people the reason is based on bad experiences.
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