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JLeslie's avatar

Do you take care of other peoples things as well as your own?

Asked by JLeslie (47500 points ) April 9th, 2012

The question is asked of everything you might use that is not yours from borrowing tools from a friend, using a public restroom, renting an apartment, renting a car, staying in a hotel, you name it.

Does it matter if the item you are using is owned by an individual or a business?

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josie's avatar

Of course not. That is why “public housing” is often a hellish nightmare and public assistance is a dead end.

Fly's avatar

Yes, I take very good care of my things as well as anything that I borrow from someone else. I tend to take even better care of things that belong to others, whether it belongs to an individual or to a business.

It is a huge pet peeve of mine when people mistreat things that belong to others. I find it extremely disrespectful and rude. I really don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t take care of their own things, though many people do just that, but I suppose that people have every right to treat their own possessions however poorly they wish to.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I probably take better care of someone else’s property because they have entrusted it to me. I take of my own stuff, but you let me use something of your’s comes with a higher responsibility. Doesn’t matter if it’s a business or an individual.

john65pennington's avatar

If I borrow it, I take care of it. I borrowed a chain saw from a neighbor and the chain kept coming off. I took it to a chainsaw dealer and had it reinstalled.

Then, my neighbor tells me that the chain had been slipping on his chainsaw.

Well, it does not slip anymore. I paid for the repair and finished my wood cutting.

I just wish he had told me about the slipping chain, before I borrowed it. I was liable and I knew it.

mangeons's avatar

I treat things that I have borrowed from other people as well if not better than my own things.

Blackberry's avatar

There’s a joke floating around that if someone takes a disc out of your computer or CD player and puts it back into its case, they’re a good person, lol.

It should be common sense to treat others’ property with respect. I went to a club once and became pretty upset when someone destroyed the bathroom stall there. They pulled all of the toilet paper out and threw it in the toilet and there was pee everywhere. Like on the walls and stuff.

People are freaking strange, geez.

Paradox25's avatar

Yes I tend to be extra careful when I’m using/borrowing somebody else’s things. I’m usually not as careful when it comes to my own things though. I can’t think of how many tools I’ve been through because I usually lose them, but I’ve never lost another person’s tools however.

marinelife's avatar

I always am careful with things. I don’t understand people who aren’t.

28lorelei's avatar

I try to be careful with things, but that doesn’t always happen. It’s especially important if that item doesn’t belong to me or is irreplaceable, e.g. a handmade handbag from a foreign country versus a $6 brush from CVS. It annoys the heck out of me when people borrow my things and aren’t careful with them.

Trillian's avatar

My mother taught me to return things that I borrowed in the same or better condition as I borrowed it in.
When I dropped some soda on the page of a book I was borrowing I blotted it right away but two letters rubbed off. I bought a new book and gave that back to the lady. And then had to explain why her name wasn’t in the inside cover. She laughed and said that I shouldn’t have but what would she have thought of me if I hadn’t?
At the same duty station I loaded a book to a shipmate who was going on FEX. He brought it back with half an inch of pages all bent and covered in boot black. He shrugged and said it was in the bottom of his sea-bag next to his boots. Never apologized, much less offered to replace it.
I’d rather be me.

FutureMemory's avatar

I’m much more careful with things that don’t belong to me.

@josie I’m surprised you didn’t find a way to work “Obama” into your answer. :)

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