Don’t Blame the Fat Man

Posted on | January 22, 2012 | Comments Off

Dear Short Answers:
Last week I was on a flight sitting in an aisle seat. I got up to go the bathroom and when I returned, I was shocked to see the person who had previously been at the window, sitting in my seat. The problem was that I had left my laptop open on my seat and this very, very heavy man was sitting on it. His gigantic butt had cracked the screen and completely obliterated it. I was dumbfounded and angry and, frankly, just wanted to cry. The man was most apologetic but, still, he had ruined my computer. Now I’m stuck buying a new one. It’s too late now, but should I have gotten the man’s contact information and tried to make HIM pay for it? I’m angry at myself for not doing that — but not sure of what his financial responsibility should be. Let me know for future reference.

Dear S:
We have learned the hard way that screens are fragile — smashed iphones, kindles, and yes, laptops.  Which is why you need to CLOSE them.  Can we tell you about the time we SMASHED OUR OWN SCREEN with the seat belt? It would have been nice if the big guy made an offer but he was probably as humiliated as you were devastated. Forget it.

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