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old lady
09-06-2008, 11:33 PM
Is it wise to put in your budget a just in case you break something too expensive to buy on your trip?

KelLuvsTink
09-06-2008, 11:39 PM
To be honest, I never thought of that!!! I have to think that most of the expensive items would be behind the counter. If you were to break something, I'm fairly certain that they would not make you pay for it, unless it was intentionally broken of course! :confused3 I have brought my younger daughter into the fancy jewelry and sculpture stores in Downtown Disney and I never really worried about her breaking anything so goodluck to you!

kadesha
09-06-2008, 11:42 PM
That thought has never even crossed my mind. I don't think I would budget for that though, just be careful.

lisadr
09-06-2008, 11:51 PM
Is it wise to put in your budget a just in case you break something too expensive to buy on your trip?

I do worry about it, my DD(7) has 2 strikes against her-my "grace" and her fathers "bull in china shop" mentality:lmao: .
So between me and her it always a possibility. I don't budget for it-but I guess I do expect it.

ddlgwar
09-07-2008, 07:33 AM
Several years ago while browsing in Morocco, my daughter was walking thru an aisle and brushed by a very large, very expensive ( hundreds of dollars expensive) glass vase which promptly fell and shattered everywhere. The only concern were was she hit by any of shattered glass and repayment was not wanted.

zurgswife
09-07-2008, 08:53 AM
Is it wise to put in your budget a just in case you break something too expensive to buy on your trip?

No. At Disney I don't think they would make you pay. That being said I would definitely watch the little ones.

lisadr
09-07-2008, 08:58 AM
Several years ago while browsing in Morocco, my daughter was walking thru an aisle and brushed by a very large, very expensive ( hundreds of dollars expensive) glass vase which promptly fell and shattered everywhere. The only concern were was she hit by any of shattered glass and repayment was not wanted.

Not that I am looking to break anything:scared: -but that is a big relief and good to know.

DreadpiratK
09-07-2008, 09:02 AM
This happened to us last year on the Ocean City boardwalk in the Christmas store. My daughter knocked off a figurine and broke the head off. They had a clear 'you break it you bought it' policy posted, so we brought it up to the counter and told them what happened. They asked us to pay, but only their cost, less than half price. I glued the head back on and gave it to my mom for Christmas, so it worked out. We told our DD to next time break something we liked!:lmao:

Crazy Mother of Two
09-07-2008, 09:25 AM
We were there last September and on our plane ride back home we were talking with the people around us and were told this:

They were in Downtown Disney in Goofy's Candy Company when their youngest daughter had a serious melt down! Kicking and screaming -broke a little thing or two! The next thing they knew she had broken the entire store front window!:scared1:
And no, they didn't have them pay for anything.:worship:

lisadr
09-07-2008, 09:50 AM
We were there last September and on our plane ride back home we were talking with the people around us and were told this:

They were in Downtown Disney in Goofy's Candy Company when their youngest daughter had a serious melt down! Kicking and screaming -broke a little thing or two! The next thing they knew she had broken the entire store front window!:scared1:
And no, they didn't have them pay for anything.:worship:


OMG-that is one heck of a meltdown:scared:

clh2
09-07-2008, 10:13 AM
I believe in Wisconsin, it is illegal for a shopowner to charge you if you broke something. It is something that comes on the news every now and then, usually in the form of a consumer watch.

I do not know what the laws are for other states.

faindrops27
09-07-2008, 12:01 PM
We were there last September and on our plane ride back home we were talking with the people around us and were told this:

They were in Downtown Disney in Goofy's Candy Company when their youngest daughter had a serious melt down! Kicking and screaming -broke a little thing or two! The next thing they knew she had broken the entire store front window!:scared1:
And no, they didn't have them pay for anything.:worship:

That child must have had some type of issue.

mom2brina
09-07-2008, 12:06 PM
We were there last September and on our plane ride back home we were talking with the people around us and were told this:

They were in Downtown Disney in Goofy's Candy Company when their youngest daughter had a serious melt down! Kicking and screaming -broke a little thing or two! The next thing they knew she had broken the entire store front window!:scared1:
And no, they didn't have them pay for anything.:worship:

Whaaaaaaaaaat???

Ahem ... I hate to ask what that plane ride was like!

Crazy Mother of Two
09-07-2008, 12:18 PM
Whaaaaaaaaaat???

Ahem ... I hate to ask what that plane ride was like!

Actually - fine. The result of her tantrum was bad but the parents were as surprised to her meltdown as the rest of us were. Maybe Disney was too much to handle! :jumping1: :yay: :jumping1: :yay:
Since we were on a charted airplane - we had the same people on board coming and going. The little girl was well behaved both ways.:lovestruc

rileysmommy
09-07-2008, 02:59 PM
I'll admit to my ds (almost 3) breaking something in the All Star Movies store. He was throwing a temper tantrum and threw one of their "gold" statues and broke the head off. It costs $25 and they did not make me pay for it. I was thoroughly embarassed and apologized profusely. I told my dh that we couldn't go back into that store anymore.

austinosphere
09-07-2008, 03:03 PM
I would only budget for things that are likely to occur.

For example, I don't budget that I have to come up with ransom for a kidnapping.

minkydog
09-07-2008, 04:17 PM
No, I don't budget for breakage. Taking Christian into a souvenier shop is just asking for trouble, so I try to avoid it. He doesn't mean to break things, but he is so off-balance sometimes he sways into things and knocks them over. I just try to make sure we stay near the clothing and out of the breakables.

della
09-07-2008, 09:48 PM
I would only budget for things that are likely to occur.

For example, I don't budget that I have to come up with ransom for a kidnapping.
:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

Dismom55
09-07-2008, 10:20 PM
I have never budgeted for things like that, never thought to do so. Just practice at home with how your child should behave in a store and practice how to look at the pretty things without touching. An ounce of prevention. Not that you have not already done that, but a rehersal might give you some peace of mind. Then a gentle reminder before you enter any store might also give you some peace of mind. Each kid is different, you know your child, you know how they act in stores, but the unexpected can happen. If you really are afraid of an accident, then perhaps you and another adult can take turns keeping the child outside the store while the other adult browses.

Don't worry it will work out.

pednurse
09-07-2008, 11:15 PM
That's why stores have insurance.....to pay for things customers accidentally break. They should not charge you for it....because then if they claim it for insurance, they are getting paid twice for it.

Grumpy'sWife4Ever
09-08-2008, 12:14 AM
I am not that worried about my kids - but I am a klutz so I tend to "shop" in clothing and cheapy plastic souvenir areas and look at the breakable "pretties" from a distance.....like across the room or in a catalog.....:lmao:

SandraVB79
09-08-2008, 05:06 AM
Usually, stores know how much is broken each year on average, and that is calculated into the price of the items.
However, it never hurts to be extra careful when walking through the "expensive collectibles" stores (i.e. don't twirl around with a huge backpack on your back or so) (and yes, I have seen people doig that :headache: )

patsal
09-08-2008, 06:59 AM
I do not budget for it, most stores that have it posted can't really enforce it and I have insurance and stores have insurance as well. I don't plan for things that could happen that I would never have control of anyway.

DisneyBrat
09-08-2008, 07:31 AM
The only thing I might would budget extra for is emergency doctor visit. The express clinics are EXPENSIVE from what I have heard. I don't think they accept insurance.

disneygals
09-08-2008, 07:47 AM
The only thing I might would budget extra for is emergency doctor visit. The express clinics are EXPENSIVE from what I have heard. I don't think they accept insurance.

The clinic I went to this summer took my regular insurance...cost $15 co-pay. My poor 12 yo had a stomach virus.

WendyisDarling
09-08-2008, 09:06 AM
We were there last September and on our plane ride back home we were talking with the people around us and were told this:

They were in Downtown Disney in Goofy's Candy Company when their youngest daughter had a serious melt down! Kicking and screaming -broke a little thing or two! The next thing they knew she had broken the entire store front window!:scared1:
And no, they didn't have them pay for anything.:worship:

As the mom of an autistic child, we've had a few major public meltdowns. Not saying that child is autistic by any means, but I've been there few times. Luckily, no major property damage. (Although, we don't take him through the expensive, fragile areas of any shops. Just too risky.)
BUT, our homeowners insurance has a clause for breaking items in a store and having to pay. There is no deductible. I probably wouldn't file a claim unless it was something really pricey, but a relief to know we are covered.

mirandag819
09-22-2008, 03:09 PM
OMG... I read this thread a few days before we left for Disney World, and thought WOW I would hate to have to put money for breakables in the budget (thankfully my 3 year old always asks to touch things and I don't have to worry about things like this). Well yesterday we were in the World of Disney Store.... DD (3) goes to point at a large tinkerbell cookie jar (she really wasn't trying to touch it, but I guess she was tired and pointed a little farther then planned) She yelled look daddy....and it was sitting in the edge of a table. It fell to the floor and broke into many many pieces. DH and I were trying to clean the glass and go pay for it.

A CM quickly ran over, scooped DD up and started talking to her about princesses. DD was in tears saying she was sorry over and over again and the CM was only concerned with cheering her up and helping us get the glass up (DD was trying to help pick up the glass while crying and the CM didn't want her to be sad or get hurt).

DH and I tried over and over again to pay for it and the World of Disney would not let us pay for it. They just kept asking if DD was okay and trying to cheer her up. It was a very sweet CM. I was very embarassed about the damage and completly prepared to pay for it, but they really were great about it.

moredisneyplease
09-22-2008, 03:39 PM
i never have done this and i guess i would have never thought of doing it.

InstImpres
09-22-2008, 03:49 PM
I misunderstood your title until I read the posts but I'll tell my story anyhow. My digital camera was on the ledge in the bathroom when as I told Kodak "it had a suicide attempt gone wrong," I tried to stop it from jumping but couldn't:rotfl2: It ended up in one piece but to badly bruised to take new pictures. Spending to replace a broken camera mid vacation was certainly not my plan but now necessary. I am more worried about that type of break than a gift shop item.

JMHO

dizkids
09-22-2008, 04:04 PM
My digital camera was on the ledge in the bathroom when as I told Kodak "it had a suicide attempt gone wrong," I tried to stop it from jumping but couldn't:rotfl2:

JMHO

Sooooooooooo funny! I am picturing just about everything i put on a ledge in the bathroom going in.

mjkacmom
09-22-2008, 04:15 PM
It is illegal to charge patrons who accidently break something - it's a risk you take as a business owner.

disneyin2008
09-22-2008, 04:18 PM
It is illegal to charge patrons who accidently break something - it's a risk you take as a business owner.

Could you please post a link to this law or at least give a reference to which state your law exists in?

MOMTOMOOTOO
09-22-2008, 04:31 PM
I only budget for things that might be breakable. Like if we are going into a candy shoppe, I don't budget for the actual candy because more than likely it is not breakable. I do budget for the glass counters and the tile floors. If we go into a shoppe that sells collectibles I just hand over my AMEX at the door. :goodvibes Now when we go into a restaurant, I budget for dish breakage and also mop ups. I have three kids:scared1:

spatenfloot
09-22-2008, 04:45 PM
That's why stores have insurance.....to pay for things customers accidentally break. They should not charge you for it....because then if they claim it for insurance, they are getting paid twice for it.
Exactly. I don't think you are legally obligated to pay for something that accidentally breaks, no matter what kind of signs are posted in the store.

aubriee
09-23-2008, 05:05 AM
I posted this story a year or so ago, but it fits here and was so funny at the time. I was in the store in Epcot to the right, just as you enter World Showcase from Future World (forgot the name:upsidedow ). Anyway, I was in line to check out, when this lady came barreling into the store via the side door on an ECV and ran into the end of the metal rack, right in front of the door. She was laughing, but so apologetic. You could tell she was embarrassed and had no idea how to drive that ECV and for some reason had it on the high speed (rabbit) instead of slow (turtle). Now don't get me wrong, this is nothing about people who use ECVs. My mom uses one down there, but this lady just had no idea how to drive one (or apparently how to slow one down:rolleyes1 ). We all sort of leaped to the side to avoid her. She rather loudly said, that she better get out of there with the ECV before she hit anything else, but instead of backing out that side door she had just come through, decided to go out the front door of the store. There was a large table with those glass Mickey head wine glasses, shot glasses, and tumblers stacked on it. At the same time me, the couple in front of me, and the store clerk behind the counter yelled no, but it was too late. Yes, she sent everyone of those glasses flying. She was fine, but I don't think there was a single glass left. I don't know if it was just embarrassment or what, but she immediately got irate at the store clerks and demanded to know why they had put those glasses there in front of the door, just so somebody could knock them over. She then continued to complain as she finally got her ECV out of the store. I guess it never even crossed her mind to offer to pay for the glasses she broke. Everyone was just shaking their heads as the CMs asked if everyone was OK. The CM behind the cash register, just laughed and said she had seen it coming as soon as the lady came through the door.

jiggerj
09-23-2008, 06:45 AM
DS broke a mug at the Lego store. (not much thats actually breakable in there but DS found it!:rolleyes1 ) Not expensive but he felt sooooooooo bad! Within seconds a cm was there cleaning it up- I barely got a chance to pick up a broken piece before he appeared with dustpan and broom!. They did not want any payment for the mug but were much more concerned about me/my ds getting cut as well as the other kids that were running around.

nilseks
09-23-2008, 09:01 AM
I can't attest to whether or not they make you pay for broken items, but just wanted to share an idea...my DS4 is a real spitfire with grabby hands. Because of this we don't go into too many 'fancy' stores but when we do, I make him ride in the stroller. It eliminates some of the grabbiness, if that's a word, lol!

pigletto
09-23-2008, 09:22 AM
I can't attest to whether or not they make you pay for broken items, but just wanted to share an idea...my DS4 is a real spitfire with grabby hands. Because of this we don't go into too many 'fancy' stores but when we do, I make him ride in the stroller. It eliminates some of the grabbiness, if that's a word, lol!
My ds was like this too. Just a whirlwind when he was a bit younger. We implemented a rule that if we had to be in a store where he could break things (and honestly we avoided them like the plague) we all walked around with our hands clasped behind our back. We looked like weirdos.. but it was the only way for a little while to make sure he didn't grab or touch everything. And he would only hold his hands behind his back if we all did it too.:rotfl:
He's fine now and we had no problems at Disney.

DisneyCowgirl
09-23-2008, 09:36 AM
State laws may vary on this, but I think in most the risk of loss is on the store owner until you actually buy an item--Regardless of what signs they post in their store. Anyone know what is true in Florida?

PelletierBears
09-23-2008, 12:43 PM
I believe in Wisconsin, it is illegal for a shopowner to charge you if you broke something. It is something that comes on the news every now and then, usually in the form of a consumer watch.

I do not know what the laws are for other states.

I've also heard this and I live in Massachusetts. It's illegal (unethical?)for store owners to charge the customer because they can collect insurance on the item...something like that.

Dismom55
09-25-2008, 09:16 AM
All these years and I have never thought of the fact that the store owner would have to have some sort of insurance. Interesting, but I would like to know what Florida's laws are.

Crystal824
09-25-2008, 12:33 PM
Disney policy is not to charge you for any accidents that occur.

StillPinballFamily
09-25-2008, 12:45 PM
This happened to us last year on the Ocean City boardwalk in the Christmas store. My daughter knocked off a figurine and broke the head off. They had a clear 'you break it you bought it' policy posted, so we brought it up to the counter and told them what happened. They asked us to pay, but only their cost, less than half price. I glued the head back on and gave it to my mom for Christmas, so it worked out. We told our DD to next time break something we liked!:lmao:

We know this store! (The one near the Polish Water Ice - yum! and Monkey Bread stands?) They do have those "break it you buy it" signs up ALL over that store! They have pretty things, but I'm always on edge when in there - it's tough to get through the packed aisles alone, but dragging the kids by the hand so they don't touch anything is super-stressful! (Mostly, I leave the kids with DH on the boardwalk and just race through the store to take a quick look - results in not buying anything!)

Interesting...from reading the other posts, I wonder what the laws are in NJ about this policy? I know businesses have to protect themselves, but...

Promomx2
09-25-2008, 01:27 PM
Funny that I just saw this post. When we were at the World of Disney store back in July we saw a lady drop a tea pitcher and it of course broke. The CM's were immediate on cleaning it up, but the lady was even faster getting out of the store. I made sure that my kids 22 and 13 were not near so they wouldn't get blamed for it, since the lady had disappeared.

PrincessMonkey
09-25-2008, 01:33 PM
I posted this story a year or so ago, but it fits here and was so funny at the time. I was in the store in Epcot to the right, just as you enter World Showcase from Future World (forgot the name:upsidedow ). Anyway, I was in line to check out, when this lady came barreling into the store via the side door on an ECV and ran into the end of the metal rack, right in front of the door. She was laughing, but so apologetic. You could tell she was embarrassed and had no idea how to drive that ECV and for some reason had it on the high speed (rabbit) instead of slow (turtle). Now don't get me wrong, this is nothing about people who use ECVs. My mom uses one down there, but this lady just had no idea how to drive one (or apparently how to slow one down:rolleyes1 ). We all sort of leaped to the side to avoid her. She rather loudly said, that she better get out of there with the ECV before she hit anything else, but instead of backing out that side door she had just come through, decided to go out the front door of the store. There was a large table with those glass Mickey head wine glasses, shot glasses, and tumblers stacked on it. At the same time me, the couple in front of me, and the store clerk behind the counter yelled no, but it was too late. Yes, she sent everyone of those glasses flying. She was fine, but I don't think there was a single glass left. I don't know if it was just embarrassment or what, but she immediately got irate at the store clerks and demanded to know why they had put those glasses there in front of the door, just so somebody could knock them over. She then continued to complain as she finally got her ECV out of the store. I guess it never even crossed her mind to offer to pay for the glasses she broke. Everyone was just shaking their heads as the CMs asked if everyone was OK. The CM behind the cash register, just laughed and said she had seen it coming as soon as the lady came through the door.

it's one thing if it's a child's mistake or an honest accident, but this is something else! No wonder prices at Disney need to be on the high end. I commend the CMs and Disney for caring about the safety of their customers before any delicate merchandise, and I enjoyed reading those stories... but this lady above who knocked over the entire shelf of glass products and left without so much as an apology is shocking. What an outrage; that's not a very Disney way to behave.
:surfweb:

Kickapoo Joie Juice
09-25-2008, 03:11 PM
I posted this story a year or so ago, but it fits here and was so funny at the time. I was in the store in Epcot to the right, just as you enter World Showcase from Future World (forgot the name:upsidedow ). Anyway, I was in line to check out, when this lady came barreling into the store via the side door on an ECV and ran into the end of the metal rack, right in front of the door. She was laughing, but so apologetic. You could tell she was embarrassed and had no idea how to drive that ECV and for some reason had it on the high speed (rabbit) instead of slow (turtle). Now don't get me wrong, this is nothing about people who use ECVs. My mom uses one down there, but this lady just had no idea how to drive one (or apparently how to slow one down:rolleyes1 ). We all sort of leaped to the side to avoid her. She rather loudly said, that she better get out of there with the ECV before she hit anything else, but instead of backing out that side door she had just come through, decided to go out the front door of the store. There was a large table with those glass Mickey head wine glasses, shot glasses, and tumblers stacked on it. At the same time me, the couple in front of me, and the store clerk behind the counter yelled no, but it was too late. Yes, she sent everyone of those glasses flying. She was fine, but I don't think there was a single glass left. I don't know if it was just embarrassment or what, but she immediately got irate at the store clerks and demanded to know why they had put those glasses there in front of the door, just so somebody could knock them over. She then continued to complain as she finally got her ECV out of the store. I guess it never even crossed her mind to offer to pay for the glasses she broke. Everyone was just shaking their heads as the CMs asked if everyone was OK. The CM behind the cash register, just laughed and said she had seen it coming as soon as the lady came through the door.

Hilarious!:thumbsup2 Well written, too; :wizard: excellent dramatic buildup and payoff!

krismom
09-25-2008, 04:38 PM
This is about breaking something at Disney- and it's sweet as well!:hug:

http://darmano.typepad.com/logic_emotion/2008/07/disneys-1000000.html

della
09-25-2008, 07:21 PM
Thanks krismom. That was a nice story.

vegasnative
09-25-2008, 09:25 PM
I didn't read through all the posts, but to answer OP, that is one reason stores have insurance. They claim broken items against their insurance or even return them to the vendors.

With that being said. We went to San Francisco one time, our twins were 5 months old. Not old enough to walk but old enough to reach out and grab things. We went into a store, I was up at the register paying for items and Dh was behind me a ways with the twins in a stroller. As I'm paying, the clerk asks if that is all, then I hear a loud CRASH as I'm saying "yessssss...oh, and I'll also take whatever THAT was". It was just a coffee mug that got struck by a flailing 5-month old arm, but I didn't need to pay for it. :thumbsup2

vegasnative
09-25-2008, 09:28 PM
All these years and I have never thought of the fact that the store owner would have to have some sort of insurance. Interesting, but I would like to know what Florida's laws are.

Absolutely, business insurance covers lots of things...damage, even theft.

Dancemom03
09-25-2008, 10:00 PM
Sooooooooooo funny! I am picturing just about everything i put on a ledge in the bathroom going in.

At Nordstrom's last year DD7 dropped a ten minute old Webkinz dog in after insisting that she was a big kid now and there's no way anything could possibly happen.
I was so embrassed as I stood there looking down at it and debating whether to pull it out or leave it sit. Lots of witnesses too, darn it.:rolleyes1
Eventually it was removed but no way was I gonna let her have it back. After the "i told you so" talk we bought her another before leaving the mall.
Mama's always right, don'tcha know. Psychic too, if you ask my kids. Lesson learned - now she hands me everything to hold...

Melrosgirl
09-26-2008, 05:43 AM
DD picked up and then accidentally dropped something in Mexico a few years ago. I offered to pay for it (around $50 I believe) and they refused to let me pay. I felt so bad.