Post # 1
We had a destination wedding in NYC. I was very adament about not hiring a videographer to save some money. Husband’s cousin does videography as a hobby. He insisted on bringing his camera equipment to the wedding…no big deal, that’s his choice, we didn’t ask him to video for us. 2 days before wedding, husband’s cousin tells us he NEEDS for US to rent 4 camera items (tripod, etc) and that we need to put it on our credit card since it’s for our wedding. Husband tells cousin we don’t need this equipment, and he doesn’t have time to deal with it, so cousin will have to deal without it (I was there when this was reiterrated). Cousin says i NEED this equipment. So husband gives in, being the nice person he is. Rental total is $60.
Reception rolls around, cousin’s wife decides to leave early to go back to hotel in taxi with their aunt/uncle. They get in taxi with rental equipment and some of cousin’s personal camera equipment and it’s in the back of the taxi. They step out of the taxi, pay and apparently the taxi “darts” off. They “run” after taxi and lose sight. Taxi cannot be tracked down. Don’t know who the driver is, don’t know what kind of car, the whole nine yards. All camera equipment cousin’s wife brought in taxi is now lost.
Cousin blames my husband for wanting him to hang out at the reception a little longer. “Had he gone home, he would’ve had the equipment with him.” Cousin blames their aunt/uncle “Had they paid with credit card, they could track down the driver. They shouldn’t have paid with cash.”
The credit card bill is now in. A $60 rental has now turned into a $2,000 bill. Cousin has not even asked how he can help with the bill. Ahhhh!!!!!!!! We paid for the wedding, reception and honeymoon ourself, and now we have to throw away $2k on this?!?! Come on!!!!!!!!!!!! I just can’t even…….
Post # 2
- Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC
imnotorange: Wow! That is awful and a very difficult situation. Have you spoken with said aunt/uncle?
Post # 3
Wow that really sucks.
Sadly, I don’t think you can ask cousin to pay although this really was his wife and his fault. However if he asks you for repayment of his equipement or suggests it I would absolutely say no and that you already paid a $2k bill when you didn’t even ASK for him to be your videographer.
Post # 4
Anybody else wonder if this cousin will show up with a “new tripod!” at some point?
Post # 5
imnotorange: I would be pissed too! You’re now taking on a $2,000 charge because he NEEDED something you didn’t want! I guess I’m not understanding why he and his wife shouldn’t have to pay (even for part) because it was his demand and their fault it was lost.
Post # 6
I don’t think you should be responsible for that bill.
Post # 7
Contact your credit card company. Some of them may offer insurance of sorts in situations like this. Amex is usually best in this regard, although I’ve only used their coverage when I lost an item I had bought with my Amex, not something I’d rented. Homeowners or renters insurance may cover it as well but I would be reluctant to file a claim for $2000, since the deductable will be $500-1000 with most policies, and most companies raise your premiums when you make claims.
I would also sit the cousin down and explain that, while he was doing you a favor, it’s his negligence that caused him to lose an item you didn’t ask for and didn’t want. Split the bill with him. In many courts, because he was acting as your agent (authorized to use the rental gear, and using it for your benefit) you would be awarded only half the damages, not the full amount.
Post # 8
Bazinga: Why do you think the OP can’t ask the cousin to pay for this? I am all about being polite and doing the right thing, but I dont even see how the couple should be responsible for this. Other than the fact if the purchase is under her DH’s name, then legally it is their responsibility, but morally it should not be.
Post # 9
imnotorange: Unfortunately, I think you are on the hook for this one. You gave in and rented the tripods yourself.
Post # 10
imnotorange: I agree with Horseradish. Contact your insurance company and see. Some of them have policies on theft that may include items you’ve rented. I assume from this thread that you didn’t purchase wedding insurance? If you did, that would cover it.
I highly recommend to any bees reading this to purchase wedding insurance for situations like this! It only cost us around $100 and covers theft, loss, damage, accidents, people getting hurt, a cancelled wedding, etc.
Post # 11
Do you even know the cab company?
I once dropped my phone in a cab (fell out of my pocket when I got out) and I called the cab company in hopes that maybe they had it. Not only did they have my phone, they offered to drive it down to me! I was blown away.
Anyway, even if it is lost forever I would hold the cousin responsible for it. It was entrusted in his care, I don’t see how anyone but him should be responsible for it.
Post # 12
Horseradish: I think you would be hard pressed to find a court that would award any damages here. Legally the person who rented it is responsible for the equipment. The couple allowed the cousin to control the equipment. In order for the cousin to be responsible for damages, there would have had to have been an agreement that they were liable, intent to cause the damage, or gross negligence that caused the damages.
There is no evidence that there was an agreement or intent. Gross negligence is tough to prove in this situation. They didn’t do anything that would be considered unreasonable to do with the equipment, and absent other evidence if the cab drove off and the can’t be identified then they are out of luck. The only person liable to the couple is the driver who apparently made off with the equipment.
It would be nice of the cousin to help out the couple but not knowing every one’s financial picture I don’t think we should be too quick to judge.
Post # 13
What cab company did you use? I’m sure it could be tracked down.
Post # 14
Call back the number you called to get the cab
Post # 15
playdohpants: a_day_at_the_fair: This was in NYC, there aren’t advertised cab companies like in other cities, there are about 14,000 cabs in NYC almost all operating at the same time, with nearly identical markings, this is not the same as it would be in 99% of the rest of the country.
Odds are the cab was never called, just waved down.
This is how you go about finding stuff lost in cabs in NYC http://www1.nyc.gov/nyc-resources/service/1281/yellow-taxi-lost-and-found
That being said drivers know there is almost no chance of you identifying them so you are likely out of luck if they decided to just keep it.