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jon f mn
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:44 pm    Post subject: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Someone stored some stuff in my garage for a while. Then almost a year ago they took their stuff out, but left some stuff they didn't want. A few days ago as I'm cleaning out the garage to move we came across the stuff. One box had some toys in it, Barbies and stuff. The guy that was helping me asked if he could have them to give to his 5 year old niece, I said sure. Now, several days later the original owner wants the toys back, says they were left by mistake. She says they are very valuable to her. I say no way am I asking a 5 year old to give up toys she has been given. I say it was a mistake to leave it behind and they are gone now. If I would have known they were not abandoned I would have given them back, or if I could have gotten them back before they went to the girl, but now it's too late. I am in DEEP DEEP doo doo over that. What do you guys think? Should I ask for them back or is it too late?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:53 pm    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If any items were that important to me, I would not have failed to remember them for over a year. It seems to me they were taking advantage of you and not wanting to deal with their own storage problems until the items in question were no longer around in free storage.
They don't want the toys but also certainly don't want anyone else to have them either.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:55 pm    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

To keep the peace I would ask for them back and return to the owner. I would also buy the little girl another doll or dolls to replace them. Explanation (to the little girl is important) and there may be some tears but it can be a learning experience. Attention span at 5 years is not real long.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:10 pm    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think you better go ask for it back. "MOST" of us have FOUND something in our shop that we thought was long lost or totally forgotten about. It happens. You were nice enough to allow them to store it for whatever reason, don't ever quit being nice jmho gobble
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:40 pm    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

As harsh as it may sound, I'd have to tell the guy that it's too late, and if he doesn't like it, he can lump it. If you take them back from the new owner, in my opinion, you do more harm than letting the original owner learn from his own mistakes. It's "over the line" ,in my view,for the original owner to ask for them back, especially after finding out you'd already given them to a 5 yr old girl.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:06 pm    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Hi Jon,
This is my gut on this,,,,I would call like both John and Tom said and get the dolls back,and yea like they said, have someone buy some dollies for her,at your expense,yes you were trying to be a good guy and let them store this stuff and yea your going to have to buy her these things,,,but most important thing going here,,,is your name,you will never dirty your name this way,,,,and sometimes we must protect our good name.This is my take
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:16 pm    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Jon you are being taken advantaged of. If she had enough room to accomodate the other stuff picked a year ago the dolls should have been part of it if they are so valuable to her.

She has used your good will for more than a year and now she wants to guilt trip you into being the bad guy. I would tell her to get them back herself if it is that important to her.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I like your way of thinking John. Great suggestion.

The only think I would add is have the squatter pay for the new dolls....
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

tomturkey wrote:
(quoted from post at 15:10:45 11/17/12) I think you better go ask for it back. "MOST" of us have FOUND something in our shop that we thought was long lost or totally forgotten about. It happens. You were nice enough to allow them to store it for whatever reason, don't ever quit being nice jmho gobble


Tom, You must have a lot of courage to post here now, If I were you I'd be keeping a low profile till after Thanksgiving, LOL

Mel
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:55 pm    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I look at it like this, if you had thrown them in the trash would she expect you to go to the land fill to get them back? There gone it doesn't matter where they went. If she wants them back she can deal with making the little girl happy.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:40 pm    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Tough call. It would depend on age and condition of the Barbie's. My wife has bid quite a bit for some on ebay. I would ask my wife what to do(been together almost 40 years). Women have their own perspective on dolls. If wife has no answer ask sister, sister in law, neighbor, etc.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:15 pm    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If she forgot them she may have taken her that long to get the stuff put away and realize that they weren't there , I know I am slow putting stuff away as we know we all get busy , sorry for rambling, stumper
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:20 am    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Jon, 1st it was very nice of you to handout free storage and it was really nice that you give the little girl the "left behind dolls". Now its a question is whats the right thing to do???
I have read many good answers here,but what I see here is "feelings, yours the 5 yr. old and doll owner. You want everyone happy in the end. This what I would do: Ask the doll owner to consider giving up one of them (for storage fee) heres the hard part!!! explaining to a cute 5yr.old girl that the owner wants the dolls back. Things like this happen to good hearted people. Good luck just my 11 cents worth. God Bless
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:19 am    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mel, I'll keep my head low, won't stretch out my neck for the next few days. Got a good laugh from you comment in the midst of some serious advice. gobble
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:22 am    Post subject: Re: In trouble and need advice Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Tell "her" (whoever that is) who's got them NOW and tell her if she want's the toys, she gets to go after them. You did your part. You did MORE than your part. Don't feel bad about it and don't let "her" make you feel guilty. Some people are just travel agents for guilt trips. If she made a mistake by not getting her junk when she had the chance, it's her mistake to deal with.
 
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