Originally Posted by mdl
And I'm glad you realize that it should be the homeowner's financial responsibility to either protect the windows of the house they bought in the rough or pay for replacing them on occasion. I just disagree with what I see as a silly, ritualistic idea of courtesy where the "right" thing to do is disingenuously offer to pay for replacing the window when I believe that it is in fact the homeowner who's totally responsible in this case and I wouldn't in fact pay for it. If the homeowner's there they would presumably come outside to see what happened, and I'd surely apologize. But I wouldn't offer to pay to replace the window cause I don't think it's my responsibility in this case.
This seems an obvious special case to me. If you buy a house RIGHT NEXT to a hole on a golf course, it is YOUR responsibility to protect the house. Nets, screens, unbreakable windows, whatever. It just seems obviously totally different to me than my kid breaking my neighbor's window. The lawnmower and car examples are of course totally ridiculous and have nothing to do with this debate at all.
What would you apologize for, since you don't believe that you're responsible for the golf ball that you hit?
Remember that the next time that your parked car gets hit in the parking lot and the bastard leaves without leaving a note. You shouldn't have parked somewhere where you know other cars are going to be moving in close proximity to yours without taking extraordinary steps to protect it.
Originally Posted by krupa
And around we go again... Regardless of the what the homeowner does, I -- as the golfer who hit the golf ball-- will feel responsible for breaking the window and will offer to make restitution. I can't see any other way to deal with the situation.
And my question to you is, why wouldn't you offer to fix a window that you broke with your golf ball?
Because he blames the homeowner for his choice in houses. Yeah, I know how ridiculous that sounds. Some people just have VERY different values when it comes to personal integrity and responsibility for their actions, preferring to blame others rather than accept responsibility for things that they do. Since you cannot fix someone's character, the best that we can hope for is that our paths don't cross.
Originally Posted by DeadMan
The difference is the person who rapes/assualts the woman did it intentionally
. In this situation, the golfer didn't intend to hit the house.
So only intent determines whether you're accountable for causing someone else harm?