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Should woman whose child vomited on stranger’s $1200 handbag pay for it to be replaced?


Should woman whose child vomited on stranger’s $1200 handbag

A woman was flying with her young son when he threw up everywhere. Pretty standard stuff, so far.

Unfortunately things got a lot worse. The vomit dribbled underneath the seat and reached another passenger’s $1200 Louis Vuitton handbag.
As you can imagine, the handbag owner wasn’t too happy about the smell of sick staining her bag, and asked the parents to either pay for professional cleaning or to replace the bag altogether.

Describing the incident on Mumsnet, the mum – posting as ‘incognitoforonenight’ – wrote: ‘We were on a long haul flight and there was a lot of turbulence. DC2 [Dear Child 2, meaning second child] vomited everywhere halfway through flight. We cleared it all up.

‘Hour later, lady behind my seat speaks to my DH [Dear Husband], saying, “hope your son is ok, but he was sick and it’s on my handbag”. We apologize and she says, “no, it’s on my handbag, it’s very expensive and you need to get your insurance to pay for it to be repaired / cleaned”.

‘It was a Louis Vuitton bag and it’s worth $1200!! We took photos of the bag and there was nothing on it. She said she’d cleaned off what she could after the vomit had pooled down the floor to her bag.

‘I said I couldn’t see any damage to the bag at all – and she said it was the smell that was now “ingrained”.’
After landing the woman sent the family a follow-up email saying that Louis Vuitton hadn’t been able to get rid of the ‘ingrained’ smell of puke, and that they needed to pay for her to replace it.

Naturally, people in the comments were completely torn.

‘I think you’re liable,’ one person wrote. ‘It’s no one’s fault really, but at the end of the day your child has ruined her bag. It just so happens that she has a $1200 bag, that’s her choice. Ask yourself if she’d said it was $20 bag, I bet you would have just given her the $20. This is what travel insurance is for.’

Someone else wrote, ‘your kid puked on it, so it’s only fair that you sort it out’, while another added that ‘the smell of vomit will always cling’.
But others seemed to take issue with the fact that the woman had a pricey bag, with some even suggesting it was her fault for spending so much on it.

One commenter said that ‘she shouldn’t have put such an expensive bag on the floor’ (although usually you have to keep your bags underneath the seat in front of you on planes).
‘I’d ignore her personally,’ someone else added. ‘I think more fool her for spending $1200 on a handbag.’