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Old 12-28-2016, 04:12 PM
 
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My dog taught me a similar lesson with my laptop. I couldn't sue him if I wanted to.
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Old 12-28-2016, 06:11 PM
 
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Right, because no one ever has a beer while they're online at home! or coffee, or soda, or tea, or water.

I don't. I don't have beverages anywhere near my laptop. If I'm thirsty I'll get up and get my drink of water, tea, what-have-you. It also forces me to get up and move around more often. Win win!
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Old 12-28-2016, 06:32 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Right, because no one ever has a beer while they're online at home! or coffee, or soda, or tea, or water.
At your own home you try your best to be careful, or blame only yourself.
Why blame others for the consequences of our own bad choices? This accident wasn't hard to predict.
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Old 12-28-2016, 07:56 PM
 
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At your own home you try your best to be careful, or blame only yourself.
Why blame others for the consequences of our own bad choices? This accident wasn't hard to predict.
I have to disagree. Go into any Starbucks and you'll find 5-10 people sitting at a laptop with a drink next to it. Not an unusual thing to do at all. From the OP's description, he was in an identical circumstance: a drink sitting on a table near a laptop. This wasn't a crowded bar or a rowdy festival. There's no reason for him to expect that someone would knock it over.
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Old 12-28-2016, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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Personally, I would have stopped him, explained to him what happened, and gotten his information.

As to whether he would be held liable, you would need to clarify what you mean by "careless". We all have a duty to act with "reasonable care". If we don't and that results in property damage, we are responsible for that damage. Was this guy goofing off or stumbling around intoxicated? Texting on his phone? Carrying too many bags? In short, was he acting reasonable? Would you(or most people) have acted differently if you were him?
LOL: my response to first paragraph:

"Get your hands off me, *******, or you're going to be wearing your ass for a hat!

"Watch where you're going next time, you spilled that filthy dreck on my trousers. I'll let it go this time, though.

And, hypothetically, what are (you, so to speak, really anyone) going to do about it? I just walk away when people start that sort of conversation or otherwise try and draw me into drama. I go through this more often than I'd like in life, in some format or another. I don't "have" to do anything, what's going to happen if I don't?

Again, not directed at the quoted as a person, but in-general. The above sentiment bothers me, holding others responsible for accidents or the randomness of life. Conversely, though: I saw this with my now-ex girlfriend when she was in an auto accident November '15; the other party's "I din do nothin'" BS attitude was unacceptable, that was a case of someone actually being legally liable for damages. The police sorted it out. I had the the traffic cam information pulled, the city of Bellevue gave it up willingly, showing the other party was a lying sack of dung. That is very different from the described (OP's situation), in my mind, for but one key reason:

"It's not what you know, it's what you can prove!"
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Old 12-29-2016, 02:04 AM
 
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It's not any different than someone accidentally stepping on your expensive shoes. Accidents happen.
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:32 AM
 
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LOL: my response to first paragraph:

"Get your hands off me, *******, or you're going to be wearing your ass for a hat!

"Watch where you're going next time, you spilled that filthy dreck on my trousers. I'll let it go this time, though.

And, hypothetically, what are (you, so to speak, really anyone) going to do about it? I just walk away when people start that sort of conversation or otherwise try and draw me into drama. I go through this more often than I'd like in life, in some format or another. I don't "have" to do anything, what's going to happen if I don't?

Again, not directed at the quoted as a person, but in-general. The above sentiment bothers me, holding others responsible for accidents or the randomness of life. Conversely, though: I saw this with my now-ex girlfriend when she was in an auto accident November '15; the other party's "I din do nothin'" BS attitude was unacceptable, that was a case of someone actually being legally liable for damages. The police sorted it out. I had the the traffic cam information pulled, the city of Bellevue gave it up willingly, showing the other party was a lying sack of dung. That is very different from the described (OP's situation), in my mind, for but one key reason:

"It's not what you know, it's what you can prove!"
Well, when I said "stop" him, I didn't mean physically or aggressively.

And if this was simply an accident, I would agree with you. The OP was a bit ambiguous, which is why I asked him to clarify.
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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Right, because no one ever has a beer while they're online at home! or coffee, or soda, or tea, or water.
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Not uncovered, I don't. I can't afford a new laptop.
Seriously? Not "uncovered"? So in a sippy cup? Or do you mean you have your laptop laminated?

I've used laptops for more than 15 years and never spilled anything on one...except for spitting a few drops when I guffawed while reading c-d excerpts! Maybe I'm unique but I've also never dropped my cellphone in the toilet or cracked a screen either...
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Old 12-29-2016, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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Personally, I would have stopped him, explained to him what happened, and gotten his information.

As to whether he would be held liable, you would need to clarify what you mean by "careless". We all have a duty to act with "reasonable care". If we don't and that results in property damage, we are responsible for that damage. Was this guy goofing off or stumbling around intoxicated? Texting on his phone? Carrying too many bags? In short, was he acting reasonable? Would you(or most people) have acted differently if you were him?
A lot of people can easily be scammed by this too. I'm carrying a backpack and the guy a foot away from me says I knocked his coffee over with it while I was standing there facing the other way...
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Old 12-29-2016, 07:35 AM
 
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Seriously? Not "uncovered"? So in a sippy cup? Or do you mean you have your laptop laminated?

I've used laptops for more than 15 years and never spilled anything on one...except for spitting a few drops when I guffawed while reading c-d excerpts! Maybe I'm unique but I've also never dropped my cellphone in the toilet or cracked a screen either...
Believe what you want, but I am not stupid enough to drink from an open glass or cup next to my laptop.

And I have a Lifeproof on my phone.
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