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Ask For Reimbursement For Damages

There is no harm in asking for a fix to your problem if someone else caused it, they can only say no. Often they say yes. For example, our boat was covered with rust stains after a rusty flag pole was cut down, ruining our new paint job. Hubby said nothing could be done, but I thought the management should do something. After we asked, they offered to do a free power-wash/detailing of the boat.

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If that doesn't work, we will ask for help in $ for paint. The squeaky wheel does get the grease. This principle of asking for redress has stood me in good stead over the years, as I have gotten reimbursed for other people's failures even when lawyers said not to bother.

By pam munro from L.A., CA

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July 12, 20100 found this helpful

The boat got a nice power wash & it's lovely!

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

I agree you should always ask. I have a couple of times addressed problems with products via their webpage contact and gotten a replacement product for no charge. My husband says dont worry we will buy another but its ridiculous to do that when you are not at fault.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

Pamphyila, I'm glad I'm not the only one who'd rather not "eat" the cost of someone else's lack or oversight. I spent half of this morning on the phone due to a lack of communication between our mortgage servicing provider and our insurance broker. Hubby would've refused to deal with the issue, not me!

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

Many times I have said to my husband "it can't hurt to ask" and it was a wise decision on my part when he didn't think it would do any good. Thanks for sharing!

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July 16, 20100 found this helpful

Seems to me your boat should have been moved prior to them cutting down such a hazard as a rusting flag pole.

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