Carpet Cleaned & Responsibility

Our two year old had an accident on the carpet at a friends birthday party, we cleaned it up.  We get a bill for professional carpet cleaning for the entire room after the party!

As a host, would you charge for the cleaning? As a guest, would you pay for the cleaning?  This is what we decided. We would never charge someone for that if it happened in our home.  Having a party assumes certain responsibilities and that includes clean up that is likely to happen… accidents at a children’s birthday party is a normal occurrence.  Also, it is unreasonable to ask someone to clean an entire carpet when only one small area was affected and immediately cleaned. But… we paid the bill.  Better to keep the peace with certain people and then keep them at arm’s distance.  Certainly not the kind of folks you can trust to watch your back.  What would you do?

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