I have some really good speakers in my flat, and they were quite pricey. Not only do they delivery stunning sound, but they look good and contribute to the visual appearance of my flat. Granted that visual appearance may be "Bachalor Bloke Pad", but it's a visual appearance none the less.
Anyway, my cleaner (who is in all other respects utterly fantastic) managed to dent the bass diaphragm of my very sexy speakers. Yes speakers can be sexy, but to appreciate this you have to be (1) A guy (2) Single (3) Me. Now the dent isn't the worst thing that has ever happened in the world‡ but it really irks me. It hasn't effected the sound to much, just being base, but it looks ugly.
Now a new diaphragm costs £85, but this is under the minimum claim for my cleaning services insurance, so they wont be able to claim on it. The cleaning service did mail me saying
I am very sorry about this, we are unable to make an insurance claim for this but would like to offer some form of compensation please let me know what you think would be suitable?
Now this is quite clever. Obviously I want £85 as compensation, so I can replace the diaphragm, and obviously they are not going to do this. This is a bit like when you try discipline a child by saying "Well you think of your punishment". The kids stuck, as he has to think of something suitable horrible as punishment, but obviously doesn't want to have any punishment.
I really have no idea what to suggest. She (the owner of the cleaning service) has actually (and completely) stumped me. And writing back and saying "Free cleans to the value of the speaker" seems greedy. I'm not entirely sure if she's intentionally outsmarting me, or it was just an genuine offer of compensation. She's quite cute, I should get her to buy me dinner. Or a new diaphragm.
‡ Like having your house destroyed by an earthquake or hurricane.