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Thread: For when people ask to borrow something?

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    This thread reminded me of my job I have a new two hole punch and the main one was bent one day I said jokingly I should make you leave collateral! Because mine is the only other one in the office and I always had to hunt for it! The gal that always borrowed it said great Idea and left me her favorite ring that day so far it is always on my desk when I arrive! LOL

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    I "loaned" my oldest daughter my vintage turquoise Singer sewing machine. She was a teacher and she wanted to make some sort of curtains for her classroom - maybe to hide a closet. Anyway, another teacher saw her curtains and wanted to do the same thing - so there went my sewing machine - from classroom to classroom. Never have seen my sewing machine since - that has been years ago. OIY!
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    I would not loan anything, except maybe a cup of sugar and would not expect to get it back.
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    Sounds like we all come from the same neighborhood!! My husband will do strange things before he will ask to borrow anything for the same reason stated here. It never came back like it left. It is a pet peeve to me and I relly like the collateral idea. Anyone have a rotary cutter I can borrow????

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    I used to be very generous and learned too many lessons of quilting items not being returned or me having
    to ask/beg for them back. It puts a damper on friendships so I no longer loan anything out.
    I just keep my mouth shut when someone is looking for something. Sad because I am not like that, I like to share.
    Don't find fault, find a remedy.

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    If it's too precious to lose, it's to precious to loan.

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    My husband hates to borrow anything. When he's working on something and needs a special tool, he will buy it rather than borrow one, even if he only uses it once! We have one friend who always wants to loan us his broken equipment so that my husband will fix it before using it, and it generally costs us more for the parts than it would to buy another one! Not long ago, he 'loaned' us a tiller - same problem. I told my husband to stop fixing people's old "junk" so I went out and bought him a brand new tiller! Problem solved!
    Years ago, I had a very nice travel trailer, and some people had the audacity to ask to borrow it. I just told them there are certain things I don't loan, and that's one of them. Same thing with a Rainbow Vacuum Cleaner I had - it costs way too much to loan out and take the chance of having it ruined...
    I loaned a rotary cutter and mat, and the mat came back almost in shreds so I'm done with that too.

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    I was taught to return things in the same condition, or better, than when I borrowed them. Remember the old saying, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be?" That's my motto. If someone gets pushy about borrowing, I tell them I have plans to use it soon. It's mine. They can get their own.
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Most things I have loaned dont come back.....but they are things I dont care that much about and am willing to replace. I assume before loaning something that it will never come back. If I am ok with that, then I loan. If not, then I tell the borrower they may bring their stuff over and use it at my house, but I am using said item currently and dont have time to loan it out.

    I was also raised that you return anything you borrow in same or better condition than you borrowed it.

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    Kind of embarressing to ask a friend for collaterol.

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