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(Bored Panda)   Asshole or justified: 3-year-old destroys $2,200 Fender acoustic guitar, dad tells babysitter to replace it   (boredpanda.com) divider line
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2021-04-18 7:42:52 AM  
You left your kid and property in the charge of a 19 year old, with all their worldly experience and intuition.  You get what you pay for.  Obviously you'll never hire that babysitter again, but suck it up and either use your insurance or own your responsibility to your child and property.
 
2021-04-18 7:53:26 AM  
She screwed up, but the baby couldn't cause the neck to warp. This doesn't pass the smell test.
 
2021-04-18 8:03:20 AM  
As the parent of a toddler and owner of nice guitars, the guitars should have been out of reach or in a case.
 
2021-04-18 8:06:49 AM  
A baby didn't break that guitar. I bet she had a boy over that was farking with it.
 
2021-04-18 8:06:54 AM  
I'm on Team Warping Doesn't Work Like That.
 
2021-04-18 8:09:41 AM  

aimtastic: I'm on Team Warping Doesn't Work Like That.


If you don't have camera footage or other proof, the owner is gonna suck it.

Did the babysitter keep babby alive and well? Then you got (more) than your money's worth.
 
2021-04-18 8:11:06 AM  
The guitar's condition also was a topic of discussion in the comments. Redditors were wondering how the guitar could have a warped neck instead of a crack. The user Animalime introduced themselves as a music shop manager and said that it is more likely that the guitar got damaged due to improper keeping, assuming that basements tend to have higher humidity.

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2021-04-18 8:15:29 AM  

moos: As the parent of a toddler and owner of nice guitars, the guitars should have been out of reach or in a case.


DING DING DING
 
2021-04-18 8:15:58 AM  
Also - good luck finding a babysitter next time!
 
2021-04-18 8:16:48 AM  

moos: As the parent of a toddler and owner of nice guitars, the guitars should have been out of reach or in a case.


Though - in fairness - the craftiness of a toddler in opening supposedly "secure" things cannot be underestimated.

Hence, out of reach.
 
2021-04-18 8:18:39 AM  
20 minutes for a 3yo to move a couch, climb over the gate blocking the kid's way, go to the basement, take a guitar off a wall, and then warp it but not break it?

Smells like utter BS
 
2021-04-18 8:31:32 AM  
The real question is how wicked was the guitar solo was before it was smashed to pieces?
 
2021-04-18 8:42:30 AM  
I would question the price tag. I've never seen a Fender squire valued that high with the exception of some genuine antique ones usually with some history attached. Maybe I'm off base but I think he's looking for an upgrade at her expense.
I taught my kids to respect my guitars at a very early age and never had any issues, in fact my son actually plays a couple of them now as his own.
 
2021-04-18 8:56:56 AM  
Ummm... The babysitter left the child unattended for 20 min?
The babysitter had ONE JOB.  And they left because they didn't want the kids to hear part of the conversation? Pretty sure that conversation could have waited.
The guitar owner isn't the only one full of shiat.
 
2021-04-18 8:59:19 AM  

no1curr: 20 minutes for a 3yo to move a couch, climb over the gate blocking the kid's way, go to the basement, take a guitar off a wall, and then warp it but not break it?

Smells like utter BS


Also, who the hell pays $2,200 for a Fender ACOUSTIC guitar?

Martin? Sure. Gibson? Absolutely. Fender? LOLOL

/love Fender solidbodies
//Tele Custom on my wall as we speak
 
2021-04-18 9:02:08 AM  
if you leave your shiat that you don't want to get broken anywhere a toddler can get, it's going to get broken eventually.  don't try and pin your stupidity on someone else just because you think you can get away with it
 
2021-04-18 9:05:33 AM  
On second reading (and the thread itself), I'm not seeing "Fender" anywhere, unless I missed it.

Still, no, a neck doesn't warp in 20 minutes. And it would only do so due to incorrect truss rod or string tension. The dude is trying to get his babysitter to buy him a new guitar to replace the one HE broke.
 
2021-04-18 9:06:22 AM  

leeto2: Ummm... The babysitter left the child unattended for 20 min?
The babysitter had ONE JOB.  And they left because they didn't want the kids to hear part of the conversation? Pretty sure that conversation could have waited.
The guitar owner isn't the only one full of shiat.


True that.  I can't imagine the conversation she didn't want the kid to hear.

On the other hand.  No way in hell did the kid do that.
 
2021-04-18 9:07:22 AM  
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'kiss of dick'?  that phrase would be less weird than it would be to censor 'kiss of death'
 
2021-04-18 9:08:08 AM  

capt_sensible: I would question the price tag. I've never seen a Fender squire valued that high with the exception of some genuine antique ones usually with some history attached. Maybe I'm off base but I think he's looking for an upgrade at her expense.
I taught my kids to respect my guitars at a very early age and never had any issues, in fact my son actually plays a couple of them now as his own.


I'll admit that I just skimmed the article, but who pays two grand for a Fender acoustic guitar?
 
2021-04-18 9:09:51 AM  
It seems that between the the dad, the babysitter, and the toddler, the only one who isn't full of shait in this story is the toddler.
 
2021-04-18 9:10:12 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: [Fark user image 478x114]

'kiss of dick'?  that phrase would be less weird than it would be to censor 'kiss of death'


Unfinished Dick is the name of my modified toilet roll holder.
 
2021-04-18 9:13:22 AM  

browneye: It seems that between the the dad, the babysitter, and the toddler, the only one who isn't full of shait in this story is the toddler.


Well their diaper still might be
 
2021-04-18 9:16:47 AM  
He should also check and make sure the toddler didn't log onto the dad's eTrade account and invest everything in Dogecoin.
 
2021-04-18 9:24:28 AM  
Rereading it makes me think:
(1) that phone call was probably longer than 20 minutes
(2) toddler did not superhumanly rearrange the living room to escape, but probably the gate was left open
(3) guitar was already farked from keeping it in the basement (hello moisture!) and/or possibly just not looked after at all. Since it typically takes time for a neck to warp like that I'm guessing dad hadn't touched his instruments in a while, and only went down there when he heard his kid found her way there

Could be wrong. Regardless, I don't think the babysitter should pay for a new guitar
 
2021-04-18 9:37:27 AM  
There is a reason a hard shell case has a lock on it, douche.
 
2021-04-18 9:59:35 AM  

no1curr: 20 minutes for a 3yo to move a couch, climb over the gate blocking the kid's way, go to the basement, take a guitar off a wall, and then warp it but not break it?

Smells like utter BS


Yeah, you're right. 20 minutes is way too long.
 
2021-04-18 10:14:16 AM  
If I don't want small children to trash my stuff, I keep that stuff out of the reach of small children.
 
2021-04-18 10:14:21 AM  

FlashHarry: no1curr: 20 minutes for a 3yo to move a couch, climb over the gate blocking the kid's way, go to the basement, take a guitar off a wall, and then warp it but not break it?

Smells like utter BS

Also, who the hell pays $2,200 for a Fender ACOUSTIC guitar?

Martin? Sure. Gibson? Absolutely. Fender? LOLOL

/love Fender solidbodies
//Tele Custom on my wall as we speak


My first thought as well (include Taylors in that list).  The rest of the story sounds totally bogus.
 
2021-04-18 10:25:47 AM  
Such a lazy writer, stealing a thread from Reddit. The net conclusion on r/AITA was that the parent was not justified to ask the babysitter to replace the guitar but perfectly justified in not hiring the sitter again.
 
2021-04-18 10:27:34 AM  

sithon: A baby didn't break that guitar. I bet she had a boy over that was farking with it.


Or farking that guitar.
 
2021-04-18 10:37:00 AM  
My father woke up, screaming "STOP"
"Wait a minute, stop it boy. What do you think you're doing?"
"That's no way to treat an expensive musical instrument"
And I said "God damn it Daddy"
"You know I love you, But you've got a hell of a lot to learn about Rock 'n' Roll"
 
2021-04-18 10:40:06 AM  
with a toddler you quickly learn to remove anything valuable or breakable.  They can come back out when the kid goes to college
 
2021-04-18 10:46:01 AM  

FlashHarry: Also, who the hell pays $2,200 for a Fender ACOUSTIC guitar?


Nobody because Fender doesn't make an acoustic guitar that sells for that much.

Either the guy is lying through his teeth or the decimal point is misplaced.
 
2021-04-18 11:04:35 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: [Fark user image image 478x114]

'kiss of dick'?  that phrase would be less weird than it would be to censor 'kiss of death'


Signed, Truss Rod

/In Rod We Truss
 
2021-04-18 11:06:01 AM  
This would be a great case for Judge Wapner. I just wonder what Doug Llewelyn would name the case
 
2021-04-18 11:06:51 AM  

no1curr: 20 minutes for a 3yo to move a couch, climb over the gate blocking the kid's way, go to the basement, take a guitar off a wall, and then warp it but not break it?

Smells like utter BS


Yeah, I worked in childcare for five years from infants to 8 year olds (orphanage, ~30 kids who loved getting into shenanigans) and there's no farking way that happened. Dad is a piece of shiat that's trying to scam a 19 year old babysitter.
 
2021-04-18 11:15:02 AM  
1) Why wasn't the basement locked (seems that should be the norm)?
2) What kind of couch can a three-yr old move?
3) why wasn't the guitar(s) stored high enough on the wall that the child couldn't get to them?
4) Timeframe seems a little fishy... makes me wonder whether the guitar was already damaged.
5) Hard to imagine a three-yr old thinking this up on the fly... pretty sure it has happened before

On the other hand
1) What conversation could a 3 year old understand that someone wouldn't want the kid to hear?


Still call BS and think the guitar was already damaged (more than likely humidity) and Dad is just trying to pass the buck. What does the Mom think of all of this?
 
2021-04-18 11:16:45 AM  

Hoban Washburne: capt_sensible: I would question the price tag. I've never seen a Fender squire valued that high with the exception of some genuine antique ones usually with some history attached. Maybe I'm off base but I think he's looking for an upgrade at her expense.
I taught my kids to respect my guitars at a very early age and never had any issues, in fact my son actually plays a couple of them now as his own.

I'll admit that I just skimmed the article, but who pays two grand for a Fender acoustic guitar?


someone really really stupid is who.
 
2021-04-18 11:30:16 AM  
I have a much cheaper $400 guitar that wouldn't break it I threw it down the stairs. I'm not buying the guy's story.
 
2021-04-18 11:31:44 AM  
I think you gotta upgrade that baby's toy guitar, you clearly have a rock star on your hands.
 
2021-04-18 11:41:04 AM  
Never underestimate small children.  When my sister was 3 or 4 she could get into the meds in the cabinet above the fridge.  She would open the locked window by removing the glass, crawl out, reclose the window behind her and then ride her tricycle Lady Godiva style.  She also managed to get most of the way down the far side of a pool fence before she could properly walk.
 
2021-04-18 11:45:06 AM  

FlashHarry: On second reading (and the thread itself), I'm not seeing "Fender" anywhere, unless I missed it.

Still, no, a neck doesn't warp in 20 minutes. And it would only do so due to incorrect truss rod or string tension. The dude is trying to get his babysitter to buy him a new guitar to replace the one HE broke.


Says 'Squire' on the headstock. Squire is a Fender model.
 
2021-04-18 11:46:15 AM  
If it were a fender acoustic, nothing of value would be lost. I'm not sure what it is in that picture, but $2000 guitars usually have nice finishes and curlicues and look like they cost $2000, unless they are of a good vintage, then they may look plain. And the fact that Fender doesn't start with Sp.....

The picture shows a cheap ass piece of junk.


and yeah, warping versus cracking and that whole story is just a bunch of shiat.
 
2021-04-18 11:51:44 AM  

Mikey1969: FlashHarry: On second reading (and the thread itself), I'm not seeing "Fender" anywhere, unless I missed it.

Still, no, a neck doesn't warp in 20 minutes. And it would only do so due to incorrect truss rod or string tension. The dude is trying to get his babysitter to buy him a new guitar to replace the one HE broke.

Says 'Squire' on the headstock. Squire is a Fender model.


I was wondering if it was Squire or SP...something
If it's a Squire then it really is a cheap piece of shiat worth no more than $200 new. They are a bargain brand.
 
2021-04-18 11:51:51 AM  
Btw that guitar posted on the site isn't even the one that broke. It's just some random internet photo. LOL.
 
2021-04-18 11:56:30 AM  

bdub77: Btw that guitar posted on the site isn't even the one that broke. It's just some random internet photo. LOL.


So more reason not to pay attention to Bored Panda.
Got it.
 
2021-04-18 11:58:56 AM  
This thread is full of the right kind of shiat talking and I'm here for it.
 
2021-04-18 12:10:40 PM  
The babysitter is in no way responsible for the damage to the guitar. She should however be facing criminal charges. If a parent went outside to work in the yard for 20 minutes leaving their 3 year old child completely unattended some of you would be calling for fines and others to take the child away, and I can't say you're completely wrong. You do not leave a 3 year old alone for 20 minutes even if you do think they can't get through the prison gates.

She should be legally banned from babysitting.  And yes that's possible. Adults are often banned from being alone with children if they have committed abuse of some sort.
 
2021-04-18 12:24:24 PM  
Okay a few things here :

1. your kid broke the guitar not the baby sitter.   The only punishment the baby sitter should receive is being fired without pay  and not recommended to work for anyone else.

2. Something smells here, while i am no expert on guitars I do find it hard to believe a three year old could have inflicted so much damage upon it.   That said if it was the fall that did it , something that feels more likely it is on the asshat for not having them higher on the wall out of reach of the young kid.
 
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