My son was walking home last week when he tripped up and fell, breaking his smart phone (not an iphone but it did cost him £250). He was most upset, as would anyone, but he has been insistant that I claim on my house insurance to get him another one.
He had nearly £3,000 last year, in a compensation claim, when he turned 18 years old. He spent it quite recklessly, hence the phone and multiple electric guitars, spending on friends etc. I got a free 9" garlic bread - for my birthday. Nothing else, not even a bunch of flowers. Not that I care really, he can do whatever with it, but he does have to learn to provide for his own future. He could have got his own phone insurance and been sure to have been covered for £1.50 a month. Did he think about it? Not on your nelly!
He got really mad the other night because I wouldn't entertain putting a claim in for his phone, he said I have never claimed on it (true) and isn't that what it is there for? I said no, it is there for big items, or in the event of losing it all, say in a burgarly etc. I said that you have to balance claiming with paying the excess and the increase in premiums it will bring against the cost of the item being claimed. Plus, I told him it should still be under guarantee anyway. Of course, he can't find the box it came in with the appropriate documentation. He has applied to the company and sent pictures (which he used my camera for) and is awaiting a reply.
But, along with getting mad at me, because I wouldn't wave my magic wand and make it all better, he told me he wished I was dead, bashed in the living room door and was generally like a 2 year old having a paddy.
Am I unreasonable not to claim for his phone when he can be so aggressive towards me and verbally abusive and he won't take responsibility for himself or his belongings after getting a lump sum but not covering the phone himself?
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