difficult child used to break other people's property (CDs, games, etc) routinely until spring-ish last year. I thought it was over with. Roughly six months ago I bought my SO a laptop. When we weren't home, she'd take it where she pleased to play neopets. Well, one time we got it back and the hinge assembly was off by a few mm which caused a creaking and popping sound. She obviously dropped it, I don't know if it was purposeful or not. The wear and tear of the hinge eventually snapped and now its just a brick. She denied dropping it but she was obviously lying. SO refused to do anything about it since she didn't see her do it. Now it was her birthday two weeks ago. I let her borrow my ipod and speaker unit that it can plug into while her friends were over. I just got the speakers set back last night. Went to plug it in, nothing. Tried another outlet. Nothing. Fan-****ing-tastic. "Thats another $200 broken by difficult child," I thought. So I checked out the ac adapter. There were three large cracks and several hairline fractures in it. Phew. A $200 headache shrank to $30. SO offered to purchase a replacement. So can someone explain to me why SO won't go after difficult child for breaking her new laptop yet offers compensation when something comparatively trivial of mine is damaged?