DEAR ANNIE: My sister put on an antique show at a nearby hall and asked whether I would provide refreshments as a favor.
An elderly man bought a chocolate-chip cookie and broke a tooth. I apologized and explained that I freeze the cookies after they are baked to keep them fresh. But they had been sitting out for 45 minutes, so they should have been plenty soft. He told me that he has problems with his teeth and knew something like this would happen someday, but he’s on disability and wants me to pay for his dental bill.
Am I liable? I am totally clueless. — Cookies No More
DEAR COOKIES: We have no way of knowing exactly what happened or why, whether you are at fault or whether the man is trying to con you. If you are being threatened with a lawsuit, please talk to a lawyer immediately. If he is simply asking for money and you feel responsible, whether to offer him anything is up to you, but get a release from him in writing saying that this settles the matter and he will make no additional claim against you.
DEAR ANNIE: This is in response to “Pennsylvania,” the woman whose husband supposedly has been calling escorts. We have not heard his side. She could be a liar.
If he is calling escorts, that means she is not doing her job as a wife. If she checks his cellphone bills, she cannot be trusted. If my wife ever pulled that stunt, we would no longer be married. Not that she could find anything. I keep my private matters well hidden. — S.
Dear S.: You’re quite a guy. Your wife has our condolences.
Annie’s Snippet for St. Patrick’s Day (author unknown): A best friend is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.
Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column.