Borrowing expensive stuff
Good story Dave.
Back in my early 20's there was a few of us in the hills of Kentucky who were fortunate enough to own high powered street motorcycles. One afternoon we all went out on a country road to watch a couple guys drag race. One of the guys was a friend and didn't have much experience on his new bike. So he wanted me to race it for him. Thinking it would be fun I said OK. On one of the runs the other guy lost control of his bike on the starting line and came across the center line hitting me and knocking me into the ditch. This resulted in some expensive parts damage and 3 friends in am uncomfortable position of working out finance details. Besides me limping for a month. My buddy never liked his bike anymore because it had been crashed and ended up selling it. It was just bad all around.
After that I vowed never to borrow anybodies expensive toys (motorcycles,Power Boat, car etc). It became kinda of a creed among us moto heads not even to ask to borrow because it always seemed like something freakn bad happened putting friends in uncomfortable situations where both parties loose and friendships take a hit.
About a year after that I got a new bike I paid a lot of $$ for. A few weeks later my sister shows up from college with her new football player boyfriend for the weekend. About 30 minutes after introduction he ask me to let him take my moto for a ride. I said sorry, it's my policy not to let anyone ride my bike (much less some joker I don't even know). So he put the hard sell on me trying to get me to let him take it out and I kept telling him sorry but NOOOOOO.
I got my sister together with our parents and I said "This guy is the biggest dickhead you have ever brought home and you should dump this turkey pronto." Well that went over like a lead balloon and they all ran me out of town for the weekend.
Well in the end the guy ended up being a loser but it took her awhile to figure it out.