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Mother asked to replace designer bag after child vomits on stranger’s $1500 bag

A mum has been left with a dilemma after her son was sick on a pricey handbag during a long-haul flight.

A mother of a young child who vomited on a stranger’s designer handbag during a long-haul flight has asked a parenting forum for advice about whether she should have to pay for a new one.

Mumsnet user, incognitoforonenight shared her moral dilemma online explaining extreme turbulence made her son sick – some of which splashed on the stranger’s $1530 Louis Vuitton tote.

According to the post, the owner of the bag reportedly said that while the bag had been wiped clean, the smell of sick would remain forever.

A Louis Vuitton bag believed to be similar to the one in question. PHOTO: Louis Vuitton.

However the mother noted that she could not see and damage – and posted pictures to prove it.

“We apologise and she says, ‘No, it’s on my handbag, it’s very expensive and you need to get your insurance to pay for it to be repaired/cleaned,’” wrote incognitoforonenight.

After the flight the woman allegedly sent the family an email saying they were liable to replace it.

According to a report in the Daily Mail the post was viewed more than 20,000 times with the Mumsnet crowd chiming in to give their two cents on the situation.

And the judgments were mixed – some arguing for the woman and her family to save their money while others took the side of the stranger with the tote.

According to a report in The Sun these were some of the responses:

Amandahugandkisses wrote: “So she wiped the vomit off but the bag still smells. I can see her point kind of. I would pay for the bag to be cleaned professionally.”

RestlessTraveller said: “I think you’re liable. It’s no-one’s fault really but at the end of the day your child has ruined her bag.”

Madbengalmum agreed the pricey handbag owner was in the right and said: “Sooo, why does the value matter? Your kid puked on it, so it’s only fair that you sort it out.”

There were calls for the mum to use travel insurance to cover the costs but others said that the only mistake the family had made was giving the woman their email.

Mumsnet appear to have since removed the post.

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