If I am accused of damages to a hotel on circumstantial evidence am I liable? Posted on August 15, 2011
I was staying at a hostel and went to leave through the only doorway the building has. I had found that the locking mechanism was broken and I was trapped in the building. I called the owner and they opened the door. Now they are accusing me of breaking the lock presumably on the circumstances of me finding the lock. However, even if I did break the lock can I really be held liable? The lock will break some day for someone that is exiting the building. It is unavoidable. Also couldn't the hostel owner be in violation of fire code by not providing appropriate exits?
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