do i have a legal obligation here-
I put my shopping cart back against the building outside a grocery cart. it was stationary but was not in the line of pushed together carts.
i then put my bag on my bike, was putting on my helmet
, and sometime while my back was turned, the cart rolled across the sidewalk into a parked car.
there was a small dent from the grocery cart on the side of the car over the front tire.
a man got out of the car, was all upset at "what I had done" and blamed this completely on me.
while I agreed that I didnt put the cart back perfectly, and apologized, he demanded my contact information which I gave to him.
i did not want a confrontation. i said if he wants to get a quote to get the dent straighted out, he can email me and we can talk.
is it my fault that the cart rolled and dented his car making me liable, or is this "an act of god'/ just life in a city with sidewalks that are not perfectly level??
if the cart had rolled a few minutes later after I was gone, I dont know how he could have considered me at fault (and I would have been gone none the wiser)