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Bailment is the delivery of personal items by its owner to a third party on the condition that it will be returned as soon as the conditions of the bailment have elapsed or been performed. The bailer delivers and the bailee takes delivery of the items.
There are many different types of bailment and the bailee's duty will vary accordingly. Where you take delivery of an owner's items so that you can derive some sort of benefit, you are called a bailee for reward. This would apply to your circumstances where you take jewelry in for repair. The ‘reward' would be your fee for fixing the jewelry.
If the goods are lost and damaged, and it is alleged that the bailee failed to take sufficient care, the onus of proof lies on the bailee to establish that, in the circumstances, he took an appropriate degree of care, or that his failure did not contribute to the loss.
I'm not sure where you got this distinction between bailee and bailee for reward. There are other types of bailees but in this instance you would only be a bailee for reward.
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I understand the differences between Bailee & Bailee for reward but on out assingment question it says "N.B when booking in customers items for repair the jeweller becomes bailee & bailee for reward." - i just dont see how you can be both at the same time, unless as i put in my original request, it is that sometimes there is no reward as customers may not accept the estimate and not have the work done. thanks.
You cannot be both at the same time. Since you are receiving a fee for cleaning jewelry you are obtaining a benefit and therefore you are a bailee for reward.
I hope this clarifies this position.
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