While shopping, I picked up a bag of a few heads of lettuce to look at it, and it fell out of my hands and hit the display surface pretty hard. Most other bags of lettuce on that display where somewhat bruised, so I don’t know how much, if any of the bruising on the lettuce is from me dropping it (Although it fell pretty hard). I’m thinking that parts of it probably got crushed in the fall, and it will probably cause it to bruise later or go bad faster. Am I responsible to pay for it?
Answer from Horav Y. Fleishman shlit”a
If the store is Jewish-owned you are liable for the damage since you were not sufficiently careful with the lettuce. The damage is the loss in value of all the lettuce which were damaged i.e. if the store can no longer sell them you are liable for the full amount-of course you can ask for the lettuce in that case. If they can sell at a discount then you pay the difference.