“What about Yair’s salary?” asked Mr. Glazer. “Do I have to pay for the cleaning that caused damage?”
“In the case of the porters, the SM”A (304:1) indicates that he is entitled to his wages, even though the job proved pointless,” replied Rabbi Dayan. “The Taz disagrees, unless the worker is poor, in which case righteous people go beyond the letter of the law and provide his wages. Here, in any case, most of the salary is for the cleaning of the fridge and the rest of the oven.”
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