The bailee, or mandatary, when he has entered upon the execution of the task which he has undertaken, is bound, in common with all others who render a gratuitous service1, apart from special contract, to act prudently and honourably and to exercise reasonable care and diligence2. This imposes upon him the duty to use such care and diligence a reasonable person would ordinarily use in the performance of the task in question and such skill as he possesses3. In addition, if, because the bailee holds himself out as
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