The negligence of the hirer's employee is, if committed within the scope of the employee's employment, the negligence of the employer1. The employer is therefore liable for any want of care towards the hired chattel shown by the employee in the course of his employment2. Such liability may arise even though the employee acts in a manner which the employer has forbidden, or would not have authorised had he known of the act3.
The employer is also liable where the employee commits a deliberate wrong to the chattel, such as damage or theft, if the employer has entrusted the chattel
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