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Ames, an agent for Baker Antiques, had the authority to purchase early 20th-century American furniture costing a maximum of $1,500 per piece. Ames bought a 19th-century French desk for $3,000 from Carter. Baker was furious when she saw the desk, and she fired Ames. Nevertheless, she put the desk on display in the shop with a $5,000 price tag. When the best offer she got for the desk was $2,500, Baker returned the desk to Carter. Baker told Carter that Ames had exceeded his authority in purchasing the desk, and she demanded that Carter refund the $3,000 that Ames had paid for the desk. Will Carter have to do so? Is that fair?