I work at a large state university which gives very generous leave allowances (at least by US standards). It is common when someone is very sick that someone will send out a blast over the old university list-serve (optional, by request subscription, not compulsory) which asks on behalf of the sick person for leave donations so the person does not lose pay. People often exceed their vacation leave accrual and it slushes over into their sick leave, and so many people have plenty to share. There was recently one for a cancer patient, sent out by a friend requesting donations. This is not uncommon and people are usually happy to give. In that particular case, the friend had to actually send out another email that asked us to stop responding with donations, they already had plenty.
Yesterday, however, I received this Gimmee email along with 700+ potential victims:
I am going on maternity leave soon, June 8th. I was hoping to be able to take the whole 12 weeks that is available to me through FMLA because we will have to put our baby in day care when I go back to work . Unfortunately I only have 8 weeks’ worth of sick & annual leave because I have been working at the university for a short period of time. I joined the sick leave pool as well, but I cannot use the time from the pool for 6 months since I am new to it. My husband and I do not have family in Tampa which is why we have to use daycare.
Even if it is just one hour, any sick leave donations would be greatly appreciated. All that needs to be done is to e-mail my HR Coordinator XXXXXXXXXX at XXXX@XXXXX.edu how many hours you would like to donate and CC your immediate supervisor.
Also, if you have any daycare recommendations in the University area that would be great!
Thank you so much,
Am I wrong to think this is a bit entitled to ask for your own sick leave donation? Not to mention I have never ever had anyone ask me (verbally or via email) to donate sick leave to any mothers which I actually do know in my department. I just feel like this is akin to someone asking for monetary donations because they’re having a baby or throwing their own baby shower. 0524-12
Fundamentally this is arranging charitable giving from others to oneself. Which is begging. There should be a social stigma placed on public begging for one’s own benefit so that true charity is reserved for those truly deserving of it at the instigation of others.