« Last post by Mel the Redcap on Yesterday at 11:00:57 PM »
She took advantage of co workers who are young and may not have a spine yet just to get her family a free meal.
Well, it does sound as though she didn't ask people until -after- she'd determined that they weren't going to use the "plus-one" for themselves. So, she could have been ruder.
Talk about damning with faint praise! "She could have been ruder."
Actually, I think that makes it ruder. It's calculated - if she asks right out "take one of my kids," the other employee has a chance to say "Um, er, oh, sorry, I'm bringing my... Mom! That's it! I'm bringing my Mom, so I can't use my +1 for your kid." If she asks "who are you bringing?" first and gets "oh, nobody," she can then pounce and they're faced with either doing what she wants or coming right out and saying "Actually, I don't think you should do that and I'm not going to help you." It sounds like nobody brought themselves to take option 2 or I'm sure the OP would have heard about it!
It's like asking someone "What are you doing on (date)?", getting a reply of "Nothing," and jumping in with "Good, that means you can babysit for me!" It's pre-emptively cutting off a polite white lie excuse.