Reminds me of some occasions at work. I work in a school library, after the end of the school day. It's open until a reasonable hour, but since I'm the only member of staff in there (usually) and the kids aren't allowed to be in there unsupervised, it closes when I leave, at the set closing time.
Occasionally, a student will ask for 5/10/15 more minutes to finish off the last piece of a project. The answer can vary, dependent on a number of factors, such as:
- whether I need to be home by a certain time that afternoon (eg to cook dinner)
- whether or not I feel
like staying at work longer. While I sometimes do it voluntarily, I don't have
- their reason for needing the time. If the student has been working solidly since the library opened, and is almost finished, I'm more sympathetic. But if they spent the best part of an hour chatting to their friends instead of working, or they just got out of detention, I'm far less likely to keep the library open for them. In the case of detention, it's not that I think they're a bad kid, it's just that I don't see why I should give up my
personal time, because they
forgot something/were rude to a teacher/didn't hand in their homework etc.
- their attitude. If they're polite, well-behaved, and seem to realise that I am actually doing them a favour
, I am far more likely to stay a bit longer than if they rudely demand that the library stay open to suit them, say something like, "but you're paid to be here", and lack any hint of thanks or gratefulness, as if my free time is some constitutional right.
I draw the line at lending out items from my personal pencil case, though. If I lend something to one person, it feels bad saying no to someone else. So I don't lend anything. Besides which, they should generally have what they need anyway.