Well, I have just thought of a question. If somebody asked me to pick up "a box of Kleenex" at the store, I wouldn't necessarily get the "Kleenex" brand. I wouldn't necessarily get the cheapest brand, but I wouldn't necessarily get the brand name either.
Would that count as "not helping"? In other words, do you always have to literally get what someone asked for, or are there cases where the name brand is used generally in which that doesn't apply?
(Personally, if I sent someone to a store with my money and asked for a box of Kleenex, and they spent twice as much to get what was literally Kleenex, I would be kind of irritated...but only at myself for speaking carelessly. The person who brought it to me, I would thank profusely and appreciate their attention to detail.)
Oh, I think it depends on a lot of things. When in doubt, going with what they asked for literally is probably the safest choice. If possible, I would clarify before leaving, or once I got to the store and saw all the choices. The problem with not
taking it literally, when you're in doubt, is that you start imposing your own values on it. "Oh, any kind will do for me
and I don't want to spend extra money. Surely she feels the same way! So I will get her store brand tissues even though she literally said Kleenex." Or, if it was me, I automatically translate "Kleenex" to "Puffs with lotion" in my mind, because that's what *I* like. And that's usually even more expensive, and not everyone likes the lotion.
With my dad it's just funny because you're like, "Dad, you and Mom have been married for over 40 years. Why would you think that when she said 'Fig Newtons,' she might possibly perhaps have actually meant 'Oreos'? And could you not have just called back and asked before buying out half the cookie aisle?" Actually it's nice sometimes, like when I'm sick and he's to bring me "orange juice," and I end up with three kinds of orange juice, two other juices, Cheez-Its, spray cheese, Puffs with lotion, three kinds of cold medicine, ginger ale, and Oreos. I would've felt bad asking for all of that, especially since he was paying, but since it was totally his choice...