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ladyknight1:

--- Quote from: cattlekid on November 26, 2012, 06:01:43 PM ---Oh, the dreaded employee discount.  Here's another good one....DH works at an auto dealership in the parts department.  He can get parts at a significant discount as an employee.  They don't mind if you get parts for a friend or family member, but DH has to pay up front.  There's no credit available. 

DH's long time friend does all his own auto repairs so of course, he saw this as a gold mine.  I saw it as a drain on our finances.  We would have to put up the money ahead of time and then wait around until DH could get to see said friend and deliver the part and get reimbursed.  But DH is a softer touch than I am and still will get his friend the occasional part when necessary.  He will at least clear it with me first.

When I totally put my foot down though, is when the friend started sending HIS friends over to DH to get parts.  These are people we have maybe met once and definitely do not see on a regular basis and I am sure as God made little green apples that we are not going to start supplying parts for any random person that anyone may send our way.  And yes, I've been accused by these "friends" of being cheap and unhelpful.  Sorry, that's the way things go.

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That is right up there with an acquaintance knowing you have a pick-up truck and asking to borrow it to move. Hmm, no. I used to be such a pushover for "friends". One friend started having computer trouble, so we took a look at it, and $50 in parts and hours of labor later, there we were. We do have very good friends that we see and help when they need it, and vice versa. The difference is, the real friends want to be around you no when they don't want anything from you. It took me a long time to learn that lesson.

SS: I work with a woman who can be nice, but considers herself the specialist person ever to live. She is very particular on every possible subject. She took additional time off last week (we were given Thursday and Friday off as well as the usual weekend) and let her two employees have it off as well, which meant there was no staff at her office. This was not run by the big boss, and now SS is in hot water over that decision. She complained to me today that it is just not fair, that she is in trouble.

We have our departmental monthly meeting/holiday party coming up in a week and this time we are at a restaurant, which makes me so happy. SS is the most picky eater I have ever met, and I would rather go through torture than order food for her again and have to listen to her whine for years (no exaggeration here) that someone else got better food that she wanted over what she ordered.

cattlekid:
I've been the pickup truck owner too.  When DH and I were just dating, one of his friends asked DH to borrow my truck so that he could move.  Note, I did not say that the friend asked ME, he asked DH.  Then when DH said, "you'll have to ask Cattlekid, it's her truck", the friend was mortally offended, so much so that he did not speak to DH for at least a year afterwards.  Friend could not fathom why DH would have to ask me to borrow a possession of which he did not have any ownership.  Apparently, a dating relationship was enough to have unilateral say-so on whether or not the truck was available. 

The nutcracker of all of it....if the friend would have bothered to pick up the phone and ask me directly, I would have gladly lent him the truck.


--- Quote from: ladyknight1 on November 26, 2012, 06:21:40 PM ---That is right up there with an acquaintance knowing you have a pick-up truck and asking to borrow it to move. Hmm, no. I used to be such a pushover for "friends". One friend started having computer trouble, so we took a look at it, and $50 in parts and hours of labor later, there we were. We do have very good friends that we see and help when they need it, and vice versa. The difference is, the real friends want to be around you no when they don't want anything from you. It took me a long time to learn that lesson.

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Diane AKA Traska:

--- Quote from: cattlekid on November 26, 2012, 06:30:57 PM ---I've been the pickup truck owner too.  When DH and I were just dating, one of his friends asked DH to borrow my truck so that he could move.  Note, I did not say that the friend asked ME, he asked DH.  Then when DH said, "you'll have to ask Cattlekid, it's her truck", the friend was mortally offended, so much so that he did not speak to DH for at least a year afterwards.  Friend could not fathom why DH would have to ask me to borrow a possession of which he did not have any ownership.  Apparently, a dating relationship was enough to have unilateral say-so on whether or not the truck was available. 

The nutcracker of all of it....if the friend would have bothered to pick up the phone and ask me directly, I would have gladly lent him the truck.


--- Quote from: ladyknight1 on November 26, 2012, 06:21:40 PM ---That is right up there with an acquaintance knowing you have a pick-up truck and asking to borrow it to move. Hmm, no. I used to be such a pushover for "friends". One friend started having computer trouble, so we took a look at it, and $50 in parts and hours of labor later, there we were. We do have very good friends that we see and help when they need it, and vice versa. The difference is, the real friends want to be around you no when they don't want anything from you. It took me a long time to learn that lesson.

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Well, it's a truck, and he's the man, donchewknow.

ladyknight1:
After working at Home Depot years ago, I sweetly remind the wanna be borrower that they can rent one for a reasonable fee there and avoid using their friends as rental agencies.

Shea:

--- Quote from: Shalamar on November 26, 2012, 05:06:09 PM ---I used to work for a dinner theatre, and my friends constantly bugged me to get them free tickets.  Um, no.  It wasn't a great job (I've posted before about getting a nasty letter from a potential customer when I didn't know every last detail about the current show), but I didn't want to lose it!  Luckily, I was able to pacify them by saying "Tell you what - when you call to book tickets, make sure you ask for me, and I'll do everything I can to get you the best seats in the house."  (They didn't need to know that I did that for every customer.)

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I worked at a large professional repertory theatre for many years, and one of the perks was getting lots of free tickets. Technically we were only supposed to share them with family, but absolutely everyone happily gave free tickets away to friends, a fact that was an open secret in the company. I, like everyone else, gave away lots of tickets to friends, many of whom wouldn't be able to afford to see plays otherwise. However, ex-BF got to be a bit of a Special Snowflake over it. We'd broken up while I was working at the theatre, and we didn't stay in touch all that much (not an especially bad break-up, but they're never good :P). I soon noticed that the only time I ever heard from him was when he wanted me to give him a ticket to see a play. Yeah, not happening. It was less about the fact that he was my ex, and more that he seemed to view me as a free ticket dispenser. It took him a really long time to stop asking!

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