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I kept my chair, thank you eHellions
« on: May 04, 2009, 11:19:52 AM »
I was involved in a huge charity garage sale on the weekend.  I'm a longtime volunteer for the charity, one of the main core of people they can always count on. 

Because I'm trustworthy and because my body is happier sitting than standing and/or bending, I'm usually the one who runs the cash box at the garage sale.  Not only that, but in this case I brought the table and the chair to sit at.  (Previous years we could sometimes find a donated table and/or chair but this year I wanted to be comfy so I brought my own chair and table.)

Before the sale started on Saturday (too early!), I hadn't sat down yet because there were no customers.  We were frantically unpacking boxes of donations and arranging them.  As customers started trickling in, I decided it was time to get the cash box and set up as "cashier".

Another volunteer (who I hadn't seen before) was sitting at the table in my chair.  At one point in my life I might have been too shy to say anything, but after years of reading eHell I'm much more assertive. :)

I said "Excuse me, I need to sit there and run the cash box now."

Volunteer: "Oh.  Well, the volunteer coordinator said that she'd have a chair available for me to sit in because of my back."

I said "Maybe she did, she should be arriving later and you can discuss that with her. I brought that chair and I'm doing cash now." 

She moved.

Thank you all for showing me how to be more assertive! :)

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Re: I kept my chair, thank you eHellions
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2009, 11:33:44 AM »
*applause* Good for you!

ShadesOfGrey

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Re: I kept my chair, thank you eHellions
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2009, 11:34:17 AM »
I think that was a perfect example of polite, but firm. Great job!
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Re: I kept my chair, thank you eHellions
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2009, 11:38:16 AM »
Good Job! Polite and firm!
"Carry out a random act of kindness, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."  Princess Diana

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Re: I kept my chair, thank you eHellions
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2009, 10:54:48 PM »
I think that we need a new category:  Polite but Firm.

Excellent example.