Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I'm sure we can rustle up a free trailer for you, though

This is an email I got from someone who wants my business services free-ish. The parts in parentheses are redacted to preserve my privacy and hers.

I am a 62 year old lady that is attempting to supplement my income by (doing something I need your services for.) I do not have (the money to pay you). I sell Avon. Unfortunately, since I relocated to Raleigh from New Orleans because of the storm, I am not doing too well in acquiring new customers. (Can you give me your services at a lower price or on time?)


After writing several pissy email drafts to Pearl, I decided to answer thusly:

Dear Pearl, No.
Sheesh. If you want a loan, see a freaking bank. People just think they are entitled to other people's work for free.

Now normally when I get such a request I usually write something like: We are a small business and the people who work here (read: ME) depend on the business to support their families. yadda yadda.

But the point is: Why do people think that because they are broke, they should get something for free. Being broke is the state that occurs when you aren't working. It is not the state that occurs when you aren't getting someone else's money or time. Or at least it shouldn't be.


Blogger Pamela said...

banks only lend money to people who already have it

poor pearl

and did you say ps. your perfume stinks

giggle. meanie (:

4:49 PM  
Blogger Miss Trashahassee said...

Avon perfooms may be bo-rank stank, honey, but they sho nuff gots some fine julereys. i do likes their mens cahlonne, tho.

hey, if i give u some Avon julerey for colladderoll, wood ya give me some free money for free? If'n I aint never pays you back you can keep the julerey. Deal?

12:16 AM  
Blogger Walker said...

"banks only lend money to people who already have it"

Yes, which is why they tend to make it in the banking business.

If a bank won't loan money to the lady, why the hell should I? LOL

White Trash: I never thought about that fabulous Avon julerey. Maybe I ought to reconsider?

11:21 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

Perhaps Pearl should switch to Mary Kay?

4:35 PM  
Blogger Fish said...

Streets full of panhandlers, Television stations full of televangelists, The phone book full of worthy charities, Civic organizations, clear down to the people that want "just a minute of your time". The average working stiff hasn't the income or the time to give everything. Learning to say "NO" either politely or forcefully is a self-preservation essential.

12:16 AM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

The older I get, the easier it is to just say No.
Of course, having a couple of pre-teen kids in the house helps alot,too!

You did the right thing.
Miz Pearl was probably setting up to scam you some how or another...or her check would bounce big time.

Oh and did I mention one gets more cynical with age, too?
; )

8:03 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

The last time I said no to someone who expected something for nothing, they said, "Why do you have to be so rude?"

I just don't understand why people feel that they are entitled to anything except what they do for themselves.

12:19 PM  

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