How Do I Say “No” to Freeloading Co-workers?

QUESTION:

December 3, 2009 by sparktalk

Dear Experts,

I’ve got a part-time retail job at a toy store. My co-workers found out that I get a discount and want me to buy gifts for them so they can save money. I’m terrible at saying ‘no’ but this is not something I feel like doing. It will take up a lot of my time and I’ll have to drag all the the gifts to work. Plus, I’d have to put them all on my charge card and I don’t have a big spending limit.

What can I say that won’t upset people but will get me off the hook?

ANSWER:

Just say NO…

Be polite, but firm!  Indicate that you just make it a policy not to do this.  If a co-worker didn’t pay you back right away or you purchased the wrong item it could strain your relationship.

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