DoNotWantFilter: How to avoid buying tschotkes from coworker?
June 19, 2009 9:48 AM Subscribe
How can I politely decline to buy stuff from a coworker who is constantly selling candles, Tupperware, etc?
posted by ShadePlant to human relations (30 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
She and I work in the same area, about two cubes apart. She's a single mom and I know she doesn't have a ton of money but I don't want candles or dishes that are junky and overpriced! My other cop-out is that I'm in grad school and work full time on an entry-level social work salary. I don't have even "pity purchase" money, so the "buy something small and let it go" doesn't really work.
The tipping point was her inviting me to a "passion party" at her home where a representative would be selling sex toys. She invited other women, including my boss and her boss, which clearly ups the awkward ante. I rsvp'd online and she walked to my cube and said, "You said 'no' already?". I lied and said I had to take a licensing exam that Saturday. How can I get her off my case without being completely awful?