You Get What You Don’t Pay For

| Working | April 24, 2013

(I work as a graphic artist for a large company. The vast majority of my job is fulfilling requests for screen graphics, print items, web ads and whatnot.)

Me: “You’ve made a personal request through the system. I’m sorry, but we only handle [company]-related items. We can’t take requests for non-work related stuff.”

Co-worker: “But you’ve done stuff like this in the past.”

Me: “If my boss approves it, and we’re not busy, we do, but lately the hammer has come down and we can’t make anything for anybody that isn’t work-related. We used to do this more often, but then it got abused, so we had to stop completely. Also, you used the work request submission form, so my boss has seen the email too and will not be okay with the personal request coming through that way.”

Co-worker: “Well, that’s just great. What am I supposed to do now?”

Me: “Pay a graphic artist privately for the thing you need?”

Co-worker: “Why would I do that?!”

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