Social media users have shared some of the boldest requests ever made from them — including a woman whose ex-husband asked her to fix up his house (despite having a new girlfriend).
The conversation was started by a post on the UK parenting forum mumsnet, who asked people if they were ever impressed by the audacity some have when it comes to asking for big favors.
The poster wrote: ‘After reading another thread asking a woman to get out of the way for 40 minutes to take someone else’s child to school, or the poor woman being asked to give daily injections to her neighbor giving because her kids couldn’t be bothered got me thinking.
“I don’t think I would have the guts or boldness to make some of the ridiculous requests people have made, so I’m secretly impressed that there’s a group of people out there who wouldn’t even think twice about this one from request the wall!’
It garnered a slew of responses, with posters sharing some of the boldest favors people had asked them, calling them “brutal f*****s” or CF for short.
WTF? Some posters were subject to extremely unreasonable demands – including a woman who was asked to decorate her ex-husband’s house
A poster on Mumsnet revealed that they were quite impressed by how cheeky some people are – and asked other forum users if they felt the same
One revealed that a friend had actually attempted to steal a precious family heirloom she had been eyeing.
They wrote: ‘I had such a friend. Her motto was: if you didn’t ask, you didn’t get it.
She asked for something from my house (dainty, very pretty but also a memento from my husband of a sibling who had died in childhood). I said no, of course, and why.
“She stole it. Absolutely no shame on her part when she got caught. Came to me for “make a fuss”. I believe the CF threads. These people walk among us…’
People cited some of the most unreasonable favors they’ve been asked to do – including babysitting their children daily and collecting items purchased online
Some people said it was better to refuse to do unreasonable favors to others, even losing a friend.
They wrote: ‘I worked FT [full time] and a friend who didn’t work asked me to walk her dog for lunch because she wanted to go to London that day.
“I said it was not possible because a very short lunch time, a 20 minute walk each way, was not possible and I had to have lunch during that time. She didn’t speak to me for two years because I didn’t help her. No contact now after 30 years of knowing her.’
Another was stunned when her ex-partner asked her to help with redecorating.
She wrote: ‘My ex-husband asked me to help move and furnish his new house. I’m sure his current girlfriend would love to walk in and find me on a ladder. I actually find it hilarious in its brutality.’
Multiple posters revealed the cheeky favors they didn’t regret turning down – with one even losing a friend for refusing to walk her dog
However, some people revealed that they had friends and acquaintances who were so cheeky that, despite some shocking requests, they usually got what they wanted — or even do things without asking permission.
One wrote: “Many years ago a neighbor with whom I had become very friendly asked me regularly if I went shopping. I soon realized there wasn’t a good answer to this, as I would either be asked to get a long list of things for her when I went, or to babysit her two sons while she went.
“I didn’t have a car, so I had to walk with a pram or pram and carry her groceries, just like mine, but it was better than taking care of her offspring, who work very hard.”
Another added: ‘I knew someone who would just walk up to men at the bar in pubs and ask for a drink. She would literally just walk away as soon as she said a drink had been bought for her. It was kind of funny at first, but after a while it just seemed mean and tight.
“She would justify it by claiming the dudes didn’t have to buy her a drink, which is technically true, but she was very confident and wouldn’t target and bully so confident men.”
A number of posters revealed that they were somehow sucked into doing things for other people that they either didn’t want to do, or were not reciprocated.
A number of posters said they were actually a bit impressed by people who have the audacity to make cheeky requests.
One Mumsnetter said: ‘Sometimes I’m impressed with cheeky cheeks, probably because I’m very passive and often don’t ask for things that are very reasonable requests. So I kind of admire people who ask for something that the world and his wife can see is downright unreasonable, and get away with it!’
Another added: ‘I’m always in awe of people who have the ovaries to ask. My dad always tells me if I need help just ask – but I don’t even if I need it because I’m ashamed of ever raising it! To be so cheeky always really amazes me.
“I also know I’m probably ‘doormat’ material for never saying yes the first time to something that rings alarm bells because I’m going to struggle to get out.”
A poster revealed that they have a pre-prepared response for when people make unreasonable requests, and share it with the forum
However, one clever poster has a response to unreasonable requests. They wrote: “I have a practiced, over-reaction to CF requests.
‘Really and truly? I? You are SO sweet to think of me. Honestly, it’s so nice of you, but I have to say no. I can not do that. Still, thanks for asking.’
‘It works every time. They just move on to the next sucker.’