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How Do I Say No to Freeloading Co-workers?

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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?

Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter:

Q#389 It’s enough to say “frowned on by mgmt.” People get to manage their own upset, you don’t have to. (@juliaerickson)

Q#389 Just be honest. Tell them that you don’t feel like risking your job to buy things for them. (@gradversity)

Q#389 Some people just can’t help but to ask for favors. Say, I’m not comfortable using my discount that way. (@ValueIntoWords) [1/2]

Q#389 If they persist w/ ‘why,’ hold fast; don’t over-explain; the fact you’re not comfortable is enough said. (@ValueIntoWords) [2/2]

Q#389 Just let them know that your boss doesn’t approve and you could lose your job for sharing the discount. (@beneubanks)

Q#389 Have to develop “NO”. Tell them, you do not even extend your discount to family members. Could lose your job. Period. (@DawnBugni)

Q#389 Say while it’s allowed, boss at store doesn’t like staff doing it. That way, you aren’t the bad guy. (@jtodonnell)

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