“No, thank you,” revisited

December 29, 2011

I wrote a post a week ago about people who decline to do their share when it seems to be their turn, analogous to asking for the bill in a restaurant and then giving it back (unpaid).

After reading about contexts in which cluelessness might be more relevant than intentional negative behavior (linked to in this post, fifth paragraph), I wanted to revise what I said, and suggest that maybe there are contexts in which what feels like getting stiffed is more like what happens when the other person has a completely different understanding of prior interactions.

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