My manager is demanding I be her chauffeur — and isn’t going to spend for gas

Pricey ABBY: My boss, who recently divided from her spouse and is finding divorced, has moved inside going for walks distance of work. The trouble is, she can’t travel, and her daughter demands to be taken to and from university. I made available to support her out with her daughter, but now she’s inquiring me to get her all over the place she demands to go. 

I have been accommodating and have performed this for a couple of months, but she has never made available me any income toward fuel in my car or truck even nevertheless she’s normally bragging about all the things she has ordered off the internet. I hardly ever presented to be her chauffeur. 

I perform 3rd shift, which is challenging ample, and have my very own youngster to get care of throughout the day. How can I inform her it is bought to cease devoid of hurting her emotions? I am having close to shedding regulate and telling her off. Everybody I know is advising me to cease, and she’s just making use of me. — Employed IN THE MIDWEST

Dear Employed: Clarify to your boss (politely) that you ended up glad to aid her out “temporarily” by building sure her youngster experienced transportation to and from faculty, but you have duties outside of perform that preclude your continuing to provide as her chauffeur. 

Then convey to her that if you are going to carry on driving her child, you will will need to be reimbursed for the fuel you expend performing it — some thing she appears to have neglected. Talking up is not rude or hurtful it is identified as getting assertive.

Pricey ABBY: Need to I be upset that my grandchildren have a move-grandfather who has no young children of his personal and is often giving money and other gifts to my grandchildren? I purchased my 18-yr-old grandson a applied automobile with the comprehending that he would repay me in installments when he began performing. He did just that, and then he experienced a fender bender, so I assisted him get it partly fixed. I built the same offer with him as before. I compensated for the repairs he again repaid me in installments. 

Very well, 1 of the doorways has a big dent and will not open. Now he has sweet-talked his move-grandfather into purchasing for yet another motor vehicle! My grandson doesn’t want to deal with the doorway mainly because it’s much easier to get his move-grandfather to get him one more car. Must I be upset about this? What should I explain to his action-grandfather? — Pissed off GRANDFATHER

Dear GRANDFATHER: I can see why you would be worried. You have been striving to not only assist your grandson but also to train him obligation. His nicely-meaning step-grandfather is interfering with that. By all suggests, have a dialogue with him mainly because Stage-Grandpa is becoming manipulated. If he truly wishes to enable your grandson, he must consider treating him to driving classes.

Dear ABBY: Is not it viewed as terrible manners to remark about the length of time another person spends in the restroom? Many occasions when I’ve been out with people at a cafe or bar, somebody has commented “That was quick!” when I returned to the desk. I want to inform them the remark is inappropriate. Any ideas for an correct reaction that isn’t also snarky would be appreciated. — Non-public Lady IN Ga

Dear Personal Lady: Test this: Smile at the individual and say, “I did not know you ended up clocking my action!” (It is improved than saying, “That’s simply because I did not consider the time to wash my hands. Would you like me to pass you the bread?”)

Expensive Abby is prepared by Abigail Van Buren, also recognized as Jeanne Phillips, and was started by her mom, Pauline Phillips. Call Pricey Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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