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WIBU to say to somebody

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TobleroneBoo Thu 16-Jul-15 17:28:09

"I'm sorry, I can't keep hearing this"

Friend from work tells me the same thing every time we have a proper conversation. We have been through a lot within our company but every time we speak she always gears the topic back to how she didn't get a pay rise and why she didn't etc. I find it very awkward and there isn't very much I can say so WIBU to just say that? Would that be offensive?

User100 Thu 16-Jul-15 17:36:49

Yanbu. Be tactful the first time, be prepared to have to say it more than once and get gradually more blunt!

DameMargaretOfChalfont Thu 16-Jul-15 17:38:23

When she mentions it next time just say :-
"Yes, you've mentioned this before but it's history so lets move on".

Make sure you have a few reserve topics up your sleeve to turn the subject to.

DoJo Thu 16-Jul-15 19:00:51

'Well talking about it won't change things so let's focus on the positive - are you doing anything fun this summer?'

bigbumtheory Thu 16-Jul-15 20:39:46

"I'm sorry, I can't keep hearing this"

And why can't you use this for her repeated topic?

MammaTJ Thu 16-Jul-15 20:41:35

YANBU, the more tactful above me have explained how to go about it.

TobleroneBoo Fri 17-Jul-15 07:48:31

Bigbum I can, I'm just asking whether it would come across as rude.

Thanks all

bigbumtheory Fri 17-Jul-15 19:54:46

It would possibly if she didn't use on you, it's very abrupt. However, since she does turnabout is fair.

TobleroneBoo Fri 17-Jul-15 20:03:50

Oh sorry I think I was unclear, she doesn't say that to me she just tells me the same thing over and over

bored1602 Fri 17-Jul-15 22:42:31

I agree it's a little blunt. Maybe say something like 'It's a shame but of course it's probably a conversation for HR' with a smile. Still sympathising with her situation but making it pretty clear that it's not your problem and constantly involving you doesn't help.

That being said, I know exactly how you feel. Drives me mad listening to she same complaints by the same people about pay/hours when they refuse to bring it up with their line manager who might actually be able to help!

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