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Didyoumeantobesorude1 Mon 04-Jul-16 20:28:49

I know I shouldn't be so mean but it makes me so cross. One couple in particular, neither of them can drive and they just ask suddenly for a lift to various events and then dominate the conversation for an hour while we get there.

CrazyDuchess Mon 04-Jul-16 20:29:38

Just say no?

Didyoumeantobesorude1 Mon 04-Jul-16 20:32:28

Wish I could Duchess, but they ask for example at a meal where we are surrounded by all our other friends. Some of whom also give them lifts quite a lot without apparently minding.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 04-Jul-16 20:34:06

Are these events you're also going to? Or are they using you as a taxi?

CrazyDuchess Mon 04-Jul-16 20:34:47

Then come up with a go to excuse

"I'm actually going:.... whichever opposite direction to them

TroysMammy Mon 04-Jul-16 20:34:57

Get a 2 seater car. I did when my exh's non driving family constantly telephoned with the opening words "can you do me a favour". I loved that MR2.

NavyAndWhite Mon 04-Jul-16 20:35:00

I don't like giving lifts either <misery> don't get me wrong I wouldn't drive past someone I knew waiting at the bus stop etc but I don't offer lifts wildly nilly.

I like the peace and quiet. I like to ponder. Sometimes I like the radio on.

HappenstanceMarmite Mon 04-Jul-16 20:37:03

It's when the request for a lift is prefaced with the word "just". As in "can you JUST give me a lift to..."

Didyoumeantobesorude1 Mon 04-Jul-16 20:41:07

Ashamed to say yes, these are events I am also going to. Which is why I feel mean, but I still hate giving them a lift. Am liking the idea of a two seater car Troysmammy!

teacher54321 Mon 04-Jul-16 20:41:35

I hate giving lifts. I hate receiving lifts. I hate other people in my car. I am not a friendly person!

maisiejones Mon 04-Jul-16 22:45:46

I hate it. Some years ago my particular group of friends used to socialise in the same part of town. I lived furthest away so it was always 'can you pick me up on your way through?' Not once, not ever, did any of them suggest that just for a change they would drive a few miles in the opposite direction to pick me up. I've learned now though. My last three cars have been two- seaters.

PansOnFire Mon 04-Jul-16 23:16:24

YANBU, I hate this too. I usually drive because I don't drink. I am usually asked quite politely for lifts to places where a group of us are meeting and this isn't usually too bad. But lifts back seem to be a free for all; sometimes people walk back to the car with me just expecting a lift. I've always been worried about affecting my friendships so haven't said anything, but I've had a word with myself lately and I wont let it happen - even at the expense of my friendships, they certainly aren't giving it any thought it makes it so much worse when I don't hear from them between events.

On one occasion one of my friends had moved half an hour in the opposite direction to my house and had failed to organise any transport home, she didn't make this known until I got up to leave. I said I'd drop her off and then she ordered another drink. Not only did she add an hour of driving on to my night but she also added another hour of me watching her drink.

Another friend asked in advance if I'd mind dropping her friend with a baby off at home after an event in a nearby town. This friend was going to walk with the baby, despite the event being on until after midnight. I agreed; on the way home it transpired that this girl lived 40 minutes out of the town where the event took place, in a very rural setting. We had to go through two farms to get there, opening the gates to get through and driving on tracks. She cheerily got out at home and said goodbye, leaving me to navigate myself home in the pitch black through complicated farm land.

I'm not sure whether its lifts I hate or rude people. I do hate giving lifts to people I work with though as I don't like having to work to a strict time. The last colleague I helped out with lifts demanded that she was picked up almost an hour earlier than I used to set off because she liked to get in early. She was my boss and quite hard to please so felt like life would have been unbearable if I'd refused either the lift or the early start. It was for a few weeks too.

WorraLiberty Mon 04-Jul-16 23:30:12

I have the opposite problem I think grin

I keep getting offered lifts when I don't need/want one.

There's nothing wrong with that and I know people are just being thoughtful, but it's when I have to refuse over and over and actually find myself explaining that I enjoy the walk.

People often look at me like I'm 'obviously lying', because I don't want to put them out.

The silly thing is, I sometimes end up lying about meeting a friend along the way, or needing to pop into a few shops along the journey, just so they'll take no thank you for an answer confused

And don't even start me on the parents who insist on giving my DS a lift to school, because 'it's cold and you can't expect the poor little mite to walk in the rain'??

The 'little mite' is 5ft 9 and the school is literally 15 minutes away on foot confused

Enoughisenough9 Mon 04-Jul-16 23:44:38

It drives me nuts driving out of our estate when you see people you know walking. You have to offer a lift or you look like a cow. If I'm particularly cranky I'll do a flick down the sun visor/change radio station maneuver.

WorraLiberty Tue 05-Jul-16 00:30:58

Why do you look like a cow?

Do people truly believe that no-one likes walking anywhere ever? confused

beetroot2 Tue 05-Jul-16 00:36:32

If Im going to the same place I offer lifts. Its no biggy

VioletBam Tue 05-Jul-16 01:04:53

Is it just the fact that they dominate the conversation that makes you not want to drive them? Or is it because they can't drive?

GoblinLittleOwl Tue 05-Jul-16 07:09:13

I don't mind in the slightest giving lifts to people who are unable to drive through illness or disability but I do object to giving lifts to people who won't drive and therefore can't reciprocate. People who won't drive are pastmasters at organising lifts for themselves and are impervious to the inconvenience, extra time and extra cost they incur.
You have to have very well organised excuses to outwit them:some of the best: 'the dogs go in the back of the car; I smoke too heavily; I have a bale of straw in the back; I don't know how to remove the car seats, I don't know what I shall be doing (two hours time) my son needs my car to pick up his son from town, No!

dustarr73 Tue 05-Jul-16 07:16:59

I dont drive but i hate non drivers who just expect lifts.If im going somewhere i make sure i can get back home under my own steam.Youn are just going to have to say no,dont give reasons or excuses.

PizzaFlavouredCupcake Tue 05-Jul-16 07:17:03

YANBU I'm happy to give lives once in a while to those who need it, but like that is just annoying! I agree with some of the others, get a 2 seater car!

CantChoose Tue 05-Jul-16 07:17:17

I don't mind offering lifts to people who can and do reciprocate.
But I have several friends who 'can't' (won't) drive and their overtly transparent hinting drives me up the wall.

NuggetofPurestGreen Tue 05-Jul-16 07:24:42

enough well a woman I worked with often drove past me on her way to work and would stop to give me a lift because I was walking. I couldn't say no because I'd look like a knob but I really really didn't want a lift. I liked my walk to work in the morning and didn't want to talk to anyone at 8.30. I started walking on the other side of the road to avoid her. So it works both ways!

NuggetofPurestGreen Tue 05-Jul-16 07:26:17

And I liked this woman btw!

LittleRedWagon1 Tue 05-Jul-16 07:29:28

Like Worra I have the opposite problem. When people kindly offer lifts and I have to politely decline several times before they will take my word for it that I enjoy the walk or like the bus journey as it gives me chance to relax read a book in peace or get a bit of exercise in.

I walk the 3 miles to pick the DC up from school and in nice weather the DC and I will walk home, if it's chucking it down though we tend to bus.

YANBU about people taking the mick by asking for lots of lifts though. You are under no obligation to offer or stop for anyone. As PP have said think of a few good stock answers for saying no or get a two seater.

Borderline69 Tue 05-Jul-16 07:31:50

I used to give someone a regular lift as they didn't want to learn to drive. They never offered petrol money either and used to say how crazy it is owning a car as its so expensive. They were telling me it's much cheaper to use the bus and accept lifts. I also had to listen to what his grandchildren had eaten for breakfast every day and how much they had eaten. Used to bore me silly.

They found themselves another mug shortly after this as this tipped me over the edge!

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