The Definition of “Afternoon” or FreeCycle Revisited

So we have another freecycler who thinks that her time is more important than mine, who can’t be bothered to show up ( yes I’ve been home AND awake since 4:30 this morning;  the front door and side door have been open for the last 4 hours; and it’s well after 5:00 pm now), and who can’t be bothered to email me to say please pass these on to the next person in line.

I sent this person 2 emails regarding my freecycle posting.  Her only reply to me, stating that today (Sunday) would work for her and asking for a time that would be good for me, was received at 10:21 am yesterday (Saturday).  I replied at 10:28 am stating that ‘tomorrow afternoon would work best for me–any time after noon’

I’ve heard nothing from her in nearly 30 hours nor has she shown up.

I’m beginning to wonder if this is the same person who wanted the pants referenced in my last post about FreeCycle (begged me to give them to her in fact) and never showed up or emailed me.

To me afternoon is defined as between 12 pm and 5 pm.  Even the dictionary definition of afternoon is between 12 pm and 6 pm.  She’s blown right by MY definition of afternoon and is fast approaching blowing by the dictionary definition of afternoon.

Furthermore, I think she could have replied again yesterday and said see you tomorrow afternoon. Or she could have emailed me today to say I’m sorry I won’t be able to pick up the Spanish flash cards, please pass them on to the next person in line.

I only wish I still had access to my emails from October so I could prove that this is the person who wanted the pants in October and never emailed/showed up.  FreeCycle will remove a participant and ban them from the list after 3 instances of not showing up.

As I said in October, if you can’t be bothered to respond when someone offers you something (either by emailing or showing up) then perhaps FreeCycle is NOT the place for you.  A little common courtesy and treating people the way YOU would like to be treated goes a long way.

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