Something weird happened to me a week or two ago. A friend (honestly, more like an associate) tried to bribe me in order to do him a favor. It wasn't an obvious bribe. He called and made small talk, then said some nice things, offered to do something for me, then casually slipped in that he needed a favor from me and in a roundabout way said that he had already obligated me to doing the favor anyway.
The favor in and of itself wasn't that big of a deal...though it was pretty important. I would have gladly done it even without all the extra bs. And to be honest, it all happened so fast that i just said yeah sure, its not a problem at all- because it really wasn't.
But once i actually sat and thought about what had just transpired, i felt some kind of way about it. Like, did this dude really feel like it was necessary to legit bribe me to do a simple favor? Or did he just think i was too stupid to realize that he was buttering me up?
I thought i was going to be mad about it. But really, i'm just kinda hurt. For someone who knows me (or at least my persona) well enough to even ask for such a favor to go to such lengths bothers me. It bothers me not just because its kinda foul, but because anyone who knows me knows that i'm a soft touch. If you ask me for something or for assistance with something, if its in my power (and even sometimes when its not), i'm going to help you. That's just the kind of person that I am.
But it definitely had me questioning how i am perceived. Do i give off the vibe that you need to kiss my ass in order for me to do something for you? I didn't think so, but who knows?