Have you ever experienced being asked by a stranger for something like you owe them? Perhaps you have encountered this on the streets. Some kid will demand a particular amount that you should give them. Sometimes they’ll ask for the food you are holding—a Coke or burger. You may even encounter a handful who would scorn the biscuit or the peso you wanted to give them. To a certain extent, that’s understandable.
What isn’t is when educated people ask from their “idols” things, like these personalities need to give it to them.
Take for example this recent post by 24-year-old freelance doodle artist and illustrator Lei Melendres.
I get a lot of messages from people asking me stuff like I owe them. Some start by asking me questions and advice and I…
In his post, Melendres described how he received multiple requests from complete strangers asking him for favors like he is some sort of Father Christmas:
I get a lot of messages from people asking me stuff like I owe them. Some start by asking me questions and advice and I really don’t mind helping out from time to time but then others would be mistaking that as an opportunity to ask for more absurd requests like telling me to become their own personal teacher via skype video chat, forcing me to make a video tutorial for me to be able to answer their questions, asking me to go to their country and visit them to teach them what they need to learn, and get mad if I respectfully declined or whenever I don’t give them a response. Some would even remind me about their birthdays or a holiday coming up and give specific set of requests and deadlines for the artwork I’m supposedly inclined to give them before or during that day.
He elaborated that he doesn’t mind if these favors are from his good friends. He is referring to people who had no decency to know their place. In fact, Melendres admitted that he doesn’t know and haven’t met this person before.
Some of his friends commented and said that this person made it look as if they could just ask a huge favor from him like it’s no biggie:
While another shared a similar experience:
Others decided to just poke fun of the whole thing and teased Melendres:
This ongoing trend is not just odd, but disturbing. This will make you ask: “Why would people do that? Don’t they know the difference between asking for things the right way and being shameless or makapal mukha?”
Melendres ends his post with this message:
If you read this til the end and remembered a moment when you kinda did the same thing to someone (not as a JOKE), I’m telling you now. Don’t be that kind of person. (emphasis added)
Yep, don’t be that kind of person.