Maybe it wasn’t so hypothetical

April 30, 2003 - 11:30 am 4 Comments

The message board situation exists, I was one of the donors. The only acknowledgement has been a throwaway one-sentence line (like “I’m not being evicted now, thanks to some people here) in the midst of a longer post about other things.

I’m not asking anyone to bow down and lick my toes, but thank-you notes serve a dual purpose. First, they let the giver know that their gift arrived and was received, and isn’t just lost in the mail somewhere. Second, they express gratitude for the gift, which is just common etiquette.

This is the third (and probably last) time I’ve gotten “whatever”ed at when I tried to help someone out. It will affect my actions in the future. If it’s too much effort to drop a short email, then it’s too much effort for me to help you out. Since it seems to happen frequently, I feel that I just shouldn’t even bother.

For what it’s worth, every charitable donation I’ve made in the past year has netted one thank you note, and sometimes two.

4 Responses to “Maybe it wasn’t so hypothetical”

  1. Kenneth G. Cavness Says:

    Perhaps you could demand the thank you as you hand the money over. 😉

    “Now, Junior, what do you tell the nice lady?”

  2. m. Says:

    whew! you had me scared there. i thought YOU were the one “in dire financial straits”. i was about to ask d. if we could wire you some money…


  3. JenBen Says:

    you can wire it to me, m, if it’s burning a hole in your pocket 😉

  4. brother Says:

    Not to worry, sis was raised that upon receiving anything gift related, you send a thank you note. That isn’t all bad. As a matter of fact it’s a pretty damn decent habit to get into.

    People love to be appreciated. Oh by the way sis, I sure appreciate you.

    see that was easy!

    It’s like saying “yes sir” a decent habit to have however very few people use it.