YI!!! I'm a hair stylist and I'm sick and tired of certain members of my family using me for free services and product. Don't get me wrong, I love cutting hair and I'm happy to give discounts or occasional freebies to people close to me. But cutting hair is how I pay my rent and I can't work for free all the time. Yet my sister and her husband and their boys come to me every month and never pay. My sister says things like, "come over this weekend and I'll cook you dinner", or "let's go to the movies- my treat." A home cooked meal and a movie doesn't make up for all the free haircuts I give them, or the color that I do for my sister, or the shampoo that she grabs on her way out the door! Am I wrong in thinking they're using me or is it just my family duty to service their hair styling needs?
First off, Slacker had to start by saying, stop asking us to DJ your weddings because what they do on a day to day basis is completely different from DJ’s at a club. In other words, they are personality jocks, not disc jockeys. To get to what Sarah had to say, he thinks they are taking advantage of her but like she said, is it her duty?
Our producer Dave has a cousin that is a CPA and like clock work family members will flock to him, dropping off their taxes and they won’t even think twice about paying him for his service.
I think it’s just a natural thing to help out your family, but taking the shampoo is where it starts to go wrong. That’s where they are taking advantage of her because they are taking away from her business. They are taking too much and not returning a whole lot. Sarah should just be honest with them and share the fact that maybe it’s just hurting her business and can’t afford to give out all this free stuff, but still mention she would like to help them out from time to time.
Do you think Sarah is being taken advantage of? Can she tell her family no and if so, how?
Peace. Love – Assistant Producer Stephanie
Remember when Doug and Carrie try to take advantage of Arthur after he wins $2,500 at Bingo: