Milk it!

@AmbiePam (48176)
United States
June 15, 2012 1:44pm CST
I was thinking today about when my sister was sixteen and I was fourteen. She took me, my best friend, and her boyfriend to see a movie at the mall. For some reason known only to her, she left her purse in the car (although she put it under the seat). She locked her doors, but her boyfriend had a brain cramp and didn't shut his door all the way. We came back to discover her purse had been stolen. With it was sixty dollars. She was very upset as any of us would be. But she did something funny. After that, whenever she'd want her way and wasn't getting it, she'd look at us with sad eyes, stick out her lip and say, "But I was robbed." It became a running joke because she'd use that excuse years after it happened. It also used to bother my parents that I would do stuff for my sister and she never did anything for me. So one day she bought me a book. The day after she wanted to borrow a dress of mine and I said no. Her response, "But I bought you a book." And again, she used that for years afterward! She was serious at first, trying to get her way, but as time passed it was just like I said before, a running joke. Do you milk things for all they are worth? Do people you know do that? At first, it worked. Right after she was robbed, we did let her have her way when a choice would arise that needed a decision. But it got old fast. By the way, in the interest of disclosing the kindness of strangers, two weeks later she got a letter from two towns over with her driver's license in the envelope. Someone had found the license and wanted to return it. Seriously doubt it was the robber. lol
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@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
15 Jun 12
I am trying to think of a time when someone has done this. I can think of one person who has, but I won't mention it as it's not really "milking" it exactly. I don't milk things, atleast let's just say I don't think I do?
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@AmbiePam (48176)
• United States
15 Jun 12
I'd like to milk a snake.
@AmbiePam (48176)
• United States
16 Jun 12
Well, at least it gives you stuff for anti-venom. But it really looks like milk to me.
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
15 Jun 12
Yes I know someone like that and it totally annoys me... He will also try to bribe me which I also hate.. The most recent was the woman I needed to see to fill out my pell grant was 45 miles away. Instead of seeing her, I was just going to do my best to fill it out, only to be told "no, let's go see her" So we did and then afterwards I was told, "But I took you to get help for filling out your pell grant"
@AmbiePam (48176)
• United States
15 Jun 12
I can see that happening. You should have the right to say, But I put up with you all these years, where's my reward?
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• United States
15 Jun 12
Great comeback, perhaps I will remember to say it next time..
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@davaome (1828)
• Philippines
16 Jun 12
That would work maybe 2 times or at most 3, but using the same excuse over and over again would just make me mad. you shouldn't let her abuse you, or atleast find a way that you can abuse her too.
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• United States
16 Jun 12
I think everyone has tried milking things for everything they are worth at some point or another.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
15 Jun 12
I have personally never been one to do that. In fact, I tend to be the person that likes to be able to put things that have happened to me in the past. However, my best friend's son is one of those children that will milk things for all that it is worth. Over Memorial Day weekend he got sunburned pretty bad when he was spending the weekend with his dad. Well, it is now almost three weeks after he got burned and his skin is pretty much back to normal. However, he will whine and cry if someone so much as touches one of the places where he was burned. It is sad, but I also realize that it is a tactic so that he will be able to get his way.
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@bunnybon7 (35533)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Jun 12
reminds me of when i had H-pylori and was so sick. every time my oldest daughter called and my youngest would be talking about something she was doing for me, my oldest would say i was "milking" it being sick anyway, that same older daughter was milking it last year when she'd say," but i had cancer" every time she didnt get her way. even tho i had it at the same time
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• United States
15 Jun 12
I think that is funny how she will try to use that years later. I remember I found someones purse and mailed it to the adress on her insurance card. I never got a thank you call or anything. lol..
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
24 Jun 12
LOL...I have known people that will milk things for all it's worth or play the pity party thing. It is ridiculous sometimes when they just carry it on and on. My ex blames everything on me. We have been apart for over 10 years but if anything in his life goes sour...it's because I left him..lol. I if he falls down when he is 80 it will still somehow be my fault.