You've heard the expression, "It never hurts to ask." Right?
I'm here to report that this expression is nonsense. It hurts to ask.
At least some of the time.
I despise this expression because some of the people who I find most annoying in this world are the ones who ask. Not for your occasional favor. Not for the unlikely rescue. Not for the appropriate request.
It's the pushy people who annoy me. The nervy folk. The ones who ask for things that shouldn't be asked for. The ones who ask again and again even after being rebuffed the first time. The ones who ask for things that any sane and decent person would never think of requesting. The ones who make requests that cause everyone around them to cringe.
Occasionally an addendum is attached to this terrible expression:
"The worst they can say is no."
Wrong again. The worst they can say is, "No."
And then they say to themselves: "Damn this person is a pushy, nervy jackass of a human being. Who says something like that. I need to cut this loser out of my life as soon as possible."
That is the worst they can say. Not directly to you, but damaging nonetheless.
Don't believe the nonsense. It hurts to ask sometimes. It hurts the people who you're asking, and it probably hurts yourself in the process.