He Couldn’t Cook, so He Offered to Pay the Woman Across the Hall to Do It for Him, and He Was Shocked When She Branded Him Rude

A man recently went online to ask if he’d been wrong in offering to pay his female neighbor, whose name he didn’t even know, to cook for him. Here’s his side of the story.

He lived alone

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“I’m a 31-year-old single guy who lives alone in an apartment complex,” the man began. “I’ve lived there for six years.”

He had a female neighbor

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“My neighbor across the hall, a woman around my age or a little younger, lives diagonally across the hall from me and has been there for about two years.”

They were on nodding terms

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The man said that he would exchange hellos in the hall with his neighbor, but that was the extent of their relationship. He didn’t know her name.

He was struggling

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The man revealed that he’d recently lost one of his part-time jobs and was struggling financially. What’s more, he didn’t know how to cook, and his diet meant he was putting on weight, which made him feel worse and was perpetuating a vicious cycle.

Something smelled good

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He knew his neighbor could cook because of the delicious smells that wafted from her apartment—he’d even complimented her on them in the past.

He had a lightbulb moment

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The man came up with what he thought was a brilliant idea: he’d offer to pay his neighbor to make a little extra of whatever she was cooking, and that way, he could improve his diet. She could bring it over to him, or he could go and pick it up.

She said no

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The next time he saw his neighbor, the man put forward his proposal. She turned him down, saying that she was too busy. He thought this was a strange answer because she had time to cook for herself, and he just wanted some of that, not something specially prepared.

She said no more firmly

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Undeterred, he asked her again a week later, even promising more money. Again, the woman refused, and this time, she also told him that he was rude to have asked and that she wasn’t a housekeeper. She also told him that he was a “stranger” to her, even though they’d long exchanged pleasantries in the hall.

He asked the internet

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The woman’s refusal hurt and embarrassed the man, as did her implication that his request was creepy. He asked the internet for their thoughts.

The internet responded

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The internet’s response was as you might have expected. “You’re clearly making her extremely uncomfortable,” thundered one. “Why on earth would you think that you’re entitled to her cooking? How did you hear her say ‘no’ and decide to keep pressing the issue? You were being creepy, and you should be way more embarrassed than you are. Stop harassing your neighbor, learn to cook, and leave her alone.”

“I absolutely love how you’re offended that she called you a stranger, but you don’t know her first name,” laughed another.

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