Rosalind - 8:42 pm on Dec 20, 2009 (gmt 0) Seriously, you're too soft.
I'm sitting here, way under where we should be at this time of year. Thousands off my goal for the year. I've been working non stop 7 days a week for longer than I can remember... No vacation for years...
That sounds like a good sob story to try out. Ring round a few businesses and ask for free stuff yourself. Then grab a notepad and jot down all the best responses, so you have something pithy to say to the next cheapskate.
Seriously, you're too soft.