“ No, I’m really sorry, I can’t do that
Could you …..?
No, I’m simply not allowed to.
Would you …. ?
No, I’d really like to be able to help, but this is non-negotiable
Can you ….?
No, sometimes there’s a loophole … but not this time.
What if ….?
Hell, if I did that, they’d sting me up – by the testes
How about …?
Look, I’m sympathetic …. I bend the rules when I can
and if they can’t be bent … some flexing might be possible …
but this is watertight
I’ve heard …..?
Some things pass without being checked upstairs –
but this won’t – no way.
Is there ……?
No, no, please…. I’d lose my job
Are you able to ….?
NO, LISTEN, I JUST CAN’T DO IT
okay, okay don’t get shirty.”