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Subject: How would you interpret this?
Date Posted: 2/24/2008 6:40 PM ET
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Requestor Conditions. Yup that topic that pops up every now and then.

I had a WL book that I posted. I bought it at a booksale.  The requestor said they would not accept books that had been in a smoking environment. Since I don't know if it was or wasn't I declined. If they meant to say, currently in a smoking environment I could have accepted as it isn't. I just wish that some of these condions were easier to comprehend what the requestor is really asking for.

 

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 6:47 PM ET
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I am amazed at how many people word their RC that way when Help says specifically to NOT word it that way. If it doesn't say currently and you really cannot tell its history, declining is the safest way to go. I have a current smoking household RC myself and had to decline an RC worded this way because, even though the book had been in a non-smoking environment for almost 10 years, I had gotten it from a smoker and just didn't want to risk sending it to someone who might get sick from the book.  If the book smelled OK and you wanted to go through the effort, you could accept and tell them the book was bt used, but doesn't stink, and see what they say. Most people will just go on to the next wisher if it is a WL book.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 7:01 PM ET
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if you decline it I would put exactly the reason you stated above...that the RC was vague that it wasn't currently in a smoking environment but, you did not know its history because it was bought used.  Personally that is what I would do.  I am one of those that has the "currently in a smoking environment"

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 7:02 PM ET
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"No smoking" to me means a current non-smoking household, and the book does not smell to the person posting the book. The person with the conditions doesn't (or shouldn't realistically) expect the poster to know the history of the book. 

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 9:51 PM ET
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I expect the requester to say exactly what they mean.  If they say "hasn't been in a smoking environment," and you just don't know, you are right to decline.  If someone is highly allergic, then smell doesn't matter.  You can be allergic to things you can't smell.  If they mean to say "not currently in a smoking environment,"  then they should say that. 

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 10:31 PM ET
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Sharon I agree with you 100%

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 5:12 AM ET
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Thanks all! I just hate declining requests but I don't want anyone to be upset with a book I send either. I guess it's better to disappoint right off the bat than to send it and have it become an issue.