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Old 03-10-17, 06:46 AM   #26
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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

I used to work with a guy that whenever he would want to ask something, he would raise his hand and say "Question." before every question.

"umm...question. How do I get to the restaurant from here?"
"Question. Did you buy that online?"

It was really annoying.
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Old 03-10-17, 09:46 AM   #27
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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

It's almost a 10-code.

People are so distracted that you have to start with something that will get their attention first. It reminds me of early programming protocols, when the first thing you had to tell the computer was that you were about to tell it something.
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Old 03-10-17, 10:32 AM   #28
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Re: "Can I Ask You A Question?"

I think in work environments its ok. Some answers can take some time to fully explain so its like saying "Do you have some time to go over this with me"

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I have a friend who does this constantly.

We'll have been hanging out for hour already, and then he'll go, "Can I ask you something?" I'll say sure, and then he pauses for several seconds; lean back his head, scratch his neck, look as though it is taking a lot of energy to muster up the courage to ask the question, and when he finally spits it out it it's some inconsequential shit like, "Do you still watch Jeopardy?"
I actually had a friend that would not only do the exact same thing, but the questions would be all over the place "do you believe in suicide", "want to have another beer", "want to play in an open mic", "want to go to a the strip club"
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It's almost a 10-code.

People are so distracted that you have to start with something that will get their attention first. It reminds me of early programming protocols, when the first thing you had to tell the computer was that you were about to tell it something.
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Old 03-11-17, 10:51 AM   #32
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The only people I ever have do this to me are people on the street about to ask me for money. "Excuse me, sir. Can I ask you a question?" If you say yes, they'll launch into some BS story (car ran out of gas, etc) that ends with a request for a handout. When I hear that phrase, I just say "No" and keep on walking.
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People who open a conversation by asking, "Can I Ask You A Question?".

sheesh.

Can you ask me a question? I suppose so, because you just did.

Typical convo with folks like this goes....

Them: "Can I ask you a question?"
Me: "You just did."
Them: "Oh! Can I ask you another question?"
Me: "That's two."



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Exact conversation I have with my 13 year old daughter. It happens on an average of 5-10 per week. She's starting to realize she should say something along the lines of "Hey Dad, can I ask you a few questions?" She's slowly getting better about it.
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Old 03-11-17, 11:16 AM   #34
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The only people I ever have do this to me are people on the street about to ask me for money. "Excuse me, sir. Can I ask you a question?" If you say yes, they'll launch into some BS story (car ran out of gas, etc) that ends with a request for a handout. When I hear that phrase, I just say "No" and keep on walking.
I had that happened to me a few times. I had one guy that fed me a story and instead of asking me for a dollar he asked me to buy him a meal at a restaurant. Sadly I was tight on cash that day and I couldn't.
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Old 03-11-17, 01:00 PM   #35
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If someone asks you "Can I ask you a question" and it's a stranger out in public, in all cases I've experienced they're trying to get $ from you. I always say no.
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Old 03-11-17, 02:00 PM   #36
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I had that happened to me a few times. I had one guy that fed me a story and instead of asking me for a dollar he asked me to buy him a meal at a restaurant. Sadly I was tight on cash that day and I couldn't.
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The only people I ever have do this to me are people on the street about to ask me for money. "Excuse me, sir. Can I ask you a question?" If you say yes, they'll launch into some BS story (car ran out of gas, etc) that ends with a request for a handout. When I hear that phrase, I just say "No" and keep on walking.
I always carry around a full gallon of gas in the red can with the yellow spout. Shuts up the scammers real quick.
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Sounds like an experienced flea mkt. dickerer.

Start high & work your way down. Or the opposite for customers.
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Old 03-11-17, 09:43 PM   #39
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Would people accept the alternative, "Let me ask you a question..." or would they immediately say, "No. I don't have to let you do anything," and walk away to journey the earth like Kane in Kung Fu?
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Old 03-12-17, 09:56 AM   #40
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I'd guess that around half of my encounters with people on the street wanting to ask me a question result in them only asking for directions. This includes the homeless and druggy looking people. I always let them ask me the question. If it's for money, I decline.

As far as the OP, I typically ask people if they have a few minutes to help me out with something. If I know it's going to take longer than a few minutes, I let them know that's a probability.
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This is usually my reaction to such people.

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Old 03-15-17, 10:13 AM   #42
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I used to work with a guy that whenever he would want to ask something, he would raise his hand and say "Question." before every question.

"umm...question. How do I get to the restaurant from here?"
"Question. Did you buy that online?"

It was really annoying.
You should have responded every time like: "Answer. Yes, I bought it on Amazon."
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You should have responded every time like: "Answer. Yes, I bought it on Amazon."
you'd sound like Dwight Shrute!
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Old 03-15-17, 02:58 PM   #44
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bunch of unfriendly a-holes around here

Why care so much about how people start a conversation?

I usually find when people I know start with the 'can I ask you a question' they want to ask something they are uncomfortable asking, but want/need help or want something they know you don't want to give. It sets the expectation. Such as strangers on the street starting off with that, they want to see if you are friendly or not. I don't blame anyone for shutting down a stranger that does that, but if co-workers and people you know, lighten up a bit. I am sure YOU do something that annoys them
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Can I AXE you a question?

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Old 03-16-17, 12:54 PM   #46
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^The same guy that's criticizing 'axe you a question' also says 'Did she really did that?'

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