The other day at work, I heard a coworker nearly refuse to sharpen a pencil for a student who needed it for a test she was taking across the hall. (The pencil sharpener in the classroom is broken; we have an electric pencil sharpener behind the front desk.)
The student was polite. She said please. She said thank you.
After a noticeable hesitation, my coworker sharpened the student's pencil and proceeded to explain that we really can't sharpen any pencils in the future.
What?! Aren't the students kind of why we have jobs? We may not be in the teaching end of the business, but we most certainly wouldn't be needed if the students all disappeared.
I said something to this effect to said coworker who replied that all they do is ask for stuff. For example, the other day, a student asked for a piece of (GASP!) tape.
Granted, I don't know how many students have the audacity to bother us for tape on a daily basis, but I can't imagine it's very many. Even if it was, a 2-inch piece of tape literally costs .0018 cents (I did the math), surely we can spare that and the 3 seconds it takes to rip it off the dispenser (I timed myself) to make a student happy?