Recently, I asked a friend to take me off his email list. He frequently sends emails with articles and links that relate to his political views. He is a very far-left wing activist. Good for him. I am middle-of-the-road and don't read political stuff -- be it left OR right. Thus, I asked him to take me off his mailing list so I would have fewer unread emails to delete.
You would have thought that I had just killed his family. He unleashed a barrage of insults to me (via email), concluding with damning accusations that I am a Republican gay basher and he will never talk to me again unless I make an amends to him (he's familiar with 12-step programs as he's a member of OA). Remember, all I asked is to be removed from his mailing list.
Yesterday, I was one of over 100 names copied on a email. A former drinking friend was asking if any of us wished to be removed from his bulk email list (he has a new business and often sends out financial solicitations). I replied that I would appreciate being removed from his list. He quickly sent a reply stating that he was very hurt and offended that I wanted off his list because he knows he has some great investment information to send me from time to time. Remember, he's the one who initiated the proposed removal in the first place.
If it's about changing people, places and things, these 2 guys make that choice a bit easier.