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You say thank you very much!
I'd accept it. My wife is a geriatric psych nurse and has received many gifts from past patients. One patient actually gave me a gift 12 golf balls he collected and put in an egg carton to give to me . I accepted but lost all the balls playing poorly .
I have been offered things but not from elderly as if it matters and I have offered to pay for them when payment was refused I said thank you so very much I just love it.
I'd take it after making sure that's what they really want to do after informing them on the value.
I've had that happen many times.... I never accept anything....what I say is when we do our job, we get paid at closing with a commission that's paid by the seller....and I can't accept anything beyond that.... I don't like accepting anything from clients....
It depends on the value. If it is a small item I am alright with that. If it has great value and I could use it and want it I would prefer to buy it. A discounted or really good price would be acceptable.
I've not had this happen as yet, but if a seller I'd gotten close to during the transaction offered me something nice as a memento I would take it and graciously thank them.
I guess it would depend on "how much value" the gift has.
An interesting question and will look forward to the answers. As of yet I have only received a lunch one time.
Martin Kalisker I've never had this happen to me. I'll wait to see what others have to say.