Originally Posted by Kildread
It's only going to be more troublesome as this circus goes on.
Honesty really is the best policy.
I understand Coworker might feel a personal obligation and fear for repercussions at work but it's important to grow a 'polite spine' and put your foot down. No means no. If Coworker is not interest then they say so, politely but firmly. 'No' is not a bad thing. It doesn't make you a 'bitch' or rude. 'No' is setting boundaries that Coworker needs to set with this person.