Can I trouble you to…

Who was the one who came up with the stupid PR phrase: “Can I trouble you to [insert request]?”

I know it’s supposed to be a tactful, polite way of asking for something, but what is wrong with “please”??

Why use five words instead of one?

“Can I trouble you to” sounds condescending to me. It’s the same as saying, “I’m going to give you a nasty task but I don’t want you to hate me for it so I shall pretend that I’m asking you a favour so you’ll feel awesome instead,” but in fewer words.

Someone came up with this phrase and everyone thought it was a great idea and started using it. I don’t doubt it works on most people but I see it for what it is!!!

Can I trouble you to comment?