While not everyone was happy with my list of things about people and their money that make me angry, I find that my list of these things continues to grow. This is a new list gathered from interviews and personal experiences of the not so intelligent, moral, or legal things people do with their money.
Work for hire. “Some believe that [since] they’ve paid you, they own you,” states contributor, Jewel. The suggestion that having been hired for gainful employment makes you someone’s minion is totally asinine and demeaning. Worse yet are those who remain in that position because they do get paid.
Complaining about toll booths. I am personally very happy to help pay for the high maintenance of a road. Some toll roads will become freeways once the cost of construction has been covered, but others are toll roads forever. Some states are not allotted enough to maintain their roads. Take a multi-state road trip and see what I mean. Crossing state lines is sometimes like stepping through a portal. Be happy toll funds go to what they should.
Refusing to pay parking meters. Cities are not non-profit organizations, and those parking places belong to them. Pay to rent your spot, or walk. If you live in town, you are granted street parking if it can be granted. You’d complain if the city just parked their big trucks in your space, wouldn’t you?
Sending cash in the mail. Not only is this illegal, but it’s not real intelligent. We send checks in security envelopes to avoid theft of the check and bank information, so why tempt someone who might tamper with mail with a little lump of cash?
Filling out credit applications for a free gift. If you aren’t serious about getting cards, don’t fill out the application. The people on college campuses with little key chains or water bottles in exchange for the information that grants access to your credit report are not the kind of people you want to be associating with. You will get cards in the mail. Someone will steal your information. It will screw up your credit report. Go buy a fricking water bottle at the bookstore.
Investing in companies because of the name. Shiny Exxon numbers sprinkled around your portfolio might make you smile today, but do remember they are using the millions they were fined for that oil spill on litigation instead of paying out to those who won the class-action suit against them.
Falling for email or phone scams. Know your bank’s policies on when or how it will ask for private information. Most of them will never ask you over the phone, and most will never call you. For this reason, you should never ever give your bank information via email or phone. Just, don’t. Be responsible and look up anything you find questionable at snopes.com or truthorfiction.com. You may also consult an associate at your financial institution.
Petcessories: Clothes and monogrammed bowls are fine. They make pet owners happy, and many dogs don’t mind. But a water purifier for a dog? Most dogs will drink out of the toilet if given the chance. They do not need purified water, but they do need to avoid chlorinated water. To dechlorinate water, store it in natural sunlight in a clear container with a lid. Don’t spend $350 to do the same job.
Having an expensive habit when rent/mortgage is tight. There are higher priorities in life than a cigarette or cell phone, and choosing to buy these instead of paying for shelter for the family is dangerous and irresponsible. However, if you meet your housing cost just fine but continue to complain about it, please don’t be doing it from your cell.
Stores disallowing Salvation Army bell ringers. Because…it deters customers? I suppose the customers who would be deterred by a bell ringer could be worse, but I can’t imagine why a store would want to attract that kind of stingy, penny-pinching, non-Spirit-of-Giving kind of person anyway; everybody roots for Scrooge at the end of the movie. People have a sense of giving. Don’t advertise that you don’t.
There are millions of people in the world who do all different things with their money. I try to accept our differences, but it probably won’t keep me from complaining about what I find offensive. It just strengthens my confidence and teaches me about the way I feel about my own hard-earned cash.
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