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Honored Advisor

Re: cell phones and low wage workers

I think all of us " try to help", just as our daughter thiught she was doing, when the guy couldn't get enough credit scraped up to buy a $2500 minivan at a dealership, she sold him an SUV she had to spare. I think they had helped him fix it 3 or 4 times...it had never broken down on her, but SIL went and brought it home on our flatbed at least twice...they were running the roads constantly.

They went from basically have no bills to adding a car payment and insurance...I will still bet that they had let that lapse entirely, but we won't know, because I stay out of things like their insurance, because it is not appropriate to be involved in it.

Once they had that freedom, they wore the vehicle out (8000 miles the first six weeks, who knows how many after that?) and we were constantly being hit up for advances for " gas money". He would rush to get off and leave chores over, so I finally put my foot down that there would be no more advances and payday would be when the week's work was done, not just Friday. He was informed on a zmonday, and amazingly got everything done by Friday, for the first time dince the car got transferred.

There is lots more...wife called the law because one of her dons tripped over his feet, so she started choking him. When deputy came, they declined to arrest anyone, since both woukd've had a mandatory 48-hour domestic violence hold. He did call social services to take their five kids, and an elderly aunt had to remove them. This was due to the filth in the home...which was clean and freshly painted when they moved in...so, I am thinking a bulldozer is in our future...

Way more chapters to this story...it only gets way worse! I honestly feel bad for the guy. He does work hard and is polite and I think overwhelmed by this wife. Five kids by age 25, several fathers, now wants free daycare so she can " work", tells him he cannot work extra hours because she " needs a break"... That was before the job, BTW. Her job ought to be those poor kids!

My honest feeling is that our society has devolved largely because the women in it dropped their standards so low. Not all of them...but such a large percentage, it has reached a tipping point, like an overloaded rowboat, and all of us are being dragged under.

Senior Contributor

Re: cell phones and low wage workers

I totally agree with your last sentences. It is not easy to think what it will be like in another twenty years with all these fatherless kids having more kids. I now think there are a lot of people that cannot be helped. Like our terrible renters. I got a call from a neighbor who had met her and the renter told her outrageous lies about me. It won't end.

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Senior Contributor

Re: cell phones and low wage workers

I think several of us could write a book about renters & self-caused hard luck cases.  

 

I find myself continuously amazed at what else a renter will try.   You think you've seen it all.. and then a new one gets thrown at you.    I saw our appliances listed for sale on an online yardsale site.   grrrrr

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Veteran Advisor

Re: cell phones and low wage workers

100% my feelings on the role of women in civilization. We all would still be living in caves and eating raw meat if it wasn't for women, in my opinion.

 

When women are empowered to be able to survive by settling for bottom feeding pond scum, as is currently the case in the USA, standards erode and we end up where we are.

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Re: cell phones and low wage workers

These renters then complain about their landlords being so unfair to them. Wish people would act responsible and stop blaming others for their own life's problems. If you're given a bad break, learn from it aond move on instead of whining and waiting for pity. However, the corrupted system has been so blatently evident, it is way too easy to feel self pity for far too many.

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Oh yes they will complain and act like we OWE them.    

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Honored Advisor

Re: cell phones and low wage workers

I am sort of exhausted today.  Finally just got the tax stuff for the bare bones of filing tomorrow printed out FROM MY SMARTPHONE, because something went glitchy amongst my email server, this computer and the iPad all three. 

 

No, make that FOUR, because the laptop in VA got the forms the first time, but after printing them, I noticed two big mistakes on the cover letter, that changed the entire filing.  Somewhere in between getting the incorrect ones and the corrected ones, the server quit delivering my mail entirely.  Of course, no tech support that late on Saturday night, and with a sleetstorm hitting the East Coast again.  My server's crowd is in PA.

 

I figured out how to print from my phone today...there's a free app for that!

 

It can be done wirelessly, but the printer is already installed to the computer so I just connected it with a USB on the tower, and downloaded my phone's files into the memory of the machine.  Alternatively, I could have connected the phone to the office WiFi. becasue the printer is on that LAN. 

 

Printed what they needed, we signed and sent it in via email attachment just now.  Tried to fax, but their line was busy constantly. 

 

Then again, I could probably have done this on the printer in my workspace up north, but it is a touchy one.  We needed to move here before it got too late and everything froze on the roads again. 

 

Technology blows me away when it works, and after four or five total failures since Thursday, this last-ditch effort worked today,. 

 

Nothing like last-minute drama, and especially since we had to thread the needle on getting back to my office to try this, due to the above-mentioned storm.  when we get ice in the morning sometimes we can leave late enough to travel in the heat of the day, which today was barely 33 degrees. 

 

To add drama, the "check engine" light came on as we were driving home,  Then, the oil pressure warning symbol blinked enough to notice, but did not stay lit, which would have made us pull over and stop on the shoulder in freezing rain.  Even more $$$ going out in my future. 

 

My checks to UST, NCDOR and VADOT are written and ready to mail. 

 

Don't know what I would do, without all this excitement.

 

 

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Senior Contributor

Re: cell phones and low wage workers

Gosh I could write a novella on what I think the last 50 years have done  to and for women in this country.  Some good and some not so good.  And most definitely not really good for the American family.  So many today that think they should get and have so much just because they are here. 

I think in many ways the Welfare system the way it has evolved is one of the biggest problems we have.  It should have been, and I believe was intended to be a helping hand not a substitute for good judgement and management and hard work.  Every body seems to think they should be able to lead problem free lives and that if a problem happens some one else should take care of it for them.

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Honored Advisor

Re: cell phones and low wage workers

Our older daughter had a classmate that had asurprise baby...no one knew she was pregnant...their senior year. It really bugged a lot of people that she was given a full ride to college, for that!

This is the problem: wrong behavior is rewarded, for what seem like right reasons. I think if kids got the messages they need - that delaying gratification is important - more of them would get it. Instead, they see someone, like our rmployee's wife, with five kids by the time she is 25, getting every program in the alphabet handed to her.

If you had to work to vote, politicians would have a very different set of priorities!
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surely you don't mean she was given a full ride for having a baby her senior year.  Surely you mean she was given a full ride despite that event.

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