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Angry kids protest gas prices after losing cable TV

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by themagician, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. themagician

    themagician Regular Member

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    [​IMG] Sadie and Pyper Vance have had just about enough of high gas prices. The sisters are still years away from being old enough to drive, but that doesn't mean the $4 per gallon price tag isn't hitting them as hard as anyone else.

    Cable TV was one of the family's budget-cutting casualties, leaving Sadie, 9, and her 7-year-old sister without their favorite cartoons and shows.

    "Gas prices are too high," Sadie said. "I just decided to come and protest so they'd go down."

    The girls marched through downtown Monday chanting and carrying signs made from old campaign signs.

    "All of my mom's monny goes to the gas tank!" Pyper's sign read. Sadie carried a sign asking drivers to honk to lower gas prices -- adding that her mom had to cut "cabel."

    The girls got some waves and a few thumbs-up to show support.

    "I think it's great," said Hamid Tayeb, who was walking past on his lunch break. "It's unfortunate that kids are doing it before we do."

    "...Girls of 7-years-old and 9-years-old who can't spell the words 'money' and 'cable' should be reading books, not watching cartoons". (Can't believe I just said that. How old do I sound?)

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  2. Keedev

    Keedev Regular Member

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    Woops misread..

    Yeah.
     
  3. punn3301

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    Instead of bitching and whining about it and making signs, why don't they DO something to try to make the money to pay for "cabel" themselves?

    I agree that if they can't spell "money" and "cable", maybe TV is something they should be getting a little less of.

    These two whiny little bitches should try to do something productive to pay for something they want. that's whats fucking wrong nowadays, everyone, especially kids, think they entitled to everything. These 2 spoiled brats should grab a lawnmower and start cutting lawns. Or maybe offer to pick weeds, that's not as much heavy labor as mowing. Do something to earn the money to pay for the extras they want, not just expect them to be handed to them.

    Sorry to be harsh, but it's true. The saddest thing is that the parents obviously pass this trait down to their kids or at least enable it. When I wanted something as a kid, my dad and mom told me to earn it. And they meant it. they didn't just hand me the money for doing a half-assed chore around the house for WAY more than fair market value either.

    I had to earn the money. Mowing lawns, chopping wood, sweeping floors, etc,etc. I used to HUSTLE too. Started buying and selling baseball cards to keep the dough rolling in as well.

    Too many kids nowadays don't learn how to work, and it's a damn shame. The way things are going any parent who doesn't teach their kid the lessons of hard work is setting them up for failure down the road.

    End of rant. Sorry.
     
  4. themagician

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    Sounds like the upbringing I had in England, punn3301. Congratulations to your parents.

    This was my introduction into how business works. You want something you can't afford but you have a skill or at least a pair of hands and time to labour so you swap your time and effort for their money.

    Did me no harm and I have been self-employed since aged nineteen and that's a l-o-n-g time.

    It is only now I'm old and wrinkly that I want something for nothing by spending too much time on BHW. How's that for hypocrisy?

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  5. unlimitedpostings

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    I agree with some of what's been said, but a protester against gas prices can't be wrong in my book.

    As far as the girls are concerned, their 7 and 9. Give them a break. I think that it is more important for them to be educated to be money smart, than for the 7 year old to push a lawnmower. I don't have kids yet, but I know my 7 or even 9 year old girl will not be pushing a lawn mower to make money to pay the cable. I will teach her how to make money and how to be smart about it. Parents are meant to guide their kids and teach them how to be successful in life, but the traditional approach of hard work isn't always the best route.

    Kids need to be taught to work smart, and hard. I think there are a lot of kids that are taught to work hard, and that's exactly what they end up doing. They go to work in some factory breaking their back working hard, and they make barely enough money to pay the bills. Working smart is more important than working hard. However, you must work hard while being smart, but that's completely different than going out and doing physical labor to make a little extra money.
     
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    workfromhome11 Registered Member

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    Very True, but I will have to look past that for their protest is for the RIGHT cause. If they were successful, I would personally teach them to spell!
     
  7. Atlas

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    I'm glad to see one less household with cable and all corporate media BS
     
  8. barsha

    barsha Registered Member

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    Well I am without cable TV.
    My kids replaced it with internet though.
    So for my family Internet is todays Cable TV.
     
  9. justmeron

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    This happend near where I lived, and to me it kinda seems maybe these kids were coached? I mean what 7yr. old would know to demonstrate cause the cost of gas lost their cable. Also in this area I know a guy who still uses the old fashioned antena and he claims to get like 27 channels, granted that is with digital tv and some are duplicates. They were talking about this on a radio talk show this mornig on my way to the J O B. Yuk hate to say that. Maybe we should protest the 40 hr. work week and rally for a 32 hr. work week with higher pay and less taxes. Yahoo!
     
  10. drigger

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    When I was 7 years old, I was pushing a lawn mower... for my dad... not for some one else. Even at 9, I think the only person's lawn I was mowing was my neighbors. Even at that I did it because I was told to.. not because I was being paid for it. Work ethic and learning about money is a necessity at that age. Taking on your first monthly payment at SEVEN... is a horrible thing. They are still just kids for another few years. Maybe the kids do or don't deserve "cable". Who are we to judge. The fact is that I have never made a manditory monthly payment on my parents behalf. The only time I ever started making monthly payments on anything was when I started to have a real job (still wasn't manditory but I did it because I wanted to)... which a seven and nine year old can't get.

    That being said... TV is not important enough for a kid to get a job for. If they want to help at all, they should skip their allowance to help their parents with the gas in their cars.
     
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