I’m not going to pretend that I’m a decent enough human being to be accepted by you, so I have no problem saying that this piece, “I’m Not Going To Pretend That I’m Poor To Be Accepted By You,” posted on writing-related internet shame-spiral Thought Catalog, is a triumphant trash sack of entitlement and fecal matter. One time, you see, a rich person imagined a scenario in which a cashier and a person in line at a store thought something about her that she didn’t like.
…They then both glare at me with my shopping bag and my Coco Lite snack cakes and Diet Coke as if to say here’s daddy’s little princess wasting money, that little piece of shit. They exchange words and then the girl leaves. I try to be chipper and ask the cashier how her day is and she doesn’t answer me. She just looks down and scans my items not saying a word or even glancing in my direction. I say have a great day, as happily as I can and walk out feeling like a turd.
What the fuck? Could they not be that obvious? I should have stopped at my apartment and put my bags down then if they were going to judge me like that. And I got my purse at a 70% discount so they can fuck off. I am sorry that I was born into great financial circumstances and my father likes to provide for me. I am sorry I don’t have to go to a state school to save my parents money. What do you want from me?
For you to die in a fire? Outside of that, perhaps die in some sort of watery tragedy? Or earth-based avalanche? As long as one of the elements are involved and the outcome is you being dead. Other than that, we’re good.
People shouldn’t make others feel bad about their own personal finances. How people spend their money is their own choice. There is a certain amount of tact you should show around people who can’t buy exorbitantly expensive things. But should you classify someone as a person based on how they are showing their wealth, or lack of it? It just seems really petty and makes you look bitter and unhappy with your own life if you are casting nasty glares at college girls in Gristedes because you’re a cashier. What purpose does it serve if all you want to do is reflect your own misery on other people?
Have some tact, cashiers of the world. It’s not easy purchasing a brand of shoes with your parents’ money. In fact, some people are even richer than her, and you don’t see her bitching about it, except when she goes on to bitch about it, but other than that.
What I’m saying is that it should not be made into a spectacle that there are differences in income. It should not be made to define who people are, even though we do it all the time. And if we do judge people for displaying wealth or not we should attempt to show tact because fortune can change.
Let’s hope not for this young lady, because she’s certainly not going to make a fortune as a writer.