Why don't these kids appreciate the value of money?

@saizo6 (2211)
United States
November 4, 2009 12:22am CST
I heard something really shocking today and I felt like sharing it. This happened at work earlier today. This teenage girl came and purchased something at my place and she ended up dropping her change on the floor. The amount wasn't a lot but money is still money. My friend told her that she dropped her money and her answer was to give us this dirty look. She kicked the change and her exact words were "I don't care. It's [the change] useless." My friend and I were really shocked and we were gaping at her back as she was leaving. The sad thing about this incident is that this wasn't the first time I've seen something like this happen. It always gets to me because I can't understand how they can't care. Is it because they don't know how hard it is to earn money themselves?
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@shell2784 (752)
• United States
12 Nov 09
I honestly don't pick up change when I drop it... Unless its a quarter of course! I can't let those go to waste! haha Its not that I don't appreciate the value of money - its more that I'm lazy... that and I just got fake nails and its darn near impossible to pick change up off the floor with these things. I'm very thankful when my 3 year old goes with me... she picks up ALL money - and that's just fine with me b/c it all goes in her piggy bank... whether I dropped it or not. However, if someone told me I dropped change, I don't think I'd every say "i don't care. Its useless". I'd say something more like, "I can't pick it up with these things (my nails) anyway, so if you want it, its yours" kind of thing... I guess it still doesn't make it right. Maybe she's a snobbo little girl who has everything handed to her... or maybe she's just lazy like me :) Either way - her money wasted is another man's treasure! Let her throw it around if it'll make someone else happy :) She'd probably just blow it on shoes anyway! haha
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
12 Nov 09
Well, at least you'll have a good enough excuse for not wanting to pick up the money lol...and I think she was wasting her money on clothes since she was toting around all these clothing store bags.
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• United States
12 Nov 09
see... clothing, shoes... pretty close! Man am I good or what?! haha
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
12 Nov 09
That's true. But then again...not to be mean or anything but most girls that age seem to only have a few things on their mind, some form of shopping and boys.
@andy555 (216)
• China
4 Nov 09
I think this kind of people care for or love money but what they really love is big money. They don't understand what is money and they don't know how to make money. They just never know the value of money. They just know hot to spend it. In my opinion, a person who don't respect little money will never make big money.
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
4 Nov 09
Wow, that's a very good way of looking at it. After all it's that little money that adds up in the long run, right?
@andy555 (216)
• China
5 Nov 09
That's it!
• Malaysia
5 Nov 09
I think parents should also teach their children the value of money and not just give them their pocket money. They are easy money for the children, so, when one change dropped, it means nothing because they could get another from their parents. That doesn't mean they have to work to understand all this, but I guess they will eventually learn how hard it is to earn and most importantly, to save money in the situations where the parents have stopped their allowances or cut the expenses or when they want to buy something, but the parents asked them to use their own money etc.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Hi corrycrystal, you are right there. It seems like some kids have that "easy come, easy go" mentality going for them. All I can think is that it will be a painful lesson for them to learn when they grow up and have to fend for themselves.
@voldrox (7203)
• India
4 Nov 09
kicking money without respect! gosh one day she will learn it is not easy to earn even a single penny, how could she have done something like that, i have never heard of anyone being so careless with money, i guess she was trying to show that she is rich and all and that small change don't matter much to her, wait let her grow older and she will then realize how valuable is even the smallest amount of money... that was so ridiculous of her!
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
4 Nov 09
Yep, I do agree with you. Even though the money could be considered chump change it should never be considered "useless". I've actually shopped at places where they wouldn't even help you out or give you the item even if you were one penny short. Having encountered that kind of situation, it makes me appreciate every single penny I have.
@getbrowser (1715)
• China
4 Nov 09
I have met such a situation before for many times. In fact, it is very common that children don't appreciate the value of money in a so called society. As you have said above, the reason why she kicked the change is just because that they don't know how hard it is to earn money themselves. Yes, until now, she much have not appreciate the value of money. Sometimes, it is useful for children if they don't lay too much emphasis on money. But in some situations, just like you have mentioned above, it is very important to let these children realize the importance of money. In total, it is very important to help these kids to adopt a correct attitude towards the money.
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
4 Nov 09
I suppose I wouldn't be so shocked if the girl was an actual child but this girl was old enough to know better. I've also seen this same attitude in other teenage kids. It kind of makes me wonder what they are being taught in and out of school.
• China
4 Nov 09
Hi, saizeo, I also met this kind of condition before. Maybe like you said, they do not know how hard it is to earn money themselves. Yes, you are right, she is a teenage girl, all her money comes from her parents, maybe she have a wealthy family, or maybe she is a "princess"in her family. Anyway, it is the business of her family, they should show good education to her. www.iduai.com
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@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
4 Nov 09
You do have a point there too but I can't help but think that her attitude was wrong.
• Italy
4 Nov 09
I guess she'll learn it by the time she'll have to work for it. I never received money from my parents and I was really angry with them because I saw my friends getting money, but afterall, I see how spoiled they were and they have become, how to say...time to cut that. They don't have an idea because it's not them earning the money.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
4 Nov 09
My thoughts exactly. I was never given allowances growing up, I actually had to earn it by doing chores so I learned to be a bit stingy with my money.
@bluray (408)
• Singapore
5 Nov 09
It is really a surprising incident.the person who earn can better understand the worth of money.these teenagers are just waste the hard earned money of their parents.really surprising some people work so hard to earn some cents and this girl is throwing money uselessly.
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@anuramn (240)
• India
5 Nov 09
Hi Saizo, I too have seen such incidents. I think it is the fault of the parents. Had they taught her the value of money, she wouldn't have done this is what my opinion is. Many parents give lots of money to their children without even teaching them the value of money. People who doesn't respect money will not make big money. She might learn the importance of money once she starts to earn the money by herself.
@linuzz (14)
• China
4 Nov 09
I had also experienced this kind of thing ,i think is is because they never suffer from poor.They can't know how difficult to make monney .In their eyes ,money is not something special,just like a piece of paper
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@allknowing (75604)
• India
4 Nov 09
That reflects where she comes from. Perhaps her parents do not value money and she gets it the moment she asks for it or may be even before. It is the upbringing that finally shapes a person's character and this case is ample proof of that.
4 Nov 09
It's really true that most of the kids today they are acting like that. They don't know the real value of the money. Anyways it's the responsibility of the parents to teach them the value of money. If the parents fail to instruct them the real value of money that will be happen to most of our kids today. Education is still the key role in improving the behavior of the kids today.
• China
5 Nov 09
Wow, saizo, it sounds bad! But we have to confess it's more common these days. There are also many teenagers like this in China. They get money from family directly instead of earning. Even if their families are not rich, parents or grandparents will try the best to satisfy them. So they don't know how hard to earn even one yuan. They always waste money here and there, and spend money easily. I really worry about it.It's the time we must do something to stop it.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
5 Nov 09
In some way, I think it's the parents way of making up with their kids because they don't have time to spend with them. The parents are probably too busy working so they make up for it by giving their kids money or other materialistic things.
• China
5 Nov 09
Yes, it's a reason, especially in some rich family. But for many common families, they're not rich, the problem is a couples only allow to have one child. So we called it "4-2-1" problem - 4 grandparents, 2 parents, 1 child. So parnents and grandparents always spoil the only child, including in money. I think it's also a very important problem.
@Hatley (164389)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Nov 09
saizo6 hi she was probably from a fairly well to do family' and spoiled rotten. she never had to work for money so she has no idea of the value of what she kicked away at all. I went back to the University of California at Irvine to get my BA and was surprised to find the callous indifference to 'money by some of the wealthy girls there. one mislaid her purse and I took it to the dean who gave it b ack to me,take it you need it worse than she does.she belongs to the Irvine family.She took out thirty dollars from that purse and handed it to me 'and kept the purse to give back to miss got rocks. The dean really was not ethical but I did need the money so I took it and spent it wisely.the irvine family by the way were extremely wealthy a nd owned most of Orange county.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
13 Nov 09
Oh wow, that's a really interesting story. But you do have a point there. After all, a few cents would be "chump change" for these spoiled princesses.
• Philippines
5 Nov 09
It's sad that some people don't really appreciate the true value of money these days, whether the money came from parents who worked and toiled hard or a self-earned money, it's still money as you said and right now amidst the global crisis, money is so important especially here in my country so that's why people here are really trying to save as much because we never know what emergency situations will arise and need for money will be imminent.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I have to agree with everything you just said here. You would think that people would be more careful with their money during these times but I suppose that's not the case. All I can say is that these people will have a really hard lesson to learn in the future.
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
5 Nov 09
I see that in adults a lot too and it never fails to shock me. I think that when a kid is given everything without having to earn it, or the money for it, they do not appreciate it as much as they would if they had to earn it themselves. My kids all used to break everything that they were given until they started earning their own money and had to start buying things for themselves. Now, they are less likely to break things and more likely to appreciate what they have. I have also taught them that when they do have money, they have to buy things that are needed before they buy things that they simply want. For example, my 9 year old has a habit of chwing on his shirts, so when he had all of his shirt collars ruined and needed nice shirts, because he ruined what I had bought for him, he had to buy his own new ones before he was able to buy a new toy. I think that if more parents did things like this, kids would be less wasteful and more appreciative of what they are given.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Props to you!!! This was basically the method my parents used when my siblings and I were growing up. They never gave us any free money. We basically had to earn it someway, be it doing chores around the house or whatever. This taught us to not only value money but also our things. After all, we had to work hard to obtain the things we wanted.
• United States
4 Nov 09
Tacky comment from the junior psychologist in the back row..Its something I've been calling Welfare Instinct for a lot of years now..the notion that nothing need be earned as it is already deserved. I think it has a lot to do with all this constitutional krap that's been going on in this country over the last few decades. Its a 'social' attitude NOT categorically oriented where folks focus on the rewards without considering the need for responsibility. Where I work there are kids (some as old as their 30's) who honestly believe that the check on payday is too little for the effort they put in just to show up. They deserve so much for so little! And its reinforced, I believe, by all this politcal correctedness/tolerance thinking that allows for such shoddy social consciousness, total lack of responsibility, total lack of respect for the folks who (are expected to) provide for them and total lack of respect for the things provided to them. I'm getting down off my soapbox now, but I ain't going away.. Enjoy!
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Wow...but I did enjoy your little rant there. I've actually met some people that behaved the way you mentioned. I never understood how these people could whine and rant about all this bs, especially if their check is one day late or something. They didn't even do anything to earn the money so I always felt that they didn't have a right to complain and harass the people that were just trying to do their job. I've also encountered some people (the were really young too) who have straight out said that there's no point to trying to work and make a living because they could just live off welfare. I was irritated by those comments because they were very capable of working yet they want to abuse the system.
@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
4 Nov 09
well, i see that a lot as well in my workplace... it is very sad because they don't understand that money had to be earned by hard work and sweat... they are still living by their parents' money... so that's why they don't really care... but once they start to have to earn money themselves, i'm very sure that their attitude will change (hopefully)... take care and have a nice day...
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
5 Nov 09
We can only hope that their attitude will change by then. Sadly, I know some people who has an attitude that is somewhat similar even though they know how hard it is to earn money. And then they whine about always being broke. It really makes me wonder.
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
4 Nov 09
She might have a gripe about the person her money really belongs to or maybe she has a serious gripe about the world she lives in and its over-emphasis on money. I can understand something like that. She's angry and so she kicks the change.
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
5 Nov 09
That's an interesting way to look at it but I seriously don't think that was the case with this girl. She thought her action was quite funny actually. Not to be mean or anything, but that girl did not look like the philosophical type.
@udnisak (610)
• Australia
4 Nov 09
kids should be told about the value of the money.. i think she cannot understand the importance of money because she got that money from someone else.. the day she stared earing money and spending them she will understand the real importance of saving money..
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
5 Nov 09
Too true, too true. This type of thing is a bit common amongst teenagers now, from what I've observed anyway.