Salary or income questions, do you answer them?

Indonesia
February 25, 2007 3:12am CST
One day, I was waiting for my turn in front of the ATM. There was a guy who wanted to borrow my pen. I gave it to him,he said thanks and asked me where I worked. I told him where, and he replied with asking me how much my salary was. Ain't that totally annoying? I personally refuse to answer that kind of question esp. with a stranger. I will only answer if it's for research purpose (census, or filling the form of something). I tell my family about my salary, but that's all. Have you ever been in that kind of situation? Why do people keep on wondering how much is in your pocket? Are willing to answer that kind of question? What should we do to make them stop asking us the question? Feel free to share :)
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4 responses
• United States
25 Feb 07
Frankly thats very very rude. Its none of anyones buisness how much money a person makes. I dont even ask my mother how much she makes at her job! I know its enough. I dont think there is much you can do to make people stop asking you how much you make. I suppose just find a way of saying, its none of your buisness, or you can reply, enough to live off of, or some other smart remark. Those are fun!
• Indonesia
25 Feb 07
Yes indeed, that is very very rude. And I hate it when people think that they have the right to know how much I make. I think that'll be a good weapon to slap them with "Dont you think it's none of your bussiness?" just like you said lol. Cheers!
@noyida (795)
• Singapore
25 Feb 07
Yah, why must that person ask such a question to you, whatmore you did not even know him. I won't answer anyone too. Its too personal. Even my siblings never ask how much I earned. Perhaps, the person ask you that question must be judging you thru your dressing and perhaps the pen that you lent to him is of good and expensive quality. Since you are at the ATM, he must be wondering how much you earn. I'm curious, what did you answer him when he asked you?. For me, I will just ask him back, if it not enough, can he give me more. Or just tell him that what you earn is not for him to know. This kind of person is such a pest.
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• Indonesia
25 Feb 07
Nah lol. I never buy expensive pens, honestly haha. I think he was just being a pest. I was kind of confused what to answer that day, so instead of getting dizzy, I asked him back "Why dont you tell me yours first?" and it was enough to shut him up lol
@qouniq (1968)
• Malaysia
27 Feb 07
i think he is trying to seduce you...ehehe...don't worry for this kind of small thing....there are a lot of thing which you really need to think of...
• Indonesia
27 Feb 07
Seduce me? lol..maybe I should've ask him "hey, how do I look?" :p reminds me of teen soap opera haha
@xabimaru (340)
• Malaysia
25 Feb 07
Yeah i do once in that kind of situation but not near bank or something like that as i would sound scary like someone wann rob you or steal your withdrawed money lol. Mine is at the food stall where the seller came and sat at my table (where i am having my lunch) and suddenly looked very friendly and started conversation. I went okay at the first place but after few chatting, she then asked me "How much you get working there?" (as my the stall is very close to the factory i am working. I was puzzled but i acted calmly. I just said enough for my mothly living. She seems can't accept my answer but that's all i told her and smile. For me you can't reveal how much you earn for living to someone you don't even know. I think to stop this kind of Q&A, you can just answer by saying "Not much, enough for a living" and think they will back off from questioning again.
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• Indonesia
27 Feb 07
That's another pest! lol I just dont like people asking about my salary which is actually none of their bussiness ;)
@twilight021 (2060)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I agree with you. I think asking someone's salary, wether they are a stranger or not, is completely rude. I don't even think my family knows how much I make. People begin to judge you once they know those types of things. So it can absolutely cause tension. If this guy wanted to know more about your company or industry you work in there are plenty of online resources that can tell you what the average pay is for certain types of jobs. I think he was just being nosy...or maybe he was hitting on you...very very poorly :-)
• Indonesia
28 Feb 07
I love the way you say the 'online resources' thing. Because I dont even think that kind of guy knows how to access the internet hahaha. Oh gosh! Am I being rude? :p well if that's the way he hits on girls then I am with you..very poor of him. lol. Thanks a lot!