In my opinion, Adam Smith’s invisible hand has been crushed and replaced by an open out stretched one, wanting instead of earning; expecting rather than deserving….“free loader syndrome…” is sweeping across America and most probably the world.
I was in NYC last week … at lunch, I had a young, efficient waiter from the south (I consider myself from the south) so I instantly liked him.
He is university student at a school in NYC and told me that he has two jobs and is trying to get a degree in finance.
He wasn’t pushy or salesy – just a good, quiet waiter.
My bill was $53.00 … and I gave him a $100 bill and told him to keep the change – I figured he needed the money more than I did, and it would help him have a better Christmas holiday.
I wasn’t looking for a hug, but I was annoyed to receive nearly, no appreciation from the guy… ok, he wasn’t a “free loader”, but acted as if he felt entitled to the money.
Ironically, every single taxi I took in NYC… I had to almost negotiate with the taxi driver to get out of the taxi because they were never happy with the tip I left them.
Not to mention, over the week …. I must have had 20+ normal looking people come up to me (over the week) asking (begging) for money…
But what really makes me want to vomit…
Recently, I came across a great blog about an America couple who sailed around the world – I read their blog for a couple hours until…. I noticed on the side of their site it’s written: “buy us a pizza” with a link to paypal where I can “donate” money to them…
Why would they expect people to buy them pizza, or send them money?
Why would they have such little honor to troll for money … as if they’re fishing.
All that is written: “Buy us a pizza!”
I wanted to write “Fuck off — buy your own pizza” but Sophie talked me out of it….
I could go on and on with other examples of “free loaders” bouncing in and out of my life, but its a waste of time to talk about it further…
There was a time when people had honor; and no one would dare ask their neighbor to “buy them a pizza.”
A time when people would do everything humanly, possible before they would ask their neighbor for money.
too many people are thinking “why shall I work, if I can get someone to provide for me.”
Its worth mentioning…I was in Libya a month ago – and tried to tip/give money to a young man who I met in the street who gave me a lift back to my hotel, but he graciously refused. Even when I left the money on the seat, he got out and brought it to me…
Last year in Yemen something very similar happened where I tried to tip someone, but they refused my money..
The two above examples … these people dont have two nickels to rub together, but they have something so many people no longer have: they have honor.
The american couple who sailed 4 years around the world in a kick ass sailboat … are trolling for a free pizza with no shame…and no honor.
Where is John Galt?