I went to dinner with a married couple a while back. They were fishing through their coupons trying to find the one that would give them the best deal. The coupon of choice gave them a 2 for $20 deal. Since the deal did not include drinks, they decided to get two waters.
Then, someone else at the table offered to buy their meal for them. Suddenly the 2 for $20 deal changed considerably. They happily said “Oh!”, and then picked up the menus again. After going over the menu for a few minutes, they each ordered a $12-$14 plate, two drinks, an appetizer and two desserts. What was once $20, quickly became a meal for over $40 for just two people, simply because someone else was paying.
[If you’re dining with people who are known to do this, but you still want to pay for their meal, you can safely do so. Just wait until after they order, then tell them you’re paying. Problem solved.]
What makes a person feel that taking advantage of someone is okay? Would they want the same thing done to them? I seriously doubt it. What does that say about their character?
Using people and mooching off of them is never right, but people do it all the time. They will hint around or ask for anything in an effort to get something for free. It’s not only the people who are struggling financially who do this. I’ve seen people who are well off do the same.
It all goes back to the entitlement mentality. People feel that they are deserving of free service, free food and anything else they can get their hands on.
What ever happened to self-sufficient people? Why is it that people no longer seem to care whether or not they’re successful in life? When did it become okay to suck other people dry, without feeling even an ounce of guilt?
To clarify, if someone is truly in need and are putting effort into improving their situation, then by all means they deserve the help. People do struggle and go through hard times. However, it’s entirely different if their plan is merely to live off of others.
There are so many people who spend their days sitting around, doing their own thing, while refusing to go to work. In their mind they don’t need to, because they can live off the hard earned income of someone else.
A person will never learn to walk, if we’re always carrying them.