Politics and Society, Work and Occupation

Here’s a Quarter…

I just had about a ten minute conversation with this guy at the vending machine, and he was going on and on about how “the prices are too high now” and “these people are highway robbers.” Then he goes and buys two things from the machine!

Hey buddy, can you spare a dime?
Hey buddy, can you spare a dime?

The thing is, we go through this every other day. He’s always talking about how he used to get things so cheap from the vending machine, and how now it’s, like, “breaking the bank,” or whatever.

If this guy really wanted to save money, he’d bring stuff from home, or at least buy stuff from the store and bring it in, instead of buying something new each day. I know for a fact that he has an empty desk drawer where he could keep the stuff, and if he wants things cold, for sodas and what not, he also has a mini-fridge! There is no excuse!

Once he started talking about how “if no one buys from the vending machine, they’ll take them away.” I don’t even care if they do! This guy is kind of fat, but so am I! Neither of us need that stuff! It’s cool to be able to have the machines, and people do talk around them a lot, so I suppose there’s a social aspect, but his defense just doesn’t hold water! I may not even know what that means.

The point is, if this guy can’t take the higher prices, he has choices. No one is forcing him to buy from there every day. He’s not going to change the system, so he can either stop buying stuff from the machine, or he can learn to live with it… and like it!

by Tommy R. Panagopolis | Residential Life Magazine 


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