Tuesday, June 17, 2008

CHEAP OR SMART?

Have you ever heard the saying that Jews are cheap? Or that throw a penny between two Jews and watch them fight for it. (DISGUSTING!) I have been around to stores and just to prove that we aren't cheap I don't take the extra change. I was on the city bus and someone on purpose left a penny on there seat. It was the only seat left, so I brushed off the penny and sat down. Do I have to go out of my way t0 prove that we aren't cheap?

Yes, many people wont just throw money around and they try to get a discount. Its not because they are cheap. It is because they are smart and don't waste money. I am not trying to say that every single Jew out there is not cheap. I guess there has to be some that are. If anything its those Indians behind the counter that are cheap.

Just today I was in 7-ELEVEN buying a Slurpee. My friend paid for his with a ten. I paid exactly 1.18$. One thing about the Slurpee's is they have gone up in price since the beginning of this year. It used to be 1.07 then went up 2 cents and then another nine. I personally don't care it just come to show everything is on the rise. Anyway So I thought that the guy behind the counter didn't take my dollar. There was a dollar right in front of me on the counter so I pushed it to him. Then my friend asks me if that was mine I said I was pretty sure. My friend then takes out his change he got and asks is that dollar his. The Indian there, is being a wise guy and says "It could be the stores". So my friend ask how much was his Slurpee to see if he has the right amount. The Indian being a piss off says "I don't know." How can you say I don't know. What person in there right mind could even think of something like that especially when you are selling them all day long. (I would curse right now but am holding it in). Seeing that we aren't going to get anywhere we leave. It ended up being the Slurpee was 1.51 and he stole that dollar.

Maybe that wasn't being cheap but I know it was outright stealing. I could go on and on about this, I just rather keep it for another time.

23 people gave their 2 cents:

frumskeptic said...

If I were on a bus and there was a penny, I would take it. :)

The 7-11 occurance was terrible. Stinky Indian man .

Anonymous said...

It's a sad stereotype, but you shouldn't let it bother you.

Mikeinmidwood said...

FS

You would actually take it :)

Anonymus

I wont

MAK said...

If I found a penny on a bus...I'd probably fiddle with it for a while and then lose it just y putting down. Most likely would not keep it.

sam the organizing man said...

yo mike the same thing happened to me just a little different, the guy stole my dollar maybe a little more so i told the guy who gave him my dollar you got to pay me back cause you gave him the $. you're a nice guy you should pay back the dollar ofcourse you dont have to listen to me i'm just a commenter

Mikeinmidwood said...

Sam

(not sure what youre talking about so Ill give it a shot)
So the thief behind the counter got you too. I feel bad for you.

frumcollegegirl said...

if i saw a penny on the bus i wouldn't touch it-whose knows what kind of germs you can contract from coming in contact with something like that... (shudder)

frumskeptic said...

frum college girl: umm...all moeny has germs. Just cuz its on the bus that doesn't make it dirtier than the penny you'd receive in change from any store.

Moshe said...

I'd also take the penny and I am a cheap Jew. And I only pay by credit card because I get money back.

Yeah, that penny from the store is actually the one from the bus.

Mikeinmidwood said...

The germs dont bother me.

Mikeinmidwood said...

Moshe

Sorry, but I refuse your offer on karate

Moshe said...

Your loss dude.
You sure you don't wanna come check it out before saying no? It's on L and Ocean Ave.

The Babysitter said...

Non Jews are cheap too. All humans like money, so in order to have the most money they try to get the most out of their money. My professor said her middle name is "clearance" and she even took a picture of herself in china under a sign that said "clearance", and she is not Jewish.

There's a difference of being cheap as in stingy and being economical. Nothing wrong to get the best deal and most for your money, especially by Jews, cause then it allows you to have more kids, if raising each one cost less.

What the Indian guy did wasn't being cheap but stingy, he wanted the dollar for himself.

Another proof Jews aren't stingy is that when I go babysitting, they always pay extra. Instead of giving $16 they'll give $20, could be out of laziness when they don't have change, but still. Of course I tell them when they're over paying me, but they say to keep it anyways, so yea Jews aren't cheap. They just like good deals, which is not a bad thing, rather a smart thing.

FrumSkeptic: good point about the money!

Moshe: are you getting commission for getting people to join?

Moshe said...

I get a free month :-D
Plus, more people, more fun.

Mikeinmidwood said...

Moshe

isnt L and Ocean ave. a shul?

Moshe said...

The big conservative temple, we're renting the gym.

The Babysitter said...

Moshe: figures...
But are you allowed to go into a conservative temple?

Moshe said...

You are. You're not allowed to go to Reform.

Mikeinmidwood said...

Im not sure I got the right place. are you talking about Young Israel of midwood?

Moshe said...

Across street, between K and L.

sam the [breakdancing]organizing man said...

being cheap isnt so bad i collected coins for a long time and i got alot of money to buy myself a car ofcourse i had other bills

Mikeinmidwood said...

Sam

you must be kidding. Although it may be a good reason to pick up every coin I still wouldnt.

sam the organizing man said...

hey it took a very very very long time but i still did it

but now im collecting again to get my parents an anneversary present ofcourse none of my other siblings are helping me