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10 July 2011 @ 07:42 pm
Depressingly Accurate But Amusingly Told  
http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-things-nobody-tells-you-about-being-poor/
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Mari Adkinsmariadkins on July 11th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
"everybody checks your credit" - yup. i was shocked the first time i rented a car from hertz. they ran a credit check while i waited. at this point in my life, the only thing that showed up was my student loans. but gee whiz, batman!

i told you about, or you heard about, several years ago the kentucky legislator who declared that any man who was the head of a four-person household could support that household on minimum wage, right? that still pisses me off. it just proves how ignorant people are.
Tapatitapati on July 14th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
UGH, yes.

Would love to see him try to pull it off after emptying pantry and using only a ten+ year old car.

One way to get credit is to get a secured credit card. Since it is secured with your own funds you can't get into trouble with it, really. But you have to scrape together at least five hundred dollars.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on July 14th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
and good luck with that. :eye roll: :sigh:

i got into an argument today on twitter with a good twitterpal - known her since twitter started. but she'd passed along information about the current obesity rate and was pondering why the obesity rate overall in the nation has gone up over the last three to four years.

i told her - well, that's simple.

grocery prices have gone through the roof in the last four years. and in the places where the obesity rate is highest, there's just no places to "get out and take a walk", not unless you're suicidal. and these places are so poor we can't afford the recommended "good quality food".

as another common friend pointed out, "have you ever noticed that the cheapest foods are the most highest processed foods?"

so. yeah.
danaewintersdanaewinters on July 11th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
LOL, oh it's funny and hurts at the same time, because I've been on the receiving end of soooo much of that crap. From being charged $28 for being 50 cents overdrawn, to losing TONS of money doing "payday advances" just to keep our utilities on/rent paid on time. Oh, and don't forget the collection agencies that hounded me when I had to take an ambulance back when I was homeless, jobless and broke my ankle enroute to a job interview. That took YEARS to fix, and it just barely made it off the credit report now. There are far too many businesses that thrive rather viciously off the poor.
Tapatitapati on July 14th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
Yes there are. And if poor people voted as a group, we could do something about it.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on July 14th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
but they won't and i just don't understand why! (and i'm one of them!)
Mari Adkins: shrug bunnymariadkins on July 14th, 2011 10:37 pm (UTC)
we got stuck in the payday loan loop for a while. talk about hard to get out of!
Phatchickladybrigid on July 11th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
{sigh} BTDT and its all too true. One of those articles that you have to laugh at because you'd cry otherwise.
Tapatitapati on July 14th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
I find myself wishing that all poor people could vote together as a group so that we could put pressure on Congress to fix some of these things.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on July 14th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
first - vote mitch mcconnell and rand paul out of office. pox on kentucky, pox on the nation.
Mari Adkinsmariadkins on July 14th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
you know what would help? is if people would STOP voting for the same people over and over. then they bitch that nothing gets fixed. DUH??