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Family Scavenges Streets For Change

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the sign-of-the-times dept.

Idle 10

It's fair to call Barbara and Scott Humpherys penny-pinchers, and they are making sure their daughters end up the same way. The family scours parking lots, sidewalks and every other place you can imagine for for other people's lost money. "It's not so much that we need the money," Barbara said, "it's to show an example to our children. The more change you see, that penny becomes 99 more, and it becomes a dollar." "With the economy the way it is right now, it's important that they realize Dad is not this endless tap of cash," added Scott, a U.S. Army career counselor. I think this is a great thing to do with your family. It teaches resourcefulness, financial responsibility and that child hands are the perfect size for slipping between sewer grates.

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Jews... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26761901)

Gotta teach them while they're young.

Re:Jews... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26771649)

Teach the, what? That there is still scum like you out there?

they will lose more in the end (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26763835)

"child hands are the perfect size for slipping between sewer grates", and then they get stuck, maybe break their fingers or hand or arm while trying to get out, or they have to call the fire dept. ... lots of money saved there ...

Re:they will lose more in the end (1)

Toe, The (545098) | more than 5 years ago | (#26765879)

Reference: Monkey Trap [urbandictionary.com] .

"A trap to capture various monkeys used around the world which consists of a staked container with a hole cut into it just wide enough for a monkey to stick it's empty hand into. The container is baited with something attractive to the monkey. Monkey reaches for bait and then will not release the bait and cannot pull it's hand out of the trap with bait in hand. It is then captured."

Humans are smarter than monkeys! (1)

Dareth (47614) | more than 5 years ago | (#26785505)

So long as they don't bait the trap with rare Magic cards, I will never be caught in such a trap!

Obligatory pun (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26773195)

Well, that's CHANGE! they really can BELIEVE IN!

Welcome to Obama's America (0, Troll)

grilled-cheese (889107) | more than 5 years ago | (#26777489)

It's good for parents to teach kids real life skills they will need when they get older.

Re:Welcome to Obama's America (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26790073)

yeah, next they should teach them how to dumpster dive for food and clothing items...

This is horrible! (1)

GWBasic (900357) | more than 5 years ago | (#26791549)

This is horrible! It teaches their children to value practically worthless amounts of money over their time. It's one thing to pick up loose change as you see it, (which I do,) but it's another thing to devote precious hours of one's life to an activity with such little economic gain. Once those children realize that a McJob paying minimum wage makes more money; they'll resent their parents for being crazy and undervaluing a dollar.

Re:This is horrible! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26793179)

It teaches their children to value practically worthless amounts of money over their time.

And you just did... what? ;-)

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