What managing money has taught me about judging others unfairly

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  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    I grew up learning that it's bad manners to talk about money, religion and politics. It's non of my business.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Dec. 12, 2013 6:40 a.m.

    Actually those who mishandle money do affect the rest of us. Over the last 5 years I have seen numerous good business go under because their customers failed to pay. Some did not pay becuase of unexpected events. But many were simply reckless. I have customers who order my services and then a month later tell me they cannot pay even though they knew the price in advance. They decided to take the risk that some money would come in. Unfortunately, they people they do not pay (and potentially their employees) are the ones who suffer.

    Traditionally I always did my work and then sent a bill. I would lose 5-10% but that was an acceptable loss. It has gotten so bad now that we are requiring payment in advance from most customers. So all of those who would have paid in 30 days are suffering becuase of the irresponsible people who order services they cannot afford.

    It is hard not to judge when someone tells you they just cannoy afford to pay for the services you provided as they drive away in their new Audi.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 12:47 p.m.

    My sister and her husband were/are guilty of money mismanagement and I am guilty of judging them. Having tried to help them they rejected my advice. It was easy to judge them but I realize I was wrong.

  • ChristoperB Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    Sorry, if people want to forcefully take my money to give to others who don't pay taxes and pay their own bills, you'd better believe I'm going to expect an answer as to why those people should be able to take my hard earned money.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 11, 2013 10:33 a.m.

    So we shouldn't judge how the feds are borrowing and spending and printing money we can't repay? After all they came from different experiences. Some were pot heads growing up, others were hippies that protested war, others were business men/women, others made great military achievements, others lack fidelity in their marriage, other came from broken homes, others came from ivy league schools and private schools, others live on the coat tails of other people....

    It's fine to judge people. We must judge each individual that comes across in our life. First, we sub-consciously ask ourselves is this person a threat? We judge them based on looks, weapon, size of group etc.

    Don't feel like you have to be a sucker. Be careful in judging it must be done right. But, you should ask fair questions with the understanding that everyone is different.

    It doesn't mean that every panhandler is honest and the family pics on the cardboard sign just happen to be the same people that a different panhandler was holding.