Why Prom doesn't have to come with a big price tag

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  • Erika Salem, Utah
    March 31, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    I've never been to a prom and don't know what all the hype is about. Why would anyone spend that much on a date and a school dance? It looks like an irrational, conformist, materialistic exercise to me.

  • WadeL Ferndale, WA
    March 30, 2014 3:57 p.m.

    Helping people in need is great, but would Usagain still give away the dresses if it were somehow prevented from publicizing this? It is said that true generosity happens when nobody is watching.

    Usagain is controversial. Reports going back a decade suggest that the for profit company, to quote one news investigation, '... routinely pretended to be a charity so business owners wouldn't ask for rent on the bin space.'

    Worse, Danish prosecutors link Usagain to an alleged cult called the Tvind Teachers Group. Leaders of this group are Interpol fugitives wanted in their native Denmark in connection with a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud and embezzlement scheme.

    Perhaps the only Teachers Group members at Usagain are its officers, none of whom are wanted by Interpol. The company’s workers are likely just regular folks trying to hold down a job. But the report below quotes a former Usagain branch manager who says she had been pressured to join the Teachers Group, reportedly an elite group within the broader Tvind organization.

    Google search:

    Millions In Clothing Donations Diverted From Charity kirotv

    Local Mayor Wants Red Bins Out Usagain in Seattle YouTube

    The description box in the 2nd report has more info.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 29, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    When I went to my prom, everyone else it seems rented a tux. That seemed wasteful to me, I went in my Sunday clothes.

    I know of families who spent so much on wedding receptions they were still making the payments 7 years after the event.

    The smartest wedding reception I ever attended was like this. The event took place at the church. (this means they didn't pay for the location). Cake (home made by the brides mother) was provided. Drinks were provided (koolaid in paper cups). The bridesmaids and everyone else all wore their own clothes, so no one had to buy clothes for the event or rent a tux.

    If I had to guess, I'd say total cost for this reception was $50. The family was a humble family, but they were intelligent enough to not spend a fortune on a one night event and get into debt for it.

    We could all learn from the wisdom of this family.