Not your nice
friends, obviously ; the not so nice ones. And we've all got them.
My friend and his Wife are both bank managers ... or were. Both were paid off this week. For the last twenty years I've suffered the pair of them,
family connections mean I've just had to put up with them. They've lived the most excessive lifestyle for most of that, a vastly expensive house,
new cars every year, luxury holidays ... she drips in gold, he's never off the golf course. Their children have been spoiled rotten with every
consumer gizmo known to man, heck they've got four PS3's in one house, flatscreen TV's in every room. Unbelievable stuff. And he's a genuinely
nasty piece of work too ... he thinks flash cash can get him anything he wants, he treats people like sh*t because he's got money ... and he gets
away with it too.
I work in the public sector for what is, to me, an absolute pittance ... little more than I could receive on social security, which is quite amusing
considering it's social security I actually work for. But I love my job, really enjoy helping people, always have.
So he's phones me today ... how are they going to pay their mortgage (£525,000) and car loans ? How are they going to pay their school fees ? How to
pay their credit cards and all the rest .... ??
So I tells him straight ... it's £64.30 (USD $100 ?) per week for each of them ... and that's it. And you could hear the penny drop as it finally
clicks into his head that social security isn't going to make even the slightest dent in his parlous finances.
And he went mad at me. "How the h*ll are we expected to live on that, we've paid into the system for years and that's all we get ???"
And you know what ? I couldn't care less about him. Really couldn't. He's had it all while I've had to scrimp and save for the last twenty years.
And I can't understand why I'm feeling like this either, I'm normally the first to help folks out or be a shoulder to cry on. They're going to
lose everything ... and I really couldn't give a toss for the pair of them.
Should I feel guilty about their unemployment ? Help them out ? Or continue to enjoy this little period of schadenfreude I'm going through ? What
about the other people in the same boat as them ?
Dunno. I'm just can't sympathise with them at all. Hee hee