The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
If folks ever want to know why I decry tax breaks being given to the rich under the auspices of the “trickle down” economics model, this is a
prime example. I have worked for several 1%'ers, and a big part of the reason why the ones I have known are in the one percent, is because they are
cheap and have no problem with screwing over those less fortunate themselves. They will use their friends, influence, and money to do this any chance
they get. They actually strive to get a better bargain then anyone else, and if they can get something for free, they are the first ones in line. They
have no problem with paying for physical things, but at the same time they feel that everyone owes them their time and labor for free.
As a matter of fact, about the only time they aren't bitching about the cost of stuff is when it comes to buying toys for their hobbies. I have even
seen some of these folks “cry poor” just to take advantage of those less fortunate, who make fractions of what they do. They play with the tax
code like its some sort of video game, and If there is a trick to get out of paying taxes, insurance, deductibles, workman’s comp, you name it...
They know it, and are either doing it, or have tried it.
They will sit around with their peers, discussing how to drive employees wages down, while comparing notes with each other so they keep certain fields
in their local area artificially lower in salary range. They enjoy talking about what a great deal they got on stuff, how they used their “superior
intellect” to screw someone over or take advantage of someones mistake, or how they cut their business expenses back by finding new and unique ways
to shaft their workers. Another hot topic is how to get around paying taxes, state fees, insurances, benefits, etc.
As an example: “call your employees contractors then you don't have to match their taxes, pay workman's comp etc. Since your employees will be too
afraid to lose their jobs, they won't call the labor department. Force them to sign a contract, after the fact, that states that they were aware that
they were hired as contractors, even though they weren't, then threaten to find a way to terminate them if they refuse.” - (BTW, I've seen this done
first hand, and its both workman's comp fraud and tax evasion. The employees had to pay double taxes for YEARS, both theirs and their employers
portions. When the state finally caught them, they only got a minor fine, and despite how badly it hurt the employees themselves they were never
compensated in any way. This is because the laws are made by those of the same financial caste/mindset. Those with the money can afford to hire the
lobbyists, and thereby make the laws.)
Again, and I cannot emphasize this point enough... To them, its nothing to pay out millions for things like: art, cars, boats, country clubs, or
houses. However, when it comes down to paying out money for employees, contractors, repairmen, service industry folks, and the like, then its always a
gripe, complaint, “I don't have enough on me”, “we're not doing financially well this year because business is down”, etc.
If you doubt me let me give you a prime example: I knew one of them, who wanted something painted, that invited a bunch of 99%'er friends over to help
(aka free work, didn't want to pay a painter), then called each person and asked them to bring along stuff (“hey, can you bring a gallon of ceiling
white, we're short one. Oh..., and a tarp, and some masking tape”), etc... Then conveniently forget to pay anyone back for any of the stuff they
brought, figuring that it was all little stuff “in their opinion” anyway. End result, they got it done for free, when anyone else would have had
to pay for it.
They prey on folks who are hard working, willing to help friends, and have too many morals to confront them about what they owe. If you do have the
balls to stand up and say something, expect that friendship to be over in a heartbeat as: “you're just trying to take advantage of them because you
think they have money”.
You want to know why there is an immigration problem in this country that will never be fixed? Its because illegals are a pool of cheap, undocumented
labor that the 1%'ers can take advantage of without having to pay them benefits, taxes, workman's comp, etc. They never make official reports about
getting screwed over by the 1%'ers, because it draws the attention of the INS, who will deport them. Then us, the 99%, get to pay for their upkeep out
of our tax money.
I could fill pages of this thread with examples of what I've seen....
Anyway, in case no one noticed, this guy didn't even tip her 1%, he rounded down...
Anything to stiff someone else over a penny by thinking you outsmarted them.
I also guarantee he was unreasonably demanding just so he could complain and not have to pay that tip. I bet its his MO everywhere to get out of
tipping the “little people”.
That's how these folks think...
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.