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'Danger! Money lessons may get you thumped' blog discussion

This is the discussion to link on the back of Martin's blog. Please read the blog first, as this discussion follows it.

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  • Sublime_2Sublime_2 Forumite
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    Little brat, how dare he threaten his teacher. Only comment I can think of for now.
  • That's dreadful! Anyone threatening violence against a teacher should be suspended :(
    People are far too soft these days!
  • Not much to say other than this sounds like an every day loutish reaction now. Maybe the boy went home and was corrected by his mum/dad. We can hope.
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  • Don't get me wrong, I'm no Communist, I like Capitalism & being able to spend my hard-earned money on nice things.

    But this whole "brand loyalty" thing never ceases to amaze me - why do people believe that corporations care anything more than just getting as much money as they can out of we consumers, whether fairly or unfairly?

    Corporations are *NOT* there to do favours for people - they are there to make as much money as possible for the shareholders & if the CEO at the top isn't doing that 100% of the time (s)he is employed, then (s)he will be fired.

    Consumers need to keep their heads & simply not put money the way of a corporation if they are not getting good value for money for the product or service they have paid for.

    People that queue overnight for the latest Apple gadget or video game have, pure and simply, lost their minds, play into the hands of these corporations and set themselves up to be manipulated and ripped off.

    Especially in these financially-constrained times, we need to start being less materialistic & realising that you *don't* have to have the latest, say, mobile phone, they're just *things* that you can probably survive without or, at least, hold back buying until the price drops to one you want to pay.

    Consumers can defeat corporate control simply by being a bit more discerning and holding onto their money a bit tighter - nothing hits a corporation harder than not putting money into its coffers; so if you don't give them money, they have to reduce prices & we the consumers take back control.
  • Because of the main product "Football" it must be hard to see Manchester United or any other Club through the pride and passion of the game.
    Perhaps next time taking a few cuttings of there recent back-room business dealings and the current quote on the stock market would help.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Forumite
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    I'd have suspended the kid involved immediately... and made him wear a Man City shirt for the rest of the term.
  • ButtiButti Forumite
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    I thought the difference between Manchester United and some of the others is that Manchester United is less of a vehicle to make money. I thought part of its job was as equity against which its owners have massively massively borrowed.

    Mind you that would have definately got a good beating.

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  • edinburgheredinburgher Forumite
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    Corporations are *NOT* there to do favours for people - they are there to make as much money as possible for the shareholders & if the CEO at the top

    Well, if the kid couldn't believe that they were a business, I doubt he'd have understood what a corporation is ;)
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  • ErrataErrata Forumite
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    Of course the correct answer to what they all had in common would have been " You're using their logos without their permission, aren't you. Sir. "
    .................:)....I'm smiling because I have no idea what's going on ...:)
  • I think money saving lessons are brilliant, wish we had had them in my school. I run a Girl Guide Company and would love to cover money matters however the stuff aimed at teens to download is a little over their age group (they are 10 - 15).

    Is there anything on the site that I could use?

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