MMD: Should Jordan pay Peter to go away?

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Here's this week's hypothetical situation for you to cogitate on:
Should Jordan pay Peter to go away?

Jordan is a successful business woman with her own scaffolding company, and a great MoneySaver to boot. She's very close to her grandfather Peter, who knowing she uses this site a lot, constantly asks for her help with Gas & Electricity switching, phone bills and other MoneySaving. The problem is, in the time it takes Jordan to save him £100, she could've earned £500. Should she simply give him some cash instead?

Should Jordan pay Peter to go away?
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  • Mics_chick
    Mics_chick Forumite Posts: 12,014 Forumite
    No she should get him to buy a computer and teach him to do it himself to save her time and money in the future.

    I don't see this as a real dilemma coz isn't this the sort of thing she could do for him in the evening so it won't impinge on her working day :confused:

    If it was me I would just do it coz it was my grandad and not think any further than that...:D
    You should never call somebody else a nerd or geek because everybody (even YOU !!!) is an
    "anorak" about something whether it's trains, computers, football, shoes or celebs :p :rotfl:
  • FloFlo
    FloFlo Forumite Posts: 32,720 Forumite
    I don't get this??????
  • Middlestitch
    Middlestitch Forumite Posts: 1,486
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    Agree with previous answer - get him a computer if he's likely to be willing to learn, or just going on doing it because he's her grandfather and family feelings should take precedence over feelings (at least some of the time!).
  • MJay
    MJay Forumite Posts: 148
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    I agree with Mick's Chick...... Buy him a computer and teach him herself or use the money she is going to save to pay for his lessons!!


    Is it really just a plea for her time..... money isn't everything... Time spent with older folk on a shared task is never wasted..... Building golden memories could be worth her loss of income...........
    :rotfl: Older and growing
  • tallgirld
    tallgirld Forumite Posts: 484
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    By the time she's shown him how to use a computer she could of lost much more than 500 quid!!!! I think she should HELP HER GRANDAD and stop thinking about money!!! IT ISNT EVERYTHING!!!
  • redders_:)
    redders_:) Forumite Posts: 23
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    As MJay said, Peter does want to save money, but he also wants time with Jordan and money saving is the perfect reason! She may be able to earn more money working, but helping a relative is more rewarding! As others have said she should try and teach him to save money himself as well, if he doesn't have a computer then buying one (or getting one off freecycle ;) ) could be useful, as long as she's still spending time with the fella!

    Also giving the man
  • rubix_76
    rubix_76 Forumite Posts: 216 Forumite
    As many have said :Give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach a man to fish he eats for life.
    There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those who don't.
  • mountainofdebt
    mountainofdebt Forumite Posts: 7,795
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    I don't get this.....Karen is supposed to be close to her grandad and yet seems to resent the time it takes her to help him out......some granddaughter!
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  • Chocmonster7
    Chocmonster7 Forumite Posts: 2,583
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    I agree that this one isn't about the money it's about spending time with her Grandfather, you can't put a price on that kind of thing.
  • olly300
    olly300 Forumite Posts: 14,736
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    It's obvious the granddaughter doesn't want to spend time with her grandfather. If she did she would teach him how to do things himself.

    It's amazing what happens when you teach people, regardless of age, how to text, email etc some people get so good at it that they end up teaching you stuff back while others start communicating with friends' and family around the world.
    I'm not cynical I'm realistic :p

    (If a link I give opens pop ups I won't know I don't use windows)
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