"Poor" Families shelling out $4.2 million for cell phone storage

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    Many of these kids can't afford lunch, but they can pay a dollar a day to store their cell phones.

    This is one reason why the poor get poorer.
     
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    actually the poor are not all that poor

    A Poor Definition of Poverty


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    The government's own survey data shows that in 2005, the average poor household lived in a house or apartment equipped with air conditioning and cable television. The family had a car -- and a third of the poor have at least two cars.

    For entertainment, the average poor household enjoyed two color TVs, a DVD player and a VCR. If children were in the home (especially boys), the family had a video game system such as Xbox or PlayStation.

    A microwave, refrigerator, oven and stove were all in the kitchen of the average poor household. Other conveniences included clothes washer and dryer, ceiling fans, cordless phone and coffee maker.

    The home of this average poor family also was in good repair and not overcrowded, according to government data. In fact, the typical poor American had more living space than the average European. (That's average European, not average poor European.)

    Not only was the average poor family able to obtain necessary medical care, but when asked most families said they had enough money in the past year to meet all essential needs.

    By the family's own report, it wasn't hungry. In fact, the average intake of protein, vitamins and minerals by poor children is indistinguishable from that of kids in the upper middle class. In most cases, it's well above


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    by this definition, I fall into the poverty category
     
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    It is entirely possible to live lives of relative luxury being poor. I've done it! The main problem with being poor in today's America is the crushing boredom poverty brings when everything is provided. The poor have money to spend, but not needing to provide for themselves, the money goes on entertainment and anything that numbs their minds to the passage of unending boring hours. Games, texting, beer and pot are the most popular.
     
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    Yeah. I'd like to know how many of those parents would be willing to spend 5 dollars a year on a library card for their kid. Or a calculator.
     
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    or kleenex for the classroom
     
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    Cell phones have become a national addiction.
     
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    one time I saw a school age kid on a skateboard with ear buds and texting at the same time.

    Mack truck meet kid
    Kid meet mack truck
     
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    having your kid have a cell phone is a very good way to know what your kids are doing folks.


    Its a parents best tool.

    Those who have not parented in this age dont understand this
     
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    Baloney. Personally I think cell phones have made our kids lives MORE dangerous. They say they are more addicting than nicotine, and I am certain that they interfere with learning.

    It's amazing how many of us actually survived 12 years of school without them. :dunno:
     
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    a parent can tell where a kid is when you call them guys.


    pretend all you want they are a very cost effective way to know more about your kids
     

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