by Ryan Meehan
It’s a recession. Times are tough. Consumers have less and less money to spend on a daily basis. And in a recession, the first thing that gets cut on the coporate level is marketing. This is usually because the business needs to focus on point of sale issues, and doesn’t have millions of dollars to blow on advertising like McDonald’s or WalMart. Point is, the unnecessary stuff is the first to go.
Unfortunately, this need to eliminate unnecessary spending doesn’t translate well to this “general populace” that I’ve been referring to a lot lately. Scratch lottery tickets are still flying off of the fucking shelves like it’s the end of the world.
One of the retail locations that I work at built a kiosk that is located directly in front of a scratch lottery ticket vending machine that I really wish I had keys to. Last Sunday, I watched a guy purchase 15 ten dollar tickets, and then come back in 5 minutes and purchase two more.
I’m also doing an article on cutting right now, which a lot of people believe is an addiction, which I don’t buy at all. I feel the same way about the scratch tickets. Let me explain.
When you’re a heroin addict, you have developed a physical dependence on opiates. There’s very little that’s mental about it. Your body has to keeping shooting dope or otherwise it will fall apart. And as crazy as it sounds, I can accept this because you’re actually GETTING something out of what you’re doing…i.e.: the feeling of being high.
Conversely, I find it very difficult to believe that scratching lottery tickets provides people with any sort of satisfaction. I mean, talk about thoughtlessly going through the motions and letting the upper one percent hold you down, knock your teeth out, and buttfuck your mouth. Seriously, why not just have the state direct deposit your welfare check directly into a slot machine?
I guess a big reason all of this bothers me so much, is you hear all this complaining about how there’s not enough education within the school systems. Yet they don’t teach those kids dick about how to spend, save, and ultimately invest their money. It’s hard to make the argument that the schools deserve more money when money management (see how this comes full circle?) isn’t part of the curriculum.
If you think this post was mean just wait until you see what I have coming out in the next three weeks.
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