Think of how many Chops you could buy with that...!
@deepomega Yes, but my argument is that scenarios like this exist for many of the products we consume. Lots of clothing is made in sweatshops. Cheap goods are made in China every day. To take it even further, every day that you wake up and consume electricity and use anything that involves something that was mined out of the Earth, you are part of an exploitative process. Singling out just one seems a bit hypocritical.
@deepomega What if you are financially responsible and you want a conflict-free ring because you like it? People make judgments all the time - choosing Starbucks over instant coffee, buying Apple, etc. If you like and it you can afford it and it makes you happy, then why not? I like wearing a pretty ring whereas you may like wearing a sharp suit or name brand sneakers. It's all the same.
I'm all about budgeting and saving and general "be like Mike Dang"-ing, and I never thought I would want a big fancy diamond engagement ring, but now I have one and I love it. My fiance wanted me to have one because I will love it and wear it for the rest of my life. He paid for it in cash and it was around $2K. (It was from a wholesaler/designer so we probably would have paid double in a conventional store. It's also conflict-free.) All that being said, I'm sick and tired of judgy mean girls giving me side-eye and commenting on my "Real Housewives" ring. (Which it isn't...it's a half carat surrounded by a halo but is designed very well so it looks bigger than it is.) I get that not everyone is into rings, but quit judging me and acting like I'm clubbing baby seals by wearing it.
This article makes me so sad, but also so happy because Brittany is awesome and I wish every destitute grandparent had a granddaughter like her!
One of the best things I ever did in my whole life was quit my Ph.D. - I now work in consulting and I have no regrets!
Good for you! If it was a genuine mistake, I think it's definitely worth pleading guilty and trying to get a reduced fine. I had a similar situation where I got a ticket for riding transit without a valid pass - long story short, it was a genuine mistake due to the fact that I had moved a week earlier, and the police officer told me to fight the $175 fine. I haven't got my court date yet, but fingers crossed!
I like to believe in the goodness of people but this just screams "SCAM!" to me.