@nell totally. i think cashiers pretty universally hate the "then i guess it's free" joke.
@garli I also work in a male dominated field - couldn't agree more!
@Ester, I think this line is a bit offensive "By gum! He’s right! I should read to my kids more, even though I’m exhausted from working two minimum-wage jobs and I’ve thrown my back out again!”. There's an implication that poor people don't know better or simply don't feel like reading to their children. I would argue that due to the work hours they often have to maintain to make ends meet, they literally don't have time. A lot of high income people have more leisure time because they can afford things that make their leisure time more lengthy as well as not have to put in a certain number of hours to get adequate wages. For example, because I can afford a car, my commute is only 20 minutes each way. If I could only afford the bus, it would be over an hour. I know you get this but the way this is phrased really rubbed me the wrong way. I think it's important to be conscious of your own (perhaps unconscious) entitlement in these pieces.
I could now, but at many times in my twenties I couldn't have come up with an extra $7. Luckily my career got better as I got older!
My only beef with this is why does it cost me more to get HBO from cable than it does from HBO itself? I'm paying $19 with cable.
@SnarlFurillo yes x1000. I live in the Bay too so I was like "I gotta call BS on this!".
@guenna77 @xtinamartinson I'm with you guys! That's incredibly rude. Do a potluck if you're that strapped but somehow absolutely must host a party. Or go to a restaurant where you all split the bill? I don't understand having a dinner party and then charging your friends. Personally I prefer the "I get you, you get me sometime" thing. I don't keep close track because they are my friends.
@Ester Bloom yeah! The Met, PS1, and the Brooklyn Museum all do this too, among others. The Bronx Zoo is pay what you wish on Wednesdays (go in the afternoon so as to miss school groups). I might also suggest a New York Hall of Science Membership which starts at $85 for a family and has a ton of stuff for toddlers (and older kids). My nieces and nephews go often and love it. Plus it grants you admission to hundreds of other science centers.
Ester, do pay what you can at Museum of Natural History (or the others that support this)! I went all the time as a kid for like, a quarter.
OMG I LOVE THE LIBRARIANS