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Old Jul 11th 2012, 8:28 pm
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UK banks are no better. I've just spoken to Lloyds, who asked for my address and then told me I would have to 'nip into a branch'. Er, I've just told you I live in California, how exactly do I 'nip' into a branch?
I moved to a different town and went into HSBC to transfer my "homebank" to the one in the new town. No need they said, you can do everything from every branch. A few months later I get a letter telling me to pick up my new credit card from the bank. So I go to my local branch to pick it up. Guess which branch they sent it to. So they send it to my new branch. I go to pick it up again. Too late - it was there for over a week so they sent it back.

Never got a credit card from them again. I didn't close down my account, they just never got themselves organised enough to enable me to get the card!
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So my son (19) feels very hard done by because we haven't given him a car and we are apparently the only parents not to have done so. At first I felt angry, as we pay his college tuition, room, food and course materials 100% and give him an allowance on top, however now I'm wondering if this really is the norm in the US and we should do this?
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Old Jul 11th 2012, 11:12 pm
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So my son (19) feels very hard done by because we haven't given him a car and we are apparently the only parents not to have done so. At first I felt angry, as we pay his college tuition, room, food and course materials 100% and give him an allowance on top, however now I'm wondering if this really is the norm in the US and we should do this?
It won't be in our house. I haven't even got room up my arse to cover the stupid, backwardly prohibitive cost of 'higher' education in this bloody place, never mind a ****ing car on to of that.

Give him a clip round the ear and remind him he's British ...
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Old Jul 11th 2012, 11:15 pm
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So my son (19) feels very hard done by because we haven't given him a car and we are apparently the only parents not to have done so. At first I felt angry, as we pay his college tuition, room, food and course materials 100% and give him an allowance on top, however now I'm wondering if this really is the norm in the US and we should do this?
Re college tuition/room/food etc my husband took the view that we brought our daughter here so we should pick up the tab.

Almost all the kids I know here get a new car for their 16th or 17th birthday.
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So my son (19) feels very hard done by because we haven't given him a car and we are apparently the only parents not to have done so. At first I felt angry, as we pay his college tuition, room, food and course materials 100% and give him an allowance on top, however now I'm wondering if this really is the norm in the US and we should do this?
It's the norm where you live. You just need to drive by the high schools and see all the cars that are nicer than your own parked there.

Everything here seems to be bought on the never never, as if having credit isn't like spending real money.
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Old Jul 11th 2012, 11:18 pm
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I'll have to get a job now
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Old Jul 11th 2012, 11:20 pm
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I'll have to get a job now
Let him get the job, he's the one that wants the car
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Old Jul 11th 2012, 11:22 pm
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Let him get the job, he's the one that wants the car
Yeah that was what I thought...I'm all muddled though living in this strange world.
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Old Jul 11th 2012, 11:25 pm
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So my son (19) feels very hard done by because we haven't given him a car and we are apparently the only parents not to have done so. At first I felt angry, as we pay his college tuition, room, food and course materials 100% and give him an allowance on top, however now I'm wondering if this really is the norm in the US and we should do this?
Tell him to get a job and save up for one himself. It's possible to work as well as go to college. Or compromise and tell him you will help with the cost if he shows willing to earn some of the money as well. He will either agree or stop whinning
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Old Jul 11th 2012, 11:25 pm
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Yeah that was what I thought...I'm all muddled though living in this strange world.
Meh, just cause everyone else's parents want to be in debt forever doesn't man you have to
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Old Jul 11th 2012, 11:27 pm
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Tell him to get a job and save up for one himself. It's possible to work as well as go to college. Or compromise and tell him you will help with the cost if he shows willing to earn some of the money as well. He will either agree or stop whinning
That's just it - if he showed willing to put something in I wouldn't mind.

Surely it can't be healthy to have this generation who get everything on a plate
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That's just it - if he showed willing to put something in I wouldn't mind.

Surely it can't be healthy to have this generation who get everything on a plate
No, it's not. I'm only half a generation removed and none of us were this self-entitled at that age. I mean, I paid for my own fags and beer and everything ...
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That's just it - if he showed willing to put something in I wouldn't mind.

Surely it can't be healthy to have this generation who get everything on a plate
Stick to your guns Sal

If he wants one badly enough then he will realise the only way to get your help is to show willing himself
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Old Jul 11th 2012, 11:36 pm
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Bloody kids today.

I really believe we were a whole lot happier with a whole lot less.
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Old Jul 11th 2012, 11:46 pm
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That's just it - if he showed willing to put something in I wouldn't mind.

Surely it can't be healthy to have this generation who get everything on a plate
Even if you did buy him a car, have you asked him how he is going to afford to run it? I might stump up for the car, I wouldn't be putting any gas in it...
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