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10.       teaschip
3870 posts
 09 Jun 2008 Mon 05:35 pm

Quoting HomeSick:

What is private or what is not private, I am still having difficulties in understanding that concept here, in United States.

I made friends through out the years I spent here. If I try to talk about how much money we are making, it is private. If I talk about the sex life it is in public domain.The guy who refuses to talk about his earnings is open to discussions about his sex life and it is really kind of confusing for me!! hehe

On the other hand, I can easilly say how much I am making if I am asked by a friend, I can even go through details if I am asked for the benefit of the person who in the first place raised the question. It is not a private matter for me.





Typically, in the U.S. it is frowned upon by most employers to discuss your earnings with other co-workers. Finances are usually discussed with your spouse and your financial planner. Generally, unless you get a promotion, bonus etc. it's just not a topic we openly talk about. You either make descent or ok money. Sometimes it's even hard to tell who is wealthy. They may have a huge house, expensive cars but maybe up to their eyeballs in debt.

The topic of sex isn't discussed as openly, I think it maybe the circle of friends you may have. The media does expoit it however.

One other comment about this article. The growing number of people here in the U.S. rarely go to the bank with cash, unless your a business owner. Usually, your making deposits by check or cashing checks. The debit card has become the most used form of payment. Most employers now offer direct deposit of your pay check and the drive thru at the bank is used often by people. So this another reason why you don't see a number of people standing in line with a pile of cash at the bank.

11.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 09 Jun 2008 Mon 06:24 pm

Quoting teaschip:

Quoting HomeSick:

What is private or what is not private, I am still having difficulties in understanding that concept here, in United States.

I made friends through out the years I spent here. If I try to talk about how much money we are making, it is private. If I talk about the sex life it is in public domain.The guy who refuses to talk about his earnings is open to discussions about his sex life and it is really kind of confusing for me!! hehe

On the other hand, I can easilly say how much I am making if I am asked by a friend, I can even go through details if I am asked for the benefit of the person who in the first place raised the question. It is not a private matter for me.





Typically, in the U.S. it is frowned upon by most employers to discuss your earnings with other co-workers. Finances are usually discussed with your spouse and your financial planner. Generally, unless you get a promotion, bonus etc. it's just not a topic we openly talk about. You either make descent or ok money. Sometimes it's even hard to tell who is wealthy. They may have a huge house, expensive cars but maybe up to their eyeballs in debt.

The topic of sex isn't discussed as openly, I think it maybe the circle of friends you may have. The media does expoit it however.

One other comment about this article. The growing number of people here in the U.S. rarely go to the bank with cash, unless your a business owner. Usually, your making deposits by check or cashing checks. The debit card has become the most used form of payment. Most employers now offer direct deposit of your pay check and the drive thru at the bank is used often by people. So this another reason why you don't see a number of people standing in line with a pile of cash at the bank.



So true teas...I haven't been inside a bank since I opening my account in 1998!

12.       geniuda
1070 posts
 09 Jun 2008 Mon 06:53 pm

Quoting Elisabeth:


So true teas...I haven't been inside a bank since I opening my account in 1998!


Same with me, I never go inside the bank neither and the only reason why I went inside a few months ago was becuase my ATM card got stuck in the drive thru machine @#$%

13.       Leelu
1746 posts
 09 Jun 2008 Mon 07:35 pm

Quoting geniuda:

Quoting Elisabeth:


So true teas...I haven't been inside a bank since I opening my account in 1998!


Same with me, I never go inside the bank neither and the only reason why I went inside a few months ago was becuase my ATM card got stuck in the drive thru machine @#$%

you mean there is an inside to the bank?

14.       geniuda
1070 posts
 09 Jun 2008 Mon 07:54 pm

Quoting Leelu:

Quoting geniuda:

Quoting Elisabeth:


So true teas...I haven't been inside a bank since I opening my account in 1998!


Same with me, I never go inside the bank neither and the only reason why I went inside a few months ago was becuase my ATM card got stuck in the drive thru machine @#$%

you mean there is an inside to the bank?


nooo!lol lol I meant to say, I went inside the bank to let them know my card had got stuck in the machine so they could give it back to me...and of course to complaint about it too

15.       Leelu
1746 posts
 09 Jun 2008 Mon 08:39 pm

Quoting geniuda:

Quoting Leelu:

Quoting geniuda:

Quoting Elisabeth:


So true teas...I haven't been inside a bank since I opening my account in 1998!


Same with me, I never go inside the bank neither and the only reason why I went inside a few months ago was becuase my ATM card got stuck in the drive thru machine @#$%

you mean there is an inside to the bank?


nooo!lol lol I meant to say, I went inside the bank to let them know my card had got stuck in the machine so they could give it back to me...and of course to complaint about it too

you mean the story i was told about a little person being in the atm handing out money was all a lie?

16.       teaschip
3870 posts
 09 Jun 2008 Mon 08:53 pm

Quoting Leelu:

Quoting geniuda:

Quoting Leelu:

Quoting geniuda:

Quoting Elisabeth:


So true teas...I haven't been inside a bank since I opening my account in 1998!


Same with me, I never go inside the bank neither and the only reason why I went inside a few months ago was becuase my ATM card got stuck in the drive thru machine @#$%

you mean there is an inside to the bank?


nooo!lol lol I meant to say, I went inside the bank to let them know my card had got stuck in the machine so they could give it back to me...and of course to complaint about it too

you mean the story i was told about a little person being in the atm handing out money was all a lie?



I think you have been watching to much "Little People Big World" They do have security cameras so make sure your not picking your nose while withdraweling your money.

17.       Leelu
1746 posts
 09 Jun 2008 Mon 09:54 pm

Quoting teaschip:

Quoting Leelu:

Quoting geniuda:

Quoting Leelu:

Quoting geniuda:

Quoting Elisabeth:


So true teas...I haven't been inside a bank since I opening my account in 1998!


Same with me, I never go inside the bank neither and the only reason why I went inside a few months ago was becuase my ATM card got stuck in the drive thru machine @#$%

you mean there is an inside to the bank?


nooo!lol lol I meant to say, I went inside the bank to let them know my card had got stuck in the machine so they could give it back to me...and of course to complaint about it too

you mean the story i was told about a little person being in the atm handing out money was all a lie?



I think you have been watching to much "Little People Big World" They do have security cameras so make sure your not picking your nose while withdraweling your money.

18.       HomeSick
137 posts
 14 Jun 2008 Sat 04:35 am

Quoting lovebug:


Merhaba Homesick. Good to see you on TC. Have you and your wife moved to the US now?

Hope all is well!!

Kendine iyi bak,

Wendy




Thanks lovebug, she moved here a while ago but she is in Turkey again for finilazing her pHD ( for defending her pHD thesis) and again and again I am HomeSick again

Nice to see you guys around as always!

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