Monday, August 02, 2004

Honesty pt. 1

I am noticing a disgraceful pattern in Jewish culture. The majority seems to take pride in lying, cheating, and stealing. This enrages me to no end.
It has been reported that the Monticello Wal-Mart has the highest return rate in the country, and is like 3x higher during the summer. Hmmm. DUH. Jews lie, cheat, and steal. That's just what we want to be known for. We're SO smart, we buy an air conditioner July 1, return it Aug 31, and get a full refund which we use for school supplies. Funny how those seem to break JUST when you don't need them anymore. Wow. I can delve deeper (and go totally off-topic) into the whole, "if you can't afford it..." and go on about learning vs. working, but that's for another day. No matter how you slice it, it's wrong. I don't want to be associated with you people, really. "Oh she's Jewish, like those fraudulent idiots who steal from big companies, and cheat the government." What a Kiddush Hashem-you're doing a great job. That's why the people in the country just LOVE us. Okay, the place would be dead if not for our 2-month invasion, but that's not an excuse to trick people.

Another common one is shipping things to NJ to avoid paying sales tax. That's not as bad as the previous example, but that really gets to me. Some people have a house in NJ in addition to NY, or work in NJ. Fine, enjoy the extra cash. But to have a "friend who takes packages for me" is freakin' ridiculous. How cheap can you be??? My brother lives in NJ. I have ordered from Gap countless times, and have never considered asking him to receive it for me to avoid paying tax. Get a life, people.


At 8/03/2004 8:34 AM, Blogger Dina said...

Great point Michelle.
It really is a big problem. People really should be more aware that people are observing the way they behave in the summer (especially upstate) and it is a great chance for them to make a Kiddush Hashem. Unfortunately, many people have their own agendas and aren’t interested in the fact that the locals are judging all of us by the way they behave.

At 7/25/2005 3:34 AM, Anonymous Moshe said...

I'd like to comment about the tax issue.

Legally, when an item is shipped out of NY State, and the corporation shipping it is in NY State, no sales tax needs to be charged.

If you buy a silver pair of candlesticks online for $500, you can save about $40 by having it shipped to NJ, and it is all legal. Why pay extra money that you do not have to pay?

Stealing from Wal-Mart, on the other hand, is forbidden and makes a Chillul Hashem. Shipping to NJ is Muttar, and simply saves you money. Nobody even knows.

At 7/31/2005 1:02 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I see what you are saying, and it is definitely not illegal, but I think it is one of those things thats okay in the letter of the law, but not the spirit of the law.

At 9/08/2005 8:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Moshe. I don't see that there's anything wrong with shipping things to NJ. You do save some money, and I don't think it has anything to do with being "cheap".

At 7/16/2007 8:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me, but shipping to NJ is only muttar if you declare on your new jersey tax return that you bought items for which sales tax was not paid and you pay it on your NJ tax return.

I quote "In New Jersey use tax is a tax on the use of items or services that occurs when sales tax has not been paid on taxable items or services, or paid at a rate less than the New Jersey rate of 7%. Use tax is due when these items are purchased outside of New Jersey and brought into New Jersey."

This is what happens when people are busy sitting in the BM thinking of shtick instead of earning an honest living.

At 7/16/2007 6:39 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Wow! I never knew...Thanks for pointing that out!!


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