I had a friend who had a specialty nursing position that involved sales. Besides her healthy salary, she received enviable bonuses. In spite of her high economic bracket, she shopped at thrift stores, even for Christmas gifts for her adult sons, bragging about the deals she scored on clothing. Took me a while to realize why her shopping habits made me so uncomfortable. She was stealing from those who desperately needed the deals and the savings.

A group in my city has a monthly free store for donated goods. Absolutely free for those who need them. Now my donations go there. Deal-seeking hipsters and cheap professionals don’t dare show up at the free store!

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