People with higher income are more selfish

Oct 6, 2019 69 Comments

I think the above statment is true. For instance, we were coming back from GHC conference and our seat assignment got messed up and the agent couldnt help us. On the first flight, there was a nice lady who was more than happy to switch seats saying I have kids and I know how difficult is to travel with young kids. On the last flight, a young female microsoft employee refused to switch seats. Worth to mention that we were lucky that there was 3 empty seats just one row ahead us and we got what we asked for. I might do the same if I didnt have any kids and I am not mad at her since she has right to sit whereever she is assigned to. But knowing the company paid for your ticket at every penny, I keep thinking why people are becoming more self centered and arrogant to help strangers. The act of young lady was like most of my colleagues I see everyday in Microsoft. Cold, indifferent. I guess we've all been treated so bad that after a while we become exaclty like our mentors and tech leads and managers. And in annonymous apps, we love to show each other how cruel and aggressive we can be.

EDIT: we bought the tickets and paid for all the seats so that we could sit together. We got reassigned at the time of check-in, thanks to ridicolousness of optimization algorithm of airline companies. I am MS employee too and we are not allowed to buy tickets for our dependent through MS travel agents. There is not anything wrong with bringing a child on the trip as GHC provides daycare. I am a MS employee and coldness of that lady just reminded me of the environment of the org I'm working in and our team also even though my own manager is D&I advocate. For those who say your kid your problem, yes this is my problem and I did my best to do sth to sit by my child so I will ask anyone to swap with me until I find the right person who doesnt care about TC and care more about showing act of kindness and have humanity. Now rethink about it on how tomorrow you all could show a bit of your kindness, if you have any, to anyone in your sorrounding. your parents/kids/neighbors/colleague/starbucks employee.

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TOP 69 Comments
  • Google Rilakkuma
    And you sound entitled just because you have kids, like many parents out there.
    Oct 6, 2019 21
    • New / QA tester1239
      You really begin to understand how selfish you are when you have kids. They humble you quickly and it's a blessing
      Oct 7, 2019
    • Microsoft ghc2019
      OP
      2muchblind, thank you for your reply. We need more people like you. I always love kids but I've never sympathize with the difficulty of raising a child until I have my own and now I have respect to all parents and everyone who tries to raise a human. Clearly parents of some of the folks here failed to do so.
      Oct 7, 2019
  • I’ve long thought the Bay Area has the most souless mean-spirited selfish people. This thread really drives home the point
    Oct 6, 2019 4
    • Personally I’m hoping for the tech bubble to burst so a lot of the brats can leave.

      Especially the “I work at Facebook, you are IBM so are dumb” brats in that other thread, I hope they spend a few years working at a gas station.
      Oct 6, 2019
    • Roku cruella
      2muchblind I think most of them are just joking in a fun way. And those u aren't and saying things like “I work at Facebook, you are IBM so are dumb” seriously. Fuck U!
      Oct 6, 2019
  • Kaiser Permanente krishnamuh
    Another entitled parent. Ur kids, ur problem
    Oct 6, 2019 1
    • New / QA tester1239
      You sound like a warm person
      Oct 7, 2019
  • Microsoft aopq
    1) It would be difficult for someone younger, who presumably doesn't have kids, to sympathize with you

    2) She has every right to refuse. It's her seat. Why do you feel entitled to it? If you are traveling with your kids, the burden of the logistics falls on you, not her.

    3) I fail to see how you came to your conclusion based on your example.
    Oct 6, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / Eng Nuhtella
    This is factually incorrect. Wealthy people on average donate more to charity, both in nominal terms and as a percent of their income than regular middle class folks
    Oct 6, 2019 5
    • Amazon / Eng AMZNBucks
      Because they can afford too tf dummy
      Oct 6, 2019
    • Dell lKAw06
      As a percentage of income charitable giving goes down pretty dramatically as income increases
      Oct 6, 2019
  • AMD GDKa06
    Omg can't believe the hate on this thread! To the folks saying your kids, your problem or it was poor planning, wait till this happens to you. You cannot always be fully prepared for everything and when shit hits the fan, the kindness of 1 stranger can change everything. Do unto others what you wish others to do unto you. You show kindness in one respect, it will come back to you in another form. Swapping seats with someone who clearly has a valid need is a no brainers in my opinion.
    Oct 6, 2019 2
    • New / QA tester1239
      Amen
      Oct 7, 2019
    • Microsoft ghc2019
      OP
      Thank you. Blind app shows how scary humans can be to each other. I'm just amazed by this.
      Oct 7, 2019
  • Amazon / Eng AMZNBucks
    Microsoft employees are low income tbh they're just upset in life because they're tier 2
    Oct 6, 2019 4
    • Google DocStrange
      Depends on level. Mid-principal and above MS can pay higher than any competitors if they want you.
      Oct 6, 2019
    • Amazon / Eng AMZNBucks
      Yeah but this app is for 0-5 YOE people to shitpost against each other
      Oct 6, 2019
  • Barclays PLC / Eng swoog
    If you’re flying with children , and need to sit with them , pay/ book accordingly , this is some entitled nonsense... she was indifferent because it wasn’t her fault you planned poorly , and you had another option where you didn’t even need to bother them.
    Oct 6, 2019 1
    • Microsoft ghc2019
      OP
      You didnt read it correctly. our seat were reassigned.
      Oct 6, 2019
  • Verizon Media Atinlay6
    Why does the other MS person need to move? Maybe they paid to upgrade the seat and you can eff off.

    So much entitlement here
    Oct 6, 2019 0
  • Kaiser Permanente krishnamuh
    It’s astonishing the hate against folks who don’t wanna switch seats (unless what ur offering is better). It’s not a Bay Area homegrowns vs transplants, it’s inter-personal communication and negotiation. If u can’t plan accordingly based on u/ur kids needs, make an offer that the other passenger can accept. Simple. Parents can’t just all the sudden expect others to be empathetic just Bc they decided to have kids. SMH
    Oct 6, 2019 8
    • Microsoft ghc2019
      OP
      Think before you reply. Separate seats for family is like standing on the bus.
      Oct 7, 2019
    • Verizon Media Atinlay6
      Get there early and it won’t be a problem.
      Oct 7, 2019

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