As you know by now, we don't have a lot of money. I'm not complaining, we have a great life - all our bills get paid on time, we have no overdraft, nor do we need one, we eat well, we have a nice warm cosy home and a lovely garden, in which we grow plenty of veg & fruit and lots of lovely flowers. We have enough for our simple needs, the occasional day out and even a cheap holiday sometimes.
We've been contacted by private message on social media 3 times in the past year, by 3 members of the same family. These people we have very little contact with, for various reasons, in fact we haven't seen nor spoken to them on the phone for several years, our only sporadic contact with them has been via social media. So it was surprising to get messages from each of them, within a few months of each other, asking for money.
The reasons given were the first one having serious rent arrears, the second was about to move house and needed money for a security deposit, and the third, this week, has no car now and can we lend them enough to buy a car!
I don't know where they all get the idea that we have piles of cash sitting waiting just to give to them...or indeed why they think that we'd even be willing to just hand it over to them. Especially after things that have gone before and having so little contact for years.
But what has annoyed us even more is that they all clearly think we're stupid - the first one (whom we did actually scrape together £200 for, although we did make a point of telling them that there would be no more forthcoming) posted a pic on social media a week later showing a pair of riding boots they'd just bought (yes they have a horse). The second had, the week before asking us for the security deposit money, which we didn't give them, posted a ton of photos of the piles of presents, including designer clothes and expensive toys, they'd bought for their 1 y.o. child's birthday. The third has literally just come home from a fortnight's holiday in a hotel in Egypt with their partner and child - we're not giving them any money either. Not that we have it to give them.
All of them are the type who post details of every aspect of their shallow materialistic lives on social media, so it's a bit dumb of them to not think that we would see how much cash they all throw about.
No-one else has ever asked us for money, and these three are all from the same family, I think that says it all. They must think we're mugs, a soft touch with an open wallet. Well, they're very wrong.