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A 25 year-old just told me I had to lower her auto insurance rates because President Obama said I had to.

She said this seriously.

After inquiring why she would think this, she said she saw it online.

I pleaseantly advised that this was not the case, and that we could look at other ways of reducing her premium costs (while not going into the Constitutional ramifications of the Executive branch of the Federal government imposing decisions upon state-regulated auto insurance).

She then asked me why something would be online if it wasn't true.

I weep.

Date: 2010-03-02 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have this urge to request her email address. I need an easily programmable drone to do all my bidding.

Date: 2010-03-02 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ask her how she can afford insurance when her bank account's been cleaned out by 30 different Nigerian Government Ministers.

Date: 2010-03-02 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Disturbingly gullible. How can anyone survive with so few "web smarts?"

Date: 2010-03-02 04:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She'll be in charge of our nursing homes.

Date: 2010-03-02 06:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
While that person sounds like an idiot, I don't appreciate the way you introduced her simply as "a 25 year-old," implying that her behavior is tied to her age. 20-somethings have no monopoly on being gullible or dumb. Imagine if you had said "a black person just told me..." or "a lesbian just told me..."

Date: 2010-03-02 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think she was going more for naive due to a lack of world experience due to her age, vs lacking in native intelligence. But that's just my guess.

Date: 2010-03-02 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Perhaps it has something to do with the category of insurance, given that many insurers have a "youth penalty" (although it's never spoken of that way, it's what it ammounts to).

Date: 2010-03-02 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Or perhaps I was saying that as a 25 year-old, or anyone older than 12, she should indeed know better. Rather than gullibility being the age norm and her embodying it, it might have been that I was pointing out she should be better.

I was in a snarly nasty mood at the time, and even I don't know what I meant by it now.

Date: 2010-03-02 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Re-reading it, I can see how you could just as well have meant that.

Date: 2010-03-02 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
FWIW, I didn't read it as "anyone under Xage is a fuckin' idiot" either...I read it as "by the time you're 25, you really NEED to know that everything you read on the internet is not necessarily factual or true" and/or "how do you get to be 25 years old and still be that clueless?!?"

Date: 2010-03-02 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
For that matter, by the time that you're 25, you should understand that the world is full of people who actively and knowingly subscribe to P.T. Barnum's philosophy of life*, and who will do everything in their power to cause you harm, either emotional, financial, or physical if you believe them. The Internet is just the most recent manifestation of this.

(* - "There's a sucker born every minute.")


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