Economic Lessons From A Child


This is a great story.  From the mouths of babes.

Via Karen Fiddler Broker/Realtor (Great Western Realty Group/eVantage Real Estate):

I was at the local market this morning, and eavesdropped on a conversation a child (10-ish) was having with the store manager. He was distressed because the tax on a small toy he wanted to purchase caused the sale to be more money than he had.

 Before I go further……the store manager was going to throw in the extra for the child.

But the conversation was really interesting.

The manager was telling him that taxes were to pay for things like roads and police…..and that our taxes are going to go up higher soon. The child said that if the taxes went up, he wouldn’t be able to buy his normal goodies every week because it would be too expensive. The manager said that probably the store would have sales and specials to try and keep the costs down. The CHILD then asked if the store would make less money this way.

Yes….of course!

Then the child asked “if the store makes less money, how can they pay my mom to work here”?

Uh oh…..the manager mumbled something positive.

“if my mom can’t work here, I won’t get any allowance at all…..and they don’t get taxes anyway”

More mumbling by the manager….but does it really take a child to recognize that raising taxes affects behavior? Maybe there is great hope for the future if this young man and his peers understand what our current officials don’t.


Karen Fiddler

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After living in Walpole, MA for many years, our family was transferred to the west coast when I was a senior in high school. In 1983, I graduated from Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, California. I am also a 1987 graduate of Providence College with a major in liberal arts and a minor in business administration. I bring to the table many years of sales experience beginning with thirteen years in Corporate Sales at Delta Air Lines. I'm the mother of three children and I'm very active within the Franklin, MA community. I am also a cancer survivor and support the American Cancer Society Charities.

My husband and I have built five homes and I've lived in a variety of other locations including Toronto Canada, Irving Texas and my current home in Franklin, MA. As a result of all my moving around, I came to the conclusion that I was an expert at moving...why not become an expert on the other side of the table? I earned my real estate license in 2004 and believe that I have found my true niche'. I can empathize with my clients on a variety of levels; whether they are buying or selling. And, like so many other good realtors out there, I believe that possessing good communication skills is one of the many keys to success.

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