Being a good neighbor means something slightly different for different people. For some of us, that means baking apple pie for someone who has just moved in. Or help a neighbor who is obviously in need. All without selfish intentions. However, some feel that getting paid for help is justified.
share one redditor How they quarreled with their neighbors over the snow. Four of the local children shoveled the driveway without asking, then demanded $15 each (or $60 total) for their services. Redditor declined, but later my mom visited. Scroll down to see the full story shared on the AITA subreddit.
Were the children entrepreneurial or a little greedy? What do you think, pandas? Did you pay like redditor or declined? Read the story and share your thoughts in the comments.
A group of local children were clearing snow from a neighbor’s driveway. But, things got a little hot
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Here’s the full story, dear pandas
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The crux of the matter, according to the author of the post, is that the local kids didn’t even ask if they wanted to put a shovel in the driveway. They planned to work on their own later that day.
In short, the redditor felt they were victims of blackmail. He also explained that he didn’t hear the children clear their eyes because he worked at home while listening to music.
Most AITA users thought that the OP obviously did nothing wrong. He emphasized that the shakedown is illegal, and someone joked that it would be ‘slippery’ if the request was granted only once.
It’s up to them to help someone for free or ask for a reward. But our bodies are set to compensate for altruism either way.
Vanessa King, director of psychology for ‘Behavior for Happiness’ explains: boring panda that humanity is a social species. Helping others is something we do naturally. Helping keep communities together by lending a helping hand.
“When we do something for someone else, it activates the brain’s reward centers, so giving a gift feels like receiving a gift,” Vanessa said.
“Small daily actions, one at a time, can help make altruism a lifelong habit. You can start small by deciding to smile at everyone you meet today or give compliments to three people.”
Here’s what some internet users thought about what happened.