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    Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    I'm just talking about food. My experiences tell me poor people are not only picky at what they eat, they are proud of the fact that they are picky at what they eat.

    And contrary to popular belief, affluent people will eat just about anything that's edible.

    It's actually quite annoying. I'm not picky myself. If it's edible, I will eat it. My friends who are affluent will eat just about anything like me. But the guys/girls who work dead end jobs are the pickiest eaters I've ever seen in my life.

    Why is that? If they are poor, shouldn't it be the case that they should accept anything that comes their way? Why are they so picky if I'm usually the one who picks up the bill?

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    What does them being picky have to do with them being poor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by animalius View Post
    I'm just talking about food. My experiences tell me poor people are not only picky at what they eat, they are proud of the fact that they are picky at what they eat.

    And contrary to popular belief, affluent people will eat just about anything that's edible.

    It's actually quite annoying. I'm not picky myself. If it's edible, I will eat it. My friends who are affluent will eat just about anything like me. But the guys/girls who work dead end jobs are the pickiest eaters I've ever seen in my life.

    Why is that? If they are poor, shouldn't it be the case that they should accept anything that comes their way? Why are they so picky if I'm usually the one who picks up the bill?
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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    and there's a study or article about this or is this your ignorant narrow minded point of view.


    and if it is a case of you being upset about picking up the bill then don't do it. why would you take someone out when you get upset about paying for it.
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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

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    and there's a study or article about this or is this your ignorant narrow minded point of view.


    and if it is a case of you being upset about picking up the bill then don't do it. why would you take someone out when you get upset about paying for it.
    I'm not upset about picking up the bill. In fact, it's voluntary.

    I'm just curious about this observation.

    Don't get me wrong. I don't think being picky is a bad thing. It's like dog versus cat people. Just because I'm a dog person doesn't mean I think cat people are bad.

    That said, seeing poor people being picky is against my common sense. If you knew someone was going to pay for your pizza, would you give them a list of things you don't want on the pizza?

    If I knew someone was going to pay for my pizza, I would tell them to choose. If I knew someone was going to pay for my dinner, I would go through the menu and pick one of the cheaper items. That's just common sense to me.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Just one more way you're better than them.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Dude. We get it.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by tombastep View Post
    What does them being picky have to do with them being poor?
    That's what I'm asking.

    It's an observation. I started noticing this a few years ago. The only millionaire friend I have happens to be a skinny girl that will eat anything you put in front of her. One time I took her to a traditional asian party, and they happened to have blood pie there. It's made of raw animal blood. After I told her what it was, she actually ate it just to see what it tasted like.

    On the other hand, the only people I've seen giving out a list of stuff they don't want on the pizza (that they knew will be paid for) are people with dead end jobs and people with no jobs.

    I've also seen poor people go into a chinese restaurant and ordered eggs and fries and then bragged afterward that they ate chinese. In fact, I've never seen this type of behavior in the more affluent people I know.

    Just wondering why being poor makes them so picky of what they eat.

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    You sir have a superiority complex.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by G-Lexington View Post
    Just one more way you're better than them.

    Lex
    No, I am not better than them.

    Can you guys stop this? Are dog people better than cat people?

    I'm not saying being picky or not being picky is better or worse. I'm saying this observation is against common sense.

    My common sense tells me that if you can afford it then you should be more picky. And if you cannot afford it, then you'd be less picky. And yet, what I observe is the opposite.

    Not only that, when I talk about it to picky people, they talk about their pickiness with a lot of pride.

    I fully understand that we are all different, with different tastes, and different preferences. This thread isn't about who's better.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by BENDERBOY View Post
    You sir have a superiority complex.

    Just like having Molten Rock III back again.
    Ok, let's talk about this. Why do you think I have a superiority complex? Please explain.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    I have never seen this. In my experience, poor people will eat anything that's available for the simple fact that they don't have many choices - even though I cannot imagine why anyone would ever begrudge another person the fact that there are things that they simply do not like to eat. Isn't this a part of the human experience? Being poor or wealthy has no relationship whatsoever to that fact. It's just personal taste. Besides, why should being poor turn anyone into a grinding machine that will accept anything resembling food?

    However, I must say that the most insufferably picky, pedantic and unreasonably finicky people I've ever met are nouveau riches and people of recently acquired middle class status - the levels of obnoxiousness and infuriating rudeness that these people tend to display in their quest to appear refined, and deny that they come from working/underclass environments, are mind boggling. Chavscum with money (and, sometimes, not so much money) are always the worst offenders when it comes down to ridiculous snobbery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrusek81 View Post
    I have never seen this. In my experience, poor people will eat anything that's available for the simple fact that they don't have many choices - even though I cannot imagine why anyone would ever begrudge another person the fact that there are things that they simply do not like to eat. Isn't this a part of the human experience? Being poor or wealthy has no relationship whatsoever to that fact. It's just personal taste. Besides, why should being poor turn anyone into a grinding machine that will accept anything resembling food?

    However, I must say that the most insufferably picky, pedantic and unreasonably finicky people I've ever met are nouveau riches and people of recently acquired middle class status - the levels of obnoxiousness and infuriating rudeness that these people tend to display in their quest to appear refined, and deny that they come from working/underclass environments, are mind boggling. Chavscum with money (and, sometimes, not so much money) are always the worst offenders when it comes down to ridiculous snobbery.
    I'm not begrudging them for being picky.

    And FYI, I've never denied the the fact that I was born in a house with a dirt floor in south east asia. It just happens that I will eat anything put in front of me just to try it out.

    And I understand that there are things that people will simply not like to eat. But again my observations are against this notion.

    Regarding people who like to give a list of things they don't want on their pizza, what I've also observed is they will conveniently eat the pizzas that the rest of us ordered with everything on them. In other words, they take pride in their pickiness, but sometimes they don't go through with their pickiness.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by animalius View Post
    I'm just talking about food. My experiences tell me poor people are not only picky at what they eat, they are proud of the fact that they are picky at what they eat.

    And contrary to popular belief, affluent people will eat just about anything that's edible.

    It's actually quite annoying. I'm not picky myself. If it's edible, I will eat it. My friends who are affluent will eat just about anything like me. But the guys/girls who work dead end jobs are the pickiest eaters I've ever seen in my life.

    Why is that? If they are poor, shouldn't it be the case that they should accept anything that comes their way? Why are they so picky if I'm usually the one who picks up the bill?
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    Quote Originally Posted by animalius View Post
    I fully understand that we are all different, with different tastes, and different preferences. This thread isn't about who's better.
    Where your taste and preference is to be accepting towards all things that come your way. And the poor put on airs and act superior towards foodstuffs they should be grateful to have, considering their diminished status. I'm confused as to why you can't see how this makes you superior.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    I'm not getting why you are equating having some friends who are choosy about what they eat with everyone who is poor being picky eaters.

    I'm just not getting this.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    I have mixed opinions about this. Usually my "richer" friends would not mind dining anywhere.

    I am fine with eating anything and usually I am only picky when I am unwell i.e cough / flu so I would avoid eating fried foods or when I have been eating fast food for few days in a row then I would eat something different the next few days etc. I always try to rotate what I eat and I eat some fruits and vegetables at least daily (Not sure if this is too picky or anything)

    A lot of my friends complained that I spent a lot on food and it always confuses me because I don't really eat that often, standard 3 meals a day and I hardly ever go to high class restaurants.

    However, I understand that different people have different ways of spending money and some simply think spending too much on food is a waste. Usually If my friends choose to dine at some really unhygienic but economical that I don't usually favour, I just go ahead with them.

    Personally spending too much for food would be going to TGIF or some High Class Restaurant for every darn meal.

    This topic always got brought up whenever I eat with my friends lol.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by rareboy View Post
    I'm not getting why you are equating having some friends who are choosy about what they eat with everyone who is poor being picky eaters.

    I'm just not getting this.
    This is just another thinly veiled topic that gives him an excuse to use the word affluent.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    I probably shouldn't even post in here, but rich or poor... some PEOPLE are picky about what they eat.

    I'm one of them. I am picky about what I eat and drink because I'm very aware of my health and how to get the most out of it and my body. If it weren't for that, I'd eat all sorts of garbage. Remember, there is a LOT of food that is just plain NOT good for you.
    As a result, I am FAR healthier now than I was in my teens and 20's. Personal choice.

    But that doesn't mean that I don't sin on occasion if someone invites me. I enjoy a Pizza or nice greasy double bacon cheese burger with fries just like anyone else. Just very RARELY.

    But that's just MY reason...

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    The equation of prejudice is "all x=y;" in this case "x" = "poor people" and "y" = "picky eaters." As a (1st world, granted) poor person, I think this is offensive displays ignorance. If someone's footing my dinner bill, I'm conscious not to order the lobster, but really that's more because I usually prefer the beans and rice anyway. I like anchovies on my pizza, but realize I'm in a minority. Some people have food allergies regardless of socioeconomic status, or are perhaps vegetarians. My roommate makes 3.75x my salary (being generous, here - I'm currently underemployed) and although I'd like to cook for him more often, he seems to be a little picky about what he'll eat - and he won't do leftovers at all. So my experience does not bear out your premise. Finally, like I told someone last night - I've never had much money and probably never will, but if my heart is at least half as good as my dad's, then I will have considered my life well lived.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    I have an idea stop taking your "friends" out to dinner.

    because they would be better off without a friend who is so judgmental.

    I'm sure they will find their porridge somewhere else.




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    Quote Originally Posted by animalius View Post
    I'm just talking about food. My experiences tell me poor people are not only picky at what they eat, they are proud of the fact that they are picky at what they eat.

    And contrary to popular belief, affluent people will eat just about anything that's edible.

    It's actually quite annoying. I'm not picky myself. If it's edible, I will eat it. My friends who are affluent will eat just about anything like me. But the guys/girls who work dead end jobs are the pickiest eaters I've ever seen in my life.

    Why is that? If they are poor, shouldn't it be the case that they should accept anything that comes their way? Why are they so picky if I'm usually the one who picks up the bill?
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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    I'm hesitant to put my oar in with all the vitriol spraying around this topic, but I think I can explain:

    By making a show of being choosy about what one eats, one achieves two ends: first, you show that you're not so poor that you have to eat any old scrap that comes along; second, you excuse yourself from eating expensive things by claiming to not like them... even telling yourself that you don't like them.

    A lot of people from certain socioeconomic classes will deride any food that is "fancy" because it makes them feel inadequate; and so they make a show to themselves and others that the fancy food is just overpriced junk that they wouldn't touch if they were starving. You do this for enough generations, and you come up with a cultural behavior. Eventually the fanciness of the food is no longer the reason they don't like it, it's simply a cultural habit to not like unfamiliar foods. You may be observing this behavior in people with low-paying or no jobs because this cultural habit tends to accompany other cultural habits that tend to limit people to the bottom rungs of any career.

    The thing is, poverty is just as inherited as affluence: the children of poor people tend to remain poor all their days, while the children of the rich tend to stay rich. Lots of people change their socioeconomic status, but the overwhelming majority of people do not. And since people tend to stay in one socioeconomic bracket for generations and generations, socioeconomic status becomes a subculture, with its own codes of behavior, its own languages, its own priorities, its own motives.

    The affluent, on the other hand, are more willing to try new things because it is seen as sophisticated to do so. To be adventurous with food is really the province of those who can afford to eat anywhere, even if the food in question is not expensive. But one is more likely to find the eat-anything mentality in people who are not poor or rich, but who are socioeconomically mobile.

    There are plenty of old-money types wandering around who won't try anything unless their mothers' cooks knew how to make it; go to any country-club in America and you'll find a dinner menu identical to the menus of every other country club, and not very different from those same clubs' menus from the twenties or the fifties. But the people who belong to those clubs tend to not know people who do not belong to those clubs... i.e., you or me.

    See, there's another psychological element at work: curiosity. People who are curious are naturally more likely to be socioeconomically mobile because they want to know what the world is like beyond the borders of their own lives, and are not blindly loyal to their backgrounds. They are more likely to become educated, and therefore more likely to get higher-paying jobs. And they are more likely to eat things just to find out what they taste like.

    And those are probably the people you find yourself among.
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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    ^ An excellent insight into the subject as well.

    I'm just not sure it can be entirely generalized.

    I have found in many cases that the opposite is also true...that while some of our friends certainly have the ability to eat anything...they have tended to become more narrow in their tastes and fussier about how food is prepared as well, while our poorer friends are just delighted to have the opportunity to eat out and eat anything.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by animalius View Post
    I'm just talking about food. My experiences tell me poor people are not only picky at what they eat, they are proud of the fact that they are picky at what they eat.

    And contrary to popular belief, affluent people will eat just about anything that's edible.

    It's actually quite annoying. I'm not picky myself. If it's edible, I will eat it. My friends who are affluent will eat just about anything like me. But the guys/girls who work dead end jobs are the pickiest eaters I've ever seen in my life.

    Why is that? If they are poor, shouldn't it be the case that they should accept anything that comes their way? Why are they so picky if I'm usually the one who picks up the bill?
    RE: "who work dead end jobs"

    Wow, it's amazing how 5 short words can reveal so much about a person.




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    I'm not getting why you are equating having some friends who are choosy about what they eat with everyone who is poor being picky eaters.

    I'm just not getting this.
    You have to read between the lines...he's obviously implying that he's so "affluent," he's a secret Santa who's been giving free pizzas to every poor person in the world. Because how else would he know that all poor people are picky?


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    Quote Originally Posted by JWaggy View Post
    This is just another thinly veiled topic that gives him an excuse to use the word affluent.
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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonR18 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachguyj View Post
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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    I think Swell's points were well-made. I have some friends who aren't poor, necessarily, but I'd say they'd agree that they fit into the definition of "jus' folks". And cooking for them and/or picking a restaurant for them is often a bit trickier than normal. We usually stick to American cuisine when cooking, or what you might call "ethnic-American" - lasagna, tacos, what have you. We've occasionally taken these friends to places that we wouldn't think are too "out there" - like a Middle Eastern restaurant - and found them out of their depth. They not only don't know the food or "how to order", they seem very uncomfortable having to ask or being forced to try something they've never tried before.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have friends who are college students and bohemians (usually musicians). These people probably have far less money to spare than the "jus' folks" friends, but they never have any trouble trying something unusual or new. Sometimes they have specific dislikes - maybe one hates curry, or another hates mushrooms, or what have you. But they've always come to that conclusion after trying things. They're always up for trying something new that doesn't force them to go outside that small "uncomfortable" area.

    Quick sum up - I don't think it has to do with economics so much as mindset.

    ...and can I have a slice of the second pizza, instead? I prefer supreme over pepperoni. (Preference, not insistence.)

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Being a poor person, if someone is going to buy me a meal, i'm VERY picky about what i eat. I don't want the person buying the meal to waste their money. So, i'll need something that i am not gonna leave half of, left on the plate, and preferably, i'll opt for the cheapest thing i know i like.

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    It really is a fucking scam. They rely on people going on Medicaid or food stamps because their income is so low that they qualify, so they want local governments to subsidize their employees while the rich corporations get richer and get tax writeoffs for hiring more poorly paid workers. The worst are the ones that claim to be oversees companies so they don't have to pay American corporate taxes.
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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by G-Lexington View Post
    They not only don't know the food or "how to order", they seem very uncomfortable having to ask or being forced to try something they've never tried before.
    I love trying new foods, but I'm not going to order something that I end up hating and end up wasting my own or someone else's money. So if I want to try something new I would rather try a piece from someone else's plate or eat at a buffet where they have many different things to try, some which I already like.

    I tried both lamb (buffet, had heard from my sister who ate it at a dinner party that it has an odd taste) and duck (appetizer) for the first time in my late 30s on a cruise and they were okay but I would not order them again as an entree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tombastep View Post
    What does them being picky have to do with them being poor?
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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beachguyj View Post
    I love trying new foods, but I'm not going to order something that I end up hating and end up wasting my own or someone else's money. So if I want to try something new I would rather try a piece from someone else's plate or eat at a buffet where they have many different things to try, some which I already like.

    I tried both lamb (buffet, had heard from my sister who ate it at a dinner party that it has an odd taste) and duck (appetizer) for the first time in my late 30s on a cruise and they were okay but I would not order them again as an entree.
    That totally makes sense. But I've found that it's exceptionally rare for me to not find something I might like at each restaurant. And I don't even have to try a hundred things - I can usually find something based on the menu descriptions and some aid from either the staff or my friends who have eaten there before. The Middle Eastern restaurant had shish and chicken kabobs, which most Americans would recognize or at least not find unfamiliar. But our friends seemed uncomfortable with the fact that we even had to "guide" them to some things they might like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchymo View Post
    Being a poor person, if someone is going to buy me a meal, i'm VERY picky about what i eat. I don't want the person buying the meal to waste their money. So, i'll need something that i am not gonna leave half of, left on the plate, and preferably, i'll opt for the cheapest thing i know i like.
    I think this is a good point.

    I am a picky person in general when it comes to eating and it isn't because I am afraid to try new things, it's because I don't want to have something I don't like for dinner and that be my meal for the night. I'm not a heavy eater and I get full rather quickly as well.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by G-Lexington View Post
    That totally makes sense. But I've found that it's exceptionally rare for me to not find something I might like at each restaurant. And I don't even have to try a hundred things - I can usually find something based on the menu descriptions and some aid from either the staff or my friends who have eaten there before. The Middle Eastern restaurant had shish and chicken kabobs, which most Americans would recognize or at least not find unfamiliar. But our friends seemed uncomfortable with the fact that we even had to "guide" them to some things they might like.

    Lex
    I've never had Thai or Indian food and I would try it but I wouldn't go somewhere on my own and order it.

    I don't like certain strong tastes like teriyaki or worcester sauce. As an ingredient I can use either but not as the main flavoring agent. I don't like sour cream or mint sauces either on savory foods so I never had a falafal or gyro. I hate blue cheese too. I remember about a year ago ordering a burger and I normally don't return things but it came out with blue cheese on top so I had too, but I told them they could scrape it off and put american or cheddar and it would be fine.

    Good thing we made some interesting conversation about an absurd OP topic, I bet he loves to dumpster dive for his dinner.
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    Well, maybe these poor people are used to going to places that they can afford and have "built-in" taste buds on the few foods they're familiar with. But now you take them out to some fancy eatery that charges $200 for fried seaweed and raw tuna sperm from Japan and these poor people will be picky cause they never had it and find it nasty? A rich person will eat anything because they don't think twice about feeling stupid for paying $60 on a dry burger from exotic camel meat?

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Okay, I have the answer: when it's your birthday and you put out a wishlist, you put the stuff you want on it. Thus, when someone says "I'm buying you dinner, what do you want?" then you tell them what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tombastep View Post
    What does them being picky have to do with them being poor?
    That means they don't want to try to save money.

    You guys should answer his questions rather than attack the Poster.


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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    This sounds all kinds of ridiculous.

    Most folks I know who are picky eaters were that way as a child. Those preferences formed early and have nothing at all to do with their income, line of work, or opportunity for advancement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Lexington View Post
    I think Swell's points were well-made. I have some friends who aren't poor, necessarily, but I'd say they'd agree that they fit into the definition of "jus' folks". And cooking for them and/or picking a restaurant for them is often a bit trickier than normal. We usually stick to American cuisine when cooking, or what you might call "ethnic-American" - lasagna, tacos, what have you. We've occasionally taken these friends to places that we wouldn't think are too "out there" - like a Middle Eastern restaurant - and found them out of their depth. They not only don't know the food or "how to order", they seem very uncomfortable having to ask or being forced to try something they've never tried before.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have friends who are college students and bohemians (usually musicians). These people probably have far less money to spare than the "jus' folks" friends, but they never have any trouble trying something unusual or new. Sometimes they have specific dislikes - maybe one hates curry, or another hates mushrooms, or what have you. But they've always come to that conclusion after trying things. They're always up for trying something new that doesn't force them to go outside that small "uncomfortable" area.

    Quick sum up - I don't think it has to do with economics so much as mindset.

    ...and can I have a slice of the second pizza, instead? I prefer supreme over pepperoni. (Preference, not insistence.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by animalius View Post
    Ok, let's talk about this. Why do you think I have a superiority complex? Please explain.
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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by Swellegant View Post
    I'm hesitant to put my oar in with all the vitriol spraying around this topic, but I think I can explain:

    By making a show of being choosy about what one eats, one achieves two ends: first, you show that you're not so poor that you have to eat any old scrap that comes along; second, you excuse yourself from eating expensive things by claiming to not like them... even telling yourself that you don't like them.

    A lot of people from certain socioeconomic classes will deride any food that is "fancy" because it makes them feel inadequate; and so they make a show to themselves and others that the fancy food is just overpriced junk that they wouldn't touch if they were starving. You do this for enough generations, and you come up with a cultural behavior. Eventually the fanciness of the food is no longer the reason they don't like it, it's simply a cultural habit to not like unfamiliar foods. You may be observing this behavior in people with low-paying or no jobs because this cultural habit tends to accompany other cultural habits that tend to limit people to the bottom rungs of any career.

    The thing is, poverty is just as inherited as affluence: the children of poor people tend to remain poor all their days, while the children of the rich tend to stay rich. Lots of people change their socioeconomic status, but the overwhelming majority of people do not. And since people tend to stay in one socioeconomic bracket for generations and generations, socioeconomic status becomes a subculture, with its own codes of behavior, its own languages, its own priorities, its own motives.

    The affluent, on the other hand, are more willing to try new things because it is seen as sophisticated to do so. To be adventurous with food is really the province of those who can afford to eat anywhere, even if the food in question is not expensive. But one is more likely to find the eat-anything mentality in people who are not poor or rich, but who are socioeconomically mobile.

    There are plenty of old-money types wandering around who won't try anything unless their mothers' cooks knew how to make it; go to any country-club in America and you'll find a dinner menu identical to the menus of every other country club, and not very different from those same clubs' menus from the twenties or the fifties. But the people who belong to those clubs tend to not know people who do not belong to those clubs... i.e., you or me.

    See, there's another psychological element at work: curiosity. People who are curious are naturally more likely to be socioeconomically mobile because they want to know what the world is like beyond the borders of their own lives, and are not blindly loyal to their backgrounds. They are more likely to become educated, and therefore more likely to get higher-paying jobs. And they are more likely to eat things just to find out what they taste like.

    And those are probably the people you find yourself among.
    In short, i noticed "poor" people don't want to eat new food !!!
    New food are cheaper healthier and some what better but they don't want to try.
    Example, my housemate.


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    I think maybe the OP only notices pickyness when he's paying the bill.
    Otherwise it flies under his radar. He just gets judgmental if he thinks people are not grateful and unquestioning of whatever he deems they deserve.
    Relative wealth and pickyness do not correlate in my experience, but snobs can be found anywhere.
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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    I don't think I have enough friends to make a comment, but I'd think many poorer people aren't picky. If anything, I feel like middle class people are picky. My friends and family are all pretty pick to a degree. I guess I am, too, but I also follow by that motto that if it's edible I'll try to eat it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kabluey View Post
    I think maybe the OP only notices pickyness when he's paying the bill.
    Otherwise it flies under his radar. He just gets judgmental if he thinks people are not grateful and unquestioning of whatever he deems they deserve.
    Relative wealth and pickyness do not correlate in my experience, but snobs can be found anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by animalius View Post
    That's what I'm asking.

    It's an observation. I started noticing this a few years ago. The only millionaire friend I have happens to be a skinny girl that will eat anything you put in front of her. One time I took her to a traditional asian party, and they happened to have blood pie there. It's made of raw animal blood. After I told her what it was, she actually ate it just to see what it tasted like.

    On the other hand, the only people I've seen giving out a list of stuff they don't want on the pizza (that they knew will be paid for) are people with dead end jobs and people with no jobs.

    I've also seen poor people go into a chinese restaurant and ordered eggs and fries and then bragged afterward that they ate chinese. In fact, I've never seen this type of behavior in the more affluent people I know.

    Just wondering why being poor makes them so picky of what they eat.
    Your question is based on anecdotes.

    My sister had a rich friend who, when she took out to dinner for her birthday, instead of ordering anything normal, ordered abalone. The dinner cost like $200. My sister won't repeat that mistake again.

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    Re: Help me understand something, why do poor people take pride in being picky?

    Quote Originally Posted by AlmondMilk View Post
    I don't think I have enough friends to make a comment, but I'd think many poorer people aren't picky. If anything, I feel like middle class people are picky. My friends and family are all pretty pick to a degree. I guess I am, too, but I also follow by that motto that if it's edible I'll try to eat it.
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