Shopping at mall isn’t really hardship

In regard to Monday’s front-page article, “Economic pain hits teens, too,” give me a break.

The picture of the three giggling and happy girls shopping it up at the Alderwood mall doesn’t exactly scream “economic pain” to me. Let’s see, a senior had to put back potatoes because he miscalculated the amount of money he had? That’s not a reflection of him being affected by the failing economy, that’s him underestimating how much money he has, which almost everyone has done at some time or another.

And all the teens who are suffering from a smaller allowance? I didn’t even have an allowance growing up. And I’m only 22 years old. I really don’t think a teen’s dwindling allowance means they are “suffering.” And what about the girl who is worried about her college, but, and I quote, “hasn’t changed her shopping habits much.” If she’s really worried about paying for college, perhaps she should change her shopping habits.

I’m sure teens are being affected, but this article really doesn’t have me convinced. Laughing, happy, shopping girls? The poor, poor things. It’s too bad they have to “suffer” at such a young age.

Meagan Mantow


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