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Generation of moochers

10 January 2013, 12:01


What is a moocher, you might ask? Well defines a moocher as

someone who survives off another’s income. Someone who believes that they are owed something for nothing. One who even if they have their own money, food, clothes, etc, will still use someone’s else’s first. Even if that someone else is more poor.”

I’m afraid that this the past 10 years have given rise to a whole generation of Mooching Men. It has become acceptable to us and we don’t even look at them funny.

“What?! Me?! I don’t condone mooching?” Oh really? Then why is your 23 or 24 year old still living with you? Why on earth?

There is absolutely NO reason for a young man to stay with his parents after school. If they do. They are, or on their way to becoming mooches. And yes, the cottage in the back yard still counts as living with your parents. It’s their fricking cottage!

In the old days men of 24 already had established families at 24. Yes, yes, I get that times have changed and so had the breeding ages.  But you are an adult in your 20’s! How can you still expect your parents to support you?

Since moving to Cape Town I have been absolutely shocked and horrified that men MY age (and I’m in my early thirties) are still living at home? One was 36 and had never left the house before. The other one I met was in his late 50’s and still staying at home. Disgusting.

In Cape Town it seems to be a common thing that people live with their parents until, until like forever because frankly, what are the chances that Mr. Half Way to a Hundred is going to leave now?

And don’t give me the “oh, it’s for financial reasons” BS.  I’m not buying it.  I am a single mother. I have an okay (not great) paying job but I’d rather struggle through each month that leech of my parents.

“oh I can move whenever I  want”

“oh, I’m just staying with them to help them out”

“Oh, yeah they would be devastated if I wasn’t there anymore”

“what? I have my own entrance! It’s like my own place”

Erm… I think not. I think it’s time for you to realise that you need to stop leeching off your parents.  Your parents do not want you there. They could be enjoying their empty nest. Re-discovering each other or at the very least not have to feed your lazy ass and save on the grocery bill.

Yes, times are expensive and times are tough. It is for all of us. Your parents including. I’m sure when you were born they didn’t expect to have to support you until you’re almost 40!

Most of these guys don’t even pay rent and their mother still does their laundry for them. Oh my hat! You are in your 20’s/30’s/40’s or 50’s and your mommy still has to touch your undies for you?

In today’s society it’s become acceptable for grown men to still live with their parents? Where is your pride? And for the love of all that’s holy how do you EVER get a chick of 30 to come over to your single bed with the Chinese pattern bedspread?

Your parents could be renting out that cottage and earning an income

Once again in the old days, you had three choices when you finished matric:

1.       Go to university;

2.       Go get a job;

3.       Get out

And that is the options I have been giving my son. He’s 12 now but trust me he knows. When  you drive to the shop to go get the paper to see if you passed matric, you might as well pick up the  Junkmail and start looking for a flat or a job too because I will not allow you to become a lazy, weed smoking, good for nothing mooch.

Parents, please, go home this evening and give the mooch his 30 days’ notice. Stop enabling them. 

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