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(UPI)   U.S teens now spend $1078 for senior prom tickets, limo, clothes, good-night handshake   (upi.com) divider line 211
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2012-04-16 07:25:19 AM
I spent a good portion of my prom night in the ER waiting room. My date had split his head open on a parking meter after running from the police who were trying to ticket him for indecent exposure for urinating on a street sign.

He didn't get a goodnight handshake.
 
2012-04-16 07:29:56 AM

miss diminutive: He didn't get a goodnight handshake.


And what DID he get, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, knowwhatimean?
 
2012-04-16 08:01:30 AM

Petit_Merdeux: miss diminutive: He didn't get a goodnight handshake.

And what DID he get, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, knowwhatimean?


He got a "Well, that was fun. Let's never speak of it, or to each other again, shall we?"
 
2012-04-16 08:01:52 AM

miss diminutive: I spent a good portion of my prom night in the ER waiting room. My date had split his head open on a parking meter after running from the police who were trying to ticket him for indecent exposure for urinating on a street sign.

He didn't get a goodnight handshake.


Or, as they call it around here, Tuesday night.
 
2012-04-16 08:05:03 AM
I don't even remember most of my prom. Last thing I recall was some cop chasing me down for marking a street sign as my own and then BAM, head-first into a parking meter. When I came to, my date gave me what they call in Europe the Goodnight Handshake. I couldn't sit right for a week.
 
2012-04-16 08:18:57 AM
I went to two my senior year, mine at my all-girls school and one for my boyfriend. Good way to up the price for sure.

CSB- It was absolutely hilarious each year to see girls frantically trying to get prom dates by the way. For example, several of my friends resorted to getting set up on blind dates by the school librarian who had contacts at a nearby Catholic boys school.
 
2012-04-16 08:26:53 AM

Andromeda: I went to two my senior year, mine at my all-girls school and one for my boyfriend. Good way to up the price for sure.

CSB- It was absolutely hilarious each year to see girls frantically trying to get prom dates by the way. For example, several of my friends resorted to getting set up on blind dates by the school librarian who had contacts at a nearby Catholic boys school.


Getting set up by the librarian? That has to take a bite out of the old self esteem.

Doctor Funkenstein: I don't even remember most of my prom. Last thing I recall was some cop chasing me down for marking a street sign as my own and then BAM, head-first into a parking meter. When I came to, my date gave me what they call in Europe the Goodnight Handshake. I couldn't sit right for a week.


You going to the reunion? If so I would suggest abstaining from alcohol, or wearing a helmet.
 
2012-04-16 08:58:28 AM

miss diminutive: Andromeda: I went to two my senior year, mine at my all-girls school and one for my boyfriend. Good way to up the price for sure.

CSB- It was absolutely hilarious each year to see girls frantically trying to get prom dates by the way. For example, several of my friends resorted to getting set up on blind dates by the school librarian who had contacts at a nearby Catholic boys school.

Getting set up by the librarian? That has to take a bite out of the old self esteem.


Oh it totally did- particularly because these were rather normal girls who would've had no issues getting dates at a co-ed school (and went on to be normal at university before anyone asks). It's just hey, think of how you met the people you knew at that age and for obvious reasons probably virtually all of them were from school.
 
2012-04-16 10:21:09 AM

Andromeda: I went to two my senior year, mine at my all-girls school


Go on....
 
2012-04-16 11:34:01 AM
Only went to two proms my senior year as well - one for me, one for the girl I was dating at the time. Frankly, both were a waste of time and money (though borrowing dad's car saved a bunch over renting a limo though).

Maybe it's just because I'm a nerdy guy with no dance skills, but really, the whole thing was just way too cliched and overdone. For the amount of hype, I could have just taken her to a decent dinner and a movie instead.
 
2012-04-16 11:39:41 AM
Yeah, well, snowflakes!
 
2012-04-16 11:43:45 AM
$42 bucks for tickets, a limo split between a bunch of people (which the driver "accidentally" left liquor in, and the 99 buck tux rental. Got a hug at the end, but nailed her a month later. 200 bucks max for me.

Oh, and the limo got flashed on the 10 freeway as we left Santa Monica. They must have thought someone in it was famous.
 
2012-04-16 11:48:06 AM
I never went to my proms.

/no typo.
 
2012-04-16 12:04:04 PM
Why would anyone want to go to prom? You pay a ridiculous amount for the suit/dress, tickets, transportation, and you can't even have any fun when you get there because the school outlaws everything anyway.

The only thing that might make it worthwhile is the possibility of getting laid at the end, and really, if you can't get laid otherwise, it's not gonna happen at the prom either.
 
2012-04-16 12:04:27 PM

miss diminutive: I spent a good portion of my prom night in the ER waiting room. My date had split his head open on a parking meter after running from the police who were trying to ticket him for indecent exposure for urinating on a street sign.

He didn't get a goodnight handshake.


Good times
 
2012-04-16 12:04:28 PM
I spent about $50. Half for the tickets and half for the Tuxedo. Dinner was provided and a friend drove. I was lucky that date didn't tell me her dress color so I had free reign on my tuxedo (basic black and I bought my own bow tie to tie).

I got a good night hug
 
Skr
2012-04-16 12:05:07 PM
Never had the option of going to prom. The few girls I would have asked, either got snatched up early by guys I couldn't compare to, or they were the type of girl that would have said "Fark prom, we should get stoned."

/shrug
 
2012-04-16 12:05:27 PM

miss diminutive: I spent a good portion of my prom night in the ER waiting room. My date had split his head open on a parking meter after running from the police who were trying to ticket him for indecent exposure for urinating on a street sign.

He didn't get a goodnight handshake.


You date all the coolest guys.
 
2012-04-16 12:05:44 PM
The parents surveyed indicated those in the lowest income brackets -- less than $50,000 a year -- said they plan to spend more than the national average, $1,307, while parents who make $20,000 to $29,999 said they plan to spend an average of $2,635, although parents who make more than $75,000 plan to spend an average of $842.

It's almost as if this trend points to people in lower income brackets as being financially irresponsible. Be we all know it's really just because 0Bama.
 
2012-04-16 12:07:04 PM
No, they don't.

Article quotes a survey of predicted spending, and runs screaming with the 20% increase as if it actually happened. Teens spent $807 last year, on average, and even that's kind of a joke.

Some teens spend far more than that. Quite a few teens spend far less, or nothing at all. If one teen spends, say, $5,000, they're skewing the average quite a bit, and as we know, we've popularized ridiculously conspicuous consumption among the young & easily-led. Sure, there's an average, but the article glosses over the variance, which is rather important in such a discussion.

The article then goes on to embarrass itself further by claiming it's going to take a huge jump because a survey said they're going to spend quite a bit more this year, and uses regional & economic variance in the survey, without bothering to map it to regional & economic variance in actual spending.

Waste of friggin' time.
 
2012-04-16 12:07:19 PM
Didn't go to either of my proms, but I did DJ the school sponsored post casino thingy for 3 years (once after HS they called me back).
Making money off of prom FTW.
 
2012-04-16 12:08:45 PM

Skr: or they were the type of girl that would have said "Fark prom, we should get stoned."


In my experience, they're way more fun.
 
2012-04-16 12:08:49 PM

Skr: Never had the option of going to prom.


I had far more fun going stag senior year than I did junior year with a girl that was just a friend. You always had the option, you were just indoctrinated not to consider it.
 
2012-04-16 12:09:05 PM

StrangeQ: The parents surveyed indicated those in the lowest income brackets -- less than $50,000 a year -- said they plan to spend more than the national average, $1,307, while parents who make $20,000 to $29,999 said they plan to spend an average of $2,635, although parents who make more than $75,000 plan to spend an average of $842.

It's almost as if this trend points to people in lower income brackets as being financially irresponsible. Be we all know it's really just because 0Bama.


Oddly enough, the whole point of the article appears to be just that - a weird dig at poor Northeastern families.
 
2012-04-16 12:09:13 PM
That settles it. I'm going to offer my daughter $2000 to not go to prom. It'll probably be that high by the time she's 16.
 
2012-04-16 12:09:16 PM
I didn't need to buy tickets for mine, the Jr class traditionally paid for it, with the Sr. coming as guests. It was one event for both classes, iirc.

I think I spent maybe $70, between the rental, flowers, dinner and such both times. Went to jr prom with a friend, and Sr with a hot coworker of mine.

Had a blast both times.
 
2012-04-16 12:09:57 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: Skr: Never had the option of going to prom.

I had far more fun going stag senior year than I did junior year with a girl that was just a friend. You always had the option, you were just indoctrinated not to consider it.


You were indoctrinated into thinking you needed to go to have a good time.
 
2012-04-16 12:10:07 PM

Wolf_Blitzer: Skr: Never had the option of going to prom.

I had far more fun going stag senior year than I did junior year with a girl that was just a friend. You always had the option, you were just indoctrinated not to consider it.


I was from a poor Northeastern family - despite the article, we spent zero, because we were poor and living in the Northeast during the mid-80's, a time where it wasn't cool to be poor.
 
2012-04-16 12:10:26 PM
Get-ups like these ain't cheap.

ghetto-prom-dresses.biz
 
2012-04-16 12:11:59 PM
U.S teens parents now spend $1078 per child for senior prom tickets, limo, clothes, good-night handshake for basement dwellers.

Re-submit, subby. This much error must be corrected.
 
2012-04-16 12:12:03 PM
Does that include the cost of the back alley abortion?
 
2012-04-16 12:12:20 PM
My prom date (and now ex-girlfriend) turned out to be a biatch.

That's all I have on this subject. A word for the really young Farkers from a moderately-young (20, 21 in a month) Farker: don't think the one you date when you're 17 will be the one you spend your life with. Go to college and find a smart girl there.
 
2012-04-16 12:12:57 PM
I wish we'd had a total nuclear war in the 1950's anytime before I was born.
 
2012-04-16 12:14:35 PM
I went to proms with my high school boyfriend when I was fourteen and fifteen. All-in-all, we spent less than $200 and that included the tickets, dress, tux, pre-prom meal and gas money. To us, it was about having fun away from our hometown together with the lights down, not a popularity contest full of overpriced sequined hookerwear and limousines.

/married the boyfriend later
//still married
 
2012-04-16 12:14:58 PM
Since we did so much damn fundraising for 4 years, we could either have the Prom be free, or Senior Week being totally free. We went with Senior Week.

I think tickets were around $40 per for my prom.
 
2012-04-16 12:16:30 PM
My prom sucked.

In the 70's the schools were madhouses; the students ran the places.

Sometime in the 80's a new administration came in and that came to a grinding halt.

If you went to the prom you had to:
-consent to the vehicle you came in being searched upon arrival
-consent to a police officer giving a breathalyzer if they suspected you'd had anything to drink
-your parents being called when you arrived AND left the event
-if you didn't attend their after-prom party you had to sign some sort of waiver making the school not responsible for whatever you were out doing
-you had 45 minutes to get from the prom to the school-sanctioned after-prom party or your parents were notified
-breathalyzer at the post-prom if suspected and search of persons and vehicles AGAIN
-parents were called when you arrived at the post-prom party and when you left it as well

I hear about all these insane stories of what went down on prom night and am reminded of what total bite-in-the-ass the administration was to us. They basically made it impossible to tank up or shack up that entire night for fear of arrest or not getting our diploma.

Why yes....MADD was all over the event.
 
2012-04-16 12:16:40 PM
I remember my prom night quite well because I didn't go to the prom. The group I hung out with thought the prom was completely lame (and it really was). So, instead. We went to this place way out in the woods, where their was a big clearing and had a biatching all-night party. Good times with no adult chaperones or some cheesy garage band doing Chicago and Three Dog Night covers.
 
2012-04-16 12:16:48 PM

Teknowaffle: $42 bucks for tickets, a limo split between a bunch of people (which the driver "accidentally" left liquor in, and the 99 buck tux rental. Got a hug at the end, but nailed her a month later.


Story was more interesting when I read it the first time as "nailed her mom later."
 
2012-04-16 12:16:52 PM
Whomp whomp whomp whomp whomp.

Children must never fail. At anything. Ever.

Whomp whomp whomp whomp whomp.
 
2012-04-16 12:17:18 PM
Went to my prom with a girl I knew from geometry class because we were seated in alphabetical order. Never saw her again after that night. Almost wrecked my dad's new Oldsmobile. Have no idea what the whole night cost. It sure seemed important at the time, but now- thirty years later- it all seems very stupid.
 
2012-04-16 12:17:27 PM
I didn't go to my prom. I went to the after-party.

/that way is much cheaper
 
2012-04-16 12:18:22 PM
This study brought to you by the industries that make money off prom.
 
2012-04-16 12:19:07 PM
If that's the average, what the hell are some kids spending two grand on? I think I might have spent $100 total. The prom itself was totally lame, had more fun at the after party.
 
2012-04-16 12:19:08 PM
I grew up in an affluent town and a lot of girls went in "real" designer dresses, like Versace and Dolce and Gabbana. Most girls stuck with the "Jessica McCintock" look though. I went with the "discount rack" look.

I was kind of roped into going by friends who told me I'd regret it if I didn't go. I went on one date with a guy from out of town, and a mutual friend basically asked him to go with me. I wasn't interested in him at all. I kinda sort of ditched him at the prom. Didn't mean to, it just kinda happened. I actually still feel bad about that.

That and the group of "friends" I went with I wasn't friends with any more (a week prior I found out one had been stealing from me... and well I kind hooked up with her boyfriend in revenge but of course I was somehow in the wrong.. :-p)

I got a dress for under $75, took my dad's BMW, and didn't get my hair done or makeup done. But I got my nails done. I'm so happy I didn't blow any money on the prom. Prom was such a waste of time.
 
2012-04-16 12:19:20 PM
All for a cuddle and a peck on the cheek?
 
2012-04-16 12:19:35 PM

BurnShrike: Why would anyone want to go to prom? You pay a ridiculous amount for the suit/dress, tickets, transportation, and you can't even have any fun when you get there because the school outlaws everything anyway.

The only thing that might make it worthwhile is the possibility of getting laid at the end, and really, if you can't get laid otherwise, it's not gonna happen at the prom either.


There are three times in a guys life that he can almost totally count on getting laid.

His prom
The night he proposes
His wedding night

Why do they feel the need to take that way from them as well? If you haven't figured out the whole "wear a condom" thing by Junior or Senior year then the odds are you never are going to.
 
2012-04-16 12:19:41 PM
$80 for tux. $100 for dinner for the both of us.

That's it- what kind of ghetto ass schools did you all go to that made you pay to go to prom?

/our school paid for our official after-party as well
//one of the other date's dads paid for the limo
 
Skr
2012-04-16 12:21:55 PM

BurnShrike: Wolf_Blitzer: Skr: Never had the option of going to prom.

I had far more fun going stag senior year than I did junior year with a girl that was just a friend. You always had the option, you were just indoctrinated not to consider it.

You were indoctrinated into thinking you needed to go to have a good time.


Thanks. Going alone to prom or with a group of guys seemed like a waste of time and money better spent elsewhere.
 
2012-04-16 12:22:12 PM
And then "Pretty in Pink", which I can't even watch with this tubby biatch anymore 'cause every time he gets to the part where the redhead hooks up with her dream guy, he starts sobbin' like a little biatch with a skinned knee and shiat. And there's nothing worse than watching a farkin' fat man weep.
 
2012-04-16 12:24:18 PM
No they don't.

I have three teens and know plenty of parents in the neighborhood and none dropped anywhere close to this amount
 
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