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(BBC)   One in five Britons have 'financialphobia'   ( divider line
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2003-01-28 03:15:58 AM  
doesn't count if you don't read the article
2003-01-28 03:16:58 AM  
what about dentophobia?


2003-01-28 03:17:10 AM  
I wonder if anyone suffers from Farkophobia?

[the fear of making a post in Fark, for fear of being seen as ordinary, or worse: humourless].
2003-01-28 03:18:01 AM  
I thought us yanks had the market cornered on make believe psychological disorders.

Help me! Every time I write a check I have a panic attack!
2003-01-28 03:19:30 AM  
I kind of have this, I hate doing the bills, it makes me in a foul mood, and I yell at the wife for spending so damn much money *sigh*
2003-01-28 03:20:01 AM  
#7 yay!
2003-01-28 03:20:02 AM  
Financial planning is the second best thing about having money, aside from exchanging it for goods and/or services (dead baby joke books, mules, and textile factories are always nice).
2003-01-28 03:20:25 AM  
It must be infectious.

Every time a debt collector calls me, I start to feel nauseas. And I'm in Australia...
2003-01-28 03:21:20 AM  
I'm not even british and I got 'financialphobia'.

Thumbs up to YouDriveAnIROC
2003-01-28 03:31:31 AM  
Oh yeah, any farking wonder ?

In Britian we have good old fashioned 'credit scoring'!!! And, thanks to a recent human rights case, agencys no longer communicate - in some cases the credit agencys can't tell if you are registered to vote, or your address.

When I first applied for my credit file, I find it's a bunch of BS, with stuff not applied for by me, stuff not relevant to me and 'NOT ON VOTER'S ROLE' at the top, although I've been voting at the same address for the last three years.

And you want to see the f'ing hassle to sort this out... As a result, I have a full Mortgage, a car loan and a loan for a leather suite I bought a while ago.... But for some reason (And I've NEVER missed a payment by a PENNY) I'm not eligable for a credit card... Or even a switch card (Debit).

1 in 3 not creditworthy in the UK.


/Rant over - situation normal.
2003-01-28 03:31:43 AM  
I got it too. So that's why my phone rings all of the time.

Now I can move on with my life!
2003-01-28 03:37:29 AM  
What the hell does feckless mean? I swear these limeys make this shiat up as they go along.


adj 1: not fit to assume responsibility 2: generally incompetent and ineffectual; "feckless attempts to repair the plumbing"; "inept handling of the account"
2003-01-28 03:42:27 AM  
Turbozutek: Funny, it's the exact opposite over here in America. They are giving credit cards out to 14 year olds. And people who obviously shouldn't have a credit card since they can't pay back when they spend, or have no self control.
2003-01-28 03:44:28 AM  
ever heard of crymeariveraphobia? loser.......
2003-01-28 03:48:56 AM  
Fifthcolumn: For some inexplicable reason, the words Save Karyn is floating.. floating.. gently through my mind.
2003-01-28 04:07:37 AM  
You know, I always wondered why I had such crooked teeth. I just recently found out that I'm 60% British.

2003-01-28 04:42:37 AM  
Money sucks. Thats what accountants are for.
2003-01-28 04:43:06 AM  
'I swear these limeys make this shiat up as they go along.'
Austin Hippy: My only response can be is we gave you a language, so use it, right?
2003-01-28 04:55:31 AM  
I would have used the headline 1 in 5 brits are scared of money. 5 in 5 are scared of oral hygene.

Before you flame me, allow me to say don't bother, it's a joke.
2003-01-28 04:56:05 AM  
"Feckless" is a perfectly cromulant word.
2003-01-28 05:41:56 AM  

However, thankfully this is balanced out by ClothedSexualTouching's "Feckless" is a perfectly cromulant word."

Thank you for restoring the balance, CST.
2003-01-28 05:51:43 AM  
12% feel physically ill when opening a bill. What in the name of sweet Jesus is going on? Is this the same country that gave Churchill his finest hour? Is this the nation that veterans of the Somme, Rourke's Drift and the Charge of the Light Brigade called home? Get a grip people.
2003-01-28 06:02:21 AM  
3/10 Britons love fish jello.
2003-01-28 06:20:38 AM  
I don't quite understand why in england they still score credit on addresses rather than *gasp* THE PEOPLE WHO THE CREDIT SHOULD BE BASED UPON!

NOT Mr Philbury Jones, world-class philanderer and cheat who used to own the farking house before i did so now i have a shiatty credit rating.

2003-01-28 06:21:47 AM  
Is this the nation that veterans of the Somme, Rourke's Drift and the Charge of the Light Brigade called home?

All those soldiers were running away from creditors.
2003-01-28 06:27:48 AM  

You gave me my birth
Then you made me pay
What is it worth
Cast me away
You've really done it now
Dying in my arms
You stand here with nothing
But you've still got english charm

Oh England, you're my home
My heart's heart
Crashing thunder of love
You're a place of the poor
Open wound
The lost rites of love

You cut your own throat
Then you let it bleed
Misleading your people
From what they all need
Roots forgotten
That's what we all say
But what does it matter
You're the USA

Why is it England
I feel like rubbish on your streets?
Why is it when I care
If feel incomplete?
Why does our future seem
Such a feat?
When will our consciousness
Finally meet?

Whatever happened to
My green and pleasant land?

2003-01-28 07:36:58 AM  
This is the fear that "frank" the big man with the big stick with the big nail, will come and take your car, your telly, and your ability to walk!
2003-01-28 08:10:29 AM  
What in the name of Jesus is wrong with you socialist Euro-weenies? Hell, if it weren't for us bailin' your faggy limey asses out in WWII you'd all be speakin' German. By rights y'all should be a whistlin' The Star Spangled Banner through the gaps in your rotting teeth every morning you bunch of ungrateful fags. It's time you showed some appreciation and started pulling your weight in this War On Terror. fark Iraq, we should be airdropping crates o' toothbrushes on London, along with instruction manuals on how to use them. Oh, and did i mention you have bad teeth? Fags.
2003-01-28 08:32:34 AM  
I got myself a "good" credit rating by going on a contract bill mobile/cellphone. That way they send me all this stuff about credit cards and the like...
mmmmMMMMmmm... credit cards... *drools*
Besides, they always seem to give cards to people with bad spending habits ( like me ) anyways. That way they get more profit from the interest.
What was the name of the guy who did the programme on channel 4 about the debt society? ( not mark thomas, american guy ) Anyone help me out here?
2003-01-28 08:40:36 AM  
"Who're the 'Britons'?"
"We're all Britons."
2003-01-28 08:54:59 AM  
In other news, 0 out of 5 Americans have an aversion to eating their weight in fast food on a daily basis.
2003-01-28 08:58:09 AM  
Unfortunately, AllAmericanKid, some people do actually think like that.
2003-01-28 08:59:07 AM  
Is this like sudden infant death syndrome or carpal tunnel syndrome or the McDonald's coffee is too hot and it burned me so I'm suing you syndrome?
2003-01-28 09:01:21 AM  
( not mark thomas, american guy )

Michael Moore?
2003-01-28 09:36:20 AM  
Nah... more obscure than that. He's done loads of books about the debt industry and runs tours and stuff...
He was given a slot on channel4 a few years ago to talk about his subject. I can't seem to find it on the website.
2003-01-28 09:38:05 AM  
"I am Arthur, King of the Britons, ..."
"King of the who?"
"The Britons."
"What's a Briton?"
"You all are, you're all Britons!"
-Monty Python and the search for the Holy Grail
2003-01-28 10:20:48 AM  
I have an aversion to eating actually, my tummy gives me problems if I eat to much or not enough and if I'm not good about eating wisely (ie not just fatty stuff but greens too). Actually I have an aversion to lots of things
1. Being around big groups of strangers (I do my food shopping at nite so I dont have to deal with people)
2. Bills and making sure I'm paying who gets what on time (I'm terriable with time so often don't realize it's almost the 1st till after the 1st lol)
3. Having to worry about what time it is and if I need to be somewhere on time
4. Cold weather, I get seasonal depression bad
5. Most organized religions (have some bad experiences with catholic school) Tho for some reason if they arent being forced upon me I can respect their right to exist

Do I get to be the first with a new mental illness?

2003-01-28 10:42:14 AM  

Thanks for your comments - I managed to cross off 3 from my Fark Bullshiat bingo card. I'm just waiting for Harmonia to post 'Tom Tomorrow' and I'm done.
2003-01-28 10:56:20 AM  
Well, we all are. we're all Britons and I am your king.

I didn't know we had a king. I thought we were an
autonomous collective.

If we keep at it, we'll have the entire script here, one line at a time.
2003-01-28 12:09:33 PM  
We've got the exact same thing here in America. Sure, 14-yr-olds get credit card offers; then they default & destroy their credit. Know the FDPCA: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. We had some shady bum try to collect on some mysterious bank account that had been closed 9 years ago--said there were outstanding charges (there weren't). Know your rights, save your closing statements for any accounts, and don't get mad--that's how they win.

Also, just learned about this program: Jump$tart Coalition. Looks like a good cause--sponsoring/designing education units about personal finance for young people. There's so much about personal finances I wish I'd learned sooner.
2003-01-28 01:55:19 PM  
They are giving credit cards out to 14 year olds.

my cats have more credit cards than i do.

2003-01-29 04:23:55 AM  
You're fooling yourself, we're living in a dictatorship. A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working classes...
2003-01-31 03:14:15 AM  
2003-02-01 09:34:36 AM  
??? We don't have an addressed-based credit system in the UK by law or anything - though I'm sure some cheapo credit companies who can't be arsed to buy credit info base it on regions instead.
2003-02-03 11:54:11 AM  
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