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Do Upper Class People Really Break More Rules?
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Olivia_WebMD_Staff posted:
Recent experiments at the University of California, Berkley, and the University of Toronto, showed that people who consider themselves upper class tend to break more rules than other social groups.

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Have you seen upper class people behaving badly?

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rachael67 responded:
I have found that if folks are brought up to follow the rules and if the rules are fair and reasonable, it doesn't make a great deal of difference as to their social status.

Rachael
 
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Anon_34374 responded:
oooh, oooh, oooh. a debate about the so-called "1%ers"

Let the liberal nonsensical comments fly!!

I am actually bursting at the seams here...
 
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butterflygarden responded:
Hmmm...the part about watching the behavior based on the type of car seems a little odd to me. You can be in the lower middle class and still own a Lexus if that's all you want to spend your hard-earned money on. And how do they know some of those drivers weren't borrowing the car or valeting? Seems flawed.

I'm more inclined to believe that, though there could be a bit of truth to this, behavior tends to be based on upbringing and values.

Or maybe upper class people are just more aggressive and that's how they got ahead?

Interesting to explore.

Butterfly
 
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nwsmom replied to butterflygarden's response:
I wouldn't know...guess that means I'm not "upper class"! If they mean "rich people", i.e. the upper income group, yes, it seems to be true...some of them seem to feel that they can buy their way out of (or into) anything. But then, I'm on the outside looking up!
 
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iocasta responded:
Yes, I have seen upper class people behaving badly, upper middle class people behaving badly, middle class people behaving badly, lower middle class people behaving badly, working poor people behaving badly, poor people behaving badly, homeless people behaving badly. I haven't seen any serfs behaving badly but that is likely because I haven't seen any serfs of late. Seriously, who writes these questions?
 
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rohvannyn replied to iocasta's response:
Could it be possible that poorer folks break more rules but are better at being sneaky about it? Seriously though, I don't know if we have enough information to answer the question. I think there are certain elements of the self-identified upper class that behave very badly because they can afford the insurance and attorneys to remove personal risk. Of course, it depends on what rules, whether the rules are just, and a host of other factors. I break certain rules all the time but nobody cares because they are minor. I break them because they are nonsensical and because I'm not harming anyone, including myself. So it depends a lot on when and what.
 
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bob249 responded:
If the premise that weath=power is agreed, then

I think powerful people are more likely to bend or break rules related to morality,

while people with less power (wealth) are more likely to bend or break rules of a criminal nature.
 
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shelby_zellner responded:
think for certain people in the upper class since some think they are made of money they can do absolutely anything because they can pay their way out of it
 
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Kindnesscounts responded:
My kids participated in a traffic watch at their middle school that observed the exact opposite...newer white luxury cars & SUVs driven by 'Moms' were rated as the most courteous, rule-abiding & safety-conscious drivers. (and the most likely to give a 'thank-you' wave!) People will sometimes make good or bad choices regardless of the car they drive or number of years of higher education. Best advice is to follow the Golden Rule.
 
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shelby_zellner replied to Kindnesscounts's response:
guess it all just depends on the person...upper-class, middle-class, or lower...its the type of person that gives people good and bad names, as well as setting good or bad examples.
 
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Anon_475 responded:
What's all this talk about "class" people? Isn't this America?
 
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rachael67 replied to Anon_475's response:
You have a point to be sure. But whenther you call it "economic level" or "social status" or whatever, it cannot be argued that folks are not in the same boat when it comes to financial wealth/station.

On the other hand, I had to smile when I see the word "class" as it reminds me of the difference between individuals who are quite classy and those who totally are classless! And it has nothing to do with social position!!

Rachael
 
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JenPBDBP2 responded:
Of course they don't have a right to act badly but they are given a pass because money and prestige have always been able to circumvent rules and regulations. It's always been that way and it always will be for as long as we have class differenciation.
 
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ctbeth responded:
1) "Class"? Isn't this America where we do not embrace a caste system?

2) There are persons of EVERY socio-econimic status who "tend to break the rules..."

3) What is the criterion for "upper class"?

4) Have Americans been lead to believe that all persons who have achieved financial success, or come from a wealthy family are dishonest?


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