[ExI] experiment regarding ethical behaviors vs status

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Mar 27 16:38:27 UTC 2012

On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 09:09:15AM -0700, spike wrote:

> A fifteen year old 750, if parked indoors, still looks as shiny and new as
> the day it came off the assembly line.  A person driving such a rig could be
> any poor person who grew up in the days when we still had to work on cars.
> Depending on how you count your time and how far you drive, a used German
> luxury muscle car might be very low cost transportation, and ooooh my, you
> cut a sharp image tearing around in one of those kraut-burner rigs.
> Point: you can't tell a person's financial status by what she drives.

Yes, you can. Rich people buy a) *new* b) *latest-model* c) *big* luxury 
model cars which will bankrupt poor people by fuel costs alone.

(Some immigrants, particularly from Turkey tend to live over their means,
but even then these are older models).

The only time this doesn't apply is rentals.

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