Jay wrote: Last I checked humans were a type of animal. Rather than waste 500 dollars donate it to a charity that combats poverty. People who couldn't care less and would rather get the watch are not the sort of people I want anything to do with.
I agree that humans are a type of animal, but they are not being hurt by other humans as other humans didn't steal the money from them (provided those individuals earned their money honestly)...certainly they are not helping, but they are not hurting them either.
I agree that those who can help, but couldn't care less are not the greatest to be around. But what about the others that loan the people in need around them money or donate blankets (for free not a tax deduction) ? Maybe it never occurred to some of these people to donate the money to charity ? How would it help anyone if all the people who could donate to charity were shunned and not given the idea to donate ?
Or maybe these individuals did donate money to a charity or helped out somewhere at a shelter or a soup kitchen and still had or saved every penny they could for the $500.00 watch ?
You can't judge people on a watch alone Jay. As you feel so strongly about this, maybe the next time you are gifted with a $200.00 watch, you could take the opportunity to make others think about donating to charity by, "Thank you for the watch, but I really prefer XXX watch. Would you mind if I returned this watch, got the watch I want and donated the extra money to charity ?"