My wife loves this story and watches every movie but I have a few complaints to get off my chest regarding the story since I have to watch every variation of the story every freaking year. Scrooge is portrayed as a greedy, cruel man. Are the poor not greedy for money as well? Did the poor do anything to create value in exchange for Scrooge's hard earned money? What's the lesson of this story?...that it's ok to hobble about in life and accept other's hard earned money without any risk of investment yourself? I know what someone will say. It's about the giving *cuddle hugs*. That he 'should' share his good fortune (aka: good decision making) with people that make bad decisions on a daily basis.....sounds legit. Scrooge was a consistant, working man that took his money and invested it along with this late partner and yet he's to be punished for creating employment opportunity and providing a service for which is apparently in demand. Cratchet accepted Scrooge's job offering and pay, therefore we conclude that it's a better paying job than he could otherwise get because he certainly can quit at any time...so what's the problem? Why did Cratchet accept the job position and pay only to mope about while his greedy wife and kids thinks he deserves more pay? His wife in several variations of the story, tell's her husband that she would like to give him a piece of her mind (regarding his pay)...what a greedy b***?..maybe get a job and invest or something? Let's say you agree to accept a $7.25 hr position at Walmart. Then you (or your wife) complain it's not enough when you literally just agreed to it...why would you do that? Is it Walmart's fault that you can't find a better paying job? Maybe it's the CEO's fault for doing his job and everything he's paid to do to make investors a return on their investment and maximizing that return? Who poses the most risk of loss here? A good decision is to invest in yourself but here we are teaching our kids that it's ok to make bad decisions and demand more because rich people are greedy :3eyes: Rule #1 about America that this story neglects. Employee's only exist to make investors money. They are a side effect (investment expense) to the creation and management of any business that requires employees. If you make burgers, you need to buy a grill, meat and someone or something to flip them. You don't pay more for the grill than what it's value is so why would you pay more for the employee and not the grill?...oh cause they have feelings that come bagged with the package. Rule #2. Don't accept a job offering if you are going to complain about the very pay that you agreed to. That's what a job is, an agreement of exchange between 2 parties. Clearly I'm out of touch with reality here since I just don't understand. So why is Scrooge punished for following the clearly defined structure of legitimate income in his country and his choice of what to do with this income?