Top 7 Awkward Money Moments

Hal M. Bundrick
May 1, 2013
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NEW YORK (MainStreet) —Money can elicit many emotions. You can worry about it, be thrilled by it – and sometimes even be embarrassed by it. You know, those little “gotcha” moments in life when something goes wrong. When it comes to money, most Americans (41%) think the most awkward moment you can experience is having your credit card declined. But there are plenty of other uncomfortable money moments to be had, according to a newly released Harris Interactive survey. Here are the runners-up:

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While not placing in the top seven awkward money moments, you can almost feel your stomach cringe a bit when reading some of the other responses:

The survey was conducted online among 2,114 U.S. adults ages 18 and older for CouponCabin.

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  • Feeling pressured to donate to a charity on behalf of a co-worker, family member or friend – 34%
  • Saying no to giving money to a panhandler or beggar – 29%
  • Feeling pressured to chip in on a group gift at work, like for a baby shower or wedding shower – 25%
  • Sharing salary/wage amounts with co-workers – 25%
  • Splitting a dinner bill or check with a large group of people – 17%
  • Figuring out a gift to get a partner for special occasions, like a first anniversary or a first birthday together – 14%
  • Being asked by a boss to contribute to his political party.
  • I caught a co-worker digging in my purse to find cash.
  • I thought I gave an usher a tip, but then realized it was a subway token.
  • Being on a date and being asked if it was to be one or two checks.
  • When a co-worker learned my bonus was much more than hers.
  • When I am treating someone to a meal and they order the most expensive thing on the menu.
  • Paying for something in all coins.
  • When a friend wanted me to do her taxes. I declined because I didn't want to know about her salary.
  • When the bank announced through the loud speaker in the drive up window that I didn't have enough in my account to cash a check.
  • I knew they were collecting money for someone at work and I could hear them going around, so I ducked out of the office.
  • Forgot my wallet to a client lunch and had to ask them to pay for me.

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