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. . . . lived on welfare at one point and became a truck driver - and the baby from a poor family ended up going to private schools, becoming wealthy and successful in real estate. http://www.cnbc.com/2013/12/04/switched-at-birth-rich-parents-son-sues-for-life-of-poverty.html
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Screw the court case and growing up part. My only concern is how the hell does someone mix up a baby? I mean yeah they all look the same (I'm half joking, you get what I mean) but come the fuck on. Don't they have bracelets or some shit with tags?
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Poverty-- it can literally turn your life around.
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Sounds pretty standard....The rich kid grew up pampered and lazy and the poor kid grew up wanting more and became ambitious. It probably has much more to do with motivation than genetics.
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That hospital should be entirely accountable. They screwed up someone's life big time.
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kamahl01 wrote:

Sounds pretty standard....The rich kid grew up pampered and lazy and the poor kid grew up wanting more and became ambitious. It probably has much more to do with motivation than genetics.


Most rich people work insanely hard not sure where you got the fact that the rich kid was lazy.
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Honestly I don't think he should have gotten much money at all. Yes it was the court's bad for making a mistake but really this isn't so much about missing his "real family" as much as it is him finding out he missed out on being an entitled rich brat.

IMO family are those to grow up with. It's those you look after and that look after you. So even if there was a mix up and while that isn't exactly a good thing I don't feel he should be getting "compensation" for not getting to be rich. To be honest if I was him I'm be rather pissed to but speaking objectively I just don't think the hospital should have had to do anything more than pay BOTH families a small settlement for incompetence not paying this guy because he missed out on the easy life.
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Metazoxan wrote:

Honestly I don't think he should have gotten much money at all. Yes it was the court's bad for making a mistake but really this isn't so much about missing his "real family" as much as it is him finding out he missed out on being an entitled rich brat.

IMO family are those to grow up with. It's those you look after and that look after you. So even if there was a mix up and while that isn't exactly a good thing I don't feel he should be getting "compensation" for not getting to be rich. To be honest if I was him I'm be rather pissed to but speaking objectively I just don't think the hospital should have had to do anything more than pay BOTH families a small settlement for incompetence not paying this guy because he missed out on the easy life.


He missed out on those true family ties, and could never truly bond with his family. His "father" died when he was 2 and lived in poverty. He most likely struggled throughout his life to make a living, when the other is a real estate agent who was privately tutored and lived an opposite life. Now that this man who lived in poverty is about 60 years old, I would say his real parents wouldn't be around anymore. One small mistake by the nurses caused a complete different life for him and even though he'll have drinks with his blood brothers, he'll never had the childhood experience of growing up with them. Sounds pretty heart wrenching to me.
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kamahl01 wrote:

Sounds pretty standard....The rich kid grew up pampered and lazy and the poor kid grew up wanting more and became ambitious. It probably has much more to do with motivation than genetics.


Most rich people work insanely hard not sure where you got the fact that the rich kid was lazy.


I'm not saying rich people don't work hard, i'm saying that many of the children of rich people don't work as hard as their parents did and some don't work hard at all. Theirs a reason why only 30% of second generation businesses succeed. Obviously this doesn't apply to all children of the rich, but it applies to some.
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kamahl01 wrote:


biscuitnote wrote:


kamahl01 wrote:

Sounds pretty standard....The rich kid grew up pampered and lazy and the poor kid grew up wanting more and became ambitious. It probably has much more to do with motivation than genetics.


Most rich people work insanely hard not sure where you got the fact that the rich kid was lazy.


I'm not saying rich people don't work hard, i'm saying that many of the children of rich people don't work as hard as their parents did and some don't work hard at all. Theirs a reason why only 30% of second generation businesses succeed. Obviously this doesn't apply to all children of the rich, but it applies to some.


I gotcha yes it is difficult to manage wealth over the generations without it being lost.
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kamahl01 wrote:


biscuitnote wrote:


kamahl01 wrote:

Sounds pretty standard....The rich kid grew up pampered and lazy and the poor kid grew up wanting more and became ambitious. It probably has much more to do with motivation than genetics.


Most rich people work insanely hard not sure where you got the fact that the rich kid was lazy.


I'm not saying rich people don't work hard, i'm saying that many of the children of rich people don't work as hard as their parents did and some don't work hard at all. Theirs a reason why only 30% of second generation businesses succeed. Obviously this doesn't apply to all children of the rich, but it applies to some.


Completely true. My father's uncle was successful and wealthy, and by the time his third generation of his kids came, they weren't nearly as successful.
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Very unfortunate
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Completely true. My father's uncle was successful and wealthy, and by the time his third generation of his kids came, they weren't nearly as successful.


Admittedly, its not all due to laziness. For example, my grandfather was a mechanic and I am horrible with fixing anything with cars. I'm knowledgeable in my field of study(architecture), but haven't inherited any type of mechanical skills. Its a lot of pressure to pick up where someone left off, especially if you aren't interested in it.
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I'd think to sue the hospital. Not for a life of poverty but for the direct damage caused by such a mistake.

Not that it would matter, anyway. This isn't something money and the court can really fix. It would be like trying to sue your own mother for your health problems because she was negligent when pregnant with you and fell down some stairs, causing you to be prematurely born. Which actually happened to me, but I'm not suing my biological mom. That wouldn't make sense and wouldn't solve any problems.
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