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7 Questions You Should Never Ask

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7 Questions You Should Never Ask

By Annie Tucker Morgan

When we’re just getting to know someone—a friend, a business associate, a romantic partner—being inquisitive about the other person’s background and interests is a healthy and inevitable part of the process. But that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to fire off just any question that pops into your mind, no matter how burning your desire to know the answer is. In the case of these seven topics, your curiosity will get you nowhere fast.

1. How much money do you make?
The only times it’s acceptable to ask this question are when you’re an employer interviewing a prospective employee and need that person’s salary history, and when you have a domestic partner with whom you’ve merged your finances. Otherwise, it’s strictly off-limits. Even if you share every other detail of your life with your friends and family members—and even if you choose to be open about how much you make—that doesn’t mean anyone is required to disclose his or her earnings to you. Nor are you entitled, just because a friend may have revealed her salary in past positions, to know that information about subsequent jobs she takes. When it comes to money, mum’s the word.

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2:48PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Why is this "story" on Care 2???

10:15PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Lol I have gotten asked how much my car costed... and also my tuition... seriously... they need to read this...

11:13PM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

It's a shame that this article needed to be typed.
People should already know "It's none of anyone's business!"
-But of course,many don't and then there are those that may not care.

4:29PM PDT on May 12, 2011

Right on!

8:18PM PDT on Apr 25, 2011

Yeah, sometimes I hate people who ask me why I'm not married :))

12:56AM PDT on Apr 12, 2011

After I've presented in a workshop, my classmate asked me, "What is yr ethnicity?" I said I wouldn't say. He asked again. My classmate told him not to ask. Some people just have to ask this question and keep asking. Even if I belong to a certain ethnicity, that does not mean I practice the customs that other people in that ethnicity do.
To me, the most imp is to know a person's principles of life, not her/his ethnicity. Principles of life is what I use to decide if I want to be w/ a person. I have my principles on file; if necessary or if I want to, I e-mail or print it for the person to read.

2:04AM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Good article. It's just common sense really. Sadly, so many seem to lack it.

9:57PM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

I hope this article teach some people to be more prudent ! Common sense :)

12:43AM PDT on Mar 30, 2011

"where are you from/what is your ethnicity?" is also obnoxious. it doesn't matter and never comes from any context. the asker doesn't disclose their own information. sleazy salespeople do this, apparently to lose customers.

6:58PM PDT on Mar 28, 2011

People need filters. I just walk away from anyone asking these questions.

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