A couple of months ago, I began watching YouTube videos from a guy named Dave who lives in California. Dave is in his early 30s, and he tries to live out of his vehicle, not work at a job, and spend as little money as possible.
I don’t want to give the name of Dave’s YouTube channel, because I don’t want to upset him or embarrass him. I am embarrassed for him, and I feel sorry for him.
There are more than several YouTube vloggers that I follow who are trying to not have a normal job, and instead earn money from the videos that they upload to YouTube, gaining views, subscribers, patrons, and donations.
I have mixed feelings about the YouTubers that I follow. A few of them are so professional, talented, and have so may followers, that they seem like successful people. However, the majority of the YouTubers that I follow, what they do is almost like begging, begging to an audience of thousands of people.
The begging that I am talking about, is where in one video they are positive and upbeat, with entertaining content, and in the next video they are giving the complete story on how their vehicle broke down, how they are stranded, that they don’t know what to do, and that they don’t have any money.
Myself and thousands of YouTube viewers feel sorry for these vloggers when they describe their current catastrophe. Many people send them money, mostly just $5 to $20, but this brings in hundreds or thousands of dollars, from people wanting to help. I suspect that many times, some of these YouTube vloggers begging for help during an unexpected financial crisis, probably end up receiving so many donations that they have a financial windfall.
But when I think about it more, most of the people who watch YouTube videos, they work at WalMart, convenience stores, are teachers, hair dressers, cooks, construction workers, they have just as many problems in their life as these YouTubers, but they work at normal jobs for forty hours or more per week so that they can pay for their own emergencies. Why should the people who go to work at jobs for forty hours per week or more, send money to bail out people who do not work?
When I think about it, these YouTube vloggers are very self-centered and selfish people. They don’t want to work, because they are lazy, don’t like being told what to do, and don’t like getting up in the morning, but they think that everyone else should send them money so that they don’t have to work at a job.
The other sad thing, and selfish thing, especially among the YouTube vloggers who travel, is that when they get into trouble, not only do they beg viewers to send money, but they inevitably turn to their parents for assistance. If you look at the situations that they get themselves into, you would ask yourself, how does a person who does not have a job, expect to be able to travel to far away places or foreign countries without enough money to cover everything? They did practically everything they could to create a situation where they would have an emergency, so why bail them out of the situation that they created for themselves?
So on the one hand, I am aware that these YouTube vloggers believe that they should not have to work at a normal job, and other people should pay for their lifestyle, which I think is very selfish, but on the other hand, I am entertained by the things that they do, which is why I watch their videos.
In the case of Dave who is in his early 30s, there are many jobs that he could do. I think that Dave could even be a manager of a small business. But Dave does not want to work. I believe that at one time he probably had normal jobs, and I don’t know if customers, co-workers, or bosses upset him so bad, that he won’t work anymore.
Dave spends his days working on his vehicle, supposedly getting it ready for travel, doing errands, going skateboarding, getting take-out food, and making YouTube videos. For the past two months, he has been parked in the driveway at his mother’s house in California.
His mother’s house appeared to be a small two bedroom, one bathroom house in a lower middle class neighborhood. It also became apparent that this was the house that Dave had grown up in. It looked like Dave’s mother was single, that Dave was an only child, and that his mother did not get onto him about getting a job, getting married, or getting a place of his own to live in.
In Dave’s YouTube video this evening, he began explaining why he hadn’t been able to make a video recently, he said that his mother was being kicked out of her house, after thirty years of living there. So I guess his mother didn’t own this house, had been renting it for thirty years, and now the landlord wanted much more money for rent.
Oh my God, Dave’s mother must be about 60 years old, and now she is losing her house. During her working years, her income kept pace with the cost of the rent on this small modest house, but not anymore. Meanwhile, her 30 year old son Dave was not working, not contributing towards rent and utilities, probably not even paying for food, and he spent his days working on his vehicle, skateboarding, and making YouTube videos.
This is really tragic. If Dave would have taken a job working at a convenience store, where he could have contributed $500 per month toward rent, his mom might have been able to stay in this house. Now that I think about it, the landlord might have driven by this house, saw that her 30 year old son was living there, and figured that he should be charging more money for rent if two working adults were living there.
Dave was upset in today’s video because the small place that his mom was moving to several cities away, was like a mother-in-law quarters at some other family’s house, so he wouldn’t be able to stay there in the driveway in his vehicle.
This is very sad to me, that it looks like Dave’s mother can barely afford to survive on the income that she has, and her son doesn’t even consider that he should get a job. He just plans on continuing to spend his days skateboarding and playing around.