I was at a get together the other day hosted by someone I didn't know. They had a modest home in a so - so location of the city.
What struck me when I entered was a stack of bills, over 1 foot thick on a chair in the middle of the dining room.
The top bill was a tax bill which was in arrears to the tune of almost $4000.
The host did not seem to be bothered that the group of us were talking and moving around the chair that had all those bills on it.
I pretended I didn't see it. If it didn't bother them, then it isn't a big deal.
D was there and he felt that if he needed to fall behind on bills, the tax bill wouldn't be the one he'd mess with because you can get your home taken for non payment. When you have 3 young children under the age of 6, that is a huge consideration.
Obviously we don't know the whole story. This family could be working with a debt counsellor and everything could be consolidated so they pay one fee each month which would include a contribution to the tax dept.
I just find it unusual for that many bills to be placed in public view, that's all. Maybe they wanted to talk about it but the rest of us were just to polite to bring it up.