Is Wallet Use the Same for Everyone?

In America, people generally carry around their most important possessions in their bags, and wallets are usually synonymous with wealth. Money is easily carried around because Americans are not afraid of losing their funds, but if they do, there is the assumption that they have enough money that it does not matter if they lose a little.

Unlike the United States, many countries have rules associated with the use of wallets. Bronte, a woman that has dual citizenship in both Haiti and the Dominican Republic, “…works as a receptionist and a cleaner in a hotel. Hotel management worry that their staff will steal from customers, so Bronte is only allowed to take a very small bag to work.”(Erin B.  Taylor, 2014). She is limited to the things she can bring to work, because her employer believes that they  would steal from their customers, so she only brings the necessities. In America, women are not limited to the size of bags that they carry around; they usually carry around big bags because they can use it however they want to.

Many people do not carry around wallets full of money in lesser developed countries. However, Bronte and her husband Emmanuel do have some similar accessories in their wallets as do Americans, such as cell phones, keys and ID’s. Despite this similarity, Emmanuel explained that “Apart from an ID card, his wallet is virtually empty. He never keeps cash in it because he has noticed that it will disappear. Because of this, he identifies his wallet as a cabala, or a kind of bad luck charm.” (Erin B. Taylor, 2014). People do not carry around their wallets for fear that others would pickpocket them and steal their money. Instead of carrying around money, he carries other currency that is basically useless. This is extremely different than people from the US, where most people do not have to worry about pickpocketing or losing the money that they worked for.