On top of all this, the food was lousy.
The summer school, unsurprisingly, attracted a lot of spoiled rich girls. One of the girls, from Germany, took a shopping trip to New York City during the weekend break. She bought a pair of $500 shoes at Saks Fifth Avenue, then, because she didn't want to be troubled by actually having to carry them, arranged to have them shipped back to Brown. When she found out later that they wouldn't arrive in time before she left for Germany, she reportedly said, oh well, I have plenty of shoes like that back home anyway.
Several of the girls were evidently given credit cards by their parents for emergency use only; their parents had arranged to be called in case the credit cards were used. One Greek girl used hers to buy some clothes at Abercrombie & Fitch, even though it meant that her father would be woken up at 2AM. As she later explained to Rebecca, "But it was an emergency. We don't have any Abercrombies back in Greece." (Nor do you have enough politicians who will abjure credit, which is why your country is in the shape it's in.)
There were evidently several other girls who used their "emergency only" credit cards for shopping sprees as well.
What punishment would be appropriate for these girls? Grounding? No TV for several nights? Something tells me it's unlikely that any have parents who will penalize them, otherwise they wouldn't have gotten so spoiled in the first place.
(At least the girls had a strong sense of self though: several of the American girls actually took up smoking just for the two weeks in order to impress the European boys there.)
In the previous post I mentioned that were I somehow placed back in the Stone Age I would be helpless. But, given the proper training, I could probably survive, at least for a while. Life without the comforts I am used to, however, would seem awfully bleak.
Still, I'd almost be willing to make that trade just for the pleasure of seeing these girls have to make those same adjustments.