Last week, myself and a group of my coworkers went to the local Chinese restaurant during our lunch break. As tradition, we received our fortune cookie when we were finished with our meals. I always get a kick out of these “fortunes,” but the one I received made me question: is this a fortune or an insult? After cracking open the cookie, I read the following:
You should be able to make money and hold on to it.
Huh? Did this fortune cookie just call me fiscally irresponsible? Looking back at the slip of paper, I reread the fortune in the following context:
What’s wrong with you? You should be able to make money and hold on to it.
Yep – it sounds like an insult to me. One of my coworkers took the fortune and read it for himself. He placed it in the following context:
Good news! You should be able to make money and hold on to it.
When you phrase it that way, it sounds like whatever money that is coming to me, I will not have to apply it to some sort of debt or other expense. Still, the question lingers.
What do you think? Is this a fortune or an insult?