TIL Charles Dickens’ father was imprisoned when he was boy for unpaid debts. At the age of 12, Dickens’ was forced to leave school and work 10-hour long days at a warehouse for 6 shillings per day.

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  1. “I lived a happy life til I was 10 years old,
    When debt landed dad in prison and our country house was so sold,
    Lodged with a lady in her London flat so cold,
    Worked at a boot polish factory labeling jars quite dull all told,
    Goodness only knows.. I was a miserable sooo^o ^^u ^u l”

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  2. But think about the interests of the lenders! The free market says that if you deserve that money someone has to be punished or work to pay it. If it’s a 12 year old they should be cheaper to pay because they can’t do the work of a grown man.

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