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If you needed any more evidence that America is raising a generation of phone-addicted, dopamine-sodden, safe-space-needing, spoiled-brat Veruca Salt clones, you needn’t look any further than the worst parent of last week — or of most weeks, for that matter — Anthony Silva.
Veruca Salt, you may recall, is the character from Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” who demanded her rich dad get her a golden ticket and threw a ceaseless tantrum until he was able to open enough Wonka bars to find one. Mr. Salt has nothing on Mr. Silva, who had already dropped $1,800 for Taylor Swift tickets at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on reseller website StubHub for his daughter’s Christmas present.
Now, I don’t think I can remember ever getting a Christmas present worth $1,800 from my parents — unless it was some kind of long-term investment dressed up as a present, like a computer, say. As for tickets, I think my dad once got me upper-deck seats to a Vikings-Giants game — and that was considered an extravagance that certainly didn’t come close to $1,800.
To make matters worse, according to WCVB-TV, the Somerville, Massachusetts, family was rocked when the seller of the tickets ghosted them, leaving them out nearly two grand just days before the concert. His daughter told the TV station that she threw a tantrum when she found out.
“I went home slamming stuff, like, I was so angry. I was so disappointed,” Katlyn Silva said. “Because I was looking forward to this for nine months.”
“We’ve been looking forward to this since Christmas,” friend Alyssa Camara said. “We have not stopped talking about this event since the day we found out.”
So, what prompted this reaction to missing out on Taylor Swift? Apparently, what Mr. Silva called a “joke.”
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