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Howard: When Louie Parker said "I do" to Samantha Carr, he assumed he was saying "yes" to a brand new life.
Louie: I had it all figured out. She was going to support me. Her company is worth a billion, and she's well, it's her company. Not that I was marrying her for money alone. I wasn't. I love her for herself. It's just that herself is loaded.
Howard: It was every little boy's dream come true. A fairy tale romance with a beautiful princess leading to a life of comfort and privilege and ease.
Louie: Samantha works a lot. I knew that in fact I was kinda counting on it. I like hunting and fishing and hiking and stuff like that, and she spends 18 hour days in the office. So I figured I could have any kind of gear I wanted and wide open days to do whatever I like. And when she took a vacation, maybe we'd go to the Super Bowl, or the Masters.
Howard: But after Louie and Samantha tied the knot, his dreams of first class life began to unravel.
Louie: Really, we hadn't spent much time together.
Louie: What a pathetic little dump!
Howard: (vo) Little did Louie Parker know, his new wife, the multi millionaire, was not the person he expected her to be.
Louie: When I found out where the money came from, I was flabbergasted.
Howard: What was it? Drugs? Crime?
Louie: No, no.
Louie: (having a hard time with this) In a very short period of time just after we got married it became crystal clear to me that Samantha was incredibly, almost pathologically STINGY!
Howard: Oh no! I'm so sorry!
Louie: I thought I was abandoning just a few of my core values to live a life of luxury. And then I discovered my silver godess is as cheap as an old boot! You should see the car she drives! A 1974 Dodge Dart!
Howard: Didn't you see it BEFORE the wedding?
Louie: Whenever she picked me up it was in a company car. Sometimes with a driver, but never, ever, in her personal vehicle. I have a better car than she does, and I work in a bagel shop.
Howard: (vo) Louie Parker says he was surprised stunned at the realization that his new multi millionaire wife was a skinflint. But he shouldn't have been, says Dana Selby, author of the book "The Eagle Grins."
Selby: Most millionaires get that way by pinching pennies nickels dimes even the new Sacagawea dollars. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense. They have money because they hate to spend it, but in the popular imagination millionaires are a reckless bunch. Not true.
Howard: So Louie Parker should have known better?
Selby: Many people should know better. They say "I'm gonna marry a millionaire or a multi millionaire and stop working! I'll just shop or hunt" or whatever. Forget that. What they really want is somebody with a good job, a good salary who likes to share nice things and always seems to be running out of money.
Howard: That doesn't sound very attractive.
Selby: If you want to be given a lot of nice things, an impulsive, reckless spender that's the way to go.
Howard: It's a lesson that Louie Parker learned the hard way.
Louie: After I saw the crummy little house and the beaten down rustbucket
of a car
I said to her
"Samantha, sweetie, you're
worth millions. Why not loosen up the purse strings a bit?"
Howard: I'll bet that was a stunner.
Louie: I'm getting what I deserved. She still works a lot, so I've added more hours at the bagel shop. And I'm saving my own money to be a real nice thermal sleeping bag.
Howard: For camping?
Louie: For sleeping on the floor. We don't have a big enough bed, and who knows when we'll ever get one. I sure don't have the money. And she she's always working.
Howard: Louie Parker is just one man a man who married for money and could have stayed hidden with his embarrassment and shame. But he decided to speak up. Because he knew that other men might benefit from his heart breaking experience.
Louie: I guess if I could say one thing to men out there who are doing a little gold digging it's this: Don't think for a minute that her money will grease the skids of your happiness. It's a myth. Don't marry for money. Marry for something real, and lasting, and meaningful like the way she looks in a swimsuit.
Howard: Louie Parker
Sadder but wiser
or just plain sadder?
Unfortunately his advice comes too late to help the one person whose
life he'd most like the change
Louie Parker himself.