The surest test of whether or not you are old is this: Do you know what Venmo is? Venmo is an app that lets you send money to friends via text, and it’s also a weird sort of financial social network. It’s owned by Paypal and it’s like Facebook, but for paying people. Users can request money from their friends, and the transactions show up in a Facebook-style feed with all sorts of emojis. Everyone can see who is paying whom, with comments and emojis. The dollar amounts are hidden except to the sender and recipient, though.
I don’t really get Venmo, because I am an old, but young people use it all the time. Everyone loves Venmo. Now even parents are using Venmo, and Buzzfeed found out that the results are pretty hilarious.
Like this mom who sent her kid $360 for “bail” in front of all their friends.
when your mom finally gets venmo and is the best?? pic.twitter.com/ql31RCnNAY
— Madeline Flaherty (@mad_flaherty) August 12, 2017
My mom politely dragging me on venmo of all places pic.twitter.com/7qRM6w99cV
— ? (@casholic) July 30, 2017
I really love this mom who signed up for Venmo and then just sent one of her daughter’s friends $20, just for fun.
my mom found my friends on venmo n gave carly $20 for fun lmao
— Lucifer (@lucygraf3) August 2, 2017
This one accidentally put the “beer” emoji with the grocery money she sent her kid and had to correct any confusion.
My mom learning venmo and emojis and doesn't wanna give false impressions pic.twitter.com/eg9QNap0PU
— taylor allen (@tallen43) August 2, 2017
The teens all seem to be taking their parents’ trolling pretty well, mostly because all these drags come with money attached. My mom can write “I love you!” all over my Facebook wall as much as she wants if she includes $50 each time.
Not everyone is getting money, though. Some app-savvy parents have figured out that the “request payment” button can also be used for shenanigans. So they can troll their kids without having to pay for the privilege.
My mom just figured out the concept of venmo and has been requesting payments for random expenses throughout my life. ?
— Brandon Krichau (@Bkrichau4) August 16, 2017
Like this parent who wants his $50 T-ball registration fee back from 2001.
My dad was just introduced to Venmo and it's the worst thing ever. He just requested $50 for "2001 tee ball registration fee"
— Adam Jacob (@Adamjacobbbb) August 15, 2017
or this one who sent a request for $4,000 for being annnoying.
letting my dad get a venmo was one of the worst decisions i've made pic.twitter.com/59g2CXIFlN
— emily arvin (@emc___hammer) August 3, 2017
This one is either a mom making a mom joke, or the world’s worst scam artist.
— Johnny On The Street (@JohnMingione) August 16, 2017
I think I’m starting to get the appeal of Venmo now. Also, apparently we can impress the hell out of our babysitters if we pay them using Venmo.
The kid's mom I babysit for just paid me via venmo. I love when people of older generations are hip w it. I mean how convenient
— B (@bayliebacon) July 17, 2017
Now I need to finally sign up for Venmo just so I can look “hip with it” to the babysitter.
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