how poverty causes embarrassment
Poverty often puts people in embarrassing situations. I have two real stories to support this--one is a little bit funny, the next one, not so funny.
only one panty
A friend of mine openly narrates an experience of hers when she was a child. She belonged to a big family of 8 and her father, the breadwinner, was not making much as an ambulant barber. Because they were so poor they could hardly eat two times a day, they only had very little in terms of clothes and other material things. She did not bat an eyelash when she told us that she only had one panty when she was in the elementary. Every other day her mother would wash her only underwear so on days that it was washed, she would be going to school without any panty on. One of her classmates, a neighbor, one day told everyone that it was her "no panty day". They made her join them in a game that required jumping over a rope or string that went higher each time. It was one of those high jumps that she fell and revealed the truth which caused a lot of laughter from her playmates.
high school friend
The second story happened around high school when we had a a sort of group composed of six girls who became very good friends. The group would even go home together, take the public transport together, and get dropped off to our houses one by one. This happened every afternoon and the first one to get off was a girl named "Carmelita" and she would stop at a very big gated house which she said was her house and where she lived. Every afternoon Carmelita would go home to that house. One Saturday, the five of us got together and decided to fetch this friend with a big house. We pressed the door bell and a helper opened the gate.
We asked for our friend Carmelita but we were told that she did not live there. The helper said that Carmelita's house is right next to the big house, outside of its gate. We looked to the direction she pointed and saw a small "nipa" hut. After knowing this, we marched to the direction of her house and indeed, there she was. It was probably our fault for barging at her place without warning, but the situation did not actually change the fact that she was still our friend no matter what. We also had small houses anyway, so we thought the lie was not necessary. So there--two instances when poverty can really lead one to an embarrassing situation.