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I was wondering what adjective I could use for people with this character

If something happens, then I should get something for free.

Examples:

  • According to Estha, if they'd been born on the bus, they'd have got free bus rides for the rest of their lives.
    The God of Small Things

  • They also believed that if they were killed on a zebra crossing, the government should pay for their funerals.
    Same novel

Can "Greedy" be used?

  • @Max I'm looking for people who have that character . Sorry qn was not specific – user307640 Aug 26 '16 at 3:44
  • NOTE: Our policy is to provide links to sources, especially when they are still under copyright. as is the work of this author. Ms Roy's work is not in the public domain. – P. E. Dant Aug 26 '16 at 6:13
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One adjective that may work:

entitled
adjective
believing oneself to be inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment.
"kids who feel so entitled and think the world will revolve around them"

Source: Google define operation on entitled

This describes someone who thinks they deserve something. It can be money or other things.

If someone is always looking for a way to get something, we might say they are opportunistic.

opportunist
noun
a person who takes advantage of opportunities as and when they arise, regardless of planning or principle.
"most burglaries are committed by casual opportunists"

opportunistic
adjective
"the calculating and opportunist politician"

Source: Google define operation on opportunist

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    The problem with entitled is that no dictionary I can find defines it as a pejorative. This use is idiomatic and requires context. Greedy in contrast is definitive. – P. E. Dant Aug 26 '16 at 5:11
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    @P.E.D People who inherently believe they deserve special treatment are generally viewed negatively. I deserve it because I'm me. I think it more precisely fits the descriptions. Greedy is more general. – Jim Reynolds Aug 26 '16 at 5:15
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    Marvelous, except that the first sentence does not describe that trait. Have you read the source? It is Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. The first sentence has nothing at all to do with greed, entitledness, nor anything at all except the belief of an unlettered person in the munificence of the bus company. – P. E. Dant Aug 26 '16 at 5:20
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    It fits rather well, in my opinion. It does not exactly match, but more closely than does greedy. Maybe you can prevent a tragedy by downvoting my answer? – Jim Reynolds Aug 26 '16 at 5:25
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