It does hurt a bit when a complete stranger refers to what I thought of as a statement of fact punctuated by snark as a ‘rant,’ but, as with everything on the internet, that kind of thing happens.
i just saw a woman pull food stamps out of her louis vuitton purse to pay for her groceries
but that’s none of my business
It was probably a fake.
Or an inheritance. Or a gift. I have a coach purse my auntie gave me but that means she’s the one with money, not me.
Or how about this: say she’s on food stamps and Medicaid. You have to keep a minimum amount in your bank account to keep qualifying for your health care (oh, and you’re also disabled, so that health care is important.) maybe she decided a designer purse would make a nice investment.
Maybe she bought herself a nice purse and then she lost her job and while she ‘s looking for a new one she, you know, kept carrying her purse to feel professional and look good at job interviews.
You don’t know her. You don’t know her story.
I’m sure the American public would rather have people in impoverished situations all get matching jumpsuits, a big red P embroidered on the back, and everyone would have to carry their keys and wallets and Chapstick in those thin throwaway plastic sacks you get buying your groceries in the dollar store. That way these people could be even MORE easily identified and discriminated against.
And remember, we’re living in an economy where a recently built WalMart had a higher rejection rate of applicants than Harvard University. That’s right. It’s easier to get admitted to Harvard than get a job at a brand new WalMart.
Judge not lest ye be judged.
And don’t be an asshole.
Um…food stamps, as an actual, physical bunch of stamps, don’t exist anymore. It’s now EBT, which looks just like a debit card, unless you’re close enough to read it, or unless you’re familiar enough with them to recognize them from a distance. According to Wikipedia, physical food stamps were phased out in the US in 2004. (And it’s not called the food stamp program anymore, either.)
Now, maybe you really did see this just happen, because maybe you’re not in the US, or maybe they were actually WIC vouchers, or maybe you’re a time traveller, in which case all of the previous comment applies.
All of this. God all of it is true. Not to mention that yes, thank you. I love (read: hate) how the people who so often complain loudest about food stamps don’t realize they aren’t even stamps anymore. Gee, I can see how informed they are on the situation if they’re repeating a meme from the Reagan administration. Just with a different object that people needing assistance don’t get to have.
And yeah, OP, it ISN’T your business at all. I don’t care how many goddamn taxes you think you pay, it’s not your business.
You need to think about the fact that you’d only make that post if you were working under the theory that there are some circumstances where people don’t deserve to buy food. You are saying that in this circumstance, a person who obviously needed EBT and/or WIC, which ever it was, shouldn’t get to buy food BECAUSE THEIR PURSE WAS TOO NICE FOR YOUR LIKING. A purse disqualifies them from getting help getting food.
Really, OP? That’s where you’re at? That a goddamn accessory means a person shouldn’t get help to get BASIC SUSTENANCE?
Not enough fuck you in the world.
dollsahoy, I’m a cashier. We still call them “food stamps” even though it’s actually EBT. The cashiers in my store call them that. Our managers sometimes call them that. A lot of the people who use EBT still refer to it as “food stamps.” I hear, “Do you take food stamps here?” just as often as I hear, “Do you take EBT?” We’re just using the old name for what has replaced the paper system. Also, as a cashier, I can spot an EBT card from across the store. They are the only card that comes in yellow in my area, except for a particular credit union’s ATM card, and it’s a different shade of yellow. I thoroughly believe this person could have witnessed this.
And yeah, asian, I hope you read these responses because except for the rant in bold, they’re all spot on. I have some rather nice things in my life, and they are almost all gifts. The very nice banjo I play in the rare moments when I have time to practice was given to me by my grandmother when I graduated from college. Oh, and my degree is in architecture, but I’m still a cashier, and I still need EBT, so I am one of the lucky ones as yourcrystalgirl hinted at with the comment about Wal-Mart: At least I have a job, even if it doesn’t cover all of my living expenses. Just in case you needed someone to give you a real life example.
OK, need to pack eBay things, find lunch, and maybe get around to sewing the doll dresses I finally managed to get myself to cut out recently…