I am sure we have all been to the grocery store and seen someone pay for their groceries with their food stamp card.
On one occasion, I saw a lady run through all of her groceries and swipe her EBT card. She was informed that one of her purchases was not covered (a Monster energy drink I think it was). Then she noticed that she was charged sales tax on that item. She was livid. “What am I paying taxes on?” she demanded.
So not only do they get their groceries for free they stiff the state on sales tax too using their patriotic looking card.
Another day, I stopped at a convenience store. A woman was paying for 4 fountain drinks with her EBT card.
This past weekend I went to the little store close to my house to grab a six pack of cold beer. The young man in front of me was getting a half gallon of milk. He pulls out his EBT card. He was wearing a brand new pair of Air Jordan’s that sells for $205 (according to Nike’s website). His cell phone rang and he pulled out a smart phone and answered it. After we (no, that is not a misprint, he didn’t pay for that milk, we did) paid for his half gallon of milk, which he could have got a whole gallon at Wal-Mart for that price, he then asked for a cigar which he paid cash for. Do I think the young man smoked cigars? No, he was going to roll himself a Blunt with it.
I am standing there thinking this is sad. He can’t afford to buy his groceries but he can afford a smart phone and the monthly service, $200 sneakers, weed and cigars. After I paid for my beer I walked out and the same young man is getting into a 3 or 4 year old car.
How many of you taxpayers that pay for these peoples groceries have $200 sneakers, a smart phone and a car under 5 years old? I don’t begrudge people for having things like that, but, if I am paying for your groceries I have a different view of it.
I could buy 3 pair of sneakers for $200, I am not really into the high tech phone stuff so I have a cheap phone that rings and sends texts. My car is 7 years old. It is paid for and gets 45 mpg so I am very happy with it. I buy my own groceries.
How is it that the “poor” can afford such items (oh yeah and weed too) yet they can’t afford to pay for their groceries?
Have any of you have seen things like this before at the store? What are your thoughts?
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