posted on Aug, 13 2013 @ 06:30 PM
I have mixed feelings on food stamps.
First, I had a friend of mine (a female) a few years back want to hang out with me. No big deal, we never dated and she's the little sister of a good
friend of mine. Sure I thought. She pulls up in a Ford Explorer Sport Trac (newish) and we proceed to drive to the grocery store because she is,
"hungry". Now, she's carrying a Coach purse and is dressed very well.
We go into the store and she tells me she's on food stamps because she's in between jobs. She then tells me what she can/can't get (ie; no hot deli
items, no energy drinks, ect). She then proceeds to the seafood section and grabs a platter of shrimp cocktail. She checks out using her food stamp
card, and proceeds to eat shrimp cocktail on the hood of this truck.
I was utterly disgusted.
On the other hand, I have known a few people that honestly didn't abuse the system and only used the food stamp program to feed their kids after
getting laid off. My friend told me he didn't want to have to sign up for food stamps, but he was afraid of not finding a new job in time to feed his
kids. He told me, "Right now, my full time job is to find a job". THAT is how it should work.
I also know of people that get unemployment, and have no real intention of getting a job. They fill out applications because they are required to, but
put absolutely no effort. Sometimes they'll just copy/paste the same info on their applications, not even bothering to change the names, skills,
anything. It's just a way to keep the gravy flowing.
I think we need a very limited system for those times we fall flat. We need to encourage people that public assistance is just that -- assistance for
your time of need. Not everyone has a family to fall back on.
The rampant abuse the system has received, however, makes me sick.