Food Stamp recipients that are honest
To illustrate the other side of the coin, and in proof that I never have and do not lump all people in any particular group or assign dishonest motives to everyone in the food stamp program, we have an update from the television station that covered the original melee at the Walmarts in Louisiana where EBT Snap cards were used with the users knowing full well they were out of benefits.
Speaking of not lumping all people in any particular group, I was in Walmart today buying some items and it occurred to me that I was a little confused.
I spoke with a neighbor I hadn't talked to in a year, and spoke with a man about buttermilk, and I spoke with a woman in line ahead of me with three children, fifteen grandchildren, and three great grand children, and successfully stopped a toddler from throwing a fit five separate occasions while her mother was checking out by simply staring at her and shaking my head back and forth while mouthing "no" and smiling at her.
From these encounters, I did not know which of these people or if all of them, constituted "lower elements of society."
The neighbor just retired last week and she was head of a nursing department. She lives just up the street from me and her husband and she just got back from two weeks in Alaska.
She was dressed casually.
The man was older and wore dockers and a plaid long sleeved shirt. He was bald.
The grandmother had gray hair and mentioned that her children lived in California and Pennsylvania and only one grandson lived in this area, and it was too expensive for her to travel to see them. She was very nice but seemed tired.
She had Gravy Train and frankfurters in her cart among other items.
The young mother with the fit throwing toddler wore jeans and a striped shirt and the cute little blonde toddler had her hair in pigtails. She bought birthday presents for a little girl and pink and purple wrapping paper.
I myself dropped in after working out in yoga pants, black shoes and a new aqua hoodie that read "Seaside."
So--which of us, including me, was a member of the "lower element of society" that shops at Walmart to which Lily refers?
Is it our clothes, what we buy, how we talk, how we look, how much we weigh (oh yes, one was considerably overweight I won't say who but it's not me) whether we've let our hair go gray?
Do we get points off for carrying a nice purse?
Do we get points for going "eeeww" when we see other shoppers that don't measure up to Lily's standards?
Inquiring minds want to know.
I'll bet Walmart shoppers would like to know where they fit in too, so when they visit Pennsylvania they can mob Target!
Whether this query is answered and we can all be properly pigeonholded or not, it is good to note and know, as I knew all along, that there are many honest and APPRECIATIVE people who receive food stamps.
That's a good thing.