Patrick Gibson, knew a thing or two about paying his dues as he worked in the army. Recently, he stopped at his local Walmart store to buy a some food items and diapers for his family with some cash left over from his paycheck.
He couldn’t help notice the two full carts of food the couple in front of him was buying. As Patrick stood in the Walmart line that day he didn’t realize he was about to see something that would have an impact on him.
Once Patrick noticed how the couple paid for their purchase, he realized that something wasn’t right. Later he decided to share his frustrations on social media.
Patrick took a picture and uploaded the image of his own shopping to Facebook, placing it beside the cart belonging to the couple in front of him.
He wrote, “The picture you see on the left is the amount of groceries including diapers that I was able to afford this pay period for my family,” which consist of his wife, son, daughter, and himself.
Patrick explains that he paid in cash as he works really hard to make a living and provide for his family.
”The picture on the right is of the purchase in front of me in line. If you can’t tell in the picture there are 2 full buggies of groceries including such items like steak and some other very nice choices of food.”
However, the problem wasn’t just what was in the cart.
“Here’s the kicker. This purchase was made in food stamps.”
Gibson also took note of the fact that the couple pulled out an EBT card to pay an $800 grocery bill, as well as folding a big wad of cash over to get to the card in the first place. The couple seemed perfectly capable of physical labor which made matters worse.
The final straw in his eyes was when he watched the couple loaded their purchases into their carts into the back of a brand new Hyundai Genesis.
That is a vehicle worth about $15,000 to $20,000 more than Patrick’s own car.
“I just thought I would take the time to tell this person/family that you are very welcome from all of us hard working/struggling to buy food Americans that have to foot the bill for your fancy steak feast while I skip breakfast and lunch every day (so) that way my wife and children have food to eat every day because $50-$75 dollars doesn’t go very far,” Gibson said, hoping the couple would see his Facebook-post.
“So, you enjoy your $800 free grocery purchase.”
Unsurprisingly, Gibson’s post has garnered a fair amount of attention. Many people jumped on to agree with his sentiments.
“I agree with you Patrick 100%. There are a lot that really need it, but as you said, there are a lot that abuse the system and a lot like yourself that need them and can’t get them, especially you and your family,” one person wrote.
Many agreed that food stamps and welfare should only help support the bare necessities for those experiencing difficult times. The programs aren’t meant to be a lifestyle for those who choose not to work.
Some feel he’s been too quick to judge a couple he knows nothing about.
“Do you really know their backstory? Don’t be quick to judge someone because you’re angry. How do you know if that person works and their spouse doesn’t work because of problems? That all the money in their pocket is to pay their bills that the new car was a gift? How do you know that’s not the case?” one person questioned.
Patrick Gibson then responded:
“Let’s just call it what it is. We can all sit around and believe in sunshine and rainbows saying the old don’t judge a book by its cover crap, but the reality of it is that so so so many people are abusing the system that was put in place for struggling families. If we can’t even acknowledge that there is a problem, then how can it ever be corrected. And a brand new car as a gift? Really? If they have friends or family with money like that, then its a shame they still need $800 a month in food stamps.”
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