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Just explain how this works?

My daughter just called almost in tears. She just left Wal Mart behind a woman who bought over $200 worth of groceries using food stamps and then walked outside to load them in her Hummer.

Daughter and husband working their butts off to make ends meet and finish college and can barely afford hamburger helper. Not really sure I understand how you can drive a Hummer and receive food stamps. Can someone explain?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:22 PM on Feb. 3, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (39)
  • It is a fact of life that some people abuse the system, and it is sad that many who really NEED these assistance programs get tarred with the same brush. However in all fairness, she coud have been buying food for a large family at home and/or borrowed the hummer, etc.

    Answer by pagan_mama at 4:28 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • So your daughter, after ringing up this couples purchases, then decided to just FOLLOW them out to their vehicle?! I call shenanigans!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:29 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • No, she was behind her in line......not working at Wal Mart.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:30 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • umm and hows is this any of her bees wax

    Answer by BUSYLOVINGHIM at 4:31 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • Agree with paganmama yes the system is abused but it doesnt mean that particular person is doing so just because they were driving a hummer which possibly may not even be their vehicle.Folks need to be contacting reps to voice their concerns on these things because they are the ones who can do something about the actual abuse within.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 4:34 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • Who said her daughter works at Wal-mart. "She left behind a woman"
    Well while the woman might be abusiing the system. She might also be buying a month's worth of stuff your her disabled adult child who lives with her. Not everybody on assisance has the ablity to do their own shopping. Not everybody on food stamps in on welfare. Some are on disablity or retired on very small social security incomes. Now I happen to think that all Hummer drivers are asshats who have no concern for society, the environment or dependance on forgein oil, etc. But assuming that she knows the whole story is a waste of your daughter's energy.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:35 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • You can get a Hummer for a few hundred dollars at an auction. They've been repo'd and they can't resell them because nobody can afford them. Or it could be a work car, as in, provided by work. Or it could be a hand me down from their dead parent. Or it could be the car they have an upside down loan on from before they were laid off 6 months ago. Of course, none of those things ever cross your mind, because it's so narrow there's no room for facts, only your imagined oppression.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:36 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • Can someone explain?

    I can I can! You're a drama queen inventing a contrived set of circumstances to start a PA bashing post.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:37 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • It could have been abuse of the system. It does exist. Did your daughter get a license plate on the Hummer in question? She can then call her local Congressional representative.

    It could well be that this woman WAS doing well before, and there was a job loss leaving them unable to pay for food. Sell the Hummer? Heh heh heh. Yeah, right...who's gonna buy it these days? And that's assuming it's paid for; if it's not, transferring the payments won't be an easy thing.

    You cannot judge based only on what you see. You have to dig a little deeper.

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:38 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • Sorry, but this is the third time this "scenario" has been questioned here. So either this lady travels all over the US pissing poor people off or you are making it up. Either way. 1 Its not her business, maybe her parents bought her a hummer, may she got it in a divorce, you and your "daughter" don't know. 2 How sure is she that she used food stamps and not just another blue debit card? Is your "daughter" really that nosy? and 3 Maybe your "daughter" should try to get some assistance since she is supposedly having a hard time feeding herself... then another mom can see YOUR "daughter" using assistance and talk shit about her!

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 4:40 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

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