There's Nothing Wrong With Receiving Public Assistance
Are you embarrassed about having an EBT card in your wallet? You shouldn’t be. Unfortunately, even in this rough economy, there is still a bit of a stigma attached to receiving food stamps. How do I know this? I spent 2 years as a cashier at a local supermarket, and I have been (gasp!) a food stamp recipient myself. I’m notorious for being passive-aggressive, so I’m going to help you score a few extra dirty looks the next time you’re grocery shopping with your EBT card.
- Dress for the occasion. Who says you have to look like a bum just because you’re receiving government assistance? Dress classy, dress trashy…dress however you want, as long as it looks like it didn’t come from Goodwill. Don’t forget to accessorize, preferably with some REAL bling-gold, silver (or better yet, platinum), and diamonds are where it's at, baby!
- It’s a common stereotype that people have a bunch of babies for the sole purpose of continuing to receive benefits. Don’t let the judgmental folks down - bring as many kids as you can with you. If you don’t have children, borrow some. Feel free to bribe them - candy bars are EBT-approved!
- Ramen Noodles are for poor people, so don’t even think about putting that crap in your cart! Load up on shrimp, lobster, steak, fancy-looking birthday cakes, and organic items. Also, it’s okay to purchase large amounts of junk food; the cashiers (and the nosy customers in line behind you) want to know that their tax dollars are being well spent. Grab a few bags of Spicy Hot Cheetos and a case or two of Pepsi. Don’t forget the Oreos!
- After you’ve selected everything that you want/need, it’s time to have a little fun. Start selecting items that are not eligible to be purchased with food stamps; “hot” foods such as the roasted chicken from the deli or a cup of cappuccino (which you should be drinking when you reach the register to pay) from the coffee bar. Make your way towards the household items, and load up on paper towels, toilet paper, and feminine products. Bonus points for selecting your favorite wine and a pack of cigarettes!
- Walk slowly towards the checkout; you don’t want to overexert yourself by pushing such a heavy cart! Set a few items on the conveyor belt, and then stop to answer your cell phone (it better be a Blackberry, iPhone, or Sidekick). Ignore the dirty looks from the cashier and other customers. Who do they think they are, the Line Police? They can wait.
- Ask the cashier what they are doing this weekend. If they say they will be working (and 99% of the time, that’s the response you will get; cashiers are rarely lucky enough to score a Monday through Friday, 8a.m.-5p.m. schedule), act horrified. Announce that you are having THE party of the year, and were hoping they could make it. Sigh loudly and exclaim that you are soooooo happy that you don’t have a job.
- Act completely shocked when the cashier informs you that toilet paper and alcohol are not eligible for food stamp purchases. Stomp your feet, throw a hissy fit, and scream that you’re sick of people disrespecting you just because you’re on EBT. Insist that the LAST time you went grocery shopping, your items were all approved. Demand to see a manager. When the manager arrives, ignore him while you answer your phone again.
- When the cashier asks if you have any coupons, laugh loudly and say, “Girl, please! I’m on EBT…everything in my basket is already free!”. Make sure she notices your Coach bag.
- Encourage the cashier to hurry up and finish your transaction. Inform her that you are getting your hair and nails done, and CANNOT be late. Moan that your French tips are looking all raggedy, even though you just got them done last week.
- Ask if a bagger can help you carry your groceries to the car. Explain that you’ve had a busy day of lounging by the pool and watching Maury. Be sure to whine that your new Jimmy Choos are KILLING your feet.
- When the cashier attempts to hand you your
receipt and thank you for your purchase, make sure you’re too busy yapping on
your phone to notice. Loudly scream to
all of the children you brought that it’s time to go. Breathe a sigh of relief when you remember
that you bought plenty of frozen dinners; the grocery store wears you out. You are WAY too tired to cook tonight.
email@example.com on May 07, 2020:
Thank you, for sharing your experiences and being proud not ashamed of receiving help. I love your sense of humor and in my opinion you couldn't have wrote this article any better!!!!!
Kyler J Falk from California on February 04, 2020:
As an unemployed single male on food stamps, with a girlfriend and child, I can say the connotations behind this are so true.
Steph on March 18, 2019:
Im sorry if I offend anyone, but I try hard not to judge strangers on food stamps, but too many people I know, and know their stories how they ended up with their children make me judge them on food stamps, I cant afford more than 1 child and am married, why do people on food stamps get to pop out how ever kids they want with no worry? Its called birth control stop popping out more kids on food stamps rotally irresponsible!
Amy from East Coast on November 05, 2016:
This was hysterical. You don't have to be poor and lazy to be on food stamps. Be proud of utilizing your resources! Great Hub!
S on August 11, 2016:
Why have to defend ourselves especially to people we don't know? I will tell you a few facts anyway knowing that , no one cares and 2, more than half will think it a lie.
1. Put all my savings on a house and land. Paid in full in 5 years. Before I turned 40.
2. Had 2 full time jobs and did any odd job I could find.
3. I have 3 kids a single mom. No Child support from a man who I have no heard from or seen from in 17 years.
4. I got hurt working 4 years ago can work now.
I applied for food stamps last week. I literally have 27.64 in my bank. People think they have the right to judge. Realy? You people who are tired of people using the system. Why haven't you paid off your mortgages? Are you lazy? Do you need someone to make a budget for you? Don't be spending your money on things that you don't need. In no time you will be totally debt free as I am. Cars paid full in cash. No credit cards. You can do it if you want.
No. I'm not better than you. Your not better than me either. Leave strangers alone and worry about you.
No one know how or why a person is where they are. Smile and say hi. Because everything judgmental is a loss of energy we can't afford to loose.
A on November 25, 2014:
They're cool, I wouldn't be able to afford a $2 bell pepper otherwise. How the hell did it get so bad where a pepper is more expensive than a frozen pizza?
Ericajean on September 06, 2014:
Your hub is witty and so much on point. I work in a grocery store and will say this: the women and men on EBT can be some of the cruelest people on earth.
However, we should not make fun of them because there have been women and men of different races, social status, and religions who have shocked me when they pulled out that EBT card. I mean they come in sounding educated, wearing a business suit and once you speak with them, you begin to understand even more clearly that we all go through things and just need a little help.
It is nothing to get mad about really. We are all a couple of paychecks away from no home, no food, etc.
Thanks for the hub!
dj underwood on July 06, 2014:
I'm diagnosed with bipolar and dspds since 1981 and have been on total disability and EBT since then.bipolar and dspd are considered invisible illnesses as they can't be seen visibally by anyone.i'm always getting stared at as I use my food stamp card ,as I buy soda and microwavable food ,mostly in volume like 30 beef patties in a box,cannned veggies,etc..this notion that people should only be allowed to buy what they can cook is absurd..my mother is on EBT ..who's going to cook for her everytime she gets hungry? ..she's 89 years old..some people believe users of food cards should look poor and definitely should never be seen at denny's or any reataurant./people that think that I have to look a certain way to use a food stamp card or receive total disability are ignorant. it's sad but there are people in the world that will always believe if one has 2 arms and 2 legs.then one can do something!! that there's no such thing as permanently TOTAL disabilities..it's a beleief from ignorance.
Christina on January 05, 2014:
I work alot, I have no kids. What is so wrong of getting ebt? I applied for it and receive it. With all the taxes they take out of my paycheck I can hardly buy anything to eat.
workerbee72 on December 17, 2013:
This post was most certainly a joke. Ha Ha. I am totally sick of supporting people who don't work, don't educate themselves, don't control their own sexual habits, etc. I worked as a teenager, I worked full time through college and graduate school ( years later). I have worked two jobs many times in my life ( even though I am married and have kids) I also make time to volunteer and be a good parent and wife. Quit living off other people's hard .work. Get a job! Stop having unprotected sex! Eat well! Stop being a leach on society!!!!!!!!!!
Chris on November 10, 2013:
This is freaking hilarious I was laid off from my job and starved and struggled until I had no other choice, I broke down and got ebt. Sometimes you have to do any thing you can to survive I would like to see a few more on this list good job!
hakesterman on June 14, 2013:
Nobody get close enough to you to see what card you are using. If you don't want to be noticed, use the self service line.
jamie123 on May 23, 2013:
You can personalize the EBT card so it doesn’t have to look like a food stamps card to protect your privacy. I think its called food stamps skin or you can check out this website. http://www.foodstampscovers.com
lady on May 13, 2013:
Omg! This was so funny.
Nadine on May 01, 2013:
Love this! I recently been out of a job for 5 months after working for the same company for over 15 years.As much as I don't want to be on hfoodstamp , I got two boys to think about. Foodstamp do help.Who cares what kind of food we buy with the ebt card.Shit foods food..does it matter what kind? Who's to judge.Sometimes we need to treat ourselves and our kids.
Donald on May 01, 2013:
Ha, stuff people write on the internet is crap, but this was hilarious. I receive food assistance now, and it keeps me from starving. not too many dirty looks because everyone in Akron seems to be on Food Stamps. This was really funny. thank you!
James on May 01, 2013:
To help fight the stigma against using food stamps. There is new product out in the market called food stamps skins which allow people to personalize their EBT card and protect their privacy! you can check it out here www.foodstampscovers.com ..
Ron on April 29, 2013:
I work in fast food, and I would fight anyone to tooth and nail that fast food is MUCH more expensive. The profit margin on fast food is very very high, there isn't one fast food item dollar menu or otherwise that would be twice as cheap to make at home. A dollar burger may seem cheaper, but it is piece of paper thin meat. Most people don't notice the huge portion change, they just see a burger as a burger. This helps create the myth that fast food is cheaper when it in fast is 2 to 3 times more expensive.
Andrew Lin on April 24, 2013:
You forgot to mention fatten yourself, weigh 300+ pounds.
FINALLY on April 16, 2013:
Don't forgot about rolling up the new Range Rover as well with the newest hair and long fake nails too! It's insane what these people come in with BUT ARE ON FOOD STAMPS. Really stop being a thug and living off of the government you're not teaching your children anything good other than how to be ignorant.
Wayne Joel Bushong from America on April 08, 2013:
I'm not sure I got the true jest from this hub? Maybe I am looking too deep? No one hates those who truly need assistance..........50 MILLION now use food stamps?... My company cant hire truck drivers for 24 dollars an hour and health insurance because no one will apply for the jobs?...............something aint right here!
Mary a teacher on April 06, 2013:
Whew since I can judge all these comments I will.BUT NONE OF THEM MAKE SENSE !LISTEN TO YOUR BABBLE PEOPLE !
A GOVERNMENT WHO CAN GIVE ITS NATION EVERYTHING CAN AND WILL ALSO TAKE EVERYTHING AWAY...Thomas Jefferson... and as for our "wonderful worldwide pants" education system (where the bratz now bring drugs,guns,attitude to school,) and idiotas who blame the teachers when kids do not learn for lack of less than edumacated parents .. Why helloooo just look at all the mispelled words, grammar problems etc ad litem on this site alone, and ask yourself "What exacrly is going on in America S & N today, the western hemisphere and its kids deserve more than welfare as a way of life !"
Maybe a thought of mine will get this message thru
CAN WE ALL TRY JUST TRY TO TEACH OUR KIDS WELL AND LEAVE LAZINESS &CONTEMPT FOR HARD WORK AND OTHER PLAGUES OF SOCIETY FOR HATERS OF FREEDOM? PLEASE
O RIGHT THIS IS THE BRAND NEW WORLD FULL OF HOPEY DOPEY CHANGE well change your babies diapers somewhere else for a change! i PERSONALLY BLAME THE DEMS AND REPS FOR THIS WHOLE ECONOMY,EDUCATIONAL AND ECOLOGICAL DISASTER EVERYONE IS DROWNING IN , SO THERE I SAID IT, HOW DO YOU REALLY LIKE ME NOW?
Jack on April 04, 2013:
Whether people are using food stamps or not, who cares? There is a lot more to be worried about than paying attention to anyone on line using their EBT card, or paying any other way, for that matter. I only worry about myself. Too many out there need to get a life.
And I don't think anyone gets that most people, be they rich or poor, dress like they bought their clothes out of a trash bin, or look like third-worlders. Just look at most people, even coming out of a doorman building, wearing flip-flops, as though they're too cheap or unable to afford real shoes. So take a look at yourselves in the mirror, and don't criticize anyone that has to use food stamps. There's the joke: you can't tell by looking at someone if they're "poor." Most look like bums.
Alison Moxley from New Jersey, USA on December 09, 2012:
Funny hub! I love the argument that "tax dollars" are being spent to feed people who need assistance buying healthy food for their families. Here's a newsflash: Nobody's taxes pay for every utility they use. If your kids are in public school, the cost of their education is subsidized by the government. You're not paying the full costs of their books, teachers, building, etc. Nobody pays the full amount of the roads they use or the libraries or parks in their neighborhoods. People on food stamps pay sales tax like everyone else. That same sales tax goes toward PUBLIC utilities. So people need to mind their own business. Further, getting food stamps doesn't mean you don't work, it just means that you earn less than the federal poverty level. So foodstamps= lazy moochers is an uninformed stereotype.
Jim Cancel on November 13, 2012:
I find the mentality of most people, especially the younger generation is turning towards one of entitlement and arrogance-hence the above written hub. God is so far from our thoughts and hearts that we are making, ourselves, our expression, our diversity, and supposed liberty to be our gods. A safety net for the poor and needy is a good thing, but what incentive is there for one who can work but has morphed into laziness and refusal to work due to "govt. handouts" ? Is the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ really so harsh and unjust as to proclaim that if one isn't willing to work then neither shall he eat? Shameful and foolish advice seem to be the order of the day.
Meh on September 28, 2012:
Just another reason why this country is going to the gutter. It's a shame that the government allows people to STEAL from tax payers who get ripped a new one every time we get a bi monthly check. Get a job people, stop leeching off the system and do something productive. I'm tired of all these people who try and justify the fact that they have to "apply" for foodstamps (EBT)...
Sunnyglitter (author) from Cyberspace on September 05, 2012:
I have to admit that I could care less if some guy uses his EBT card to buy food and then sells it for a profit. I actually give him props for being resourceful, unless it's illegal for him to do that. For all I know, his wife is dying of cancer and doesn't have health insurance. Maybe he's paying her medical bills. Maybe he wants to work, but has applied for more than 100 jobs and hasn't received a single call back. Then again, he could be selling the candy bars for crack money. I doubt that, though, because he could just as easily stand outside the grocery store with his EBT card and sell his food stamps straight off the card instead of going to all the trouble of buying and reselling food.
vanessa54321 on September 04, 2012:
Sorry taxpayers, but this is sooooo true. When I worked in a grocery store, there were so many people exactly like this. One in particular that I remember was a woman that bought a bag full of shrimp and another full of crab legs, also a candy bar for each one of her four kids. She was dressed very nice and sported an iPhone, but what did she pay for all of the nearly $40 worth of foods....yep, you guessed it EBT. Another time there were two women that paid for a basket full of food to sell in there food truck, what did they pay with....EBT. My friend worked at a local grocery store when we were is HS. She said that a man would come in once a month and spend the entire balance of his EBT card on candy bars (most likely to sell). He would literally clean the shelves of candy once a month! If you have ever worked in a grocery store you know this stereotype well and you also know that a lot of people live up to it.
pmorries from Golden, CO on July 25, 2012:
Well said, well done, and I laughed at your humor because it contains so much truth! I look forward to reading more of your Hubs!
Jenny on May 10, 2012:
There's one reason only that the gov't gives SNAP ("food stamps")instead of cash: TO EMBARRASS THE USERS. This is an elitist society to the core.
After 42+ years of hard work, with the American SS ("Social Security") stealing from my paycheck since 1966, age 16, I find I'll be getting the rent + $10 ($550 per month) Retirement - but not starting until two full months after my birthday, although I got it in place three months' ahead of time. Better scam than the "waiting week" of unemployment. While trillions of dollars are spent on "wars" and Spanish translations, etc.
Looks like Food Stamps Forever. YES, I feel like shit using them! Maybe I'll have a nice coronary attack soon instead :)
Dave Donahue on April 26, 2012:
I don't get food stamps but became disabled due to meningitis, Im like a bum now, I worked 30 years never got food stamps or anything, since I got sick now I live around people on food stamps, I was in the Marnes, worked as an electrician and killed myself working, now Im just short of walkin down the street shitt*ng on myself...lol.hows that for a great American dream! Fu*k this country
Sheena on April 09, 2012:
Look abouy ebt u have people that work damn hard for their miney don't hate in the ones that know people with food stamps. Middle class peole wish they know someone with food stamp so they can have a cart full of food for their family people on aid to have to live. Look at them people carxy if u would to bet u their family tummy is food and they have more for the next mouth.
la nelson on April 02, 2012:
This is GREAT. SCREW THE HATERS!
Christ Lives on March 06, 2012:
I barely got on food stamps and I should have been on them 3 years ago when my fiancé cheated on me after I had his child and deserted me. I never asked for child support and was always working overtime even before I had my daughter because he never got a job and when he did never kept one. After I was pregnant, I also figured out he did drugs. I was going to school and working. Did I mention that I never got payed for my overtime. I even worked on holidays for my child. Not once did I receive food stamps but now I have to because I no longer have the same job and after 6 months of looking, I finally found another job that pays way less but it is something. I also have to pay for my schooling and refuse to go back until I can pay that 8000 I owe. My husband now barely makes enouh to pay for bills like electric and gas so we had to cut out nutritious food from our budget. As a mother and wife, it is my responsibility to cook healthy food for my household. It is my duty to care for my family. Do those bigets out there even know how low people feel when they can't feed their children and they are constantly saying they are hungry or when your husband comes home from a 13 hour shift and is so tired he can barely keep his eyes open from working hard labor and just wants to eat but all you have for him is a small bowl of soup from the last can you had in the pantry? If they could have only seen the look on my daughters face when we, for the first time were able to go to the fresh produce isle in the store after getting our benefits, when I told her that she could fill the basket with any vegetable or fruit she wanted, they would have appreciated food stamps more. My husband now feels he can support us without worrying if we will go without food. We can now focus on saving money to get to a better place than poverty level. I cried because I was so happy that I could cook for my family and my daughter can eat healthy food. I can reward her with an occasional candy for being good now. I can be assured that she is now growing right and eating right. My husband has energy for work and I no longer have to sacrifice my meals for them. We want a house to live in without having to worry about when rent is due. We want to save enough for my daughter to get a good education and go to college. Why can't people understand that. The world is not always just black and white and this article/hub clearly shows that. Thank you
Feed the needy on February 28, 2012:
I too am currently on stamps. Im in a program to help me go back to school so I can try to get off foodstamps for good!But Im going into a line of work that will help the community out like they helped me out.
joe on February 22, 2012:
I lost my job last year and started collecting unemployment. For the last year at my job i barley made anything because business was so bad. As a result, I only get $76.00 a week in unemployment. I moved into a room at an empty house that my family owns so i would not be homeless. I am 48 year old man and i had worked and paid taxs sinse i was 13yo. I have no girlfriend or family except my mom and sister who live a thousand miles away. I recently applied for food stamps so i could eat. I live in brevard county florida and there are NO jobs here. Obama got rid of most of the space program and 5000 people in the area got laid off.
I have been to the walmart to buy food 4 times sinse getting my food stamps. The cashiers seem to act angry when i use food stamps to pay for my food. Its really degrading. It's a big ordeal for me inside myself when i try to use my food stamps in the store. I have to try to go at a time when a lot of people are not in the store. I am thinking that i may start to only make my food purchase at a small neighborhood convinience store where they don't seem to judge me at all. I get the same amount of money wether i spend it on "junk food" or "healthy food". Why do all these people care what i like to eat? Iv been paying taxs for 35 years. I still pay taxs on my unemployment. Why do they want to tell me what food i can buy at the store and take back to my room. I eat alone. No one, including them, has ever banged on my door to see if i am OK or if im still alive. What possoble reason do they have for micro managing what i eat when i am alone in my room. I also would like to know where are all these "kids" they say i am "popping out"?? I want to know where they are at. I would give anything to have some kids or anyone to hang out with who cared about me. What planet are these people coming from that want to tell me what i can eat because they have NO idea of the misery of being poor. What is it exactly they are trying to accomplish by limiting what I eat? Why are people so nasty because i fell on bad times. i thought people were supposed to help the poor or voluteer at soup kitchens. not beat them into the ground.
Kay B from Tampa, FL on February 20, 2012:
Oh God, I haven't laughed so hard in a while! So great!
Jessica on February 11, 2012:
I just received food stamps.And we live with my bf's family.My bf has a job but I don't and I have been trying to look for one. And if I get one I'll still be on food stamps because we don't make that much money and we help with rent and we are barely left with anything and my bf's family needs help too so we help them also with the food stamps.I didn't know people had problems with people with food stamps.And I haven't used my card yet but I am embarrassed and nervous about how it's going to go.
Lisa on February 09, 2012:
Lol! This article is hilarious! I recently got approved for food stamps but haven't received them yet. I have to say that I am a little apprehensive about using the card. My hubby has 2 jobs and I have a part time job. We also live in the cheapest possible apartment that we could find (under $500 a month). We are constantly looking for ways to improve our situation but have had medical bills and debt up to our necks. I used to be judgemental about people who received assistance but now I am soooo appreciative of it. If you see someone in the line in front of you, don't judge, you have no idea what they have been through. I received WIC when I got pregnant for the first and only time (with my husband) and had a miscarriage 7 weeks later. WIC let me keep my benefits for 6 months after. It seemed like I always held up the line though, even if I seperated my purchases. We just used the cereal, milk, peanut butter and fruits and veggies coupons. It was a real help. We don't drink juice so we never used those coupons. The money just goes back into the system. One thing to note: Don't sign your WIC before you go into the store to speed things along, like I did once, they won't take it if it's already signed. I learned the hard way. :-)
Sooner28 on February 05, 2012:
You're great sunnyglitter! I enjoy it when people use humor to make political points. It shows how absurd the conservative argument often times is on this issue. Voted up!
lol on February 03, 2012:
too funny I have received food stamps at different points in my life like when i was a single mom or when my husband got laid off. I do not receive them any longer as my husband makes too much. We bought food to make meals yes I did buy some pop and maybe 1-2 snack food but i bought mostly healthy food. it makes me mad when I see people abuse the system they get tons of food stamps and sell them or buy carts full of junk another thing i do not get they can be living with their boyfriend and he could have a good paying job but the girl claims oh we eat separate and they give them the full amount how does the government no catch onto that I don't mind people getting food stamps just those scum who play the system and oh those who do play the system take a bath and if you can afford cigerets you can afford bodywash and laundry soap just saying
Steve Orion from Tampa, Florida on November 29, 2011:
Funny Hub, even more applicable today than it was a year ago!
naturalsolutions on September 13, 2011:
Amazing hub, you really want people to hate you. I guess it is your way of expressing yourself. Other people are just jealous to the people who has an EBT card. Funny but simly true.
Hank on August 31, 2011:
In Michigan, EBT food will cover the deposit on most pop, which then goes into the pockets of the buyer as cash when they return the soda. That is insane. But I wouldn't trust our governor (Snyder) to reform it, he'd take a chainsaw where a scalpel is needed.
Lorentz on August 30, 2011:
I was on foodstamps. I'm college educated, I've worked as an engineer for Sun Microsystems (pre-oracle) and done software development for several startups around town.
I'm unemployed. I could have made more money recycling the paper used for my resume print outs than I've made from jobs they didn't get me. I've applied at even fast food shops now (bottom of the barrel for me) and nothing. The economy sucks. As a type 1 diabetic with no insurance, I cost around 500$ / mo for supplies and insulin to survive. Let's not count the cost of my bills at my home (luckily it is paid off and fully owned, as is my car). I need foodstamps. If some one gives me shit, I'll let them know quite quickly that food stamps are often a necessity and that the stereotypes fit a very small number of those who are actually on them. One of my roommates is also on foodstamps and she works two jobs.
What we need is a better system. The DHR/FA foodstamp office in my county recently canceled mine...why? Because I was in school 6 months ago as a full time students, using grants and loans, so I could get a job and afford to get off government assistance. Apparently being a full time student and trying to further increase your chances for employment is not something that is inline with foodstamp assistance.
jaykatt from Covina, California on August 18, 2011:
Loved it! Very creative, funny, and yes...useful. Almost wish I had an EBT card...it would be fun trying to be a male version of the woman with the borrowed kids!
Sunnyglitter (author) from Cyberspace on August 14, 2011:
January - it is sad how badly people are treated. Not sure if I already mentioned this in the comments, but I live in a city where only 4% of the residents have food stamps. In comparison, St. Louis (the city next to mine) has about 33% of its residents on food stamps.
Anyway, when I used to have food stamps, I was amazed by how badly people reacted. Keep in mind I was employed, and often went in wearing my scrubs or work clothes, with my kids.
One time, the cashier was chatting away, smiling and complimenting me on how cute and well-behaved my kids were. As soon as I swiped my EBT card, he froze. He gave me a dirty look and was silent for the rest of the transaction. I had that happen more than once, actually.
MJ - I agree that junk food is cheaper, and it's sad. I'm not on food stamps anymore, but whenever money is tight, the first thing I give up is fresh produce. Which really sucks.
I do freelance work, so we eat a lot of pasta, eggs, and bread if a client is late to pay. They're just cheaper than fruits and vegetables, and right now, I'm spending almost $300 a month on my son's formula. I can't afford much else.
MJ on August 14, 2011:
The sad fact is, junk food is cheaper. And so people who do have a lot of kids and are on EBT do end up buying more junk food, because they are trying to make their dollars go farther. So I tend to think that the system itself actually perpetuates some of the stereotypes.
I am thrilled that our local farmers markets where we live have started (not all of them, but one or two)DOUBLING people's SNAP benefits. People depending on EBT now have more access to good, wholesome foods at a much more affordable price. Organic fruits and veggies, good eggs from healthy chickens, meat from pastured animals are finally available to segments of the population that couldn't access them before!
Where I previously worked, just last year, we would be flooded with hundreds of applications for one or two open positions; and yet people still seem to think that if you really want a job, you'll get one in no time and there is no need for assistance for those who really want to work. They know someone who "just got hired, even in this economy," but they don't know the other 256 people who applied and were rejected, 75 or more of them being really good candidates.
JanuaryFry from Illinois on August 09, 2011:
Love your take on this. With the shape our economy is in... well, who couldn't use a little help? There is such a stereotype on people that ask for assistance and it's downright ridiculous. Of course there are people that abuse the system, but there always will be. People that have worked hard only to be brought down in tough times should feel no embarrassment in asking for help--much easier said than done though.
jcm_blabs from My Bunker in the Midwest on May 17, 2011:
LOL! Sunny, you made me die laughing at this! It's so true and funny because it is! Don't you also love it when they load up the whole cart, but realize they only have a small balance left on their card and then you have to put all of that stuff back in the isles, cooler or freezer? I love your wits and fun sarcasm. Keep those hubs coming.
Sunnyglitter (author) from Cyberspace on May 06, 2011:
I am really enjoying all of these comments-except a few that I had to deny. They involved excessive name-calling and personal attacks on people who are on food stamps. I'm glad that most of you guys agree that there's nothing wrong with having food stamps if you need them. I also find it interesting that 73% of the people who have answered my poll about food stamps (as of today) have been on food stamps or currently have them now. That's a lot more people than I expected. I'm glad I'm not the only person who has had some rough times during my life.
don on May 06, 2011:
Very funny. It's amazing to me how some people commented on here about people spending their tax dollars. I'm on EBT for a couple months and I'll be paying taxes at the end of the year. Maybe I'm using my own tax dollars to pay for EBT. Get over it. You might need it someday too, so don't judge. Point of article. Duh!
Dawn Conklin from New Jersey, USA on May 06, 2011:
This is great! I literally almost fell off the coach laughing :) I love it! It is amazing and sad how some people look at the recipients of EBT. It happens that sometimes people need assistance, especially in a bad economy. I have been on EBT and was working a full time job, it just wasn't a high paying full time job. It was a job that was available at the time and I was doing the best I could at that time. Oh and by the way if you need to borrow kids...just kidding
mrkterhune on May 05, 2011:
This is great article.
eclecticeducation on May 04, 2011:
I have a family member that is now on assistance after he lost his job after working for the last almost 30 years. He has been unable to find a job even though he has sent out hundreds of resumes. The economy really stinks. I hate how poor people are treated in our country.
MysteryPlanet on April 01, 2011:
Very funny and so much truth in it too. Enjoyed it and had some laughs. I like the way you presented this
disabled joe on March 29, 2011:
I did not read any comments about those who are disabled and only receive SSI payments who would not have anything to eat if not for the EBT program and those judgemental SOB's need to think before they open their "christian" mouths...bad things happen to good people and I am glad there is help for those who need it...and it is a joke to think that someone's taxes are directly paying for the EBT recipient's food, hell it is going to pay for the debt left by Bushole and the thieves that ripped off the average American taxpayer...
bobsimpson from Largo Florida on March 12, 2011:
Pretty funny stuff you got in this hub of yours.
All good writers have a resume' that includes the use of food stamps.
whatever on February 15, 2011:
I'm paying taxes for the first time this year, (since I'm now an independent) and I can only hope that my hard-earned money will be used by people who actually need it and not lazy-ass bums getting a free ride thanks to my long hours at the grind. By the way, there ARE ways to buy nonperishable, ready-to-eat food that isn't 80% high fructose corn syrup. It only takes a little effort and a modicum of intelligence.
p.s. On the flip-side, I think politicians spend tax dollars too frivolously. It would be great if their 5 star hotels and first class flights came out of their own pockets, instead of the paychecks of a population that (by and large) can't afford such perks for themselves.
jen2011 on February 09, 2011:
@Springboard, I was collect food stamp for 10 months couple year ago. When my husband got better job, I discontinued.I'm fair person.I am save for 3 year withaout food stamp.To bad ,I have to use since last month.When you discontinue and back again very difficult to get back. I am not want using EBT for my life. We need job and pay more tax so good when get SS.Have better job n live , good for the kids so when they grow up do not need collect this.
jen2011 on February 09, 2011:
I went to lucky store martinez ca,The cashier embarrased me.I was wrong push the machine.I have food stamp no cash.he talk to louder.He ask me What do you have? Food or cash. To many people in the line. He just jeleous with poor people like us.LOL. BTW shooping at wallmart. I did not see screen computer at cashier .They just use keyboard,so people behind you can not see.Let's go to shooping
Amy D. from Mostly in My Own Little World on January 08, 2011:
Lol...I tried to hit the funny button several times, but it only took once. This is hilarious........but I however, do buy lots of ramen noodles. :)
Lucky Nik from East Bay, California on November 29, 2010:
Thank you for that! I have a friend who will TRULY appreciate this, even more than myself. She was at the store with her newborn, her husband had shipped off for Army boot camp, and she needed assistance until his pay started to come in. The woman behind her made several comments, not quite under her breath, about how she didn't think the store should allow people like "that" to shop there. That proved to be one insult too many. My post-partum friend kindly showed the woman what it was like to be down and out, with her pretentious ass now on the cold floor.
I don't suggest that kind of behavior (in hindsight, either does she), but I think many of us can appreciate the last straw. Thank you for pointing out, and making light of, a very real problem in our society.
You rock lady!
melanie on November 27, 2010:
I been on EBT for about a year, and have no shame. Do you know why a lot of people buy soda and junk food on EBT? because the easiest way to get benefits is when you are homeless. Now im not saying this for all that receive EBT. But hey people Im a home bum :) and yes I buy junk food on ebt, because tell me, where is a homeless person gonna cook rice, or store a gallon of milk? Lemme tell you, every 8th (when its refilled with 200 bucks) I blow it on junk food.. Hell yes why not, or buy someone else shit in exchange for pot. Oh by the way if you want free booze here is somethinmg you can do: get a shopping cart, fill it up with stuff to have a semi full cart, get a 6 pack of glass bottle sodas and a 6 pack of your fav beer, sit those both in the child seat. Then as you walk down the store and avoiding cameras, switch the beer and soda with each other, go to the U-scan and scan your 6 pack of soda, quickly conceal in bag, pay for your 6 pack of booze on your ebt. Total price no more than 3 dollars.
Texasbeta on November 24, 2010:
I think I might be in love. That was awesome!
LaurieDawn on November 24, 2010:
Absolutely hilarious! Great hub, and gives an outlook about how people see others when they are not in their shoes. I guess we should never judge others, without knowing the entire story.
Sabrae from Georgia on November 24, 2010:
Love it! To funny!
Springboard from Wisconsin on November 24, 2010:
It's not the ones who need it I loathe. It's the ones who don't need it, or the one's who abuse it. I remember a recent shopping trip at the grocery store. A woman and her beau had two shopping carts full of groceries—and yes, on an EBT card. She did not look hungry, might I add. I looked at our ONE cart which was about 1/4 full and looked at my wife and said, "Working people can't afford to eat like that." Something even funnier would have been for me to have ripped something ready to eat out of HER cart and when she would have looked at me incredulously I could have told her, "Technically these groceries are mine—my taxes paid for them." ;)
Great hub in any event. :)
Ron on November 22, 2010:
I drive a BMW and have a current business with all credentials and had to go on food stamps for the current while. It's wild crusing up to the food pantry and grocery store in a nice Beamer. I get the dirty looks when I buy a soda and candy bar at Circle K, especially when I treat the kids.
Barbara Bethard from Tucson, Az on November 21, 2010:
this is hilarious!! thanks for a great fun read!!
Kim Harris on November 21, 2010:
I never even notice how other people pay for their groceries....except one time I got behind a couple who had more coupons than items in their cart and the cashier was accepting them all! The groceries had already been bagged! It took forever. Fun hub. Thanks, Sunny.
Pachuca213 on November 20, 2010:
I say if you need help and you are eligible to receive it for a temporary help, then do it. Aid and Welfare were made for temporary help for people who needed assistance. But I think too many women out there take advantage of the system and avoid getting a job and taking responsibility for themselves and their families. So really it doesn't matter what you buy or how you dress, its whether or not you really need the food stamps or not that will determine how people think of you. If you have a job and just aren't making it, then its ok. But if you sit at home and keep popping out babies and don't want to get a job then I'd say there is a problem here. Good hub!
Sunnyglitter (author) from Cyberspace on November 20, 2010:
You're welcome, Stump. That's an excellent question, and one that I don't have the answer to. I must admit that now I'm curious if edible underwear can be purchased with food stamps.
Sunnyglitter (author) from Cyberspace on November 20, 2010:
Thanks, tlpoague! I have seen a lot of people treat people on food stamps badly as well, and I'm sick of all the stereotypes associated with public assistance. I have received food stamps before, and I had a full time job! My job required me to wear nice clothes, so when I would shop after work, in my business suit, and scan my EBT Card...UGH. I received a lot of dirty looks.
Stump Parrish from Don't have a clue, I'm lost. on November 20, 2010:
I needed that one, thx. Just out of curiosity have edible underwear been approved for foodstamps?
Tammy from USA on November 20, 2010:
Hilarious! I have seen some people become judgmental over someone with an EBT card. Great hub!