You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
Yo man, for real. I’ve only ever had two jobs, but they were big eye openers for me when it came to poverty. I personally grew up on the comfortable divide of middle class to lower class depending on the year, so I never really saw money troubles firsthand until I graduated high school.
My first job was at a Dollar Store where I worked sporadically for 7.35 an hour. I was promised ten hours a week and was lucky if I got 8 in a month. My entire time working there, from April to July, I earned less then 300 dollars. I regularly saw people coming in to buy food, and they would already have calculated it all down to the tax exactly what they could afford with their 30 dollars a month in food stamps. They always looked so apologetic when they handed me their cards, like they were sorry for being poor. One time a woman came in and she was a dime off, so I let her go since I had extra in the drawer. She was so fucking grateful, she said “Bless you.” For a fucking dime.
Then I worked at the pool place, and I went from 7.35 an hour to 9 an hour to sell rich, spoiled dumbasses 3k automatic robotic pool cleaners for their 40k inground pool. People who did no research before buying said pool, and would seriously ask me- dead serious- what the green shit in their pool was. It’s fucking algae, you son of a bitch.
And then of course there was that delightful stint at Anthrocon where me and Deaglen got to witness the ultimate rich kid entitlement. Uggh.
You know I never really thought people like this existed… I guess because I have a wealthy friend that understands when I say I don’t have five dollars to spare he knows I mean it. When we went to AC that illusion was shattered, but even now I have trouble comprehending how those people think. How can they can be so far removed from a reality the majority of us face? I don’t know a single person that’s poor that isn’t a “penny-pincher”, saving and calculating down to the cent how to make the most of what little they have.