Former soldier Patrick Gibson knows all about doing his part.
Recently, he was at a nearby Walmart to buy his kids some diapers and food. He had only a small amount of cash remaining since being paid.
While Patrick waited in the queue, it was hard for him not to spy the two (very full) shopping trolleys of the pair stood before him.
He had no idea, standing there on that regular day, how that would have such a huge impact on him.
On seeing how this pair purchased the shopping and their next actions, he figured something was seriously wrong.
Patrick headed to Facebook to share his feelings.
He took a picture of their cart and his own, putting them alongside one another on social media.
Patrick commented, “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.” His family was himself, his two kids, and their mother.
He wrote that he’d given cash for his purchases, and described how he works intensely hard just to get by and support his loved ones.
“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.”
It wasn't the trolley's contents alone that were so shocking to Patrick
“Here’s the kicker. This purchase was made in food stamps.”
That wasn’t all, because Patrick noticed that on paying, the pair got an EBT out in order to pay their eight hundred dollar grocery charge, and also had to fold a huge stack of cash to one side just to reach the EBT.
Even worse, they seemed entirely fit to carry out physical work.
The last nail in the coffin was how, as Patrick watched, the pair packed the groceries into a brand spanking Hyundai in the car park.
A Hyundai Genesis, to be precise and valued at 15k-20k above the ex-soldier's own vehicle.
“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,” Patrick wrote, in hopes that the pair might come across his social media comment.
“So, you enjoy your $800 free grocery purchase.”
Of course, his comment has attracted considerable attention.
Lots of people were quick to agree.
“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,” said a user.
Lots of people also felt that welfare, and food stamps, in particular, ought only to be used for essentials. And only when those involved were experiencing real difficulty. They never were intended to fund those who simply choose to be unemployed.
Some feel Patrick's made a judgment way too hastily, after all, he doesn't know the pair.
“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?” said a commenter.
Patrick’s reply was:
“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.”