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aUCmom

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Apr 13, 2009
 

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Someone on here stated that you can't buy cigarettes or alcohol with the cards--which is true-but all they have to do is use the ATM at the grocery store--take money off the card--fill their cart up with groceries and alcohol--ask for cigarettes at the check-out--pay for groceries with their card then pay for cigs and booze with the cash they just took off the card. I see this everyday at the convenience store I work at. I believe the state should have control over that way of spending too. If you need assistance from the state--you should have your priorities straight. I understand alot of people are down and out and really NEED the assistance--but if alcohol and cigs are what your priorities are then you don't deserve the help.
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Wow wrote:
I have a bridge card with just food stamps on it also.
When they put my allotment on the card I go to Save-A-Lot and buy groceries for the whole month. I make sure that I have fruits and veggies and nutrious things for my child to eat all month long. We have a freezer and that helps a great deal with buying for the whole month at one time.
I have worked all my life and recently became disabled due to medical problems and let me tell you I hate using the bridge card(why I only go shopping once a month with it).
I have seen the people who are abusing the system in line at the grocery store and it makes me sick.Like I said I have worked all my life and seeing how others can abuse a system designed to help when you are down just really ticks me off. If I didn't need the help at the moment I would rather not have the darn card and would pay for the food myself but I need the help. If it were not for my children I would have never went and asked for the help but my main concern is their well being and feeding them happens to be high on my list of things to do.
Not everyone who has a bridge card is a mooch who sits around all day looking for hand outs some people truly need the extra help for a little while. Some of us who now have a bridge card and have to use it would really prefer not having it and paying with our own money like we always have.But I understand why people are complaining about the abusers who sit around and collect benefits all the while driving $30,000 vehicles, getting their hair and nails done and such other extravagant items that are not necessary for life.
I hope things get better for you. Sounds like you are one of the folks these programs were/are designed for and you use it wisely. Commends! I truly wish the system could lose the "losers" and help people like you even more. Those bad apples always spoil the bushel. Best Wishes.
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OK, this has been discussed before. You pay for monthy internet connection yet you need for me to buy your groceries? Remember, the Gov't has to take from some to give to others.

If I was in that position, my internet would be cut and the computer sold. The bridge card would not be an option. There are ways to bring food in the house although not pleasant work but better than being on welfare.
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I would cut everything not needed in my life before I even considered a bridge card. Yet many of you whom have the card still pay for internet connection. Why not sell your computer?

For me, the card wouldn't be an option. There is work out there, some unpleasant but at least I wont be a welfare card holder.

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Bridge card = Loser membership card.
You are an A** HOLE! Come meet my family, I got laid off 8 months ago,( a wife and three kids) and we had to get food stamps, If it werent for the food stamps we wouldnt have had anything to eat most of the time, we lost our house, and our pride. Recently I finally found a job and we stopped the food stamps immediately, By the way Im an electrical engineer, so I made good money before the layoff...Jerk. Not every one abuses the system, so Before you judge people maybe you should judge your self. Your time will come!

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Since: Mar 09

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get a job wrote:
I would cut everything not needed in my life before I even considered a bridge card. Yet many of you whom have the card still pay for internet connection. Why not sell your computer?
For me, the card wouldn't be an option. There is work out there, some unpleasant but at least I wont be a welfare card holder.
Some people pay for their internet by the year smart ass. And if it werent for the computer and internet I wouldnt have found my new job. Since some of you are so quick to judge, why dont you go down to the welfare office, meet the people in line and then judge them to their face.
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taxpayer78 wrote:
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Some people pay for their internet by the year smart ****. And if it werent for the computer and internet I wouldnt have found my new job. Since some of you are so quick to judge, why dont you go down to the welfare office, meet the people in line and then judge them to their face.
I apologize.

Since: Oct 08

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taxpayer78 wrote:
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You are an A** HOLE! Come meet my family, I got laid off 8 months ago,( a wife and three kids) and we had to get food stamps, If it werent for the food stamps we wouldnt have had anything to eat most of the time, we lost our house, and our pride. Recently I finally found a job and we stopped the food stamps immediately, By the way Im an electrical engineer, so I made good money before the layoff...Jerk. Not every one abuses the system, so Before you judge people maybe you should judge your self. Your time will come!
Social programs are the working man's/woman's "safety net" for situations such as yours. There is no shame associated with utilizing them. Unfortunately, some people like to lump all recipients into the same basket wrongly. Glad you are getting your life back in order. Good luck.
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#29
Apr 14, 2009
 
Its nice that this is there to help people out, but then you have the people that abuse them. It pisses me off when i see and unfortunately know people who sell their card to get money... for PILLS. the whole bridge card things is such a sore subject for me and i get all mad cuz i see this a lot. damn abusers..
on the other hand.. it is helping my mom out whom just lost her husband to cancer and her job all within the same time frame. I am thankful that this is there in place to help people get back on their feet.
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Well, maybe little loser AKA "little me" can head to Holland for some of them battery jobs. I doubt she want's to get off her lazy ass as she prefers to have us support her so she can spend all day on topix.

Since: Oct 08

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Apr 14, 2009
 
it doesnt matter wrote:
Its nice that this is there to help people out, but then you have the people that abuse them. It pisses me off when i see and unfortunately know people who sell their card to get money... for PILLS. the whole bridge card things is such a sore subject for me and i get all mad cuz i see this a lot. damn abusers..
on the other hand.. it is helping my mom out whom just lost her husband to cancer and her job all within the same time frame. I am thankful that this is there in place to help people get back on their feet.
Sorry to hear about your loss and your mom's misfortune. The thrust of social programs are to aid people like your mom until things return to normal. Hopefully it won't take long. Good luck.

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Little loser wrote:
Well, maybe little loser AKA "little me" can head to Holland for some of them battery jobs. I doubt she want's to get off her lazy **** as she prefers to have us support her so she can spend all day on topix.
WOW .. you surely have an erection for Little Me and you do not even know her .. I will just assume you are immature and do not know better ... nothing else would explain your vendetta ..

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Apr 14, 2009
 
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WOW .. you surely have an erection for Little Me and you do not even know her .. I will just assume you are immature and do not know better ... nothing else would explain your vendetta ..
He/She said the same thing on another thread too. Looks like I made a new friend :)
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I worked at Meijer's as a cashier and have seen people buy junk food, pop, alcohol, lingerie, clothes, music, and cigarettes with a Bridge Card.

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Apr 15, 2009
 
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I worked at Meijer's as a cashier and have seen people buy junk food, pop, alcohol, lingerie, clothes, music, and cigarettes with a Bridge Card.
Maybe the list of qualified items needs to be modified by the state? Maybe some stores do not monitor purchases made with Bridge Card to ensure only legitimate items are bought?
Reform Now

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May 18, 2009
 
A report in 2007 showed Michigan 18% of households receive some sort of government food support. We spend $1.5 billion a year on Bridge Cards and $300 million is lost to corruption by stores and bridge card holders. That means $1 out of $5 is lost to corruption-UNACCEPTABLE! That doesn't include people buying junk food and "meat bundles". Why should Joe Lowlife get to outfit his entire neighborhood with 40 pounds of barbeque meat on our dime?

I see able bodied men and women buying beer, meat bundles, and pizza with Bridge Cards at a corner store I buy beer and pizza at with my own money every week.

Bread and water. Say it with me. Bread and water.

Bridge cards should be next to impossible to obtain (like adopting a kid) and allow people to only spend $25 per transaction with a limit of 2 transactions a week.

There needs to be a 2 year limit for using Bridge Cards and a huge incentive to get off Bridge Cards...PS I'm a Democrat who voted for Granholm and Obama. Can anyone fix this?
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get a job wrote:
I would cut everything not needed in my life before I even considered a bridge card. Yet many of you whom have the card still pay for internet connection. Why not sell your computer?
For me, the card wouldn't be an option. There is work out there, some unpleasant but at least I wont be a welfare card holder.
I have to agree with you. I was standing in line at Meijer Saturday night watching person after person using a bridge card, meanwhile talking on cell phones. Get rid of the damn cell phone and other amenities, then maybe they would have money to buy food!
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May 18, 2009
 
I have to wonder if people using Bridge Cards to buy junk food and crap do so because they don't know any better. If they were never taught the value of nutrition and a healthy meal, then they're just buying what they know to buy.
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May 18, 2009
 
Reform Now wrote:
A report in 2007 showed Michigan 18% of households receive some sort of government food support. We spend $1.5 billion a year on Bridge Cards and $300 million is lost to corruption by stores and bridge card holders. That means $1 out of $5 is lost to corruption-UNACCEPTABLE! That doesn't include people buying junk food and "meat bundles". Why should Joe Lowlife get to outfit his entire neighborhood with 40 pounds of barbeque meat on our dime?
I see able bodied men and women buying beer, meat bundles, and pizza with Bridge Cards at a corner store I buy beer and pizza at with my own money every week.
Bread and water. Say it with me. Bread and water.
Bridge cards should be next to impossible to obtain (like adopting a kid) and allow people to only spend $25 per transaction with a limit of 2 transactions a week.
There needs to be a 2 year limit for using Bridge Cards and a huge incentive to get off Bridge Cards...PS I'm a Democrat who voted for Granholm and Obama. Can anyone fix this?
I've written this several times, we have to fund (through taxes) the departments that facilitate the cards, it takes people to process these and monitor them properly. It's just cost effective.
Mom in Jenison

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May 19, 2009
 
Louie_Louie wrote:
I worked at Meijer's as a cashier and have seen people buy junk food, pop, alcohol, lingerie, clothes, music, and cigarettes with a Bridge Card.
That's very strange... We had to use a bridge card briefly after my husband lost his job. At Meijers, if we were buying food and other items in the same transaction, the bridge card would pay for the food, and then we'd use our debit card to pay for the rest. I don't know about the alcohol (we don't drink)- but I can tell you that clothes, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, etc would automatically wait to be paid for by our debit card.

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