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bobolinq

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#123
Dec 21, 2011
 
you mean the governor's selling travel passes for the new bridge already?
booya

Monroe, MI

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#124
Mar 9, 2012
 
i work a full time job.Have a wife that lost here job while she was prego with twins. i get out of bed every day at 4 30am to go to work and get food asst.so not everybody is lazy that gets help
mary-sue-sick-of -it

Livonia, MI

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#125
Apr 27, 2012
 
our son's former wife was too lazy and refused to get out and get a job because she was looking for a way to regain the custody she so deservedly lost - her agenda was to collect child support and stay home on her lazy butt - her kids are just a free paycheck to her, just like our son was - we believe that she was on assistance and wasn't letting the Court know when and where she was making money/working and she still wasn't paying child support - even now the Court still has to get on her case to squeeze child support out of her (to the point of issuing a bench warrant) and I'm still not sure she isn't collecting assistance...how do you find out if someone is getting assistance who doesn't deserve to be? It makes me very upset to know that someone like this can fool people when there are people out there who are really trying to get on their feet. This one lives on in the tradition of her mother who has been chasing social security disability benefits and living off others for years because she doesn't want to work can't hold a job for long, either. We absolutely have no respect for scammers.
Go Blue

West Palm Beach, FL

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#126
Apr 27, 2012
 
If you can stand your blood boiling....find, The EBT Song...on youtube.....
Gev

Belleville, MI

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#127
Oct 27, 2012
 
Lost my job back in june. New employment has not been forthcoming. I have a cell my parents keep active so i can be cotacted by employers.
I have sold every possesion i could find a buyer for.
I have ubeen homeless for about a month now,my brother lets me sleep inhis car.
Yesterday I finally brke down and went to dhs. Got accepted for food assistance only.
I wold be more than wiling to go through monthly drug tests for these state benefits, and agree such should be mandatory.
Nikki

Roscommon, MI

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#128
Nov 7, 2012
 

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Marti from Michigan wrote:
I don't know why it is called a Bridge Card either, but it is the "new" food stamps as well as Cash Assistance card. Everything is going to cards now it seems!
I think people who have the Bridge Card can purchase anything EXCEPT tobacco and alcohol products.
Some party stores sell milk, eggs, bread, cheese and other necessities. However, I have seen people using their Bridge Cards in the stores and they have loaded up on a lot of junk foods.
This is 100% true. I work at a party store and people will order cases of energy drinks, junk food, and other items that they do not need. It is government assistance and they should be limited to what they are allowed to purchase. I agree with W.I.C program more. They have certain items they are allowed to get and are controlled. The Bridge card allows them to waste money. People are just wasting the help they receive.
Nikki

Roscommon, MI

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#129
Nov 7, 2012
 
booya wrote:
i work a full time job.Have a wife that lost here job while she was prego with twins. i get out of bed every day at 4 30am to go to work and get food asst.so not everybody is lazy that gets help
No, not everyone is lazy. There are good people out there that are going through tough times. Nobody is bad because they receive help from the government. It is the people that choose to take advantage of this help. They will go out and buy a bunch of junk they don't need and wonder where their money went when they need to buy a loaf of bread. I know many people in my area that won't even take time to go look for a job, let alone actually work for anything in their life. You are doing the right thing and nobody should blame you for that.
Justamom

Gwinn, MI

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#130
Feb 11, 2013
 

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I am the mother of a 20-something disabled daughter who has recently been issued a bridge card. Although she is dependent on us for everything, it is nice that she can "contribute" to the family since she will never be able to be employed to make a living. So, when you see someone using a bridge card, remember it may be a caretaker shopping for a disabled adult and not using it for themselves.
Blue Water Girl

Dowagiac, MI

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#131
Mar 1, 2013
 
I'm 24 years old without children, been out of work for a year and have been looking hard for another job all this time. My boyfriend really only makes enough to pay the rent and bills. Before we got the bridge card (mind you, it's only for food), we had to decide if we wanted to pay rent or eat. It's pretty bad when you have to decide if you want to eat that week or not. Then it got to the point where we paid for food and got behind on rent. So this card is really helping us until I can find another job. I didn't want to apply, because my mother used to get food stamps (back when it was paper "money") when I was a child, and she always taught me to never have to do that also. But hard times are hard times.

I read through all the posts and some disgust me. Not everyone wants to do this (I get embarrassed when going to the store and pulling out my bridge card) and it's not a lot of money like some people think it is. We only get $200 a month and with the way food costs these days, we can't go all out like a lot of people want to think. We're not overweight and we try to shop for healthy food items with the occasional snack food items also. I will agree that there should be drug testing though. My ex's brother has custody of his child, he's getting food and cash assistance. Sure, he buys food with the food benefits. But when it comes to the cash benefits, he would pull the money out of the ATM and buy drugs with it instead of helping his child with it, which he depended on his mother to buy the child everything anyway. So yes, I do believe drug testing should be mandatory.

Another thing, they changed the rules when it comes to food assistance a couple years ago. It used to be all about income, now it factors in assets also. Which is supposed to make it harder to get food assistance. If you have $5,000 or more in a bank account or your cars market value is $15,000 or more, you won't be eligible anymore.
Who

Wyoming, MI

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#132
Mar 2, 2013
 

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GHamy wrote:
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LOL--my personal fave, the people who would hand me their Bridge Card when I worked at my favorite "fast-food pharmaceutical" establishment, and ask for potato chips in the drive thru. Did I mention the car of choice would generally be an Escalade? In my next life, I know what I am going to do...
I bet I know what color they were...
Baxter

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#133
May 21, 2013
 
Mom in Jenison wrote:
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When we had to use the bridge card, my husband and I both had cell phones. The contract would have cost too much to cancel, and the discount I got through my job made our cell phone plan cheaper than our landline. Not to mention I was required to have a cell phone for work or my contract would have been terminated and we'd have BOTH been out of work. We did cancel our landline phone service, and a myriad of other "extras" we had previously thought were necessities. Don't judge people based on what you see - you have no idea what their budget or situation is.
So your job will pay to assist you with a cell phone but won't compensate you enough for groceries?- There's one problem....
Baxter

Eden Prairie, MN

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#134
May 21, 2013
 
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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.
I've never heard of anyone paying for internet by the year, but if you are struggling horribly enough to need a bridge card, the "contract" should get shut off by the government... period.- Public Libraries have computers with internet, go search for a job there. There is absolutely no reason that someone with a bridgecard needs internet at home.
Batch 37 Pain Is Good

Owosso, MI

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#135
May 21, 2013
 
Limit the purchases to real fruits, vegetables, Meat, pasta and bread and milk products(not ice cream). Sick of seeing fat people using this confiscation of the producers labors for wasteful purchases....... EBT's need new administrators too......
Rick S

Farmington, MI

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Jun 19, 2013
 

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bridge cards are a scam used by low lifes
no two ways about it
Trey

Farmington, MI

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#137
Jun 21, 2013
 
hey it beats working. sucka
Who

Wyoming, MI

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#138
Jun 21, 2013
 
Sheriff_Garrett wrote:
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Wasn't bashing you or anyone else that has/has had genuine need for food stamps/ Bridge Card. What I was referring to is the person who has designer clothes, the latest cell phone, fake nails, hair extensions, and a Cadillac outside waiting while they pay with their bridge card for a can of soup, bag of fritoes, pizza rolls, and microwave dinners. Those people stand out as system abusers, IMHO. As far as your particular case, that is what the bridge card SHOULD be for--people fallen on hard times. You've got nothing to be ashamed of. The people that abuse the system and you are not the same!
i.e.; brown people.

You can say it you know without describing their appearance, if they're not abusing the system they have nothing to worry about.
Who

Wyoming, MI

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#139
Jun 21, 2013
 
Trey wrote:
hey it beats working. sucka
...replied the low-information Obastard supporter parasite.
Casual Observer

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Jun 23, 2013
 

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Rick S wrote:
bridge cards are a scam used by low lifes
no two ways about it
Hey Rick...

I went from earning 80K a year, to ZERO in 2013. It was because of a heart condition. Didn't want to do it, but I finally applied for the Bridge card in May for food assistance. It has helped. I don't buy crap with it. I buy healthy foods, fresh fruits and vegetables from the local Farmer's Market. When my caseworker called to tell me I had been approved, I told him that my mission was to be off of it, as soon as possible. I don't like to accept charity, but I understand there is a need out there for it. I will report EVERY violator of the system that I see...not just shake my head in amazement.

So if you believe that Bridge cards are a scam ONLY used by "low-lifes", I say to you, FUCK YOU! May you soon lose your job and fall on hard times. And change your name to DICK.

“Where I came from”

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Jun 23, 2013
 
Casual Observer wrote:
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Hey Rick...
I went from earning 80K a year, to ZERO in 2013. It was because of a heart condition. Didn't want to do it, but I finally applied for the Bridge card in May for food assistance. It has helped. I don't buy crap with it. I buy healthy foods, fresh fruits and vegetables from the local Farmer's Market. When my caseworker called to tell me I had been approved, I told him that my mission was to be off of it, as soon as possible. I don't like to accept charity, but I understand there is a need out there for it. I will report EVERY violator of the system that I see...not just shake my head in amazement.
So if you believe that Bridge cards are a scam ONLY used by "low-lifes", I say to you, FUCK YOU! May you soon lose your job and fall on hard times. And change your name to DICK.
You are the person who should get help because you paid for it in taxes while you were working, but you know as well as I do there are those who work the system and get things they don't deserve. I hope I never need assistance of any kind but I wont feel guilty if I do because I have been working for over 40 years now and have paid lots of taxes to support these programs. Good luck with your health..
Oneal

Grand Rapids, MI

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#142
Jun 23, 2013
 
Casual Observer wrote:
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Hey Rick...
I went from earning 80K a year, to ZERO in 2013. It was because of a heart condition. Didn't want to do it, but I finally applied for the Bridge card in May for food assistance. It has helped. I don't buy crap with it. I buy healthy foods, fresh fruits and vegetables from the local Farmer's Market. When my caseworker called to tell me I had been approved, I told him that my mission was to be off of it, as soon as possible. I don't like to accept charity, but I understand there is a need out there for it. I will report EVERY violator of the system that I see...not just shake my head in amazement.
So if you believe that Bridge cards are a scam ONLY used by "low-lifes", I say to you, FUCK YOU! May you soon lose your job and fall on hard times. And change your name to DICK.
Just like every attempt to offer aid there will be people that take advantage and abuse it - basically wrecking it for everyone and turning what was intended to be a helping hand into a stigma.

Good luck to you. I hope you get back to a condition that you can once again be self-reliant and healthy. Don't feel the least bit bad in the meantime. You're one of the reasons the Bridge Card was put in place and you seem to have your head on straight about it.

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