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seedman

Anna, IL

#1 Sep 25, 2011
I love how every time I go into the Jonesboro Casey's I have to wait in line behind everyone who uses a link card. This is such a joke, link cards do have their place but not to buy stuff at gas stations.
joe

Chanhassen, MN

#2 Sep 25, 2011
seedman wrote:
I love how every time I go into the Jonesboro Casey's I have to wait in line behind everyone who uses a link card. This is such a joke, link cards do have their place but not to buy stuff at gas stations.
Cheetos and pepsi are part of one of the food groups.
agreed

Anna, IL

#3 Sep 25, 2011
They buy cigarette and lottery tickets on them at the Milk Store. Tell me how that is legal.
folksmith funk

United States

#4 Sep 25, 2011
Kumbaya is the word and it is the song that's making the scene. Rid this world of hate and bless it with more Kumbaya. Peace and love are in our circle and the presence of our land is in its natural wisdom.
employed

United States

#5 Sep 25, 2011
link card can have two sets of money on them. One for food, and some have cash accounts, to be spent anyway one sees fit I guess. Idk never applied for that. I have one to buy food, so that bills can be paid. Yes I work,@ least 5 days a week, all day. And just cause a person needs a liitle help does not mean they can not have a soda. Maybe they have a very short lunch break, and only have time to grab something quick. Caseys does have cold food,(sandwiches) the only kind of food a link card can buy. My work has no frig or microwave. Sometimes I use a lunch cooler. Believe me, I hate using mine, cause I feel people are judging me, and assume I don't work. I use mine at a gas station RARELY, unless I have no money at all. I ask for you not to assume a person with a link card does not work. As long as they are not buying 10 bucks in candy,(which makes me sick to see also!) please don't judge too hard.
joe

Chanhassen, MN

#6 Sep 25, 2011
employed wrote:
link card can have two sets of money on them. One for food, and some have cash accounts, to be spent anyway one sees fit I guess. Idk never applied for that. I have one to buy food, so that bills can be paid. Yes I work,@ least 5 days a week, all day. And just cause a person needs a liitle help does not mean they can not have a soda. Maybe they have a very short lunch break, and only have time to grab something quick. Caseys does have cold food,(sandwiches) the only kind of food a link card can buy. My work has no frig or microwave. Sometimes I use a lunch cooler. Believe me, I hate using mine, cause I feel people are judging me, and assume I don't work. I use mine at a gas station RARELY, unless I have no money at all. I ask for you not to assume a person with a link card does not work. As long as they are not buying 10 bucks in candy,(which makes me sick to see also!) please don't judge too hard.
If you are working you shouldn't have a link card. I know you can still be eligible for one, but people need to suck it up. America is broke and people just see link cards as free food without thinking of where it cones from. I got by on minimum wage. Its probably a safe bet that you have a cell phone and Internet at home and maybe even satellite. I'm working to pay for your link card and I net you eat better than me. We need to wake up people!!!! The end is near for America. What will these people do when the government is bankrupt? Loot and steal and riot. We need to take care of it now. Link cards should only be used for those that really need it and should only be used for staples like meat, milk, and veggies. No Oreos and doritos.
joe

Chanhassen, MN

#7 Sep 25, 2011
Also doesn't everyone love the people defending their use of link cards while they obviously have Internet at home or a fancy smartphone to post on here? While at the same time there's an elderly person without cable or satellite and struggling to pay their utility bill and pay for medication, and only getting 10-20 bucks a month on their link cards, Then you see 20 something year old, 200+ pound girls at walmart with a heaping grocery cart go up and swipe that link card. Makes you sick doesn't it?
one of a kind

United States

#8 Sep 25, 2011
Whoa now buddy....weight gas nothing to do with the use of a link card..... and let's say that the girl with the heaping pile of food in the cart has 4 kids to take care of..... what if she works 2 jobs but still doesn't have enough money to put food on the table..... and the whole elderly people who can't make their power bill..... I have a lot of elderly family members who refuse to ask for help with anything let alone power bills,...... maybe you should get off your high horse and pull the corn cob out of your ass and take a minute to think that maybe the people using the link card don't want to use it but they don't have any other way to pay for food
Guest

Hamburg, MN

#9 Sep 26, 2011
I don't think it's really fair to judge. I get a pell grant for college...does that make me fair game also?
employed

United States

#10 Sep 26, 2011
I would not have one unless I needed one. I could get cash put on it if I wanted, I haven't. I pay taxes too. My phone is a share line. Not near as expensive an anyother phone bill out there. A mother with two children can not have a phone? One of my children has special needs, if you think that doesn't eat up my cash, your crazy. I could also collect disabilty for my child, but I don't. Believe me I suck it up and make it work. If a working mother of two in this situation doesn't need a link card for food only, idk who does, someone who does not work at all? Idk what was meant by that. It is used at the grocey store, not gas stations, unless I am just dying of thrist, and have no cash, as said earlier rarely. It takes in to account how much certain bills are, and what your income is. If you work, you get don't hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
employed

United States

#11 Sep 26, 2011
yes I do hate using it. I do know where the money comes from, I pay taxes too.
Working father

Anna, IL

#12 Sep 26, 2011
First joe u should be ashamed of yourself. Second, employed, good job. Keep up the great work. See people I dont get link and I help pay for it just for cases like employed, we cant help the hand we are dealt its how we play the table that counts. She could get other assistance, hell she could even probably get a government cell phone free I know few with those but instead she pays what she can and gets as little help as possible. And actually she pays taxes too so she has every right!
employed

United States

#13 Sep 26, 2011
I would just like my point to be, that not all people who use a link card abuse it. So, if one could not judge those who do need them that would be great. If my cart full, it is because I try to keep the trips to the store down, and freeze the meat. Cause even worse than the dirty looks from using a link card, is those people who will stare at my daughter with special needs. Just because someone does not understand the reason behind things, does not mean it is the worse. And thank you working father.
guest123

Herrin, IL

#14 Sep 26, 2011
employed wrote:
I would just like my point to be, that not all people who use a link card abuse it. So, if one could not judge those who do need them that would be great. If my cart full, it is because I try to keep the trips to the store down, and freeze the meat. Cause even worse than the dirty looks from using a link card, is those people who will stare at my daughter with special needs. Just because someone does not understand the reason behind things, does not mean it is the worse. And thank you working father.
You don't have to justify anything to anyone...some people are just ignorant. You sound like an awesome person. Don't ever let anyone make you think any different just because you have a link card.
joe

Chanhassen, MN

#15 Sep 26, 2011
I just hate that the people that really need it are doing without because of people abusing the system. Popping kids out just to get kore benefits, not getting married cuz it'll cause them to lose benefits, then being raised in a one parent home sometimes causes other problems like crime, then millions of tax dollars are used for them in the prison system. Never-ending cycle. We just recently had to cut drug benefits for seniors, people that made our country great. Only in America are poor people fat, eating better than those working their butts off.
joe

Chanhassen, MN

#16 Sep 26, 2011
Does anyone at least agree that link cards should only be used for healthy foods? Meat, veggies, milk.
the dude

Herrin, IL

#17 Sep 26, 2011
Joe I agree. They should only be used for healthy foods, the problem is, who gets to decide what is healthy? Is a pound of hamburger healthy/ How about bacon and eggs? My suggestion would be for foods to have to qualify to count in a section of the food pyramid. Cheetos would fall into the junk foods and desserts and therefore would not be reimbursable. Pop would not be an option.

I also agree that there should not be additional benefit for folks already on the dole who have more kids to grow up in poverty. It should make the belts tighten further, not loosen them up. I would have to more carefully budget if I had 3 more kids, as it should be. People should be reponsible for their childrearing, and think about it before they have intercourse. Be responsible for their actions. That does not seem to be happening.

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#18 Sep 26, 2011
I believe one of the problems causing the poor food choice is that the younger generations do not know how to cook using staple food items. Also, the world is getting faster therefore people tend to buy foods that can be cooked quickly unfortunately these processed food items are not healthy and contribute, among other things, to the obesity epidemic.

Another point being that healthy food tends to be a bit more expensive. Perhaps the government shouldn't tax healthy foods so everyone with or without a link card could benefit.

It is unfortunate that people have abused the system causing the assumption that everyone with a link card must be a system abuser or bad parent.

I presume the good folk who get into a marriage and have children intend to stay that way but situations happen that warrant a divorce. A lot of good hard working women than become single mothers. Sometimes fathers do not pay child support so these good mothers may get a link card to help with the purchase of food. I think this is a good thing for the children as it is not their fault and they should not miss out on food. They should also not miss out on an occasional treat. They should be allowed a candy bar or a Twinkie once in a while.

So I think most rational people are not extremist either way of the argument but do have an intelligent enough brain to understand this. It is ashame that anyone living in America should live in poverty because others are abusing the system. Perhaps some people live this way as a choice.

I do think that anyone asking for government assistance should adhere to a drug test first and utmost. Other than that it is not my business how anyone else pays for their groceries.
Funny

Centralia, IL

#19 Sep 26, 2011
joe wrote:
Also doesn't everyone love the people defending their use of link cards while they obviously have Internet at home or a fancy smartphone to post on here? While at the same time there's an elderly person without cable or satellite and struggling to pay their utility bill and pay for medication, and only getting 10-20 bucks a month on their link cards, Then you see 20 something year old, 200+ pound girls at walmart with a heaping grocery cart go up and swipe that link card. Makes you sick doesn't it?
AMEN! You are exactly right people take advantage of the system. Elderly people cant get any help if they do the state eventally takes what they have to pay it. I agree everyone needs help at some point and time but these women just keep popping out babies so they dont have to work! I know the state pays for birth-control.
joe

Chanhassen, MN

#20 Sep 26, 2011
the dude wrote:
Joe I agree. They should only be used for healthy foods, the problem is, who gets to decide what is healthy? Is a pound of hamburger healthy/ How about bacon and eggs? My suggestion would be for foods to have to qualify to count in a section of the food pyramid. Cheetos would fall into the junk foods and desserts and therefore would not be reimbursable. Pop would not be an option.

I also agree that there should not be additional benefit for folks already on the dole who have more kids to grow up in poverty. It should make the belts tighten further, not loosen them up. I would have to more carefully budget if I had 3 more kids, as it should be. People should be reponsible for their childrearing, and think about it before they have intercourse. Be responsible for their actions. That does not seem to be happening.
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