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More Middle Tennesseans are relying on food stamps to feed their families and more stores are accepting them.

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jane

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I was in Nashville and a lady in front of me bought a large amount of grocerys and had a second buggy behind her full of toys.When it came to pay she paid for the food with food stamps then she rang up the buggy full of toys and paid cash...Then she asked to buy 2 cartons of cigaretts! This "poor woman" had the money to pay her family's food PLEASE .. Give me a break!!! I left the store so mad..
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Did you stare at her ?
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Costco refuses to take card.
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I was in Nashville and a lady in front of me bought a large amount of grocerys and had a second buggy behind her full of toys.When it came to pay she paid for the food with food stamps then she rang up the buggy full of toys and paid cash...Then she asked to buy 2 cartons of cigaretts! This "poor woman" had the money to pay her family's food PLEASE .. Give me a break!!! I left the store so mad..
How could you be mad. You may not have had all the facts, for sure. Maybe she was shopping for somebody else, also. Im no advocate on welfare. I never got it. But for you to get mad, sounds like someting a kid would do, then storm out of the store. Oh yeah, dont forget to speed off in your car, squeeling the tires in the parking lot there, and creating a hazard for pedestrians.
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First time I ever saw a food stamp, was spent by a lady with a 2 carts FULL of food. Had rings on every finger, a fur coat, and drove off in a new cadillac. Blew my mind at the time, and will never forget it.

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My half sister will be thrilled. I never realized what a joke the food stamp and "Families First" programs were until she started using them. She refuses to get a job, that would cut down her benefits. For her and her 2 yr old she gets $375 from Families First (which is on a debit card and you can buy ANYTHING you want with it) and $360 in food stamps! I had no idea. See, my husband and I work our butts off to care of our family so I have never had to use any government help.

I realize there are people out there who DO need it and try hard NOT to need it. However, with my sister and her friends it's abused and they know how to work the system. It amazing that high school drop outs can outsmart our DHS college graduates.

Have I reported her? Yep. Do they care? Apparently not.
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First time I ever saw a food stamp, was spent by a lady with a 2 carts FULL of food. Had rings on every finger, a fur coat, and drove off in a new cadillac. Blew my mind at the time, and will never forget it.
Maybe using food stamps is embarrasing for them to do. In an attempt to distract, they buy rings and such, to try and dispel the myth. Jewelry is a one time purchase. Theyre could have been many occassions, prior to the food stamp situation, where she could have legally obtained these things. Another possibility, is they were obtained illegally , by under the table monies, this would not affect their financial earnings. So let me guess, now you think all people with lots of jewelry, paying with stuff, using food stamps are wealthy?? Think it through. Think about what you are really saying.
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Maybe using food stamps is embarrasing for them to do. In an attempt to distract, they buy rings and such, to try and dispel the myth. Jewelry is a one time purchase. Theyre could have been many occassions, prior to the food stamp situation, where she could have legally obtained these things. Another possibility, is they were obtained illegally , by under the table monies, this would not affect their financial earnings. So let me guess, now you think all people with lots of jewelry, paying with stuff, using food stamps are wealthy?? Think it through. Think about what you are really saying.

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Wasn't a hint of embarrasment, more like a smug grin.If they can buy "rings and such" they don't need US to pay for their food (much less the 672+ pounder that I saw buying the 2 buggies of food...)
I say SELL the jewelry, the fur, and the caddy, if they want to eat. Better than US paying for them to get fatter, while the tax payers starve!
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SUZANNE IN THE BORO wrote:
My half sister will be thrilled. I never realized what a joke the food stamp and "Families First" programs were until she started using them. She refuses to get a job, that would cut down her benefits. For her and her 2 yr old she gets $375 from Families First (which is on a debit card and you can buy ANYTHING you want with it) and $360 in food stamps! I had no idea. See, my husband and I work our butts off to care of our family so I have never had to use any government help.
I realize there are people out there who DO need it and try hard NOT to need it. However, with my sister and her friends it's abused and they know how to work the system. It amazing that high school drop outs can outsmart our DHS college graduates.
Have I reported her? Yep. Do they care? Apparently not.
You are SO right! Makes me sick. When this country started, "if you don't work, you don't eat"
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TOO EARLY SWAGGAR.......the way you talk, you must be eating pretty good on my taxes.
I'll be @ your house Thanksgiving day, so don't be stingy filling my plate with the food I've been buying you.

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Too Early Swaggar wrote:
<quoted text> Maybe using food stamps is embarrasing for them to do. In an attempt to distract, they buy rings and such, to try and dispel the myth. Jewelry is a one time purchase. Theyre could have been many occassions, prior to the food stamp situation, where she could have legally obtained these things. Another possibility, is they were obtained illegally , by under the table monies, this would not affect their financial earnings. So let me guess, now you think all people with lots of jewelry, paying with stuff, using food stamps are wealthy?? Think it through. Think about what you are really saying.
I've lived in public housing for a short time and saw the abuse govt assistance there. Not everyone, especially the elderly and drug addicts, but I tell you there was a LARGE majority of folks that either:

1) were dating a guy/guys that sold drugs or worked their butts off and lived in the household for several months plus, and these women NEVER reported that income. Granted its not their income, but the point is that these men made GREAT money. Money enough to buy thousands of dollars worth of electronics for the home, cars and accessories for the cars while the women spent the welfare money (then AFDC) on partying. The kids, got free clothes, school supplies, etc. from other programs. Hardly anything was spent on the kids themselves. Kids were fed breakfast and lunch at school free, and in the summer there were programs which passed out lunches them too.

2) Mothers sent their older sons to sell drugs or work. Let them continue to live there w/out reporting their income either but charging them "rent" to pay off new furniture, a used car, etc.

I had to exhaust EVERY possible resource possible AND later take a cut in what my daughter in I was eligible for due to purchasing a used car that I owed more than its value for still, AND for child support ordered but NEVER collected. I didn't even have curtains in my apt, let alone a fricken tv or couch. A person gave us a couch one day when my babysitter found out we didn't have anything but a bed and a toddler bed for furniture.

TEN DAYS from the day I was OFFERED a job, my rent went up to $300plus, the food stamps were cut and I never received the monthly cash amount (AFDC) because TECHNICALLY it was supposed to come as child support. I hadn't even rec'd my first check and I was already in debt. So when I see folks that get the luxury of maintaining an EXPENSIVE vehicle, BRAND NAME clothes, shoes, accessories, and DIAMOND Jewelry, I say, the value of those items need to be deducted from their allotment or included as assets. If you can come up w/100+ for some sneakers/boots, then you can apply that to your rent, electric, or grocery bill. If you can "borrow" these kinds of things from family/friends, then you can ask them for some REAL help like a ride to work.

I have no issue w/folks recieving benefits that they are truly eligible for, but don't skirt around the laws to live large under the burden of taxpayers. If you're down on your luck, Hey! I understand, stuff happens, but this is a help up, not a fricken way of life.
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Maybe everyone on here should remember that there are some people who work everyday that still need help. I have a great job, my husband works construction so there are times that he has no work but our family was fine since my income is the one that all of our bills were based on. Then the totally unexpected happened and we recieved custody of two family members. We went from a family of four to a family of six over night. I might not like the fact that we need help but we do. My income isn't enough to pay for three toddlers in day care along with the increase in all our bills. Once my husband is working again then we'll go off of assistance & yes, the children are staying in day care while my husband isn't working. To take them out, they would lose their place & its hard to find one day care with three openings in their ages. Until then, we'll be on food stamps and two of the children will be on Families' First. Our children are not but the two that we are now raising are.

So next time you're grumbling about the woman/man in front of you with the large buggies of food, take a minute to wonder if maybe that person has to have the assistance for a brief time while they get back on their feet. That maybe that person has lost their income & need help for a little while.

“Hey I just got here...”

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different side wrote:
Maybe everyone on here should remember that there are some people who work everyday that still need help. I have a great job, my husband works construction so there are times that he has no work but our family was fine since my income is the one that all of our bills were based on. Then the totally unexpected happened and we recieved custody of two family members. We went from a family of four to a family of six over night. I might not like the fact that we need help but we do. My income isn't enough to pay for three toddlers in day care along with the increase in all our bills. Once my husband is working again then we'll go off of assistance & yes, the children are staying in day care while my husband isn't working. To take them out, they would lose their place & its hard to find one day care with three openings in their ages. Until then, we'll be on food stamps and two of the children will be on Families' First. Our children are not but the two that we are now raising are.
So next time you're grumbling about the woman/man in front of you with the large buggies of food, take a minute to wonder if maybe that person has to have the assistance for a brief time while they get back on their feet. That maybe that person has lost their income & need help for a little while.
Again there's nothing wrong w/getting assistance when needed. However, before anyone should put themselves as a burden to everyone else, they need to exhaust all their OWN resources first. It the RIGHT THING TO DO.

If you have a high priced vehicle that you can downsize and then make ends meet, thats what you do first. If you have years of accumulated jewelry, expensive clothing/accessories, etc. and you can sell them to get you through until back on your feet, then thats the FIRST thing you do. Thats my point.
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unreal wrote:
First time I ever saw a food stamp, was spent by a lady with a 2 carts FULL of food. Had rings on every finger, a fur coat, and drove off in a new cadillac. Blew my mind at the time, and will never forget it.
my husband and i get those looks too when people see our vehicle after we use his food stamp card...dont judge until you kow someone's situation
its the people selling them for drugs or collecting even tho they dont need the help we should be mad at
he had to show all kinds of proof about everything to get the little amount he gets a month
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LoL people see my big OLD cadillac thats 20 miles from completely falling apart and want to judge
helll, cant give the POS away to get any extra money
and its real funny how we can get 200 a month food stamps when thats not what we went for, we went to get tenncare, which was in fact denied but said we were eligible for food stamps...how crazy is that?

“Hey I just got here...”

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I agree with you 100%. People who have nice big and new vehicles should downsize to a more economic car with lower car payments. People need to do what they have to in order to get back on their feet even if it means giving up that big new car and selling some of that jewelry they can do without. And perhaps if they did, they would get more on their foodstamps than just a little bit. Obviously, these facts have never occurred to them or maybe it's just because they're unwilling to do what it takes.
Hardly anything someone driving a cadillace escalade can say to justify the necessity for that type vehicle. If its work vehicle, a truck is more durable; if to hold lots of people, a minivan is waaay more economical. Also, no real need for those exorbitant priced rims when you have kids to feed at home.

I think the bottomline is that the abuse of the system and little checks/balances is the problem. When average citizen who's worked hard for years to accumulate nice things and nice car, gets down on his/her luck, they feel entitled. Why not, so many have been riding their backs for years and years.

If the abusers were controlled and prosecuted, then the average citizen wouldn't be overly burdened and more willing to do the right thing than follow in their footsteps (even if ever-so-slightly). I can relate to their indifference but it doesn't make it okay.

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I know several guys who have been getting $200 a month for years. They do jobs here and ther for cash and taxpayer have been given them stamps for years. My daughter has Downs, I got a kidney disease, had to go on disability. We draw around $1400 a month. All we could get in FT was $68. I had worked for years at my job. Done everything right and legal.

This one guy would sell his FT for half. I would go to the store and get $100 of food, give him $50. It was wrong, but he was going to sell them to somebody. We couldn't get them, but these guys did and probably still do.

I have no problem with anyone getting them that really need them. Alot of people have lose jobs. More people now then ever on them.

There should be more guideline for them. I don't have the answer to how to fix the problem, but there is alot of abuse going on. Women getting them, then having the man living in the home not turning his income in. I think this goes on alot, or he gets paid cash. I know alot of farmers pays the workers, alot of mexicans, cash, then the female and all the kids gets an ungodly amount of help. This is wrong.

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Talking about doing drug testing on people who get FT. Will this help?

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Judi wrote:
LoL people see my big OLD cadillac thats 20 miles from completely falling apart and want to judge
helll, cant give the POS away to get any extra money
and its real funny how we can get 200 a month food stamps when thats not what we went for, we went to get tenncare, which was in fact denied but said we were eligible for food stamps...how crazy is that?
LOL I dont think folks are talking about older/used cars but nice brand new cars that run $20k+ and car payments of $500+. LOL they probably blue-booked your car and thats WHY they givin you $200/month. LMAO No offense to your car.
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We're not talking about old cadillacs running on their last cylinders.....we're talking about NEW vehicles like Escalades, Mercedes, Big Duelie Trucks and so on. I was behind an illegal and his wife in Kroger's two nights ago and watched him use food stamps then walk out and get in a fairly new Duelie Truck sitting two spaces down from my car. Now that's what we're talking about.
i get it, i should have put in there that we get asked how we get food stamps when we drive the caddy, it looks good but runs like sh!t. i get your point, i wasnt clear in my statement.
i agree on what youre saying, but like you said in the cash for clunkers thread, we dont always know the situation. MOST of those people, mostly illeagals get brand new cars and food stamps and the whole 9 yards which is wrong
its also wrong for people to get them when they have the means to buy all that jewelry and vehicles with cash and still use them when they could use that money to do for themselves with out the states help.
again, i apologize for niot making myself clear

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