I'm assuming that using food stamps isn't exactly a high point in people's lives. Having to take out that card when making purchases at the grocery store is probably rather embarrassing for some. So being deliberately humiliated by the manager of a store in front of an entire line of people could ostensibly be chalked up to one of the crappier days in a person's life.
When Cindy Nerger of Warner Robins, Georgia was at a Kroger grocery store recently, she was allegedly told by the cashier that she owed $10, but she was sure she had enough money on her food stamps debit card to cover the purchases. After a little back and forth, a manager was brought over to resolve the issue. Eventually, he said, "Okay, just give it to her." And Nerger said, "See? I told you it was covered by food stamps." And then she claims that the manager fired back, saying: "Excuse me for working for a living and not relying on food stamps like you!"
Understandably, after the incident, Nerger broke down and started crying. See, even she, a person who uses food stamps, believes that some people who rely on them are "just lazy." But she's not one of them. In 2008, Nerger experienced kidney failure, and she's currently waiting on a transplant, but until then, she has to sit through dialysis for 12 hours a day, making it impossible for her to have a job. Her husband runs a carpentry business, but "if he doesn't get a call for a job, [they] don't have any extra money for the month."
Apparently, Kroger transferred the manager to a different store, and offered Nerger a $15 gift card -- which she refused.
Like Nerger said, some people who use food stamps are just lazy, but the generalization that all people using them are is one that shouldn't be made. And, certainly, it isn't anyone's place to ridicule someone when they're using them. Some people -- perhaps, oh, 47 percent -- really need government assistance. People like Cindy Nerger, who would probably love to work right now. It's nice that she's able to afford a few grocery items, thanks to the government. If you think that's unfair, imagine how Cindy must feel.
What do you think about food stamps?