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Old 06-27-2009, 08:06 PM
 
Location: Conejo Valley, CA
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I use to go shopping at a grocery store in the poorer part of town and noticed that a lot of people using food stamps made stupid purchases. Anyhow, yesterday I was at the grocery store and used an automated check and the person's receipt before mine got stuck to mine and did not realize it until I looked at home.

Regardless, the total was for $150 and the type of purchases were pretty ridiculous. For example they spent $10 on premium fruit juice (two 1/2 gallon containers), $12 on two packs of premium hot dogs, expensive snack foods, etc. Around $100 of it was spent very wastefully, the other $50 was spent on meats and such that were on sale. Anyhow, for the same money I could easily get double the food.

Anyhow, why have food stamps when the people so wastefully spend them? They are essentially store gift cards with some restricts. I don't think anybody should starve in an advanced country like the US, but at the same time why are tax payers forking out money so low-income folks can buy foods that many of don't buy because of the high costs?
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:11 PM
 
Location: South Fla
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See I dont mind the food stamp program for say people that were working and got laid off NOT fired but laid off. That needs help because there is a time that we all need help

I do have a problem for someone to sit on their butt and collect them.

I know someone that is getting 567.00 a mth in food stamps for her and 2 children. Lets just say now that she is getting those no more dollar chips or such.

I am the one buying the dollar bag of chips
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:17 PM
 
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Many people are in need of food stamps but there is a lot of abuse. Some people just do not know how to shop. I do believe they should restrict snack foods like chips, soda an candies.
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:18 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Many people are in need of food stamps but there is a lot of abuse. Some people just do not know how to shop. I do believe they should restrict snack foods like chips, soda an candies.
They are already restricted, or used to be.
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:20 PM
 
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I use to go shopping at a grocery store in the poorer part of town and noticed that a lot of people using food stamps made stupid purchases. Anyhow, yesterday I was at the grocery store and used an automated check and the person's receipt before mine got stuck to mine and did not realize it until I looked at home.

Regardless, the total was for $150 and the type of purchases were pretty ridiculous. For example they spent $10 on premium fruit juice (two 1/2 gallon containers), $12 on two packs of premium hot dogs, expensive snack foods, etc. Around $100 of it was spent very wastefully, the other $50 was spent on meats and such that were on sale. Anyhow, for the same money I could easily get double the food.

Anyhow, why have food stamps when the people so wastefully spend them? They are essentially store gift cards with some restricts. I don't think anybody should starve in an advanced country like the US, but at the same time why are tax payers forking out money so low-income folks can buy foods that many of don't buy because of the high costs?
The Department of Defense's spent $640 on a toilet seat and $436 on a hammer and the National Park Service gets a $797,400 outhouse....

and you're wondering why the government allows people to make stupid purchases with food stamps?
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:21 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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I don't know about your state, but in our state there used to be a special place that people went to get food that was free. Food stamps came along so their feelings would not be hurt and they would not be shamed to have to go get the food at that place.

I don't see this changing because there seems to be more people using food stamps than people buying their own food. Do you think they are going to vote for the president that changes that.

I am like you. I want everyone to be able to eat, but there should be some accountability, such as having to return the receipt to someone who can check to make sure the nutrition is being bought.

Does this bother me? Only because it is not right. But there is One that sees everything that happens and although some don't realize it, He is in control. I praise God that our needs have always been provided. People think they are getting away with things, but they are not. Some day this will all come home to roost.
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Yeah they still are restricted.

$6.00 hot dogs ! I buy the $.89 ones.

Well when it's not your money you don't care how it's spent cause you'll just go back for more when it's gone.
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:25 PM
 
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The Department of Defense's spent $640 on a toilet seat and $436 on a hammer and the National Park Service gets a $797,400 outhouse....

and you're wondering why the government allows people to make stupid purchases with food stamps?
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The P-3C Orion antisubmarine aircraft went into service in 1962. Twenty-five years later it was determined that the toilet shroud, the cover that fits over the toilet needed replacement. Since the airplane was out of production this would require new tooling to produce. These on-board toilets required a uniquely shaped, molded fiberglass shroud that had to satisfy specifications for the vibration resistance, weight, and durability. The molds had to be specially made as it had been decades since their original production. The price reflected the design work and the cost of the equipment to manufacture them. Lockheed Corp. charged $34,560 for 54 toilet covers or $640 each.

President Reagan held a televised news conference in 1987, where he held up one of these shrouds and stated: "We didn't buy any $600 toilet seat. We bought a $600 molded plastic cover for the entire toilet system." A Pentagon spokesman, Glenn Flood stated, "The original price we were charged was $640, not just for a toilet seat, but for the large molded plastic assembly covering the entire seat, tank and full toilet assembly. The seat itself cost $9 and some cents. The supplier charged too much, and we had the amount corrected." The president of Lockheed at the time, Lawrence Kitchen, adjusted to the price to $100 each and returned $29,165. "This action is intended to put to rest an artificial issue," Kitchen stated.
That is from wikipedia's page on toilet seats - the sources are listed.
Toilet seat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Great to see that you know what other people should do with their diet and time.

A friend just gave me the book Stuff White People Like.
Entry No. 62 is: Knowing What's Best for Poor People.
Perhaps you could stop by a bookstore and take a gander.
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Old 06-27-2009, 08:38 PM
 
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so to assure that there are no food stamps spent on the "expensive" cut of hot dogs or sugar cerals instead of oatmeal, you want to have a look at the reciept? you want to waste even more money on policing a food stamp person making sure the budget shop. should they have to buy all store brand products, should the name brands be off limits, day old bakery products. what if it's your kids birthday, can he have the better hotdogs? perhaps a class on how to shop and make your food stamp dollar go farther would help. we will always have people who take advantage but I am not willing to "big brother" people who for the most part just want to feed their kids.
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