I see your glare. Don’t for one moment think I’m oblivious. Of course, you made it pretty obvious… so I would know of your disapproval. I don’t think you’re looking at what I’m buying, though. It’s not junk food or desserts. But, you probably don’t care. You probably think that I’m taking advantage of the system. It was pretty clear to me when you passed by me and made quite the loud comment “nice purse.”
Yes, I do have a nice purse. But you were at least five feet away from me. I invite you to take a closer look. It’s quite well-worn. It’s got scuff marks on it. And dirt I can’t get off. Some of the stitching is frayed. Oh, and it was a gift. I guess I’d have to tell you that one, though. Even I know you can’t be a mind reader.
Maybe you should follow me out to my car. The 2002 Subaru that has some rust on it. The one whose oil light doesn’t go on, and just by luck I found out it had no oil in it. Let’s take a drive. You hear that whine when I press on the gas? That’s my transmission. I don’t know when it’s going to fail.
Oh! How about I show you my bank account statements? You know, the one where I can’t even have an account in my own name? Wait… then you’d see my iPhone. But then I’d have to speak to you again. The phone is at least three years old. My dad gave it to me. I only pay $40/month for service. That’s cheaper than those pay as you go plans.
You can come home with me. It’s a quaint house. It’s my mom’s. We’re two months behind on the mortgage (but I’d have to tell you this too). But while I’m there I can show you a couple of things. Like, the letter from Social Security that says I get just a little over $1100 a month. And maybe my med container. I’d be happy to let you know what they’re all for.
The thing is, though, I shouldn’t have to do this to prove that I actually do need food stamps. No one should. 99% of people need them. There will always be the ones who are working the system, and it’s pathetic that people like you think we’re all like that. There are bad apples everywhere.
So, I urge you next time not to judge. People on food stamps may have nice things, but you have no idea the story behind them. Perhaps they used to have great jobs and got laid off and could barely afford their house, and they can’t sell it because it’s worth less than they owe. You never know. So stop being so judgemental. There are reasons, and we all have different stories.