It happened again, this time at a Walgreens.
The counter is loaded with ice cream, cokes, chips and enough candy to make the entire dental industry giddy in anticipation of the cavities to come.
Time to pay up, and you guessed it.
Out comes the food stamp card--known as a SNAP card. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the key word here being nutritional.
I'm steaming. I've been trying to get back home while fighting weather and an impending head cold. Detours and delays equal additional income spent on food, lodging and gas while also resulting in lost income by not being able to be back at the home base. Money which I earned and comes out of my pocket--not the government's.
The cashier bags up the first hog's junk and it fills up that little shopping cart. The second hog places a pack of gum on the counter, whips out her EBT card, which stands for Electronic Benefits Transaction, paid for the chewing gum and got $20 bucks cash back. Then she bought two packs of cigarettes.
Then she did ANOTHER transaction for more gum, got ANOTHER $20 bucks back and used that to buy a case of beer!
I let both of those fat, arrogant parasitic pieces of human sewage know exactly what I thought of them. A manager was called. He tried explaining to me the store's "policy" on taking food stamps and EBT and cash back for cigarettes and beer. I told him what I thought. He told me he'd call the police. I handed him my phone, made sure he noted it was NOT a brand new high-dollar iPhone like the one used by Hog #1, and told him to call the police because a crime was damned sure being committed--only not by me, but by him and his Hog slopping clientele.
Police show up. I'm still steaming. Hogs have left. Didn't see what kind of "ride" they were in, but you know, it wouldn't have surprised me if they were in a new car than my pickup truck.
Police tell me I was out of line. I tell the police to basically kiss my ass. They explain the concept of "criminal trespass" to me if the store wants to go that route. I explain the concept of how much CASH my wife and I spend at said store on prescriptions and goods (although that came to a screeching halt). Dipshit manager tells me they don't care WHERE the money comes from (government welfare or cash from hard-working honest citizens) that it all spends the same.
We have a choice where we can spend our hard-earned money. So long as we continue to spend it at the large corporate entities that support Obamacare, welfare for anyone and everyone simply so that they can skim from it, retailers who buy the vast majority of their goods from communist China, who mark their prescriptions up for insurance reimbursement 1000% or more, who cut thousands of jobs while giving their senior executives huge raises and bonuses. . .
So long as we continue to spend our money with brands like that, we, America, as a nation, will continue to go under. So long as we continue to stay silent when we see the abuses go on, we, America, as a nation will continue to go under.
Son of a bitch.
If our forefathers had thought like that, we'd still be having tea at 4:00 every day and bowing to some king or queen.
Just where, in our societal evolutionary process, did we lose our collective ovaries and testicles?
Money runs our government. Trying to get the whores inside of the beltway to listen to us is futile. They listen to the big corporations.
So long as we continue to feed the big corporations, who in turn, screw us, there is no reason for the Beltway whores to pay us any mind whatsoever. Half the nation pays taxes, the other half doesn't. Washington pays more heed to those who pay no taxes because they are the easiest votes to buy.
And those easy votes are being courted by retail whores like Walgreens and CVS.
No thank you. I'm still free to spend my money where I choose, and I choose not to support corporations who promote and pander to those who abuse a system designed to help those temporarily struggling.
Because when you start putting up your "We welcome SNAP" signs over your private brand JUNK FOOD and ICE CREAM and private brand COKES and PASTRIES, you are promoting a gross abuse of the system.
Think about that the next time you find yourself in one of these places.
Then have the guts to take a stand.