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The Face of Poverty in America, 2016

Sunday morning, 10:30, Walgreens, waiting to pay for my photos. I become aware of the cashier at the stand behind me saying to her customer, “tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets — this is a list of the things you can’t buy with food stamps.” A male in his 50s, Mexican, 12-pack of Bud on the counter.

He puts away his EBT card, pulls out cash, and leaves, Bud in hand. I watch as he gets into a Dodge 4X4 pickup and drives off. It is not new, not in the best shape, but it’s decent transportation.

  • BillyHW

    Poor people all have nicer phones, TVs and cars than me.

    • ntt1

      don’t forget the big screen tv, its always way bigger than what we can afford,

      • Justin St.Denis

        I’ve noticed that, too.

    • marty_p

      The first time I encountered the concept of the poor having ass backwards priorities was as a university student. I had a summer job working for a major utility as a summer student technician where I had to enter numerous public housing apartments during the course of my employment. My favorite (and most memorable) encounter was the guy in his TCHC (back then called Ontario Housing) apartment who, as I was performing my job, proceeded to inform me that I was “stupid for working” and that I should look at him…he had his beer, his pay tv, his tunes, and his smokes…and he advised me “You’re workin’ for me”…

    • Justin St.Denis

      The poor people around where we live tend to have recreational vehicles as well – boats, skidoos, trail bikes, you name it! Very odd indeed.

  • For the first time in human history, poverty is marked by obesity.

    Something is certainly wrong with this picture.

    • Gary

      True , CUPE and the pro-welfare groups want to make Air Conditioning a Human Right for Government housing and have Obesity be a disability to go on ODSP.

      There is a welfare Office near me that is next to a twin tower Apartment unit where refugees come from the AirPort to sign up for welfare and health care while they then go Rent a Unit in the tower and the go to the Employment Centre top look for “Diversity” jobs as a non-citizen protected in the Charter for employment .

  • UCSPanther

    It puts a damper on work ethic when you see welfare people with fancy cars, fur coats, big screen TVs, Xboxes and expensive foodstuff…

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Every fall when the weather turns in Alberta the Lower Mainland fills up with Alberta license plates of all the welfare chiselers who spend their winters here.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Toronto’s “homeless population” more than quadruples every summer. It’s been like this for years. I have come to conclude that “homeless” is not a real word since its meaning seems to change from one season to the next. That’s a dead giveaway, no pun intended………..

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        I never give without asking where they’re from. Never have I encountered a beggar who was actually from here.

  • Recently, I found a beggar looking through his I-phone or Samsung latest edition e-mails, someone I had been weekly giving a dollar or so to when he stood in front of my supermarket begging. After that high tech encounter I stopped giving him money.

    • Justin St.Denis

      And why do so many panhandlers have large dogs?