Skip to comments.My Time at Walmart: Why We Need Serious Welfare Reform
Posted on 12/13/2011 12:23:23 PM PST by gabriellah
During the 2010 and 2011 summers, I was a cashier at Wal-Mart #1788 in Scarborough, Maine. I spent hours upon hours toiling away at a register, scanning, bagging, and dealing with questionable clientele. These were all expected parts of the job, and I was okay with it. What I didnt expect to be part of my job at Wal-Mart was to witness massive amounts of welfare fraud and abuse.
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Try not paying your taxes for a while. Yes, they use guns.
Agreed. A little chubby in the arms, but pretty darned “Not Guilty!” in my book.
Where government assistance exists, fraud exists.
It exists in places like WalMart. It exists in grocery stores. It exists in support for moms with small children, hungry families, welfare recipients, housing subsidies, health care institutions...
I worked in a pharmacy where we had a lot of ‘former’ foreign nationals who came here on a refugee status. Once here, the elder people were placed on Social Security without working a day in their lives in the U. S.
People would come in with prescriptions all the time, with very flashy jewelery on. Large gold chains, expensive watches, expensive clothing, keys to expensive vehicles, the evidences of wealth were plentiful.
None the less, these people would flop a government card on the counter, and demand poverty rates.
I once observed a person pull a large roll of money out of his pocket to pay for an item. When he found out the item was going to cost him over $20.00, he put the money back in his pocket and flopped the government card on the counter.
When I registered to take some college courses, a student that I recognized as a member of the community of former refugee status folks, claimed poverty to get reduced tuition and book fees. The guy was well dressed, and had keys to an expensive type of vehicle.
As a nation, we are generous to the point of being destructive to ourselves.
I have also noted that there has been an absolute explosion of good causes, that advertise on television, through the mail, and in other ways. Many of these organizations are the pet projects of Liberals or Leftists.
It’s my take that a very large sum of expendable cash is being siphoned off this nation, to be used by the Left as they see fit.
Instead of investing these funds to create jobs, those funds are being burned off to spread the idea that the Left in the United States has a massive heart.
When you realize who actually donates, you realize the Left’s heart is quite shriveled.
All you’ve done on this thread is to write one line questions. What’s your solution?
You guys already spent your money. So yes, you’ve turned Social Security into a huge ponzi scheme, where you are collecting money off us so that you can get paid twice.
The sad thing is that once the system collapses, we’ll be on the hook for it all.
Thanks for thinking of us!
That's pretty astute. On what? (Watch the "you guys" crap. I'm not old enough for SS.)
Haha! I’m the author of that article. My brother actually works at Ken’s! I love it there.
We might also consider $5000 cash rewards for turning in welfare cheats along with a lifetime benefits ban for anyone trying to game the system.....that might set night on fire....heh....
Exactly. No crap like soda and chips. No crap like TV dinners and other outrageously expensive frozen goods. Let ‘em buy flour, corn meal, powdered milk, raw onions, taters and as a bonus 59 cent pot pies from Aldi. I’m sure that there are some other like items they could buy.
Free food to survive but nothing but the basics.
Oh, so you aren’t a boomer then? That makes no sense at all.
Let’s see. Welfare, Unemployment benefits. All the pork infrastructure, bank bailouts. USAid, funding for planned parenthood, etc.
That’s where your money went. Now you’re spending ours. You spent your own already. Don’t ask for ours.
The system would have remained solvent if the boomers did as their parents did and had enough kids. Not only did you spend what you made, you didn’t have the kids, so the system is insolvent AND there’s no money left.
Medicare??? Excuse me, but Medicare isn’t a handout. The recipients have paid into that all their working lives. It isn’t an “entitlement.” You’re buying into the propaganda. It doesn’t belong in the “welfare” catagory.
Free spuds? Awesome. :D
I do? Is that why I post here? Thanks for letting me know.
Do you post here for some really critical reason we should all respect?
Or are you just lashing out because I have a different opinion?
Let's hear it, lay it down Beanie. Do let's.
The Mormons run a welfare plan in similar nature to what you described. It actually works fairly well. Of course, some Freepers were denouncing it anyway.
Wem ust totally derail the gravy train.
We can build a new smaller train with a lot less passengers and passenger capacity (ie the truly needy), but the current train needs to be derailed and demolished.
I would bet over 80% on welfare now, would not qualify for being a true welfare case.
...gotta run for now or I'd post a few.
Past experience has taught me to ignore that progressive troll.
All that fraud is known.
I am a conservative and hate the concept of those handouts.
However,can somebody answer me an honest question:
In any population you have a percentage of useless,lazy, dumb people. Who have no interest in working at all, ever - they just want to sit on their butt and watch TV and play XBox.
If those people don’t get their Gov handouts, they have 2 options: get a Job or do Crime.
If they get a Job they, are lazy bums and will work as such ,they can only get employment with US Government - anybody who been to DMV or USPS knows how valuable those ex-welfare Queens are.
The second option is to do crime. One can say: well if they steal they get locked up. Good! Now what is the cost of Arrest,Trial,lawyers,judges,etc.. and then 50K per year to keep them in Jail? It seems to me giving them Section8, food-stamps,and welfare is cheaper,then either employing them or Jailing them?
I understand its a short term solution,considering the scum procreate.
Yep. I didn't add on my earlier comment that while state and local governments are the legal places for charity, if anywhere, I would argue that it is not the proper role of any government at any level to take the earnings of one individual and bestow them on another, simply for charity. That debate, though, should be at the local or state level, not federal.
For one, the argument is philosophical; the other is a constitutional argument.
I do every month or close too it but I buy mainly for the month. I pay cash.
MY solution is to terminate welfare completely and start over if necessary.......What's yours?
I would like the ability to make a choice as to who my next Commander-in-Chief is, thank you.
What's really frustrating is that you've been tasked with the question about what YOU would do but have ignored the question.......
Bump for later.
I still don’t get the “you guys” bit. I will do OK I guess, but I refuse to call SS “welfare, “ and will call out anybody who does.
And you of course point that fact out on each of those sites hoping to gain your own semblance of relevance........
Can you spell "STALKING" neighbor? Sure you can.........
No, sorry. I don't visit hardly any blogs.
Maybe once each to see first hand the lameness and advertisements.
I stay off of blogs, they suck and are full of viruses.
You should too. Besides, there is no fact checking at blogs.
Blogtards can claim the giant toads ate Atlanta this morning.
Fact is.. it likely didn't happen.
MAINE. The Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC) released a 35-page report examining Maines vast welfare system to provide an in-depth look at the causes of Maines growing government dependency crisis.
September 9, 2010
Fixing the System: Freeing Maine Families from Welfare Dependency http://www.mainefreedomforum.com/fix-the-system-freeing-maine-families-from-welfare-dependency/
Today, almost one in three Mainers is trapped in the welfare system. Let me repeat that: almost one in three people in Maine are on some type of welfare program. All this, despite the fact that Maine has a poverty rate below the national average.
In Maine right now, 29 percent of the total population is on some form of welfare. By any measure, Maine is the most welfare dependent state in the nation. Maine ranks second in the nation in the percent of its population on Food Stamps, second for TANF cash assistance, and second for Medicaid.
good gravy train. you paid way more in taxes than i earned at my customer service gig to take care of myself, a wife, five kids, and two grandkids. but then . . . we receive c. 5K tax refund each year. not fair. you should pay less. i should pay more. i hope you enjoy great success at what you do, and enjoy what you do for a living.
The vacation may have been prepaid, a gift, paid by another person or something won in a contest.
Likewise, the "sports car" may belong to another party. The age of the car is also a factor, etc.
If you don’t realize that most of this assistance is bogus - ie, non-essential to life, then you will NOT realize that our and your monies are being spent unnecessarily.
Emergency funds for actual individuals for food and housing is one thing, but providing them with cable TV, Network access, etc. is NOT part of the bargain.
Today, our poor have more than 99% of the rest of the world!
Another Civil War.
Hence my tagline, a quote from Jim Quinn of www.warroom.com
I have a simple plan. Leave the welfraud system as it is except for one thing. That change would be anyone on welfare/EBT for over 5 years is subject to a national lottery. One of these freeloaders would "win" each year. The "winner" would be publicly executed on April 15th. That might put some fear in them.
We should also require implantable contraceptives like Norplant for every female in the household from 13 - 53 to ensure those who say they cannot feed themselves do not create more mouths to feed. The welfare generation stops at that time, while there would soon no longer be the excuse “I can’t work, I’ve got 3 little ones”.
My wife is a CSR at a WMSC....everything you write is true and more....
Great visit with the Obama demographic.
I liked Larry Niven’s universe - dole yeast, free, just enough to keep you alive, didn’t taste good. Motivation to get a job to eat better.
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