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Waiting for midnight, hungry families on food stamps give Walmart 'enormous spike'
MSNBC ^ | 11/28/11 | Jessica Hooper

Posted on 11/28/2011 1:37:21 PM PST by Nachum

At the stroke of midnight, a growing number of Americans are lining up at Walmart not to cash in on a holiday sale, but because they’re hungry. The increasing number of Americans relying on food stamps to survive the sluggish economic recovery has changed the way the largest retailer in the United States does business. Carol Johnston, Walmart’s senior vice president of store development, said that store managers have seen an “enormous spike” in the number of consumers shopping at midnight on the first of the month. That’s typically when those receiving federal food assistance have their accounts refilled each

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To: Nachum

As do companies like Drake’s, Hostess, and Frito-Lay.


21 posted on 11/28/2011 2:29:12 PM PST by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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To: Nachum

As do companies like Drake’s, Hostess, and Frito-Lay.


22 posted on 11/28/2011 2:30:13 PM PST by denydenydeny (The more a system is all about equality in theory the more it's an aristocracy in practice.)
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To: Nachum

My guess is that they’re buying up the saleable commodities that they can get cash for. Then taking the cash for drugs. At least the ones that show up at midnight on the last day of the month. Most of the ones I see using EBT cards at Wally World are so damned fat, they couldn’t be starving. Only the druggies come out at night.


23 posted on 11/28/2011 2:32:44 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Nachum
NBC News went shopping with them at the local Walmart when $691 was deposited in their account at midnight on the first of the month.

Two people and a child should be able to eat quite nicely on $170.00 a week if they stick to staples and real food

24 posted on 11/28/2011 2:33:29 PM PST by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: Coldwater Creek
I know of a couple that were getting $400 a month in food stamps. They bought whatever they wanted. Husband would call the wife "I want catfish tonight". Wife would say "But I'm ALREADY making this..." Hubby would say "I don't care, I want catfish". Then he'd stop at the store and pay the market price for catfish.

WHILE ON FOODSTAMPS!!!

I make what most would consider a good income, and I shop sales ALL the time. I spend about $225-$250 a month for 2 people. And I feel I eat pretty darn good.

Bacon or sausage and eggs for breakfast, maybe pancakes or homemade waffles w/ real maple syrup. A fair amount of beef and pork roasts (which I love). A handful of skillet dishes with ground beef. Minute steaks or round steaks.

I bought 1/2 a cow in the spring for $4 a lb.
$4 is expensive hamburger or chuck roast, but its real cheap porterhouse and sirloin.

I buy maple syrup by the gallon up in Wisconsin. $38 for a gallon vs $17 for a quart in the store. Tastes better too.

I've got lazy, worthless relatives who play the welfare system. They get food stamps AND rotate through the area food banks each month.

I shop by whats on sale and cook what I have on hand. (Most of the time I can eat what I want, because I already have on hand what I need. All bought on sale)

First I work to make the money. Then I work again, shopping the sales, to get the most of MY MONEY.

Of course, I guess you could say that "working" the handout system is work also.

25 posted on 11/28/2011 2:35:08 PM PST by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: Nachum

well, now I know when to not go shopping at WalMart.

Sounds like some hellish mix of an OWS encampment, an illegal alien border crossing and the line outside the local welfare office, all rolled into on.


26 posted on 11/28/2011 2:38:38 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: KarlInOhio

I read a story few weeks ago about the rationing of stamps back during depression, WW2. It was required to keep all the stamps in the book, could not be torn out before hand. Then you had to present your ID along with the stamps at the cashier. That is how they prevented fraud.

Now they have EBT cards that my gosh, even work in Casino’s.


27 posted on 11/28/2011 2:42:48 PM PST by Engedi (Hec)
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To: Lady Lucky
While I hesitate to be judgmental about these matters, there are single, widowed, and divorced parents with children who do not have two incomes and a young adult male in the household

There are state programs where the kids can get breakfast and lunch at school for free.

There are 30 days in a month x 3 meals a day= 90 meals per person, per month.

5 days a week in school x 4 weeks a month= 20 days a month x 2 meals= 40 meals per person, per month, free from school

28 posted on 11/28/2011 2:45:36 PM PST by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: Engedi
Now they have EBT cards that my gosh, even work in Casino’s.

At the buffet?

29 posted on 11/28/2011 2:47:44 PM PST by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: Lady Lucky

Excellent question. An appalling number have the kids with them, usually inadequately dressed for the weather. Some are undoubtedly home alone.


30 posted on 11/28/2011 2:55:45 PM PST by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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To: mountn man

Saw this story this a.m. The hungry couple was using a smart phone to check when their card was funded for the month. Wonder how much the cell service monthly charge cost and how much food it would buy?


31 posted on 11/28/2011 3:07:18 PM PST by xcong_1
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To: Nachum

I have a friend that has a full time job, but still can’t always feed his family after bills, so he gets food stamps for his wife and 2 kids. They get $467 a month, paid to their EBT card on the 15th. They budget as best they can, but food is getting more and more expensive. I lend him money when I can so his kids can eat.


32 posted on 11/28/2011 3:20:35 PM PST by christx30
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To: Nachum

And they come in at midnight huh?

More likely that the folks who bought them at 25cents on the dollar are ensuring that they get everything off the card before it gets turned off, or while they can still find and beat down the seller.


33 posted on 11/28/2011 3:27:07 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Nachum

Heard today the DNC are not going for the white voters who work but the elitists, artists, media, hollywood and the impoverished ethnic groups blacks and hispanics who are on public assitance, welfare, foodstamps and extended unemployment. SO EVERYTIME YOU HEAR THE LIAR AND CHIEF TALK ABOUT HELPING THE MIDDLECLASS............


34 posted on 11/28/2011 3:33:50 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: lysie
My young son hated the crust of bread.
I appreciate what you accomplished, and I don't mean to be critical, but your son must not have been very hungry.
Back in the early 60s we were six kids w/o a father and we got so hungry we'd eat the bread, the crust and the wrapper.
If you didn't like what was on the table, you went without.
35 posted on 11/28/2011 3:34:06 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: mountn man
Children in my town, Memphis, Tn. will be receiving 3 meals a day while at school.
36 posted on 11/28/2011 3:41:02 PM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Lady Lucky

Ok, so why doesn’t the guy find a job flipping burgers down on the corner rather than and hour and a half away? There are closer jobs he could find. And why isn’t the gal working? Obviously they have some sort of child care since they don’t have the kid with them at midnight. Why does it take both of them to shop when one could be home with the baby and save having to pay a sitter? That’s money down the drain. If there is a sitter, then the woman can get a job.

And feeding a dog? No, if you can’t feed your kid, you don’t need the dog. Sorry, but I’m not believing this. Someone is lying or is just too lazy to take responsiblity for themselves.

Besides, if you have to make the budget last the whole month, then you don’t shop at midnight on the first. You search the grocery circular every week to get the sales. Then you schedule your trips to hit the soon to expire markdowns. What are they doing buying bacon? Bacon is expen$ive. Granted, tortillas aren’t expensive but they can be made at home for nearly nothing and are way better than store bought. If this is the mentality that they’re using for other parts of their lives it’s no wonder they’re in this shape.


37 posted on 11/28/2011 3:43:28 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: oh8eleven

“... I don’t mean to be critical, but your son must not have been very hungry”.

I think you missed her point, oh8eleven. She didn’t want her son to feel like he was poor or in need. She selflessly ate the crust of the bread for her lunch so that her son could eat the sandwich they way he preferred. I had a great Aunt who was extremely poor. She would tell her family that she didn’t like the taste of meat but did like the fat. What she was doing was leaving the good protein for the children while eating the fat for herself. It’s what a good Mom does.


38 posted on 11/28/2011 3:47:18 PM PST by momtothree
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To: christx30
They budget as best they can, but food is getting more and more expensive. I lend him money when I can so his kids can eat.

God bless you for that. Yes, there is a real food crisis. We know see it were we are too.

39 posted on 11/28/2011 3:48:23 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: christx30

Yes, grocery prices are going up but there’s no way he’s budgeting the best he can. Don’t enable them by giving him money. Teach him to budget correctly.


40 posted on 11/28/2011 3:51:04 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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