Skip to comments.Waiting for midnight, hungry families on food stamps give Walmart 'enormous spike'
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 theyre 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, Walmarts 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. Thats typically when those receiving federal food assistance have their accounts refilled each
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“Thats typically when those receiving federal food assistance have their accounts refilled”
and happens to be when I get paid.
I’m sure the story is meant to raise concern for those on food stamps ... but it tells another tale as well.
Too many people are too da... too stupid to buy groceries and budget it out so that they have enough for a month (or more) and don’t have to rush to friggin Wal Mart at midnight because they are too inept to plan.
I saw a nearly-identical story about a year-and-a-half ago (August, 2010).
Has anything changed, or did someone decide it was time to tug at heartstrings again?
by next week, americans will be starving in the streets, shivering on the sidewalks, and dying in emergency room parking lots because the mean, racist, millionaire loving, middle class eating republicans won't pass whatever reform nancy pelosi says is needed in order to save the planet.
This is the fourth time in the past few years the MS has run the same “Out of food, shopping at midnight story”
Don’t believe me, do a search right here at FR. I know I posted on all the previous threads
Kinda like Hollywood, the news media has NO new ideas for stories
Actually, when Wal Marts offers X Boxes half off plus a fifty dollar credit on top, that deal gets a lot of people into the stores. Who wants to over pay for a gift especially when you save over $200 bucks on one single item?
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, like the couple described at the link. These people have it good, as they say.
The other couple in the article even have a dog!
Stand behind one of these recipients in the grocery line and you will know why they can't manage to last the month out.
By the way...who watches the kids while they shop at midnight?
We don’t need welfare. Corporate America already has coupons for groceries stores and for people who aren’t lazy, you can get 70-80% off your food bill if you use them. Sometimes, with store offers, you can get an entire shopping cart full of food for free.
This is horrific. I don’t think this is the sort of “spike” that the economy needs or wants. It’s like the “dead cat bounce” when after a stock tanks, losing nearly all its value, the stock will usually open up incrementally higher the next day. It’s not like there’s any interest in it, the “spike” is merely technical by nature, as if when you drop a dead cat from atop a 20-story building, you’re gonna get some movement out of it.
The first part of the month I bought enough food for that month. Meat was put in a freezer. Canned goods, peanut butter and other items were stored in the pantry.
My young son hated the crust of bread. When I made him peanut butter sandwiches without the crust for lunch I ate the crust for my lunch.
Somehow with no life insurance , after my first husband's death, I was able to save enough to buy my first home in 1975.
I worked part time, too.
I come from a long line of relatives who believe "where there is a will ....there is a way."
The kids are usually with them............
I bet 2/3 of these people are over-weight! They buy a lot of junk food. (and beer with their own $$$)
My daughter and her 2 kids just moved out. That made 5 in the house for 3 mnths. I bought all the groceries and was spending about $450 a month. Of course that was nothing but food, no extras, and we cook. I bet she spent $300 on sodas and snacks though, so that is where the extra costs come in.
Food stamps, or EBT cards?
Does anyone get the paper food stamps anymore? I though every state had switched to a card by now.
As do companies like Drake’s, Hostess, and Frito-Lay.