Today I was blessed with having no children for a few hours, and was off work! My mother took them to a water park while I had a court thing to go to, and my court finished way before I was due to pick them up. So I did some hardcore food shopping since I could use the whole cart and not place food around kids!
Now, before I dive into the tale, I have to admit (I have before on the site in some comment) that I do in fact get food stamps. Basically after rent and all my bills (ie: lights, insurance, internet, and gas money) I simply do not have enough left over for enough food to feed a family of 3. (Should say family of 10 the way my kids tear through food in a day, but whatever, they are growing.) I do not spend lots of money on myself, my cellphone is one of those super old unbreakable Nokia phones, I don't even own a purse, and my nails are always broken and uneven. Only reason I have a decent car is because when my mother bought a new one, she gave me her old one (that she barely drove.)
So I went to my local Hellmart, and decided to stock up on food. I got two bags of the bulk size chicken, bulk size hamburger pattys, and a bunch of other bulk size items. Basically, if it came in bulk size, I got it. And if there wasn't bulk sizes, I got 3-5 of the same item. I probably got enough for a weeks worth of breakfast and two weeks worth of lunch and dinners. I only got one thing of soda for myself, and two things of juice for the kids. I also picked out two bags of candy - one was a bag of suckers for my son to have for doing his chores or his little "homework" and the other was a bag of chocolate for myself, cause, well it's fucking chocolate! I also got some cookie making stuff for a fundraiser I am helping out with. (Not that I can bake, but I got friends who are willing to help.) So all in all, I did pretty good.
I got up to the cashier and I guess she must have seen my Link card. Not that I was hiding it or anything, since I was wearing a nicer suit/pant set that had no pockets and carry no purse, I stuffed it in my phone case. Cashier started giving me some attitude about it all, but hey whatever, not the first time I was treated like shit because I received help from the government.
She rang up all the meat and other lunch/dinner goods without saying anything, but when she got the bags of candy, soda, and cookie making mix she said, "I'm not ringing these up for you."
Cashier: There is no need for you to buy this junk food while using the Link program. Besides, it's for your own health, sweetheart. *looks me up and down - again, I am fat or something (I was waaaay skinnier than her, I wear a size 11 in juniors for pete's sake!!)*
Me: Well, I have never had a problem before buying those items, and its only 4 things compared to my zallion other things.
Cashier: Oh well, my tax money isn't paying for your fatass needs.
My jaw about hit the floor. She actually put the items in her return bin and totalled me out on the other items. Instead of arguing wit her, I paid for my shit, and went to customer service and told them what happened. Girl behind the desk went to the register I was at and got my items for me and let me pay there. She also called up a manager and I left a complaint. Can only hope they do something about it.
I have gotten food stamps for over a year or so now, and this is the first time I was ever denied junk food. I don't buy alot of it, compared to other people. I get roughly around $400 each month, and set aside about $40 for junky food, another 20-30 for random baby food (not including formula) and every Februrary, March, November and December I buy a super cheap cake for kids' and my parent's birthdays.I don't even buy myself a cake, though it would be in one of those same months. If I have some left over at the end of the month, I'll buy canned goods or whatever for food banks. (Or donate what I got left in my pantry because you know, there are times when it looks so good on the shelf, but then never make it.)
So...have any of ya'll ever experienced something like this?