U.S. Army Soldier Patrick Gibson knows about paying his dues for something worthwhile. Not long ago, with the little money left from his paycheck, he stopped at his local Walmart store to buy some food items and diapers for his family. He couldn’t help as he stood in line but notice the two full food carts that the couple was buying in front of him. Little did Patrick know that he was about to see something that would have a profound effect on him as he was standing in the Walmart line that day. He realized that there was something very, very wrong when Patrick saw how the couple paid for their purchase and what they did with it.
He then took to social media to vent his frustrations.
Patrick snapped a photo and shared the picture of his own shop to Facebook, putting it side by side with the cart belonging to the couple in front of him.
He wrote, “The picture you see on the left is the amount of groceries including diapers that I was able to afford this pay period for my family,” which consist of his wife, son, daughter, and himself.
Patrick said that he paid in cash and that he works really hard to make a living and provide for his family.
”The picture on the right is of the purchase in front of me in line. If you can’t tell in the picture there are 2 full buggies of groceries including such items like steak and some other very nice choices of food.”
But, the issue wasn’t just what was in the cart.
“Here’s the kicker. This purchase was made in food stamps.”
Not only that, but Gibson took into account the fact that the couple pulled out an EBT card to pay an $800 grocery bill, as well as folding a huge wad of cash over to get to the card in the first place.
Making matters worse, the couple seemed perfectly capable of physical labor.
The final problem in Gisbon’s book was when watched as the couple loaded their bounty into their carts before he spotted them in the parking lot, putting the heavy grocery bags into the back of a brand new Hyundai Genesis.
That is a car that is worth about $15,000 to $20,000 more than Patrick’s own vehicle.
“I just thought I would take the time to tell this person/family that you are very welcome from all of us hard working/struggling to buy food Americans that have to foot the bill for your fancy steak feast while I skip breakfast and lunch every day (so) that way my wife and children have food to eat every day because $50-$75 dollars doesn’t go very far,” Gibson said, hoping the couple would see his Facebook-post.
“So, you enjoy your $800 free grocery purchase.”
Unsurprisingly, Gibson’s post has received a fair amount of attention.
Many people hopped on to agree with his sentiments.
“I agree with you Patrick 100%. There are a lot that really need it, but as you said, there are a lot that abuse the system and a lot like yourself that need them and can’t get them, especially you and your family,” one person wrote.
Many expressed concern that food stamps and welfare should only help support the bare necessities for those going through hard times. The programs were never meant to be a lifestyle for those who choose not to work.
Others think he’s been too quick to judge a couple he knows nothing about.
“Do you really know their backstory? Don’t be quick to judge someone because you’re angry. How do you know if that person works and their spouse doesn’t work because of problems? That all the money in their pocket is to pay their bills that the new car was a gift? How do you know that’s not the case?” one person questioned.
Patrick Gibson then responded:
“Let’s just call it what it is. We can all sit around and believe in sunshine and rainbows saying the old don’t judge a book by its cover crap, but the reality of it is that so so so many people are abusing the system that was put in place for struggling families. If we can’t even acknowledge that there is a problem, then how can it ever be corrected. And a brand new car as a gift? Really? If they have friends or family with money like that, then its a shame they still need $800 a month in food stamps.”