While shopping for his weekly groceries, a man noticed something strange. The person in line behind him had so much more food than him, yet they were not paying for the groceries with their own money. Instead, they were relying on government benefits to provide food for their family. Angered that this person was getting a better deal than him despite his efforts to work hard, he snapped a picture comparing the contents of his grocery cart against the other EBT person’s cart. Then he shared the images on Facebook and the post quickly went viral.
Patrick Gibson is just like a lot of other Americans. He has his head down and works hard to provide for his family. He doesn’t like to take handouts and as a result, he has to work long hours at difficult jobs.
But when he saw someone shopping at his local grocery store with a cart loaded with extravagant items, he couldn’t help but be envious. But when he saw how they were paying – with their food stamp card – he felt cheated. Why was this person getting benefits when he wasn’t? Why did he have to work for his food while this person got a check from the government every month? He didn’t think it was fair especially because he said they were buying “such items like steak and some other very nice choices of food.”
Gibson on the other hand was purchasing fruit and diapers for his children. Gibson’s posted continues as follows:
“Sorry but I had to vent. 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 (wife, son, daughter, myself), which was paid in cash since I actually work hard for a living. 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 two full buggies of groceries including such items like steak and some other very nice choices of food. Here’s the kicker. This purchase was made in food stamps, which I wouldn’t have a problem with if I didn’t see the person move their big fold of cash out of the way to get to the EBT card and then load them into the back of a brand new Hyundai Genesis. That is about $15-20 more than my car. I just thought I would take the time to tell this person/family that you are all 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 that way my wife and children have food to eat every day, because $50-75 dollars doesn’t go very far. So you enjoy your $800 free grocery purchase.”
Clearly Gibson is angry that this person seems to be getting it better than him. Perhaps this person was abusing food stamps, but the service does help people in need. And perhaps, Gibson could benefit from food stamps and be able to eat breakfast and lunch along with his family.