There’s a family near me who uses food stamps and all their kids have iPhones and tablets but they can’t even feed their kids and one of them told me when I was babysitting that I should just “apply to get money” if I wanted to get a tablet.
See, that drives me insane! This is a family of five, who were completely out on the street because they couldn’t pay the bills. None of them work. One of them collects 652 per month in disability. That’s it. The husband does nothing but sit at home in his underwear and watch TV all day. Which, I mean, sounds perfect in theory. But if you have three kids who are living in an unfinished basement, is it really necessary to have two laptops, four tablets, and a smartphone for everyone? I get that two of the kids are 16 and 13 but seriously? You don’t have a home. You are living off of your other family members. Are electronic devices really the way to go here?
As of today they will be living in a home with no lights and no running water. But their biggest worry? How will they charge their phones from the car?
FYI: If you are homeless, have no job, very little income, pets, and children who are living in another family’s basement.. perhaps you shouldn’t be using your food stamps to buy things like steak and seafood. Perhaps stubbing your toe isn’t a valid reason to run to the emergency room for narcotics. Perhaps just managing to get by shouldn’t be the goal that you set for yourself. Perhaps, if you are a grown ass adult, you should care for yourself as a grown ass adult. If you are disabled, that is fine! It’s okay to need help. But I don’t think each of your three children need to own an xbox360 and a tablet and have their own cell phone if you can’t even afford to put your own food on the table.
I’m not naming any names. I’m sure the people that I am talking about know who they are and will be righteously offended either way. As for me? I will go eat my sausage and eggs. That we paid for. With cash. After paying rent. And utilities. And moving expenses. And gas money. Because we are grown ass adults. And we are caring for ourselves as such. We ain’t eating steak and seafood. But we’re happy. That’s enough for me. :)