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Cow Poke
01-27-2014, 02:21 PM
Got some groceries this afternoon at Walmart.

Lines were long, everybody getting ready for the deep freeze.

I had JUST ENOUGH items not to go through the "20 items or less" line.

Woman in front of me had FULL cart, plus 4 small children.
I should have known better!

As she’s putting stuff on the counter, kids are screaming, and she keeps telling the ringer-upper “this is on sale 2 for a dollar” “this is on sale for 33 cents” “this is on sale for 99 cents a pound”, etc….
She’s in slow motion, and the ringer-upper is a young lady who’s being VERY patient, but I could tell she was getting anxious….
The tally rang up, finally, to $336 and change.

THEN the woman started digging through her purse for COUPONS!!!!
No order, whatsoever, she just kept digging through the stack of coupons for ones she thought might apply, and not all of them did!
After a season of that, the NEW total was $311 and change.

NOW she can’t find her WIC card!
She digs through her purse, all her pockets, her purse again, then asks the ringer-upper “if I find it later, can I get refunded on the WIC items?”
The ringer-upper assures her she can, but she’ll need to do that at the service desk.
The woman agrees, but NOW she cannot find her CREDIT card.

She digs through her purse, FINALLY finds the credit card and pays, and AFTER it “swipes”, she says, “Oh, here’s my WIC card!”
And she insists that the ringer-upper re-ring her WIC items, and retotal the balance.
This requires a CSM (Customer Service Manager?) and it takes a few minutes for one to arrive.

CSM finally arrives, and says “we need to re-scan all the WIC items”, and starts doing so.
The ringer-upper looks at me with a “I’m so sorry” look, and I ask her politely if it’s possible to open the next line over (right behind me) and ring up my stuff.
The CSM overhears, and agrees, and I start handing my things over (they were already on the belt by that time).

Again, the ringer-upper apologizes sincerely for the delay, but I tell her, “hey, it’s not your fault that a customer was totally unprepared to shop”, at which the woman turns to me and yells “F you!”

Sheeeeeesh.

My tax dollars at work!

As I was headed to the exit, the woman was still having things re-scanned, and arguing with the CSM.

Catholicity
01-27-2014, 03:34 PM
Oh... Oh dear... If someone can afford $311 in groceries why are they on WIC? I get WIC now. WIC is for pregnant women and children up to age 5 with a certain income limit. A family of four in 48 states may make up to 43,568 and receive WIC. Although if we made that much I probably would never set foot inside the WIC office. Quite frankly if you have 4 people in the home and made that, the grocery bill wouldn't be that high in one trip (well not in my house) We'd be saving some money for other things. And in all honesty you don't argue with someone like that. Its insanity. If you use govt. aid, please use it responsibly.

Cow Poke
01-27-2014, 03:38 PM
Oh... Oh dear... If someone can afford $311 in groceries why are they on WIC? I get WIC now. WIC is for pregnant women and children up to age 5 with a certain income limit. A family of four in 48 states may make up to 43,568 and receive WIC. Although if we made that much I probably would never set foot inside the WIC office. Quite frankly if you have 4 people in the home and made that, the grocery bill wouldn't be that high in one trip (well not in my house) We'd be saving some money for other things. And in all honesty you don't argue with someone like that. Its insanity. If you use govt. aid, please use it responsibly.

Well, I don't see it as often as I used to -- probably because you can't really tell when they're using a State Debit Card as opposed to their own personal funds unless they say something -- but I HAVE seen people run all their "regular" groceries through, and have the clerk "tally" them, THEN they run their beer, cigarettes, and other NON-qualifying stuff and pay for those on their OWN credit card.

There are just so MANY ways to cheat! :shrug:

Catholicity
01-27-2014, 04:03 PM
Well, I don't see it as often as I used to -- probably because you can't really tell when they're using a State Debit Card as opposed to their own personal funds unless they say something -- but I HAVE seen people run all their "regular" groceries through, and have the clerk "tally" them, THEN they run their beer, cigarettes, and other NON-qualifying stuff and pay for those on their OWN credit card.

There are just so MANY ways to cheat! :shrug:
well non qualifying stuff also includes shampoo and toilet paper. But when I got FS I used to pay for those with cash.

Cow Poke
01-27-2014, 04:22 PM
well non qualifying stuff also includes shampoo and toilet paper. But when I got FS I used to pay for those with cash.

Didn't know that.... maybe that's why the local shelter dispenses so much of those products. :shrug: I certainly wouldn't begrudge anybody necessities such as those, but, as a police officer, I've seen TOO MANY TIMES where "dad" can buy beer and cigarettes, but mom has to work the local resources to get groceries.

Sparko
01-27-2014, 04:25 PM
rule #1
never get behind a woman in a shopping line.
rule #2
go to rule #1


corrolary 1
the bigger her purse the slower she will be

DesertBerean
01-27-2014, 05:13 PM
Shampoo and toilet paper don't qualify?? How are they getting to job interviews if they can't get help to smell good????

Catholicity
01-27-2014, 05:21 PM
Shampoo and toilet paper don't qualify?? How are they getting to job interviews if they can't get help to smell good????
They don't you are not legally allowed to purchase them with food stamps. Food stamps are for food only. That is why charities dispense toiletries. And unfortunately CP my ex-husband would attempt to take money for toiletries and use it for beer and cigarettes when I needed it to purchase necessities. And too many people told me I should stay in that relationship for my child's sake or else I was violating the Bible. Umm......

LostSheep
01-27-2014, 05:21 PM
Shampoo and toilet paper don't qualify?? How are they getting to job interviews if they can't get help to smell good????

Amen to that!

rogue06
01-27-2014, 05:22 PM
It isn't just folks on WIC. I seem to always find myself behind someone with a shopping cart brimming over in the "15 items or less line" who waits until everything is totaled before it even dawns on them that they need to get their checkbook out.

I always have my check filled out except for the total before they're finished scanning my purchases. I'm also finding myself going to the self check out areas more often as a result.

Cow Poke
01-27-2014, 05:24 PM
It isn't just folks on WIC. I seem to always find myself behind someone with a shopping cart brimming over in the "15 items or less line" who waits until everything is totaled before it even dawns on them that they need to get their checkbook out.

I always have my check filled out except for the total before they're finished scanning my purchases. I'm also finding myself going to the self check out areas more often as a result.

yeah

DesertBerean
01-27-2014, 05:29 PM
Oh food stamps. Sorry. My reading comprehension dives sometimes.

We run a pantry for church members that need help. It's separate from the food ministry outcleanliness is a buy deodorant shampoo and stuff like that on the theory that cleaniness boosts morale. If they don't like the brands...hmmmm....but they're in need....?

Edited: erm, i don't run the pantry or food ministry. .. I just support them.