Furious military dad quickly snaps photo after seeing another shopper’s groceries

Patrick Gibson, knew a thing or two about paying his dues as he worked in the army. Recently, he stopped at his local Walmart store to buy a some food items and diapers for his family with some cash left over from his paycheck.

He couldn’t help notice the two full carts of food the couple in front of him was buying. As Patrick stood in the Walmart line that day he didn’t realize he was about to see something that would have an impact on him.

Once Patrick noticed how the couple paid for their purchase, he realized that something wasn’t right. Later he decided to share his frustrations on social media.

Patrick took a picture and uploaded the image of his own shopping to Facebook, placing it beside 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 explains that he paid in cash as 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.

However, the problem wasn’t just what was in the cart.

Here’s the kicker. This purchase was made in food stamps.”

Gibson also took note of the fact that the couple pulled out an EBT card to pay an $800 grocery bill, as well as folding a big wad of cash over to get to the card in the first place. The couple seemed perfectly capable of physical labor which made matters worse.

The final straw in his eyes was when he watched the couple loaded their purchases into their carts into the back of a brand new Hyundai Genesis.

That is a vehicle worth about $15,000 to $20,000 more than Patrick’s own car.

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 garnered a fair amount of attention. Many people jumped 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 agreed that food stamps and welfare should only help support the bare necessities for those experiencing difficult times. The programs aren’t meant to be a lifestyle for those who choose not to work.

Some feel 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.”

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12 Comments
  1. That very well could have been a foster parent or grandmother that has custody of other people’s children. Judge not, asshole.

    Love,

    A Veteran

  2. Problem with this story is there is NO ACTION plan. Sure it may enrage a few people who share it on facebook, big deal. That is like going outside and screaming at the top of your lungs. No action = No results. Get off facebook and write/call and visit in person your elected politicians to express your frustrations with the Social Welfare problems we are all angry about.

    The system is broke. WE must fix it!

    A disabled veteran and still serving our great nation!

  3. Our upset veteran has two kids he can’t afford, so little does he know that he may end up on the dole too. By his own doing. So many people get handouts because their lives went to hell due to their own choices.

  4. How do you know they weren’t the ‘friends’? How do you know they weren’t shopping for some little old lady who can’t get out of her house on her own, or for a single mom that can’t afford the child care long enough to go shopping? Even if that was their card… how do you know they didn’t both just get paid and cashed their checks on their way to pay their rent and utilities after shopping (some bill pay places only take cash)? The car… ever hear of ‘buy here pay here’? a $15,000 car isn’t exactly a Lambo… did you catch the year of the car, or do you know if it needs a new transmission? Perhaps they are foster parents and the EBT benefits are for the kids… I see diapers there… I’m not saying there aren’t people who milk the system, but posting hateful messages and pictures about people with no earthly idea of their situation or intention is shortsighted and just plain mean.

  5. he’s just mad that no one will help his family and the government screws service members.. here’s a thought prick. quit the military and get a normal job or are you to dumb to do anything else

  6. $160 a month doesn’t fill the cart. Maybe they’re just smarter shoppers or couponers. It’s possible then. I’ve done my time and have to live on 12k a year. I have to rely on donations to keep the pantry and fridge full for my family of three. I’m happy that family is spending their money on actual food instead of potentially selling it for god knows what and drugs. Maybe the military duder should mind his own business, buy less beer or something, and remember that he’s doing his civic duty to allow these families to live in peace. Key word, peace. Butt out and let people live, eat, and enjoy your life. Entitlement here fuck. Maybe you’re serving for the wrong reasons if it’s only for the money. If you’re not getting enough to fill the fridge then back off on the frivolities and entertainment. I’ve seen my friends. They serve. They spend most of their money on magic cards, nerd stuff, and music equipment. They don’t complain about other people doing what they’ve got to to survive. This kid is a tool. idgaf.

  7. This is America. Thats what we do. The less you do, the more you are rewarded ! Only a fool would work his ass off while everyone else is getting free handouts. Sure, you can ‘call yourself a man” cause you work hard, but fuck that lol. Call me a lazy ass if you want, but im getting my free shit lol. You have been brainwashed by the elitist to ‘think’ that accepting this hand out is a BAD thing. Hell, everyone in the whitehouse and on congress are on ‘welfare”. And by that i mean they get paid 300k a year for doing nothing so of course they do not need it lol. They are already stealing anyhow. Get your head out your ass and get your free shit and stop being stupid. Take the free shit and take care of your family. Or be the dumbass that works hard all his life and has his money TAXED away from him anyhow lol. Get with the program. Dont let their brainwashing stop you from getting your fair share ! If they fix it , then fine. But until then, GET YOU SOME !

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    Preston Brownschlaigle March 19, 2019 at 3:18 am

    My dad worked in the welfare system in the 70’s in Canada and the problem was evident even back then. The biggest problem was getting money from deadbeat dads but there was plenty of fraud as well. One of his workers witnessed the same kind of insult and actually followed them home. Big 2 car garage full already so this lady had to park her Caddy in the driveway. He investigated and discovered her lack of qualification for what she was receiving and had enough authority to cut her amount back to what everyone else received. A day later he got a call from the MINISTER OF WELFARE no less and was told in no uncertain terms to reinstate her and keep his nose out of her business. Funny thing is, her business was his business. She was eventually charged with fraud, after about 5 years of known abuse. No prison, no restitution, small fine. Thank you, or rather fuck you, Mr and Mrs taxpayers of Canada and Alberta.

  9. No one on food stamps gets that kind of money unless they foster multiple children, NO ONE! Also, who in the US says buggy in reference to a shopping cart? I call BS on this entire story.

  10. “Welfare queens” are a MYTH. No one is using welfare to game the system–no one gets enough from welfare TO game the system! If y’all actually left your gated neighborhoods for once and talked to people who have actually had to live on welfare, you’d know its barely enough. Often times it isn’t enough to make ends meet. Fuck this “soldier.” If he has 50 dollars a week, he can get on welfare too! Instead of harping about literal strangers who live lives he cannot possibly imagine, he could turn his gaze to the ceos harvesting the fruit of other people’s production. Welfare scams indeed!

  11. I find this ironic this story takes place in Walmart!!!! Let’s break down a few “facts” here shall we: The average American taxpayer making $50,000 per year paid just $36 towards the food stamps program and about $6 per year for the rest of the social safety net programs. Make that same $50.000 per year and you are paying over $6000 per year to Walmart and companies of the like. Furthermore, Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing annually. A Private E2 starting pay is $22,035 so you’re making far less than $50,000 meaning you’re paying far less in taxes than $42 per month. Yeah you’re right, your outrage should directed at the people doing their “monthly” shopping!

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