Amerika's Dependent Class of Midnight Shoppers

For once, I find myself lost for words.
This is happening in America: People so dependent on food stamps and other welfare monies, who live from handout to mouth, that they do their grocery shopping at the stroke of midnight when those government-issued electronic checks are paid into their accounts.
~Eowyn

 
 


Midnight shopper Pia James, 55, lives on disability.



Midnight grocery runs capture economic desperation

By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO and DENA POTTER, Associated Press Oct 6, 2010

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Once a month, just after midnight, the beeping checkout scanners at a Walmart just off Interstate 95 come alive in a chorus of financial desperation. Here and at grocery stores across the country, the chimes come just after food stamps and other monthly government benefits drop into the accounts of shoppers who have been rationing things like milk, ground beef and toilet paper and can finally stock up again.
Shoppers mill around the store after 11 p.m., killing time until their accounts are replenished. When midnight strikes, they rush for the checkout counter.
“The kids are sleeping, so we go do what we’ve gotta do. Money is tight,” Martin Young said as he and his wife pushed two carts piled high with ground beef, toilet paper and other items. The couple said they need food-stamp benefits, which are electronically deposited onto debit cards, because his job as a restaurant server doesn’t quite cover expenses for their five children. “We try to get here between 10:30 and 11 because we know we’ve got a lot of stuff to get. That way by 12 o’clock we’re at the line cashing out and done,” he said.

Another midnight shopper


More than a year after the technical end of the Great Recession, millions of Americans still have a hard time stretching their dollars until the first of the month, or even the next payday.
One in seven Americans lives in poverty, and more than 41 million are on food stamps, a record. Last year the figure was about 35 million.
As a result, there are more scenes like the one last week at a 24-hour Kroger in Cincinnati. As the final hours of September ticked down, about five dozen cars were in the parking lot. It’s much slower on normal weeknights.

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Dave
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Welcome to the Comrade Chairman’s Amerika.
And it’s only going to get worse until Obama has been run off and his hideous policies have been completely reversed.
-Dave

Doc's Wife
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Doc's Wife

It just leaves me sad and speechless that this is going on in America, the greatest nation. The amount of destruction here by this administration in less than 2 years is unbelievable. Makes me wonder if my family could be next. I am very big on making gratitude lists from time to time–maybe I will start one today.

DCG
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DCG

Ah, Obama and the D’s must be sooooo proud….

WOODBUTCHER
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WOODBUTCHER

Until we put a stop to tax breaks for companys who send american jobs over seas and get seriuos about going after ANYONE who hires an illegal immagrant people will have to continue to rely on the govt for assistence .When the housing market began to fail in the last yrs of the bush administration they should have started putting some of the out of work construction workers back to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure IE:roads bridges gas water and sewer lines etc.but what did we do? We gave the banks trillions of dollars and they foreclosed on millions of… Read more »

huhsaywhat
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huhsaywhat

When will people WAKE UP and understand that it’s not about dem or rep – but it’s about evil people who take bribes and are blackmail-able… The only way to save our republic is to vote this greedy and unethical imbeciles out of office. And to replace them with people of integrity who are NOT loyal to the NEW WORLD ORDER Neo cons.
Seriously. You need to do more research to understand that what their goal is about, world domination with a FACIST one world government and religious system from the pits of hell.

Uncultured Idiot
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Uncultured Idiot

“Obama and the dems, Obama and the dems…RAWK”
This has been building for a long time. Republicans AND Democrats sold our butts down the river a long time ago. I second “huhsaywhat’s” comment. You people and your false left/right dichotomy make me sick to my ass.

BigQuestion
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BigQuestion

But, but as long as Israel is protected, no cost is too great. We all must make sacrifices for the greater good of Israel. We need to fight trillion dollar wars of aggression against THEIR enemies.

Josh
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Josh

You people need to stop this liberal vs conservative nonesense. Neither political party cares about you. These people are criminals. Both parties are systematically lowering the living standards of everybody in the country so that corporations….who own your left….. and own your right….will eventually have labor conditions like the 3rd world. You are not a republican or a liberal…you are an American. And the people who run the democrats and repubs…..don’t like you….don’t care about you….and do not represent you. Vote every single repub and democrat out.

John
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I’m fascinated when I see stories like this because, right or wrong, wise or foolish, they show what people will do to survive.

Astarte
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Astarte

The housing bubble started to collapse 5 years ago and the economy with it, how is it Obama’s fault? All this country’s money is going into war, not the people that live here, that’s what’s really going on here. We spend billions every day on the military.

hybridrogue1
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I’m an arrogant uber-narcissist. I’m a human-animal hybrid (see my pic?)
I also have a pathetic little blog with the startlingly imaginative title of Hybridrogue1. Alas, no one reads my blog, not even I, since my last post was on August 14, 2010. That is why I insist on barging into Fellowship of the Minds, even when I’ve been banned for violating this blog’s ground rules.
Discovering I’m banned, I still write enraged comments, spewing obscenities. What a small man I am. But then, admittedly, I am only partly human — a hybrid! Eh.

John Taurus
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John Taurus

Without jobs, there will be no economic recovery. Most of our jobs were sent overseas witht he blessings of “our” government. Now, there are few well paying jobs left. The middle class has become extinct. States must start printing their own money with the stipulation that it can only be used within the state. Citizens cannot purchase chinese made or foreign made goods with state issued currency. This will create jobs within the state and the currency will create a demand for products produced within the states. The Federal government was not given the specific right to control the currency,… Read more »

WhiteSnow
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WhiteSnow

Great article cause it’s informative. I did not realize this was going on although I did know that 40 million Americans are taking food stamps.

ozzy
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ozzy

It’s also a matter of:
A. Avoid the crowds
B. More time and ease to shop smart, and more parking spaces.
C. Fixed income, unemployed? – I don’t have to
get up at 6 a.m. the next day.
D. Fewer customer service reps with stressed out faces
following you around asking if you need assistance.
E. I’m a night bird anyway, Etc.

aubreyfarmer
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aubreyfarmer

For all that don’t get it. This whole crisis is by design. From Glass Steagall to the failure of Fannie and Freddie. First Congress clears the way for hedge fund managers to steal your retirement and then with the Affordable Housing Initiative set up the patsy to take the blame when Freddie and Fannie fail. Next millions will be homeless and hungry. The feds will censor the internet. Hate crime legislation will stifle free speech and then the Supreme Court will alter the meaning of the 2nd Amendment. You will accept a mark on your hand or forehead or you… Read more »

EyesWideOpen
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EyesWideOpen

Useless Eaters beware, you are all on the RED list, you are marked for termination. Dont believe me, look up FEMA Camps.

Farmer
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Farmer

Stop blaiming political parties. How about personal responsibility? The man works as a restaurant server but doesn;t make enough for his 5 kids. Damn, why have so many kids!!?!! The problem in America is that the majority of the population is ignorant! People care more about rap music and tatoos than they do about getting an education and lvinig within their means.

Jimmy
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Jimmy

Keep the ignorant ignorant, easiest job in the world. Use plenty of catch phrases in your quest to be the puppet that the words of the banksters are heard through. Howdy Doody with his joker grin is working hard to end the madness that you call your life.

john petrino
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john petrino

this is payback time america(the greatest nation crap),payback fo all the death and destruction you have spread around the globe,all the DU you have put in the atmosphere(you idiots are breathing it too),for letting a bunch of “chosen people” run your foreign policy and bleed your nation dry.keep it up,for “you ain’t seen nothing yet

boboalice
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boboalice

Those of you who are so giddy with the demise of the Great Yuppie should savor that exuberance now, when you have the chance. When the Republicans get back into power they will quickly move to finish the job they started in the previous administration’s 8 years. Then you won’t be smiling. How quickly fools forget.

matt
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matt

I agree. “Conservatives” will never save you. If you think that, you haven’t studied enough suppressed history. We are living in a corporation owned by Jesuits in London. The entire media is run by masonic and zionist (occult-occupation of monotheist institutions) corporations. The occult gangsters are really the ringleaders here, but they are ultimately run and subordinate to a type of bloodline royalty from Rome. I swear if you do the right research you will find this is true and not a BS “conspiracy” theory.. The problem is there is so much disinfo, speculation, and blanks filled in that conflicting… Read more »

matt
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matt

Basically what I’m saying, despite all the nonsense labels and associations people try to expose, like Masons and Jesuits and Jews and whatnot, psychopathic ambition has regularly developed systematic Imperialism within human civilization as highlighted by autocrats of Rome, London and DC. We have never had democracy in the US it has always been run by the Columbian (Columbian is an old masonic faction, columba=ISIS the Virgin, statue of liberty, columbia pictures logo, etc.) Sovereign district as is London and the “Crown” corporation, these are not part of our supposed “free countries”. The sooner we realize that ALL politicians of… Read more »

arkansascajun
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arkansascajun

what is left unsaid is that the NEXT DAY is whenWAL MART puts out the LARGER PACKAGES for the same price. so all these poor people are getting ripped off with the top prices for everything. major chains know they have a captive customer and they take advantage of them.

Graham Cole
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Graham Cole

Wake up America. The Zionsit global Banking Cartel and it’s New World Order one world government has our nation by the throat. Until we route them out we are in peril. This is not about Democrat or Republicam, they own both.  Two thousand years ago that Christian with long hair become violent once only once. It was when he turned over the tables of the Jewish money lenders.  The seed of the same bunch have seized America. Their Federal Reserve is neither Federal or has any reserves. It’s no more Federal than Federal Express, yet it debases our money whilst… Read more »

Dave
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It isn’t tax breaks that are sending American jobs overseas. It is the hideous 35% corporate tax rate currently in place.
It is also why approx. $14 Trillion is being kept off shore and is actually creating jobs in other nations.
You can only punish success so far before the successful will give you the finger.
If you want jobs and ivestment capital to resume flowing into America, then stop punishing those who create those jobs.
In other words, pass the FairTax and then get the hell out of the way.
I do not understand why more people do not see this.
-Dave

Ed Edwards
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Ed Edwards

This is a very organized well thought out created depression. Every fourty years; 1890,1930,1970,2010, the guys who print the money crash the currency and cause an immense wealth transfer from workers and property owners to themselves. This is the last cycle. Next comes a world currency and then massive global depopulation through famine and war. Buy some tools and food and a couple of books on survival techniques. We are approaching the times of, “The quick and the dead.” If you want to find out what happens next read the Bible. The book of Revelation of Saint John.

zidium
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zidium

Here’s a question: Should a restaurant server *really* have five children? Did they consider the financial costs of raising one through college? I guarantee you they did not.

zammie
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zammie

Ummmm, whether or not you have the Obama Guy Republican or Democrat nothing will change till you look at the power of the British Commonwealth and their lopsided majority at the UN. The US has been getting 1 vote to the 46 to 54 votes of the British Commonwealth.The British people are in far worse shape than the US,so it’s not like the British Commonwealth is the will of the British. Please look at the work of Joan Veon who has been to all the IMF meetings and her disclosure of the British Commonwealth out voting the US 54 to… Read more »

zammie
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zammie

PS ….Check out the Queens Knight Sir Alan Greenspan. Yes ….he has been knighted by the Queen. Do you wonder why? Not me ! =-)

Rick
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Rick

The situation is surely not going to be better. Similar things are also happening in Europe. It is a pretaste of New World Order. So, it is better to find a better way for self not depending much anymore on existing systems. As humane being we are able to find a better way. Obama or no Obama, the things will not change for better, something must be done.

Jean Bush
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These policies will never be reversed; it’s only going to get worse. The Illuminati agenda of total destruction will continue unabated. When they have us all on our knees, they will establish their NWO. Obama and his ilk are just Illuminati suck puppets who will always bend over to do their masters’ wishes.

zammie
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zammie

Britain created Iraq (see Gertrude Bell) Britain created this current incarnation of Israel according to deals made with Lord Balfour in 1948 Britain’s Lord Atlee declared this Israeli state ,prior to The Balfour Agreement Jews lived in the region for HUNDREDS of years in PEACE. Marx,Stalin,Lenin all have a history in Britain before becoming the London puppets we think of as “The Commies”. Britain forced TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) to betray the Arabs Britain said it was helping,then betrayed them.Lawrence quit in shame. Eugenics (“Hitlers”race purity)was created in the Gaulton Institute in Britain,Darwinism,and Malthus a (Piltdown man too) all… Read more »

JUDE
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JUDE

I believe a single person is given something like $21 per week to eat on? Correct me if I’m wrong. Meantime (have visited many times) in Washington (dining room) you’ll see serving dishes laden down (daily) with roast beef, ham, salmon (not genetic) – turkey – salads – casseroles etc. There are private (black suited waiters) dining rooms (citizen not permitted) for Senate. These folks (including Judicial – Defense- Executive-State) all have French chefs and eat ONLY (no mystery meat for them) $150.00 per lb KOBE beef from JAPAN (US beef not good enough) and all -all- all, organic fruits/veg…(no… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

If only Reagan had seen what he really got rolling, which turned into the debacle of NAFTA, GATT and all the rest.
It remains in past as in the present, the saddest words of mouth or pen remain those trenchant four: It might have been.

Lynn D.
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Lynn D.

“And those who earn wages, earn wages to put into a bag with holes.” Haggai 1:6 “O you who dwell by many waters, Abundant in treasures, Your end has come, The measure of your covetousness. The Lord of hosts has sworn by Himself: ‘Surely I will fill you with men, (illegals/foreign troops) as with locusts, And they shall lift up a shout againt you.” Jeremiah 51:13,14 “Sit in silence, and go into darkness, O daughter of the Chaldeans; For you shall no longer be called The Lady of Kingdoms.” Isaiah 47:5 “All your strongholds are fig trees with ripened figs:… Read more »

Anonymous
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Anonymous

And then there’s Peggy Joseph… wonder if she’ll be voting a straight ticket in November.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI

Dave
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Dave

Those that blame Obama will be in for the surprise of their lives when he is gone. F0r it is not Obama or bush nor the next guy who can do anything about it. America is cooked stick a fork in it its burned. IT is going to continue to get worse America is over as you have know it for always. The jobs will not come back,and the dollar is about to collapse. No matter who is in the WH makes no difference it is a systemic Problem that was caused by 60 years of bad politicians who voted… Read more »

Netwit
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Netwit

Be sure to check out Buchanan’s column of the 8th, “Food Stamp Nation” at Vdare.[ https://vdare.com/buchanan/101008_food_stamp.htm ]

Dave
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Steve, I agree, as I trust the GOP about as far as I can throw Ted Kennedy’s petrified liver.
LOL – However many of them he went through.
-Dave

Dave
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Tom, People do not start businesses to be a boon to society, provide jobs, nor to fund government, nor to support the moochcers, leeches and ticks who dwell among us. They start them to make money. Period. No one goes into business to sell products/services for what they paid for them, but to sell them for more than what they paid or put into it. Sorry, but the truth is insensitive. When the government, through hideous regulations and taxes, begins to interfere unduly in that process, the owners of said businesses either look to relocate, or they take other action… Read more »

useless eater
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useless eater

Figured I’d post yet another useless, pointless, who-cares-about-my-opinion comment here… I’ll critique others carelessly as my computer burns fossil fuel energy up, delivered from the coal-fired plant down the highway…

Jimmy
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Jimmy

I blame the queen of England. I can smell her royal hand in everything.

Lisa
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Lisa

The saddest part is that some of these midnight shoppers are also Walmart employees who don’t get paid enough from Walmart to even live decently! Walmart is notorious for screwing their employees! Not only do they pay low wages but in this recession they have also cut employee hours back! So many who work for Walmart are also on food stamps! There is simply no excuse for this!