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Published: Saturday, Oct. 12 2013 9:20 p.m. MDT

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ute alumni
paradise, UT

people can't live one day without a government handout? Unbelieveable

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

Let's say you go to the grocery store and when you go to pay you find out that your bank has shut down for the day and you have no access to your funds. Would you be okay with that? Do you have access to cash for groceries for your family for 2 or 3 days? If you had to rely on others for transportation, would you be able to get back to the store? If you had to wait until your next day off to go to the store, would you have enough food in your house to last until then?

The families who were affected by the lack of access to their food stamps were given no chance to prepare for the lack of access - the first notice they had of a problem was when they went to pay for their groceries. If they had gone the day before or the day after, they would have had no problems.

People are on food stamps and government benefits because they need that assistance - and in many states, having cash savings makes you in eligible for food stamps, making it impossible for them to prepare for an emergency.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

@ Kalindra
Yes, I have emergency cash on hand. And food.
Anyone who puts that much faith in our government is a fool.
I feel sorry for these people. They can't (or won't) turn to family, clergy or friends to get them by for a few days. Have they burned all their bridges? Or are they too proud? Or are all their family and friends on welfare, too?

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ Say No: Even if the family and friends aren't on welfare, they may not be in a position to help out. And again, the rules prevent people on welfare from saving up for a rainy day.

MrsH
Altamont, UT

Kalindra, I have to say I don't agree with your reasoning.
I have been in this situation, several times, so I feel qualified to comment.
I was always careful to have at least $20 or so CASH put away for a rainy day.
It was difficult, yes, but surely anyone has a dollar or two extra once in a while to put aside.
And people are NOT going to be penalized for having enough CASH on hand to pay for food for a day or two. I would be terrified to depend solely on the government to feed my children.
I would be afraid of a situation exactly like this.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

@ MrsH.: It's great that you were able to have $20 in your purse at all times so you could plan for that rainy day. When I was in this situation, I usually had to use that $20 for gas to get to work, or sanitary products for that time of month, or diapers for my baby, or soap and shampoo, or laundry soap, or some other little "emergency" item - usually multiple items.

The people affected by this problem got to the store, loaded their cart with their groceries, went to pay - and the payment was declined. Even if they had $20 squirreled away, they probably didn't have it with them. And $20 really doesn't go very far.

The comment I was responding to was, "people can't live one day without a government handout?" My response was - maybe if they had had warning of the problem they would have been able to work around it, but finding out about the problem when you go to pay doesn't give you a chance to work around it.

And this problem affected to poorest of the poor in our country. They probably don't have extra money lying around.

yankees27
Heber, Utah

And in Louisiana, 2 Walmarts were cleaned out of groceries when the system failed and left many with unlimited balances on their cards! That is theft! People who use these cards know full well the balance each month. A tweet and text message went out alerting some users that their cards had no limits, and instead of doing the right thing, these people who are used to being fed by the government, went on a spending spree. Reportedly, some had more than 5 carts full of food, and there have been reports that many of these people were selling carts full and then going back for more. I hope they are kicked out of the program for being thieves. Being poor doesn't mean you lose your morals does it?

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