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Friday, August 13, 2010

I stand in line at the Seven-Eleven, and the friendly if stereotype-affirming cashier is halfway through ringing up the kid in front of me.

He might be seventeen, he might be twenty; he sports fashionable, shaggy black hair under a billed knit cap worn sideways. His skate shoes tap on the floor as he spins his wallet to a beat before replacing it in his Volcom jeans.

I’ve worked too many grocery jobs, though, not to suspect the way that this shopping expedition ends.

Five large Arizona sweetened “iced tea” cans, a package of bacon, three large freeze-dried spicy noodle soup bowls, a freezer box of popcorn chicken, a frozen pizza, a bottle of chocolate milk, and other nutritional delights go into three of the flimsy little excuses for bags that the Seven-E has.

$32.73 – probably about as much as I spend on food in a week. From those expensive jeans he produces his Quest card for the cashier. Yes, indeed, that’s food stamps, paid for and funded by taxpayers such as yours truly.

I get on my bicycle and head towards home. At the intersection of Division there, I see a woman in her thirties with two elementary-aged girls in tow. They look around, a bit confused, and flag me over. “Excuse me, do you know where there’s a little store round here?”

“Well, there’s a Safeway [supermarket – ed.] about seven blocks that way,” I reply, pointing down K street. “Or, there’s a Seven-Eleven just right there, behind that building.”

The woman looks to the little girls. “Let’s go to Seven-Eleven,” she says. “Oh, hey –“ she asks me, “do ya know if they accept food stamps?”


  • At 5:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I might give a moral pass to the woman with the kids, but not to a hipster with freeze-dried soup bowls.

  • At 7:38 PM , Blogger Andy said...

    "Stereotype affirming" is my new politically correct euphemism. ;)

  • At 11:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Must be nice to judge others from a priviledged stand point. You are so damn educated aren't you. If it bugs you that much why don't you learn more about the welfare system and make smart judgements and comments instead of judging people for their needs. The food that is good for you it is expensive and when you only get somuch money a month and have lots of mouths to feed you go for cheap....($32 for a few people on dinner is not bad) plus if seven eleven is so bad why where you there in the first place?
    Wonder what you eat that you spend less than $32 a month on groceries

  • At 9:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love how Anonymous right above me just completley contradicted his argument. He spent 32 dollars on groceries, you dumbass... the same as the stupid kid abusing wellfare and the dumbass mom who chooses to pump her kids with high fructose corn-syrup instead of something reasonably healthy.

    Also, you are missing the point of the post about the young man entirely and it isn't even worth spelling out for you since you'd probably forget it anyways, you mongloid.

  • At 3:08 AM , Anonymous Volcom cap said...

    Nice blog. I enjoyed reading your stories. That encounter with the teen on Volcom jeans is quite something to ponder about.


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