Now I am not one to bad mouth people on assistance, my oldest son was seriously ill when he was a baby and I was on it for four months until he was healthy enough to be left with a sitter. Some times though I meet people who really need a reality check and to set their priorities straight.
It’s almost time for the kids to go back to school here in Toronto so I was hitting up Walmart for some of their fabulous deals. In our local one, the back to school section is right beside seasonal so you can’t help but notice their newly discounted summer items. I was standing beside two ladies who were complaining about their meager welfare cheques (sorry checks in the U.S. right?) and how after they were done back to school shopping, there was no way they could afford groceries and would have to hit up the food bank. Next thing I know, an associate is walking up to them with a cart asking them which pools they wanted, yep not one but both were taking advantage of the pool sale, reg $379 on sale for $279.
One of the ladies looked over her shoulder and noticed that I was looking at them and laughed, “Can’t say no to a deal like that?” To which I replied back, “Yep, who needs food when you have a pool right?” Both were speechless and a guy up the aisle started laughing and yelled back “You have balls. Big shiny gold ones, not even I could dig mine out to say something to them!”
Now normally I would have been like him and bit my tongue, but in my humble opinion, if you’re bitching about not being able to afford groceries and having to hit the food bank up you should NOT be spending that kind of money on a pool. It’s called priorities people, feeding your kids comes long before a swimming pool especially in a city that offers FREE swimming for everyone at their pools!