Another video of a public argument has gone viral, this time featuring a woman yelling at a man for paying for groceries at a Walmart using food stamps. As you can see in the NSFW video at the top of the page, the woman accuses the man of using her hard-earned tax dollars to feed his family. The video has nearly one million views so far and contains very strong language.
As reported by the Huffington Post, the video picks up in the middle of the shouting match, seemingly started by a mother waiting in the checkout line at a Walmart behind a father and his child. Once she noticed that he needed government-issued food stamps to pay for his groceries, the woman reportedly went off on the stranger. She claimed that she’s actually the one buying his groceries, since food stamps are distributed using tax money from citizens.
Not everything said in the video is entirely intelligible, but the man clearly defends himself by saying that, even though he uses food stamps, that doesn’t mean he’s a slacker.
“You know, I put in 50-60 hour weeks,” he told the woman, “trying to provide for my family.”
“You’re not providing for it, I am,” she retorts. “The government is.”
“You’re not,” the man argues.
“They take it out of my check,” she shoots back. “Bullsh** they don’t.”
Many viewers on the internet have sided with the man using food stamps. Regardless of any political leanings, most people seem to believe it was wrong of the woman to scream at him in public, especially with his child present. The woman appears to be accompanied by her own child, making the food stamps outburst even more out of line. And as Perez Hilton points out, though you may not agree with the government’s decision to do so, the man ostensibly qualified for food stamps, so it seems strange for the woman to lash out at the man for buying groceries legally.
“Even if you DO disagree with the idea of making sure people can stay fed during tough times, go vote; don’t harass an innocent family!” said Perez Hilton.
In fact, the father even suggests to the woman that she complain to local legislators instead of yelling at him for using food stamps. He also suggests she “vote Republican,” because many conservatives don’t agree with the concept of distributing food stamps to low-income families. This is one thing the woman actually agreed with him on.
“Oh, trust me, I am not a bleeding heart f***ing liberal,” she says.
— Robin Hood Tax (@RobinHoodTax) May 2, 2016
The food stamp discussion continues to be politically charged as she accuses the man of supporting Bernie Sanders, a far-left progressive candidate who many conservatives believe advocates for handout programs. She also suggested that candidates like Sanders continue to give out free benefits to earn liberal votes.
“That exactly what you vote for, they give it to you so that you vote that way. I’m not stupid. I have a degree. I’m pretty d*** smart.”
One YouTube commenter pointed out that the woman’s anger over the food stamps is slightly ironic, because she too is shopping at Walmart, a store with a reputation for hiring many low-income employees.
“I find it highly ironic that this happened in a Wal-Mart,” said the comment. “The store that is best known for paying such low wages their own employees use food stamps and medicaid.”
That comment has been liked more than 200 times.
The woman does realize she’s being filmed but doesn’t seem embarrassed by her outburst against food stamps as she can be seen smiling and waving to the camera at the end of the video.
Who do you side with? The guy paying with food stamps, or the woman who thinks he’s stealing her money?
The food stamps argument bears a striking resemblance to another public political outburst that recently went viral after a woman started yelling at Florida Governor Rick Scott at a Starbucks. The politician responded to the woman with a personalized attack ad just for her.
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