Government assistance is too often misunderstood and stigmatized, and an incident that took place in a Wal-Mart somewhere in America makes it perfectly clear how hurtful the conservative party's rhetoric against those who need it really is.
A female employee at the mega-retailer was caught on camera verbally attacking a man as he tried to pay for goods using food stamps. The man, who was at the cash register with his young son, defended himself against the nasty remarks. The video has gone viral on YouTube with nearly 4 million views since it was posted.
The woman working the cash register speaks to the man's young son saying, "See this is why you go to college so you don't take handouts."
The man quickly defends himself, telling her, "You know, I put in 50-60 hour weeks trying to provide for my family." That caused the cashier to lose it:
"Your not providing for it, I am!" the woman responds. "They take it out of my check. Bulls*** they don't."
When the man insists that, if she has such a problem with it she should complain to her local Senator, or vote Republican, the woman rudely responds, "Oh, trust me, I am not a bleeding hear f***ing liberal. That ain't gonna happen."
As the man walks turns and walks away, saying, "I don't care about you lady. Shut the f*** up," she refuses to let it go, telling the man he must be a Bernie Sanders supporter, and adds, "I have a degree. I am pretty damn smart."
Finally, the man says, "I don't make the rules, lady," to which the woman responds, "No, you just take advantage of them like everyone else." "Why wouldn't I?" he asks as he opens his wallet one last time to pay for his goods.
The comments section within the YouTube video sides heavily with the young man and his child. While no one has been able to find out who the woman actually is, many are calling for her to be fired.
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