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Am I Really a Bad Person?
November 2nd, 2008 by Babs

There’s an organizition going from supermarket to supermarket collecting food donations to ship to the troops overseas. I’ve been accosted twice by them at two seperate stores. Both times I was essentially told that I did not support the troops because I refused to make a donation.

Excuse me?

While I do not come from a military family per se, I do have a mumber of family members and friends who have been or currenlty are in the service. I thank them whenever I can. I have ocasionally voiced my opinions on the need to provide these protectors of our freedoms with better pay and benefits. But the last time I checked those in the miltary still got fed, courtesy of my tax dollars. It may not be the best food, but it’s certainly better than what many of us are eating.

At a time when food pantries across the country are seeing a sharp decrease in food donations just as they are seeing an equally sharp increase in those that need these services (including many military familes), I think anyone who has the nerve to tell me I don’t support the military because I choose to spend my whopping $60 a week food budget on my family of four (and the occasional dollar donation to the local food pantry, which I use) instead of buying TP for the troops needs to shut the fuck up.

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  • herbmcsidhe writes:
    November 3rd, 20082:02 amat

    I find such attitudes obscene on a personal level. When I am accosted by such beggars, my general reply is “I’ve already donated”.

    If they press me as to when, where or how, if I don’t flat out tell them it’s none of their business, I pull out my 100% Disabled Veteran ID, which generally shuts them the hell up. Of course, that won’t work for all people…


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