This is why there is a stigma …
This story is all over the news here in the U.S. today CLICK HERE
I was instantly disgusted.
I agree that it was stealing, pure and simple.
You KNOW your benefit amount – you KNOW you’re exceeding it!
I’ve shared that my son and I struggled just a few years ago.
I had an amazing job at a well-known bank and made California wages in Arizona. That castle crumbled during the mortgage downfall … and in 2008 I was laid off. The bank eventually closed – which was incredibly sad. The founder lived locally and knowing him, and how hard he worked and how much he cared was heart breaking.
I had a nice severance that I used to try to keep my home – but it didn’t last long. I ended up losing my beautiful home, selling most everything I owned to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table.
I ended my 4 year marriage (for many reasons) made positive changes in my life and kept moving forward. Time went on and I was at the end of my financial rope. I did finally break down and apply for benefits. Medical and food. The basics.
I fought that decision – pride mostly. But, also because even though our cupboards were bare, I knew I was able-bodied and that others had it far worse than I did.
Friend after friend lectured me that I had paid into the system and I had my son to think of before my pride. They were right. I started working when I was 14, and have contributed to the system that is there to help people like me when the sea gets rough.
I continued to look for work, applying for anything – only to be told I was over qualified. And that food assistance was a life saver. Literally. I kept my head above water – ‘how’ is hard to recall right now. But I did.
When I did not only find a job, but a job in my field, it was a miracle in the market at the time. And as SOON as I did get my current job, I reported it to the State. My benefits ended, as they should have.
There were a few more months of struggle as I caught up on some bills that were behind, but catch up I did.
I was told that our health benefits would be stopped also – I made $39 per month too much.
That, I have to admit, was frustrating. I thought the goal was to ‘assist’. To help those who were helping themselves.
And by ‘helping themselves’ I don’t mean in a grabby, greedy, immoral way.
There’s already such a stigma to State benefits. When a group of people abuses the system it just makes it worse for those who don’t.