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Where Is Common Decency?
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Where is Common Decency?

I saw an article on a manager of a Krogers store saying to a customer with food stamps, " Excuse me for working for a living and not using food stamps like you."

How vulgar. How indecent, insensitive, petty and unmannerly can you get. What happened to the customer is alway right? What happened to common decency? No matter what reason that someone is on food stamps, chances are they are not proud of it.

Let us think of reasons someone might be on foodstamps. A soldier just back from active duty whose wife could not find a job. An elderly person whos medicare and social security does not stretch as far as it once did. Or a sick woman whos husband is self employed and not doing well because of the economy.

So excuse me for taking exception to in the very least bad manners and the very worst a statement from one human being to another saying, I am better than you because I work. If Kroger's had fired him, which he probably deserved, he would also be in the food stamp line. And he would be praying that no one was as insensitive as he was to a sick young woman.

It seems that very few people lately can thank their lucky stars that they have a job. No, instead they lord it over someone else. Why is it so hard to be a decent human being and not do and say nasty, ugly things to other human beings?

Are we so calloused that other peoples misfortune means nothing to us? What about the Golden Rule? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Is that so hard?? Or lets remember, "There but for the Grace of God goes I..." I think there is a world of hurt out there. Let us not compound that hurt by being cruel or mean.

So what if someone is on food stamps? That is what that money is there for. So what if someone is sick and cannot work right now? Not everyone can be over 21, white and healthy. We need to wake up to the need for random acts of kindness. Or at least stop the random acts of inhumanity to man and woman.

So I think the Kroger's manager should publicly apologize for his poor behaviour. Will he? Probably not. He is too busy feeling self righteous for getting moved to another store. Out of site out of mind. If he is a "Christian" man he did not do a Christian thing.

The world is in trouble. We should be trying to right the world. And help its citizens. That seems to be a better worldly aspiration.


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david104  

If not for the man of food stamps would the high master get paid? Does he take his pay and donate the portion of that comes from social programs back to the poor? Every selfish act creates toxicity. Think it through and see if you don't find negative results in all such motivations. The guy just wanted to grandstand and make himself feel important because he really feels small so compares himself to someone is on the short end the system. Everyone is important and the users and each job has to be done so how could anyone be so selfish as to claim it is them doing it all? Once in a foreign country due to not understanding the language the line clerk switched tills and I wound up losing my place in line to others and was standing at the back. The clerk stopped everything and motioned to me saying "It is his turn let him come up here" She did not seem to care what I was paying with only that each and everyone is important and not to be looked down or trodden upon. Thanks for your article it really brings out obvious defects in the master slave method of living. Just my opinion.

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  about 5 years ago

Thank you for your comments. I am very passionate on the truth behind the statement, "There but for the Grace of God goes I....." Everyone deserves a second chance and a little help.

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  about 7 years ago
Sherry B.  

Very nice article! I have always tried my hardest to follow the "Golden Rule" and teach my kids to do the same. We never know what circumstances a person might have and shouldn't judge others. Sometimes things just happen such as you get injured or seriously sick and lose time from work such as a few months or so even. You still have to eat and pay for other things until you can get back to work. This happened to me a few years ago and without help from family and having a lot of sick time built up, I would of needed them myself. Not everyone has family that can help though and not all jobs have paid sick time either, so then what?. I sure hope that manager someday learns how to treat others.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you. A reminder that any one of us could be the next to fall onto hard times. I hope the woman received an apology, and the manager was given additional training in customer service and the importance of compassion.

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  about 7 years ago
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