Why is The WIC Program Flawed? (MAJOR RANT THAT MAY BE POLITICAL)

WARNING: THIS IS A RANT. It is regarding government programs intended to help people. You may not agree with my views here. You may not care at all. If you want to read, go ahead. If not, enjoy the Audi above and keep scrolling.

So as many of you know, I bag groceries at a supermarket down in Florida. Because of this, I get to see many people every day from all walks of life. One moment I'm bagging groceries for the guy who daily drives a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. The next, I'm bagging for the single mom driving the beat to hell Nissan Quest. And one thing they always tell us to do is treat everyone with equal respect. Everyone should feel welcome in our store, no matter what their situation is. And I'm usually really good about this.

So last night, we had a lady come through the line with her younger daughter. She was wearing relatively nice clothes, but had a brand new Coach purse, was wearing a diamond ring easily worth $2500, a very nice pair of diamond earrings, and a rather expensive looking gold watch.

So we ring all of her stuff up, and she goes to pay. She is using her WIC card (Women, Infants, and Children). For those not familiar with the program, it is "a federal assistance program of the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture for healthcare and nutrition of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of five" (Wikipedia). It is usually used by the parents that aren't very wealthy and need help buying food. And I'm fine with this program. I believe in helping those less fortunate. What I have a problem with is someone like the lady described earlier.

What ends up happening is about $10 worth of groceries did not meet the "WIC requirements" and the lady was getting very angry. Meanwhile, we notice as she puts her card back into her Coach wallet, she has at least $200 cash (in a variety of bills), and about 8 credit cards, ranging from Visas to Amex to Discovery. And she is bitching about $10. Now she is wanting to speak with a manager. The store is busy, there is a line behind her. Manager comes over and explains the issue. We have to go through her items one by one to find out what didn't work. It was a pack of cheese, some juice, and a few cans of vegetables. So we remove those items, and it works. Now I help her out to the car.

She is driving A BRAND NEW Honda Odyssey Touring Elite. This fully loaded, top of the line minivan MSRPs at about $45,000. It was so new, she still had temporary tags on it. Loading stuff in, I notice the Starbucks cup in the front cupholder and some groceries from the local organic food market.

She complained about $10. She refused to spend $10. but she has all this money.

Here comes the anger, WHY THE HELL IS SHE ON WIC? This is a program meant for those who barely have a dollar to their name. And see them all the time. And I feel bad for them. But for this lady, who clearly has money, to be using the system and bitch about $10 which I know she has, really pissed me off. Am I crazy here?

Sorry for ranting. Thanks for listening.