After a couple in a Walmart checkout line aired their spiteful views about a mother using food stamps to pay for her groceries, the lady in front of them decided to serve them a lesson they probably won’t forget anytime soon.
That lady was Lindsay (pictured above), who had stopped by Walmart for a few items. While waiting in line with her toddler, she observed the mother in front of her “fumbling with seperating [sic] clothes items.” She also noticed her five children, who “were a mix of Caucasian and Hispanic,” some of whom seemed underdressed for the cold weather.
It was then that she overheard some hurtful remarks a couple behind her were making about the mother in front of her.
According to Lindsay’s account of the incident, which she posted on her Facebook page, the couple were “loudly whispering” about the mother:
“How many baby daddies do you think she has?”
“Can’t even dress those kids for weather.”
“Just wait until she whips out the food stamps,” ridiculed the couple.
As the mom was trying to separate the food from the clothing, she was also trying to manage the food stamps.
More nasty remarks were heard from the pair behind …”There’s our tax dollars neatly at work.”
“I stepped forward and kindly said, can I help?” Lindsay recalled on her Facebook post. “I quietly asked ‘Foster or Adopted?’”
Lindsay empathized with the mother by letting her know she has “9 kiddos,” two of them biological. The woman smiled and revealed that she was a new foster mom, and it was also her first time using food stamps.
“They came 3 days ago,” the woman explained. “Gonna be with us for a while. They gave us food, but the kids needed clothes. But no stipend has come through yet.”
Lindsay kindly showed the woman how to use the food stamps before giving her a hug and whispering, “You’ve got this.”
After the mother finished checking out all her things, she and her children went on their way.
Lindsay, however, turned to glare at the couple behind her with tears in her eyes, and said:
“Those children? They lost the right to live with their parents just days ago. Those clothes? Probably the only clothes they own or got to leave their home with. THAT woman? Opened her home to kids — kids that needed a safe place to go, when the one they lived in no longer proved safe enough or secure enough for them. The food stamps, something health and welfare helps an already mother to two feed three new mouths. There are not nearly enough women or people like her this world.”
As she started loading her things on the conveyor belt, she realized she wasn’t finished with the couple behind her.
“AND even IF those kids were all hers, and she had a dozen ‘baby daddies’ and was on food stamps. . . no child in this country or any other deserves to be cold or hungry. I am sorry, but your behavior? Poorly done, VERY poorly done.”
The couple apparently “left my checkout aisle and joined another, silently.”
The cashier, who had witnessed all of this, said to Lindsay with a smile and a wink, “[I’m a] single mother on WIC, what you said? Rocked!”
Lindsay topped off her post by stating: “You foster mama’s out there. . . hold your heads high, you are the hands and hearts that are the strong and the steady for small ones when they need it most. Hats off and so much love today to you.”
What are your thoughts on this incident? And what would you have done if you were in Lindsay’s situation?
Photo credit: Facebook | Lindsay Rae.