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An incident at an Albertson’s grocery store in Gresham, Oregon, is stirring up quite a bit of commotion on social media.

According to a May 18 Facebook post by a woman named Amanda, another woman using the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children to purchase basic items like milk and eggs was publicly shamed by a cashier Amanda calls “Debbie.”

“I am absolutely appalled!” Amanda wrote, sharing how the woman was $12 over her WIC certificate limit.

When Amanda’s mom offered to pay the difference for the woman, the cashier reportedly refused to allow her to do so.



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The story is heartbreaking. For those who aren’t familiar with WIC benefits, they come in the form of monthly vouchers for the simplest of groceries such as peanut butter, beans, milk, eggs, and whole wheat bread.

The program is for women who are pregnant or who have children under the age of 5 at home. The purpose of the program is to provide healthy food for mothers and children in need.



While some vouchers have specific items listed like “two gallons of milk” or “16 oz. of peanut butter,” the fruit and vegetable vouchers have a dollar limit.

As someone who has been on WIC before, I can attest to the time it takes to weigh fruits and vegetables with a toddler in my shopping cart and an infant strapped to my chest.

Try as you might, the scales in the produce section are not the same as the scales at checkout. You’re never going to weigh out the exact dollar amount on the voucher. You simply have to do the best you can to get as close as you can to that amount.

Amanda’s post about her encounter with the WIC woman and the Albertson’s cashier soon went viral and has sparked a recent social experiment that begs the question: “What would you do?”

ABC News was on the scene at a grocery store with hidden cameras to see what customers would do if they had been there that day with Amanda and her mom.

The result is heart warming. These Good Samaritans are truly something. Some of them even offer to pay for the woman’s extra groceries, though they admit they have little of their own.



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When asked why they would help the woman, who uses food stamps in the video, customers mentioned words like “human” and “community.”

Would you speak up in a situation like this?

How about you? If you were in a situation like the one Amanda mentioned and the one ABC News portrayed in the video, would you stand by and watch?

Or would you help a fellow person in need? We can’t know another’s situation. We can only offer kindness and support where it’s needed. What would YOU do?

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
Education
Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Entertainment, Faith




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