I came back from social services with a bag of food and some chicken and other freezables.
I went there with the purpose of getting a Walmart card — I still have my blood pressure med prescription there since it’s $4 or a month’s supply of them — but the woman who ran the department was on vacation.
Whether I wanted to or not, I wound up speaking to a woman — I’ll call her Jane — who I know rather personally from a joint venture we both are volunteers with. I was not comfortable speaking with her because of that reason. Nobody else was available. So lucky lucky me.
I said to Jane, “I am here for a Walmart card.” — this was after I asked for the head of SS and she told me that person was on vacation.
She said “Well what do you need that for?”
I said “for food” — and I guess I sounded like I was in a hurry or upset or something — she actually gave me a dirty look.
She then said — and my friend thought this was way out of line — “Sit down, take a deep breath and tell me what’s going on.”
Do you think I liked telling this person what is happening with me? You don’t shit where you eat! This is way close for comfort.
Make a long story short: I guess now I have to apply for food stamps — I still need bread and milk and fruit and cash is nearly nonexistent. See why I was so upset about that UPS job — and that gig at Bloomingdales — not happening? I’d have had money to carry me through to at least next week.
I don’t even have the money from a holiday season job.
I got “Oh jobs are hard to come by” from jane — Jane is over 65 and NEEDS TO RETIRE. I can only imagine what she is being paid at that job; this is a great gig, working with this town! You work 6 hours a day, you get fantastic benefits and you are paid more than you are worth. Why should a social services manager for an 18,,000 person town make 75K???