Mercedes-Benz Moms

May 13, 2012 at 9:16 PM 2 comments

I spent a good part of my day yesterday standing outside my local grocery store asking people to donate one or two cans of food to my local food bank in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers‘ nation-wide food drive.  (Bless their hearts.)

Old ladies, students and people who didn’t look like they had all that much went into the store and came out with a can or two.  One kid  — I swear, he couldn’t have been older than 19 –giddily handed me a whole bag of food.  He was amazing.  You should have seen his smile.

Thank you!

But what sticks with me tonight is a woman who drove up to the door with her husband at the wheel of their Mercedes-Benz station wagon.  A car like this:

It sells for — this is the bare bones price — $52,000.

She and her 9-something-year-old-daughter got out of the car, acknowledged our plea for a can or two and walked into the store.

Ten minutes later they walked out and walked past us without making a donation.  Nothing.  Not even a 10c bag of ramen soup.

A family that owns a car — a car — that cost at least $52,000 — walks away from people who can’t afford food?

The HHS sets the yearly income poverty level for a family of eight — eight — at $38,390.  (Can you imagine?)


Again, thanks to all who gave but geeze Louize, what’s with that mom and her daughter?

Hey, I think I know:  #IGotMine.


Entry filed under: At the Food Bank, Consumerism, Corporatocracy, We the People.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. JC for pennies  |  May 14, 2012 at 7:58 AM

    Aaah, but don’t you feel sorry for rich people these days? Nobody seems to like them anymore. Give them poor yuppie puppies a break!

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  May 14, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    You’re right. Poor things.

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