I feel this should not have to be in the Political section, but I know it will turn into that. There is also a poll attached If you were in a tight money situation would you take money from strangers? I ask this because, I was in Pittsburgh PA a few weeks ago on a business trip, trying to strike up new clients at a conference, Pinstripe suits, ******** overpriced ties,that kinda thing. Which was fun and all that. So I drove to a local supermarket called Giant Eagle. I just had some basic stuff for the kitchen at the hotel room. Ahead of me was a young couple who had 6 kids, they had a HUGE order, after WIC, and whatever was left on their foodstamp card, the total still came to like 300 something dollars. I could just see the look of desperation on their face, trying to decide what was not as important, it was full of the basic foods people need, stuff for kids, all that. I don't know, I just felt alot of compassion and I felt really bad, and halfway through their conversation, I whipped out my debit card and told the cashier, I got it. The reaction I got was surprising, but not at the same time. Father: Man you don't have to do this Me: I know, but I am doing it Father: its your money man, don't waste it on us Me: I'm going to, so what do you do? Turns out, the guy is an auto mechanic putting in 70+ hours a week 6 days a week, barely struggling to get by and wondering how the hell he is gonna make rent and food every month. I told him, I got it, I had to argue with him for awhile, and I said " why don't you take the 300 bucks you just saved, save it, and keep being a good father ", at that point he let me pay. This brings me to a few questions. If you were in a position like that? Would you take the money? I had to think about it, I got my first job when I was 16, and I worked the whole way through FSU while paying tuition, I had a ****** apartment, hardly could make tuition and ends meet while I worked full time at a BBQ place in Tallahassee, all I ate was ramen and leftover BBQ food at the end of the day while I studied. Despite that, when I was in a bad situation money wise. I still don't know if I would let someone pay for me. Would you? I don't think I would. The other question is. What kind of country do we live in where someone working skilled labor like an auto mechanic can't provide for a mid sized family at 70 hours a week? Hard working guy doing all the right things, being a good father, good husband, and a hard worker with a degree can barely make it. That speaks VOLUMES about America these days. PS: For those of you who think I do this kinda thing to " show off " it has NOTHING to do with that, it has to do with going to college poor, and coming from a borderline poor family, because I know what its like at the super market when maybe you don't have enough, so I do this kinda thing all the time, it really help people out.