Furious military dad quickly snaps photo after seeing another shopper’s groceries


This military dad took one look at his cart and then the cart of the couple next to him and was confused.

Then, he figured out what was going on, and he became outraged. Was his anger justified? You decide.

Patrick Gibson, a soldier in the U.S. Army, so he knows a thing or two about paying his dues.

Not long ago, he stopped at his local Walmart store to purchase a few food items and diapers for his family with the little bit of money left over from his paycheck.

As he stood in line, he couldn’t help but noticed the two full carts of food the couple in front of him was buying.

Little did Patrick know, as he stood in the Walmart line that day, that he was about to see something that would have a profound effect on him.


When Patrick saw how the couple paid for their purchase and what they did with it, he realized that there was something very, very wrong.

He then took to social media to vent his frustrations.

Patrick snapped a photo and uploaded the picture of his own shop to Facebook, putting it side by side with the cart belonging to the couple in front of him.

He wrote, “The picture you see on the left is the amount of groceries including diapers that I was able to afford this pay period for my family,” which consist of his wife, son, daughter, and himself.

Patrick Gibson / Facebook

Patrick explained that he paid in cash and that he works really hard to make a living and provide for his family.

”The picture on the right is of the purchase in front of me in line. If you can’t tell in the picture there are 2 full buggies of groceries including such items like steak and some other very nice choices of food.”

But, the problem wasn’t just what was in the cart.

“Here’s the kicker. This purchase was made in food stamps.”

The photo posted by Patrick Gibson (Facebook)

Not only that, but Gibson took note of the fact that the couple pulled out an EBT card to pay an $800 grocery bill, as well as folding a big wad of cash over to get to the card in the first place.

Making matters worse, the couple seemed perfectly capable of physical labor.

The final straw in Gisbon’s book was when watched as the couple loaded their bounty into their carts before he spotted them in the parking lot, putting the heavy grocery bags into the back of a brand new Hyundai Genesis.

That is a vehicle worth about $15,000 to $20,000 more than Patrick’s own car.

“I just thought I would take the time to tell this person/family that you are very welcome from all of us hard working/struggling to buy food Americans that have to foot the bill for your fancy steak feast while I skip breakfast and lunch every day (so) that way my wife and children have food to eat every day because $50-$75 dollars doesn’t go very far,” Gibson said, hoping the couple would see his Facebook-post.

“So, you enjoy your $800 free grocery purchase.”

A Hyundai Genesis, Autoviva/Flickr

Unsurprisingly, Gibson’s post has garnered a fair amount of attention.

Many people jumped on to agree with his sentiments.

“I agree with you Patrick 100%. There are a lot that really need it, but as you said, there are a lot that abuse the system and a lot like yourself that need them and can’t get them, especially you and your family,” one person wrote.

Many expressed agreement that food stamps and welfare should only help support the bare necessities for those going through hard times. The programs were never meant to be a lifestyle for those who prefer not to work.

Patrick Gibson / Facebook

Others think he’s been too quick to judge a couple he knows nothing about.

“Do you really know their backstory? Don’t be quick to judge someone because you’re angry. How do you know if that person works and their spouse doesn’t work because of problems? That all the money in their pocket is to pay their bills that the new car was a gift? How do you know that’s not the case?” one person questioned.

PatrickGibson then responded:


He certainly had a lot of talent after all of those lessons and years of singing with Maria. He knew that he could perform what she needed.

Joshua started singing the first few lines and you could tell that Maria was relaxing. She just listens intently to every word he is singing and you can tell this is the best care that anyone could have.

One of the most painful things that we may experience in life is when we go through the grieving process after losing someone we care about deeply. In fact, it starts long before they pass away and sometimes, the process of the person dying is one of the most painful things that we have to go through. It drains us emotionally and we don’t want to spend any time away from them because we might end up missing them as they pass away.

We often think about those who have to go through this difficult time when they watch a loved one dying. It is also important, however, to consider those who are dying and what they may be going through at that time as well. Many times, they are afraid and they may hesitate to allow themselves the benefit of letting go.

If you have ever been around somebody who was dying, you probably recognize that they seem to have an idea that their time has come. They often recognize it even before it happens but the way that they deal with it may differ from one person to another. For a woman named Maria, who spent her life as a piano and singing teacher, she wanted nothing more than to be surrounded by beautiful music.

Fortunately, there was a hospice nurse that was able to take care of her desire. His name is Joshua and even though he is now an adult, he had been one of her students when he was nine years old. He has been singing and playing piano under her tutelage for years and as a result, they have a very special bond.

Maria gave a final wish to Joshua and she was lying on her deathbed. She wanted to hear him sing the song ‘How Great Thou Art’ because the song had meant a lot to her. It had comforted her when she needed it in life and it was a way for her to celebrate life as it was ending. Fortunately, Joshua was willing to grant that last wish.

He certainly had a lot of talent after all of those lessons and years of singing with Maria. He knew that he could perform what she needed.

Joshua started singing the first few lines and you could tell that Maria was relaxing. She just listens intently to every word he is singing and you can tell this is the best care that anyone could have.

Not long after Joshua sang to Maria, she passed away. He can be happy, however, knowing that he was able to provide her some peace during a difficult time.

Death is something that happens to all of us but when it happens to a loved one, it can be difficult to manage emotionally. When you get a last wish, such as this, make sure that you grant it so that you can be satisfied with knowing you gave them what they wanted at the end.

You can watch Joshua singing to Maria in this video:



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