Food Stamp Friday – Let’s Party

Well, if you’re on food stamps and only want to pay a $5 cover charge, The Rose Club in Montgomery, Alabama will help you out.  Yep, for those people with a food stamp card, you can get into the club on Friday nights for just $5.

The only good thing from this story was that attendees will not be able to buy booze with their food stamps.   But that’s the only positive thing  about this story.  (But I also can’t forget that California welfare recipients used state-issued debit cards and withdrew more than $1.8 million in taxpayer cash on casino floors between October 2009 and May 2010.  Then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order requiring welfare recipients to promise they would use the cash  only to “meet the basic subsistence needs” of their families.)  I can guarantee someone will figure out how to scam the system in Alabama and take advantage of this theme night at The Rose Club on the taxpayers’ dime.

I don’t ever like telling people what to do with their money because if they’ve earned it, they should be able to do whatever they please with it.  But, seriously, if you’re on food stamps (thanks to the generosity of taxpayers), do you really need to be going out drinking on a Friday night?  And, of course, we have to know that those people, with supposedly limited funds, will be spending a helluva lot more than the $5 cover during the night.

One comment I read said the following and I quote, “even po’ people need to get there drinkin’ on.”

As far as I’m concerned, that’s the last thing “po’ people” need.  I’ve got a few suggestions to all those with so much time on their hands on a Friday night:

How about looking for a job?  Picking up cans or litter to make your neighborhood a little nicer?

How about volunteering your time at a local shelter, food bank or church?

How about going to the local library and checking out a book for your own enjoyment or to read to your child?  Or a DVD?

How about taking that $5 cover charge and going to your nearest Dollar Store and buying a deck of cards and a couple of bottles of soda and inviting some friends over for some friendly card games?  Or some card games like Go Fish or UNO and play them with your children?

How about going to your nearest Costco and spending that $5 on the biggest jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread you can buy so your child(ren) can have lunches for the next couple of weeks?

How about going to your local Goodwill store and buy a couple of board game and having a family game night? Or a jigsaw puzzle that everyone can work on for a couple of nights?

With daylight savings time in effect now, how about taking your children out for a long walk?  Or to a nearby park?

I could go on and on and on but what’s the point…..

I just don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Roger Ward

    The $5 admission is only part of the money spent and wasted at the Rose by those on food stamps.  Now, I have no problem with wasting money (in fact, I’m the President of the “More Money Than Brains Club”), but the money I waste is money I earned.  It is not money the taxpayers gave me …. and it’s not money that my kids need for food.

  • robin in fl

    looks like a black club..go figure..and if that sounds racist ,oh well..I call it as I see it and it looks BLACK to me.

       I wonder who is watching all the little kids at home while the mamas and daddys are out on food stamp friday makin’ more kids so the can get more FS money ??i sure the little darlin’s have such good role models that they will turn out to be real assets to society with role models like this.

       and people that REALLy need the FS money that have fallen on hard times and just using them to get bye for now will be looked at as trash ,while people out clubbin’ on food stamp friday get a free pass and God forbid if someone calls them out on it.

       that 5 bucks can buy a bag full of clothes at the local hospice thrift store on face the bag is only 3.00 on fridays…down the street at the local humane society thrift store ,just throw in another 1.00 ,and for 6.00 you can get a big garbage bag of some real nice clothes for the entire family for the entire first week of tthe month..and sometimes they even have a buy a bag for 6 dollars and get a bag free..many of tghe clothes still have tags on them and money goes to a worthy cause ..homeless animals at the shelter….

       but naaaaa,I’m sure these ‘clubbers’ wouldn’t think like that..that may cause them to actually think and take care of their own kids..go figure!

  • Chief98110

    Sadly, too many people who are in fact receiving food stamps and other
    government assistance are not very motivated to improve their lives. The
    great society that President Johnson envisioned has only served to
    create a big fat mess. 


    I live in Alabama but I don’t drink nor am I on food stamps.  But surely to goodness they can’t buy booze with food stamps.

  • Michael

    Based on what I can see and read on the promotional piece, I have the impression this promotion is meant to target black people. 

    I’m looking forward to seeing Al Sharpton lead local community activists in a boycott of the club, a protest outside the club, demands for justice, and a  demand that this club stop exploiting poor African-Americans. 

    I also expect Spike Lee to tweet the name and home address of the club owner so that holders of food stamp cards can see how the owner lives, and maybe burn down his house in outrage over the injustice of him living well while charging so much for drinks. 

    • Roger Ward

      Yeah, right.  That’ll happen.  The poverty pimps have no intention of dealing with their problems.

  • Ron F

    The promotion is for the month of April.  We do not know if it will be successful in drawing in new patrons to the Rose Club and, if so, how many.  Maybe the only thing that will happen out of the promotion is that the club is getting a lot of free publicity.

  • Vince Ricardo

    To be fair, Leona, you have to pay a yearly fee for a Costco card. I’m not sure if you can use your food stamps to get one. However, if you DO have one, that $5 would get you 4 giant kosher hot dogs and 4 drinks! Food for 4 for those on a budget!

    I don’t know the beverage laws in Alabama, but I know they’re pretty strict here where I live, and I believe there are laws stating that you cannot use food stamps for the purchase of beverages containing a certain percentage of alcohol or higher (I don’t think beer is covered, but it may be). If those laws weren’t in place, do you truly think that The Rose Club would bar their patrons from usin’ their food stamps for a Tequila Sunrise or two?

    Anyway, for anyone who is really lookin’ for a job in this Nation, look no further than the alcoholic beverage industry. I’m quite serious. When the country is doin’ fine, people drink. When the country is in recession, people drink. Fact.