Good morning readers. Thanks for coming by for a read this morning.
I was walking around in the Dollar Tree Store [Everything's a dollar or less] when the manager came on the intercom:
“Dollar Tree shoppers! Don’t forget to pick up an item of school supplies for military dependents starting school in the fall. Pencils, pens, tablets, erasers, any item related to school. Dollar Tree will make sure it reaches the dependents of active military personnel.”
My hand stopped midway to a jar of Kosher dills. “Eh? My hearing’s really going to hell. For a minute I thought she said something about donating school supplies to military kids. Sheeze!”
But when she finished ringing up my purchases the cashier smiled and met my eye. “Would you like to buy some pencils or a tablet for military dependents starting school?”
I went snake-eyes. “You think I’m stupid for shopping here, don’t you?” I slid my hat back exposing my forehead. “Do I have a sign saying STUPUD tattooed up there?”
She tried to say something but I butted in. “Got a program so’s I can buy schools supplies for kids of crack whores? Kids of people in prison? Likely they really need it.”
The lady blushed. “They make us ask. I didn’t do it.”
“Here!” I pulled a dollar bag of flour out of one of the sacks. “Give them that if you can find one who knows how to cook something. Otherwise give them shopping carts and point them to your dumpster.”
“No problem. I give food to beggars. Not something they can sell or trade for drugs and whiskey.”
Soooo. Evidently the military folks aren’t even giving their families money for school supplies these days. Shouldn’t be long before their kids are darting out of alleyways surrounding people waiting at bus stops or traffic lights. “You wanta buy watch? Ring? Skivvy pictures?
Learned it from mom and dad who learned it overseas. Nice scam.
Back when they had the draft, conscripting people for $100 per month, wives and kids moving in with relatives, nobody thought of that one. Now they’re all volunteers for undeclared presidential wars, helping bankrupt the federal budget with their salaries and benefits, they’re panhandling. Trying to mooch off hamburger flippers and other minimum-wage-earners scrimping by shopping at Dollar Tree.