Tales From The Shelter – 20

August 25, 2010 at 9:05 am


Of Food and Cigarrettes

No one I know here goes to a food bank.  There’s many who tried but gave up after waiting in line for over two hours.  Besides the wait there’s the paperwork…food isn’t just handed out.  What is handed out isn’t exactly appetizing, I mean, who really wants to eat no name mushed up pears?  Instead the women here shop at Chinatown’s cheap grocery stores like Sunrise and TNT, or the Dollar Store.

If you’re enrolled in a personal developement program you receive meal tickets for the cafeteria.  You also earn meal tickets through volunteer work.  This allows you to stand in line for only 5 to 15 minutes and get a meal like frozen mixed vegetables and shepard’s pie that you need a knife to cut through the mashed potato topping.

While eating everone does their best not to complain as that takes away any palletability one may have for slop.  We act greatful because it’s free and we don’t have to wander out.  If you don’t have an earned meal ticket you can buy a ticket for $2.50….pretty good.

It’s Welfare Wednesday today , aka Mardi Gras.  The first item on most people’s shopping list is cigarrettes.  The week before pay day is a cat and mouse game  for smokes.  If you have any it’s guaranteed you’ll get hit up.   Normally one cigarrette goes for %0 cents if it’s a  high end brand….low end is 25 cents.  Sometimes a trade is done for meal tickets and you gamble that the servers will accept it knowing it’s not you it was issued to (tickets are named and dated).

One trick I use to get around all the bumming, because there’s too many who want a smoke for nothing or only give half the value, is to keep only a few cigs in my pack…then I can honestly say, “No, I’ve only got a few left” and flip open the pack to show them.

Rolling butts is a great extension for those right out and who know better then to hit up their room neighbours all the time , therefore maintaining good relationships.  The problem now is now that there’s a butt box , which is locked, that there’s no old butts to roll.  The solution has been that those of us on disability who receive more money then the welfare people, buy a cheap pack of smokes and put them on the window sill along with a small container for quarters.  It’s an honour system and to date it works.

Many of us have filters and cigarette making machines and buy tobacco when we can’t bare the expense.  They often go out on loan to the welfare people.  It’s a bit of an egg shell walk being on disability, as some of the welfare women feel resentment towards us when it’s that unholy week before payday.  Some do the hint bit, like , “Well, guess I can’t eat until tomorrow’, but you never know if that’s a dodge because everyone likes to make out they don’t have as much money left as they do.  It’s easy to put it to the test, like offering a couple of packs of noodle soup (Itchy Bum), or a roll of nickels or something.   Then the excuses come out, like, ‘I’m allergic to that soup” or “I just can’t bring myself to pay with a roll of coins, it reminds me of my childhood too much’.

Despite the shadow games that go on it all boils down to one thing:  we are women living in poverty.

Oh, and the latest gossip?  Retarded Martha claims she now has two boyfriends, a ‘good one’ and a ‘bad boy’.  Ya right, Martha, and  are you going to spread your legs for either one, cuz all those short shorts and revealing tops you wear and the way you caress yourself in front of the men are saying one thing, but you’re not delivering.  Martha, gawd help you, oh wait, may YOUR PERSONAL GOD help you.

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