1) BathingMachine wrote, “When I was about 16, my dad picked me up in a borrowed minivan with no back doors the day before Christmas to have Christmas dinner with him — took me to McDonald’s and bought one burger with loose change and we cut it in half and shared it. I hadn’t seen him in a few weeks, but I actually really appreciated that he went out of his way to do something that he clearly couldn’t afford so I didn’t totally miss out.”
2) Lookitsmonsterki wrote, “I realised when all the other kids at school brought packed lunches everyday and I brought no food so my teacher used to make me a Vegemite sandwich in the staff room. Doing fine now, but as a kid I realised I was poor then.”
3) Tampaburn wrote, “I was counting pennies to get the $2 chicken box at Checkers that I had a $1-off coupon for. I got to like $.79 and the cashier was like, ‘Just take it, man. You need it.’”
4) host-chips wrote this:
“I cried in a supermarket once because I was ten cents short for a packet of instant noodles. (They were 50c.)
“I also wasn’t getting paid for about three days, so I stole some kid’s unattended Happy Meal at the food court and made it last for about two days. It was one of the worst periods of my life.”
KumaTheBear123 commented, “I don’t know about others, but if I knew items that are stolen from me are used for the survival of the individual rather than drugs/beer, etc., I actually don’t feel that bad or sad about it.”
ghost-chips replied, “I still feel bad about stealing some kid’s treat meal to this day, but yeah, if I knew that someone stole from me to not starve a few more days, I would just hope they hang in there. Poverty sucks.”
5) Christmas_in_July wrote this:
“I’ve stolen only once in my life, and I still feel guilty about it. When I was really broke, I went to buy some groceries for my family.
“My bank usually would allow you to overdraft $10 with no penalty. I had no money until the upcoming payday, so I went shopping and got the most/best I could for $10.
“I went to self-checkout and my card was declined. Apparently my bank had stopped allowing the $10 over.
“I didn’t know what to do since I needed that food and couldn’t pay. I ended up walking out of the store with my groceries and leaving the transaction open at self-checkout. I’ve never been so nervous as I was leaving and walking to my car, and I avoided that store for a few months.
“I hope I am never faced with that situation again. The guilt was pretty bad, but in the end my family was fed so I let it go and vowed never to do anything like that again!”
Source: Karnaf0, “What was the moment you said to yourself ‘Jeez I’m poor’?” AskReddit. 14 March 2018
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