@@karolnyc Just because it's not inherently funny to need food stamps doesn't mean she's not allowed to joke about it! Karina, thank you so much for writing about this. I was ready to write you off as a privileged asshole after you admitted buying a $1.50 coffee, even though I've been in a situation like yours and made some pretty shitty decisions. But I read on because a friend had praised your piece, and you convinced me to consider how complicated this issue is, and that slamming you as an entitled freeloader is about as useful as doing so to "traditional" assistance recipients. As I found myself sympathizing, first I tried to think of what I approved and didn't approve of about your decisions. Then I realized how little that matters compared to the actual facts: You're trying to get work, you're exploring options, and this was an option. That option being available to you, and to others, independent of the judgment of people like me, is an inherently good thing.
*Sees headline, rushes in to remind new New Yorkers that we're going through a bedbug epidemic here, you really wanna be careful accepting furniture from strangers, and NEVER take furniture or even books from off the street.*