Appropriately, appallingly, it seems hard times in America play out at
Wal-Mart each month, as crowds of people turn up shortly before midnight at the end of each
month to start filling up their carts with basics - bread, milk, baby
formula - to get ready for their food stamps to be electronically activated. So that's what a record 43.6 million people living in poverty - the highest number in 51 years - looks like.
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"If you really think about it, the only reason somebody gets
out in the middle of the night and buys baby formula is that they need
it, and they've been waiting for it...If you are there at
midnight, you are there for a reason." - Bill Simon, CEO of Wal-Mart's U.S. operations