Pimping the Poor – Timaru Herald style


ON STRUGGLE STREET: But can afford to dye her hair, get multiple tattoos and afford the internet and a cellphone

All the media loves pimping the poor and Timaru Herald is no different…except they actually do add in some quotes that are enlightening with the person they’ve chosen to pimp out.

The high level of poverty in some streets in the Marchwiel area was highlighted last week in a social justice report commissioned by Anglican Care.

Kelvin St resident Racheal Gates is one of many people living day-to-day and struggling to make ends meet.

“There’s a lot like me around here who are struggling,” the 37-year-old said yesterday.

Report author Ruth Swale spoke to more than 30 agencies, organisations and individuals in South Canterbury over a six-month period, and the issue which stood out to her was the level of poverty in the Marchwiel area.

The research found some streets in the north-end area were within the lowest categories (9 and 10) on the deprivation index.

Gates receives a supported living benefit from Work and Income and has a casual part-time job at Strathallan Lifecare.

Three years ago, she tipped the scales at 150kg and struggled to find work.

After having gastric bypass surgery, she is now half the size she was.

“I feel good, but I have had a few underlying health issues, like chronic fatigue . . . so I can’t do a lot of physical work or work long hours.”

With a diploma in social services, Gates said she would one day like to work in mental health. She also suffers from anxiety.

A litany of excuses to explain her work-shy attitude.

And here comes the blame the government for her predicament statements.

Because of her surgery, Gates can only eat healthy foods and this is where most of her money goes.

“I can only tolerate certain foods. Healthy foods are so expensive and my grocery bill is where I suffer the most.

“I wish the Government would drop the GST on meat and veges and put it on the junk food.”

Gates says she has tried to access a special food allowance from Work and Income.

“I had a letter from my doctor but they turned me down.

“I hate going in there to ask for help because of the way they make me feel . . . it’s like the money is coming out of their own pockets.”

Who are these WINZ people, find them and give them a medal, that is exactly the right attitude…and Gates has exactly teh wrong attitude, showing us her bludger entitlement mentality. It’s the government’s money why can’t she have more of it.

Her statement about GST is pure politics…this lardo/heifer ate herself to more than 150kgs, lacked the self control to lose weight herself, took the short cut and is now bleating about GST causing her enormous food intake rather than blaming herself for a lack of self-control.

“My outgoings are way more than my incomings and I should be able to feel like they will help me, but I don’t.”

She said all her money went on bills, and often after “payday” her money was gone.

“Some people will ask me how I can afford my tattoos, colour my hair, afford the internet or cellphone, but I tell them I don’t smoke, drink or go out. All my money goes on my son and my bills. I am more fortunate than others . . . probably because I am getting off my butt and working at it.”

Nice of the Timaru Herald to put in her confession over tattoos, hair colouring, the internet and cellphone…She needs to get off her butt from the looks of it, it is literally expanding in the photo.

But what of her statements…let’s see what Facebook reveals.

Oh look, plenty of money to spend at Marcia’s Hair and Beauty.

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She says she doesn’t drink but likes Vodka Cruiser, Lindauer and Wine Sale NZ. I think we can put the “doesn’t drink” lie to bed…I mean seriously who like Lindauer except those conditioned to drink it.

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Can’t afford to pay her bills but likes Dominos and Muffin Break:

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I think we can work how she got so large as well:

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When will the media learn to do their research and catch these liars out.

She might her life improves considerably if she stopped spending money on tattoos, junk food and useless stuff.

More often than not these people are poor because of poor personal life choices.

the media should stop pimping these hard people who aren’t…real poverty is deserving of attention, not these attention seeking bludgers wanting more.


– Timaru Herald


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