What is something you only know if you grew up poor?
Eating at McDonald’s was considered a luxury.
I think it cost around $25-$30 to feed a family of seven at McDonalds back then.
For a little bit more, maybe $40-$50. My mom could buy a small bag of rice and some kind of meat (chicken, pork, fish) and veggies and feed our family of seven for the entire week.
This is all back in 1995!
Maybe not so much about being poor but more about who your family is and the area you live.
Police doing a “walk through” of your house. When I became a teenager and started staying at my friend’s houses I was a bit shocked to learn that cops NEVER come and knock on their doors and want to take a quick look around the house. Never ever, not even once, had the cops ever came to their house and made everybody get out of bed so they could look for somebody (an uncle, dad’s friend, somebody robbed a store and ran near our backyard, etc..) that might be in the house. Once my mom got annoyed because they came by like 3 times in just a couple days and my mom told them not to come back unless they had a search warrant. Turned out they actually had reason to believe my uncle had stashed some stolen stuff on our property… they came back with a search warrant. It was fucked up. They trashed the house. I remember my mom crying because they ruined most of the food and she’d just went food stamp shopping for the month. We had to stay at my grandma’s for a while because of the mess.
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