Family Of Independent Complaint - No Respect - Case Worker

Review by DISRESPECTED on 2007-04-24
DETROIT, MICHIGAN -- I went down to the welfare office in Detroit Mi on W. Jefferson, I went to this office to try to get some help for my utility bill, which I have a shutoff notice for. When the worker call my name to ask about my finance situation, he start asking me question about my finance situation at the security offices desk, while the officer where sitting there. I explain to him why I was falling on hard times and that I was on workmen corp, and I was only receiving $109. a week and I go to therapy 4x's a week and plus, and Doctors 2 or 3x's a week, sometimes I have 7 doctors appointment within that week. I don't have a car, so I has to pay everyone to take me back and forth to my appointments and gas is gone up, but I have to go so they will pay my doctors bills, I have just enough money for gas once a week. I had 3 surgeries, all this was from an accident coming home from work. The case worker start asking me all kind of personal questions that I felt as if it wasn't the security officer or the other customers business to know my business, he (the case worker) should had took me in the back at him desk to discuss my finance situation, he took every one else back there, I was the only one who he felt as if everyone need to know my problem. It makes me mad because I really hate having to ask the welfare for anything,they treat you like trash and they talk to you as if you were a crack head, they just don't have no respect for the customers, if it wasn't for us they wouldn't have any job, but they will figure that out when the machines takes over there jobs or welfare be cut completely out and people will have to rely on something else. You have 10% of the people who just fail on hard times and need a little help to get back on there feet, but they look at it as the stuff is coming out of there pocket and its not. I am not the one who like to ask anyone for anything and when I do, I don't mind you saying no, but do you have to be so nasty about it or rub my face in it, or say it so everyone can hear you??? I know most of them don't even have a college degree, and if they get lay off, there isn't anything that they will be good at, beside being a disrespectful fool.
Comments:8 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-08-09
Posted by N. on 2007-04-24:
Well if you are going to ask taxpayers to pay your utilities they are entitled to know your personal financial situation. If they didn't EVERYONE would be in there asking for assistance. I for one would like to ask...are you posting this from your own computer or cell phone? Sorry to be judgemental, it is just that I like to know if my tax dollars are being wasted on someone who would rather pay an ISP or cell phone company then pay their utilities.
Posted by rhondam718732 on 2007-04-24:
I absolutely think you were right to be upset about being asked to discuss your personal situation in front of others. Inappropriate indeed. It is difficult to ask for help and when you do, you shouldn't have it be a disrespectful situation.
Posted by Demonoid Phenomenon on 2007-04-24:
Good call, Noneill! If I were in this person's situation, the internet would be a luxury. I'd miss it, but hey. Non-essential.

"if it wasn't for us they wouldn't have any job, but they will figure that out when the machines takes over there jobs..."
Not gonna happen. I remember when computers were becoming more common - people were talking about how paperwork would be a thing of the past and jobs would get phased out.
Uh, not quite.
Seems like computers have created more jobs than eliminated them.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2007-04-24:
Gotta love that entitlement attitude!

Regarding the welfare clerks..."if it wasn't for us they wouldn't have any job". And later, "but they look at it as the stuff is coming out of there pocket and its not."

Well, newsflash for you - it IS coming out of their pockets, they are working and paying taxes. Then the poster goes on to call them all un-educated fools.

Hey, it's OK to ask for some help from time to time, and I'm glad there are agencies that can help, but a little bit of an attitude adjustment might improve your chances. Good luck.

Posted by Slimjim on 2007-04-24:
With all due respect, twice in your complaint you referred to welfare applicants as the office's "customers". That is far from a proper word to use.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-24:
Dis, if you are having all of these problems due to being injured on the job, I would suggest hiring an attorney on a contingent basis. They get a nice cut from your settlement but they assist you along the way.
Posted by voiceoff on 2007-05-03:
zz good idea maybe a lawsuit will get ya a bundle, if there is one in this.
When you felt uncomfortable, you should have asserted yourself and said,"I would like to go the back to discuss details, please."
I am happy there are agencies to help people, but you are not the employer or the customer, here. You are an applicant for services. And yes, you deserve respect.
Posted by F@ckedbothways on 2007-08-09:
This is not welfare's problem this is your problem like slim says you need to get a lawyer this is a work problem. Your work should be paying the bills not us tax payers.

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