He had no idea that he was about to leave the supermarket in such turmoil since it had seemed like a usual shopping trip. He wasn't upset by the long lines at the checkout counter, though, or the crowd of people in the produce aisle.
Neither was it the screaming children or the mindless mothers pushing their carts in front of him in a haze. When he glanced into another family's shopping cart, he felt a storm start to brew inside of him.
Patrick Gibson was hard-working and did his best to support his small family. He thought his life might get easier when he enrolled in the U.S. Army.
It was undoubtedly difficult for him to leave his family for months to serve his country. However, if there was one lesson his parents taught him, it was that nothing was ever given for free.
When Patrick met Whitney, the love of his life, he considered himself blessed and the happy couple got married soon after. He was a father of a boy and a girl before he even knew it.
Nonetheless, the couple fell on tough times, and with only one person bringing in the bacon, they had to make do with what they could afford.
Patrick often missed breakfast so his family could eat, and his $70 could stretch as far as possible. When you have four people to provide for, $70 doesn't get you very far, and after household costs like diapers, gas, car payments, and toiletries, the Gibsons hardly scraped by.
Patrick, however, thought to himself that it was alright and that he was satisfied with what he had. They could cope with what they had, somehow.
Of course, then again, there were people who were even less supportive of what Patrick had to say. One woman decided to get personal and got a bit feisty with her comments, saying that Patrick had been "creepy" for taking pictures of someone else's grocery cart.
She also said that, for all he knows, that car doesn't belong to the shopper, and maybe they have nine kids. Alas, we have no way of really knowing what the situation really is. But Patrick had another comeback.
"Well, the odds of that being the case in this situation, much like many other situations with food stamps, are almost as likely as me being approved for some government assistance because we are struggling…" Patrick replied.
"…oh, wait, I forgot. We already got denied, so I'm pretty sure the chick isn't dying, and no one gave her a free car. I am sure that hard-working people such as myself are giving her a free life, though." So, what is the real reason for Patrick's outrage?
His rage stems from the fact that he and his family were denied assistance by the state when they needed it most. Patrick protects and serves all Americans, and yet he does not qualify to go on food stamps. It boggles the mind.
And now, he was famous for speaking out. But how did he feel about the sudden notoriety on Facebook?
If there's something that we can identify with in Patrick's story, it's the fact that sometimes things are just unfair in this world. And quite often, there's not much we can do about it — it's just out of our control.