Florida resident Angel Adams believes in the spirit of giving — as long as she’s the recipient.
Adams, 37, has 15 children from three different men, and she thinks somebody else needs to be held accountable for the mess she’s in. Since 2011, Adams has received thousands of dollars in assistance. Others have generously paid off her debts and helped her and her children get into a six-bedroom home.
Apparently, that’s not enough. Adams still believes someone else is responsible because her situation hasn’t improved in five years.
Watch coverage of her story below.
While this video aired in 2011, things haven’t improved for Adams. In fact, while one might think she would show a little gratitude for the things she has received, that would be a mistake.
In February this year, Adams appeared in court before Hillsborough Circuit Judge Tracy Sheehan, who heard evidence that Adams was not working with the social welfare agencies that were trying to keep her large, fatherless family together.
Sheehan didn’t waste a moment explaining to Adams that she needed to own her problems, instead of expecting others to bail her out.
Nick Cox, the state’s Department of Children and Families regional director, told the judge, “Everyone has bent over backward,” he said. “The mother has been less than gracious.”
Hillsborough Kids volunteered to cover the $6,000 she owed to the Tampa Housing Authority. The Children’s Home Society covered the first month’s rent for Adams’ six-bedroom house. Rent, after being adjusted for income and family size, won’t amount to much. Cox couldn’t estimate how much the state has contributed to help Adams and her family over the years.
Judge Sheehan rebuked Adams for her ungrateful attitude, and explained that many people have gone the extra mile for her. When the judge asked if she understood all that has been done to help her, Adams replied, “No comment, your honor,” reportedTampa Bay Times.
“Hear what I’m saying,” the judge told her. “Reach out your hand to these people instead of looking a gift horse in the mouth and asking for more, more, more.”
Some people never learn.
Situations like this are as sad as they are infuriating. To think that a grown adult expects the state to care for her and her family is a direct contradiction to the self-reliance in which most Americans take pride.