Yes, I've only ever heard this comparison in regards to first world vs. third world lifestyles, or even in comparison to "how much better we have if than our ancestors, even the rich ones." I've never heard of someone begrudging a welfare recipient a refrigerator before this thread.
This is like the complaint that "99% of welfare recipients have refrigerators!"
I looked at that complaint and went - "Well, duh!" I expect that Welfare recipients rent and every rental place I have ever lived in came with a refrigerator and stove. I feel bad for the 1% of welfare recipients that can't find a rental with appliances, those must be some short-sighted landlords..
In most cases I've seen, the "complainers" are not trying to say that welfare recipients are scammers, but are pointing out that what we consider poverty would be pretty darn comfortable in some countries.
You haven't met my relatives.
They love claiming that everyone on food stamps is buying lobster because they saw a news story that said so. Three of my friends work with welfare recipients in two different non-profits and have for decades, and no matter what lengthy experience and evidence I have for them that, no, that's not what welfare recipients, in general, do, THEY SAW IT ON THE NEWS. Ugh, "those people!"
More in line with the thread's title, I got yelled at by a panhandler today. I usually rely on a "do not engage" practice, after having lived in several major cities. This guy asked me for change, but, as I was rushing for a bus along with my "do not engage" policy, I didn't respond. He proceeded to yell after me about what a snob I was with my head up my own butt. Sorry, fella, but I'm not obligated to sacrifice my comfort level, or miss a bus, because you asked me for change. You don't know how much volunteer work I do and how much I give to charity, so, to use an eHell-approved phrase, "What an interesting assumption."