Hypothetically speaking (not that I encountered this on the way home from work...hmm...), And I am prepared to be ripped to shreds for this post.), is it a personal, educational or societal failure to ask; (when having $2.35 on my food stamps card, and $3.00 in cash, and attempting to buy 2 gallons of milk, and 6 Boston cream donuts) "How many packs of cigarettes can I get with the change?"
Needless to say, the poor economist behind you in line just wanted a lo-calorie Gatorade and is now forced to stand in line for 15 minutes in the early hours of morning.
I would argue that such a question being asked does a few things. It precludes that tobacco should be illegal (it certainly hasn't helped me in any way), it suggests that our society needs to seriously reexamine benefit programs (and massively expand them, into many areas, including education), and most importantly, it suggests that a society devoid of bourgeois desires would never experience such a question in the first place because a young mother wouldn't need to buy donuts for her child at 3 am.
Socialism, Utopian (if not Scientific)? In many ways yes! I don't even know where to direct my anger without it.