Those stories are terrible. These types of stories are sprinkled in sermons and the Review, every so often. It’s either paying tithe, or keeping Sabbath.
I would think that in most Christian churches, if it was known that someone couldn’t buy groceries, they should be helping her! There should be something in place for helping church members, not taking money they don’t have.
These kinds of stories of shaming, guilting and manipulating people into paying tithe (especially when their financial situation is so bad) is just horrible. They should be ashamed, but I’ve yet to see that happen!