EBT (Food Stamp) Life: Is a series devoted to the many creative ways people have been using EBT (Food Stamp) Cards to subsidize their lifestyles. Please note that many of these methods are of dubious legality and are not recommended.
Other posts in this series include:
(aka It's For the Kids)
Three recent incidents prompted this story:
Broken Food Stamp Connection
Shuts Down Town
First Day of the Month
Food Stamp Day
Special thanks to the People of Wal-Mart for the photo:
People of Wal-Mart: Wrong Trunk
Pumping Them Out
on Your Dime
Disclaimer: The above woman is not my friend's wife. It is a little stab at humor on my part. She was involved in fraud of a different kind. She cremated her mom on a BBQ grill in order to keep on cashing her government checks:
It's what Grandma would have wanted
Thank You for Giving Mommy Money for Drugs
Thanks USDA for subsidizing mommy's crystal meth habit:
National Policy Center: Substance Abuse and Welfare Reform
You have got to love Texas. They have come up with a simple solution to the tax payer subsidized mothers on drugs epidemic:
Texas to Implement Drug Testing for Food Stamp Recipients
As usual, the comments to this story offer some truer insights into this issue than perhaps the story itself:
"Oh, how misled you are. A small percentage? My mom was a single mother who worked for minimum wage and received assistance for several years. I lived all too close to the abusers of food stamps. Maybe 10% DIDN’T abuse free/low income housing and food stamps. Had plenty of money to buy drugs and drive a new car though. Knew people who fed their dogs steak every day because they were appalled at the fact that they couldn’t buy dog food with their food stamps. Like I said, I did know the 10% who did need them and didn’t abuse them, but they were indeed rare. The problem though is the system. If they go to work and make minimum wage they have to struggle and barely have enough left to eat tuna and peanut butter. If they don’t work they can collect more in food stamps than they can even make working, and eat steak everyday if they so choose. Our society shouldn’t be set up in such a fashion that it’s easier to not work and keep having babies than to work and support yourself.
There is also the misconception that it’s “FREE” or it’s just taking from the government (they just don’t understand that the government only has our – the workers – money, it doesn’t have any of it’s own) or that they are “owed” it somehow. NO! The people who ARE working and struggling themselves don’t owe anyone a “free” ride. Last week and I passed a cart full to the brim of meat. Had to be 50-60 pounds. Good stuff too, not 75/20. They were obviously immigrants who didn’t speak English, and probably illegal. But, let me say also, that there are 10 dirty white women (with 3 or more nasty children) to that 1 immigrant family with the same cart, so I’m not picking on immigrants. I completely understand why they want to come here. My point here is that the working poor can’t buy that much meat in a year (or 5), let alone a month. I am Caucasian by the way, have worked continuously since I was 15 and it’s probably been 3 years since I’ve had a steak.
That being said, there are also people who work that take advantage of the system. I have known workers and non workers who don’t have a problem buying drugs. I have worked with several people that had a couple of kids and used all their money for pills, weed, crack… you name it, and get more in food stamps and assisted living than I make in a month.
There are serious flaws in the system and I’m not naive enough to believe I know the answers. But what I do know is that there SHOULD be drug testing to get on and to stay on any government assistance. I also believe in the option for rehab that coincides with a strike system. I also believe that instead of repeatedly handing out assistance, we should help help them succeed (and I don’t mean McDonald’s or Wal-Mart, no one can live on minimum wage unless they are in high school or have a free place to live). A cure instead of treating the symptoms, what a novel idea! What scares me is that our government may not want to fix it. A government that aspires to control us would not, they would rather we were all dependent on them.
While we are on the subject… women getting child support (I am also a woman) should be drug tested if the payer of the child support wishes. I have known too many women who blow all the child support on partying and drugs with and then when the husband picks them up for his weekend (if he even gets to see them, which also needs to be addressed) he has to go (with the $120 a week he has left out of his check to live on) and buy coats and school supplies and clothes and food for them to take home because the mom is, to say the least, a sorry excuse for one."
"Benjamin Mar 22
I get so sick of it because I work my ass off and still come out broke and unable to buy myself enough groceries every month. Sure, I could probably apply for food stamps. But I have dignity and respect myself. I believe being able to provide yourself and your family with food is the absolute fundamental objective in life and if you are unable to do that, you are a FAILURE.
I say the drug-testing for food stamps and unemployment should be mandatory in ALL states. Far too often, I see people pay for their groceries with EBT and then pull out a literal WAD of cash, (And we all know what that comes from), to pay for their non-food items. If they have that much cash, they can fucking afford to pay for their damn groceries. DEADBEATS, get a f****** job and work like the rest of us productive citizens. You are not any more special than us just because you don’t know how to use birth control and don’t like to work. Please stop thinking you are.
And P.S., I am NOT racist… I see just as much white trash using food stamps as I do blacks and hispanics"
Special thanks again to the People of Wal-Mart for the Photos:
People of Wal-Mart: Do Not Try This at Home
People of Wal-Mart: My Humps
And for Singles...
This Rounds on the US Tax Payer
From the article:
"Up until recently I had always thought food stamps, aka electronic benefits, were strictly for people struggling to feed their families, the homeless, and ODB. I now know about 10 people off the top of my head who have EBT cards and are all under the age of 25 with jobs.
It never even crossed my mind that I could get them. It also never crossed my mind that I could buy beer and cigarettes with them until I watched a buddy of mine pick up a 22 of Heineken and a pouch of Drum on the government’s tab.
The latest in tax payer funded styles....
Even more enlightening than the article are some of the comments at the bottom:
everybody against this is stupid. the money spent on welfare is spit in the ocean. plus, the system is fucking corrupt to begin with, so stick that in your pipe and smoke it. if you’re against this, you probably believe in god and country. so eat it, suckas!!
and to the people doing it, f*** you for writing an article about it for all the snitches to see. you’re just as bad as them."
Anonymous is right. We are bunch of dopes: Dopes to be handing over our money to a corrupt bunch of clowns to piss down the toilet on schemes like this.
Anonymous would certainly not be shocked to learn that this type of scam has been going on for years. In fact, the GAO warned the USDA about this type of fraud in 2006:
Small grocery stores hotbeds for food stamp fraud
The GAO is recommending that the Department of Agriculture intensify its focus on finding stores that violate federal rules and increase penalties for trafficking in misused stamps. The GAO's recommendations, in a report released in October, come as Congress is preparing to revisit the $29 billion-a-year food stamp program next year as part of a giant farm bill.
Among other things, the GAO is urging the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) — the agency within the Agriculture Department that runs the food stamp program — to review the 160,000 stores authorized to receive stamps to determine which are most likely to engage in fraud and to target them for enforcement."
All You Can Eat Crap
While the government is perfectly happy to micro manage our lives, they cannot be bothered to supervise the types of food that is being purchased with our tax dollars. In our Orwellian world, the Food and Nutrition Service within the USDA that runs food stamps is fine with the money being used to buy junk food:
Households CAN use food stamp benefits to buy:
• all food intended to be eaten at home. This includes the
four staple food categories mentioned earlier as well as
nonalcoholic beverages, snack foods, soft drinks, candy, and ice.
Mom of the Month
(aka Eight is Not Enough)
While you may have waited to have kids until you had saved enough to take care of them or may have had less children than you would have liked to, you will be glad to know your hard earned tax money is letting Nadia fulfill her dreams of becoming the next Angelina Jolie.