Wednesday, June 23, 2010

EBT (Food Stamp) Life: Casinos & Fast Food Now Welcome EBT Cash

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.

While many of you have been downing beers, smoking cigarettes, and doing drugs on the government dime for years, how many of you knew your EBT cards could be used to pay for your gambling expenses and to chow down on fast food too? Just when you thought it could not get any better, your California EBT Cards are now welcomed at almost half the casinos and many of the fast food restaurants in the state.

Gambling on the Suckas Dime

From the LA Times: California welfare cards can be used in many casino ATMs

"Reporting from Sacramento — California welfare recipients are able to use state-issued debit cards to withdraw cash on gaming floors in more than half of the casinos in the state, a Los Angeles Times review of records found.

The cards, provided by the Department of Social Services to help recipients feed and clothe their families, work in automated teller machines at 32 of 58 tribal casinos and 47 of 90 state-licensed poker rooms, the review found."

As with most government programs, the tax payer can shove it up their pipe if they expect to learn how their money is being squandered:

"It's not clear which casinos are most frequently patronized by welfare recipients because social services officials denied a January request from The Times for data showing transaction information from all of the ATMs in their network. Department lawyers argued that federal law prohibits the state from releasing financial information about merchants who accept cards issued to welfare recipients."

Feasting on the Suckas Dime

In the juggernaut to expand welfare benefits into every facet of our live, Los Angeles County has implemented the Restaurant Meals Program is:

"Introducing the new Food Stamp Restaurant Meals Program that allows homeless, disabled, and elderly (age 60 and over) Food Stamp households to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) cards to purchase meals from participating restaurants.

On July 25, 2005, the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) implemented the new Restaurant Meals Program throughout Los Angeles County. This program offers great benefits to eligible households since the homeless do not have a place to store and cook food, while the elderly and disabled may have difficulty preparing meals for themselves."

Lest your bleeding hearts start bleeting about how could anyone disagree with letting an ederly or disabled person use their food stamps to buy prepared food, please be advised that anyone with an EBT card can use it in a participating restaurant. The program relies on an honor system (see #3, from the FAQ Section):

Best of all, unlike John Q Public your meal will be tax and gratuity free. Those things are for the suckas paying for your meal.

Below is more information on this wonderful program from, a well produced LA food blog:

"I saw this sign at my local Jack in the Box and instantly though WTF? How come they are taking EBT at a fast food joint? (EBT is the new electronic food stamps, for those not in the know.) Shouldn’t they be encouraging healthy eating instead? And this from someone that might have traded a food stamp or two for some Sierra Nevada Porter, back in the day. Apparently this is not some freak thing."

Hopefully Denny's is participating in this program because, from the same blog, it appears that this chain has now introduced a pancake stuffed Grand Slam Burrito to their LA restaurants. What a great way to share our bounty with our undocumented friends from the South on food stamps while slowly acclimating them to our cuisine.  From La Eastside:

 "No. How can someone think of putting pancakes into a BURRITO!?!?!? Puras locuras. I could not belive my sleepy eyes when I went to Denny’s with the GF this morning. Her choice to go there. I wanted a torta after reading Chavo’s post. So you can believe my shock when I saw this on the menu. And the price !?!? Pfft tan locos. I was THIS CLOSE to actually giving it a try and not being close minded and judgmental about it. But after I saw the syrup trying to be salsa, I took a stand and said NO.'

For more articles in this fascinating series, please refer to the below links:

The groundbreaking article that kicked off the series: EBT (Food Stamps) Life: Drug & Booze Stamps Compliments of the USDA

A favorite google search result for those in Brooklyn wanting to get high on the taxpayer dime: EBT (Food Stamp) Life: Free Beer, Cigarettes and Drugs Tips

Let me close with a fitting music video from Mike Stinson of the song, "The Late Great Golden State:"


Clint Fillmore said...

Wow! That was awesome! I wonder if other casinos also have services like that. If not, well I guess I'm just going to play in some casinos here in Northern CA. The games here in the casinos in Northern CA are great and I always quite lucky here.

John Quincy said...

Clint, you will be pleased to learn that your California EBT card is honored at casinos and strip clubs through out our great country.

Ain't America grand?