- Posted October 21, 2012 by
Who's Going to Talk About Food Stamp Fraud?
Today I had a customer come up to the counter with 10 Starbucks Mocha drinks and 5 energy drinks. Guess what? All paid by food stamps. Following his food stamp purchase, he bought 2 $20 scratch tickets. In my mind I'm thinking, "You can't afford food, but you can afford lottery tickets, huh?".
I see it as fraud because none of these items are non-essentials such as soda, energy drinks, candy, you name it.
I have a buddy who lives in New York and he says people will wait outside of a grocery store, have a pal buy his groceries with his food stamps card, and pay him cash for it. I wonder where that cash is going to!
Why can't we cut some of our deficit by putting heavier regulations on food stamp eligibility? It's such a grey area for America. It needs a complete overhaul. Better restrictions on what you can and cannot buy. And these people buying scratch-off tickets after their food stamps purchase - I think they can afford their living without food stamps.
Here's another example: a customer came in, cheerfully saying, "I'm here for my food stamp wedding cake!". The cake was $125. All paid for by food stamps. I wanted to spit on her wedding cake, but of course, I didn't. I have to have "the customer is #1" mentality even though they're the number #1 fraudulent citizens of America.
If we can put heavy restrictions on unemployment, we sure as heck can put heavier restrictions on food stamps. Why has NO politician taken notice? Why hasn't AMERICA taken notice?
I hope someone takes a stand. A lot of tax money is going towards Monster energy drinks, Butterfinger candy bars, wedding cakes, and everything in between.
That's all I have to say...