I just watched the clerk at the local Bodega sell someone two
20 oz. beers. The person used the EBT Benefits card; this
is the electronic version of Food Stamps.
Fist of all, I couldn’t believe the blatancy of this clerk doing
that right in front of me. You think he would have waited till no one else
was at the counter.
Secondly, since Food Samp Program is now electronic (Electronic Benefits Transfer aka EBT ), the retailers are given a swipe machine for the cards and entry of the
recpients PIN. So you would think the system would not even allow this
kind of purchase. Shame on you governemt officials …WTF.
I’ve decided that I’m definatly going to report it. Though I messed up a little.
After the person buying the beer left; I couldn’t help but make a comment to the clerk that I couldn’t believe the system allowed that. He actually said to
me … they do that because they want to make money! Yea, Duh! I tried to cover
my tracks by saying I don’t blame them, if the machine lets
them OK. But the transaction should be rejected through the EBT.
I don’t want them knowing I repoted them.
I also saw on the On the NYS EBT site http://www.otda.state.ny.us/otda%20internet%20search/ebt/howto.htm
How to Use Your Benefit Card at an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) A little
more the halfway down the page!
Aww come on now … so now we’re just giving them money to use as they
please with no restrictions. This makes me so hopping mad!! F@*k You