I was in the store behind a woman in line with 2 kids. What I saw made me search out more information about food stamps, food stamp fraud, and shopping behavior. This family bought a couple gallons of milk with food stamps. It took quite a while, because not only did they have to fill out their little ticket and run it like a check through the machine, they had to run it as a separate transaction. You see, I don't think the government would be happy knowing they gave food stamps to this family if they knew what else they were buying.
When I sought out program requirements, I had to ask myself whether or not this particular family looked like someone who would qualify. Assuming she was married, she must have a household income of less than $1,613. The woman in front of me wearing nice clothes, sipping a Starbucks-whatever, and talking on a brand new Treo/Blackberry-type cellphone certainly didn't look like she was insolvent.
I suspect I had witnessed Food Stamp fraud.
Here's a little excerpt from a food stamp program:
Food stamp benefits...can be used in supermarket checkout lines only for the purchase of food.What I witnessed instead was the food stamps, instead of buying food for hungry people, simply subsidized their other frivolous purchases. This family's cart (run up separately) also contained: a DVD player, several new DVDs, a case of Cola Cola, a case of beer, a few kid's toys, a cordless home telephone, and a bunch of other miscellaneous items that I didn't see.
Food stamps make it possible for such working poor families to stretch their income.Yes it does. It is giving them free milk so they can buy $200 worth of frivolous junk. Our tax dollars hard at work.