Ours are called Bridge cards. I watched a store clerk once sell liquor to the customer in front of me who was using her EBT card. I asked the clerk "Did my eyes deceive me, or did you just sell liquor to someone who paid with a Bridge card?". She told me she wasn't allowed to discuss previous transactions with other customers, so I flashed my work id at her. You should have seen the look on her face. I told her she could have cost her employer some big-time fines and other problems for her actions, and if I worked for the inspector's office, that would be the case.
(I'm trying to kick the habit myself, so please don't feel like I'm beating on my fellow tokers. :p)
P.S. Just as a humorous side-note, the Maryland EBT card is called the "INDEPENDENCE" card. Nothing like gubbment "charity" to make you feel independent.
The EBT cards are supposed to eliminate a lot of the problems from the old food stamp program-like the fact that you had to give change that was less than a dollar back as real coins that could then be spent on anything. But I was surprised that the store's computer allowed it-the same store's computer system won't register an acohol sale without a birthdate for the customer. At the very least, the store should ring the liquor up separately and make the people pay cash for it.
The other lie that is implicit in the DU article is that it implies that people who recieve food stamps "can't afford to buy food". There is always a group of working poor, who get food stamp benefits, because they work hard, but don't make enough to cover all of their family's expenses. They don't get any other welfare except food stamps and medicaid, and maybe some day care assistance. They are not getting a cash welfare check, though, and that is an important difference. They will usually work themselves out of that eligibility in a few years, if they keep at it and don't get pregnant. They're the people going through temporary setbacks, not the leeches.
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