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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    I saw someone buying booze at Meijer with an EBT card. I don't get how the stores are getting away with this, not just the recipients.

    If a store can have a computer register system that makes it impossible to ring up the sale of alcohol or tobacco without entering a birthdate, then it can come up with a way to prevent selling the same products to someone using an EBT card. The only problem I can see is that whatever kind of card is being used (EBT, Debit or credit), the customer usually swipes it at the end of the transaction. EBT users could be required to swipe their cards prior to the sale.

    I think that stores that allow this should be treated like stores that sell alcohol to minors. It's not like they can't make EBT users pay for their booze in a separate, cash transaction.

    The EBT cards were issued because the food stamp program was open to too much fraud. Now, the stores are actually helping the clients commit fraud.
    That was pretty much my first question: How?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    That was pretty much my first question: How?
    Do something like WIC. Have a list of items that are suitable, and the cashier has to enter a code to be able to use the card, after verifying that everything in that purchase is kosher.
    In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.

    In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by djones520 View Post
    Do something like WIC. Have a list of items that are suitable, and the cashier has to enter a code to be able to use the card, after verifying that everything in that purchase is kosher.
    No, I meant how do they use their cards in this manner. I thought for sure there would be systems in place to prevent such usage.

    I have an FSA card. I can only use it for healthcare related expenses (and I am sometimes even required to prove it after the fact). It won't work for tittie-flops and blackjack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    No, I meant how do they use their cards in this manner. I thought for sure there would be systems in place to prevent such usage.

    I have an FSA card. I can only use it for healthcare related expenses (and I am sometimes even required to prove it after the fact). It won't work for tittie-flops and blackjack.
    From what I understand of the Michigan EBT card, there is no safeguard. There is a list of eligible only items it seems, but if the cashier doesn't give a damn, then whose gonna stop you?

    Noon is right, the state gov should come down on the stores that does things like that.
    In most sports, cold-cocking an opposing player repeatedly in the face with a series of gigantic Slovakian uppercuts would get you a multi-game suspension without pay.

    In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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