Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) the governments word for handouts to whomever it wants … One is for food, the other you can buy anything. Direct handouts, wealth transfer. Two types are generally known as Food and cash benefits.
Remember when food stamps went to EBTs to protect the self esteem of food stamp recipients? Now they are just wealth transfer cards. Your money direct to their pockets. How cool is that? No begging the public trough, it comes in the mail.
And what about the self esteem of not having a job? Haha.
Can I get me a cash benefit card. I am always a little short each month.
After four years on the job, a New Hampshire woman was fired because she refused to sell cigarettes to a customer who tried to pay with an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card (the debit card equivalent of food stamps), according to the Sentinel Source.
Jackie R. Whiton said that a 20-something-year-old male came into her Big Apple convenience store on May 29 and handed her an EBT card when he tried to purchase two packs of cigarettes.
It’s important to note that there are two types of EBT cards: one is for essential grocery items and the other can be used for pretty much anything. The customer had the latter.
Whiton told the customer that EBT cards shouldn’t be used to purchase luxury items such as cigarettes. Of course, the EBT holder didn’t take her refusal lightly and the two “had a little go-around” while the checkout line grew larger.
“I made the statement, ‘do you think myself, that lady, and that gentlemen should pay for your cigarettes?‘ and he responded ’yes.’ Then he said, ‘Give me back my card.’ And I said, ‘Give me back my cigarettes,’” Whiton said.
Although the customer left without his cigarettes, that wasn’t the end of the story: “The next day Whiton said the customer’s foster mother came to the store to complain,” the Source reports.
Wait — a man old enough to buy cigarettes had his mother go talk to the mean lady at the convenience store? He’s going to need a lot more than cigarettes to look tough after that.
Either way, the 65-year-old wasn‘t cowed by the boy’s stepmother and told her that EBT card holders shouldn‘t be buying cigarettes with taxpayer’s dollars. Not surprisingly, the store‘s management wasn’t too thrilled with Whiton.
She “received a call later that day from the company’s home office in Maine, telling her it had received a complaint about her and reprimanded her,” according to the Source.
But Whiton wasn’t about to change her mind.
“I said I would bow out gracefully and give my notice because I didn’t want to be a part of it. I’m 65 years old, you know?” she said.
That’s right. Whiton quit her job rather than sell cigarettes to someone living off an EBT card.
Who would not sell cigs to the poor welfare recipient, then don’t they die sooner?
“Charles E. Wilkins, the general manager of the C.N. Brown Co. that runs the stores, said the EBT cards in the cash phase could be used for any items, including alcohol, tobacco and gambling,” the Source reports. “Wilkins said the company gave Whiton the option of staying but she said she would not accept the cards anymore.”
“She didn’t think it was right and just wasn’t going to sell to people in that program anymore,” Wilkins said.