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Old 07-23-2013, 09:29 AM
 
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Also it's not just food that people send home. People send stuff like packs of underwear, socks, t-shirts, deodorant, etc.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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Just think how much cocaine you could get in a 55 gallon drum.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:55 AM
 
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This story just smacks of the usual hate-the-poor, anti-welfare, right-wing, Rupert Murdoch garbage.

As someone pointed out, Caribbean folks here have been doing this for years. Its not news.

No indication in the story about whether this food is being resold, shared with family or donated. Probably all three to some degree, but it would be nice to know, and the reporter is too lazy to find out.

No indication whether this is actually illegal (that USDA spokeswoman skirted the issue) and again, then reporter was too lazy to find out.

Understand that the underlying assumption here is that this is the TAXPAYER's food.

Well, it isn't. It's the recipients food, plain and simple. And once its theirs, barring any illegalities, they are free to do with it as they please.

And helping poorer relatives back home should be applauded, not condemend.

Once you buy food, its YOUR food -- not someone else's.
Perhaps they should not be on welfare then. It is an abuse of the system, plain and simple. The US govt already has aid packages to these countries.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:04 AM
 
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Perhaps they should not be on welfare then. It is an abuse of the system, plain and simple. The US govt already has aid packages to these countries.
For one, you don't have to be on welfare to get SNAP. In fact plenty of food stamp recipients aren't on welfare.

As I said, there is nothing that points out specifically that this is illegal. If I use food stamps to buy food to make dinners for sale at church -- and I have had relatives who have done this -- are they beraking the law? I think not. And if not, the same food can be used for anything else, including sending it to needy relatives abroad. That is charity and sharing, not an abuse of the system.

Of course the story has no numbers as to how often this occurs -- only anecdotes. That's because it's impossible to know what happens to ANY food when it leaves the store, let alone all the food in the city. Its also impossible to know how much food shipped overseas is paid for in cash or with benefits. Infact, there are no actual facts to back up anything in that story that this is some sort of widespread "problem." Its just lousy journalism first and foremost.

But facts are an inconvenience when you have a hard-riight political agenda to push.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:10 AM
 
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What if the story was about food stamp recipients using their food stamps to buy food for the homeless in their community? I think they would be applauded.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:39 PM
 
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A Barrel From Farin (Foreign)
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:01 PM
 
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they probably save some of their food for their
relatives, not buy it all at one time and ship it
off; plus sometimes they ship clothes and other
necessities too.
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:46 AM
 
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EXCLUSIVE: Dominican Republic scammers sell welfare food bought in NYC and shipped in barrels - NYPOST.com
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