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Old 05-18-2015, 05:38 PM
 
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It would be interesting to actually know what SNAP transactions look like. The stores probably keep track of this and I can't see that it would violate privacy to publish the aggregate numbers.
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Yep, they sure are!

There are at least 14 different pizza places that are a part of this program, including such restaurants as Dominoes Pizza and Pizza Hut. Fast food places like Carl’s Jr., Burger King, KFC/Taco Bell and Subway are also included.

Nothing cures a hungry tummy like a Dominoes pizza... mmm, and so healthy! Made me hungry; where's my free cell phone, I need to place an order!
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:49 PM
 
Location: The analog world
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Yep, they sure are!

There are at least 14 different pizza places that are a part of this program, including such restaurants as Dominoes Pizza and Pizza Hut. Fast food places like Carl’s Jr., Burger King, KFC/Taco Bell and Subway are also included.

Nothing cures a hungry tummy like a Dominoes pizza... mmm, and so healthy! Made me hungry; where's my free cell phone, I need to place an order!
Homeless people can also apply for and receive assistance. Ready-to-eat foods are a necessary part of the program.
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:51 PM
 
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It would be interesting to actually know what SNAP transactions look like. The stores probably keep track of this and I can't see that it would violate privacy to publish the aggregate numbers.
Interesting is a documentary or book about the battle at Marathon, what you are suggesting is about as exciting as going through someone's garbage
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Homeless people can also apply for and receive assistance. Ready-to-eat foods are a necessary part of the program.
and

Over the past few years, EBT has been used for some “questionable” items. Here are 11 questionable items that you can (or will soon be able to) purchase with an EBT card.
  1. Quesarito: Taco Bell is one of many fast food restaurants that accept EBT cards. Guacamole is extra? Who cares? It’s on the taxpayer.
  2. Bail: Convicted felons – like drug dealer Kimball Clark – have reportedly used their EBT as bail money. Clark reportedly instructed someone to go to an ATM to withdraw money from his EBT for bail. Because it’s difficult to trace ATM abuse, many speculate this problem is more widespread and not just found in isolated incidents.
  3. Lingerie: Kiss My Lingerie, an adult store in Gonzales, Louisiana, accepts EBT. Other adult stores have also been known to accept welfare transactions. In this case, officials said the store doesn’t violate the rules for EBT because of discrepancies in the law.
  4. KFC: Well, chicken is a protein, and protein is good for you, right? KFC is another well-known fast food chain that accepts EBT.
  5. Shoes: While Payless ShoeSource is known for their BOGO sales, they’re certainly not the cheapest place to buy shoes. Despite the prices and functionality, they also accept EBT.
  6. Strip clubs: Last year, the New York Post reported that FOIA requests revealed welfare recipients were regularly making EBT withdrawals at the ATMs near and inside infamous porn shops, liquor stores, lounges and hookah parlors. Technically, it also doesn’t break the law because of the “cash assistance program.”
  7. Lobster: There have been multiple cases of this. As long as it’s not tobacco or alcohol, you’re golden.
  8. Starbucks: While corporate stores don’t accept EBT, any Starbucks in a Target or grocery chain is considered a grocery item. So $7.00 for a mocha cookie crumble frappuccino and pumpkin loaf? Go.
  9. Cold hard cash: Some people are in the business of selling their EBT benefits for cash. Craigslist has been a great conduit for these “creative entrepreneurs.”
  10. K-cups: A lot of people don’t buy coffee in this form because it’s too expensive, but it’s not off limits in the world of welfare.
  11. Cupcakes/Gourmet cakes: It’s considered food, no matter the price. Hello, non-essential $45 cake.
Shouldn't the title of the article be:

11 Things You Didn’t Know Other People's Money Could Buy With Food Stamps

11 Things You Didn
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:53 PM
 
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Yep, they sure are!

There are at least 14 different pizza places that are a part of this program, including such restaurants as Dominoes Pizza and Pizza Hut. Fast food places like Carl’s Jr., Burger King, KFC/Taco Bell and Subway are also included.

Nothing cures a hungry tummy like a Dominoes pizza... mmm, and so healthy! Made me hungry; where's my free cell phone, I need to place an order!
A mixed bag. I'd sure like to see tax dollars spent on real food, heck people paying cash seem to buy mostly garbage, but you have the problem of homeless (ie. no kitchen), disabled, elderly, etc. I can see where the theory comes from if you're going to have food stamp style programs.
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Old 05-18-2015, 05:53 PM
 
Location: California
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https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/public.../p4/p44578.pdf

WIC foods in Wisconsin. If you aren't a baby and don't do dairy there's only a couple things left. Baby food meat is all I see on that list, nevermind a lobster.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Houston
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My kid doesnt use SNAP benefits, if.they did I wouldnt be spending all the.benefits in the first two weeks
Actually we start feasting in the last week because you have to spend the allotment by the end of the month or lose it. Of course it does not really matter since my fridge and pantry is always well stocked.

Lobster sounds good, even better than steak and snapper.
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:39 PM
 
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It always fascinates me that around the holiday season when the local TV stations will invariably run the typical "charity gives free food to poor" story that all of the hungry in the lines are morbidly obese.
That's because they cannot afford real food. So sad
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Old 05-18-2015, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Houston
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That's because they cannot afford real food. So sad
Maybe they should eat less unreal food.
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