It's not uncommon for people to "sell" alcohol and cigarettes for foodstamps. Generally how it works is the cashier will take $30 in food stamps for $15 worth of beer and cigarettes, then the cashier himself will pay for the beer and cigs and keep the food stamps to use on actual food.
Omaha Red Sox wrote:I don't get how some of these programs work, only that there seems to be people who really know how to get around it and "benefit" from it.
Yeah, I'll never forget getting out of work in college around midnight and getting gas at a mini mart. I went in to pay, and these 2 ladies who were obviously high on something plopped this huge pile of junk food and cigarettes on the counter. The guy gave them their total, and they asked if they could pay with food stamps. Sure, no problem...
Sorry to hear about this rough stretch of your life, but when you make it through, you guys will be better for it.
Totally agree here. You can't keep a good man down.
Dude, you can't buy cigarettes with food stamps and if not for the "free lunches" given out at school, many kids wouldn't get a square meal at all. I should know, I was one of them.
I knew a kid at my college that got food stamps throughout the whole thing, in addition to all the government aid he was getting in the form of school grants. He dressed up like a bum -- seriously, he did -- and went into the food stamp office complaining of starvation and hunger pains. Call it what you want but he ate like a King while all I could manage was Top Ramen. At the very least, it was enterprising.
A) He's the reason why people hate systems like that. B) I haven't read Page 2 of this thread, but I'm betting you just got quite a few people's attention.