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Costco to accept food stamps nationwide
Associated Press ^ | 10-28-09

Posted on 10/28/2009 5:11:06 PM PDT by Justaham

PORTLAND, Ore. - With many families suddenly struggling to feed themselves, the big warehouse clubs known for king-size packages of steak and jumbo boxes of Cheerios are increasingly competing with grocery stores for the 36 million Americans now on food stamps.

Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday that it would start accepting food stamps at its warehouse clubs nationwide after testing them at stores in New York. That is a big about-face for a chain that has catered to the bargain-hunting affluent with its gourmet foods, and a reflection of the fact food-stamp use has hit new highs.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: costco; foodstamps; grocery; retail; welfare

1 posted on 10/28/2009 5:11:07 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: Justaham

Gee will they accept food stamps for their membership fee?


2 posted on 10/28/2009 5:14:18 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Red_Devil 232

The article said they won’t accept food stamps for membership dues.


3 posted on 10/28/2009 5:17:40 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: Red_Devil 232

Excellent question. You don’t need a membership to buy alcohol (in California). So if food stampers can buy without a membership, why would I continue to shop there and support that?


4 posted on 10/28/2009 5:18:13 PM PDT by steveo (Two Thousand Ten - Never Again)
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To: Justaham

I didn’t think food stamps could be turned down anywhere.


5 posted on 10/28/2009 5:21:13 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Justaham

“Americas a great country. Someday we’ll drive to the poor house in the finest automobiles’’.- Will Rogers. Yup, folks will be driving up in Cadillac Esplanades paying for grub with food stamps. What a country.


6 posted on 10/28/2009 5:22:29 PM PDT by JoeMac ("Dats all I can stands 'cuz I can't stands no more!'' Popeye The SailorMan)
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To: Justaham

Wonder how this will work with the 2% Executive Membership rebate program?


7 posted on 10/28/2009 5:32:07 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Justaham

How about California IOU’s? Any chance they’ll take those?


8 posted on 10/28/2009 5:34:27 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Justaham

Well that does it I refuse to pay to shop in a store that allows those people in!


9 posted on 10/28/2009 5:34:40 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Justaham

Well, I hope that Costco will be opening special checkout lines for Food Stampers, or this customer is histoi.

NOT going to stand in line all damned day waiting for the cashiers to sort out each and every item of purchase. Seems like all too many Stampers require the cashiers to think for them.


10 posted on 10/28/2009 5:57:21 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: rockinqsranch

‘Seems like all too many Stampers require the cashiers to think for them.’

They already require us to buy the food for them. The butcher shop I go to accepts the Link card so I try not to go around the first of each month.


11 posted on 10/28/2009 6:40:30 PM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: Justaham

I was in there and asked them about it and they said they DID NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. They asked where I heard this from and I said the local paper!


12 posted on 10/28/2009 6:44:49 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Justaham

I’ll bet they have been losing money because of so many losing jobs and not affording to shop there like they once did.


13 posted on 10/28/2009 6:45:28 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: cripplecreek

Yes, in AZ not every store accepts them. You cannot buy alcohol with the food stamps debit card either which is a good thing.


14 posted on 10/28/2009 6:46:25 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: rockinqsranch

In AZ it is a debit card and you use it just like you would your bank debit card.


15 posted on 10/28/2009 6:47:21 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: JoeMac
Yup, folks will be driving up in Cadillac Esplanades paying for grub with food stamps. What a country.

The Russian community in New York has been doing just that for years.

16 posted on 10/28/2009 6:47:33 PM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: hsmomx3

Since my comment I’ve found that a permit is required for a store to accept food stamps. Apparently Costco has simply never seen the need for the permit. I guess I’ve just never seen any stores that didn’t accept them before.

I don’t believe alcohol has ever been something that someone could buy on grub stubs.


17 posted on 10/28/2009 6:53:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: rockinqsranch
Well, I hope that Costco will be opening special checkout lines for Food Stampers, or this customer is history.

Ditto. The lines at my local Costco are far too often so long that I have been known to abandon my cart with 3 or 4 items and buy them elsewhere.

18 posted on 10/28/2009 6:53:28 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: cripplecreek

For us, Costco is good for things such as milk, eggs, butter, bananas, their kitchen trash bags.......

I did not know a permit was needed to accept food stamps.


19 posted on 10/28/2009 6:56:15 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: MamaDearest

And I have seen much shorter lines over the last year or so at our local Costco.


20 posted on 10/28/2009 6:57:13 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: hsmomx3

I believe food stamps are still under the control of the department of agriculture so a permit doesn’t surprise me.

Years ago a girlfriend of mine tried using food stamps in Frisco Texas and was told that they don’t accept Michigan stamps in Texas. We later found that it was false because they’re part of a federal program.


21 posted on 10/28/2009 6:59:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: cripplecreek

They sure can be turned down. Dearborn Sausage doesn’t accept them. I will go out of my way to shop at a store that does NOT accept food stamps.


22 posted on 10/28/2009 7:51:57 PM PDT by Mad-Margaret
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To: cripplecreek

Food stamps are not accepted in many stores in LA. Perhaps Michigan has different rules.


23 posted on 10/28/2009 7:54:46 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Southern by choice ... American by the grace of God)
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To: cripplecreek
"We later found that it was false because they’re part of a federal program."

A food stamp debit card issued by Louisiana can't be used outside of Louisiana. Someone told me this just the other day, because I suggested that she drive to Vicksburg to shop at a larger WalMart Supercenter.

24 posted on 10/28/2009 7:58:57 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Southern by choice ... American by the grace of God)
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To: Justaham

Wow, the animosity towards people who are trying to feed their families during a rough time. Who cares? Flame away..

I post this because I’ve met hard times and actually applied for the 40 bucks a week ill get if I’m approved. I’m trying to get on my feet.


25 posted on 10/28/2009 8:17:37 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: goseminoles

No worries, goeminoles. I’ve met people who have met hard times in the last year, and they too have applied for food stamps to survive.


26 posted on 10/28/2009 8:32:09 PM PDT by Justaham
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To: hsmomx3
From the Florida foodstamp website:
Households can use food stamp benefits to buy breads,
cereals, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, dairy, and
plants and seeds to grow food for your household to eat.

Households cannot use food stamp benefits to buy nonfood
items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, household
supplies, grooming items, alcoholic beverages, tobacco,
vitamins, medicines, food to eat in the store, or hot foods.


27 posted on 10/29/2009 4:09:30 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: Justaham

Some of the posts on here are pretty sad indicators of how even Good Folks can think sometimes.

If things continue the way this administration wants it to continue .. Don’t be surprised if You wake up one day to find that YOU have become one of the very same folks that you disdain!


28 posted on 10/29/2009 4:31:47 AM PDT by plinyelder
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To: NautiNurse

Yep—that is the way it is in Arizona, also.


29 posted on 10/29/2009 6:32:06 AM PDT by hsmomx3 (GO STEELERS!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: JoeMac

What do you mean “someday”, the FS Queens have been driving up to my store in Caddies, Lincolns, etc. with spinners for years.

Towards the end of the article, the author says that the stores want to keep the business when the economy gets better. He’s assuming these Queens will actually get off food stamps. Hasn’t happened here. They’re on for life - and their children’s lives, and their children’s lives.....


30 posted on 10/29/2009 9:37:42 AM PDT by CTOCS (Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.)
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To: hsmomx3

Yes, permits are required for retailers. You also have to stock certain items in each dept. to be eligible. Something like a 7-11 doesn’t qualify because they don’t carry enough foodstuffs. The retailer can also refuse to play. I get inspected by the state once per year to be sure I carry all the qualifying items.

You cannot buy alcohol, tobacco, or dry goods on food stamps. Nor prepared food from the deli.


31 posted on 10/29/2009 9:45:25 AM PDT by CTOCS (Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Oh yes it can. My point-of-sale system is set up to accept all states. Like someone said earlier in the responses, it is a federal program. Enforcement however, is performed by the individual states.


32 posted on 10/29/2009 9:48:53 AM PDT by CTOCS (Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.)
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To: CTOCS

Just about all the convenience stores here, including 7-11, accept the Washington State EBT cards now. They have signs up stating that in their windows. Eligible items are charged separately from non-eligible items electronically; no need to sort them out physically (an earlier comment was unclear on this).


33 posted on 10/29/2009 9:51:53 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: steve86

My POS (point-of-sale)system does the same thing. At the end of the sale, the non-eliglibe balance is due. Each item on the receipt has a designator as to whether it is FS eligible or not. The Queens still argue with me even though they have been on food stamps their entire adult life.

My local 7-11’s don’t accept them as they don’t carry the requisite items. the ones in your area must.


34 posted on 10/29/2009 10:00:52 AM PDT by CTOCS (Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.)
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To: CTOCS
"Oh yes it can. My point-of-sale system is set up to accept all states."

I can't argue with you, as I have never had a food stamp debit card, but I am telling you that the State of Louisiana states, in writing, that the EBT cards can't be used outside of this state.

I understand that the food stamp program, as a whole, is a federal program administered by the Dept. of Agriculture. It is one of the largest budget items of that department. The debit cards that I see being used in the stores have a nice graphic of the Louisiana map and read that they are the property of the State of Louisiana. Apparently the state administers the federal funds.

35 posted on 10/29/2009 1:50:47 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Southern by choice ... American by the grace of God)
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To: goseminoles

Yeah what’s the problem? Anyway I work inside a Costco (but not for Costco) and the thing is that people are having to move in with their parents, or that people are losing their homes and jobs in this bad economy so they are moving back home or in with relatives. Well of course Costco sells bulk items so it’s a good dead for a big family or a lot of people living in the same home to shop for the bulk deals at Costco. I say welcome, because when Costco is doing more business my job is more secure too.


36 posted on 10/30/2009 8:43:54 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles ("Nonsense in the intellect draws evil after it." C.S. Lewis)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
In Texas a food stamp card is called a Lone Star card.
37 posted on 10/30/2009 8:45:04 PM PDT by Hound of the Baskervilles ("Nonsense in the intellect draws evil after it." C.S. Lewis)
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To: Justaham

lefty red diaper owner


38 posted on 10/30/2009 8:46:31 PM PDT by wardaddy (folks, these freepathons are taking too long tightwads, shame on us in front of the kooks)
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To: crys1028

Troll


40 posted on 02/15/2010 4:40:18 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: chris_bdba
You join today to post something like that? I said nothing about anything racial I said I woul;d not pay to shop somewhere to be there with people on food stamps I can do that at the regular grocery store. How did you get anything racial from that? And by the way why pick on just me when EVERYONE said the same thing?
41 posted on 02/15/2010 7:02:20 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

I think it is the same here. Ohio foodstamp card can only be used in Ohio AFAIK?


42 posted on 02/15/2010 7:04:35 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: kickonly88

WOW! I was doing a Google search in hopes of finding someplace that accepts EBT (That’s food stamps for those of you who are slower than the rest of the Union) and I stumbled across this site and these posts.
I understand there is a very high likelihood that this response to the ignorance I read in this forum will be ignored but none the less...

Yes, I use “food stamps” and NO I DO NOT carry ANY shame or guilt for doing so.
I am fortunate enough that before my husband/father of our two children was killed on October 13Th 2006 that the two of us had paid enough into TAXES, so now that he is no longer here for his children and myself I am ABLE to utilize the food program that WE PAID INTO!
So as far as having a separate line for “stampers” and as far as “stampers” being unable to think for themselves...
This “stamper” is able to not ONLY think for herself but is able to raise two children and keep one in college on one income with the aid of only $200.00 per month for groceries.
Perhaps next time the issue of “stampers” is brought up, or next time you are in line and the person in front of you pulls out the dreaded EBT card you will stop for just one second before you pass your judgments. Maybe you might use your head and think that maybe that person and their children are suffering a loss of huge proportions; such as the unexpected early demise of their spouse/parent.

Oh and by the way!
If you people were using YOUR brains you might realize that if a store was to provide a separate line for “stampers” or any other group of individuals then that store would be guilty of separatism as well as liable. It is not necessary that the checker/clerk ring the items separately when ringing out a “stamper”, the COMPUTER is able to use it’s brain as it was PROGRAMED to do.

I just thank GOD that before my husband was taken from us he had the time, morals, and ethics to help me to instill values and empathy (FYI completely different from sympathy)into our children. I know that neither one of them will ever be so ignorant to make such callous and ridiculous assumptions.
One more thing... My son is a student at the U.W.
A very prestigious and successful college, I don’t suppose you attended college for anything more than a 2 or 4 year cert. ?


43 posted on 05/02/2010 8:17:51 AM PDT by knickerdew
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To: knickerdew

I’m sorry for the loss of your husband. I’m certain it has been devastating in myriad ways.

Most FReepers appreciate that social welfare systems like the food stamp program are important and valuable as a safety net for individuals in exactly your position. There’s no shame in that. None. (Were dear Mr. Chroma to die this morning, I might very well use an EBT card for whatever time it took to find a job and stability.)

I’m guessing that the comments that offended you were directed at those in our society for whom such programs are a lifestyle, sometimes spanning generations. At times, here, we speak in an arcane shorthand and the “givens” are tacitly understood.

Again, please accept my sympathy for your loss and hopes that the pain eases in time.

Also, welcome to FreeRepublic!


44 posted on 05/02/2010 9:11:45 AM PDT by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: knickerdew

I’m still trying to figure out what this has to do with the motorcycle thread I posted on ??????????? And I have NO college cert.


45 posted on 05/02/2010 4:54:09 PM PDT by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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