Skip to comments.Cash Back on EBT Cards
Posted on 10/07/2013 12:05:01 PM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
I was in Walmart the other night and saw something I did not know was available. As I was standing in the checkout line a woman was using her Food Stamp EBT card to buy stuff and at the end of the transaction she was able to get money back on the EBT card like you can with a debit card. I enquired about this and was informed that a change had been made by Government that permitted this. So you can get a cash back on a EBT Card then are able to buy things not on the approved list like tobacco products and alcohol. So another reason for me to hate paying my taxes.
This is how they able to use them in Strip clubs and Casinos.
It isn’t allowed.
The SNAP and TANF benefits are from separate accounts.
The person simply got cash from the TANF side, which is what it is — a cash debit account.
There is no cash back from the food side.
Seriously, it appears that EBT cards are now used for both the teh “Food Stamp” program and for “Welfare” in general. The Food Stamp money can only be used for food. The Welfare money is available as “cash back” etc....
Are you kidding me? So they can get $50 back and go spend it on drugs, and WE ARE SUPPORTING THIS? Can any congressperson bring this up, can a Sean Hannity put this on TV?
Even low info liberals wouldn’t want to straight up give people cash. Even the most starry eyed do-gooder wants them to have food and shelter, not pot and meth.
I see all manner of people using these EBT cards. In the paper this morning though I see the Farm Bill has expired and I wonder what is going to happen if those EBT cards don’t get reloaded next month or whenever the Agriculture Department’s money runs out?
The pressure is going to be on now to make some sort of deal.
Been going on for at least a year. We have a elderly neighbor on assistance (EBT). He was delighted that he could get cash and buy what he whatever wants. As he put it “being stuck with buying food alone made life difficult”.
I had to walk away.
Well you got me, it’s too complicated for me. How do these two programs work?
They’re not withdrawing money from food stamps, ie. SNAP benefits, it’s some form of cash welfare benefits either from your State or the Federal Government. EBT stands for Electronic Benefits Transfer and isn’t limited to food stamps.
So, the government “changed” the rules such that they are able to simply withdraw cash from the treasury.
Isn’t that special?
Beats 40 acres and a mule, doesn’t it?
Did you just find out there is such a thing as welfare and people can get cash from it?
That is almost like co-mingling of funds.
Does that also mean that those cards were not shut off for the shut-down?
People who get “welfare checks” no longer get checks.
They get the money through an electronic transfer, which is cheaper than printing and mailing checks.
The idea is the same, the execution is different.
There are two types of benefits. One for foodstamps and one for cash benefit (welfare). You can buy anything on the cash benefit.
Thanks for the info.
"Food Stamps" = SNAP
Welfare = TANF
You can Google the acronyms and find out all about them.
Thanks for the info
Most people on GA (General Assitance) no longer receive a paper check. Instead, the funds are added to their EBT card and they can then withdraw cash using their card.
I have a friend that was a Mailman, now retired, and he said that the beginning of the month was when all the Welfare recipients would be out waiting by the mailbox to get their checks.
Maybe the Postal Workers Union complained about their carriers being harassed so they went to plastic instead of mailing out checks.
You, too, just found out about welfare? How did you avoid the topic all these years?
I find it absolutely incredible that people believe this.
It’s not SNAP, it’s one of the other welfare giveaways that working people are forced to give to.
The cashier was merely mistaken. She doesn’t need to know where the money came from.
It came from you and her, that’s all that matters.
Welfare has always been in the form of cash, with few restrictions on how it is used (some states do restrict use of the cards at casinos, etc.). The recipient can use the welfare for additional food, rent, car payment, or even beer, in most cases, or, rarely, save it.
It’s welfare 2.0. A whole new animal.
The Republicans have offered bills that fund important functions.
Obama is the one who said he would not negotiate.
Obama wants to kill children with cancer and make old people starve.
I think the cashier was simply observing that things were changed so that both types of benefits are accessible from the same card now. The cashier does know which program any given transaction is coming from.
Switzerland is about to institute a Guaranteed Minimum Income for all citizens (about $36,000 per year).
Sooner or later I imagine we’ll drop all the pretense about forcing people to eat the right foods and do likewise.
TANF = Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
I take it that’s as temporary as the Affordable Care Act is affordable.
For food stamps, there should be a special store just for them. Staples only, beans, fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, bread, milk, juice, etc. No processed foods, no premade frozen dinners, just ingredients and basics only, and their card can only be used at these stores. Be good for everybody as they can’t buy junk, or tier one cuts of steak and lobster, but also working folks like you and I won’t have to get stuck behind the 400 lb woman with her gaggle of screaming morbidly obese 8 year olds.
I hope you added a “you are welcome” as you walked off. I always do and my wife fears confrontation one day.
dunno about where the acres are, but the mule is all of us who work....
“Family” has pretty much be redefined as well.
For TANF, it means “female with kid(s)” .
40 acres and a mule is saying “here’s some resources for you to make your own living”.
And the response is:
“Ain’t nobody got time for dat!”
It’s a mediocrity trap.
But a lot of things are going to have to change in order to get sanity back to the country, the chief one being a spiritual awareness and acceptance of God again. Judeo-Christian spirituality got the USA to heights that were the envy of the world. Dumping it has brought decline and chaos. Trying to fix just welfare is like trying to nail jello to a tree or trying to catch just one of the plagues that came out of the figurative pandora’s box and call it a day.
i know, the concept has gotten twisted. now they expect us to be the mule. and they won’t even do anything to feed us.
the card had two parts. cash assistance aka welfare and food. not everyone gets cash.u have to select.
Oh, you just HAD to start that song, didncha?
A local tv station here in Indy got a digital file of TANF card swipes for Indiana card users.
Disney (Ca and Fl), Vegas, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Nevada brothels, casinos, you name it.
No, I didn’t say anything. He’s an old man and he’s lived next door for longer than the 15 years we’ve been here. It’s not worth the hard feelings, and he wouldn’t understand anyway. This man inherited the house he’s in. Can’t read or write. And too he’s a very nice old man. I just don’t have the heart to demean him to his face.
That said, I completely understand how you feel. You wife should be proud!
It’s about $20, which doesn’t go far to buy toilet paper, much less gambling in a casino.
Again, what about soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, laundry detergent - none of which can be purchased with ebt food - the cash is for that.
Yes, many programs like the EBT or Texas Lone Star Card allow the user to get cash back. I posted a reply some months ago about a customer in a food mart getting back $50 cash, put the two bags of groceries in her car and walked two doors down to the liquor store. I watched and she came out with a bottle of booze. Pissed me off.
Well I used to joke that: Use your EBT card to post bail.
Probably not a joke anymore.
Fortunately, I have never heard the song to which you refer...
No - I don’t want a link... :)
You'll find that the main impediment to doing that, and it is a formidable one, are the huge multinational food manufacturers, distributors and grocers. It is not the recipients -- they would adapt. But the slightest suggestion that food product types should be restricted instantly brings a deluge of lobbyists to D.C., many with existing connections to USDA senators and representatives. This kind of reform isn't going to happen any time soon.
Didn’t happen - not from the SNAP side.
Bread and Circuses
EBT has become such a large % of food purchases that the retailers are now part of the supporting lobby.