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Clerk loses job over stand (Must accept EBT for cigarettes)
New Hampshire Sentinel Source ^ | June 27, 2012 | Garrett Brnger

Posted on 06/27/2012 3:09:50 PM PDT by magellan

PETERBOROUGH — Jackie R. Whiton of Antrim had been a six-year employee at the Big Apple convenience store in Peterborough until a single transaction sent her job up in smoke. The store clerk was fired after she refused to take a customer's Electronic Balance Transfer card to pay for cigarettes.

Whiton said a young man came in to the store to buy two packs or cigarettes on May 29. When she asked him for his ID, he handed her his EBT card.

EBT cards are used for both food and cash assistance programs. There are two types of cards: one can only be used for food. The other can be spent on anything and used just like a debit card.

Whiton said she did not think EBT cards could be used to purchase cigarettes and refused to sell to him. The two "had a little go-around" as the line got longer behind him, said Whiton.

"I made the statement, ‘do you think myself, that lady and that gentlemen should pay for your cigarettes?' and he responded ‘yes,' " Whiton said.

The next day Whiton said the customer's foster mother came to the store to complain. Whiton received a call later that day from the company's home office in Maine, telling her it had received a complaint about her and reprimanded her.

"I said I would bow out gracefully and give my notice because I didn't want to be a part of it. I'm 65 years old, you know?" Whiton said.

Charles E. Wilkins, the general manager of the C.N. Brown Co. that runs the stores, said the EBT cards in the cash phase could be used for any items, including alcohol, tobacco and gambling. Wilkins said the company gave Whiton the option of staying but she said she would not accept the cards anymore.

"She didn't think it was right and just wasn't going to sell to people in that program anymore," Wilkins said.

Whiton said when she came to work the next day, her manager asked her how much notice she was giving. When she responded "a week," she was told the home office had just called and fired her.

Wilkins said she would have had to accept the cards within that week.

Whiton said she was not looking for another job.

Whiton said she does not object to using the programs for food assistance, but does not think a person should be able to use public funds to buy cigarettes.

"They can't even buy toilet paper with the EBT grocery cards but they can buy beer and cigarettes with the EBT cash cards," Whiton said, "Go figure."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: cigarettes; ebt; newhampshire; obamasstash; welfare
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1 posted on 06/27/2012 3:10:02 PM PDT by magellan
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To: magellan

Her opinion and stance doesn’t matter. Cash assistance can be used for whatever. If you don’t like the law lady, write your congress critter..


2 posted on 06/27/2012 3:13:04 PM PDT by goseminoles
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To: magellan

A woman with principle. An endangered species.


3 posted on 06/27/2012 3:13:09 PM PDT by rusty millet
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To: magellan

EBT card is probably the only form of voter ID rats would be in favor of.


4 posted on 06/27/2012 3:13:50 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: magellan

Same here...


5 posted on 06/27/2012 3:14:09 PM PDT by The Duke
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To: magellan
"They can't even buy toilet paper with the EBT grocery cards but they can buy beer and cigarettes with the EBT cash cards," Whiton said, "Go figure."

Sounds like they should change the name to OSC cards (Obama's Stash).

6 posted on 06/27/2012 3:14:18 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: magellan
Live Free or Die shouldn't mean Live FOR Free or Die...
7 posted on 06/27/2012 3:18:39 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Still Thinking

The cards are now used like cash. The sorriest people I know now hang out at the convenience store spending their “food stamps” (as they call them) on random junk, and they use them to pay their bills to one another, much as prisoners use postage stamps. Perhaps needless to say, prisoners tend to trade in many of the same commodities. This is what has come of the campaign against Hunger in America.


8 posted on 06/27/2012 3:20:37 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: madprof98

Some cards ARE cash. They put two separate benefits on them, food stamps and cash. The only difference is, used to people would receive a check which they had to go cash and then could spend the money on what they wanted, now they load the cash amount on the same card as the food stamps and they can spend the money on whatever they want.


9 posted on 06/27/2012 3:29:27 PM PDT by sheana
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks magellan.
...EBT cards are used for both food and cash assistance programs. There are two types of cards: one can only be used for food. The other can be spent on anything and used just like a debit card... "I made the statement, 'do you think myself, that lady and that gentlemen should pay for your cigarettes?' and he responded 'yes,' " Whiton said. The next day Whiton said the customer's foster mother came to the store to complain.

10 posted on 06/27/2012 3:33:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: magellan

almost 100 posts of words found here.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2899944/posts


11 posted on 06/27/2012 3:36:16 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: magellan
If it's legal under both state and Federal law to use these cards for smokes then she should have completed the transaction.Assuming her supervisors failed to make clear what could,and could not,be bought with the card (a reasonable assumption,IMO) then *they* are responsible for the incident.I hope she sues for wrongful dismissal.

Regarding the fact that I,a US taxpayer (and one who's also paid taxed in NH),must help pay for some layabout's smokes all I can say is "nauseating"!

12 posted on 06/27/2012 3:37:22 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: magellan
The new staples necessary to sustain life are gasoline, cigarettes and beer.

Trust me on this.

13 posted on 06/27/2012 3:40:27 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: magellan

I didn’t know there were two types of EBT cards. So the ‘rats answer to eliminating food stamp fraud is to withdraw the requirement that food must be bought with food stamps!

The program is now a no-limit debit card on the taxpayers’ treasury account.


14 posted on 06/27/2012 3:50:55 PM PDT by citizen (Obomo blames:Arab Spring,Banks,Big Oil,Bush,Ceos,Coal,Euro Zone,FNC,Jpn Tsunami,T Party,Wall St,You)
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To: magellan

I didn’t know there were two types of EBT cards. So the ‘rats answer to eliminating food stamp fraud is to withdraw the requirement that food must be bought with food stamps!

The program is now a no-limit debit card on the taxpayers’ treasury account.


15 posted on 06/27/2012 4:15:42 PM PDT by citizen (Obomo blames:Arab Spring,Banks,Big Oil,Bush,Ceos,Coal,Euro Zone,FNC,Jpn Tsunami,T Party,Wall St,You)
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To: goseminoles

Agreed. She picked her battle.


16 posted on 06/27/2012 4:17:22 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: rusty millet

Obviously her employer only cares about the dough coming in.


17 posted on 06/27/2012 4:21:46 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: citizen

Surprisingly the local CBS station did a nice investigative piece on how TANF is being used in Indiana. All kinds of fun things:

An incense and potpourri shop in Los Angeles ($200)
A beauty supply shop in Stone Mountain, Ga. ($140)
Royal Beauty Salon in Benton Harbor, Mich. ($53)
Beauty One Salon in Chicago ($100 total)
An address one block from the Walt Disney Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C. ($100)
An address inside Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in Orlando ($400)
11 additional withdrawals made in Orlando from within 10 miles of Disney World ($1,940 total)
7 withdrawals within four miles of Walt Disney Land in Anaheim, Calif. ($660 total)
Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio ($20)
Swinging Bridge RV Park in Byrum, Miss. ($120)
AMF Bowling Lanes #601 in Milwaukee, Wis. ($20)
A Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. ($100)
2 withdrawals from Poor Jack’s Amusements and Carnival in Cambridge City, Ind. ($60 total)
3 withdrawals from Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum in Gatlinburg, Tenn. ($180 total)
Hollywood Fun Park and Carnival in Crestwood, Ill. ($40)
2 withdrawals from a Best Buy electronics store in Merrillville, Ind. ($60 total)
The Gary, Ind., Steelheads Minor League Baseball Park ($120)
The Gary, Ind., Railheads Ballpark ($20)
5 withdrawals from DeltaSonic car washes in the south Chicago suburbs ($400 total)
Anna Maria Island Beach in Holmes Beach, Fla. ($200)

http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/indiana/state-welfare-money-being-squandered?ref=scroller&categoryId=10001&status=true


18 posted on 06/27/2012 4:22:32 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: goseminoles

“Her opinion and stance doesn’t matter. Cash assistance can be used for whatever. If you don’t like the law lady, write your congress critter..”

I disagree. Only because of her actions did I learn that my money is LEGALLY able to be used to buy cigarettes and booze for others. I honestly used to get upset that they could use these cards for steamed crabs. I had no idea that it could be used for this crap as well.


19 posted on 06/27/2012 4:27:39 PM PDT by icwhatudo (This is not a choice between Romney&Reagan-Its between Romney & most radical leftist Pres in history)
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To: rusty millet

Nonsense, I have an EBT card for child support. I don’t smoke and I don’t support using food stamps for non covered items, but not all EBT cards are food stamps!


20 posted on 06/27/2012 4:46:15 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Think. It isn't illegal yet.)
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To: goseminoles
"Her opinion and stance doesn't matter. Cash assistance can be used for whatever. If you don’t like the law lady, write your congress critter.."

When all is said and done, We the People are the final arbiters of what our civil law is. As for writing our congress critters and expecting them to save us from the societal suicide that this incident represents; I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.

21 posted on 06/27/2012 5:19:24 PM PDT by Desron13
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To: magellan

Imagine the riotous mayhem that will ensue the day those EBT cards stop working.


22 posted on 06/27/2012 5:38:51 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: nascarnation

And in most everyone of those instances the perps have a second source of income that allows they to scam the system and use your money for frivolous purchases.


23 posted on 06/27/2012 5:41:21 PM PDT by Rebelbase (The most transparent administration ever is clear as mud.)
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To: Rebelbase
Imagine the riotous mayhem that will ensue the day those EBT cards stop working.

If this were to happen tomorrow, it could not be soon enough...and let them riot - they will just destroy their own homes and neighborhood businesses. (sorry, Mr. Korean grocery store owner - check your insurance policy now!)

24 posted on 06/27/2012 5:46:23 PM PDT by IrishPennant (Are you behind a "Blade of Grass?")
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To: goseminoles

You’re correct from the legal angle, of course.

As I read this story, she was objecting from the moral angle, and was ready to sacrifice her job for her conviction.


25 posted on 06/27/2012 5:48:26 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: magellan

The customers foster mother complained?? How old was the customer that the clerk was required to sell ciggs to?? Was he buying them for his foster mother??


26 posted on 06/27/2012 6:09:44 PM PDT by Jrabbit
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To: magellan

Government doesn’t get a kickback if they buy toilet paper, but they do when they buy cigarettes. That’s why it’s the way it is.


27 posted on 06/27/2012 6:11:38 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: goseminoles
True, that.

On the employers dime, your opinions and convictions have to be checked in and out along with your timecard.

If your opionions and/or convictions are that important, quit working for 'the beast' and find another gig.


28 posted on 06/27/2012 7:05:03 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: citizen
Courtesy of Bill Clinton's "Welfare Reform".


29 posted on 06/27/2012 7:11:38 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: magellan

The reality is that smoking is highly correlated with lower social-economic status. Tax payers are subsidizing cigarettes purchases... then they subsidize the health care when smokers get sick.

As everyone knows smokers die younger, so the costs are held down in that the subsides end at an early age.


30 posted on 06/27/2012 7:14:29 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango
It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.
Hasn't been said, so I'll say it.

Welfare must be for subsistence level survival only, and cover only necessities; NO discretionary spending.

Anything else is goverment sanctioned mugging. And the elected criminals don't even have the decency to wear hoodies.

31 posted on 06/27/2012 7:20:54 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Rebelbase
"Imagine the riotous mayhem that will ensue the day those EBT cards stop working."

I normally curse "hackers"; but, there is a "hack" I might be able to overlook...

32 posted on 06/27/2012 8:15:35 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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