Skip to comments.National spotlight finds NH woman fired for refusing to accept EBT card for cigarettes
Posted on 07/01/2012 10:49:03 PM PDT by QT3.14
A convenience store clerk who was fired recently for refusing to sell cigarettes to a customer trying to pay for them with state welfare benefits has been fired, but her story has gained traction in local and national media.
According to press reports, Jackie Whiton was working at a C.N. Brown Big Apple convenience store recently when a man in his 20s attempted to purchase cigarettes using an electronic benefit transfer card, which is issued to families in New Hampshire and Maine who are on the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF program. Whiton, a six-year employee of the store, refused to sell the man the cigarettes.
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Unfortunately, this is a normal problem. Those that have these cards are not necessarily poor but they do have the card to purchase extravagant items. The is just the way it is!
Until the Federal Government/Local Government actually cares about their expenses nothing will change. Changes will happen if the Federal Government stops payments and the State Government stops payments for illegal customers (used in a derogative sense).
So you realize that almost all of this will not stop - you would be a fool to expect otherwise...heh.
Too bad that this is our money...
Another thing pointed out on the radio talk show I alluded to also pointed many lobbyist behind relaxed rules on what can be purchased are from junk, snack and soft drinks companies.
The Clerk may have been technically wrong, but this is not a firing offense.
I hope The Boss loses his business.
He could have corrected her and let her stay on but NO he fired her for having a conscience.
The Food Stamp program has little to do with helping the “poor” and everything to do with paying out big money to agricultural businesses. Just try to curtail any program or subsidy that benefits farmers or big ag businesses, and you will see so-called conservative lawmakers fight it tooth and nail. Most government programs benefit the wealthy and toss crumbs to the poor. The liquor and cigs are updated versions of bread and circuses.
“The liquor and cigs are updated versions of bread and circuses.” Top original wriiting of the day! Never thought of it quite that way. Well said, Pining_’ PS, I long for the FL Keys, finally moving back next month! Hope you get back to TX.
Hmmm, that is a new angle to me (agricultural payoff) when you are talking about the poor and their benefits.
I can of course see that it is a problem for all (taxes etc.A) but I’ve never heard of anyone specifically blaming the benefits to the agriculture business.
Okay, so please tell me how that works? Do you think that farmers should receive subsidies?
Really not sure where you stand here...are you for taxes reduced on all or just on farmers and ag businesses?
You sound like a Democrat with your rant though... Programs for the wealthy and problems for the poor farmers, ag businesses, and liquor sellers (just kidding there).
Just what are you advocating?
Glad you understood his rant. To me is just seemed to be another plus for sin taxes.
At least that sign says discount Cigarettes! /s
The store owner is obviously an asshole willing to leach off taxpayer dollars just like the freeloading jackwagon.
NH is a police state...don’t let them fool you.
Maybe he’s not a freeloader, maybe he just lost his job because of Obamacare’s mandates and hasn’t been able to find a new one yet because of those same mandates? There’s going to be a lot of people like that in coming months and years. How many thousands of pages of regulations are you willing to write to manage what such people can and cannot buy with public assistance?
80% of the federal “agriculture” department budget goes for food stanps
The food stamp program is a part of agriculture bill recently passed. Of course, that bill is filled with subsidies. The reason the bill passed was because no one is willing to cut farm subsidies to curtail the food stamp program.
Liberals applaud this Govt intervention.
But using food stamps to buy pastry, chips and cigarettes is a matter of personal choice and the heartless GOP better not cut it.
He wasn’t using food stamps, he was using TANF cash assistance. And nicotine is addictive, it’s not like he can quit cold turkey the moment he lost his job because some self-righteous busybody thinks they know better than he does how he should spend money.
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