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EBT Cards Used At Strip Joints, Liquor Stores

From the New York Post:

Welfare recipients take out cash at strip clubs, liquor stores and X-rated shops

By KATE BRIQUELET | January 6, 2013

They’re on the dole — and watching the pole.

The New York Post writers are such poets.

Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs — where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers, a Post investigation found.

A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals at ATMs inside Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn; the Blue Door Video porn shop in the East Village; The Anchor, a sleek SoHo lounge; the Patriot Saloon in TriBeCa; and Drinks Galore, a liquor distributor in The Bronx.

Of course the real scandal here is that there are 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfers in just 18 months in just one state.

The state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), which oversees the “cash assistance program,” even lists some of these welfare-ready ATMs on its Web site.

One EBT machine is stationed inside Club Eleven, an infamous Hunts Point jiggle joint known as much for its violent history as its girls in pink thongs.

Cops have been cracking down on the Bronx club since 2009 and shut it down temporarily in 2010. In July, five men were stabbed and two others shot outside after bouncers broke up a 4 a.m. brawl with pepper spray…

Club Heat, another Bronx strip club that dispenses EBT cash, is also no stranger to violence. A 33-year-old woman was fatally shot in the head outside the club in December 2011…

The food-stamp program prohibits the purchase of booze, tobacco and lottery tickets with an EBT card. But with the cash-assistance program, users can blow money on strippers or a six-pack and to tap welfare dollars from liquor stores, casinos and adult-oriented establishments.

The Post found dozens of pubs, nightclubs and tobacco shops where welfare dough was dispensed — and presumably spent.

The Boiler Room, a gay dive bar in the East Village, had $120 and $60 transactions a minute apart on Jan. 17, 2011. The bar is around the corner from a Bank of America that takes EBT cards.

West Village tobacco shop Shisha International had EBT transactions ranging from $40 to $180 in 2011…

Sex clubs are bad enough. But using EBTs to buy cigarettes should be enough to even get the left riled up.

Of course, we have had these stories before, about EBT cards being used at casinos and race tracks and for trips to Vegas and Hawaii. But we were told that the states were taking steps to prevent these abuses from happening.

For the record, back in February 2011, the Republican controlled House passed legislation which would have put an end to much of this. But, naturally, the Democrat-controlled Senate refused to even take up the measure.

Meanwhile, we have these tidings from CNS News:

Federal Food Stamp Program Spent Record $80.4B in FY 2012

By Patrick Burke | January 4, 2013

(CNSNews.com) — During fiscal year 2012, the U.S. government spent a record $80.4 billion on food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a $2.7 billion increase from FY 2011.

According to the Monthly Treasury Statement that summarizes the receipts and outlays of the federal government, $80,401,000,000 went towards SNAP during FY 2012, which was a $2.7 billion increase from $77,637,000,000 in FY 2011…

In total, nearly $106 billion was spent on food assistance in 2012…

Who knows how much of that got stuffed into g-strings?

Between FY 2009 and FY 2012, SNAP’s budget jumped by approximately $24.8 billion…

During Obama’s first term. But he has to keep his constituents happy.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 7th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “EBT Cards Used At Strip Joints, Liquor Stores”

  1. mr_bill says:

    Food stamps should return to being the actual stamps. Forget about not hurting peoples’ feelings. If you can’t take care of yourself, you should be embarrassed. Try sticking a food stamp in a stripper’s thong and see what happens. It’s damn difficult to place a bet at Cesar’s Palace with a food stamp. Take these EBT cards away and make people come to the welfare office to pick up their monthly ration of food stamps. When it’s more difficult to game the system for “free” money, the number of participants will drop significantly.

    • JohnMG says:

      That would be akin to requiring a photo-ID before voting, would it not?

      You tryin’ to dis-enfranchise someone? Dey gots rights! No’m sayin?

    • mr_bill says:

      Da wealf jus’ be re-distributin.’

      It’s pretty sad that common sense solutions are not only ignored, but actively discouraged, in the name of “protecting” certain groups of people.

    • Mithrandir says:

      You’re absolutely right, HOWEVER, this is exactly what democrats want: direct transfer of wealth. They have been sending up trial balloons for decades about this, now in the electronic age, it’s possible and it’s reality. –mission accomplished.

      The byproduct is:
      1. They can say they cut costs by eliminating the printing and distribution of stamps. (which we know is a lie b/c costs are never really cut)
      2. Businesses don’t need to collect stamps and trade in for cash. (yeah! pro-business!)
      3. Democrat voters are HANDSOMELY rewarded for their vote, which FORCES more people to vote for their own benefit.
      4. Democrat voters are forever hooked on the pure joy that comes with living-it-up on the backs of other people. (revenge upon the hated rich)
      5. No Matter How Rotten/Ridiculous/Abusive, the EBT system becomes: Republicans, who can’t even win an argument against themselves whilst looking into a mirror, will be accused of hating the poor, taking away “hard earned benefits.”
      6. Democrats will always have the opportunity to let the crisis reach an epic level, then swoop in to fix it, pretending to be the money-savers that they are.

      And all these things happen because the public has been so brainwashed for at least 2 generations, that NO MATTER WHAT a democrat says or does, there is undying love and support for them from the zombie voters.

      Howard Stern’s Interview With Black Voters in New York: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ECS8LEeI5M

      –Obama talks about saving money, voters nod their heads in approval.
      –Obama talks about spending money, voters nod their heads in approval.
      –Obama says we need to take care of the poor, voters nod their heads in approval.
      –Obama says we should NOT raise taxes during poor economic times, voters nod their heads in approval.
      –Obama says we need to raise taxes in poor economic times, voters nod their heads in approval.

      ►Ever notice how Al Gore was a tobacco farmer, yet gives a speech in 1996 about the perils of tobacco, and the voters don’t question the contradiction?
      ►Bill Clinton was accused of rape, or at least sexual misconduct by scores of women, yet he can unquestioningly go on to talk about his support for women?
      ►Obama can talk about economic issues, yet has no experience and voters don’t seem to care?

      Racism, & or Brainwashing

  2. GetBackJack says:

    A shocking development that free government money I pay for is illegally used for vice ….

  3. Astravogel says:

    They may be po but they ain’t stoopid!!

  4. untrainable says:

    Gubamint Cheese…

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