From the New York City ABC affiliate, WABC:
People line up for pre-paid debit cards that don’t work
By Sarah Wallace
April 16, 2012
BRONX (WABC) — What is drawing huge crowds in the Bronx, people lining up around the block, to get into a storefront that houses a tax preparation office, what’s really going on? And what’s the involvement of a California bank that issues pre-paid debit cards? Eyewitness News is still trying to get straight answers…
On a recent day [sic], Eyewitness News watched as the head of security barked crowd control orders and collected copies of social security cards and state IDs to take up the back stairs through the 99 cent store. So what is everyone here for? Some didn’t want to show their faces.
"What did they say about Obama?" [reporter Sarah] Wallace asked. "That we would get a thousand dollars and you would sign," a person in line said.
"And you would get a thousand dollars? This was Obama stimulus money?" Wallace asked. "Yes," the person answered, "I activated the card and there was nothing on it." …
"You gave them your social security card, so you were going to get a thousand dollars?" "Yes," a man answered.
The owner finally appeared. "I know some people who were promised $1,000 on a card, are you offering that?" Wallace asked. "I said no," the owner said.
"Did they help you with your tax refund?" Wallace asked a woman. "No," she said. The customer told Eyewitness News she’d already filed her taxes elsewhere. "I gave them a copy of my benefit card, social security number," the woman said. She says she got a card with no money on it.
In many areas these ‘tax preparation centers’ mostly deal with getting money to Democrat constituents via the (misnamed) ‘earned income credit.’
The California bank that issues those cards told Eyewitness News there have been allegations of illegal activity involving debit cards sent to E&M and the bank has now recorded a message on its toll free number.
"If you are attempting to access your funds and you received your credit card from E and M Multi-Services. First California Bank has frozen your card because of suspicious activity related to tax refunds," the message stated…
So who knows what was going on. But look at how readily all these people took the bait of ‘free money’ from ‘Obama’s stimulus.’ This is what our country has become.
Sometimes we just want to yell, ‘stop the third world, I want to get off.’