Wal-Mart Cashier’s Story of Welfare Abuse and Fraud

16 Dec

 

In a piece titled “My Time at Wal-Mart: Why We Need Serious Welfare Reform,” a cashier at a Wal-Mart in Maine tells unbelievable stories of welfare abuse and fraud.

What I didn’t expect to be part of my job at Wal-Mart was to witness massive amounts of welfare fraud and abuse…

I’m not against temporary aid helping those who truly need it. What I saw at Wal-Mart, however, was not temporary aid. I witnessed generations of families all relying on the state to buy food and other items…

Other things witnessed while working as a cashier included:

a) People ignoring me on their iPhones while the state paid for their food. (For those of you keeping score at home, an iPhone is at least $200, and requires a data package of at least $25 a month. If a person can spend $25+ a month so they can watch YouTube 24/7, I don’t see why they can’t spend that money on food.)

b) People using TANF (EBT Cash) money to buy such necessities such as earrings, kitkat bars, beer, WWE figurines, and, my personal favorite, a slip n’ slide. TANF money does not have restrictions like food stamps on what can be bought with it.

c) Extravagant purchases made with food stamps; including, but not limited to: steaks, lobsters, and giant birthday cakes.

d) A man who ran a hotdog stand on the pier in Portland, Maine used to come through my line. He would always discuss his hotdog stand and encourage me to “come visit him for lunch some day.” What would he buy? Hotdogs, buns, mustard, ketchup, etc. How would he pay for it? Food stamps. Either that man really likes hotdogs, or the state is paying for his business. Not okay.

Sadly, this is not new or unusual.  The only thing that has been consistent over the years is the stories of abuse and fraud associated with them.  Welfare is great if it helps a struggling family feed themselves until they can get back on their feet and support themselves.  Welfare is awful if it destroys their initiative and leads to a lifelong dependency on government.

 

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One Response to “Wal-Mart Cashier’s Story of Welfare Abuse and Fraud”

  1. Reblogged this on Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Movies, etc… and commented:
    I work at Wal-mart and I have seen similar things also.

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