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Can you get cash back on an EBT Food Stamp (not cash) card in, say, Florida?

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Can you get cash back on an EBT Food Stamp (not cash) card in, say, Florida?

Postby phinehas » Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:45 am

SPAM floating around the internet:
"At approximately 2:30 pm, September 6, 2012, I entered the Publix store on Main St. in Gainesville , FL to pick up a few items. I gathered my items and went to the 14 and under register to check-out. The person in front of me (a white female, approximate age 35-43, fake nails, big braided hair do, clean clothes, carrying a purse and a plastic drinking cup) put her purchase on the check-out surface - ONE GRAPE.

Yes, that is correct ONE GRAPE. The cashier asked if that was all, she replied yes. The cashier then weighted the GRAPE and told the women the cost was $.02 (TWO CENTS), the women then pulled out her Food Stamp EBT card and swiped it through the credit card machine, requesting $24.00 in cash back. The cashier asked if she wanted the GRAPE, the woman replied no and the GRAPE was put in the garbage can. The register recorded the sale as $.02, cash back $24.00. The cashier then asked if fives would be
okay because was out of tens, the woman agreed and took the $24.00 folded it up and put it in her pocket and left the store.
As the next person in line I asked the cashier as a tax payer what in the hell just happened here she said she was on the clock and could not comment. I then asked if I had actually seen this person purchase and discard a GRAPE, then get cash back on her Food Stamp EBT card. The cashier responded that it happens all day, every day in their store. She also said that if the person buying the GRAPE has it ring up over $.02 they get mad and make her reweigh it.
My next comment was to ask the cashier if she planned to vote in November and she said she could hardly wait for 11/6/12 to get here as one tax payer to another. I paid for my groceries, in cash, and left the store madder than 10 wet hens"
Is it possible?
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Can you get cash back on an EBT Food Stamp (not cash) card in, say, Florida?

Postby federico » Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:52 am

Cash and food come on the same card. So you have no way of knowing. To avoid being charged outrageous ATM fees to get cash she did a very smart thing.

Here's what happens - sometimes ppl have great lives, big house, weekly nail appts, the works. Then something bad happens. The breadwinner gets laid off or dead. Suddenly you're on the dole. It's unpleasant, and often uncomfortable bc the ugly looks ppl give you in the stores. But you have to feed your kids. Put gas in your car.

You'll live a lot longer if you just keep an eye on you.

I was on food stamps once. I was dressed nice, carrying my Dooney purse. The lady behind me at checkout got all snarky about me being a fraud. It was the last straw. Right there I broke down. My husband had to quit his job bc he was about to get fired, for taking too much time off. He was caring for our bipolar daughter and then our son discovered when trying to join the Marines that he had terminal kidney disease.

You don't know people's lives. Don't even try to guess.
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