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Won’t take welfare card for cigarettes

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

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    Clerk loses job over stand

    SentinelSource.com - By Garrett Brnger Sentinel Staff



    PETERBOROUGH — Jackie R. Whiton of Antrim had been a six-year employee at the Big Apple convenience store in Peterborough until a single transaction sent her job up in smoke.


    The store clerk was fired after she refused to take a customer’s Electronic Balance Transfer card to pay for cigarettes.





    Whiton said a young man came in to the store to buy two packs or cigarettes on May 29. When she asked him for his ID, he handed her his EBT card.


    EBT cards are used for both food and cash assistance programs. There are two types of cards: one can only be used for food. The other can be spent on anything and used just like a debit card.


    Whiton said she did not think EBT cards could be used to purchase cigarettes and refused to sell to him. The two “had a little go-around” as the line got longer behind him, said Whiton.


    “I made the statement, ‘do you think myself, that lady and that gentlemen should pay for your cigarettes?’ and he responded ‘yes,’ ” Whiton said.


    The next day Whiton said the customer’s foster mother came to the store to complain. Whiton received a call later that day from the company’s home office in Maine, telling her it had received a complaint about her and reprimanded her.


    “I said I would bow out gracefully and give my notice because I didn’t want to be a part of it. I’m 65 years old, you know?” Whiton said.


    Charles E. Wilkins, the general manager of the C.N. Brown Co. that runs the stores, said the EBT cards in the cash phase could be used for any items, including alcohol, tobacco and gambling. Wilkins said the company gave Whiton the option of staying but she said she would not accept the cards anymore.


    “She didn’t think it was right and just wasn’t going to sell to people in that program anymore,” Wilkins said.


    Whiton said when she came to work the next day, her manager asked her how much notice she was giving. When she responded “a week,” she was told the home office had just called and fired her.


    Wilkins said she would have had to accept the cards within that week.


    Whiton said she was not looking for another job.


    Whiton said she does not object to using the programs for food assistance, but does not think a person should be able to use public funds to buy cigarettes.


    “They can’t even buy toilet paper with the EBT grocery cards but they can buy beer and cigarettes with the EBT cash cards,” Whiton said, “Go figure.”
     
  2. oz

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    What do they use to buy dope?????
     
  3. Brian in Oregon

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  4. Recoil Sissy

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    The U.S. Deptartment of Agriculture administers the various nutrition programs. Proponents bubble endlessly about commendable goals like ending hunger and preventing malnutrition among the elderly and vulnerable Americans. They would have you believe recipients are busy buying fresh fruit and veggies, low fat dairy, and whole grain baked goods. Under W.I.C. (the Women, Infants, and Childrens program) they really are.

    W.I.C. is product specific. Program instruments identity exactly what product can be purchased. If the instrument says "one gallon of 2% milk", the recipient can't get anything but one gallon of 2% milk. Generalized food assistance programs aka "food stamps", have no such limitations. Anybody that has ever stood in line at a supermarket knows there are more candy bars, snack chips, and frozen pizzas bought with government benefits than red beans, fresh fish, or broccoli.

    Using universal product codes (UPCs) and state issued benefit cards, the U.S. Deptartment of Agriculture tracks which products food assistance recipients are getting and where. AG can account for every Pop Tart and Snickers bar bought. Interestingly, they refuse to make ANY of the data public.

    Why not, one might ask? My guess is that if taxpayers knew how much crap (and how little food) their tax dollars bought under the guise of nutrition the fit would hit the shan. Of course I could be wrong. However, we'll never know 'cause the feds have absolutely no intention of telling anybody how their tax dollars are being spent.

    sissy

    PS: Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
     
  5. Brian in Oregon

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    Of course the feds won't divulge any of that info. It would mean curtailment or more likely serious reforms in the programs, and that would mean loss of votes.
     
  6. Recoil Sissy

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    Brian:

    Look on the bright side. We're supporting the needs of a less fortunate member of society. How could you possibly object to that? As Cher would say, "only a racist republican have a problem helping the poor among us."

    sissy

    PS: What makes me think the unnamed individual and his foster mama are obummer supporters?
     
  7. charleyj10

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    Ehh, Jackie Whiton was the clerk!

    Charlie
     
  8. Recoil Sissy

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    Charlie:

    Thanks for the correction. Second post edited accordingly.

    sissy
     
  9. Terry_Maiden

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    Look at it this way, tax dollars can be used to buy off the street thugs keeping them home watching TV or playing video games OR you can cut them off from the free money forcing them to start mugging and robbing innocent folks out on the streets! You decide...
     
  10. Chango2

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    Look, cigarettes are good for that part of the population. Might make 'em sterile or something.
     
  11. Don Steele

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    When you think about this for a minute....does it seem odd to anyone else that the PARTY OF CONTROL...the Democrat/liberal/socialists who want to control everyone's personal choices right down to light bulbs, salt, soda, etc,etc...is ALSO the party wanting the poor to have FREE..(read: provided by the working TAXPAYER) cigarettes...which THEY KNOW will kill them...????
    Why do they hate the poor...??? This is the party that doesn't want ANYONE to be able to easily BUY them, but they support poor people getting them for FREE.
    Typical liberal idiocy.
     
  12. locdoc

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    Ckickable link to the Howie Carr talk radio 680 show out of Boston last Monday.

    Fox News and Fox and Friends picked this up, also.

    Needless to say that I'm PROUD of her.

    Doug Whiton, P/W dealer/dist
     
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    Thank you Joe for the original post.

    She's due to call KABC talk radio in Los Angeles in the morning ( Mon. around 6 AM Calif. time ).

    Doug Whiton, P/W dealer/dist
     
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