I want to pass on a story that a friend of mine that works in a retail store told me, because I find something very fishy here.
She said that sometimes customers come in and use a Food Stamp card, which she also referred to as an "EBT" card or an "AFDC" card. She said that the people will use it to buy food, etc., no problem there.
However, she said that there is something called a "Cash Back" option on the card, and essentially, the card acts like an ordinary Debit card. She told me that sometimes (though not too often) the customer will ask to get cash back on the card. They will do this to get around the food stamp rules, and will use the cash more than likely to buy beer or cigarettes.
Apparently, the government doesn't issue actual paper food stamps anymore, and I can understand that. But it seems like people are using the cards to get cash back, and that doesn't seem right. Anyone have any other info on this? I'm wondering if the card is really a food stamp card or if it is a welfare card of some kind, which would allow a cash back option.