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Welfare Cash for Lap Dances

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Boom_70, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member


    "They’re on the dole — and watching the pole.

    Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs — where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers, a Post investigation found.

    A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals at ATMs inside Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn; the Blue Door Video porn shop in the East Village; The Anchor, a sleek SoHo lounge; the Patriot Saloon in TriBeCa; and Drinks Galore, a liquor distributor in The Bronx."
  2. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    A story from the Faux Fascist Foghorn getting heated up about horny N-people watching strippers on our hardworking welfare dime.

    Quelle surprise.

    I suppose they were probably munching watermelon too.
  3. amraeder

    amraeder Well-Known Member

    Economic Stimulus.
  4. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Dozens from 200 million?

    So I guess it's less than 100.

    100/200,000,000 or 1/2,000,000

    One in two million transactions?

    Stop the presses!!!
  5. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Ad hominum attacks that make the NY Post the issue, rather than the story, notwithstanding. ...

    The EBT program has been riddled with abuse. Just the known incidences of fraud should make anyone sad. It's one think if you think it is a good safety net that helps a lot of people. But when it has turned into as much scam, as help for people, you really have to question its value.

    The whole "strip club" thing is an old story. There were actually strip clubs in various places that would hold specials such as "Food Stamp Fridays." Supposedly they passed a law earlier this year that was supposed to make that and using the cards for things such as tattoos and casinos a no go anymore.

    The worst, though, is the thriving business -- at least in NYC -- surrounding those cards. I read a story recently about a bunch of bodegas taking a lot of EBT money -- people spending thousands of dollars in little bogegas in which the highest priced item might be a few bucks.

    The scam is the bodega takes the card and gets the food stamp money from the government. They pay the card holder cash -- 70 cents on the dollar. It's more common than most of us would like from what I understand.

    It also comes with the territory with programs like this. They are ripe for abuse and where there is a prospect of running a scam with money that is thrown around so easily, there will be scam artists eager to take advantage.

    One other thing. ... I know the numbers about how many Americans are on food stamps, and it is depressing to me that we have created this helpless, dependent society. One thing that shocks me is that I live in a fairly affluent neighborhood, and I often see people who outwardly don't look like they should need that kind of assistance (I know that isn't the test of anything, but. ...). Like I will be behind someone in line paying with one of those cards, and she might be wearing a fur coat and carrying a yippy little designer dog--no joke. I have seen that kind of transaction a bunch of times and stood there scratching my head. It's not a racial thing. I am talking overwhelmingly white people. I just sometimes wonder what they did to qualify, if they are gaming things somehow, and if maybe they should have to sell the fur coat or the expensive handbag as a precondition to getting the card.
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Crackerjack journalstic work there.
  7. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    It's Free, Swipe Yo EBT (youtube NOT safe for work)

  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    How do you make it rain with an EBT card?
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    This one has been around forever. I moved out of NYC in 2000, and I remember either the News or the Post doing a big story on this before I left.

    In some cases, the stores kept barely any inventory at all -- just some cans of shot on the shelves that never sold. And I don't think they paid 70 cents either.

    I remember living on the far reaches of the Upper West Side at the time, and stumbling into a few storefronts like this. I couldn't understand how they operated until the newspaper article came out.
  10. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    I wonder what the actual dollar loss to welfare fraud is.
  11. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Any chance defense contractors used DOD payments to attend strip clubs?
  12. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    you could probably fill The Speaker's Office with Kleenex for a year to wipe away his tears.
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