What I mean: Jackie Whiton is my friggen HERO. Who is Jackie Whiton? She's the 65 year old New Hampshire store clerk who wouldn't accept an EBT Card (Electronic Benefit Transfer a/k/a welfare debit card) as payment for a pack of cigarettes, and she was subsequently fired. One of my earlier posts was about people using EBT Cards to buy lobster, so where I stand on this matter should come as no surprise!
So, Jackie asks the kid if he thinks the customers in line want to buy him his cigarettes, and the kid says "yeah." But Jackie refuses, and the "kid" sends his "foster mother" back to the store the next day to complain. The fact that the "kid" had the plums to walk in and buy cigarettes with the card in the first place amazes me. He wasn't even trying to hide the fact that he is buying cigarettes with welfare money, sadly, because it is legal. All he really had to do was go to an ATM machine, withdraw cash with the EBT card, and then use the cash to buy his
I once called the state to complain about someone buying a case of beer and a couple packs of smokes with their EBT Card. I wrote down the name of the store, and the date and time, thinking they could nab the little shit. You know what the lady said to me when I called? "I'm sorry, ma'am, but we aren't allowed to tell recipients how to spend their money." "The FUCK you aren't! First of all, that's not 'their' money...its 'OURS!' Some of that is MY money that I work my ass off so that someone who supposedly needs it can get shitfaced? What the hell is happening here? Those benefits are supposed to be used by people down on their luck, temporarily out of a job, so they can feed their families and afford their rent. Maybe buy their kids some new shoes or clothes...necessities!" Needless to say, the woman hung up on me. But I am right, damn it - I am right!
Why is this allowed to continue? Why isn't there a time limit imposed? If the state is going to buy your booze and butts, why bother getting a job? Why hasn't anyone recommended something along the lines of "benefits will last up to a two years, maximim, within a five year period of time." Now that makes sense. Time to find a job and a place to live. Instead, we are told not to judge - that just because EBT Eddie pulled up to the Seven Eleven in his Escalade, and used his EBT card to buy rolling papers - doesn't mean he's going to buy drugs. We don't know that the Escalade actually belongs to Eddie. He may have borrowed it. He may have been buying rolling papers for someone else. He may have even plan on rolling his own real cigarettes. Honestly, NONE of that matters AT ALL. Those are all lame excuses to detract from the fact that welfare money is NOT being used in the manner in which it was intended.
So, back to Jackie. I understand why she was fired. She didn't abide by the law, and as such, the store had no choice. But the fact that she stood up for something she believed in, lost her job and probably won't qualify for EBT Benefits because she makes $4.90 over the threshhold a month makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Good for you, Jackie! I hope you inspire many citizens to uncover the abuse of these funds! I'd buy you a beer, but the mortgage is due, and I don't have an EBT card to supplement my budget.
If you want to find out more about Jackie, you can read an article about her here or watch a video clip here.