YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS
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 two 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.
Unbelievable - this is true!!!
Recipients with cash benefits can use
their EBT Card like cash for purchases and cash-back with purchases at
grocery stores and at most ATMs (automated teller machines).