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So Turtleboy drove by Centerfolds in Oxford and we couldn’t believe it – the place has gone out of business. How does a strip club go out of business? Do people get sick of seeing naked women while drinking $8 rum and cokes? Anyway, it was weird because right when we passed by someone sent us this article from February, which we were shocked we hadn’t already reported on:
Here’s some interesting parts of the article:
We found money being taken out at Hy-Line Cruises in Hyannis, $3,000 at Logan International Airport, the Framingham Police Department, a gun club in Hudson, and during a Chris Brown and separate Incubus concerts at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield. EBT money was also taken out at three strip clubs in the state, including the Magic Lantern in Palmer.
Welfare recipients can’t buy beer with their EBT card, but we found $852,750 of EBT money taken out at ATM’s inside places we identified as package or liquor stores. $66,270 at the Summit Package Store in Springfield. Another $66,420 at bars across the state. The Department of Transitional Assistance, or DTA, which oversees the state’s welfare system, told the I-Team as of today, DTA has blocked 541 “bars, pubs, taverns” and 660 “liquor stores.”
More than $20,000 EBT dollars were taken out at one convenience store in Springfield where they sell beer and wine. Every transaction, the welfare recipient was hit with a service fee. Now just a few feet away, if a welfare recipient used this bank ATM, they wouldn’t be hit with any transaction fees. $1,960 was taken out at an iPhone Solutions store. $5,140 was taken out Six Flags. $12,620 at Best Buy across the state and $20,140 at Pawn Shops.
Pawn shops are not prohibited locations under the law, therefore DTA does not have the authority to block ATMs at those locations. You can’t pay directly for a tattoo with your EBT card either, but we found $240 taken out at an ATM inside a Springfield tattoo shop.
You know what the real crime here is? You have to pay money to listen to Incubus. It’s insane. But what’s also insane are the legion of ding dongs who get fired up whenever you bring up EBT abuse. Hey geniuses, no one wants to get rid of food stamps, and no one wants to shame the poor. We actually want to help them, and in order to do that we want to make sure that people who REALLY need the money, and are trying their best every day, get the money for basic necessities.
You know what’s not helping them better themselves? Enabling them. When you see that morons are spending your tax dollars on lap dances in Palmer, package stores all over Springfield, tattoos, Best Buys, pawn shops, Six Flags, Chris Brown concerts, and the Nantucket fast ferry, that’s not good. We should try to stop that. None of those things help get people out of poverty. It keeps them in poverty, which apparently is what some politicians want. The more people are in poverty, the more they can promise to take money from hard working taxpayers and dole it out to them for more lap dances. Jamie Eldridge gets a pension out of it, and the people supporting him are stuck in the same place for the rest of their lives.
What blows my mind is how you’re allowed to withdraw money from ATM’s. This seems like the simplest fix of all. EBT cards should be for certain foods and beverages only. No lobster, no Moet, no Air Jordan’s. The only thing you can possibly need cash for, is stuff that you can’t buy with your EBT card. Think of how idiotic it is to allow this to continue.
There should be regular check ups at homes too. If you are receiving assistance and you have a 60′ TV in your home with cable and Internet, then you don’t get any more assistance. Because EBT is for people who can’t afford those luxuries.
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