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A Grape


2 cents for a grape? 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 10 items and under register to check-out. The person in front of me (a white female, approximate age 35-43, fake nails, big braided hairdo, clean clothes, carrying a purse and a plastic drinking cup) put her purchase on the checkout 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 woman the cost was $.02 (TWO CENTS). The woman then pulled out her Food Stamp EBT card and swiped it through the credit card machine, requesting $24.98 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 $24.98. The cashier then asked if four fives would be okay because she was out of tens, the woman agreed and took the $24.98 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 taxpayer 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 rung 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 November 6 to get here, as one taxpayer to another. I paid for my groceries, in cash, and left the store madder than 10 wet hens.

 We got this email from a friend. I have a hard time believing this, but then again, maybe I shouldn't be surprised.

Sully, I think you work in the grocery business. Can you confirm this?

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sully16Comment by sully16 - October 17, 2012, 9:01 am
We don't give cash back, if she used ebt cash instead of ebt food, then she found a loophole she could use. We don't even give cash back for debit cards, that just happens to be our policy, we direct them to the nearest ATM.
Just yesterday we had a woman buy $3700.00 in fundraising candy , thats almost $8000.00 in profit for her, she'll also hit up the food banks and churches, thats how it works here. We have no way to turn her in, the state see's what they buy and don't care.
Personal note, I no longer purchase any type of candy, the candy companies are making huge profits off the backs of taxpayers, we are up agsainst the wall, they will most certainly push to keep the idiots we have now in office.
Redbull, is cleaning house, as is all food manufactorers, distributors, wholesale, retail and soda pop companies, almost all are union.
In other word, WE ARE SCREWED!
rdgrnrComment by rdgrnr - October 18, 2012, 12:13 am
I hope that's not true but if there is a loophole, experienced food stamp scammers will find it and exploit it, that's for sure.
sully16Comment by sully16 - October 18, 2012, 9:57 am
I should have clarified, some people, just get food, some get food and cash, they are allowed to take out the cash for whatever, they want to spend it on, they are supposed to buy diapers, pay electric etc, most usually hit the Casino first thing, then the salons, some people get WIC AND FOOD STAMPS, Depending on the age of the children, we have a woman, who in the last five years has had 2 more kids, she has never worked a day in her life, having babies is her only concern, How cruel, to continue having children she can't feed or clothe, or provide a permanent home, this is not good parenting, this is selfish garbage, she herself will encourage her daughters to become knocked up, insist that her sons lie and deny any responsibility for there sexual encounters and the trend will continue, The reason many fathers shirk their duties, is because the mothers raise them that way.

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