[quote="Deus_tecum, post:6, topic:342927"]
They are not stamps anymore. The benefits are put on an EBT card which is like a credit card. If someone sells the card for cash they are going to be out of benefits for the next month. What is done to get cash is they loan the card and pin number to someone for usually 50 cents on the dollar. Then they get the card back so new benefits can be put in the account for it in the next month. It's still fraud of course.
They'd do better just to shop for someone else, present the bill, give a discount for the cash and everyone wins.
Sometimes poor people need cash for more pressing necessities ... like shelter. The motel people are not allowed to pay a full month's rent when they first get their meager checks from SSI or wherever. Later that month their "weekly rates" sometimes go to a "daily rate" and they find themselves short. Living in a motel, even a rundown one can run upwards of $1300 a month for what would amount to a studio apartment that would rent for $850 in the same part of town.
Know some people in this situation ... though I don't think they have even applied for food stamps though they are quite needy (Section 8 disabled ... medicated for schizophrenia).
The system (whether planned this way or not) seems to be geared to keeping them in some state of neediness forever. Should they start to do well, work, be gifted with a tool like a throw-away beater car someone gives them - it seems the government cuts back what they get.
Selling food stamps to others is just another way of selling something that is yours so that you can buy something else or solve another problem ... in my initial way of looking at it.
The philosophy of food stamps, which companies most benefit from it, whether the near poor do worse than the benefitted designated poor, etc. is another matter.
It seems "more clearly wrong" to some if there are people who don't need food stamps who are just taking advantage of a giveaway then maximizing their benefit counter to the spirit of the program.
I think people would be less offended at the poor person who buys a bag of apples for 99 cents and sells them at the Freeway offramp one by one. Though a sadly ironic thing about that is ... I'm guessing these folks get less money than overt beggars with a sign that offer no product. In some places selling stuff without a business license can get one in more trouble with the police than vagrancy or panhandling. :shrug: Which might explain why Craigslist gets used by some of the sellers (not to justify what is done).
Hmm. I seem to be doing more analysis than taking a stand on this ... hopefully this is prudence more than chronic indecision.