Tired Of Living Without Your Triple Macchiato Spiced Latte? There's Food Stamps For That!

Tyler Durden's picture

A disturbing story is starting to make waves once again on the internet, according to Ben Swann who notes, you can now pay for Starbucks with food stamps. The story, which previously aired on FOX12, sees Jackie Fowler, a Salem, Oregon food stamp recipient, went inside the luxury Starbucks franchise located inside of a Safeway grocery store with the local Fox News station filming. She purchased one tall Frappaccino and a slice of pumpkin loaf. Her total was $5.25. She slid out her Oregon Trail food stamp card, paid in part by the federal government, and handed it to the cashier who processed the transaction. Fowler only made the purchase to assist FOX but it indicates just how deeply the ECBT card has become embedded in US society when, as she notes, coffee's "overpriced as it is, that's money that somebody could be eating with."


The original FOX 12 Clip:



And as Ben Swann adds:

“They’re overpriced as it is,” said Fowler of the luxury brand. “That’s money that somebody could be eating with — a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk.” Fowler says the program is in need of reform due to the abuse.


It doesn’t seem like management is trying to discourage the use of food stamps inside of the Starbucks. In fact, they are advertising it, as seen in the sign.



Corporate stores do not accept food stamps. However, because the store is run by the grocery chain it is offered as a “grocery item”. Such Starbucks outlets are located inside of  airports, malls, colleges, Target, Alberstons, Fred Meyer and other chain grocery stores.


The initial report from FOX12,



"There are a lot of loopholes," she said.


A spokesman with Safeway told FOX 12 the store recently made the change as an added convenience to customers.


"We think that compliance with state laws is something we can easily do," said Dan Floyd, of Safeway.


According to federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) guidelines, people cannot buy foods that will be eaten in the store or hot foods. However, luxury items that are allowed include soft drinks, candy, cookies, ice cream, even bakery cakes and energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label.


While FOX 12 learned you cannot use an Oregon Trail Card at a corporate, stand-alone Starbucks location, the Starbucks inside Safeway is run by the store. Fowler tried to use her card at a stand-alone Starbucks, but was denied.


However, the register at the in-store location considers the purchase a "grocery item" and as long as it's cold, it's allowed, according to store employees.


"It shouldn't be allowed, whether it's a cold item or not," said Fowler. "It's a luxury item. If you really want one (Frappuccino), save your money and go buy one. Don't use the system.


A spokesman with the State Department of Human Services told FOX 12 he wasn't aware this practice was happening.

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Serfs_Up's picture






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Running On Bingo Fuel's picture

Nice. I can never make my asciI work on The Hedge.

Anyhow, let's examine who the fucking CEO of Starbucks is?! Howard Schultz.


knukles's picture

Now that's seriously funny.
Take an EBT card funded with treasury bills bought from treasury by the Fed through Goldman Sachs to buy gold thereby lifting it's price such that the Fed's agents, Goldman and JP Morgan intervene on behalf of the Fed to sell paper gold to suppress the price rise in physical gold with physical gold borrowed from Ft Knox to meet delivery, purchased with EBT cards, funded by the treasury with bonds bought by the Fed....

Oh, there's no way to even sterilize that open market operation.

A Rube Goldberg Perpetual Motion Gold Financing Machine!

Skateboarder's picture

Starbucks overroasts their coffee to overcaffinate it and give it all the same bland flavor time after time. Fuck their horseshit company. I only buy from Starbucks if there's no other places around.

Good beans, usually cooperative sourced these days, brewed with a French press is the best way to go...

bigrooster's picture

+1 for french press...use it every morning with organic fair trade beens that I grind from Trader Joe's.

Manthong's picture

The food stamp latte’s solve half the problem of true food security, but will they solve the critical other half..

Cheddar Bay Biscuits?


vlad335's picture

Starbucks overroasts their coffee to overcaffinate it and give it all the same bland flavor time after time.

Yes, Starbucks does over roast their beans. It is so they can use cheap, garbage quality coffee and hide the fact of doing so. Over a certain roast level most coffee tastes the same.

Platinum's picture

Gold bling, yes.

Weaves as well, as they are worth even more.

Plenty of weave store burglaries too.


max2205's picture

They should only be good for condoms or birth control pills

Disenchanted's picture

Isn't there an App that can tell me what all can be purchased with EBT? /s

btw, that sign sez cold dranks and pastries, Latte is neither...WTF?

putaipan's picture

as someone who made howard coffee in my house every sunday in '86 and currently on ebt - i am a bit torn.

Running On Bingo Fuel's picture

No need. Wallstreet to the rescue. EBT is managed by JP Morgan

Login to your account and if you have enough credits you can have your venti cappuccino in the morning.

It's all a big circle of love on Wallstreet.

"On the first of November 2013, it was announced that Schultz had stepped down from the board, to be replaced by former Goldman Sachs executive David Viniar".


knukles's picture

David Viniar, the very one and same who, in an interview with Matt Tiabbi told him that; "We (Goldman) own the world."  Which was THE quote* that got Tiabbi all agog about those fuckers and started the series in which he coined the term, "Vampire Squid".  And has done a brilliant job of showing light where it was not intended to have been seen regarding Wall Street and the Banks

Ron Paul/Tiabbi 2016

* Followed shortly thereafter by one of the senior muckety mucks standing in a pulpit in London claiming that Goldman "does God's work" which he also popularized.

Running On Bingo Fuel's picture

Did you want a straw or a spoon for your frappuccino?


knukles's picture

Tiabbi's Latest!
Maybe all Libor based swaps are illegal and moot as were sold under false pretenses!



Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

To many hard words and stuff for this 'Merican to read. What's happening in football?

Groundhog Day's picture

Unfucking believable, I think twice about getting a $5 coffee and settle for a .42 cent keurig k cup each morning and people on food stamps are sipping lata's.  No wonder i see so many young people in thier...Free WI FI and Free Coffee

Running On Bingo Fuel's picture

tex'ing on their free Obama phones. Holla!


jerry_theking_lawler's picture

yep, and not even a fucking Thank You Groundhog from the masses.....keep up your good work, without you, they would have to actually get a job (probably digging ditches, just to enjoy a PBJ sandwich at lunch)....

Tijuana Donkey Show's picture

Go better than that, and help the eviron bro. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrCbRTPzTl0 Note:I'm not endosing this guy, find something reusable of you liking. 

centerline's picture

Obamappucino anyone?

knukles's picture

Is it sanitary?



man, you just gave me the worst mental image... good thing I quit drinking

gould's fisker's picture

Sanitary, I dunno.  But acronym'd EBT now stands for "give me my fucking coffee bitch."

knukles's picture

Tired of your spiced latte, of being taxed and treated as a peasant?
DHS will protect you with their very own top secret army




This is no longer subsidizing and helping the poor, no longer a safety net.
These fuckers live better than the average middle class worker paying for this shit.


daveO's picture

It's corporate welfare. Here, last Thanksgiving (in NC) a local store posted a sign in their window that said something like, 'EBT customers can have their turkey cooked free of charge in the deli. I've stopped going there. They appreciate their welfare customers more than the rest. Fatter 'margins' on the fat asses. 

A Lunatic's picture

The Justice Dept is looking into it. Yep, it's all good bitchez. Now get back to work, these mouths aren't going to feed themselves....

philipat's picture

Welcome to the USSA. The FSA all vote Demogogue. Just a few million more immigrants and there will be a permanent majority.

Skateboarder's picture

The circle will be complete if free Macbooks can be arranged for EBT customers, you know, so they don't walk in empty handed into Starbucks.

prains's picture

Just remember to widen your lense...



you're ALL part of the free shit army on some level, it's the Extreme Ponzi Makeover Show and you're ALL contestants

centerline's picture

Socialist scams - it's the "in" thing now.

prains's picture

The MIC has had this skim grift scam going for 100 years, not sure it's a new thing

knukles's picture

Fuck yeah!
Try Rome's fall, largely in part due to free shit army giveaways, the necessary high taxation and debasement of currency, not to mention endless foreign wars...

Sound familiar?

Oh, but Oh Fucking No, not here!
We're America
And we're exempt from reality and lessons of history.

We're Exceptional


Platinum's picture

It's a mirror image, with video evidence this time around.


I call Obama, Nero, as that's Nero to the truth.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

And for fucks sake you can get a free cup of coffee every morning if you know where to go in urban areas. Banks for example have a complimentary coffee pot and cups set up for customers.

The Devil's picture

I will get right on alerting Starbucks' lobbyists to bribe a few more in congress ("Hell's Waiting Room" as I call it) to get a law or 60 passed preventing these institutions from giving handouts - to help the SBUX bottom line.  Jamie Dimon is smiling at me as I type this.  It's a SNAP!

Spumoni's picture

Man, I love my coffee, don't get me wrong. I'd rather go without sex in the morning than a cuppajoe (both is obviously preferable). Howsomever that might be...I don't want any coffee made by banksters, no matter how far down on the totempole they might be. Are you serious? That shit is laced with Zombiello and made with boiling water. Now, if they made it in a Chemex, i wouldn't care so much. But I still ain't drinking no zombankster coffee. 

NOTaREALmerican's picture

One persons luxury yacht is just another person's 640' fishing boat.

HerrDoktor's picture


It's spelled Luxury Yacht, but it's pronounced Throatwarbler Mangrove.

I feel compelled to correct you, NOTaREALmerican.

Dr. Engali's picture

Am I supposed to give a fuck that some poor schlub is getting themselves a cup of Starbucks when the oligarchs are raping the country for trillions? A little perspective please, and stay focused on the real criminals.

prains's picture

Doc_ that's a super wide angle fish eye point of view on who the real crooks are, prepare for a cavity search

daveO's picture

YUM brands has lobbied CON-gress for EBT cards. Taxpayers are being screwed at every level.  

Ness.'s picture

I'm running to the border right now!  Loves me some Taco Bell Cantina Double Steak Quesadilla's.  That's TBCDSQ's.. for short.


Thanks 'Merica!



Serfs_Up's picture

Who do think the real EBT whores are?  I certainly wasn't double-birding the average soldier in the Obozo Free Shit Army...

ebworthen's picture

This is 1/2 of the "feed the political divide" meme, to get Conservatives all riled up and listen to Hannity and think they are going to "change things" by voting.

The other 1/2 are the stories about starving children and kids that can't get cancer treatments and senior citizens eating dog food to get Democrats riled up and watching Chris Matthews and think that they are going to "change things" by voting.

Well let's see...we got Bush and started wars and crashed the economy, then we got "Hope and Change" Obama and things haven't changed and are more hopeless.

Meanwhile, healthcare is getting less affordable, insurance is really bankruptcy protection, the cost of living is getting plain unaffordable (but there is no inflation), and the societal fabric unraveling at breakneck speed.

But hey, Wall Street is getting the benefit of $85 Billion/month from the FED, the $780 Billion in bailouts "saved the world", so let the "spice" flow I say - we are all "all-in".

Dr. Engali's picture

For all you red teamers that are junking me. You do understand that this kind of shit is intentional to piss you off in order to keep you focused on picking pennies up in front of a steamroller whilst the oligarchs get handed billions to buy real things don't you? The poor are getting 5 billion a month, the bankers are getting 85 billion a month. I can tell you where my anger lies, and it's not with the poor.

starfcker's picture

plus one doc. and i junked the other post. i hate grifters large and small. you make a great point. stay focused. aye aye, sir

Dr. Engali's picture

I appreciate your integrity. As an ex-red teamer this stuff used to piss me off too, until I realized how our owners operate and I really looked at the numbers.