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

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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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Tue, 11/05/2013 - 19:55 | 4124807 Serfs_Up
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Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:14 | 4124856 Running On Bing...
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Nice. I can never make my asciI work on The Hedge.

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


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:18 | 4124894 Pladizow
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Can EBT be used to buy gold?

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:24 | 4124911 knukles
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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!

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:08 | 4125085 Skateboarder
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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...

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:37 | 4125188 bigrooster
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+1 for french press...use it every morning with organic fair trade beens that I grind from Trader Joe's.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 22:27 | 4125353 Manthong
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The food stamp latte’s solve half the problem of true food security, but will they solve the critical other half..

Cheddar Bay Biscuits?

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 07:03 | 4126106 vlad335
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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.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:48 | 4125010 Platinum
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Gold bling, yes.

Weaves as well, as they are worth even more.

Plenty of weave store burglaries too.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 23:01 | 4125464 max2205
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They should only be good for condoms or birth control pills

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 08:32 | 4126211 Disenchanted
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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?

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:20 | 4124908 putaipan
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as someone who made howard coffee in my house every sunday in '86 and currently on ebt - i am a bit torn.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:27 | 4124933 Running On Bing...
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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".


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:38 | 4124966 knukles
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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.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:45 | 4124992 Running On Bing...
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Did you want a straw or a spoon for your frappuccino?


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:54 | 4125025 knukles
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Tiabbi's Latest!
Maybe all Libor based swaps are illegal and moot as were sold under false pretenses!

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 23:43 | 4125572 Tijuana Donkey Show
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To many hard words and stuff for this 'Merican to read. What's happening in football?

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:30 | 4124939 infinity8
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belly laugh! +1,000

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:49 | 4125006 Groundhog Day
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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

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:03 | 4125075 Running On Bing...
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tex'ing on their free Obama phones. Holla!


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 23:11 | 4125493 jerry_theking_lawler
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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)....

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 23:44 | 4125576 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Go better than that, and help the eviron bro. Note:I'm not endosing this guy, find something reusable of you liking. 

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 19:55 | 4124808 centerline
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Obamappucino anyone?

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:17 | 4124896 knukles
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Is it sanitary?



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

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:59 | 4125246 gould's fisker
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Sanitary, I dunno.  But acronym'd EBT now stands for "give me my fucking coffee bitch."

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 19:57 | 4124810 knukles
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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.


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:08 | 4124860 daveO
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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. 

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:20 | 4124907 A Lunatic
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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....

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:51 | 4125011 philipat
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Welcome to the USSA. The FSA all vote Demogogue. Just a few million more immigrants and there will be a permanent majority.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 19:55 | 4124812 DoChenRollingBearing
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About time...


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:39 | 4124963 Skateboarder
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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.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 19:54 | 4124813 prains
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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

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 19:58 | 4124824 centerline
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Socialist scams - it's the "in" thing now.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:01 | 4124836 prains
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The MIC has had this skim grift scam going for 100 years, not sure it's a new thing

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:25 | 4124924 knukles
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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


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:44 | 4124982 Platinum
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It's a mirror image, with video evidence this time around.


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

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 19:57 | 4124820 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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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.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:10 | 4124858 The Devil
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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!

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:23 | 4124914 Spumoni
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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. 

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:00 | 4124833 NOTaREALmerican
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One persons luxury yacht is just another person's 640' fishing boat.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:26 | 4124926 HerrDoktor
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It's spelled Luxury Yacht, but it's pronounced Throatwarbler Mangrove.

I feel compelled to correct you, NOTaREALmerican.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:01 | 4124834 Dr. Engali
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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.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:02 | 4124842 prains
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Doc_ that's a super wide angle fish eye point of view on who the real crooks are, prepare for a cavity search

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:11 | 4124868 daveO
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YUM brands has lobbied CON-gress for EBT cards. Taxpayers are being screwed at every level.  

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 22:40 | 4125387 Ness.
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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!



Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:18 | 4124895 Serfs_Up
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Who do think the real EBT whores are?  I certainly wasn't double-birding the average soldier in the Obozo Free Shit Army...

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:53 | 4124912 ebworthen
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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".

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:39 | 4124961 Dr. Engali
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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.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:49 | 4125008 starfcker
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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

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:29 | 4125081 Dr. Engali
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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.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 22:35 | 4125393 g'kar
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Thanks for helping to reform another.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 22:42 | 4125414 Blano
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Fellow ex-red teamer right there with ya.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:51 | 4125021 ebworthen
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Tue, 11/05/2013 - 23:13 | 4125498 jerry_theking_lawler
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Doc. Yes, you should care about both....that is what has gotten us to the point, compromising on one point because it doesn't see as important as another point. Never compromise. If you believe it is wrong, stand up for matter how small.

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 01:04 | 4125789 Coopster
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Divde and conquor... keep people fighting about the little things, while the big things go on in the background.


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:01 | 4124840 adr
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There are a lot of KFCs and Pizza Huts in LA that take EBT cards.

I was forced to go to a DelTaco once that took EBT cards as well.

Imagine if you could get a Double Double animal style at In N Out with an EBT. The lines are already scary long. If they took EBT a single location would have a line stretching from LAX to Long Beach.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:05 | 4124850 prains
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the entie nSSA/uSSA economy is propped up on fictious 1's and 0's at this point, does it really matter who fucking buys what with it ?? It's your grand kids who have to suck on the end of this giant algorithmic dildo anyway

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:24 | 4124918 putaipan
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mmmm. doubledouble.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:08 | 4124862 insanelysane
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And we all thought that prepared foods were not eligible.  Apparently a cold crap-accino is considered not prepared but the warm one is.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:13 | 4124864 ebworthen
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The bailouts and QE bought a lot of Starbucks Latte and Pumpkin Loaf for the boys on Wall Street; and bonuses, BMW's, Diamonds, Hookers, and blow.

We have a crony capitalist kleptoligarchy, so pacification through food for the little people with the money looping back to the corporatocracy should surprise no one.

You can get a large pizza and a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew with EBT too.

Why isn't the news crew interviewing Benmosche of AIG about the bailouts?

Now get to work and pay your tithe to Uncle Scam you mules.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:29 | 4124936 knukles
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BMW's are driven by the secretaries and banker's kids at Goldman, FFS.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:54 | 4125030 ebworthen
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Thanks, you're right.  The big wigs have stretch limo's and security teams; Junior gets the 750i.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 22:44 | 4125429 Manthong
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I must be missing out on some aspect of the American Experience.

I have never had anything other than a regular coffee at a Starbucks during short stops or meetings with associates or clients and there wasn’t a convenient Mac’s, Diner or Donut Joint if the area.

Are there any Waffle Houses in Manhattan, London or Paris?

I presume that if I looked hard enough there would likely be one in Brussels.

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 05:16 | 4126025 ebworthen
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Personally I can't stand that sugared up overpriced stuff.

Give me a cup of Folgers black for .50 cents (can't find that anymore).

A Cappucino is a rare treat.  Dunkin Donuts has a good regular cup of Joe last time I was there.

Best coffee in my town is a local diner, .75 cent endless cups and they keep it fresh.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:10 | 4124866 robnume
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Starbuck's accepting EBT's? WTF? Yeah, the state gov. knew nothing about this. SNAP is supposed to feed kids, not corporations. "There are loopholes". You can say that, again. What a corrupt country we live in.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:12 | 4124871 Quus Ant
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As much as I'd love to jump on the FSA hate wagon, with the middle class on life support who else is Starbucks going to gouge? 

The rich can ingest only so many doubleshots- so captain america steps in to save the day.

We are a consumer society, and, dammit, someone better start consuming!

Consume bitchez!

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:26 | 4124927 Spumoni
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Consume and bitch, bitchez (and staaaaaack!)

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:13 | 4124877 Pumpkin
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For those here that are pissed because someone can buy a $6 coffee with food stamps, just keep in mind that the $16 trillion the Fed used to bailout banks world wide, would buy a hell of a lot of $6 coffees.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:24 | 4124921 NOTaREALmerican
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Re:  would buy a hell of a lot of $6 coffees

The anti free-shit people are generally more pissed-off over small shit than big shit.    It might have something to do with being able to comprehend a 6 buck coffee but not being able to comprehend the yacht eventually purchased with the 16 trillion.   Who knows.  

It's all just one big happy scam now.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:27 | 4124932 Spumoni
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The price of a single SR-74 (according to Lach-Heid)

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:14 | 4124884 SunRise
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The Starbucks issue is a smokescreen - The truth is that even if every EBT card was strictly limited to "necessities",  the very issuance of that card subsidizes frivolous items, because whatever other money the EBT card user has is then free to be applied on non-essentials or otherwise wasted.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:17 | 4124891 Trucker Glock
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Bullish for Starbucks and JPM.  Win-win for the economy!  Markets to all-time highers!  20-piece McNuggets, please.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:18 | 4124898 John McCloy
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   Because we are a consumer extravanangce spending economy and steroids...overspending on the indulgences when you cannot afford it and the money moves UP the pyramid. This is the culture we have bred for years..there is nothing wrong with spending on nice things but time machine ourselves back to the 1950's and explain to your grandparents that you spent $4.80 on a frozen specialty drink and they would likely believe we most Quantum leaped into a Rockefeller family...but its not..its the norm..its pretending we can afford these nonsencial expenditures..

   I am surely guilty of it and I do not do so poorly but when we entice those who without question cannot spend it or have it subsidized we are inviting the culture we have..all funded by debt.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:20 | 4124902 abatis
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I say give the poor a break and let them have a treat. Even the Romans had some entertainment when you came for your loaf of bread.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:20 | 4124904 Bawneee Fwank
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Free shit Army (FSA) eats and drinks well. Eat up mf'ers the money is running out on your sheep ass.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:30 | 4124938 Spumoni
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That's why they weigh so much - they eat a lot, but not well. Soylent Green for one 'n all!

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:25 | 4124922 takeaction
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I have posted this before...but I own a Car Audio Store and we see people paying for their car stereos using the Food Stamp Card in Oregon......Costco now takes should see coscto on the first of the month.  This is so far out of hand.....The FREE SHIT ARMY UNITES!! This shit just pisses me off.  I also got audited by the IRS because I donated heavily to Ron Paul and Rand Paul...I can't wait to see this shit storm happen....Here is a good one too...

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:30 | 4124928 CunnyFunt
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First they request that you don't bring your firearm into their establishments, and now they accept EBT.

Establishment suckups that they are, I suppose that they don't like competition for their emerging market of free-shit soldiers.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:32 | 4124946 knukles
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The same people also tell you that you can't drink soda and fruit juices but give new, clean needles to drug abusers


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:34 | 4124950 CunnyFunt
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There's no SAP10-20 test for EBTers either, but fuck the rest of us.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:31 | 4124943 knukles
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If I cannot get pissed at the little shit, what will I do when a real challenge is set forth to me?
Principles before personalities.
Fucked up is fucked up.
Wrong is wrong
Evil is Evil

Welcome to the New Versailles, peasants

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:36 | 4124954 22winmag
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Dont feed the pigeons. If you do, they multiply and shit on you.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:37 | 4124956 juggalo1
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I don't really understand how this "using food stamps = fraud" meme came about.  Someone buys lobster with food stamps.  Someone buys Starbucks with food stamps.  Fine lower the dole and crank up the eligibility requirements.  Whether someone is buying $5 bucks worth of Starbucks or $5 worth of beans and rice hurts me just the same.  We used to have wealth envy, and now it's like we have poverty envy.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:52 | 4125023 therevolutionwas
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freeshitarmy envy.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:36 | 4124957 Dr. Gonzo
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I buy generic coffee at the discount mart and make it myself since I don't get food stamps and have to be accountable for myself. It's really humilliating to brew your own coffee and drink it of a mug while the low class drinks the trendy but I'm in the new lowest American class... The middle class tax mule stodge class and we don't have any money to splurge on luxuries like the Obama free shit army does. 

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:44 | 4124983 knukles
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Here here!

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:56 | 4125034 Quus Ant
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Roast your own beans and you can have the world's best cup on the cheap. 

There's no need to get pissed that someone else is getting a mass-produced, high calorie, saccharine, gut-busting freebie made by a PHD barista.

Drink up!

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 23:52 | 4125599 Decolat
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Old fashioned popcorn poppers work great for roasting coffee beans.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 22:26 | 4125349 Non Passaran
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Hey, not everyone is so rich! You can afford electricity and expensive home appliances. Good for ya!

Time to go long coffee, this could be a turning point!


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 22:39 | 4125403 g'kar
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I look for the plain white label can with the word "COFFEE" for $5. With a touch of Bailey's and a dab of whip cream it's good enough for me.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:40 | 4124970 starman
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luxury starbucks franchise? seriously!?  any of you tried Petes coffee ?

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:43 | 4124976 therevolutionwas
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I remember reading stories in Reason magazine and others back in the 1970's about rampant foodstamp abuse. 

God bless our politicians for all they have been doing the last 50 years to hold down spending and keep this banana idiocracy in tip top shape.


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:43 | 4124977 pitterrier
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Amazing - here I am a member of the top 1% and don't buy Starbucks because the price value ratio is STUPID expensive.  The reason must be, because I am not spending OPM (other peoples money).

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 02:44 | 4125919 starfcker
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it really is amazing how different the value judgement is when it's money you had to earn. hard enough to get good employees to realize where money comes from. i've had a lot of dealings with city employees this year, and it is shocking how little value they put on what something actually costs. i still can't get over the cost of this obamacare website. you could buy a pair of f-22's for the cost of this website. and it doesn't work. doesn't have to be invisible to radar. doesn't have to reach supersonic speed. no weapon systems. doesn't even have to fly. how could they spend that much money on a website.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:47 | 4124995 Spumoni
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Look at it this way- FSA is only consuming Monsanto-engineered shitballery. Let 'em eat McD's and FarStux-the GMO and chemical "aroma molecules" will have 'em all dead early from cancer, congestive heart failure and arteriosclerosis. I say feed 'em free, all they can eat! That card won't work at the Farmer's Market, the Fish Store, or any of the other wide variety of RealFood businesses that are still run by genuine human beings. If any of 'em are left alive, let 'em buy sodapop in plastic bottles - the bisphenol will make them sterile and they won't be able to breed! 

Let's face it-it ain't the coffee bean at Blarthux that's any good - its the perfume they soak it with. And I stand my ground here - that shit is opaque. Not only is the water they use shitty ( water, but it hits the bean so hot that it soaks all the bitter oil from the bean and makes a noxious brew not fit for a mangy cur in the dungeon! Let 'em drink cake! It just doesn't matter what FSA eats or drinks or spends my taxes on! The scumonious banksters are gonna get it anyway! Let 'em have it! It ain't worth a blue penny anyway! I ain't spending my gold on STarfux. There's a good roastery down the road, owned by a human being. He makes a better bean than Pedro Esteban!

Bon cafe, my friends!

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:47 | 4124996 Surging Chaos
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I live in Oregon and this is honestly nothing new. Oregon Trail cards get abused all the time for shit like this.

The funny thing is, people always get shocked when they see government money being put to use like this. When you acquire the money to fund these programs by extorting individuals (pay up or you get put in a cage!), the government could care less about how that money is put to use. It's the same reason why a thief doesn't care too much for the money he stole. The government can never be put out of business, so there is no incentive whatsoever to make these programs waste and fraud-free. A welfare system that was paid for voluntarily would have significantly less waste and fraud in it.


Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:51 | 4125013 Dr. Gonzo
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True story: I know a guy who has Paulsey and he told me this weekend that the government just forgave all 35k of his student loans plus is going to write him a check for 5k on the part he payed since he contested the debt on his disablility. He smoked at least 3 $20 joints the day we hung plus used his one hitter about 20 times while drinking himself silly as per normal and leaving half full beer cans everywhere in his wake. I would have loved to smoke pot with him unfortunately I'm a tax mule and my job requires me to subit to random drug tests or I'll lose the opportunity to be a tax mule....He was happy since he never graduated, collects disability and works part time at a fast food resaurant and because the whole University experience for him was essentially getting drunk, partying and trying to get pussy. I like the guy and don't begrudge him but his intelegence and awareness level is extremely low. The whole American university scam is a complete farce. I never went and am light years ahead of peers that did go. All's it means is they paid a lot of money and memorized of few things so they could pass some tests. 

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:56 | 4125033 hoist the bs flag
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"In times of crisis we turn to vices" (the chameleons)

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 20:57 | 4125045 Elliptico
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Feed for fattening the cows.  How soon before the slaughter?

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:02 | 4125062 I am a Man I am...
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Fuck it, I give up, I want in.  I'm ready to become a card carrying member of the Free Shit Army.  I officially feel like a schmuck for not taking advantage of the system.  I'm feeling like one of the guys Ray Liotta describes in Goodfellas.  What do I do? I need someone to hire and fire me because I own my own small business.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:12 | 4125092 Miss Expectations
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Mind Blowing Easter Eggs

Did you know that there is a  coffee cup in every scene of Fight Club (usually Starbucks)?

(Scroll half way down to find #1)

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 21:18 | 4125119 monad
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What about the $32,321 per second the QE the despotic homicidal fabian sponsors of FOX steal from America? heaven forbid a person impoverished and ruined by the policies of the US government should get a free cup of coffee.

This is spike propaganda. This story should be about this video being used as evidence in the trial of these shallow, bootlicking Fox whores committing welfare fraud.

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 04:38 | 4126007 Manic by Proxy
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OK, I get it. You prefer CNN. Move along.

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 10:35 | 4126601 monad
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No, I don't watch television as I am dubious of any interpretation of unverifiable "facts", especially when it comes from known professional psychological warfare specialists employed by people who regard me as their enemy. CNN are parasites too. Examine any commercial, TV content is designed to trick your brain into assimilating it as real experience, the stuff you base your decisions & values  on. TV is a psychotronic weapon. POISON

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 22:07 | 4125282 Yenbot
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Stamp Act, check. Starbucks is food, check. I want my check. For a Native American outfit and some tea-chuckin' equipment.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 22:13 | 4125308 Downtoolong
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one tall Frappaccino

I have no idea what that shit tastes like, which is one reason I don't need food stamps.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 23:00 | 4125424 Quus Ant
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Imagine the archangel Gabriel pissed in your mouth.

Then topped it off with some whipped cream and a squirt of vanilla.

It's that good.

Tue, 11/05/2013 - 23:17 | 4125503 jerry_theking_lawler
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Why all the anger and hostility? Isn't this just another 'investment' into amerikan business?

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 09:30 | 4126372 moonstears
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"It's that good"


Wed, 11/06/2013 - 04:42 | 4126008 Manic by Proxy
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"Food stamps are people. They're the people......the people."

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 09:45 | 4126442 Took Red Pill
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I'll say it again. The big corporations that make junk food lobby to get their products sold with food stamps. They love SNAP because it sells more of their products. The system could very easily be set up to be only used on good food.

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 14:08 | 4127631 MeelionDollerBogus
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The true cost of hiding the bread lines is to spread corruption everywhere.
The only way to help the poor who need to eat is to grow & deliver the food, to provide a place to get the food, and to do so voluntarily, NOT stealing from others who themselves will be poor after the extraction of income to pay for this.

Bring back the breadlines.
Restock the soup kitchens.
And if for some reason someone's rich enough they want to buy luxury coffee for someone who's poor then so be it: it's a personal choice made by a person who can afford it.

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