Very often when I go to Walgreens and most of the time when I go to Kroger, I’m approached by various people. Before I can even get into the store, people want something from me. It can be a man, it can be a woman. It doesn’t make any difference. They both want the same thing.
They want to buy my groceries for me—want to pay for those groceries with their Snap Benefits card—their Food Stamp card—and then afterwards, I’m to give them cash for the groceries they purchase.
I’m not sure how this works, don’t know if they follow me around while I’m getting the things I need or if they give me their pen number for their card. It never gets that far. In a friendly manner, I always tell them I’m not going to do it.
Look, I get it. I know that on that card, a person can purchase healthy food products or they can buy cans of Coke and dozens of candy bars. It doesn’t make any difference as long as its food, but they can’t purchase a tube of toothpaste or a bottle of mouthwash. No, the Snap program isn’t perfect and those receiving it are trying to work around it.
Maybe some of these people approaching me with this “offer” would buy toothpaste or mouthwash or toilet paper or whatever—but a lot of them want that money to buy liquor. You see, I know how the cookie crumbles, and honestly, they can buy that liquor as I probably would too, but I’m just not going to get involved. I don’t want or need a side adventure when I’m shopping.
I’m not passing judgment here. Times are tough out there. If that card was awarded to a person because they need it, good for them, but I’d rather give a person a buck of two if I have it than get associated with defrauding the government. That’s what it is and I’m going to say no.
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