Entitlement Vacations

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  1. UncleJoe

    UncleJoe Well-Known Member

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    Missouri welfare benefits being spent in Hawaii | KMOV.com | St. Louis news, Missouri news & breaking news | KMOV.com | News for St. Louis, Missouri

    (KMOV) -- A News 4 Investigation reveals Missouri residents receiving food stamps and welfare payments are spending them in places like Hawaii, California, and Florida.

    News 4 requested public information regarding these expenses through the Missouri Department of Social Services. The agency provided a state by state break down of where Missouri benefits are being spent, click here to see the list.

    In January Missouri EBT cards were used to withdraw $362,682 in cash outside the state. During that same time period Missouri EBT cards purchased $3,521,974 worth of food outside Missouri. Those card users racked up $752 worth of ATM fees, they were also paid by taxpayers.

    Many of the EBT purchases were in border states, but a large chunk of change was spent in hard to reach places like California, Alaska, and Hawaii.

    In Hawaii Missouri EBT cardholders spent $2,737 on food in January. During that same time period there were 6 ATM transactions totaling $175.

    In California Missouri EBT users purchased $69,672 worth of food, and withdrew $7,818 from ATMs.

    In Texas Missouri EBT users purchased $139,763 worth of food, and withdrew $20,981 from ATMs.

    In Florida Missouri EBT users purchased $84,061 in food, and withdrew $9,737 from ATMs.

    In Alaska Missouri EBT users purchased $1,845 in food, and withdrew $465 from ATMs.

    Brian Hook runs Missouri Watchdog, a non partisan group that digs information out of government agencies. Hook says the transactions might not be fraud, but likely illustrate waste. Hook said, "The first thing that jumps to my mind is where did they get the money to get to Hawaii and Alaska."

    The Missouri Department of Social Services has declined on camera interviews, but in an email told News 4 out of state EBT transactions do raise a red flag. A spokesperson with the department says they routinely review out of state EBT transactions.

    It's a shame the rest of us don't have as much disposable income as welfare recipients!
     
  2. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

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    idk... that sounds like ONE person went to HI and ONE person went to AK...

    maybe they went looking for work, maybe they have famly there...

    as far as TX, I can see people fleeing there in droves, it's the ONLY place in the country where there are JOBS, at all levels

    maybe that's just me being an optimist... :rolleyes:

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  3. BadgeBunny

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    There's been a big bruhaha here over EBT cards being used to withdraw cash in casinos. And we have a district judge here in Oklahoma County who adopted a couple of kids, gave the kids away to her baliff's sister to raise and kept the EBT cards for herself. Been using them at nail salons, casinos and the like ...

    She and her husband make quite a bit of money even without the cards but can't seem to live within their means as they have filed bankruptcy at least once that I know of in the last several years.

    Some peoples' kids ... :scratch :(