Thanks your use of caps makes me feel less attacked.
Did you actually read the article because they explain how some of these things are allowed to be bought. Example... Starbucks corporate stores don't accept EBT, but Starbucks at target or grocery store chains DO allow it.
It also explained how you can use your ebt card for withdrawal cash at an ATM. So your getting CASH which can be spent on anything including bail money, lingerie, and whatever you want. http://www.ct.gov/dss/cwp/view.asp?a=2349&q=304628
Here is a website that explains how to use your EBT card TO withdrawal CASH.
Katie, I read the article, actually, and I tried to point out the parts that are wrong in it, just as Ele did. No, you cannot use the food stamps to buy Starbucks IN a Starbucks store, even inside the grocery stores. That does not, however, mean you can't use the CASH portion, if your get cash, to buy Starbucks at that store. I did point out that a common misconception is that people are able to pay for these items with food stamps. No. They absolutely cannot. However, the EBT card has two sections: food and cash. Food benefits can only be used for food. And ONLY specific restaurants are exempt as far as not allowing food benefits. But the cash portion? That can be used pretty much anywhere. The problem is that when some see EBT, they automatically assumed that to mean food stamps, and only food stamps. And, with that mindset, they get indignant, thinking they are spending food benefits on non-food items. They aren't. They cannot. But they can do it with cash benefits... IF they get cash benefits. And not everyone on food stamps gets cash. Ftr, I don't think it's right that they can spend that cash on strip clubs and such. But there is nothing wrong with them buying shoes, clothes (lingerie includes undergarments, which many consider a necessity), medication, etc. But cigarettes, alcohol, and clubs? No.
I hope you understand that we're not attacking you. Ele and I are both trying to explain the parts that were not explained thoroughly... especially the fact that the article did not separate food benefits from cash benefits.
ETA: Also, I went back to open the link you posted in the above quoted post. It is as we have been saying. The cash is only withdrawn from the cash portion of the card. If a person does not receive cash benefits, there will be no cash withdrawals possible. The food benefits can ONLY be used where SNAP is accepted.
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