For the folks that are abusing the system…STOP IT! There are so many people starving and homeless in America that really need the help from social programs funded by the federal and state governments and even more Republicans ready to cut all programs for the actions of a few. All they need is excuses like folks using the money on their EBT cards to buy drugs and cigarettes. But, one dude takes it even further than that.
A drug dealer in Boston, Kimball Clark, 45, was arrested on Friday and was overheard using his one phone call to tell someone to:
“get my EBT card and go to the ATM and get the money to bail me out, get me outa here tonight.”
The Boston Herald also reported that Clark had $758 on him when he was arrested, but of course that was seized by police. He was charged with distribution of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, posted bail and was released. Clark is a known offender whose record include “assault and battery in 2007 and cocaine possession with intent to distribute in 2006.”
This story had lawmakers outraged. Republicans have been trying to push stronger restrictions on EBT cards for some time. But, both sides of the aisle agree with stopping the abuse of the cards. State Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton) and other lawmakers filed a bill last week pushing for tougher regulations than those that are presently recommended by the EBT commission, which “advised banning the cards at nail salons, tattoo parlors, strip clubs and casinos — but not at ATMs, jewelry stores, health clubs, rent-a-centers and cruise liners.”
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