Nice if you can get it - EBT Cards

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Electronic Benefits Transfer cards are the current iteration of food stamps. Aid given to low-income people and families.
Seems that some of the aid is being spent in very posh places - from the Boston Herald:

Aloha! Massachusetts EBT cards used at posh hotels in Hawaii
EBT card holders from Massachusetts have spent their tax-funded benefits in almost every state — including popular vacation spots like Hawaii where welfare money was withdrawn at hotels in “paradise,” right on Waikiki Beach and the “best address” on Hanalei Bay, records show.

A Herald review of more than 2 million EBT expenditures in fiscal year 2019 found the cards being used in Hawaii on 18 different occasions. Thousands of other out-of-state transactions included cash withdrawals in Las Vegas, and numerous card uses in Alaska, California, Florida and Louisiana. The state Department of Transitional Assistance on Monday did not provide any explanation for the out-of-state spending of benefits that are intended for the needy and hardship cases.

How about quarterly reviews of balances and spending. Cut down on a lot of fraud and waste. These should be used for genuinely needy people and not by people trying to game the system and get free shit from the government. It is not free - you and I are paying for this.

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