Last month several blogs, including mine, posted this receipt:

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Over time, it made the rounds on the Internet. Some thought the receipt was a fake, though I worked in a grocery store long enough in my younger days to be more than confident with its authenticity.

Well, not only is it real, but the buyer is in trouble. Not for what he bought, but for what he did with it afterwards:

Buying $141.78 worth of lobster, steak and Mountain Dew with a Bridge card violates no laws or rules.

But turning around and selling the stuff for 50 percent of its value, well … that’s a different matter.

Louis Wayne Cuff, a 33-year-old Menominee man was arraigned in 95th District Court in Menominee last week for food stamp trafficking, a felony. Cuff’s arrest resulted from a month-long joint investigation by the State Department of Human Services’ Inspector General and the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department. Cuff allegedly bought the lobster, steak and Mountain Dew and resold it for 50 cents on the dollar.

This stuff happens more than ever gets reported, and I’m sure most of them are never caught. Remember that as the food stamp rolls skyrocket, so will the fraud. It’s as inevitable as Anthony Weiner getting snickered at on the elevator.

Comments

24 Responses to “Buying Lobster & Steak With Food Stamps Update”

  1. Sherman Brown on June 9th, 2011 3:23 pm

    We're retired and on fixed incomes and cannot afford such luxuries, except once in a great while (after saving). This is akin to Katrina 'victims' using government debit cards of booze, gambling and women.

  2. Car in on June 9th, 2011 3:29 pm

    Ba haa haaa … guess all those folks arguing at the snoops site about how it was perhaps someone who had saved and was celebrating a graduation, and don't po folks deserve to celebrate occasionally too, yad yada yada, were wrong.

  3. Adam on June 9th, 2011 3:51 pm

    I don't understand why they don't set up the program so that only certain items can be bought with food stamps/cards…they do it with WIC checks all the time, why not apply the same rules here?

  4. Dexter_Alarius on June 9th, 2011 3:52 pm

    "…as the food stamp roles skyrocket,…"
    There are those "roles" again! Doug, you're in a "role" cage!

  5. Marshall_Will on June 9th, 2011 3:58 pm

    "According to DHS spokeswoman Gisgie Gendreau, somebody brought the receipt to the attention of DHS on the department's Facebook page."

    Gosh! Sure hope it's no one we know?

    Doug, I'm sorry. Where's the weenie? I followed all the links and the perp ( KNOWN perp ) was not ventialted by Sheriff Dupnik, hauled out in his front lawn in his boxer shorts in front of his children by ARMED Dept. of Ed. agents nor relieved of his business inventory by the FDA.

    I'm thinking… nothing burger here? Lol

  6. Marshall_Will on June 9th, 2011 4:00 pm

    Snopes or whatever? Sounds like a "pre-buy" to me. Someone SENT him IN to the store with an "order". A crackhead's gotta' have his stuff 'together' don't you know!

    Hey Car in!

  7. Marshall_Will on June 9th, 2011 4:01 pm

    Right, plying their 'trade' as far north as Mass! Great thing about a Debit Card huh?

  8. Doug on June 9th, 2011 4:06 pm

    Just testing you… you passed… again.

    Heh…

  9. cdl on June 9th, 2011 4:20 pm

    I'm not sure if it went exactly like this, but…

    "Hey man. You wanna buy a steak? How bout a lobster? They fresh. Just got em' this mornin'."

    "Uhhh…well…uhhh…you sure they are fresh?"

    "Yeah man. Don't you see em' movin' in the bottom of the sack? Tell you what I'll do. I'll give em' to ya for… half price what you pay at the store."

    "Well then…uhhh…okay. You got any butter?"

    "What I look like piggly wiggly?"

  10. Granny55 on June 9th, 2011 4:23 pm

    Seems DHS here in Michigan is starting to work for their pay
    http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/201106

  11. backwoods on June 9th, 2011 4:31 pm

    If they would just modify the food stamp program so people could buy drugs with their food stamps they wouldn't have this problem.

    /

  12. RoseB on June 9th, 2011 4:52 pm

    They know everything they can get for nothing too. They could write a book.

  13. Joe Redfield on June 9th, 2011 5:11 pm

    The Mountain Dew purchase should have alerted the clerk that a meth-head was buying the steak and lobster for resale.

  14. Marshall_Will on June 9th, 2011 6:09 pm

    Joe,

    My sense was that it should've been a tip off that he was throwing a PARTY! I understand the sugar jolt from Mountain Dew makes it an ideal 'mixer' for the young set. They get amp'd up and wasted on Vodka at the same time.

    So I agree, but it shouldn't fall upon a PT high school kid to police 'our' mistakes.

  15. SignPainterGuy on June 9th, 2011 6:58 pm

    "…….it should not fall upon a PT high school kid to police 'our' mistakes." You are sooo right ! Have you ever witnessed a welfare "victim" refused something "just because it isn`t allowed" ? Some of the fits fall just shy of needing to call in the SWAT team !

  16. SignPainterGuy on June 9th, 2011 6:58 pm

    Excellent !

  17. Marshall_Will on June 9th, 2011 7:53 pm

    SPG,

    Oh, and the bitterness! Like when they're trying to Return something. You'd have thought they PAID for it out of pocket ( and 'after' taxes! )

    But thanks to people like DOUG this guy's getting busted will have foodstamp/welfare scammers thinking about it and looking over their shoulder EACH time they try to pull this off.

    Until we can institute pee tests and send Obie back to Hawaindonesia, it's the best we can hope for.

  18. Granny55 on June 9th, 2011 8:23 pm

    But it doesn't stop the moochers – I was running errands at lunch and stopped at the local convenience store for an iced tea. Low and behold who is in front of me but a young man, with gang tattoos, could barely speak English and this was what he was purchasing on his FEDERAL Bridge card: 2 liter Pepsi, 2 liter Mt. Dew, Pop Tarts, 5-6 pkgs. of Jerky, several cans of high energy drinks, nacho chips, nacho cheese and a 12 pkg count of doughnuts. As i left the store he appeared to be waiting for a ride while talking on his Droid and smoking cigarettes. This is what pisses me off because it is the norm not the exception. What a waste of taxpayer dollars.

  19. SignPainterGuy on June 9th, 2011 8:24 pm

    These guys must be gaming the system, and with experience ! They didn`t join the "rodeo circuit" yesterday !

  20. SignPainterGuy on June 9th, 2011 8:37 pm

    Bitterness….and those colorful expletives !!! Hmmm, hadn`t heard that one before !

    Busted !! Couldn`t have happened to a nicer, more deserving guy, right !?

    Coincidentally, I was thinking (the Bongo thread) when we finally rid ourselves of the marxist liar-in-chief, we could send him off to some third-world muslim country he seems to want to turn America into so he can live in his idea of "Utopia" ! Can it happen soon enough ?!

  21. Marshall_Will on June 9th, 2011 9:32 pm

    "talking on his Droid and smoking cigarettes."

    Uh… how come 'I' don't have a Droid? And in all sobriety, if I took up smoking, my life insurance premiums would REALLY skyrocket. So that's out too.

    Guess you gotta' be 'poor' to be able to afford that huh? Granny ( aren't you the one that busted this case wiiiiide OPEN!? ) If so, take a victory lap. Or go down and get some steak & lobster… and Dr. Pepper or something?

  22. SmartKid on June 10th, 2011 12:56 am

    I can not stand people like that. They ruin it for the underdogs who do NOT cheat the government and actually need temporary help. It is unethical and tyrannical to limit what people can and cannot eat because it is a form of communism; however an initiative should be taken to prevent people from receiving benefits who are likely candidates of "foodstamp trafficking"( ie: individuals with a criminal of selling drugs, drug users, ect). The EBT program should also require a monthly checkup that requests proof that unemployed citizens are searching for jobs to ensure that people are being honest.

  23. SmartKid on June 10th, 2011 12:57 am

    *criminal history*

  24. SignPainterGuy on June 10th, 2011 1:08 am

    Random drug testing should be a part of most if not all welfare programs. Perhaps some form of work-fare too. I`m all for helping the needy but not the scammers !

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