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