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The "get out of jail" EBT card


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A convicted drug dealer

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Well the fundamental issue here is not that the EBT card was used to pay a bondsman, but that there are situation such as these that happen. No mater how much 'reform' is done this issue would be impossible to stop, seeing as the dealers instructions were to go to an ATM, once the cash is dispensed there is not any way of tracking what the money is being used for. If the bondsman excepted the EBT card as payment, then that would be a different story.

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Well the fundamental issue here is not that the EBT card was used to pay a bondsman, but that there are situation such as these that happen. No mater how much 'reform' is done this issue would be impossible to stop, seeing as the dealers instructions were to go to an ATM, once the cash is dispensed there is not any way of tracking what the money is being used for. If the bondsman excepted the EBT card as payment, then that would be a different story.

I think the real issue here is, "why does the EBT card work at an ATM machine?" Honestly, with as much EBT fraud going on as there is already, they make EBT cards that work in ATMs now?? That totally defeats the purpose of the EBT program... If you make it ATM compatible, then of course they're just gonna take the cash.... That way they can buy candy or booze or cigs or condoms, and anything else you can't use EBT cards for.... OR they can use it to pay off bail bondsmen...... All because you state people thought to yourselves "hey, let's get with the 21st century and go digital with an already heavily abused food program. *facepalm*

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So what would be the solution to this? TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) does help lots of people, but as you said the system is already abused, the whole point of TANF is to help families who need the help. I am not sure, but I think that you can use the EBT card at any store that accepts it, I am not sure if they have any restrictions on what can be purchased. But I seem to recall that you can use the card and get cash back, so even if you can't, there is still allot of abuse.

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^ Electronic reporting of what you use your card for.

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Yeah, that would work, but the issue would be what would be done with the data that is collected, and who would be charged in overseeing such a program?

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^ I was thinking the computers would red flag inappropriate buys -- send alerts to the Welfare case workers, maybe.

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The cards could be set to only work when swiped from an authorized supermarket, in the same manner the system already knows what not to allow payment for, and they can also be set to only charge exactly what is bought and not allow cash returns

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