So you can’t use food stamps to go to Hawaii — but you might be able to feed your cocaine habit with them.
Cops in Lynn, Massachusetts — a Boston suburb — say eight people used Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for coke and cash, according to The Boston Globe.
Police told reporters that four Lynn bodegas routinely overcharged on SNAP transactions — which work like debit cards.
So, customers would pay $100 in SNAP funds for food, but actually receive $50 in groceries and $50. Authorities say the scheme has gone on since at least 2009, according to the Globe.
Some of these convenience stores truly lived up to their names, even offering customers blow in exchange for food stamps.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 13, 2011