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Woman Tries to Buy iPads with Food Stamp Card

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:45 pm

First we had the ObamaPhone.

Now, the ObamaPad?

It goes without saying that even noticing this story is racist.

32 Responses to “Woman Tries to Buy iPads with Food Stamp Card”

  1. We should withhold judgment. This poor woman was on food stamps, which means she must be in desperate need of food. Someone in a severe need like that might go into diabetic shock and not realize you can’t eat iPads, which strongly resemble pepperoni.

    Thank goodness the government has precisely targeted those in such dire need with food stamps!

    Dustin (73fead)

  2. I want an Obama pad!

    Icy (e99d49)

  3. americans are not a people what have a surfeit of dignity

    happyfeet (4347c8)

  4. Careful what you wish for. The ObamaPad is made by Kotex.

    PatriotRider (d95163)

  5. Mr. Feets – Here is dignified hit song for you.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  6. 4. daleyrocks. I wasted mt time on that!!

    mg (31009b)

  7. my

    mg (31009b)

  8. it’s an anthem for our times really mr. daley

    happyfeet (4347c8)

  9. mg – Your fault. I directed it at Mr. Feets.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  10. Maybe she thought iPads were feminine products?

    Chuck Bartowski (ad7249)

  11. People have insufficient chronological opportunity for unfortunate circumstances. Especially with bronchitis. Without iPads or smartphones.

    For the children. Can’t you see the injustice? I can. It’s over by the fridge, next to the dog food. Maybe you should put that away. It will attract rodents.

    In retrospect, I think I may be watching too much football. Or I seriously need to ask my wife about the mushrooms on tonight’s pizza.

    Carry on. Watch out for the titmouse.

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  12. you’ll just be sitting there minding your own business and they’ll come marching in and crawl up your leg and start biting the inside of your ass and you’ll be all like hey get out of my ass you stupid titmouses

    happyfeet (4347c8)

  13. Exactly. Damn titmice.

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  14. Gimme, gimme, gimme! You OWE ME!

    Kevin P. (1df29c)

  15. Kevin P.

    Reading your post after reading the three posts before it gives one what I sincerely hope is a very wrong image. 😎

    Jay H Curtis (804124)

  16. Her food stamp allotment should be cut if she has enough money left over to even consider buying an i-Pad.

    norcal (c59eed)

  17. Take yer Ipaddies and feminine hygiene products and feed ’em to the titmeese, by God!

    I’ll get out my BH-86 with fully automatic frappe’ and blast your souls to heaven you heathen raptards.

    Get off my lawn or feel the sucrose judgement of a ten-lefty, authoritarianist hand-woven wrench of malaise.

    Or, you can ignore me and go about your lives.

    Regardless, beware the titmoose and the antlers of fear.

    Personally, I would ignore me.

    Ag80 (b2c81f)

  18. If she’d only invested in CurrenTV, she’d be a millionaire now.
    News Item: AlGore walks away from CurrenTV with $100MM, courtesy of Al Jazeera.

    askeptic (2bb434)

  19. I assume Tracy looks at the pictures on her ipad.
    Reading would be out of the question.

    mg (31009b)

  20. No more bread and butter

    I always think of this song when Obamaphone lady sings for some reason.

    SarahW (b0e533)

  21. We’re subsidizing stupidity and, as everyone who has studied economics knows, when you subsidize something, you get more of it.

    Neo (d1c681)

  22. At least this woman didn’t put the clerk into a wheelchair permanently like Rodney King did for trying to buy prohibited items at a liquor store.

    My brother in Minneapolis has a term for these people, the “Needy Greedy”.

    Another Obama supporter who thoght Obama was going to give her everyting.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  23. There are better uses for iPads.

    It is food related, though.

    Mike K (5552a4)

  24. Sorry about the duplicate. The comment system blinked.

    Mike K (5552a4)

  25. It goes without saying that even noticing this story is racist.

    Of course it is. You could have easily hired Ted Turner to colorize these women in Caucasian hues but noooooooo.

    CrustyB (69f730)


    Bugg (ba4ca9)

  27. The following is both fascinating and pathetic to me. It is an illustration of the way that nonsensical politics — of pity parties and blame games (hosted by the left) — spans the world.

    Least one assume that the ideology on display in a nation in Africa is somehow unique to it, in terms of its history and demographics, thousands of miles away, in Argentina — a society of predominantly European extraction — self-destructive liberalism/Socialism also has been embraced repeatedly for over 80-plus years. No surprise that country has witnessed periods of socio-economic crisis, over and over again, including its currently very high rates of crime.

    As for South Africa, it is sort of urban America writ large—a place on the other side of the globe that is following the classic pattern found in cities like Detroit, St Louis, Philadelphia, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York…, December 9, 2012:

    South Africa’s black majority directly owns less than 10% of the Johannesburg stock market, a study showed on Thursday, evidence that Africa’s top economy remains firmly in white hands nearly two decades after the end of apartheid.

    Despite the ruling African National Congress’ drive for “black economic empowerment”, under which firms are set black ownership and other targets, millions of blacks remain trapped in poverty and excluded from the formal economy.

    Coming less than two weeks before the start of an ANC leadership election conference, the study will increase pressure on ANC President Jacob Zuma for more “black empowerment”, widely criticised for creating a politically connected, self-serving black corporate elite.

    In June, Zuma called for a “dramatic shift” to redress the wealth balance in favour of blacks, who account for 80% of South Africa’s 52 million people.

    Inequality fuelled labour unrest this year, unleashing a wave of crippling strikes that began in the mining industry and spread for months, unsettling investors. Frustrated by the slow pace of change, the ANC’s Youth League has called for the wholesale nationalisation of mines and banks and the seizure of white-owned farms — a policy that triggered economic meltdown in neighbouring Zimbabwe in 2000.

    ^ I can envision millions of liberals throughout the world who’d have sworn over 20 years ago that political changes — of leftist bent — and socio-cultural liberalization was the answer. That do-gooderism and equality-for-equality’s-sake was the magic wand, the silver bullet.

    Mark (b8edce)

  28. It goes without saying that even noticing this story is racist.

    Commenting about noticing the story is racist, too. Someone who was TRULY colorblind would reject the notion that they’d ever seen it in the first place.

    In the same vein as
    War is Peace
    Freedom is Slavery

    we bring you
    Sight is Blindness

    Smock Puppet, 10th Dan Snark Master and Racist Extraordinaire without Portfolio (98ae1f)

  29. That do-gooderism and equality-for-equality’s-sake was the magic wand, the silver bullet.

    Oh, but it IS.

    It shoots capitalist wealth creation in the head EVERY TIME.

    And after all — isn’t the end of capitalism the true goal of all properly thinking liberals…?

    Smock Puppet, 10th Dan Snark Master and Racist Extraordinaire without Portfolio (98ae1f)

  30. Was there enough money on the EBT card to pay for the IPads?

    An EBT is a combination of two things: food stamps and cash. The non-food stamp part could be used to buy anything.

    I think this didn’t work because there wa snot enough money on the card. I am not sure how she could have imagined there was – unless maybe she thouyght it had been successfully tampered with, or her account or the account that that card belonged to had had extra money loaded on it. If the latter, it could be taht her confederate just didn’t manage to do what she thought she would. But in that case, why shoplift? IUn that case she wouldn’t have been planning to shoplift.

    So it must be maybe really, she was faking it, and hoping pretending to use the card would get the sales people off their guard or something.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

  31. A better article (today in the New York Post) about the misuse of EBT cards:

    A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals….

    New York Post editorial, which mentions another anomaly (stores showing phonypurchases)

    Of course what this means is that some people getting benefits (which don’t amount to too much per person – the maximum amount of Food Stamps for one person in New York is $200, and the maximum cash is $158, and the maximum amount of food stamps fora family of four is $668 and maximum monthly cash grant is $433)….

    …really have more money.

    These could be drug dealers, or possibly prostitutes controlled by pimps (or maybe the strippers themselves in some cases)

    Providers push people onto Medicaid, and with the Medicaid probably comes the cash welfare and Food Stamps

    Some of this could be prevented by limiting the maximum amount that could be withdraw at a time, and limiting the size of purchases. Of course it might still be on e over $50 purchase every two weeks.

    Sammy Finkelman (60fff5)

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