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Today when I was shoveling snow

I was thinking about food stamps. I keep reading about how Republicans are certain there is huge Food Stamp Fraud and I can attest to... an anecdote!

When I was 18 and lived in a five bedroom house with seven other young lesbians all under 24 in Phoenix, Arizona, our landlord, Cherie, asked me to sign up for Food Stamps. "You can pay your rent in stamps and keep your money for yourself!" Something smelled wrong so I refused. I had a job at Rainbow Car Wash on McDowell and could pay my $55 a week, thank you very much. (I mean, I made $99 a week and was pretty much rolling in dough, by my standards.)

My family had been on food stamps for a time. (I believe after the divorce, when my never-having-had-a-job-in-her-life mom had to get a job. I was mortified when she first trepidatiously used them, so I must've been a teenager when that happened.) Food stamps really helped us and were a necessity. When Cherie asked about food stamps for rent, I just thought, "Something's not right."

So, in my experience, fairly wealthy women who live in Scottsdale and drive the latest model Mercedes and have multiple rental properties will sometimes ask their gullible tenants to sign up for food stamps to pay for rent. I have no clue how this works, and I really don't want to.

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redgrrl2001
Jan. 10th, 2017 10:45 pm (UTC)
There was a guy who asked my friend to write a term paper for him in college and he paid in food stamps. Weird.
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