A shopper was walking to his car after a trip to a grocery store in Kentucky when he found a receipt that left him “floored.” The purchases on the receipt were not the shocking part because the total amount spent on groceries was less than $40. What made a photo of the found receipt go viral was the EBT balance of over $5583.
Although the receipt looks real, it has not yet been proven to be 100% real and not photoshopped. However, even if it is real, there are multiple scenarios as to why the balance could be so high. The first scenario is what made the photo go viral in the first place. The shopper who shared it intended to throw out trash someone else had left behind but felt compelled to do something about an assumed wrong by an “EBT freeloader” who is scamming the system and taxpayers out of their hard-earned dollars.
The assumption is that whoever left the receipt behind doesn’t need to be on welfare when they have accumulated such a large amount of funds on their account. The idea that someone had been caught stealing from taxpayers in the act infuriated those who saw it as a sign that the system is deeply flawed and easily manipulated by immoral people.
The Food and Nutrition Service is a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. According to a USDA spokesman, it’s not impossible for a recipient of assistance to have a high balance on their EBT card, but it is highly unlikely. According to the official, as of June 2015, “FNS identified 1,783 households nationwide with balances of $2,500 or higher. That represents 0.00008 percent of the 22,436,441 households nationwide in the same month.”
Even if the shopper who dropped the receipt is in that small percentage of households, it is possible for people in the EBT system to accumulate a surplus of funds once they no longer need assistance. At that point, they are expected to self-report the change in status and stop receiving the funds. Other rare recipients with a surplus sometimes say they can’t afford the transportation costs to be able to buy groceries, which is how they end up with more than they can spend.
Source: Mad World News
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