That this was even necessary shows how broken our “welfare” system is.
From The Times-Picayune: “Louisiana bans welfare benefits usage at lingerie shops, jewelry stores, tattoo parlors.”
State welfare officials are tightening the reins on how residents can use cash benefits they receive from assistance programs.
Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) issued an emergency rule Thursday (March 20) that would eventually ban the use of welfare benefits at jewelry stores, lingerie shops and other establishments that don’t allow customers under 18 years of age.
The move comes a week after NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune reported Gonzales-based lingerie store Kiss My Lingerie had been allowing its customers to pay for adult specialty items with their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card for eight months.
“We want to ensure that these federal assistance benefits are used appropriately and not at locations that do not help a family meet basic needs,” said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. “This rule will not affect families who currently use the program as intended, which is to provide food, shelter and clothing for families.”
Under the new rule, violating recipients would have their benefits stalled for 12 months on the first offense, 24 months on the second and permanently on the third. State officials said DCFS will rely on retailers and the public to help report any suspected fraud, and will also randomly review monthly transactions for possible use at any of the prohibited locations.
Time to scrap the whole system and return it to communities. Ridiculous.
Those who truly need help will get it. The lifelong slugs, living on the taxpayer’s wallets and voting Democrat, will starve—not a bad thing.
“A worker’s appetite works for him; his mouth urges him on.” ~Proverbs 16:26