IN GOSHEN,OHIO
 
             At approximately 2:30ish pm, September 6, 2012, I entered
the Kroger store on SR 28 in Goshen Ohio to pick up a few items.  I
gathered my items and went to the 10 and under register to check-out.

             The person in front of me (white female, approximate age
35-43, fake nails, big braided hair do, clean clothes, carrying a purse
and a plastic drinking cup) put her purchase on the check out surface –
ONE GRAPE.  Yes, that is correct ONE GRAPE.  The cashier asked if that
was all, she replied yes.  The cashier then weighted the GRAPE and told
the women the cost was $.02 (TWO CENTS), the women then pulled out her
EBT card (credit card for food stamps) and swiped it through the credit
card machine, requesting $24.00 in cash back.  The cashier asked if she
wanted the GRAPE, the woman replied no and the GRAPE was put in the
garbage can.  The register recorded the sale as .02, cash back $24.00,
credit .02, total $24.00 cash back.  The cashier then asked if two fives
would be okay because was out of tens, the woman agreed and took the
$24.00 folded it up and put it in her pocket and left the store.

             As the next person in line I asked the cashier “as a tax
payer what in the hell just happened here?”  She said she was on the
clock and could not comment.  I then asked if I had actually seen this
person purchase and discard a GRAPE, then get cash back on her EBT card.
  The cashier responded that it happens all day every day in their
store.  She also said that if the person buying the GRAPE has it ring up
over .02 they get mad and make her reweigh it.  My next comment was to
ask the cashier if she planned to vote in November and she said she
could hardly wait for 11/6/12 to get here as one tax payer to another.
I paid for my groceries, in cash, and left the store madder than 10 wet
hens.

             This is not one of those stories that a friend of a friend
told a friend – I WITNESSED THIS AND WOULD LOVE TO TESTIFY IN COURT TO
WHAT I SAW, however, it is apparently not illegal to go into a grocery
store and buy a GRAPE, throw it away and take cash back from a food
stamp EBT card and walk out the door.  If she is so poor she needs food
stamps why in the hell didn’t she buy groceries.

             Please sent this to everyone you know this needs to get out
to the public, if we don’t get the takers stopped we are all doomed.

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