You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).
Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.
Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.
Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?
People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.
I work at a grocery store, and I’d say about half the customers use EBT cards, the other half are either fine with that, or complete assholes to people about it. One night I called up front to check when this guy noticed these hunger packs we sell for about $6. It’s just a paper bag that has some peanut butter, a can of tuna, a can of green beans, and pinto beans. They’re for donation, other people buy them and drop them off into a box at the front of the store, but this guy takes one look at it and says, “Why don’t people just get jobs?” What an astute observation, I’m sure people that receive the most basic of meals that that bag goes to hadn’t thought of that. You don’t know how much I wanted to tell him to take his garbage that he was buying and his Lexus car keys, and really take his time cramming them up his ass. All the way up there. Just right up his ass. Probably keys first.