Food Stamps Aren’t for iPads … They’re for Food, People


Food Stamps Aren’t for iPads … They’re for Food, People.
Posted by Jenny Erikson
on January 2, 2013 at 8:24 PM

A woman walked into a Wal-Mart and tried to buy several iPads with her EBT card. Twice. Food stamps for iPads. Tracy Browning, a 38-year-old Louisville, Kentucky woman, allegedly attempted to purchase the Apple tablets using an Electronic Benefit Transfer card, then assaulted store employees and took off with the merchandise when it didn’t work. She was arrested when she tried to do the same thing at another Wal-Mart a few hours later.

According to Louisville police, Browning had previously been banned from all Wal-Mart locations for other incidents with the discount retailer. She’s been charged with robbery, shoplifting, and trespassing, and has been booked into the Louisville Metro jail. No word on what those prior incidences were, or if they involved theft or fancy electronics.

What the heck was she thinking? How does one justify spending welfare money on not just one iPad, but several? The EBT program is in place to help people down on their luck – not for expensive toys. How extreme does your sense of entitlement have to be to make this decision ok?

If you want to see the extreme of some people’s entitlement mentality this story seems a good (i.e. bad) candidate!


I just did a refresher for myself on how EBT Cards have been misused and are susceptible to misuse. I was aware that there have been serious problems in CA. What I found surprised me:





New Mexico



Add New York to the list of states that allow EBT cards to be used in very inappropriate places.


It seems that whenever there is an abuse to the use of food stamps, and the (ab)users whine about it, the new “use” is permitted - so, soon, you can buy anything you want with food stamps. Used to be, if you had change coming from food stamps (long before the card was issued), the individual stores would give you some kind of token indicating the amount. Could only be spent in the store that issued it, though. People whined. Probably the stores complained, too, because it shouldn’t have been their responsibility to provide the “coinage” of the change. So, they were permitted to give “real” change for food stamps. Obviously, this was frequently abused. I have heard of many a person going through the checkout counter with a $1 food stamp “bill”, with one very small item; get the change, go back into the store, buy another very small item in the same way, time after time, until they had enough change to go buy a bottle of booze.