Originally Posted by Bruce Chafkin1
The Mass Market cruise lines have encountered a new problems with all the "poor people" from California.
It seems that California - which has it's own financial problems - has attempted to reduce administrative costs of it's welfare system by issuing debit cards to those who qualify as "poor".
The state charges up these welfare debit cards every month.
Unfortunately, there are no controls on what is purchased with these cards.
California's "Poor" have been using the debit cards to purchase airline tickets to Florida, where they board cruise ships (cruise paid for with the debit card), then use the same debit cards in the ATM machines on the ships to get money to play in the ship's casino.
There were so many people doing this that the State of California made a deal with the cruise lines to program our onboard ATMs not to accept the California Welfare Debit Cards.
Only in America.................................
Old news, long since corrected. Way back in November 2010 the Los Angeles Times reported. . .
California welfare recipients will no longer be able to use their state-issued debit cards at medical marijuana shops, psychics, massage parlors and many other businesses whose services have been deemed "inconsistent" with the goals of the program. ATMs and point-of-sale card readers in such business will be removed from the network that accepts California's Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.
The cards, which allow access to cash meant to help families pay rent and clothe their children, also will no longer work at bail bond establishments, bingo halls, gun shops, bars, race tracks, smoking shops, tattoo parlors and on cruise ships.
Let's at least try to keep the outrage up-to-date. Sorry about the gun shops restriction. I reckon all the Second Amendment affectionadoes are working with the NRA to reverse that part of the ban.
Of course, anybody with half a brain can simply do balance transfers from the welfare card to any other debit or credit card, or to cash, then buy anything they like.
By the way, related stories explain that the really big winners in the California benefits debit cards are (drum roll please). . .the BANKS. Who else? They charge usurious fees at both ends of each transaction, and to the state for "topping up" the cards each month. Score another one for the 1%.