A lingerie store in Louisiana is reportedly accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer cards, meaning low-income residents can use taxpayer cash to purchase “specialty” items.
Kiss My Lingerie, which is located in Gonzales, La., specializes in “adult” items, KSLA-TV reported.
Surprisingly enough, the store has been accepting EBT cards for nearly eight months, according to the owner. Local news outlets only recently noticed.
The owner said he accepts all forms of payment and “does not discriminate against customers,” according to the station.
“We were told anything could be purchased there, with the food stamp card,” a woman who works near the shop and asked not to be identified said. “No child I know eats edible underwear.”
She said she only recently realized that the EBT sign was there, adding that she noticed a sizeable uptick in people coming in and out of the store.
The Louisiana Purchase card is not just for food stamps, a Department of Children and Family Services said, adding that there are also cash benefits available for “other family needs.”
There are only a few things the card does not cover: Alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, casinos and “adult entertainment.”
Now, it may seem like purchases made at the lingerie store would be a violation of the card’s rules, but state officials say it’s technically legitimate.
“[B]ecause the cash benefits are part of a federal program, Louisiana does not dictate how families spend the money of those cards, which could be less than $200 a month or up to $400 a month,” KSLA-TV explained.
But some residents, including the one unidentified woman, are not happy with the situation: “It’s still the taxpayers dollars that are being used in a store like that and that really upsets me.”
Fewer than 10,000 people get cash benefits, DCFS said, adding that roughly 835,000 people use the card for food benefits only.
Retail stores are not authorized to accept EBT payments unless first cleared by the federal government.
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