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Welfare Cash Withdrawals At Strip Clubs, Bars, X-Rated Video Stores

From the New York Post comes the facts about yet another Big Government debacle.

A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals at ATMs inside Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn; the Blue Door Video porn shop in the East Village; The Anchor, a sleek SoHo lounge; the Patriot Saloon in TriBeCa; and Drinks Galore, a liquor distributor in The Bronx.

What a shame that government allows taxpayers to be taken to the cleaners this way. If someone wants to frequent a strip club, that’s their business. But they should do it on their dime, not their neighbors’ dime.

And what an insult to the truly vulnerable who are using the benefits appropriately – to help feed and care for themselves and their families.


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