Every now and then at a neighborhood grocery store we might run into a situation where someone might offer their Link cards in exchange for cash. They get the cash and you can use the Link card. The idea here is that they want to use the money for what they couldn't get with the link card. That is anything other than the food they were supposed to buy.
Oh let me explain the Link card concept to you. The Link card is essentially something you use like a food stamp. It's a debit card of sorts and you have a PIN number to be able access it to pay for your food. You can read more information about this here.
Now if you've never heard about this I'm sure it might have something to do with where you either live or shop. I wouldn't likely see this at a grocery store anywhere near the loop. I've seen this in neighborhood groceries on the south side. I won't at the moment say that it's widespread but I've seen it enough times to know it does happen.
BTW, I wonder why authorities do when they catch it. Do they have sting operations of sorts? Do they just so happen to run into those offering their link cards for cash and then at some point take action against the user? Is there a penalty for this, such as the cessation of benefits?
I wonder. Either way what came to mind hearing a little bit about this hustle the knee jerk reaction could easily be what's the point of having food stamps or link cards if people are willing to use them in a hustle. I could alway propose taking them away and only because a few aren't going to use them they way they were supposed to be used.