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article imageStore clerk refuses food stamps cigarettes purchase, gets fired

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By Owen Weldon     Jun 29, 2012 in World
A store clerk in New Hampshire ended up getting fired for not allowing a customer to use his EBT card to buy cigarettes.
The store clerk, Jackie Whiton, didn't know that people in New Hampshire were allowed to use their EBT (food stamps) cards to buy items such as cigarettes and beer. However, she knows now and she now wants New Hampshire to crack down on what EBT cards can be used for.
According to Fox, the incident occurred on May 29, when Whiton asked a customer, who was buying cigarettes and beer, for ID. Instead the customer handed her his EBT card and that is when she refused to accept the card as payment for the items.
According to Gather, Whiton, 65, said that she told the customer that he was not allowed to buy the beer and cigarettes with the card and he insisted that he was allowed. She went on to say that she asked him if he really believed that the taxpayers should pay for his cigarettes and that is when he left. His foster mother returned the next day and told Whiton that EBT cards can be used for such items and that she was in the wrong.
The foster mother then complained to the home office of the store and reported the incident.
According to Daily Mail, the store's owners said that the customer had the right to use the EBT card.
The company that owns the store said that Whiton crossed the line and she had to be let go.
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