DAYTON, OHIO — Doing “strange for some change” also includes food stamp benefits? Sometimes, you just don’t have particular funds for a peculiar kind of fun.
Apparently, according to WBAL 11, Sharkey’s Bar is trying to see profits however possible. The source says this adult entertainment club has been under investigation for the last five months or so.
During this time span, undercover agents purchased a number of “products” and “services” with food stamp benefits, including:
- and lap dances.
The amount of purchases approximated to $2,400 in food stamp benefits exchanged.
WBAL 11 reports various employees and patrons were charged with “drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, aggravated shipment and distribution of heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and illegal sexual activity.”
NOTE: Is the “illegal sexual activity” the food-stamp-paid lap dances, or did they also have sex for these EBT benefits? The source doesn’t clarify.
Nevertheless, the source states the business — Twenty Two Fifty Inc. (Sharkey’s) lost its liquor license, effective at closing on September 20. The business was investigated by the Ohio Liquor Control Commission.
AND SUPPOSEDLY, THIS IS A ‘THING’
The source says Sharkey’s is actually the second adult entertainment bar to have its liquor license revoked for the same reason, within a year’s time.
WBAL 11 reports as follows.
“This is the second adult entertainment establishment liquor permit that has been revoked by the Liquor Control Commission as a result of an Ohio Investigative Unit investigation into food stamp and drug trafficking this year in the Dayton area. The other location, The Harem, 5825 North Dixie Drive, lost their liquor license in May.”
LIFE LESSONS TAXPAYERS FUND
If you’ve ever personally visited adult entertainment clubs, you know the types of transactions that occur — whether via bathrooms, V.I.P. booths, wherever. Likewise, while negotiating “terms and conditions,” it’s not so far-fetched to think dancers and dealers would be above accepting EBT-type payments.
Money is money, no? Well, of course when you weigh it against its supposed intentions, no.
If you’re anyone who faithfully pays taxes, you realize that’s essentially your money being spent on “luxuries,” rather than the agreed-upon necessities of the program and its eligibility requirements.
You’re not paying for someone else’s high or orgasmic experience. Via a taxpayer-funded program, you’re paying for families’s survivals and abilities to eat.
And the way the program is set up, you’re also paying for them to be able to eat healthy, real food — thus certain food items don’t make the cut.
So, if Little Debbie doesn’t make the cut, what makes someone think Lil’ Meka’s a**crack or Young Billy’s drug fest would pass the test?
While we all deserve to enjoy life how we see fit (reasonably speaking), these type of luxuries shouldn’t come at the expense of others.
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