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Livin’ large in poverty

Re: “Shopping when you should be working" (5/16 issue): When I lived in Brighton Beach, I heard that this is how it’s done: give a merchant $500 worth of stamps in return $450 or so in cash, do it a couple of times, then go buy yourself a nice fur coat.

As for system abuse: I live in Park Slope. Down the street, the projects are a large taxpayer-subsidized complex for low-income people.

It’s interesting, standing in the morning by the big, gated, tenant-only parking lot (this in a neighborhood where parking is a tremendous problem), and see the new, luxury cars slinking out.

Those cars are always there, though I bet they are not registered to the tenants. My tax dollars at work.

Joe Boms

Park Slope

Stanley Gershbein responds:

Dear Mr. Boms,

Although many places use EBT cards to help fight fraud, those cards are not available everywhere.

In the past three years I have shopped in supermarkets in at least a dozen states and you would not believe the fraud that I have witnessed. A lot of our taxes are really going to waste.

Thank you for writing.

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