The government says that we give out food stamps to help people afford the basic necessities of life. Is a lap dance a necessity of life?
No, it isn’t.
If it is for you, then:
1) You have some pretty serious issues.
2) Pay for it your damned self.
It wasn’t just lap dances, though.
Sharkey’s Lounge in Dayton, Ohio was running quite the operation that was beyond the realm of strip club and bar — it was also a philanthropic organization.
Their gentlemen’s establishment seemed to be committed to caring for the underprivileged. For example, there was no cover charge to enter, and patrons could also use food stamps to pay for lap dances as well as illicit drugs such as heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine, and methamphetamines.
How progressive of them!
They understood that some folks just didn’t have the cash on hand when they need their fix of whatever vice.
Unfortunately for Sharkey’s, that’s illegal, and they lost their liquor license. Of course, being unable to serve alcohol is just the beginning of their troubles.
Agents began investigating the Twenty Two Fifty, Inc., also known as Sharkey’s, in May of 2017. Officials say during the investigation at Sharkey’s, agents were able to purchase drugs and lap dances using food stamp benefits.
Throughout the five-month investigation, agents exchanged $2,404.87 in food stamps to purchase heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, cocaine, methamphetamines and lap dances. In all, criminal charges were filed against employees and patrons for drug trafficking, food stamp trafficking, aggravated shipment and distribution of heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, and illegal sexual activity.
Agents also filed 44 administrative charges that were heard by the Liquor Control Commission that included drug possession, drug sales, engaging in sexual activity, food stamp trafficking and solicitation.
Source: WDTN 2 News
Another strip club down the road, The Harem, had its liquor license revoked in May due to a similar investigation into food stamp and drug trafficking.
That’s just lovely, Dayton.
This is precisely the reason that conservatives don’t like government benefit programs.
Yes, there are people who are in legitimate need, but then there are people that abuse the programs.
There are also people that are willing to allow desperate people to destroy themselves in order to profit from the government program.
How is it compassionate to allow food stamps to be used for illegal drugs and lap dances?
Could it be the reliance on drugs is what is causing the vicious cycle of poverty?
It’s time to get tough on those that are abusing the food stamp program.
We know just the guy that’s badass enough to do it.