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Published:September 7th, 2011 13:22 EST

Would You Dine At A Restaurant That Accepts Food Stamps?

By Robert Paul Reyes

"The number of businesses approved to accept food stamps grew by a third from 2005 to 2010, U.S. Department of Agriculture records show, as vendors from convenience and dollar discount stores to gas stations and pharmacies increasingly joined the growing entitlement program.


Louisville-based Yum! Brands, whose restaurants include Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silver`s and Pizza Hut, is trying to get restaurants more involved, federal lobbying records show."


With the economy in shambles and the unemployment rate stuck at nine percent, every day more and more decent people qualify for food stamps. It`s not just welfare leeches, but solid citizens who need food stamps to make ends meet.

Unfortunately, many people believe in the stereotype of a person who uses food stamps as a lazy bum who is cheating the system. If a Taco Bell or a KFC posts the food stamp "EBT" logo on their stores, many folks will refuse to eat there anymore.

In fact, to be perfectly honest, I wouldn`t feel comfortable dining at a restaurant that accepts food stamps. Although many hardworking folks are forced to use food stamps, there are still too many deadbeats who rely on food stamps. I don`t want bums asking me for change while I`m dining at KFC or Taco Bell.

An "EBT" Sign at a restaurant is just a bad as a sign indicating that the dining establishment has been closed by the health department.

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