It Is An Apple, Isn’t It? Kentucky Woman Arrested After Trying To Buy iPads With Food Stamps

ce22Screen-shot-2012-12-16-at-9.24.52-PM It appears that not all apples are alike when it comes to food stamps. Tracy Browning, 38, of Louisville has been arrested for trying to buy several iPads with food stamps. After she was turned away by the Apple store and fled, she then tried to make the same purchase at a second Apple store.


Browning went first to the Valley Station Walmart and tried to purchase two iPads with an Electronic Benefit Transfer card. When she was barred from using the food stamps, she is accused of assaulting one store clerk and pushing another to the floor. She then fled with the iPads. Not satisfied, she allegedly then went to another Walmart and tried to buy several iPads with the EBT card. She was arrested while trying to flee from the store. She is now charged with robbery, shoplifting and trespassing.

Source: Philly

34 thoughts on “It Is An Apple, Isn’t It? Kentucky Woman Arrested After Trying To Buy iPads With Food Stamps

  1. Aw, c’mon. Is anybody really this dumb? If Ronald Reagan wasn’t dead I’d swear he had invented her. Sounds like an updated version of his mythical “welfare queen.” Oh, no, wait, in Reagan’s version of the story, she actually would’ve been sold the iPads. You know, just to get all of us not on food stamps upset with the idea that those ghetto trash people are using our hard-earned taxpayer dollars to buy iPads we can’t afford ourselves.

  2. OK, I’m now officially calling shenanigans on this story. Philly.com picked it up after it was picked up by…Fox News (which no doubt pounced on it for its outrageous “welfare queen ” angle). And where did Fox News get it from? This bastion of journalistic integrity…”The Weekly Vice,” a compendium of “crime, politics, naughty teachers and other social insanity”:

    http://www.theweeklyvice.com/2012/12/tracy-browning-jailed-after-repeatedly.html

    Given that there’s not a single link or direct quote in the article connecting it to actual events in Louisville, one has to wonder how much attention was paid to ensuring its legitimacy before this harbinger of “seriously messed up news” ran with it. And it sure did draw a lot of comments…most of them from conservatives griping about how horrible it is that their taxpayer dollars are being used by welfare queens to buy iPads who apparently are too greedy to be satisfied with their already ill-gotten “Obama Phones.” .

    Of course, we KNOW why Fox News ran with it…nuff said.

  3. They always manage to take something and through their own stupidity graduate it up to a felony.

    Yep, ipad and the felony charge are more important apparently than buying food. Idiots like this would starve if they had to live on the frontier and fend for themselves.

  4. I’m leaning towards Truely’s take on this.

    “Several” iPads? Anyone want to take a guess how many of even the cheapest iPads you could buy on the maximum amount of food assistance somebody can get?

    Unless a reputable news organization picks up the story my guess is that this is a wingnut generated urban legend that will be making the rounds in emails every election year in perpetuity.

  5. Ms. Browning is also listed on Mugshots.com The story appears to be all too true. Not amazing-hardly that, just true.

  6. Going to the social support today in Spain. 80,000 have been getting food packets from the Red Cross InternationaL. This a first IRC says, and they expect this will spread to other southern EU countries. Greece next, where the local org. is broke now. And has no money for food packet.

    IRC expects food riots etc next. In their estimation, it was not freedom which was the prime mover in Egypt, but high food prices and reduced subsidies on base foodstuffs.

    What happened to social security? It went up in smoke in face of over the cliff reductions in taxes and benefits. Hope you get a better deal from Congress.

  7. This lady is nothing compared to the banks.

    Nationalize the failing ones if there is something worth saving.
    Otherwise let them fall.

    Economic collapes? BS.

    The finance world always find a new gig. And the investors have their end covered by hedging and spreading their investments.
    Spend your dime on education and programs with teeth. No study, no food stamps.

  8. I know a farmer in West VA who has a market/restaurant where the family sells the farm production to the locals. She was telling me about the welfare queen (white) who used her monthly allocation of food stamps to buy a quarter of a cow for a party. The farmer called the food stamp agency and asked about it and was told no problem, go ahead and sell the beef to her.

    It is too bad these programs are abused to this extent; there would be more for people who could really use the money and who might be more respectful of its origins.

    Raul Castro is dismantling government sector jobs in Cuba due to abuse. When people know something will be given to them, there isnt much incentive to either work or be a good steward of the beneficence of others.

  9. Truth about how Americans perceive things like “Food Stamps” poor people, iCons like Apples, and cant distinguish the apples from the oranges.
    Number One. The first paragraph is contradicted by the rest of the article. There is no “Apple Store”. She went into a Walmart to the computer dept. Number Two. There are no “food stamps” in America. The states issue credit cards for the purchase of food– and only certain items of food to poor people who sign up for the program and qualify.
    Number Three: She is arrested for assault and for robbery.
    The food stamps which didnt exist had nothing to do with it. But the words are used to denigrae poor people and minorities. THAT might be a topic for the commenters to comment on here JR. What time night did you write this article? Keep your apples and oranges straight.

  10. Blustering defense attorneys would often say in plea negotiations, “My client would have to be very stupid to have done[fill in the blank]. A sharp as hell, tough female prosecutor I worked for would always reply, “Counselor, we are not required to prove your client smart, only guilty.”

  11. Bron, I would encorage people on food stamps to buy a half of cow and freeze it for personal use. Saying she was using it for a party was akin to this woman’s stupidity.

  12. NICK:

    yes, that would be a good use of the money. and she could have gotten the meat for something less than $2/pound buying it that way.

    Even a couple of families on food stamps going in on a whole cow and splitting it is an efficient use of the money given to them by the tax payers.

  13. Bron, Absolutely. I know folks who go in on whole cows and pigs w/ a couple other families. You got to have a big freezer is all. And, what’s nice about that beyond the price is you know where the livestock were raised. You get to buy them from people you get to know and trust vis a vis hormones, feed, etc.

  14. Arresting itself needs to be outlawed. Arresting only gives what the devil has, and that is guilt. Arresting does not give what Jesus gives. We must have him in us saving our soul to even be able to give what Jesus gives.

  15. The title had me wondering why she would be arrested for ‘trying’ to do this. I imagine had she succeeded the store would have been the one in trouble for accepting them.
    I ‘friend” huckabee on facebook to read the claptrap he puts out (and so I can reply though I doubt my words heard or even seen). Today he went on a screed about how welfare recipients get more money then any working poor family. From the read of it it is not quite the welfare queen in a limo Reagan fraud but enough to rile up his Fox listeners. He took a story, from somewhere, he never gives cites, that says “Last month, the Senate Budget Committee reports that in fiscal year 2011, between food stamps, housing support, child care, Medicaid and other benefits, the average US household below the poverty line received $168 a day in government support. What’s the problem with that much support? Well, the median household income in America is just over $50,000, which averages out to $137.13 a day. To put it another way, being on welfare now pays the equivalent of $30 an hour for a 40-hour week, while the average job pays $25 an hour. And the person who works also has to pay taxes, which drops his pay to $21 an hour. It’s no wonder that welfare is now the biggest part of the budget, more than Social Security or defense. And why would anyone want to get off welfare when working pays $9 an hour less? ”
    Forget it is average amount, 7 days breakdown (apparently vs 5 but he doesnt bother with that math or whether true or not, since he does.
    It makes a good story and makes people hate those who need assistance, those lazy bums, none of whom are single mothers with no one to help, elderly, disabled, etc. A bum is a bum is a bum. Just like this lady in the story.

  16. Compassionate good analysis is always welcome in my house.

    In France, the big farmers (wheat) with big acreage suck on the aggie subsidy teat, while the barely existing small dairy and meat producer lives in a worse house than his cows do.

    A Parisian lady travels out when she wishes to clap HER cow, watch over it, etc. as a pleasure(?). It is 30 miles from Paris.
    For three thousand dollars, roughly, she hires the cow, Get in the end 6% rebate on the meat delivered, and needs a big freezer or friends who want to share. She knows the meat is organic, the cows are happy and fed as promised.
    Won’t go into what the gains but he knows it is certain, it is already bought outside of the bouncing meat price market. His side is the depressing part.

    If you can, it seems good way to go.

  17. The person who contacted me from AOL.COM can know that I have replied.
    But my hushmail says: service temporarily suspended—–and then says it will not talk to me. Hope they can get it together. At least I got your email and have tried to answer.
    Will advise if no solution found.

  18. Why would she be arrested? The whole idea of a legal system is to find any contrived reason to arrest anyone for anything. The person that arrests whoever is acting like a religious person arresting Jesus. Jesus did not arrest anyone. We for our souls sake should not arrest anyone. To arrest is to make the person arresting feel better than the one arrested. The devil is in that.

  19. She would not have been waiving “food stamps” at them because they dont exist. If it was some food voucher or credit card then it would look like your Visa Card. Hardly paper “stamps”. So her card wouldnt work and she got made and slugged some schmuck in Walmart and the article gets written like it did. Lee Atwater around last night JT? Mug shot was a nice touch. Pick on the poor people and denigrate them. And if this was an armed robbery with the weapon being a little credit card then THAT needs to be the topic. Why is some prosecutor trying to put some lady in jail on the notion that a credit card is a gun or a knife. Food stamps my arse.

  20. leejcaroll:

    “And why would anyone want to get off welfare when working pays $9 an hour less?”

    I have been wondering, for 30 years, why welfare doesnt supplement a persons income to get it to some minimum level. Let them work 40-60 hours per week and if they only make $5/hour then give them the equivalent of $5, $6, $7, etc. additional pay to make ends meet instead of it being an all or nothing deal.

    In my mind the welfare program is more about work for the welfare administrators than trying to help people who need assistance.

  21. OK, mea culpa: the story is looking more real. (For those who say it can’t possibly be real because of the “food stamps” detail, the actual accounts specify that the woman tried to use an EBT card. And for those who don’t understand why she’d be arrested merely for trying to buy iPads that way, she wasn’t arrested for that; she was arrested for allegedly assaulting someone and running off with the iPads she was attempting to buy.)

    All right then. One really loopy woman tries to buy iPads with an EBT card–twice–and the story is all over various news outlets. How many people out there do you honestly think are trying, or would even begin to try, to do this, other than her? I think we all know how many have succeeded at it: exactly zero. At best, this is a “one dumb criminal” story, like the ones about people who stupidly try to rob banks by writing their note to the teller on the back of one of their own deposit slips, or by actually producing ID when a teller tells them “I’m sorry, but I can’t give you the money unless you provide me with ID.” It is not, as Fox News and many other news outlets who picked it up would have us believe, proof that lazy black welfare cheats are routinely buying iPads (or even expecting to) using SNAP benefits, and assaulting clerks who refuse to let them do so.

  22. Bron, I agree with you for those who can. Welfare to work programs are put there. I do not know if that is how they work.
    I can say I had to be disabled for 18 months before i could apply for SSdisability. I had no choice but to be on assistance. Only those who have not been on it can think it is a good deal. It is humiliatiion from the minute you step into the offices and lay bare your life. Itr is an embarrassment, then when it was more obvious it was food stamps, but just recently I was on them for a short while. It may look like a credit card but more often then not the cashier would say, not quietly, “food stamps”.
    Truly, I think the only reason this was newsworthy was 1, because definitely dumb criminal story and two because it is the uncommon, not the common.

  23. leejcaroll:

    people need help from time to time, they shouldnt be humiliated over needing assistance. Especially if they have worked and paid taxes.

  24. Bron, Very true. for me the humiliation was in needing it (I grew up in upper middle class, never expected to have to resort to state aid) but the humiliation was also in how treated starting with the awful places where you had to go to apply, dark, dank, crowded, sometimes dirtty, as though they wanted you to feel ‘little”. Hopefully it is better now.

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