Why Stop at Fingerprinting Food Stamp Applicants?

10.12.11 Bucky Turco

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is criticizing Mayor Bloomberg’s treat-the-poor-like-criminals-if-they-want-to-eat program and said that requiring food stamp applicants to be fingerprinted is wrong. She’s also says it’s a waste of valuable resources.

Other officials differ and say that it’s a necessary tool to fight fraud. After all, if poor people expect handouts that exponentially pale in comparison to the ones NYC’s wealthiest banks got, they should be scrutinized for that perk, right? It’s not like the process is demeaning enough as it is. There has to be other ways to monitor these people. Perhaps we could make them wear special sensors that detect anything they intake or, even more effective: demand stool samples.