A New Hampshire convenience store clerk takes a stand and loses her job. For six years, 65-year-old Jackie Whiton worked at the store until she was fired for refusing to allow a welfare recipient to use his state benefits card to buy cigarettes.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, state assistance money can be used to buy alcohol and cigarettes. But Whiton disagrees and she let the cigarette customer know it.
She asked him: “Do you think myself, that lady and that gentleman should pay for your cigarettes?” He replied “yes” but left the store empty-handed.
Later, one of the man’s relatives complained to Whiton’s boss, who fired her the next day. Still, Whiton insists: “The taxpayers should be aware of where their money is going.”
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