All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Bilking the System With Milk

The fine people at Smiling Hill Farm have been caught up in a food-stamp scam. Some people have buying the dairy's milk in glass bottles with their stamps, and then returning the bottles for $1 or $1.50 each. They then use the cash to buy alcohol and cigarettes.
The Hannaford supermarket on Forest Avenue in Portland placed a six-bottle limit on purchases of Smiling Hill Farm milk after several customers were seen buying large amounts of it and then returning a short time later with the empty bottles.

"We became aware it was serious problem," Hannaford spokeswoman Caren Epstein told WCSH-TV. "We started hearing from customers and associates in the store that people were purchasing this milk, then were going into the men's room and dumping the milk out and returning it for deposits. Sometimes it would be the men's room or the gutter or in front of the store." [Link]
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