The Face of Poverty in America, 2016

Sunday morning, 10:30, Walgreens, waiting to pay for my photos. I become aware of the cashier at the stand behind me saying to her customer, “tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets — this is a list of the things you can’t buy with food stamps.” A male in his 50s, Mexican, 12-pack of Bud on the counter.

He puts away his EBT card, pulls out cash, and leaves, Bud in hand. I watch as he gets into a Dodge 4X4 pickup and drives off. It is not new, not in the best shape, but it’s decent transportation.

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