This morning I stopped at the local 7-11 to get a cup of coffee before work. In the checkout line a man, dressed in work boots, reflective vest, and hard hat presented a box of Advil, two chocolate chip cookies individually wrapped in cellophane and a bottle of Mountain Dew to the cashier. He then pulled out a debit or credit card from his wallet and swiped it through the card slot. Nothing happened. He swiped again. Nothing.

Cashier then said, Declined. Swipe again though. Customer tried again.

Same result.

Very quietly the customer then said, Can you take the Advil off?

The cashier takes it off. The customer swipes again. It goes through almost instantly.

Was his debit/credit card full? Was it a SNAP card already spent four days into the new year?

Or can you not buy pain relief with a SNAP card.