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December 14, 2012

The Government Welfare Class

There are businesses in the welfare neighborhood, but they aren't really independent businesses.

The bodegas, cheap corner groceries stores lined with ads for cigarettes, or government ads against them, with malt liquor ads and posters for a local performance by a rap group, Hong Kong crooner or Latin singer, get most of their business from food stamps. The bodegas, despite their name, are usually run by Indians, Koreans, Arabs or Bangladeshis. The few things they sell for real money are, in order, lottery tickets, beer and the occasional magazine. --Sultan Knish: How the Government Class Lives

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 14, 2012 10:45 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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