The sign on the front of Kiss My Lingerie in Gonzales indicates that it accepts EBT card payments, a practice that began about eight months ago.
A spokesperson for the Department of Children and Family Services told WAFB the EBT card can be used for food stamps or to make cash purchases of other family needs. According to the spokesperson, the card does not cover alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, casinos and adult entertainment.
"We were told anything could be purchased there, with the food stamp card," said a woman who works near the store. "No child I know eats edible underwear. It's still the taxpayers’ dollars that are being used in a store like that and that really upsets me.” She said business at Kiss My Lingerie has increased lately.
Although it doesn’t seem logical, Louisiana officials said there’s no problem with the store's policy because the EBT cash benefits can be spent however a family sees fit. In order to accept the EBT cards as a payment, stores must apply to the federal government.