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Jason Greenslate: Beach Bum Supposedly Living Off Food Stamps Rattles Fox News

Jason Greenslate is a California beach bum who thinks he’s working the system because he gets $200 in SNAP food stamps money each month. The 29-year-old San Diego County man qualifies because he’s homeless and has no income.

And if you hit that button, you’ll see a Fox News video report where John Roberts talked to Greenslate last week about his life of drinking, cruising, surfing, and dining on lobster and sushi.

I guess I’ve met considerably more poseurs, cheats, and angle-shooters than the fine staff of Fox News. Because I’m like all whatev and why is this news? What’s so special about this beach bum, other than he’s better-looking than the norm?

Clearly Greenslate isn’t living off $200 from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food stamp program. He’s a wannabe musician getting handouts from family, friends, and horny girls. And good for him if he can make it work.

When his looks go, he’ll get a job. And until then who cares?

But Fox News was impressed enough with the telegenic Jason Greenslate to make him the centerpiece of their new Special Report With Bret Baier on the so-called food stamp binge. Until well into the 1990s, a single man with no family could get very little public assistance. Now they can qualify for some minimal help in buying food. In Greenslate’s case, he gets $200. Per month. Not exactly a princely sum.

So I’m not real clear why I should be exercised about unemployed dudes qualifying for a card that can only be used to buy food.

But Fox News is worried. They say that 47 million Americans now qualify for some kind of SNAP food stamp assistance. And what you or I might call peanuts, they’re calling a binge.

You’re welcome to watch the video and see Fox make their case.

But I will confess I don’t get it. Most homeless beach bums don’t look like Greenslate. They look bad, they smell bad, and I’m not giving them a place on my couch and neither is Fox News.

Since I’d rather not have them sticking their hand in my face every time I go out, I’d just as soon that the government pay off these guys to make them go away.

Guys who drink all day, every day in the hot California sun don’t stay pretty. Meanwhile, are we really supposed to resent them for eating food?

The Blaze noted that Greenslate seemed really pleased with himself. As the beach bum said to Fox, “This is the way I live and I don’t see anything changing…Why would it be bad in any way? It’s free food. It’s awesome.”

Maybe it’s awesome to him. For most of us, let’s be honest. A $200-a-month hustle simply isn’t worth our time.

Of course, the idiotic Fox News report has angered serious political observers on the left. Media Matters pointed out that to call Jason Greenslate the face of SNAP is itself food stamp fraud. He is far from typical. In fact, MM said 76 percent of SNAP households included a child or an older or disabled person.

They also noted that 41 percent of SNAP recipients do work. The work simply doesn’t pay enough to keep hunger away without the food stamps.

It’s my humble observation that there aren’t enough jobs to go around. If some useless alcoholic wants to voluntarily remove himself from the fray for a mere $200 a month, let somebody who wants to work have the chance.

So I don’t have much problem with any of this. But apparently I’m in the minority here.

What do you think about the so-called SNAP food stamp binge and Jason Greenslate’s party lifestyle?

[surfer thumbnail photo by EpicStockMedia via Shutterstock]

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29 Responses to “Jason Greenslate: Beach Bum Supposedly Living Off Food Stamps Rattles Fox News”

  1. Eric Minton

    Fox News isn't any more idiotic then the Inquisitor that is trying to belittle Fox News for actually reporting on the cheats. I know you guys are pissed that they are the most watched news in the nation and your flagship station is wallowing near the bottom, but at least be fair that they are talking about something you retards refuse to even bring up because it may make your Lord and Savior look like a douche.

  2. Greg A. Fister

    So I guess it means nothing that Pres. O removed Pres. Clinton's law on working if you collect food stamps. If you can. And Jason certainly could work to earn his own money for lobster and sushi. Grow a pair Inquisitor.

  3. Richard Warnick

    Faux News Channel is pretty much wrong about everything, day in and day out. Deliberately wrong, because their mission is to catapult the right-wing propaganda. According to the online SNAP program eligibility tool, Jason Greenslate doesn't qualify in California. If the Faux News report is true (big if) then he's committing fraud. But 98 percent of SNAP recipients are legit – fraud is minimal. The right-wing propaganda is wrong – AGAIN.

  4. Anonymous

    So he's using $200 per month that could be used by someone who really needs it. Perhaps a hungry child. And there are undoubtedly many others like Greenslate. But dude, whatev! Who really cares about $200? This stuff should just be swept under the rug, instead of shown on the news.

    I've been to inquisitr.com twice now. My first and last time.

  5. Scott Crawford

    basic premise…"hey, if you can beat the system, more power to you, and shame on anyone who points it out!"..You are exactly what is wrong with this country!

  6. Talbert McMullin

    One unlikeable bastard interviewing another unlikeable bastard. let's give each one a loaded gun and lock them up together in a room so they can kill each other.

  7. Laura Herman

    Your an idiot. Guys like you are why this country is spending itself into bankruptcy. The same guys using SNAP/EBT are scamming every other program (unemployment, lifeline cell service etc.). The working class who are paying taxes are bleeding out by a thousand tiny cuts

  8. Talbert McMullin

    Susan L. Brewer as long as they keep it between themselves, suits me just fine.

  9. Jack Spencer

    Fox sweetened the pot a little by hiring a limo and girls from an escort service. They needed background shots.

  10. Raymond Childers

    I think this article misses the point of an able bodied person scamming the system so he can party and surf. The original report wasn't condemning people who need the assistance, rather is it right to enable a surfer bum with tax payer money. Check your bias at the door.

  11. Lorraine Pohl

    I'm happy to have my money go to people who are productive and just need a little extra to make ends meet than this guy. His lifestyle doesn't bother me. I just don't want to pay for it.

  12. Linda Godley Smith

    Inquisitr, are you a trust fund baby or something? $200/month is important to me and my budget. And "government money" Is MY money and YOUR money. The government is taking it out of our paychecks and giving it to Jason Greenslate because he considers himself too good for a real job! Wake-up! Government money is not some free magical money! It is being taken out of the pockets of the people who are working for it! If you want to give some beach bum panhandler $200 so he can buy sushi, that should be your choice; but in this case I have no choice. The government is taking the money from me, and giving it to him.

  13. Michael V. Anderson

    Let's take a look at another lazy layabout, Mitt "the ratt" Romney. He has a job that he rarely shows up for, and just sits on his thumb when he does come in. He made ~70 Million last year and paid only 13% tax. I made 70 thousand and paid 31%. It should be the other way around, but let's say we both should pay 31% So he's getting about 1.05 million per month from the government in unpaid tax liability. Now that's government assistance!

  14. Matt Tara Vonn

    This is what happens when you get your news from Fox News. Pres O. didn't remove the work requirement. They simply gave states the flexibility to try some new programs. The only way they get to keep the programs and not fall back to the Feds is if they see a reduction in welfare. Romney actually petitioned the gov't for this change when he was governor. But why would you know that? Fox isn't going to give you that information. Politifact rated the claim though. They gave it a "Pants on Fire" That's worse than false. I know you don't care, but if you'd like to educate yourself on how ridiculous your attack line on Obama is, here you go: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/aug/28/rick-santorum/Santorum-Romney-claim-Obama-ending-welfare-work/

  15. Matt Tara Vonn

    Here's the problem with Fox's coverage: The big picture!

    Fox and Republicans are complaining about the moocher society. They think too many people qualify for food stamps and want to cut the program. The want to cut the program. How do they want to do it? They want to cut it the only way you really can to get the kind of savings they want: They are going to lower the income requirements. What's that going to accomplish?

    Let's say the income level in Iowa is 20K for a family of four. If they cut it down to 15K, than the homeless punks like this guy are still going to be on the system. The family of four making 19K a year working full time are going to be cut from the program.

    The worst thing they are doing is they are showing you this punk and the Republicans are attacking the program with the implied notion that 40 billion that they are going to cut is going to keep guys like this from gaming the system. That's not what it's going to do. They are going to hurt the people that are working. The people that are making barely nothing or nothing aren't going to be affected unless they bring the income threshold down to 0.

  16. Matt Tara Vonn

    A Democrat gives states more power to run programs and the Federal government less. This is what happens when Obama gives Republicans what they want. They make up a reason to be against it.

  17. James Broughton

    If it keeps him from becoming a violent criminal costing us $40,000 a year to put him in prison. I say give him the $200 ($2400 per year) for food and call it a win.

  18. Carl R Ebach

    THis person spent 20 dollars in that video that comes to 10 days of food! Whats does he eat the rest of the month and where does he get it is the question that needs to answered!

  19. Stephanie R. Koski

    I think people on assistance should get rewarded with more if they are working. Right now people with family's can't support a family on minimum wage nor can they supply all there needs for there family, just on assistance. People tend to not pursue that job that's available for many reasons from lack of motivation to do so, or if they do pursue the employment, it will mean less assistance, that they need. The whole system has too many patches and needs to start over with the thought process of today taken into consideration. Requirements for assistance needs to be set in place to promote a positive lifestyle in order to receive assistance. People need to be required to pursue, employment, education, and a healthier lifestyle. There needs to be programs in place for them to achieve those goals.

  20. Stephanie Ward

    I guess it's just me, but I call Bullshit on the whole thing. Homeless? Looked like he had a place to stay to me. He had a damn near NEW vehicle, how is he paying for that? Not with food stamps. Also, the only person I have ever seen who would boast about getting help, rather than hang their head in shame. And such clean clothes, well maintained hair, teeth etc for someone who is "homeless". And furthermore, am I the only person who has noticed that this "Beach Bum" who is out on the beach "All Day Every Day" living the life of a "surfer", doesn't have one hint of a fucking Tan in one of the hottest states in the country??

  21. Stephanie Ward

    I guess it's just me, but I call Bullshit on the whole thing. Homeless? Looked like he had a place to stay to me. He had a damn near NEW vehicle, how is he paying for that? Not with food stamps. Also, the only person I have ever seen who would boast about getting help, rather than hang their head in shame. And such clean clothes, well maintained hair, teeth etc for someone who is "homeless". And furthermore, am I the only person who has noticed that this "Beach Bum" who is out on the beach "All Day Every Day" living the life of a "surfer", doesn't have one hint of a fucking Tan in one of the hottest states in the country??

  22. John Dennis Shisler

    He obviously does have another source of income, at least part of which is the music the video shows him playing in a public venue. But doesn't that make this worse? He makes money, most likely under the table, but still collects taxpayer money even though he can obviously take care of himself. As for the lack of a tan, I lived in coastal San Diego for 10 years, and it's distinctly possible. The water is cold there, requiring a full wetsuit for most of the year, especially if you are out for several hours or more at a time. There is also something we referred to as the "June Gloom", which is an overcast that can stay intact for most of the summer in that area, preventing him from getting much sun on his face, especially when the best tides are in the morning and evening. I haven't found anything suggesting that this story is staged.