I thought stores put a limit on how many you could buy. I saw someone at save a lot doing the exact same thing you described. May have been the same person we saw. There were several in line that day that couldn't believe the cashier let him purchase that much pop. I made me wonder about the children he has at home. If he was spending that much on pop were they doing without, too?Recently I was in Sav A Lot and noticed a guy, maybe early 20's, in the checkout line. He wasn't pushing a shopping cart, it was more like a low boy or a flat bed! Unsure of the correct term for the cart but I think it's for loading large boxes. Anyway, it was LOADED DOWN with 24 packs!! I'll guess there were at least 20 or more and paid with Foodstamps! I was appalled needless to say. This reminded me of another time when I worked as a cashier in a grocery store. A young girl came thru my line with her 3 young children. They were not dirty, just unkempt. Behind her was a checkout boy pulling a cart like the above described cart and it too was stacked high with 24 packs of assorted pop. Not one single food item was purchased, not even a flipping pack of gum for those babies!! I wanted to slap her facebut what could I do? I receive assistance but my husband goes to work everyday. It's just not enough sometimes. And it's sad when unhealthy food is cheaper than the healthier more nutritious food. We buy a very small amount of pop. Just enough to put in my husbands lunch box. Our drink if choice is diet Lipton Green Tea but it's $6.49 for a 12 pack. A 12 pack of Dew is $3 or $4!! I would love to prepare the salad someone described above but that would be outrageous to buy. I even use coupons lol but getting back to the point of this thread, the limitations shouldn't be the store's responsibility. They're out to make $$$. The limits should be on the card. And when people try to buy 20 cases of pop, their card should be flagged and some kind of repercussions such as the risk of losing benefits. Assistance is great when it's not being abused.
On another note, I wish some of these judgmental people could see what it's like to live an entire month on such a tight budget. They would see it doesn't go far either. If you don't budget them wisely you may not have enough to eat the entire month. The healthier you try to buy the less you leave the store with.