Of Course: ObamaPhone Dealers OK With People Trading Them In for Drugs and Cash

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 at 8:02 am
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James O’Keefe strikes again.

Undercover video shot in May by a conservative activist shows two corporate distributors of free cell phones handing out the mobile devices to people who have promised to sell them for drug money, to buy shoes and handbags, to pay off their bills, or just for extra spending cash.

The ‘Obama phone,’ which made its ignominious YouTube debut outside a Cleveland, Ohio presidential campaign event last September, is a project of the Federal Communications Commission’s ‘Lifeline’ program, which makes land line and mobile phones available to Americans who meet low-income requirements.

Lifeline was a $2.19 billion program in 2012.

Recipients most commonly demonstrate their need by flashing an Electronic Benefits Transfer card to verify their eligibility for welfare payments, or by bringing tax statements to a phone provider.

The phones’ legitimate purposes include poverty-level job applicants’ use as contact numbers for job interviews and emergency contacts for children of single parents.

But when James O’Keefe, whose Project Veritas is a perennial thorn in the side of progressive policymakers, sent an undercover actor into a Stand Up Wireless location in Philadelphia, the man’s stated purpose was to buy drugs.

‘Once you guys give me this phone, it’s my phone?’ he asked an employee inside a Philadelphia brick-and-mortal Stand Up Wireless location. ‘I can, like, sell it and stuff?’

‘Whatever you want to do with it,’ the worker replied.

‘So I’m [going to] get some money for heroin,’ he offered.

The employee coolly responded, ‘Hey, I don’t judge.’

Unreal.

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3 Responses to “Of Course: ObamaPhone Dealers OK With People Trading Them In for Drugs and Cash”

  1. Umbra Fractus on 18/18/13 at 12:14 pm

    I think there’s less to this than there seems, even though I usually defend O’Keefe. A statement like “I’m going to get some money for heroin” is so blatant that I doubt the employee took it seriously. He probably just thought he was playing along with a joke.

  2. lyle on 18/18/13 at 12:27 pm

    He probably just thought he was playing along with a joke.

    Uh huh. So that’s why he responded:

    ‘Hey, I don’t judge.’