Shatto Milk was a cash cow for downtowners on food stamps

Never underestimate the ingenuity of welfare recipients.

In the dairy case at the Cosentino’s Market grocery store on Main Street downtown, a sign warns, “Limit 2 on the Shatto Fruit Drinks.”

Policies that seem adverse to basic capitalistic tendencies — doesn’t everyone want you to buy more of everything? — provoke questions. So I pulled some unlucky shelf-stocker aside and asked, “What’s up with the limit on Shatto drinks?”

“Oh, there isn’t one,” the worker said quickly. “How many do you need?” I explained that my question was based on curiosity alone, and soon learned the deal.

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