Finding a few people to say they're upset and citing the general growth of prepaid cards as a proof of the problem's scope just places all payroll programs under the same umbrella and paints them with a black brush.
To put this in perspective, try and imagine the DEA caught an average American with a $45,000 annual income diverting millions of OxyContin on the black market and then settled with the American for a $47.25 fine and no criminal charges.
Meet... a Walgreens in Chicago. It's located at the old Noel State Bank building, as explained here, a 1919 construction that is also a registered Chicago Landmark. That's at 1601 North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn where I live, has been without a full-service supermarket since last June when the local Key Food on Prospect and 11th Avenues closed and the property was leased to Walgreens.
You see, I got hit. Hard. For the better part of the last week I was forced to remove myself from normal, daily life. I am one of those left flat out by this year's so-called "epidemic." I had a lot of time to think while I lay in a fetal position in my darkened bedroom.
The Walgreens model is not the answer for everyone. Figuring out how to employ people with disabilities in middle- and high-skilled jobs would improve this group's economic outlook and give American competitiveness more bang for the buck.
Unfortunately for us, many other community residents, and for the approximately 50 people who worked there, our Key Food closed for good in the middle of June and will be replaced by a Walgreen pharmacy sometime in early 2013.