This week the Boston Herald has been making whoopie pies a major issue, and the results have been sweet for the feisty local tabloid.
It started with this front page on Wednesday:
Lede of the cover story:
A Walpole baker — appalled that welfare abuse now seems almost as American as apple pie — is putting her whoopie pies where her mouth is in a dispute with the Braintree Farmers Market, refusing to take EBT cards for her baked treats.
I don’t think American taxpayers should be footing the bill for people’s pie purchases,” said Andrea Taber, proprietor of the Ever So Humble Pie Co. in Walpole, who peddles her wares at the Braintree market on Fridays and now finds herself in the middle of the state’s raging fight over welfare benefits.
“To me it’s no different than nail salons and Lottery tickets,” Taber said. “It’s pastry, it’s dessert. My pies are great, but come on.”
So the Herald went on, devoting two full pages to the story yesterday – one of them a sampling of reader reactions like these:
“Let’s make a statement by making her a national symbol and a millionaire for standing up to the welfare-government industrial complex!” — libertytree
“Even poor children deserve a treat.” —sailor21
“We need a few thousand more just like her and our country will be back on the right track.” — davejss
“Your missing the point entirely …WE are buying the pies, NOT the welfare lay-a-bout. Get it?” — Wesley_Mouch2
“Sure I get it, we are also ‘buying’ the wars, the Wall St. bailout the tax breaks for the uber wealthy, and many many many many other things that are a lot more pressing and expensive than a whoopie pie, you get it ?” — RatzoRizzo
Baker story causes stir on the Internet
A Walpole baker’s controversial refusal to take EBT card payments for her gourmet pastries exploded into the national spotlight yesterday, as her whoopie pie fight with a local farmers market emerged as the latest battle in the growing welfare policy war.
The Herald’s report on Andrea Taber’s dispute with the Braintree Farmers Market, which wants her to accept tokens paid for with EBT cards for her baked goods, was read online by more than 250,000 people nationwide, garnering more than 750 comments. It made the rounds on Facebook and Twitter, and was picked up by The Drudge Report, Fark.com, Reddit.com, Lucianne.com and Freerepublic.com. She is due to appear on Fox and Friends and Neil Cavuto’s Your World today. She fielded calls from talk shows all day.
“My email is just incinerated,” Taber said. “Ninety-five percent of it is positive. There is a fair amount of venom coming my way.”
Whoopie for courage
Just once wouldn’t it be wonderful if bureaucrats applied a small dose of common sense from time to time.
Case in point: Andrea Taber, owner of Ever So Humble Pie Co., has taken a principled stance and chooses not to sell her whoopie pies and other pastries to those presenting SNAP vouchers at her stand at the Braintree Farmers Market. Now she faces possible eviction from her market stall.
“I don’t think American taxpayers should be footing the bill for people’s pie purchases,” Taber told the Herald.
Whoopie for courage?
Easy as pie for the feisty local tabloid.