Turn in my brother and his sons.
Turn in my brother, his sons, and store
Turn in the store
Do nothing at all.
I take it since they are living on beer and cigs that none of these kids are minors? If that is the case, tell them what they are doing is abhorrant and you'll have no further part in it. Tell them to give you a call when they get their act together, their priorities straight, but until then, they're on their own. Make it clear you are not available for bail money.
You can still love them, but you don't have to participate in their road to ruin.
Threaten to turn them in if they don't start using the service properly
In my opinion turning in the store clerk is the only reasonable course of action. He/she is not supposed to accept food stamps for alcoholic beverages and/or cigarettes. It is out of line, breaking the law and evidently helping other people ruin their lives. Do the right thing.
Consider that in the overall scheme of things, this is a rare, isolated action by your brother in a terrible, difficult time for him. The act was a minuscule transgression that means nothing. To even think that you are striking a blow at welfare fraud by turning in your own family is ludicrous.
Also consider that your family, as you know it, will end forever if you turn them in. The consequences for your brother and his boys will be very severe and negatively change their lives for a long time to come. You will be blamed and will no longer be a part of your own family. You will be ostracized and hated and NEVER trusted or forgiven. Your mother and father would not have been proud of you.
This is not a post about right or wrong, this is a post about weighing and considering consequences.
DO NOT turn them in and never mention this again. If you have to do something, give them a smaller Christmas card next year. Be nice to those guys, they're all hurting, scowl at somebody else, your brother needs you to be his brother.
Don't turn the store in either, my guess is that your brother really needed a drink and might even have been trying to show his boys that he could provide something and wasn't a total failure. That store probably did him a favor.
Last edited by Ray410; 02-23-14 at 04:07 PM.