ID Cards Issued to Control Food Purchases in Venezuela
The President of Venezuela says that the food ID tracking system is designed to stop people from reselling it at higher prices. But we know from prophecy that this a food rationing method used to control the population's buying and selling of food items. Soon this will be implemented world-wide during the enforcement of the mark of the beast. -Advent Messenger Commentary
Venezuela Issues ID Cards to Curtail Food Hoarding
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Battling food shortages, the government is rolling out a new ID system that is either a grocery loyalty card with extra muscle or the most dramatic step yet toward rationing in Venezuela, depending on who is describing it.
President Nicolas Maduro's administration says the cards to track families' purchases will foil people who stock up on groceries at subsidized prices and then illegally resell them for several times the amount. Critics say it's another sign the oil-rich Venezuelan economy is headed toward Cuba-style dysfunction.
Registration began Tuesday at more than 100 government-run supermarkets across the country.
Working-class shoppers who sometimes endure hours-long lines at government-run stores to buy groceries at steeply reduced prices are welcoming the plan.
"The rich people have things all hoarded away, and they pull the strings," said Juan Rodriguez, who waited two hours to enter the government-run Abastos Bicentenario supermarket near downtown Caracas on Monday, and then waited another three hours to check out.