A Port Huron store trying to get reinstated in the food-stamp program isn't getting any sympathy from government lawyers.
Ryan's Party Store says a three-year penalty is unfair for the acts of rogue employees who mishandled coupons from the WIC program, which stands for Women, Infants and Children. As a consequence, the store also can't accept food stamps.
Ryan's would prefer to pay a fine and get back in the food programs. But in a court filing this week, the U.S. attorney's office says judges have no authority to upset the punishment in this case.
More than a dozen customers are supporting the store near the international Blue Water Bridge, saying it had been the closest place to shop with food stamps or WIC coupons. Some don't drive.