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Delaware state workers rack up $246K bill for fast food

December 26, 2019 GMT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware state workers used state credit cards to buy more than $246,000 of fast food during the most recent fiscal year.

The state allows certain workers to use a specific JPMorgan Chase credit card for work-related expenses, like airfare and meals, Delaware State News reported.

Between July 2018 and June 2019, state workers visited McDonald’s 776 times, racking up a bill worth about $8,900. Much higher bills were seen at less frequently vised restaurants, like Chick-fil-A, Capriotti’s and Taco Bell, which cost the state about $25,100, $20,300 and $13,300, respectively.

Most of the money spent during 66 visits to Taco Bell can be traced back to the Delaware Military Academy, which had 33 visits there that cost between $325 and $460.

There were 18 food bills that topped $1,000. Most of those were for seminars and similar events. The three bills that topped $2,000 were for events by the Department of Health and Social Services and Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families.

State workers spent a total of $74 million on state credit cards during the 2018-19 fiscal year. Of the almost 197,000 transactions, about 13,000 transactions had totals worth four figures and eight transactions surpassed $100,000. Those eight transactions, six of which were conducted by the Department of Correction, were classified as non-durable goods, convenience market supply vending machines or computer software.