A Walmart Shopping Frenzy After Food Stamp Cards Malfunction

A glitch in the payment cards issued to food stamp recipients meant there were no spending limits

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A technical glitch that eliminated spending limits on the debit cards used for food stamps set off a bizarre shopping frenzy at Walmart stores in Louisiana on Saturday night, local CBS affiliate KSLA reports.

Customers cleared shelves and police were called in to control crowds taking advantage of suddenly unlimited spending allowed on their Electronic Benefits Transfer cards, which are issued to recipients of government food stamps. Spending limits on the cards were reportedly disabled for about two hours.

When a store in Springhill, La., announced over the loudspeaker that the glitch was fixed, shoppers simply abandoned loaded carts, according to Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd.

Lynd said Walmart’s corporate headquarters told the store to continue selling to EBT card holders despite the glitch. A spokesman for Walmart later told KSLA that the company continued selling to shoppers “so that they could get food for their families.”

Xerox, which runs parts of the EBT system, said a power outage during a routine maintenance test caused the glitch.

[KSLA]

228 comments
LoriClark
LoriClark

just wish all people were responsible and grateful for the great country that we live in... and to use this gracious gift of food for your family when you have fallen on hard times and can't afford to put a meal on the table. I remember my mom got food stamps once when we were young, because my father had been in an accident, and I remember the look on my father's face every night at dinner, and he tried to explain to us 5 kids about welfare and that it was only intended for people in desperate situations. My family received food stamps for 2 months, and I still remember the shame my mom felt at the grocery store when she had to hand over the booklet with the paper stamps in it.. funny thing I even remember how they smelled. I am so grateful that we were able to eat during that time, and the lesson I learned.. seems like yesterday, but that is definitely not the way society views welfare anymore.. very sad

zeplo
zeplo

i think all of these people with ebt cards should have to show receipts of the food they're buying. They should not be allowed to buy chips, pop, energy drinks and donuts. Best of all if they can afford cigarettes and lottery tickets they don't need an ebt  at all.  They also should have to show their id and their kids shouldn't be allowed to use this card either. I see them buying candy, pop, gum and junk food every day.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Put these mud ducks in prison if they don't pay it back, it is thievery pure and simple.

TAHKICT
TAHKICT

Xerox, which runs parts of the EBT system, will pay.

TellingTheTruth
TellingTheTruth

Those bottom-feeders who did this, their Food Stamps should be cancelled due to Fraud and they also should pay for the money they stole, because they knew they were taking advantage of the system...as usual. They should be banned for life!

Food Stamps were created to temporally help people get on their feet, NOT so they can permanently stay on their A$$e$! 

A lot of people (Not all) on Food Stamps, Disability, and Government assistance make very poor decision with their life, like having babies they cannot afford and with losers that not take care of those kids they made. they do not take care of their  health by avoiding preventable diseases, they do not get an education or learn a trade; just so the rest of us, tax-paying people take care of them...and many of them are drug addicts and alcoholics!

Prosecute them!

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

people taking advantage of the government? who ever could have predicted such a thing

RoseMatthewsAuth
RoseMatthewsAuth

Isn't that stealing? That's what we need, another example of abusing the system.  I think that if our tax dollars are being put towards this, we ought to have a say in who gets it.  I hope they're still capable of feeling shame.   Just saying.....

GreenFields
GreenFields

This is simple to fix. Deduct what was spent, from future benefit deposits on those cards that were racked up. The benefits were already spent by the recipients. I hope the thieves planned their shopping, accordingly. If they simply bought stuff to sell for money, they'd better utilize those opportunistic skills to search for the closest soup kitchens. Good luck. 

NotsoNap
NotsoNap

Those who Run the Corporations Despise the Government and us Peasants below them. 

The Government tells the Corporations that they must  play by the rules and Corps don't like this.

The Corps try to convince the Peasants that the Governments are destroying their ability to fairly make a profit - Communism. 

People have forgotten "They are the Government " and the Corporations are succeeding in tricking the Peasants to Chew off their own Leg by attacking their own government that was there to protect them from Corporations abuses.

Corporations OWN our Government. Its a big Club and you Ain't in it.

Disneyland Club 33


harperbass
harperbass

like stealing movies and music, why not? bet the first things to go were potato chips....

PastorLong
PastorLong

...while NOT justifying, or excusing the blatant criminal behavior of people who sought to (and in many cases) secure goods while KNOWINGLY doing so without a legitimate ability to pay (using STOLEN FUNDS), Wal-Mart, and its corporate GREED is equally guilty. Someone should have CLOSED the registers to EBT transactions BEFORE the "HBO" (help a brother out) feeding frenzy began. Store managers, and employees are fully aware that these cards come with LIMITS. They "chummed" the waters by NOT acting responsibly.

PaulMemoli
PaulMemoli

Our culture is schizophrenic if we believe that we can target Lotto and other forms of gambling to the poor and uneducated, give corrupt mortgage lenders and Wall St traders continual free passes for their frauds, and then still expect people to value honesty and hard work.

fedupwithgovt2013
fedupwithgovt2013

Generation after generation in this country grow up learning how to milk the system. This waqs theft! All who partook in it should have to return the difference from what was allowed. The store managers who approved it should be fired and inelligible for food stamps PERIOD. Are we racist- HELL NO - we are FED UP with reverse discrimination and blatant abuse. Warning people- this is what is happening all over the country. People are hurting so badly under Obama's reign of terror that they are desperate BUT stealing is stealing. All involved should be held accountable.

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

Yeah, christians, sneering at the poor is a great idea.  Just ask President Romney.

meddevguy
meddevguy

You  ain't seen nothing yet! The President, the media, the Democrat Campaign committee are going for a 2014 election victory  that will give the President a blank check. Just like the Food Stamp Shoppers, there will be a rush to give away everything we can borrow before the international community shuts us down as the naughty children we have become.

But it will buy your votes!

GeddyFriedman
GeddyFriedman

They're already leaching off government like a bunch of worthless parasites. It is therefore to be expected that this non-producing low-lives would go all the way and steal steal steal all that they can.

sammyreeba
sammyreeba

maybe they thought they got a raise cause we know how much the republican congress cares about poor children in our cities.

MichaelMarinsky
MichaelMarinsky

@TellingTheTruth A lot of people on Government assistance make very poor decisions like making cars no one wants, selling securities doomed to fail, AKA toxic assets, buying houses they can't afford because of government backed mortgages. 

Also, cattle ranchers do not pay market rates to graze on public land. Michele Bachmann took $250K in subsidies for her farm. ADM got a 50¢/gallon tariff on Brazilian ethanol.

Road taxes only pay a fraction of the damage trucks cause.

People on government assistance are parasites!



chrishill1479
chrishill1479

@NotsoNap Learn to read and learn to write, then don't ever read a book again because it'll just confuse you.

GinaJones
GinaJones

@harperbass my co workers lazy as fam bought about 65 dollars worth of candy alone 

NotsoNap
NotsoNap

@harperbass 

The Peasants feel Completely Justified in Stealing Movies and Music because they Believe the Country is being Run by CRIMINALS.  

NotsoNap
NotsoNap

@PastorLong The Criminals running our Government have proven themselves to be 'CRIMINALLY DISHONEST".

No one trusts "TPTB" who run the government because no on believes what they say.

The EBT shopping spree robbery proves this is what  EBT believe about our government.

The Government is using Jackbooted thuggery of a police state to use Fear to get the people to bow to the governments Authority.  


We are DOOMED if we don't stop this Jack booted Thuggery and Dishonesty in our Government .

DanFrackowiak
DanFrackowiak

@Hollywooddeed   Did you miss the election Hollywoodhead?  Do you approve of these thugs stealing the country blind?  Are they deserving of Schlitz malt liquor and crack on dey EBT?  Do you pay for any of this Woodhead?  I bet not.  You be one dem?  Can you buy new xbox games wif yo ebt?  I wonts me one dem cauds.

shaun25
shaun25

@Hollywooddeed "President" Romney gives more to the poor each year than he pays in taxes.  Can you say the same?  

By the way, Romney is technically retired (he's over 65), but he still gives over 15% of his retirement income to charity.

GreenFields
GreenFields

@Hollywooddeed We're not "sneering at the poor". We're sneering at opportunistic thieves who don't respect the sacrifices Americans make, to provide them with assistance. These people would strip you of gold dental fillings, if you were dying in the street. For important clarification, I'm a liberal Democrat and these violations destroy compassion and fellowship in our society.

aegi
aegi

@Hollywooddeed I'm Christian, but I don't sneer at the poor because that's not Chist-like. I help people when I can because I can empathize with their situation. But no matter how you slice it, stealing the food was wrong. They may have needed food but some people got really greedy. And I don't have a positive opinion on Romney, so I'll leave it at that.

CongratsTrayvon
CongratsTrayvon

@Hollywooddeed No one is sneering at the poor. It seems most here are not that happy with the frauds in the US that pretend to be poor.

DanFrackowiak
DanFrackowiak

@meddevguy  How I gets me a obama phone?  I needs a ebt.  Iffin I knowd who my baby daddy wuz I'd axe him fo some jack.  I called an called Ludicrous an he aint cane yet.  Sorry mu fu.  Piss!

DanFrackowiak
DanFrackowiak

@GeddyFriedman The video is a true classic.  You need to check it out, Geddy.  It be Christmas at Walmark.  Hysterical.

jmarie6725
jmarie6725

Very sad, and unfortunately, VERY TRUE!

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

@sammyreeba  

or maybe they thought obama was just giving them more crap for free since he's already removed any incentive for anyone to ever get off of welfare. why work when the government can just give you everything? libt@rd logic at its worst

NotsoNap
NotsoNap

@chrishill1479 When you are Old and they fire you and turn off your Pension and retirement and medicare and tell you to "GO AWAY", remember today.

jmarie6725
jmarie6725

I agree.  If someone is truly in need, I have no problem with them receiving assistance.  It's the people with the "you owe me because I had 4 kids with 3 daddy's" who really irk me.  I work full time and there are times I've had to eat scrambled eggs and pancakes because it was all I could afford. Why?  Because my tax dollars are being given to lazy, greedy, "entitled" people.

DanFrackowiak
DanFrackowiak

That's a good one.  I like you, alot, NotsoNap.  Don't be so sensitive, Bloke.

DanFrackowiak
DanFrackowiak

What's bath salts?  Will it make my skin softer?  Can you get it with an EBT card?

DanFrackowiak
DanFrackowiak

@chrishill1479 @DanFrackowiak @NotsoNap Surely you jest, bloke.  I am a fan of different dialects.  I hear that the University of Florida is very nice, though.  I attend the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.  It's really beautiful here.  Please do come visit.  I make fabulous cranberry scones.  We'll have a cup of tea, as well.  Cheers, ol' chum.


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