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Monday, October 14, 2013

EBT Card Food Stamp Recipients Ransack Wal-Mart Stores

When the federal EBT food stamp system suffered a critical failure on Saturday, local retailers were disconnected from the federal food stamp database that keeps track of how much credit is left on each individual EBT card. Seizing the opportunity provided by the glitch, EBT card holders in Louisiana ransacked their local Wal-Mart stores, stuffing their shopping carts full of groceries and “paying” for them with near-empty EBT cards that essentially had unlimited account balances because all accounting was offline.

When the EBT database came back online and card purchase limits were suddenly restored, EBT card holders abandoned their full carts and just walked away, probably miffed that they missed out on participating in the felony theft of groceries.

This happened at Wal-Mart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA. As local news station KSLA reports:

Shelves in Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA were reportedly cleared Saturday night, when the stores allowed purchases on EBT cards even though they were not showing limits.

The chaos that followed ultimately required intervention from local police, and left behind numerous carts filled to overflowing, apparently abandoned when the glitch-spurred shopping frenzy ended.
The story goes on to report that one woman who racked up $700 worth of groceries had only 49 cents on her card. That’s $699.51 in theft.


Anonymous said...

oh well, now the retailers can have it stuck to them , like they have to us over the years paying for everything for them when they pass the cost off in the price of the item...


Anonymous said...

Just subtract from next and the following months' benefits until even. Don't bother criminally charging these thieves - it'll cost more than it's worth. If the users complain, match the checkout video footage with the charge data.

Anonymous said...

Just curious, what happens to all the perishables that were left at the checkouts?

Bush'man said...

This my friends is what Liberal America has brought to us...self inflicted victimization and dependency upon resources of Big Brother.. oh wait a minute.. how does Big Brother get Resources?... oh that's right... other tax paying citizens.

Anonymous said...

Walmart was one of the businesses that lobbied for the food entitlement expanison.

Anonymous said...

Another drama scam to distract the country from what is really happening. Before the Syria drama the shit was hitting the fan Every week its a new drama issue.

Seems dumb to do a system upgrade right when everyone get their cards reloaded.

Anonymous said...

Just another ploy to detract from Government drama.

Like Syria
Like the health care sign up
IRS scandal
Like Gov shut down
etc etc

Anonymous said...

The feds have just agreed to pay the retailers the full amount that they lost because of the glitch.

Anonymous said...

This was a test. Glitch, ok. This is the way they will implement their precious martial law.