Wal-Mart stores cleaned out during EBT glitch

Shoppers abandoned their carts once their EBT cards began working correctly. (Image from ksla.com)

Shoppers abandoned their carts once their EBT cards began working correctly. (Image from ksla.com)

Government programs are the fuel that keeps the economic engine of America humming.

This became evident Saturday when two Wal-Mart stores in Louisiana were cleaned out by shoppers using Electronic Benefit Transfer cards.

Local news channel KSLA reports the stores allowed purchases on EBT cards that showed no spending limits.

During the two-hour glitch, shoppers seemed to get hungrier and began hoarding groceries at stores in Springhill and Mansfield.

Police were called because so many people were clearing off shelves. “It was worse than any black Friday,” said Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd.

At 9 p.m. the EBT card glitch was fixed and customers began abandoning carts full of food. One woman who had spent several minutes selecting $700 in groceries was upset to learn her card had only 49 cents on it.

“It looked like a tornado had come through,” said one man who took video of the aftermath. “I am so glad my mom does not work there anymore.”

No arrests were made. Wal-Mart, which will likely write off the loss, said, “We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards (and purchases on WIC and SNAP) during the outage so [customers] could get food for their families.”

The EBT system was down Saturday in several states, including Georgia. The system was operating normally Sunday.

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joe

October 14th, 2013
8:46 am

I’m sure a few photos of this “event” will make it to the People of Walmart website. Next time you have a few free minutes, check out the site…the absolute BEST of America!

guest

October 14th, 2013
8:50 am

Perfect example of how ethically and morally bankrupt this country has become.

MANGLER

October 14th, 2013
9:04 am

Or an example of mob mentality that makes otherwise decent people do silly things, kind of like TP rallies.

guest

October 14th, 2013
9:21 am

No, not mob mentality, pure thievery. Comparing to TP rallies is just dumb.

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
9:31 am

Speaking of EBT cards, Yesterday morning while doing weekly Sunday Morning shopping. (I leave typically leave all of the church praying and yelling for pretending Christian Republicans like you) I went to my usual local Publix and noticed much larger crowds and different caliber of shopper than usual. A lot of looking, but not much Buggy filling. Then it hit ME!

Our Foodstamp Americans are shopping again, because the EBT system is back online. Not only did I see the most Hated ones all with children in tow. In addition to the most Hated recipents, I saw many who look like you here. Some toothless, old, and young with cut off shorts and raggedy jeans with confederate T-shirts. As I loaded my SUV, a Older gentleman with his granddaughter in Tow smiled as she held tightly to her grandpa’s hand smiling and happy. looking adoringly at her Hero. He smiling looking lovingly down at her.

Saying My dear…I have some snacks for you, today. She skipping lightly beside him as happy as can be. with a loud screeam of delight..of Yayyyyy!

I sent a quick prayer to the heavens, thanking the One above for Foodstamps for our needy Americans most of all for all of the smiling & happy children too.

Who of you, would deny such a scene?

guest

October 14th, 2013
9:42 am

It depends Bernie. For those who are truly disabled and can’t work, then help them. For those able-bodied people who can work but choose not to or for those generational people, then no.

__MYDAWGS__

October 14th, 2013
9:48 am

I’m sure us tax payers, who have jobs, will have to foot the bill for these greedy P-O-S parasites. These people have NO morals, honesty or anything descent in their souls. These people (using term loosely) are nothing but pieces of CRAP!

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
9:52 am

When considering The Foodstamp Program in a RACIAL context. I have ALL of you to know, the Overwhelming Recipient Numbers are Working Single White Women with (2) TWO CHILDREN. who are also without Healthcare coverage too!

With Names like Maureen, Barbara,Teri, Cathy, Tricia, Missy and Tina. Their children have NAMES like Josh, Cindy, Jacob, Mitch, Kerry, Scott, Ariel, Polly, Terry, KATE, and Johnny. Millions of ALL of them with Blond Hair and Blue Eyes who LQQK just like YOU and your Family Members.

Many without Fathers whom are also WHITE, whom are NOT in the Homes and have Jobs, Not Paying Child support Past or currently, and in other Relationships, many with other families.

Approximately 25 million or so out of a total of 47 million recipients.

guest

October 14th, 2013
9:59 am

Thanks for pointing out the obvious Bernie. Since whites represent the majority of the population, of course there will be more whites on foodstamps.

atlpaddy

October 14th, 2013
10:00 am

“Perfect example of how ethically and morally bankrupt this country has become.”

No – I would say the the financial meltdown and thievery by the nations largest banks and mortgage lenders was much, much worse.

RogersParkRob

October 14th, 2013
10:01 am

“Government programs are the fuel that keeps the economic engine of America humming.” Really!?

joe

October 14th, 2013
10:03 am

Bernie, where did you get edumacated? 25 million out of 47 million is nowhere near “overwhelming.” Foodstamps are a great thing if they help out the disabled or are used as a temporary measure for the unemployed (and yes, those numbers continue to go up under Obama). For the generational moochers and leeches, to he!! with them for abusing the system, no matter what color they are.

david c

October 14th, 2013
10:11 am

Joe, unemployment continues to rise under Obama because the Republican House has obstructed every jobs bill presented to it in the last five years.

Richard

October 14th, 2013
10:14 am

whatever. I have seen stories in the last months of banks foreclosing on people who did not have a mortgage, now the nations richest people are using their inside information on the debt limit crisis to shore up their positions to makes 100’s of millions at the expense of the rest of us. The poor behave unethically one way, the wealthy do the same but while wearing a white collar.

LydiasDad

October 14th, 2013
10:15 am

What a bunch of losers.

Captain Midnight

October 14th, 2013
10:16 am

Bernie, I loved how you slipped in the little Confederate flag jab. Blacks (which I’m guessing you are) depend on handouts disproportianate to any other group. Fact. I’ve also noticed the number of little black children under the age of five (years of Obama) who’s mama’s pay with food stamps.
Can’t blame Bush for hungry kid’s “fathered” by Obama.

joeintucker

October 14th, 2013
10:17 am

poor Bernie31, always seeing everything through his racist glasses. So Bernie, go to the Pew Research site and you will see, that as a percentage, more blacks are on food stamps than whites, 31%-15%, followed by hispanics @22% and ‘other’ @ 18%. More Democraps than Republican 22%-10% with Independents @17%. So know your facts before you comment.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/07/12/the-politics-and-demographics-of-food-stamp-recipients/

Trisha Doherty

October 14th, 2013
10:19 am

I hope Bernie had a good weekend..but he is way behind the times…a few additional demographic thoughts on the SNAP program from pew reseach dot org…

item…Democrats are about twice as likely as Republicans to have received food stamps at some point in their lives—

item…about one-in-five Americans (18%) has participated in the food stamp program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. NOT EVERYONE WHO QUALIFIES, APPLIES..some have personal integrity standards

item…Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to have used this benefit during their lives (31% vs. 15%)

Trisha Doherty

October 14th, 2013
10:20 am

GMTA, joeintucker

MostlyCloudy

October 14th, 2013
10:21 am

I went to the Kroger at Edgewood/Little 5 on Saturday and it was the best shopping experience ever. Every 3 minutes someone would have to get on the loud speaker and let everybody know the EBT wasn’t working.

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
10:22 am

joe@ 10:03 am – Joe, you need some Learning…I cannot do it for you. I shared with you, what I know and I verified it. what you are speaking of is a lot of HOOEY! You are probably one of the tens of million white guys who have been spreading their seed around and is behind on alimony and child support over the many CASES of your favorite BREWSKIES you enjoy every day!. :) LOL!

I ain’t mad at you!

Its Her and the kids who is Mad!

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
10:23 am

Captain Midnight @ 10:16 am – Capt. I am only sharing with you what MY eyes saw yesterday!
I laughed too! saying we ain’t the only one’s whose on FOODSTAMPS! FER SURE!

Trisha Doherty

October 14th, 2013
10:27 am

People always ask why I apllied for a CC permit and bought a handgun and trained with it and learned it inside and out and then bought a few more. This story is exhibit A. The “people” , and I use that term loosely for all involved, regardless of race, who attempted to loot this store are utterly unprepared for food and water supply disruptions. Although I am sure in this case they were motivated by the seeming ability to steal out in the open, you see similar bare shelves when ken cook says there might be a snow flurry in the n GA mountains overnight. Imaging it lasting 5-7 days and these people will be roaming the streets stealing and raping..you NEED to arm yourself now. Learn to use the gun right, and have it with you when you need it.

ATL DAWG

October 14th, 2013
10:29 am

Bernie – Joe backs up his statement with statistics to prove his point…. all you do is say “I shared with you, what I know and I verified it. what you are speaking of is a lot of HOOEY” Is he really the one that needs some “Learning”?

Barbara

October 14th, 2013
10:29 am

Does anyone else have a problem with the writer’s choice of words in the first sentence of this article? Since when are “Government programs the fuel that keeps the economic engine of America humming”????? Shouldn’t hard work and free enterprise be that fuel? This entitlement mentality is being cultivated even in the way we report stories now! So sick of the mentality that the Government “owes” things to people. Life is hard. You have to work. And if you can’t afford things, stop having kids! OMG.

Bumper

October 14th, 2013
10:30 am

“Wal-Mart, which will likely write off the loss, said, “We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards (and purchases on WIC and SNAP) during the outage…”

Is Wal-Mart really that desperate to cultivate these welfare moochers as customers? If I’m a WM shareholder I’d expect whichever manager/exec made this decision to be terminated or at least demoted.

Pitbull

October 14th, 2013
10:33 am

And that my friends is the entitlement portion of our society in their full glory.

You can thank Barak and the Democrats. But hey, all these people vote. So there.

And they give tax breaks to the farmers who work to grow the food. At least they work.

And the rest of America that shops at Walmart can pay a little more for the EBT ripoff.

Ain’t America great? Well, not anymore is it?

The hidden agenda

October 14th, 2013
10:34 am

Despite your grossly ignorant comment that “Government programs are the fuel that keeps the economic engine of America humming.” most educated folks know that it is private savings, private investment, and private production of goods and services that keep the economic engine of America humming. Government does not MAKE anything. It does not SELL anything. Every dollar it has to spend it must STEAL from the productive sector of society in one of three ways – direct theft through taxation, future theft through borrowing followed by theft through taxation at a later date, and indirect theft through the hidden tax of inflation (achieved by creating money out of thin air that dilutes the value of currency in circulation, savings, etc.).

Just so we are clear.

Little wonder why people say what they say about the AJC.

Trisha Doherty

October 14th, 2013
10:34 am

They should rename SNAP to STRTCH because I swear the people I see using the EBT cards, by and large, can no longer SNAP a pair of Levis

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
10:34 am

guest @ 9:42 am – I did not see any canes,limps, missing limbs, crutches,wheelchairs, scooters or blindness. ALL I saw what looked to be is working POOR! Which is whom and what Americans are on Foodstamps.They had cars, not new ones, older ones that needed body work, loud with funny sounding engines as they went by. One even filled the parking lot with a LOT of smoke. telling me that one is spending more in GAS to get FOOD to eat.

I do not get where many of you who have bought into the OLD lies of them being BUMS and lazy. I also saw what looked like the many unemployed Americans.

Geez! who needs to Fear the Hate of AL-QAEDA, when many of YOU are far worse hateful than those who HATE ALL Americans!

Shameful and not Christian like at ALL!

Jesus help US, Please!

we have been misled by Satan himself for sure!

LimoManinGa

October 14th, 2013
10:36 am

Poor Bernie. Still trying to stir the pot with his racial comments and unproven stats. You absolutely make me laugh at your idiotic comments but I don’t blame you, I blame your parents.

Shark Punch!

October 14th, 2013
10:36 am

“Government programs the fuel that keeps the economic engine of America humming.”

It’s called SARCASM, people.

Jasper

October 14th, 2013
10:37 am

Bottled water in the buggy on the left, congratulations to the taxpayers of America for paying for that, providing nutrition for the “poor”, and thieves.

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
10:41 am

Pitbull @10:33 am – You are DEAD WRONG! You can thank your Hero George W. for going into IRAQ and letting the economy go into the CRAPPER with all of oil making billionaire friends and the help of the Republican Party who could give less than a RATS AZZ! about any needy American.

It has been President Obama who has to clean the AWFUL MESS after George took his Alcoholic Butt home, in a drunken stupor with a single finger salute in the AIR, as he strutted his Cowboy walk on his way to Air Force one to TEXAS! for FREE!

Saying,” I am OUTTA HERE! Folks! I could care less!”

You Turds, have been Fooled BIG TIME!

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
10:43 am

The Highest states of Foodstamp Americans are in Republican led states…that should tell you all something! They DO nOT CARE about yOU or your KIDS!

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
10:48 am

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion but not their own Facts! Foodstamp program are filled mostly with WORKING WHite WOmen with (2) two KIDS! That is a FACT! when the figures break down by race yes there are far more Blacks….but there are MORE of YOU in total! LOL!

Geez!

I know its hard to accept such startling Truth!

I too was just as surprised! saying GAWWWLLLLLLEE!

Mr.Charlie will not like this unpleasant news at ALL! It ain’t all US!

Its BECKY and dem KIDS! lol! rofl!

LimoManinGa

October 14th, 2013
10:51 am

Prove it Bernie. You NEVER provide stats. It always makes you look ignorant. I take care of mine for sure. Started my own business while a senior in H.S. and I’m still going strong. I learned this much in school and from my parents. If your going to make claims or disputes , provide the evidence to back it up. Isn’t that how the judicial system is run Bernie?

Class of '98

October 14th, 2013
10:51 am

Bernie perfectly exemplifies the liberal short-sighted, dim-witted mentality. They remind me of Phil Hartman’s Frankenstein character on SNL: “Fire bad! Bush bad! Obama good!”

The economic crises was created by liberal policies, i.e., the “everyone-must-be-a-homeowner-at-all-costs” mentality, and the backing of private mortgages with federal money through Freddie and Fannie.

None of this is as important to know-nothing democrats as snarky comments about cowboy hats and billionaire oil executives.

Bernie, you have the critical thinking skills of a 5th-grader. That’s why you are a liberal.

liz ewing

October 14th, 2013
10:55 am

If you can’t feed them don’t breed them……stop helping poor people breed.

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
10:55 am

Bumper@10:30 am Wal-mart just restocked the shelves from the many Buggies left behind…thats all!
They had teams to tke care of it and sold it yesterday and what is left today. TRUST me on that one!

None of it went to wast…but it was costly for them to restock because it took longer one product at a time.

Guest

October 14th, 2013
11:03 am

@joeintucker and @Trisha Doherty

According to demographic data, 43% of SNAP participants are white, 33% are African-American, 19% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, and 2% are Native American.

http://www.snaptohealth.org/snap/snap-frequently-asked-questions/

Sparta_Bubba

October 14th, 2013
11:03 am

Be careful of what you say here. Go into South Georgia and check with the thousands of rich white Republican farmers who get beaucoodles of handouts for not planting crops and other “price supports” that no one ever questions. But let a poor mother use a little government assistance to try to feed her kids and you’d think the world was coming to an end. The amount of money used by these mothers to feed their families pale in comparison to amounts sucked in by these farmers at the government trough. I’m not speaking of the small mom and pop farms as they’ve been squeezed out by these big timers.

These same Republican farmers rant and rave about immigration reform, yet agressively look for illegal immigrants to pick the crops they don’t get “price supports” for and do plant. They want the immigrants to pick the crops, line their pockets and then crawl back into a hole until next year.

Webster’s Dictionary should have a picture of a GOP elephant as a symbol for hyprocrisy!

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
11:05 am

LimoManinGa @ 10:51 am – Do your own homework Genius! that is whats wrong with AMericans NOW! they always want someone to do the hard work for them! Get off your chain smoking, FAT BUTT and let your fingers do some work for a change. Instead of Hating here on me because YOUR Becky is on food stamps.

If all of you smart John Boy’s here, would get on your loafing BILLY BOY friends and tell them to Pay BECKY and Tricia ALL of the PAST DUE alimony & child support. The PAY ALL current alimony and CHILD SUPPORT get current.

The Food stamp rolls would DROP to almost NOTHING! OVERNIGHT!

But No you would rather Blame President Obama and all of Black America for Becky’s many financial PROBLEMS!

Wake UP and Smell the FOODSTAMPS! They have Your Name written ALL over it! Every last one
of yOU!

Waheema

October 14th, 2013
11:14 am

Food stamps might be a good program or a poor one.
Two things are quite certain. First, food stamps are not a program that “keeps America running”. Every dollar we siphon toward food stamps comes from a dollar taken from another American. Rearranging the money does not keep the economy running!
The cost of the food stamp program is out of control. The Obama administration as loosened the eligibility requirements to the point that millions and millions more people are using food stamps with no improvement in sight, in spite of our supposedly improving economy. Food stamps are no longer welfare but are instead a lifestyle fore millions.
Finally, the feeding frenzy at Wal Mart is a cautionary tale. While Bernie is quite right that more white Americans than black ones use food stamps, the crowds blowing through Wal Mart don’t reflect the racial composition of the program.

Billy

October 14th, 2013
11:15 am

Since they know whose EBT card was used and “over-drafted” they should take the money from them next month and so on until it is all paid back.

WakeUpPeople

October 14th, 2013
11:16 am

Lets just face the truth. Those people in Walmart are the reason many HARD WORKING AMERICAN despise those getting a free handout. Regardless of race, the people that need the assistance were not the ones STEALING. It was the same ones that are in line with 20oz. cokes, candy bars,steaks and ribs while the hard working rest of us have ground beef and bologna. All people in that store should be investigated for FRAUD and most should have their entitlement revoked.

Diddler-on-the-roof

October 14th, 2013
11:19 am

bunch of sorry white folks

Courtney

October 14th, 2013
11:20 am

I do not care what color they are: they are thieves. Kill the entire program and let them get a job!

WakeUpPeople

October 14th, 2013
11:25 am

@ Bernie
Love how you are cruising from blog to blog injecting you racial slant. SORRY is the person who would be filling carts when they thought it might be free, I don’t care what your color is!

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
11:25 am

I would rather Feed Becky and her Kids any day before I see another Cent being spent on (1) ONE…(1) Billion Dollar Airplane that does not WORK or is not NEEDED!
that LOCKHEED builds everyday! Talk about a waste of government money!

Give it to Becky so she can FEED and HOUSE, get Health insurance for herself and her (2) two Kids!

Because JIMBOB, Billybob, Jesse, Frank, and Henry is not going to do a thing but FISH, Buy Guns, Hunt, watch sports and Get DRUNK! Not necessarily in that order!

Then go home or over to Becky’s House and Beat UP on Becky and the KIDS!

Giving them ALL Bruises and Black eyes!

Then always complaining ” I wan MUH Kuntry, Back!”

When all are wondering, just who took it and where did they go with it! :) LOL! rofl! LMAO!