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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