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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Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
7:59 pm

“Fly: Make them feel inferior – abuse them, insult them.” – Babe Quote

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Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
8:10 pm

Chris @ 7:08 pm – if what you say is TRUE! then we are in agreement. There is no excuse for THEFT!

However, the VAST and overwhelming majority of FOODSTAMP users, are Law abiding Citizens and Do not STEAL!

You do not throw out the GOOD with the bad….Only The Bad apples!

MARY BETH

October 14th, 2013
8:15 pm

@BERNIE31…TELLS IT LIKE IT IS…hillbillies cant take the truth…they are brainwashed by sean Hannity,and Limbaugh thinking for them..MEANWHILE SEAN HANNITY MAKES 18 MILLION AND LIMBAUGH MAKES 25 MILLION..AND BOTH COULD CARELESS ABOUT WORKING CLASS WHITE AMERICANS…also the faux news kool aid is presweetened to get your blood pressure up and then most whites will need OBAMA CARE AND SNAP…KEEP LISTNING TO HANNITY /LIMBAUGH..THEY WILL NOT HELP YOU WITH YOUR HEALTH CARE BILL FROM THE HATE STIRRED UP IN YOUR SOUL FROM SO MUCH HATE AND BITTERNESS

Richard658

October 14th, 2013
8:22 pm

The first line of the article:

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

Are you kidding me? Are you on crack George?

missnadine

October 14th, 2013
8:33 pm

Bernie – why are You randomly Capitalizing words for No apparent Reason? It looks Really dumb.

This situation is pretty bad, but you know what? Most of us will try to get something for nothing at some point. I also agree that the folks who ran the largest financial institutions into the ground might be a bit worse than these folks.

missnadine

October 14th, 2013
8:40 pm

@Chris – totally agree. I hope they prosecute them as well, but probably won’t.

This is something that the racist folks don’t understand but I will try to keep it simple:

Most people, regardless of color, are law-abiding, hard-working, and honest people. When those law-abiding Black people see articles like this they are mad as hell, as mad as the whitest White person, maybe even more so, as they are so aware that many will paint all Black people with the same brush. That is made clear time and time again on these blogs.

Why is it that some people group ALL people that are different as low-lifes who suck off the government? It is so wrong, and so unfair. It must be terrible to be so full of hatred.

woodrow

October 14th, 2013
8:48 pm

Our tax dollars at work feeding thieves.

Bernie31

October 14th, 2013
9:02 pm

missnadine @ 8:33 pm – you sound Dumb and its MY STYLE!

Glady Kountz

October 14th, 2013
9:17 pm

The Christian Trinity will steal your soul because its a roman legion false god of wine, God Yahweh is One, Yahweh and Yahshua is echad. Check it out echadchurchofengland.org

fkhot

October 14th, 2013
9:28 pm

There has never, EVER, EVER!! been a Tea Party rally or event like this, you haters!!! This is what is destroying the country, FREE LOADERS and I bet all voted for Obama and DEMOCRATS.

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Jeff

October 14th, 2013
10:02 pm

Ohh Bernie, I appreciate you trying to paint a pretty picture of how this free money makes people happy, but that little girl is going to pay for that candy that her daddy bought her yesterday, years down the road, not to mention her daughters, sons and 10 other children, along with interest, but that is not the end of it. Our govt financial grade will go from AAA to AA, less foreign money will invest in us, which will lead to govt printing more money causing the dollar to be worth less, due to the fact that more you got the less it worth, and the Feds will hike up interest rates to pay for the lack of foreign investment coming along with the dismal outlook of future value of money.

Bottom line…. Bernie… There is no such thing as a free lunch…

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East Cobb Alpha Dawg

October 14th, 2013
10:26 pm

Most people on welfare are white people. That is fact.

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rustyhinges

October 15th, 2013
12:58 am

@ 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!
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No Bernie/Bernice – if all of the black single bytches with 4 kids by 3 different sperm spreaders had acted responsibly along with aforementioned sperm spreaders, the food stamp program would drop to almost nothing overnight.

But keep on blamimg whitey – it’s all you have.

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bill

October 15th, 2013
6:02 am

There is a record of the EBT transaction on those cards. The dollar amount will be on the permanent record so the government can and should recoup the spending. Electronic cards leave an easily followed paper trail.

K

October 15th, 2013
6:12 am

We have met the enemy and he is us

Gary

October 15th, 2013
6:48 am

This is LBJ & Obama’s “Great Society.” No conscience, no morals, no work ethic. Rip-off as much as you can get at the expense of those who work hard and pay taxes. It can’t go on much longer.

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Erin

October 15th, 2013
7:06 pm

OMG!!!!!! I’m screaming why are the abusers so calm they do know that DFACS can choose to prosecute everyone who spent over their monthly amounts its call welfare fraud. If these idiots think that there will be no retribution to what they have done let them be blindsided but EBT is a part of currency meaning it’s also financial institution fraud

Yamma

October 18th, 2013
2:22 am

Bernie is disgusting and if he can afford an internet connection and computer he can pay for his own groceries. Sure seems like he has enough time to work, instead of playing on the internet.

dontjudge

October 18th, 2013
2:57 pm

Matthew 7:1-5
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

knowwhat?

October 18th, 2013
3:31 pm

Many of you have plenty of time to talk about all the bad things poor people do. How about spending time helping the poor instead of looking down on them for stealing FOOD. Believe it or not, many of them don’t choose to be poor, they don’t want to be poor, they don’t like being poor. Poor people need help. Why is this such a hard pill to swallow? Many of you commenting here would be screaming for government help if a flood, hurricane, tornado, wildfire or earthquake hit your home. No matter what the circumstance, if you had no way to buy food or water…what would you do? If your kids were starving and their were people all around you eating, what would you do? You all seem to assume you know everything there is to know and you don’t. Believe me, you don’t want to live in a country where the poor people have no where to live, nothing to eat and no one to help. Look at India, the rich pull out of their driveways to see emaciated people sleeping on the street, in the parks, in front of stores and restaurants and everywhere you go. So, think how nice your suburban town would be with a mass of the poor living in your Publix, Wal-mart, Kroger parking lot begging for food. You would be too scared to even leave your house. People used their EBT cards to get food, not $10k wastebaskets. It was carts of food. Don’t you have something else to get all uptight about? How about get a life and use all of your aggression to stop world hunger. What a bunch of idiots you are. You don’t want anyone to get FOOD or healthcare from your tax dollars, but my tax dollars should go to helping the rich clean up their hurricane damaged beach homes?

recoupspending

October 18th, 2013
3:38 pm

Bill, maybe we can recoup spending from George Bush and his croonies. Recoup spending from EBT cards? Seriously, what did they spend, 20-50k maybe? Why not recoup spending from wasted military contracts or politician salaries? You all are so afraid of the poor getting a cent…it’s sickening.

Tim

October 19th, 2013
12:37 am

SHAME ON ALL OF YOU WHO TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THIS GLITCH! You people make me f&#^ing sick! Don’t you have a brain in your head or a conscience? Don’t you think that SOMEONE has to pay for your groceries, or are you too stupid to think that your food stamps are free? It is hardworking Americans like myself that went to college (and paid for it with my own dime), got a real job and work hard. Unbelievable!