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Food Stamp Shoppers Go Wild!

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posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 05:22 PM
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A computer glitched caused food stamp shoppers to go on crazed shopping spree and alert their friends to join in on the "looting" of food from the shelves of Louisiana Walmart Stores.

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Xerox Corp blamed each other on Monday after Louisiana food stamp recipients stripped bare the shelves of some Walmart stores when a computer glitch left their debit cards with no limits.

Managers of Walmart stores in the small, north Louisiana towns of Springhill and Mansfield alerted police on Saturday night that throngs of shoppers had flooded into the stores and were buying groceries using electronic benefit cards that contained no credit limits.



Springhill's Lynd arrived at his town's Walmart store at about 7 p.m. local time and found a few hundred shoppers jamming checkout lines with carts filled to overflowing.

"Some people had eight or 10 shopping carts full of groceries," Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said on Monday.


Everybody's pointing fingers.......


Kayla Whiting, a spokeswoman at Wal-Mart's Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters, pointed to Xerox as the source of the problem and referred further questions to Xerox.

Xerox corporate spokesman Bill McKee provided a written company statement saying that Xerox has a "documented process for retailers like Wal-Mart to follow in response to EBT outages."

But the statement left unclear who would cover the unauthorized spending, and it referred further questions to Walmart.

Louisiana officials said they had no intention of being left holding the bag. "The outage was the result of failures by our contractor, Xerox," said Trey Williams, a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.


But no one is stating the obvious. This is theft, looting, plain and simple!


The shoppers broke no laws, Lynd said, adding that police intervention was not required to disperse the crowd. At about 9 p.m., Walmart said that the glitch had been fixed and the EBT cards were again showing appropriate spending limits.


Are you kidding me!
How is this NOT theft? How is this not the fault and blame of the shoppers who knew they were taking more than that of their allotted allowance? These shoppers need to be tracked down and forced to repay these funds or be docked from future EBT payments, if not arrested!!!!




edit on 15-10-2013 by windword because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 05:28 PM
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Sorry Wind I would have walked out with allsorts
but Iam skint at the moment and would love a good (no risk) loot

Heck they can afford it



posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 05:32 PM
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This was posted the other day, but I agree. Though is anyone really surprised by this behavior?

Don't worry, the Govt. Is not very lenient when it comes to people owing it money. Also the Govt. Tends to recoup everything at one time, so those people can probably expect to not get their next allowance(s) until the Govt is repaid.



posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 05:35 PM
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This was posted the other day,
I did a search on Walmart/foodstamps, but nothing came up......



but I agree. Though is anyone really surprised by this behavior?

Don't worry, the Govt. Is not very lenient when it comes to people owing it money. Also the Govt. Tends to recoup everything at one time, so those people can probably expect to not get their next allowance(s) until the Govt is repaid.


I would think so! I hope so!



posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 05:43 PM
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windword
A computer glitched caused food stamp shoppers to go on crazed shopping spree and alert their friends to join in on the "looting" of food from the shelves of Louisiana Walmart Stores.

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Xerox Corp blamed each other on Monday after Louisiana food stamp recipients stripped bare the shelves of some Walmart stores when a computer glitch left their debit cards with no limits.

Managers of Walmart stores in the small, north Louisiana towns of Springhill and Mansfield alerted police on Saturday night that throngs of shoppers had flooded into the stores and were buying groceries using electronic benefit cards that contained no credit limits.



Springhill's Lynd arrived at his town's Walmart store at about 7 p.m. local time and found a few hundred shoppers jamming checkout lines with carts filled to overflowing.

"Some people had eight or 10 shopping carts full of groceries," Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said on Monday.


Everybody's pointing fingers.......


Kayla Whiting, a spokeswoman at Wal-Mart's Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters, pointed to Xerox as the source of the problem and referred further questions to Xerox.

Xerox corporate spokesman Bill McKee provided a written company statement saying that Xerox has a "documented process for retailers like Wal-Mart to follow in response to EBT outages."

But the statement left unclear who would cover the unauthorized spending, and it referred further questions to Walmart.

Louisiana officials said they had no intention of being left holding the bag. "The outage was the result of failures by our contractor, Xerox," said Trey Williams, a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.


But no one is stating the obvious. This is theft, looting, plain and simple!


The shoppers broke no laws, Lynd said, adding that police intervention was not required to disperse the crowd. At about 9 p.m., Walmart said that the glitch had been fixed and the EBT cards were again showing appropriate spending limits.


Are you kidding me!
How is this NOT theft? How is this not the fault and blame of the shoppers who knew they were taking more than that of their allotted allowance? These shoppers need to be tracked down and forced to repay these funds or be docked from future EBT payments, if not arrested!!!!




edit on 15-10-2013 by windword because: (no reason given)


Poor people wanting to feed their children, have very little options when they have been trained to live in a consumer society. Fifty years ago they might have had a garden and some chicken. But now are dependent on welfare. Looting is the PTB worst nightmare. Because its all a numbers game. That's why they may have indeed been looting but the property damage like the Rodney King thing makes double speak a better option. No doubt whatever system is in vogue it will continue to its level of incompetence. America hasn't got a Dole system, note the number of disability pensions growing out of all proportion. Lets face it if you cant get a job, in the present system your next place of residence has a high likelihood of being the county jail



posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 05:46 PM
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well if these people are surviving on food stamps as such they are living very very close if not well in the poverty line and I would well imagine a lot were thinking of a Christmas bonus.....and heck why not....its not like wallmart will go out of business, it might put a tiny little dent in their profits, maybe they will be a little more careful next time so it doesn't happen again....


JAK

posted on Oct, 15 2013 @ 05:46 PM
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As mentioned there is already a thread addressing this topic:

EBT benefit card glitch sparks Walmart shopping sprees in Louisiana

Please offer any further comment in there.



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