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Food Stamp Debit Cards Not Working in at Least 17 States
NBC Bay Area ^

Posted on 10/12/2013 5:58:39 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Sheree Powell, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, started receiving calls around 11:30 a.m. about problems with the state's card systems. More than 600,000 Oklahomans receive SNAP benefits, and money is dispersed to the cards on the first, fifth and 10th days of every month, so the disruption came at what is typically a high-use time for the cards.

Oklahoma also runs a separate debit card system for other state benefits like unemployment payments. Those cards can be used at ATMs to withdraw cash. Powell said Xerox administers both the EBT and debit card systems, and they both were down initially.

Like Ohio's Johnson, Powell said that Oklahoma's cash debit card system has since been restored, but the EBT cards for the SNAP program were still down. Powell said Oklahoma's Xerox representative told them that the problems stemmed from a power failure at a data center, and power had been restored quickly.

"It just takes a while to reboot these systems," she said, adding that she did not know where the data center was located.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcbayarea.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: ebt; foodstamps; oklahoma; operationwhipcracker; snap

1 posted on 10/12/2013 5:58:39 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The grocery store where I work, in Rockford,Michigan had similar problems today.


2 posted on 10/12/2013 6:00:15 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obamacare is running the EBT system now.


3 posted on 10/12/2013 6:03:15 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wonder why?


4 posted on 10/12/2013 6:03:18 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Test run for when they’re ready to trigger the Zombie Apocalypse?


5 posted on 10/12/2013 6:03:55 PM PDT by Tax-chick ("The heart of the matter is God's love. It always has been. It always will be."~Abp. Chaput)
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6 posted on 10/12/2013 6:07:09 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule the all)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
This event reminds me of Nikita Krushev's 1959 visit to an American supermarket.

Food stamps have created a 'Potemkin Village' of normality.

7 posted on 10/12/2013 6:08:05 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

anyone who is obese should not be getting food stamps, nor those who drive nice fancy cars or who are too lazy to look for work.

Why does a woman or couple who have lets say 3 kids need WIC, welfare, food stamps, kids get free breakfast and lunch at school?

Why not make it law that those on food stamps can only buy fruit and veggies, no more chips, lobster, shrimp, soda, etc.

If Chewbacca is serious about getting kids fit and losing weight then make it a law, oh wait course not because the Dems would lose their voting bloc.


8 posted on 10/12/2013 6:08:26 PM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: jmcenanly

The grocery store where I work, in Rockford,Michigan had similar problems today.


Any irate customers?


9 posted on 10/12/2013 6:09:14 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Hey – Let’s put have the same folks handle all our health care!


10 posted on 10/12/2013 6:10:07 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Finally, Obama parasites pay a share for their own support. Most of his leeches could stand to lose some weight.


11 posted on 10/12/2013 6:16:13 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Republicans’ fault


12 posted on 10/12/2013 6:16:34 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: laplata

None that I could see, and it seemed busier than normal. However, I found quite a few misplaced items


13 posted on 10/12/2013 6:16:38 PM PDT by jmcenanly ("The more corrupt the state, the more laws." Tacitus, Publius Cornelius)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
The Sam's Club in Lansing, MI also have signs saying "sorry cannot process EBT."

Riots due in three days...

14 posted on 10/12/2013 6:18:12 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: manc

How bout having them work in a garden and doing something for themselves. How bout having them clean the streets and parks and work like the rest of us do.?


15 posted on 10/12/2013 6:18:40 PM PDT by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Neoliberalnot

withHolder also ran the background check as asst AG under klinton. It went down for 2 months once. Nobody could buy or sell a gun during that time.

Are we surprised?


16 posted on 10/12/2013 6:23:57 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
17 states? Or is it 17% of the states to go with the 17% "#GOPShutdown"?

Things that make you go, "Hmm?"

17 posted on 10/12/2013 6:25:18 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wait till the gov’t health cards stop working.


18 posted on 10/12/2013 6:26:50 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Tax-chick
(from the article):"Oklahoma's Xerox representative told them that the problems stemmed from a power failure at a data center, and power had been restored quickly.

According to NPR , the fault was caused by a routine Xerox software upgrade , which created the 'glitch'.

Tax-chick:" Test run for when they’re ready to trigger the Zombie Apocalypse?"

Maybe so. Perhaps to evaluate recipient response, especially since so widespread to States east of the Mississippi.
Already two distinct explainations : power failure , or software glitch.
OPTIONAL ALTERNATIVE : test run

19 posted on 10/12/2013 6:30:14 PM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The Cherokee tribal WIC cards are no longer accepted at Walmart here.


20 posted on 10/12/2013 7:13:44 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Food Stamp Debit Cards Not Working in at Least 17 States

Obama's fault.

21 posted on 10/12/2013 7:16:58 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt
According to NPR , the fault was caused by a routine Xerox software upgrade , which created the 'glitch'.

It's possible that it was a software-induced power failure. Big UPS systems have their own control systems that, among other things, can interface with the computer it's powering, and tell them to do a controlled shutdown if the batteries are about to die, or refuse to bring power online it if senses an overload condition.

A software upgrade on the UPS system could take down everything in the room if it went sideways.

22 posted on 10/12/2013 7:22:45 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Yo-Yo

Monday is a bank holiday. It should be dicey.


23 posted on 10/12/2013 7:53:20 PM PDT by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: batterycommander

I predict credit cards won’t work next Friday.


24 posted on 10/12/2013 7:56:33 PM PDT by batterycommander (a little more rubble, a lot less trouble)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Oh, heart attack?

Come back in a few hours. We should be able to help you then.

OC to follow in EBT’s footsteps...


25 posted on 10/12/2013 10:20:31 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (People will retain the power to control the Government, or it will retain the power to control them.)
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