Skip to comments.Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede
Posted on 10/14/2013 10:18:42 AM PDT by BulletBobCoEdited on 10/14/2013 12:20:51 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Wal-Mart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, La., saw a stampede and a shelf-clearing rush Saturday after a computer glitch for food stamp recipients led to benefit cards allowing unlimited purchases.
Police were called as entire shelves were being cleared out, until the glitch was fixed and low-income residents using the cards were no longer allowed to make purchases.
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I think this was an Obama dry run
“stampede” is one word. “riot” and “looting” are more descriptive words for what happened.
“black Friday” Uh oh
I dunno. My guess is that it WAS a black Friday.
so...I take it the Walmart employees let all this stuff walk out the door on our dime between 7 and 9?
What choice did they have? If my credit card company removes the cap on my limit, how is it up to Walmart to decide to limit my purchases?
A stampede usually includes 4 hoofs and a tail, I’m not sure if that is true here or not? ;-)
Walmart still tracked the transactions so the amounts can possibly be deducted from future debits ?
Go see some of the online “People of Wal-Mart” videos and see if that changes your mind.
There should be no question that a sizable portion of EBT is the moocher class. But, if there was any doubt, and there is among the LIV’s...
Compare with DC rallies, where Tea Partiers are respectful of the grounds and pick up after themselves. Place is spotless afterwards. After Occupy-er leftist rallies, pre-printed collectivist signs strewn about and garbage (no doubt the refuse of EBT purchases nearby).
Give a group of TP’ers EBT cards with no limit, and most, likewise, would notify the store, notify the EBT administrators, and typically not run up their bills.
Wonder how many iPads and 65 inch TVs were ‘bought’.....................
The “crack management staff” at Walmart saw what was going on and could have refused to honor these sales so let them suck up the potential loss.
“From 7 to 9 p.m., people were loading up their carts, but when the cards began showing limits again around 9...”
So exactly what does this mean? Does this mean that those who shopped (stole) for two hours prior to the correction, and checked out managed to take the groceries home?
EBT cards aren’t credit cards. They’re debit cards.
Try to spend a ‘no limit’ debit card and see what happens.
Once upon a time my bank had a glitch with their debit cards. Guess again if you think Kroger just let me take those groceries home on the honor system.
Being a decent (and apparently gullible) person I put all my items back though. I didn’t just leave the buggy full of stuff in the way in the front of the store.
Go see some of the online People of Wal-Mart videos and see if that changes your mind.
Those Cosco agitators sure are busy with their cameras.
This story needs pictures and video. It sounds like the government inspired a black attack.
There are some pictures on this thread.
Depends on what part of the country you live in. I have lived in regions where the Hispanic underclass lived in spotless little shack-like dwellings in communities with doorsteps scrupulously swept and tidy little plots of marigolds growing in tiny little flower boxes on each side and areas where the Black underclass worked hard to welcome everyone to their cheerful but humble little churches and pot lucks and visited shut-ins and saw to it the elderly had drivers to take them to medical appointments.
With Obama’s divisiveness I have seen more commentary on FR implying that Black people are THE takers when I have personally witnessed scamming, lying, stealing anywhere communities are comprised of broken homes and indifference to the education and prospects of the children regardless of race. Obama - the great divider.
Basic common sense is that for those who went over their ‘budget’, that amount should be deducted from future benefits.
Like common sense, LOL.
The RATE of welfarism varies primarily by fatherlessness, which is highly correlated with race so far.
Blacks have more (2x - 3x) more bastard babies.
First no freeby cards work nationwide, then give the holderites in Springhill and Mantsfield “all yo can grabs” reparations.
Looks like nobama is stirring em up.
Now I know “Mantsfield” and Springhill, there are MANY holderites in both, they go on the warpath, I would not want to be there until here come the Rednecks.
Maybe nobama figures on calling Martial Law as Queen Sheila spilled the beans on the House Floo. After seeing how idiotic this WhiteyHut really is, don’t put anything past him, but Martial Law will not go the way nobama hopes.
Time to check ammo again!
Lousiana Walmarts looted.
Well, the card holders should enjoy negative balances on their cards until next month when they get a reduced amount until the overages are made up. But, the state probably won't do it so next best thing: This idiot "spokesman" should have his/her paycheck garnished until the amount is satisfied.
I seriously doubt that many Freepers are suggesting that blacks are the only takers. Everyone without the moral and ethical conscience to respect private property and the rights of others are takers at some point. While poverty and the breakdown of families contributes to the problem, it in no way holds exclusive rights to it. We witnessed taking and thievery at its most extreme with the trading activities that led up to the housing collapse, lying and fraud unchecked, committed by the most privileged.
Still, and you knew a but was coming, the violence and moral corruption that is occurring within the black community is a statistical reality that can’t be brushed off by throwing it into the mixed bag of American culture. I live in an area where Hispanics make up more than 80 percent of the population, and there is plenty of thievery, gang violence—though it has been on the decline here—and living on the public dole, but it is absolutely nothing like what an equally distributed black community would experience. I can’t say what would happen at the local Walmart, given the same circumstances, but I doubt it would be anything like what happened in a black community. There is a breakdown in black culture, black communities, that black people and the media need to address, and not by blaming it on white man, or by claiming every other demographic is the same, because that isn’t true.
It is time to start calling black violence and crime what it is, a black responsibility.
THESE are the zombies that everyone is prepping for.
That’s what I was thinking -
Oh, you spent $700 on that evening?
Good, that’ll keep in you groceries for the next 10 months.
See ya then!
This idiot "spokesman" should have his/her paycheck garnished until the amount is satisfied.
As a part-time Walmart associate it's obvious to me that neither of you have been across the register from a 300 pounder and her teen sons when her card was denied. The sense of entitlement is like nothing you've seen from behind your keyboards. To my thinking the folks at Walmart avoided a riot by letting them pass.
Also, the "crack management staff" (including the spokesman) has no authority to override the state laws and computers that accept or decline the transactions. Doing so would have put the company in the unenviable position of having to publicly explain why they committed such a "racist" act AND violated state laws in the process. That's a lot to expect of a small town retail manager.
I know it's easy and fashionable to bash Walmart whenever it's convenient but you should know that because of what Walmart is they (we) have become a focal point for the culture wars and you'd do well to put yourself in their shoes before you spout off behind the comfort of your computer.
There are no state laws, yet, forcing companies to hand out free food I am aware of. If there was, leftists would crash the system on a regular basis.
Quite possible. Leaving your sh**ty little comment about my keyboard aside, I hadn't thought of it from that angle, and I probably should have after seeing the video of the guy who popped a female clerk in the chops because she wouldn't sell him a cigar at a 41 cent discount. This bunch would have wrecked the store.
The best course probably would have been to just close the whole damned store, but that probably would have caused a riot too. Hard to say, because I just work these keyboard things for a living.
Here’s a “profound” idea: Why don’t we just make all food “free” and tax the living crap out of the people who work to pay for it. Make it like health care.
I was at a grocery store Saturday when the EBT system went down across several states. Some black woman was screaming at the top of her lungs at the clerks until the manager came out and told her to leave.
She was too dumb to understand it had nothing to do with the store or her, her gubmint cheeze was denied because of a glitch during a backup of the system.
Oh, and I think she could have went about a month without eating and would have been in no danger from her size.
It was instructive how rapidly people can turn into animals.
Aren’t we too close to that already?
The implosion of the welfare state won’t be pretty. There are 10s of millions who will have no understanding of how to live life without somebody else’s assistance.
No, but I'd bet there are state laws about unilaterally declining purchases that have been approved by the state. There is no notification given at the register that the person is over their limit (save for the decline) nor is there even any notification that the person is using an EBT card unless there's a problem or they tell you. All the cashier knows is "the transaction was approved... next!"
but the machines did not say the transactions did they? Then how did this problem even get noticed?
but the machines did not say the transactions were approved did they? Then how did this problem even get noticed?
A checker no doubt told a customer and the stampede began.
FUBU nation is well connected.
I have to agree. Walmart probably made the quick decision to essentially write off most of their dairy, meat, snacks and pops to avoid the looting of the *entire* store and perhaps dangerous violence visited on their employees and other customers.
Having the prize roasts, frozen treats and bags of shredded cheese walk out the door is preferable to a complete free for all including electronics, clothes household items, toiletries and everything else besides.
Bet the fresh veggie department was pristine though. Untouched.
Probably. It's a tough situation to deal with at the store level but rest assured that these type events are factored into the margin equations.
I just work these keyboard things for a living.
In my other life, so do I. I actually went to work at Walmart in part to get out of my cube and spend some time in the real world again. I'm decreasingly enchanted with that decision.
You mean to tell me MooseChelle's people be disrespecting her nutrition guidance?
Within their sphere of concern, these people aren’t “dumb” per se, they are cunning and shrewd.
I’m betting someone knew they were low on their EBT and swiped it anyway, prepared to pay for the balance in another way, and it was approved.
Then she tried it again, then she phoned some friends & relatives, then they stampede began.
I’m certain you are correct.
Those Obamaphones are handy for spreading the word quickly.
i’ll stick up for wal mart on this one if a leech swipes his gimmie card on a 5000 dollar sale and the system ok’s it, its out of wal marts hands. i do think they need to dock future payments from the fine amish folks though, but that would be labeled racist.
Absolutely spot on. Correct to an uncomfortable extent. Especially the “cunning and shrewd” part.
I do understand that. I have a friend who was a cocktail waitress on weekends for just that reason. After listening to some of her stories, I decided it wise to just stay with my keyboard and make as much money with it as I can. I never liked jobs where I have to "face the public" because there are too many jerks out there, but unlike the jerks I know here, those people will assault you.
You are correct. Walmart does not run the EBT/SNAP program.
If lemonjello can buy 5000 bucks worth of food so be it. Jed Clampett is on the hook.
I can honestly say I’m one of those people who’s nosy about other people’s grocery carts. The only fruits/veg I can recall seeing in a black mom’s cart were apples and oranges. The occasional tomato or pepper. Never broccoli or cauliflower.
HOWEVER, around here most families get veg from someone in their family who invariably has a big garden and likes to garden. Most of the little old black people’s houses up and down my road has a plowed up section right this minute with the beginnings of a winter greens patch. Ditto most of the little old white people’s houses.
So it’s not clear why the veg department would be pristine.