Walmart Shelves Emptied in Unlimited Food Stamp Shopping Spree

Black Friday at a Walmart

A mobbed Wal-Mart store, but not the site of the food stamp stampede.

Well now we know where food stamp recipients like to shop (no surprise of course). Now who’s going to pay the bill? (No prizes for guessing the answer to that one either.) Via ABC News:

Louisiana officials are trying to decide what to do about a massive shopping spree by families on food stamps when a power outage lifted the caps on their spending cards.

Police were called to Walmart locations in Mansfield, La., and Springhill, La., on Saturday as shoppers cleaned out store shelves.

Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said some customers were pushing more food than any household could store in a refrigerator and freezer.

“I saw people drag out eight to ten grocery carts,” he said.

Lynd said customers were “not unruly.” There were no fights or arrests made, but the scene was still chaotic, he said.

“It was definitely worse than Black Friday. It was worse than anything we had ever seen in this town,” Lynd said of Springhill, which is near the border with Arkansas. “There was no food left on any of the shelves, and no meat left. The grocery part of Walmart was totally decimated.”
He said one customer made about $700 in food purchases.

Lynd said that around 9 p.m. CT on Saturday, a Walmart employee made an announcement on the intercom saying that the computer system had been restored and card limits had returned. At that time, customers left shopping carts full of food in store aisles.

“At that point in time, they knew the jig was up and they couldn’t purchase what they wanted to,” Lynd said.

[continues at ABC News]


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43 Comments on "Walmart Shelves Emptied in Unlimited Food Stamp Shopping Spree"

  1. Charlie Primero | Oct 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm |

    This is why I keep in my house 30 days worth of food. Turn off the free food cards for a week and grocery stores nationwide will be nothing but smoking craters.

    The government dependent untermenchen is the engine that keeps American police coffers brimming with funding, and bankster yachts idling in the French Riviera.

    • Ted Heistman | Oct 14, 2013 at 5:46 pm |

      You stock your house with food from walmart?

      • He didn’t say that but why would it matter since the same non-perishable food available everywhere else is available at Wal-Mart? Were you trying to make some point?

        • atlanticus | Oct 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm |

          A long-term consideration is finding an alternate food source now, so that you’re not dependent on big box grocery stores (if for some reason you don’t find it morally objectionable to shop at them now).

      • Charlie Primero | Oct 14, 2013 at 9:25 pm |

        Some. I have a little of everything; Wally World canned goods, cases of military MRE’s I score during hurricanes, glass jars of canned garden stuff I get from old ladies for helping them, vacuum sealed bulk grains from Whole Foods.

  2. ErrolKuhn | Oct 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm |

    Yea for the computers – couldn’t have happened to a better store – I hope they lost a bundle!. NEVER SHOP AT WALMART!

    • InfvoCuernos | Oct 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm |

      Walmart probably won’t loose a penny over this. The cashiers aren’t allowed to question someone regarding their EBT card purchases (you know, like saying something about all the non-nutritious, unhealthy choices they are making), and they weren’t at fault. I’m going to guess the universal fall guy(US taxpayer) will pick up the tab on this little shopping excursion.

  3. They make it sound like they were haplessly looted by an unruly mob of welfare recipients, but it’s pretty clear from the article that they knew what was happening the whole time, and saw it as an opportunity to sell out their inventory at public expense.

    At least some poor people got a break.

    • Ted Heistman | Oct 14, 2013 at 6:40 pm |

      That’s exactly what happened!

    • Ted Heistman | Oct 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm |

      That’s exactly what happened!

    • Charlie Primero | Oct 15, 2013 at 9:26 am |

      Conspiracy Theory: The “Electronic Benefits Transfer” system is ripe for a false flag attack.

      The Human Resource Management System wants accessing the Internet to be allowed only with positive identification and licensure similar to how one must get approval and establish identity in order to drive a car.

      Government contracting Information Technology corporations like Microsoft, Apple, IBM, et al. stand to make Trillions implementing new government “Cyber-Security” regulations.

      Giant media corporations are loosing billions in sales and ad revenue as viewers flock to alternative news media and download movies and ad-free television episodes.

      A “hacking attack” which shut down the EBT system for a week would leave grocery stores across America as burned-out craters. The public would DEMAND that critical “information infrastructure” be hardened against future attacks.

      American legislators already have the censorship laws written. They only need a big attack to glide the bills through to passage. They are similar to China’s laws…

      Your grand-children will laugh at the idea that people in the old days were allowed to use the internet without a government license.

      • Valerie Gannon | Oct 15, 2013 at 10:06 am |

        Nicely Done! I was thinking similar thoughts…….. I believe that personal privacy and social transparency encourage equality… Let’s hope that you are wrong about that last statement!

      • DraftBenCarson2016 | Oct 15, 2013 at 11:43 am |

        and will laugh we could use it with out a tax

      • they’re getting us used to the idea of having to provide real information. almost all the online communities i visit have started making falsifying information a banning offence. many email providers now make it mandatory to provide a phone number in order to have an account. more and more people turn against me for using obviously fake information (especially on facebook), i suppose they enjoy the small amount of power it gives them over me. “People want to be better Nazis than Hitler” – the pianist

        • atlanticus | Oct 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm |

          Want to see something scary? I just looked up “OpenID”, because I wanted to know what it was, and the site says that if you have any of the accounts it lists, you already have an “OpenID”…

          • when using the internet i use the philosophy that pretty much anyone with the inclination, tech and knowledge of programming could find anything i’d ever done on the internet ever. reading that only really points out a particular manner in which this has been achieved. unfortunately i seem to have a problem digesting how to learn for myself (maths and therefore programming my brain just start hurting and turns off), which is the really scary notion for me.

          • sidethought: i suppose if they do clamp down on this internet we’ll just have to make new ones.

            edit: i say ‘we’… lol. i don’t know how to make an internets.

          • atlanticus | Oct 17, 2013 at 11:48 am |

            Like this, right?

          • atlanticus | Oct 17, 2013 at 11:54 am |

            I’m very much of generation over-share and had to learn to curb my comments, not just here, but also in meat-space. I had a terrible habit of telling everyone every personal detail…I just didn’t see the point in lying, I guess.

            Now I know better. That philosophy gets me into more trouble than it’s worth (why didn’t I pay attention to more Depeche Mode lyrics when I was younger?)

      • atlanticus | Oct 15, 2013 at 7:52 pm |

        I just heard an NPR story about two little girls who were arrested for bullying another little girl into suicide, via internet…

        The story twice referred to the bully-girls as “young women”, despite only being 12 and 14…seemed strange, is all…and somehow related to your assertion that license ID is coming.

        • lilbear68 | Oct 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm |

          worry less about the ID card be more concerned about when they will start mandatory chipping. believe me it will happen and you will take a chip. they have many ways to make you accept the chip and I don’t mean torture or anything like that.
          the chip will be tied to your tax return and social security. like I tried to avoid social security numbers when my kids were born cuz at 3 yrs old they weren’t gonna be workin for a few years.
          they told me I couldn’t claim them as dependents unless they had numbers. same will happen with the chip.
          seniors will accept the chip in order to draw their retirement

          • atlanticus | Oct 17, 2013 at 11:50 am |

            I wasn’t really talking about a physical card; I was replying to Charlie Primero’s comment that in the future we will need a license to access the internet.

            I don’t think it matters much whether ID comes in a card or a chip or barcode tattoos. You already have a social security number, don’t you? Like you pointed out, you’ve already accepted “the mark of the beast”.

          • lilbear68 | Oct 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm |

            sorry that is not the mark of the beast

          • atlanticus | Oct 17, 2013 at 3:49 pm |

            It’s a metaphor.


  4. BuzzCoastin | Oct 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm |

    gee, when Wall Street got unlimited money from Uncle Homeland
    no one called the cops, but it did make the news
    but unlike the Food Stamp splurge at WalFuckingMart
    the MIBC sucked up $17 trillion from FedMart
    & keeps on sucking

    • Craig Bickford | Oct 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm |

      That’s different though, all that tax money always belonged to Wall Street in the first place, we just were not aware of that fact. Or at least that’s how I imagine it plays out in the heads of some of the bigger financial movers in NYC.

      • BuzzCoastin | Oct 14, 2013 at 9:23 pm |

        the Wall Street bailout was not tax dollars
        the Fed simply created $17 trillion with a few key strokes
        wish my strokes were that productive

        and food stamps is a subsidy to ConAgro
        as much as “the poor”

    • Thank you. Love it when people are duped into blaming those on the very bottom of the economic ladder, the poor make a nice buffer for the wealthy.

  5. emperorreagan | Oct 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm |

    How much does xerox make for administering the cards in Louisiana? Let them and walmart pay for the network failure between them.

  6. people are assholes!

  7. TennesseeCyberian | Oct 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm |

    Speaking of disinformation, why does this post’s pic look so much different from actual video footage of the event in question?

  8. I don’t understand how this happened. Was not able to process ebt at all the day of the outages, (MA card) wouldn’t go through and the store said there was some statewide problem with the system. The max limit for a single person is like $200/mo, how could a store possibly allow someone to charge $700 and not realize there’s a problem there?

  9. Valerie Gannon | Oct 15, 2013 at 10:14 am |

    Attention Staff: If I may offer a suggestion…You should replace the photo on this article with a pic of the abandoned overloaded grocery carts from the video.

  10. lilbear68 | Oct 15, 2013 at 10:22 am |

    just a trial run to check reaction for the upcoming countrywide banking virus/shutdown that’s planned. when they announce this you will have 72 hrs to get to your BOL before martial law in declared

  11. Russell Scott Day | Oct 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm |

    700 dollars worth of food is reported to be what one person got.

  12. Charlie Primero | Oct 16, 2013 at 7:48 am |

    The Game is Revealed.

    “States across the country are being told to stop the supplemental nutrition assistance program for the month of November, pending further notice. ”

    There was something a little too weird about EBT cards in Louisiana suddenly malfunctioning “just a little bit”. The Louisiana EBT incidents were staged to threaten bread riots. A bit of ye olde “divide ut regnes” Class Warfare, with a hint of special Katrina sauce.

    Message from Socialists to Fascists: “Pass more debt spending now, or we light up the underclass against your middle class”.

    This is a dangerous game. I can’t decide which is better; inciting O-Zombie riots now, or dragging it out until closer to the elections.

  13. Otherworld | Oct 18, 2013 at 10:59 am |

    This would seem to be a dummy run to observe how people will react and what other logistic problems could be caused by either money or distributions being cut off. Do we need a few more Russian soldiers to help out, maybe?

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