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]