Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard reports of the chaos in two Walmart superstores this past weekend. It was a story of EBT (food stamp) cards gone wild. I guess, more like food stamp recipients gone wild, and wild being the key word.
For those who didn’t hear or see, for a few hours last Saturday in Louisiana, EBT cards had literally no spending limit. In just those few hours both stores were picked clean.
CBS news affiliate KSLA reported that the police were dispatched to the Walmart locations, one in Spring Hill and the other in Mansfield Louisiana to help maintain order as shoppers (thieves) swept through the aisles and bought (stole) as much as they could carry. It was pandemonium.
KSLA reported that the EBT system suffered a temporary “glitch” during a routine maintenance test. Glitch huh. That’s become a rather common word in the past few weeks.
The Spring Hill police chief said, “it was worse than any black Friday”.
One man, OJ Evans, who took a video of the aftermath expressed to KSLA that it was just “human reaction” to stock up, given the opportunity. Another man, Stan Garcia, said it was just “plain theft. That’s stealing, that’s all I’ve got to say about it”.
Well, Stan is right. These “shoppers” no doubt all have a sense of entitlement. This wasn’t a “human reaction”. It was an animal reaction, although maybe the food stamp recipients simply thought the money came from Obama’s stash. To them it was free money for free stuff.
These are the same types of people that, after a natural disaster occurs, would think nothing of looting that same Walmart. Remember the video of looters from New Orleans after Katrina?
And how did so many find out about the “glitch” so quickly? My guess is that calls went out immediately from inside the stores, probably on Obamaphones.
As more and more people end up on food stamps either by necessity or through government solicitation – don’t be surprised to hear more of these “glitch” stories.
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