10/14/2013 3:41 PM ET|
Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede
Shoppers swarm stores after a computer hiccup gives benefit cards unlimited purchasing power.
"Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd confirms they were called in to help the employees at Wal-Mart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says Wal-Mart was so packed, 'it was worse than any black Friday' that he's ever seen.
Lynd explained the cards weren't showing limits and they called corporate Wal-Mart, whose spokesman said to let the people use the cards anyway. From 7 to 9 p.m., people were loading up their carts, but when the cards began showing limits again around 9, one woman was detained because she rang up a bill of $700 and only had .49 on her card. She was held by police until corporate Wal-Mart said they wouldn't press charges if she left the food.
Lynd says at 9 p.m., when the cards came back online and it was announced over the loud speaker, people just left their carts full of food in the aisles and left."
No arrests were made.
"Just about everything is gone. I've never seen it in that condition," Mansfield Wal-Mart customer Anthony Fuller told KSLA.
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I wrote this post as a reply in a response to REDFLY who complained that he and his wife work full time and can't make ends meet. I think though that it applies to many people here who continue to fail in reality because it's not the dream they had for themselves of hitting the lotto and being care free. So here goes.
hey redfly, break down your bills for me. I'll bet you have cable and a couple cell phones and a bunch of other sh!t that my family went without when I was growing up. We didn't have a tv with a remote and color until 1992 and even though there were only 4 channels I was so damned greatful to not have to get up and change them every five minutes for dad. I didn't get a cell phone until I was 26 years old, and am still wondering why I have the damned thing. Both of my parents worked over 40 hours a week, all my older sisters worked in middle school and high school to provide things they wanted for themselves as did I, All of us kids bought our own cars. The children who got college educations did so on the wages from their jobs and scholarship programs. We kept a garden, we had chickens for eggs, and a milk cow we had to breed every 8 months to keep her producing milk. This isn't 50 years ago either. I was born in 1981... The problem with people is that they overload themselves with non essential things to keep up with the high man on the totem pole. My grandmother received less than 100 dollars a week after her husband died and made ends meet every month and still managed to find between 40 and 60 dollars to give to food share and the salvation army. We all chipped in for our community still. I think sadly that you've lost touch with reality. We have never taken food stamps, welfare, or any other program. It was shameful when you could do for yourself to allow others to tithe to make you more comfortable. Get a garden going. The only excuse you can come up with is you want more quality time. Not much more quality to be found than in the time you spend with your family teaching them the values of hard work and being self sufficient. I don't care how tired you are when you come home. The fact that you don't try everything, but instead fill out some forms and rely on others shows me the depth of your character, and makes me worry about the children you're bringing into this world. Sure it's hard, that's the deal though. When you have kids, kiss your desires and comforts goodbye. You have a job to do, and part of that job is finding some way, ANY way to make ends meet without paying for it with another mans sweat. Do you think anybody else paying into the system so you can have food stamps works less than you and your wife do? I hate that attitude. You're nothing special, I wish you the best in seeing that.
everyone that went over their purchace amount should be kicked from the program, period. this is stealing, period! you know what amount you are allotted for every month, if there is going to be a change in your amount you are notified by 2 letters more than a month in advance.
if you take something anything that does not belong to you what is this called? STEALING, those of you making an excuse for these people are ignorant, or are trying to justify your own actions. how would you feel if some one took your money that you had little of to begin with? I bet the rafters would rumble from all the b!itchin and screaming for justice... my justice? again, kick every singe one of these people off the program, and charge them with theft.
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