Food Stamp Glitch At Wal Mart Leads To Mob Clearing Out The Store

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MSN Money – Wal-Mart (WMT -0.19%) 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. From news station KSLA:

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.

Sounds like Wal-Mart in Louisiana was a real blast on Saturday night huh? Hundreds of minos swarming the aisles like its the goddam apocalypse. I’d imagine that scene looked like a new pair of Jordan’s being released mixed with World War Z or The Walking Dead. Just absolute chaos combined with post apocalyptic Armageddon lawlessness. Food Stamp Looting could perhaps being the craziest scene any store has ever witnessed. I mean at least during Black Friday the people that are showing up have enough money to actually purchase TVs and shit, no matter how much they’re on sale. The Food Stamp Mob is whole different crowd. And I can’t even imagine what happened right at 9pm when they fixed the glitch. Imagine you’re in line waiting to pay, all your neighbors ahead of you ringing up a zillion dollars worth of shit and you’re the first person at the register when the system has been fixed? You’re the bitch with 700 bucks worth of stuff and only got 49 cents on your card? I’m surprised it didn’t all result in full scale rioting.Those people who were late to the party missed out on Poor People Christmas that only comes once a lifetime.

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