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2013-10-14 11:43:54 AM
Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back. Parasites. (Not all EBT card users, just the ones who decided to hose the taxpayers.)
 
2013-10-14 11:54:54 AM

Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back.


Yeah.
 
2013-10-14 12:03:07 PM

Relatively Obscure: Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back.

Yeah.


Nothing like looting with an ID

/your clever plan...
 
2013-10-14 12:07:11 PM
Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.

"We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards during the outage so that they could get food for their families," Walmart representative Kayla Whaling told KSLA. She added that Walmart was, "fully engaged and monitoring the situation and transactions during the outage."


I'll just bet you were.  This was a windfall for Wal-Mart, too.  I just love how they pretend it was "so people could get food for their families".  Very close to "It's for the kids!"

Hopefully, Louisiana will make the looters pay it back.  But Wal-Mart got theirs no matter what.
 
2013-10-14 12:10:08 PM
Yeah, great day until you get that huge bill from the state.  Then what are you going to do?

/Oh yeah, right.
 
2013-10-14 12:17:17 PM
I am especially outraged because the fruit and vegetable section remained untouched!
 
2013-10-14 12:18:57 PM

Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back. Parasites. (Not all EBT card users, just the ones who decided to hose the taxpayers.)


And they would pay it back with...... What, exactly?
 
2013-10-14 12:45:53 PM

Elegy: Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back. Parasites. (Not all EBT card users, just the ones who decided to hose the taxpayers.)

And they would pay it back with...... What, exactly?


$50 per month withheld from their allowance until the debt was paid.
 
2013-10-14 01:06:43 PM
Fear not, the right-wing social media Poutrage Machine is already fully engaged.
 
2013-10-14 01:12:13 PM

Elegy: Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back. Parasites. (Not all EBT card users, just the ones who decided to hose the taxpayers.)

And they would pay it back with...... What, exactly?


Not American, but I would presume that future benefits payments would reflect the overspending on this particular transaction.  It's not like you actually got given more money, you just knowingly spent money that wasn't yours. Here in Canada, you wouldn't get a dime more in support until you were squared up with the government.  I presume it would work much the same for you guys.  It's like getting a misprinted cheque with a few more zeros on it than intended.  It doesn't make the money yours in any way, shape, or form.

 I'm not sure that these fine folks thought their cunning plan all the way through, though.
 
2013-10-14 01:15:19 PM

the_rev: Elegy: Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back. Parasites. (Not all EBT card users, just the ones who decided to hose the taxpayers.)

And they would pay it back with...... What, exactly?

$50 per month withheld from their allowance until the debt was paid.


Sounds fair enough to me.
 
2013-10-14 01:29:40 PM

Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back.


Anyone who abused this should be charged with theft.
 
2013-10-14 01:37:34 PM
"We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards during the outage so that they could get food for their families," Walmart representative Kayla Whaling told KSLA.

I support this decision on environmental grounds. I've spent some time in LA, and I know that if those people didn't get their Cheerios and Tyson chicken from Walmart, they'd be eating whatever they found in the swamps, most of which is still pending identification by science. Those farkers will eat anything. They don't care how many legs or eyes or what have you some creature's got, if it moves, they'll chase it down and pop it in their mouths. Or mix it with some raw sewage and call it some kind of soup. It's fascinating watching a Louisianan eat. You're minding your own business, checking out the cypress trees, and all of the sudden some local will take a bite and you and all your friends look at each other and say, "Did he just eat that farking thing?"
 
2013-10-14 01:39:10 PM
When DFAS overpays someone in the military, they just withhold pay until the ledger is balanced.  Of course, EBT is handled by the states so I don't know if they'd go about it the same way, but it would be fair.  After all, it isn't like they "earned" the money in the first place.
 
2013-10-14 01:49:42 PM
"Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.

We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards during the outage so that they could get food for their families, because we knew they could never be held accountable and we wanted to get ours from the government teat as well" Walmart representative Kayla Whaling told KSLA. She added that Walmart was, "fully engaged and monitoring the situation and transactions during the outage."


FTFT.
 
2013-10-14 01:57:48 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.

"We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards during the outage so that they could get food for their families," Walmart representative Kayla Whaling told KSLA. She added that Walmart was, "fully engaged and monitoring the situation and transactions during the outage."

I'll just bet you were.  This was a windfall for Wal-Mart, too.  I just love how they pretend it was "so people could get food for their families".  Very close to "It's for the kids!"



The government needs to restrict the kinds of items purchased on EBT cards.
No soda, skittles, steak, or skrimps.
Just a well defined list of staples, similar to the WIC program.
 
2013-10-14 01:58:12 PM
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2013-10-14 01:58:33 PM
How would the user know how much was left on the card? They can't be held accountable.
 
2013-10-14 02:00:15 PM

Spad31: Done in one.

But...SHHHHH! Don't dare mention the demographics!

Makes liberals uncomfortable.



A state with a Republican governor abuses government benefits, big surprise.
 
2013-10-14 02:00:18 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.

"We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards during the outage so that they could get food for their families," Walmart representative Kayla Whaling told KSLA. She added that Walmart was, "fully engaged and monitoring the situation and transactions during the outage."

I'll just bet you were.  This was a windfall for Wal-Mart, too.  I just love how they pretend it was "so people could get food for their families".  Very close to "It's for the kids!"

Hopefully, Louisiana will make the looters pay it back.  But Wal-Mart got theirs no matter what.


Yes, let's blame Wal Mart. It dressed provocatively so it was asking for it.
 
2013-10-14 02:00:33 PM

the_rev: Elegy: Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back. Parasites. (Not all EBT card users, just the ones who decided to hose the taxpayers.)

And they would pay it back with...... What, exactly?

$50 per month withheld from their allowance until the debt was paid.


How dare you treat them like children.
 
2013-10-14 02:01:02 PM

Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back. Parasites. (Not all EBT card users, just the ones who decided to hose the taxpayers.)


Can't argue with this.
 
2013-10-14 02:02:05 PM

Therion: Fear not, the right-wing social media Poutrage Machine is already fully engaged.


So's the left-wing 'make excuses for the perps' and 'blame Wal Mart' factory.
 
2013-10-14 02:02:14 PM
Unlimited bacon?  Yeah, I'd be tempted.  Good thing the food stamp cards can't be used for alcohol or there would have been a run on crappy American macrobrews.
 
2013-10-14 02:02:26 PM

unyon: Elegy: Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back. Parasites. (Not all EBT card users, just the ones who decided to hose the taxpayers.)

And they would pay it back with...... What, exactly?

Not American, but I would presume that future benefits payments would reflect the overspending on this particular transaction.  It's not like you actually got given more money, you just knowingly spent money that wasn't yours. Here in Canada, you wouldn't get a dime more in support until you were squared up with the government.  I presume it would work much the same for you guys.  It's like getting a misprinted cheque with a few more zeros on it than intended.  It doesn't make the money yours in any way, shape, or form.

 I'm not sure that these fine folks thought their cunning plan all the way through, though.


This. The EBT cards will not work until there is a positive balance on them. These folks will have to continue to file for benefits each week as usual, until the balance is repaid.
 
2013-10-14 02:02:40 PM
Wal Mart didn't profit? I'm sure they did.
 
2013-10-14 02:02:44 PM

CruiserTwelve: Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back.

Anyone who abused this should be charged with theft.


Why not both?
 
2013-10-14 02:03:26 PM
Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.

Good thing corporations are only  considered people for the good shiat, that seems almost like they are part of the scam knowingly making profits off this.
 
2013-10-14 02:03:32 PM

bearded clamorer: The government needs to restrict the kinds of items purchased on EBT cards.
No soda, skittles, steak, or skrimps.
Just a well defined list of staples, similar to the WIC program.


I'm guessing that this is the cash benefit side of the EBT account that was f'd up.  SNAP is already restricted as you describe, but there is a cash benefit amount that is supposed to fill in the gaps for purchases at places that don't accept EBT.  I'm not defending the program, just describing it, although I think that food stamps in general is a very good thing to have available.

URAPNIS: How would the user know how much was left on the card? They can't be held accountable.


Perhaps they just use it like a gift card, swipe it for whatever's left on it and pay the rest out of pocket?  Except this time they just kept working.
 
2013-10-14 02:04:11 PM
so what would happen if you had 1,000,000 put into your bank account by mistake and you spent it all?
 
2013-10-14 02:04:12 PM

Spad31: But...SHHHHH! Don't dare mention the demographics!


Poor white trash?
 
2013-10-14 02:04:49 PM
Heart warming story.  It feels good to help the needy.
 
2013-10-14 02:05:10 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.

"We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards during the outage so that they could get food for their families," Walmart representative Kayla Whaling told KSLA. She added that Walmart was, "fully engaged and monitoring the situation and transactions during the outage."

I'll just bet you were.  This was a windfall for Wal-Mart, too.  I just love how they pretend it was "so people could get food for their families".  Very close to "It's for the kids!"

Hopefully, Louisiana will make the looters pay it back.  But Wal-Mart got theirs no matter what.


I wonder if it could be argued that since Wal-Mart was aware of the situation and let unlimited EBT purchases continue, then Wal-Mart could be held liable for the overages?
 
2013-10-14 02:05:13 PM

Headso: Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.

Good thing corporations are only  considered people for the good shiat, that seems almost like they are part of the scam knowingly making profits off this.


I'm the last person to defend WalMart but the people who thought they were getting "free money" are the ones to blame here.
 
2013-10-14 02:05:19 PM

You Are All Sheep: so what would happen if you had 1,000,000 put into your bank account by mistake and you spent it all?


Hookers and cocaine would happen.
 
2013-10-14 02:08:04 PM

NutWrench: Headso: Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.

Good thing corporations are only  considered people for the good shiat, that seems almost like they are part of the scam knowingly making profits off this.

I'm the last person to defend WalMart but the people who thought they were getting "free money" are the ones to blame here.


I think they are both equally to blame, walmart made a decision to knowingly steal this money just like the people making purchases.
 
2013-10-14 02:08:48 PM

HooskerDoo: You Are All Sheep: so what would happen if you had 1,000,000 put into your bank account by mistake and you spent it all?

Hookers and cocaine would happen.


The bank would come looking for their money, and you'd go to jail.
 
2013-10-14 02:09:24 PM

Nabb1: Anyone who abused this should have to pay it back. Parasites. (Not all EBT card users, just the ones who decided to hose the taxpayers.)


And lose that benefit for life.  I'm here today because my parents got food stamps and such.  It's assholes like the people mentioned that give justification to people that want to get rid of the programs altogether.
 
2013-10-14 02:09:28 PM

bearded clamorer: Benevolent Misanthrope: Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.

"We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards during the outage so that they could get food for their families," Walmart representative Kayla Whaling told KSLA. She added that Walmart was, "fully engaged and monitoring the situation and transactions during the outage."

I'll just bet you were.  This was a windfall for Wal-Mart, too.  I just love how they pretend it was "so people could get food for their families".  Very close to "It's for the kids!"

The government needs to restrict the kinds of items purchased on EBT cards.
No soda, skittles, steak, or skrimps.
Just a well defined list of staples, similar to the WIC program.


I thought they already did.

And what's wrong with steak?  You think poor people should never, ever eat red meat?  I mean, I can see that they shouldn't be able to buy prime striploins... but maybe make beef OK under a certain price per pound?  It just seems overly restrictive to me that all steak would be off the menu.  I can do wonders with round steak and a jacquard tenderizer.
 
2013-10-14 02:10:45 PM

URAPNIS: How would the user know how much was left on the card? They can't be held accountable.


Yeah, totally.  It's not like they have cell phones to call their friends and say "Get your ass up to walmart, EBT's are unlimited!"
 
2013-10-14 02:10:45 PM

Headso: walmart made a decision to knowingly steal this money just like the people making purchases.


Here's the alternative headline if they'd suspended EBT purchases:

WalMart Denies Food to Poor People
 
2013-10-14 02:10:47 PM
The Muthaship: Heart warming story.  It feels good to help the needy Greedy.


FTFY
 
2013-10-14 02:11:37 PM
You Are All Sheep: so what would happen if you had 1,000,000 put into your bank account by mistake and you spent it all?

Before or after taxes?

// because with 1 million after taxes, plus the money I already had in there, I could disappear for a long long long long time.
 
2013-10-14 02:12:15 PM

Dr Jack Badofsky: HooskerDoo: You Are All Sheep: so what would happen if you had 1,000,000 put into your bank account by mistake and you spent it all?

Hookers and cocaine would happen.

The bank would come looking for their money, and you'd go to jail.


My US bank?  My ATM card would be stolen, all of it spent or taken out in Canadian funds in another city before I could report it, and I'd follow all procedures for the bank's insurance.
 
2013-10-14 02:12:47 PM

Headso: NutWrench: Headso: Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.

Good thing corporations are only  considered people for the good shiat, that seems almost like they are part of the scam knowingly making profits off this.

I'm the last person to defend WalMart but the people who thought they were getting "free money" are the ones to blame here.

I think they are both equally to blame, walmart made a decision to knowingly steal this money just like the people making purchases.


Rather than declining ALL the EBT cards out of hand, WalMart took a chance that some of the people using those cards were living within their means. It costs them nothing to let the transactions go through because any problem with the card's balance is between the customer and the state human resources agency.
 
2013-10-14 02:12:56 PM

factoryconnection: bearded clamorer: The government needs to restrict the kinds of items purchased on EBT cards.
No soda, skittles, steak, or skrimps.
Just a well defined list of staples, similar to the WIC program.

I'm guessing that this is the cash benefit side of the EBT account that was f'd up.  SNAP is already restricted as you describe, but there is a cash benefit amount that is supposed to fill in the gaps for purchases at places that don't accept EBT.  I'm not defending the program, just describing it, although I think that food stamps in general is a very good thing to have available.

URAPNIS: How would the user know how much was left on the card? They can't be held accountable.

Perhaps they just use it like a gift card, swipe it for whatever's left on it and pay the rest out of pocket?  Except this time they just kept working.


I don't think it is - they use that type of restriction to determine what stores can accept SNAP purchases (have to make more than half of their dollars from non-snack food items) but they don't restrict the users from buying nothing but chips and soda if that's what they want to spend their money on.

If I'm wrong - and I truly hope I am - can someone help me find the documentation saying that SNAP is more like WIC because I can't find it anywhere and that's depressing to me.
 
2013-10-14 02:14:23 PM

The Muthaship: Headso: walmart made a decision to knowingly steal this money just like the people making purchases.

Here's the alternative headline if they'd suspended EBT purchases:

WalMart Denies Food to Poor People


there were already known glitches, even if you think it is ok for walmart to steal to avoid bad press they wouldn't have even gotten any.
 
2013-10-14 02:14:28 PM
It's abundantly clear this was a false flag operation to make Real Americans from Louisiana out to be benefit-slurping parasites.

My theory is that this operation was coordinated by OFA in conjunction with MoveOn and the remnants of ACORN under the supervision of RV.
 
2013-10-14 02:14:56 PM
Of course, when a billion dollar company like Haliburton does it the reaction is...meh what are ya gonna do?
 
2013-10-14 02:15:01 PM

You Are All Sheep: so what would happen if you had 1,000,000 put into your bank account by mistake and you spent it all?


Send half to Planned Parenthood, the other half to Focus on the Family, then dare the bank to kindly ask for the donations back from one or the other.
 
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