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(CBS News)   So you're shopping at Walmart only to discover that your EBT card no longer has a limit. What do you do? Probably something like this   (cbsnews.com) divider line 49
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2013-10-14 12:17:17 PM  
8 votes:
I am especially outraged because the fruit and vegetable section remained untouched!
2013-10-14 03:29:18 PM  
6 votes:
Kind of gives Black Friday a new meaning.
2013-10-14 02:05:19 PM  
6 votes:

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 02:04:49 PM  
4 votes:
Heart warming story.  It feels good to help the needy.
2013-10-14 02:40:38 PM  
3 votes:

Masta Kronix: That's because Poverty = Obesity due to the horrible food options that are available at cheap prices.


I bet they cleaned out the healthy stuff while money was no object then, right?
2013-10-14 04:56:32 PM  
2 votes:

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Elegy: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: OK, how about this. Xerox server goes down resulting in EBT sales being blocked across the country. You've been shopping for an hour late Saturday afternoon and are told, "Nope, no purchase allowed." Do you turn around and restock all your groceries? Is that even allowed? I'm not sure it should be. Now over a few hours we get several full carts left behind.

So the Assistant to the Assistant Manager(who else is working Saturday night?) has a problem. His solution? Don't restock the shelves from inventory until those carts are empty and approve the EBT purchases. They're still tied to a name and it'll be the government's problem(hopefully).

Then the servers come back up and ONE woman is caught trying to buy $700 in groceries with forty-nine cents. Cops are called, amateur journalist misunderstands the facts and you get exactly ONE primary source for a story that ends up all over the internet.

I have yet to see an example of ONE person who LEFT THE STORE with more than their allotment.

Yes. That's a brilliant theory.

Except for the multiple videos that are all over the Internet.

Was it hard to stick your head that far up your own ass? Because from here, it looks like you really had to work at it.

Take another look at your "multiple videos." Work at it.


I'm not surprised that's the best reply you've got, based on your little "theory."

Tell me - if customers weren't being allowed out the door with those full carts, why were there so many people there filling them? Perhaps that's just an entertaining evening in Mansfield for the locals, filling up carts at Walmart with items just for the hell of it?
2013-10-14 03:51:28 PM  
2 votes:

GanjSmokr: Magnanimous_J: lobster jerky

Is there such a thing?  I was somewhat excited after reading those words together but disappointed after a quick Google search.


I googled for an appropriate picture or gif and came up with this:

i450.photobucket.com
2013-10-14 02:52:40 PM  
2 votes:

DrewFL: 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 Obama-phones to call their friends and say "Get your ass up to walmart, EBT's are unlimited!"


/FTFE
2013-10-14 02:45:05 PM  
2 votes:
img.fark.net
2013-10-14 02:15:01 PM  
2 votes:

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.
2013-10-14 01:37:34 PM  
2 votes:
"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 09:50:28 PM  
1 votes:

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Elegy: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Elegy: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services' spokesman Trey Williams said the retailers who chose not to use the emergency procedures that limit sales up to $50 per cardholder during an emergency would be responsible for any additional amount spent over eligible benefit balances.

So you're saying that people did, in fact, make it out of the store with groceries they didn't pay for?

That's not what that says.

It says right there that the retailer will be responsible for "any amount spent over eligible limits."

That would seem to imply that people were spending over their eligible limits, yes? Otherwise there would be nothing to pay back.

Yes, to someone who doesn't speak English it would "seem to imply" that. Just as my saying, "Elegy will be blowing all the dogs his mother doesn't get around to" would "seem to imply" you'll be pleasing some chihuahuas to someone who doesn't know your mother.


You really are poor at this you know.

It usually works better if you can at least simulate logic for a whole to keep the other person wound up.

Descending directly into personal insults in an indication that you're losing, not that you're winning.
2013-10-14 09:42:03 PM  
1 votes:

Elegy: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Elegy: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services' spokesman Trey Williams said the retailers who chose not to use the emergency procedures that limit sales up to $50 per cardholder during an emergency would be responsible for any additional amount spent over eligible benefit balances.

So you're saying that people did, in fact, make it out of the store with groceries they didn't pay for?

That's not what that says.

It says right there that the retailer will be responsible for "any amount spent over eligible limits."

That would seem to imply that people were spending over their eligible limits, yes? Otherwise there would be nothing to pay back.


Yes, to someone who doesn't speak English it would "seem to imply" that. Just as my saying, "Elegy will be blowing all the dogs his mother doesn't get around to" would "seem to imply" you'll be pleasing some chihuahuas to someone who doesn't know your mother.
2013-10-14 06:40:08 PM  
1 votes:
Nice, first you try to rob the system because you are too farking lazy to find a job, then when your homies tell you it doesn't work anymore, you just farking abandon your carts in the isles, forcing some poor slob who HAS a job to put all that shiat back, if its not ruined already. And don't hate because i said "homies' you saw the video just as well as i did.farking lazy, robbing slugs. Too bad they cant find out who did it and jail the whole farking bunch of them.
2013-10-14 06:16:00 PM  
1 votes:

jpo2269: I am just amazed at how this went from person 1 realizing there was no limit on the EBT card to the point where many people were in the know and in a position to exploit the glitch..

Of course, that fascination does not override the fact that what they did was theft pure and simple.


When those people find out a new way to game the system, and if telling others about it does not jeopardize their take, word of mouth can be pretty quick.  Some of them probably tried to trick others of them into thinking they could "unlock" their cards for a fee.  They are crafty and cut throat like that.
2013-10-14 06:08:01 PM  
1 votes:

Electrify: Yes there should be some responsibility on those who chose to take advantage of the situation,


Why start now?
2013-10-14 06:00:25 PM  
1 votes:

The_Gallant_Gallstone: 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.


Before you get all political, you may want to know the political demographics of Mansfield.

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: I have yet to see an example of ONE person who LEFT THE STORE with more than their allotment.


You're serious? You think people filed into the store and stripped the shelves clean by chance? That they didn't realize there was a glitch in the system. People don't pull a "Supermarket Sweep" due to rumors.
2013-10-14 05:23:33 PM  
1 votes:

willfullyobscure: WALLY WALLY WALLY WALLY WALLY WALLY WORLD
SHE GOT LOUISIANA PURCHASE CARD
SHE BUYING SUMMER's EVE. SHE BUYING MASSENGIL.
SHE KEEP HER BODY CLEAN


I didn't know Wesley Willis had gotten into rap.
2013-10-14 05:15:12 PM  
1 votes:

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.)


Actually this was a prime example of why some poor stay poor. Short, they are dumb and bad at screwing the system. Only a stupid person would think this was a magical time where a transaction was going to go unrecorded.
2013-10-14 05:06:54 PM  
1 votes:

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Elegy: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: Elegy: Nina_Hartley's_Ass: OK, how about this. Xerox server goes down resulting in EBT sales being blocked across the country. You've been shopping for an hour late Saturday afternoon and are told, "Nope, no purchase allowed." Do you turn around and restock all your groceries? Is that even allowed? I'm not sure it should be. Now over a few hours we get several full carts left behind.

So the Assistant to the Assistant Manager(who else is working Saturday night?) has a problem. His solution? Don't restock the shelves from inventory until those carts are empty and approve the EBT purchases. They're still tied to a name and it'll be the government's problem(hopefully).

Then the servers come back up and ONE woman is caught trying to buy $700 in groceries with forty-nine cents. Cops are called, amateur journalist misunderstands the facts and you get exactly ONE primary source for a story that ends up all over the internet.

I have yet to see an example of ONE person who LEFT THE STORE with more than their allotment.

Yes. That's a brilliant theory.

Except for the multiple videos that are all over the Internet.

Was it hard to stick your head that far up your own ass? Because from here, it looks like you really had to work at it.

Take another look at your "multiple videos." Work at it.

I'm not surprised that's the best reply you've got, based on your little "theory."

Tell me - if customers weren't being allowed out the door with those full carts, why were there so many people there filling them? Perhaps that's just an entertaining evening in Mansfield for the locals, filling up carts at Walmart with items just for the hell of it?

Some people call it "shopping."


Once again, you're totally right.

This is the result of normal shopping patterns over 2 hours on your typical day:

i.imgur.com

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I see the light now. It's all a media conspiracy to make the poor blahs look bad.
2013-10-14 04:55:55 PM  
1 votes:
Party time in the neighborhood!
2013-10-14 04:51:13 PM  
1 votes:
Proving once and for all that these are good, honest folks, who just need a hand so they can get their act together and not a bunch of criminal leaches.

[ / scarcasm ]

/// 100% are democrats. I'd bet massive amounts of $$ on it.
2013-10-14 04:32:07 PM  
1 votes:

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: OK, how about this. Xerox server goes down resulting in EBT sales being blocked across the country. You've been shopping for an hour late Saturday afternoon and are told, "Nope, no purchase allowed." Do you turn around and restock all your groceries? Is that even allowed? I'm not sure it should be. Now over a few hours we get several full carts left behind.

So the Assistant to the Assistant Manager(who else is working Saturday night?) has a problem. His solution? Don't restock the shelves from inventory until those carts are empty and approve the EBT purchases. They're still tied to a name and it'll be the government's problem(hopefully).

Then the servers come back up and ONE woman is caught trying to buy $700 in groceries with forty-nine cents. Cops are called, amateur journalist misunderstands the facts and you get exactly ONE primary source for a story that ends up all over the internet.

I have yet to see an example of ONE person who LEFT THE STORE with more than their allotment.


Yes. That's a brilliant theory.

Except for the multiple videos that are all over the Internet.

Was it hard to stick your head that far up your own ass? Because from here, it looks like you really had to work at it.
2013-10-14 04:32:02 PM  
1 votes:
Just listen to them scream next month when the charges show up and they all have to pay for what they stole.

Har de har har har.
2013-10-14 04:16:16 PM  
1 votes:
Xerox, which hosts some of the infrastructure used by the EBT card system, told KSLA that a power outage during a routine maintenance test caused the temporary glitch.

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2013-10-14 04:12:45 PM  
1 votes:

The Muthaship: bearded clamorer: Why would you say that?

Because you aren't in the same room as him.


You got that right.
2013-10-14 04:07:30 PM  
1 votes:
Wal-mart made a killing off of this, I've always said, they only need to be open about 2 days a month.
2013-10-14 04:06:30 PM  
1 votes:

sheep snorter: Due to Walmarts complicity in being an accessory to food stamps debit card fraud, Governor Piyush Jindal will personally cut off all food stamps for the month of November.

/hope you got yours.

//emergency rations of adult diapers will be provided to card carrying republicans/teahadists, during the month of November as a way to say thank you for getting yours.


Somehow i dont think the thieves were teaparty or Gop, but keep huffinig that paint, its doing wonders for your retardation
2013-10-14 04:01:11 PM  
1 votes:

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

Is there a website that they can check their balance on?

There should be a toll-free number on the back of the card that lets you find out the balance.


Since I stood behind a few of these, I know that any register that can take EBT can display the current balance or print out a register tape showing the balance.

"NO!  Dis izzit right!  Call Frank at Social Security!  He said I gots $200 on dat card!  You jus' tryin'' to cheat me!  This izzit fair!"

or

"Oh.  Dat's okay.  Try dis one."  She opens her wallet and pulls out another EBT card and there are two more in the wallet.
2013-10-14 03:53:41 PM  
1 votes:

bearded clamorer: Why would you say that?


Because you aren't in the same room as him.
2013-10-14 03:53:37 PM  
1 votes:

Madbassist1: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Madbassist1: The Muthaship: Madbassist1: knowledge and intent, how does that work?

Do they not know their limit?  Seems like they would.  If that can be proven, intent can be shown.

Not to argue, but I know a couple of people that use it and they just pretty much use it until it quits.

Yeah, bullshiat.  Dozens of people suddenly show up and start filling up multiple shopping carts with food right after the glitch shows up, emptying Walmart's shelves in the process...and you think they were just doing their weekly shopping?

...and when Walmart got on the loudspeaker and announced that the glitch was fixed, people abandoned their overflowing shopping carts in the aisles and quickly left the store because they all just remembered that the season premier of The Walking Dead was coming on soon?

Prove it.

/see how that works?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7cmmCYJ4eo

All those full carts were left because so many people simultaneously realized they needed to be at the gym within the next half hour.  Or something like that.  Definitely not because people were trying to game the system while it was down.  Nope.
2013-10-14 03:42:23 PM  
1 votes:

Madbassist1: The Muthaship: Madbassist1: knowledge and intent, how does that work?

Do they not know their limit?  Seems like they would.  If that can be proven, intent can be shown.

Not to argue, but I know a couple of people that use it and they just pretty much use it until it quits.


Yeah, bullshiat.  Dozens of people suddenly show up and start filling up multiple shopping carts with food right after the glitch shows up, emptying Walmart's shelves in the process...and you think they were just doing their weekly shopping?

...and when Walmart got on the loudspeaker and announced that the glitch was fixed, people abandoned their overflowing shopping carts in the aisles and quickly left the store because they all just remembered that the season premier of The Walking Dead was coming on soon?
2013-10-14 03:29:07 PM  
1 votes:

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


A balance shows up on the bottom of the receipt. If the balance shows $1,000,000.00 after you spent your last $5 on something, you'd know.

It's just like the miracle of the widow's oil in the bible. This was an act of God, ya'll.
2013-10-14 03:25:31 PM  
1 votes:

cardex: Yep when I started my diet and lost 150 pounds my food budget dubbled but I get home with fewer bags of food. But there are some cheap and healthy options if you know what to look for and dont mind eating the same thing every day for a week


Mine usually goes from the $450-$600 per month range to the $120-$180 per month range.  It's expensive to feed myself junk.
2013-10-14 03:21:43 PM  
1 votes:

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


They were only Freshmen.
2013-10-14 03:09:22 PM  
1 votes:

The Muthaship: So they were supposed to stop all sales because there was a possible glitch?  I think that puts them in a tough spot.  Lots of the purchases were probably legitimate.



All of the stores (including Walmart) around me had "No EBT transactions" signs on the doors.  I didn't see Jesse Jackson or Rev Al anywhere around because of that.

/requiring people to check EBT card balances is racist.
2013-10-14 03:01:17 PM  
1 votes:

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

Is there a website that they can check their balance on?


There should be a toll-free number on the back of the card that lets you find out the balance.
2013-10-14 02:51:20 PM  
1 votes:
www.natgeocreative.com
2013-10-14 02:39:28 PM  
1 votes:
I'm guessing it was honor the EBT cards or have a full scale violent riot.

BTW Did they leave any Heineken on the shelves?
2013-10-14 02:35:03 PM  
1 votes:

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?


You would get convicted and sent to jail.
2013-10-14 02:31:40 PM  
1 votes:
Did you ever notice that people who pay for their groceries with EBT are fat? I swear I have never seen a skinny or normal weight person use an EBT.
2013-10-14 02:15:28 PM  
1 votes:
Amazing at how fast word got around.  Is there some kind of free thing phone tree?
2013-10-14 02:12:15 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:02:05 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:00:33 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:00:18 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:00:15 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:10:08 PM  
1 votes:
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 12:03:07 PM  
1 votes:

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

Yeah.


Nothing like looting with an ID

/your clever plan...
 
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