Entitlement Vultures Sack Walmart in EBT Glitch

MANSFIELD, LA (KSLA) -
Shelves in Walmart stores in Springhill and
Mansfield, LA were reportedly cleared Saturday night, when the stores
allowed purchases on EBT cards even though they were not showing
limits. The chaos that followed ultimately required intervention from local
police, and left behind numerous carts filled to overflowing, apparently
abandoned when the glitch-spurred shopping frenzy ended.
[/*]Springhill
Police Chief Will Lynd confirms they were called in to help the
employees at Walmart because there were so many people clearing off the
shelves. He says Walmart 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 Walmart, 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 $700.00
and only had .49 on her card. She was held by police until corporate
Walmart 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.
"Just about everything is gone, I've never seen it in that condition," said Mansfield Walmart customer Anthony Fuller.



Walmart employees could still be seen putting food from the carts
away as late as Sunday afternoon. "I was just thinking, I'm so glad my
mom doesn't work here [Walmart] anymore, that's the only thing I could
think about, those employees working, that would have to restock all
that stuff," said O.J Evans who took cell phone video of the overflowing
shopping carts at the Mansfield Walmart.
Evans believes it was natural human reaction that led people to fill
up their carts during the glitch, but Walmart shoppers Stan and Judy
Garcia feel very differently. "That's plain theft, that's stealing
that's all I got to say about it," said Garcia.
Lynd says contrary to rumors, nobody was unruly or arrested and they were mainly there to help prevent shoplifting and theft.


A dispatcher for Mansfield police also confirms officers were called
in for crowd control at the Mansfield Walmart. She said the shelves
were cleared out, forcing Walmart to stop selling food at 9 p.m. There
were no arrests.

There was, however, a huge mess left behind.
Pictures and videos obtained by KSLA News 12 show aisles packed with
shoppers emptying the shelves in Springhill. Another video shows what
appear to be at least dozens of overflowing carts left abandoned in the
aisles at the Mansfield store, against the backdrop of emptied shelves
in the meat department.
It all happened at the end of a day in which the EBT system went down
in several states, including Louisiana. Xerox, a vendor for the EBT
system, experienced a power outage while conducting a routine backup
test in one of the company's locations. While the system was back up
Saturday night, it appears that it was not functioning entirely properly
in some areas.

Kayla Whaling, a spokesperson for Walmart, tells KSLA News 12 that
the company was "fully engaged and monitoring the situation and
transactions during the outage."

"We did make the decision to
continue to accept EBT cards (and purchases on WIC and SNAP) during the
outage so that they could get food for their families."
Asked whether Walmart would be taking the loss on any food purchased
on the cards that did not show limits, or on the perishable food left
behind in carts, Whaling would only say that "we monitored transactions
during the outage."
A spokesperson for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family
Services says they take all allegations of potential fraud seriously,
they are aware of the reports and they will be investigating.