The food stamp EBT card glitch was a nightmare to most, but for some shoppers at a Louisiana Walmart store, the glitch meant that their card had limitless spending power. While 17 states across the nation saw the EBT food stamp cards rendered useless for most of Saturday, shoppers in a Louisiana Walmart store emptied shelves, according to CBS News on Oct. 14.
Walmart notified the Xerox Company about the glitch and they were told to let the registers keep ringing, and that they did. At one point the police needed to be called in as the frenzy of unlimited spending caused chaos.
The police were called into at least two Walmart stores on Saturday in Louisiana to help maintain order as shoppers ran getting anything they could get their hands on as it was all free. The free-for-all ended as soon as Walmart announced to the store’s shoppers that the EBT food stamp cards were back up and running correctly and showing accurate spending limits.
In the wake of that announcement a sea of full shopping carts were abandoned down the aisles of Walmart. A police spokesperson said that no arrests were made during the unlimited spending frenzy. It is not known how the food stamp EBT program will handle all that food that was charged. People knew their limit, but as the glitch canceled out any limits for about two hours, many tried to cram in as much shopping as they possible could.