A Walmart food stamps glitch which enabled Walmart shoppers to use their food stamps EBT cards for unlimited purchases, resulted in Walmart stores in Louisiana having to call the police in order to control Walmart shoppers. The two-hour Walmart food stamps glitch, which allowed Walmart shoppers to use their EBT cards without spending limit, was sanctioned by Walmart headquarters, according to an Oct. 13, 2013, KSLA News 12 report.
On Saturday, while shoppers in 17 states were unable to use Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards due to a power outage at Xerox (the company that handles the EBT cards), Walmart shoppers in Springhill and Mansfield in Louisiana experienced quite the opposite.
Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd explained that from about 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. the EBT cards weren't showing limits and when they called corporate Walmart, a spokesman said “to let the people use the cards anyway.”
The Walmart food stamps glitch allowed Walmart shoppers to use the EBT cards for two hours without any purchasing limit.
As one would expect, after discovering the Walmart food stamps glitch and the power to spend unlimited amounts of money on food and other applicable items, Walmart shoppers loaded up their carts to the fullest.
“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.”
One Walmart customer said that "just about everything is gone, I've never seen it in that condition.”
By the time the end of the Walmart food stamps glitch was announced at 9 p.m. on Saturday, those overflowing shopping cards were just left behind in the aisles of the Walmart stores.
Despite the Walmart food stamps glitch and the out-of-control Walmart shoppers with overflowing shopping carts, only one woman “was detained because she rang up a bill of $700.00 and only had .49 on her card.” The woman was help by police until corporate Walmart said that they would not press charges if she left the food.
Kayla Whaling, a spokesperson for Walmart, said that the company was fully aware of the Walmart food stamps glitch and that it 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 [Walmart shoppers] could get food for their families."