The Walmart Food Stamps card problem that struck Saturday when EBT cards were hit with a glitch, caused two Walmart stores in Louisiana to have a run on their grocery shelves. As EBT card limits were erased during the outage, shoppers flocked to the stores in Mansfield and Springfield and filled up multiple grocery carts. Officials announced Monday that Walmart will end up footing most of the bill for the overspending, according to ABC News on Oct. 14.
The glitch that hit Food Stamps benefit EBT cards in 17 states Saturday typically froze the cards, forcing shoppers to abandon their carts when they reached the checkout stands and found out they couldn't use their cards.
But in the two Louisiana towns, Walmart stores allowed shoppers to fill up without limit. Trey Williams, spokesman for The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, said the retailers who chose not to follow emergency procedures would foot the bill.
Those procedures limit sales up to $50 per cardholder during an emergency. That means Walmart will be responsible for any additional amount spent over eligible benefit balances.
Walmart said Monday that the company doesn't expect the chaos in the isolated Louisiana events had any material impact to its U.S. business. However, the grocery bill could turn out to be a hefty one for the major retailer.
A power outage is ultimately being blamed for the system flaw, which again saw most Food Stamp recipients unable to even make purchases with their Electronic Benefits Transfer cards Saturday.
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However, once certain Louisiana customers realized they could spend without any limits on their cards, they went on frenzied shopping sprees. Some customers were spotted with as many as 10 shopping carts loaded with groceries.
Some EBT customers even made multiple trips to the stores. Thankfully the customers remained calm and there were no reports of pushing, shoving, fights or arrests.