Walmart food stamps may have played a role in two Walmarts in Louisiana losing thousands of dollars after a power outage allowed food stamp shoppers to raid the store and quite literally clean house, leaving next to nothing on the store shelves. It is ABC News that reports this Monday, Oct. 14, that the Walmarts will likely have to foot the bill following some food stamp beneficiaries going on a massive shopping spree that removed their overall spending limits.
The Walmart food stamps debacle came about in Springhill and Mansfield, Louisiana, locations this Saturday, as shoppers cleaned house, taking advantage of the temporary power outage to buy incredible amounts of food, filling dozens of shopping carts. According to police officials, some customers had managed to grab so much food while the food stamp limits were lifted that they probably wouldn’t be able to fit it all in their fridges back home.
"I saw people drag out eight to ten grocery carts," a local police chief said. “It was like a raid. One person hauled away more than $700 worth of groceries.”
According to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, any and all retailers (including Walmart) that does not have emergency processes for food stamps recipients that would be able to limit food sales of $50 per cardholder will have to pay any extra money out of pocket. Although this might seem to have been a major blow to Walmart stores, the company reported that because the power outage was brief and the massive food buying limited to only two stores, it won’t have any major impact on their business here in the U.S.
It seems that in the dubbed "raid of Walmart," note the most recent updates, that the Walmart food stamps glitch came about when the Electronic Benefits Transfer system suddenly went down after a back-up generator died. The power outage enabled people to clean the shelves with shopping carts full of food with little repercussions, and major impact or no, will likely be a hefty pricing bill for the two Walmart locations.
Although most customers were not said to be wild and no arrests were made, the whole scene was said to be a very chaotic one.
"It was definitely worse than Black Friday. It was worse than anything we had ever seen in this town," the police officer said of Springhill, which is near the border with Arkansas. "There was no food left on any of the shelves, and no meat left. The grocery part of Walmart was totally decimated."