A Walmart food stamps card glitch made for chaos at a store in Springhill, La. Saturday night. The technical glitch instantly erased spending limits set on food stamp debit cards used for food. Time reports Oct. 14 that shoppers cleared shelves quickly and police had to come in and control crowds. Many were abusing the Walmart food stamps glitch on their Electronic Benefits Transfer cards.
Spending limits were reportedly taken off Walmart's register system for about two hours. The Springhill Walmart store announced over a loudspeaker when the food stamp card glitch had been fixed. It was then that large carts jam-packed with food were immediately left behind.
Xerox said a power outage during a routine maintenance test was responsible for the Walmart food stamps card glitch.
Walmart's corporate headquarters told the store to keep ringing in items customers were purchasing on their EBT cards during the glitch. A spokesman for the retail giant said they continued selling to customers “so that they could get food for their families.”
It's unknown if those using the EBT cards will be billed for purchases over their spending limits during the Walmart food stamps card glitch.