Walmart food stamps contributed to a highly wasteful misuse of food this week, as two Walmart stores in Louisiana had their electronic transfer systems malfunction — which the company is blaming on Xerox for the credit error — leading to food stamp users cleaning shelves and taking tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of food beign taken without payment. The CS Monitor notes this Tuesday, Oct. 15, that Walmart Stores are currently laying the guilt on Xerox for the computer glitch disaster, while Xerox is fighting back, saying it’s not their fault that the credit cards were temporarily without limits, as procedures were not followed.
This Walmart food stamps incident occurred in two Louisiana towns this Saturday, Mansfield and Springfield, and led to a terrible, wasteful amount of food being raided from shelves. Some police officers said that in the chaos, the Walmarts looked like they had been bombed, and almost everything — especially the meat aisles — being completely cleaned out. What’s more, people were said to have taken several carts full of food, and there was no stopping them because the electronic food stamps cards had no financial limits due to a power outage error.
These EBT cards act as debit cards of sorts, and are issued by the state as an integral piece of its food stamp program to provide beneficiaries with a limited amount of food to buy to help feed their families. Yet people, say the police officers who were called in to monitor the food stamps craze, took advantage of the federal government subsidy program, walking out of the Walmart stores with more food than they could carry, let alone eat.
"Some people had eight or 10 shopping carts full of groceries," Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said on Monday. “People were spending over $700 on food.”
Now it’s a wonder whether Walmart or Xerox will need to foot the pricy bill and take the blame. Although Walmart is laying the blame on Xerox for the serious malfunction error, Xerox said that proper processes should an EBT credit power outage occur were not followed, so they should not be held accountable.
The cause of the Louisiana Walmart food stamps fiasco was that the systems suffered a temporary shutdown following their backup generators malfunctioning. Walmart is saying that “all problems should be furthered to Xerox …” while Xerox is saying that their company "documented process for retailers like Wal-Mart to follow in response to EBT outages" that was not correctly implemented.
Xerox error or Walmart blame aside, hopefully this wasteful misuse of food like this Walmart food stamps issue can be avoided in the future, as up to 17 other states found their own debit cards not working this weekend while the Walmart shoppers raided the store unmercifully.