Over the weekend, a food stamp system failure occurred preventing anyone from accessing their food stamp benefits, such as EBT and SNAP. According to this article, there was a problem with Xerox, which is the company who provides the machines for people to access their EBT and SNAP benefits. According to a report published by Fox News on October 14, the system failure caused huge shopping riots at one of the biggest retailers, Wal-Mart.
According to the report, many people left their shopping carts filled with food and walked out of the store once they found out they wouldn't be able to pay for them with their EBT or SNAP benefits.
At two Wal-Marts in Louisiana, Springhill and Mansfield, because of the food stamp machine glitch, the stores allowed for the machines to show no spending limits on the cards just so people could feed their families. Otherwise, they wouldn't have been able to because they didn't have any other way to pay for their food. However, this prompted some people to take advantage of the stores' generosity. One woman actually tried to buy $700 worth of food when her card showed she only had 49 cents left on it.
Some retailers in Ohio were providing customers with emergency food vouchers, where they were available, up to $50 just to get by and to be able to feed their families until the problem was resolved. However, in many other stores in some of the 17 other states, many people were left without any options and were unable to feed their families until the problem was fixed.
It was actually stated that this food stamp machine glitch made stores as bad, or even worse, than any Black Friday there has ever been. Shelves were picked clean and went empty until stores were able to restock.
Thankfully the next day, Sunday, October 13, the problem was resolved and people were back to being able to feed their families once again.