EBT SYSTEM DOWN – FREE SHIT ARMY GETTING HUNGRY

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Posted on 12th October 2013 by Administrator in Economy |Politics |Social Issues

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Nothing like having a dry run for the coming shitstorm. With 50 million free-shitters piling into Wal-Marts across the land stocking up on Cheetos, Twizzlers, Mountain Dew, pork rinds, Slim Jims, ice cream, and cheese whiz on a daily basis, a little computer glitch with the old JP Morgan EBT system threatens to put the obese masses on a forced diet.

There are already reports coming in from across the country about angry free shitters demanding their free shit.

I’m surprised Obama hasn’t already mobilized the military to give out free food in our urban kill zones. I sure hope they get the system operating by Monday morning when I have to venture through West Philly. They might eat my Honda Insight. One week without EBTs functioning and every Democrat controlled shithole in the country would look like this:

Foodstamp Nation In Turmoil: EBT System Goes Dark, “Glitch” Blamed

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Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/12/2013 17:03 -0400

In the past five years it has become apparent that America can survive a near-fatal financial system collapse, an economy teetering on the edge and kept ticking only thanks to the Fed’s now perpetual QE, a collapsing standard of living for everyone but the wealthiest 0.1%, declining wages, zero interest rates, surging food, energy, rent, tuition and welfare costs, and pretty much everything else, as long as the welfare state keeps humming along. Any be welfare state we mostly mean providing the daily bread to the nearly 50 million Americans living in poverty and surviving only thanks to the only thing to have exploded to epic record highs under Obama (in addition to the Fed’s balance sheet of course): foodstamp usage. However, the true stability of the US may be tested very soon following reports that due to a “possible computer glitch” the Electronic Benefits Transfer System, aka EBT, ala Foodstamps, is offline. Cue mass panic among the best-weaponized population in the world. Naturally, this latest fiasco involving a country that has grown accustomed to sucking on the government’s teat was immediately blamed on a “glitch” – just like everything else that is slowly but surely breaking in the New Normal.

CBS reports:

Reports from around the country began pouring in around 9 a.m. on Saturday that customers’ EBT cards were not working in stores. The glitch, however, did not appear to be part of the government shutdown. At 2 p.m., an EBT customer service representative told CBS Boston that the system was currently down for a computer system upgrade.

 

The representative said the glitch is affecting people nationwide. She could not say when officials expected the system to be restored.

 

People calling the customer service line were being told to call back later.

 

State officials said they were preparing a statement to further explain the issue.

 

The federal EBT website was unavailable due to the government shutdown.

AP adds:

People in Ohio, Michigan and several other states found themselves unable to use their food stamp debit cards on Saturday, after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure. Shoppers from Maine to Oklahoma had to abandon baskets of groceries because they couldn’t access their benefits.

 

Ohio’s cash and food assistance card payment systems went down at 11 a.m., said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio’s cash system has been fixed, however its electronic benefits transfer card system is still down. All states that use Xerox systems are affected by the outage.

 

Xerox spokeswoman Karen Arena confirmed via email Saturday afternoon that some EBT systems are experiencing temporary connectivity issues. She said technical staff is addressing the issue and expects the system to be restored soon.

As a reminder, this is how many Americans and households were on foodstamps as of the most recent monthly update (hint: a record).

 

And now, it’s time for the sequel to @MrEBT’s hit masterpiece: “My EBT… has been rejected.”

 

 

Xerox Statement on Temporary EBT Systems Outage

During a routine test of our back-up systems Saturday morning, Xerox’s Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system experienced a temporary shutdown. While the system is now up and running, beneficiaries in the 17 affected states continue to experience connectivity issues to access their benefits. This disruption impacts EBT beneficiaries who rely on the system for SNAP and WIC. Technical staff is addressing the issue and expect the system to be restored soon. Beneficiaries requiring access to their benefits can work with their local retailers who can activate an emergency voucher system where available. We appreciate our clients’ patience while we work through this outage as quickly as possible.

 

In short: Cue panic, because while the Nasdaq may be down for 3 hours and only a few vacuum tubes would notice, take down EBT, and you will have a full-fledged revolution in no time.

 

44 Comments
  1. Administrator says:

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    12th October 2013 at 9:26 pm

  2. Administrator says:

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    12th October 2013 at 9:29 pm

  3. Administrator says:

    This is a tragedy for fast food outlets across the nation.

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    12th October 2013 at 9:36 pm

  4. Administrator says:

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    12th October 2013 at 9:43 pm

  5. Maddie's Mom says:

    Glitchez are bitchez!

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    12th October 2013 at 10:21 pm

  6. sensetti says:

    A once resourceful nation

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    Reduced to begging and dependence on others.

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    Obongo leader and chief of the FSA

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    12th October 2013 at 10:33 pm

  7. SSS says:

    Our adversaries are wasting their time trying to fuck up or penetrate U.S. defense and intelligence sites. It’s the SNAP EBT and other Free Shit Army websites that will do the most harm if they are compromised, frozen and taken offline for a significant amount of time. Sooner or later, someone like Iran is going to figure this out. If they haven’t already.

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    12th October 2013 at 10:36 pm

  8. T4C says:

    Access restored for food stamp users, Xerox says
    Staff and wire reports, USA TODAY 10:28 p.m. EDT October 12, 2013

    Xerox announced late in the evening that access had been restored for users in the 17 states affected by the outage, hours after the first problems were reported.

    “Re-starting the EBT system required time to ensure service was back at full functionality,” spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer said in an email.

    Xerox spokeswoman Karen Arena told USA TODAY that some Electronic Benefits Transfer systems were experiencing connectivity issues after a routine test of a backup system at a location in the Midwest caused an outage at about 10 a.m. ET. The test was part of a regular maintenance schedule, Arena said.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2013/10/12/food-stamp-debit-cards/2972713/

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    12th October 2013 at 11:25 pm

  9. DaveL says:

    The USDA, in it’s latest report on Food Stamp usage, states the the economy is now fully recovered and Food Stamp usage is at 0%. Data was collected from Saturday October 12, 2013.

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    12th October 2013 at 11:47 pm

  10. T4C says:

    Interesting……..ZH is off-line right now. Wha’s up wit dat??

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    12th October 2013 at 12:33 am

  11. T4C says:

    DaveL @ 11:47 pm

    Do you have link for that?

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    12th October 2013 at 12:34 am

  12. Makati1 says:

    The Chinese and Iranians, et all, can just sit in air conditioned offices in Beijing or wherever and destroy the US without firing a shot. Take down the social supports for a few days to start the riots and then cut the electric off. End of story.

    We do it with drones. They do it with super fast computers that make America’s ‘super computers’ look like mechanical adding machines. We live in an exciting and interesting world.

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    12th October 2013 at 12:50 am

  13. TheCynic says:

    The FSA panics easily. But they are a major threat to the country.

    I’ll give you a example earlier this year in California, a mistake by gasoline refiners led to a 60 cent a gallon price increase for gasoline for several days, the FSA people I know crapped in their pants. They were beside themselves. Most folks don’t know they piss their money by the 2nd week of the month. It’s real interesting watching the grocery stores, for the first couple of weeks it’s full of welfare types – they’re easy to spot for various reasons. Then the last two weeks it’s people who work for a living. So of course if it costs $6.00 more to fill a tank, that’s money they really don’t have.

    I remember the LA Riots, which oddly stopped just when Uncle Sugar was mailing out welfare checks and the people who were rioting were all of sudden peaceably assembled outside of Post Offices and other sites to get their checks.

    Gotta hand it to Uncle Sam and the liberals. They created a monster that they can barely keep on a chain.

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    12th October 2013 at 12:50 am

  14. Anthony Alfidi says:

    Every strata of our society is addicted to handouts. The free stuff folks will lose their EBT payments but the Wall Street vendor processing the transactions (still JPM?) remains eligible for a bailout.

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    12th October 2013 at 1:50 am

  15. SAH says:

    Oh shit, here it comes. I had been kind of disappointed that AWD didn’t take me up on the offer to buy half of Detroit together & have our own private little Libertarian Asian-persuasion-miscegenation compound. Now I see how fortunate it is that my Detroit dream didn’t go through, the shit is hitting the fan.

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    12th October 2013 at 1:58 am

  16. ASIG says:

    OK Mr. O, we tested the software and yes we can shut down EBT whenever you want, just say when.

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    12th October 2013 at 3:10 am

  17. Llpoh says:

    Youse guys should see what I am seeing here in Europe. These fuckers are disintegrating. Welfare states are going down, baby. And it will be uglier than juan’s mama.

    How you doing, juan? Just kidding – I am sure yo mama is fi-i-ine.

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    12th October 2013 at 3:44 am

  18. NickelthroweR says:

    Greetings,

    I’m in no hurry to see the collapse of civilization. I have a very good idea as to what I’d have to do in order to survive and I’m not looking forward to it.

    It is with a heavy heart that I watch all of this happen.

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    12th October 2013 at 5:05 am

  19. flash says:

    The EBT accounts are manged by Chase/JP Morgan so what is Xerox…a subsidiary of one of these asshats?

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    12th October 2013 at 8:10 am

  20. Hope@ZeroKelvin says:

    This reminds me of the scene in The Two Towers when Gandalf says to Theoden, “This is just a taste of the terror he (Saruman) will unleash against you”.

    Of course Gandalf was talking about hordes of ravaging Orcs, burning/killing at will across the country of Rohan, which had also failed to control its borders ahem, but IMHO there is very little difference between the FSA and the Orcs.

    JR Tolkein was a prophet.

    Is there any doubt in anybody’s mind that this little “glitch” was an accident? If the FSA had gone apeshit over this, Obama would be out in front of the cameras yammering on about how the evil Repubs in their govt shut down “caused” this. I smell the rotten stench of Valerie Jarrett in this.

    Best not to live or work near any large concentrations of Orcs, oops FSAers, in the coming days.

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    12th October 2013 at 10:23 am

  21. ragman says:

    My daughter works at an inner city school in SoFl. They refer to EBT reload day as “Mother’s Day”. If this continues, the FSA will indeed be looting and pillaging.

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    12th October 2013 at 11:10 am

  22. Administrator says:

    America Fumes After Xerox “Routine Backup Test” Leave 17 States Without Foodstamps

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/13/2013 10:09 -0400

    Yesterday millions of “shoppers” living on the government dole left their shopping carts in droves in checkout counters, exited countless foodstamp-accepting stores, and made Wal-Marts and other general merchandise stores into veritable ghost towns, after a power outage at Xerox Corp, made EBT usage in 17 states for most of Saturday impossible, and left tens of millions of poverty-level Americans unable to engage in one of their favorite pastimes: shop with other people’s money. In short: the Welfare States of America were probably closer to a state of outright revolution than at any time before in history. And had the EBT stoppage continues into today and tomorrow, things would have certainly spilled out from the shopping aisle to main streets where the people’s anger may have culminated in an violent expression of disgust at a state which gives with one hand and a xerox company that takes with the other.

    AP Reports:

    People in Ohio, Michigan and 15 other states found themselves temporarily unable to use their food stamp debit-style cards on Saturday, after a routine test of backup systems by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure. Xerox announced late in the evening that access has been restored for users in the 17 states affected by the outage, hours after the first problems were reported.

    “Restarting the EBT system required time to ensure service was back at full functionality,” spokeswoman Jennifer Wasmer said in an email. An emergency voucher process was available in some of the areas while the problems were occurring, she said.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe underscored that the outage was not related to the government shutdown.

    Ok, so the EBT failure not related to a government shutdown. It was, however, related to a simple “glitch” in a “Just-In-Time” world of peak complexity, which quickly cascaded through the logistical supply chain, and crippled the “purchasing” power of tens of millions of Americans, which potentially could have resulted in lethal consequences.

    This was precisely the topic of our recent post “From Cascading Complexity To Systemic Collapse: A Walk Thru “Society’s Equivalent Of A Heart Attack” which many read but few seem to have grasped. Recall from the article: “The extent of our contemporary complex global system dependencies, and our habituation to a long period of broadly stable economic and complexity growth means a systemic collapse would present profound and existential challenges.” Such as resulting from a power outage at… Xerox Corp? If there is any better example of a system crossing the chaotic threshold due to a black swan event, we have yet to find it.

    And while this time it took just 12 hours to return the system to order, what would have happened if the failure states had propagated, and led to subsequent systemic failures on their own, halting down peripheral social choke points, and resulting in a freeze of the “backup and restore” capacity of society. In short: this time, we – and especially those 46 million Americans on foodstamps – were lucky. Next time, luck may be in short supply.

    More from AP:

    Earlier Saturday shoppers left carts of groceries behind at a packed Market Basket grocery store in Biddeford, Maine, because they couldn’t get their benefits, said shopper Barbara Colman, of Saco, Maine. The manager put up a sign saying the EBT system was not in use. Colman, who receives the benefits, called an 800 telephone line for the program and it said the system was down due to maintenance, she said.

    “That’s a problem. There are a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced,” Colman said. She planned to reach out to local officials. “You don’t want children going hungry tonight because of stupidity,” she said.

    Colman said the store manager promised her that he would honor the day’s store flyer discounts next week.

    Wasmer said the states affected by the temporary outage also included Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

    Ohio’s cash and food assistance card payment systems went down at 11 a.m., said Benjamin Johnson, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Johnson said Xerox asked retailers to revert to a manual system, meaning customers could spend up to $50 until the system was restored.

    Illinois residents began reporting problems with their cards — known as LINK in that state — on Saturday morning, said Januari Smith, spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Human Services.

    Smith said that typically when the cards aren’t working retailers can call a backup phone number to find out how much money customers have available in their account. But that information also was unavailable because of the outage, so customers weren’t able to use their cards.

    “It really is a bad situation but they are working to get it fixed as soon as possible,” Smith said.

    In Clarksdale, Miss. — one of the poorest parts of one of the poorest states in the nation — cashier Eliza Shook said dozens of customers at Corner Grocery had to put back groceries when the cards failed Saturday because they couldn’t afford to pay for the food. After several hours, she put a sign on the front door to tell people about the problem.

    “It’s been terrible,” Shook said in a phone interview. “It’s just been some angry folks. That’s what a lot of folks depend on.”

    Mississippi Department of Human Services director Rickey Berry confirmed that Xerox, the state’s EBT vendor, had computer problems.

    “I know there are a lot of mad people,” Berry said.

    Sheree Powell, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, started receiving calls around 11:30 a.m. about problems with the state’s card systems. More than 600,000 Oklahomans receive SNAP benefits, and money is dispersed to the cards on the first, fifth and 10th days of every month, so the disruption came at what is typically a high-use time for the cards.

    Oklahoma also runs a separate debit card system for other state benefits like unemployment payments. Those cards can be used at ATMs to withdraw cash. Powell said Xerox administers both the EBT and debit card systems, and they both were down initially.

    Powell said that some grocery store cashiers had been speculating that the federal government’s shutdown caused the problem, but state officials have been assured that that is not the case.

    Powell said Oklahoma’s Xerox representative told them that the problems stemmed from a power failure at a data center.

    “It just takes a while to reboot these systems,” she said.

    A reboot which, one prays, does not lead to the dreaded BSOD which however can’t be fixed on a wink and a prayer.

    In the meantime, we hope that it is not lost on people that the weakest glitch in perhaps the most important daily government welfare system of all, happens to be a power fuse at the all too private Xerox Corp. Because while we knew that the toner maker determines the “wealth effect” of the uber wealthy, if only metaphorically, little did we know that nearly 50 million Americans’ daily bread also depends on toner.

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    12th October 2013 at 11:48 am

  23. Administrator says:

    The government is OFFICHWOLLY OVER. Watch the video to understand. It’s a hoot.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/national_world&id=9284734

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    12th October 2013 at 11:53 am

  24. Calamity says:

    After I got off of work yesterday I went to the grocery store. I wouldn’t have even known EBT was down if I hadn’t seen two older black women staring at the sign. They looked like they had just been shunned from society as I and another woman walked into the store. It was actually the easiest trip to the store that I have had in years. There were still plenty of people buying things for tail gating and dinner. I did not see one person with a shopping cart full of junk food.

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    12th October 2013 at 12:22 pm

  25. AWD says:

    I noticed it immediately when I went out yesterday. Big signs on the front door, and hardly anybody inside. Then I realized they were down state-wide. I have to admit I was very pleased. I was hoping Obama pulled a false flag event and shut it down himself. No such luck. The free shitters were back in stores today buying donuts and 56oz fountain cokes with their fucking LINK cards. I felt like grabbing the fucking cards and shoving them up their asses. Maybe when the government defaults, SNAP will be shut down for good.

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    12th October 2013 at 4:33 pm

  26. Forward_Idiocracy says:

    Of all the scenarios to bring down the USA, I’ve never imagined that indefinitely disrupting all wealth transfer payments would be the easiest. Brilliant. It could also serve as the perfect false flag event. The local market ran by Islamic immigrants (a really nice family) had one concern about EBT: they were losing lots of money. When it crashes, our multicultural melting pot will become a furnace, incinerating all without prejudice.

    Enough pointing out the obvious. Nothing we can do will change the inevitable. Start organizing and preparing your communities.

    Self-determination will be possible if we unite and survive the storm with a semblance of civilization still intact.

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    12th October 2013 at 7:08 pm

  27. Nationwide Electronic Food Stamp Shutdown Reported, Computer System Upgrade Blamed | says:

    […] Ebt System Down – Free Shit Army Getting Hungry […]

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    12th October 2013 at 4:38 am

  28. AWD says:

    A harbinger of things to come:

    Walmart shelves in Springhill, Mansfield, cleared in EBT glitch

    MANSFIELD, LA (KSLA) -

    Shelves in Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA were reportedly cleared Saturday night, when the stores allowed purchases on EBT cards even though they were not showing limits.

    The chaos that followed ultimately required intervention from local police, and left behind numerous carts filled to overflowing, apparently abandoned when the glitch-spurred shopping frenzy ended.

    Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd confirms they were called in to help the employees at Walmart because there were so many people clearing off the shelves. He says Walmart was so packed, “It was worse than any black Friday” that he’s ever seen.

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    12th October 2013 at 10:17 am

  29. Administrator says:

    THE FREE SHIT ARMY WILL JUST TAKE WHAT THEY WANT WHEN THE EBT CARDS STOP WORKING

    EBT outage prompts disturbance, theft at Philadelphia Walmart

    Written by Kristen B. Reed

    Oct. 13, 2013 10:27 PM |

    clarionledger.com

    PHILADELPHIA — Customers staged a disturbance then walked out of a Philadelphia Walmart store with groceries that hadn’t been paid for Saturday night after a computer glitch left them unable to use their food stamp cards.

    People in 17 states found themselves unable to buy groceries with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cards after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a temporary system failure.

    Shortly after the mini-riot, managers decided to temporarily close the store, citing customer safety.

    We’re looking into everything, looking at surveillance video and working with the local police,” Kayla Whaling, a Walmart spokeswoman said Sunday.

    She said the disturbance happened around 10 p.m. and the store reopened around 11:30 p.m. She also said she was not aware of any injuries.

    Whaling said Walmart has not yet calculated the financial impact of the incident.

    The Philadelphia Police Department was not available for comment on Sunday.

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    12th October 2013 at 10:26 am

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    12th October 2013 at 10:36 am

  31. AWD says:

    No Limit to EBT Cards works, Apply that to the DNC

    During a recent test of the new and improved Obama budgetary system, upper spending limits on EBT/SNAP cards were temporarily removed. When this was discovered and word spread, the residents in the test-bed communities in Louisiana properly began stimulating the economy by purchasing needed commodities for the poor and opressed. The test was wildly successsful and like the Affordable Health Care act shall be implimented right away at the National Level. Dear Leader (PBUH) thinks of everything, so we don’t have to.

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    12th October 2013 at 10:43 am

  32. AWD says:

    It’s amazing really.

    So far we’ve seen what martial law is going to look like (Boston)

    And what happens when the FSA is cut off (for only one day)

    And what is going to happen to vets, Christians, libertarians, and other people that still believe in this country (FEMA camps, murdered by DHS agents).

    It’s like we get to see the trailers of the nightmare that is coming.

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    12th October 2013 at 2:33 pm

  33. Administrator says:

    Walmart Shopping Stampede Ensues When Foodstamp Glitch Removes EBT Spending Limits

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/14/2013 14:13 -0400

    On Saturday, tens of millions of Americans across 17 states found themselves in an unfamiliar situation: they couldn’t rely on the US government for their daily foodstamp-funded bread. The result was anger, confusion and sometimes, outright panic, as shoppers left their full shopping carts in stores, and departed their favorite general retailer in a daze. However, while most outlets that accepted EBT were experiencing a one-day, non-recurring hit to their EPS, several Walmart stores in Louisiana decided to brave through the Xerox-induced blackout for several hours by eliminating the spending caps on EBT cards, leading to nothing short of shopping stampedes. The result, as CBS reports, is that “Walmart and local police in Springhill and Mansfield … were called into the stores to help maintain order Saturday as shoppers swept through the aisles at two stores and bought as much as they could carry.”

    CBS explains:

    Walmart workers phoned their corporate headquarters to ask how they should handle all the shoppers with unlimited, government-funded spending limits, and were told to keep the registers ringing.

    “We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards during the outage so that they could get food for their families,” Walmart representative Kayla Whaling told KSLA. She added that Walmart was, “fully engaged and monitoring the situation and transactions during the outage.”

    Shoppers gave mixed reactions to the incident, with one man in the Springhill store told KSLA it was simply “human reaction” to stock-up when given the opportunity. Shopper Stan Garcia was more critical of the unscrupulous shoppers, however, saying that taking advantage of the brief glitch in the benefits system amounted to “plain theft. That’s stealing, that’s all I got to say about it.”

    The police disagreed:

    Police spokesmen in both locations told KSLA that no arrests were made during the spending sprees.

    After all, why arrest when all the public is doing is taking advantage of government generosity taken to its logical extreme: unlimited spending cards funding by either other taxpayers or America’s creditors, the largest of which is now the Federal Reserve. Isn’t that what the Fed enables Congress to do on a daily basis anyway?

    Naturally, once the glitch was fixed, the stampede quickly ended:

    Amateur video taken on shoppers’ cell phones shows dozens of shopping carts, piled high with merchandise, abandoned in the aisles of one Walmart after the announcement was made that EBT cards were once again showing accurate spending limits.

    There’s that. Or perhaps it was all just a test run for what will happen when the Fed finally waves a white flag, and gives every American an unlimited-spending debt card in a desperate last-ditch effort to finally enact Bernanke’s monetary helicopter paradrop wet dream.

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    12th October 2013 at 3:01 pm

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    12th October 2013 at 3:06 pm

  35. Hope@ZeroKelvin says:

    Seems that these EBT users are like hordes of rampaging Orcs.

    Without the charm and gratitude of real Orcs, actually.

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    12th October 2013 at 3:16 pm

  36. Forward_Idiocracy says:

    Fake. Undoubtedly though people do think like her.

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    12th October 2013 at 3:17 pm

  37. AWD says:

    There was a meeting scheduled with congressional leaders today, but Obama postponed it, seems he had something more important to do. The US is two days away from no longer being able to issue new debt, but at least Obama is busy… Making sandwiches.

    It’s probably the only thing he’s qualified to do….

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    12th October 2013 at 3:45 pm

  38. TheCynic says:

    This is a very mild preview of what is to come when that spigot is turned off for perhaps weeks or months after a economic upheaval.

    Here’s the scary thing, a lot of people out there like myself thought we may have had 48 hours or so before the FSA went all Attila the Hun on our towns and cities. We don’t. Once the FSA horde realizes their EBT cards don’t work and it isn’t a temporary glitch and all the news reports confirm it. We may have 6 hours before the FSA starts swarming and looting thanks to social media,

    I remember how fast things went bad when the Rodney King trial verdict was announced – it took only a few hours and a paralyzed police force for it to blossom into a full scale riot. Now if took about a day to really spread but it did.

    What’s the take away for the rest of us:

    1)Be prepared, be stocked up with at least 2 weeks of canned goods, medicines, etc. Better yet 3 of months worth of goods.

    2) Have on stock some booze, cigarettes, and candy. These are good black market materials for trading and bribing.

    3) Have a plan for defending your local and another one if you have to relocate. That means keeping a full tank of gas at all times as well. Look if a serious panic sets in you won’t be able to get gas, period.

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    12th October 2013 at 3:57 pm

  39. AWD says:

    Looks to me like the material in the bowl, that they are spreading on bread, is shit–brown, sticky. The leader of the free world, cancels meetings to make shit sandwiches while the country burns…..

    White House Postpones Meeting With Congressional Leaders, GOP Says “Nothing Firm”

    Headlines just hitting:

    *MEETING BETWEEN OBAMA, CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS POSTPONED
    *WHITE HOUSE MEETING POSTPONED TO ALLOW FOR FURTHER TALKS
    *WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT SAYS DELAY TO GIVE MORE TIME FOR TALKS

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    12th October 2013 at 4:21 pm

  40. AWD says:

    26362

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    12th October 2013 at 4:21 pm

  41. Sarah says:

    I’m one of those “free-shitters”, I’m out of work, due to an injury at work, recovering from surgery to fix the problem, can’t really work at all right now. Not my choice, trust me! I panicked Saturday, I have a child to take care of. Sure this is funny to some but, please remember that some people out there aren’t abusing the system! God Bless!

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    12th October 2013 at 8:38 pm

  42. Patrick says:

    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/shoppers-stampede-walmart-glitch-temporarily-215708582.html

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    12th October 2013 at 2:25 am

  43. ALERT! USDA Puts EBT On HOLD For November, Pending Further Notice! | Family Survival Protocol - Microcosm News says:

    […] Ebt System Down – Free Shit Army Getting Hungry […]

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    12th October 2013 at 6:59 pm

  44. willard grimes says:

    I never thot I would live to see the day that killing would be fun, but God help me if the time comes when law and order breaks down I pray to take as many as these bastards of all colors, and lack of color, to the grave. Just waking up on a sunny morning without these slimballs would be so refreshing.

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    12th October 2013 at 2:17 pm

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