Walmart Shopping Stampede Ensues When Foodstamp Glitch Removes EBT Spending Limits

Tyler Durden's picture

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.

KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather

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Say What Again's picture

They must be using the EBTs to buy stocks.  The RUT & NDX at all-time highs.

WayBehind's picture

Now WM has a good excuse for the next quarterly report. Lets blame it on EBT.

Pladizow's picture

Did they buy any cake to eat?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



~47,000,000 Americans currently on food stamps

~15% of all Americans

~70% of all African Americans



Relax, it is only ~70% of all African Americans that rely on SNAP to eat.  If it goes down, for whatever reason, then I am sure everything will be just fine.

Barter in Haiti.

Shopping in Zimbabwe.

adr's picture

Careful, the truth is now a hate crime.

BoNeSxxx's picture

Free.  Shit.  Army.

max2205's picture

FSA attacks hand that feeds at 11

hedgeless_horseman's picture



A majority, or 64%, of Americans don't have enough cash on hand to handle a $1,000 emergency expense, according to a survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

$1000 will buy you a loaf of bread a year from now. Got wheat in 5 gallon buckets?

MiguelitoRaton's picture

Today they feed on free Walmart food, tomorrow they will feed on the rich...history shows it to be true.

12ToothAssassin's picture

People say 3 days without food causes riots. THe latest data points to 3 hours without food. Hedge accordingly.

Pure Evil's picture

What the Free Shiite Army wants.....

        The Free Shiite Army gets!!!!

quasimodo's picture

Gawd I am so sick of that line. It's about as bad as "there, fixed it for ya"

Pure Evil's picture

Of course everyone on ZH gets the fact that this whole operation was orchestrated by the Obama regime right?

Has anyone stopped to wonder why only three communities in the Deep South, two in Louisiana, and one in Mississippi which are majority black communities were affected by this?

How is that only these three communities were affected by the no limit EBT card fiasco and in those communities Walmart did not shut post that the EBT system was down as they did in other Walmart stores?

outamyeffinway's picture

Slow down pal. It took 3 years for bread in Weimar Germany to go from $1.00 to a trillion!

James_Cole's picture

It took 3 years for bread in Weimar Germany to go from $1.00 to a trillion!

By that point the Germans had already been on a new currency for a few years though. 

outamyeffinway's picture

Wrong. The Rentenmark was created after prices escalated out of control. That's how it works. The old currency has to fail first.

Skateboarder's picture

Emergency expense? That's what credit cards are for, silly.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

wait, what?!

I thought credit cards were for paying other credit cards!!

tip e. canoe's picture

99.99999% of AmerICons don't know how to handle a $1,000 emergency expense with ingenuity, education & experience so that it will cost them less than $100 should that emergency ever arise.

and therein lies the real problem with AmerICo.

america's a different story?

The Abstraction of Justice's picture

The truth is anti-Semitic.

James_Cole's picture

US society is a BLATANTLY racist system, anyone who denies that is a moron. On African Americans specifically though...

According to the Human Rights Watch, people of color are no more likely to use or sell illegal drugs than whites, but they have higher rate of arrests. African Americans comprise 14 percent of regular drug users but are 37 percent of those arrested for drug offenses. From 1980 to 2007 about one in three of the 25.4 million adults arrested for drugs was African American.

The Sentencing Project reports that African Americans are 21 percent more likely to receive mandatory-minimum sentences than white defendants and are 20 percent more like to be sentenced to prison.

So yeah, this is no surprise:

James_Cole's picture

Sucks to be dumb.

If only that were true, a lot of people on here revel in their stupidity, probably because it's the only thing they're good at.

outamyeffinway's picture

Watchu talkin' 'bout James!?

buyingsterling's picture

If racism is the cause of black failure I guess Africa is the world center of anti-black racism.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

it is - it's called colonialism. The white conquering of the African continent hasn't ever been repaired by those who did the damage.

This should dearly concern you. The Chinese HAVE promised to make reparations in terms of business deals rather than using force to racially subjugate the "darkies". Yet another way that racist America is defeated by business smart'n'savvy Chinese.

The writing's on the wall - the empire of Ray-Ciss in America (and Israel) are falling & not getting back up.

NidStyles's picture

Except Africa had fallen long before the white man got there. They were enslaving each other before the Greeks even stepped foot in Egypt.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

no worse than the Vikings or Genghis Kahn or various medieval era European warlords.

orez65's picture

The Chinese are more racist than Americans. Africa will soon find out.

tip e. canoe's picture

more is a subjective term, but your overall point deserves a +1 indeed.

the Ugly Americans have transmogrified into the Ugly Chinese.


hivekiller's picture

Africa is a mess because the average IQ there is 70. In America, it's 85 because the average black has 25% white genes. It's IQ stupid.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

#1 that's ray-ciss

#2 the IQ test isn't accurate, isn't reflective of differing cultures & life experience

#3 there's nothing inherently lesser about Africans in intellect. They've been beaten down at every step by non-Africans, primarily white colonizers. Those colonizers, racist genociders and slavers, killed the smartest ones they could find since they wouldn't be obedient slaves.

Keloid's picture

The avg Chinese IQ in US is way higher than avg Chinese IQ in China. The morons can't figure out how to get here.

I believe dietary issues up to the age of two ar three years may impact cognitive functionability, which, given the state of affairs in sub-Saharan Africa, is likely statictically significant. I think the mix of white ancestry in the black bloodlines adversely impacts african american intellect.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

Sure, we'll accuse them of their racist crimes once we can prove it's happening. Those entering consenting agreements, for now, bear their own risk on all sides.

Keloid's picture

Something big and ugly is fixing to happen...Maybe I should start drinking again.

NidStyles's picture

We know, we see you posting everyday.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

  • Blacks are seven times more likely than people of other races to commit murder, and eight times more likely to commit robbery.
  • When blacks commit crimes of violence, they are nearly three times more likely than non-blacks to use a gun, and more than twice as likely to use a knife.
  • Hispanics commit violent crimes at roughly three times the white rate, and Asians commit violent crimes at about one quarter the white rate.
  • The single best indicator of violent crime levels in an area is the percentage of the population that is black and Hispanic.
  • Of the nearly 770,000 violent interracial crimes committed every year involving blacks and whites, blacks commit 85 percent and whites commit 15 percent.
  • Blacks commit more violent crime against whites than against blacks. Forty-five percent of their victims are white, 43 percent are black, and 10 percent are Hispanic. When whites commit violent crime, only three percent of their victims are black.
  • Blacks are an estimated 39 times more likely to commit a violent crime against a white than vice versa, and 136 times more likely to commit robbery.
  • Blacks are 2.25 times more likely to commit officially-designated hate crimes against whites than vice versa.
  • Only 10 percent of youth gang members are white.
  • Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be members of youth gangs. Blacks are 15 times more likely, and Asians are nine times more likely.
James_Cole's picture

Care to link where your stats are coming from MeatTrapper? 

Here's some from the FBI (where basically everyone else compiles their stats from):

scholars acknowledge that some racial and ethnic minorities, particularly African Americans, are disproportionately represented in the arrest and victimization reports which are used to compile crime rate statistics in the United States. The data from 2008 reveals that Black Americans are over-represented in terms of arrests made in virtually all types of crime, with the exceptions of "Driving under the influence" and "Liquor laws". Overall, Black Americans are arrested at 2.6 times the per-capita rate of all other Americans, and this ratio is even higher for murder (6.3 times) and robbery (8.1 times).

For men in their early thirties, African-Americans are more than twice as likely to have a prison record than whites. They are more than twice as likely to have been in prison (8.4 percent) than in the military (3.2 percent). African Americans are given longer federal sentences, even when factoring prior criminal records. African American jail sentences tend to be roughly 10% longer than white jail sentences for the same crimes.

TheMeatTrapper's picture

I don't mind at all. Crime statistics by race are difficult to come by. Wonder why? I think it's what your type calls "An Inconvient Truth".

I have no doubt that there is a racial disparity in the administration of justice. It's no secret that Jamie Dimon is not treated like Rodney King; but you should be man enough to admit that the average black is far, far more likely to commit crime - especially violent crime, than the average white. 

You see, I am capable of having a rational discussion about this issue; and I'm capable of acknowledging your points. Are you capable of acknowledging mine? 

James_Cole's picture

No surprise its the NCF 'report' - someone else on here brought it up previously seemingly unaware that NCF is a white supremacist group.

Notice how the part you're quoting from doesn't even bother with citations? If you bring up other quotes from the NCF report which actually include citations I can look at them specifically, otherwise it's just more bullshit from a white supremacist group. 

And yes, they also use the FBI statistics they just 'interpret' them in ineterestingly selective ways.  

TheMeatTrapper's picture

You see James, this is why you are not respected here. You are completely unable to have a rational, honest discussion of the issue at hand. I have no problem acknowledging your point about the disparity in the administration of the law; yet you utterly refuse to acknowledge the reality that we all experience every day. 

You cannot bring yourself to acknowldge the fact that blacks commit a disproportionate amount of crime in relation to their population, can you? Why not? What are you so afraid of?

If my figures are wrong, and blacks do not commit a disproportionate amount of crime, please show me. Unlike you - I am willing to listen. 


James_Cole's picture

have no problem acknowledging your point about the disparity in the administration of the law; yet you utterly refuse to acknowledge the reality that we all experience every day. 

My point was that the US has blatant systemic racism - a point you seem to acknowledge is true. Your day-to-day experience I can't know or comment on.

If my figures are wrong, and blacks do not commit a disproportionate amount of crime, please show me. Unlike you - I am willing to listen. 


Disproportionate relative to their population size yes, but keeping in mind that they are also incarcerated at a higher rate and for longer terms than equivalent crime sentencing of white offenders. They also make up an extremely disproportionate size of prison population relative to all races. 

There's also this:


LetThemEatRand's picture

Not to jump in here, but I think the primary issue is one of economics.  Blacks tend to be poorer as a group.  Poorer people are more likely to commit crimes like simple theft and burglary -- the kind that the police are likely to act upon.  Poor white people are convicted of far more crimes than wealthy white people.  Poor people commit more crimes (for obvious reasons), and they commit more crimes that are easily observed and prosecuted.  A rich white guy who runs a small ponzi scheme, for example, is not likely to be charged criminally because it's complicated and it's much easier to arrest a guy with a crack pipe stealing from the local liquor store.  We could debate all night about why one group is poorer than the other, but it comes down to that.  I'll bet if you looked at statistics of affluent blacks, they commit crimes in roughly the same proportion as affluent whites.  There are a shitload more affluent whites as a percentage of the total white population than affluent blacks as a percentage of the black population.  So you can use the statistics to make racial conclusions about which race is more likely to commit crimes, but it is pointless and misleading.

As a P.S. -- does anyone here doubt that a huge percentage of white people use illegal drugs?  Yet most are not charged because they don't live in the hood where the police are there patrolling actively for said crimes.  And middle class white people don't need to steal for their drug habits.

NickVegas's picture

I was thinking along the same lines. You really would want to normalize affluent white vs. affluent black to know the truth. My guess is they have the same rates. Trading Places anyone, anyone.  


clymer's picture

please don't feed the cole-troll