What would you do if you had an unlimited Black Card? Maybe a better question is, what would you do with an unlimited EBT card? Well…
Shoppers at Walmarts in Mansfield and Springhill, La., Saturday stripped shelves clean when a power outage allowed shoppers to pay for as many groceries as they could grab using Electronic Benefits Transfer system cards.
The glitch occurred when the EBT system went down when a backup generator failed during a regularly scheduled test, according to Xerox, the vendor for the system. From 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, shoppers’ cards were not showing limits, allowing them to grab hundreds of dollars of food on using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
But since retailers are responsible for implementing emergency procedures when the system goes down — including imposing temporary spending limits — Walmart, not taxpayers, will be forced to pay for everything charged beyond a shopper’s balance.
Now isn’t that crazy. These families in Louisiana saw an opportunity and went all in for it. What would you have done if you saw no limit on your EBT?
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