The Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) system allows recipients of government food stamps to purchase goods using a digital card with a set spending limit, but for a few hours over the weekend, that limit disappeared for many users visiting Walmart stores in Louisiana.These are cards designed to help folks that need assistance, through disability or unfortunate circumstances. Yet there's a sizable percentage that hears "no limit" and just *has* to push to the limits. Here's something that's given to them as a handout, and yet they can't help but take all they can get in a moment's error.
Walmart and local police in Springhill and Mansfield confirmed to CBS affiliate KSLA that officers 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.
It'd be interesting to see what happens to the people that filled their carts. I'd wager that precisely nothing will happen, though, which is the single biggest problem I can see. Sure, folks took advantage of the system - but they're going to take advantage; that's human nature. When nothing happens for the lawbreakers, what do they expect will happen?
That which you put up with you validate, that which you validate you deserve - that's a line from a friend of mine locally, and there's a lot of truth in it...
That is all.
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