Black Friday came Early: More Welfare Abuse
Over the weekend, a glitch in the EBT food card database affected the poor from 17 states. The glitch (blamed on a power outage during routine maintenance testing) was only good for a few, as many could not buy food. But for others, it meant that it was a time for theft.
Shoppers with their EBT cards headed to Walmart in Louisiana, as they suddenly had no limit on their accounts. They cleared the shelves, leaving little to nothing for shoppers with other means to purchase their needs. So it was alarming when Walmart said in a statement, “We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards during the outage so they could get food for their families.”
If this were the case, why wouldn’t Walmart accept the cards that had limits and did not work?
Amateur video footage showed dozens of full carts abandoned due to EBT users learning that the glitch was fixed. One woman who was in the process of purchasing over $700 in groceries when the glitch was corrected had a mere 49 cents as her limit balance.
Pictures depicted a Black Friday aftermath which is still 46 days away.
The melee has again raised questions on welfare abuses. With nearly 50 million Americans using EBT cards, fraud and misuse runs rampant. It has been suggested that tougher requirements be implemented to curb those who are able to work from receiving these benefits after a predetermined period of time.