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Walmart Customers Go Wild With 'No Limit' Food Stamp EBT Cards (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A computer glitch caused some EBT cards, which are used for food stamps, to not show any buying limit over the weekend in some parts of Louisiana.

As a result, Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA were cleaned out as the stores still allowed purchases (video below).

Apparently, many Walmart shoppers took advantage of situation, which turned into a buying frenzy.

Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd told KSLA that the local Walmart was so packed, "It was worse than any black Friday."

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Kayla Whaling, a spokesperson for Walmart, told KSLA: "We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards [and purchases on WIC and SNAP] during the outage so that they could get food for their families."

Chief Lynd says the non-functioning EBT cards were used from 7 to 9 p.m.

However, the wild shopping spree turned into a mass exodus when the cards started showing limits at 9 p.m. Video (below) filmed on shoppers' cell phones showed dozens of shopping carts abandoned in the store.

Walmart employees were still putting up food from the abandoned carts on Sunday afternoon.

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is investigating potential fraud.

According to CBSNews.com,  Xerox, which powers much of the EBT card system, experienced a power outage during routine backup test, which caused the problem.

While most shoppers were overjoyed by the glitch, shopper Stan Garcia said the EBT shoppers were committing "plain theft. That's stealing, that's all I got to say about it."

Sources: KSLA and CBSNews.com