We know exactly what these people purchased. We know exactly who these people are. We know they were taking advantage of a broken government system. These people should be ashamed of themselves, but the government is telling Walmart to pick up the tab.
From ABC News, with my emphasis in bold.
A couple of Louisiana Walmart stores will be stuck with most of the bill after food stamp recipients went on a colossal shopping spree when a power outage temporarily lifted their spending limits, state officials said today.
Police were called to Walmart locations in Mansfield, La., and Springhill, La., on Saturday as shoppers cleaned out store shelves.
Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said some customers were pushing more food than any household could store in a refrigerator and freezer.
“I saw people drag out eight to ten grocery carts,” Lynd said. One person hauled away more than $700 worth of groceries, the chief said.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services’ spokesman Trey Williams said the retailers who chose not to use the emergency procedures that limit sales up to $50 per cardholder during an emergency would be responsible for any additional amount spent over eligible benefit balances.
Yeah, cause the people with the EBT cards are uneducated thieves who don’t know any better. No doubt about it, this was a social media event. People with EBT cards shared the information via Twitter, Facebook and text message about Walmart allowing the use of EBT cards without limits; people came crushing into the stores. This is not a big financial hit for Walmart, but what I really want people to recognize here is the attitude and actions of this select group of people on government assistance.
Can somebody out there try to explain why these people should not be held responsible for their actions? Don’t tell me it’s Walmart’s fault. These people knew exactly what they were doing. Somehow, their brains are wired to think this is acceptable behavior. How does that happen? What kind of example is this for their kids?