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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by FederalRepublic View Post
    I guess they could just say no and let people starve to death. That's not terribly P.C., now is it?
    Starve to death.... geez you folks are all about illogical and irrational and hysterical and drama queen quality hype.
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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Starve to death.... geez you folks are all about illogical and irrational and hysterical and drama queen quality hype.
    I was going to reply but I then figured it was supposed to be sarcastic. Atleast I hope it was.
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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Really? What else was the store supposed to do? They had two options:
    1. Nobody gets to use an EBT until things are fixed or;
    2. You just take people's word for what's available.

    WalMart is going to end up taking the hit on this because they will only be reimbursed whatever the cardholder's limit was.
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    Walmart is a terrible place. It's the only place that these things happen. How many stores have an annual trampling death rate?

    For the record, #1 would have been the right thing to do.

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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    According to the new liberal economic paradigm, this little mishap is a good thing. The poor going on spending sprees helps them out, boosts demand, the demand causes companies to hire more people, those people then spend more money, and then those businesses earn and invest and hire more, the economy grows, we reach full employment, and our debt problems are resolved.
    Not necessarily. However I do have to say that my schadenfreude is all lit up and glittering just knowing that WalMart is going to get screwed on those balances. If it's REAL bad, then it indicates that associates (employees) as well as customers must have spread the word pretty quickly. More power to 'em, I say, WalMart deserves to be screwed by both.
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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Honestly, although the people are not blameless here, Walmart is much more responsible after they realized there was no limit and still allowed it to happen. The government should hold WalMart responsible for any overcharges.

    The businesses around here put up signs to apologize and say that they simply couldn't accept EBT due to a system problem and that is what WalMart should have done, unless they are willing to cover the additional costs.
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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Mithros View Post
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    Walmart is a terrible place. It's the only place that these things happen. How many stores have an annual trampling death rate?

    For the record, #1 would have been the right thing to do.
    Actually I've read somewhere that there are emergency steps for such things according to EBT, which is that each customer gets a $50 emergency voucher against the card till the system is back up. The voucher has their EBT number and pin and is then entered by accounting when the system is up. No one goes hungry and no entity can be too terribly screwed by over-purchasing.
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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Mithros View Post

    Walmart is a terrible place. It's the only place that these things happen. How many stores have an annual trampling death rate?

    For the record, #1 would have been the right thing to do.
    Joe's corner market can get away with stuff like that but when Walmart does it they end up being on the front page of the paper as "Biggest Assholes Ever". For them it's better to take a $20-30k hit on the EBT's instead of the negative publicity.

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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    Not necessarily. However I do have to say that my schadenfreude is all lit up and glittering just knowing that WalMart is going to get screwed on those balances. If it's REAL bad, then it indicates that associates (employees) as well as customers must have spread the word pretty quickly. More power to 'em, I say, WalMart deserves to be screwed by both.
    Gotta love the selective hatred. Millions of shoppers mindlessly deal-seeking for the most bargain-basement prices, government subsidizing them to do so, and but it's the company--that responds to what those consumers want (low prices) and takes advantage of government's enabling--that deserves all our wrath.

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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Neomalthusian View Post
    Gotta love the selective hatred. Millions of shoppers mindlessly deal-seeking for the most bargain-basement prices, government subsidizing them to do so, and but it's the company--that responds to what those consumers want (low prices) and takes advantage of government's enabling--that deserves all our wrath.
    Failing to recognize the historical effect Walmart has had on people needing welfare and subsidies is a reflection on you, not me.
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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    WalMart is as guilty as the people.
    "Lynd explained the cards weren't showing limits and they called corporate Wal-Mart, whose spokesman said to let the people use the cards anyway."
    What was Wal-Mart supposed to do? Cut them off? There would have been a riot!
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    So there is absolutely no evidence this woman, whom you called a slut, did this but you are ready to take someone's word as evidence. Guess you don't think witch hunts have to end when it's going after the certain people.

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