You cherry picked that out of the full.
This was all done in accordance to this law.Prior to delivery or upon returning to the store, the retailer shall telephone the EBT central computer or hotline number to log the transaction and obtain an authorization number. If authorization cannot be obtained before or at the time of purchase, the retailer assumes the risk for sufficient benefits being available in the household's account. Any alternate method cannot be burdensome on either the household or the retailer, and it must include acceptable privacy and security features. Such systems shall only be available to retailers that cannot be equipped with a POS terminal at the time of sale.
Again, thanks for proving my point.
A couple other things you may wish to consider...
§ 274.12(f)(3) Transaction receipts. Households shall be provided printed receipts at the time of transaction. At a minimum this information shall:
(i) State the date, merchant's name and location, transaction type, transaction amount and remaining balance for the food stamp account;
Seems to me that Walmart can claim they were following the set law. If they are only allowed to delay 2% of the transactions, what is your solution?§ 274.12(h)(1) System processing speeds. (i) For leased line systems, 98 percent of EBT transactions shall be processed within 10 seconds or less and all EBT transactions shall be processed within 15 seconds.
Don't get me wrong. I agree Walmart should have handled this differently, and that they abused the written law/contract. However, I do not see how Walmart will lose a dime over this.