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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    I would've done the same thing. Anything I can do to show the ineptitude of government, I say do it.

    Only thing I didn't like was when it was announced that it was fixed, people just left full carts sitting there and went for the exits. I would've done something about that.

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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I would've done the same thing. Anything I can do to show the ineptitude of government, I say do it.

    Only thing I didn't like was when it was announced that it was fixed, people just left full carts sitting there and went for the exits. I would've done something about that.
    I can't say I would have done the same thing because frankly I'm a chicken**** about getting in trouble and I'd be afraid they'd actually come after the money, causing more hardships for me.
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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I can't say I would have done the same thing because frankly I'm a chicken**** about getting in trouble and I'd be afraid they'd actually come after the money, causing more hardships for me.
    If you drop a steak on the ground and your dog rushes over and eats it, is it your fault or the dog's? In my world, it's yours.

    I definitely won't hold it against these people for capitalizing on a government error.

    Is it responsible? No. Is it respectable? No. Is it understandable? Absolutely.

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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    If you drop a steak on the ground and your dog rushes over and eats it, is it your fault or the dog's? In my world, it's yours.

    I definitely won't hold it against these people for capitalizing on a government error.

    Is it responsible? No. Is it respectable? No. Is it understandable? Absolutely.
    I say the people hold some responsibility, but not nearly as much as WalMart because I do understand that many of these people probably lived much of their lives with either very little food or at least not the best food choices. I can see how they could see this as an opportunity to either save up food or to get "better" food. Not all, certainly, but many.

    But, although I highly doubt WalMart will seek to recoup their losses directly from the people, which legally seems to be their only recourse in this situation, I also wouldn't think that if it were me having such a decision to make. I would fail on the side of caution. Extreme caution, especially when I likely wouldn't have all the information that we do now when it happened.
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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I say the people hold some responsibility, but not nearly as much as WalMart because I do understand that many of these people probably lived much of their lives with either very little food or at least not the best food choices. I can see how they could see this as an opportunity to either save up food or to get "better" food. Not all, certainly, but many.

    But, although I highly doubt WalMart will seek to recoup their losses directly from the people, which legally seems to be their only recourse in this situation, I also wouldn't think that if it were me having such a decision to make. I would fail on the side of caution. Extreme caution, especially when I likely wouldn't have all the information that we do now when it happened.
    It would be a legitimate defense if food was all they were getting. In the picture on that link, the empty shelf was NOT in the grocery section. They were essentially looters in a riot.

    These people are still complete scum, but in this case, scum whose actions are justifiable because of government ineptitude.

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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    It would be a legitimate defense if food was all they were getting. In the picture on that link, the empty shelf was NOT in the grocery section. They were essentially looters in a riot.

    These people are still complete scum, but in this case, scum whose actions are justifiable because of government ineptitude.
    That is even more then a huge problem on WalMart's fault since they absolutely know they cannot get reimbursed for non-food items if they were authorizing such items. But I have a hard time believing that they authorized non-grocery items even when they were doing it.

    It wasn't government ineptitude here though, but Walmart ineptitude and inability to understand the arrangements they have made when it comes to the EBT/SNAP system.
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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    That is even more then a huge problem on WalMart's fault since they absolutely know they cannot get reimbursed for non-food items if they were authorizing such items. But I have a hard time believing that they authorized non-grocery items even when they were doing it.

    It wasn't government ineptitude here though, but Walmart ineptitude and inability to understand the arrangements they have made when it comes to the EBT/SNAP system.
    I blame them too. The only people I don't blame are the ones who abused the glitch. If the powers that be (whether they be corporate or government) knew what they were doing, it wouldn't be an issue.

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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by roguenuke View Post
    I say the people hold some responsibility, but not nearly as much as WalMart because I do understand that many of these people probably lived much of their lives with either very little food or at least not the best food choices. I can see how they could see this as an opportunity to either save up food or to get "better" food. Not all, certainly, but many.
    Meh, I'm assuming these were the type of scumbags always on the lookout for a hustle or scam

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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    I blame them too. The only people I don't blame are the ones who abused the glitch. If the powers that be (whether they be corporate or government) knew what they were doing, it wouldn't be an issue.
    all systems are prone to error and failure. it's just a matter of when and how often

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    Re: Food stamp glitch leads to Wal-Mart stampede

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Chuckles View Post
    all systems are prone to error and failure. it's just a matter of when and how often
    ...and there needs to be repercussion for that. In this instance, it's welfare trash abusing the glitch and punishing them monetarily.

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