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    Louisiana Food Stamp Abusers Will Lose Benefits Over Wal-Mart Free For All

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and his administration took steps late Wednesday to strip food stamp benefits from those who loaded up their shopping carts knowing they had insufficient funds in their Electronic Benefits Transfer accounts during the system failure in October.

    As a result of the temporary outage, over 12,000 transactions showed non-sufficient funds once it got back online and retailers were able to process the purchases, according to The Advocate.
    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/11/...-for-all-86692

    As someone who collects food stamps-- and needs them to survive-- this absolutely sickens me and I think it's a goddamned shame that criminal charges are not being pursued.

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    Re: Louisiana Food Stamp Abusers Will Lose Benefits Over Wal-Mart Free For All

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/11/...-for-all-86692

    As someone who collects food stamps-- and needs them to survive-- this absolutely sickens me and I think it's a goddamned shame that criminal charges are not being pursued.
    Wow. Impressive move, Jindal. Good for you.


    But hold on to your hat. You're about to get accused of everything in the book.

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    Re: Louisiana Food Stamp Abusers Will Lose Benefits Over Wal-Mart Free For All

    Quote Originally Posted by cpwill View Post
    Wow. Impressive move, Jindal. Good for you.


    But hold on to your hat. You're about to get accused of everything in the book.
    Why?

    Too severe?

    Not severe enough?

    Just about right?

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    Re: Louisiana Food Stamp Abusers Will Lose Benefits Over Wal-Mart Free For All

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    http://www.bizpacreview.com/2013/11/...-for-all-86692

    As someone who collects food stamps-- and needs them to survive-- this absolutely sickens me and I think it's a goddamned shame that criminal charges are not being pursued.
    Unfortunately, it was the retailer's fault for allowing it to happen. I think it would be a hard sell criminally since the retailers are the ones that overrode the protocols designed to protect them, and based upon what I have seen from some of it, there is no way you could convince me that the retailers did not know exactly what was going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Unfortunately, it was the retailer's fault for allowing it to happen. I think it would be a hard sell criminally since the retailers are the ones that overrode the protocols designed to protect them, and based upon what I have seen from some of it, there is no way you could convince me that the retailers did not know exactly what was going on.
    So... you're thinking they were angling for the government to cover them on sales they knew were fraudulent, too? I can see it.

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    Re: Louisiana Food Stamp Abusers Will Lose Benefits Over Wal-Mart Free For All

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    So... you're thinking they were angling for the government to cover them on sales they knew were fraudulent, too? I can see it.
    Yes that is exactly what I think they were doing. Stores in my area posted the "EBT SYSTEM IS DOWN!!!!" signs and lost nothing.

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    Re: Louisiana Food Stamp Abusers Will Lose Benefits Over Wal-Mart Free For All

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    Why?

    Too severe?

    Not severe enough?

    Just about right?
    Well, he's probably protected by being Indian from being accused of racism. But there is definitely a belief out there that it is morally appropriate to get everything out of government that you can. Stripping people who "need help" simply because they did so, therefore, will be seen as needlessly cruel. The most likely line will probably be that he is trying to appeal to the crueler, Randian elements of the Tea Party Base in order to line up for 2016, and he's willing to hurt these poor people to do it.

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    Re: Louisiana Food Stamp Abusers Will Lose Benefits Over Wal-Mart Free For All

    In Springhill, police detained a woman who pushed a cart with $700 in groceries up to a cash register despite having less than 50 cents on her food stamp card. Wal-Mart instructed police to release the woman without citing her.
    $700 worth of groceries, seriously lady?!? The absolute nerve of some people.
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    Re: Louisiana Food Stamp Abusers Will Lose Benefits Over Wal-Mart Free For All

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Yes that is exactly what I think they were doing. Stores in my area posted the "EBT SYSTEM IS DOWN!!!!" signs and lost nothing.
    There's an emergency protocol in place where they're supposed to limit EBT transactions to $50 while the system is down. Strikes me as perfectly reasonable.

    Stopping sales entirely while the system is down means people like me can't eat.

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    Re: Louisiana Food Stamp Abusers Will Lose Benefits Over Wal-Mart Free For All

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    Why?

    Too severe?

    Not severe enough?

    Just about right?

    Punishing the innocent little children because mommy was a greedy moron.
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