You down with EBT? (“Yeah you know me”).
For those of you who work for a living, those three letters probably don’t mean anything. Perhaps you’ve seen “EBT accepted” signs outside your local Qwikie Marts … and wondered what that meant.
EBT stands for “Electronic Benefit Transfer” – and it’s the government’s preferred method of dispensing food stamp payments to dependents. And there are millions of dependents – none of whom are missing a meal during the so-called “government shutdown.”
Anyway, on Saturday night, the government’s vendor for EBT – Xerox – experienced a power outage during a “routine backup,” one that momentarily knocked the entire system offline. When EBT came back online, the purchase limits associated with these cards had been removed in some locations.
What happened next? According to television station KSLA, mass government-subsidized looting …
From 7 to 9 p.m., people were loading up their carts, but when the cards began showing limits again around 9, one woman was detained because she rang up a bill of $700.00 and only had .49 on her card. She was held by police until corporate Walmart said they wouldn’t press charges if she left the food.
Lynd says at 9 p.m., when the cards came back online and it was announced over the loud speaker, people just left their carts full of food in the aisles and left.
Here’s an image KSLA obtained from social media of the aftermath …
(Pic: via KSLA)
Sing it with us, people …
“O beautiful for glory-tale … of liberating strife. When once and twice … for man’s avail … men lavished precious life! America! America! God shed his grace on thee. Till selfish gain no longer stain … the banner of the free!”
Amen to that …