Wal-Mart Looted? Employees Report "Black Friday" Crowds After EBT Glitch

14 Oct

by Ken Davidson


Employees at the Super Wal-Mart located immediately adjacent to the east side of Chicago reported “black friday” like crowds on Saturday.  On Saturday, Xerox Corp. experienced an outage in as many as 17 states causing electronic benefits transactions to be declined.

An assistant manager on duty this morning explained that there was a glitch with the electronic debit card system for Illinois residents on Saturday.  The system was down so Wal-Mart instituted a policy of allowing purchases with a $40 transaction limit. When asked if customers were allowed to perform multiple $40 transactions at once, assistant manager Noemi replied “yes.”  While she acknowledged store losses from perishables being left in the aisles on Saturday, she stopped short of saying it was a result of the EBT glitch.  Although she stated crowds were no heavier than usual on Saturday, stockers working feverishly in the store to replenish supplies told a different story.

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Wal-Mart: Steak shelves in Hammond, IN are still empty two days after the EBT glitch

One woman was busy unloading carts of groceries which she said had been left in the aisles after the saturday incident.  Another stocker was replacing frozen items which had been fully depleted.  It is unusual for Wal-mart to be out of stock on multiple items as Wal-Mart operates a state of the art inventory control system.  The system tracks selling patterns by store and orders products automatically as they are purchased.  For this reason, empty shelves for days are indicative of an occurrence that is out of the ordinary.

At some point, Wal-Mart learned of the mass looting and stopped the practice of allowing the $40 transactions.  At that time, it has been reported that shopping carts full of groceries, including perishables, were left in the aisles of Wal-Mart Stores throughout the country.

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Carts full of groceries still line the aisles at Wal-Mart in Hammond, IN after an ebt glitch

Similar instances were reported in Louisiana.  The Gazette attempted to contact Wal-Mart for comment but has not yet received a response.  Police sources said there was no unusual police activity at the store during the subject time.

Related story: EBT System Down in At Least 15 States


3 Responses to “Wal-Mart Looted? Employees Report "Black Friday" Crowds After EBT Glitch”

  1. Judy Gillis via Facebook October 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    I hope it doesn’t mean what I think it does. Like, was WalMart allowing a $40 purchase toward the card to be debited later, & by allowing multiple purchases the Hammond manager was allowing patrons to go way over what their card allowed? And are the card holders such low -down, filthy thieves they took advantage???

    • ken October 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

      I think it was a corporate decision. Still investigating that but the fact that it happened in several states would support that claim. And yes, it does appear that Wal-Mart was taken advantage of for being kind. Not only that somehow the word spread very quickly that a sucker had been born.

  2. Jeffrey Jones via Facebook October 15, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    If I were on EBT, I wouldn’t be stupid enough to purchase beyond my allotment. It’s not like tomorrow never comes.

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