(NEW YORK POST) — Ever wonder why generous people become outraged over food stamps? Look no further than two Louisiana Walmarts.
A week ago, the technology that assessed spending limits on debit cards for food-stamp recipients malfunctioned. As a result, there was no way for stores to tell how much value was left on individual cards. Many merchants refused to accept the cards until the problem was fixed.
Not wanting to risk having anyone go hungry, Walmart allowed people to use the cards. Unfortunately, the food-stamp recipients treated the stores’ generosity as a bonanza, and filled carts with much more than they were entitled to. As word got out, the two Walmarts quickly found themselves overwhelmed by other food-stamp recipients doing the same.
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That incident is far from the only abuse. The Post has carried several dispatches reporting how some city residents who get food stamps are using them to buy food, which they load into large drums and ship off to relatives in the Caribbean.