Covering Louisiana

Oct 14, 2013 12:28 PM

Several LA Walmart Stores overwhelmed during food stamp malfunction

Walmart shelves were reportedly cleared in two north Louisiana towns after a glitch in the food stamps program.

According to KSLA, police were called in to help control order in Springhill and Mansfield, LA after stores allowed purchases on EBT cards, even though they were not showing limits. This only happened from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The police chief in Springhill says "It was worse than any black Friday" that he's ever seen.

According to the TV station, after the limits came back at 9, one woman was detained because she rang up a bill of $700.00 and only had .49 on her card. Police said they wouldn't press charges if she left the food.

Read KSLA's full story by clicking HERE.

Lafayette Walmart stores reported they were investigating similar complaints, but they wouldn't elaborate.

Right now, state officials are meeting on this weekend's malfunction. They tell us though DCFS vigorously investigates anyone suspected of fraudulently claiming public assistance benefits. Individuals are encouraged to report cases of suspected SNAP fraud by calling the DCFS toll-free hotline at 1-888-LAHELP-U and selecting option 7 from the main menu or by visiting www.dcfs.la.gov/ReportFraud.

In addition, many people will see more benefits on their card because the annual federal Cost of Living Adjustment took effect in October.

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