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KSLA News 12 Editorial: Oct. 17th-Chaos at the Grocery Store

Something happened this past weekend that's disturbing on many levels.

The computer system that keeps track of individual spending on the EBT cards went down. Those cards basically replaced food stamps.

Because of the computer glitch, the EBT cards showed no limits to the amount people could charge on them.

As a result, there was chaos at Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, Louisiana when word spread. Dozens of EBT card holders filled up shopping carts stripping the shelves clean. When the system came back on line around 9 p.m., the shopping frenzy stopped.

The EBT, or food stamp program, has a purpose. It's designed to help those who legitimately need help to buy food for their families. Taxpayers pay for it. But when the program is abused by some with an embarrassing mob mentality, it makes the entire program, and those who benefit from it, suspect.

Somewhere, somehow it's possible to track down the offenders. I hope that happens and there is a price to pay for abusing the system. Let me know what you think.

I'm James Smith.

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