EBT glitch sparks further shutdown fears, Walmart chaos
On Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, Electronic Benefits Transfer (or EBT, formerly known as CalFresh or, more generally, food stamps) cards stopped working. With the government shutdown and its impact very much in the news, it wasn't a huge leap to think the two might be connected. (They were not.)
- For others in the country, the glitch actually gave them unlimited funds, prompting runs on many stores.
- The EBT malfunction put Walmart in the spotlight, with word of abandoned carts full of food littering store checkout areas where cards were being rejected; in other parts of the country, reports of Walmarts being completely cleaned out.
- And the system in general...
- Others seemed entirely unfazed — or at least unsympathetic.
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