Looting hit several Walmarts after system was down for just hours
Paul Joseph Watson
October 15, 2013
EBT card users are threatening to stage Rodney King-style riots in Los Angeles if the electronic food stamp system crashes again, following Saturday’s failure which prompted looting at several Walmart stores.
An EBT card user interviewed in the video above (2 minutes 30) comments, “They better resolve something because if it stays like this there’s gonna be an uproar in the city of L.A.” When the man is asked to clarify, he respond, “A Rodney King baby!”
The man is referring to the 1992 L.A. riots, spurred by the Rodney King beating, which resulted in 53 deaths, 2,000 injuries and over $1 billion dollars in property damages.
Several Walmart stores suffered looting and “mini-riots” following Saturday’s EBT card shutoff, which was caused after a routine check by vendor Xerox Corp. resulted in a system failure.
Managers were forced to close a Walmart in Philadelphia, Mississippi when people reacted to the failure by staging a “mini-riot.”
Meanwhile, at Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, Louisiana, shoppers attempted to loot hundreds of dollars worth of groceries after the glitch temporarily allowed them to make unlimited purchases on their EBT cards.
“Walmart and local police in Springhill and Mansfield confirmed to CBS affiliate KSLA that officers were called into the stores to help maintain order Saturday as shoppers swept through the aisles at two stores and bought as much as they could carry,” reported CBS News.
A man who entered the Walmart in Mansfield just after the looters fled saw rows of empty shelves that had been stripped bare.
As we highlighted yesterday, if looting began after just hours of the EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) system being down, imagine what would happen if food stamps were delayed for a period of five days.
That’s what will happen if the US fails to raise its debt ceiling by the end of this week. Social Security checks will also be delayed.
Numerous EBT card users also took to Twitter following Saturday’s failure and said they expected riots to occur.
Ya''l EBT cards not working? smh about to be a riot in the hood
— DukeOfKorruption (@TherealDubG) October 12, 2013
EBT gone, this will make black people start a riot ??
— RiP Mommy ? (@TeaaKelley) October 12, 2013
phoney baloney? really? "@C1TYofFL1NT: If you they cut EBT off you are going to see a riot in this country not some phony baloney protest."
— ?LuLzT?4MS|X? (@hicksfilosopher) October 13, 2013
4 PM please hurry up ! These people with ebt finna come with guns if they stuff don't work
— kellie williams (@iTzMis_Kellie) October 12, 2013
Nationwide EBT shutdown…? Folks can't eat….This is about to be all kinda bad. Folks about to riot.
— RaShad (@ByRaShad) October 12, 2013
they shut the ebt off so people can kill each other , rs they tryna start a war !!
— ILLEGAL ?? (@_PINKlipsticks_) October 12, 2013
ebt is down. there's about to be a muhfckn riot.
— Daddy. (@SayNaiToDrugs) October 12, 2013
This is merely a glimpse into what would happen in the event of a significant economic collapse or any other kind of nationwide crisis that results in benefits being delayed, restricted or withdrawn.