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EBT glitch leads to shopping sprees at Walmarts in Louisiana

Monday, 14 Oct 2013 | 5:40 PM ET
Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Customers with Electronic Benefits Transfer cards cleared shelves at Walmart stores in two Louisiana cities on Saturday night, when the cards were not showing limits, KSLA News 12 in Shreveport, La., reported.

The influx of shoppers in Springhill and Mansfield led to empty shelves in the stores. The glitch-inspired shopping spree ended after a few hours—the EBT cards started showing the limits again around 9 p.m. and customers left their carts mounted with food before the check out, according to the report.

EBT cards deliver government benefits electronically with a set spending limit.

Local police arrived to prevent theft and shoplifting. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said that the craze was worse than any Black Friday, the channel reported.

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To read the full story at the KSLA News 12 website, click here.

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