A shocking situation unfolded in Louisiana over the weekend, after a glitch in the Electronic Benefits Transfer system allowed government food stamp recipients to make purchases sans any spending limits.
For two hours Saturday night, customers rang up overflowing cartloads of food at stores in Springhill and Mansfield, La., after cashiers allowed them to use their EBT cards anyway despite not showing limits, KSLA-TV reported.
Police were called in to help manage the chaos, but no arrests were made and no one was unruly, Lynd said. Mansfield police confirmed officers were called in for crowd control but no arrests were made there, either.
After the system came back online, customers abandoned their carts and left the store, leaving a huge mess behind.
“At the same time, the press is not willing to show you another story… Nobody was talking about the glitch that happened in Louisiana… It's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. Nobody wants to talk about it because it's theft. And we know exactly who took it because they had to use their food stamp card,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “But here was the glitch. There was no limit. So, what did people do… They emptied the entire store… It was free food. It was free everything. Come and get it. Take your cars. Pack them up. Bring your friends… People had cart after cart after cart. When people came with actual cash, there was no food left. There was nothing left in the Wal-Mart. Animals. Theft. And I can guarantee you no one will prosecute them because they are not the forgotten men.”
“They are the one that takes from the forgotten man,” he continued. “They are the one that the government has gone to them and said, it's not fair the way you have to live. And so, I'm going to solve it for you. And so, politician A looks at suffering person B and says, for your vote, I will take it from person C and give it to you. That's the forgotten man. So, they stole from you. But politician A certainly won't tell you that because that will hurt his constituent B because A and B don't really give a flying crap about you at C.”
To truly understand the scope of the theft, you have to watch a local KSLA report of the incident:
“That’s your natural human reaction? No, that's the natural animal reaction. Are you a man or an animal? That's the way animals behave. We're citizens. Humans show some responsibility,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “I'm disgusted by the people that we happen to live with, the people that we're turning into. The people quite honestly we're supposedly helping. How are we helping? They knew they were doing wrong. They knew they were doing wrong. Will anybody prosecute them? Nope. Anybody who did it should lose their card.”
In the aftermath of such an incomprehensible incident, there is a larger cultural conversation to be had. The culture of dependency that has grown exponentially under this Administration has eliminated the need for accountability. ‘Free’ phones. ‘Free’ healthcare. ‘Free’ food. People fail to realize nothing in life is free. Someone, somewhere is paying for your fraud.
“It was a glitch. No, I paid for it. And he paid for it. And she paid for it. And the people that are checking you out that are working, they paid for it. We all paid for it. And you, you have grown so accustomed to just taking it. There's no shame. Quite honestly, I don't want people who are on welfare and need to be on welfare to be ashamed. But I would like you to feel a little gratitude. I would like you to feel a little like, gosh, you know what? I'm going to get off this as soon as I can,” Glenn said. “Why isn't this story going to be everywhere? Why isn't this story told all over CNN? You want to talk about corruption? You want to talk about a glitch? You want to talk about a society in a death spiral, there it is. Go ahead, MSNBC, go ahead and show the world what you are creating. Why don't you show what this President is doing to people. And if that's not putting people back into chains, I don't know what is.”
“I know you have been kept down, but what have you done about it? What have you done to better yourself,” Glenn asked. “What are you doing with your life? For all those whites, blacks, Hispanics, purple, white, I don't care what color they are. For all those people, if there were any that went with their food stamp card and said, ‘No, this is all I'm supposed to get.’ And they just bought what they were supposed to buy. As a citizen, thank you. If they did exist. I doubt they did. But one would like to still hope that we have not all turned into thieves and animals.”