Walmart Shopping Frenzy after food stamp cards malfunction

Over the weekend food stamp cards malfunctioned leaving shoppers with no means of buying food. The shoppers were reportedly angry that they could not access their entitlement funds, but should they have been angry? Did they think that this could be the future? what if the government could no longer fund the program? What would the recipients do? Would they protest and demand their benefits, but how can you demand a government backed check? Read the related story and share your thoughts.

http://nation.time.com/2013/10/14/a-walmart-shopping-frenzy-after-food-stamp-cards-malfunction/

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  • lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com  On October 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    That’s one for the poor people hooray! http://lovelyseasonscomeandgo.wordpress.com

  • moca623  On October 15, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Reblogged this on BAPology and commented:
    From what I’ve heard, there were many unhappy SNAP/food stamp recipients this weekend due to them not being able to access their government benefits. I understand their frustration. The question is (at least one of them) is – should they have been so upset?

    On the one hand, yes, they should have been in an uproar. This assistance was promised to them by the federal government to help them acquire a basic need, food. Families depend on that, and so do millions of children. They may even plan their budgets around those benefits, so not being able to access them could possibly have a trickle down effect.

    On the other hand, it is important to have a plan in place if this (and other government benefits) one day cease to exist. It is very possible that may happen in the future with budget cuts to several social service programs, etc. Recipients need to have a contingency plan in place. Know the local food banks, host pot luck dinners with others (share food), mystery shop at grocery stores (allows you to stretch your dollars more, and I’ve done this myself), etc. But, this past weekend should have been a wake-up call to many…don’t become too dependent on anyone, and that includes are government.

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