72 Hour Warning: Grocery Stores Across the Country Turn Away Hungry Shoppers as EBT System Crashes

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Abandoned carts full of food were a frequent sight in grocery stores Saturday morning, as the EBT food assistance debit system stopped working without warning.

According to a Xerox spokesperson, a routine system check by the vendor resulted in system failure, leaving assistance recipients across the country with no way to buy food.

Xerox spokeswoman Karen Arena confirmed via email Saturday afternoon that some Electronic Benefits Transfer systems are experiencing temporary connectivity issues. She said technical staff is addressing the issue and expects the system to be restored soon. U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Courtney Rowe underscored that the outage is not related to the government shutdown. Xerox runs EBT card systems for 17 states and all were affected by the outage. (source)

Users of EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards in California, Ohio, Michigan and several other states are unable to make purchases due to connectivity issues.

But it gets worse…

Xerox is notifying retailers to revert to the manual system, meaning SNAP customers can spend up to $50 until the system is back online. SNAP recipients should call the 800 number on the back of their card, and Xerox will guide them through the purchase process. (source)

However, that system is not working either – it’s “closed for maintenance.”

Shoppers left carts of groceries behind at a packed Market Basket grocery store in Biddeford, Maine, because they couldn’t get their benefits, said fellow shopper Barbara Colman, of Saco, Maine. The manager put up a sign saying the EBT system was not in use. Colman, who receives the benefits, called an 800 telephone line for the program and it said the system was down due to maintenance, she said.

“That’s a problem. There’s a lot of families who are not going to be able to feed children because the system is being maintenanced,” Colman said. “No one should put maintenance in during the daytime.” (source)

Despite the fact that government workers report orders from the Obama administration to “make life as difficult for people as we can”, the nation is assured that the EBT failure is in fact due to server issues and NOT due to the government shutdown.

Keep in mind that the truckers are also on a general strike this weekend, protesting in Washington DC against high gas prices, rampant unemployment, and corruption in the US government.

Between October 11th and 13th they have called for a general strike, asking truck drivers around the country to refuse to haul freight, a move that could carry with it a significant impact on the American economy.

The protest calls for truckers to make their way to Washington D.C. in a massive convoy in an effort to call attention to, among other things, the Benghazi cover-up, the recent attack which killed 25 members of Seal Team 6, ever rising fuel prices, and claims that President Obama has engaged in treasonous crimes. (source)

Things are already starting to get ugly. ZeroHedge posted the following Tweets:








This is your 72 hour warning. If you don’t already have a two week supply of food and water, now might be a good day to go stock up, just in case this is the beginning of a bigger crisis. The first three days after a major event are your window of opportunity to get prepared, based on the just-in-time food supply in grocery stores and the amount of food most people store in their homes.

If the EBT failure continues, look for the situation to get progressively worse.

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  • bowlan

    Obama said people have to feel the pain and that is the ticket to making them feel it.

    • Hammerun

      The Saturday night 10:00pm news in LA said the EBT system was down today but Xerox stated that the glitch (sound a little familiar?) was fixed and will be available for use on Sunday.

  • mallardhen

    Why is it that the pain is alway aimed at small children who do not understand why. They should pick on the ones who started this in the first place. This whole mess is making me wonder what is next, and yes prep, prep, prep this may be just the beginning of the end. Hope those children have something to eat this weekend.

  • James

    This may sound cold blooded but I will say it anyway.
    I personally only care about the seniors, the working poor, and the people who lost their jobs after the crash.
    All the rest of the chronic freeloaders can simply go without, as far as I am concerned. And please note, I said chronic!
    I am sick to death of the welfare rats that have baby after baby, after baby……and expect that you and I OWE them these free benefits.
    I am not wealthy by any standard.
    I grew up in a working class family.
    I busted my ass to get an education .
    I borrowed the bare.bones MINIMUM needed to pay for tuition, books and rent……..I worked.
    After I graduated I WORKED 3 jobs…80 hours a week until I got my license.
    I have worked my ass off ever since. I am a very hard worker and a bright person. I was always offered jobs……only ever did one job interview in my life. I am now 60 years old and retired because I saved, and saved, and saved.
    Screw these damnable over breeding freeloaders..
    You want to have kids, knowing damn well that you can not provide for them? Well, decide….who starves….you or the kids.

    • Hammerun

      10 roger on that shit!!!!
      Have another kid so you can get more out of the state. What is that called, dollar cost averaging? The way you fix this is, tie voting rights to a tax return. If you file a tax return you get to vote. Otherwise your vote is bought and paid for with an EBT card. They need to rename the EBT cards to Obamabucks card.

    • Mark

      I agree with you 100%, although this isn’t the kids fault, these free loading parents need to realize that THEY are responsible fir caring for the kids, not the government.

      What you said reminded me if a scenario of this prepper/survivalist card game I played a few days ago with my prepper group, check it out:


    • stan

      amen brother

    • Hermes Trismegistus

      10/4 James… It has come to the point that people expect these free credits to feed their families and even demand it as if it is a right. There are no guarantees on this earth while living, and food is among the things that all must toil to provide for THEMSELVES. I do understand that many have been literally smashed to pieces economically and the availability of jobs is scarce in many areas. I am fortunate to live in Louisiana, which is currently experiencing an explosion of investment in Petrochemicals manufacture due to the availability of cheap natural gas/condensates. I thank God that I have a high paying job and strong prospects for getting another when this project completes next year. I spend essentially all my time working, minus driving back and forth, and the couple hours to be with my wife after work. I recommend all others to buy atleast a small supply of easily stored food to have on standby. It costs very little compared to many other expenses we have that are essentially luxuries. Learn to love the truth and to seek it in all you do.

  • kynase

    I am soooo over the “those poor children” nonsense. Let’s be straight…a large majority of those on EBT have been on it for years and are doing very little to get off of it. Mind you, I was recently laid off, had to get on EBT briefly, then worked my ass off to find a new job to support my kids. If as adults we choose not to provide for our children, then our children should be taken from us or we should not have had children to begin with. If we truly evaluated what was being purchased by those on EBT I think all of us would be sick to our stomachs. This system is not being used to provide milk, grains and proteins to kids. That is a load of crap. Sheeple…open your eyes.

    My evidence to support my argument is seeing it firsthand…hearing it firsthand, being around it firsthand. The system is corrupt…those poor kids? We should be concerned about our lack of morals and ethics as a country. those kids will eat…but their parents may not have the items they need to trade for their alcohol and drugs.

    • Tired

      I agree with this 100%
      I have numerous fights with the woman I live with (mother of my child) over what is bought on EBT. I also fight over getting off it. But due to her collecting SSI and my son being autistic I am really up in arms about this.

      I tell her outright that she is stealing from Tax payers, especially when she buys crap. No way should candy, soda, and other crap fake foods be allowed to be bought on this. That never ends well. It’s this general mentality that will never bring the “us” into the household. She has this disgusting entitlement mentality that I see rampant among many on EBT.

  • Ho Li Shit

    looking at whats going on with the EBT card, this has been staged to perfection. Obama is getting the poor to kill the poor then he’ll move in his “army” and the rest will be in FEMA camps. This is going to get very ugly very fast. Once that food has gone from the shelves, its gone. The truckers are striking so theres nothing available to restock the shelves and Obama can sit back and say, he didnt do it… I would’nt play chess with him, he’s to damn clever 🙁

    • astate of shock

      Ho-li: agree with most of what u said (and others earlier). BHO is not clever..his puppet master IS and has centuries of experience manipulating economies and national governments and killing many people who stand for moral principles…horrifying IMO. It struck me this evening that the “progressive” platform (freebies, entitlement and government dependency) as well as encouraging immoral behavior (crime gangs prostitution drug trade, etc.)will create in a crisis a group/mob/army if u will that have little conscience guiding their actions. This “free” army (the havenots) will then help to do the actual work of suppressing those naysayer citizens (the haves) which the press/media of the puppetmaster have revealed are the “true” problem and threat to the nation and the havenots’ survival.

  • cindy

    The WIC program is sending out checks thru 10/15.after that,well…..
    WIC ,stands for women,infant and children food program.

  • bigReb

    let em starve screw em

    • lilReb

      Diz be all Moocheles fault !!! She decide wez to fat and now she takez all are foodz. If dayz starve dayz loosen weight. Datz how wez gona slim down Amurka. No twinkeez fo youz biches.

    • Queen b$$$h

      This is just getting start it every body talking sh$t now about
      The poor blacks is not just the only poor people its all race people don’t
      Care now they will when all millions of people is hungrey there’s kids hungrey
      I’m talking about black race white race all of the poor people get your guns out get ready
      To lock your doors it is time when you play with food you playing with life you playing with frie you ever seen the movie purge its going to be just like that movie
      But the other way around poor people is coming after the rich in if you not rich you just is poor like the rest of them if you middle class your poor your not up there with the big bills $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ your bills not looking like r$$h money well that its the end things is not going to be cookie or creme it going to be like big bills in steaks on there plates

  • Uh-huh

    James: You don’t sound coldblooded at all — logic is never coldblooded.

    Our society needs to stop worrying about what people think about stupid stuff like saying the wrong word (and I am talking adult-to-adult talk) and stop letting people push the “guilt” card on us.

    People SHOULD NOT have children if they expect other people to support them.

    There are circumstances when illness occurs or an unforeseeable job loss and sometimes people hit a rocky road. We used to have community neighborhoods and church to help us through those times….but the government has pushed its communistic/socialistic agenda so thoroughly, that nothing like that exists anymore. Now we have Uncle Nanny Sam.

    The laziness and selfishness that exist today are thoroughly disgusting!!! When we raised our kids, their welfare CAME FIRST!! We didn’t buy things for ourselves without first making sure our children were provided for: Food, shelter, and clothes.

    And, yes, we worked multiple jobs when the times called for it. And DONT give me that crap about not being able to find a job…you shovel shit if you have to shovel shit to feed your kids…it’s what people used to do.

    And I gotta wonder at these people…a lot of them are fat, yet oftentimes their kids are not. SO WHO IS GETTING THE FOOD?

    And I don’t care if you liberal socialists don’t agree — YOU FOOT THE BILL THEN!!! AND LEAVE THE REST OF US ALONE!!!!


  • with all the abuse going on im actually glad its shut down and hope its down for a while,ill guarantee the ones that truelly need it will get feed and others will finally have to go work and get there food like you suppose to

  • Iowa

    We need Jesus, every last damned one of us!

  • People on EBT are so stupid. Instead of buying steaks and lobster with those cards, why didn’t they stock up on canned goods and other non-perishables.

    I knew someone on EBT who got a grand a month and instead of stocking up, used her card to buy groceries for friends to get spending money.

    And I can’t count how many times I’ve been in line at the grocery store and had some one come up and ask me if they could use their card to pay for my groceries in exchange for cash. I always tell them I already paid for their groceries and they are committing fraud.

    • Nexus789

      Read the steak and lobster myth so many times. Some people will abuse a system if they can but there are a lot of people that will be in real trouble without this.

      • lilReb

        yez da steak n lobsta is a myth. wez only be eatin pig lips and nukles and chitlins. gotta has me sum hohos an pok skinz wid dat hot sause onet. who da fukt wans dat ruber crawdad all covad up in butter and chives.

  • Homer Goodall

    Terra Delenda Est

  • Homer Goodall

    Let’s starve veryone. Can’t wait for the total collapse. I am getting ready for the move so, I can grow food. Screw all the plutocrats and rich bitches out in the audience. Terra Delenda Est. The earth must be destroyed.

  • Homer Goodall

    Let’s make obama feel some pain when the revolution breaks out

    • C

      Let Obama feel the pain NOW. Let hundreds of thousands of voters contact their Congressmen and tell them: 1. to put Obamacare on hold until Congress and the White House are also on EXACTLY the same plan, 2.dock all Congressional and White House members 3 days of pay for every one day of closure of the government, 3. place a 60 month lifetime limit on pre-retirement benefit useage or if needed past the 60 month limit the uses must sign a contract that guarantees repayment of every penny for food, shelter etc. 4. Replace the 5 year waiting period between government and civilian work within the same field so corporations can not send THEIR employees to work at the government making laws and policy that benefits the corporations at the expense of the people. 5. Those on pre-retirement benefits may not vote until they are back to supporting themselves. Copy, email it, or phone these or similar talking points to your representatives now. The time is now.

      Oh and a proud writer or the Obamacare package is Senator Patty Murray. Give her your opinion please.

  • Marie

    I am soooo glad I don’t work at Walmart. I would probably be screaming at these people so loudly that they would call the cops on me who would then gun me down like they did that postpartum depressed lady in DC.

  • MX Mike

    Verifed in Arkansas. Walmart in Arkansas no longer accepting EBT cards from Oklahoma.

  • mallardhen

    A lot of schools have a system where the children in low income families get backpacks full of food to take home for the weekend, it more or less replaces the free breakfast and lunches they get at school but, with one difference when you ask a child how they liked so and so that was in the backpack last weekend a very large amount of them say they didn’t think it was in the pack, or their Dad or Mom ate it, of course they did took the food right out of their childs mouth. Really pisses me off to think parents would do tht to their own child. We certainly do need Jesus in our life.

    How could a parent look into their childs eyes and at the same time take the food out of their mouth; sick people out there.

  • Nexus789

    Shows how quickly the system will collapse and how quickly out of control people will become if these systems are suddenly not available. They will go away frustrated and come back angry to empty the shelves.

  • vrajavala

    the whole EBT system just moved from Chase to another vendor Fidelity National on the 16th of september.
    possibly that s connected? this is in Florida, and I don’t believe there are problems here.

    • vrajavala

      there was also an alert on ebt website that people would not be able to use EBT cards on 10/11.
      “Outage Message
      The following systems will be unavailable on Friday, October 11th, 2013 from 6:00 PM until 7:00 PM EDT due to system upgrades:

      Apply for Benefits
      (ACCESS Web App)
      My ACCESS Account
      Community Partners

      We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause”


      possibly the ebt could have made a public announcement about this to avoid panic. I just happened to notice it.

  • Vrajavala
  • Ken, your UK friend

    And there’s me worrying myself sick and sleepless over the past few years over the EMP that never happened! Obama’s instruction to make life as difficult as possible is clearly a self imposed SHTF. The words crime, public order nuisance, sabotage to the economy and daily life of innocent children cannot do justice. And you pathetic yanks voting not just once but twice for this freak who will vote himself in for a 3rd term of office then impose not just Martial but Sharia Law beats me completely.
    I will be celebrating 4th July 2017 with barbeque, disco and fun party but I know this celebration will be illegal across the pond.
    So help me God as America’s suicidal self destruction of its Kingpin status of the World’s economy ripples like a Tsunami round the rest of the World.

  • Tim Collins

    This site does live up to their name. A bunch of sheeple coming out with their idiotic ideas on how to fix the government when they probably do not even understand how the government functions or works. I could spend all night reading the ideas everyone here has, but at the end of the day it’s just a bunch of Joes and Janes talking about how the system could be bend to benefit them and them alone.

    • lilReb

      Iza tell yu know howz ta benova an talk wid yu azmouf. Ifa da govment don giff mez mah check ech monf den me an da boyz gonna rol dem fukts an git wha dey ows us.

  • Max Stone

    As I sit here and drink my cup of Joe, all I can do is laugh my ass off…

    Got seeds….Check
    Got food…..Check
    Got Water….Check
    Got Guns…..Check
    Got Ammo…..Check
    Willing to use ammo and guns…You bet your sweet ass!!!

    Folks its as simple as pie…either kill or be killed!!! Its your choice.

  • Max Stone

    I would like to introduce everyone to Lora Murrell Wakefield, she is a mother of four, with two more (twins) on the way, all on the back of our tax dollars. Don’t y’all just love this.

    Here is her facebook page if you would all like to stop by and say hello and give her a piece of your mind.


    Folks we need to call out every mother fucking ebt’er that abuses the system…make their life a living hell as much as we can.

  • Glacialhills

    It amazes me how so many liberals subscribe to the logic, and rightfully so, that we should never feed wild animals in our park systems because they will become too dependant on the handouts and not be able to find food for themselves.And with all the extra food will unnaturally overpopulate the area and when winter comes will starve to death when the handouts stop. Also the fact is brought up that they will become to accustomed to getting handouts from humans and will equate people with food and attack people that come along afterwards…Many bears are killed every year for this very reasoning..BUT, still knowing all that they keep … well you know the rest of this story.

  • Jack

    LBJ knew that his ‘Great Society’ could only work, if he cleared out the ghettos with the Vietnam war, drugs, dependency and domestic unrest. Looks like the Malthusians are continuing the ritual.

  • CPLLeBeau

    Why we as citizens of this most exceptional nation tolerate such incompetence is beyond me. Failed health care, Debt, wars, massive surveillance, Benghazi. rampant police abuse and militarization of same, IRS scandals, supporting terrorists, giving money to banks, printing money like it’s toilet paper, MSM trying to foment race riots and the list goes on.

    All we have to look forward to is Hillary in 2016.

    AAAARGH! Let me out of here!

  • charlie tango

    I have been a house of a food stamp recipient. They have a full pantry, shelves full of food, freezer and fridge full of food, boxes of food here and there, roughly 10-20 times the food I have at my house,

    but then I’m the guy paying for the stuff.

  • Gabriel A. King

    It’s the tea parties fault. And gun owners. And white people. LOL !

    Those of us who care about the truth stocked up on food BEFORE the trucker’s strike and vets march.

    Are these stupid sheeple who are 100% dependent upon government laughing at preppers….. or laughing at “conspiracy theorists” now ?

    This is what happens when you let government steal your rights, destroy small farms and business…

    Civil unrest= THE EXCUSE for martial law

    Food control= SHEEPLE CONTROL

  • D.A. Moran

    Yeah because there is no government shutdown this was likely just another deliberate scare tactic.

  • Ben F. Adams

    Is anyone really buying the “system upgrade” excuse?

    Could this be the result of a Cyber-Attack, or perhaps a “poke” from an attacker who want to see how we would react? Honestly, it would be a genius move. Who cares about attacking the power grid? Within a short period of time, they would get the power back on. But shut off the government “tit” to the masses for an extended period of time (more than a few days), and see what kind of havoc breaks out.

    Or perhaps this is another group, taking the temperature of the masses to see how the more volatile are going to react when they get cut off.

    Sorry.. off my meds again.. take the blue pill.. everything is ok.. you can go back to sleep now.

  • BMWmech

    It would have been interesting to see what all the left behind carts contained; potato chips, soda, candy, etc…everything needed for a weekend of watching football.