Are Food Stamp Riots Coming? Stores Ransacked and Torn Apart during Food Stamp Outage

If you ever wondered why we recommend prepping, and stockpiling food and emergency supplies, one look at what happened this weekend Springhill and Mansfield, LA should tell you everything you need to know – and will give you a glimpse at what this country will look like during a nationwide crisis.

Over the weekend, the debit system that allows people on government assistance to buy food, temporarily went down. The resulting chaos is a small glimpse at what I believe will happen, should the government plunge this country into some sort of economic collapse.

A couple of Walmarts in Louisiana decided to allow people to shop, even though the system was down and they had no real way of knowing how much credit people had on their cards. The resulting chaos had the store’s shelves in Springhill and Mansfield, LA stripped bare, as food stamp recipients attempted to defraud the grocery stores.

Shopping Carts during EBT Outage

empty shelves during EBT outage

When the system went back online, the grocery store found people who had as little as .49 on their Food Stamp cards attempting to steal over $700 in food. Local police were called in as the crowd started to turn ugly, and overflowing grocery carts were left abandoned in the aisles.

Throughout the country people took to Twitter threatening to riot.

A number of people, thinking the government shutdown had affected their food stamps, took to Twitter with threats of violence and rioting.




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As we’ve talked about in the past, we now live in a country where almost 50% of the public relies on some sort of government assistance just to maintain their lifestyle. People have forgotten how to fend for themselves, and should this country face a prolonged disaster or crisis, what we seen here is only the tip of the iceberg.

When you consider the fact that most grocery stores only have enough food to last for at most 2 – 3 days, and then consider how people act during an outage that only lasted a couple of hours, what do you think will happen during a crisis that stops the delivery of food for a prolonged period of time?

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  1. what is all of this crap about “folks about to riot”? are you kidding me? EACH of us CHOOSE our own way. Make your own way. I am an old woman, and I figured out that we need to grow our own food. It is no one’s responsibility to feed me. It is MINE! I will forage or dig before I will “riot” that someone else’s responsibility to feed me is failing! what a pansy ass world of people we are creating if they blame and cry and steal because they can’t get what they want! Stop it! Wake up and smell the coffee. take responsibility for your SELF!

    • I Know Right! Uneducated and their first thought is Violence! And threatening to take to guns because their food stamps don’t work?? How did they afford a gun if they can’t afford FOOD! These idiots give the truly needy people a really bad name! They are the kind of people that not only irritate me to no end but will be the cause of Violence due to government idiocy!

      • They have thier priorties,,,car payment-cigs and liquer-gun and ammo-cloths cleaner-something for the girlfriend-food for the other girlfiend baby-what is left take home to wife and ten kids.

        • You are so wrong about this. Millions of people are on low or fixed income due to retirement or disability who have worked their WHOLE lives but now depend on food stamps to supplement their monthly benefits. Most of them would never dream of buying cigs and they are not covered on EBT, so where would they get enough $$ for cigs, alcohol, gifts, etc? Are you insane?? TRY to live the life of the low income, there is NO help hardly at all. They can’t help it if they’re on a low income, food prices are sky high and they have to eat. What would you do if you had to become dependent on EBT to eat if you have a job loss, short or long term illness, worked for minimum wage with a family or retired on low income??? Most EBT recipients and low income families pay their rent/mortgage(usually the aren’t home owners due to finances and bad credit from loss of home or car), drive old cars that are paid off, pay their utilities, and then have NOTHING left for food or anything no-edible like soap., detergent, toilet paper, etc., have no $$ for clothes or things that break or get old & worn out; they choose their food wisely to eat as healthy as possible which is very hard, and they cook from scratch to stretch their dollars. WHERE do you get your ignorant information from??? You’re lucky if you don’t HAVE to live like that my friend, but don’t count your blessings too fast. You are sadly prejudiced and wrong.

          • God bless you for speaking the truth because it is the few that spoil the main bunch. I am on disability; no fault of my own & would much rather be WORKING again rather than dependent on others, but I am thankful for the others! You are right, the amount to “get by” is just that “get by”, but that is better than not “getting by”; so again I am very thankful.

  2. I am a veteran, and yes I receive food stamps not because I am lazy, or a free loader but because I was injured and i am having trouble finding work. I called the ebt people here in florida (where it still works) and they denied my food assistance because i failed to give them INS paperwork on my wife, Who was born in america… They only asked me because her last name is hispanic… they didnt ask last time nor did they ask about my daughter, but thats prob because she has my last name. When I tried to explain to them that she was born here they wanted a copy of her ss card birth cert and id. normaly this would be no big deal except they never onece asked for mine or my daughters… But i bet if i was Muslim or Black they would not question us

    • Dear Vet03, We people bitch and complain about food stamp users they are not complaining about you! Unfortunately you just get lumped in because it’s easier to state “ebt users” rather than “lowlife, lazy, rather have other people pay their way slime” not our veterans, injured, out of work and really truly trying to find a job – just the people that ebt was intended for. I thank you for your service and yes if you had a Muslim or Black name they wouldn’t be asking you for proof…

          • I have a friend whom is a loan officer, one day he showed me a application the women hand listed her two sons as contacts,,,,,no kidding thier names are orangejello and lemonjello,,care to take a guess at what box they check?

          • To SNIPER: I can vouch for those two names; I know they exist. “Lemon_Jello” is pronounce “Le-mon-Jay-Lo”. Imagine the conversation: “Mom-Dad; why did you name me after Lemon Jello”? – valid question for the thinking mind.

            God help us all; we are not as divided as we thingk and Political Correctness is one of the devil’s most powerful tools along with the illusion we actually have true “freedoms” – the ability to act, think & speak w/out constraints or fear of consequences. no one fits that and the closest is Obama; may god save his soul!

    • Guess again. At the borders, they’re acting like being Muslim is a crime. And if you don’t think blacks in America are treated with suspicion when they so much as walk down the street, you’ve been living on another planet. Sad to see that even when your family is the victim of racism, you still manage to keep right on being racist.

      We gotta quit turning on each other. Blacks aren’t the enemy. Muslims aren’t the enemy. Hispanics aren’t the enemy. The enemy is a government that sends people to fight and then starves them when they come home. The enemy is a system that lets companies get away with paying their employees so little that they have to rely on food stamps even when they’re working full-time, maybe more than one job. The enemy is the ignorance that leads people to call food stamp recipients “lowlife, lazy, rather-have-other-people-pay-their-way slime” when working is an eligibility requirement for most able-bodied people who get food stamps. The enemy is the people who are cheating honest, industrious people like yourself, and then blaming you for it, and then fantasizing about the government cutting off your family’s food supply, hoping you’ll riot so they have an excuse to shoot you. That’s who the enemy is.

      • I, without a doubt, couldn’t agree more. It’s unfortunate that we, as a people, can’t see that there are more of us than there are them(government) and would rather take the life of the one standing next to us who is suffering the same situation instead of coming together and standing up to the one’s who put us there.

      • you used the word working a lot. Unfortunately, the ones that were are talking to aren’t working, haven’t worked and have no intention of working so long as the government pays them to sit on their duff. To be pissed off at that is not racist. Those of us that do work would like to spend our money on our own family, not the 9 kids of the guy that doesn’t

        • Amen Bob! And although I hate to have to admit the condition of the world but although not ALL muslims are ‘the enemy’, for quite some time now it seems that the enemy IS muslim…

          • PatriciaT: What an ignorant statement to so easily surmise that Muslims, which constitute over 60% of the global population, consisting of all colors and walks of life are somehow your enemy. How is it that you can conclude that those that have been unjustly vilified by U.S. media outlets after nearly a decade of false imprisonment, torture and murder upon not only the middle east, but upon Muslims the world over.

            Your statement exemplifies how easy it is for the elite to create a false enemy/scapegoat using ignorance, race and religion to divide and conquer.

            The only person not casting judgement and placing mislead blame upon others while preaching truth about those that have pitted a nation into a paranoid society that looks to find an enemy within, appears to be Muslim. Or as you’d prefer, your enemy… despite knowing nothing about their religion, strife, and moral beliefs.

            Rather than spitting upon those that are impoverished and to which you, nor I have any clue about their struggles or goals; whether they’ve worked or whether they were born into a life of perpetuated ignorance and poverty.



            *Ignorance can be overcome and thus it is not my intention to insult but to state that your observations/statement is misinformed and deserves review. Bob: I’m sorry you’re having troubles with the assistance you should receive… however, it is wrong to direct your despair against others based solely upon ethnicity. Two wrongs don’t make a right. This type of selfish finger pointing, entitlement and misconceptions divide humanity from achieving greatness and prosperity for all.

      • OhioFarmer: Well said my friend. If only others thought as you do, this world would be one of compassion and love for one another. Thank you for your enlightened and helpful advice.

        Reading through this forum, it is disheartening to see how easily it is for a struggling person to turn against those that struggle rather than being sympathetic towards those too that struggle/suffer. It is this which those elite use to perpetuate violence and ignorance to mask the real injustice that they continue upon as we are occupied fighting/killing one another over who deserves the larger crumbs.

        When we realize that we should unite against those villains who are insanely wealthy and responsible for creating the struggles in which we find ourselves in, then shall the world be a place of justice and enlightenment. It should be obvious to all that the ignorance and poverty which are ever increasing is not mere coincidence but a treacherous system of greed designed to fail the majority while profiting a grotesquely small minority.

      • What you have described is the disease that has infected every human being since the first two were created and we are created beings. That is the disease called “sin-nature”, as it is written “man is born (bent) toward trouble, as sparks fly up in the air”.

        It is not “the primordial goo to you via the zoo” as the “enemy” (you named one) would like us to think in order to create the atmosphere of political correctness, the very thing that Martin Luther opposed, which seems to be embraced by the “loud minority”, not the vast majority.

    • Definitely not speaking of people like you sir. You served our country well and I have no problem repaying the debt we owe to you. God Bless

  3. This is one of my greatest fears and the exact reason I started prepping. Society has been on a decline for so long that when things go bad I don’t think most of us even realize how bad they will get.

  4. The way it happened was that the food stamp site was down. After 20 minutes it was back up but the limits part of the site was not working. THEN, people took advantage of no limits on their cards and just “bought” with their EBT cards 8 and 10 carts of food. Of course, they knew what they were doing was morally wrong. Legally? There were no limits, so they did as they pleased. They should have to pay all that money back. But, they won’t. Everyone would be afraid to make them pay. If it were me, I would have to pay up.

    • i saw the picture. where were they going to store it all? you’d need a lot of freezers.
      i wonder if most of the stolen food will just rot.
      my daughter gets some food stamps. she has an incurable bacterial disease. thanks to food stamps we can buy her medicines. when she got the food stamps we were coming to the end of our credit cards. still paying them off. i am thankful to God for the assistance she gets.
      it is always true that the bad apples spoil everything for the ones with true needs.

      i’m still shocked by the bad behavior by the ebt cardholders. i figure the decent people stayed away in droves!
      deb harvey

      • So True! The bad, lazy ones not only tax our system but are willing to STEAL with no qualms! I shudder to think of the animal behavior they will display when they are permanently cut off!

      • Is it a big surprise that a percentage of people on a government aid program would be dishonest? Color? Race? It does not matter here. Nor does the fact that someone is in an unfortunate situation and has to rely on government aid to assist them. That is not what this is about. You cannot group people together because you are prejudiced against all who are on government aid. The people who are responsible for this are the same low quality individuals who would keep your wallet if you accidentally dropped it in the street or openly attempt to steal it from you. I believe the point being made here is the mob mentality when the “system” is interrupted. If you are on this website, you are probably someone who is prepared for unforeseen emergencies and understand the need to prepare for catastrophic events. I am both fascinated and appalled at the mentality of some people when life situations change. In the united states, there has been a movement towards convenience in the past century. Our forefathers always stored food and had supplies to take care of themselves for weeks or months. These days, many people do not and think it is the government’s responsibility to care for them. experience has shown them that bad behavior like rioting and looting gets them the result they want so every time things do not go the way they expect, bad behavior is the accepted method of getting what you want. It does not matter if it is the verdict of a trial, a major sporting event upset or the shutdown of the government, the result is always going to be the same. Bad people are going to do bad things. Watch them and learn the ZOMBIE MENTALITY.

  5. Walmart did not allow this to happen because “they knew their customers were depending on them” to feed their families. Walmart knew there would be violence. Walmart will not lose anything. Either they get paid by the government or they write it off as a loss. The people who bought so much were not just trying to keep from starving. They were feeding others, something EBT is not for.

    Taking advantage of this EBT problem is as bad as going into a store that accidentally left the doors open and taking all you can get.

  6. You reap what you sow,this shithole cuntry deserves to fall maybe then ppl. Will grow a set and take back what is ours we left our so-called great Gov’t piss down our backs for years & tell us it’s raining we need a modern day take-over let’s see how the 1% like living like the other 99% of us… ANARCHY IN THE USA!!!!!!

  7. Scary to think of what might happen when the s*** does hit the fan when the US crumbles! People are lemmings and all they care about is their dang Iphone upgrade (Just to name a superficial example.)

  8. really? riot b/c system doesnt work for the day or weekend..and then trying to fraud the system by taking more than what you have..SCUM..this is what happens when you depend on the govt..

    • that’s what happens when you rely on man’s fallen nature.
      put not your trust in princes nor in the sons of men in whom there is no help.
      deb harvey

    • What makes you think they don’t already have two jobs? Working is a REQUIREMENT to get EBT in most cases. You don’t work enough hours, you don’t eat. The problem is employers getting away with paying people too little for them to even buy groceries. If you’re going to be hostile, how about directing it toward the lowlife cheapskates that are underpaying their workers instead of dumping on the people who are already getting shafted?

      • My brother and sister in law just quit their jobs. Yes quit. They recieve over $600 a month in just food stamps for the two of them, a 2 month old, an a 6 year old. My wife spends less than that to feed the 2 of us, a 13yr old boy, 2yr old, and 1 yr old. Neither one of them are disabled. We’ll not diagnosed. You have to be mentally disabled for both of them to quit just after having a new baby.

        • It’s one of a few possibilities:
          1. They’re “volunteering” 30 hours a week each in a state work program (that works out to a wage of $2.50/hr in “dollars” that won’t pay your rent or your electric bill).
          2. They’ve got temporary “emergency” benefits until their application can be processed because a social worker decided they were in crisis, and they could be bumped out of the system in a few weeks.
          3. You live in an unusually generous state.
          4. They’re participating in a supervised job search where they have to contact so many employers a week and can’t turn down any job that’s offered to them.
          5. They’re gaming the system by lying to their case worker. Maybe they’re submitting fake pay stubs or saying they got fired…hard to say.

          For every story I hear about someone who appears to be abusing the system, I’ve got three more about people who need help and aren’t getting it. Personally, I’m the type who would rather let a freeloader get away with something and save the lives of several more deserving people than to starve all of them just to get at the one who’s dishonest. But then, unlike so many of the commenters here, I’m not a sociopath.

          If you’re feeding two adults and a teenager–never mind two little ones–on $600 a month, either 1) food is insanely cheap where you live, 2) you’re either growing some of your food or hunting or something, or 3) you’re not eating well. By “not well,” I don’t mean your bellies are empty, but maybe it’s a lot more hot dogs and pasta than is healthy for you and not so much organic fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meat, wild-caught seafood, etc.

      • If a person agrees to work for another for what ever amount, who gives you the right to jump in the middle of it? If no boby works for what he wants to pay, then he is forced to pay more or go out of buisnesss,,thergo the reason that WE THE PEOPLE want to send all illegals back to from they came.

    • However you need to understand that it’s not always easy finding a job. It’s not like you can go out and get a job like you can go out and get a loaf of bread. People do get discouraged and yes they do need to learn to persevere.

  9. We all know whats really goin on dont we. White folks movin out to the sticks by the thousands in every major city. Planting food and buying chickens at tractor supply. Eatin backstrap or smoked steel head. Meanwhile, in the city folks say i owe them something. Raised to believe that generation after generation until this green house isnt mine, its thiers. A war is coming. Dont look in the mirror and lie to yourself. They hate us homesteaders. They want what we have without doing the work. A hungry man with a gun is the most dangerous of all.

    • News flash: We’re homesteading in the city, too. I’m farming on five acres in the city, and my chicks come from straight from the hatchery, not marked up at Tractor Supply. City folks are feeding each other. Stay out in the sticks with your paranoid fantasies. When all hell does break loose and the government collapses, you’ll be easy pickings for groups of armed thieves out there all by yourself, while we’ll be able to set up roadblocks around our neighborhoods and form community militias to patrol 24 hrs a day.

      You’re right about one thing, though: poor people in the city are angry. Not angry because they want what you have without working for it. Angry because they’ve worked for it their whole freakin’ lives and still kept getting told “no.” Angry because of people like yourself who were born on third base and think they hit a triple, and then have the audacity to look down their noses at the people who have to swim with a thousand anchors around their necks.

      • Dang farmer as much as you post what crop are you growing? You sound more like you live in San Fransisco with all your far left sounding information.

        • SNIPER I could not have said it better! I don,t know what Ohio farmer is growing but it smells like B.S. to me. He wrote to eroc( Stay out in the sticks with your paranoid fantasies. When all hell does break loose and the government collapses, you’ll be easy pickings for groups of armed thieves out there all by yourself while we’ll be able to set up roadblocks around our neighborhoods and form community militias to patrol 24 hrs a day) Sounds like you are having some paranoid fantasies Ohio farmer,or you drank some sheep dip! Do you all have wells in the city? Does you power come from the city too? Do you do you have a outhouse, or will you just throw yours over the fence as your neighbor throws his over yours? I got news for you when the SHTF your neighbor will not be thinking of you, he will be thinking of his family first,not yours!also we can see them coming in the hills but not so much in the city. But I am glad you are in the city as I sure don,t want you around my neck of the woods! Please for all of us Stay in the city! That is the best place for us…uhhhhhh I mean you of coarse!

          • After cooling down a bit. I just wanted to say that not all of us are lucky to have and be able to keep their farm. Ours was in my family since 1850,s So for all of you in the city that are good people and just can,t get out of it and NOT are screwing others over just for yourself! I do hope that when the SHTF you all in the city have good neighbors,but even if it just a few bucks you can save to buy SHTF gear food etc, do it now! don,t just talk about it. I was in the army in the 70,s a peace officer in the 80,s a trucker in the 90,s besides trying to farm too. I have seen the good in people and the bad. I hope you have some good neighbors.I just remember too many of the bad ones. Good luck too you all.

  10. I have been a cashier and I see the way people use their food stamps. Soda, chips, frozen foods and so on and so on crappy food one right after the other. They don’t like to think long term. They expect if they run out the government will be there to hand them their next meal, therefore they feel like they don’t need to help themselves. I know there are some who can REALLY not help themselves. The point is if people would take just a little bit of those food stamps and do something smart ( I know it’s a stretch with some people) and invest in food storage when stuff like this happens they wouldn’t have an issue

    • Seriously? The poor can’t win for losing in the eyes of people like you. You’re gonna fault them for buying store-brand soda at a dollar for three liters when fruit juice is anywhere from four to eight bucks or more per gallon?

      All the people I know who are on food stamps or need them but can’t get them had gardens this year. They were trading food they grew and saving the stamps for stuff they couldn’t grow–resulting in cashiers passing judgement, figuring these folks are too irresponsible to buy something healthy. Remove the plank from your own eye before picking at other people’s splinters.

      • People like me? I was on food stamps for a long time. Also you missed the point COMPLETELY what I was saying was if they would take 20 dollars out of the food stamps they get and start a food storage then they wouldn’t have that issue. You are a moron.

        • The typical American, whether they’re on food stamps or not, doesn’t have any serious stockpile of food. Moron or not, I’m sharp enough to see there’s a push in the popular culture to label people like us “hoarders” and make us all look like paranoid freaks with TV shows like “Doomsday Preppers” and such.

          The entire U.S. retail food system is built around “just in time” delivery. That’s why the shelf-clearing we saw in the video above isn’t just possible, it’s predictable. Every single time there’s news of a bad storm coming that’s predicted to shut down the roads or power, people swarm the stores for milk, bread, bottled water, diapers, baby formula, toilet paper, and–if it’s cold–propane and kerosene heaters. In big cities where people live in tiny apartments and don’t have cars, it’s even worse. Nobody there buys more groceries at one time than they can carry on the bus or the subway.

          What I’m saying is that while it’s a great idea to be prepared, almost nobody is, so it seems unfair to the point of cruelty to single out poor people to try to make an example out of them.

          • just-in-time inventory control was invented to save money in the short run, by the bean counters, to make their balance sheets look good.
            It is a stupid system. Would you buy only enough gas to run your car for a day?

          • Here is the thing most financial challenged people are on food stamps 50 million people are. I bring them up because of a article that has to do with EBT for that reason. People who can afford to buy groceries don’t apply because they are not on ebt.They will have an issue because they didn’t take a little bit each grocery trip to prepare they spend it all other things.

  11. The sad state of the USA. “If the government don’t give my FREE food, and FREE money stolen from people who actually work, I’m gonna RIOT”

    Pathetic “Americans”

    MAYBE if “poor Americans” spent more time/money learning to grow some of their own food, instead of watching MTV and spending their last red cent on a new pair of “Air Jordans” or the new “Iphone” then MAYBE… just MAYBE they would be like a real human being, and FEED THEM SELF… rather than “depend” on Big Government for their “entitlements”.


    By the way sheep. Obama isn’t increasing food stamp usage to record levels because he “cares” and wants to “take care of you” He’s doing it, because the a bankers like JP MORGAN who paid hundreds of millions to put his ass in office, make upwards of 10 BILLION PER YEAR PROFIT from the EBT MONEY MAKING INDUSTRY.

    So as per usual, government policy to ENRICH the bankers, while creating DEPENDENT, OBEDIENT, SHEEP! You’re gonna “riot?” HA! King Obama will just TURN OFF YOUR EBT CARD FOR GOOD.

    Then you, and tens of millions like you, will starve or get shot trying to loot the people who actually know how to take care of THEM SELVES.

  12. Let’s say the food stamp system goes down and stays down. The losers in the decayed inner cities riot. Then what? The city’s destroyed, lots of people are killed or injured, and the losers are still hungry. So they’ll try to make it out to the ‘burbs to do some looting a pillaging, but the locals outside the city are heavily armed and just waiting for something hairy to go down. Interesting times ahead.

  13. Too bad someone did not inventory the full carts that were left behind when the system came back up. I would like to know just what items MY hard earned tax dollars were buying THESE people.

  14. Are the twitter comments from customers or wallyworld employees?
    If they are customers, why the hell do they have an ebt card anda smart phone?
    If they are employed by wallyworld,,someone needs to learn to speak english.

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