I’m winning! I’m winning!

So you’ve got your cart piled high with groceries, you’ve cleared the shelves at Wal-Mart, you’re racing to the checkout line because…your EBT card has no limit!

Word is out and the rush is on…bigger than Christmas or Black Friday or any of the other big shopping days…it’s free groceries at the Wal-Mart and you’re gonna git you some.

Wow…what a story.

Apparently what happened was that because of some kind of weird glitch in the processing system, people in Louisiana discovered that their EBT cards were…for a period of a couple of hours…limitless.

So, what are you going to do in a situation like that?  Spend what you know you’ve been allotted and stop there?

Heck, no…you get back out in the store and clear the shelves.

This is your chance!  It’s Christmas in Mardi Gras land and it’s payback time….the guvment owes me, baby!

Shop till you drop.

When they told the Wal-Mart manager what was going on I think that he said to just let them get what they want…there was nothing he could do.

I guess he figured it was the government’s dime…he couldn’t do anything except watch the people buy, buy, buy.

There was this one lady who had a cart full of 700.00 worth of groceries…and after they rang her up, she discovered that she’d missed her window for unlimited EBT and her card only had .49 cents on it.  They said they wouldn’t prosecute as long as she hadn’t taken the groceries.

Here’s the story…

I was telling Jenny it’d kind of be like if the instant teller just kept on spitting out money when all you asked for was a twenty.

What do you do? Keep it?

Well…you shouldn’t.  Not really…it’s not your money.

But if they didn’t want you to have it, they should have fixed the machine, right?

The thing that’s amazing about the Wal-Mart/EBT story is that it sounded like it was a whole bunch of people taking advantage of the system when they could.

It was the “madness of crowds” in action…a continuation of the attitude that “I’m owed”…”I’m entitled”….”I deserve” …taken to a crazy extreme.

It’s only taking advantage of someone else’s mistake, anyway.  What’s the harm in that?

Look at all the abandoned carts when people realized the glitch had been fixed…look at that mess.

People work the system hard…they have all the angles figured out.

Every program that they can sign up for is signed up for…and the folks doing the signing up clue them in to whatever program they might have missed the first time. No stone unturned if it might have some kind of benefit underneath it.

It’s great to have needs met.  There are needs out there.  We need to take care of each other. That’s a given…it’s a no-brainer…take care of the people in need.

I don’t want to feel like we need to take care of people who could take care of themselves, though.

There’s a lot of “able” people caught up in the system.

Look how crafty people must be to figure out en masse that it’s “free lunch” at Wal-Mart…load your carts and get out the door quick before they figure out what happened.

You’d probably be able to save enough stealing all that food to get a better cellphone….so that next time it all goes down like that you can text message your friends to get on up to the Wal-Mart RIGHT NOW!!!…you won’t even have to bust any windows to roll that stuff out the front door.

Wait…the guvment gives you free cellphones now, doesn’t it? You can call your friends using your free government phone to tell them that they can steal from the government if they hurry on down to the Wal-Mart!

What the heck?

About Peter Rorvig

I'm a non-practicing artist, a mailman, a husband, a father...not listed in order of importance. I believe that things can always get better....and that things are usually better than we think.

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