Saturday, October 12, 2013

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

Daisy Luther
Activist Post

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:

— Jazmen Ashley (@jazmen04o25) October 12, 2013

@Creamteam_bitch: Government done shut down the #EBT cards in Ga… These folks going crazy in walmart lol”swearrrr
— J A N A E (@JanaeHudson) October 12, 2013

Walmart just made an announcement on the intercom that EBT for the state of Georgia is down…there are now full carts Left everywhere #awk
— Kelly gentry (@KellyKgentry23) October 12, 2013

EBT is down so Walmart is complete chaos right now, so glad I’m leaving in 2 hours
— Chelsey Oliveira (@chelseyoliveira) October 12, 2013

EBT down at walmart and MF going crazy!
— Lorena Bobbitt (@iNoUliKmYdReAdZ) October 12, 2013

THEY DONE SHUT DOWN EBT CARDS IN MISSISSIPPI…… Walmart fulla mad motha fuckas right now
— J.Thrash (@dreadsANDretros) October 12, 2013

I almost just killed some people at Walmart, EBT is apparently down today #madhouse
— cassidy davis (@cassEdav) October 12, 2013

Working at walmart while EBT is fucking up <<< I just might get shot today. Lol.
— . (@_KaylaJeann) October 12, 2013

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.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, where this article first appeared, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at

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Anonymous said...

Way too convenient timing in my humble opinion. .Remember there are no coincidences. .

Anonymous said...

We just came from grocery shopping (Idaho). The shelves weren't bare but didn't have their usual stock. I thought it might be the truckers strike or maybe just a busy day though it seemed a bit slow at the time. By the time we left there were maybe half the usual number of customers and cars in the lot. It's Saturday night, maybe everyone is at some party I wasn't invited to, but it seemed a bit eerie. So we get home, put everything away, start dinner and find this post...

Anonymous said...

stage one; problem
tomorow peoples are gonna ask for a solution,its stage two, its called reaction.
then the govt will come forward with a nice solution that just need you to give them more power, thats stage three. been in use for the last 2000 years and you just cant see it yet....poo blind sheeps, may your chains sit lightly on you.

Anonymous said...

i like activistpost, but articles like those wanna make me go back to cnn com lol. just very cheap fear mongering. OMG martial law tomorrow EBT cards dont work. seriously people stop

Angelee said...
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Anonymous said...

I smell a rat

Anonymous said...

First Post in this awesome and much needed site for the world to wake up...
I'm very impressed at the intelligence and mind sharpness of the posters AND the commenters in here, simply amazing! aside of a few hopeless ignorants and some still asleep and mind-numbed ones , it is such a comforting feeling to know that Im not alone, that there are many more who know the truth, or at least suspect it beyond doubt

After several days of reading here, ( since the shutdown began ) AND together with glancing and main ideas dished up in the twisted warped and manipulative main stream media, I am positive something big indeed will happen in America and the world alike, its not an IF anymore, its merely a WHEN..
there are no such thing as coincidences, and the powers that be are taking all this to a much higher level which is more frighteningly sobering,,
they are not bothering to hide or operate behind the veil, which means they dont have to anymore. To those posters that still dont believe it, I can only say. To be fair we cant claim we havent been forewarned plenty in the past fifty or so years. "movies" political moves, warmongering, globalisation strategic plundering of mankind and earth, manipulative social and economic slavery we all have been motionless coerced and willing took a part in it, some because it was comfortable and easy, some because they couldnt see, and some because they would not want to see... in all we allowed it to happen and now? what?

Anonymous said...

PLEASE wake up now and smell the coffee... Its real its happening and the sooner we all get up and stay united the better chances we MIGHT still have.
As for those poor, ill and elderly. Please America, help each other, if you are at the supermarket and ahead of you someone gets refused, reach out and buy him some food yourself, it will not make you poorer but it will help some familiy survive longer....

( Which incidentally brings me to the long thought , where are those hipocrytical statements and marketing slogans from Walmart and the like now? bold and "heartwarming" phrases as: "We enjoy giving BACK to the community" and so on? hmm?
why dont they decide to help if not with Playstations and Flatscreens, at least with basic food? sigh,
yeah exactly..... )

stop buying and subscribing to any unneeded luxuries completely, stop wasting resources like water and gasoline, ( do you really need that hummer or that v12 engine car to drive around?
start stocking up on long lasting food, on organic seeds and of course if you already on knowhow how to survive and protect your family stock up on WATER and water filtration harware and pills, start networking with neighbours friends and family to barter amongst yourselves and to help the needy as much as possible keep in mind a well fed nation will be much harder to break down.. which is the goal here and sadly it is already happening before our eyes.. this is no more fiction and "conspiracy paranoia" this is the real Mc Coy please wake up nation and world....

I am not american by birth, but was fortunate enough to live a decade in your beautiful country, and as such I will always deem you to be still the greatest people of them all, kind generous helping good solid souls, Do NOT allow yourselves be broken, DO NOT ALLOW yourselves to be conquered by a small shady greedy coward cruel and dark hearted elite

Remember its over 350 million of you, and only a few handful of them hiding behind corporations, banking and sadly government too
Do NOT, however, take up weapons and go postal someweere somehow ( that is exactly what they expect and hope for) do not fight with violence or even vulgarity for they are stronger, and meaner and definetely in the winning side.
Instead fight by showing resistance and resilience to fall, to give up and if you do fall, stand up and help those fallen stand up as well, and if you cant stand, at the very least do not be broken.... stay true until the end.

One last word, if you are amidst those hired and meant to help the elite control and opress the people underneath you, ( national guard police, military, all the three letter agencies etc) think really deeply and sincerely within your hearts and souls: What are you doing? what did you really sign up for? you ARE the people, you are the nation, the people you will spy upon, condemn, lock up, hurt and even kill are your own kind, your families your neighbours your friends.... your blood....
Please think and stop being the enforcers, the henchmen for them... What will they do then?

We can emerge with our freedom even at this point still it wont certainly be easy but it can be done, if we unite ourselves in mind in body and in hearts.... regardless of class race or political and religious views,

Search for God in your own soul, ask for Wisdom and Strenght ask for peace and fairness for all.....

Sincerely. Someone who knows and loves the american people, the human kind, the earth, and all beautiful gifts God has given us to enjoy.
God bless us all

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the corruption in government has many rightfully suspicious and we tend to jump to a knee jerk reaction, but all the facts must be reviewed.

It is possible that India's cyclone has put their system out which I believe is the management of the EBT system.

We farm out a lot of IT work to them.

Anonymous said...

It's with eyes wide open that I say it's more than likely "the test run" of what will soon be in order to gage reaction. With talk of riots so soon after the freebie switch was turned off the ObamaVoter reacted exactly in the way they've been groomed since '08 to react. When the test run turns real it'll not be their hunger I pity but rather the hungry bellies of the once working forced into a way of living never known to them....all because none of us had gut enough to rise and stand together against the one who was sent to destroy our country from within.

Anonymous said...

There is no truckers strike going on...however, there is another meaningless rally that will affect nothing, that some truckers are involved in, going on.

Hide Behind said...

Just one more program for tha allowsb middle class to feel superior and welfare class to of corporates become wealthier , and corporate grocery stores become part of one of most ineffecient and wastefull system of food distribution in world.
Screw this bull shit of harming the needys' self respect excuse for cards instead of the granting of surplus food items, as was done by the original programs.
All done according to recipients economic needs firstly; And to standards of nutrition each member needed to remain in good health.
Now our Executive Branch has an agency, Dept. of Ag, staffed by very fat assed and paycheck ed mentaly lazy and no more than mediocre performers,bureaucrats , that hand cash to a Corporation to do the job they are supposed to be doing.
The food stamp program came about not due to women and children dressed in rags crying for food and eating from sill buckets; It came about due to very high numbers of"MALES" being found physicly unfit for military duty at beginning and during WWII.
It was not all due to lack of proper nutrition but poor nutrition was the highest cuase of their poor health.
Innot jus coal miners did you find lung disese but things like rickets heart murmer from scarlet fever and bone and muscle desrltruction from fard work with lack of food during depression years of military age males sometimes reached 17-20 % of volunters and draftees no matter their demographic area.
Food stamps are theft for and by rich and sharpie dealer welfare cheats.
Locally , from Seattle
, WA. To Portland Oregon the rate of exchange on streeets is 50 cents and as low as 25cents in cash for every dolllar on the EBT card.
Long past time that crooked and wastefull system and all who administer and profi from it are weaned from that big fat gov teat!

Anonymous said...

People need to get off of welfare and stop expecting someone else to take care of their lazy asses!

Anonymous said...

You are an idiot. Try to make it on Fast Food Joint wages. I hope you starve when the crash happens

Anonymous said...

A thought just occured to me,everyone here is angry and they should be,people are coming together and finally voicing thier complaints,too bad no one stepped up when our country has been slowly been being destroyed over the past several years,where was everyone than.Now with this incident everyone come to the plate.Somehow I find this pitiful! It may be too late folks.

Anonymous said...

Don't make a career outa fast foods. Now go flip some more burgers.

Anonymous said...

All of this was done on Purpose to cause Martial Law !

Anonymous said...

HEY TROLL,going back to CNN is just what you should do,they'll tickle your ears and diddle your butt and life will be good again..................

Anonymous said...

I dont agree with the lazy ass comment ...I am DISABLED

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