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EBT (Food Stamps) Being Declined Across The US

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From Mississippi:

WLOX is being flooded with phone calls from people who say their food stamps are being declined at various stores across South Mississippi. After making some phone calls we were able to confirm EBT cards are not being accepted, however, we are still trying to determine the cause.

Alice Douglas who is the store manager at Jerry Lee’s in Gautier said the transactions are not going through anywhere in the state. She said customers are being declined at Jerry Lee’s, Wayne Lee’s, all dollar stores, convenience stores, and Rouse’s.

From Michigan:

The Electronic Benefit Transfer system has malfunctioned statewide Saturday morning. According to our crews, a local retail store announced over the intercom that the EBT card system was malfunctioning.  (They later got it working again and said it was the fault of the retailer’s system whichI find suspicious considering the other reportsand personal experience.  I think they are lying or just misinformed)  

From Ohio:

Reports are coming in across the state of Ohio Saturday that food stamp machines are not working. News Channel 5 has received several phone calls from Ohio Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card users who said their food stamp cards are not working at grocery stores. When they attempt to make a transaction, an error appears stating the transaction was not approved.

I can also personally confirm this.  I live in Massaachusetts and EBT is also being denied here.  I have a 9 month old baby and my family relies on that money for groceries every month because like most everyone else, I live paycheck to paycheck.  You can bet alot of people are going to be pissed off over this.  The only people this hurts is poor people and it will only harden the opinion that government sucks.  Not just Obama, not just the parties but government, period.  We are still just serfs in the system.  As far as I know this just happened today too.  We recieved our EBT money on the 8th, used it that day and it was ok then, 4 days ago but today is being denied.  They had the money to bomb and possibly invade Syria weeks ago but now cant afford food stamps for the poor?   I think i speak for all those affected when i say to the government a big F*CK YOU!   -Mort


According to the Michigan Department of Human Services spokesperson, the issue comes from a system update on the retailers end of the system and not the Department of Human Services.

Issues are being reported in states all over the country, including, Ohio, Mississippi, Maine and Georgia.

The issue is wide spread, the problem should be corrected today.   (We shall see… )

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    • Anonymous

      the money still came out of my check to help support you,so yea they need to get this fixed

      • Louis

        For the first 18 years of your life, money came out of other peoples’ pockets to educate you in the school system, and to pay firemen, policemen and the U.S. military to protect you.

        Life consists of give and take. Stop whining about it and accept it.

        • JustAComment

          Considering the trillions that have gone to ill conceived, bloody wars and all that mayhem (translated: the defense industry), and bailing out bankers’ mistakes we’re still living with, bankers who reward themselves huge bonuses for abject failure; seeing that, also, these bankers and so-called conservative politicians are apparently Communists, since their belief in free markets obviously caved-in when their corporations needed government money in 2008, I don’t mind what I believe amounted to about 2% the 2012 budget going to feed hungry people.

          There’s a crisis in the nation as to availability of jobs paying living wages for the unemployed. You’ve got to be one mean a-hole to resent food going to people who have hungry children, with a small percentage of your taxes, something I think money is for, as opposed to unnecessary wars and pissing it away by speculators on Wall Street! And what each and every one of us know to be true, of you who would just let people starve, you’d find this a real problem if it were your families, you hypocrites.

          Matthew 23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

        • Anonymous

          Exactly!!! And even people on food stamps pay taxes!!!

        • Wynema

          Hey Anonymous, grow a set and use your real name when you decide to be an insulting ignoramus! The puiblic school system (which my children are NOT a part of as I educate them at home) was likely also paid for by her parents, Aunts, Uncles, etc… So… STFU! Why be such a jerk?!?!?!?!?!

        • Louis

          Wynema — you educate your own kids? God help them.

      • Pateriot

        Judging from the responses to your comment I would say that a good many of the people here are so immersed in Socialism that they don’t see what it is and does to society… and to them. Government steals from the producers to give to those who do not, impoverishing everyone in the process and leaving everyone relying on their “benevolence”!!

        • kacklebarney

          As a “senior citizen’ I worked my whole life and paid taxes – never had a man support me; and I feel no shame at accepting assistance when I need it.


        17 states affected by the outage. Exactly 17. October 17 is the day that will come and go with no raising of the borrowing limit. OPERATION US DEFAULT is in play.

      • icetrout

        Ah-ha…hahahahahahaha… Obama’s Freeloaders got PHUCKED…. :P

        • kacklebarney

          Why do people like you want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Maybe you live in a place where there are jobs; but there are many places where there simply are none. And there are senior citizens who cannot pay all their living expenses out of their SS benefits. Food banks only have so much. Also, what about the kids? They should not have to pay for ignorant adults’ idiocy. You holier-than-thou whiners need to do a little introspection!

      • resonator

        If people like you could see the big picture, see that there are now even more truly depressed areas in this Country than ever before, You’d likely have nothing to say about this subject.
        Now why is that?
        Government has maniacally and systematically manipulated our so-called educational system into an industry that pumps out poor to mediocre so-called educated people. Left to there own devices these people now failing to realize their potential as a result of a 3rd rate education, find themselves leaning on Government for assistance.
        The Answer is Education. But now they must educate themselves.
        Start by asking questions, any questions. Answers will begin to come to you that make more sense than others. Learn of your innate abilities to see truth.

        You Must See This

        • News for the Soul

          It is that and the fact that the wealthy outsourced all the good jobs to China for profit and most of these stupid teatards who insult the poor were working when the economy was good and the jobs were still in this country.

        • paradigmshift

          NAFTA basically sent jobs to other countries where people will work for dirt cheap. The only job you can get with a mediocre education is food service, or Walmart checkout. Read the book “Nickeled and Dimed.”

      • News for the Soul

        I bet you were in sped classes as a kid!

    • eagererin

      Some dude called in on a TV show complaining his “card wasn’t working”. Maybe it’s time he does! Tired of supporting these over breeding mooches who refuse to work, because they’re just lazy. I’m disabled and elderly, fighting for disability benefits I WORKED 40 YEARS AND PAID FOR! GET A JOB OR STARVE! THERE ARE JOBS FOR THOSE WHO TRULY WANT TO WORK, WHETHER IT’S SCRUBBING TOILETS, WASHING DISHES, WHATEVER. LOOK IN THE PAPER! PRESTO, NOW YOU CAN EAT!

      • Wynema

        You do realize that people who work still qualify for food stamps depending on what their income is right??? I think your own medical conditions have made you bitter :( Even our Military families qualify for food stamps because they are paid so little… Do not assume that someone does not have a job and is not a hard working person just because they need a little extra help!!!

        • RobiMac

          Thank you for your excellent point

        • gsummit

          You do realize that because you qualify does not mean that you have to accept them. I make $877 a month with social security and I feel bad about taking that. I’ve been what is called broke my entire life, but I never been poor. Sometime you have to take the job that you can get. You’re not guaranteed to get what you wish for.

        • Canadianlady

          @gsummit – Why should you feel guilty about collecting social security benefits. You paid into the program as part of your retirement supplement. There is no shame in that. I love when you say you’ve never been poor. What a great attitude! :)

        • Canadianlady

          This was probably done deliberately by the ‘dick’tator in the WH.

        • News for the Soul

          Thank you for being more intelligent than the dumb teatarders who continue to bully and call names like Big whiny babies on this thread.

      • LightandLife

        Your age nor your disability have given you any compassion or understanding of people in need.

      • News for the Soul

        You should have been aborted as a baby!

        • News for the Soul

          This comment was meant for Eagererin !

    • Ingoodfaith

      It is true they have shut down the Snap program n it ain’t the stores it is the DHS they system is rejecting the cards even when you call the whole system is shut down completely. Illinois, Chicago. Just to let you know not complaining I took precautions so it hopefully will not affect my family to quickly. God Bless

    • retiredpatriot

      Now imagine no food stamps no welfare checks and no government aid….. SOOOOOO you better hope someone up there pulls their head’s out of their asses and figures we either need to prepare the people or we need to get things fixed up there. American’s also need to realize(which they won’t) we need to stick together and not go against each other if this harpoon’s because more people working together means better survival . But the guberment i bet gamble’s on people going against each other and i can almost bet they want it that way ….. so there are less of us and more of them . However i just hope for our sake’s if we don;t want to be a third world country of fighting and killing we HAVE to stick together.

      • Stugots


      • Knowing

        Well said!

    • SecretMom

      They are not working in VA either, I work at a restaurant near a few grocery stores and the cashier that came through were telling me this. So I called a friend of mine (she just had a baby and isn’t working atm) and was like no they are saying the system is down state-wide…I hope they get this fixed soon, i do recvieve a small amount, so the shut off isn’t hurting me to bad, I can always eat at work and let my kids have the majority of the groceries. But I hope they get it up and running soon..I feel really bad for the cashiers though, people are going to get crazy if it last to long.

    • Mingo

      South Alabama also has signs on the grocery store doors that EBT is down due to technical difficulties. Wake up! About a week ago, maybe less, there was a warning that TANF assistance was going to be next across 17 states. A map was also included in the article to show which states may be affected by this. I don’t get foodstamps but people need to start paying attention to the news!!!!!

    • Truth

      If not for EBT and other benefits this country would realize the depression we’ve been in for some time. Today we have electronic food lines.

    • annon123

      Not yet up in MS at 5:43pm. Sigh.

    • Anonymous

      Saw a sign in the local grocery here in western mass. today about the malfunction…

      PS the NEW money laundering pilfer is health care mandates, where u pay to be poisoned and robbed

    • Marine

      Well I guest the government is finally opening up their eyes, and seeing how many people are actually stealing from the government with these benefits that they are receiving ie..EBT Cards. Here in California people do what they want when they want with these cards and benefits. They are going to 7-11′s and other stores taking out hard cold cash, and buying beer, lottery tickets, cigarettes and hard core liquor , forgetting why the government gave them the benefits in the first place. These benefits were given to them in order so they can feed their children and their household not to go out and buy what ever they want. It’s a darn shame that the children are the ones that are having to do without because of these so call care givers. Oh, well, I quest things are really going to get hard for these died beats, and now will have to go and find work so they can take care of their habits. It’s about time we tax payers stop paying for their habits. :oops: Sad thing is that the innocent will have to pay because of their mistakes.MHO. :oops:

      • W. Willow

        Don’t know why you got a thumbs down rating because what you say about the graft in California is true. The abuse is what makes other folks angry.

      • Irissa

        Marine: Don’t know where your getting this from…You can’t or I’ll say Illegal to use ANY EBT card for lottery tickets, cigerates, liquor, beer and or cash??? Any 711 or any Store missusing this Benefit will face a serious fine and or Jail…and the the card holder as well!..If they are selling their EBT cards I imagine, or get cash by buying groceries for someone and then get the cash is AGAINST THE LAW…and eventually will get caught…It is for food and to provide for your children
        and your household. Unfortunately, too many people, have families, don’t make enough to cover, grent, gas and other essentials and can’t see their way out of a ongoing and desperate situation. With a Government shutdown..and if people can’t take care of their families, more of the same will continue!

    • JenniferT

      It is happening in PA as well. I wanted to use my bank card for some stuff at Dollar General here, and was told that the machine was down. But it was only down for EBT users, not the Visa/Mastercard debit card users. I hope people can buy their food soon. I can’t imagine having to tell my child I couldn’t buy them any food today. :sad:

      • Neanderthal

        It would be hard to tell your child you couldnt buy any food because you cant, you cant buy anything if you dont have any money therefore your not buying anything at all you are getting products for free while the taxpayers are BUYING it for YOU.

        • Wynema

          Neanderthal… Why is it that so many people fail to realize that many many of these people have paid into the taxes that they are in need of right now… their mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins IE: FAMILY has also paid in… It makes me so sad when people denigrate others and raise themselves above those in need…

        • Neanderthal

          Wynema, You have made your point and those that are really in need and deserve should have. However the country is broke and when it benefits are gone they are gone. Reality check. There are no guarantee’s in life. As far as others being denigrated thats life.

    • gwynmarilyn

      The message are up on stores front here in west IL and across the river in eastern Iowa as well. I have gotten several call from friends who want me to look it up on websites.

    • patriotwolf

      Unfortunately its time to start getting some lazy people of their butts I don’t want anyone to starve but some are way passed due to get off their asses for a change out of those 50 million how much are abusing the system I have already told all my friend’s if anyone is of need of some help let me know that’s if their in dire straights it time to pull together as a nation

      • gwynmarilyn

        In country that are nothing but part-time jobs. Who do you think is getting food stamps? Working poor that who.

      • mfritz0

        Judge not least ye be judged.

      • News for the Soul


        Like you…I bet you are one of those whiny baby boomers who are fat and lazy and ride around in your power scooter every day because you are to lazy to get off your fat butt and walk!

    • Duane Howard

      Down in Vermont, and NH as well.

    • Texas7

      Life isn’t fair, get use to it. Survive on your own.

    • Mingo

      well, short lived because it EBT is now working.

    • crabby

      that’s the plan .. get the population hooked on the dole then cut it off.. control an conquer ..

    • Xinthose

      no one should rely on the government at all. Ask the LORD for help instead

      • kacklebarney

        You don’t think that God is answering their prayers via government assistance?

      • News for the Soul

        What…I should ask and imaginary friend in the sky to supply all my needs? LOL!

    • Rufus Juice

      interesting experiment ~ if the system is down, what will you do?

      “I guess I’ll have to get a job now”

      • News for the Soul

        Gather up some trolls and have troll stew. That is what I’ll do!

    • Hang all drunkdrivers

      Sounds good. EBT is charity and it should end before there is any talk of not paying social security and pensions. That money is OWED!!

      • Wynema

        UGH! Ok, here goes… SS and Pensions are held in special accounts and are not used for TANF or food stamps!!!

    • LifeIs

      Maybe we should force wage increases and cut inflation, so Americans wouldn’t need food stamps.

      • News for the Soul

        This is the most intelligent thing that was stated here and yet it got four thumbs down. Now I know why so many other countries think Americans are stupid!

    • Kimmmm

      Comments on here are amazing. Few are looking at the big picture. Don’t buy in to the deliberate political ploy. The federal government will take the food away to make people beg for more big government. The ramifications of a shut down of EBT benefits would be catastrophic. It will cause civil unrest and then they can bring their war against the American people out in the open. Up til now it has been covert.
      We are all slaves. Stop bashing the people. It was the government that took the jobs away and made the people dependent on them. When government took over the schools, people were no longer taught that they had to guard their freedom. Incrementally they have taken everything from us.
      Soon the hunger games will begin.

      • Anonymous

        yep, better pull together now or its gonna hurt later, by later I mean in a week…on the 17th for example

      • RobiMac

        Exactly, the entire gig was planned from the git go. America is going down. It will become a third world country. The only thing that would delay that is a nationwide revolt but, that would be very short lived because our piddly guns and knives are no match for all the ammo that DHS has and they are at the ready to use it. I mean, they have their armed drones, tanks, armed armored vehicles of all types, not to mention the more than 2 billion rounds of hollow point bullets that comes to an estimate of 3 for every man, woman and child. When the time comes, they want to make sure you’re dead dead.

        That’s not to say a revolt isn’t a good idea because it is. It’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees…in servitude.

        For Obama to achieve what he is about to, he made damn sure he covered all his bases

    • shock an awe

      Its bad all over but relying on the government has never been the American way, Yes Americans need a payrise, why should corporations suck up everything and leave us to pay the bills of politicians folly.

    • Anonymous

      LOL, do you know how ignorant most of you are? Do you know how many people are on food stamps AND they work!!! I know some people on food stamp that work their asses off doing hard labor work that does NOT pay enough to support a family! I assure you they work HARDER then the lucky ones that landed a desk job doing nothing for a big fat check only because a family member or friends got them the job in the first place! I see this day in and day out! I’m so tired of petty whining over Food Stamps when most of your precious tax dollars goes to Black Ops and underground cities which you should already be aware of since you are on this damn site to begin with!!!

    • anonymoustoo

      Obama has spent almost 7trillion. The debt ceiling doesn’t need to be raised if republicans and democrats balance the budget. I’m looking forward to seeing the dollar collapse and food stamps become obsolete.

    • westside prepper

      family suppose to support each other and the church for those without family so i kinda get a chuckle for those that feel they are entitled to something they realy are not.i get taxed 1/3 of my check in taxes and lord only knows how much when i spend and property tax and so on and so on,some taxes are needed but not this much. the working people are now punished and have to pay for those that refuse to work…sorry this isnt right at all…yes i believe in helping…yea i feel for those struggling..i just dont believe we should be supporting as much as we are..

    • Smashy76

      WOW! I’m reading these comments and this story of food stamp cards not working from the comfort of my home in Canada and I’m shocked that I’m reading comments from people who are worried about feeding their children because they can’t access their welfare or food stamps. I’m shocked by this because I fail to see how internet is more important than feeding their kids! I know I sound harsh or heartless, but maybe you all need to hear this. Do internet providers in the states take food stamps as payment? Internet is a luxury, food for your children isn’t. If you’re complaining online about not having the money to feed and take care of your family, your priorities are really screwed up. I loss my career in 08 too. But, I wasn’t willing to risk not taking care of my family over checking facebook or “before its news”! Maybe this thinking that internet is as important as feeding a family, is why people are having a hard time financially.

      • Anonymous

        I am not on food stamps but here in America you can get Internet as low as 10 dollars a month and some places for free, I seriously doubt some of these people elected to forgo food for Internet and a bare bones poverty diet for one person here in America is 100 dollars a month and that’s all beans and noodles friend so just thought you should know what your talking about. But then again judging others is way easier than working up any understanding or compassion isn’t it!

        • Smashy76

          I’m far from not being compassionate to the families and all others that are stuck with having to rely on food stamps or welfare. I don’t wish hard times or hunger on ANYONE. This is happening in a country that isn’t 3rd world country and is supposedly a country that people have rights and freedoms. I’m the first person to help anyone or any animal that are suffering.

          I’m thinking that the message of my comment was either misunderstood or was taken way too literally! So I’ll break it down better for those who are offended (Which was not intentional).

          The issue isn’t the price of the internet, the issue is that somewhere in North America’s history, people have lost their independence and now rely on the government support to manage their lives. Every single day, we hear people discuss the incompetence of government(s), we hear how the current POTUS has screwed America and it’s people. This is the same song and dance with a vast majority of previous POTUS, as well. Basically, the people have no faith or trust in the governments and rightfully so. This fact is why people need to stop living their life based upon the government or live in accordance with the government. With the current debt and financial problems, people need to stop relying on the congress and politicians to do the right thing for the people of America. No one, is going to solve the financial crisis that is responsible for the suffering of the average American family besides, the average American family.

          I guess the best way for me to communicate what I’m saying and feeling, is “stop laying blame on anyone or any group and step up to the challenges being faced. The effort, energy and time spent on anger, frustration and even disappointment, is being wasted on things you have no control over and no way to even influence. No one but you are at fault for your current situation. own a Lamborghini is a right too, only if you can afford it. There are still countries that don’t allow access to the Net or other things North Americans have access to. and so you know I’m in Canada and I’m 100% Canadian as I’m a 6th generation Canadian, any whiter, I’d be see thru!

      • Treena

        Internet is not a “luxury.” Technology and communication are RIGHTS just as are food stamps, healthcare, birth control, abortion, equal marriage, clothing, housing, a phone, a car and education! The problems with America is that we are stuck on stupid and ran by DUMB, uneducated, worthless, racist, hyper religious CRIMINALS called the Republicans! They deny the poor, low-income, unemployed, homeless, gays, women, and miniorities EQUAL righs and provisions PROMISED by the Constitution!!! We now have a Constitution President but the GOP keeps obstructing and blocking his GREAT efforts to make us better and catch us up with the rest of the world. It is absoutley cruel and insensetive to say that just because a family relies on EBT to feed to their kids they shouldn’t be allowed to have the internet! OTHER people not on food stamps have it, and it is discrimination to attack the poor and say that if they dare ask for help, then everything else they own should be stripped from them. So what if they have a computer? So that means their kids should starve to death? Maybe they got all that before they lost their job, or before they got to sick or disabled to work, or before their hours were cut, or their pay reduced, or their other expenses went up! Ever think about that? We don’t give the poor a choice of “eat or have the internet.” That is opression…on every level. If they have the internet, so what? They still have a RIGHT to food stamps. The Republicans are screwing this country up, AGAIN! And once AGAIN are blaming the poor and kicking them down while the Democrats are trying to lift them up. Anyone who says they don’t rely on or need government are LIARS and GROSSLY misinformed. A society CANNOT exist without government.

    • crabby

      hands down the best way to start mass riots an marital law is this.. so easy..

      most people only have a few days stock worth of potato chips an fizz pop..

    • pedof2

      just a taste of whats to come when there isnt any more money or freebies left.

    • pedof2

      wheres my comment or do you only let certain things be said on here. if thats the case unsubscribe me. you are for the crooked people in washington and that crooked evil pres.

      • Wynema

        sometimes a comment can take a few moments to show up…

    • iamdlogan

      for all of you who still think that this is NOT an OBAMANTION plan…system updates are USUALLY ANNOUNCED! What is it that you PEOPLE DONOT SEE! NOW…do you get it! YOUR [email protected]@ has been sold down the river by YOUR STUPID VOTE FOR THIS IDIOT! I AM REALLY GLAD FOR YOUR PAIN! YOU DID THIS TO YOURSELFS. NOW, if you get ANOTHER chance to vote (which I doubt you will) go out and VOTE FOR THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM AGAIN. CAN’t FIX STUPID AND FOLKS from the BLUE STATES ARE STUPID! Oh, and for all of you going to riot and eat rich people and burn their homes…STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES…most of you dont have a 5th grade education, and your going to fix the problem by rioting against folks who probably had nothing to do with OBOMANATION taking your food stamps away. Why not riot against those who did?

      • Wynema

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA Thanks for the laugh!!!!! This is one of the most amusing and inane comments I have ever read… AND I have read a LOT!!!!

      • RobiMac

        Looks like you got some studying to do regarding American politics.

        The votes have always been rigged. The electorate college is the one in charge under somebody else. The vote of the people has never counted. I have been wondering for awhile why there even is a voting system. Well, now I know!

        It’s solely for the people to think they are important and have accomplished something.

        George Soros is Obama’s biggest supporter. You need to look him up.

        You can find out all about him at


      • SolidNoAssumptions

        Hey bone head… ya you… This is from the guy with far more of an education you will ever have.

        You reek of a state school’s attempt at extending a high school’s education outside of Detroit.

        It was from a data center update! People make mistakes, sure the ones who voted for Obama, I guess they didn’t get issues from mom and dad their crystal balls. Without a two party system things are more corrupted. Before you blast a lot of good people here, think about how nations rebuild and prosper after tragedy. Do you honestly think that when Reagan became the Governor of California things were any different than now? Take some and I say that lightly thoughts about posting information for hope, not this lithium deprived manic outrage. Sure foods stamps are out of control, but I don’t remember anyone in this forum voting for them or foreseeing that. Because I’m sure your campaigning right now for the next grate president elect right?

    • Sunshine

      Obama cares, don’t you know?

    • Zerodown32

      Americans First

      • bilbo room 101

        Politicians Last,

        and Never forget.

        Last, and cops last, and judges,… all must be sent to the gallows.

        For 50+ years in these dark-ages of America the courts and police have come to only exist to protect the political class, its time that we the people take our government and lives back.

        American’s First, Politicians LAST

    • I Hate Huffn\\\'Puffn\\\'

      Hey,Mort from Massachusetts . . . it’s NOT “Ask not what can the government do for me”
      BUT, what can I do for my country!
      Never forget that a government big enough to “GIVE” you everything – most certainly is
      BIG ENOUGH TO TAKE EVERYTHING AWAY! And they are nibbling away at everthing that
      caused people to GIVE up EVERYTHING to breath Americas’ once FREE air.

    • MEL

      To get your EBT cards to work, you must write on 100 different blogs, in 100 words or more, why you love Obama, and be sure to include your name, DOB, and SSN. Only then, and after your blogs have been read by Obama and approved, will your EBT cards come back online. This is a check on your locality and obedience to your leader. If you do not comply within 48 hours, your name will be struck off the EBT card list, and you will have to reapply using the Obamacare website. Have a very nice day.

      • cprince33

        You are correct…..I who is supporting my family why my husband is trying to find work am on link in I’ll…knowing I have no insurance for me and my husband which my two kids are on public aid I went on the Obama care site to check it out all I did was answers some questions and long and behold it took me to apply for public aid which will sign u up for food stamps as well and cash but haven’t filled anything out yet…but am scared too…so many things have been said kinda hard to make a desion not knowing what’s gonna happen….but I have been blessed to use my small amount to stock up on can foods because I had a feeling this was or may change but instead of junk food I stocked up on can foods….wish others would do that…i stand behind people in line at gas stations and watch them buy tons of junk food then complain they don’t get enough link….people its temporarily use it wisely

    • GabrielKing

      100% government and powergrid dependence by design. Where were these a-holes when the banksters destroyed small farms and businesses ? Where were these Jerry Springer leeches when patriots rose to defend America against enemies of the Constitution ?

      Some folks gotta learn the hard way….. don’t give food or help to any adult unless you can personally vouch for their character. Don’t enable selfish people who have chosen to remain blissfully ignorant.

      Any of you EBT junkies wanna laugh at preppers and “conspiracy theorists” now ?


    • jmd343

      This is our vindictive government showing us whose boss . On the other hand if you were not on the governments tit you might not have this problem . I recommend you get work and that gives you pay and that gives you groceries .

    • Fish_Kungfu

      “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.” ~Thomas Jefferson

    • shedaisy

      another good reason to prepare, ,( + grow as much of your own food as you can. )

    • RobiMac

      My daughter and her two yougins live with me and my husband. She has had to rely on food stamps and thank the Lord there is such a system for if not, millions would be destitute. First it’s starvation which will lead to selling everything you own just to get a loaf of bread. Finally, when that runs out, there’s riotous thievery and murders. Even military personnel are on food stamps because they don’t get paid an eighth what they should. Sure, the ‘lawmakers’ send them into foreign lands to fight for political BS and for what? They come home without limbs and money….if they come home at all. I can’t even say how glad I am that my husband discharged from the Navy 22 years ago.

    • npd1969

      According to the AJC, the ‘glitch’ has been resolved.

    • Apollon

      Feel bad for the few who do deserve gov. assistant mostly the elderly.always help the old people with ebt.problems when you see it.

    • Anonymous

      The system is back up.

    • Poe56

      Maybe it is a wake up call for welfare cases to go to work. No Excuses!

    • pdhickey

      This is what happens when you rely on other people to feed you. Too bad Obama didn’t “focus like a laserbeam” on jobs.

    • ednoonan7

      I went to Winco yesterday in my small N. CA town (Yuba City) and the sign on the door said that EBT were not being accepted. I did not know what a EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) Cards was, so the clerk had to tell me what they were. So I told my wife…” Honey, the lobster cards for the lazy masses do not work.” We wondered how the poor people were going to get their fine foods and bottled water now… maybe they would have to now eat chicken quarters like us?

    • CG-23 Sailor

      BEFORE it’s news?
      ROFLMAO, you need to change your name to AFTER it is news and gone.

      The EBT story is dead and gone. Before you even sent out this story, EBT was back online and the stories about how only the minorities EBTs weren’t working and White peoples EBTS were just fine.. was proven false.

      Just one more example of how Before It’s News is another fearmongering conspiracy bullsh!t site with it’s head firmly lodged up Alex Jone’s backside.

    • rabidjackrussell

      George Carlin “The American Dream” :idea:

    • AndreyE

      a man can live on water only for 40 days for sure, after 5-8 days you won’t feel anything in your belly, because intestines would stop moving, no feeling of hunger also

    • Treena

      “Not just Obama, not just the parties but government, period”

      Food stamps being put on hold and the government shutdown is NOT Obama’s fault. He had nothing to do with any of that. It was the GOP that cut funding to food stamps, and it was the GOP that forced the government shutdown. They are like spoiled rotten children! If they don’t get their way, they make the rest of America suffer by closing down parks, memorials, monuments, stalling benefits for disabled people, and taking away social programs that the poor and low-income families depend on. The GOP is the same reason that the Obamacare websites are all down. They are the reason that Obamacare is going to end up costing money when it was initially designed to be FREE for everyone.

      If you are all angry about how things are going, DO NOT blame OUR GREAT President. He is trying his hardest. He inherited the worst economic mess in U.S history at NO fault of his own. The entire reason America is spiraling out of control is because of Republicans being in power for the past fifteen years and because Bush was a dictator that spent all of our money on unfunded, unneeded, wars! Obama has done nothing but try to fix and solve our issues and he is constantly getting attacked, berated, mocked, and obstructed. Then he gets blamed!

      I read and saw pics of all these people tearing down barriers at memorials…and yet they had all these anti-Obama and pro Tea Party signs and flags!!! How DUMB can these people be? In addition to that they are clearly out of line, violence, and causing civil unrest. The police had to storm them to gain control. I don’t remember that EVER happening at any Occupy Demonstration!!! Biden was right, these teatards ARE domestic terrorists and THEY are the ones that put Bush in office twice, and caused this collapse in the first place!

      Most are just full of latent racist rage because a BLACK MAN is their leader and they HAVE to listen to him and do what he says. They HAVE to partake in the healthcare LAW that he created. That’s right…LAW. It has been the LAW of the land for four years now. It is THE LAW. So comply or face consequences just like any other LAW you choose to break! The rightwing and the ilk that make it up in this nation have GOT to be removed. They are causing so much hate, division, propaganda, misinformation, fear, and paranoia. They are spreading intolerance, false judgement, lies, and distain and are creeping into our lives. They are truly the center of the problems we are having. They are not patriots. They are gun-toting, hate driven, rage filled, anti-government, anarchists, UNAmerican LUNATICS!

      • LifeIs

        Treena you are misinformed. Obamacare was never intended to be free. It is insurance, not health care. And the law allows sky-high deductibles, and co-payments, which will prevent the poor from ever receiving any benefit.

        And that is the main reason I’m opposed to it. I voted for Obama the first time, I confess. “Lesser of two evils,” I thought at the time.

        I voted for Jesse Jackson when he ran for President.

        The House of Representatives has the DUTY under the Constitution, to initiate all spending bills. The representatives are elected, every two years, to consider what should be funded and what should not. That is the LAW.

        I wish the House would do its LEGAL DUTY and de-fund Obamacare.

        I wish the Supreme Court had done ITS duty. The Constitution does not give the US government the power to force people to buy something from private companies.

        Treena, Obama and the Democrats never proposed socialized medicine, or “Medicare for everybody,” or health care for everybody. They proposed what we have, a law to force everyone to buy insurance that for most will pay NONE of their medical bills.

    • morris adams

      y’all all missing the point!! (with a few exceptions),, notice how they blamed it on the retailers? arbitrary stores arbitrarily doing ”maintenance” at arbitrary times all coinciding? please!! this is intentional EVERY TIME it happens. ”they” shut down the system arbitrarily of course, to measure/gauge blow-back. when they can get the right number of people revolting against the right number of vendors at the right time, they can then roll out their MRAP’s, arbitrarily doing arbitrary drills that just happen to coincide with arbitrary panic and disorder. give or take an arbitrary fire here and there, coincidentally of course. this is all intentional. all the time. wait til you can’t use cash! it’s coming as well…. this life we live today,,, is only a test.

    • Pinksocks

      not everyone on foodstamps is a freeloader…for the record….there are alot that are i will not deny that but there are some families that depend on this to feed themselves. Oklahoma was victim to this. Sad day

    • pinbalwyz

      Having been there, I’m sympathetic to the poor, the homeless, and the hungry. However, I question the simplistic approach of government largess/charity including the food stamp program. Why? Let me explain.

      As a temporary measure to staunch the bleeding, it is well that we feed the poor/homeless/hungry. But, as a long term solution it creates an even larger problem–dependency. “So?” you may say. Consider why park rangers caution against feeding the bears. Not only does it make them dependent, but aggressive and even angry when the treats the become accustomed to are no longer available. Many news stories recount how what began as a charitable act in offering a homeless person a place to shelter in a private residence evolved into dependence and even homicidal anger when feeling threatened with eviction or removal as the arrangement begins to flag. So it is with the army of the poor/homeless who protest loudly/angrily when what they’ve come to factor into a long terms strategy to survive evaporates.

      In fact, our public policy ought to afford such charity for as brief a period as possible in favor of teaching the poor/homeless skills by which they can be self sufficient. This has not been done, not seriously, because it’s genuinely expensive. The long term charity and government largess surely represent a long term threat to the body politic in ways reminiscent of the Arab spring. Teach the poor to fend for themselves or crumble into the dust bin of history like the Soviet Union and Roman Empire. This would require some radical reform including, possibly, land reform and passing laws prohibiting discriminating against the poor. This isn’t a problem that’s going away anytime soon. The poor contain the seeds of this nation’s destruction. Gated communities/cities will not save it.

    • TonysTake

      Watch the pols and pundits twist the story so it appears that the cause of this isn’t Obama’s incompetence but is the doings of the evil Republicans/Tea Party. They must keep the low information voters and the slaves on the plantation.

    • Tralop

      This system goes down at least once a month but this is the longest it has been down. Also, Xerox is the company that oversees the implementation and functionality of the program.

    • kacklebarney

      It was just some kind of glitch in the system in certain states. Heard it on the news this morning. They were fine in NC.

    • bastet11

      Saw a sign outside Walmart today (eww) saying “Sorry, EBT not accepted temporarily”.
      San Diego, CA

    • TombRaider

      This may be a wake up call. All these years your card has worked and you haven’t, now it’s time for your you to work so your card won’t have to……

      • SolidNoAssumptions

        Dude EBT has a 98.78 uptime, no data was lost, all data centers had the data recalled and no one lost their hard earned money. I guarantee that! :)

    • kmarkou

      This was a practice run. When the EBT cards shut down permanently, riots will ensue and then the military will step in and install martial law. Right now we have more people than ever before in history, receiving food stamps (oh wait… ‘SNAP’… as it’s now called). And that name is pretty appropriate, considering they have lowered the qualifying standards for receiving these benefits. So with just the ‘snap’ of your fingers, you too can be on the food stamp gravy train. Open your eyes, America! The more people who receive, the more people who become reliant on the government. Remember… any government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take it all away.

    • SolidNoAssumptions

      I just confirmed with a NOC administrator who would like to remain unknown. That a data center that handles the up link and the redundant links to the retail sector executed a change control to fail over to their secondary data center for system updates. When the fail over took place they lost power, and no someone didn’t hack them, they didn’t follow their change control procedures. I enjoy coming here, and didn’t want to see crazy ass theories start to pop up. This site is notorious for publishing hear say.

    • SolidNoAssumptions

      So, I have actual root cause for this issue and you won’t let me post it? Is that because I did the foot work to get an actual TRUTHFUL answer or is it that I make people think about things from a prospect that’s informed? Lets see if this post gets through, unlike that other two!

    • greenghost

      The whole sytem will start breaking down soon.

      • SolidNoAssumptions

        GreenGhost, are you deaf? There was an idiot executing a change control to fail the system over to the secondary data center, that caused a power outage. Be lucky you actually get some NEWS before it’s news….

        But if you want to believe all the tard ass mongers go ahead, read about what I’m telling you later.

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