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At the stroke of midnight, a growing number of Americans are lining up at Walmart not to cash in on a holiday sale, but because they’re hungry.

The increasing number of Americans relying on food stamps to survive the sluggish economic recovery has changed the way the largest retailer in the United States does business.

Carol Johnston, Walmart’s senior vice president of store development, said that store managers have seen an “enormous spike” in the number of consumers shopping at midnight on the first of the month. That’s typically when those receiving federal food assistance have their accounts refilled each month.
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At the stroke of midnight, a growing number of Americans are lining up at Walmart not to cash in on a holiday sale, but because they’re hungry.

The increasing number of Americans relying on food stamps to survive the sluggish economic recovery has changed the way the largest retailer in the United States does business.

Carol Johnston, Walmart’s senior vice president of store development, said that store managers have seen an “enormous spike” in the number of consumers shopping at midnight on the first of the month. That’s typically when those receiving federal food assistance have their accounts refilled each month.
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Damn, I wish they didn't shop at Wal-Mart.
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03/19/2012 12:46 PM
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Well, if YOU had a hungry family to feed and were desperate enough to be out in the middle of the night to get food, you might not find a regular grocery store open.

Wal-Mart does have some stores open 24/7.

And they DO sell name brands, and they regularly have the best prices in town on what they sell. SO, to make my food voucher card work the hardest, I'd shop there too. But I'd like to believe that I'd wait until morning to do the shopping.

Hope I'm never in the position to be needing to do this... but what do we know?
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Re: Waiting for midnight, hungry families on food stamps give Walmart 'enormous spike'
Well, if YOU had a hungry family to feed and were desperate enough to be out in the middle of the night to get food, you might not find a regular grocery store open.

Wal-Mart does have some stores open 24/7.

And they DO sell name brands, and they regularly have the best prices in town on what they sell. SO, to make my food voucher card work the hardest, I'd shop there too. But I'd like to believe that I'd wait until morning to do the shopping.

Hope I'm never in the position to be needing to do this... but what do we know?
 Quoting: LindaE
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This is one way our modern Great Depression is hidden. Imagine if there wasn't food stamps.
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07/01/2012 11:06 PM
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This is one way our modern Great Depression is hidden. Imagine if there wasn't food stamps.
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Soon enough the Governments going to run out of $$$ to give to these people.
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This is one way our modern Great Depression is hidden. Imagine if there wasn't food stamps.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18937811


Soon enough the Governments going to run out of $$$ to give to these people.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4227306


They print green colored paper daily. Money is a talisman. It means nothing to them to print more. It keeps people divided and easy to control.

Peace
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Re: Waiting for midnight, hungry families on food stamps give Walmart 'enormous spike'
This is one way our modern Great Depression is hidden. Imagine if there wasn't food stamps.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18937811


Soon enough the Governments going to run out of $$$ to give to these people.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4227306


They print green colored paper daily. Money is a talisman. It means nothing to them to print more. It keeps people divided and easy to control.

Peace
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Oh joy, bred becomes 30 Dollars a loaf, but our pay never increases.
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Doooooom
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Re: Waiting for midnight, hungry families on food stamps give Walmart 'enormous spike'
Well, if YOU had a hungry family to feed and were desperate enough to be out in the middle of the night to get food, you might not find a regular grocery store open.

Wal-Mart does have some stores open 24/7.

And they DO sell name brands, and they regularly have the best prices in town on what they sell. SO, to make my food voucher card work the hardest, I'd shop there too. But I'd like to believe that I'd wait until morning to do the shopping.

Hope I'm never in the position to be needing to do this... but what do we know?
 Quoting: LindaE



we all pretend like that's not happening very much and tell ourselves if they're poor and can't afford food it's because they deserve to be poor and we're obviously much better than them

it's the american way!


/sarcasm

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07/01/2012 11:24 PM
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bsflag

Food stamps are awarded based off the last two digits of one's social security number and therefore coincide with a date during the month which is a assigned for the range of numbers.
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07/01/2012 11:29 PM
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I'm on food stamps, and my account gets a deposit at 8am on the 5th of the month. Probably varies by state, but I am suspicious of disinfo, because I can't imagine any public sector human services agency operating at midnight.
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07/01/2012 11:41 PM
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Re: Waiting for midnight, hungry families on food stamps give Walmart 'enormous spike'
This is one way our modern Great Depression is hidden. Imagine if there wasn't food stamps.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18937811


Soon enough the Governments going to run out of $$$ to give to these people.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4227306


They print green colored paper daily. Money is a talisman. It means nothing to them to print more. It keeps people divided and easy to control.

Peace
 Quoting: Amy_A


Oh joy, bred becomes 30 Dollars a loaf, but our pay never increases.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 4227306


Considering the money supply Shrank by $41 Billion Dollars last month and the Inflation CPI is below 2% don't you think that bread should be getting a little cheaper?

Just sayn'.
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07/01/2012 11:42 PM
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Sorry, the money Supply Shrink By $41 Billion Dollars Last WEEK.
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07/01/2012 11:55 PM
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A little terrifying how depending on the government for food has become so normalized.
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One answer would be to have a community pull together to feed themselves. The community could have a place where -everyone- can stop in to get some food and get out of the weather, regarless of social or economic status or whether they make $1,000 or $100,000 per year. Could help strengthen communities by breaking down these barriers and helping people bond on an innate level. abduct
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Re: Waiting for midnight, hungry families on food stamps give Walmart 'enormous spike'
I'm on food stamps, and my account gets a deposit at 8am on the 5th of the month. Probably varies by state, but I am suspicious of disinfo, because I can't imagine any public sector human services agency operating at midnight.
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Ummm I think its automated. Amazing technology.
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I'm on food stamps, and my account gets a deposit at 8am on the 5th of the month. Probably varies by state, but I am suspicious of disinfo, because I can't imagine any public sector human services agency operating at midnight.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18940203


i used to work in an accounting office, one of our standard operating procedures was to send off the ACH tape by no later than 5 pm which would then be recieved by the federal reserve bank who would deposit by midnight. so this is actually standard practice. however every state is different. when i worked there i lived in California. I now live in Texas where i receive food stamps and my food stamps are refilled by no later than 8 am the day they are due. i have checked it at midnight a couple of times though. sometimes there there sometimes not. just depends i guess if they sent the ACH tape on time.
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Last time I was in Walmart I noticed the prices are too high. Cheaper to buy locally.

I wonder if they pump the prices to rake in the profits at the beginning of the month.
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Well, if YOU had a hungry family to feed and were desperate enough to be out in the middle of the night to get food, you might not find a regular grocery store open.

Wal-Mart does have some stores open 24/7.

And they DO sell name brands, and they regularly have the best prices in town on what they sell. SO, to make my food voucher card work the hardest, I'd shop there too. But I'd like to believe that I'd wait until morning to do the shopping.

Hope I'm never in the position to be needing to do this... but what do we know?
 Quoting: LindaE


Could be to avoid the day time shoppers and the embarrassment hence why they shop at midnight when not so many people are around?
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over 65% of food stamps are now redeemed at wally world...
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bsflag

Food stamps are awarded based off the last two digits of one's social security number and therefore coincide with a date during the month which is a assigned for the range of numbers.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 17820757



+1000 to this and the comment below, I know a number of people on food stamps and it's normally either based on this or the application date.
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if you were on foodstamps and didn't want people knowing(ie: parent of one of your childs classmates )
you would shop at midnight too
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At the stroke of midnight, a growing number of Americans are lining up at Walmart not to cash in on a holiday sale, but because they’re hungry.
 Quoting: Sharty Mc Bean

wow. stampede of the fatties. national geographic could make a documentary on it...
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It is a cause of great shame and sadness that people, of a once great nation, have been reduced to begging like rats in a sewer. You need a second revolution and you need it NOW!.. take back you lives from the banksters, the wall street psychopaths and your congressional lobbied lackies!
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on my eyes it works this way

US government bankrupted

Americans bankrupted in personal debt (mostly generated by consumerism)

both own gazillions of dollars to china

the fed print money ----food stamps---people buy china goods---china collect dollars and buy commodities from americans that have to sell to eat


americans turn to their actual life style they can afford

china get back a fraction of american debt
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Businesses accepting food stamps or EBT cards shouldn't be able to profit off the backs of the poor, the products people buy should be at cost.
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At the stroke of midnight, a growing number of Americans are lining up at Walmart not to cash in on a holiday sale, but because they’re hungry.

The increasing number of Americans relying on food stamps to survive the sluggish economic recovery has changed the way the largest retailer in the United States does business.

Carol Johnston, Walmart’s senior vice president of store development, said that store managers have seen an “enormous spike” in the number of consumers shopping at midnight on the first of the month. That’s typically when those receiving federal food assistance have their accounts refilled each month.
 Quoting: Sharty Mc Bean


WARNING
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And the White House response to this? Pile more burden on the middle working class.

They not only get cell phones, they get a credit card to buy what they wish, plus a food.

They get their nails done, have gold teeth, gold studs and tats and drive nice cars. They have numerous children with various fathers, while getting money back from the IRS, some claiming children who do not even live in the states.

So OP if you wrote this to gain sympathy for them, my sympathy has gone cold. Many of these "hungry" people are breaking the law and abusing the system.

To be sure the Democrats vote buying scheme will win again.
How can it fail? Dead voters, felons, illegals unite. With visions of all the very nice homes, cars to drive, Obama will have his citizen army. Ram through illegal gun control with the bought and paid for Congress, form a militia of his army and the take down is complete. Didn't I read somewhere of Homeland Security buying a very large amount of hollow points? Who would be using them and on who?

The New Black Panthers openly call for killing white asses, burying whites and digging whites up and killing whitey once more. And the Obama AG does nothing, he is too busy being a gun runner. Those drug lords may come in handy as generals.

My apologizes to any of that are truly needy and deserve the help. My anger is from the misuse by some and the hatred and contempt directed by some towards the working class.

Last Edited by anonimalle on 07/02/2012 06:33 AM
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Food stamps may be good for some, but many waste the money.

In my local Circle K convenience store, where food is 2X the price of a grocery, I see people all the time buying snack food with their SNAP card, and then paying cash for a 12 pack and some lottery tickets.

There is no personal responsibility for using the money wisely, and now by calling it SNAP, any stigma attached is gone. It has become a monthly debit card, use as you wish.

I'm sorry, but this system needs to end.
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Last time I was in Walmart I noticed the prices are too high. Cheaper to buy locally.

I wonder if they pump the prices to rake in the profits at the beginning of the month.
 Quoting: CrissCross


Aldi/dollar stores have the cheapest prices.
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I recall an incident at my local wally world concerning the abuse of food stamps.

This lady was out at 2am, with her 3 children who couldn't have been older than 7, her color is of no import, I sighed as I walked up behind her 2 buggies full and began to wait patiently.

She unloaded the first cart and paid with her food stamp card and thats when I noticed what was in the second cart.

The clerk grabs the portable scanner and walks around to scan the 72inch HD tv as the lady fishes through her purse for her visa...
I know this, because twice during the search she snapped at her daughter, asking if she'd returned the visa.

The tv rang up at 600+ and, with the lady no unloading garbage onto the counter to get her credit card... I lost it.

I snapped all over her, spitting things like how disgusted I was at her actions, that she is what is wrong with the country and that she's setting a wonderful example for her young kids. She tried to interrupt, getting the typical indignation look on her face, so I dropped the frozen pizza, the only damn thing I'd stopped for and raised my shirt exposing a nipple and offered it to her to suck on some more, since she just finished sucking on it to buy a tv...

Moral of the story is, cops get called AND I'm the bad guy!
Told to never return to that particular wally world again!

Yeah, thats when I stopped capitalizing 'merica.

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