I find it hard to believe that this was a worldwide phenomenon. We don't even have food stamp cards here, people who qualify get a voucher kind of like a purchase order and they are only manually entered into our system. I'm not at Walmart, but I've seen them do the same type of entry I do at where I work.
Even if you call them now, right this moment ... it's likely they'll say it wasn't world wide.. or just pass it off, and say it's a busy season they cannot talk, or ''don't you know it's the Holiday,'', I'm just saying,... that is what we were told word for word last p.m. at our local store.
It's not a way to make money or anything, I mean most people wall to wall with cash were there, in a crowded ambush waiting to get out in their lines with their food carts, filled. It wasn't like there were no people there it seemed very overwhelming to me. We went to find a spot to park and cars were line to line, row for row. As far as the eye could see.
So. nobody there for hrs and hrs had food stamps. Until 9:00 p.m. and we went at 5:30 p.m.
This isn't on any google that I looked up when checking this morning.
It's not the stores themselves, it's the system of food stamps itself.
This was major! It wasn't just 1 store locally or just Pa,. state, it was said by the mgr that it was world wide within the food stamps system. I am not seeing anything here on cafemom other than these few replys, I'm wondering if it's just the system itself so Holiday money leeches into circulation primarily rather than see the economy fall.
I saw it last year, I'm not making this up.
It seems that the more the system is melding f.s. than the more the stable businesses are doing to get cash from cash payers, and perhaps the meltdown is rooted within those who cannot afford their own homes, and If I were to own a home with the down payments and interest rates, I'm sure we'd have to lose major conveniences.
The stores said they're up today, Price Chopper, walmart.