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Speaking of The Other McCain, R.S. and S. have a take on a recent shutdown-related event: Welfare Moochers Gone Wild. Excerpt:
Shelves at Walmart stores in Louisiana were cleared in a shopping frenzy over the weekend after a glitch in the Electronic Benefits Transfer system allowed government food stamp recipients to make purchases without spending limits.
For two hours Saturday night, customers rang up overflowing cartloads of food at stores in Springhill and Mansfield, La., after cashiers allowed them to use their EBT cards anyway despite not showing limits, KSLA-TV reported.
“It was worse than any Black Friday,” Springhill police Chief Will Lynd told KSLA. . . .
Full story here.
The interesting angle on this is one of ethics. Let’s say you – one of the True Believers, and presumably a serious, honest, ethical, upstanding pillar of the community, like yr. obdt. – somehow had a bank error in your favor, and discovered an extra $700 in your checking account that shouldn’t be there. What would you do? Something like this happened to Mrs. Animal and me some years back; Mrs. Animal called the bank and figured out where the error was, so the bank could correct the error.
That’s what honest people do. That’s what ethical people do.
That’s not what the welfare recipients in Louisiana did. They saw a chance for a windfall – to, essentially, steal something to which they were not entitled, which they had not earned – and they ran for it. When the error was fixed, they abandoned their carts of goods, goods they were attempting to steal, and left the mess for someone else to clean up.
There’s a lesson in there somewhere, True Believers.