The glitch caused an error that kept food stamp debit cards from showing spending limits and the mistake was quickly realized by many who use the system
Walmart locations in Louisiana saw huge crowds emptying shelves as they shoveled products into shopping baskets.
There were so many people and such a frenzy that police had to be called to keep things from getting further out of hand.
A report from KSLA said one shopper described it this way. "Just about everything is gone, I've never seen it in that condition."
The chief of police in Springhill LA said "it was worse than any Black Friday."
Walmart acknowledges they were aware of the problem but still told their clerks to allow the purchases.
"We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards during the outage so that they could get food for their families," one worker said.
The system was down for about two hours and began to operate normally again around 9:00 pm.
One woman who was in line when the machines came back on line had a balance on her card of 49 cents. She had collected over $700 worth of food and other merchandise in her cart.
Walmart didn’t put a dollar amount on their losses.