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  •  Wrong! I used my bank debit card to pay. (0+ / 0-)

    I will try to do an update to the diary.

    •  Then why this: (0+ / 0-)
      My cashier was making notations on a piece of paper after each customer paid, looked like keeping count of something, price range of register total or what payment method was used, something like that.
      She wouldn't be doing that if the store's system was okay. No one manually accounts for these things anymore. The only time people do that is if the electronic system isn't working.

      "...and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love...then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream." ~ Michelle Obama

      by BoiseBlue on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 05:46:42 PM PDT

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      •  You are mis-representing what I wrote. (0+ / 0-)

        The cash registers in this very large, always very busy store, worked fine.  People were paying with bank cards with no problem, zipped right through, as mine did.

        My cashier was male, gray hair.  I said notations on a piece of paper, think 3 x 5 size, but really, the notes are nothing to get excited about.

        •  Look, I'm not trying to be hard on you (0+ / 0-)

          If this was true it would be a very big deal.

          But it's obviously just a problem that your store was having. I don't want people to get worried about something that's simply not true.

          As I said in another comment, my SIL bought groceries today with her SNAP benefits. Also, as others have pointed out, these benefits are given out by states and not at a national level, so the entire premise of the diary is just inaccurate.

          I appreciate your concern for the people who couldn't use their benefits at that store today, but there is absolutely no reason to state that it's a nationwide problem.

          "...and if proud Americans can be who they are and boldly stand at the altar with who they love...then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream." ~ Michelle Obama

          by BoiseBlue on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 06:25:47 PM PDT

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          •  Just curious. Where did she use EBT card, and (0+ / 0-)

            at what time of day?  If she used it early in the morning and the system went down afterwards... So I'm curious.

            As in other system outages from whatever cause, the information about how widespread may not be available until afterward.

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