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Panic In California As Thousands Of Food Stamps Cards Suffer Brief Outage
Posted By admin On January 10, 2013 @ 6:16 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled
Zero Hedge 
Jan 10, 2013
This past weekend, as part of a system update to the CalWIN  software of California’s Social Services department, HP accidentally cancelled EBT cards for some 37,000 Californians. We can only imagine the resulting panic and the scramble by all these Californians who suddenly could not live within their means to print trillion, and other denomination, coins, in the shining example of their government. TheOC Register reports  that eighteen counties were affected in the CalFresh chaos (the ‘friendly’ name given to California’s food stamp program – also formerly known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP). While we worry for the strippers and liquor stores , CalWIN and Xerox (the state’s primary contractor for administering CalFresh) developed a process to reactivate the cards by Tuesday morning. While this must have been a tough day or two for many, we wonder ifGeithner’s ‘extraordinary’ efforts to extend the debt ceiling deadline have perhaps gone a little too far?
Finally, instead of minting coins, perhaps Hewlett Packard can remotely update its software in the Fed printers, which can then proceed to print a few cool extra trillion unsupervised, and voila: all of America’s problems are gone.
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URLs in this post:
 Zero Hedge: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-09/panic-california-thousands-food-stamps-cards-suffer-brief-outage
 CalWIN: http://www.calwin.org/index.asp
 OC Register reports: http://taxdollars.ocregister.com/2013/01/07/software-update-accidentially-cancels-food-stamp-cards-for-39000-californians/165081/
 strippers and liquor stores: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-06/dole-and-watching-pole-new-normal-ebt-card-user
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