"Wal-Mart, Xerox blame each other for Louisiana shopping gone wild," is the headline over a Reuters dispatch about a situation where food stamp recipients went on shopping sprees with electronic benefit cards that were mistakenly set to allow unlimited spending. From the article:
Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Xerox Corp blamed each other on Monday after Louisiana food stamp recipients stripped bare the shelves of some Walmart stores when a computer glitch left their debit cards with no limits...
Kayla Whiting, a spokeswoman at Wal-Mart's Bentonville, Arkansas, headquarters, pointed to Xerox as the source of the problem and referred further questions to Xerox..."The outage was the result of failures by our contractor, Xerox," said Trey Williams, a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
It doesn't seem to have occurred to Reuters that rather than blaming Walmart or Xerox, someone might want to apportion at least some of the blame to the food stamp recipients themselves.