FOOD-STAMP EBT GLITCH SPURS JERSEY BUYING SPREE

TRENTON, N.J. -- A data-processing error that credited the electronic benefits transfer accounts of 140,000 New Jersey food-stamp recipients 11 days early triggered an unexpected shopping spree at some of the state's supermarkets for two days last week.From early Sunday, March 21 until mid-afternoon the following day when the error was corrected, recipients of the early windfall spent about $5 million

TRENTON, N.J. -- A data-processing error that credited the electronic benefits transfer accounts of 140,000 New Jersey food-stamp recipients 11 days early triggered an unexpected shopping spree at some of the state's supermarkets for two days last week.

From early Sunday, March 21 until mid-afternoon the following day when the error was corrected, recipients of the early windfall spent about $5 million of April's $23 million in total food-stamp benefits, according to Jacqueline Tencza

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