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Rice rationing imposed at Wal-Mart's warehouse division

Section: Daily Dispatches

But though we had plenty of money,
There was nothing our money could buy.

-- Kipling, "The Gods of the Copybook Headings"

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Sam's Club Limits Rice Purchases

From The Associated Press
via Yahoo News
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas -- Sam's Club, the membership warehouse division of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., is limiting how much rice customers can buy because of what it calls "recent supply and demand trends."

The broader chain of Wal-Mart stores has no plans to limit food purchases, however.

Sam's Club says it will limit customers to four bags at a time of Jasmine, Basmati, and long-grain white rice. Rice prices have been hitting record highs recently on worries about tight supplies.

Sam's Club's restriction is effective immediately at all locations where quantity restrictions are allowed by law. It does not apply to other staples such as flour or oil.

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