Thursday, September 10, 2020

Atrocious Biden/Harris Record From The Memory Hole

We live in the United States of Amnesia; and the political establishment and media have been taking advantage of this for decades to rig elections and the economy in their own favor. However, they're taking it to a bizarre extreme with the Biden/Harris ticket trying to portray them as progressives, then shaming anyone that points out their record.

The propaganda coming from the mainstream media has been getting steadily worse for years, if not decades; and, as anyone that understands the fundamentals of propaganda it's increasingly clear that mainstream media is almost all propaganda with little or no educational material. One of the most basic fundamentals of propaganda is that "a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth," or at least it seems to, especially if it's not challenged. The mainstream media repeats the same basic ideas over and over again rarely challenging them, but when they do challenge them it's only briefly, often with appeals to emotion to reinforce their propaganda then quickly forgotten.

Another important fundamental of propaganda is recognizing where the majority of the public gets their news that they use to make important decisions, and in most cases, it's almost certainly TV, with a minority that's more likely to get their news from news papers or on the internet, some of those that recognize how bad traditional media is rely more on alternative media. Unfortunately the majority of the public probably doesn't pay that much attention to the media at all, so even if they do recognize that mainstream media is biased, they may not check with alternative media outlets.

Since five corporations control over 95% of the media they have the opportunity to provide obsession coverage for the candidates they support giving them name recognition, which progressive candidates that actually support many issues favored by the majority of the public can't get. This year a majority of the public almost certainly never even heard of Howie Hawkins, who supports many policies favored by the public; the same thing happened in 2012 and 2016, with slightly more people hearing about Jill Stein, but they were given the impression that she didn't have a chance, partly because she was rarely even mentioned in the polls.

The way democracy is supposed to work is the public has an opportunity to hear about all the issues and candidates so they can choose the one that best represents them, and agrees with them on the issues. The way our system works is candidates supporting corporate interests get obsession coverage and put out contradictory claims about their positions on the issues, saying one thing in front of one audience and a different thing in front of another audience, guaranteeing that, if elected they will have to break promises to at least one segment of the public, often the majority. The false claims are often repeated over and over again while the truth is only reported in a lower profile.

This was made incredibly obvious with several Memes, either for Bernie Sanders, or with him out of the race, Howie Hawkins, which show the vast majority of the public support about twenty policies, many of which have already passed in other countries with higher quality of life, supported by both Bernie Sanders and Howie Hawkins, yet opposed by virtually all establishment candidates, including Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. Several of these Memes are backed up with sources showing the polls like Polls With Citations: Americans Want Bernie’s New Deal For All 07/26/2019 which is almost identical to the one below and I checked them for another one in Bernie Sanders Has informed Grassroots Support; Others Have Media Propaganda!

Both Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton oppose almost all of these policies overwhelmingly favored by the public; with the only exceptions being protecting the right to abortion, in some polls supporting the right to same sex marriage, although both opposed this in the past, and if they added support for some reasonable gun control, that would be three. This is less than 20% of the leading issues people are concerned about; and, except for legalizing marijuana almost all, if not all the other issues involve rigging the economy in favor of their campaign contributors! We would have to go back at least thirty or forty years to find any major nominees that supported the policies favored by the public, although some nominees may have done a better job pretending to support them during the campaign, especially Barack Obama, but once in office he showed that he never supported these policies nearly as much as he pretended, and by 2012 it was clear that he broke his promises to the public so he could keep promises to campaign contributors.

How can we possibly nominate two candidates every four years that oppose the vast majority of policies overwhelmingly favored by the public?

For the most part they keep discussion of issues to a minimum, spending far more time covering polls or other shallow things, and when they do the coverage of issues on television, where most people get their news is incredibly bad. And of course, as I already said they give an enormous amount of obsession coverage to the candidates they favor, without checking facts hoping that we won't either.

If that isn't enough, which included both the 2016 and 2020 Democratic primaries, they cheat! I went into this much more in Epidemic 2020 Election Fraud Again and another article from 2016 Some of these voter suppression tactics were even reported on mainstream media; however, they didn't compile all the stories reporting a handful at the local level, and often spinning it to downplay the importance; and, of course, quickly forgetting about these problems after the primaries are over. But the best reporting came from alternative media outlets which did a far better job covering the subject. There's little or no doubt that our election process is a tragedy and a farce.

I'm certainly no fan of Donald Trump, but at least the traditional media is covering a lot of his flaws which are serious, so I don't worry about putting more emphasis on that; but most people may not know that Joe Biden is just as bad, sometimes worse, despite rhetoric that often sounds better. The vast majority of the public may not be able to tell where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris stand on many issues, because most of their record is only reported briefly and forgotten while deceptive propaganda is repeated over and over again. Fortunately there are a few good sources compiling the data on the internet one of them points out 25 Reasons Joe Biden Isn’t Necessarily ‘Better Than Trump’ 03/08/2020 and includes sources for most if not all of them; and Debbie Pinard has reposted a list of Joe Biden's history or positions as well as 18 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Kamala Harris’s Record; these don't have sources; however, I've checked them all and provided a long list of sources below. I also did a review of Joe Biden's record earlier in the campaign, at a time when I thought there was little or no chance that he could get the nomination, becasue his record was so bad, and his campaign wasn't much better, and reported on it including his racist background in Joe Biden Really Was Taken Off The Trash Heap.

The closer you look at both of their record the worse they look! There's no doubt they're both catering overwhelmingly to Wall Street with the intention of rigging the economy as bad as Donald Trump and worse than Barack Obama, although Obama was pretty bad, he did a better job pretending to serve the interests of the working class, at times. Joe Biden supported the Iraqi war and many others as well as sales of arms around the world despite a long history of many of the weapons our country have sold being turned against us, including arming Saddam Hussein, the mujaheddin, which became Al Qaeda and the Taliban, Noriega, both sides of the Syrian war and more tyrants that I can list here.

Even on the issues that he now agrees with the majority of the public on, listed above, he opposed them in the past, including voting to allow states to overturn Roe v. Wade. He rigged the economy in favor of banks, credit card companies and deprived students of any opportunity to seek protection from bankruptcy, even though they're the victims of predatory lending and price gouging from colleges. He vowed to veto Medicare for all, even during the pandemic despite the fact that it works much better in many other countries, and almost 70% of the public and 88% of the Democrats that allegedly nominated him, assuming you ignore cheating on his behalf, support it. He has nothing but contempt for voters who question him, on several occasions yelling at them telling them to vote for Trump. If he had to earn votes there's no way he would be doing this, and with this kind of behavior it only adds to the evidence that the primary was rigged.

Perhaps one of the worst thing he did was support various crime bills and the Patriot Act, which he often took the lead in writing as well that led to massive incarceration and rapidly eroded many of our rights. He calls on tough on crime policies but only when those committing crimes are working class people, not his own relatives or campaign donors. Kamala Harris is as bad, if not worse on her get tough on crime policies. she often looked the other way while police framed suspects and prosecutors withheld evidence that could exonerate many innocent people to advance her career, or worse helped them do it. In one of the worst cases, San Francisco was stuck with a $13.1 million legal bill, yet she didn't investigate either the police or the prosecutors that were responsible for it, nor does she prosecute police for killing people, even in the most extreme cases. The same goes for white collar crime, including Steve Mnuchin, who donated to her campaign while he was involved in epidemic levels of fraud in the foreclosure crisis, and she didn't prosecute or even investigate him. There's little or no chance that he could have been approved in Trump's cabinet if she had held him accountable for his epidemic levels of fraud.

Both Biden and Harris, as well as Trump and many other establishment politicians clearly think laws are only for the working class, not their political allies.

Joe Biden has claimed that he wants to reform many of the outrageous policies that created mass incarceration and contributed to the big problem with police shooting and killing over a thousand people every year, far more, even on a per capita basis, than any other wealthy country in the world; however his recent ads denouncing violent protests, on both sides, although he puts more emphasis on Trump supporters, without acknowledging the fact that most of them have been peaceful, and in many cases the vast majority of the violence came from police, nor is he trying to hold any police accountable for the shootings or violent clamp down on peaceful protesters. Instead he wants to give them more money without credible offers to address social problems before they escalate and lead to confrontations with police.

Good research is far better than Memes of course; but this one gets right to the point and the basic idea is based on good research, some of which I've covered in past articles.

It's almost out of the question that this election is hardly going to change anything and that Biden is far more like Trump than his own constituents, and even if you think that he's the lesser evil, which I'm not so sure of; a vote for him is a vote to support the oligarchy and make it appear as if this election has some legitimacy. It may be virtually out of the question that Howie Hawkins will win, but even if so, a vote for him shows that you're not falling for the same exact scam every four years.

Voting Green alone isn't going to solve all these problems or end the rigging of elections and the economy; however, it can be a part of bigger solutions. For many things have been getting bad for years, of not decades; although people living in suburbs often don't know how bad it is for others, even if many of them are have their own problems. We've been having an increase in massive protests for decades, including the uprising in Wisconsin, followed by a couple years of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is still going on, even if it's not at it's peak and many other protests, including Black Lives Matter, which gets the most attention. These protest have had far more impact, at least at the local level, then voting.

That won't be enough either unless many more people join in, which might happen if things crash even worse. The question is how bad does it have to get before the Sheeple wake up and stop falling for scams from the oligarchs? Alternative media, protests and other efforts have to be part of the solution but we can't allow the oligarchs to control all powerful institutions indoctrinating us to accept a slow but steady decline, which could rapidly escalate, almost without warning to a total collapse.

Another reason not to vote for Biden may be that he isn't really the lesser evil at all, despite Trump's rhetoric and outrageous things he's done. Trump recently expanded a drilling moratorium off the coast of Florida and surrounding states, created a moratorium on evictions until the end of the year, which will be difficult to end in the winter, although there are problems with it, especially for small landlords; and even called out the military for fighting wars to increase profits for weapons manufacturers. He's being demonized for this by the mainstream media and he's also guilty of this himself; however many antiwar activists have known for decades that this is exactly what they've been doing as I pointed out recently in Arming The Enemy For Permanent War! and an older article that shows that Democrats are just as bad, Obama, Kerry arm sales maintain permanent state of war!

San Francisco Is Paying For Jamal Trulove’s Wrongful Conviction. Will Kamala Harris? 07/02/2019

After Being Framed For Murder, ‘Last Black Man In San Francisco’s Jamal Trulove Speaks On George Floyd, Producing Docu On Integrated ’72 USC Trojans Football Team, & Docu-Series On His Own Six-Year Prison Ordeal 06/01/2020

The following is a long list of additional sources, including those for each of the claims made by Debbie Pinard and her sources, which all proved to be accurate:

Joe Biden Is Falling into Donald Trump’s Law-And-Order Trap 09/04/2020

Julian Assange like a hi-tech terrorist, says Joe Biden 12/19/2010

Trump launches unprecedented attack on military leadership he appointed 09/08/2020 "I'm not saying the military's in love with me -- the soldiers are, the top people in the Pentagon probably aren't because they want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy," Trump told reporters at a White House news conference.

Trump to expand oil drilling moratorium for Florida 09/08/2020

Trump administration announces nationwide eviction moratorium through end of the year 09/01/2020

The Trump Administration Just Barred Most Evictions—And Created New Problems For Both Landlords and Tenants 09/02/2020

Biden launches massive “law and order” ad campaign 09/03/2020

Joe Biden’s Long Career as a Deficit Hawk Will Come Back to Bite Him 01/21/2020

Joe Biden let police groups write his crime bill. Now, his agenda has changed. 06/08/2020

What Martin Luther King Jr. Really Thought About Riots 09/06/2020

25 Reasons Joe Biden Isn’t Necessarily ‘Better Than Trump’ 03/08/2020

Debbie Pinard: Joe Biden wrote the 1994 Crime Bill and still defends it. He wrote the Omnibus Counterterrorism Act, later became the Patriot Act. (Close to three dozen more reasons to oppose Joe Biden) So there you have the facts about Joe Biden.~ Bibi Bowmen 08/25/2020

Fact-checking Biden's claim the '94 crime bill didn't cause mass incarceration 05/15/2019

Biden defends crime bill amid criticism from Democratic foes and Trump 06/06/2019

The Many Occasions Joe Biden Took Credit For Writing The Patriot Act 09/10/2015

In Which Joe Biden Brags About Having Written The Patriot Act 07/22/2020

2006 Clip of Joe Biden's Opposition to Gay Marriage Surfaces 07/29/2020

He voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Behind Joe Biden’s Evolution on L.G.B.T.Q. Rights 06/21/2020 In 1996 he voted against gay marriage. Joseph R. Biden Jr. voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, blocking federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Joe Biden’s Legislative Record Anything but Progressive 05/01/2019 Well that act you just referred to, Gramm-Leach-Bliley, was the repeal of Glass-Steagall and just to remind people, Glass-Steagall was a Depression era, a New Deal era, really piece of legislation that separated investment banks from commercial banks. It meant what it really meant was that banks couldn’t gamble with your money, your money and mine. So that, you know, all money in the bank is protected by the insured thanks to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. And Glass-Steagall meant that they couldn’t then go off and take our money and sort of make bets with it, which had been going on in the run up, to the Great Crash. (In 1999 he repealed Glass Steagall Act.)

HR 3162 - USA Patriot Act of 2001 - Voting Record In 2001 he voted for the Patriot Act. passed 98 to 1 with Russell D. 'Russ' Feingold the only one voting against it.

Joe Biden championed the Iraq war. Will that come back to haunt him now? 02/17/2020

Biden’s Record on Iraq War 09/10/2019 Twice in the last five weeks, Joe Biden has claimed that despite voting to authorize military force against Iraq in 2002, he opposed the Iraq war from “the moment” it began. That’s not accurate, and Biden now says he misspoke. (Joe Biden lied repeatedly about changing his mind early; there are numerous video-clips of him continuing to defend his decision years later long after it was known there were no weapons of mass destruction and they knew it ahead of time.)

How Biden helped create the student debt problem he now promises to fix 12/02/2019 The former vice-president and 2020 presidential hopeful backed a 2005 bill that stripped students of bankruptcy protections and left millions in financial stress

He supported raising the retirement age.

Joe Biden’s Role in the Student Debt Crisis Dates to the 1970s 01/07/2020

Biden advocated for social security cuts for forty years and tried to cut it FOUR times, 1985, 1994, 2007, and during the Obama years; supported cutting medicare, medicaid and veterans benefits, FOUR times, you can access videos of him bragging about it.

Joe Biden advocated cutting Social Security for 40 years 08/17/2020

Joe Biden Has Advocated Cutting Social Security for 40 Years 01/13/2020

Joe Biden on Social Security: 6 Things You Should Know 05/31/2019 Raising the full retirement age has been on the table before (again, he's a centrist)

He supported the Kline-Miller Pension Act, a bill that cuts union pensions.

Critics lament Joe Biden's support for a bill leading to Teamsters pension cuts, after he hosted his campaign kickoff at Pittsburgh Teamster hall 04/30/2019 The Kline-Miller Pension Act allows multi-employer pension plans at risk of failure to reduce pensioner benefits to as little as $13,000 a year.

He has a rating of D- by Greenpeace due to his support of fracking, oil and gas extraction and the building of new fossil fuel infrastructure.

Bernie Soars and Biden Stumbles in New Greenpeace Ranking of 2020 Candidates’ Climate Platforms 05/30/2019

He held fundraisers with union busting lawyer, Steven Cozen.

Attorneys From Union-Busting Law Firms Are Supporting Biden 01/31/2020 At least five of Biden’s bundlers — individuals who have raised at least $25,000 — are connected to union-busting firms.

He took $200,000 speaker fee to help elect Republican candidate, Fred Upton.

Of Course Joe Biden Supported a Republican in a $200K Speech 01/23/2019 Biden is a different kind of Democrat: the kind who lavishly praises Republicans who are fighting for reelection.

He voted for the telecommunications Act of 1996, deregulation of media industry; this enabled media corporations to consolidate into only six oligarchs controlling over 95% of the media. In order for honest candidates to be viable they must get name recognition first; by simply refusing to cover candidates not catering to Wall Street these six oligarchs ensure they never get name recognition, effectively rigging most elections so only those they support are viable.

S. 652 (104th): Telecommunications Act of 1996

Democracy in Peril: Twenty Years of Media Consolidation Under the Telecommunications Act 02/11/2016

Speak Out for Media Democracy Why isn’t the FCC doing its job? 03/09/2003

He voted to repeal Glass Steagall, leading to financial crisis.

Joe Biden Serves Wall Street, Not Main Street 02/23/2020 Supported the elimination of protections that limited Wall Street speculation. Biden helped to eliminate protections against financial industry speculation thereby creating conditions that exacerbated the Great Recession of 2008. In 1999, Biden voted for the Financial Services Modernization Act, which repealed the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law barring banks from owning securities and insurance businesses. One of Biden’s largest contributors MBNA lobbied for the repeal of Glass Steagall and he delivered. Glass-Steagall created a wall between commercial banks and investment banks. Workers and small businesses use commercial banks to deposit their money in federally guaranteed checking and savings accounts. Glass Steagall prevented banks from transferring these federally guaranteed deposits to their investment banking operations that focused on high risk and speculative investments.

He voted against expanding a child care tax credit.

In 1981, Joe Biden Took A Lonely Stand Against Expanding A Child Care Tax Credit 07/26/20219

He voted in favor of a 700 mile long border wall with Mexico.

Here’s a Video of Joe Biden Sounding a Lot Like Trump 05/10/2019 “Folks, I voted for a fence . . . Some of you won’t like it, I voted for 700 miles of fence.”

He voted for NAFTA.

Democrats itching to take down Biden over free-trade past 05/02/2019

Biden’s Nafta Vote Is a Liability in the Rust Belt 05/14/2019

He voted to let states overturn Roe v. Wade.

When Joe Biden Voted to Let States Overturn Roe v. Wade 03/31/2019

He supports the Hyde Amendment, flipping for the sake of the campaign.

Joe Biden supports Hyde Amendment, splits from 2020 Dems on abortion measure 06/05/2019

Joe Biden Denounces Hyde Amendment, Reversing His Position 06/06/2019

He worked to undermine the ACA coverage of contraception,

Joe Biden Worked to Undermine the Affordable Care Act’s Coverage of Contraception 06/05/2019

He pushed for the job killing China Trade bill.

Will Biden's Trade Policy Record Come Back to Haunt Him in Midwest? 03/06/2020 "I helped lead the opposition to these agreements, Joe Biden supported those agreements," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. "And that is a fundamental difference about our approach toward the trade union movement and towards the needs of working people." .... "In terms of the coming general election we don't have to predict what [President Donald] Trump will be saying about Joe Biden, because he is already making those attacks. Trump—who won Michigan, who won Wisconsin, who won Pennsylvania—made one of his major campaign tenets his opposition to NAFTA and PNTR [Permanent Normal Trade Relations ] with China," said Sanders.

He backed the TPP. While in the Senate or White House he supported this; once running for president in 2020 he reversed himself, initially hedging but after seeing strong opposition opposed it, at least for the duration of the campaign.

Joe Biden Won’t Say If He Backs the Trade Deal He Helped Sell 06/26/2019

If he runs, Biden would be only Dem backing Asia trade deal 10/07/2015

He opposes cannabis legalization.

The Marijuana Superweapon Biden Refuses to Use 07/06/2020 Legalizing marijuana is extremely popular. So why won’t Joe Biden embrace the idea?

Biden’s opposition to marijuana legalization is at odds with most Americans’ views 05/18/2020 A majority of Americans, especially Democrats, support legalization. Biden doesn’t.

He supported extending Bush tax breaks for the 1%. The 2013 Biden-McConnell “Fiscal Cliff” Deal Shows Why the Next President Needs a New Approach to Taxes 01/15/2020

Wikipedia: Bush tax cuts Administration officials like Vice President Joe Biden then worked to convince wary Democratic members of Congress to accept the plan, notwithstanding a continuation of lower rates for the highest-income taxpayers.[52]

He promoted the war on drugs.

The Untold Story: Joe Biden Pushed Ronald Reagan to Ramp Up Incarceration — Not the Other Way Around 09/17/2019

How Joe Biden’s Policies Made the Opioid Crisis Harder to Treat 05/23/2019

Joe Biden’s Drug War Record Is So Much Worse Than You Think 02/26/2019

He plagiarized part of his “climate plan” from fossil groups. Biden has an incredibly long record of repeatedly plagiarizing on many occasions.

Accused of Plagiarism, Biden Campaign Admits Lifting 'Carbon Capture' Section of Climate Plan From Fossil Fuel-Backed Group 06/05/2019

Plagiarism charge hits Biden climate change plan 06/04/2019

Joe Biden's Plagiarism Problem 07/23/2020

Joe Biden's lengthy history of fabrication, plagiarism and racial controversy 08/21/2020

"Nothing will fundamentally change,” were Biden's words to his rich donors if he is elected. 6/19.

Vowing Not to 'Demonize' the Rich, Biden Tells Billionaires 'Nothing Would Fundamentally Change' If He Was Elected 06/19/2019

Joe Biden’s controversial comments about segregationists and wealthy donors, explained 06/19/2019

Joe Biden Just Made a Big Promise to His Wall Street Donors 07/23/2020

Voted with Clinton to end welfare.

A Racist Narrative’: Biden Warned of Welfare Moms Driving Luxury Cars 08/29/2019

Opposed measures to allow consumers to sue for price fixing.

Joe Biden, Neoliberal 08/07/2018 In 1979, after receiving donations from Coca-Cola, Biden cosponsored and voted for legislation that let the soft-drink industry get around antitrust laws. The same year, he voted against a measure before the Judiciary Committee to expand consumers’ rights to sue over price-fixing — one of only two Democrats to do so. As the Wall Street Journal reported, one of the companies lobbying against the bill, DuPont, was based in Biden’s home state.

Bill Backing Antitrust Suits Gains 05/09/1979 Senator Biden said later that he had voted for the bill last year only so that the committee could report it. “I never was committed to the bill,” he said.

Opposes universal health care/Med4All.

Joe Biden Says He Would Veto a Medicare-for-All Bill as President 03/10/2020

The coronavirus crisis hasn't changed Joe Biden's mind on 'Medicare for All' 03/30/2020 "Single payer will not solve that at all," he said Monday. Bernie Sanders begs to differ.

Biden Defends Undying Allegiance to For-Profit Healthcare During Interview With Dying Medicare for All Advocate Ady Barkan 07/10/2020

Biden suggests he would veto ‘Medicare for All’ over its price tag 03/10/2020

He didn't just compromise with segregationists, he fought for their cause in schools. Joe is a racist to the core, always has been.

Joe Biden didn't just compromise with segregationists. He fought for their cause in schools, experts say. 06/25/2019

Letters from Joe Biden reveal how he sought support of segregationists in fight against busing 06/28/2020

He repeatedly lied about marching in the civil rights movement.

2 truths and 31 lies Joe Biden has told about his work in the Civil Rights Movement 01/29/2020

That Time Joe Biden Knowingly Lied About Marching in the Civil Rights Movement 06/04/2019

Ahead of South Carolina Vote, Joe Biden Faces Questions Over Claims of Civil Rights Activism 02/14/2020

Joe Biden Has Reportedly Lied For Decades About Marching In The Civil Rights Movement 06/04/2019

He repeatedly lied about being arrested in apartheid South Africa.

Biden Adds a Claim to His Biography: An Arrest in South Africa 02/21/2020

Joe Biden drops claim he was arrested seeing Mandela 02/26/2020

He won't commit to reducing the prison population.

Joe Biden Won’t Commit To Reducing The Prison Population By A Percentage Target 06/04/2020

‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration 06/25/2019 He now plays down his role overhauling crime laws with segregationist senators in the ’80s and ’90s. That portrayal today is at odds with his actions and rhetoric back then.

He’s a paid hack for the credit card industry.

Biden’s Record Serving Credit Card Companies 03/02/2020

How Biden Helped Strip Bankruptcy Protection From Millions Just Before a Recession 10/23/2019

Biden's Cozy Relations With Bank Industry 08/25/2008

'Middle-class Joe' cozied up to credit card companies and made filing for bankruptcy harder 04/18/2019

MBNA paid Hunter as Joe Biden backed bill 12/16/2019

He flip flops on his long held support for the death penalty now that he's running for president.

Former death penalty proponent Biden flip-flops as federal cases advance 07/29/2019

Biden appears to be softening his stance on the death penalty 06/20/2019

So there you have the facts about Joe Biden.~ Bibi Bowmen

Biden Swims Naked, Upsetting Female Secret Service Agents, Book Claims 08/01/2014

Lawsuit filed after Secret Service admits to destroying records over Biden altercation with Secret Service Agent 09/04/2020

Judicial Watch Files Suit after Secret Service Admits to Destroying Records Related to Alleged Biden Altercation with Secret Service Agent 09/03/2020

Flashback: Former Joe Biden Secret Service Agent: We Had to Protect Women From Him, ‘Weinstein Level Stuff’ 03/29/2020

Visual representation of Corporate Democrats vs. the Left. 09/04/2020

Biden and Trump Unveil Dueling Law-and-Order Ads as Both Eye Swing States 09/02/2020 Joseph R. Biden Jr. will travel to Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday and his campaign has unveiled a new television ad condemning the rioters and looters that have vexed some American cities as he races to cut off President Trump’s efforts to define the Democrats as the party of lawlessness. (No solutions for police shootings.)

Joe Biden’s Budget-Cutting Dogma Is a Threat to Public Health 03/16/2020

How Joe Biden will use federal funding to support public schools 06/26/2020

Trump exploits Biden’s charter school silence 09/06/2020

Fact-check: Does Joe Biden want to end school choice? 07/20/2020

Your fact-checking cheat sheet on Kamala Harris 08/13/2020

Debbie Pinard: 18 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Kamala Harris’s Record copied from Corey Seigworth 08/24/2020

18 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Kamala Harris’s Record

1)Kamala Harris blasts then take money from Epstein’s law firm for the 2020 campaign.

Kamala Harris Blasts, Then Takes Money From Jeffrey Epstein’s Law Firm 07/15/2019

2) Despite “over a thousand violations of foreclosure laws by Mnuchin’s bank, “Refused to prosecute OneWest and CEO Steve Mnuchin for criminal conduct. Mnuchin donated $2,000 to her senate campaign – the ONLY campaign to which he donated.

Kamala Harris Fails to Explain Why She Didn’t Prosecute Steven Mnuchin’s Bank 01/15/2017

Harris Was Only 2016 Senate Democratic Candidate to Get Cash From Mnuchin 02/14/2017

3) Firm proponent of civil asset forfeiture even before charges are filed.

Luis Alejo, Kamala Harris back asset seizure before criminal charges 02/23/2015

Cops and Robbers, All Rolled Into One 07/24/2017

4) In 2010 judge declared that Harris had violated defendants' rights by hiding damaging information on a police lab technician, and Judge said that she was “was indifferent to demands that it account for its failings”

Judge rips Harris' office for hiding problems 05/21/2016

5) In 2015 blocked gender reassignment surgery for a transgender prison inmate.

Inmate who won order for sex reassignment surgery recommended for parole 05/21/2015

6) As DA pushed for a statewide law to charge parents with misdemeanors of children play truant, affecting low-income communities.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris Promotes Bills to Reduce Truancy 03/11/2014

7) Resisted efforts to have her office investigate police killings.

Kamala Harris takes measured approach to probing SF cop shootings 06/01/2016

Black men killed by police – what did Kamala Harris do about it? 08/06/2019 At the same time, Harris, the state’s first black attorney general, steered clear of the legislative brawls over bills on policing, including what became a groundbreaking law to curb racial profiling. Harris also rejected pleas by civil rights activists to investigate deadly police shootings of young black men in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Kamala Harris should take bolder action on police shootings, civil rights advocates say 01/18/2016

8)Opposed efforts to reform three strikes policy disproportionately affecting black men. NY Times

Arguing Three Strikes 05/21/2010 But on three strikes, Cooley will run to Harris’s left. (She didn’t support his 2006 proposal, though she is one of the prosecutors who, on a case-by-case basis, refrains from seeking a life sentence for some nonviolent three-strikers.) It’s a reminder of how far the prosecution of Gregory Taylor, the homeless man who broke into the church, has taken Cooley from the expected comfort zone of a prosecutor.

9) Worked to keep an innocent man in jail, even after serving a decade in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Kamala Harris’s controversial record on criminal justice, explained 08/12/2020 Or consider Harris’s handling of appeals for release by innocent people in prison. In one case, her office argued against Daniel Larsen, who was proven innocent by the Innocence Project, because, Harris’s office claimed, he filed his petition for release far too late after a legal deadline. The court disagreed, allowing Larsen’s release in 2013

EXCLUSIVE: 'Kamala ruined my life, a lot of lives.' Wrongfully convicted man who spent nearly 20 years in prison - including the notorious Pelican Bay - after then DA Harris sent his case back to trial says she's an 'opportunist' 08/19/2020

10) Defended a prosecuting attorney who inserted a false confession into an interrogation transcript.

Prosecutors protect themselves first: Column 03/08/2015 When the trial judge found out, charges against the defendant were dismissed. Incredibly, the State of California, via Attorney General Kamala Harris, decided to appeal the case. The state's key argument: That putting a fake confession in the transcript wasn't "outrageous" because it didn't involve physical brutality, like chaining someone to a radiator and beating him with a hose.

11) Went after “Backpage,” an online classified website used by sex workers, putting them in harm's way, and challenging the first amendment free speech rights.

Backpage CEO's arrest hurts free speech and sex workers' rights, advocates say 10/07/2016

California judge rejects pimping charges against website heads, citing free speech 12/10/2016

12) Fought a Supreme Court ruling, fighting to oppose release of nonviolent offenders.

Federal judges order California to expand prison releases 11/14/2014 Most of those prisoners now work as groundskeepers, janitors and in prison kitchens, with wages that range from 8 cents to 37 cents per hour. Lawyers for Attorney General Kamala Harris had argued in court that if forced to release these inmates early, prisons would lose an important labor pool.

How Kamala Harris Fought to Keep Nonviolent Prisoners Locked Up 07/30/2020 The state submitted a proposal that involved relocating inmates to fire camps to fight wildfires, and preventing out-of-state prisoners from being returned. But upon review, the three-judge panel found that that still left California’s prisons some 4,170 prisoners over the hard limit. ...... in late 2014, lawyers from her office claimed that nonviolent offenders needed to stay incarcerated, lest they lose bodies for fire camps in the wildfire-plagued state, as Jackie Kucinich of the Daily Beast reported.

Kamala Harris office sought to keep inmates locked up so that California could use them for cheap labor 02/11/2019 “Extending 2-for-1 credits to all minimum custody inmates at this time would severely impact fire camp participation — a dangerous outcome while California is in the middle of a difficult fire season and severe drought,” lawyers from Harris’s office wrote in a filing. .... The judges rejected the argument. (These inmates are being trained to fight fires, yet on their release they're not allowed to become real firefighters with full pay because of their felony convictions. There's little or no concern about justice or rehabilitation, just using them for cheap labor and advancing her political career.)

13) When the Supreme Court decided that “California's overcrowded prisons represented cruel and unusual punishment”, Attorney General Harris fought a ruling ordering California to release some of its prisoners, refused to release non violent offenders referring to Governor Gerry Brown as her client.

Kamala Harris: No Friend to Criminal Justice Reform 01/12/2018

14) As California AG she defended State Death Penalty Laws; She “urged the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court decision invalidating the state's death penalty.”

Kamala Harris defends California's death penalty 12/01/2014

15) Opposed police body cameras

How Kamala Harris’ record on police body cameras fits into the 2020 debate on criminal justice 04/12/2019

Debate fact check: Kamala Harris’s body camera comments didn’t tell full story of her record 06/28/2019

During Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate, California Sen. Kamala Harris got into a heated exchange about race with former Vice President Joe Biden.

When confronting Biden about his record, she spoke about actions she took as California’s attorney general, saying, “I was very proud to put in place a requirement that all my special agents would wear body cameras and keep those cameras on.”

It’s true the California Department of Justice became the first statewide law enforcement agency in the country mandating officers wear body cameras, but that requirement only applied to people working for Harris. It did not extend to all local police officers across the state.

In 2015, Harris told The Sacramento Bee she didn’t support statewide standards regulating the use of officer-worn body cameras. She wanted local agencies to set their own regulations.

“I as a general matter believe that we should invest in the ability of law enforcement leaders in specific regions and with their departments to use ... discretion to figure out what technology they are going to adopt based on needs that they have and resources that they have,” Harris said after an event with fellow law enforcement officials.

Since her election to the U.S. Senate, Harris has sponsored legislation that would create a pilot program for border patrol officers to wear body cameras.

Her campaign did not immediately respond when reached for comment. Complete article

16) Defended a murder conviction even though her office presented false testimony.

Kamala Harris Was Not a ‘Progressive Prosecutor’ 01/17/2019 The senator was often on the wrong side of history when she served as California’s attorney general.

17) Kamala Harris supported the 2008 San Francisco policy that reported arrested undocumented juveniles to ICE.

Kamala Harris supported 2008 San Francisco policy that reported arrested undocumented juveniles to ICE 02/11/2019

18)Refused to back marijuana legalization while jailing black men for it.

Kamala Harris Stays Mum On Pot While GOP Challenger Backs Legalization 08/05/2014

Tulsi Gabbard Takes Kamala Harris To Task On Marijuana Prosecution Record 07/31/2019 “There are too many examples to cite, but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana,” Gabbard said.

Kamala Harris Talks 2020 Presidential Run, Legalizing Marijuana, Criminal Justice Reform + More 02/11/2019 Kamala Harris admitted to smoking marijuana on The Breakfast Club; as Tulsi pointed out she put over 1,500 people in jail for doing the same thing, yet she faced no accountability, either for smoking it, assuming you think it should be illegal, or for putting all those people in jail, assuming you think it's relatively harmless and should be legal.

A play-by-play of Kamala Harris admitting she smoked weed 02/13/2019 Shorter version of just the part of the interview where she admits smoking weed in college, laughing about it claiming she listened to musicians that weren't famous until after she was out of college. This clip also mentions several other politicians who admitted to doing drugs, yet were not prosecuted, and some of them supported prosecution of others that did the same thing they did.

Kamala Harris Packed California Prisons With Pot Peddlers 02/14/2019 At least 1,560 people were sent to state prisons for marijuana-related offenses between 2011 and 2016

Kamala Harris Dodges Question About Marijuana Criticism From Tulsi Gabbard 08/01/2019

Joe Biden gets into a heated arms control debate with the auto worker in Detroit 03/10/2020 “You work for me, man,” the worker says to Biden when the tone clears again. “I don’t work for you,” said Biden. “Give me a break, man. Don’t be such a horse …”

Biden “your a damn liar” “I don’t work for you!” 07/11/2020 Closed caption phrases it slightly different, but the point is the same.

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the Limits of Representation 08/26/2020

Fact check: Did Kamala Harris block evidence that would have freed inmates? 07/31/2020

Kamala Harris: Drug Warrior, Vice Cop, Draconian Prosecutor 09/0/2020

Tulsi Gabbard Calls Kamala Harris a Drug Warrior and Dirty Prosecutor. She's Right. 07/31/2019 Harris says she's proud of her record, "but I am deeply concerned about this record," said Gabbard. "There are too many examples to cite, but…she blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California. And she fought to keep cash bail system in place that impacts poor people in the worst kind of way." ......

Gabbard told Harris that the people who "suffered under [her] reign" were owed an apology. "The bottom line is, when you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people's lives, you did not. And worse yet, in the case of those who are on death row, innocent people, you actually blocked evidence from being revealed that would have freed them until you were forced to do so. There's no excuse for that." (Kamala Harris acted with self-righteous indignation at these claims, but did not refute them, since they were backed up by evidence.)

Man behind bars 2 years after judge orders release 08/21/2012 Kamala Harris Reason is funded by the Koch Brothers, or the surviving one, and they have a conservative bias; however, they make some very good points about Harris which can be confirmed elsewhere.

Fact check: Did Kamala Harris block evidence that would have freed inmates? 07/31/2020

During Wednesday night’s Democratic presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard went after California Sen. Kamala Harris over her record as the state’s attorney general and San Francisco’s district attorney.

Biden alluded to a crime lab scandal that involved her district attorney’s office and resulted in more than 1,000 drug cases being dismissed. Gabbard claimed Harris “blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so.”

Biden’s claim that 1,000 drug cases had to be dismissed when Harris was D.A. is accurate, although Harris has denied knowing about the problems with the crime lab that triggered those dismissals until the issue became public. Gabbard is correct that Harris did not pursue all evidence in the case she referenced, but the innocence of the inmate in question has yet to be determined.

Longtime San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi criticized Harris’s handling of the crime lab situation back in 2010 and during a January interview with The Sacramento Bee.

The San Francisco drug lab was shut down after a lead technician, who testified on behalf of prosecutors on drug cases, was found to have systematically mishandled the drug samples seized from suspects, even consuming some herself.

While the San Francisco Police Department was responsible for running the lab, not Harris’s district attorney office, a court ruled in 2010 that the district attorney’s office violated defendants’ constitutional rights by not disclosing what it knew about the tainted drug evidence.

The San Francisco drug lab was shut down after a lead technician, who testified on behalf of prosecutors on drug cases, was found to have systematically mishandled the drug samples seized from suspects, even consuming some herself.

While the San Francisco Police Department was responsible for running the lab, not Harris’s district attorney office, a court ruled in 2010 that the district attorney’s office violated defendants’ constitutional rights by not disclosing what it knew about the tainted drug evidence.

Judge Anne-Christine Masullo wrote in her decision that prosecutors “at the highest levels of the district attorney’s office knew that Madden was not a dependable witness at trial and that there were serious concerns regarding the crime lab.”

And the Wall Street Journal reported in June that Harris ignored staff recommendations back in 2005 urging her office to establish a defendants rights policy, known as the Brady doctrine, that would have mandated her staff to disclose such information to defendants.

Harris has denied being aware of the drug lab issues at the time and also noted that her office implemented a Brady policy after the drug lab scandal came to her attention. Her office dismissed an estimated 1,000 cases as a result.

In February, California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered new DNA testing in the 1983 murder case of Kevin Cooper. Cooper came within hours of execution in 2004 after being charged with the murders of an adult couple and two children. Harris opposed the testing when she was the state’s attorney general.

She has since said she supports DNA testing and encouraged Newsom to approve Cooper’s request. She did not offer specifics on why she did not approve the testing during her tenure.

In response to a request for comment, Harris’s campaign pointed to a past statement where the senator called a New York Times columnist last year, telling him, “I feel awful about this.”

The testing is not yet complete. Whether Gabbard’s claim that the testing “would” have exonerated him remains an open question.

Harris defended her criminal justice record Wednesday night. “As elected attorney general of California I did the work of significantly reforming the criminal justice system of a state of 40 million people, which became a national model of the work that needs to be done, and I am proud of that work.” Complete article

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Walmart Crime Report August 2020

Walmart had at least nine more shooting last month, with three of them fatal killing four people, two of those people were teenage brothers killed in the same incident. Two of those were officer involved shootings where they killed a man with a rifle or gun. All but one of the shootings resulted in injuries; two of them were accidental with the shooter hitting himself. There were at least eleven additional gun related crimes. At least three of them were armed robberies, and half of them were arguments, often petty, that led to people pulling guns, others may have been possession of illegal guns.

In addition to the four people killed in shootings there were six bodies found on the premises, including another two older brothers found no more than a day or to from the brothers killed in a shooting; two deaths as a result of automobile accidents, one that took place four months ago and he died from the injuries this month; and a thirteenth death as a result of a stabbing. Most of the bodies found at Walmart don't involve what the police consider foul play, although the two brothers might be an exception. This isn't their highest death toll, but it's in the top ten, if not top five for a month.

Another long letter was found in Walmart merchandise from an abused worker claiming she was wrongfully convicted and forced to do slave labor for decades. There have been dozens of these letters found over the years, a few have proven to be legitimate, and a couple were proven to be faked to draw attention to a legitimate problem with slave labor or abusive sweatshops. Officially Walmart and other large organizations say they have standards to prevent abuses like this; but their standards almost never work; and they routinely lobby against policies that enable human rights organizations to check the factories to prevent abuse. Oligarchs lobby for "free trade zones" where scrutiny is virtually nonexistent, trade laws allowing them to constantly move their factories any where they want without tariffs to take advantage of sweatshop labor and lack of environmental regulations, and trade secrecy laws that make accountability impossible.

There's no doubt that their industry standards are for propaganda purposes only, and that they want plausible deniability. Furthermore, when they shut down almost all American manufacturing and ship them to places where they could suppress wages the most, driving wages down at home and abroad, they eliminated efficient factory direct options that were far more efficient than our current system, which ships subsidized cotton half way around the world to take advantage of slave labor before shipping it back through complicated distribution system.

The reason for our economic system isn't efficiency or because it delivers the best quality at the lowest price; it's because it allows centralized oligarchy control of every thing enabling the wealthy to take a cut out of everything and squeeze both consumers and workers.

Another correctional officer was caught shoplifting from Walmart, and immediately lose their job; if they abuse prisoners or if police abuse civilians the unions fight tooth and nail to protect their jobs no matter how strong the evidence, but if they commit petty theft against oligarch, they get fired quickly. They had another customer cause a panic by making dangerous threats and causing an evacuation, a third was jailed for pouring chemicals on a woman.

A large amount of Walmart insanity continues to be about the pandemic including more "COVIDiots" giving "Covid Hugs" and taking temper tantrums about new policies, with one customer saying Walmart workers served "Satan." One Walmart worker claimed she was fired for reporting noncompliance with health measures, another one was involved in fraud for using funds intended to go for prevention, and a Colorado Walmart was accused of not sanitizing all the carts after someone filmed them. Both supporters of masks and opponents of them have started fights over them; and there's exaggeration in both directions driving people crazy.

In addition to the two people killed in accidents there were at least fifteen more major automobile crimes including at least four of five stolen vehicles, one which crashed, and four or five police chases, one involving a stolen vehicle. It's not uncommon for these police chases to be over petty theft, although at least one of them this month was for a bigger theft. One of their security guards, who also happened to be a local councilman, was almost hit by a shoplifter that tried to run him over and was charged with attempted murder; another security guard, at a different store, hit a man then lied about it. There were several more crashes and at least one more hit and run, along with a robbery of a woman who gave someone a ride to Walmart.

In addition to the fatal stabbing there were at least three more knife related crimes including an assault on an officer, another threat to a customer, and a stolen knife. In some cases when armed robbers commit their robberies, if they don't have a weapon they steal it. There were also several fires, including one arson, a small fire and a much bigger one just across from Walmart.

They also had a robber who rode his bike right into the store to steal alcohol and get out quick; purse thefts, drug busts, dognappers, assaults on workers, customers and cops, and, of course bomb threats. Walmart wouldn't be the same without bomb threats, but they're almost all fake, so they often don't pay much attention. Police refuted a child abduction claim, and I didn't see any reports of real child abduction cases; but they're more common than the fake one, often with two or three each month, although I don't recall many since the pandemic began, related or not. There was another story of a missing person that may be far more serious; he was last seen at Walmart and may have gotten into a vehicle with a stranger.

Walmart had at least four recalls or public health alerts, one of onions because of salmonella; this was expanded to include salads which contained the onions, apparently it sickened more than 500 people, although the figure may be much higher if others were unaware of it and didn't report their sickness; another for peaches, also part of a salmonella outbreak; and a health alert for taquito, which may have sickened people, although they avoided calling it a recall.

PETA scheduled at least three protests based on new disclosures showing that egg producers were abusing chickens, and that they were held in dirty conditions, which may impact the safety of the products. Walmart was involved in at least five major law suits including two that were settled for large amounts, one about discrimination and another about overcharging for meat. Many of the people that were overcharged may not even know they're entitled to refunds though. At least two other new suits were filed against them and they're constantly bickering with towns across the country to lower their tax bills, despite the fact that part of the way they drove businesses out paid higher taxes. Walmart has proven to be a major drain on local cities having to shift the tax burden elsewhere, due to their political power, occasionally bankrupting the. Raytown Missouri is one of the most extreme cases, where they negotiated lower taxes, wiped out businesses paying higher taxes, and had increased crime at their store, which the town couldn't afford to police.

Walmart already has partnerships with dozens, if not hundreds of other larges oligarchs, and they're creating at least three more with Casinos, Yahoo, and TikTok. There should be no doubt that the so-called "free enterprise" system, where companies compete against each other was eliminated years, if not decades, ago and it's been replaced with an oligarchy system with little or no accountability. They also have top management coming and going that previously worked for other oligarchs or are leaving Walmart to work with other oligarchs, with a clear conflict of interest, showing that jobs at the top are reserved for a small percentage of elites not necessarily based on merit or looking out for customers or workers best interests.

One shoplifting suspect who tried to steal almost $1,000 worth of DVDs said he did so because "a lot of people get away with it," which sounds funny, and appears to be an incredibly lame excuse; however he's right! People have been walking out of Walmart with entire shopping carts full for years, thanks to their corner cutting and poor store design among other things. There were a couple other stories just this month about one man that walked out with five TVs and another where "Bold thieves" stole thousands of dollars of electronics from three Tennessee Walmarts. They often get caught on camera and police search for them after the fact, but many more almost certainly go unnoticed. Tax payers get stuck with a large portion of the bill to chase these people down and keep them in jail, yet they don't ask Walmart to stop their corner cutting or bear the price.

Another man broke in to Walmart after they were closed wearing a plastic bag on his head presumably as a disguise; but he didn't seem to plan very well, since he removed it several times, probably on camera, possibly so he could breath or see better. A few teens drank part of juice bottles before putting them back on the shelves. This has happened numerous times before, and most of them probably went unnoticed and were never reported in the media.

Another snake that may have been close to six feet long went shopping at a Texas Walmart. I still don't see why they don't welcome business from animals, but they had him removed from the premises.

Animals, including snakes rarely do as much damage as people including one that went through Walmart wearing only his underwear and his face-mask, punching a Walmart employee and one other person and stripping down to his birthday suit before he was done.

Walmart also had "a godly man" who was outraged that he was asked to wear a mask or leave, yelling at employees saying, “Get back on your highway to hell, and get out of a godly man’s face!” ..... “Are you exercising your rights as a private company to take away my rights?” and “Please return to your service of Satan in your ignorant belief you are right.”

My best guess is that even many religious people and opponents of masks don't think this is the way to respond. What kind of God wants people bickering over many things so petty, and can't find the time to say this isn't what he meant?

Strange things happen at Walmart!

In 2006 Wake Up Walmart did a study, "Is Walmart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Walmart which showed that it increased when Walmarts opened up and that crime was higher at Walmart than at other retailers. Since then Walmart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Walmart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country; now after counting them for several years that average is over two per week. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Walmart might be contributing to higher crime rates or at least a slowing of the decline in crime. The study found that. “on average, communities with Walmarts had 17 more property crimes and two more violent crimes per 10,000 people than those communities without Walmarts.” I reviewed this more in Walmart’s crime problem, Rolling Back Safety more than prices? where I explained that although this study is helpful they could have done better with additional data that is available and I reviewed some of that. I also added my own review about why I think that Walmart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Walmart high crime rate continues un-investigaterd and have provided additional information under the author tag Walmart Crime Watch.

Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Walmart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Walmart has done as little as they seem to get away with, often relying on rhetoric that isn't backed up with action, when it comes to addressing any of their critics concerns, including crime. One of the responses they’ve come up with is what they call "Restorative Justice" which gives first time shoplifters a chance to avoid being arrested or any criminal record if they take an on line course which costs $400 up front or $500 in payments, plus perhaps, reparations. This has been part of the privatization process and often denies suspects of the due process or access to a lawyer, perhaps even intimidating and extorting from some people that might not even be guilty. Walmart seems to be trying to find a way to turn crime into a profit making situation instead of looking for the most effective ways to reduce it. Making Change at Walmart is asking If you or someone you know has gone through @Walmart's "Restorative Justice" program for first-time suspected shoplifters, send us a DM. 03/30/2017 to ensure that it isn’t doing more harm than good. I did my own review of this program as well at Walmart’s “Restorative Justice” Endangers Public Without Reducing Crime. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in August 2020. According to the "Is Walmart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Walmart, and presumably, the ones most likely to make the news on the internet nationwide. This isn't statistically representative, as the 2006 or the "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" study or some of the studies cited by Stacy Mitchell; but it does provide some additional information that may help recognize how many problems there are at Walmart.

Walmart Top News Giant Snake Found Slithering Through Walmart

Tx. Walmart Shoplifter caught thanks to distinctive ‘I pooped today’ t-shirt he wore to go stealing 08/01/2020

Police issue charges following brawl at Columbia Tenn. Walmart 08/01/2020 At least five people have been charged with disorderly conduct after participating in a brawl at Walmart in Columbia. Four women and two unidentified minors will face charges after a violent confrontation that occurred in the makeup aisle of the local store July 16.

Police: Man carrying two guns arrested after refusing to leave WV Walmart 08/01/2020

NITRO, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — A Charleston man was arrested Saturday after refusing to a leave a Walmart while wielding a pistol and a shotgun.

Dennis Franklin Lanham III, 27, was charged with trespassing, according to Nitro Police Chief Bobby Eggleton.

Police said Lanham was asked to leave the Cross Lanes store by a manager, but he refused. Nobody was injured in the incident. Complete article

Letter to the Editor: Start shopping locally, not at Owasso, Okla. Walmart, to save our community 08/01/2020

Start shopping locally to save our community

If Walmart is allowed to remain in our community, then the future of Owasso is uncertain at best. Within two years of Walmart stores opening in the struggling west side of Chicago, over 82 local stores went out of business, according to a landmark study done by Loyola University. Likewise, here in our hometown, instead of growing our retail economy, Walmart just simply overtook it, shuttering multiple businesses.

The retail giant doesn’t bring new jobs, it brings unemployment and poverty. In 2008, the Journal of Urban Economics published a study that examined about 3,000 Walmart store openings nationally and found that each store caused a net decline of about 150 jobs. Another study done by Puget Sound Sage stated that each new store decreases the local community’s economic output over 20 years by an estimated $13 million. The research also discovered that each store costs the community an additional $14 million in lost wages over the 20 years.

We must start shopping local. For our prescriptions, we need to start shopping at our area pharmacies. For our plants, we must start shopping at our nurseries. For our gasoline, we need to start shopping from our gas stations. And for our tools, auto parts and everything else, we must start shopping at our businesses to save our communities. Walmart destroys towns, and if we allow the company to remain here, it will completely destroy our city and every business in it. Complete article

LETTER: Misleading information on Okla. Walmart corrected 08/04/2020 (Claims study cited in letter has been discredited, yet provides no source; Stacy Mitchell, and other sources, provide similar studies supporting claims made in the letter.)

Walmart temporarily closes Alabama store following COVID-19 cases 08/01/2020

Woman Faces Charge Following Fist Fight Over Social Distancing At Colorado Springs Walmart 08/01/2020

Letter: Man's poor decisions led to arrest at Pa. Walmart 08/02/2020

Teen confesses to starting fire that closed Alabama Walmart 08/02/2020

Salmonella outbreak causes 50-state onion recall. Sellers include Walmart and Kroger 08/02/2020

Onions sold under various brands have been recalled in all 50 states and the District of Columbia after being linked to a salmonella outbreak that’s sickened 359 people in 34 states, according to the CDC.

This includes red onions, yellow onions, white onions and sweet yellow onions. This includes onions sold at nation’s two largest grocery sellers, Walmart and Kroger. Walmart has put out a list of affected stores. Kroger sold the onions under their house brand.

The onions come from California-based onion producer Thomson International and were exported to Canada, which had 114 onion-connected salmonella cases the Public Health Agency of Canada said Thursday. Sysco Canada issued an onion recall up there on Thursday. Complete article

'Hits home a little harder:' Families mark one year since El Paso Tx. Walmart shooting 08/02/2020

Demonstration for John Crawford III to take place at Beavercreek Ohio Walmart 08/02/2020

Jasper Ind. man accused of stealing over $700 in merchandise at Walmart 08/02/2020

Authorities trying to identify 2 men involved in theft at Canyon Tx. Walmart08/03/2020

Suspect pursuit leads to 'chaotic scene' outside Gloucester Va. Walmart 08/03/2020

A police pursuit that ended at Walmart led to numerous people reporting a shooter in the area, but those reports were false.

GLOUCESTER, Va. — Panic and confusion resulted in reports of an active shooter at a Gloucester Walmart, but deputies say such reports were false and nobody was injured on Monday.

The incident began around 4 p.m. when a sheriff's deputy reportedly saw a man driving a Honda SUV come to a stop on Justice Drive and begin to spray something on a speed limit sign.

The deputy approached the suspect, who then allegedly sped off at a high rate of speed.

A police pursuit began, and the suspect drove to the Walmart parking lot, where deputies say he got out holding a knife. Several bystanders were in the area, but the pursuing officers were able to subdue the man without anyone getting hurt. Complete article

Man jailed for allegedly pouring chemical on woman in Palestine Tx. Walmart, assaulting police officer 08/03/2020

A man was arrested Saturday night for allegedly pouring a chemical on a Palestine woman while she was shopping in Walmart.

Willie James Lewis, 37, of Oakwood, is accused of pouring the chemical, believed to be a cleaning solution, on a 49-year-old Palestine woman’s upper body and face while she was with two small children in the store. She told police she did not know Lewis, who had fled after the incident, according to the Palestine Police Department.

The woman was transported to the Palestine Regional ER by ambulance for medical treatment.

While the police officers were investigating, Lewis returned to Walmart and followed an officer to the front of the store. He is accused of using a shopping cart to attack the officer from behind. Complete article

Shoplifting suspect at Fla. Wal-Mart says ‘a lot of people get away with it’ 08/03/2020

A shoplifting suspect at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages said he attempted to steal nearly $1,000 worth of DVDs because “a lot of people get away with it.”

Adam Eric Kamerow, 38, of Leesburg, entered the store on Sunday and removed $989.35 worth of DVDs from the shelves in the electronics department, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. He went to the luggage department and then the men’s clothing section where he began pulling Wal-Mart bags from his pocket. He put the DVDs in the bags and left the store.

A loss prevention officer attempted to stop Kamerow outside the store, but Kamerow dropped the DVDs and ran away. He drove out of the parking lot, but was stopped near Cornerstone Hospice on County Road 466. A deputy took the Wal-Mart loss prevention officer to the traffic stop and the loss prevention officer positively identified Kamerow.

“Mr. Kamerow stated he knew he stole the DVDs and did so because a lot of people get away with it from Wal-Mart,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report. Complete article

Public health alert issued for two name brands, Walmart brand of taquitos 08/03/2020

The USDA issued a public health alert over a not-food-in-your-food situation involving beef taquitos, chicken taquitos, beef chimichangas and Walmart, among other stores.

Ajinomoto Foods makes those products, which are sold under the Jose Ole’, Casa Mamita and Great Value (Walmart’s house label) brands. They contain diced green chilies from Sun Valley Foods and, apparently, possibly also plastic.

The USDA says Ajinomoto “identified pieces of hard plastic in their production process and in a barrel of diced green chilies that was received from ... Sun Valley Foods.”

Sun Valley Foods recalled the diced green chilies, a move that could trigger recalls of several other products that use the chilies.

As for the products in this alert, they haven’t been officially recalled. But the USDA recommends consumers toss them out or return them to the store for a refund, the same direction the agency gives for a recalled product. Complete article

‘Debeaked Chicken’ to ‘Peck’ Walmart Over Filthy, Cruel Egg Supplier 08/03/2020

San Jose, Calif. – On Tuesday, a “debeaked chicken” will lead PETA supporters in a spirited protest outside a local Walmart store to urge the company to reconsider its relationship with supplier Trillium Farm Holdings, whose eggs Walmart sells under its Great Value brand. The protest comes after a PETA undercover investigation of one of Trillium’s farms in Ohio revealed widespread, severe abuse of laying hens. Protesters will hold signs proclaiming, “Hens Crammed in With Rotting Corpses” and “Gassed. Decapitated. Left for Dead,” and showing images from the investigation.

When: Tuesday, August 4, 12 noon

Where: Walmart, 1450 Monterey Road (at the intersection with E. Alma Avenue), San Jose

The investigation showed hundreds of dead hens, many of whom were left to decompose alongside the survivors in small, cramped cages. In one incident, PETA’s investigator found a severely injured bird still alive in a trash bin. A supervisor had clumsily attempted but failed to kill the hen then let her languish for two more days before another worker finally killed her. Yet another worker was seen pulling a live hen’s head off. Birds had no place to stand, sit, or lie down except on the bare wire flooring of the cages, and many were missing feathers, often the result of stress-induced self-mutilation or fighting, as each bird had less than a square foot of space. Complete article

5 Pa. Walmarts To Offer Drive-Thru Coronavirus Testing 08/03/2020

Walmart Fund donates to West Virginia food programs 08/04/2020

Former NJ Walmart worker sues, says she was fired for reporting social distancing violations 08/04/2020 Ejonte Gilyard, a customer service manager at the store, says she was fired after reporting that the store violated its social distancing rules.

Missouri Walmart security officer pays for carts full of back-to-school supplies 08/04/2020

Man wounded in ‘accidental’ shooting at Lafayette Walmart 08/05/2020

MACON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Lafayette police are investigating an apparent accidental shooting that wounded a man at Walmart Tuesday night.

Detectives said the man was handling a gun and accidentally fired it. He was struck by the bullet and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with serious injuries, but his condition was not immediately known, police explained.

Officers have not said if the shooting happened inside or outside of the business. Complete article

Prosecutor reviewing charges after couple confronts teenagers for not wearing masks at Post Falls Idaho Walmart 08/04/2020

POST FALLS, Idaho - A video of a couple at the Post Falls Walmart yelling at a group of teenagers for not wearing masks is now being investigated.

The confrontation happened on Saturday, Aug. 1st.

The video shows the couple yelling at the teens saying, "you are abusing your freedoms."

The women in the video then steps towards the group of teens and hits the camera.

After the confrontation, a parent of one of the teenagers called the Post Falls Police Department and said they wanted to press charges.

Post Falls PD said that they investigated it and recommended that the women be charged with battery, unlawful and unwanted touching, a misdemeanor. Complete article

Rep. Blanco against death penalty for accused El Paso Tx. Walmart gunman 08/04/2020

Desert Storm veteran finds niche as Walmart associate in Prescott Valley Ariz. 08/04/2020

Possible public exposure to COVID-19 at Madison County NY Walmart 08/04/2020

Mississippi Walmart closed until Friday for cleaning, stocking 08/05/2020

Missing man found dead at Arkansas Walmart 08/05/2020

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A man who had been reported missing was found dead in a store parking lot.

Sally Smith, public information specialist for the Jonesboro Police Department, said the man was found deceased Wednesday morning in a car parked at Walmart, 1911 W. Parker Road.

Smith said the death was “unattended” and no foul play is suspected at this time. Complete article

Pa. Walmart evacuated, man arrested after threat 08/05/2020

A 42-year-old New Castle man is in police custody after he threatened to blow up the Union Township Walmart store around 1 p.m. Wednesday, Union Township police reported.

The store was evacuated of employees, shoppers and all of the shopping carts after the man, who police said was irate, made the threat in front of a store employee. The store management called the township police, and an officer located the man in the electronics department and arrested him, according to police chief Mark Julian.

The police took him to UPMC Jameson Hospital for a mental health evaluation, and charges are pending against him, pending his release from medical care, Julian said. His identity is being withheld until charges are filed. Complete article

Dayton Bomb Squad called to Walmart parking lot in Moraine Ohio 08/05/2020

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Bomb Squad was called to a Walmart parking lot in Moraine Wednesday night for reports of a possible explosive.

Law enforcement is investigating the scene outside the store along Dorothy Lane.

The scene was cleared around midnight, and no injuries have been reported. Complete article

2 arrested when police find explosive device in a car during traffic stop at Moraine Ohio Walmart 08/06/2020 Kettering officers found a suspected pipe bomb in a car after making a traffic stop in the Moraine Walmart parking lot Wednesday night, prompting a response from the Dayton Police Bomb Squad, a Kettering police official told News Center 7 Thursday.

Ex-NJ Walmart employee claims in lawsuit that she was fired for reporting social distancing violations 08/05/2020

A former Walmart employee filed a whistleblower lawsuit claiming she was fired after informing police that the New Jersey store she worked at was violating social distancing guidelines amid the pandemic.

Ejonte Gilyard, 27, of Passaic, alleges that the Walmart managers violated the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act by firing her in retaliation for her complaints, reported on Wednesday.

She is seeking a jury trial, lost wages and damages for emotional distress.

Upon the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Walmart instituted capacity restrictions that only allowed five customers for each 1,000 square foot of store space, according to the lawsuit. Complete article

Some Walmart customers upset about new return policy 08/05/2020

CHICAGO -- Several Walmart consumers have contacted the ABC7 I-Team about frustration over a new return policy.

So far 10 consumers have reached out about Walmart's return policy, and they're pretty ticked off.

One woman wrote in saying "I went to Walmart to return 5 tops that I purchased on 4/17. Each top has the tag attached & I have the receipt. I was informed that they aren't returning apparel items along with almost half the other departments."

ABC7 reached out to Walmart and a spokesperson confirmed that their return policy has changed. Complete article

Is it time for Walmart to drop its COVID-19 return policy? 08/06/2020

Sevierville Tenn. Police searching for person of interest after woman photographed in Walmart restroom 08/05/2020

Taylorville Ill. Walmart employee tests positive for COVID-19 08/0/2020

COVID-19 cases force temporary closure of SW Albuquerque NM Walmart 08/06/2020

Body found near Walmart on Government, Mobile Alabama PD say cause of death natural 08/06/2020

UPDATE (11:27 AM) — The cause of death was determined as natural, according to MPD.

UPDATE (11:27 AM) — MPD confirm a body was found and the cause of death is still to be determined.

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mobile Police is on the scene of Government Blvd.

The investigation is unknown at this time but it looks as though they are surrounding a ditch. WKRG News 5’s photojournalist Matt Goins is in the area as well to retrieve more details.

WKRG News 5 will keep you posted on any more details, if released. Complete article

Half-naked man caught on video punching 72-year-old La. Walmart employee, police say 08/06/2020

BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (KLFY) — Police Chief Rollie Cantu said a man captured on video punching a 72-year-old Walmart employee on Wednesday was issued an OPC (order of protective custody) and taken to a local hospital for evaluation.

30-year-old Kendrick Zenon of Breaux Bridge was casually walking around the Rees Street Walmart in a full black mask, boxer shorts and no shirt when he became combative and allegedly struck the victim in the face, Cantu said.

In the video, Cantu said, after the hit , the victim is seen stumbling and falls to the ground.

He is immediately assisted and brought back to his feet by multiple co-workers and shoppers, Cantu said.

Before he left the store, Cantu said, Zenon then stripped down to his ‘birthday suit’ and allegedly assaulted a second victim, this time a 68-year-old man, before running out of the store. Complete article

Yelm Wash. Walmart theft leads to car chase into Pierce County 08/06/2020

Yelm Police and Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies chased a stolen vehicle through rural back roads Wednesday night.

Around 8:15 p.m., the Yelm Police Department was notified of a man and a woman walking around the Yelm Walmart, believed by employees to be shoplifting. The woman was seen carrying a large bag that police believed she was using to stash items.

However, when the woman left the store, she was no longer carrying the bag, but was wearing a pair of leggings that were later confirmed as stolen. Complete article

Walmart manager charged in 2016 death of Lakeland Fla. man gets probation 08/06/2020

LAKELAND, Fla. — A Walmart customer service manager charged with manslaughter in the death of an alleged shoplifter has been sentenced to probation.

Cruceliz Nunez, 27, was sentenced on Thursday to five years' probation for her role in the death of Kenneth Wisham. Two other Walmart employees were also charged with manslaughter back in 2016. According to Lakeland Police, on Feb. 7, 2016, officers were called to the store at 5800 N Rd. 98 for reports of a shoplifter. When officers were en route, they got another call from dispatchers saying the alleged shoplifter was not breathing.

The man was later identified as Wisham, and he was pronounced death at the hospital. The 64-year-old was accused of taking $380.74 worth of DVDs from the store without paying. Complete article

Walmart to pay millions to settle alleged discrimination case that originated in Laurel County Ky. 08/06/2020

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT/LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER) - One of America’s largest retailers will pay out a $20 million settlement after allegations of hiring discrimination against women.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that the discrimination happened at 44 distribution centers across the country, including the one in Laurel County. The original complaint in the case came from two women there.

The position the allegations stem from is an order filler. Those employees take grocery items, such as cases of canned food, off shelves and stack them onto pallet jacks to be wrapped and loaded on tractor-trailers for delivery to stores. Complete article

Ky. Women alleged hiring discrimination by Walmart. Retail giant to pay $20 million 08/08/2020

The USDA warns certain salads sold at Walmart, Kroger, and H-E-B contain onions linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 500 people 08/06/2020

The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a health alert on Wednesday about some prepackaged foods that contain onions believed to be the source of an ongoing salmonella outbreak.

The products include a Southwest-style salad with chicken sold at Walmart and a cheddar cheese and chicken salad tray sold at Kroger.

The Food and Drug Administration is currently investigating the cause of a salmonella outbreak that had sickened at least 516 people in the US as of Monday. In Canada, 120 people were sick as of Sunday. Complete article

Welcome to the trucking life, RV drivers 08/06/2020

Man convicted after Burbank La. Walmart scissor debacle back in Aug. of 2019 08/06/2020

Tenn. Walmart manager goes bald (and blue) for Children’s Miracle Network 08/06/2020

Toledo Ohio man pleads guilty to theft from Kohl's, Walmart 08/06/2020

Third man arrested in connection with theft at Potsdam NY Walmart 08/06/2020

Richland Co. SC deputies seek woman accused of pointing gun at Walmart employee at Killian Road location 08/07/2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is working to identify a woman accused of attacking an employee at Walmart.

According to the sheriff’s office, the woman got into an argument with the employee on August 1 over a money order. During the argument, deputies said the woman pulled out a gun and pointed it at the worker. Authorities said the woman had her child seated in the shopping cart and put the child and other customers nearby in danger as she waved the gun around.

The woman is described as a black woman in her early to mid-30s with a medium complexion, medium build, and average height. Officials said the woman was wearing a beige hat and a pink shirt and had a long, curly ponytail. Complete article

Woman accused of pulling gun on Walmart employee arrested 08/28/2020

Arrest made in Alexander City Alabama Walmart armed robbery 08/18/2020

The Alexander City Police Department has made an arrest of a Sylacauga man for the Walmart robbery that occurred earlier this month.

ACPD arrested Stephen Antonio Huntley, 36, Monday and charged him with first-degree robbery.

“He brandished a weapon in the incident,” ACPD deputy chief James Easterwood said Tuesday.

Law enforcement responded to the store on Aug. 5 following a call of robbery where Huntley allegedly pulled a weapon on a cashier demanding money before running out of the store. No one was injured in the Aug. 5 incident. Complete article

Customer robs Alexander City Walmart 08/05/2020

Ex-Walmart manager guilty of covid-relief fraud 08/07/2020

TULSA, Okla. -- A Centerton man pleaded guilty in federal court in Oklahoma on Thursday to bank fraud and making false statements to fraudulently get loans meant for covid relief for businesses.

Benjamin Hayford, 32, was a senior manager, global technology operations and portfolio at Walmart.

He pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud and four counts of false statements to a financial institution before U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan of the Northern District of Oklahoma. Sentencing has been scheduled for Nov. 4.

Hayford is accused of filing fraudulent bank loan applications seeking more than $8 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Hayford admitted he sought millions of dollars in forgivable loans from multiple banks by claiming fictitious payroll expenses. To support his applications, Hayford provided lenders with fraudulent payroll documentation purporting to establish payroll expenses that were, in fact, nonexistent. Complete article

March held outside Ohio Walmart where police fatally shot man holding BB-gun in 2014 08/05/2020

Birmingham Alabama PD: Scene clear after suspicious package found at Walmart of Parkway East 08/07/2020

Cibolo Tx. police pitch in to buy man new bike after his was stolen at Walmart 08/08/2020

Police: 3 suspected of stealing TVs from Md. Walmart lead troopers on 13-mile chase in U-Haul 08/07/2020

Two people suspected of stealing TVs and a carpet cleaner from a St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Walmart and then leading police on a 13-mile chase in a U-Haul truck have been arrested and charged with theft, police said Friday.

The Maryland State Police identified the suspects as Angelo B. Clinkscales, 48, of Landover, Maryland; and Arnise A. Hart, 52, of Lanham, Maryland. They both have been charged with two counts of theft over $1,500 and one count of theft scheme.

A third suspect, a 51-year-old woman from Lanham, Maryland, was not identified. Police said they expect to charge her after she is released from the hospital, where she was taken for an examination at her request. Complete article

Giant Snake Found Slithering Through Tx. Walmart 08/07/2020

ODESSA, TX – Employees at an Odessa Walmart found a surprise while working on Friday.

According to CBS 7, on August 7, employees found a large snake while on duty.

The snake was found inside the store.

Luckily neither the snake nor people were hurt. Complete article

NC Letter: Let’s vote at Walmart 08/07/2020

There is a lot of argument about how the November election should be handled. Democrats are afraid that there will be virus infections as a result of co-mingling at the polls. They want wholesale mail-in voting. Republicans are afraid of mail-in votes since there could be fraud and election theft.

I have the perfect solution. Let’s do our voting at Walmart. Big box stores seem to be virus-safe and everybody already knows how to get there. Democrats will like it because it’s a friendly place for their base. Republicans will like it because their Walmart stock will go up. Seems like a good idea to me. Complete article

Walmart lingerie theft suspect charged by Pa. cops after public IDs him 08/07/2020

11 Parenting Fails That Only Happen At Walmart 08/07/2020

Police Look For Person Who Used Stolen Credit Card at Walmart in Norwalk Conn. 08/0/2020

Winnipeg Canada Walmart employee tests positive for COVID-19 08/10/2020

Distracted security officer hit man in Walmart parking lot, lied about it: police 08/10/2020

Wichita police say a 22-year-old providing private security at a south side Walmart was arrested after he hit a man who was on a sidewalk with his vehicle then refused to tell the truth about it.

Kathan Whisler of Wichita was arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery and obstruction of justice, police said in a news release. The crash was reported around 1 a.m. Monday at the Walmart at Pawnee and Broadway.

Police say after the wreck, Whisler wasn’t forthcoming about what really happened. But eventually officers learned that he “became distracted” while patrolling the parking lot and drove up onto a raised sidewalk, where he hit a 23-year-old man and a tree. Complete article

Police: Man said he wanted to steal cookies, water from Missouri Walmart when officer was injured 08/10/2020

A man is facing a felony assault charge after a police officer was injured outside of a Walmart Neighborhood Market, court documents say.

Springfield police officers arrived at the 444 W. Grand Ave. location on Aug. 6 where they found Michael King, 32, reportedly trespassing. He allegedly was connected to past stealing incidents there, according to a probable cause statement.

When police asked King for his name, he said it was "Michael Pain" and then told them a social security number that belonged to someone else. After realizing that King gave them false information, police attempted to place him in handcuffs. King began resisting and attempted to turn away from the officers, court documents stated.

Two officers used their body weight to take King to the ground and he fell on his right side and back with his hands clenched to his chest. During the fall, one officer landed on top of King and yelled out in pain. He reported it was a stabbing pain; however, after being examined, no stab wounds were found, according to the probable cause statement. Complete article

Ohio woman arrested after allegedly ramming vehicle at Ind. Walmart gas station 08/11/2020

KENDALLVILLE — An Ohio woman was arrested Friday evening after police allege she rammed her SUV into another vehicle which refused to move from its location at the Walmart Murphy USA gas station on U.S. 6 in Kendallville.

Emily A. Batchelder, 22, of Bowling Green, Ohio was booked into the Noble County Jail Friday evening by Kendallville police. On Monday morning, the Noble County Prosecutor’s Office filed formal charges of criminal recklessness, a Level 6 felony; operating while intoxicated, a Class A misdemeanor; and leaving the scene of a vehicle crash, a Class B misdemeanor.

According to court filings in the case, Kendallville police responded to the Murphy USA gas station at 2509 E. North St. at approximately 8:02 p.m. Friday. Filings said the alleged victim and video surveillance footage provided by the gas station allegedly showed Batchelder driving a 2012 Toyota Rav 4 SUV. Complete article

Walmart is changing the way it sources its beef. Here's why 08/10/2020

Shoppers have admitted to having a conflicted relationship with Walmart because it offers competitive prices even though it isn't a favorite for customer satisfaction (via Kiplinger). But even those of us who love this grocery store aren't likely to pick Walmart because we think its products are sustainably sourced. Yet in 2016, Walmart outlined a roadmap that it said would flesh out details for a sustainability agenda, with action items that included doubling sales of produce locally grown in the U.S., looking to sustainably source 20 commodities including bananas, coffee, and tea by 2025. 

As part of that initiative, the supermarket now says it is ready to move in a direction where it will be able to source fresh beef products sustainably by that same deadline. In a blog announcing the beef initiative, Walmart says, "We aspire to source our fresh beef products more sustainably by 2025, including prioritizing soil health, animal welfare and responsible use of antibiotics. We will continue working with suppliers to improve grain sourcing and grazing management practices across a total of 12 million acres (or more than nine million football fields)... We expect our suppliers will not tolerate animal abuse of any kind and support our position on the judicious use of antibiotics in farm animals." Complete article

Women nabbed at Summerfield Wal-Mart scanning Kool-Aid packets instead of merchandise 08/10/2020

Man steals more than $5,000 in AirPods from Walmart: Avon Ohio Police Blotter 08/10/2020

Precautions against looting taken at Ill. Walmart 08/10/2020

Man steals cash from wallet found at a Fort Smith Arkansas Walmart before turning it in 08/10/2020

Police investigate alleged sexual assault of juvenile at Vienna WV Walmart 08/10/2020

Walmart in Bloomington Ill. closes temporarily after storms 08/10/2020

Hawaii Man, Air Conditioner and a Fla. Walmart Theft 08/11/2020

Police: Employee at Lebanon Pa. Walmart helps elderly woman avoid becoming scam victim 08/10/2020

Man found shot at Colerain Ohio Township Walmart 08/12/2020

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - A man was found at the Colerain Walmart with multiple gunshot wounds but police don't think he was shot there.

Emergency crews were called to the store on Colerain Avenue at about 4 a.m. on Wednesday after the man showed up injured. He was taken to the hospital. There's no word on his condition.

Police haven't said if they know where he was shot or if they have any suspects. Complete article

Kenner La. councilmember almost run over outside Walmart in murder attempt by shoplifter, police say 08/11/2020

A River Ridge man allegedly used his car to try to run over a Kenner City Council member who is a retired police officer and still works a security detail at Walmart, authorities said.

Thomas Nasser, 36, faces counts of attempted first-degree murder, hit-and-run driving and resisting police after he allegedly tried to drive over longtime Council member Mike Sigur, who confronted Nasser during a purported shoplifting.

Nasser went to the Walmart in the 8900 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard on Aug. 5 with a friend, whom he dropped off, police said in an affidavit. Nasser was waiting in the parking lot in his truck when his friend returned to the vehicle, jumped in, and shouted, “Go go go,” the affidavit said.

An unidentified police officer in full uniform ordered Nasser to stop, but Nasser backed up, struck a curb, put the truck in drive, and headed toward the officer, the affidavit alleged.

Though the officer is not named in the report, Kenner Police Lt. Michael Cunningham confirmed that it was Sigur. Complete article

Man dies inside Las Cruces Walmart store after ‘medical incident’ 08/11/2020

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- A man suffered a "medical episode or incident" inside a Las Cruces Walmart store on Tuesday and died, police said.

The incident happened at the Walmart at 3331 Rinconada Blvd., said police spokesman Dan Trujillo. Complete article

Pennsylvania State Police searching for suspect involved in hit and run at Harborcreek Walmart 08/12/2020

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are searching for a female suspected to be involved in a hit and run at the Walmart on Buffalo Road in Harborcreek.

According to PSP, the pictured female appeared to be driving a light colored SUV on August 11th at 5:10 p.m. at the Walmart on Buffalo Road when she hit a 2015 Can Am Ryker motorcycle with the front passenger side of her vehicle. She then got out of her vehicle, observed the damage to her SUV and fled the scene. Complete article

Sirens: Yelm Wash. Walmart Theft Leads to Police Pursuit on State Route 507 08/11/2020

After a chase that began on State Route 507 in McKenna on Wednesday evening, Aug. 5, and continued over hilly backroads in Pierce County, Yelm police with the help of Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies arrested one woman on suspicion of third-degree theft and third-degree trespassing. Officers are still searching for her male companion.

The man is suspected of possessing a stolen vehicle, recklessly endangering the woman and her unborn child, third-degree theft and driving with a suspended license.

The eventful night began at 8:17 p.m. when two Yelm police officers responded to a report from Yelm Walmart asset-protection employees that a woman in the store was concealing items — a precursor, they believed, to shoplifting. The woman was seen carrying a “huge purse” that police believed was used to hide stolen items. She was accompanied by a man who appeared to be in his 30s wearing Seattle Seahawks’ pants.

The man and woman left the store at about 8:20 p.m. and entered a silver Dodge Durango without license plates. The woman was wearing the pair of leggings Walmart employees confirmed had been stolen. A Yelm police officer arrived about a minute later and activated his emergency lights as the vehicle left the Walmart parking lot and headed onto State Route 507 north towards McKenna. Complete article

Bought meat at Walmart? You could be entitled to share of $9.5 million overcharge settlement 08/11/2020

Walmart has agreed to pay up to $9.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit that accused it of deceiving customers about its discounts offered for on-clearance meats.

“Hundreds of thousands, if not millions” of consumers who purchased clearance meats from Walmart since Feb. 15, 2015, could be eligible for refunds, according to a settlement notice filed in U.S. District Court in Miami.

Vassilios Kukorinis, who lives in Hillsborough County, sued Walmart in federal court last year after noticing that the per-pound clearance price advertised on soon-to-be-expired meat wasn’t what the retailer actually used when calculating the final price to consumers.

Kukorinis’ attorneys determined consumers were overcharged by $1.67 per purchase.

Terms of the settlement call for Walmart to establish a settlement fund of at least $4.5 million and up to $9.5 million if enough consumers claim refunds. Complete article

Walmart’s chief health, wellness officer exits the company 08/10/2020

Sean Slovenski, senior vice president of health and wellness at Walmart U.S., is exiting the company after just two years. His departure was recently announced in a internal memo from John Furner, CEO of Walmart U.S.

Furner said in the memo Slovenski’s departure has been in the works for the past several weeks. He gave no date nor reason for the departure. Furner said a health, wellness officer will be named in the coming weeks.

“It’s with mixed emotions I share the news … he and his team have stood up the strategy we hired hired him to create and we have made great progress on creating an organization within Walmart to provide affordable, accessible health care to our customers in the form of Walmart Health centers,” Furner noted in the memo. Complete article

Tickets for Walmart Drive-in movie experience sold out in Pittsburgh Pa. area 08/10/2020

Greenfield Wisc. Walmart Shoplifter Said 'Crack Helped Him Do It': Cops 08/10/2020

Person Took TV Off Lacey NJ Walmart Shelf, Tried To Get A Refund 08/10/2020

Summerfield man popped for stealing at Fla. Wal-Mart says he was being ‘stupid’ 08/11/2020

Man arrested after repeated brazen Tx. Walmart shopliftings 08/11/2020 Walmart employees reported to police that a suspect had walked out the door with a shopping cart full of items. Other times, he would load up a store dolly and walk out, without being questioned. It was learned that the unknown male was then selling the items online.

Quick-Thinking Fla. Walmart Employee Recognizes Thief from Picture Hanging in Store 08/11/2020

Lewisburg WV Police respond to incident at Walmart 08/11/2020

Woman Arrested After Stealing From Ind. Walmart 08/11/2020

Jackson County Fla. deputies looking for man who exposed himself in Walmart 08/11/2020

Spotsylvania man charged with illegal picture-taking in Fredericksburg Va. Walmart 08/11/2020

Woman wanted for theft at Shreveport La. Walmart 08/11/2020

Laredo Tx. police: Serial Walmart thief arrested 08/11/2020

Woman tells police suspect robbed her after ride to Liberty Ohio Walmart 08/12/2020

LIBERTY TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – A Wellsville woman who police say had been panhandling at the Liberty Walmart is facing robbery charges, accused of stealing from a 69-year-old woman.

Police arrested 28-year-old Casey Carter on Tuesday morning in the parking lot of the store.

The victim told police that Carter took money from her by force after she caught Carter taking money out of her wallet. Complete article

Parolee charged with stealing knife from Walmart 08/12/2020

WARSAW - A village man who has spent 15 of the last 17 years in state prison for numerous armed robberies was arrested and charged with stealing a knife from Walmart, Wyoming County sheriff’s deputies said.

Jason L. Darby, 48, who remains on parole for robbery, allegedly entered Walmart Sunday, stole a pocketknife and ran from the store before police arrived.

He was found a short time later at a house on North Maple Street, where he was found with the knife and taken into custody without incident, Sgt. Colin Reagan said. Complete article

Suspect in Walmart purse snatchings booked in Escambia County Fla. 08/12/2020

Greeley Colorado Walmart Temporarily Closed 08/12/2020

Roberto Hipolito Gets 120 Days In Jail Over Minn. Walmart Car Fire That Killed 6-Year-Old Ty’rah White 08/12/2020

Deputies: DNA ties Collier County man to sexual assault, robbery in Fla. Walmart parking lot 08/12/2020

Idaho Falls man arrested for Walmart burglary 08/12/2020

Shelby County Mississippi jailer accused of shoplifting from Walmart 08/13/2020

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — A Shelby County jailer found himself on the wrong side of the law, accused of shoplifting from a Walmart in Mississippi.

Derrick Jones is now relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Southaven Police say Jones shoplifted from the Walmart in Southaven on Saturday. Records show he posted a $500 bond shortly after his arrest. Complete article

MPD: Man breaks into Walmart, steals TV while wearing plastic bag over head 08/13/2020

MADISON, Wis. — Madison police are investigating after a man was caught breaking into a store on the city’s west side Wednesday night.

According to the incident report, the burglar pried open the front doors of the Walmart on 7202 Watts Road and stole a 55-inch TV shortly before midnight.

Officials said surveillance video showed the man walking into the store with a plastic Walmart bag over his head. Police said he either had a hard time breathing or seeing, as the man removed his “disguise” several times while inside.

The man left the store through a fire door and entered a getaway car that a woman was driving outside. Complete article

Truck Stolen from Wetumpka Alabama Walmart Parking Lot, Authorities Searching for Suspect 08/13/2020

The Wetumpka Police Department is searching for the location of two unknown males wanted in reference to an Auto Theft investigation.

On August 7, around 2:40pm, a 2010 White Explorer Sport Trac was stolen from Walmart parking lot in the 4500 Block of US Highway 231. Investigators described the auto theft suspect as a tall black male, wearing a red head covering, black shirt, blue jean shorts, red shoes and white mask. He was observed getting into the vehicle and driving away with it.

The second suspect wearing a neon yellow #31 sleeveless shirt, black shorts, black shoes and red mask was with the suspect but did not participate in the theft. This suspect is wanted for questioning only in regard to his relationship to the suspect who stole the 2010 White Explorer Sport Trac. Complete article

Police looking for information about man and woman fighting inside a car near Idaho Walmart 08/13/2020

AMMON — Online rumors about an alleged kidnapping might not be what they seem.

On Wednesday, a highly circulated Facebook post, which has now been hidden by the original poster, described a teenage girl allegedly getting kidnapped by an older man while she was screaming for help behind the Ammon Walmart.

But since the reported incident, the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office has not had any reports of missing or injured people matching the description of the man and woman.

Deputy reports show at around 1 p.m. deputies and Idaho Falls Police officers were called to the Ammon Walmart. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Bryan Lovell says in a news release that dispatchers received multiple calls from people reporting an altercation between a man and woman behind the store on Curlew Drive. Complete article

Globe Ariz. PD seizes drugs, makes arrests in Walmart parking lot 08/13/2020

On Wednesday, Aug. 5, Globe Police Officers were dispatched to Walmart in Globe, Ariz. in reference to a shoplifting incident. During the investigation, a female subject was contacted and found to be in possession of narcotic pills. Further investigation revealed she was accompanied by a male subject who was waiting for her outside.

Globe Police Officers conducted a consensual encounter with the male subject in the Walmart parking lot. During the encounter, indicators of criminal activity were observed and the male subject admitted to possessing additional contraband include illegal drugs.

As a result of the encounter, approximately 54.5 grams of Methamphetamine, 159 narcotic pills and two firearms were seized. Officers also located a large amount of drug paraphernalia and evidence of illegal drug sales within the vehicle. Complete article

Roundup: Walmart plans to eliminate hundreds of corporate jobs 08/13/2020

Walmart Inc., No. 3 in the 2020 Digital Commerce 360 Top 1000, has eliminated hundreds of corporate positions, according to people familiar with the matter, as retailers around the country slim down at the back-office level. Walmart has laid off workers in departments including store planning, logistics and real estate, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly, according to Bloomberg.

Those who lose their jobs will be paid until the end of January, when Walmart’s fiscal year ends and annual bonuses get doled out, according to one of the people.

The move is an acknowledgment that Walmart is simply not opening many new stores in the U.S. anymore, so it doesn’t need as many people to find new locations and design them. It’s also part of a multi-year streamlining effort that has sought to simplify its U.S. operations and consolidate its brick-and-mortar and online divisions. The initiative included reducing the number of regional operating units, and shuttering its ecommerce unit. Complete article

Manitowoc Wisc. Woman Caught Stealing Automotive Items from Walmart 08/12/2020

Walmart Home Office employees to work remotely through January 08/13/2020

Gov. Abbott visits El Paso Tx. on its deadliest day of virus pandemic, also pays tribute to Walmart victims 08/13/2020

Letter: Thanks Walmart for trying to keep us safe, but .... 08/13/2020 Walmart response appears to be a form letter ignoring specific concern.

Police look to identify Pa. Walmart theft suspects 08/13/2020

Person injured after being shot, falling from fence near Walmart parking lot in Charlotte NC 08/14/2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - One person was injured after being shot and falling from a fence near a Walmart parking lot in Charlotte Friday night. The incident happened on North Tryon Street near a Walmart parking lot at 8:15 p.m. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say a male victim was shot in the arm. He then ran from the suspect and jumped over a fence, which was overlooking a steep dropoff. The victim was further injured as a result of the fall. Complete article

Bank robber arrested at Joliet Walmart: records 08/14/2020

A convicted bank robber was arrested once again on probable cause of retail theft and resisting a police officer at Walmart in Joliet, police records show.

At 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Thomas Tynan, 60, of the 2600 block of Par Four Lane, Joliet, was taken into custody at 2424 W. Jefferson St. Walmart, according to the Joliet police arrest log. Tynan was arrested on probable cause of retail theft and resisting a police officer but no formal charges appeared to have been filed against him in court. He was released on his own recognizance and he’s scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 17, according to the arrest log.

On June 23, Tynan pleaded guilty to robbing First Midwest Bank at 1415 W. Jefferson St. Tynan stole $938 in cash from the bank during the robbery on Sept. 19, court records show. Complete article

Why a photo taken at Walmart terrified me 08/14/2020

Today a friend posted a photo of a church that went to worship in an open Walmart since church buildings were closed in their town due to the pandemic. In the photo, worshipers were seen standing rather close together and seemed to be taking up a lot of space.

I can only judge from one photo, but this put a lot of people in an indoor space who didn’t need to be there. And it disrupted those who were at Walmart for essential tasks. Plus, it inconsiderately extended the indoor, public time of those there for other reasons — putting them more at risk than they bargained for that day since they had to navigate more people.

I know these well-meaning people only wanted to show their love for God. And, sadly, this isn’t the worst form of churches insisting on gathering. But this pandemic has shown us there are other creative options for Christian worship that don’t risk harming others. Complete article

Jackson Tenn. police investigate shoplifting at North Walmart 08/13/2020

Most Walmart stores to start closing 10 p.m.; some stores to continue closing at 8:30 p.m. 08/14/2020

Rumor Of Sex Traffickers At Brick NJ Walmart Unfounded, Police Say 08/13/2020

Police probe NC Walmart bomb threat 08/15/2020 NASHVILLE — Police are investigating a Friday bomb threat reported at the Walmart Supercenter in Nashville NC.

Fall River woman claims she was followed by a man at Walmart in Swansea Mass. 08/14/2020

Hartford Conn. Police investigating 'untimely death' on Wal-Mart property 08/16/2020

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Police are on scene investigating an untimely death on Flatbush Avenue.

Hartford Police Lt. Paul Cicero says that a deceased party was located in the back of the Wal-Mart this morning around 10 and officials are on scene investigating.

The person's identity is not being released at this time and officials have not yet determined if this death is considered suspicious. Complete article

Accused Summerfield Fla. Wal-Mart thief had heroin in his vehicle 08/15/2020

Man pleads guilty to disorderly conduct in York Va. Walmart flag burning case 08/15/2020

Woman admits have drugs found after theft at Mattoon Ill. Walmart 08/15/2020

Dog locked in Dodge minivan outside food entrance at NY Walmart 08/16/2020

Gunman dead, following confrontation with Tx. Walmart customer 08/17/2020

Weslaco, Texas (KVEO)—Weslaco police department says a man is dead following a possible confrontation with a customer at Walmart Supercenter on North Texas Boulevard.

During a press conference, Weslaco police chief Joel Rivera said a call came in around 3 p.m. in reference to a man with a riffle wearing all black.

“We believe the suspect entered the Walmart through the north side entrance, had a confrontation with a customer and ended up pointing the weapon towards the customer” said Rivera.

The suspect then headed to the back of the store where he encountered police.

Police then gave the suspect orders to throw the rifle to the ground, which he did. But, as officers gave him orders to show his hands, he got a handgun.

According to the officers, the man seemed distraught and it is believed he might have had a medical condition.

Rivera said officers tried to resolve the situation with the less than lethal method, when the suspect shot at officers.

The officers then shot back, killing the man. His identity was not revealed during the press conference. Complete article

Police Identify Armed Man Shot, Killed By Officers At South Texas Walmart 08/18/2020

Investigation on Weslaco Walmart shooter continues 08/19/2020

Ever since a photo of the incident inside the store came out, people have been asking questions about whether Sigala was a security guard. And if he was, whether it had anything to do with the Weslaco Walmart. ........

Another employer is Valley wide security out of Brownsville. That company's president, Jaime Ochoa, told us Sigala had worked there for two weeks. The company only gave us a written statement. The statement does say Sigala was not scheduled to work this week, and was never assigned to work at any Walmarts.

Police: Man pointed gun at victims in Walmart parking lot in Aiken SC 08/17/2020

An Aiken County man is facing charges for reportedly pointing a gun and threatening to kill two victims in a Walmart parking lot Saturday.

Richard John Hickox, 55, of Warrenville was charged with failure to comply, first offense possession of drugs, gross intoxication/disorderly conduct and pointing and presenting a firearm at a person, according to jail records.

Police responded to the Walmart on Richland Avenue in Aiken in reference to a man with a gun, according to an incident report by the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The two victims were in one vehicle and reported the suspect cut them off in the Walmart parking lot. Complete article

Navarre man struck, killed crossing Beal Parkway in front of Fort Walton Beach Fla. Walmart at night 08/17/2020

FORT WALTON BEACH — A 72-year-old Navarre man died after "darting" into the dark roadway in front of Walmart in Fort Walton Beach, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The accident happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday near the intersection between Beal Parkway and Carmel Drive. The driver was a 21-year-old man from Valparaiso.

The pedestrian was not in the crosswalk, the release said, and the driver did not see him before striking him with the right front corner of his sedan. Complete article

Theft by fraud at Fla. Walmart 08/17/2020

Nashville NC police seek Walmart bomb threat caller 08/18/2020

Not-so-dynamic duo allegedly steals woman's purse at Pa. Walmart 08/17/2020

Thief forces his way into closed Woodhaven Mich. Walmart auto garage, takes off in damaged Silverado 08/17/2020

Racine woman allegedly attempted to steal over $380 of baby formula from Wisc. Walmart 08/17/2020

Summerfield man jailed after nasty tiff in produce section of Fla. Wal-Mart 08/18/2020

A Summerfield man found himself behind bars Sunday after a nasty battle over a Facebook post came to a head in the fruit and vegetable section of the Summerfield Wal-Mart.

The victim told sheriff’s deputies that he was shopping in the store, located at 17961 S. Hwy. 27/441, with his family when he spotted 33-year-old Brett Maurice Pitchford in the produce section. He said he didn’t recognize Pitchford until he started speaking to him. He said Pitchford told him, “You know I am still going to (expletive deleted) you up,” a sheriff’s office report states.

The victim said he told Pitchford to “do what you have to do” and then started to walk past him. He claimed Pitchford them struck him in the back of his head and knocked him to the ground, the report says.

A Wal-Mart employee working in the produce area told deputies that he heard Pitchford say something about placing photos of his residence on Facebook. He said he heard the victim say, “(Expletive deleted) take your best shot.” He said he then saw Pitchford strike the victim in his head, so he grabbed him and pulled him away from the area, the report says. Complete article

Man literally walked out of Ga. Walmart with 5 TVs 08/18/2020

MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Deputies are looking for a man that video surveillance shows walking out of a Walmart with five televisions.

According to a report, the theft occurred on Aug. 13 between 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m at 260 Bobby Jones Expressway.

The suspect took five TCL 43-inch televisions for a total value of $1,090.00. Complete article

Small fire breaks out in Walmart garden center on South Bradley Road Santa Maria Ca. 08/17/2020

Customers were evacuated Monday from the Walmart garden center on South Bradley Road following a report of a small fire, which was quickly extinguished by Santa Maria Fire personnel.

The fire began shortly before 12:30 p.m. with a report of black smoke coming from the outdoor portion of the garden center, located in the 2200 block of South Bradley Road, according to Santa Maria Fire spokesman Mike Farmer.

The first Santa Maria Fire unit arrived on scene within a matter of minutes, quickly locating the blaze before it was put out in the rear portion of the outdoor space between Walmart's main store and the Neighborhood Market store. The extent of the damage wasn't immediately known. Complete article

Jefferson County Missouri Sheriff’s Office refutes ‘Walmart child abduction’ claim 08/18/2020

HIGH RIDGE, Mo. – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has shared a surveillance video with the public after investigating a report of an attempted kidnapping at a local Walmart and determined the claim was unfounded.

According to a Facebook post, the incident happened Sunday, August 16 at the High Ridge Walmart. Deputies were made aware of the claim and investigated the matter but did not find any evidence of a crime.

This is the second time in recent weeks that the sheriff’s office has investigated an attempted child abduction at this Walmart. In both cases, those claims were false. Complete article

WV Attorney General sues Walmart, CVS over opioid distribution 08/18/2020

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has filed lawsuits today against Walmart and CVS for allegedly helping create the opioid epidemic in the Mountain State.

According to the lawsuits, Walmart and CVS allegedly supplied more opioids to their retail pharmacies than needed to meet a legitimate market. Morrisey says the companies also allegedly ordered additional pills from other distributors to fulfill demand.
“We must hold everyone accountable for the roles they played in the opioid epidemic and continue to push toward solutions that go after the root cause of the problem,”

According to Morrisey, Walmart and CVS were each among the state’s top 10 opioid distributors from 2006 to 2014.

The lawsuits allege Walmart and CVS knowingly continued to sell, ship and profit from the highly dangerous and addictive prescription painkillers, violated the state’s Consumer Credit and Protection Act and caused a public nuisance. Complete article

Walmart Sends a Warning to Washington 08/18/2020

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Long after the spring spike of pandemic-related pantry loading and panic buying, Walmart Inc. is still benefiting from all the ways Covid-19 has reshaped consumer needs and spending patterns. And yet, even as the mega-retailer unveiled another strong quarterly performance, the underpinnings of its results should serve as a wake-up call to Washington: More government stimulus is urgently needed because it was crucial to keeping consumers off the sidelines this summer.

Walmart reported Tuesday that U.S. comparable sales rose 9.3% from a year earlier in the period ended July 31, far surpassing analysts’ estimates. The growth was powered by its e-commerce division, where sales jumped 97% from a year earlier, with both pickup and delivery options notching all-time high sales volumes. The robust growth also reflected a 27% increase in average ticket, or the total bill, as people consolidated their shopping into fewer trips.

While Walmart continued to see healthy growth in its grocery segment, an important component of its battle with Inc, its strongest sales increases in the U.S. division were in general merchandise, with shoppers shelling out for sporting goods, gardening gear and electronics. Home Depot Inc. also appeared to benefit from consumers sprucing up their houses and yards, reporting a blockbuster 23% increase in comparable sales in the quarter. But at Walmart, even clothing – which generally has been one of the bleakest categories in the retail industry – saw increased sales. Complete article

Pandemic-induced spending spurs sales at Home Depot, Walmart 08/18/2020

Walmart provides $10,000 grant to help Nitro WV Fire Department 08/18/2020

Walmart temporarily closes Ruben Torres Blvd. Brownesville Tx. store 08/18/2020

Prison ordered in Walmart shoplifting and arson case in Lake Geneva Wisc. 08/18/2020

Walmart shopper claims assault when accidently struck by customer’s shopping cart: Strongsville Ohio Police Blotter 08/19/2020

Report: Man snatches wallet at Gulf Breeze Fla. Walmart 08/18/2020

Man who started fatal fire in Walmart lot in Fridley gets six-month sentence 08/18/2020 If he abides by probation, the felony convictions will be reduced to misdemeanors.

Bold thieves caught on camera stealing thousands in electronics from 3 Tenn. Walmart stores 08/19/2020

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Hendersonville police are on the hunt for three suspects that hit three Walmart stores stealing thousands of dollars in electronics.

Detectives said the three thieves first hit the Walmart on North Anderson Lane in Hendersonville Monday night around 8:30 p.m.

Detective Jacob Sprouls said they first took backpacks to load up with stolen merchandise.

“The female distracted one of the employees in the electronics section while the other 2 males used a pry bar to break into a glass case,” he explained.

The group targeted AirPods and iPads, he said.

“They stole multiple Apple AirPods and also the iPads and as they were running out of the store one of the clerks confronted them and they dropped a lot of the items, left some of the items behind, but they still got away with almost $6,000 dollars worth of merchandise.” Complete article

Suspicious backpack leads to arrest at Grants Pass Oregon Walmart 08/19/2020

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A suspicious backpack at the Grants Pass Walmart led to the arrest of a wanted felon out of Colorado. Grants Pass Department of Public Safety reported late Wednesday night that they got a call from Walmart employees about an abandoned backpack with a firearm and several ammunition magazines inside.

Police said they then got another call about a man who came into the store, agitated and yelling, claiming to be the owner of the backpack. That man was identified as 37 year old Todd Allan Word from Colorado. Police said Word was connected to a home burglary reported over the weekend and has a felony warrant out of Colorado, as well as an extensive criminal history. Police said Word tried to run when they arrived. They were able to get him into custody after a struggle in the parking lot.

During that struggle, police said a woman identified as Word’s girlfriend drove up to them and started to approach. Police discovered two children in the vehicle she was driving. She was detained for questioning as officers were unsure if she was involved in this incident or the previous burglary. She was ultimately released as the case is being investigated. Complete article

Three Dallas-area men arrested after stolen car found near Bryan Tx. Walmart 08/19/2020

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -Three Dallas-area men were taken into custody after a stolen vehicle was found near the Walmart on Briarcrest Drive on Tuesday.

Bryan Police say they used a factory-installed tracker to find a stolen Jeep at the gas station in front of Walmart. Authorities found three suspects fueling up the Jeep and another truck. After a search, police found a stolen pistol as well as checks and debit cards from several different vehicle burglaries.

Sherman Evans, Dimitri Gaten, and Rahzell Anderson, all from the Dallas area, were taken into custody. According to authorities, several of the suspects admitted to coming here to commit burglaries. Complete article

Fargo woman finds 'desperate' cry for help in a Walmart box 08/20/2020

FARGO — As a master aesthetician, Annette Rasile has purchased thousands of wooden craft sticks over the years. The sticks, which resemble those used in Popsicles, are used for the waxing services she provides. But in early July, something unusual happened when she opened the box she purchased from Walmart.

“I was surprised,” said Rasile. “I’ve bought so many craft sticks in my life, and this is the first time that there was a folded package of letters inside.”

While she might have initially assumed the papers were instructions from the manufacturer, it became pretty clear that wasn’t the case.

“There was nothing professional looking about it,” she said. “It was five pages long with handwritten Chinese writing from top to bottom.” ........

Rasile ended up posting the letters on Facebook, asking for translation help. At this point, the two posts she wrote looking for translation help have been shared a total of 50 times. And it worked. A woman who knows Mandarin Chinese was able to give her the gist of what the letter said.

“It's a woman who is saying she's wrongly imprisoned for a crime she didn't commit,” Rasile said. “She talks about family, and it sounded like she was framed for political reasons or for something about relationships.”

The letter indicates that the woman's original sentence was 15 years. It says in jail, her sentence was increased to life without commutation and release. The sentence was increased because she didn’t confess guilt or repent. She wanted to appeal. It seems that her increased sentence was conducted secretly. ........

In an investigative report published on Vox, Li Quian, the founder and executive director of China Labor Watch, says American companies can place their orders directly to factories, but those factories can, in turn, transfer orders to prisons without the company’s knowledge.

The letters Americans have received over the past handful of years, which spell out the abuses prison workers face, including long hours with no food or water and getting beaten for not finishing their work, can be written by the inmates themselves or human rights activists trying to raise awareness about the problem. Complete article

Attempted theft in Walmart parking lot on Greenway Drive Jackson Mississippi 08/19/2020

Man Arrested After Stealing From Ind. Walmart 08/18/2020

Woman gets probation for Pa. Walmart theft 08/18/2020

Daly City man sentenced in Ca. Walmart embezzlement 08/18/2020 A Daly City man was sentenced Friday to 120 days in county jail and three years probation for embezzling more than $100,000 from while working for the company, according to the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office. Michael Richard Ibarra, 26, will also have to pay restitution to Walmart in an amount not to exceed $81,585.91.

Woodhull woman arrested for stealing over $200 worth of merchandise at NY Walmart 08/19/2020

Police: Armed man, woman arrested at West Memphis Ark. Walmart 08/20/2020

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — West Memphis Police say an armed man and a woman were arrested at Walmart Thursday evening.

West Memphis Police responded to a report of a man with a gun at the Walmart. Officers reportedly made the scene, took the man into custody and recovered the gun.

West Memphis Police say no shots were fired and no one was injured. Complete article

Man in custody after attacking, injuring off-duty officer at Walmart in Spartanburg SC 08/20/2020

SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Spartanburg Police Department officials said a man was taken into custody at an area Walmart Thursday after he reportedly attacked an off-duty police officer inside the store.

According to a news release, officers were called to Walmart, located at 141 Dorman Centre Drive, located within the The Dorman Centre shopping center, at around 1:30 p.m. on a call about a disturbance and a fight.

While officers were responding to the scene, the call was upgraded to an officer down call.

Police said Spartanburg County E911 said that the officer was being attacked by a suspect in the store.

“When officers arrived on scene, witnesses stated a man attacked the officer for no apparent reason. The man was brandishing a knife during the attack,” according to the release.The officer was knocked to the ground and punched several times. Citizens and employees were able to help the officer by pulling the man away. The officer was transported to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. The condition of the officer is not known at this time.”

According to the release, the off-duty officer was working security for Walmart. ......

Police said the man, later identified as James Ray Cunningham, 22, of Woodruff, then got into the back of a black vehicle parked at the bottom of the parking lot.

He then tried to leave the scene, but crashed into the vehicle. Complete article

Man arrested, charged with attempted murder after off-duty officer attacked at SC Walmart 08/22/2020

Attalla Alabama police searching for missing man last seen at Walmart 08/20/2020

ATTALLA, Ala. (WBRC) - Attalla Police are looking for a man last seen in the parking lot of the Attalla Walmart.

Police say 27-year-old Benjamin Juarez was last seen Aug. 5. His father spotted him that morning walking across the parking lot of the Attalla Walmart, where police suspect he may have gotten a ride from the driver of an 18-wheeler.

The Attalla Walmart is just across the highway from an Arby’s where he worked, and he has yet to pick up his last paycheck. Complete article

Choctaw Casinos & Resorts announced as key funder of recent Walmart AMP expansion 08/20/2020

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (TB&P) — A $17.2 million project to expand the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) in Rogers is complete, backed by a number of significant funders, including Oklahoma-based Choctaw Casinos & Resorts.

Venue officials on Thursday announced Choctaw as the newest financial supporter for the project during a tour of the expanded facility for city officials, expansion partners and the media. The company’s support will be visible among the most noticeable changes for patrons at the AMP — an expanded space at the top of the lawn, which includes the Choctaw Plaza. The 12,300-square-foot covered space has an 80-foot bar and flexible seating area for concert viewing and event rentals.

“At Choctaw Casinos & Resorts we’re all about providing the best entertainment experiences and serving a broader audience,” said Erica Kosemund, senior director of brand marketing for Choctaw Casinos & Resorts. “The Walmart AMP Theater is dedicated to doing the same and we greatly enjoyed working with them on this project. We are so excited to be able to finally show it off today and we look forward to the day we can really celebrate this amazing venue.” Complete article

Clyde woman charged with burglary after incident at NY Walmart 08/20/2020

Both Casper Wy. Walmart locations closed due to public safety threat 08/18/2020

Lubbock Tx. Walmart Evacuated, Reports of Gas Leak 08/20/2020

Man wanted for La. Walmart theft 08/20/2020

Security guard dies four months after being run over outside Quebec Walmart 08/21/2020

A security guard in Quebec died Thursday after allegedly being hit by the car of a Walmart customer who was enraged by COVID-19 safety measurements at the store.

Philippe Jean, 35, had been in a critical condition after the impact, and was in an induced coma for almost four months until he passed away, his brother, Guillaume Jean, confirmed to Radio Canada.

Jean endured severe injuries after the customer at Walmart’s Sherbrooke branch allegedly slammed his car into him out of frustration. Complete article

One arrested after Walmart parking lot dispute in Lawrence Kansas 08/21/2020

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - One man is in custody after a dispute in the Walmart parking lot involving weapons in Lawrence.

The Lawrence Police Department says it was dispatched to the Walmart parking lot at 3300 Iowa St. with reports of a disturbance with weapons around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21.

LPD says witnesses allege that two males were fighting in the parking lot while one had a gun pointed at the other. Complete article

Police Look For Man Giving ‘Covid Hugs’ To Walmart Shoppers In Springfield Mass. 08/21/2020

SPRINGFIELD (CBS) — Police are asking the public for help in trying to find a man following a disturbing incident at a Springfield Walmart. He was allegedly hugging shoppers and then telling them they now have coronavirus, according to authorities.

It happened to multiple customers at the Boston Road Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 15 at about 7 p.m.

“This suspect took an item out of a victims hands and then gave him a hug,” Springfield police wrote on Facebook. “He told the victim ‘Just giving you a Covid hug. You now have Covid.'” Complete article

Mankato Minn. police seek Walmart dognappers 08/21/2020

MANKATO — Police are seeking the public’s help in a Friday dognapping.

The dog was taken Friday morning from a vehicle in the parking lot of the Mankato Walmart.

Photos were provided by the owners of the missing dog, Sheba, including one of the miniature schnauzer wearing a tiny yellow and pink polka-dot skirt with a leopard-skin top. Police did not say if Sheba was wearing the outfit at the time of the incident. Complete article

Colorado Walmart scrutinized for employee’s method of disinfecting carts 08/20/2020

LA JUNTA, Colo. (KRDO) — Cellphone video taken by a Walmart shopper in La Junta shows what appears to be a store employee disinfecting only some shopping carts.

The shopper wants to remain anonymous, but gave KRDO permission to use the video.

Walmart writes on its website:
“We continue to focus on cleaning and sanitizing our stores, including shopping carts so customers can feel safe. We found a new solution to help associates clean carts quicker and more thoroughly, making them ready when customers need them.”
Complete article

Walmart Shoppers Seek Cert. In COVID-19 Disability Suit 08/21/2020

Law360 (August 21, 2020, 5:29 PM EDT) -- Immunocompromised shoppers accusing Walmart of discrimination for its practice of relying on security guards to determine who is eligible to shop during the chain's exclusive hours set aside for disabled people during the coronavirus pandemic have asked a D.C. federal judge for class certification.

Cheketa McKnight-Nero, who filed the proposed class action in June, is seeking to represent a class of potentially thousands of immunocompromised Walmart shoppers who allege the retail giant has a discriminatory practice of using security guards to decide who does or does not qualify as disabled or immunocompromised, according to Thursday's motion.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Walmart has designated exclusive shopping times, usually early in the morning, for elderly, disabled and immunocompromised people to do their shopping while the store is less busy in order to prevent them from coming into contact with more people than necessary, according to the motion.

McKnight-Nero, who is diabetic and has a rare blood cancer, among other illnesses, is considered immunocompromised and at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, according to her complaint. Knowing Walmart had special hours for people with impaired immune systems, she went to a D.C. location in May, but said she was turned away by the security guard.

The guard, she said, didn't believe she was immunocompromised and wouldn't permit her to use the exclusive hours. Complete article

Gallatin Tenn. police search for Walmart shoplifter 08/21/2020

Reading man held for court in videotaped Wyomissing Pa. Walmart arrest case 08/21/2020

Infamous Kansas Walmart parking lot pole removed 08/21/2020 A yellow pole at the south side of the Walmart Supercenter parking lot in Pittsburg that became notorious after multiple collisions with it by vehicles driving through the lot was removed Friday, the day after it was hit yet again. It remains unclear whether the pole will be relocated or permanently removed from the lot.

Two women charged in separate crimes at Henderson Ky. Walmart 08/21/2020

Man Charged In Hopkinsville Ky. Shooting 08/23/2020

A Russellville man has been charged after a shooting in the parking lot of the Hopkinsville Walmart on Clinic Drive Sunday afternoon.

Hopkinsville Police say 60-year-old James Martin shot the father of his grandchild 32-year-old Wesley Beach of Hopkinsville hitting him in the chest and causing the bullet to travel through his arm during a custody exchange just before 4 pm.

The two men started to argue after Martin reportedly grabbed the child during the exchange.

Police say Beach was able to get to his vehicle and get a gun and return fire. Martin suffered injuries from glass breaking out of a car window but was not hit by gunfire.

Beach was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center and where he was treated and released.

Martin’s gun was reported stolen out of Iowa. He is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment and, receiving stolen property. Complete article

Two teenage brothers die after shooting outside Lakewood Colorado Walmart 08/24/2020

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Two teenage brothers died after they were shot outside of a Walmart in Lakewood on Sunday night, officials said.

Damian Wikoff, 18, and Dillon Wikoff, 17, were identified as the victims.

Officers had responded to the shooting shortly before 8:30 p.m. Sunday outside a Walmart store in the 7400 block of West Colfax Avenue, police said.

Officers found the Wikoff brothers suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. They were taken to the hospital, where they died.

The shooter fled the parking lot and has not been arrested, police said. More information about the shooting was not available Monday. Complete article

Mother who lost 2 sons in Walmart shooting in Lakewood wants the violence to stop 08/30/2020

2 juveniles arrested in connection with Lakewood Walmart parking lot shooting that killed brothers 08/31/2020

Tragic News: Calallen football player identified as teen killed in Tx. Walmart stabbing 08/23/2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Calallen football player Gabe Cololey has been identified as the teen who was killed after being stabbed at a Walmart in Calallen.

Police say the suspect stabbed Cooley in the middle of the crowded store Sunday afternoon.

“We had to lockdown the Walmart to get everyone else out because we had an active crime scene at the moment,” said Lieutenant Freeman with CCPD. Complete article

Suspect identified in stabbing at Walmart that claimed life of Calallen High School football player 08/24/2020

New Mexico man in custody after attempting to burn down a Walmart 08/23/2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Police say a man is in custody after he tried to burn down a Walmart in Truth or Consequences early Sunday.

Officers arrested Devon Schinagel of Elephant Butte after he poured lighter fluid around the store then crashed through the front doors with his vehicle.

Two employees contacted police about the incident just after midnight. Those workers did not come into contact with him. Complete article

Manchester man charged after trying to hide drugs in Hooksett NH Walmart, police say 08/23/2020

HOOKSETT — A Manchester man faces several charges after police say he tried to hide a “large amount” of drugs inside a Hooksett Walmart last week.

According to Hooksett police, around 10:26 a.m. on Aug. 20 an officer was patrolling the area of Commerce Drive, when he saw a black Honda whose owner had multiple no bail electronic bench warrants from Hillsborough County District Court.

The owner, identified as Anthony Caperci, 23, of Manchester, was located in the parking lot. After confirming his identity, police said Caperci ran through the parking lot and into Walmart. A perimeter was set up and Caperci was later found hiding behind a Dumpster after exiting the store through a fire door.

Caperci was arrested on the no bail electronic bench warrants as well as resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. According to police, Caperci was found to be in possession of drugs and had attempted to hide a larger amount of drugs inside Walmart. Complete article

Walmart files trademark application to protect movie venture 08/23/2020

Walmat Inc. and Tribeca Film Festival will partner to host the Walmart Drive-in, a series of free drive-in movie screenings across the country. The retail giant announced the initiative on July 1, then followed up with more details Aug. 5.

Walmart Drive-in will temporarily turn 160 of the retail giant’s U.S. Supercenter parking lots into contact-free drive-in movies. has specific dates, store locations and films for each stop of the movie tour, which runs through Oct. 21. Tickets for the pop-up events are free, but advance registration through the website is required. The tour will visit Supercenters in Northwest Arkansas the week of Sept. 15-23.

The drive-in movie experience is making a comeback this summer due to COVID-19 and social distancing measures. It’s the subject of a cover story in the current issue of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s sister publication, Northeast Arkansas Talk Business & Politics.

Walmart thinks the drive-in series might stick around for a while. The retailer has an application pending with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to trademark the phrase “Walmart Drive-in.” Walmart filed the request on July 28. Holly Lar, an intellectual property lawyer in Walmart’s legal department, is the attorney of record. Complete article

OKC couple wanted for child sex crimes spotted in Florida Walmart 08/21/2020

Detroit Lakes Minn. police quash rumor about sexual predator at local Walmart 08/24/2020

Deputies: Watertown woman stole $276 worth of merchandise from NY Walmart 08/23/2020

Parent: Young girl grabbed at checkout line at Hendersonville Tenn. Walmart 08/24/2020

Twin brothers found dead in Du Quoin Ill. Walmart parking lot early Sunday morning 08/24/2020

Police discovered twin brothers dead in a vehicle in the Du Quoin Walmart parking lot early Sunday morning.

The deceased have been identified as Jeremy W. Sizemore and Jarrod W. Sizemore, 41, of Du Quoin.

A cause of death is not known at this time, said Du Quoin Chief of Police Steve Ingram.

According to a statement from Ingram, officers with the Du Quoin Police Department responded to the parking lot of Walmart in reference to a report of two unresponsive people at 1:26 a.m. Sunday. Complete article

Man shot after breaking into local home arrested following Tx. Walmart disturbance 08/24/2020

TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) - A man who police say was shot in the leg after breaking into a home and choking a woman was jailed Monday following a disturbance late Sunday night at a Walmart store.

Douglas Craig Ford, 60, is charged with burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit another felony and is also named in misdemeanor complaints charging illegal dumping and theft, according to online jail records.

He was ordered held in lieu of bonds totaling $153,000. ......

A warrant was later issued for Ford, who was arrested after officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at around 11:15 p.m. Sunday at the Walmart store at 6801 West Adams Ave. Complete article

Woman brandishes gun in Tenn. Walmart parking lot 08/25/2020

28-year-old Anntionette Webb was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after following a vehicle and brandishing a handgun at its occupants.

On August 7th, Crystal Zahirovic and Jessica Stamps were driving in Ms. Zahirovic’s vehicle on Doveside Drive entering Walmart at 3458 Dickerson Pike. Antionette Webb was in a vehicle behind them at the stop sign and began honking her horn at them when they stopped at the sign. Zahirovic explained she continued to drive into the parking lot when Webb drove around her nearly colliding with Zahirovic’s vehicle to get her to stop.

Webb followed them into the parking lot and pulled up next to them. Zahirovic explained she tried to talk to the woman, but she was too irate. Webb pulled out a black handgun, waved it around and pointed it at Zahirovic and Stamps. Webb then left and Zahirovic called the police. Officers spoke with Webb after they arrived and she claimed she never pointed a gun at anyone even though she admitted to having one. Walmart provided video surveillance which only showed the vehicles side-by-side in the parking lot. Complete article

Kan. man pulled knife in parking lot, hid in Walmart 08/25/2020

COWLEY COUNTY— Law enforcement authorities arrested a Kansas man after he allegedly brandished a knife outside a local store.

Just before 2p.m. August 22, police were dispatched to the parking lot of Walmart Supercenter, 2701 N. Summit Street in Arkansas City for a report of a disturbance involving a knife.

Police made contact with the victim, a 21-year-old Winfield man, and several witnesses, who reported the incident started after one of the parties honked his car horn at the other driver on Summit Street.

One of the drivers pulled his vehicle into the Walmart parking lot and parked it. Upon exiting the vehicle, the suspect later identified as 29-year-old Eric Carter Rogers allegedly became confrontational with the victim and pushed him. Complete article

West Chester Ohio Police want to ID shoplifter who assaulted Walmart employee 08/24/2020

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (WKRC) - West Chester Police are trying to identify the shoplifter who fought with a Walmart employee while trying to get away.

Police say the man stole about $60 worth of merchandise at about 8:30 a.m. on July 17.

As he leaves the store on Cincinnati-Dayton Road, he's seen struggling with a Walmart employee who tried to stop him. Complete article

Police: Juveniles drank from juice bottles at Central Texas Walmart, put bottles back on shelf 08/24/2020

CORSICANA, Texas (KBTX) - Police have taken three juveniles into custody after they were caught on video drinking from two separate juice bottles at a Corsicana Walmart store and then returning the bottles to the shelf.

The incident was reported at around 10:00 p.m. Sunday.

The bottles were removed from the shelves, Corsicana Police Chief Robert Johnson said in a Facebook post. Complete article

Peach recall expands to Wegmans, Target, Walmart after salmonella outbreak 08/24/2020

Syracuse, N.Y. — Peaches have been recalled at more stores due to a salmonella outbreak.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first announced a peach recall at Aldi’s last week after being linked to salmonella cases in nine states, but the FDA has now expanded the recall to Wegmans, Target, Walmart and Kroger stores nationwide.

CBS reports the outbreak has been traced to Prima Wawona of Fresno, California, and blamed for illnesses in more than 60 people, including at least eight in New York state. The company is recalling loose peaches sold between June 1 to Aug. 3 and bagged peaches sold between June 1 through Aug. 19 because of possible contamination. Complete article

The FDA Warns You Not to Eat These Foods Sold at Walmart and Target 08/24/2020

Man arrested in Wash. Walmart parking lot files tort claim 08/25/2020

The 53-year-old Clarkston man at the center of a controversial arrest in the Walmart parking lot has filed a $5 million tort claim against the city of Clarkston.

Mark A. Domino, who is charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a law enforcement officer, is also making another attempt to get his charges dismissed. He plans to appear for a 3 p.m. hearing today at Asotin County District Court.

Domino was arrested in June 2019 after police were called about a suspected vehicle prowler at Walmart. Domino, who works at the store, had opened the doors of his wife’s car before walking to his motorcycle, where he was detained by Clarkston police. Complete article

‘Chicken’ to ‘Peck’ Walmart Over Filthy, Cruel Egg Supplier in British Columbia Canada 08/25/2020

Vancouver – On Wednesday, a “chicken” will lead PETA supporters in a spirited protest outside a local Walmart store to urge the company to reconsider its relationship with supplier Trillium Farm Holdings, whose eggs Walmart sells under its Great Value brand. The protesters will hold signs proclaiming, “Hens Crammed in With Rotting Corpses,” and screen footage from a PETA undercover investigation of one of Trillium’s farms in Ohio revealing widespread, severe abuse of laying hens.

When: Wednesday, August 26, 12:30 p.m.

Where: Walmart, 3585 Grandview Hwy. (at the intersection with Skeena Street), Vancouver

The investigation showed hundreds of dead hens, many of whom were left to decompose alongside the survivors in small, cramped cages. In one incident, PETA’s investigator found a severely injured bird still alive in a trash bin. A supervisor had clumsily attempted but failed to kill the hen then let her languish for two more days before another worker finally killed her. Yet another worker was seen pulling a live hen’s head off. Birds had no place to stand, sit, or lie down except on the bare wire flooring of the cages, and many were missing feathers, often the result of stress-induced self-mutilation or fighting, as each bird had less than a square foot of space. Complete article

Cottage Grove Minn. Walmart Evacuated After Bomb Scare 08/24/2020

Bedford Woman Arrested After Stealing From Ind. Walmart 08/24/2020

Blotter: Salisbury NC man banned from Walmart charged with stealing detergent 08/24/2020

Naugatuck Conn. Police Seeking "Spicy" Walmart Shoplifter 08/25/2020

Man disguises himself as Walmart employee to steal TV: Mayfield Heights Ohio Police Blotter 08/20/2020

Felon steals from Tenn. Walmart with 9.5 grams of various drugs and several weapons in his pockets 08/25/2020

Oolitic Woman Issued Summons After Stealing From Ind. Walmart 08/24/2020

Help Winter Haven Fla. Police Identify Woman Who Steals Items from Walmart 08/25/2020

Man suspected in Culpeper Va. Walmart shoplifting flees store on child’s scooter 08/26/2020

City of Houghton Mich. and Walmart continue to negotiate the store’s taxable value 08/26/2020

HOUGHTON, Mich., (WJMN) – According to City Manager Eric Waara, Walmart first requested a lower taxable value in 2018, they are still requesting a revaluing of the store but also want to be refunded part of their paid taxes from the past 2 years.

We reached out to Walmart for information on their tax appeal twice, but they did not provide a response. Waara says they are requesting their value be lowered by around $10 per square foot.

“With where they’re at right now their value is about 49 dollars per square foot,” said Waara. “I believe their last offer they gave us was somewhere around 32 or 33 dollars per square foot which is a considerable loss and when you get down to numbers, in a year’s time that’s well over 100000 dollars.”

When the store initially filed for a lower taxable value, Houghton had just gone through severe flooding. Waara says they delayed the appeal because of the flooding, but now want what they’ve paid in taxes back. Complete article

The Supply Side: Walmart’s partnership with Yahoo a first, but needs improving 08/25/2020

Walmart blazed a new trail when it recently partnered with Verizon Media to launch an online grocery service for Yahoo Mail users. The service allows consumers to fill their Walmart grocery carts with items from Walmart directly from their email inbox.

The service is called “Groceries from Walmart” and is the first time the retail giant has partnered with an email provider to market itself.

“Customers are leaning on Walmart more than ever to help them save on items they need the most but also to help save them time,” Rich Lehrfeld, senior vice president of Walmart Marketing, said in a statement.

“The new Groceries from Walmart feature that lives within Yahoo Mail takes one more step out of our customers’ days, helping them shop when, how and where they want.”

According to Verizon Media, Yahoo Mail has about 25% of the market share, which delivers 4.5 billion emails daily. The company said Yahoo Mail is available in more than 40 countries and 70 languages, with about 200 million monthly active users worldwide and 3.5% growth in worldwide mobile visitors year over year. Complete article

Man accused of taking upskirt photo at Danbury Conn. Walmart 08/26/2020

Storm Lake man sentenced in Iowa Walmart Molotov cocktail incident in Dec. 2019 08/25/2020

Did a Walmart Customer’s Change Get Donated Without Consent? 08/25/2020

Jury sides with injured man against Walmart 08/27/2020 A jury has awarded a Raytown Missouri man $450,000 in damages for injuries he sustained while visiting his local Walmart Garden Center in 2018.

Pa. State police seek suspected Walmart shoplifters 08/2/2020 State police are seeking information on a couple who are accused of shoplifting more than $700 worth of items from the White Township Walmart store, fleeing the scene in a minivan with a Michigan license plate. The incident happened at 11:45 on August 15th.

Police: Man accidentally shoots himself in leg at bus stop near Ariz. Walmart 08/28/2020

The Flagstaff Police Department reports a man is under arrest after accidentally shooting himself in the leg Thursday near the eastside Walmart.

At 3:35 p.m., Flagstaff police found the man at the Walmart parking lot on 2601 E. Huntington Drive. A bystander was helping the man when police arrived.

The man told police he hurt himself while falling. But police reviewed Walmart surveillance cameras and saw the man standing near a bus stop when the firearm accidentally discharged into his leg.

Multiple witnesses also told police they saw the man accidentally discharge the firearm. Complete article

Louisville man arrested for stealing purse, car; fleeing into Ky. Walmart 08/28/2020

A Louisville man who reportedly stole a woman’s purse and car We­d­­­nes­­day after­noon is being held on a $10,000 cash bond in the Har­din County De­ten­tion Center.

Trevor Kappler, 24, is facing numerous charges following in an incident that began in the Hardin Memorial Hospital parking garage and ended inside the Walmart in Elizabethtown, accord­ing to an arrest citation.

Kappler told Eliza­beth­­town police he had stolen the purse and vehicle with hopes of getting back to Louisville. He told police he had just left drug rehabilitation locally, the citation said.

The woman said she saw the man speed off in her vehicle after he forcefully took her purse. She called law enforcement when she saw her vehicle leaving. Complete article

Pursuit leads to arrest following theft report at Minn. Walmart 08/27/2020

LITTLE FALLS — A 36-year-old St. Cloud man was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 25, following a pursuit where the man struck a deputy’s squad car in Little Falls.

The Morrison County Sheriff’s Office was called at 7:40 p.m. to the area of Walmart to assist the Little Falls Police Department with a theft complaint. While en route, deputies learned the subject left in a vehicle. A Morrison County deputy located the vehicle on 160th Avenue, east of Little Falls and attempted to stop it. The vehicle fled from the deputy, driving through yards and, at one point, hit the deputy’s squad car.

The suspect then fled on foot and was later located with the use of the sheriff’s K-9 and taken into custody. The man is in Morrison County Jail pending formal charges.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Little Falls and Motley police departments and Minnesota State Patrol. Complete article

Walmart is teaming up with Microsoft on TikTok bid 08/27/2020

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — Walmart says it’s teaming up with Microsoft in a bid for TikTok.

TikTok, through its fun, goofy videos, has gained hundreds of millions of users globally. But the U.S. is pushing its Chinese owner to sell the U.S. business if it wants to keep operating in the country.

The Trump administration is forcing a sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations because of its Chinese ownership and has threatened to ban the app, which TikTok says has 100 million U.S. users, citing national-security concerns. TikTok, which is owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, has sued to stop the ban, but not the sale order. Microsoft has confirmed discussions with TikTok; other tech companies such as Oracle are also reportedly interested in a possible acquisition. Complete article

Walmart Report Touts Progress on Emissions Goals 08/27/2020

Walmart Inc. of Bentonville released its 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance Report on Wednesday.

The report covers the company's efforts in the previous fiscal year, which ended Jan. 31. Chief Sustainability Officer Kathleen McLaughlin said the COVID-19 pandemic is not mentioned in the report because it didn't officially begin until weeks after the fiscal year ended, but that the pandemic and ongoing Black Lives Matter movement prove "the need for collective, transformative action on the world's most pressing social and environmental issues."

The ESG report focuses on Walmart's effort in what McLaughlin said was using business practices to address societal issues in a value-producing way. Complete article


Abilene Tx. Police Department's Bomb Squad called to south Walmart 08/26/2020

Letter: Minn. Walmart entrance difficult for elderly, handicapped 08/26/2020

60 Walmart stores in Texas and Louisiana are temporarily closed because of Hurricane Laura 08/27/2020

Miami woman wins $1 million at Walmart 08/27/2020 Florida Lottery scratch-off pays big

Suspected Car Thief Indicted After Crashing Truck at Tx. Walmart 08/28/2020

SAN ANGELO, TX – On August 5, a Tom Green County grand jury indicted 31-year-old Matthew Kyle Robertson of San Angelo for the Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle which is a state jail felony in the state of Texas.

On May 29, 2020 Officer Baldwin with the San Angelo Police Department was dispatched to a residence off N. Sellers St. in reference to the report of an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

When the responding officer arrived on scene he spoke with the victim who advised that an unknown person had stolen his 2013 black Chevrolet pickup truck from his residence.

Three days later on June 1, Officer Torres with the SAPD had been working off duty security at the Walmart off W 29th St when she was alerted to a motor vehicle accident in the parking lot.

A witness in the area pointed out the two vehicles involved including a black Chevrolet pickup and a black Buick as a few individuals involved attempted to leave the scene. Complete article

Trio steals Toyota Corolla from Tenn. Walmart parking lot 08/29/2020

36-year-old Brian Riley, 41-year-old Lora Pope, and 30-year-old Jeremy Brown were charged with theft of a vehicle after they were caught by police inside of a stolen car and was caught on video in the act, per report.

On August 24th, officers were dispatched to Walmart at 3458 Dickerson Pike in regards to a motor vehicle theft. Brian Riley was caught on camera along with Jeremy Brown stealing Julio Cesar’s vehicle from a Walmart parking lot. Later, Riley was seen walking near Maple Street and South Gallatin Pike. Officers performed a terry stop. During the stop, officers located the stolen vehicle and Brown. Walmart has video evidence of both men being at the scene when the car was stolen which was reviewed by detectives.

Police at 124 Lanier Drive spotted the stolen blue Toyota Corolla while conducting the terry stop for Riley. When police found Brown with the stolen vehicle they also charged Lora Pope because she was the driver at that time. Pope stopped the vehicle and was taken into custody without an incident. Brown was told to get out of the vehicle multiple times and refused. When police attempted to forcibly remove him from the vehicle he resisted more. Complete article

Man rides bike into Ariz. Walmart steals alcohol 08/28/2020

SHOW LOW — Police arrested a man after he assaulted a law enforcement officer and then rode his bicycle down the main isle at Walmart before crashing into a display in the alcohol section of the store.

Scott R. Davis, 35, of Tucson was in the emergency room at Summit Healthcare Aug. 18 when he allegedly assaulted an officer and also attacked grounds crew workers. He then jumped on his bicycle and rode to Walmart, where he allegedly rode it down the main isle past shoppers and crashed into a liquor display. The display was at the end of the isle next to the eggs and milk section.

Police said after he crashed into the liquor display Davis put a bottle of alcohol in his pants and rode his bike out of the store into the adjacent Home Depot parking lot where police tried to grab him.

Police said Davis managed to get away before police again grabbed him. A struggle ensued as Davis was resisting arrest and making threats which he also allegedly made towards officers while being booked. Complete article

Protesters to ‘Flock’ to Ariz. Walmart Over Filthy, Cruel Egg Supplier 08/28/2020

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Tempe, Ariz. – Armed with signs proclaiming, “Gassed. Decapitated. Left for Dead,” supporters of PETA and Eradicate Speciesism will descend on a local Walmart store to urge the company to reconsider its relationship with supplier Trillium Farm Holdings, whose eggs Walmart sells under its Great Value brand. The protest comes after a PETA undercover investigation into one of Trillium’s farms in Ohio revealed widespread, severe abuse of laying hens.

When: Saturday, August 29, 5 p.m. Complete article

Police pursue WV Walmart shoplifting suspect into wooded hillside 08/27/2020

Walmart hires a new general counsel for international business 08/27/2020 Walmart has hired Deborah Vaughn to lead the retail giant’s international legal work as senior vice president and general counsel, international. Vaughn previously held a similar position with Kimberly-Clark for the manufacturer’s operations in the Asia Pacific region.

Man charged with petty larceny, accused of theft at NY Walmart 08/27/2020

Nashville man caught taking $50 in items from Tenn. Walmart attempts to run off 08/28/2020

Man accused of walking around Providence RI Walmart with loaded gun 08/29/2020

Providence R. I (WJAR) — Providence Police arrested a man on Saturday after they said he was allegedly walking around the Walmart on Silver Spring Street displaying a gun.

Police have identified the man as 21-year-old Xavier Crespo of Providence.

Authorities responded to Walmart around 2:30 p.m. where they said Crespo was just entering the checkout line.

According to police, he allegedly had a loaded Smith and Wesson firearm with an obliterated serial number in the front pocket of his sweatshirt. Complete article

Building fire burning on Sprague near Spokane Wash. Walmart, expect traffic delays 08/29/2020

According to KHQ crews, a building fire is burning on the corner of South Custer Road and Sprague.

KHQ crews said multiple fire engines are on scene to put out the flames.

Part of Sprague is closed due to the fire and traffic is being directed around the block. Complete article

Walmart boss says work to do on racial injustice and other social issues 08/28/2020

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said there is no such thing as “business as usual” at the retail giant. “Not a day goes by that we are not asking ourselves how we can do more —do better,” he noted in his opening statement in the company’s annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report released Wednesday (Aug. 26).

He said the health crisis that quickly spread around the globe this year has been no exception.

“Followed by the senseless and tragic killing of George Floyd, our nation has questioned where we go from here. Collectively, we’ve agreed: We have work to do,” McMillon said. Complete article

Walmart hosting free virtual wellness fair for Bakersfield community Ca. 08/29/2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Walmart is kicking off a free virtual wellness fair to help the Bakersfield community.

The event is online as Walmart wellness days and other in-store activities are limited during the pandemic.

The event has two more days left, Saturday and Sunday. Complete article

Walmart on Walton Street closes early on Saturday in Rockford Ill. 08/29/2020

Two arrested for drug possession in Circleville Ohio Walmart parking lot 08/29/2020

Real estate firm fires #Lady3Pesos after confrontation at Mexico City Walmart 08/29/2020 The woman was nicknamed #Lady3Pesos on social media after she launched into an expletive-laden classist tirade against security personnel who refused to let her enter the store with her child, a policy clearly stated at the entrance of the store in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Officers shoot, kill man believed to be armed with rifle in NM Walmart parking lot 08/30/2020

CLOVIS. Calif. (FOX26) — A man was shot and killed by police outside of a Walmart in Clovis early Sunday morning, according to the Clovis Police Department.

The Clovis Police Department confirmed the fatal shooting in a tweet.

Lt. Jim Munro says that at 1:37 a.m., officers were called out to the store on Herndon and Clovis Avenues after a man, later identified as 26-year-old Nikolas Frazier, was spotted holding a rifle in the parking lot. Complete article

Gunfire in Walmart parking lot causes scare in Union City Ga. 08/3/2020

Police say no one was injured but they are still looking for the shooters.

UNION CITY, Ga. — Union City Police say they are still searching for suspects after gunfire outside a local Walmart brought initial fears of an "active shooter" situation.

A spokesperson for the department said that, when police first received the call about a shooting at Walmart at 4735 Jonesboro Road, they believed this may have been the case.

Spokesperson and officer Jerome Turner Jr. said that they arrived to find this wasn't the case. Further investigation revealed that two unknown suspects did open fire on one another outside the store in the parking lot. Complete article

Alaska Walmart shopper loses it after employees kick him out for not wearing a mask; yells “Please return to your service of Satan in your ignorant belief you are right.” 08/31/2020

A maskless Walmart shopper went berserk shouting about his “rights and liberties” after staffers ordered him to leave the store, dramatic video shows.

Footage of the heated encounter at the chain store in Anchorage, Alaska shows workers attempting to kick the man out of the store before he begins shouting at them.

“Get back on your highway to hell, and get out of a godly man’s face!” he shouts at one of them, according to a clip shared Sunday on Instagram.

The irate shopper, who was not identified, then accuses the employees of “taking away his rights.”

“Are you exercising your rights as a private company to take away my rights?” he shouts. “You can say you can refuse service, are you refusing my service?” Complete article

Mask-free protest forces evacuation at York, Pa.-area Walmart, police say 08/31/2020

A group of people triggered an evacuation at a Walmart in York County, Pa., on Saturday as they walked through the store without masks, according to Springettsbury Township Police.

"The protesters were already in the parking lot, not causing any problems," when police arrived," township police Lt. Brian Wilbur said Monday.

Wilbur said he understood the group planned to be inside the store for 30 minutes, but he believed it was much less than that, based on Walmart's call to 911 and the police response. No arrests were made. Complete article

American Canyon Police: crack-smoking Walmart shoplifter led police on I-80 chase 08/31/2020

Employees at American Canyon's Walmart called police Sunday evening to say that three shoplifters had used force on store workers who tried to stop them from exiting with a shopping cart of stolen items, American Canyon police reported.

Responding officers saw a vehicle going southbound on Highway 29 that matched the employees' description of the suspects' vehicle and began their pursuit, American Canyon Police Chief Oscar Ortiz said in a news release.

The vehicle sped away at a high rate of speed and struck a bicyclist at the intersection of Highway 29 and Donaldson Way, Ortiz said. The bicyclist was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

The pursuit wound through several Vallejo streets, then onto Interstate 80. The suspects crashed in Richmond when the driver hit a curb and lost a wheel, police said. Complete article

Pair Suspected Of Shoplifting Video Games, High-Priced Calculators From Dixon Ca. Walmart 08/31/2020

Man who pulled gun during mask argument at Fla. Walmart not facing charges 08/31/2020 Court records show that the State Attorney's Office didn't file charges against Vincent Bruce Scavetta, saying that although there was probable cause to arrest him, the current evidence doesn't prove all the "legally required elements" of the crime he's accused of and isn't sufficient enough to support a criminal prosecution.

Pa. Department of Health to change COVID-19 testing hours at 9 Walmarts 08/31/2020