Saturday, January 13, 2018

Media coverage of Oprah Winfrey demonstrates opposition to democracy!

Did you notice that on the morning after the Golden Globe Awards when the entire media establishment started talking about how Oprah Winfrey might be running for president at the same time it virtually proved that they were coordinating their propaganda?

Did you notice that for all practical purposes they might as well have admitted that only wealthy celebrities are entitled to get the coverage they need to run for higher office?

Did you notice that the same people trying to take credit for leading the way to defend women's rights are the people that clearly must have known about it years ago but, at best looked the other way, or in some cases helped cover it up and even promoted politicians that were involved in it?

We're supposed to live in a country where anyone can grow up and become president, governor or at least a senator or representative or some other office that serves the public's interests.

Or at least that's what the propaganda they repeat over and over again tells us; but it's an obvious load of crap and the recent surge of coverage skyrocketing Oprah's presidential ambitions should make it even more obvious. For all practical purposes they seem to have declared that Mitt Romney has already won the Senate seat from Utah, even though Hatch only recently declared he wouldn't run and few others had a chance to declare they would even consider it.

This has been standard operating procedure for decades; in 1999 the declared that Al Gore and George Bush would win their respective nominees then provided the obsession coverage they needed to make this come true; and when John McCain had a surprise victory in New Hampshire they resorted to obsessive amounts of dirty tricks, especially in the states that respond to appeals to emotion the most to ensure that the candidates would be limited to those approved by the media.

In 2016, despite all the propaganda they provided saying Trump was an anti-establishment candidate they provided him the obsession coverage he needed when they to get name recognition and attract the most foolish of the electorate even though his lies weren't even any good; but by rigging the nomination for Hillary Clinton with the entire political and media establishment, including Oprah, who said "You don't have to like her," they gave him an opponent so pathetic that he could win!

The mainstream media is a master at propaganda trying to convince people that their candidates have grassroots support, which is part of the way they rigged the nomination for Hillary Clinton; but in this case they were incredibly sloppy and a large percentage of the public saw right through it.

Another classic propaganda tactic is to take a simple principle that the masses can understand, or at least pretend to understand, and repeat it over and over again, until it is perceived as fact, without scrutiny! This is some of what they did with their so-called movement to stand up to sexual harassment by all wearing black.

How does telling people to wear black prevent sexual harassment?

It doesn't, of course, although they could claim it draws attention to it, at least for a little while, which might be true but it does little or nothing more than that and distracts from efforts that might be more effective.

Why are they referring to this as a grassroots movement?

Did this idea come from a small movement of lower or middle class people then move from one city to another until it went viral, perhaps with the help of the internet?

Highly unlikely, it is far more likely that a small number of leading celebrities came up with the idea or perhaps it was suggested to them by others involved in the political establishment for one reason or another.

The real reason they're portraying this as grassroots is because they want to convince the public to follow celebrities which can be controlled by the most powerful people in the political establishment. I don't need inside information to figure out all this, since they can't keep their propaganda tactics secret sine it has to be presented to the public, I just have to understand these propaganda tactics and recognize them when they're being put into practice; and it helps to be familiar with the history of how the political and media establishment has been working.

Rumors about this going on were going on long before any of us were born but they've always been at the grassroots, and the political and media establishment have publicly acted as if it is just disgruntled people trying to smear hard working celebrities, or something like that as indicated in the following article, including comments from George Clooney, who famously held a fund raiser for the incredibly phony Hilary Clinton that was obviously selling out to the financial establishment:

The rumor is, she slept with him to get the part. The reality is uglier. 10/10/2017

This is one of the narratives emerging from the heaps of allegations piling up against Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein, who is the subject of two bombshell investigations, one by the New York Times and one by the New Yorker, which collectively reveal a pattern of Weinstein’s sexual harassment, abuse, and assault dating back decades. Tuesday afternoon, harrowing allegations came down from two of the entertainment industry’s most successful, established female stars: Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.

Paltrow was 22 years old when Weinstein “summoned her to his suite at the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for a work meeting” that culminated in Weinstein touching her, “suggesting they head to the bedroom for massages,” the Times reports. Paltrow was “petrified,” she says, and alerted her then-boyfriend, Brad Pitt, who in turn confronted Weinstein, who then came back to Paltrow to threaten her to tell no one else. Weinstein allegedly “made unwanted advances” on Jolie, also in a hotel room, in the late 1990s. As she told the Times in an email, “I had a bad experience with Harvey Weinstein in my youth, and as a result, chose never to work with him again and warn others when they did.”

Weinstein’s behavior was reportedly an open secret in the industry. While some have come forward to say they did, in fact, know about this all along — or that they, too, had an “audition” with Weinstein that left them feeling “violated” — some have taken a different approach: They knew something, but certainly nothing as bad as this. In an interview with The Daily Beast, George Clooney commented, at length, about the allegations against Weinstein. (Weinstein, as the story notes, gave Clooney his “first major big-screen role.”) Calling the alleged sexual misconduct “indefensible,” Clooney went on to contextualize his reaction to the news.

“I’ve heard rumors, and the rumors in general started back in the ’90s, and they were that certain actresses had slept with Harvey to get a role,” Clooney said. “It seemed like a way to smear the actresses and demean them by saying that they didn’t get the jobs based on their talent, so I took those rumors with a grain of salt.”

He went on, “But the other part of this, the part we’re hearing now about eight women being paid off, I didn’t hear anything about that and I don’t know anyone that did. That’s a whole other level and there’s no way you can reconcile that. There’s nothing to say except that it’s indefensible.” Complete article

George Clooney and the entire celebrity class of people have an incentive to portray the acting field as if it is based entirely on talent, not who you know, or as the old saying "Who you blow" to get their job, but that isn't even close to the truth, although it would be politically incorrect to say it in the circles they travel in. This is something that is probably only whispered in Hollywood, and perhaps for some people that dream about going to Hollywood and find out the hard way what it's like they might speak about it to their friends.

However these rumors weren't news and they didn't start as late as the nineties as Clooney says they've been around much longer, and I heard them as early as when I was a teen; but when I stopped paying attention to celebrity gossip I was less likely to hear the latest rumors. I haven't been the most religious person but those who have have often told their daughters tat they should abandon their dreams of going to Hollywood and get a real job or find a husband, in some cases because those who do are "all whores." I wouldn't go that far but, even though I don't agree with all the views of these pious ladies, some of them might be far closer to the truth than many of us suspected as proven by the disclosure of these scandals.

This attitude isn't new, according to many history books, that often put it more delicately actors or actresses that traveled to do plays in Shakespeare's time were all considered to be trashy women or "whores," and anyone that reads Machiavelli might find that he provides a description of women that is similar, although it helps to consider the biases me clearly had. He often wrote as if many rich men bent over backwards to treat them well, but this is highly unlikely and even if they did buy them stuff at times, it is virtually guaranteed that at others they beat them or raped them to keep them in their place.

I've written numerous times about various research about psychological manipulation tactics that the media political and military establishment have used to control the public, and even if it annoys any regular readers that may have gotten used to it, I'll post a few below for any that haven't read them. The Political establishment has passed down some of their psychological manipulation tactics from generation to generation for thousands of years although, at times they may have been disrupted when empires collapsed; but anyone that has read Machiavelli or other historians knows that past kings or emperors have often had advisers from the educated class to help them control the public; and that research has gotten much more sophisticated since World War II.

This isn't completely secret, a lot of it has been reported in the academic world, alternative media outlets, good library books and sometimes by people who are ridiculed as conspiracy theorists, including some that are incredibly incompetent as the stereotype implies, and others that do far better work, but get less attention; however it is rarely ever mentioned in the traditional press, which portrays all researchers that disagree with them with a broad brush implying they're all fringe.

They've learned how to use the carrots and stick approach and now that all these disclosure have been taking place it is much more reasonable to think there's a good chance that Donald Trump really did pay off an adult film star to keep quit before the election, as recently reported, or intimidate a girl that claimed to have been raped by him to drop her lawsuit shortly before the election as well, which was only reported in a low profile manner at the time.

Weinstein has been exposed using Israeli intelligence to spy on potential victims and use this to intimidate them and offer opportunities for them if they learn to go with the program.

This isn't just wild speculation; it is proven to be true over and over again although the evidence is often only reported in low profile ways. Courtney Love Tried to Warn People About Harvey Weinstein in 2005 when she said, “I’ll get libeled if I say it. .... If Harvey Weinstein invites you to a private party in the Four Seasons, don’t go.” This was on camera yet there was no investigation and the media didn't report it until it broke wide open last year, which is probably the only reason she didn't get sued for libel for telling the truth. If Weinstein had sued her it would have drawn more attention and the media was willing to help cover it up.

The clear implication, along with all these "non-disclosure agreements" is that the truth can be a commodity that is bought and sold or negotiated by lawyers based on political power not evidence or the free exchange of ideas.

For one reason or another, one exception that got an enormous amount of coverage back in the nineties was the sexual harassment accusation against Bill Clinton, which were public all along, yet the entire media establishment from the left downplayed it. It first, they said that at least he stopped when girls said no and that the scandals that turned out to be true were at least consensual; but when it became one scandal after another and some of them clearly weren't so consensual Hollywood still went along with efforts to down play it.

Thinking back it should be clear that we probably never should have nominated Bill Clinton in the first place let alone elected him, instead supporting someone like Jerry Brown who at least seemed better at the time; but even he was from e the political establishment. It would actually have been much better if we had a diverse media back then that covered much more issues and candidates. But by the time Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2016, they clearly picked her long before the public had any say about it and not only did the entire Democratic Political Party line up to support her announcing that they wouldn't run but so did the entire celebrity class despite the fact that the public hated her and her attacks on women that had legitimate complaints were well known to anyone that wanted to know about them including Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep who are now trying to portray themselves as heroes with the help of the political class that enables them.

The real victims are the people that believe all this propaganda and try to get the easy way to fame and fortune by going to Hollywood and spend all their money trying to become rich and famous only to find out these rumors about sleeping to the top are at least partly true!

In addition to blindly supporting the political establishment and making an emotional appeal about something bold happening when Barack Oabama was elected and remaining silent and remaining silent when he caved on one issue after another to support Wall Street including mass incarceration Oprah also has a history of reporting war propaganda as Stephen Lendman points out in Oprah Winfrey for President in 2020? 01/10/2018

Phil Rockstroh also points out how she's used her charisma, celebrity status and connections to manipulate people in Thus Spake Oprah As The New York Times Spots UFOs Over The Comb Over Empire 01/11/2018, although he takes some literary licence with some of it he's close to the truth. She didn't rise to the top by exposing all the scams the media has been involved in; she rose to the top by helping them with them.

Oprah Winfrey has used her charisma to push weight loss scams which can easily be exposed by searching the internet to find Oprah Winfrey & Kirstie Alley Weight Loss Scams Revealed? 01/23/2016 where they observe that "Oprah’s fans are like a cult." which the media almost never reports; and on the only occassion that I remember them mentioning this they had a gleeful fan of Oprah say something like, "Some people call Oprah's followers a cult; if this is true it's a cult that I want to be part of," with a big smile on her face as if blindly following the leader is a good idea as long as it's the great and glorious Oprah.

Oprah also gave Dr. Phil his start on her show repeatedly recommending him as if he was a great psychologist. The truth is that I've never like him but once I learned more about indoctrination tactics and the way they escalate from early use of authoritarian upbringing including corporal punishment it has been even more obvious that he's a fraud. Recently Evan Allen and David Armstrong exposed him for the fraud he is setting his TV patients up for failure so that he could get good ratings for his reality TV show and sell his treatment plans or those that he affiliates with even if he tries to maintain plausible deniability when they get exposed.

In all fairness just googling around for picture of Harvey Weinstein with Hollywood women doesn't automatically mean they're complicit, especially if it happens to be one that the progressive movement likes like Susan Sarandon who was the only high profile person to consistently speak out against Hillary Clinton that I know of and she was demonized by a large portion of the political and Hollywood establishment; just like when the Dixie Chicks were demonized for speaking out against the Iraq war when it was obviously based on lies.

The political and media establishment has done an enormous amount of research into the herd mentality and how it can be manipulated by propaganda, especially when a shocking percentage of the public worships celebrities even though they're involved in one scam after another.

By refusing to cover anyone but the celebrities that go along with the program they make it extremely difficult for a small percentage of the public that is better educated about the issues to get their point across and the majority follow one cult or another!

In the case of the Dixie Chicks, even though they're far better than the majority of celebrities they also have a history of proving their own war propaganda like "Travelin' Soldier" which sounds very romantic and is a great song; but it glorifies war indirectly by glorifying the soldier without discussing the true cost of war and that it isn't so glorious. I don't want to demonize veterans that intended to do what's best for their country but fell for the propaganda anymore than I want to demonize the enablers that started out as victims but the most effective way to end this abuse of power involves exposing these tactics even when it it means facing facts that many may not want to acknowledge.

The following are some related articles and sources including an expose on Dr. Phil who was highly recommended by Oprah even though he's a major scam artist:

How Dr. Phil’s new addiction recovery venture trades on his TV show’s marketing clout 12/29/2017 by Evan Allen and David Armstrong

Dr. Phil says he rescues people from addiction. Others say his show puts some guests' health at risk 12/31/2017 by Evan Allen and David Armstrong

Dr. Phil: Rescuer or Reckless showman? 12/29/2017-01/01/2018 (If these Boston Globe articles are restricted due to "Privacy mode" or some other reason see this article with the text of both.)

Meryl Streep, Who Once Called Harvey Weinstein ‘God,’ Speaks Out Against Him After Sexual Harassment Allegations 10/09/2017

Susan Sarandon Has Some Interesting Theories About Harvey Weinstein and Hillary Clinton 11/27/2017

10 years later, Dixie Chicks right all along 03/05/2013

Not Ready to Make Nice 10/25/2006

Dixie Chicks "Travelin' Soldier"

Oprah awkwardly endorses Hillary Clinton: ‘You don’t have to like her’ 10/21/2016

The following are some of my past articles about psychological manipulation and propaganda:

Frank Luntz confesses to sabotaging democratic process for clients

Fundamentals of Psychology

Manipulation Tactics

Political Manipulation

Philip Zimbardo, Lucifer Effect, Stanford Prison Experiment

Corruption or Bias in the American Psychological Association

Eli Roth’s Milgram/Obedience experiment much more extensive than most people realize

Political Psychologist Are Suppressing Democracy

Human Research Subjects

Anti-violence social experiments could be part of a slippery slope

Monday, January 8, 2018

Government trains people to kill that turn against us again!

Another veteran shot another cop!

It was, of course, reported widely for a day or two, but then the national media quickly forgot it, for one reason or another.

Some in the grassroots media do a much better job reporting on it, like Michael Harriot, who wrote the following; but even he didn't cover it all:

Why Is the Media Afraid to Call Matthew Riehl a Racist, Anti-Cop Terrorist? 01/03/2018

He was a racist and a terrorist. He was an Islamophobe. He spread white supremacist memes. He used the terminology of the “alt-right.” He called Barack Obama a “lying piece of shit.”

You probably have no idea who I’m talking about, because when Matthew Riehl fired more than 100 bullets at Douglas County, Colo., sheriff’s deputies on Sunday, he was initially called the “Denver shooting suspect.” CNN described him as the “Colorado gunman.” Fox News described him as a “Wyoming lawyer.” The Associated Press highlighted his mental illness. Newsweek described him as an “Iraq veteran.”

Almost every major news outlet has reported how Riehl killed 29-year-old Deputy Zackari Parrish and wounded three other law enforcement officers outside of Denver, so you probably already know the story.

Except you don’t.

None of those outlets has called the incident a “terrorist attack.” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told CBS News that it was an “ambush-type of attack,” despite the fact that the Department of Homeland Security labeled a string of December shootings at Harrisburg, Pa., police officers a “terror attack.” But, to be fair, the perpetrator of that crime had a Muslim name. .....

Law enforcement organizations have yet to attribute Riehl’s murderous rampage to the “Ferguson effect” or blame it on “Black Lives Matter.” I know what you’re thinking: “But was there any indication that Riehl had ties to Black Lives Matter?”

The answer is no. There is no evidence that Riehl was connected in any way to the Black Lives Matter movement. But there was also no evidence that Micah Johnson had any ties to the Black Lives Matter movement when he killed five Dallas policemen in 2016, except for the fact that conservative outlets made the connection even though the Dallas police chief explicitly said that Johnson had no connection with the group. Johnson never attended a Black Lives Matter meeting. He never identified himself as a member of BLM. Complete article

Michael Harriot was right about the double standard by the media; however Micah Johnson and Matthew Riehl, along with some of the police they fought were all trained by the government, in the military, police force or both to allegedly protect us; however in the case of one war after another that we fight, they're based on lies, like the ones about weapons of mass destruction, and the threat that they're protecting us from is a sham! The methods they use to train these veterans involves teaching them to obey orders without question and to deal with their problems with violence, although officially it's supposed to be only when they're ordered to.

This, of course, doesn't mean that all police or all veterans are violent psychopaths going on shootings sprees; in fact, as this case shows other police or veterans are often the victims when those the government train to kill with emotional problems do go on shooting sprees. One of the other most common victim of violence from veterans, or police, for that matter, are often their own family members.

This is far more common than the media reports and a major part of the reason for it is that they're constantly providing the propaganda to fight all these wars based on lies; and they only provide media coverage for politicians that support their ideology. People that do the best research into how violence starts at an early age and escalates from their or how military or police training can, in some cases, lead to more violence that it prevents.

The war on terror has never honestly exposed the real causes of terrorism and that a lot of it is retaliation for the attacks that we make in wars based on lies overseas ; which means that they're doing more to incite terrorism than they are to stop it! It shouldn't be hard to understand that they don't like it when we bomb them anymore than we like it when they bomb us; yet many veterans are trained to believe what they're told, even when the evidence overwhelmingly indicates it's a lie. Anti war protesters are often treated as unpatriotic; but they do a much better job recognizing the causes of violence and how to prevent it, and veterans have been coming home and going on shooting sprees far more often than the media implies, by reporting each incident briefly and quickly forgetting it.

It was only a few weeks ago that Devin Patrick Kelley went on his rampage and they reported that the military didn't adequately report the signs of his problems with domestic abuse. The same thing happened with Matthew Riehl who also had signs of mental issues that weren't reported as widely as they could have been but the media didn't focus on this nearly as much and has now moved on to other things.

Another thing that they fail to report on is that if they did report all these problems then it would be clearer that they may need these people with emotional problems if they're going to continue fighting all these wars based on lies, since they're the ones most willing to kill without question.

However it is unlikely that this begins with military training, although boot camp indoctrination does escalate violent tendencies. One of the most important contributing causes of violence later in life is the way children are raised early in life, often starting with corporal punishment which is used to teach blind obedience and it is also used to teach children to accept the beliefs from their parents without question, which makes them very susceptible to continued indoctrination at boot camp that uses the same tactics, instead of treating any emotional problems that cadets might have.

Boot Camp indoctrination doesn't teach cadets to question orders; it teaches them to blindly obey, or as they say in "A Few Good Men," they "Obey orders or people die," which might sound very good and seem to be true if it is repeated over and over again like the propaganda in "A Few Good Men" or in the real world where it is a realistic portrayal of real boot camp and the media where they always present us as "fighting for freedom," but it's often based on lies!

This may be much easier when they recruit veterans that are taught to believe what they're told without question, often even racists veterans like Matthew Riehl and Wade Michael Page, who also have emotional problems and are often involved in domestic violence. With the shrinking pool of potential veterans, especially after growing disclosures about weapons of mass destruction that don't exist or reports about how veterans aren't being treated well after they're discharged, and that when there are problems like at Abu Ghraib it is the lowest veteran that was trained to blindly follow orders that got all the blame while those that gave the orders weren't held accountable it is much harder to recruit.

This means that they have to recruit veterans anywhere and everywhere they can and screening out people with emotional problems will make that more difficult. Amazingly, on top of that the political establishment is blatantly admitting that they're not going to keep their promises to these veterans anyway, like when they routinely betray promises about immigrants, or so called "dreamers" that have been led to believe that they would have a path to citizenship if they serve the military, but they routinely abandon this promise.

They're also trying to recruit a growing percentage of minorities to fight their wars based on lies, but when many of these minorities come home and they return to their abandoned inner cities they realize that the government isn't keeping their promises. It becomes clear that when the police are often shooting black people and the economic system isn't providing them with educational or economic opportunity that they're fighting to defend only the wealthy, not the majority of the public, although it is easier for white people in the suburbs to ignore this when they don't live in the ghettos that have sky high rates of violence.

It's much easier to blame black people for all the violence that takes place in these ghettos; however it's not the black people that make the decisions to slash funds for education and child care while they're spending a fortune on wars based on lies and to ship jobs overseas so that they don't have any opportunities.

There's much more details to the research into how violence escalates starting from early abuse and that it gets worse in boot camp indoctrination; so it's much easier to dismiss this as "blaming society" for the things done by the people without any resources; however it's not all of society and sometimes the details are relatively simple assuming you actually want to acknowledge them.

It should be incredibly easy to understand that spending billions of dollars on wars and prisons while cutting funds to schools and child care are bound to cause major problems, especially when it's only the funds for education to the poor, not the rich that is being cut. Nor should it be easy to understand that when they use outsourcing to ship jobs overseas combined with deceptive advertising about the economic system to ensure that the working class gets their wages crushed so they can't afford to pay for education or child care, while the ruling class gets advertising, union busting, public relations, insurance, political pundits, or other white collar jobs that pay well but don't improve the quality of life for the majority of the pubic is epidemic fraud!

Nor would it be hard to understand this if white people actually had to live in the ghettos and be treated the way blacks are treated by police to understand that they aren't always there to protect them at all. In this case it began with a veteran that shot and killed a cop and wounded several others before being killed by police, but in the vast majority of cases it's the police that are the ones that kill either veterans or blacks or in many cases both.

Not that I'm trying to blame the police for this, or at least not entirely, and some of the better police officers realize this. It's actually the politicians that make the decisions that lead to these confrontations that are more responsible including the ones about police training. But many police officers are trained like veterans to blindly obey orders and only how to escalate tensions with the threat of increased violence.

In one case, that I've cited in the past, David Couper, former police chief of Madison Wisconsin, has advocated for reform in police training speaking out against bullying and hazing in the police academy, so like some of the veterans, including those speaking out against wars based on lies or family members some of the most effective solutions are coming from police, but the media rarely reports on his research anymore than they report on how early child abuse leads to escalating violence or how the predatory economic system abandons inner cities and leaves them without the resources to function properly.

I've gone into this more in numerous previous articles including a recent one when Devin Patrick Kelley went on his shootings spree in the following articles:

Texas Church Shooting Exposes Cover-up of Military Domestic Violence Problems

Does Training Cause Police Domestic Violence And Infighting

Military Indoctrination Endangers Veterans and Public for Wars Based on Lies

Or for additional stories about this shooting see the following:

Colorado gunman threatened to ‘fire’ sheriff before shooting deputies 01/01/2018

Colorado gunman who killed deputy left alarming online trail, officials say 01/02/2018

Colorado shooting: Concern over Matthew Riehl's mental state flagged a month ago 01/02/2018

Colorado Shooter Matthew Riehl Shared Alt-Right Memes on Facebook 01/02/2018

Deadliest U.S. mass shootings, 1984-2017 10/02/2017

Motive behind the madness in Sikh shooting 08/09/2012

Fellow veterans paint conflicting views of Douglas County shooter Matthew Riehl’s military service 01/04/2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Walmart Crime Report December 2017

Walmart broke a record for the most shootings on their property, or in incidents that began on their property, including chases that started as shoplifting incidents, in 2017 with at least 121 beating last years previous record of 104. However, this record was broken early in November, and their Christmas season, had fewer shootings than last year with only seven in December, although two of those resulted in deaths and two more in serious injuries. One of the deaths, and another injury, were an officer related shootings, one where a police officer was shot and the suspect was killed by return fire and the other death in a separate shooting is being investigated as a murder.

There were also at least sixteen other gun related incidents including another shooting, although it was with an air-gun and several panics or false alarms, armed robberies stolen guns or an abandoned found in a shopping cart, a stand off with someone threatening to commit suicide, and an armed police impersonator.

In addition to the two shooting deaths, there were two more bodies found on the property, three that died as a result of accidents and another body that was found in a burning car, making the total body count for the month eight dead. Hardly a month goes by, including this one where there isn't a local story about how much more crime there is at Walmart than other stores, however these stories are almost never reported nationwide, even a year ago last August when it got much more attention in the printed and internet media the national televised media, which a shocking percentage of the public relies primarily on, hardly mentioned all these problems.

They finally ended their controversial program, which they called "Restorative Justice," at least in some states; however they only did this after court rulings calling it extortion and other backlash from people outraged by the program. This program spread throughout the country without ever reporting it widely to the majority of the public, even now that it has been eliminated. It should have been obvious, even before they began it that it was a disaster waiting to happen, but the decisions were made by ideological businessmen that don't seem to care what impact their policies have on the public. The bigger concern should be that the government allowed it to happen in the first place.

A cop in Texas who refused to arrest a hungry shoplifter, against Walmart's wishes was taken off duty, although after the story went viral on the internet they said it was for unrelated causes, whether anyone believes it or not. I suspect there are many more police outraged with Walmart that are reluctant to come out and say so publicly, thanks to the media pressure they may not be able to retaliate against him to much, which is all the more reason to get these stories out. Another amusing incident happened in Texas when an advertising agency searched for a logo for one of Walmart's ads and picked one without reading it too carefully, and published an ad that said "Save money. Screw people over."

I don't know whether I should shed tears for the advertisers or Walmart executives, or maybe just laugh it up without losing any sleep over this one!

In addition to the three crashes, or fallen car, that killed people there were at least ten crashes, high speed chases, carjackings or attempted carjackings, including numerous injuries, and one totaled car that was crashed by an eleven year old left in the vehicle alone. December may have been slow for shootings but not crashes, and as usual the vast majority of fender benders don't get widely reported.

They also had at least six knife or hatchet crimes, including three stabbings, one of a police officer, and a knife that was thrown at another police officer. another chase involved a person being chased with a cross bow and another with two people using hammers for smash and grab incidents. The reports don't always say where they got their weapons, but in many cases people charged with armed robbery don't bother bringing their own weapons including hammers or knives, possibly even a crossbow, they just go through Walmart and steal them.

And even in a slow December crime month they always have at least one brawl. It wasn't a slow month for fires or arson either with at least seven fires, some of which the causes haven't been reported, although at least a few are arson.

A cop was found guilty of beating a man falsely accused of stealing a tomato, and another one was arrested for buying stuff with stolen money, in this case they were both held accountable although they rarely hold them accountable for beating or killing people in the line of duty with excessive force. But this doesn't stop police or security from tackling shoplifters, often for petty thefts and holding them to the ground. There is a growing trend referring to people that confront shoplifters, as "Good Samaritans" although the Biblical reference to this is for someone that was considered of ill repute helping out an injured man when a priest and a member of the royal family refused to help, not for someone fighting battles, even if it is for a justifiable cause.

No members of the Walton family ever have to confront shoplifters in potentially violent situations, yet they're involved with the decisions that lead to many of their workers doing so, and the workers that often get bit, hit, dragged stabbed pepper sprayed etcetera, get little or no compensation for their actions, and in some cases they even get fired. The policy for these incidents often changes and is often not reported until after they happen and the workers often don't seem to know about it until then.

As usual they had several incidents at self-check-out lanes, indicating that although they save a modest amount of money on cashiers, they spend more on security for these incidents; and the tax payers also foot the bill for the arrests and court costs; but that is considered a negative- externality that doesn't affect profits, as long as people remain silent about it. They're even experimenting with cashier-less stores after all these disasters, as a way of competing with Amazon. There are also numerous incidents where their customers get beat or assaulted, sometimes it's customers and workers that are both impacted by corner cutting that wind up fighting each other.

Walmart is being sued again for anti-pregnancy bias, selling flushable wipes that clog septic systems, forced to stop clearing endangered forests, they've been caught selling fake "fingerlings" which can catch fire, and facing a backlash for selling Antifa sweatshirts. In a free enterprise system that is diverse and small companies compete against each other some can sell items like this catering to one view, while others sell different items to a different crowd allowing a larger variety of products to compete, the way a free enterprise is supposed to work; however in an oligarchy system, like we have now public pressure deprives people of things they want to buy since almost the entire economic system is controlled by a small number of corporations.

They also had protests about their policies cutting holiday pay for people forced to work during Thanksgiving or other times close to family time for most people. They're being accused of double charging, their gift cards have been subject to scams, and a woman who brought her young son to the rest room with her was scolded again, and another woman was allegedly kicked out for giving away Walmart Gift cards. One women responded to being treated badly for breast feeding her baby by arranging a "Nurse-in" at Walmart to try to get through to them, although that is virtually impossible without an enormous amount of attention.

They've also suspended their relationship with Tavis Smiley, after he was accused of harassing women; but it's hard to imagine why this so-called defender of the poor ever had a relationship with Walmart in the first place, with their reputation.

Another allegedly dirty needle was found in an online order.

Another man was arrested for crawling around the floor trying to lick women's shoes.

You would think these types of strange incidents would only happen once at most, but not at Walmart.

Strange things happen at Wal-Mart!

In 2006 Wake Up Wal-Mart did a study, "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Wal-Mart which showed that it increased when Wal-Marts opened up and that crime was higher at Wal-Mart than at other retailers. Since then Wal-Mart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Wal-Mart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Wal-Mart 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 Wal-Mart’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 Wal-Mart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Wal-Mart 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 Wal-Mart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Wal-Mart 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 December 2017. According to the "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Wal-Mart, 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 Wal-Mart.

Man steals $1,600 in jewelry from Va. Walmart 12/01/2017

Armed Ashland City man accused of impersonating cop, stealing from Tenn. Walmart 12/01/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Ashland City police finally got a break in a case they’ve been investigating for almost a year.

In Walmart surveillance video, a man is seen checking out at the register with a 9mm handgun on his waist.

The man walked out, paying for his groceries but not paying for an expensive sound bar he had on the bottom of his cart.

When approached by store security, the man claimed that he was an undercover Metro police officer.

According to Ashland City Police Chief Mark Coulon, the man is neither a cop nor is he licensed to carry a weapon. Complete article

Timnath police: Man groped 6-year-old boy's genitals in Colorado Walmart bathroom 12/01/2017

Timnath police arrested a 27-year-old Cheyenne, Wyo. man on suspicion of felony sexual assault on a child for allegedly groping a 6-year-old boy's genitals in a bathroom Wednesday at the Walmart at 4500 Weitzel St.

Police say Javier Dominguez-Gallegos also allegedly tried exposing his own genitals to the child, according to an arrest affidavit written by Timnath Police Department Officer Kimberly Betrus.

The boy reportedly told police he did not know the suspect. Complete article

Loaded handgun found in NC Walmart shopping cart 12/01/2017

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - According to cmpd a loaded glock 17 9 millimeter hand gun was found in a shopping cart here at this walmart. The employee who found it immediately turned it in and customers are thankful it didn't fall into the wrong hands.

I mean I just don't even have too many words to say. I'm so amazed you know, especially being a parent, I mean you want the best. I mean, you think going to a store you wouldn't expect a shopping cart to have a loaded gun in it."

"It's very shocking and very irresponsible." Complete article

Northland Missouri Walmart evacuated after gun scare 12/02/2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two teens were taken into custody early Saturday after a gun scare at a Northland Walmart.

Police said they were initially called about midnight on a report of a person waving a gun at the Murphy USA gas station on Church Road.

When officers arrived, they saw a man get into a black SUV and drive off. The vehicle was stopped at Walmart a short distance away. Police said one person in the vehicle got out and ran into the store.

Authorities said they believed someone with a gun was inside the Walmart, so they evacuated the store.

"We heard some people yelling up at the front door, like to get out of the building. So I looked up at the front door and I saw a couple of police officers waving their shotguns, saying 'Everybody get out of the store, get out of the store,'" shopper Joshua Cross said. Complete article

Walmart trains employees for holidays using virtual reality 12/01/2017

Shoppers jammed the checkout line in Walmart’s electronics department during the holiday rush, their carts full of items to buy.

But as Perry Lewis, a Walmart assistant manager, surveyed the scene, he saw some problems: The long lines appeared disorganized; an associate left a register to grab an item; children crowded too close to the work space behind the counter; and some customers looked irritated.

Lewis watched the situation unfold not in the store but through a virtual reality headset he wore during a class at a Walmart training center in Glen Burnie. Because his three-dimensional view made the events seem real, he might as well have been in the middle of the action. Complete article

Trio Distracts Cashier to Steal $4K in Gift Cards From Santee Ca. Walmart 12/01/2017

Three N.O. women busted for stealing more than $1K from Slidell La. Walmart 12/01/2017

Teen stabbed at Shawnee Okla. Walmart after trying to protect woman being assaulted by intoxicated husband 12/04/2017

SHAWNEE, Okla. – A teenager was stabbed at a Shawnee Walmart after trying to protect a woman who was allegedly being assaulted by her intoxicated husband.

Late Friday, police were called to the Shawnee Walmart on reports of a stabbing.

When officers arrived, they learned that 57-year-old Roy Dean Harjo showed up at the Walmart to pick up his wife.

Harjo, who was allegedly intoxicated, reportedly got into an alteration with his wife and assaulted her.

According to the Shawnee News Star, a teenager, believed to be 17, and some friends tried to intervene on the woman’s behalf.

That is when Harjo allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed the teenager. Complete article

Good Samaritan injured while apprehending shoplifting suspect outside Nevada Walmart 12/03/2017

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A struggle with a shoplifting suspect Saturday night at a southeast Las Vegas valley shopping center led to the suspect and Good Samaritan suffering injuries.

The incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. at Walmart Supercenter, 2310 E. Serene Ave., near South Eastern Avenue, according to Lt. Brian Cole of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The suspect took some small items and then was chased by security and citizens. During the struggle, the suspect stabbed a citizen in the leg, causing superficial injuries. Complete article

Man accused of masturbating in front of customers at Texas Walmart 12/03/2017

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas — A second suspect has been arrested in Liberty County, Texas for indecent exposure.

Randy Earl Jones, Jr., 25, was taken into custody by the Cleveland Police Department and has been placed in Liberty County jail facing Class B misdemeanor charges for reportedly pleasuring himself in front of customers at the Walmart in Cleveland. Complete article

Fake 'Fingerlings' sold through Walmart could be dangerous 12/04/2017

(WMAR) - Santa is coming soon and kids have most likely submitted their Christmas lists, but there is one toy that is on the naughty list this year.

Fingerlings are one of the hottest holiday toys, but some customers who purchased them online through Walmart are upset.

Fake versions of the Fingerlings were sold through a third party on Walmart's site.

These fake goods aren't just a disappointment, but they can also be dangerous. Authorities say they've seized counterfeit toys with lead in them and electronics that can catch fire. Complete article

Throwing Walmart merchandise at girlfriend ends in charges in Pa. 12/03/2017

Police: Bomb Threat At Saraland Alabama Walmart 12/03/2017

Walmart faces backlash after selling Antifa sweatshirts online 12/04/2017

WASHINGTON - Walmart faced a wave of criticism after it began selling Antifa sweatshirts on its website.

The sweater in question is black with white writing that reads, “ANTI FA” with a lightning bolt.

“This 'We Are Anti Fa' white AC/DC style font sweatshirt will express yourself inside the opposition to the ideology, organizations, governments and people from the far right (fascism). Just remember to keep creating a better world,” the product’s description reads in part.

According to Walmart’s website, the sweatshirt is sold and shipped by a third-party company. The sweatshirt, which cost $26.99, is currently out of stock, leaving many to believe Walmart pulled the product after facing an intense backlash, leading for some to call for a boycott of the massive superstore.

More than a dozen comments were left under the product, including one from user bob21801, which reads, “Perfect for the far left, true fascist basement dweller communists, but not a good choice for us conservative patriots.”

While the majority of product reviews were negative, leading to 1.5 stars out of a 5-star review, user esist commented, “All of the 1 star reviews are from Fascist sympathizers.” Complete article

Man arrested for stealing handicap scooter from Gastonia NC Wal-Mart 12/03/2017

Bloomfield resident charged with felony armed robbery at NM Walmart 12/02/2017 a total of $49.44 in stolen merchandise

Man tries to pass counterfeit bills to Fla. Walmart 12/02/2017

Who is this? Police look for Pa. Walmart theft suspect 12/04/2017

Two arrested after allegedly stealing from Germantown Walmart, high-speed chase and crash 12/04/2017

GERMANTOWN, Wis. (CBS 58) – Two people are in custody after police say they stole from a Germantown Walmart and led police on a high-speed chase.

Investigators say around 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 3 officers responded to a theft in progress at the Walmart on Appleton Avenue. Police later found the suspect vehicle on County Line Road and started following the vehicle. The vehicle then fled southbound on I-41 reaching speeds of around 110 mph, according to officers.

The suspect vehicle then crashed at STH 145 and 91st and the two people inside the car tried to run away before being taken into custody. Complete article

Police: Man tried to kiss, lick woman's shoes at NC Walmart 12/05/2017

KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man is accused of trying to kiss and lick a woman's shoes at a Walmart.

News outlets report Knightdale police arrested 25-year-old Nahshon Luther Homes on Monday and charged him with misdemeanor sexual battery. The arrest warrant says Holmes attempted to "satisfy his sexual arousal by laying underneath the victim and in between her legs in an attempt to lick her shoes against her will."

Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capps says the shopper told police she was talking with another person when she noticed a man on his back who was trying to slide to get close to her. She followed him when he rushed out and got a description of his vehicle. Complete article

Two robberies at Tx. Walmart and United could be from the same suspect 12/04/2017

AMARILLO, TX (KVII) — On Monday evening just after 4 pm, Amarillo Police Department officers were sent to the Walmart at 4215 Canyon Drive on suspicion of a robbery.

A victim present, told officers the suspect was a Hispanic male with long, dark hair, dressed in all black, had forced them out of their vehicle and then the suspect left in the vehicle.

Later that afternoon, around 4:30 pm, officers were sent to the United Market Street at 2530 S. Georgia on a robbery. Another victim described this suspect to be similar to the suspect at the Walmart robbery, and forced them out of their vehicle and left. Complete article

Mich. Walmart clerks assaulted as couple tries to flee with full cart 12/0/2017

KALAMAZOO, MI - Two people were arrested early Monday morning after they apparently tried to steal a shopping cart full of merchandise from a Walmart store and assaulted two employees who tried to stop them.

"Two people loaded up a cart to push it out the door," said Kalamazoo County Undersheriff James VanDyken. "It's what we call a 'push-out.'"

He said deputies were called to the Walmart Supercenter at 509 N. 9th St. in Oshtemo Township at about 1 a.m. on Dec. 4. Employees of the 24-hour business had stopped two people trying to leave the store without paying -- a 24-year-old and a 16-year-old. VanDyken said he did not know whether the male or female suspect was the minor.

"They said, 'You need to leave immediately,'" VanDyken said.

But he said the employees were also trying to get the identities of the pair in order to ban them from ever coming back into the store. That's when the assaults occurred. Complete article

Costco, Walmart and Target Sued Over Flushable Wipes 12/04/2017

Retail giants Walmart, Target and Costco and others are getting sued for blowing out toilets and sewer systems with allegedly "flushable" wet wipes.

Here's the straight poop ... a homeowners association in NY state is making a big stink over several brands of flushable wet wipes sold at the stores. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, the wipes claim to be safe for sewers and septic tanks because they break down easily after flushing.

Not so, according to the suit. The HOA says these wipes are built to hold up under the "pressure of scrubbing" ... your anus, that is. That's great news for the wiper, but horrible for the wiper's toilet system, allegedly. Complete article

Woman cited after child attempts NC Walmart larceny 12/04/2017

Man accused of robbing Tx. Walmart turns himself in 12/05/2017

Ariz. Wal-Mart shoplifting arrest leads to heroin, meth bust 12/0/2017

Thieves wanted for using stolen credit cards at Walmart in Delray Beach Fla. 12/05/2017

Police: Wayne County man used stolen debit card at Auburn NY Walmart 12/06/2017

FBI looking for woman – or man – who robbed Tx. Walmart bank on FM 1960 last June 12/05/2017

Police blotter: Homeless man arrested; trespassing at Walmart; assault reported 12/05/2017

Man accused of robbing Tx. Walmart in Sept. turns himself in 12/05/2017

PHOTO: 2 suspects wanted after theft at Chesterfield Va. Walmart 12/05/2017

Police: Armed man stole money from Ill. Walmart 12/05/2017

WATSEKA, Ill. (WAND) – A manhunt has started in the search for an armed robbery suspect.

Police say a man stole money from a Walmart store in Watseka before fleeing the scene in a car. They say the robbery happened at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, when someone entered the business with a gun tucked into their waistband.

Officers are describing the suspect as a white man between the ages of 40 and 50. They say he is about 6 feet tall and has a smaller build. Police say he had on glasses, a surgical mask, a stocking cap and a black Carhart coat at the time of the crime. Complete article

Insiders buy at GE, sell at Wal-Mart 12/05/2017

Insiders have been buying shares at beleaguered General Electric Co. (GE) but selling at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT).

At General Electric, four executives bought shares in November. John Flannery, who became GE's CEO in August, bought 60,000 shares. That brings his GE holding to 683,026 shares, worth $12.2 million at Dec. 1 prices.

Francisco D'Souza, a director, bought 55,000 shares last month, bringing the value of his GE holdings to $1.63 million. D'Souza is CEO and co-founder of Cognizant Tech Solutions Corp. (CTSH). .....


At Wal-Mart, earnings have declined three fiscal years in a row. Analysts expect a slight improvement in the fiscal year that ends next month. But insiders aren't sending a positive signal.

Entities controlled by the Walton family, whose late patriarch Sam Walton founded Wal-Mart, sold more than 11 million shares in a series of November transactions. The family still owns some 1.5 billion shares, or about 51 percent of the company.

Since Wal-Mart is valued at $288.3 billion, the family stake is worth about $147 billion at Dec. 1 prices.

Given the Waltons' immense wealth, you could regard the sales of 11 million shares as the mere equivalent of stopping off at the automated teller machine. This particular ATM belched out more than $1 billion in November. Complete article

Man gets life for killing Gwinnett Ga. Walmart guard in attempted TV theft in April 2016 12/05/2017

Thief racks up online Walmart charges on Ozarks Missouri family's bank account 12/06/2017

Suspect Arrested Trying to Steal From Nevada Walmart During Shop With the Sheriff 12/06/2017

Officer Shot, 1 Person Dead At Walmart In NW Miami-Dade Fla. 12/06/2017

HIALEAH (CBSMiami) — A police officer, in uniform, was shot while working an off-duty detail at a northwest Miami-Dade County Walmart Supercenter.

Miami-Dade Police said Officer Manuel Gonzalez was working off-duty detail for security purposes, near NW 32nd Ave and NW 79th Street, when he was called to a suspected shoplifting incident. When he arrived, at some point, there was an exchange of gunfire and the officer was shot at least five times, in the upper and lower torso, at close range.

“The cop was bleeding by the ribs…I heard six shots go off,” said witness Manuel Gonzalez. Complete article

Suspect Shot Dead by Officer in Walmart Parking Lot Had Criminal History 12/07/2017

Road-rage shooting in Colton Ca. Walmart parking lot narrowly misses cellphone store clerk 12/06/2017

When Veronica Ramos went to work at Cricket Wireless in Colton on Wednesday, she was prepared to deal with unsatisfied customers, but she wasn’t prepared to have a stray bullet whiz by her head and lodge itself less than 2 feet from where she was standing.

“I’m not really scared right now, honestly, I’m just irritated,” Ramos said in a phone interview. “I didn’t sign up to be shot at. I did not sign up for a job that puts my life at risk. I sell cellphones for a living.”

About 11:30 a.m., Ramos was helping a customer program a newly purchased phone when she and the customer heard an argument outside the store in the Walmart shopping center at 1120 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., she said.

“I didn’t pay too much attention because I was programming the phone but then we heard a loud pop,” she said. “Then we heard a second pop and that’s when the bullet hit the window.” Complete article

Columbus police seek identity of 2 men armed with hammers who robbed Ga. Wal-Mart 12/06/2017

Columbus police are trying to identify two suspects in the Oct. 3 armed robbery at the Wal-Mart at 5448 Whittlesey Boulevard.

Two men entered the store around 4:50 a.m. and took $25,550 worth of cell phones. They used hammers to intimidate the clerk on duty, authorities said.

Officials released Wednesday afternoon shows the two suspects and the vehicle they allegedly used to commit the crime. Complete article

Accused red-hair bandits pepper spray Tx. Walmart customers in Montgomery Co. 12/06/2017

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) -- Two women are wanted tonight in Montgomery County for hosing people with pepper spray inside a Walmart.

Authorities said their "Elmo-like red hair" should help track them down.

The unreal situation unfolded inside the store off Riley Fuzzel Road on November 22nd.

Eyewitness News spoke with Captain Dan Zientek with Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constables. He said the duo were in the process of stealing about $400 worth of makeup. A manager approached them and they used the pepper spray as an escape plan. Complete article

Bomb threats made to 2 Walmarts in El Paso County Colorado 12/06/2017

Beware of third-party sellers on Walmart’s website 12/06/2017 "When I had issues with the product that was damaged in shipping, I contacted Walmart to find out how to get refund and return them, and they let me know I needed to contact a third-party seller," Blackburn said.

Police arrest Va. Walmart employee for allegedly stealing cash, inventory scanner 12/06/2017

Man caught on camera stealing Salvation Army red kettle at Walmart in Gladstone Missouri 12/0/2017

Judge sides with Ca. Walmart Environmental review was sufficient, he rules 12/07/2017

Man charged with stealing 31 iPads from Springville NY Walmart 12/06/2017

Paw Paw police seeking trio who left Mich. Walmart with unpaid basket of goods 12/05/2017

Suspected shoplifter arrested after second trip to Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza Fla. 12/07/2017

Henrico Va. Walmart employee charged with 33 counts of embezzlement 12/07/2017

Possible bomb scare at Walmart in Watchung NJ 12/07/2017

Cops thwart heist of expensive items from Fla. Wal-Mart 12/07/2017

Man admits he flashed two girls at Wisc. Walmart 'for the thrill of it' 12/07/2017

Semi hits bridge in front of Ammon Idaho Walmart 12/07/2017

Jury deliberating case of officer beating man over a tomato inside a Ga. Walmart 12/07/2017

ATLANTA - A jury is now deliberating in the case of a recently-retired Atlanta police officer who beat a man falsely accused of stealing a tomato in Walmart.

Trevor King, 49, is facing a two-count federal indictment tied to willfully using unreasonable force and falsifying a police report in the October 2014 incident that broke Tyrone Carnegay’s leg. At the time, King was an Atlanta Police Department sergeant working an off-duty security job at a Southwest Atlanta Walmart.

The FBI learned about the case through a 2016 report by Channel 2 Action News that included exclusive video of the beating. Complete article

Officer found guilty in beating man over a tomato inside a Walmart 12/08/2017

SAPD: Woman stabs off-duty officer under chin, slashes Tx. Walmart employee's face 12/08/2017

An off-duty Floresville police officer and a Walmart employee were attacked by a woman with a knife Friday morning on the Northwest Side.

The officer was rushed to University Hospital for treatment and is now in stable condition, as is the Walmart employee.

The suspect, who hasn’t been identified, was shopping for clothing in the Walmart in the 1600 block of Vance Jackson Road around 5:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Tim Esp.

“She had gathered some clothing like she was going to buy it or something,” he said. “An employee is walking by her, doesn’t say a word to her. There’s no confrontation or anything.”

But for no apparent reason, the woman attacked the employee with a fixed-blade knife, causing an 8-inch superficial cut across the employee’s face.

Esp said the employee and a coworker rushed to notify an off-duty Floresville police officer working security at the Walmart.

As the officer and the suspect walked towards each other, the woman slashed the back of his head with her knife. A struggle ensued, during which the woman stabbed the officer under the chin. Complete article

Walmart stabbing suspect had 'rough year,' friend says 12/12/2017 SAN ANTONIO - A woman accused of stabbing two people at a Northwest Side Walmart last week may have been pushed over the edge by the holiday season, according to her ex-boyfriend.

Suicidal situation outside Va. Walmart ends peacefully 12/07/2017

Update: The woman was taken into custody and Mine Road will be open again momentarily.

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — A suicidal woman, armed with a gun, is in a car parked outside Walmart on Garrisonville Road, according to a Stafford County Sheriff’s spokesperson and WTTG.

“Deputies are negotiating with the subject for safety,” according to the spokesperson. “There are no road closures and traffic is only slightly impacted at this time.” Complete article

Griffin Ga. woman files complaint against Walmart for anti-pregnancy bias 12/07/2017

A Griffin woman has filed legal action against Walmart for company managers’ treatment of her, charging them with discrimination against pregnant workers.

In a filing with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Atlanta, Whitney Tomlinson, 30, a single mother, is asking for an unspecified amount of money from the Arkansas-based retail giant, as well as for orders that would compel different behavior by the company.

“I want Walmart to make real changes so that what happened to me doesn’t happen to anyone else,” she said in a statement. “Walmart could have easily provided a way for me to keep working during my pregnancy, but they wouldn’t.” Complete article

11-year-old totals car in Mishawaka Ind. Walmart parking lot 12/07/2017

MISHAWAKA — A South Bend woman says she doesn't know what to do after a bizarre accident at the Mishawaka Walmart.

Dawn Scott was wrapping up her shift when a co-worker said someone hit her car.

To everyone's surprise the person who totaled her car was an 11-year-old. Complete article

Crime: Thieves hop off with swiped beer from NC Wal-Mart 12/08/2017

Racine Wisc. man accused of crawling behind Walmart counter to steal cigarettes 12/07/2017

Authorities searching for shoplifters at Walmart in Madison Heights Va. 12/07/2017

Man accused of robbing wallet from would-be cellphone buyer in Tx. Walmart parking lot 12/07/2017

Bomb threat forces Walmart evacuation in Boynton Beach Fla. 12/08/2017

Fla. Judge Orders Halt To Clearing Rare Land Targeted For Walmart 12/08/2017

Labor groups protest Walmart's holiday-pay policy in Phoenix Ariz. 12/08/2017 Additional protests in Kentucky and elsewhere

Protesters dressed in holiday costumes picketed in front of a Phoenix Walmart on Thursday contesting the company's holiday-pay policy.

Members from the group Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99 and elected officials gathered with signs and holiday costumes protesting Walmart's policy that allows workers to earn a paid day off for each holiday worked instead of additional holiday pay.

Randy Parraz, campaign director of MCAW, said the event was to call attention to how the company is treating its workers during the holidays. Complete article

Santas demand holiday pay at Ky. Walmart 12/08/2017

Kaufman Tx. cop who refused to arrest hungry shoplifter, against Wal-Mart's wishes, taken off duty 12/08/2017

A Kaufman police officer was taken off the job this week after he became Facebook-famous for refusing to arrest a hungry shoplifting suspect.

But the department says its internal investigation is unrelated to "the compassion and kindness" shown by Sgt. Nick Stevens, but rather an incident later at the police station.

Stevens was dispatched to a Wal-Mart around noon Wednesday after a theft was called in.

When he arrived, police said, Stevens met with the suspect who told him that he had stolen food and a drink because he was hungry and hadn't eaten in two days. Stevens let the man off with a warning and gave him some cash.

The Wal-Mart insisted on pressing charges, though Stevens felt it wasn't necessary. However, when the victim of a crime wants to press charges, police are obligated to do so.

Stevens' daughter, Kelsey Stevens, took to Facebook on Wednesday, saying her father was taken off duty because he wouldn't arrest the shoplifting suspect. She has since deleted the post. Complete article

Man faces charges after allegedly propositioning girl at Wash. Walmart 12/08/2017

Police arrest Bedford Va. Walmart robbery suspect 12/08/2017

Police: Hudson NH Walmart thief likely hit other stores 12/09/2017

Woman passed out in Pikeville Ky. Walmart parking lot with 3-year-old in lap 12/10/2017

Police looking for man that stole TV from York County Va. Walmart 12/10/2017

Judge halts clearing of rare forest targeted for Walmart 12/10/2017

MIAMI (AP) — Bulldozers downing trees on a property targeted for a Walmart-anchored shopping center were ordered to stop work after a federal judge issued an emergency injunction sought by environmentalists fighting to save the vanishing forest.

The judge issued the injunction Friday, hours after the Center for Biological Diversity and three other groups sued to overturn a decision earlier this week that cleared the way for the mall, 900 apartments and a parking lot. The land near Zoo Miami had long been targeted for conservation and is part of what was once one of the largest tracks of pine rockland, a globally imperiled forest, outside Everglades National Park.

In her ruling, Judge Ursula Ungaro said the plaintiffs showed a likelihood of winning their case and that ongoing work could cause irreparable harm. Complete article

Logan WV Walmart reopens after storage area fire 12/10/2017 (presumably unrelated fire at NM Walmart same day)

LOGAN, WV (WCHS/WVAH) — A Walmart in Logan County is back open after a fire broke out in a storage area Saturday night.

The Logan Fire Department said a fire started at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday in a back storage area of the store.

The store was evacuated as crews worked to put out the fire. Firefighters said the fire was contained within 15 minutes, but there was heavy fire damage to the stock area and smoke damage throughout the store. Complete article

Albuquerque NM Fire Department responds to a fire at a Walmart in NE ABQ 12/10/2017

Smoke forces Bartow Fla. Walmart to be evacuated 12/10/2017

Las Cruces NM police investigate human remains found behind Walmart on Rinconada 12/10/2017

LAS CRUCES - Las Cruces police are investigating human remains found Sunday morning.

Las Cruces Police Department spokesman Dan Trujillo said the remains were found by a person walking a dog in an undeveloped area behind the Walmart Supercenter on Riconada Boulevard.

The remains were found about 9 a.m., he said. Complete article

Alleged Nov. makeup thieves behind bars after pepper spray attack at Walmart in Montgomery Co. Tx. 12/09/2017

Alleged NY Walmart wallet thief arrested 12/09/2017

Man gets life for Jan. shooting deaths outside Mich. Walmart in Craigslist marijuana deal gone bad 12/11/2017

Gov. Haslam offers $5K reward in Bristol, TN Walmart shooting death case in Sept. 12/11/2017

Thief steals Salvation Army kettle from Jacksonville Fla. Walmart 12/11/2017

Walmart in Mooresville NC evacuated after bomb threat 12/11/2017

Winter Park paper company says Wal-Mart, others stole design 12/11/2017

El Paso man allegedly tries to steal over $700 worth of goods from Tx. Walmart 12/11/2017

Police seek ID of man accused of groping girl in toy aisle at Renton Wash. Walmart 12/11/2017
Renton Wash. Walmart groping suspect exposed himself to little girls at a second Walmart, police say 12/14/2017

Police investigating shooting death in Waukegan Ill. Walmart parking lot as homicide 12/11/2017

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (WLS) -- Waukegan police have launched a homicide investigation after a person was found dead in a Walmart parking lot Monday evening. Police said they were called to the Walmart in the 3900-block of Fountain Square Place around 6 p.m. for a reported hit and run, as well as reports of shots fired. There, they found a person dead on the east side of the parking lot. "We've canvassed for witnesses, located some witnesses. We're reviewing surveillance footage in the area," said Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles. Complete article

Man found shot to death in Walmart parking lot in Waukegan 12/12/2017

3 charged in Waukegan Walmart parking lot murder, arrest warrant issued for 4th suspect 12/18/2017

Mother who brought son into women's restroom claims Tx. Walmart employee scolds her 12/11/2017

HOUSTON - A north Houston mother said she was in disbelief after a Walmart employee told her that her 9-year-old son was too old to go into the women's restroom with her. "I was very upset because you hear so many news stories of children being targeted, the first thing everybody asks is, 'Where was mom? Where was the dad? Why were they allowed by themselves?'" Claudia Munguia said Complete article

Woman At RI Walmart Pretends To Scan Items At Self-Checkout In An Attempt To Steal Them 12/1/2017

I’ve said this before, but I hate using the self-checkouts at any store since it honestly usually takes longer than just a regular human ringing you up. Something always goes wrong and an employee ends up having to help you anyway so I say let’s just get rid of them and get back to good old fashion humans scanning our stuff for us. At the very least it can prevent people from attempting to steal stuff like the lady in the video below tried to. The video below was taken at a Walmart in Cranston, Rhode Island, and shows a customer pretending to scan items at the self-checkout and then just tossing it in her shopping cart. The person who filmed this described the incident this way on YouTube: “We had a little bit of time before getting our son off the bus so we decided to get a sandwich at Subway. As we were eating we saw this woman pretending to scan most of her items and hand them off to her husband who was bagging them and putting them in another carriage. I decided to record her doing this and we then told a Walmart employee. The Walmart employee stopped them at the door and asked for a receipt. She stated it was a short receipt for so many items in their cart and asked them to follow her to customer service. Customer service returned the few items they paid for and told them to leave.” Complete article

Police: Suspect fraudulently used credit card at Arkansas Walmart 12/11/2017

Man arrested for making threats at Conestoga Mall, Nebraska Walmart 12/12/2017

Woman allegedly seen snorting heroin in meat section of SC Walmart, according to authorities 12/11/2017

Police need help in identifying NC Walmart theft suspects 12/12/2017

Walmart releases statement ahead of demonstrations 12/12/2017

Richmond Va. Walmart reopens after bomb threat evacuation 12/12/2017

Two wanted for $7K in iPhone thefts from Walmart in Wilkes-Barre Twp. Pa. 12/12/2017

Fla. Walmart manager arrested for grand theft and fraud 12/12/2017

Suspect tries leaving SC Walmart with $800+ in items, deputies say 12/12/2017

Woman dead in Walmart parking lot crash west of Boca Raton Fla. 12/12/2017

BOCA RATON A Broward County woman was killed Monday after she was struck by a car backing out of a parking spot at a Walmart in suburban Boca Raton, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Michelle Ann Samuels of Coconut Creek died at Delray Medical Center from injuries she received after being hit by a 1996 Honda driven by Angela Amoriello of Boca Raton. No age for Samuels was immediately available.

Amoriello, 63, told PBSO investigators she was backing out of a parking spot just before 4:45 p.m. at the Walmart at State Road 7 and Palmetto Park Road when she noticed Samuels walking toward her vehicle. Complete article

Mississippi Walmart Robbery Suspect Caught 12/12/2017

TUPELO, Miss. (WCBI) – A man who police believe was involved in two armed robberies in Tupelo, is arrested.

Around 1 a.m., December 12, police officers were attempting to pull over Lawrence A. Wright, on Cliff Gookin Boulevard.

Investigators say Wright was driving a white truck, and failed to stop.

He got out and ran on foot a short time later, and was taken into custody.

According to police, Wright is a suspect in an armed robbery at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market gas station, on South Gloster. Complete article

Orem woman arrested for shoplifiting from Utah Walmart, swapping price tags 12/12/2017

Man charged with criminal damage in Ill. Walmart parking lot 12/12/2017

Suspects sought in multiple Southwest Florida Walmart thefts 12/12/2017

Walmart evacuated in Delray Beach after report of a bomb threat 12/13/2017

Police seek information on alleged wallet thief at Tunkhannock Pa.-area Walmart 12/13/2017

Group rallies against Walmart on Bentonville Square Arkansas 12/13/2017

The activist group Making Change at Walmart demonstrated on the Bentonville Square Wednesday.

The workers' group gathered outside the Walton's 5-10 store on the Bentonville Square at 9 a.m., before going to the Neighborhood Market on Main Street. At noon, the group will gather at the corporate office on 8th Street "to deliver a special holiday gift to Walmart CEO Doug McMillon. The group is protesting Walmart's changes to paid time off.

Walmart changed its holiday pay policies in 2016. Instead of paying workers extra on a holiday, it put all time off (including holidays, vacations and sick days) into a pool. Workers can use the paid time off on holidays or on other days, or can cash out the days for extra money. Complete article

Walmart Will Let Its 1.4 Million Workers Take Their Pay Before Payday 12/13/2017

Shoplifting suspect with a hatchet arrested after chase through Chicopee Mass. Walmart 12/13/2017

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee police arrested a shoplifting suspect who allegedly led an officer on a chase through the aisles of Walmart Tuesday afternoon.

Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News an officer was called to the Memorial Drive store around 4:00 p.m. after a loss prevention officer called them to report a man hiding a hatchet and other merchandise in his coat. The items were allegedly falling out of his jacket as he walked around the store.

When the officer went to confront the suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Aaron Collette, he allegedly began running through the store, throwing items out from his coat, and nearly knocking over customers. Complete article

Metro grandmother beaten, robbed in Okla. Walmart Neighborhood parking lot 12/13/2017

OKLAHOMA CITY - 74-year-old Sharon Gentry was out running errands Saturday morning when she pulled into the Walmart Neighborhood at S.W. 104th and Western.

“Put my car in park, took the key out and, I’m not kidding you, there he was. It was seconds,” Gentry said.

Surveillance video from the store shows Gentry pull into the parking lot in her dark colored Toyota Camry.

The suspects follow right behind in a light colored Lincoln MKX.

They back into the parking spot right next to her.

“He had his hand apparently on my passenger door and, when he heard the click, he just opened it right up and, within two seconds, I’m thrown through the car out through the passenger side,” Gentry said. Complete article

Walmart is selling a marijuana Christmas tree that will ‘light up’ the room 12/1/2017

Walmart is selling a “Weed Marijuana Leaf Christmas Tree” this season.

(At least it was until Wednesday afternoon when the retailer pulled the tree from its website, though cookie cutters shaped like marijuana leaves remained for sale on the site.)

“The ad copy reads like it was fueled by office party egg nog,” writes Bruce Barcott, deputy editor for the cannabis website Leafly. Complete article

Couponer arrested for allegedly hitting Ill. Walmart employee 12/13/2017

A 76 year old shopper in Illinois was arrested last week after a Walmart employee refused to accept his coupon (valid only online) so he allegedly hit the employee!

According to, the police report indicates that the employee believed the customer “was trying to throw the coupon at him but actually struck him on the right side of his face" while he was being escorted out of the Walmart.

The shopper was given a ticket for disorderly conduct and will have to go to court to deal with it since he refused to sign the ticket. There could even be some jail time involved, apparently. Complete article

Customer claims Westminster Colorado Walmart is trying to double charge her after Good Samaritan paid layaway bill 12/13/2017

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A Westminster woman is upset with her neighborhood Walmart, accusing the store of being a neighborhood Grinch.

Desiree Gonzalez says the store is trying to charge her for a layaway item that's already been paid for.

Gonzalez walked into the store at 72nd and Sheridan in Westminster on Tuesday, and was told that a Good Samaritan had picked up the tab and had paid for the 55 inch television she had on layaway. Gonzalez was planning to purchase the TV as a Christmas gift for her mother.

However, store employees could not find the television, and Gonzalez says a store employee eventually told her someone must picked it up already and that she needed to pay for a TV if she wanted to take one home. Complete article

McComb man wanted in armed robbery at Mississippi Walmart apprehended 12/13/2017

A McComb man is accused in an armed robbery at Walmart has been apprehended.

Joseph William Stallings, also known by the nickname "LJ", was wanted by McComb Police Department after they say he entered Walmart on Dec. 12 and took electronic equipment.

Once he had removed the security sensors from the merchandise, he allegedly concealed it and tried to leave with it. Police say Walmart employees attempted to keep Stallings from leaving and he pulled a gun on them. Complete article

Shoplifting suspect bites two Oconee County Ga. Walmart employees 12/13/2017

A woman trying to steal a case of beer at Walmart on Epps Bridge Road recently bit two store employees who attempted to thwart the theft.

Both employees are fine, a spokesman for Walmart said Wednesday, but the woman’s identity has not been determined.

The assault occurred at about 11:40 p.m. Dec. 5, when an employee confronted the woman as she was trying leave the store with a case of beer in a shopping cart, according to an Oconee County sheriff’s report.

However, the suspect punched the employee in the face and the pair then ended up on the floor as they fought, deputies said. A second employee ran over to help and he was bitten on the forearm, while the other employee was bitten on the thigh. Complete article

Two Separate Shoplifting Incidents at Milford Del. Walmart 12/13/2017

Police: Colorado Walmart bomb threat a 'false alarm' 12/13/2017

Man acting as own lawyer convicted of hitting Ill. Walmart worker in 2015 12/13/2017

Third time not a charm for duo shoplifting from WV Walmart 12/13/2017

Walmart employee says she committed theft to help people: Mayfield Heights Ohio Police Blotter 12/13/2017

Deputies: Man stole over $1,000 worth of merchandise from NY Walmart 12/14/2017

Man charged with theft of smart phones from Mass. Walmart 12/14/2017

Couple wanted for shoplifting at Okla. Walmart 12/14/2017

Pa. Walmart 2015 shooter’s chilling tattoo shocks courtroom as he’s sentenced to life in prison 12/14/2017

Mississippi Triple murder suspect fugitive caught while allegedly shoplifting at Spring Tx. Walmart 12/14/2017

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) -- A triple murder fugitive wanted after escaping a north Mississippi jail last month has been captured in Houston again. Deputies caught up to him at a Walmart in Spring.

Harris County Sheriff's Office District 1 Patrol Deputy N. Gonzalez was called to the Walmart in the 3400 block of FM 1960 W, where loss prevention officers held two men suspected of shoplifting.

Neither man had ID, but fingerprints proved one of the suspects was Antoine Adams, 28. Deputies quickly learned Adams was wanted for three murders and a felony escape charge. He was also listed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted fugitives. Complete article

Walmart suspends ties to Tavis Smiley show, tour 12/14/2017

Walmart is suspending its relationship with talk show host Tavis Smiley.

The retail giant says it is "troubled by the recent allegations" facing the TV, radio and book star.

The move comes a day after PBS indefinitely suspended distribution of Smiley's talk show after an independent investigation uncovered "multiple, credible allegations" of sexual misconduct by its host. Complete article

Police: Suspected shoplifter carjacks customer at Federal Way Wash. Walmart, crashes on SR-18 12/15/2017

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - What started as a suspected shoplifting at a Federal Way Walmart store, ended with a carjacking then crash involving a police cruiser on State Route 18 Thursday night, according to investigators.

Police were called to the Walmart located on 16th Ave S. near Enchanted Parkway around 8:30 p.m for a shoplifting in progress.

When they arrived, the said the suspect stole a customer's car then fled the scene. Complete article

2 sought after theft, crash at Ocoee Fla. Walmart 12/15/2017

OCOEE, Fla. - Ocoee police are searching for two men accused of stealing from a Walmart before crashing a stolen car.

Police said the theft was reported Thursday night on West Colonial Drive.

Ocoee police said officers spotted the getaway vehicle, described as a white Mercedes Benz SUV stolen out of Seminole County, and an officer attempted to make a traffic stop.

The driver sped off, however, and crashed into a palm tree near the store's parking lot entrance, police said. Complete article

Liverpool NY woman says money disappeared off Walmart gift card in apparent scam 12/14/2017

CICERO, N.Y. — It was a frustrating moment for a Walmart shopper in Cicero.

A Liverpool woman was buying Christmas presents with a gift card when she found the rest of her balance had been used.

The scary part is that records show the card was used at a store that does not even exist. Complete article

Potosi Missouri Cop, Wife Bought Def Leppard CD, Walmart Lingerie with Stolen Money 12/14/2017

A Potosi cop and his wife stole money from an ambulance service and used the profits for a variety of personal expenses, including gift cards, a Def Leppard album and lacy thong underwear from Walmart, federal prosecutors say.

William "Mal" Gum, a captain with the rural Missouri police department, was the administrator for the Washington County Ambulance District until he retired in February. His wife, Charlena "Charli" Gum, also worked for the service. Complete article

Franklin Wisc. Police Report: Three people try to steal $1,300 TV from Walmart 12/14/2017

Man accused of shoplifting over $2,000 from DL Minn. Walmart 12/14/2017

Three arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills at Chambers County Tx. WalMart 12/14/2017

Pulaski Wisc. man arrested in connection with Walmart theft; 31 batteries recovered from vehicle 12/14/2017

Dubuque Iowa Police ask for public's help to ID suspected Walmart wallet thief 12/14/2017

Grand Rapids Mich. man gets life in prison for double murder in Walmart parking lot 12/15/2017

Man arrested after stealing 31 car batteries from Brown Deer Wisc. Walmart 12/14/2017

Man Fights Off Would-Be Carjacker in Walmart Parking Lot in Tamarac Fla.: BSO 12/15/2017

Authorities are hoping surveillance video will lead them to a knife-wielding suspect whose attempted carjacking in a Tamarac parking lot was foiled by a man who was able to fight him off.

The incident happened the afternoon of Dec. 5 in the parking lot of the Walmart at 6931 Northwest 88th Avenue, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office incident report.

According to the report, the 44-year-old victim, Leon Miguel, saw a man checking car handles and looking into windows in the parking lot.

Miguel approached the man and said "Can I help you, what are you doing?" the report said.

"You wanna die today?" the suspect said, while pulling out a knife. The report said the suspect then put the knife in his pocket and walked up to Miguel in a fighting stance.

The two started to fight and Miguel was able to knock the suspect's knife away. At one point, the suspect got into Miguel's Kia and tried to drive away, but Miguel was able to pull him out of the car, the report said. Complete article

Police investigating 'bold' smash and grab at Slidell La. Walmart 12/15/2017

SLIDELL, LA. - Police on the Northshore say two men entered a Walmart and started smashing electronics cases before walking away with thousands of dollars in merchandise.

According to the Slidell Police Department, the crime happened at the Wal-Mart store located on Natchez Drive early Monday morning. Police say two men entered the store armed with hammers and began shattering locked glass cases that contained electronics.

Police say one of the suspects, armed with a hammer in both hands, chased away an employee who had approached them. The two men then loaded up the merchandise, worth nearly $10,000, and fled the scene. Complete article

Police arrest man for allegedly running from Portage Wisc. Walmart with crossbow 12/15/2017

A Milton man has been charged with felony theft, accused of bolting from the Portage Walmart with a crossbow and cart full of “high-ticket items.”

Chad Lovelace, 32, appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court on Thursday charged with one count of retail theft, carrying a potential sentence of up to 3½ years in prison.

Lovelace was arrested Tuesday night after Portage police received a report of a theft just before 11 p.m. The Walmart store manager told officers that he had seen a man with a red jacket and green hat filling a cart with “high-ticket items” including knives and a crossbow. Complete article

Mich. Walmart closes after bathroom vandalism floods store 12/15/2017

SOUTH HAVEN, MI -- A Walmart store was closed Friday after vandalism damaged water pipes in the men's restroom, causing "extensive" flooding throughout the store, police said.

The South Haven Police Department responded t about 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15 to a report of malicious destruction of property at the Walmart on 73rd Street. A vandal or vandals had damaged water pipes in a restroom. Complete article

NC Woman claims dirty needle included in online order from Walmart 12/15/2017

GASTONIA, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Companies are working around the clock to deliver online orders for the holidays, but what a Gastonia family claims they discovered inside a box delivered to their home left them in shock.

Sagan Toussaint tells FOX 46 Charlotte that her kitten was playing inside a box that her bed, which she ordered online from, was delivered in. She claims that the cat climbed out of the empty box carrying a dirty needle in its mouth. Complete article

Police ask for help in identifying people at Rome NY Walmart 12/15/2017

Undercover cops arrest teen allegedly selling pot brownies outside Ga. Walmart 12/15/2017

$1,400 in baby formula stolen from NJ Walmart 12/15/2017

Family of woman killed in Wisc. Walmart shooting asks that claims be dismissed 12/15/2017

Theft suspect caught on camera at Tallahassee Fla. Walmart 12/15/2017

PD: North Branford man arrested for shoplifting at Conn. Walmart 12/17/2017

Sheriff's office: Madison Heights man wanted for shoplifting from Va. Walmart 12/17/2017

Warrant: Woman scanned items but left Ga. Walmart without paying for them 12/17/2017

Know these people? Cops look for Pa. Walmart theater system theft suspects 12/17/2017

NC Walmart cleared of holiday shoppers after ‘civil disturbance’ 12/17/2017

A reported “civil disturbance” cleared a busy Walmart on Myrtle School Road Sunday afternoon, creating a sense of panic although no injuries were reported.

Gastonia Police were called to the retail store at 3:20 p.m. over reports of a “civil disturbance.” There were unconfirmed reports of someone also possibly slashing tires in the parking lot.

Leah Hedgpath and her sister, Leslie Hedgpath, were in the back of the store in the baby clothes department when police came into the store and evacuated the building of shoppers and employees.

“They came through holding their rifles and everything, yelling at us to get to the front of the store,” Leah Hedgpath said.

“It was like a stampede,” she added. “Pure panic.”

Hundreds of shoppers exited the store as police apparently searched it looking for a suspect. Leah Hedgpath made a video of the cops responding and people walking around outside the store. Complete article

MT. VERNON — The Mt. Vernon Va. Police Department responded to an alleged armed robbery early this morning at Walmart. 12/17/2017

At 1:54 a.m. police received a call from someone at the store reporting an armed robbery. According to call logs, three people attempted to rob the store in long coats and ski masks.

The three suspects left through an emergency exit on the south side of the store before police arrived.

No further information is available at this time. Complete article

GPD: Woman hit, dragged Fla. Walmart manager 12/16/2017

A Gainesville woman was arrested for stealing merchandise worth $344.38 from Walmart and then dragging and hitting the store manager who tried to stop her on Friday, Gainesville Police said.

Faith Vernesia Nobles, 36, walked up to the self-checkout lane of the Walmart, located at 5700 NW 23rd St., at 8:06 p.m., according to an arrest report. The store’s video surveillance showed that she pretended to scan each item, and then walked towards the exit with the stolen goods, police said.

The store’s manager and loss prevention officer, who had been watching Nobles through the security cameras, confronted her, police said. Nobles tried to get away from the pair, when the store manager grabbed her in an effort to detain her until police arrived, according to the report.

In grabbing Nobles, the manager’s arm got caught in Nobles’ purse straps, according to the report. She dragged the caught manager into the parking lot in an effort to escape, police said.

Nobles hit the Walmart manager across the face and in the ribs, according to the report. Complete article

Robbery at Sand Springs Walmart leads to high speed chase into Tulsa Okla. 12/18/2017

Police say several people are in custody after a robbery and high-speed chase early Monday morning.

The incident started around 4 a.m. as a reported larceny in progress at the Walmart near Highway 97 in Sand Springs. Police say someone in a group of four or five suspects pepper sprayed at least three Walmart employees as they were trying to steal items.

An officer later found the suspects' vehicle and started chasing them on Highway 412. Speeds exceeded 90 or even 100 mph, according to police.

The chase ended near 51st and North Peoria Avenue in Tulsa. Four people were taken into custody, but police say they're still looking for a young black male who ran from the scene. He was wearing an orange hoodie and a ball cap, according to police. Complete article

Four arrested after Walmart robbed, employees pepper sprayed and police pursuit Employees of store in Sand Springs kept at bay with pepper spray 12/19/2017

5 arrested for pulling knife on Conn. Walmart employees during shoplifting incident 12/18/2017

SHELTON, CT (WFSB) - Five people face charges in connection with a shoplifting incident at a Shelton Walmart where one of the suspects pulled a knife on employees.

Police said they arrested 31-year-old Monica Santos, 27-year-old Trisha Donaldson, 32-year-old Luis Torres, 30-year-old Juan Torres and 29-year-old Vanessa Torres. All of the suspects are from Bridgeport.

Around 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, police said Santos, Donaldson and Luis Torres shoplifted about $800 from the Walmart on Bridgeport Avenue.

Walmart employees tried to stop them, but Santos pulled out a knife before all three fled. Complete article

Cops: Gwinnett mom left child in car as she shopped at Ga. Walmart 12/18/2017

Sheriff’s report: Man found dead at Hilton Head SC Walmart after ‘overdose’ 12/18/2017

A man was pronounced dead at an area box store late Friday night after what a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report called an “overdose.”

An employee at the Hilton Head Island Walmart Supercenter on Pembroke Drive was taking out the trash, according to the report, when he found a unresponsive man on the ground and rushed inside to call for help.

A Beaufort County Sheriff’s deputy arrived at the store around 11 p.m., according to the report. Emergency medical personnel were already there and administering CPR. Complete article

SC man accused of hitting cars at Walmart had drugs, gun and 5-year-old with him 12/18/2017

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC - A South Carolina man who collided with a number of cars in a Walmart parking lot, while a 5-year-old child was in his vehicle, has been arrested on multiple charges.

In addition to the young child, the Cowpens man also had guns and drugs in his possession at the time of the incident, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Jimmy Williams, 34, of Cowpens, was charged with multiple offenses by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, including: Complete article

Police: Two young children in backseat as their dad injected heroin in Oregon Walmart parking lot 12/18/2017

ST. HELENS, Ore. — St. Helens Police say two young children were placed in protective custody after police found their father using heroin in a Walmart parking lot.

Police were called to the store parking lot around 1 p.m. last Friday, Dec. 15 for drug activity. There, they found a man injecting drugs behind the wheel of a black SUV, a woman in the passenger seat and two young kids in the back. Complete article

2 vehicles struck by gunfire in Walmart parking lot in Greensboro NC 12/18/2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Two vehicles were struck by gunfire Monday evening in a Walmart parking lot in Greensboro, according to a news release from Greensboro police.

At 6:02 p.m., police responded to the Walmart parking lot located at 2750 Ring Road in reference to a discharge of a firearm. Upon arrival, several bystanders pointed officers toward a black Honda leaving the parking lot.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and short vehicle pursuit was initiated. During the pursuit, the vehicle stopped and a male passenger exited the vehicle and fled the area. The vehicle then continued a short distance and finally pulled over near Phillips Avenue and Huffine Mill Road. The female driver was taken into custody. The male subject was also located and taken in to custody. Complete article

Report of gunman at Chicopee Mass. Walmart turns out to be BB gun buyer 12/18/2017

CHICOPEE -- Police and Walmart management evacuated Christmas shoppers from the Chicopee store for a short period of time Monday afternoon after a shopper reported seeing a man with a gun in the parking lot.

Chicopee Police spokesman Officer Michael Wilk said police responded to the 591 Memorial Drive superstore at about 4:35 p.m. after store management reported the sighting. Shoppers were escorted from the store as police and store security viewed surveillance video.

Wilk said the evacuation was reversed once authorities realized while viewing the video that the man with a gun was, in fact, a shopper who had purchased a BB gun and was leaving the store. Complete article

Menacing customer with scissors makes Ohio Walmart's naughty list 12/18/2017

BAINBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Threatening, Market Place: A customer threw goods at an employee and threatened her with scissors 8:11 p.m. Dec. 4 at Walmart. Angry after waiting for service in the fabric department, the customer threatened the employee who responded to provide help. The subject left before police arrived. A photo was obtained on the store security system for future identification. Complete article

Suspects sought in Ohio Walmart armed robbery 12/18/2017

Two cartons of cigarettes were the only items taken late Sunday evening in an apparent armed robbery at the Hillsboro Walmart, authorities said, and two suspects remain at large.

Hillsboro Police Chief Darrin Goudy told The Times-Gazette that police are “pursuing some leads” on the robbery, which took place at roughly 10:40 p.m. Sunday night.

Goudy said witnesses told police that two males wearing ski masks entered Walmart around that time, and one allegedly brandished a handgun before the pair took two cartons of cigarettes from the bullpen area where tobacco products are sold. Complete article

Suspect jailed for allegedly stealing $1,031 in goods from Pa. Walmart 12/19/2017

Hero Ohio Walmart clerk stops scam, saves Christmas 12/18/2017

The Oroville Ca. Walmart was evacuated for a short time Monday 12/18/2017

Police seek suspects in ‘bait and switch’ Ky. Walmart thefts 12/18/2017

Man injured after car backs into him in Crystal Lake Ill. Walmart parking lot 12/19/2017

WATCH: Man steals red kettle, stand at Tyler Tx. Walmart 12/18/2017

Metro police seek to identify Ga. Walmart shoplifting suspects 12/19/2017

Suspects steal hover boards, Segways from Chesterfield Va. Walmart 12/19/2017

Gaylord Mich. Walmart attracts shoplifters, say police 12/20/2017

Otsego County has the highest rates of shoplifting in Michigan. According to data compiled by M-Live, Otsego County had 142 shoplifting arrests in 2016.

Gaylord Police Chief Brett McVannel says his officers respond to about three shoplifting calls in an average week, and 85 percent of them are at one store – the local Walmart.

“The biggest reason is that Walmart has some of the best technology available,” says McVannel. “Their camera systems go every single spot in their store, and they are able to watch people from the time they walk into the store to the time that they leave.”

Walmart is exceedingly good at catching shoplifters, says McVannel, and the Walmart Supercenter in Gaylord is a very busy place.

“People from all over northern Michigan will come to Gaylord because we have our Walmart,” he says. “People come to our community to shop a lot, which in turn … they may come to Gaylord to shoplift.” Complete article

Mom says Missouri Walmart kicked her out for passing out gift cards 12/20/2017

BRIDGETON, Mo. – A family said they were kicked out of a local Walmart while teaching their kids a lesson about giving.

The Twichell family said they were passing out Walmart gift cards at the Walmart store in Bridgeton as a way of giving back to the community Sunday afternoon.

They bought more than a $1000 worth of gift cards. Complete article

Walmart has invested heavily in its U.S. workforce. Is it working? 12/20/2017

Walmart (NYSE: WMT) completed a two-year plan to invest $2.7 billion in its employees in the United States in February. That investment included raising its minimum wage to $10 an hour, while its average full-time hourly wage climbed to $13.38 an hour for full-time workers and $10.58 an hour for part-time employees.

The wage increases were only part of the company's efforts to both improve its workforce and make employees' lives better. Walmart also greatly stepped up its training and has even recently begun offering workers tools to help them manage their finances.

It's a big commitment by the company at a time when the labor market has contracted due to unemployment rates hovering around historic lows. Walmart has done some nice things, but it isn't doing them just to be nice. The chain needs a well-trained, stable workforce, and these investments, at least in theory, should make that happen. Complete article

Wrongful death suit proceeds vs. Wisc. Walmart 12/20/2017

Deputies seeking two people for questioning in Fla. Walmart theft 12/19/2017

Elkin NC police investigate report of possible mugging at Walmart store 12/19/2017

SC Walmart employees’ vehicles broken into 12/20/2017

Metro police seek to identify Ga. Walmart shoplifting suspects 12/19/2017

Victor student uses CPR to revive woman in NY Walmart parking lot 12/19/2017

'Road rage' in Chicopee Mass. Walmart parking lot leads to charges against both drivers 12/20/2017

CHICOPEE - A road rage dispute in the Walmart parking lot led to one driver being punched in the face, the other struck by a car, and both drivers facing assault and battery charges, police said.

And it all started with one driver cutting in front of the other in search of a parking space, and the exchanging of words, police said.

Chicopee police spokesman, officer Michael Wilk said the entire dispute was recorded by Walmart's security cameras, and from the footage and witness accounts, police were able to establish probable cause to charge both drivers.

Arrested at the scene was Frederick Golba, 58, of Shepherd St., Chicopee. He was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and committing a hate crime. Complete article

Man targeted by Walmart Secret Shopper scam, wants to warn others 12/20/2017

Cartersville Ga. man chooses wrong time to shoplift from Walmart during Shop With a Hero event 12/20/2017

Naughty Walmart ad accidentally printed in Tx. 'Alvin Advertiser' newspaper 12/20/2017

ALVIN, Texas (KTRK) -- An Alvin newspaper publisher is apologizing after a not-so-jolly holiday ad made its way into a special edition.

"The Alvin Advertiser" released their Christmas holiday newspaper this morning, but something caught the eye of a lot of readers.

Instead of reading "Save money. Live better," a Walmart ad read instead "Save money. Screw people over."

The publisher explained an employee was looking for a Walmart logo on the internet and accidentally grabbed the wrong one. Complete article

Walmart reportedly explores cashier-free stores to keep pace with Amazon 12/20/2017

How do you like the idea of waltzing into a store, taking what you need, and then getting the hell out? No checkouts, no lines, no waiting.

Walmart is exploring the idea of stores without staff where you can simply “grab and go,” with computer vision technology monitoring what you place in your bag so it can automatically tot up the amount and take it from your bank account, sources claiming to have knowledge of the matter told Recode this week.

Yes, it does sound very similar to Amazon’s Go store, a concept unveiled about a year ago but which has yet to launch for the public. The last we heard, Amazon was having some difficulties at its test store in Seattle regarding the all-important payment system, with the technology unable to track more than 20 customers at a time. Complete article

Wal-Mart Suspends a Controversial Shoplifting Punishment 12/20/2017

Retailer stops programs that offer shoplifters protection from prosecution for a fee after complaints and a court ruling calling practice ‘extortion’

Until recently, a first-time shoplifter caught in any of about 2,000 Wal-Mart stores got a choice: pay hundreds of dollars, complete an education program and all will be forgiven—or don’t and potentially face prosecution.

Corrective Education Co. and Turning Point Justice, Utah-based companies that provide the programs, emerged in recent years as alternatives to the often-overtaxed criminal justice system. They spare law-enforcement resources and hold offenders accountable without leaving the scar of a criminal conviction, their supporters say.

But Wal-Mart Stores Inc., one of the biggest clients of Turning Point and Corrective Education, suspended the programs earlier this month as more local officials questioned the legality of asking people for money under threat of criminal sanctions, though it said it found the programs effective at reducing shoplifting and calls to police.

The move followed a ruling from a California court in August finding that Corrective Education’s program violates state extortion laws. Complete article Are private education programs for shoplifters a second chance or extortion? June 2016

Debra Black was accused of stealing about $6 worth of goods from a Goodwill store.

Black, a quadriplegic in her early 60s, claims she didn’t intend to steal. She says she hung a child’s purse and other items from the arm of her wheelchair so she could use her hands, and forgot about them as she left the store in Orange County, California.

A security guard brought her back inside and accused her of shoplifting.

Retailers don’t usually prosecute such small thefts. But according to Black, the guard “interrogated and intimidated” her into signing up for a private online educational program run by the Corrective Education Co., based in Orem, Utah. At $400 (reduced from $500), the CEC course cost 66 times the value of the items.

Black agreed at the scene to enroll—but never completed the program. According to her lawyer, Christina Sosa of Potter Handy in San Diego, Black agreed to enter the program only because she felt bullied by the guard’s threats to call the police. Black didn’t make the $100 payments, even as CEC sent debt-collection letters threatening to turn her over to police. Black responded by suing the company for debt-collection violations.

Black’s lawsuit was ultimately dismissed, and her claims of coercion were not heard. But in November, the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office filed an unrelated suit against CEC for extortion, unfair business practices and more. It alleges that the company uses the threat of prosecution and misleading statements to pressure suspects into paying. CEC denied all the allegations in its answer filed last December.

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Trio stole puppy, ran over owner at Walmart in Marion, deputies say 12/20/2017

SUMMERFIELD, Fla. - Two women and a man were arrested Tuesday night in Marion County on suspicion of stealing a man's puppy during a transaction outside a Walmart and then running the man over.

Justin Karrels, 42, Jeannie Hayden, 55, and Tiffany Stegall, 18, were arrested in connection with the incident, which was reported at the Walmart at 17961 South U.S. Highway 441 in Summerfield.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the victim had advertised his German shepherd puppies for sale on social media and was contacted by the suspects. After they agreed on the price for one of the dogs, the victim took the puppy to the Walmart so the transaction could be made in a public place, deputies said.

Officials said Karrels and Stegall took the puppy without paying and attempted to leave. The victim tried to stop them, but Karrels struck him and he fell to the ground, deputies said. Hayden then drove over the victim’s legs, deputies said. Complete article

This Mom Held a Nurse-In at Idaho Walmart After She Was Asked to Leave for Breastfeeding Her Son 12/20/2017

Being a new mom isn’t easy. Besides juggling postpartum pain, sleepless nights, and, you know, raising a child, it’s hard to find time to do the other stuff life demands, like grocery shopping.

It’s even harder when your baby starts crying in the middle of the store and you have to drop everything to breastfeed, but then you’re asked to leave because you're supposedly making other shoppers uncomfortable.

During a visit to her local Walmart in Twin Falls, Idaho, a clerk approached Ashley McCall to let her know she couldn't nurse her 6-month-old son, Cillian, on a bench in the store. McCall asked the employee if she could take her baby to the bathroom instead, but was told "it would be better if I just took him home." Complete article

Man steals purse from woman sleeping in truck at Missouri Walmart 12/20/2017

People sought for questioning in Walmart theft in Crawfordville Fla. 12/19/2017

La. Walmart clerk arrested in theft of $4,600 12/21/2017

Pa. Walmart employee admits he took upskirt photo 12/20/2017

Pair sought for theft at Walmart in Tappahannock Va. 12/21/2017

Body found in flaming car in Devils Lake ND Walmart parking lot 12/21/2017

DEVILS LAKE -- A body was found Wednesday evening, Dec. 20, inside a burning vehicle in the parking lot of a Devils Lake Wal-Mart.

Firefighters responded at 5:37 p.m. to a car fire at 1424 Highway 2, said Cory Meyer, the assistant fire chief for the Devils Lake Fire Department. The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames but the department was able to put the blaze out quickly, he said.

A body was found inside the car once the blaze was extinguished. The Devils Lake Police Department is investigating the death. Police have not released the identity of the dead person or the circumstances of his or her death. Complete article

Walmart Is Investing In Shopper Data: How That Will Change The Grocery Aisle 12/21/2017

It might not be able to put a price on trust, but Walmart is preparing to pay the fare for getting personal, and it could cost the entire food industry billions in shifting sales.

The world’s largest brick-and-mortar merchant has acknowledged it is lagging in the quest to personalize through the use of shopper data. Now, perhaps because of Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, which could yield unprecedented in-store and online data models, Walmart is embarking on a “multiyear journey” to get its data in good enough shape to produce relevant personalized experiences.

“From 1 to 10 in our use of data, I would say we’re probably about a 2,” Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart, recently told attendees at its annual investor conference. “We use data to improve in-stock and replenish. We don’t use data to personalize.” Complete article

Police: One person stabbed in family fight at Lawrenceburg Tenn. Walmart 12/21/2017

Police say a family dispute led to a stabbing in the parking lot of Walmart in Lawrenceburg on Thursday.

It happened at Walmart at 2130 North Locust Avenue.

Police said three family members began arguing when two men began fighting. During the fight, one the men pulled out a knife and stabbed the other multiple times. Complete article

Woman choked by shoppers in Fla. Walmart 12/21/2017

Fresh off the violent video of the attack at Edison Mall on Sunday, another woman said she was attacked while shopping.

Lee County deputies said it happened Wednesday at the Walmart on Pine Island Road in North Fort Myers, where a woman pushing her shopping cart grazed into three ladies.

One of them began to scream, "You almost hit a pregnant woman!"

Investigators said the trio followed the victim around the store, yelling until one of them grabbed her by the neck and choked her against the shelves.

Many shoppers asked the same question: Where were store employees or security? Complete article

Walmart's new service suggests that the company is reconsidering ‘always low prices' 12/21/2017

A Walmart subsidiary is testing a “personal shopping” service that allows customers to send text and picture messages to place orders with the store. Once placed, orders of “household items” will be delivered in 24 hours or less, according to Recode, while anything else will arrive in 2 days or less.

Returns made to Code Eight are free, and they’re picked up from a customer’s home or apartment building.

But it’s not for everyone. The new service is being tested in New York City and targeted at “high net worth urban consumers,” particularly “busy NYC moms.” This ain’t the Walmart you’re used to. Complete article

Suspect jailed for allegedly stealing $1,031 in goods from Pa. Walmart 12/19/2017

Woman arrested after multiple fraudulent returns at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza Fla. 12/21/2017

Man arrested after children found alone in car in WV Walmart parking lot 12/21/2017

Police looking for man who robbed NH Wal-Mart credit union 12/22/2017

Springfield Ohio man accused of stealing $2K in goods from Walmart stores 12/22/2017

Nevada Walmart 2015 burglar sentenced to additional prison time 12/21/2017

Heavy police and FBI presence reported at Moline Ill. Walmart 12/21/2017

Car falls, kills man in EHT NJ Walmart parking lot 12/21/2017

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — An Absecon man died Wednesday after the car he was fixing fell on him in the Walmart parking lot, police said.

Officers arrived at the lot at 3:43 p.m. Tuesday and found Joseph McGowan, 43, underneath his car, Lt. Robert Gray said in a statement Wednesday. The department issued a subsequent statement Thursday stating McGowan ultimately died from his injuries Wednesday.

Police said McGowan was trying to fix his Mercury Grand Marquis, when it rolled off the jack and on top of him, Gray said. Complete article

Trash compactor fire closes Teterboro NJ Walmart for two hours 12/21/2017

Some holiday shopping may have been interrupted at the Walmart in Teterboro Thursday when a trash compactor caught fire and closed the store for around two hours, officials said.

No one was injured when the compactor behind the store caught fire around 4:40 p.m. but smoke billowed into the Walmart, causing the closure, Teterboro Fire Official Robert Knobloch said. The fire was extinguished in an hour and the cause remained under investigation, Knobloch said.

The building was not damaged. Complete article

Two vehicles shot with pellet guns at Possum Run Ohio Walmart 12/21/2017

MANSFIELD - A 19-year-old Georgia man was issued summonses for criminal trespass and littering after a Wednesday afternoon incident at Walmart in which two vehicles were shot with pellet guns.

Lenny D. Brown was issued the summonses and taken to Richland County Jail after police talked to him at the store.

Police were called a little after 4 p.m. about a possible criminal damaging. Edwin P. Przybylowicz, 84, of Webster, New York, told police he was driving past Walmart when he heard multiple loud bangs against his vehicle. He got out to see multiple chips and dents on the side of the car.

Gerald M. Vance, 69, said he saw an unknown man run from the woods, heading east. He said he also found multiple chips and dents in the right passenger side of his vehicle. The rear right window was shot out. Complete article

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Customers frantic after fire breaks out in Milpitas Ca. Walmart toy section 12/21/2017

MILPITAS (KRON) — KRON4 has obtained new video on Thursday night of customers running frantically away from a fire inside a Milpitas Walmart.

The viewer who shot this video says this happened at the Walmart in Milpitas around 8:30 p.m. in the toy section.

The viewer also tells KRON4 the store was evacuated. Right now, we don’t know what started the fire. Complete article

Police: Man accused of robbing Oregon Walmart jewelry counter, throwing knife at officer 12/22/2017

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police say a man tried robbing the jewelry counter at a Walmart in Southeast Portland Thursday night.

Officers responded to the Walmart at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Southeast Holgate Boulevard at 6:42 a.m. for a report of a robbery with a knife.

Witnesses told police when they arrived that the suspect had entered the store and walked to the jewelry counter where he pulled out a large knife and demanded money from employees. Complete article

La. Walmart employee accused of stealing $1,600 for mother's bills 12/21/2017

Walmart executive named U.S. Attorney for western Arkansas 12/22/2017

Teen accused of assaulting police officer inside Tx. Walmart 12/21/2017

Woman suspected of stealing iPhone 8 from Alabama Walmart wanted for questioning 12/22/2017

Stillwater Okla. police investigate two separate thefts at Walmart 12/22/2017

Arrest made after shots fired in a Missouri Walmart parking lot 12/23/2017

Columbia police made an arrest after shots were fired early Saturday at Walmart, according to a news release from the department.

Officers were dispatched after reports of shots fired in the parking lot of the Walmart on Grindstone Parkway. Police were told that the suspect had left the area by car.

Officers found a car matching that description shortly afterward. The suspect was identified as 33-year-old Demarcus Maxwell of Memphis, Tennessee. A firearm was found in the car with one empty casing inside the weapon, according to the release.

Maxwell admitted to being involved in the shots fired in the Walmart parking lot and was arrested for unlawful possession of a concealed weapon, unlawful use of a weapon, and operating a motor vehicle while his license is revoked, according to the release. Complete article

Slidell La. PD: Four arrested after Walmart brawl 12/24/2017

SLIDELL, La. — Four arrests have been made after video of a fight at a Walmart in Slidell went viral on social media, police said.

Slidell police said they arrested 19-year-old Alexis Neal, of Slidell, 38-year-old Majara Walker, of Slidell, 17-year-old Seanice Warren, of St. Louis, Missouri and 22-year-old Morgan Walker, of Slidell for disturbing the peace by fighting.

According to officials, Slidell police received calls at 1 p.m. Saturday of a large fight in the produce section of Walmart.

Police said the fight involved over ten people, and two had to be transported to local hospitals for minor injuries.

Officials added the motive of the fight was due to a previous conflict between two different families, who happened to encounter each other at the Walmart. Pepper spray was also used in the fight. Complete article

Man facing arson charges for allegedly starting NM Walmart fire 12/22/2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Police say they have arrested a suspect in connection with the recent fire sparked behind the Walmart on Eubank just south of I-40.

According to a criminal complaint, Michael Limon is accused of starting the fire that damaged a forklift at the Walmart.

The complaint states Limon was caught at the nearby Sam's Club trying to steal a cheesecake. After he was forced to return it, surveillance video shows him walking to the Walmart store and starting the fire, which caused about $40,000 worth of damage. Complete article

Shoplifting suspect ‘held to the ground’ at SC Walmart 12/24/2017

A man was arrested and charged with shoplifting after he tried to steal a jacket and perfume from the Walmart on Seaboard Street, according to a police report.

The suspect, 26-year-old Jeffrey Blanton, was allegedly caught on camera taking a gray jacket off the rack and putting Crush Perfume and Curve Crush Perfume in his pockets, according to a police report.

He tried to “flee the scene on foot” without paying for the items when he was stopped by several citizens, the report says. When the responding officer got to the scene, “the offender was being held to the ground by several individuals.”

The total value of the items taken was $60.84, according to police. The suspect was booked and charged with shoplifting. Complete article

Gun stolen at Fayetteville NC Walmart causes panic 12/24/2017

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — An incident involving a stolen gun caused a commotion at Walmart on Skibo Road on Thursday afternoon, according to The Fayetteville Observer.

About 3 p.m., Fayetteville police spokeswoman Asia Cannon said inaccurate information based on radio scanner traffic began circulating about a shooting at the Walmart. Officers arrived and discovered that a man had grabbed a gun off another man who was open-carrying the weapon. The man who grabbed the gun then ran off.

During the incident, someone yelled out in the business about a gun, and a commotion broke out. Cannon said one Walmart employee was treated by emergency personnel for an asthma attack. No one else was injured. Complete article

Two young children hit at Walmart in Dublin Va. 12/23/2017

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office responded to a motor vehicle crash involving pedestrians at the Walmart in Dublin, Va.

According to deputies, an unoccupied 2008 Ford F-150 struck two small children and came to rest after striking two parked vehicles afterward.

During the investigation into the crash, deputies learned that the driver of the Ford truck, William Hinkle Jr., of Dublin had exited his truck, leaving it running on the automotive side of the building. Shortly after, the vehicle began to roll backwards into the main parking area of the store, striking two small children before coming to rest, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. Complete article

Armed robbery at Carlisle Pa. Walmart 12/24/2017

CARLISLE, Pa. — According to police, two males entered the Carlisle Walmart and robbed the store of about $8,000 worth of cell phones, early Saturday.

Police say the suspects were wearing dark clothes and one had a green ball cap.

One suspect displayed a black pistol during the robbery, according to investigators. Complete article

Woman charged with shoplifting at Columbus Ga. Walmart on Christmas Eve 12/25/2017

Deputies: Canandaigua man made fraudulent transactions at NY Walmart 12/25/2017

Do you know this woman? Cops look for suspected Pa. Walmart purse-snatcher 12/24/2017

Police arrest man accused of dealing heroin near Kitty Hawk NC Walmart 12/26/2017

Dartmouth Mass. Police investigate suspicious package at Walmart 12/24/2017

Tennessee woman arrested in Idaho Walmart burglary 12/26/2017

Police seek vehicle burglar after stolen credit card used at Lubbock Tx. Walmart 12/26/2017

Police try to ID burglar who broke into Vermont Walmart 12/26/2017

Duo on felony probation arrested for theft at Apple Valley Ca. Walmart 12/26/2017

Man accused of fraudulent return scheme targeting Idaho Walmart stores 12/27/2017

Meriden woman charged with shoplifting from Walmart in Wallingford Conn. 12/26/2017

Man arrested after taking over $700 worth of items from Waterloo Iowa Walmart 12/27/2017

Walmart pulls Lord Ganesha plush doll following furious response from Hindus 12/27/2017 Hindus have vented their fury against Walmart, which has now withdrawn the sale of Ganesh Plush Doll.

Ind. Walmart shoplifter pulls a gun on employees 12/27/2017

A Walmart shoplifter pulled a gun after being questioned by employees on Dec. 24 at around 3:56 p.m.

The Washington Police Department received a call from Walmart advising that a male subject had been suspected of shoplifting, and then pointed a firearm at employees while in the Asset Protection Office demanding that they not follow him or call the Police.

After further investigation, WPD Officers were able to locate Dustin Armstrong, 24, of Montgomery, hiding in the men’s restroom at Burger King.

Armstrong was arrested without incident and charged with armed robbery, theft, two counts of intimidation, two counts of pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness with a firearm. Armstrong was also found to be wanted out of Morgan County, Indiana for a probation violation. Complete article

Suspect nabbed in Williston Vermont Walmart burglary 12/27/2017

Combat wounded signs installed at Walnut Ridge Arkansas Walmart 12/27/2017

Two arrested at Ga. Walmart after report of gun at Columbus Park Crossing store 12/27/2017

Two Columbus men were arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Walmart in Columbus Park Crossing after police were called about a gun.

Malik Holtzclaw, 20, was charged with one count of simple assault, reckless conduct, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and carrying a concealed weapon. Joshua Delafuente, 18, faces obstruction of a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct in connection with the 1:51 p.m. incident. Both are held in the Muscogee County Jail for a 9 a.m. Thursday hearing in Recorder’s Court.

Police were called to the 5448 Whittlesey Blvd. store after a report of a person with a gun. The confrontation involved the two suspects and a victim. Complete article

Police: Bomb threat at Rindge NH Walmart probably a hoax 12/21/2017

Cops: Reward offered for man who stole TV from NY Walmart 12/28/2017

Police in Search of Fla. Walmart Robbery Suspects 12/27/2017

Man accused of fraudulent return scheme targeting Wash. Walmart stores 12/27/2017

Man exposed himself to women at Deltona Fla. Walmart during holiday shopping, deputies say 12/27/2017

Drugs, gun, teeth found on NC man stopped at SC Walmart 12/27/2017

Outrage over cars illegally parking next to handicap spaces at Belmont NC Walmart 12/27/2017

Eighteen-year-old man shot in the leg in Tx. Walmart parking lot 12/27/2017

LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - Shoppers at a Laredo Walmart got a scare when gun fire broke out in the store parking lot.

The incident happened on Tuesday night at the Walmart located on Loop 20 and Clark Street.

According to Laredo Police, two men got into an altercation, which escalated into one man pulling out a gun.

The alleged gunman started shooting and allegedly shot an 18-year-old man in the leg and in the arm. Complete article

Laredo Police arrest two women in connection to Walmart shooting 12/29/2017

Huntsville man charged in Alabama Walmart theft 12/27/2017

Woman allegedly tried to take about $650 in items from Okla. Walmart 12/27/2017

Photos released of North Myrtle Beach Walmart shoplifting suspect 12/27/2017

Man takes picture up woman's dress in Fla. Walmart, deputies say 12/28/2017

Shoplifting at Mich. Walmart brings felony charges 12/28/2017

Deputies looking for Charlotte County Fla. Walmart thief 12/28/2017

S.A. woman allegedly had meth in bra, drug paraphernalia in purse outside Tx. Walmart 12/28/2017

Woman dies after being hit by U-Haul at Henderson Nevada Walmart, driver arrested 12/28/2017

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A 79-year-old woman is dead after she was struck by a U-Haul truck on Thursday.

It was reported around 1:21 p.m. at the Walmart located at 540 Marks Street near Sunset Road in Henderson.

The woman was transported to Sunrise Hospital where she died of her injuries.

The driver of the U-Haul truck, 22-year-old Nichole Zimmerman, was stopped by Henderson Police after leaving the scene and eventually arrested. Complete article

Montpelier Vermont woman charged for returning donated toys at Walmart 12/28/2017

Police Log: Ca. Walmart greeter pepper-sprayed 12/28/2017

Lacey NJ Police Investigating Fire Police Radio Theft At Walmart 12/28/2017

Christmas morning burglars steal jewelry from Sam's Club and electronics from Walmart 12/29/2017

Hayden Idahp Wal-Mart evacuated due to fire alarm 12/29/2017

Trio of women arrested on theft, drug charges at Wal-Mart in Summerfield Fla. 12/29/2017

Security photo of Walmart robbers released by Maryland authorities 12/29/2017

Kernersville man who fired gunshots at TVs in NC Walmart in 2012 now faces charges of statutory rape 12/30/2017

Unsolved murder of Michael Heatherly in Walmart parking lot tops Tenn. homicide stories in 2017 12/30/2017

Police: Officer shoots man at a Mississippi Walmart 12/31/2017

BYRAM, Miss. (AP) — Police say an officer shot a man after receiving call about a shoplifter at a Walmart in western Mississippi.

Byram Police Chief Luke Thompson told WLBT-TV that the incident occurred around 8:55 a.m. Sunday. He says the suspect attempted to flee in a foot chase before he got into his vehicle, rammed a police car and another car in the parking lot.

Thompson says the officer fired several shots, hitting the suspect. The chase ended in front of a residence. Complete article

Video of pallet fire behind Sonora Ca. Walmart leads to arrest 12/31/2017

A 32-year-old Sonora man was arrested within hours of setting fire to wood pallets behind the Walmart store at 1101 Sanguinetti Road, police report.

Friday morning just before 3:30, the Sonora police and fire departments were dispatched to reports of a large fire behind the store. Firefighters extinguished the blaze and determined it to be suspicious, the Sonora Police Department posted on Facebook on Sunday night.

Police reviewed surveillance footage from Walmart and saw a man intentionally start the fire, the post says. Officers recognized the man as Aaron Eugene Jolley, 32 of Sonora. Complete article

Gunmen rob North East Md. Walmart 12/29/2017

NORTH EAST — Police are seeking two men who held up the Walmart Supercenter at gunpoint early Friday morning.

Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Walmart, located in the unit block of Northeast Plaza Shopping Center, for a reported armed robbery at 3:30 a.m. Friday.

The investigation revealed that two black men entered the store from the front entrance and walked around the store for a period of time before arriving at the electronics department.

It was there that one of the suspects displayed a handgun to an employee while demanding electronic equipment, police reported. The suspects then took an undisclosed amount of electronic equipment and left the store through the main entrance. Complete article

Who is this? Cops look for suspected Pa. Walmart thief 12/31/2017

Man Inhales Aerosol Duster at Palm Bay Fla. Walmart 12/29/2017

Shots fired Monday afternoon at Colorado Walmart in west Greeley 01/01/2018