Thursday, March 23, 2017

Immigration Policy And Outsourcing Are Virtual Slavery

The debate over illegal aliens, or undocumented immigrants, like all other debates in the mainstream media ignores some of the most basic fundamentals including the fact, yes fact, that this is part of class warfare that leads to virtual slavery and that a large portion of immigration policy is designed to enable rich people to profit by suppressing wages for workers both in the USA and abroad.

The alternative media outlets often catch some of the most important aspects of this much better but they often either miss some of it as well or fail to repeat it very often although they trying to do a much better job.

First of all, for all practical purposes, laws are created by the rich primarily for the benefit of the rich and so-called democracy has been turned into a farce, largely because the media has consolidated into six oligarchies that control over ninety percent of the news nationwide. That means that these oligarchies can rig elections by refusing to cover grassroots candidates and only covering those that cater to their interests. Since one of the leading requirements to getting elected is name recognition this simple method is enough to rig elections so only corporate puppets have a chance.

Our caste system usually doesn't seem quite as blatant as the Indian caste system, which until recently they openly admitted existed, and now only pretend they're trying to get rid of; but it doesn't take much research to realize that it is almost as blatant and that different classes of people that aren't quite as clearly defined exist for different purposes and that the vast majority of benefits for our economic system is designed to go to the rich in a state of virtual slavery that seem almost like a democracy assuming people are complacent and don't read alternative media outlets.

This may not be an intentional well planned conspiracy; but when less than one percent of the population controls all the most powerful institutions the results are the same; and there are smaller conspiracies within these institutions that are exposed on a routine basis. However if you don't check alternative media outlets they'll be quickly forgotten if they're reported at all.

Donald Trump is, of course, one of the most obvious and hypocritical people on this issue, and it doesn't take much research to learn that Hillary Clinton isn't much better, assuming your not a cult follower of one of these plutocrats. They both came up with rhetoric that sounds good to the voters that they were trying to attract during the election; but there were many times, including polish construction workers, Mar-a-Lago guest workers, illegal models and more additional examples than most researcher can come close to reporting on where Trump was doing exactly what he was campaigning against. Hillary Clinton is no better; she supported the coup in Honduras when she was secretary of state, which lead to the assassination of an environmental activists; opposed an increase in the minimum wage in Haiti from thirty one cents an hour to sixty one cents an hour, said that immigrants from these countries "had to go back" while pretending to defend human rights; and voted for the fence and some of the other policies Trump supports as Senator. She is also involved in more scandals than many if any researchers can keep track of.

The media only covers corrupt candidates guaranteeing that we only get corrupt politicians!

Allowing illegal immigrants into this country so that they can hire them at low wages and ensure that they have little or no rights to complain is routine. This enables the rich to get low wages in this country both from these suppressed wages and by using competition to force legal workers to settle for less. If illegal aliens complain they can be deported. They're intentionally creating a class of people who have no rights and using them as scapegoats for their own crimes.

Cabinet members have been repeatedly derailed because they've been caught hiring illegal aliens as housekeepers and nanny's and on some occasions they've created scandals but approved them any way or withdrew them for other reasons like Puzder who was exposed for this but didn't withdraw until it was also reported that he abused his wife as well. This is routine; I wouldn't even know where to hire an illegal alien to clean my house but rich people seem to have no problem whether they set up a network to find them or not.

This is justified because they pretend these laws are created by a democracy. In a democracy the people impacted by decisions have a right to the information they need to participate in the decision making policies and then they can vote on it. Immigrants have no such rights and many of them come from countries that are being oppressed by allies of the United States government. Even when they're in their own country and the United States government decides to sell weapons to tyrants that are used to oppress their own people they're not involved in the decision making process.

When the United States supported coups or attempted coups in Chile, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, El-Salvador, Nicaragua, Iran, Vietnam and many other places they never allowed the people of these countries to vote on their efforts to oppress them!

Is this what we should call democracy?

If we're the defender of the free world shouldn't we be trying to ensure that as many people as possible that are impacted by policies, both foreign and domestic are informed accurately about these policies and their concerns should be addressed to the best of our ability? We might not be able to accomplish all of this overnight but the political establishment isn't even trying; instead of improving things they're relentlessly pushing voter suppression laws that infringe on the rights of immigrants, poor people, minorities, the working class and anyone that challenges the rights of the oligarchy.

Outsourcing is, of course another aspect of this. We grow subsidized cotton here in the United States ship it overseas, sometimes as far as Pakistan, pay guards, abusive managers, and union busters in those countries who oppress the people that actually make products without paying the workers and local workers have to compete with that so their wages are suppressed as well. As Bob Ortega reported Kathie Lee Gifford got three percent of the revenue of her clothing line for sponsoring it but the workers who produced the quality were abused on only got less than one percent. We're supposed to believe that she's a good person because she gives ten percent of the money she stole from workers and consumers to charity. Yes I say, stole because for a all practical purposes that is what she did although they create propaganda that makes it seem justifiable. When they send advertising expenses through the roof while cutting manufacturing expenses to the bone the people that create deceptive ads aren't providing benefits to consumers they're committing fraud, or at least this would be clear if the scam artists weren't controlling the propaganda!

Sometimes they hardly even pretend it isn't slavery as bad as it was before the Civil War; and amazingly the government claims they can do nothing according to several reports including the following:

The New American Slavery: Invited To The U.S., Foreign Workers Find A Nightmare 07/21/2015

The H-2 visa program invites foreign workers to do some of the most menial labor in America. Then it leaves them at the mercy of their employers. Thousands of these workers have been abused — deprived of their fair pay, imprisoned, starved, beaten, raped, and threatened with deportation if they dare complain. And the government says it can do little to help. A BuzzFeed News investigation. MAMOU, Louisiana — Travis Manuel and his twin brother, Trey, were shopping at Walmart near this rural town when they met two Mexican women who struck them as sweet. Using a few words of Spanish he had picked up from his Navy days, Travis asked the two women out on a double date. .....

The man in the truck was the women’s boss, Craig West, a prominent farmer in the heart of Cajun country. As Sgt. Robert McGee later wrote in a police report, West said that Valdez and Gonzalez were “two of his girls,” and he asked the cops to haul the women in and “scare the girls.”

The police brought the women, who were both in their twenties, to the station house. McGee told them they couldn’t leave West’s farm without permission, warning that they could wind up dead. To drive home the point, an officer later testified, McGee stood over Valdez and Gonzalez and pantomimed cutting his throat. He also brandished a Taser at them and said they could be deported if they ever left West’s property without his permission.

A little after 2 in the morning, they released the women to West for the 15-minute drive through the steamy night to his compound — a place where, the women and the Mexican government say, workers were stripped of their passports and assigned to sleep in a filthy, foul-smelling trailer infested with insects and mice. Valdez and Gonzalez also claimed that they and other women were imprisoned, forced to work for little pay, and frequently harassed by West, who demanded to see their breasts and insisted that having sex with him was their only way out of poverty.

These women were not undocumented immigrants working off the books. They were in the United States legally, as part of a government program that allows employers to import foreign labor for jobs they say Americans won’t take — but that also allows those companies to control almost every aspect of their employees’ lives.

Each year, more than 100,000 people from countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, the Philippines, and South Africa come to America on what is known as an H-2 visa to perform all kinds of menial labor across a wide spectrum of industries: cleaning rooms at luxury resorts and national parks, picking fruit, cutting lawns and manicuring golf courses, setting up carnival rides, trimming and planting trees, herding sheep, or, in the case of Valdez, Gonzalez, and about 20 other Mexican women in 2011, peeling crawfish at L.T. West Inc. Complete article

For one reason or another these stories are rarely if ever reported in the mainstream media but once you suspect that this might be happening it doesn't take much searching to find more stories that are similar including the following couple of additional stories that are just as bad:

Virtual Slavery Indian workers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were packed into cramped dormitories and forced to work 16-hours, six days a week, for less than minimum wage. When they complained, they were patrolled by armed guards. 06/11/2002

Despite U.S. laws, thousands still virtual slaves in America 12/13/2009

Both the Obama and Bush administrations allegedly claim that there's nothing they can do about it in these reports, and even the media outlets that report on it keep their reporting to a minimum and allow the stories to be quickly forgotten so it is hard to believe they're doing as much as they can although we should be thankfully for them for providing the reports and giving grassroots organizations a chance to pressure the government. We certainly can't expect the Trump administration to even pretend to care about it but there's no doubt that if any of these presidencies wanted to do something they could. The problem isn't that they can't do anything it is that they don't wast to!

The government routinely behaves like a fully owned subsidiary of campaign contributors!

Our government isn't accountable to voters; they're only accountable to donors, and the media that protects them by refusing to cover grassroots candidates that might actually try to do a good job!

Amazingly the members of the ruling class that are robbing everyone blind have the gall to claim that illegal immigrants are the ones responsible for all the crime in America!

Statistics can easily be misrepresented, and politicians routinely do just that but The Southern Poverty Law Center pointed out a much more reliable report by The Sentencing Project (PDF) that I'm sure will stand up to scrutiny much better than the propaganda repeated over and over by the Trump administration and the mainstream media which pretends to do a good job debunking some of the lies from Trump. This report points out that, "1. Immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than native-born citizens; 2. Higher levels of immigration in recent decades may have contributed to the historic drop in crime rates; 3. Police chiefs believe that intensifying immigration law enforcement undermines public safety; 4. Immigrants are under-represented in U.S. prisons."

This report indicates that the biggest crime illegal immigrants commit wouldn't even be a crime at all if they were allowed to participate in the decision making process like it is supposed to be in a real democracy! We call it a democracy when one group of people votes to make another group of people illegal just because they were born on the wrong side of the line and these illegal aren't offered any opportunity to defend themselves or participate in the democratic process. How much better would this be than if the most racist Nazi's voted in the forties to exterminate the Jews without letting the Jews vote? How much better would this be than if the most racists Jews vote to take away land from Palestinians without letting the Palestinians vote?

There can be no justification for this in a sincere Democracy!

Statistically foreign born people are significantly less likely to commit crimes than citizens and first generation immigrants are slightly less likely to commit crimes than US citizens! If we used reasonable justification it would be clear that the billionaires that control the government are much more likely to commit much bigger crimes yet a large portion of these crimes are considered legal; and even when they aren't legal they're rarely if ever prosecuted.

Does anyone really earn a billion dollars? Or even a hundred million dollars? Of course not, they use their connection with the government to help steal this money from the vast majority of the public and the people who pay the greatest price are the ones with the least amount of political power including immigrants!

How much is it even possible for a single person to reasonably earn? Not an easy question to answer but with this corrupt system no one is even trying to figure it out!

We live in a Corporate Kleptocracy not a Democracy! The government is controlled by a white collar crime syndicate!

The following are some additional sources and details:

Undocumented families adjust to living under the constant threat of being torn apart 03/16/2017

What Donald Trump Knew About Undocumented Workers at His Signature Tower 08/25/2016

The Story Behind Donald Trump’s Undocumented Polish Workers 02/25/2016

Andrew Puzder is just the latest Cabinet nominee with a 'nanny' problem 02/07/2017

How to Bring Down a Cabinet Nominee 01/10/2017 Four out of The latest 10 Cabinet appointees to fail failed because of hiring illegal aliens

If someone tips ICE off that I’m illegally in the U.S., will I be deported?

According to ICE, worksite immigration busts have increased tenfold over the past five years. 05/23/2009

Immigration Status Discrimination

A Few Times Donald Trump Has Allegedly Profited From Illegal Immigration 08/30/2016

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Betrayed Veterans Including Tammy Duckworth Fought For Lies

It's been a long time since I've heard anyone in the traditional media repeat the old saying that, "The first casualty of war is the truth."

Now the media and political establishment have turned emotional appeals to intimidate anyone that dares question the reasons why veterans, who are routinely betrayed by politicians, died, into an art form, with well researched propaganda!

T. Becket Adams, who is a pundit for the Washington Examiner, made this clear when he deleted the following tweets after facing outrage from others on twitter, “Moment with SEAL's widow was moving. Also, politically brilliant. Trump insulates himself from Yemen criticism. Good luck challenging raid.” And “After that 2-minute standing ovation, who wants to be the person to state publicly that the Yemen raid yielded no benefit? Have fun with that.”

Whether you consider this tactful or not, it's reasonably accurate, and ironically, when he chose to delete his own tweets, under pressure, he helped make his own point.

(Edit after a tweet to notify T. Becket Adams he responded to inform me about an article he wrote elaborating on this incident About that moment last night with Carryn Owens, the widow of the slain Navy SEAL, 03/01/2017 which addressing the issue far better than most mainstream pundits; however it still doesn't address the many lies cited in this article and others that the traditional media rarely ever mentions.)

This is just one of the examples where high profile people were forced to delete their tweets under intimidation for questioning the narrative of this speech and similar incidents have been taking place for years including both conventions where family members of veterans who died were used for political reasons, willingly or not.

When politicians and the media use their propaganda to deceive the public into believing war is justified we're all victims of their deceit including the veterans who they betray with their propaganda who often sacrifice their lives for all the wrong reason! However preserving the lies to preserve the glory of veterans only means that more civilians and veterans will die based on lies!

The sad truth is that the political establishment has developed an indoctrination process to intimidate anyone that challenges their claims about fighting to defend our freedom. The military has also developed indoctrination methods that teach cadets to blindly believe what they're told to believe and obey orders.

I've gone into details of how most of our wars have been fought based on lies and that the claim that our veterans are "fighting for our freedom" is simply false may times; and so have numerous other people that have little or no access to the traditional media including Jacob G. Hornberger who wrote, American Soldiers Did Not Die Defending Our Freedom. Messages like this are completely absent from the traditional media; if they did manage to get onto the television they would be demonized by almost the entire political establishment. It is unlikely that they could or would use a rational argument since a close look at the history of warfare will expose many lies used to fight one war after another. This intimidation tactic successfully prevents rational review of the crimes of our political leaders; even when some of them argue against one war they routinely defend the myth that our military is being routinely used to defend freedom.

Even though I follow what I consider more progressive news outlets on the internet I rarely ever find any articles that come out and say it there either; unless I look for them specifically like Googling something like, "The myth of fighting to defend our freedom" and find numerous stories like US Troops Do Not Fight ‘To Keep Us Free’ 01/29/2014 pointing out that this is simply not true and that when Barack Obama uses veterans in his speech that were injured during the wars that he ordered on based on lies he's using his own victims to glorify his presidency, and not only are most veterans indoctrinated not to challenge this but so are almost all people.

I don't mean any disrespect to the vast majority of veterans and their families, but most if not all wars that we've been fighting for decades have been at least partially based on lies and could have been avoided. Even World War Two might have been avoided if the business community, including Henry Ford who was sympathetic to Hitler and former King Edward VIII who also supported Hitler and many others in power who appeased Hitler long before Neville Chamberlain was accused of appeasing him might have been avoided if they hadn't given him tacit approval at least, because they thought he was less of a threat than the communists.

Amazingly one of Hillary Clinton's former volunteers, or employees, Dan Grilo didn't seem to understand how this was such a propaganda master stroke which Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton Barack Obama and many presidents before him routinely use and called it out, even though his own party and allies use the same tactic in a manner that was incredibly crude when he said, “Sorry, Owens’ wife, you’re not helping yourself of your husband’s memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot. Trump just used you.” Becket Adams was much more polite and accurate and his comment was still demonized so badly that he felt he had to delete it. Dan Grilo was so hypocritical and rude that the response to him was even worse, at least partially justified in this case; and he was fired from his job and deleted his Twitter account and doesn't seem to be accessible on line anymore, except for the outraged comments about him.

First of all there's no guarantee that Carryn Owens was doing this for the reasons that Grilo clearly indicated although, regrettably she was being used by Donald Trump, even if that isn't what she intended. She may well have believed in the claim that he was fighting for our freedom. The military is much more caught up in this propaganda than the rest of the population; and in most cases, when they realize they've been used many of them leave the military, at least and in some cases, they join organizations like Veterans for Peace to expose the lies of our politicians.

These should be considered the real heroes that try to prevent future warts based on lies!

Another thing that most people overlook is that there is a strong possibility that this propaganda is causing a lot of conflict within the families that they use for propaganda as well as those where some of them see through the propaganda and challenge the lies and others emotionally defend veterans by refusing to consider possibility that they might have been betrayed by their leaders; in some cases this even leads to violence or even murder.

The Owens family clearly has some disagreements, and I hope they work them out among themselves, but this may only make things worse since William Owens clearly disagreed with this mission when he said, "Why at this time did there have to be this stupid mission when it wasn't even barely a week into his administration? Why? For two years prior, there were no boots on the ground in Yemen — everything was missiles and drones — because there was not a target worth one American life. Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?"

Did the Trump administration think about whether he was antagonizing arguments within this family or not? It appears as if his own reputation and the propaganda he used to at least try to glorify it is more important than additional damage that could be done; possibly because he doesn't think of how it could impact them any more than he seems to worry about if this raid was necessary; or if it was appropriate to do it the day after announcing the ban on seven countries possibly antagonizing allies he was relying on.

Whether or not politicians think about the damage they do their propaganda is incredibly successful and even though the evidence, assuming people are willing to look at it raises major doubts about whether or not many if any of these conflicts are worthwhile or not many of the people hurt the most by it often refuse to consider the possibility that they've been betrayed by their leaders because that would mean that they sacrificed for all the wrong reasons, not to defend freedom.

One Vietnam veteran nurse, Lynda Van Devanter, who wrote her biography seemed to have virtual admitted that she might have been in denial. At one point in her book, if I remember correctly she said that she had to believe that the war was for a good cause, because otherwise it would have meant that she sacrificed for all the wrong reasons.

Tammy Duckworth isn’t the worst when it comes to denial about the reasons for war and she’s not the strongest proponent for war, claiming that she wants to remind people “what the true costs of war are” when they “start beating the drums of war,” and she opposes air strikes in Syria; however a closer look may raise doubts about how strong her opposition to war is and if she really is questioning all the reasons for past wars or the activities that might st the stage for the next war and more after that.

What makes her more worth reviewing is that she does a much better job making it seem as if the glorification of war is justified and that all veterans are heroes that should be commended for “fighting for freedom,” even when this isn’t what they’re always doing.

It doesn’t look good to question the political positions of a double amputee when it comes to war propaganda; but that could be all the more reason why someone should if her opposition to some war could make it seem as if others that she might speak out for are worthwhile. Also Rep. Duckworth was one of the first congressmen to join the 'Ready for Hillary' movement in November of 2013 even though Hillary Clinton is one of the most outrageous among Democrats when it comes to supporting unjustified wars and her record as Secretary of State is outrageous from the point of view of anyone that opposes unjustified wars.

This is a strong and common sign that many progressives in congress may not be nearly as progressive as they pretend to be. How can you claim that your against unjustified wars or any other progressive position then turn around and endorse the worst candidate when it comes to those issues and often even fund raise for those candidates?

The congress is full of phony progressives that do exactly this; which enables them to come up with an enormous amount of propaganda indicating that they’re for progressive causes that inevitably fail partly because of the candidates they support opposing it!

Like many other phony progressives, her sounds much better than her actions and a closer look at her record raises even more doubts, even if she is a double amputee. I can’t rule out the possibility that she believes a lot of her own claims; she has been raised in the military and lived with this propaganda all her life judging by her own account. However, the glorification of veterans doesn’t change the fact that they’ve been betrayed by their leaders and they fight one war after another for lies not to “defend freedom.”

She describes her own beliefs in the following excerpts:

What I Learned at War ‘When my colleagues start beating the drums of war, I want to remind them what the true costs of war are.’ July/August 2015

.... What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with the camaraderie and sense of purpose that the military instills in you and even with the misery of training. The thing is, when we were exhausted and miserable, my fellow cadets and I were exhausted and miserable together. When the instructor yelled, he wasn’t singling anyone out, but yelling at all of us, together. It took all of us working as a team to succeed. .....

That day, and so many others when I served, illustrated the two most important lessons the military taught me: Never leave anyone behind—not on the battlefield and not in our country. And never put a service member in harm’s way without understanding the cost—the very real and very human cost—of war. ....

..... We will serve and serve proudly. We will go wherever the country needs us. I am not a dove. I believe strongly that if the country’s national security interests dictate that we put boots on the ground, then let’s do it and be aware of the true costs, both economic and human. I’m also not a reckless hawk, with scant appreciation for what the men and women in uniform—and their families—sacrifice every single day to keep the rest of us safe. Complete article

Her reference to “the misery of training” is a clear reference to boot camp where cadets are typically hazed and intimidated with rigorous training designed to teach them to blindly obey orders and, as she indicated develop a sense of loyalty among cadets; however this loyalty is often based on an environment of intimidation. Strict obedience to authority is routine in the military and they’re taught to believe what they’re told and not to challenge the claims from superiors. This is what enables political leaders and generals to lead us into war based on lies one time after another.

The claim that they “never leave anyone behind” sounds good; but it has never been true. Nor should it necessarily, if it means losing even more men than they might be able to retrieve; which brings us to her claim that they should “never put a service member in harm’s way without understanding the cost,” which not only sounds good but it is good, regrettably this doesn’t happen either.

Recently she said that she was opposed to the Iraq war; however this clearly didn’t go so far as to refuse to serve in it, which would have saved her legs. Apparently she was “working towards a Ph.D. in political science at Northern Illinois University,” when she was deployed to Iraq in 2004. If she already had political ambitions at this time it might explain why she wouldn’t want to refuse to fight in a war that she now claims that she opposed. By that time both Scott Ritter and Mohamed ElBaradei had reported that there were no weapons of mass destruction which was the justification for fighting this war, and they turned out to be right.

They had plenty of reason to believe that the war wasn’t worth the cost and refuse to go, since it was based on lies; but she didn’t do that. Nor did she have any doubts about Hillary Clinton later when she was among the first to endorse her. During the same interview, I think it was All In With Chris Hayes March 1st, she also said, or implied, that there should never be any doubt about veterans who sacrificed for their country like William “Ryan” Owens, or that they were fighting for freedom. It's not their fault that their leaders lied to them but regrettably when one war after another is based on lies they're simply not "fighting for our freedom!"

Her alleged opposition to the Iraq war, to the best of my knowledge, like Trump's opposition, wasn't made public until after even the mainstream media had to admit that the premise for the war was false. When it was going on she obeyed orders without question, and when it suited her propaganda purposes, including at the Democratic convention said she "started that day doing what I loved" which helps support the glorious image of camaraderie that the military often tries to portray as part of their effort to glorify the troops; and after her accident "surviving only because my buddies refused to leave me," which also supports the military image. However if she hadn't been fighting a war based on lies there never would have been a reason to lose her legs in the first place!

None of this propaganda ever mentions that the image of camaraderie isn't unconditional at all, as they might imply; it is based on intimidation and the assumption that everyone goes along with the program of their leaders which is a practice drilled into their heads during boot camp and continues throughout their military career! When people question the reasons for these wars it often escalates until either they go along with the program or face some form of retaliation.

Questioning this might have weakened the image of the military in some people eyes but it would save lots of lives; and ensure that we really did only fight wars to protect our freedom!

The claim that they're defending freedom could be put in more doubt when considering the comments of Rep. Ruben Gallego at the same convention who said "When we were kicking in doors looking for insurgents in Iraq...." without considering the many stories about kicking in doors of civilians and how this almost certainly led to more anger against the United States.

Just because it's easy for those who want to forget that the war is based on lies doesn't mean the victims of the bombing done by the United States will be so quick to forgot and if Americans considered that they would understand why many of them hate us and how wars based on lies does more to incite terrorism than prevent it!

The problem is of course just because the entire political establishment puts doubts about fighting for freedom off limits doesn’t change the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction and; more than that the United States routinely conducts activities that helped set the stage for these wars based on lies. In this case they armed Saddam Hussein in the eighties, when he was getting ready to invade Iraq the first time in the Spring of 1990 they remained silent and even when April Glaspie met with Saddam Hussein she said, “We have no opinion on your Arab – Arab conflicts, such as your dispute with Kuwait. Secretary (of State James) Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction, first given to Iraq in the 1960′s, that the Kuwait issue is not associated with America. (Saddam smiles)” (As reported in Gulf War Documents: Meeting between Saddam Hussein and US Ambassador to Iraq April Glaspie and WikiLeaks, April Glaspie, and Saddam Hussein by Stephen M. Walt) And there’s an incredibly long list of additional blunders including their arming of the mujahedin which later became the Taliban and Al Qaeda and arming of both sides of the Iran/Iraq and Syrian wars and many others that no traditional politician, including Tammy Duckworth ever mentions.

Mentioning these inconvenient facts are relegated to what the mainstream media tries to portray as fringe, even when the research is far more credible and consistent than the propaganda used to promote wars based on lies. There’s little or no chance that she could get any support from the political establishment if she challenged this anymore than any other candidate that speaks out about these things; and Duckworth had plenty of support from the traditional establishment including Gov. Rod Blagojevich who she endorsed in 2006 even though she knew he was under criminal investigation; and, with or without a Quid Pro Quo after losing her first run for office she was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs by Governor Rod Blagojevich.

She began her campaign for Congress less than two years after losing her legs, which presumably helped her image thanks to the belief that veterans who sacrificed should never be questioned about whether they were really fighting for freedom. I don’t like criticizing her after this loss but her political career clearly indicates that she had high political ambitions starting before losing her legs and catered to the political establishment when it advanced her career even if it didn’t agree with the beliefs that she was campaigning on, like typical politicians.

Her performance at the VA both in Illinois and at the federal level weren’t nearly as distinguished as her campaign claims indicate. She was sued for intimidating or wrongfully firing two employees in a case that dragged on for seven years and was settled against the wishes of the plaintiffs during the 2016 election season when she was running for Senate; and another whistle blower also expressed outrage that she wouldn’t read the report when she tried to expose additional problems at the VA; and she was also responsible when a contract for over five million dollars was exposed as fraudulent.

Her record at the VA hardly seems to agree with her rhetoric or the image that is given to the vast majority of the public. Apparently “she was credited with starting a program to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and veterans with brain injury.” However trying to address PTSD without acknowledging the problems often created by the intimidating environment in the military especially during boot camp training is not likely to address the full problems. Several veteran shootings after returning have been attributed to PTSD including Ivan Lopez and Eddie Ray Routh both involved in high profile shootings and never saw combat; but they did have arguments with other veterans, which may have been related to the culture of intimidation in the military.

There's an enormous amount of denial about this subject as well reporting the majority of these shootings briefly and often only at the local level so that the vast majority of the public doesn't know how often they occur. There are also several studies indicating that veterans have greater problems with domestic violence as well including abusing both their wives and often their children too.

The government provides enormous profits for corporations that profit off of war; and they don't seem to have a problem paying those corporations, many that donate an enormous amount of money to campaigns; but the veterans run into problems pone time after another when it comes to getting treatment for PTSD or many other things.

Like many other politicians Tammy Duckworth's rhetoric and the fact that she's a disabled war veteran sound great but if you look at the history behind it it's not hard to find that it doesn't stand up to scrutiny. Regrettably few if any politicians that get the support of the political establishment of the consolidated media ever do stand up to scrutiny and potential candidates from the grass roots almost never get any coverage from the media.

The Constitution doesn't say that elected officials shall be required to collect campaign contributions from oligarchies before the media will be required to provide them the coverage they need to get name recognition; however that is exactly the system we have; without full understanding or informed consent by most of the public.

We have a massive political establishment that spends an enormous amount of money and research to study how to manipulate and control the public instead of addressing their concerns as a true democracy would.

I don't like criticizing a double amputee anymore than anyone else; and before she was elected she was betrayed by the politicians that led us into war based on lies and she paid for that with her legs.

But now, for one reason or another, she's using this for political reasons, and appears as concerned about her own political career if not more than about taking care of veterans. She may have started out as a victim but she's now part of the "politically brilliant" propaganda effort; and glorifying wars based on lies indirectly, by glorifying the veterans, and demonizing anyone that points out that they weren't "fighting for freedom," will only help with the propaganda for more wars based on lies.

Her defense of Hillary Clinton, Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Niranjan Shah and other members of the political establishment is far more reliable than her defense of veterans or the vast majority of the public!

At least when it counts!

The following are additional sources for some of the conclusions pointed out here:

Wikipedia: Tammy Duckworth

U.S. Investigators criticize Veterans Affairs, Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth over scandal 03/07/2016

Regarding Duckworth, who is now running for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, Clarno said, “Well, you know that’s the frustration. I went to her because I am one of her constituents. I went to her numerous times, emailed many times, trying to elicit her help on what was going on at Hines. I never felt that she wanted to hear exactly what was going on, and I don’t know why.”

Clarno also said of Duckworth, ” You know, we had the facts, we had the data, Doctor Nee and I met with her back, last fall, so I brought Dr. Nee and we had piles of evidence to share with her. It was disheartening when we were at the meeting and we were talking about the O-I-G report that was done in cardiology and she had not read the report. So it was really upsetting….. I really thought going to Tammy Duckworth, that she would be the one who would stand up and say ‘this has gotta stop’.”​ (For Duckworth's response or additional details see article

BREAKING: Hines VA Whistleblower On Duckworth: "I Went To Her Numerous Times" 03/07/2016

Sound familiar? Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth accused of retaliation at VA 06/24/2016

Duckworth Lawsuit to Continue After Plaintiffs Reject Settlement 07/27/2017

Illinois AG: Duckworth lawsuit settlement final 07/28/2016

Dem Senate Candidate Tammy Duckworth Blasted For Wasting $5 Million As A VA Official 06/22/2016

What I Learned at War Summer 2015

Rep. Duckworth is 'Ready for Hillary' 11/11/2013

Wikileaks emails bring back Tammy Duckworth’s old political friends — Shah and Blagojevich 08/03/2016

The recent document dump that forced the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and some of her top assistants includes some interesting nuggets about Niranjan Shah – who, like Duckworth, has deep ties to Illinois’ king of corruption, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Shah, CEO of Globetrotters Engineering, was a big-time Illinois campaign donor to Democratic Party causes. He fell out of favor, however, after resigning as University of Illinois board chairman following a Chicago Tribune series exposed an admissions scandal at the university.

Influential politicians and appointees, including Shah, used their political connections to gain favorable treatment for family members and friends, according to the Tribune. Shah’s son-in-law got a job at the university thanks to Shah’s political sway.

Leaked emails show DNC officials blacklisting Shah from events at the White House. ....

“Companies associated with Shah received more than $30 million in state contracts over a five-year period while giving $53,000 to Blagojevich… Shah also hosted a fundraiser at his home for Blagojevich,” according to a story last month in the newspaper. Shah has donated $11,600 to Duckworth’s campaign, most of it going toward the U.S. representative’s House election efforts. The donor most recently wrote a check for $1,000 to Duckworth’s Senate campaign last September, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Duckworth cashed Shah’s campaign check, readily accepting the donation of a man with a checkered political past. The congresswoman, too, stood by Blagojevich, even as he was being investigated for “epidemic hiring fraud.” .... For additional details see article.

‘American Sniper’ Widow Demands Apology From John McCain For Undermining Efforts Of Fallen Navy Seal William Ryan Owens 03/0/2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mika Accidentally Tells Truth About Indoctrination

Mika Brzezinski seems to have told the truth about her efforts, along with the consolidated corporate media controlled by only six oligarchies, to control what the public thinks with their propaganda. When she quickly corrected this claim saying it was obviously not what she meant many well informed people didn't fall for it, as the following article points out; and there is a growing amount of evidence including newly declassified documents (farther below) that prove the viewers that didn't fall for her weak denials were right:

MSNBC's Brzezinski: Trump Thinks He Can "Control Exactly What People Think," But That's "Our Job" 02/22/2017

The hosts of MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' comment on President Trump's efforts to "undermine the media."

Co-host Mika Brzezinski commented Wednesday morning that she is upset to see President Trump has moved in on the media's turf when it comes to the area of mind control.

"He is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts," she said about Trump. "And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think."

"And that, that is our job," she noted, referring to the media.

She tweeted later that she "said the media's job was to keep President Trump from making up his own facts, NOT that it's our job to control what people think."

"Of course, that is obvious from the transcript but some people want to make up their own facts. SAD!" she tweeted next, mimicking the president.

Some of her Twitter followers disagreed: Complete article

Only the most credulous and complacent people might be inclined to believe that it is so "obvious" that they're not trying to control what people think if they can get away with it. If they hadn't been steadily increasing hype for decades while cutting away at the most relevant reporting then they might be able to fool many more people; but now anyone that is paying a little bit of attention must realize that something is wrong with the media.

The strongest evidence for this isn't even secret; so it is virtually impossible to dismiss it as fringe conspiracy theory; although the traditional media rarely ever discusses it. Well over ninety percent of national media is now controlled by six oligarchies. This means that a small fraction of one percent of the richest people control almost all the media in the country; this is exactly what the First Amendment was supposed to protect.

This is not hard to confirm and I did so in previous articles including Tracking the elite ruling class and The existence of a ruling class is undeniable! based on public information that can be easily confirmed, although the media routinely ignores it. This blatantly contradicts the intention of the First Amendment and the core principles of democracy, since the public needs access to diverse ideas and they have to hear from candidates that represent many points of view in order for democracy to be successful.

In order to get elected to any higher office the first thing any candidate needs is name recognition, then they need to convince the public that they represent their views best. With a consolidated media in the hands of six oligarchies they can prevent any candidate they disapprove of from getting the name recognition to become a viable candidate, at least for national and statewide elections in large states. They can also give the candidates they approve of in smaller local elections major advantages even if they can't completely rig all of them.

This gives them an opportunity to rig or virtually rig most elections, effectively making a mockery of the democratic process.

The only reason a large portion of the public isn't aware of it is that they're either highly complacent or not well educated and highly susceptible to propaganda. A lie repeated often enough often seems like the truth and the media, advertising industry, and political establishment is aware of this and many other manipulation tactics, which they routinely use, as indicated by pundits like Frank Luntz who virtually confesses to sabotaging democratic process for clients.

Another one of the most blatant examples of how they've been misusing this consolidation of the traditional media is how they report on how the United States is the "leader of the free world," and that they're always fighting to "defend democracy," as they often put it, but even a close look at a simple list of all the interventions that they've had since WWII or back even further, raises doubts about that; and if people look into the details of these wars it is clear that they rarely if ever fight to defend democracy but instead fight to serve the interests of many of the riches people in the world.

Regrettably many people want to believe that they're fighting to defend democracy, so they believe the propaganda that is handed to them by their government and the commercial media unwittingly help with the crimes of their leaders, that are betraying them.

A small sample of the blatantly undemocratic activities by the United States include coups in Iran, Guatemala, and Chile, the War in Vietnam after they declared independence from France, writing their own Declaration of Independence that adopted some of the principles from the United States Declaration of Independence along with similar declarations from France and much more. That war was never about Communism, which was only an excuse published in American news but the Vietnamese weren't as committed to it as local propaganda indicated. They were never inclined to invade the United States and the government we were fighting against had far more popular support from their own people than they tyrants starting with Ngo Dinh Diem an later with generals that the Vietnamese never supported because they terrorized their own people to serve the interests of US corporations.

There were major problems with most if not all the other confrontations with countries that the United States routinely demonizes including both Cuba and Iran. In both these cases their leaders do have major problems but they overthrew tyrants that were supported by the United States; and instead of trying to address their legitimate grievances the US tried to restore the same tyrannical regimes or close allies so they could continue doing the interests of US corporations. In both cases the United States was involved in more atrocities against them than they were against the US. Neither of them ever tried to invade and most if not all of the activities against the United States by them were in retaliation for attempted coups or for inspiring the invasion of Iran by Iraq. The United States supplied weapons to both sides of the Iran/Iraq War and made numerous attempts to assassinate Castro.

These have been admitted to by the United States government, although they repeat their propaganda much more often and remain silent when some of the most extreme right wingers contradict the truth with their claims accompanied by emotional appeals.

They could never do this if they didn't have a consolidated media trying to control what the public thinks.

Here are a couple lists of the interventions along with an estimate of the people that have been killed by the United States government; if anyone that is accustomed to United States Propaganda doubts this they're welcome to check the details of any given conflict with their own research, then their beliefs will be based on the quality of their own research not just US propaganda or my own claims to the contrary along with alternative media outlets.

List of countries the USA has bombed since the end of World War II as of 2011.

History of U.S. Military Interventions since 1890 up to 2014

US Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II 01/29/2017

If anyone doubts the reliability of alternative media outlets that the mainstream media is now trying to portray as "Russian propaganda" they should keep in mind that many of the best ones often cite the traditional media reports that are often reported at a relatively low profile manner and declassified documents from the US government that are also often buried where most people never look at them. so in many cases they're citing actual admission from the United States government that often contradicts their propaganda.

On top of that there has been an enormous amount of additional evidence for this for decades and it continues to grow including with recently declassified documents reported by Washington's Blog, that show that even before the media consolidated into six oligarchies they were heavily influenced by the CIA. Unless people are accustomed to checking with alternative media outlets they're not likely to hear about this report and many more. Some of them might be exaggerations but I suspect that if you do your own confirmation and research you might find, as I did that a large portion of it is very reliable, often including the most important parts, while other portions are not quite so certain and some exaggeration are used to stereotype criticism and dismiss the most reliable research along with the worst.

Newly-Declassified Documents Show that a Senior CIA Agent and Deputy Director of the Directorate of Intelligence Worked Closely with Owners and Journalists with Many of the Largest Media Outlets 02/27/2017

Newly-declassified documents show that a senior CIA agent and Deputy Director of the Directorate of Intelligence worked closely with the owners and journalists of many of the largest media outlets:

The United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities found in 1975 that the CIA submitted stories to the American press:

(For video from Church Committee see complete article at Washington's Blob below.)

Wikipedia adds details:

After 1953, the network was overseen by Allen W. Dulles, director of the CIA. By this time, Operation Mockingbird had a major influence over 25 newspapers and wire agencies. The usual methodology was placing reports developed from intelligence provided by the CIA to witting or unwitting reporters. Those reports would then be repeated or cited by the preceding reporters which in turn would then be cited throughout the media wire services.

The Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) was funded by siphoning off funds intended for the Marshall Plan [i.e. the rebuilding of Europe by the U.S. after WWII]. Some of this money was used to bribe journalists and publishers.

In 2008, the New York Times wrote:

During the early years of the cold war, [prominent writers and artists, from Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to Jackson Pollock] were supported, sometimes lavishly, always secretly, by the C.I.A. as part of its propaganda war against the Soviet Union. It was perhaps the most successful use of “soft power” in American history.

A CIA operative told Washington Post owner Philip Graham … in a conversation about the willingness of journalists to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories:

You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.

Famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein wrote in 1977:

More than 400 American journalists … in the past twenty‑five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters.

Complete article

If there wasn't a significant amount of truth to these disclosures then why haven't more diverse media reported on the many lies justifying war before they happen? Actually they have but they're only alternative media outlets considered fringe, but one time after another, they're proven to be right, after the fact, when it is to late to change it.

One of the most obvious and partially disclosed operative for the CIA working with the CIA is Anderson Cooper as disclosed in numerous relatively low profile articles including, CNN’s Anderson Cooper confronted about his CIA connections… his response may surprise you! (transcript) 11/05/2015 (video) Anderson Cooper responded to this with ridicule and acted as if something as old as the fifties is no longer relevant. If anyone that a decent reporter was interviewing responded that way they would consider it evasive and it would raise suspicions; even Anderson Cooper would have been skeptical unless he was involved in something he wanted to hide.

Anderson Cooper also responded to these claims in 2006 when he wrote about My summer job ... nearly 20 years ago 09/06/2006 in a similar way that dealt with it through ridicule and didn’t address many of the most important issues. He dismisses his internship at the CIA as just a trivial irrelevant job; however it is the only training he had before he got his first job at Channel One which should also be considered with suspicion since as I’ll explain is targeting children with indoctrination.

This article also has an enormous amount of support from the comments section complementing him. These comments came in almost immediately and if there are any critical ones a reader would have to sort through a lot of mindless fluff.

If you click on the “Add a Comment,” it says, “Comments are moderated by CNN, in accordance with the CNN Comment Policy, and may not appear on this blog until they have been reviewed and deemed appropriate for posting. Also, due to the volume of comments we receive, not all comments will be posted.” It seems too positive to me, and I although I have no evidence, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that these comments were staged to distract, one way or another. Now it is over ten years later and if you click on the “Continue to the comment form.” After receiving that message you get an error indicating that comments are closed but they don’t seem to have any beyond the first night. For all I know it may have been posted at a time when they knew that positive feedback from friendly responders could come quickly; and, I can’t even rule out the possibility that they might have censored truly critical comments. Anyone that has looked closely at the history of the CIA might understand why I can’t rule out the possibility that this is staged; but even if it isn’t it doesn’t address any of the most important issues about the problems with either the media or the CIA.

Discussion about this subject almost never makes it onto the mainstream media.

Nor do they discuss whether they ever sign non-disclosure agreements when they conduct interviews with corporations, or even with their own employers, or at least not in a high profile manner. One of the exceptions was posted at Quora, where most people are highly unlikely to find it, When should journalists sign or decline a Non-Disclosure Agreement? 2011 This discussion indicates that it isn’t entirely disclosed and that many journalists don’t follow the same practices, indicating that the issue is inconclusive at best. It is generally agreed that this is a bad idea but some of the respondents have admitted to doing so. One thing they don’t come out and say is that a Non-Disclosure Agreement is clearly a contract that requires the participants to participate in a conspiracy, although they practically never call it that, nor do they discuss the definition often, instead repeating the propaganda about it over and over again creating misleading stereotypes. A conspiracy is when more than one people conduct secret discussions or activities that impact the public and the Non-Disclosure Agreement’s clearly fit that definition. However by avoiding much if any discussion of the definition of a conspiracy they can repeat propaganda making it seem justifiable to keep many activities that impact the public secret and they can, and do, ridicule anyone that says otherwise

Many of the most important research about this is done in alternative media outlets where few people read or watch, which should raise doubts about whether the media is trying their best to report the news, especially when people who check alternative media outlets routinely find better reporting, once they learn to sort out the most reliable sources.

Also both Mika Brzezinski and Anderson Cooper come from well connected and rich families along with most of the other high profile media pundits and anchors. When the vast majority of the media is controlled by the rich and they often give preferential treatment to coverage that preserves their control of the political and economic systems that raises major doubts about the traditional media.

It is easy to dismiss this as fringe conspiracy theories, especially after looking at some of the least reliable alternative media outlets; however, even if the worst include a lot of exaggerations, and even outright lies, many of them come up with much more thorough reporting and, at times, if you sort through the exaggerations it is clear that the traditional media isn't reporting all the news.

Sometimes even the least reliable fringe conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones, who I rarely read or watch comes closer to the truth than the traditional media; however when that happens it is advisable to find corroboration through a more reliable source when possible, or maintain a reasonable amount of skepticism.

For one reason or another most conspiracy theorists overlook one of the most important aspects of Anderson Cooper's career that indicates that with or without a CIA connection, he's got his start providing propaganda to children working for Channel One as his Wikipedia article indicates. Roy Fox did a thorough research into this in the nineties and found that the advertising to kids is heavily influencing their education in a negative way as I reported in Roy Fox Harvesting Minds, Channel One Indoctrination of Kids and Roy F Fox on unethical targeting of children by marketers where he explained why he thought that this should be fully disclosed.

This subject has also received very little attention and the research backing it up comes from some academics that are usually much better than most conspiracy theorists and do an excellent job showing the work that lead them to their conclusions. Additional authors who have exposed how advertising to children at an early age interferes with their ability to develop critical thinking skills include child psychologist Susan Linn author of Consuming Kids and Economist and Sociologist Juliet Schor author of Born to Buy. They demonstrated that indoctrination of children starting at an early age, through advertising in school or at home, may be as important, if not more important than indoctrination of adults through a consolidated corporate media.

Most of the coverage about school reform is about the increased use of Charter Schools which are increasingly becoming dominated by for profit corporations that often put money ahead of education. This is as important as well; and once again the best criticism of it happens at the grassroots level. There is an overwhelming opposition to this when people are well informed, or in many cases after they try it and see how disastrous it is but the mainstream media still gives preferential treatment to those that keep pushing a failed experiment.

Mika Brzezinski's own father, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who apparently came from Polish nobility (or "szlachta" in Polish), has been involved in propaganda much longer than she has, and some of the hardest to believe quotes from him aren't that hard to confirm by searching the internet. Apparently over the years one way or another many of his activities have been exposed; but like most other controversial news or history that challenges the establishment ideology and attempts to control the public it hardly ever gets reported.

As I said when searching through some of these conspiracy theories some of them might turn out to be exaggerations or outright lies, so don't take my word for it; do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

However you might, find, as I did that mixed in with the exaggerations and outright lies is often more credible research exposing additional details about how the ruling class, whether it's through the CIA, mainstream media, control of education systems or large corporations is trying to control what the public think.

The most effective way to prevent this is to learn as much as possible about their indoctrination tactics and to get news from more diverse sources with better peer review.

The following are some related articles or sources:

Wikipedia: Manuscript Society

Wikipedia: Operation Mockingbird

Wikipedia: Anderson Cooper: Channel One

Anderson Cooper's CIA Secret 10/27/2008

My summer job ... nearly 20 years ago 09/06/2006

CNN's Anderson Cooper Admits Working for the CIA - Operation Mockingbird Asset Exposed! Mark Dice 09/20/2014

When should journalists sign or decline a Non-Disclosure Agreement? 2011

“Shortly, the public will be unable to reason or think for themselves. They’ll only be able to parrot the information they’ve been given on the previous night’s news.“ Zbigniew Brzezinski

“Speaking of a future at most only decades away, an experimenter in intelligence control asserted, ‘I foresee a time when we shall when we shall have the means and therefore, inevitably, the temptation to manipulate the behavior and intellectual functioning of all the people through environmental and biochemical manipulation of the brain.’” Zbigniew Brzezinski

"It used to be easier to control a million people than to kill them, but today it is infinitely easier to kill one million people than to kill them!" Zbigniew Brzezinski

VIDEO: Brzezinski’s Feared “Global Awakening” Has Arrived 01/29/2011

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wal-Mart Crime report February 2017

There were at least nine shootings on Walmart property or very close to it; one of them may have been off their property, but due to a relatively new pattern of behavior of referring to shootings “in the parking lot” as be “near Walmart” by the media it is hard to tell with that one. The shooting referred to as being near Walmart resulted in a death; another one that was on the property also resulted in a death of someone who was stealing diapers killed by a concealed carry pedestrian, who was charged with murder; and three more serious injuries. This includes several officer involved shootings, either by firing back or to pursue suspects. At least one of these shootings was to shoot at an employee.

There were also at least two other murder suspects that were either arrested at Walmart or that bought their ammunition there. There were at least eight or nine additional gun related crimes including attempts to steal guns a road rage argument and a threat to shoot up both the Walmart and a nearby school which turned out to be false.

There were at least two additional murders on the premises including a stabbing in the parking lot and another incident where one contractor hired by Walmart killed his co-worker. Cities in New York Colorado and Tennessee are all investigating whether they have greater crime problems at Walmart, which isn’t really news at all. This ahs been going on for years but for the last six months or so there has been a steady supply of newspapers and police departments that are all of a sudden paying much more attention to it.

Unfortunately there is little or no chance that they’re doing much to improve it. There haven’t been new stories about attempts to privatize security but there are quite a few in the past year indicating that this is one of the most important aspects of Walmart's response to this. The lack of new reporting on the root causes indicates they’re continuing with those attempts.

Instead of trying to figure out how to recognize and reduce crime they’re trying to figure out how they can use this to increase their profits even more.

They had at least four arsons at their stores including one that was designed as a distraction to cover up shoplifting. This seems to be a semi-regular event although they never seem to get away with it since it is on camera and arson added to shoplifting guarantees they’ll try harder to catch them; but people that do this aren’t the most rational people in the world so they don’t seem to care. There were also over a dozen major accidents at Walmart many of them that were intentional after either arguments or shoplifting attempts, including one that was an armed robbery; another one where they tried to hit a cop; and another that killed the victim. There were additional minor accidents, most of which probably don’t even get reported in the news.

Orlando is having more than their share of incidents at their Walmart store. Last month a police officer was shot and killed; this month two of the shootings, including the one where a diaper thief was killed, took place there and on the first of March they had a stabbing at the Walmart gas station where a former employee killed a current employee

They had at least a dozen additional assaults, stabbings and a couple kidnappings. Once again when someone decided to steal their alcohol they drank it on the premises before pulling the hair of the employee that caught her and another responded by head butting another employee when he tried to stop him. Another politician got caught shoplifting at Walmart although he didn’t get involved in any assaults.

Walmart has been involved in at least three more scandals for fraudulent advertising of some sort including a legal settlement for misleading labels about the environment; a fine for scale violations and a lawsuit about falsely claiming that they have craft beer. These kinds of deception have been routine for Walmart for years if not decades and they routinely get caught and find ways to sweep them under the rig as cheaply as possible yet they keep doing them.

Buyer should always beware at Walmart! You would think they would be concerned about preserving their reputation; but perhaps thanks to sympathetic politicians and media they don’t feel the need.

They have protests from women, environmentalists, minorities and just about everyone else! They don’t seem to care about who they piss off. They’ve been voted the worst grocer again in Britain. The basic premise of the free enterprise is supposed to be that the stores that no on like go out of business.

Why is it that not only are they not going out of business but they’re dominating the market?

Is there any way they could do this without overwhelming support from both the media and political establishment?

This isn’t a free enterprise system at all!

And they’re suing their political clout to expand into many more markets with little or no hope for any advantages for workers or consumers. One of the trivial acquisitions is Patagonia but they’re not even trying to offer any price advantages or improve services. This is a blatant oligarchy being built with political connections.

The list of incredibly bizarre incidents grows every month including a many swinging swords at customers another many threatening to stab someone with contaminated needles, which has become semi-routine and reports of maggots in plastic bags.

Compared to this an attempt to get hit by a falling Walmart sign so he could sue is relatively mild, especially since it didn’t fall and would have been caught on camera so it wouldn’t have worked anyway.

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. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in February 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.

Third person charged in drug-related Mich. Walmart double homicide 02/01/2017

Walmart briefly locked down after report of man with gun 02/01/2017

Lawsuit: Woman claims excessive force by Homewood Alabama police at Dec. Walmart arrest 02/01/2017

A black woman who was taken to the floor and handcuffed inside the Walmart in Homewood by police after she refused to let them search her purse has filed a federal civil rights and excessive force lawsuit.

The incident sparked protests.

Attorneys for Brenda Rivers filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Birmingham. The lawsuit names Homewood's police department and officer Corey Lenard as defendants. Complete article

Woman falsely detained in Homewood Walmart speaks at press conference 02/10/2017

Woman encounters peeper in east Charlotte NC Walmart bathroom 02/01/2017

Florence SC police asking for help identifying man after indecent exposure at Walmart 02/01/2017

Man accused of choking daughter outside Round Rock Tx. Wal-Mart 02/01/2017

A man is accused of choking his 12-year-old daughter until she lost consciousness Tuesday outside a Walmart in Round Rock after she received a citation for shoplifting, according to an arrest affidavit.

Steven Minor, 47, was charged with family violence strangulation and injury to a child, both third-degree felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison each.

An officer gave the 12-year-old girl a citation for shoplifting at the store at 2701 Interstate 35 South on Tuesday, an affidavit said. Officers called her parents, who both arrived at the store, according to the affidavit.

It said officers then went back into the store to talk to employees until a witness told them a male was assaulting a female on the side of the store. The officers went outside and met with the girl, who had a bump on the left side of her head, the affidavit said.

It said the girl’s mother told police the girl and Minor were arguing about the shoplifting incident while leaving the store when Minor grabbed his daughter by the throat and pushed her against a wall.

Minor “then began strangling the victim to the point that her legs began to buckle and she lost consciousness,” the affidavit said. He then released her and she began to fall forward, according to the affidavit.

It said Minor punched her across the face, which caused her to fall to the ground where he punched her several more times. Complete article

Walmart to pay $1M in suit over misleading labels on products 02/0/2017

Walmart will pay about a $1 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it illegally sold plastic products in stores and online that were misleadingly labeled “biodegradable” or “compostable,” prosecutors said Wednesday.

The selling of items with disingenuous labeling is in violation of California law. The action was filed in Napa County by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and 22 of her counterparts throughout the state.

The retail giant agreed to fork over $875,000 in civil penalties and an additional $50,000 to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to fund testing of plastic products., a subsidiary of Walmart, will pay an additional $15,000 in civil penalties. Complete article

Woman Scams Walmart Out of $99 Gift Card, Police Allege Laura Fe Ramos, 35, of Newport, RI said she needed money to feed her children. 02/01/2017

Arrest at Walmart leads to a year in prison for Watertown NY woman 02/01/2017

Police: Man found dead in Ill. Walmart parking lot, overdose suspected 02/01/2017

Murder suspect arrested at NC Walmart 02/01/2017

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) — US Marshals arrested a man wanted for murder in Columbus County at a Wilmington Walmart Tuesday night.

According to a spokesperson with the US Marshals, Charles Grant Wilson, 43, of Shallotte, was arrested around 9 p.m. at the Walmart off Market Street. Bonnie Suzanne Hewett, 37, of Rocky Point, was also taken into custody.

Wilson is accused of killing Marion A. Shaw, 65, of Riegelwood. Deputies found Shaw’s body inside a home in the 22000 block of Andrew Jackson Highway East in Bolton on Monday. Officials said he suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body Complete article

Police: Teen arrested for lighting NY Walmart merchandise on fire 02/01/2017

Gates, N.Y. – One person has been arrested in connection with damaging property inside of a Walmart.

Gates police say 16-year-old Adeosun Hughes allegedly damaged a box of furniture by lighting it on fire on January 19.

They say he has been arrested for arson in the fifth degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Complete article

Same crime, different suspects: More TVs stolen from Fairfax Ohio Walmart 02/01/2017

Police: NJ Walmart employee struck by car intentionally in parking lot 02/02/2017

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (WPVI) -- Police have arrested the suspect accused of intentionally hit a man with his car in the parking lot of a New Jersey Walmart.

It happened around 7 a.m. Thursday on the 100 block of Nassau Park Boulevard in West Windsor, Mercer County.

Police say the driver of a light colored sedan believed to be a Cadillac took off after he struck the pedestrian.

The victim, a Hamilton resident, is believed to be a Walmart employee. It's unclear why he was targeted. Complete article

Video released in Walmart hit-and-run, man charged 02/03/2017

Social media users help New Jersey State Police ID Walmart TV thief 02/02/2017

KPD debunks Kenai Alaska Walmart bomb threats 02/02/2017

Employee accused of stealing over $1,000 from Minn. Walmart 02/02/2017

Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest in Rome NY Walmart Larceny 02/03/2017

Police: Lisbon woman left child alone in Ohio Walmart parking lot 02/02/2017

Petition filed by Apple Valley, Ca. Wal-Mart denied by Court of Appeal 02/02/2017

Driver, 82, hits 3 people at Uniondale NY Walmart bus stop, police say 02/03/2017

An East Meadow woman lost control of her sedan in a Uniondale parking lot Thursday and plowed into three people at a bus stop, seriously injuring one of them, Nassau police said.

The driver’s Toyota Corolla mounted a curb at the Walmart parking lot on Jerusalem Avenue at about 2:45 p.m., went through a fence and hit three women at the bus stop in front of the store, police said.

The victims, ages 58, 42 and 37, were admitted to an area hospital, police said. The 58-year-old victim was in serious condition Thursday night with head trauma, while the other two suffered leg injuries, police said. Complete article

Local man suspected in Ohio Walmart thefts 02/03/2017

Stolen vehicle discovered at Devils Lake ND Wal-Mart, chase suspect at large 02/03/2017

A man facing an attempted murder charge was at large Friday night after shooting at a state trooper, kidnapping a baby and crisscrossing northeast North Dakota in multiple stolen vehicles, authorities say.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol and other agencies have been looking for 23-year-old Daniel Michael Two Hearts since late Thursday.

Law enforcement agencies say he fired a 9 mm at State Trooper Eric Rumple during a chase that spanned two counties Thursday night, according to a news release. The Traill County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Two Hearts with the Class A attempted murder felony, which carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The Highway Patrol said Two Hearts abandoned a stolen 2013 GMC Sierra at the Devils Lake Wal-Mart shortly before 3 p.m. Friday. The vehicle was the fourth -- including three stolen vehicles -- Two Hearts used to elude police. Complete article

Man Arrested After Snorting Heroin, Passing Out with Child in Huntington WV Walmart 02/03/2017

Officers have arrested a man after he was found unconscious in a Huntington Walmart with a young child Wednesday.

Troopers responded the Walmart on U.S. Route 60 in Huntington on the evening of February 1st, 2017, where they discovered Nathan Ferguson had passed out in the electronics section of the store.

Ferguson had a 1-year-old child with him when he passed out. Complete article

Fifth bomb threat called in at Ill. Walmart 02/03/2017

Bomb threat, suspicious package briefly close West Union Ohio Wal-Mart 02/03/2017

Hanover Pa. Walmart greeter: A hug got me fired 02/03/2017

Less than a week after a Walmart employee was fired from the South Hanover store after he grabbed a scooter ridden by a child in the store, another longtime greeter got the boot because, he believes, a child hugged him at the store.

Henry Sutherland, 80, no longer works at the 1881 Baltimore Pike location, company spokesman Charles Crowson said. Crowson declined further comment.

Days after Ken Emerick was terminated, Sutherland learned he was losing his job on Tuesday, a decision he said "came from corporate."

Sutherland said he believes his firing stemmed from a December incident when a girl, about 6 or 7 years old he estimated, hugged him after he gave her a sticker.

"She hugged me, but I don’t remember if I hugged her or not," he said. Complete article

Orange County Fla. deputies respond to Walmart, Citgo gas station shooting 02/04/2017

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orange County Sheriff's Office and Orange County Fire Rescue crews responded to an incident on Clarcona Ocoee Road Saturday morning.

Deputies blocked off an area Walmart with police tape. Multiple deputies were also seen at a nearby Citgo gas station that was blocked off, but have not said if the two are related.

One person was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound, OCFR said. Complete article

Amanda Castro: Witnesses tell me a man was shot in the Walmart parking lot, then ran across the street to this Citgo gas station @news6wkmg #News6

Amanda Castro: We're hearing reports the possible shooting started off as an auto accident. We see this crash in the Walmart parking lot @news6wkmg

Suspected diaper thief dead after shooting at Walmart, deputies say 02/04/2017

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident that happened Saturday on Clarcona Ocoee Road.

Deputies responded to a call at 8:12 a.m. about a shooting at a Walmart and a person with gunshot wounds at a Citgo. ...

The Sheriff's Office said that four people were trying to steal "shopping cart-fulls" of baby items and load them into a car, which had been carjacked in January, when a Walmart employee confronted them in the parking lot, deputies said.

"I think what was being stolen, I believe, was Pampers, or some type of baby diapers," Sheriff's Office Capt. Angelo Nieves said. ...

The suspects remain at large and the man who fled to the Citgo was taken to a hospital, deputies said. The 19-year-old man was later pronounced dead.

Wal-Mart customer who fatally shot alleged diaper thief also hit second suspect, cops say 02/05/2017

Stealing diapers not a reason to kill, says mother of shoplifter slain outside Orlando Walmart 02/07/2017

Charges likely for shooter who killed Walmart shoplifter, deputies say 02/07/2017

Lancaster man steals $300 security systems from Ephrata Pa. Walmart twice in 5 days 02/05/2017

A Lancaster man is facing charges after stealing the same $300 security system from the same Ephrata store twice in five days, authorities said.

Osvaldo D. Felix, 45, was initially charged after police responded for a vehicle parked illegally in a handicapped space at Walmart, 890 E. Main St., on Jan. 21.

Officers watched as he got in the car with the unpaid merchandise, police said.

Felix was charged with retail theft and committed to Lancaster County Prison on a separate warrant. He was released from prison Jan. 25, according to authorities.

The following day, Felix stole the same security system from the same Walmart and additional retail theft charges were filed, police said. Officials said video surveillance was used to identify him in the second theft.

Felix did not appear to be in custody as of Sunday afternoon. Complete article

Body discovered in woods next to Somersworth New Hampshire Walmart 02/05/2017

3 cats living at the Atascocita Tx. Walmart receive eviction notice 02/05/2017 She has named the three female cats Cute Face, Funny Face and Pretty Face, and said they have not previously caused a problem at the store.

Bomb threat at north Medford Oregon Walmart 02/04/2017

York County Pa. teen delivers signatures to Walmart to get popular greeter’s job reinstated 02/04/2017

POLICE BLOTTER: Boy paints Fla. Walmart, hides behind diapers 02/06/2017

Fort Lauderdale Fla. Wal-Mart evacuated after reported bomb threat; no device found 02/04/2017

Walmart tops list of Colorado Springs businesses with most police calls 02/06/2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — Do you ever get that uneasy feeling when you’re shopping or dining out, worrying you might not be in a safe place?

We found out which locations may not be the safest by analyzing where Colorado Springs police had to visit most often in 2016.

The top six locations were:

Walmart at 3201 East Platte Avenue – 1,108 calls
Memorial Hospital at 1400 East Boulder Street – 922 calls
Walmart at 1575 Space Center Drive – 918 calls
Walmart at 707 South Eighth Street – 727 calls
Memorial Park at 1605 East Pikes Peak Avenue – 661 calls
Citadel Mall at 750 Citadel Drive – 574 calls

We went to the Walmart on East Platte Avenue to see how bad the problem is. This Walmart has a lot of frequent shoppers.

“I am not really surprised. I see police here all the time,” said shopper Cindy Hair. Complete article

Two Men Arrested for Separate Thefts at Herkimer NY Wal-Mart 02/06/2017

Man arrested for hitting pedestrian with car at Abilene Tx. Walmart 02/06/2017

ABILENE, Texas - A 51-year-old Grand Prairie man is accused of intentionally hitting a pedestrian with his car in the parking lot of the Neighborhood Walmart in the 1600 block of Ambler Avenue. Police say Tony Gardner, whose birthplace was listed as Stamford, appeared to be intoxicated when they arrived on scene. A police report said the victim suffered serious injuries. Complete article

Donald Trump And Paul Ryan Are Taking On Walmart And The Koch Brothers 02/03/2017

Time to get right with your God, America, because the end times must be upon us: Paul Ryan is taking on the Koch brothers.

In June, House Republicans sketched a “blueprint” for tax reform that would replace taxes on corporate profits with a new system of “border adjustments.” Companies would pay taxes for shipping stuff into the United States, while goods sold across the border would be exempted. The idea, if the GOP could pull it off, would eliminate a host of strategies private equity firms and hedge fund managers deploy to game the tax code. It would also reduce the total amount of revenue the government brings in, allowing Grover Norquist and other anti-tax hard-liners to tout it as a tax cut. It could be seen as a boost to manufacturing, but retailers are panicked about rising costs of imported products.

The Trump administration hasn’t quite figured out how it feels about this idea. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal last month, President Donald Trump criticized the plan as overly complicated. But last week, White House spokesman Sean Spicer offered a simplified version: a 20-percent tax on imports to pay for a new wall along the Mexican border. But the Spicer plan forgets that with the revenue from the new import tax, Republicans want to give giant tax cuts elsewhere, not build a giant wall. Complete article

Off-duty corrections officer saves newborn's life in Cicero NY WalMart 02/04/2017

Message of hate appears in New Mexico Walmart 02/06/2017

Walmart employees arrested after Framingham Mass. theft 02/06/2017

17-Year-Old Rams Into Vehicle in Tx. Walmart Parking Lot 02/06/2017

Man arrested for exposing himself at Cortana Place La. Walmart 02/06/2017

Police looking for suspect in fraud case at SC Walmart 02/07/2017

Live report on theft trial of man whose arrest at Tx. Walmart went viral 02/06/2017

Police clear Nebraska Walmart store in search for possible armed suspect 02/06/2017

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Omaha Police cleared a Walmart Neighborhood Market in a search for a possible armed suspect late Monday morning. They eventually arrested 19-year-old Sebit Mayot near 45th and California, but not before an all-out search near Saddle Creek Road and Chicago.

The search for Mayot began after D'Angelo Smith told officers he was robbed. Smith said the suspect’s vehicle was parked in a Walgreen’s parking lot. He saw the man who robbed him run on foot.

Witnesses told officers that the suspect possibly ran inside the Wal-Mart at Saddle Creek and Chicago. Officers searched the Wal-Mart. With the information that the suspect may be armed, officers made the decision to clear the store in the interest of safety. Complete article

Waterford Conn. Police Seek Suspect in Wal-Mart Theft 02/04/2017

Sheriff's Office investigating theft at Yorktown Va. Walmart 02/07/2017

State attorney: Suspect bought ammunition at Fla. Walmart before 3rd murder 02/07/2017

NORTHWEST FLORIDA - It's the latest detail in the dramatic manhunt for a triple murder suspect and his alleged accomplice.

According to an official at the Florida State Attorney's Office, wanted fugitives William "Billy" Boyette and Mary Rice stopped at a Walmart in Crestview, Fla., on Thursday afternoon, to buy ammunition.

Investigators said Rice was captured on surveillance cameras at the Walmart store, and a receipt indicates she bought the ammunition. The state attorney official could not confirm specifically what kind of ammunition she purchased. Complete article

Police respond to shooting in Palatine Ill. Walmart parking lot 02/07/2017

PALATINE, Ill. (WLS) -- Police said a man was found shot in the parking lot of a Walmart in northwest suburban Palatine Tuesday night.

Police said they received the reports around 7:30 p.m. to the store in the 1500-block of Rand Road. Police said they found a 19-year-old male victim who had sustained one gunshot wound. The victim was conscious and able to provide information to officers, police said, and was taken to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment.

Witnesses told the police the shooter or shooters may be inside the store, but police said a search of the store indicated they were no longer at the scene.

In the parking lot police checked for bullet holes in parked cars and shell casings.

Witnesses said shots rang out in the parking lot, sending people running for cover. Customers were upset, saying there's gang activity in that area. Complete article

This headline was changed from the one listed above To the following one: "Police: Man found shot in Palatine Walmart parking lot" This is part of a pattern of behavior by traditional media since reports of Walmart crime problem were more widely reported. The most common tactic is to refer to activities “in the parking lot,” the way they previously referred to them as “near Walmart” implying it might not be on the premises. Saying they found the victim in the parking lot may also imply the shooting didn’t take place on the premises which it did.

Teen charged with shooting outside Palatine Wal-Mart 02/15/2017

Milford Delaware's "Mr. Walmart" Back To Work After Accident 02/07/2017

Texting Oregon Wal-Mart worker strikes customer with cart, lawsuit says 02/07/2017

A Wal-Mart shopper who says she was knocked down when an employee texting on his cellphone pushed a cart full of boxes into her filed a $175,000 against the world's largest retailer.

Carol A. Smith claims the employee was texting while rounding a corner and maneuvering a stock cart stacked high with boxes when he crashed into her and her shopping cart. The incident happened at Wal-Mart's Bend store on Aug. 13, 2015, according to Smith's lawsuit filed last week in Deschutes County Circuit Court. Complete article

Duo charged with stealing sodas from Tenn. Walmart 02/08/2017

Hall Elections Board member charged with shoplifting boxers from Ga. Wal-Mart 02/07/2017

Tommy Sandoval, a Hall County Elections Board member who has been an officer in the Hall County Republican Party, has been charged with shoplifting two pairs of men's boxer briefs from Wal-Mart in Gainesville.

The alleged theft took place Jan. 29 at the store at 400 Shallowford Road, according to a Gainesville police incident report.

The boxers were valued at $30. Complete article

Southaven Mississippi PD searching for witness to vandalism in Walmart parking lot 02/08/2017

Cape Coral Fla. Walmart funds study to improve dangerous intersection 02/08/2017

Police calls to Western NY Walmarts Cost $400,000+ 02/08/2017

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Local, county and state police agencies in Western New York spent an estimated $400,044 over a one-year period responding to the 6 Walmart stores in Erie County, according to data obtained and analyzed by 2 On Your Side.

Between May 24, 2015 and May 24, 2016, police departments reported the following numbers of complaints filed at the respective Walmart stores:

Cheektowaga - 786 calls
Hamburg - 600 calls
Amherst - 461 calls
Lancaster/Depew - 283 calls
Clarence - 265 calls
Springville - 233 calls

Using a national standard, those 2,703 calls, which average 7.4 per day, add up to 10,812 man hours for local authorities. Do the math, and that's a cost to taxpayers of $400,044. Complete article

Man allegedly kidnapped 49-year-old woman, took her to Mass. Walmart and assaulted her, crashing after a chase 02/08/2017

Police in Raynham arrested a man yesterday who they said kidnapped a woman, drove her to a Walmart parking lot and assaulted her.

The department received reports around 3 p.m. Wednesday that a male had assaulted a woman in the parking lot and then drove away in a gray Ford Taurus, authorities said.

That Ford Taurus was being driven by Nathaniel Simmons, 49, of Brockton, police said. Authorities intercepted the Taurus on King Philip Street and attempted to stop the vehicle.

Simmons attempted to speed away, but ended up driving into the back of a vehicle at the intersection Route 104 and King Philip Street. The responding officers managed to arrest Simmons. Complete article

Man pulls gun on Belmont NC Walmart employee 02/08/2017

BELMONT, N.C. - A man pulled a gun on a Walmart employee in Belmont, police said.

Officers were called to the Walmart on Hawley Avenue just after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The man pulled a gun when a loss prevention employee stopped to question him, police said. Complete article

1 suspect charged, 2nd sought in $700 theft from East Lampeter Township Pa. Walmart 02/08/2017

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Man accused of stealing computers from Dalton Ga. Walmart 02/09/2017

A century later, original Gray's Creek NC 'Walmart' has come home 02/09/2017

Walmart Arkansas worker refuses reward after finding woman's purse 02/09/2017

Man accused of huffing dusting spray in Pa. Walmart parking lot 02/09/2017

Colorado Court rules against Wal-Mart in suit against PPRTA 02/09/2017

Longtime Walmart Executive Announces Departure 02/09/2017

Police answer suspicious suitcase call at Missouri Wal-Mart 02/10/2017

Police say Salem, Indiana, Walmart employee foiled massive credit card scheme 02/08/2017

Police search for man in series of Ga. Walmart thefts 02/07/2017

Scratch on Car in Naugatuck Conn. Walmart Parking Lot Leads to Charges: Police 02/09/2017

Diabetic denied syringes at Va. Walmart pharmacy calls 12 02/07/2017

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A diabetic trying to buy syringes says a trip to the Brook Road Walmart turned into a nightmare that nearly jeopardized his life.

Jacob Fleming says the pharmacist made assumptions about him and refused to sell him syringes he needed for insulin. NBC 12 On Your Side talked with both sides of the complaint.

Fleming believes Walmart discriminated against him. Walmart corporate says its pharmacist could not verify the needles were for a legitimate purpose.

You don't need a prescription to purchase syringes over-the-counter in Virginia, but you do have to show a history of your insulin dependency.

"I showed him all of my vials," said Fleming. "I showed him my other prescriptions, my lisinopril. Did he ask for them? No, I just showed him to let him know, because all those things are associated with diabetes."

Fleming says he was led to believe he was being taken care of, only to be denied after waiting twenty minutes.

"I could have went into a coma or died. Really. It's that serious. I knew how my body was reacting, and I said all I need to do is just get some insulin," said Fleming. "Basically my legs, my thighs, my muscles were starting to tighten up. I was beginning to have acid reflux, which is a sign of ketoacidosis." Complete article

Walmart builds new high-tech Tx. store with no checkouts 02/10/2017

TOMBALL, Texas -- A new Walmart store in Tomball, Texas, will include new convenience and high-tech features, making it unlike nearly any other store in the country.

The new features will also be tested to see if they'll be put in other Walmart stores across the country, a spokesperson said.

The store, at 25800 Kuykendahl Rd., will include the first Walmart Care Clinic in Houston, and the first Chobani Cafe in Texas.

The cafe will be a "Mediterranean-inspired" food center inside the store.

A drive-through pickup lane will allow customers to pick up anything in the store, gathered by a Walmart personal shopper. Complete article

Woman drinks stolen alcohol in restroom later pulls employee's hair during attempted robbery at Mich. Walmart 02/10/2017

ALPENA, MI-- A woman was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 9 after she allegedly stole from a local Wal-Mart and attempted to rob a cash register, police said.

A 36-year-old Harrisville woman entered the store with a male and a child before taking alcohol and soda to the restroom. Michigan State Police said she consumed the items without paying for them.

After exiting the restroom, police say the woman contacted a store employee about submitting an application for employment.

When the employee attempted to assist the woman with the application process, the woman grabbed the employee by the hair and ordered the employee to give her the money in the register, police said. The register was empty. The male whom the woman entered the store with then removed her from the store. Complete article

New surveillance photos released in Mechanicsville Va. Walmart bomb threat 02/10/2017

Suspicious activity in NC Walmart parking lot leads to charges 02/10/2017

Woman charged for hitting, injuring pedestrian in December at Ind. Walmart 02/10/2017

Skimmers stopped thanks to quick thinking Ind. Walmart employees 02/10/2017

Suspects steal employee's car from Colorado Walmart parking lot; victim jumps on hood to try to stop them 02/10/2017

AURORA, CO. - Aurora Police are looking for two suspects who stole a Walmart employee's car on January 25.

Police say the victim was restocking shelves at the Walmart located at E. Exposition Ave. and S. Blackhawk St.

The victim was opening boxes with her keys and placed her keys in her work cart, which also contained a laptop. She noticed the two suspects walk close to her cart as they passed her.

The victim feared the suspects might have swiped her laptop, but instead she noticed her keys were missing.

The victim ran out of the store and saw her car pulling away. The woman jumped on the hood of car in an attempt to stop the suspects.

As the suspects drove away, they almost hit two other vehicles, so the victim jumped off of the hood. Complete article

New Orleans police investigate a murder near uptown Walmart 02/10/2017

New Orleans — New Orleans police are investigating a homicide inside a T-Mobile store in the 500 block of St. Andrew Street.

Officers said about 7:30 p.m., an armed man who was trying to rob the store was shot and killed by a customer.

Police said the customer waited for officers to arrive and surrendered his gun. Complete article

New Orleans police investigate a murder near uptown Walmart 02/10/2017

Kingsport Tenn. Police Department officers searching for Walmart shoplifting suspect 02/10/2017

Police seek suspect who robbed Broussard La. Walmart 02/10/2017

Driver tries hitting elderly man after Pa. Walmart parking lot argument 02/10/2017

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - Police in Lehigh County are looking for a driver who they say tried to run over an elderly man in a Walmart parking lot.

It happened Wednesday afternoon at the Walmart on Mill Creek Road in Lower Macungie Township.

Police say it all started when the victim was walking across the pedestrian crosswalk outside the store and the suspect failed to stop, driving into the wrong lane and nearly missing the victim.

After a heated exchange between the two, the suspect followed the victim with his vehicle.

Police say when the 81-year-old victim arrived at his parked van, the suspect drove directly at the victim and accelerated, striking the victim's shopping cart.

The victim was hit by the cart, but not the suspect's vehicle. Complete article

2 men accused of stealing more than $1,800 in merchandise from NY Walmart 02/10/2017

Man Gets 20 Years After Pleading Guilty to Oct. 2016 Elm Springs Arkansas Walmart Shooting 02/10/2017

Fourth Person Arrested in Tx. WalMart Robbery 02/10/2017

Indiana man arrested in Maryville for starting fires in Tenn. Walmart 02/10/2017

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- An Indiana man was charged with aggravated arson after Maryville Police say he confessed to starting two fires inside a Walmart.

Police say David Lee Roberts admitted to setting fire to a row of camouflage shirts in the sporting goods section of the store and then setting a bathroom garbage can on fire.

Maryville Police say Roberts was seen on surveillance inside the store and then leaving in a cream colored Cadillac. Complete article

Police investigating SC Walmart thefts 02/11/2017

SAPD: Woman stabbed to death at San Antonio Tx. Walmart parking lot 02/13/2017

Police are seeking a woman in her 30s believed to be connected to a fatal stabbing of another woman Sunday evening in the parking lot of a Walmart on the Far West Side.

Authorities were dispatched about 6 p.m. to 11200 Potranco Road for a report of a cutting. When officers arrived, they found a woman in her 30s lying on the ground with a stab wound to her chest.

The victim suffered one fatal wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Jesse Salame, San Antonio Police Department spokesman, who added that the suspect is at large. Complete article

Woman fatally stabbed outside Walmart identified 02/15/2017

Woman accused in Walmart stabbing death arrested 02/21/2017

Alabama Wal-Mart parking lot shooting victim in serious condition 02/13/2017

A shooting at a Huntsville Wal-Mart that sent one person to the hospital and injured a bystander late Sunday remains under investigation.

An argument resulted in shots fired outside the Wal-Mart on Sparkman Drive, sending to the hospital one person who was involved in the altercation and causing minor injury to a woman who was walking into a nearby store, police said. The woman was grazed by a bullet, which caused minor injuries. Lt. Stacy Bates said.

The other victim was taken to the hospital after a friend drove him to the 2000 block of Memorial Parkway at a Kroger Store, Bates said. Complete article

Huntsville police searching for 2 men accused in Wal-Mart parking lot shooting 02/25/2017

Jury finds man guilty for 2009 fatal robbery of armored-car guard at Lakewood Wash. Walmart 02/13/2017

Police look to identify suspects involved in Wal-Mart thefts 02/13/2017

Brothers in Mich. Walmart double homicide had history of mental health troubles 02/14/2017

Pair wanted for setting fire inside Bossier La. Wal-Mart 02/14/2017

Investigators with the Bossier City Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau need help identifying a man and woman who were caught on video setting a fire inside a local business.

The incident happened Feb. 3 at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in the 4000 block of Barksdale Boulevard. The pair of suspects can be seen on video walking down an aisle when the woman points out a package of feminine hygiene products to the man who sets the package on fire with a cigarette lighter. The couple then walks to the end of the aisle and appears to wait until the fire engulfs the package before they walked away and exited the store

Store personnel noticed the fire then called the Bossier City Fire Department. An employee was able to put out the fire with an extinguisher before fire crews arrived on the scene. Complete article

Over three-thousand dollars shoplifted from Sahuarita Ariz. Walmart 02/14/2017

Woman who crashed into little girl in Dec. 2015 in Mich. Walmart lot, drove away, takes plea 02/15/2017

Old Man Drops Items At Walmart, Mom Breaks Down When She Learns He Tricked Her Into Helping 02/14/2017

Walmart: 'It doesn't matter who occupies the White House' 02/15/2017 Propaganda?

On Nov.4, just a few days before the U.S. presidential election, the science-based targets movement officially went mainstream.

It was the date the world's largest retailer, Walmart, announced an emissions reduction plan approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent by 2025, compared to 2015 levels, and source 50 percent renewable energy by the same date.

Walmart was just the 26th company to get the seal of approval from the SBTI, and the first retailer to secure the accolade. It was seen as a major coup for the SBTI to land the world's largest retailer less than two years after the scheme's launch, but why was Walmart so keen to jump on board?

It was the "increased emphasis" in the corporate world on science-based targets, including from its own suppliers, that convinced Walmart to take the leap, Fred Bedore, senior director of business strategy and sustainability at Walmart, told BusinessGreen. Complete article

Walmart sued for allegedly selling craft beer that isn't 02/15/2017

(NEWSER) – Sensing the way the beer winds were blowing, Walmart started selling its own line of craft beers early last year, the Washington Post reports. Now the retail giant is being accused of selling fake craft beers in order to trick customers into paying more in a lawsuit that calls Walmart's craft beers "wholesale fiction." Walmart says it's working in "collaboration" with Trouble Brewing to brew four styles of craft beer. But here's the catch: There's no such US brewery. Government filings say the beer is actually made by WX Brands, and the address listed is for Genesee Brewing, which is based in Costa Rica and makes "cheap college-party staples." So it's little surprise one taste-tester describes Walmart's Red Flag Amber as "good for flip cup."

The four Trouble Brewing craft beers are stocked at more than 3,000 Walmarts in 45 states, where Consumerist reports they're placed on shelves with other craft beers. But the lawsuit alleges the beers—whose packaging gives no evidence Walmart has anything to do with them—don't meet any of the standards for craft beers listed by the Brewers Association, according to Courthouse News. Complete article

Man stabbed at East Topeka Kansas Walmart, conceal carry holder intervenes 02/11/2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka Police responded to reports of a stabbing at the Walmart on SE California in Topeka just after 4 p.m. Saturday. TPD says two men were involved in an altercation, when a third party conceal carry holder intervened and stopped the assault.

"He intervened, drew his firearm, and held the people to the ground basically at gun-point," said Topeka police Sergeant Joshua Klamm.

One of the men involved in the altercation was stabbed and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say the two men knew each other. Complete article

Woman wanted for questioning after Ga. Walmart financial card fraud 02/14/2017

Police: Glen Rock employee wrote bomb threat at Pa. Wal-Mart 02/15/2017

State police say a Glen Rock woman wrote the bomb threat that caused an evacuation of the Shrewsbury Wal-Mart last May.

Melanie Ann Rowe, 20, of 44 Water St., Apt. B, is charged with bomb threats, risking catastrophe and terroristic threats, according to court records.

Police say Rowe, who was an employee of the store at the time, reported the bomb threat after having left the threat on a note early that morning.

"You have until 8:30 a.m. I will be back with a bomb," the note read, according to charging documents. Complete article

Busted at NC Wal-Mart (Jan. 1 to Feb. 8) 02/14/2017

Getting busted for crimes at Wal-Mart in Morganton is a continuing trend. Find out who was charged Jan. 1 to Feb. 8:

» Cathy Elaine Neilson, 40, of 4644 Harold Shore Drive, in Morganton, was charged with misdemeanor larceny all other. She was cited and released. Her trial date was set for Feb. 28.

» Gilbert Purnell Hice, 34, of 212 Carbondale Lane, in Morganton, was charged with misdemeanor larceny all other. He was transported to Burke-Catawba jail and placed under a $3,000 secured bond. His trial date was set for Jan. 31. Complete article

Police: Cashier, 2 others conspire to La. Walmart theft 02/14/2017

North Port Fla. police search for 'smiling' suspects stealing $1,750 from Walmart 02/15/2017

Oklahoma City Police: Burglar Broke Into Restricted Area In Local Walmart 02/15/2017

Authorities searching for Prattville Alabama Walmart theft suspect 02/14/2017

Dawsonville Ga. Walmart reopens after bomb threat in the bathroom evacuation 02/12/2017

Report: Woman in Tx. Walmart theft hits Port Arthur cop with car 02/13/2017

Southeast Texas police are searching for a woman who was allegedly involved in a theft at the Bridge City Walmart on Sunday and later hit a Port Arthur cop with her car, according to a release from the City of Port Arthur. At about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, the Bridge City Police Department contacted the Port Arthur Police Department in an attempt to locate a teal Honda Civic, which had been involved in a theft at the Bridge City Walmart, the release states. The vehicle was registered to an address in Port Arthur. PAPD located the vehicle and driver at the Cedar Ridge Apartments, where the car was listed, according to the release. Complete article

North Bay Man Arrested for Grand Theft at Solano Walmart 02/14/2017

Normandy man gets 10 years for robbing a Walmart in St. Charles Missouri 02/15/2017

Man who fought NY Walmart firing sentenced to 15 years for bank robberies 02/15/2017

Police: Duo stole video games from Port St. Lucie Fla. Walmarts 02/1/2017

Okmulgee Okla. Police Investigate After Body Found Outside Walmart 02/15/2017

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma - Okmulgee police and other emergency services are investigating after they say a body was found outside the Walmart on Highway 75.

The call came in around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017. When officer arrived they found remains in a dumpster at the Murphy's gas station.

Video from Osage SkyNews 6 HD showed a large suitcase lying on the ground at the front of the dumpster. Emergency personnel could be seen wrapping a large suitcase in plastic and placing it in a hearse. The hearse then left the scene.

The discovery has one local father concerned as he wonders if the remains could be his daughter. Complete article

Suspect served first-degree murder warrant after body found in Okmulgee dumpster 02/16/2017

Police: Murder suspect may have left remains in multiple states 02/17/2017

Police Investigating Jewelry Theft At Frankfort Ky. Walmart 02/15/2017

Man sentenced for Dec. 2015 stabbing man at NC Wal-Mart 02/15/2017

Police warn of Walmart refund check scam in Wisconsin 02/16/2017
Police now say Walmart refund checks not a scam 02/17/2017

Accused Ithica NY Walmart Killer Faces Prior Charges, Opposes Mother’s Custody Request 02/15/2017

Va. Walmart bomb threat case advances 02/15/2017

Couple charged in theft of 90-100 car batteries from Pa. Walmart 02/15/2017

Longmont police arrest man who allegedly head-butted Colorado Walmart manager 02/15/2017

After a man became agitated at Longmont's north Walmart on Wednesday afternoon, customer Roman Avila's instinct was to stop him by tackling him.

"I always tell myself I would do that if it happened, and it happened," Avila said.

Police identified the man as Dustin Robinson-Beaty, 23, who they arrested outside the north entrance of Walmart, 2514 Main St.. Police said when store managers approached his camper that had been parked for several days, they told him to leave and he began yelling obscenities.

Cmdr. Joel Post said police believe Robinson-Beaty followed the managers back through the parking lot to the store, where he began throwing things at the employees and another manager approached. He then reportedly head-butted the female manager, possibly breaking her nose. Complete article

Shoplifting Suspect Arrested Near Beatrice Nebraska Walmart Store 02/16/2017

Cuban Couple Arrested For Using Stolen Credit Cards To Purchase Ind. Walmart Gift Cards 02/14/2017

Arnold man arrested for alleged possession of meth labs, thefts at Missouri Walmart, other offenses 02/15/2017

Suspects sought for allegedly stealing alcohol from La. Walmart while wearing employee vest 02/16/2017

Tx. Wal-Mart employee accused of stealing nearly $17,000 from register 02/13/2017

Woman wanted in thefts from Wal-Mart in Louisa, Ky. 02/15/2017

Newport News Va. police looking for woman who stole cash at Wal-Mart 02/15/2017

Suspect uses stolen checks to purchase items at Kennewick Wash. Walmart, JC Penney 02/15/2017

Walmart Continues to Get Thrashed in This One Major International Market 02/07/2017

Taser stops man from stabbing himself in neck, chest at Tx. Wal-Mart in The Colony 02/11/2017

Police and paramedics in The Colony were called to a Wal-Mart store after a man stabbed himself repeatedly Friday night.

WFAA-TV's Jobin Panicker first reported the stabbing at the SuperCenter off State Highway 121 near Main Street.

#NOW The Colony PD says man stabbed himself several times in Walmart off 121 & Main. Officers tased him. Paramedics on scene @wfaachannel8

A police spokesman said Saturday that the man entered the store and started stabbing himself in the chest and neck. Complete article

Kingsport Tenn. Police Department officers searching for Walmart shoplifting suspect 02/10/2017

Walmart opens training center in Viera Fla. 02/16/2017

Federal firearms charge filed against man involved in Augusta Me. Wal-Mart shooting incident 02/16/2017

Dalton Ga. PD seeking Walmart razor thief 02/16/2017

NY Wegmans, Wal-Mart pay Cayuga County fines for scale violations 02/16/2017

Wegmans and Wal-Mart have both paid fines after the Cayuga County Weights and Measures Department found violations with some of the stores' scales.

Larry G. Roser, director of weights and measures, said January was supermarket scale testing month, where he inspected scales at all 13 supermarkets in the county. In his report to the county Legislature's Public Works Committee, Roser said both Wal-Mart and Wegmans in Auburn had no Weights and Measures seals on several scales, a violation of Agriculture and Markets Law.

Wegmans was penalized with a $2,000 fine after using three scales that Roser had not tested. Roser said this is the sixth time the Auburn store has violated the law in the last eight years.

Wal-Mart was given a fine of $800 for using four new deli scales without being tested by Roser. Though more scales were out of compliance than Wegmans, Roser said Wal-Mart was given a smaller fine because the store had not had as many past violations. Complete article

Wal-Mart annual revenue expected to top $487 billion, net income to decline 02/16/2017

BENTONVILLE (TALK BUSINESS & POLITICS) — Wal-Mart Stores has been mum thus far on the recent holiday season and analysts expect the retail giant did well given that it’s also a grocery store. But full-year net income is likely to fall below that of the previous year.

Wal-Mart will report fourth quarter and fiscal year earnings on Tuesday (Feb. 21) before the market opens. Wall Street consensus is $1.29 in net income per share for the quarter ending Jan. 31, 20 cents below the $1.49 earned a year ago. For the full year the consensus estimate is $4.32, below the $4.59 per share added to the company coffers last year.

Ben Bienvenue, analyst with Little Rock-based Stephens Inc., said his estimate is slightly below the street at $1.26 for the quarter and $4.28 for the year. He expects more of the same from Wal-Mart with slightly improved comparable store sales. He also believes gross margins will be hurt by deflationary food prices. Complete article

Highland Ill. police looking for man in connection with Walmart thefts 02/16/2017

Driver allegedly tries to run down women at Fremont Ca. Walmart 02/16/2017

A woman and her daughter received some unwelcome attention at a Fremont Walmart on Monday when a man tried to run them over with a minivan full of garbage, police said.

The two women had just arrived at a Walmart on Albrae Street when the man angrily confronted the younger woman, apparently without provocation, the older woman told police.

He then got into a minivan full of trash and almost hit the younger woman, police said. The altercation is being treated as an attempted assault with a deadly weapon, according to police. Complete article

Miami Gardens Fla. resident says Walmart employees printed 'Bad City, Florida' on prescription label 02/16/2017

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The nation's largest retailer seems to have a special name for one South Florida city.

A Miami Gardens resident said she was shocked when she picked up her prescription and looked at the printed label and her address.

"It said, 'Bad City Florida,'" the woman, who did not want to be identified, said. "I proceeded to call Walmart to find out why that is. ... They were very nonchalant and very non-caring about it." Complete article

Man stands under broken Tx. Walmart sign hoping to be hit Man hoping to file lawsuit 02/17/2017

A Texas man stood underneath a dangling sign outside of Walmart's pharmacy for two days hoping one of the letters would fall and knock him out, Global News reports.

Manuel Garcia posted photos to his Facebook page on Feb. 14 of him standing against the outside wall of a Walmart store with the caption, "waiting for the P to fall and knock out to be able to sue Walmart."

When he was unsuccessful after the first day, Garcia returned to try his luck the next day, captioning his next picture, "Day 2 still waiting." Complete article

Thieves wanted in Porter Tx. Walmart theft 02/16/2017

Man carrying gun in Ohio Walmart cites 2nd Amendment rights; police disagree 02/17/2017

A township man was arrested Wednesday after he was discovered carrying a gun in Walmart for which he didn’t have a permit.

Christopher Adams, 21, of Afton Avenue is charged with carrying concealed weapons, a fourth-degree felony offense, according to a police report.

The charge stems from an incident reported shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday, while police were at Walmart for a separate incident. Officers were alerted that a man carrying a gun under his jacket had just entered the store.

Police called back-up and entered the store, where an employee told them that Walmart does not prohibit the open carrying of firearms in the store. Openly carrying a gun is legal in Ohio, but concealed carry requires a permit.

Police then found Adams and asked if he was carrying a gun and had a carrying a concealed weapon permit for it. Adams reportedly told police he was carrying a gun and did not have a CCW permit.

“At that point, I calmly displayed my service handgun and pointed it at Adams,” an officer reported. “As Adams put his hands in the air, this caused his jacket to open up, and ... I then observed [tucked in a waistband holster] a fully loaded, Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun with 16 bullets in it.”

Police also found a knife and two loaded magazines on Adams, according to the report. Complete article

Have you seen… the 2 suspects in this Ga. Walmart video? 02/17/2017

Three charged, others sought in NC Wal-Mart thefts 02/17/2017

LaGrange police seeking identity of man accused of shoplifting from Ga. Wal-Mart 02/17/2017

This video convinced a jury that man did not leave cocaine in Mississippi Wal-Mart training room. 02/17/2017

Trial date set for man charged with opening fire at police outside Pa. Walmart 02/17/2017

Shoplifters set small fire in Pa. Walmart as a diversion: Police 02/18/2017

Two shoplifters intentionally started a fire inside a Walmart in Franklin County then tried to walk out of the store with several items, according to state police.

The incident occurred just before 2 a.m. Saturday at the Walmart along the 1700 block of Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township, police said.

The two men set a small fire in the toy aisle of the store in an effort to distract employees, police said. Complete article

Two arrested for robbery, shooting into Mobile Alabama Walmart 02/17/2017

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — The Mobile Police Department arrested a man and woman Friday morning after two robberies at separate Walmarts in the Mobile area.

24-year-old Jamie Grimes is charged with shooting into an occupied business and 19-year-old Raquel Cunningham is charged with robbery first degree.

The two were arrested after robberies at the Schillinger Road and I-65 Service Road locations of Walmart in Mobile.

According to police, Grimes and Cunningham tried to exit the Schillinger location with a full shopping cart, and then threatened employees who tried to intervene.

While driving away, Grimes fired out of the car window into the Walmart. Complete article

Patagonia Jackets Won’t Be Cheaper Now that Walmart Owns Moosejaw 02/17/2017

And they won't appear on Walmart shelves. But the acquisition will help the behemoth retailer compete with Amazon and it could even strengthen Moosejaw's brick-and-mortar business.

You might have seen that Walmart swooped in and bought online retailer Moosejaw for $51 million dollars on Tuesday. The question is: What, if anything, will this mean for the outdoor gear consumer?

For one, don't expect to start getting high-end outdoor gear for cheap. “You won't see Patagonia at Walmart,” says Rich Hill, president of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, a trade organization of 130 outdoor specialty shops. But that doesn't mean you won't see certain outdoor brands sold on Walmart's site. Complete article

Boardman Ohio crime activity: Man arrested after carrying gun in Walmart 02/17/2017

Man Accused of Stealing Xbox from Arkansas Walmart on Pleasant Crossing 02/17/2017

Report: Trent Richardson Arrested For Domestic Violence After Argument at Alabama Walmart 02/17/2017

The last time we heard from former Alabama Crimson Tide RB Trent Richardson, he was getting cut by the Baltimore Ravens last year and pretending to be LSU RB Leonard Fournette on Bama’s scout team.

He may have ended his NFL career for good with his latest move, as he was arrested for domestic violence stemming from an argument that started in Walmart.

“Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson was arrested in Hoover on a domestic violence charge.

Hoover police responded at 8:04 p.m. Thursday to a 911 call reporting a possible domestic disturbance at the Hyatt Place Hotel on John Hawkins Parkway. Complete article

3 sought in theft, assault at South Jackson Tenn. Walmart 02/17/2017

Jackson police are looking for three men they believe stole more than $100 in merchandise from Walmart on South Highland.

According to a news release, three men were seen on surveillance video around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 15 attempting to leave the store with three shopping carts. A Walmart employee was able to prevent two carts from leaving the store, but one of the men assaulted the employee who stopped the men, the release says.

The men were able to leave with one cart of merchandise. Complete article

Mechanicsville woman arrested in Ashland Va. Walmart shooting 02/19/2017

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Ashland police have arrested Brittany L. Wiggins, 24, of Mechanicsville, for the shooting death of Ashley Fricke which happened late Saturday at the Ashland Wal-Mart. Wiggins has been charged with First-Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle.

Wiggins was arrested in Ashland and is currently being held at the Pamunkey Regional Jail.

Police said that they arrived at the scene of the shooting at 11 p.m. Saturday night, at which point they found 25-year-old Fricke suffering from gunshot wounds. Shortly thereafter she was declared dead. Complete article

Walmart murder: No ties between suspect, victim 02/20/2017

Joe Morrissey to represent Walmart murder suspect 02/21/2017

Morrissey: Random gunfire led to Ashland Walmart shooting death 02/21/2017

Walmart murder may have begun as road-rage incident, Crime Insider sources say 02/20/2017

Woman dies after pickup drives off Walmart parking lot, wrecks on Southeast Side San Antonio Tx. 02/19/2017

A 24-year-old woman was killed Saturday night when the pickup in which she was a passenger drove off the edge of a Walmart parking lot and wrecked on the city's Southeast Side, San Antonio police say.

Police say the other woman driving the pickup was 38-years-old and also injured in the accident that happened near midnight at the Walmart in the 4700 block of Pecan Valley Drive.

Both women were transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center where one of them was pronounced dead. Complete article

Milwaukee Man Allegedly Steals 90 Cans of Baby Formula from a Wisc. Walmart 02/19/2017 According to Madison Police, Walmart staff members placed the retail value of the stolen items at approximately $1,500, or $16.67 per can.

WV Police: Wal-Mart shoplifter arrested with gun, drugs 02/20/2017

Man arrested at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. after allegedly repeatedly striking woman 02/20/2017

A 25-year-old Ocala man was arrested Sunday night after a woman told Sumter County sheriff’s deputies he had repeatedly struck her.

A woman got out of a vehicle and ran to a deputy at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

“Please help me. He has been hitting me all day. Please help,” the woman told a deputy.

Cody Cilley, still in the vehicle, began cursing at a deputy. He tried to convince law enforcement that the woman frequently hits herself in the face, something the woman denied.

When deputies attempted to take Cilley into custody, he tried to pull away, would not comply with commands and kicked at the doors of a squad car. Complete article

Caller to Walmart store in Branson Missouri threatened to shoot up school 02/20/2017

BRANSON, Mo. - A vague call received by a Walmart store supervisor led to a lockdown of buildings in the Branson School District on Monday afternoon. Superintendent Brad Swofford says junior high and high school students had already left their buildings for the day when he was notified. Lockdown procedures went into effect at the elementary schools until students left for the day.

The Branson Police Department said late Monday afternoon that police found the threat to not be credible. Police Chief Stan Dobbins released this statement:

“At approximately 3:30 p.m., Branson Police were notified by a Wal-Mart supervisor reporting an undocumented phone call that had been received stating that an individual was threatening to first shoot up the Highway 76 Wal-Mart, then would proceed to visit Branson Schools with a subsequent threat. Complete article

Walmart training academy opens in Navarre Fla. 02/20/2017

Stabbing shuts down road outside Westside Jacksonville Fla. Walmart 02/19/2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man who stabbed multiple times on 103rd Street is now in the hospital recovering.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, police were first called after there were reports of a shooting outside a Walmart near Interstate 295 and 103rd Street. When officers arrived, they found a man had been stabbed nearly five or six times.He was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.

Part of 103rd Street was closed Sunday night due to the investigation.

JSO report the man was trying to get help and there were officers nearby who quickly jumped into action. Complete article

Families in Pa. Valley slayings clear obstacle in suit against Walmart 02/20/2017

The families of three people murdered in a 2015 shooting spree in Allentown and Easton have cleared a significant hurdle in their lawsuit to hold Walmart responsible for selling the ammunition used in the slayings to an underage and possibly intoxicated buyer in the wee hours of the morning.

A Philadelphia judge refused Walmart's request to have the case dismissed under a 2005 federal law that bars lawsuits against firearms dealers. Lawyers for the victims' families have, at first glance, presented enough evidence for the case to proceed under an exception to the ban for certain types of negligence, Judge Linda Carpenter wrote.

Although the ruling is preliminary, and Walmart could still prove that it is entitled to immunity, it's noteworthy because only a small number of cases around the country have tested the exceptions, legal experts say.

"It's quite significant in that it makes clear that while Congress has given retailers like Walmart unprecedented and sweeping immunity, there are exceptions, and under egregious circumstances like this, that immunity is not going to deny victims of gun violence their day in court," said Adam Skaggs, litigation director at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Complete article

Man runs over pedestrian after stealing from Dallas Tx. Walmart, police say 02/21/2017

DALLAS - Police are searching for a man who hit a pedestrian after driving away with stolen items from a Walmart in northwest Dallas.

Witnesses say the suspect left the Walmart parking lot in the 4100 block of LBJ Freeway near Midway Road in a red Nissan Cube on January 24 when he struck the victim. The thief was described as a 230-pound white man, between 50 to 55 years old and roughly 5 feet 11 inches tall.

Police are asking those with any information about the case to call Detective F. Bishop, or you can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers -- because crime stoppers is even offering a reward up to $5,000 -- for information on the case. Complete article

Crews extinguish brush fire near Walmart in Fuquay-Varina NC 02/18/2017

Arrests: More Unwanted San Angelo Tx. Walmart ‘Shoppers,’ Forgery, Burglary and Juvenile Evaders 02/20/2017

Smyrna Tenn. Police trying to identify women, man in Walmart theft 02/20/2017

Walmart Labelled Britain's Worst Grocery Store, According to Consumer Survey 02/16/2017

Walmart's (WMT) U.K. division, Asda, has been ranked the worst grocery store in the country, according to a consumer survey, with its online offering not faring much better.

Consumers ranked privately-held Waitrose as the best place to buy food in Britain because of its quality and easy-to-navigate stores, according to a survey of 7,004 Britons conducted by consumer advocacy magazine 'Which?'.

Marks & Spencer (MAKSY) came a close second due to the quality of its own-label and fresh food products while Asda ranked last with the grocery chain seen as having good value food but with only average quality.

"We know that we need to do a better job for our customers and our colleagues are working hard to make a real difference," an Asda spokesperson told The Guardian.

Asda also came joint last for its online offering with Sainsbury's (JSAIY) and Waitrose, a placing that will likely embarrass Walmart, which agreed to buy for $3 billion last year in an effort to improve its online offering to compete with Amazon (AMZN). Complete article

Trial ordered in deadly shooting outside Shawnee Missouri Wal-Mart 02/21/2017

Walmart profits drop 18% in 4th quarter despite strong holiday sales 02/21/2017

Walmart, the giant retailer, said Tuesday that it had attracted more customers during the crucial holiday shopping season but that its efforts had come at a cost.

Sales at U.S. stores open at least a year rose 1.8 percent during the fourth quarter, compared with a 1.3 percent increase many analysts were expecting, Walmart reported. But profits fell 18 percent during that period to $3.8 billion, or $1.22 a share.

Big-box retailers such as Walmart have been struggling in recent years as customers did more of their shopping online. Walmart has responded by opening fewer stores while bolstering its online operations. That focus paid off during the holiday shopping season when online sales increased 29 percent. Complete article

Walmart Could Be Facing Big Troubles Coming Out Of Q4 02/21/2017

2 men accused of stealing clothing, computers from Franklin Tenn. Walmart 02/21/2017

Rash of car break-ins reported at Brown Deer Wisc. Walmart store 02/22/2017

Warrants issued in Lebanon NH Walmart thefts 02/22/2017

Walmart's Ridiculously Wealthy Heirs Just Keep Getting Even Richer -- Here's How 02/22/2017

Who said retail stinks? Tell that to the richest family in America, who got multi-richer Tuesday after shares of Walmart (WMT) rose 3% following a better-than-expected fourth quarter.

Shares have trekked slightly higher on Wednesday to $71.89.

That jump deepens the pockets even more of Sam Walton's three surviving children—Rob, Jim and Alice. On Wednesday, Rob's shares were worth $240 million, Jim's, $755 million, and Alice's, $501 million, according to data compiled by TheStreet.

Rob is on the retailer's board and its retired chairman. He has a net worth of $35.8 billion, the 15th highest in the world, according to Bloomberg data. Jim, whose net worth clocks in at $35.4 billion (17th wealthiest in the world), serves on the company's strategic and finance committees.

Alice has no active role in Walmart. She is an art patron, who spearheaded the Walton Family Foundation's effort to develop the Crystal Bridge Museum of Art, which opened in 2011 in Bentonville, Ark., and is dedicated to American art and artists. Her net worth stands at $34.7 billion, making her the 18th wealthiest person in the world.

Their dad co-founded the world's largest retailer in Rogers, Ark., in 1962. Worldwide, the company now has 11,500 retail units in 28 countries and 2.3 million employees. Complete article

New information in fatal attack inside Tx. Wal-Mart restroom 02/22/2017

CORPUS CHRISTI - An arrest affidavit sheds new light of a brutal attack that happened in a Wal-Mart restroom last week.

According to court documents, last Wednesday (Feb. 15th) Richardson punched fellow contractor John Harley who was on a ladder working in the bathroom at the Walmart on Greenwood.

After the victim had fallen off the ladder, Richardson kicked him in the head three times and left the arrest report stated. The report also added Richardson on his own stood up and demonstrated the violent actions that led to John Harley's severe injuries to his head to Detectives.

He was taken to the hospital where he died on Saturday evening. Complete article

Authorities: Woman shot by husband near Fla. Walmart 02/22/2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Authorities said a woman was shot during a domestic violence incident Wednesday morning.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) said a woman was shot near Hood Drive and North Palafox Street.

Major Hobbs from ECSO said she was shot in the leg by her 44-year-old husband, Curtis Brown.

Brown was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, possession of a weapon, cocaine possession, drug possession and possession of drug equipment. Complete article

Trio arrested after police chief notices stolen jeep at New Martinsville WV Walmart 02/22/2017

Man wanted for questioning in alleged sexual battery at McDonough Ga. Walmart 02/22/2017

3 wanted for stealing mobile phones from Bobby Jones Ga. Walmart 02/22/2017

Hamden Man Pulls Out Handgun in Walmart Parking Lot: Milford Conn. Police 02/22/2017

MILFORD, CT — A Hamden man is accused of displaying a handgun in the parking lot of the Milford Walmart after being involved in a verbal argument with another patron, police said.

Police stressed that the accused never pointed the gun at the victim. Police said at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 officers responded to Walmart on the report of a male who just displayed a handgun. Investigation led to the arrest of Richard Magliula, 35, of Benham Street, who is accused of pulling out a handgun in the parking lot of Walmart during a verbal argument with another patron, police said. Complete article

Woman Stole Clothes from Walmart: Naugatuck Conn. Police 02/22/2017 The incident occurred back in 2015, police said.

Just Askin': Thefts at Wal-Mart? 02/19/2017 After the Champaign Wal-Mart decided to close from midnight to 6 a.m. due to low foot traffic during those hours, several readers suggested the real reason was late-night theft. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Leslee Wright insisted this wasn't the case, and the data from local police departments appear to back this up.

New Lenox Woman Charged with Retail Theft at Ill. WalMart: Cops 02/22/2017

3 accused of stealing $1,700 in merchandise from Mahoning Pa. Walmart 02/21/2017

Suspects on the run after shooting at Tenn. Walmart employee in parking lot 02/23/2017

COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC) - Collierville Police Department is investigating a shooting in the Walmart parking lot. With the shooting coming in the same week as an armed robbery of the Collierville Verizon Wireless store, many are asking if crime has increased in Collierville.

Investigators rushed to the scene on Poplar Avenue near Highway 72 around 7 a.m.

A Walmart employee said he was leaving work when two men in a red car came up to him. One of the men fired one shot at him, and then the car drove off on Poplar Avenue.

"This one is a pretty big shocker, that it happened in this parking lot," resident Steve McGowan said.

Police said the two men took off in a red Mustang. They said the victim and at least one of the suspects knew each other and the shot fired was targeted and isolated. Complete article

2 arrested in Sunday stabbing that critically wounded man who fled to Jacksonville Fla. Wal-Mart 02/23/2017

Two Jacksonville felons have been arrested in Sunday’s stabbing of man wounded in the head, rib area, arms and groin, according to police and court records.

Police were initally called to the 103rd Street Wal-Mart where the bleeding victim flagged down somebody for help. Officers followed a blood trail across 103rd Street to the Forest Apartments on West Norde Drive. They located an apartment with shattered glass, drugs and ammunition, but no witnesses or suspects, according to the incident report.

The unidentified victim, whom police said had life-threatening wounds, told them “they’re coming to get me.” He didn’t know who, other than they were from Niblick Drive, the incident report said. Complete article

Man arrested for swinging swords at Brooksville Fla. Walmart customers 02/23/2017

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. -- A man who allegedly swung swords at customers at a Brooksville Walmart is in custody.

Brooksville Police arrested Shannon Lon Schenck, of Brooksville, who was found in possession of two swords at the Walmart located at 7305 Broad Street.

Police also said that Schenck appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

BPD officers responded around 12:04 p.m. after the store manager reported that Schenck, 44, was in the Walmart parking lot and approaching customers while armed with the swords.

Witnesses told police that Schenck was in a fighting stance and had both swords unsheathed as he walked up to customers as they left their cars. Complete article

Marshfield Wisc. police ask for help in Walmart purse theft 02/23/2017

Tx. Wal-Mart theft suspect hits man who was trying to stop him with car 02/23/2017

Police have released surveillance video from the Jan. 24 incident at a Wal-Mart in the 4100 block of LBJ Freeway. It shows the theft suspect, a white man in his 50s, walking out of the store at 10 a.m. and then running into a man who tried to stop him in the parking lot. Dallas Police Department Complete article

Orlando Fla. police officer shoots man firing BB gun at Wal-Mart where Lt. Debra Clayton was killed 02/23/2017

An Orlando police officer shot a man accused of randomly firing a BB gun at people Thursday at a Wal-Mart — the same store where Lt. Debra Clayton was killed last month.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said officers were called about 4 p.m. to the store, which is tucked behind trees on Princeton Street.

The incident started when the suspect approached a man who was loading groceries into the back of his pickup.

The suspect said “Hey,” and when the victim turned around, he opened fire, police said.

The victim was hit in the arm, then jumped in the bed of his truck to escape being shot again, Mina said.

The suspect went inside the store, bought something, then came back outside to continue firing.

He shot at two other customers and several vehicles in the parking lot.

“He just came up to the people and started shooting,” Mina said.

The suspect fled after the shootings and was confronted by an officer beside John Young Parkway, just a block from the store.

Mina said the officer exited his vehicle and the suspect pointed the BB gun at him and opened fire. The officer shot back, hitting him at least once. Complete article

Mina: Man shot by cop after firing BB gun at Wal-Mart customers had mental illness 02/24/2017

NC Walmart, Home Depot employees threatened by man with possibly contaminated needle 02/2/2017

Fayetteville police are searching for a man they say threatened to stab loss prevention personnel with hypodermic needles contaminated with a communicable disease during two separate incidents.

At about 9:40 p.m. Feb. 16, officers were dispatched to Walmart at 1550 Skibo Road at the corner of Yadkin Road, a Police Department news release said.

Loss prevention personnel there said, according to the release, that a man concealed several items in a stolen backpack and attempted to run away.

When approached, the man threatened to stab the security people with a hypodermic needle. The man told them he had a communicable disease that could be transferred by the needle stick. Complete article

McDonough Ga. police make arrest in Wal-Mart sexual assault case 02/23/2017

Accident at Chiefland Fla. Walmart leads to death 02/23/2017

CHIEFLAND, Fla. -- A woman is dead after an accident at work. Sandra Quincey was an employee at the Walmart in Chiefland.

"She had been participating in loading pallets from a semi-trailer and those pallets had become dislodged and a stack had fallen on her," said Lt. Jay Bolton with Chiefland Police.

According to the report, a coworker heard a crash and found the 60 year old woman with more than 50 pounds of wood on top of her.

Quincey worked for Walmart for more than 20 years.

"None of the other employees actually witnessed it occur, so the only thing we really had to go on was the scene itself and the condition she was found in," said Lt. Bolton. Complete article

Olathe Kansas woman finds maggots in Great Value plastic sandwich bags, Wal-Mart denies problem 02/23/2017

OLATHE, Kan. - A Olathe woman says she found maggots inside her Wal-Mart Great Value plastic sandwich bags.

Elizabeth Wesson contacted 41 Action News after finding the maggots, that had made webs in the top of the box and in between the bags.

Wesson said she had purchased the bags from the Alden St. Wa-Mart a week prior to finding the maggots. She had been packing her husband’s lunch in the sandwich bags.

After finding the maggots, Wesson contacted the Wal-Mart she purchased the bags from and was directed to loss prevention.

Wesson said the employee in loss prevention asked her ‘What do you want?” after taking the box of bags back.

“It was very insulting. He took the bags and did not refund my money and now they are dropping the issue completely,” Wesson told 41 Action News.

Claims management called Wesson a week later and told her the company that manufactures the product had no reported maggots in their products and therefore would be closing the case. Complete article

Framingham Mass. Police search for 3 who used funny money at Walmart 02/2/2017

Woman Arrested For Alleged Attempt to Steal Hundreds of Dollars in Wash. Walmart Merchandise 02/23/2017

Woman uses fake coupons to steal $1K at Pa. Wal-Mart, police say 02/23/2017

Police: Jacksonville woman tries stealing more than 100 items from Fla. Walmart, blames husband 02/24/2017 self-checkout?

FBI: Man in Wal-Mart vest robs Albuquerque NM bank 02/24/2017

Man sought after 9-year-old Alabama Walmart shopper said he grabbed her buttocks 02/24/2017

Cops: Man touched woman inappropriately at Wal-Mart 02/24/2017

NC leaders refused to entice Walmart with tax incentives. They came anyway. 02/24/2017

When Charlotte gives incentives for companies to expand or relocate in the city, some question how much the money helps – or whether the business was coming anyway and just looking for the money as a welcome gift.

It’s difficult to know because local incentives are almost always approved. In the last three years, for instance, the City Council has never turned down an incentive proposal.

But two years ago, Walmart proposed to invest $24 million and create 1,000 new jobs at a new center in Charlotte to handle accounting and invoicing, in an office park near the airport.

Some of the management jobs would have paid $83,000. But for the vast majority – 908 positions – the average salary would have been about $32,000.

[Your tax dollars are luring call-center, amusement park jobs. Is that a good idea?]

Many of those 908 positions would qualify for taxpayer-supported “affordable housing,” which can be for people earning 80 percent of the area median income. For a family of two people, that’s someone earning less than $32,160.

The City Council had approved in closed session $278,000 in subsidies for Walmart. But Mecklenburg commissioners balked at approving $483,000 in incentives for the world’s largest retailer, with some officials concerned the company didn’t pay its employees enough. Complete article

Former employee files discrimination complaint against Lafayette Colorado Walmart 02/24/2017

A former employee of a Lafayette Walmart has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that she was discriminated against because she was Hispanic and pregnant and then fired when she filed a complaint.

Anastiacia Moreno, 19, filed the complaint on Wednesday against the Walmart at 745 U.S. 287 in Lafayette.

When reached by phone on Friday, officials at the Walmart declined to comment on the complaint.

Moreno, a former cashier, was hired in September 2016 and became pregnant in November. Moreno alleged in the complaint that she told a personnel manager in a purportedly confidential meeting, but that she was treated differently by supervisors after revealing her pregnancy.

"They made references that made it clear that they knew of her pregnancy and judged her decision to have a baby at age 19, out of wedlock," the complaint read. "Often, supervisors would make off-color comments and call her names, including 'nausea' and 'little baby mama.'" Complete article

Minn. Sheriff’s Office Warns of Walmart Gift Card Phone Scam 02/24/2017

STEARNS COUNTY — Another phone scam has been circulating around Stearns County.

Sheriff John Sanner says the sheriff’s office has received multiple reports about a phone scam where the suspects say the resident needs to bail their grandchild out of jail and to do so they must pay the bail in Walmart gift cards.

Several victims have paid as much as $3,000 and $6,000 in Walmart gift cards.

Sanner says that you should never give out financial information over the phone to someone you are not familiar with or have not worked with before. Jails never deal with gift cards, bails are typically paid in cash, cashier’s check or the jail works with a bonding agent. Complete article

Walmart Employee Stole $3,378 From Cash Register: East Windsor Conn. Police 02/24/2017

Woman uses fake coupons at a self-checkout lane to steal $1K at Pa. Wal-Mart, police say 02/23/2017

Walmart Modernizes The Shopping Experience With Scan & Go 02/25/2017

A new Walmart just opened up a couple miles from my home. I’m not a fan of Walmart. I fought against allowing this Walmart to be built at all. Now that it’s open, though, I did go in just so I could try out the new high-tech future of shopping—Walmart Scan & Go.

I abhor Walmart. I do not like what the company stands for or how it treats its employees. I don’t appreciate the clientele that seems to be unique to Walmart—just search the term “Walmart shoppers” if you don’t know what I mean—and there’s a good chance the proximity of this store will decrease my property value. That said, I’m also a sucker for convenience and new technology, so I had to check out Scan & Go.

The concept is pretty simple. Using the provided scanners or the Walmart Scan & Go app on your smartphone, just scan everything as you put it in the cart. The app maintains a running total of the items in your cart. You can simply click a button to pay for your goods right from the app, and you’re done. Well, almost. You do still have to have a Walmart employee verify the receipt on your smartphone and clear you before you can leave. I’m not sure how it works with the in-store hand scanners, but I assume you would just hand the scanner over to a cashier and then pay whatever the total is.

A Walmart employee explained that they conduct random periodic checks of customers to keep people honest, and suggested that there may be some customer profiling going on as well. Basically, the implication was that if someone looks “shady” they’re more likely to be singled out for a more thorough inspection. Walmart will also perform a more thorough check if you try to purchase any alcohol or age-restricted items like spray paint using the Scan & Go process. Complete article

Man says he was racially profiled by security guard in Calgary Canada Walmart 02/25/2017

In the video posted to his personal Facebook page, University of Calgary student Jean Ventose was approached and followed by a security guard while shopping for headphones.

A man who was followed by a security guard in a Calgary Walmart, and posted a video of it on Facebook, says he believes he was racially profiled while shopping.

In the video, Jean Ventose, a University of Calgary student, says the security guard started following him while he was buying headphones from the electronics section of the store.

“Why were you standing there pretending you were going to buy headphones? Why don’t you follow somebody else who’s going to steal something?” Ventose says to the guard in the video.

“You’re making me feel uncomfortable.”

The video, posted to Ventose’s Facebook page Thursday morning, bears the caption “Here is how I started my morning.” The video has received more than a million views and 10,000 reactions in two days.

At the beginning of the video, the security guard tells Ventose he can’t take her picture because it’s against policy. “It’s illegal,” she says, holding her hand up to block the lens. The guard wordlessly follows behind him for most of the four-minute video. Complete article

Police arrest man accused of stealing shotguns from Iowa Walmart 02/26/2017

West Des Moines Police arrested a man accused of stealing shotguns and ammunition from a West Des Moines Walmart on Saturday, according to a West Des Moines release.

Cody Allen Gebauer, 27, of Des Moines, was arrested on Sunday in connection with the incident and has been charged with third-degree criminal mischief. Theft charges are pending, police say.

Witnesses told officers that at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Walmart at 6365 Stagecoach Drive, a man used a bat from Walmart's sporting goods section to break the glass of a gun case and take weapons.

Police didn't find a suspect at the time of the incident, but found the three shotguns nearby. Complete article

Pa. State police warning against Wal-Mart 'money-gram' scam 02/26/2017

Man crashes truck into a Ga. Walmart after having a seizure 02/26/2017

Nashua pair arrested after report of shoplifting at Hudson NH Walmart 02/26/2017

Woman injured in robbery, kidnapping attempt at Springfield Tenn. Walmart 02/26/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (WKRN) – A homeless man was arrested for the alleged robbery and attempted kidnapping of a woman at a Springfield Walmart.

According to Smokey Barn News, Willie Joe Bufford was taken into custody Sunday evening.

He’s accused of stalking a 23-year-old woman in Walmart around 9:30 a.m. and attacking her when reached her car.

Bufford reportedly pulled out a knife and forced the victim in the backseat. A struggle ensued and the woman was sliced across her fingers as she reached for the knife. Complete article

Protesters in Lynn Mass. want to ruffle Walmart’s feathers 02/27/2017

LYNN — Animal rights activists are urging Walmart to extend its commitment to sell only cage-free eggs in the United States by 2025, to Mexico and Latin America.

About a dozen protesters associated with The Humane League stood outside Walmart’s parking lot on the Lynnway Sunday afternoon, holding signs reading “Stop Walmart Double Standards” and “End This Abuse.” The hashtag #walmartdoublestandards has been circulating around social media.

Since its founding in 2005, The Humane League has been committed to ending the caging of hens in the egg industry worldwide. Activists say the cage-free campaign highlights Walmart’s unjust food practices and its support of animal cruelty in Mexico by continuing practices that it has already committed to eliminate in the U.S.

“It’s important because right now, millions, actually billions of animals each year, chickens in particular, are confined to cages so small that they can’t extend their limbs and live comfortable lives,” said Chris Hendrickson, Boston grassroots director for The Humane League. “Battery cages have been an industry standard for chicken confinement, but as we saw with Question 3 passing here in Massachusetts, 78 percent of Massachusetts voters think that battery cages are not just animal confinement, but in fact, it’s cruelty and should be banned in the state.”

In November, Massachusetts voters passed Question 3, which prohibits the sale of eggs, veal or pork of a farm animal confined in spaces that prevent the animal from lying down, standing up, extending its limbs or turning around. Complete article

Women Will Tell Big Companies Like Walmart and Amazon to Take a Hike on March 8, When They Strike 02/25/2017

Large retailers such as Walmart (WMT) and Amazon (AMZN) may feel a female-driven sting on March 8.

The A Day Without A Woman strike, scheduled on International Women's Day, aims to capitalize on the enthusiasm of the Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington. If you recall, that event was initially planned only for the nation's capital in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential election, but quickly grew to be a fervent outpouring worldwide, replete with marchers wearing hand-knitted pink "pussyhats" directed at Trump's denigrating words about women. According to the strike's website, strikers are urged to take the day off on March 8 from both paid and unpaid labor, avoid shopping for the day (with the exceptions of small, women- and minority-owned businesses) and wear red in solidarity.

In concert with A Day Without A Woman is a strike organized on the same day by a separate coalition, called the International Women's Strike US. That group formed following the Feb. 6 publication of an op-ed in The Guardian calling for a women's strike. Its platform includes economic and social issues. Complete article

Pedestrian hit by car after aggravated armed robbery at Tyler Tx. Walmart 02/26/2017

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Police say some suspects have been arrested after an aggravated robbery at an East Texas Walmart.

Tyler Police say it happened Saturday around 11:50pm at the Walmart in the 6800th block of South Broadway.

Police say that witnesses stated that several subjects entered the store, displayed a weapon and took an undisclosed amount of cash...even holding a Walmart employee at gunpoint.

A pedestrian was hit by the fleeing suspect's vehicle and treated on scene for minor injuries. Minutes after the robbery took place, a Tyler Police officer located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and made a traffic stop. Complete article

Police arrest suspects tied to Hawaii Walmart American Savings Bank robbery 02/26/2017

Police accuse couple of shoplifting at Ind. Walmart 02/27/2017

Man wanted for trying to use counterfeit bills at Va. Walmart 02/27/2017

Judge Dismisses Suit Against Wal-Mart Linked to Mexico Bribery Allegations 02/27/2017

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Wal-Mart's Mexico operations of misleading shareholders during an alleged bribery scheme.

The federal judge in New York on Monday rejected shareholder claims that former Wal-Mart executives knew about bribery allegations or should have known. U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla also said Wal-Mart could not be liable for former employees' actions.

This and other lawsuits were prompted by allegations in 2012 that Wal-Mart's Mexican unit paid millions of dollars in bribes to speed building permits and gain other favors. The allegations spurred federal investigations in the U.S. and Mexico, and a global anti-corruption compliance review by Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart. Complete article

WREG investigates the high number of Walmart calls to Memphis Tenn. Police Department 02/27/2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A News Channel 3 investigation uncovers details about whether one of the country's largest retailers is using your tax dollars to help pay for security.

It's a shopping mecca for deal hunters, but one of the nation's largest retailers is also a haven for petty crime.

Who could forget the viral video of two women scrapping in the shampoo aisle of an Indiana Walmart!

City leaders in Beech Grove, Indiana, fed up with police runs to the retail giant, declared the place a public nuisance and decided to levy fines for excessive calls.

Randy Parraz is the Director for Making Change at Walmart.

He told WREG, "Local communities need to stand up and say we're going to start billing you Walmart, for all the security you're getting from our police officers."

Making Change at Walmart is a campaign spearheaded by a union that monitors issues like workers rights'. Now, the group is taking on Walmart over its calls for service to police.

"We found a pattern where Walmart, instead of doing the right thing and investing and hiring sufficient workers to staff their stores and also invest in appropriate security for their stores, they're off-loading their security at the taxpayer cost to local police officers," said Parraz. Complete article

Police: Man found passed out behind wheel of running car in NH Walmart parking lot 02/28/2017

Moments after she pumped gas, credit card used at Va. Walmart 02/27/2017

Mitchell woman injured in two-vehicle crash at SD Walmart 02/27/2017

Bomb threat briefly closes San Marcos Tx. Walmart 02/27/2017

Ga. Walmart theft crew strikes again 02/27/2017

Newfane man charged with stealing purse from Lockport NY Walmart 02/28/2017

Law and Order: Confrontation in NY Walmart parking lot leads to man's arrest 02/2/2017

Police: Wanted woman arrested after shoplifting from Milford Del. Walmart 02/27/2017

“Mass Chaos” At Fla. Walmart Girl Scout Cookie Stand as Clash Turns Violent Over $20 Debt 02/27/2017

Girl Scout cookies are a nearly $800 million a year business, selling 194 million boxes in 2015 alone. Around this time of year hundreds of the iconic boxes are sold outside Palm Coast’s big box stores by local Girl Scout troupes and their chaperones. One such stand was set up outside of Walmart off Cypress Point Parkway in Palm Coast Saturday evening.

But a dispute between two young passers-by and sellers of the cookies allegedly over an old $20 debt turned ugly, loud then violent, boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas and Trefoils were thrown, so were punches, a man who’d had open-heart surgeries just a few days before was hospitalized with injuries, a woman and a young boy were struck (the boy was hospitalized), and the two alleged assailants were arrested and charged with counts of battery and disorderly conduct.

The confrontation began when Daniel Kennedy, an 18-year-old resident of Pinetree Lane in Palm Coast, and his 16-year-old brother, approached the cookie stand, which was handled by one member of the Ketchum family—parent Lisa Ketchum, 47–and others, including two girl scouts. Ketchum’s husband, Thomas, 49, and their 15-year-old son, happened to be shopping inside Walmart just then. Thomas had had open-heart surgery the previous Wednesday.

According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s arrest and incident reports, based on statements by those at the scene and surveillance video, Erin Kennedy, the mother of Daniel and the younger boy, along with her sons, “confronted the Girl Scout leaders over money that was possibly stolen or loaned several months prior by one of the other Girl Scouts,” a report states. As Lisa Ketchum explained it, the family told her that “one of the Girl Scouts owed their sister $20 from a previous incident involving their respective daughters, who were acquaintances.” Complete article

Suitcase deemed safe at West Melbourne Fla. Walmart 02/28/2017 A bomb-sniffing dog was brought to the scene.

Phenix City police seek dark sedan after robbery in Ga. Walmart parking lot 02/28/2017

Wal-Mart Upgrades App to Add Pharmacy Refills, Money Transfers 02/28/2017

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., looking to lock in more customers with its mobile-phone app, is updating the software so it can be used to refill prescriptions and skip the line at the pharmacy counter.

The upgrade also will let users sign o

ff on medical forms and view prescription pricing on the application, Wal-Mart said on Tuesday. Once their pharmacy orders have been placed, customers will be able to use new express lanes at the store. They’ll scan a code once at the register and can pay with their Wal-Mart Pay account on the app.

The software is part of Wal-Mart’s bid to improve the experience at its 4,700 U.S. stores, which suffered from disorganization and stocking problems in recent years. In addition to the pharmacy changes, the app will work with the retailer’s 1,200 wire-transfer centers, letting customers cash checks, pay bills and send money without paperwork. Complete article

Man arrested after Tx. Walmart trespass and pot possession 02/28/2017

Fire reported at Holland Ohio Walmart on McCord Road 02/28/2017

Stabbing investigated at Walmart Neighborhood Market in Orlando Fla. 03/01/2017

Walmart Employee In Texas Films Man’s Racist Rant Against ‘Foreigners’ 02/28/2017

A woman who posted a Facebook video of a man telling a Texas Walmart worker to “go to your own countries” is demanding the retailer do more to protect its employees.

Liz Colunga told The Huffington Post that her friend of 10 years, whom she’d only identified as Adela, was working at the Walmart vision center in Irving, Texas, last week when a man berated her for appearing to be an immigrant.

Colunga said she posted the video to Facebook on Monday, with Adela’s permission, because of an uptick in xenophobic attacks and remarks made since President Donald Trump became commander in chief.

“It is important that we speak up and share these kind of experiences because only then will our allies know this kind of hate is real,” Colunga wrote in the caption for the video, which has garnered almost 70,000 views and has been shared more than 800 times. Complete article

Nampa gang member wants to take back guilty plea in Idaho Walmart lot shooting in June 2016 02/28/2017

Woman found to have heroin arrested after allegedly breaking into Tenn. Walmart jewelry case 02/28/2017

Two caught on surveillance allegedly stealing $700 worth of electronics from NJ Walmart 02/28/2017

Police: Three caught stealing from Anderson Ca. Walmart 02/28/2017

Two charged in Tenn. Kroger, Walmart thefts 02/28/2017

Man suspected of passing counterfeit cash at Festus-Crystal City Missouri Walmart 02/28/2017

Ex-employee fatally stabs current employee at Walmart gas station, deputies say 03/01/2017

ORLANDO, Fla. - A former employee fatally stabbed a current employee at a Walmart Neighborhood Market gas station Wednesday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The stabbing was reported at the store at 902 Lee Road shortly before 9 a.m.

Officials don't know what led to the stabbing, but a witness said he saw a struggle between the two men continue into the parking lot.

The victim, a 25-year-old man, died from his injuries. The suspect fled the scene on foot, officials said. Deputies said they know the assailant's identity, but aren't releasing the 23-year-old man's name to the media at this time. Complete article