Thursday, July 11, 2019

Should Victims Of Illegal Wars Be Able To Influence Our Elections?



It's standard operating procedure for our government to make major decisions that have an impact on people all around the world, often killing thousands, if not millions of people. This is supposedly often done in "defense of freedom and democracy," yet they rarely, if ever, consult with the people impacted by these decisions outside of our country.

This includes refugees currently fleeing from central America and being held in detainment or concentration camps, often refereed to as "illegal aliens." I'm not going to go into the long history of intervention in other countries including Iraq, Central or Latin America etc. (Some sources are listed below), but many of these refugees are victims of past interventions without there consent, in some cases to overthrow Democratically elected governments, including Iran, Guatemala, Chile, and Honduras, among many others.

Abraham Lincoln once said, "No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent." This should also involve informed consent, which means that people should have access to education and credible media reports about political activity. If you accept this fundamental concept of democracy then we should be trying to figure out to accommodate people that have been, directly or indirectly, victims of past wars based on lies; instead we're suppressing their right to seek asylum and trying to use many of them for low wage labor without rights allowed for citizens.



No doubt many people might disagree that undocumented immigrants or people in foreign countries should be allowed to participate in our democracy, one way or another, even if they're not allowed to vote; however, we should keep in mid that what the oligarchy will do for us they'll do to us, and in many causes they're already doing that, since the vast majority of the benefits for foreign activities and globalized trade, if not all of it, is going to the richest, while the majority of the public are having their wages suppressed in this rigged system.

A major part of the reason why most people don't understand the fundamentals of democracy and propaganda is because the media repeats the same ideology over and over again and as a famous quote ironically attributed to Vladimir Lenin says, "A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth," or at least it seems to. Malcolm X also recognized this when he said “If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

What the mainstream media, of course, fails to mention is the fact that they're controlled by six large corporations and the next half a dozen biggest news outlets are all either owned by billionaires as well, or controlled by stockholders, which are mostly millionaires if not billionaires, and they routinely only cover a small fraction of the news or candidates. Some of the best reporting doesn't come from them at all, and in many cases it's often referred to as Russian propaganda even if there's no evidence to prove one way or another.

Many of these allegedly Russian news outlets come up with large amount of reporting that can be independently verified by any rational person, and it's often quite clear that even if the source can't be verified, the reporting is accurate. In many cases they report things that the mainstream media doesn't actually dispute and even admits to in low profile articles; but they often repeat deceptive propaganda over and over again, while those low profile articles are quickly forgotten.

Some of these news outlets reported on the lies that led us into the war with Iraq based on weapons of mass destruction that weren't there. This includes some reporting that was covered months if not years before the preparation for the war by the mainstream media, although they didn't present it as credibly as some alternative media outlets. Both Scott Ritter and Mohamed ElBaradei reported about how Iraqi weapons were mostly if not all destroyed years before the invasion. This was covered in the mainstream media; however they also covered false smears against both of them, often from unreliable sources which they didn't accurately investigate.

After the invasion it was clear that they were right all along, and there was much more to prove that it was based on lies, but mainstream media refused to cover the most credible news or expose the lies until it was too late. The same mainstream media that now tries to present itself as the more reliable source, compared to Trump, also gave him the obsession coverage he needed to get name recognition years before the 2016 election. They also presented Hillary Clinton as the inevitable nominee years before the election, even though both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had incredibly record breaking high negative poll ratings during the primary season.

They refused to cover many other candidates for office, which is part of their routine. They rig elections by only covering candidates they support, which means ones that go along with the agenda fighting wars for one reason or another, whether it's for oil, profits, ideology or some other far-fetched idea. This seems hard for some people who haven't kept up with alternative media outlets to believe, but there's an enormous a mount of evidence to support this conclusion, although some things remain unexplained.

There should be little doubt that the bigger problem isn't Russia interfering with our elections, it's the fact that a small fraction of the public in this country is allowed to control almost all of the mass media and they're rigging elections, and the economy in their own favor.

This was clear even before the alleged Russia hacking to interfere with the elections; but even if you accept this claim, the hacking exposed additional details about how the Democratic Party is colluding with the media to rig the primaries for Hillary Clinton.

Now they're not only using this as an excuse to suppress speech that they suspect is from Russia trolls, but they're also suppressing an enormous number of accounts from people in the United States. Not only are they not limiting their censorship to people from other countries that don't have the right to vote but many of the people in other countries are impacted by our foreign policy and their own governments are often oppressing them as a result of American interference in their elections, assuming they have them at all, in many cases our government is propping up dictators that are violently oppressing their people!

And many of these refugees that are being detained or deported, either on the Mexican border or elsewhere, are fleeing violence that resulted in United States intervention. this includes the seven countries on the travel ban, all of which the United States intervened militarily, either by invading or by overthrowing their governments sometimes democratically elected, or at least elected with far more popular support than the puppet regimes the United Stated installed in many countries, including Iran, which is on the ban.

The citizens of these countries are also subject to oppressive labor practices as a result of United States intervention, and when they migrate to the United states it may not be much better, especially if they're undocumented. Corporations routinely take advantage of their status to suppress their wages and force them to work in hostile work environments. This includes on the property of many wealthy people that are routinely caught hiring undocumented immigrants, including Donald Trump, who had many of them working at his hotels, at least until they were exposed the latest time. Supposedly he fired them and blamed them for their status; but this is part of a pattern of behavior that has been going on for decades, and whenever he gets exposed, he goes through the same routine and after the media stops paying attention he does it again until they expose, him again, so it's virtually guaranteed that although he may have some deported, he only hires more so that he can profit off of people not allowed to participate in the democratic process.



There are plenty of credibility problems with some of the sources that they tribute to Russia; however, in many other cases what these alternative are much better, often exposing the lies that lead us into war, and the leaks that exposed additional information about how the democratic establishment was rigging the primaries for Hillary Clinton, including when Donna Brazile leaked questions to the Hillary campaign, and much more. And of course there'are many examples where alternative media outlets mix in unreliable news with reliable news, which the mainstream media routinely does as well.

This is why we need a diverse media, so that the public can sort through different sources and do their own fact checking. If the mainstream media was really concerned about "Fake News" the most effective response might be to teach people how to recognize propaganda tactics so they can sort it out themselves, since the media can't possibly debunk every false story on the internet. However, if they did a good job at this they might expose their own manipulation tactics, which is presumably why they don't.

Under the current system a small fraction of the public controls a massive amount of propaganda designed to indoctrinate the majority. For the most part it's very effective, although they divide the public into various factions, mostly controlled by demagogues approved by the mainstream media; which essentially mean that although we have the illusion of a debate the leaders are controlled by the same small fraction of wealthy college educated political operatives and media pundits.

There's another small percentage of the public that learns how to check facts, and sort through the propaganda reasonably well, and recognize that our government and the media are manipulating us. This percentage of the public is probably larger than the elites controlling the mass media; however, they don't control large institutions that can get their message across to the public, although some of them do control some of the alternative media outlets, some of which are being demonized as Russian propaganda.

Our leaders would have us believe that if we vote to invade another country based on their lies that we're justified in killing them, including what they call "collateral damage" or innocent men, women and children, yet these men women and children shouldn't be allowed to vote on whether or not we kill them and if they flee their country after the United States supported a coup like in Guatemala, Honduras and many other countries around the world, then they're treated like criminals instead of victims, while some of the same people that are responsible for their oppression also control large corporations that exploit their labor victimizing them again.

We're supposed to believe this political establishment is protecting out democracy?

I certainly agree that we should have disclosure when ever possible from our sources of news; however, that should apply even more to mainstream media than it does to social media since they have a much larger reach than even the most popular Twitter or Facebook accounts; yet, when they were exposed for their fraud, instead of admitting that they were involved in rigging the primaries, which ultimately enabled Donald Trump to get elected and allowing fair coverage for all candidates who run for office they provided an enormous amount of obsessive media coverage to convince the most complacent people that they were justified in rigging the primaries that that the only problem was someone allegedly hacked their computers and exposed what they were doing!

I can't completely guarantee you that some of these accounts aren't from foreign powers; however, even if they are, they're not doing nearly as much damage as the mainstream media, and some of them might be acting to prevent American atrocities by helping elect reasonable candidates that aren't catering to the corrupt oligarchy. This is actually far more rational than terrorist that are so outraged by constant bombing of foreign countries that they go on shooting sprees or the Boston Bombing.

One alleged example that Twitter blocked at least twice, the most recent time appears to be permanent is Jeanette Jing, who had a large following of Bernie Sanders supporters during the 2016 election, and was a very credible source, even if she was anonymous, as she admits. there was a claim that she's actually a gut from Singapore based on a couple of her Tweets, including one that showed two JPGs of Jeanette's tweets one that said "Was great to hang out with Adam's sister Ari," and a picture of a guy and a girl. Jeanette doesn't say who's in the picture which could have been Adam and Ari, or as the author seemed to assume it could have been him with Ari. And another saying "Late salad and soup lunch on a rainy Singapore day. In a strong aircon it feels like the U.K.!" without any more specifics, without additional details I can't rule out the possibility that she might have just been visiting Singapore assuming they're legitimate Tweets.

The person making this claim is clearly a avid opponent of Bernie Sanders, for one reason or another, which indicates as much, if not more, bias against Sanders and Jeanette Jing, and he cited extensive Tweets from Jeanette, including some of her first ones, which most of us probably wouldn't know how to find, raising questions about how he did it, or if he was archiving her form the beginning, which may raise more doubts about his credibility than hers.

However, whether or not she was from a foreign country isn't that important since she wasn't providing any first hand accounts of news instead she did a very good job reporting from reliable sources that could be confirmed independently which is considered acceptable when Twitter accounts supporting establishment candidates do the same thing.

Exactly why they're coming up with such an elaborate scheme to blame Russia for interfering in our election when the political establishment and media are doing far more to rig them by only covering candidates they support, is hard to tell. However, for years the media was in control of a fraction of the public, getting much worse with media consolidation that sped up during Reagan's presidency and peaked when Bill Clinton allowed them to consolidate until there were only six oligarchies controlling over ninety percent of the media. And two of them, Viacom and CBS, have been trying to merge for years, and already have directly interlocking boards of directors, which should be a violation of antitrust laws; the next half a dozen or more larges media outlets including Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, are either owned by billionaires or the New York Times which is also controlled by wealthy stockholders also catering to the richest percent of the public.

The bottom line is that billionaires and multimillionaires control the truth according to the mainstream media; and there are a lot of on line activist trying to create alternative media to let people know how the 1% is rigging the system against us. Whether it's because the online activists are doing a good job; the oligarchy is being incredibly obvious and taking it to extremes; or most likely, a combination of both, leading to massive mistrust of the mainstream media.

Now they're increasing their reliance on censorship to suppress views that challenge the elite narrative, which clearly appears to be a major part of the reason for the demonization of alternative media to justify censoring them. This is being used to censor citizens and foreigners alike including many of the victims of corporate corruption either here or abroad!



There are two things that mainstream politicians can't seem to do; one as Bernie Sanders pointed out is "use dirty words," they can starve children, bomb houses and innocents in wars based on lies but not swearing.

The other one, which even Bernie Sanders doesn't do nearly enough of is speak out about how those that are allowed to participate in the pseudo-democratic process are allowed to suppress the rights of those who aren't allowed to participate! Bernie Sanders does far more to criticize the mainstream media than most politicians but he still doesn't do enough and there are somethings which we have to push at the grassroots level if we're going to convince politicians to do them. Either that or we need major reform enabling those that are willing to speak out on these issues to get enough name recognition to get elected, or better yet some of both. Sanders slogan, "not me us" does far more to motivate the public, and we need to go with this.

I have no doubt that the vast majority of voters don't want to support these wars based on lies or suppress rights of those without political power, with the possible exception of the most racists ones, many of whom are strong Trump supporters. But even those have been raised in an authoritarian manner, teaching them to blindly trust their leaders and blame those without political power for their problems. The reason for that is more than I can go into in this article; but, a large portion of that is because the elites have been studying how to manipulate them for decades!

It's not the immigrants coming to this country or the poor people still in other countries that are causing problems for the working class, including the racist ones; it's the wealthy elites rigging the economy, partly by suppressing voting rights or free speech rights to prevent working class people from educating each other about massive fraud they're carrying out!





The following are some additional sources for this article, including examples of censorship, with the tweets about Jeanette Jing, and a handful of additional news about how it's the victims of our foreign aggression that are being turned into refugees are forced into oppressive labor conditions:

Poll: One-third of Americans say news media is the 'enemy of the people' 07/02/2019

Sigmund Fraud: 11 Tactics Used by the Mainstream Media to Manufacture Consent for the Oligarchy 07/08/2014 Sigmund Fraud is obviously an anonymous pseudonym; however the principles that he describes can be easily recognized and verified independently, so they're credible as long as you apply them well.

Sigmund Fraud – archives on Waking times

War, Propaganda and the Media 03/31/2005

Fourteen Propaganda Techniques Fox “News” Uses to Brainwash Americans 07/02/2011 Other media outlets use most of these tactics as well, although they're often more subtle. With Fox News it's so obvious that almost anyone can recognize them, assuming they haven't been indoctrinated into a right wing ideology and under peer pressure to go along with the crowd. Other media outlets often try to take credit for exposing Fox's tactics while using the same ones in a more subtle manner.

How Mainstream Media Strategies Enable Political Propaganda 06/02/2018

Border Patrol Agents Attempted to Delete Racist Posts 07/05/2019

'This Is a Scandal': Documents Show ICE and FBI Using Facial Recognition to Mine Millions of Driver's License Photos 07/08/2019

Mike Gravel: The Trump administration is deporting refugees of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide and the Vietnam War - two tragedies that U.S. imperialism is responsible for. It’s not enough to stop deportations. All of these refugees should be given full citizenship. 07/10/2019

U.S. deports 37 Cambodian refugees after criminal convictions 07/04/2019

Banning refugees from countries America destroyed 01/28/2017

Why these 7 countries are listed on Trump's travel ban 06/26/2018

Twitter Erupts Over News That Hillary Clinton Used Black Prison Labor While First Lady of Arkansas 06/07/2017

Censored again 02/19/2019

“I’ve Been Labeled a Russian Troll By Twitter. What Do I Do Next?” 10/25/2017

Twitter suspends account of @JeanetteJing, vocal Bernie Sanders supporter 05/13/2016

Free Jeanette Jing 05/13/2016

In case anyone still doesn't know. Anti HRC bot Jeanette jing is a dude from Singapore @smoothkobra @MrDane1982 05/18/2016

Now that Bernie’s 2020 campaign is up and running, it’s time to take a look back at the crushing aftermath of his capitulation to HRC. Jeanette Jing writes here that it may not AT ALL be what it appeared. (Jing was suspended from Twitter yesterday.) #Bernie2020 02/20/2019

Do progressives even want to win? 11/14/2016

Guatemalan Domestic Workers Reveal a Dirty Business 05/04/2015

Hondurans Are Still Fighting the US-Supported Dictatorship 07/01/2019 Ten years after the coup, they have become the largest single Central American nationality in the refugee caravans fleeing north. By James North

Honduras at Ten Years After the Coup: a Critical Assessment 06/28/2019 On the morning of June 28, 2009, Honduran army units entered the home of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales and forcibly brought him to Palmerola, a joint Honduran-U.S. military air base where they put Zelaya on a plane and sent him into exile.

The 1953 coup still matters in Iran—here’s why 09/15/2018

Collateral damage in Syria and Iraq 12/07/2015

Ali Ismaeel Abbas, 12, was inside his home in Iraq playing with his sister when an American missile tore through and exploded severing both his arms and leaving him crippled for life. 2019

Collateral damage: A brief history of U.S. mistakes at war 10/07/2015





Monday, July 1, 2019

Walmart Crime Report June 2019



After an unusually slow month for shootings, with only four in May, Walmart had another fourteen in June with eight of them fatal. One of these shootings was during a DEA drug bust that created a panic in the store; the FBI had another arrest just last month using flash bang grenades during the arrest scaring people into believing that there was an active shooter. There still hasn't been a public explanation for that.

The media finally acknowledged the large number of shootings at Walmart, sort of, they provided a list of seven of them with a disclaimer that it wasn't a complete list. some people might think they were exaggerating things if there weren't much more than seven shootings over a year and a half around the country; however, there have been over a hundred shootings in each of the last three years and it's virtually guaranteed that there will be more than a hundred this year, probably breaking the previous record of one hundred and twenty one; there have already been at least sixty-eight in the first six months and November and December are usually when they have the most crime, including shootings.

At least two of these shootings were suicides, including one employee, and there were several other suicide attempts at Walmart this month, this is becoming more popular. Florida had the most shootings with four, including three fatal ones, North and South Carolina had another five shootings, three of them fatal. there were a couple stories about old shootings that killed people including an officer that was honored after being killed fifteen years ago and an inmate that was executed after murdering someone who gave him a ride twenty-three years ago. Another person was sentenced to five years after pleading guilty only five months after the shooting, last January.

There were at least fourteen more gun related crimes at Walmart, including robberies, arguments, often over petty things, and several panics, including two that were only over BB guns. There was a report of an alleged kidnapping and torture incident that took place five months ago but wasn't reported publicly until this month and another incident that took place two months ago, also reported this month. These were major incidents, yet they were withheld from the media for months. There have been numerous stories about Walmart not wanting to report on their crime problems to preserve their reputation, this adds to the evidence that police may also be under political pressure to do so as well.

There were at least five more deaths unrelated to the shootings, making it a total of thirteen dead at Walmart or related to their business, including a woman that was killed by a distracted driver, two others killed in a three-car accident in front of their store, a body found in their parking lot that had been dead for at least forty-eight hours, and a Walmart worker who was last seen leaving work, and her body was found several days later, with coroner still investigating cause of death for last two.

Another two communities have blamed Walmart for their high crime problems, including a Wyoming town where it's the police blaming them, which is actually unusual; they usually put out facts that obviously implicate Walmart without drawing that conclusion, sometimes even saying they're doing a good job helping them fight their crime problems without acknowledging the fact that it grew dramatically when they moved to town, or that it's their corner cutting and other policies that create this magnet for crime.

A police department in New Hampshire is going to bizarre extremes to prosecute a legally blind person from stealing things at the self-checkout aisle, with a total value of $20 for five trips, which means that they're spending far more in legal expenses than it would to provide fair service to people at the store. Most if not all the money they save on cashiers seems to be going to security cameras to catch people stealing, which is clear entrapment.

They had another panic overt a suspected IED along with their usual bomb threats which are almost always bluffs, even suspected IEDs usually turn out to be harmless; more razor blades found in shopping carts, which seems to happen almost every month now, they occasionally report in in local areas where they're found but most of the country probably never hears about this problem.

There were more brawls that went viral when they were reported on Facebook often by customers, otherwise there might not be any reporting on it at all. There was at least a couple attempted kidnappings, many assaults, and a growing number of purse snatching's in the Washington area. The vast majority of these probably don't get reported in the traditional media unless there's a surge in them like this month or additional violence accompanying them.

Walmart is facing another lawsuit for someone wrongfully suspected of stealing credit cards because they accused the wrong person caught on their video cameras.

There were at least seventeen major crashes, police chases, hit and runs, and one incident where a driver dragged a Louisiana Deputy with his truck before fleeing to Mississippi; apparently if you make it to the next state after dragging a police officer that doesn't mean they let you go like he thought. Two of these incidents were fatal including one that was also related to the eight fatal shootings.



There were close to, if not more than a dozen fires, at least five or six that were arson and more that causes that weren't reported; three of these fires were set by the same person in an attempt to shoplift, which never works but people keep trying it.

They had at least half a dozen knife crimes including at least four stabbings, one of which was a road rage stabbing on the freeway after an argument that began at Walmart. There were various robberies, assaults, sex crimes, and an art teacher stealing art supplies, which would be much less likely if we financed education more instead of subsidizing large corporations.

Bernie Sanders showed up at Walmart's annual meeting to speak about oppressive wages which led to the executives calling for a raise in the minimum wage, which is a step in the right direction, although some are saying they're only doing this to force their competitors to increase pay, which would be fine as long as they don't use oligarchy power to drive up prices defeating the purpose, which they often do. Walmart came up with another plan for cheap college at a dollar a day, but it's an online college which is probably useless like other ones exposed by Diane Ravitch and other education watchdogs.

Walmart has several mass lay-offs, as a result of outsourcing or technology advances, each of these are being reported separately with hundreds of lay-offs for each report which is probably more than two thousand lay-offs combined, although they seem smaller to people only seeing one of the reports.

A large part of the reason for this is advanced technology, which isn't taking into consideration the needs of workers or consumers, just the profits for those controlling corporations. This technology includes self-driving cars of delivery trucks, drones, artificial intelligence to catch people stealing at the check out or elsewhere, more self-checkout methods, which means that instead of stopping entrapment policies they want to increase them, as long as it increases profits and the public has to pay legal expenses or incarceration.

This months recalls include flour due to E. coli, fruit due to norovirus, 23K containers of baby formula powder for possible contamination, all produce sold at a Minnesota store that had a chemical contamination problem, and Rhododendrons bought in Kansas. There were at least two or three more evacuations for chemical problems for cleaning products or something else, which happens almost every month. In some cases they tell people to simply destroy their products, which they paid for, presumably if you take them back they'll refund money but it's up to consumers to go through the trouble of returning them and saving their receipts, which they might not think to save when it comes to recalls.

And most of these recalls aren't reported widely so many people buying them never even know about it or bother to make their returns which decreases Walmart's incentive to improve safety, which they habitually take advantage of to increase profits.

Walmart has been suing the legal system to squeeze small town across the country to cut back on their assessments demanding tax rebates, including in Kansas, where courts ruled against them, Maine where they've had more success, at least for now and Georgia where they've been avoiding local sales taxes with their on line decisions, but local officials are trying to reverse that, although the government almost always works for lobbyists and campaign donors, not voters who only hear from candidates supporting large corporations although they routinely pretend to defend the working class.



A new report by Stacy Mitchell has shown that Walmart controls a fifth of the grocery business nation wide but in some areas it's a virtual monopoly controlling over seventy percent of the market. This is exactly what antitrust laws were supposed to prevent but not only have they declined to enforce them for decades, but the government has been subsidizing Walmart to enable them to wipe out their competition helping them gain market dominance. Most of this is often negotiated at the local level, but they couldn't do it without state or federal support as well.

This is not a "free market" as they claim at all; it's an Oligarchy market, with the government choosing who controls the economy!

There are numerous cases where Oligarchies are fighting it out in courts to decide which corporation gets to control which segment of the economy or hold which patent; however it's all buried in confusing legal jargon and only reported in a low profile manner, so there's little doubt that the best interests of consumers or workers aren't the top priority, since they're not even involved in the debate or fully informed.

These corporations are deciding how to control the food chain, medical treatment, whether or not to protect the environment, usually favoring what ever's more profitable, how welfare payments are distributed giving oligarchies another advantage over small businesses, how old people have to be to smoke, or where alcohol should be sold. sometimes they might make the right decision, like when they decided to raise the smoking age to 21, but it's primarily based on the most effective way to increase profits not concern for health.

Walmart is involved in several lawsuits for slips and falls or someone getting their hand caught in an automatic door that wasn't working properly; and they've written off their bribery scandal as a cost of doing business, paying out a fraction of what they made as a result of it, which means that it won't serve as a deterrent at all.

Punishment as a deterrent is something reserved for the poor when people are much more likely to be desperate so it';s less likely to work, when it would work with wealthy they rig the system so they don't face punishment.

They also faced outrage over sales of "Virginia Beach Strong" shirts claiming after they were called out on it that all proceeds would be donated, although there was no such claim before they were called out, which raises possibility that they only agreed to this because of customer outrage. Unfortunately, neither Walmart or most of the people pushing for proceeds from sales to go to charity seem to be reporting about the leading causes of violence which makes these shootings much more likely, like early child abuse leading to escalating violence, abandoned inner cities, wars based on lies, etc. When they do raise money for this they often spend it on consoling people but the best research isn't presented in the media or used to make policy decisions.

This month there were fewer reports of animals that might want to shop at Walmart with one story about a cop catching a snake, most other animal incidents don't seem to have been reported.

One Walmart manager started yelling at one of her customers when he decided to wear a yellow vest without a shirt underneath, taking a while to realize that he didn't work there, and could dress as he liked. Another customer decided to eat half a cake and refused to pay for the second half getting her banned, a third one was upset when a graduation cake wasn't available and they offered a free one which turned out to be made out of Styrofoam embarrassing her in front of a large gathering.

If someone thinks that Ravens have to be free so anyone named "Raven" can't be arrested especially if they come from "earth," I'm not going to argue with them, but it turns out police in Montana disagree.

Police in Florida aren't much happier with people that pour salt on the floor and his feet to get rid of evil spirits. At least he didn't go on a rampage with stolen construction equipment because a "Hookah smoking Rabbit" told him to or because he was being chased by zombies in a zombie apocalypse. It's been over a year since either of those events happened.



Strange things happen at Walmart!





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

Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Walmart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Walmart has done as little as they seem to get away with, often relying on rhetoric that isn't backed up with action, when it comes to addressing any of their critics concerns, including crime. One of the responses they’ve come up with is what they call "Restorative Justice" which gives first time shoplifters a chance to avoid being arrested or any criminal record if they take an on line course which costs $400 up front or $500 in payments, plus perhaps, reparations. This has been part of the privatization process and often denies suspects of the due process or access to a lawyer, perhaps even intimidating and extorting from some people that might not even be guilty. Walmart seems to be trying to find a way to turn crime into a profit making situation instead of looking for the most effective ways to reduce it. Making Change at Walmart is asking If you or someone you know has gone through @Walmart's "Restorative Justice" program for first-time suspected shoplifters, send us a DM. 03/30/2017 to ensure that it isn’t doing more harm than good. I did my own review of this program as well at Walmart’s “Restorative Justice” Endangers Public Without Reducing Crime. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in June 2019. According to the "Is Walmart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Walmart, and presumably, the ones most likely to make the news on the internet nationwide. This isn't statistically representative, as the 2006 or the "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" study or some of the studies cited by Stacy Mitchell; but it does provide some additional information that may help recognize how many problems there are at Walmart.



Woman Arrested For Stealing Items Worth Hundreds Of Dollars From Pa. Walmart 06/01/2019

Crowd of disruptive youths twice shooed from Ill. Walmart lot 06/01/2019

Deputies investigate fatal shooting at Florida Walmart store 06/03/2019

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say one person was killed at a Florida Walmart store and the suspected shooter was taken into custody.

Brevard County Sheriff’s spokesman Tod Goodyear tells news outlets that the shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday in Merritt Island on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. The store was evacuated but reopened on Monday morning.

Goodyear says the victim died at the scene.

Customers who were inside the store when the gunshots were fired were gathered outside by deputies to speak to investigators. Complete article

Fatal shooting at Merritt Island Walmart 06/03/2019

Shoppers head to Walmart where shooting occurred, while social media users talk guns 06/03/2019

Love triangle led to fatal shooting at Walmart in Merritt Island, deputies say 06/03/2019 MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. — A confrontation between a Walmart assistant manager and another man has left that man dead.

Shooting leaves man dead at Merritt Island Walmart; Investigators say it was over a relationship 06/03/2019

Questions loom as State attorneys review the Merritt Island Walmart shooting case 06/05/2019


Bank inside NE Austin Tx. Wal-Mart robbed 06/01/2019

AUSTIN, Texas — Austin police responded to the scene of a bank robbery in northeast Austin Saturday afternoon.

APD states that they received a 9-1-1 call at 4:50 p.m. regarding a bank robbery at the Woodforest National Bank inside the Wal-Mart located at 1030 Norwood Park Blvd.

Investigators determined that the suspect walked up to the bank, displayed a weapon and left with an undisclosed amount of money. Complete article

Suspect in Austin Walmart bank robbery now connected to second event 06/03/2019


2 charged following stabbing incident at Groton Conn. Walmart 06/02/2019

GROTON, Conn. (WTNH) - Two people have been arrested following an altercation in Groton on Saturday evening.

According to officials, around 6:25 p.m., units responded to the Walmart at 150 Gold Star Highway for a report of an assault in the parking lot.

At the scene, police said they learned that an argument took place between Hatun Biyikli and Jeanette Braddock.

Officers said the incident turned physical when Biyikli pulled out a small knife.

Two people then tried to break up the altercation. They both suffered lacerations and were treated at local hospital. Complete article


Argument at Mississippi Walmart leads to road-rage stabbing on freeway, police say 06/02/2019

DESOTO COUNTY, MISS. — Police have released new information surrounding a Mississippi road-rage incident that led to a stabbing on I-55.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. on I-55 at Goodman Road in Southaven, authorities said.

According to Southaven police, the victim and suspect were involved in an argument at a Walmart beforehand. The two men knew each other and had “prior contact” before the incident, authorities said.

The argument continued, and when they got to the red light at Goodman Road, the situation escalated, police said. Complete article


Myrtle Beach SC chase suspects connected to Walmart shoplifting incident, report says 06/01/2019

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach police have identified two suspect who were taken into custody after a chase Friday night.

Dashawn Mitchell, 24, faces several charges including failure to stop for a blue light, reckless driving and shoplifting. Stephen Cassady, 28, is charged with shoplifting. The two were also charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

A police report shows that arrests warrants were taken out on the two after they were seen on surveillance camera stealing $64 worth of steaks Friday afternoon from the Walmart on Seaboard Street. Complete article


Man charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident at a Grand Forks ND Walmart 06/01/2019

GRAND FORKS, ND (Valley News Live) There was a large police presence at a Grand Forks Walmart Saturday evening after reports of a man possibly loading a handgun in the entryway.

Police say they were not able to find the suspect in the store located at at 2551 32nd Ave S. But once they checked video surveillance, they noted that the male purchased a BB gun and took the product out of the bag while in the entryway of the store.

He was observed leaving Wal Mart just as officers were arriving.

The man, later on, returned to the store, while officers were on scene. Officials attempted to interview him but they say the male became very uncooperative and vulgar, that's when he was arrested for Disorderly Conduct for his behavior. Complete article

Police say man with BB gun at Walmart made no threats 06/04/2019 King, of Grand Forks, will not face additional charges.


Man poses as Fla. Walmart worker to steal $10K worth of tobacco products: Police 06/01/2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — Police are looking for a man who posed as a Walmart employee and stole more than $10,000 worth of tobacco products from the store.

West Palm Beach Police said the man walked into the Walmart on 45th Street and walked out with stolen goods. Complete article


Tx. Family upset after Walmart graduation cake turns out to be Styrofoam 06/03/2019

PASADENA, Texas (WTHR) — A Texas family says they've suffered "embarrassment and humiliation" after discovering a graduation cake they received from Walmart was not edible, but made of Styrofoam.

Marsy Flores told NBC affiliate KPRC she was trying to give her daughter the perfect graduation celebration with a cake. She ordered a cake from Walmart, but when she went to pick it up the morning of graduation, she discovered the store had lost her order.

Flores said the manager offered to give her another cake for free to make up for the mistake. She accepted the offer and chose another cake. Flores initially thought everything was back on track, until it came time to cut the cake at the party.

When she cut into the cake, she discovered underneath the graduation photo and decorative frosting was not a tasty cake, but Styrofoam. Complete article


Millville NJ Police Have Money You Dropped At Walmart 06/03/2019

$30,000 Mega Millions ticket sold at Goodyear Ariz. Walmart 06/03/2019

Man Accused Of Robbing 70-Year-Old Woman May 30 At Mass. Walmart Arrested 06/03/2019

Man puts on women's shoes, walks out of Pa. Walmart 06/03/2019

Man, 20, held for rolling joint outside Walmart, Carson City Nevada Sheriff’s Office says 06/04/2019

Investigation continues into shooting at Barnwell SC Walmart 06/03/2019

BARNWELL, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) --Sheriff Ed Carroll confirms deputies are at the Walmart in Barnwell on Dunbarton Avenue responding to a shooting.

Details are very limited, but the coroner has not been called out. Complete article


This list only includes seven shootings around the country over the past year and a half; there were over a hundred shootings in each of the last three years. If they wanted to do a good job compiling a list they could have easily come up with much more than this!

Recent shootings at Walmart stores: A list 06/03/2019

Walmart stores are in almost every city and town in the United States and it's not surprising the popular, 24-hour discount stores have seen their share of violent crime, including shootings. While the following is not a complete list of shootings that have happened at Walmart stores, it includes the most frequent events. Complete article


Cheyenne Wyoming Police Chief Blames Walmart for Spike in Property Crimes 06/03/2019

Cheyenne has seen a 35 percent increase in property crimes since 2014, and Police Chief Brian Kozak says Walmart's crime problem "probably caused most of it." "Between 2010-2014, we actually were doing good with reducing crime," Kozak told City Council members during a recent budget work session.

"Then in 2014, we saw a turn where things started to go the opposite direction," he added.

Kozak says that's when the second Walmart at 580 Livingston Avenue was annexed in.

"Right at that same time we noticed a big spike in property crime and that's because of the larcenies and shopliftings," said Kozak. "Each Walmart produces probably over 200 to 300 larcenies a year."​

Kozak says Walmart generates more police calls than any other retailer in the capital city. Complete article


Shippensburg duo facing charges after stealing baby formula, dragging employee across Pa. Walmart parking lot with vehicle 06/04/2019

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa.– Two people are facing charges after allegedly stealing baby formula and a lamp from Walmart before dragging a store employee across the parking lot with a vehicle.

Jesus Vazquez, 45, and Mikesha Thomas, 22, both of Shippensburg, are facing retail theft charges for their roles in the incident.

On May 22 around 2:30 p.m., police responded to the Walmart store off South Conestoga Drive in Shippensburg Township for a report of shoplifting. .....

According to police, Thomas was confronted by a store employee in the parking lot at her vehicle. When the employee saw that Thomas had her vehicle half loaded with stolen items, the employee attempted to prevent Thomas from leaving, according to the criminal complaint.

The employee allegedly grabbed the steering wheel when Thomas fled the scene in her vehicle, dragging the employee about 20-30 yards across the parking lot with her vehicle. Complete article


Man wanted in hit-and-run in Va. Walmart parking lot 06/03/2019

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (WWBT) - A man is wanted for hit-and-run after police say he backed into a parked vehicle and left the scene.

Police said the incident occurred at Walmart in Colonial Heights on May 7. The suspect’s vehicle, described as a gray Nissan Maxima, backed into a parked vehicle and damaged the right rear fender.

The suspect parked in another parking spot and left the area without providing contact information. Complete article


Man accused of trying to carjack victim with screwdriver at Chandler Ariz. Walmart 06/03/2019

CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- A Sacaton man is accused of using a screwdriver in an attempt to carjack another man outside a Chandler Walmart.

The incident happened May 31 at the Walmart near Arizona Avenue and Pecos Road.

Johnathan Vavages, 27, faces multiple felony charges, including armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping, theft and criminal damages.

Police say Vavages walked up to the victim and brandished the screwdriver and told the victim to give him his car keys. Complete article


Florida man pours salt in Walmart to get rid of evil spirits around him, sheriff says 06/03/2019

HUDSON, Fla. (CBS12) — A man in central Florida told deputies he poured salt on the floor of a Walmart store to get rid of the evil spirits around him.

The Pasco Sheriff's Office arrested 38-year-old Dameon Dean Cantrell early Sunday morning.

A store manager told investigators a man poured salt on the floor and on his feet before walking into the woods near the store. The manager said he wanted the man charged with trespassing.

A deputy found Cantrell laying under some trees in the woods, but still on Walmart property. He was arrested and taken to the Land O'Lakes Detention Center. Complete article


Mom caught trying smother infant in Fla. Walmart parking lot after threatening suicide on Facebook: Police 06/03/2019

A woman in Florida was arrested Tuesday evening, accused of trying to suffocate her 6-month-old baby in a Walmart parking lot.

As reported by TC Palm, Indian River County deputies were informed of a post on Aniyah Thomas’ Facebook profile in which she allegedly threatened to kill herself and her child. Brevard County police then pinged her cellphone to a Walmart in Vero Beach, where they located her vehicle in the supermarket’s parking lot, according to the Sebastian Daily.

Authorities were said to have found Thomas, 19, in the driver’s seat with the infant, who she had placed put facedown on her chest.

“Aniyah then wrapped her right arm around the back of the infant’s head and wrapped her left arm around the upper torso of the infant in a hugging position. Aniyah started to squeeze the infant, which appeared to be suffocating,” they wrote. Complete article


Online education has proven to be highly ineffective in traditional education; there's little if any chance that this is much if any better.

If it sounds to good to be true it probably is.

Walmart to offer free college SAT and ACT prep for its workers in high school 06/04/2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is extending its debt-free college benefits to high schoolers as a way to attract and retain workers in a tight labor market.

The nation's largest private employer said Tuesday it will offer free college SAT and ACT prep for its workers in high school, while offering two to three free general education college classes through an educational startup. Walmart estimates about 25,000 people under the age of 18 work at its stores, a fraction of its 1.3 million person U.S. workforce.

It is an expansion of a program Walmart launched last year offering affordable access to a college degree for full-time and part-time workers who have been with the company at least 90 days.

The company is working with a Denver-startup called Guild Education that offers a program costing a dollar a day at several non-profit universities with online programs that have had success working with adult learners. It also said it's expanding the number of degrees beyond business and supply management to an additional 14 that will include cybersecurity and computer science. Walmart says these programs will help provide workers with skills it needs in the future. Complete article

Walmart will offer $1 a day college program and SAT, ACT training to store employees 06/04/2019


FedEx opening office inside Fla. Walmart for package pickup, shipping 06/03/2019

Shoppers looking to ship packages or pick them up in a secure location will soon be able to use a FedEx center inside the Huber Heights Walmart.

The Walmart at 7680 Brandt Pike is adding a Fedex space inside the store, valued at more than $42,000, according to Montgomery County records. Complete article


Rapid City woman accused of deadly June 26 crash at Walmart receives $250,000 bond 06/03/2019

Man who threatened SC Walmart officer with box cutter, carjacked vehicle to escape police, in Feb. 2018 is sentenced 06/03/2019

Fla. Walmart gas station to reopen after fire during Memorial weekend 06/04/2019

Deputies: Woman charged with neglect after child left in car outside SC Walmart 06/04/2019

Boerne Police seeking Walmart theft suspect 06/04/2019

Silver City man killed in NM Walmart parking lot, later dumped on Esperanza Street 06/04/2019

LAS CRUCES - A Silver City man was killed in the parking lot of the Valley Drive Walmart on Saturday in Las Cruces, and his body was dumped near Esperanza Street, just south of Idaho Avenue, court documents state.

Patrick D. Salaiz, 43, and Sonny Sierra, 25, have been arrested and charged in the shooting death of Robert Peña, 28, of Silver City.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a third suspect, Gabriel Salaiz, who is Patrick's 21-year-old son.

Court documents allege Peña tried to rob Sierra, but Sierra ended up with the gun and fatally shot Peña. Complete article

Bond set for man accused, Sonny Sierra, 25, of Walmart parking lot shooting; driver to remain in custody 06/07/2019

No bond granted for murder suspect, Gabriel Salaiz, 21, in Walmart parking lot shooting in Las Cruces, NM 06/13/2019


Man threatened to shoot someone at Jasper Ind. Walmart, police say 06/05/2019

JASPER, Ind. (WFIE) - A man is accused of threatening people at Jasper’s Walmart.

Police say 19-year-old Collin Thomas was arrested around 11:30 Tuesday night.

Officers say Thomas stole a hundred dollars from someone and then threaten to shoot that person. He even started yelling at officers during his arrest. Complete article


Police: Man found with suspected IED in Midland Tx. Walmart parking lot 06/04/2019

MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA/GRAY NEWS) - A man was arrested in Midland early Monday morning after police say they found a suspected IED in his vehicle.

According to the Midland Police Department, their officers were called to the Walmart on Midland Drive around 1 a.m.

When police arrived they saw a suspicious man in the parking lot. Officers then searched the man's vehicle.

The Midland Police Department says that the search led to the discovery of a suspected IED. The bomb squad was called to the scene and the bomb was taken to the MPD Training Facility.

The man, who has not been identified at this time, was arrested for having a prohibited weapon and was taken into custody. Complete article


Arkansas Walmart fraud results in police chase 06/04/2019

On Sunday, June 2, SPD Sgt. Krysta Campbell was dispatched to Wal-Mart for a call on a suspect that was doing a fraud return at the store. Upon her arrival, she met with the manager who stated the male suspect was wearing a red shirt and black shorts.

The suspect was asked to come to the back of the store. He informed Campell that he had bought the items around 9:00 that morning.

The manager stated when the suspect returned around noon, he came through the garden area with items, got a buggy and walked all around the store gathering items that he purchased the first time.

According to the SPD incident report, the male suspect walked to the service counter and pulled out his receipt from when he was in the store that morning. Complete article


Marshall Tx. police officer captures snake in Walmart parking lot 06/04/2019

MARSHALL, Texas (KSLA) - The streets of Marshall are safe after a police officer stopped a snake from slithering around a busy parking lot.

On Monday, Ashleigh Liles Allen posted on Facebook that Officer Rigsby saved the day after a slithery snake wouldn’t allow a woman into her truck.

Officer Rigsby says it was a rat snake. Complete article


2 women leave baby in Fla. Walmart when confronted by security, police said 06/0/2019

DAYTONA BEACH — A nine-month-old baby was left inside a Walmart shopping cart after two of three women fled from the store when they were confronted by security after bagging nearly $200 in children’s toys and clothing, according to a report from the Daytona Beach Police Department.

A loss-prevention officer said he spotted two women taking items and putting them in a dark bag while a third served as lookout inside the Walmart at 1101 Beville Road around 4 p.m. Monday, a police report said.

When loss-prevention officer Kevin Pace confronted the three women, Rebecca Steele, 46, and Sequoia Moril, 21, ran out of the store while Taylor Steele, 19, remained behind, the report states. Complete article


Bernie Sanders to Walmart: Your workers need higher wages 06/04/2019

The thorn in Walmart's side named Bernie Sanders is digging deeper. The senator from Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate is taking his call for the nation's biggest employer to raise wages for its 1.5 million U.S. workers to Bentonville, Arkansas.

Sanders plans to be among those attending Walmart's annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, when he'll introduce a floor proposal to add hourly workers to its corporate board. The idea comes from Carolyn Davis, an 11-year Walmart employee, according to United for Respect, a workers' advocacy group.

Sanders took to social media to detail his travel plans. "I'm going to the Walmart shareholders meeting tomorrow to end the greed of the wealthiest family in America," Sanders said Tuesday in a tweet. "Walmart workers deserve a living wage and seats on the board." Complete article


Walmart: Retail jobs to become 'more complex' as tech takes away some jobs 06/04/2019

Walmart (WMT), the largest private employer in the U.S., will inevitably see technology infiltrate certain jobs as human workers re-skill for more complex roles in the quickly changing retail environment, a top executive told Yahoo Finance.

As the debate deepens over which jobs automation will take over — and how human workers will deal with the fallout— Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran likened Walmart to automotive pioneer Henry Ford.

When Ford began, “there were a lot of people who were wondering about what was going to happen with horses. And the reality is that over time, things do change,” Foran told Yahoo Finance, ahead of the retailer’s shareholder meeting at its Arkansas headquarters. Complete article

Here's why Walmart boasts an 'unparalleled' edge against Amazon 06/04/2019


Inside Walmart's plan to invade cities, reach a completely new kind of customer, and be the only shopping service they'll ever need 06/01/2019

For $50 a month, Jetblack will bring the entire world of commerce to your door.

The New York-based personal-shopping service is designed to take the legwork out of making a purchase. It offers next-day delivery of whatever customers want — apart from food, alcohol, or drugs — via couriers or expedited shipping. Returns are also handled by Jetblack couriers.

Customers can simply text "J" — the service's sometimes real human, sometimes artificial-intelligence number — what they want, or they can ask for gift recommendations. Simple commands like reordering consumable supplies or asking for a specific item are handled solely by the AI. But as the company's AI gets smarter and better at responding to customers, the goal is to let it offer more recommendations, too, using information about what other customers have had suggested to them and what they ultimately bought, according to CEO Jennifer Fleiss. Complete article


Walmart: A Study in Wretched Excess 06/05/2019

Years ago, when I first began writing indignant and wildly emotional polemics about Walmart, Inc., attacking the mega-retailer for its virulent, unethical and borderline illegal anti-union policies, the corporation (with headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas) had roughly 8,500 stores in 15 countries, a figure that, even then, seemed not only overly ambitious but near pathological.

It got worse. As of last month, Walmart has 11,368 stores worldwide. Spread over 27 countries, they conduct their business under 55 different names. There are more than 4,700 stores right here in the U.S., the hourly employees of which are underpaid and under-benefitted, yet terrified of seeking to improve their lot because any talk of joining a labor union is likely to get them fired.

For the record, Walmart, Inc. is the largest private employer in the United States, the largest private employer in Mexico (as Walmex), and the third largest private employer in Canada. Indeed, the company is not only the largest private employer in the world, it is the largest private employer in the history of the world, and the largest private employer the world will ever know. No retailer will ever be bigger. We are watching history being made. Complete article


Brazil, Ind. man accused of touching a small child in Terre Haute Walmart bathroom 06/04/2019

Beloit Wisc. police seek man who stole credit card, used it at Walmart 06/04/2019

Service Dogs Cause Issue Inside Ga. Walmart 06/04/2019

Lufkin Crimestoppers searching for man who reportedly exposed himself to Tx. Walmart employee 06/04/2019

Collier deputies looking for suspected North Naples Fla. Walmart thief 06/04/2019

Human remains found behind Maine Walmart in April are those of missing man, Bangor police confirm 06/05/2019

Carson Nevada Sheriff's detectives looking for Walmart burglars 06/05/2019

Suspect goes on a Ga. Wal-Mart shopping spree with stolen credit cards 06/05/2019

Warner Robins Ga. Police want two women for Walmart incident 06/05/2019

Body found outside SC Walmart identified as employee with an apparent gunshot wound 06/05/2019

CAMDEN, S.C. — Officials are investigating after a the body of a Walmart employee was found at a Midlands Walmart.

Melissa Watson Hopkins, 54, of Kershaw County, was found with an apparent gunshot wound at a Camden Walmart Wednesday afternoon, according to Kershaw County coroner David West.

Officials say Kershaw County 911 received a call around 2 p.m. reporting that a woman in a car outside the Walmart appeared to be sick. When EMS arrived on the scene, they say they found the woman on the ground beside her car after bystanders had taken her out of the car and started CPR. Complete article

CPD, SLED investigating death in Walmart parking lot 06/0/2019

Police release details on investigation outside Easley SC Walmart 06/06/2019 Easley police confirmed Thursday afternoon an investigation was underway possible self-inflicted shooting outside the Walmart.


Sanders Slams Walmart Board: Pays Employees ‘Starvation’ Wages 06/05/2019

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) took a slight detour on the presidential campaign trail to slam Walmart at its annual shareholders meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas, on Wednesday for paying its employees what he described as “starvation” wages while the Walton family is “the richest family in America” and pays its CEO $20 million in compensation.

Sanders was allowed to attend the meeting as a proxy for Cat Davis, a Walmart employee, where he read a resolution he asked the board of directors to pass that would require “hourly associates” to be nominated for seats on the board.

Resolved shareholders of Walmart urge the board to adopt the policy of promoting significant representation of employee perspectives among corporate decision makers by requiring that the initial list of candidates from which new nominees are chosen by the nominating governance committee include hourly associates. The policy should provide that any third party consultant asked to furnish an additional list would be requested to include such candidates.

Then Sanders challenged the board about its pay policies that he said leave many employees dependent on government welfare. He said:

Madam chair, the issue we are dealing with today is pretty simple. Walmart is the largest private employer in America and is owned by the Walton family, the wealthiest family in the United States, worth approximately $175 billion, and yet despite the incredible wealth of its own, Walmart pays many of its employees starvation wages. Wages that are so low that many of these employees are forced to rely on government programs like food stamps, Medicaid and public housing in order to survive. Complete article

Walmart shareholders reject Sanders-backed proposal to put workers on board 06/05/2019

Walmart CEO calls for increased minimum wage 06/06/2019

Walmart Is Getting Rid Of Its Blue Vests; See The New Ones 06/05/2019


Deputies looking for suspects who allegedly stole cash from Fla. Walmart 06/05/2019

UPDATE: Fla. Walmart on Creighton Road reopens after bomb threat 06/05/2019 Store patrons said a message over the store's loudspeaker announced there was an active shooter and instructed them to exit the store.

Police looking for suspects accused of stealing elderly woman’s walker from Walmart in Canton Ohio 06/05/2019

Police Working To Identify Suspect In Pa. Walmart Robbery 06/06/2019

Wixom man arrested in White Lake after allegedly masturbating in Mich. Walmart parking lot 06/04/2019

Walmart sued for selling fake medicine 06/04/2019 For instance, they claim Walmart sells homeopathic medications on the same aisle as medicines tested and approved by the FDA. They also say the labels intentionally mislead customers into thinking the two drugs are comparable.

Couple sought for quick-changing Fla. Walmart cashier 06/06/2019

Police searching for two people who used counterfeit bills at Walmart in Moline Ill. 06/06/2019

2 arrested after argument in a Janesville Wisc. Walmart parking lot 06/06/2019

JANESVILLE, Wis. - A Beloit man was arrested on Thursday after officers responded to a Janesville Walmart for a complaint of a person with a weapon. In a release, the Janesville Police Department said a person saw the suspect, Anthony Kreyer, yelling at an unidentified female in the parking lot. Kreyer then started to yell at another bystander who was trying to intervene. During the argument with the bystander, Kreyer reportedly showed a gun.

When officers arrived at the scene, they were able to find Kreyer and learned the argument allegedly started over the unidentified female driving in the wrong direction in the Walmart parking lot.

Later, officers observed Kryer's car driving on Palmer Drive near East Racine Street with another car. When police searched the other car, they found the gun that was involved in the incident in the Walmart parking lot. The gun was a .38 revolver that belonged to one of Kryer's family members. Complete article

Janesville police investigating potential hate crime related to incident at Walmart 06/07/2019


Arsonist sets 3 fires inside Tri-Cities Wash. Walmart store 06/06/2019

RICHLAND, Wash. - Police are investigating after an arsonist set three fires inside a Walmart store in the Eastern Washington city of Richland.

Fire crews were called out to the store at around 11 p.m. Thursday after receiving reports that someone had started a fire in the gardening section of the building.

When firefighters arrived, they found a second fire had been ignited inside the store's houseware section and a third fire had been set in the center of the building, said Richland Fire Battalion Chief Duncan. Complete article

Walmart arson suspect busted by Richland police. Second man still on the loose 06/11/2019

He’s accused of setting fire to Richland’s Walmart. Police say it was to cover-up 06/1/2019


Legally blind NH man fights charges he concealed items at Walmart self-checkout 06/06/2019 Total value $20.90

CONWAY -- Following a failed defense motion to dismiss, the Conway Police Department is moving forward with the prosecution of a man who is legally blind and accused of concealing items while using the self-checkout kiosk at the North Conway Walmart.

Andrew Airey, 39, is charged with concealing one item per visit while ringing up purchases five times at the Walmart.

Airey, 39, is accused of concealing a frozen pizza, valued at $5.48, on May 4; a package of toothbrushes, valued at $1, on June 9; a can of corned beef, valued at $3.86, on June 13; a bath towel, valued at $7.42, on June 29; and a bag of oyster crackers, valued at $2.74, on July 3, 2018.

Airey's lawyer Alfred Catalfo said Airey is innocent, blaming Walmart’s self-checkout kiosks, which he said are not user-friendly for blind people and are also the subject of a federal lawsuit in Maryland brought by the National Federation of the Blind. Complete article


Walmart has more than 120 ultra-fast EV charging stations in 34 states 06/06/2019

Walmart has come a long way since it unveiled plans to add Electrify America chargers to its stores. The big-box retailer now has over 120 of the VW-backed fast EV charging stations across its stores, giving drivers in 34 states a way to top up while they're shopping. There are plans to continue expanding, too. Neither partner said how many more stations were coming, but Reuters sources claimed that 180 more stations were coming before the end of 2019.

Most of the existing stations are placed at stores near key highways, although there are "dozens" more due near large urban areas. As before, the chargers range in power from 150kW to 350kW, offering enough speed for both the latest EVs as well as upcoming models that can take advantage of higher charging rates.

Both Electrify America and Walmart have clear incentives to bring chargers to as many stores as possible. For Electrify America, it's about laying the groundwork for a deluge of VW group EVs that will need a fast charging infrastructure. This is also one more step in mending VW's bruised image following the diesel emissions cheating scandal. Walmart, meanwhile, can use this to keep its stores relevant in the online shopping era -- you'll need somewhere to charge, and you might just wander into the shop while your car is plugged in. Complete article


Self-driving delivery van startup Gatik AI comes out of stealth with Walmart partnership 06/06/2019

Gatik AI, an autonomous vehicle startup that came out of stealth Thursday with $4.5 million in funding and Walmart as a customer, is aiming for the sweet middle spot in the world of logistics.

The company, which operates out of Palo Alto and Toronto, isn’t deploying autonomous delivery bots built for sidewalks, nor is it aiming for self-driving trucks, or even robotaxis to shuttle around people. Instead, the founders of Gatik AI are developing a business that will do short hauls of goods between businesses using autonomous light-commercial trucks and vans.

The Ford transit vehicles outfitted with Gatik’s self-driving system will drive up to 200 miles a day and stay within a city environment, co-founder and CEO Gautam Narang told TechCrunch. He believes the company can close the gap in the market through a variety of use cases, including partnering with third-party logistics giants like Amazon, FedEx or even the U.S. Postal Service, auto part distributors, consumer goods, food and beverage distributors as well as medical and pharmaceutical companies.

The strategy has attracted a number of investors and at least one major partner: Walmart. Gatik AI has raised $4.5 million in a seed round led by former CEO and executive chairman of Google Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors. Other investors include AngelPad, Dynamo Fund, Fontinalis Partners, Trucks Venture Capital and angel Lior Ron, who heads Uber Freight. Complete article


As Walmart turns to robots, it’s the human workers who feel like machines 06/06/2019

To Walmart executives, the Auto-C self-driving floor scrubber is the future of retail automation — a multimillion-dollar bet that advanced robots will optimize operations, cut costs and revolutionize the American superstore.

But to the workers of Walmart Supercenter No. 937 in Marietta, Ga., the machine has a different label: “Freddy,” named for a janitor the store let go shortly before the Auto-C rolled to life.

Freddy’s career at the store has gotten off to a rocky start. Workers there said it has suffered nervous breakdowns, needed regular retraining sessions and taken weird detours from its programmed rounds.

Shoppers are not quite sure how to interact with Freddy, either. Evan Tanner, who works there, recalled the night he says a man fell asleep on top of the machine as it whirred obediently down a toy aisle.

Walmart executives said they are skeptical that happened, because the Auto-C is designed to stop if someone interferes with its work. But Tanner insists Freddy dutifully stuck to the job at hand. “Someone had to pull [the sleeping man] off,” he said. Freddy “was going to swing toward groceries, just cleaning away.” Complete article


Walmart is going to start delivering groceries inside shoppers’ homes 06/07/2019

BENTONVILLE, Ark.— Walmart is going to begin delivering groceries inside shoppers’ homes. Right to their kitchen refrigerators.

Starting this fall, nearly 1 million people across three cities — Kansas City, Missouri, Pittsburgh and Vero Beach, Florida — will have access to Walmart’s new in-home delivery option, the retailer announced Friday at its annual shareholders meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas. The company said it will “learn and scale” the option across the U.S. from there, not specifically outlining any further expansion plans.

Walmart’s in-home delivery project is headed up by Bart Stein. A Google alum, Stein joined Walmart a little more than a year ago from Wim, a hardware company he founded that hoped to be the so-called Keurig of frozen yogurt, to lead Project Franklin. Franklin is the second start-up to come from Walmart’s tech incubator, Store No. 8. In stealth mode, Stein’s been testing in-home delivery with Walmart in New Jersey. Complete article


Child locked in car at Mobile Alabama Walmart 06/07/2019

Pa. Walmart employees stop man from stealing electronics worth thousands at 2 different stores 06/06/2019

Indiana bank robbery suspect may have targeted bank in Mattoon Walmart; reason for May 31 lockdown 06/07/2019

Lufkin Tx. police: 3 men robbed Murphy USA at Walmart 06/07/2019

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Three men in hoodies robbed the Murphy USA gas station at Lufkin's Walmart early Friday morning by breaking into an ATM and stealing an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police.

No one was injured in the incident.

According to a press release from the Lufkin Police Department, three people, including a store clerk, were inside the business at around 4:15 a.m. Friday when three black men entered the store and ordered the clerk to the ground. While one of the suspects tried to zip-tie the clerk, the other two men took a sledgehammer and a crowbar to the ATM inside the store.

The three men ran toward Starbucks with an unknown amount of cash from the ATM.

“One suspect was wearing a red Nike hoodie with the hood pulled tight around the face, black pants, white shoes and had facial hair,” the press release stated. “The suspect with the zip ties was wearing a black hoodie with black pants and black shoes. And the additional suspect was wearing a white hoodie and red pants.” Complete article


Suspected Fla. Wal-Mart thief tasered while rigorously pedaling away from deputy 06/07/2019

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy arrived a short time after the call on Monday and spotted 29-year-old Jerry Wayne Cash on a bicycle pulling a shopping cart on 109th Terrace Road near the Wal-Mart, which is located at 17961 U.S. Hwy. 27/441.

The deputy initiated a traffic stop and Cash let go of the shopping cart and “pedaled rigorously in an attempt to flee.” But he was apprehended a short time later when the deputy deployed his taser to stop him, a sheriff’s office report states.

The deputy searched Cash and found two needles in a clear baggie with a green leafy substance that field tested positive for marijuana, a clear baggie with a white rock-like substance and a clear baggie with white powder residue, the report says.

The deputy determined that Cash allegedly stole the bicycle and the shopping cart full of merchandise valued at $1,151.70. The items were returned to Wal-Mart and Cash was transported to the Marion County Jail, where he was charged with illegal possession of a shopping cart, larceny/grand theft, resisting an officer without violence, possession of marijuana not more than 20 grams, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug equipment. Complete article


Ag. Dept.: Rhododendrons bought at Kansas Walmarts should be destroyed 06/07/2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state is asking anyone who bought a rhododendron plant at Walmart stores in Kansas since April to destroy them.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture reported Friday that confirmed cases of the Sudden Oak Death disease have been found in rhododendrons sold at 60 Walmarts in Kansas and one Home Depot in Pittsburg.

The plant disease has infected trees and native plants in California and Oregon and has also been identified in 10 Midwestern states. It is the first time the disease is in Kansas.

The diseased plants sold in Kansas originated from the Park Hill Plants nursery in Oklahoma.

The plants must be destroyed because there is no cure for the disease. Complete article


Walmart property tax appeal could cost Brunswick Me. $128,000 in revenue 06/07/2019

BRUNSWICK — Walmart believes it’s being over-taxed in Brunswick and has asked for a reduction in the valuation of its store near Cook’s Corner.

The world’s biggest retailer has asked Brunswick to slash its taxable value by nearly $7 million for 2017 on the grounds that the building’s $16.9 million assessed value “exceeds the property’s fair market value.” The nearly 41 percent reduction in value would cost Brunswick about $128,000 in tax revenue.

Brunswick had hired Massachusetts firm KRT Appraisal to do a comprehensive revaluation of all residential, commercial and industrial properties in 2017. Before the revaluation, Walmart’s assessed property value was about $8.9 million, Brunswick Assessor Nick Cloutier said.

Walmart has appealed property tax valuations throughout the United States , including at least eight locations in Maine: Thomaston, Sanford, Windham, Biddeford, Waterville, Ellsworth, Bangor and Houlton.

“This is part of a very broad effort, where they go around the country challenging property tax valuations,” said Stephen Langsdorf, Brunswick town attorney. Complete article


JCPD: Local man shoplifts from Wal-Mart, uses counterfeit money 06/08/2019

Parents of child found in Raytown Missouri Walmart parking lot located 06/09/2019

Police: We've Identified Branford Conn. Walmart Credit Card Thieves 06/10/2019

Shoplifter caught stealing from Ind. Walmart 06/10/2019

Police: Man arrested after setting fire at Nacogdoches Tx. Walmart; store closed due to damage 06/10/2019

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Walmart will be closed for an undetermined amount of time after a man set a fire in the store early Sunday, according to Nacogdoches police.

Sgt. Brett Ayres said the fire was set in the clothing department around 1 a.m. He said an arrest has been made.

Ayres said store officials said the store will be closed for an undetermined amount of time, due to water and smoke damage. Complete article

Arkansas man accused of starting fire at Texas Walmart 06/10/2019


Tractor-trailer catches fire at Waterville Me. Walmart 06/08/2019

WATERVILLE — A tractor-trailer picking up pallets of cardboard and plastic to bring to a Bangor recycling facility caught fire behind Walmart Saturday morning.

Max Walton, a truck driver for Lynch Logisitcs, said he had been smelling burning trash and leaves but wasn’t paying much attention to it when he noticed smoke rising from the front of the trailer around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

“I said, ‘Oh, that’s fire,’ and I grabbed the forklift,” Walton said. “That’s when it erupted into a flame.”

He said he tried to extinguish the pallet that was on fire with a fire extinguisher but called 911 when he didn’t have any luck. Complete article


Razor blade found in a Cleveland Tenn. Walmart shopping cart 06/09/2019

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Emily Brown from Riceville made a trip to the Walmart on Keith St. in Cleveland on Friday night which was nothing out of the ordinary.

Until Brown finally went to grab the handle of her shopping cart, only to be met with a sharp object underneath. Pictured below is the 4 inch blade Brown says she found glued underneath the handle.

She says she usually doesn't grab the handle of the shopping carts, but this time when she was stopped in the middle of the store, she did. Thankfully the blade did not cut her and she was unharmed. .....

The spokesperson also tells us they've seen this situation in other Walmart stores across the country. Mainly placed there by shoplifters, so the blade can be used to remove tags of electronics to try and make it easier to steal. Complete article


Railroad tracks damaged after Boardman Ohio Walmart theft 06/09/2019

BOARDMAN, Ohio - A crash in Boardman Sunday afternoon led to the arrest of two people.

Police said a driver fled from an alleged theft at the Boardman Walmart and lost control while police were pursuing them.

The driver then slammed into the railroad tracks at the corner of Southern Boulevard and Mathews Road, denting them significantly. Complete article


Duo stole from Marion SC area Walmart before leading deputies on chase in U-HAUL, Sheriff says 06/09/2019

MARION COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Two people are in custody Sunday after Marion County deputies say they stole from an area Walmart before leading deputies on a high-speed chase.

Sheriff Brian Wallace says the deputies were called to the Marion Walmart just before 8 a.m. Sunday over a shoplifting call. According to Wallace, the duo fled the store, evading law enforcement in a U-HAUL type vehicle.

Wallace says both suspects were taken into custody, one in the U-HAUL and another by K-9 in a nearby woods. The sheriff says names of the suspects along with mugshots and formal charges should be released Monday morning. Complete article


Police officers, SD Walmart staff combine to apprehend suspected thief 06/09/2019

HURON – A Lakeland, Fla., man was arrested outside Walmart Thursday after police were tipped off about shoplifters who were suspects in credit card fraud at other Walmart locations.

Capt. Casey Spinsby, public information officer for the Huron Police Department, said the male suspect is identified as 24-year-old Stephan Grant. Officers responded to a call to assist with individuals who had allegedly shoplifted some items. When the responding officer arrived to speak with the suspects, the male attempted to flee the area.

The officer gave chase through the parking lot while giving the suspect several commands to stop. The officer deployed his Taser, incapacitating the suspect and ending the chase. Complete article


FedEx picks sides in Walmart's battle with Amazon 06/10/2019

FedEx announced last week it would not renew its contract to provide express shipping service for Amazon in the U.S., passing up on $850 million in annual revenue.

Why you'll hear about this again: As Amazon muscles into FedEx's turf on shipping — with its online trucking platform already undercutting the the industry's big players' average shipping rates by up to 33%, according to FreightWaves — the shipping giant sent a signal that it was getting behind Amazon's biggest rivals.

If Amazon wants to roll out Uber for package delivery shipping (its Flex delivery service is a gig economy-style program the company has been offering employees $10,000 to leave their Amazon jobs for), FedEx isn't going to caught flat-footed the way the taxi industry was. Complete article


Plucky inventor sues Walmart, Target, CVS over brow razor patent 06/07/2019

A California inventor of a personal styling razor has sued Target Corp, Walmart Stores and CVS Pharmacy for patent infringement, accusing them of selling knockoffs of her patented product in their stores.

Filed on Thursday and Friday in Sherman, Texas federal court by inventor Sharidan Stiles, the lawsuits said the retailing giants declined for years to stock her razor, designed for eyebrows, scalp art and nose hairs, and waited until a cheap imitation was available, undermining her razor’s sales. Complete article


Employee charged with embezzling from Morrisville NC Walmart 06/10/2019

Two arrested after attempting to steal from Newport News Va. Walmart, police say 06/10/2019 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – An officer was working secondary employment at Walmart on Saturday when he received a call around 4:46 p.m., about a woman concealing merchandise.

Wanted: Two-state La. Walmart shopper allegedly using stolen credit cards 06/11/2019

Robbery reported in Missouri Walmart parking lot 06/10/2019 COLUMBIA, Mo. - One person suffered minor injuries in a strong-arm robbery Sunday outside a Columbia Walmart.

Man accused of touching boy in WV Walmart bathroom, punching child's pregnant mother 06/11/2019

CLARKSBURG, W. VA. — A West Virginia man is behind bars after police said he touched a boy's genitals, then repeatedly punched the child's pregnant mother in a Walmart restroom.

According to WBOY-TV, police arrested Brent Lantz, 27, of Bridgeport, on a malicious assault charge Sunday after officers responded to a report of a sexual assault at a Clarksburg Walmart.

Police said Lantz touched a boy who was using the store's bathroom, the station reported. When the boy's pregnant mother heard screams, she rushed inside to help her son, authorities said.

Court documents said Lantz punched the woman's stomach multiple times as she tried to pull him away from the child, WBOY reported. Complete article


Man arrested after alleged child abduction attempt at Marietta Ga. Walmart 06/11/2019

A 51-year-old man has been accused of attempting to lure a 9-year-old boy from a Marietta Walmart after approaching him in a bathroom.

The attempted abduction happened Saturday afternoon at the 210 Cobb Parkway location, according to Marietta police. Michael Beltran allegedly told the boy his mother left him at the store and he needed to leave with him. The boy wasn’t so easily persuaded, and police said Beltran grabbed him by the arm.

The 9-year-old broke free and ran out of the bathroom and into the store, where his mother was waiting for him. She immediately called 911, and police arrived within four minutes. Complete article


Amarillo Tx. Walmart, Sam's Clubs raising money for Harrington Cancer & Health Foundation 06/10/2019

AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — All Amarillo-area Walmart stores and Sam's Clubs Monday kicked off this year's Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising campaign to help treat local children who are sick or injured.

All money raised during the Amarillo CMN Hospitals campaign directly benefits Harrington Cancer & Health Foundation to fund critical treatments, pediatric medical equipment, research and charitable care. The Walmart and Sam's Club CMN Hospitals campaign runs from June 10 through July 7. Complete article


Police seek assistance IDing suspects in Pa. Walmart theft attempt, assault 06/11/2019

Laurel Montana police seeking suspect they say stole purse with $800 inside from Walmart 06/11/2019

Milford Man Arrested After Threat Involving Delaware Walmart 06/12/2019

Woman charged with stealing $301.72 worth of merchandise from York Pa. Walmart 06/11/2019

Man dead after being shot, crashing car in Fla. Walmart parking lot, deputies say 06/12/2019

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies said a driver who died after crashing his car in a Walmart parking lot had been shot.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the man’s car crashed in the parking lot of the Walmart located at 8101 John Young Parkway just after 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Deputies said the man was unconscious when they arrived on scene and died after being transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center. Complete article


Four men arrested for alleged robbery and assault in Missouri Walmart parking lot, stolen gun 06/11/2019

Three people were arraigned Tuesday on charges of second-degree robbery and third-degree assault.

Matthew Bann, 17, Michael Delap, 17, Joseph Ntakarahera, 18, and an unnamed juvenile were arrested Monday in connection to a robbery and assault that allegedly took place Sunday in the parking lot of Walmart on Grindstone Parkway.

According to probable cause statements, the victim went to the parking lot to meet with Delap, who arrived with four other men, including Bann and Ntakarahera. Bann and two other suspects are accused of physically assaulting the victim, during which time the victim's gun was allegedly stolen.

The men then left the scene. According to a probable cause statement, the juvenile suspect said Bann placed the stolen gun in the ceiling of Ntakarahera's apartment. Bann, Delap, Ntakarahera and the juvenile were later detained at a different residence. Complete article


Walmart China invites U.S. entrepreneurs to innovate for food safety pipeline 06/11/2019

Northwest Arkansas is a hub for supply chain and food safety expertise and Walmart China is taking note.

The Walmart Food Safety Collaboration Center (WFSCC) in China is calling on entrepreneurs from around the globe to take part in the third round of the Walmart Food Safety Innovation Pipeline. Specifically, the center is requesting proposals from entrepreneurs to innovate new ideas to solve challenges in food safety through technology.

Rebecca Liu, corporate spokeswoman for Walmart, told Talk Business & Politics the event brings together innovators from various disciplines to identify critical food safety issues and provide fresh thinking on solutions. She said the innovation pipeline ultimately aims to fast-track the most promising solutions by testing them in the real world supply chains of Walmart and its partners. Complete article


Georgia may yet tax Walmart.com Rolexes, short-term rentals, ride-hailing and other online commerce 06/11/2019

A new organization is lobbying to close what it calls a “loophole” in Georgia’s internet tax law that it says are costing the state, counties, cities and people who don’t have internet access.

“Because they’re not being collected, those are dollars that are not being used in our communities, and for me, that’s a problem,” said Billy Honor, at a state Capitol press conference on Tuesday.

He’s the pastor at Grant Park’s Pulse Church, but he was there as leader of a new nonprofit, the Faith, Justice and Truth Project.

Not all online purchases come with a sales tax in Georgia. For example, at Walmart.com or Amazon.com, buying something that one of those companies is selling out of their own warehouse, will incur a sales tax. But if it’s something that some third party has listed for sale via that site, the seller is likely not collecting sales tax. Complete article


Man and woman attempt to steal 60" TV from Pa. Walmart 06/12/2019

Shallotte NC police looking for suspects in thefts at Walmart, Belk 06/13/2019

Video of fight at Walmart in south Abilene Tx. going viral on the web 06/12/2019

ABILENE, Texas — A video of two women fighting on Tuesday night at the Walmart store on Southwest Drive in south Abilene has over 50,000 views already and over 1,000 shares on Facebook.

At about 9 p.m. on Tuesday, two women began fighting right in the middle of the Walmart store on Southwest Drive in south Abilene.

One of the women involved in the fight was wearing black and the other woman involved in the fight was wearing orange.

KTXS spoke to the woman who recorded the fight on her phone, who did not want to be identified.

"At first, I didn't think it was gonna be too bad," said the woman who recorded the fight.

However, the fight did get bad, with the two women pulling on each other's hair, throwing punches and even dishing out body slams.

Another woman on her phone wearing bright orange held on to the woman in black while the other woman involved in the fight hit the woman in black. Complete article


Complaint: Man accused of pulling knife on woman outside St. Cloud Minn. Walmart 06/12/2019

ST. CLOUD — A 29-year-old Sartell man is accused of pulling a knife on a woman outside St. Cloud Walmart, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Stearns County District Court.

William George Buskey Jr. was charged with one felony count of terroristic threats and one misdemeanor count of domestic assault.

According to the complaint, officers were dispatched to Walmart about 4:55 p.m. Sunday for a domestic assault report.

A woman told authorities Buskey "became jealous" when she was talking to a man and when she tried to go around the corner of the building to get away from Buskey, he "followed her and yelled at her that she was not leaving him and pulled a knife," the complaint states. Complete article


Walmart: 911 caller ‘intentionally lied to police’ in Crawford shooting in Beavercreek Ohio 06/13/2019

In a lawsuit over the 2014 shooting by police of a Beavercreek Walmart customer, attorneys for Walmart plan to claim that another customer who called 911 was the cause of the incident and the store should not be held responsible.

Walmart attorneys have filed motions in a wrongful death lawsuit stating that Ronald Ritchie, the man who first called 911 from the Beavercreek Walmart stating there was a suspicious man with a gun in the store, was the “legal and proximate cause” of John Crawford III’s shooting death by a Beavercreek police officer on Aug. 5, 2014.

“Ronald Ritchie’s lies are the sole reasons why police came into the (Beavercreek Walmart) store with their guns drawn,” Walmart attorneys wrote. “Ronald Ritchie intentionally lied to the police. Ronald Ritchie was not a good Samaritan who was mistaken.” Complete article


IBM, KPMG, Merck, Walmart team up for drug supply chain blockchain pilot 06/13/2019

IBM announced its latest blockchain initiative today. This one is in partnership with KPMG, Merk and Walmart to build a drug supply chain blockchain pilot.

These four companies are coming to together to help come up with a solution to track certain drugs as they move through a supply chain. IBM is acting as the technology partner, KPMG brings a deep understanding of the compliance issues, Merk is of course a drug company and Walmart would be a drug distributor through its pharmacies and care clinics.

The idea is to give each drug package a unique identifier that you can track through the supply chain from manufacturer to pharmacy to consumer. Seems simple enough, but the fact is that companies are loathe to share any data with one another. The blockchain would provide an irrefutable record of each transaction as the drug moved along the supply chain, giving authorities and participants an easy audit trail. Complete article


Phoenix Ariz. officer enters not guilty plea after Walmart assault case 06/13/2019

Deputies: Macon woman with meth arrested for Ga. Walmart shoplifting 06/1/2019

Wal-Mart and hundreds of other companies call on Trump to drop China tariffs 06/13/2019

An alleged armed kidnap-and-torture started at Fla. Walmart and ended in a strip club parking lot 06/13/2019

Getting grabbed while coming out of a Walmart and being left tied up in a car in the Cheetah Pompano strip club parking lot to be found by police around 3:45 a.m. sounds like frat boy hazing.

But the facial lacerations and burns on the hands police say they saw on the victim, a plastic surgeon, indicated acts more villainous than pranksterish.

Deerfield Beach resident Justin Boccio, 33, and former Fort Lauderdale resident Sergei Nkorina, 53, have been indicted in Fort Lauderdale federal court on charges of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, kidnapping, and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Though the alleged crime took place on Jan. 14 and 15 and the indictment came down on May 2, the Justice Department didn’t announce it until Wednesday, after Nkorina’s capture in Spain. Complete article


Avon Colorado officers respond to report of man with gun in Walmart parking lot Thursday night; report of an active shooter not confirmed 06/14/2019

Officers from the Avon Police Department responded to a report of a man with a gun and possible drug use in the Walmart parking lot on Thursday night, according to a release. Vail Police, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol officers and the Vail Public Safety Communications Center also assisted.

Officers cleared the store to ensure there was no public safety threat. Two individuals were contacted in a vehicle in the parking lot. One female is in custody on an unrelated warrant.

According to the release, officers did not locate any weapons. The Avon Police Department does not believe that there is any further public safety concern. Complete article


Suspect in custody after report of armed man at Grand Forks ND Walmart 06/14/2019

GRAND FORKS — A 30-year-old suspect is in custody facing felony charges after police received a report of a man with a gun at a Grand Forks Walmart Thursday night, June 14.

Police were dispatched to the Walmart, 5755 Gateway Drive, just before 10:30 p.m. after receiving a report of an armed man in the electronics section of the store, according to a news release from the Grand Forks Police Department.

Officers found the man inside the store and after a brief struggle took him into custody. No gun was found on the scene, police said. .....

A witness said she was in the check-out line when an employee ran up to her and said there was an active shooter in the building. Shortly after, about five or six officers ran into the store with guns drawn. Complete article


Altercation outside Southgate Parkway Ohio Walmart store leads to arrest 06/14/2019

A West Virginia man is facing an aggravated menacing charge after allegedly threatening another man during an altercation in the parking lot outside the Southgate Parkway Walmart Thursday afternoon.

The 22-year-old suspect was reportedly armed with a gun when he initially threatened the victim before giving the weapon to a third person and engaging the victim in a physical altercation.

No injuries were reported during the incident that was witnessed by numerous patrons at the store. Complete article


Walmart employees help Kentucky woman hide from boyfriend, domestic violence suspect 06/14/2019

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WAVE) - An alleged domestic violence victim was able to escape her accused attacker during a trip to Walmart - thanks to a group of responsible employees.

The incident happened at the store near Corbin on Tuesday, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office. That evening police received a report of a woman hiding out inside the store while her boyfriend, Elmo Clinton Carroll, 35, pushed around a shopping cart searching for her.

Police said the woman told deputies and store personnel she had been held against her will by Carroll in a tent. When she would try to escape, she claimed Carroll would hit her. Injuries on the victim’s face were noted by police, specifically on her jaw and nose area.

The two traveled to Walmart for food. While shopping, the woman was able to flee into a different section of the store and notify employees that she needed help hiding from the Carroll. She was able to stay out of sight until police arrived. Complete article


Mother, son arrested for setting cars on fire in La. Walmart parking lot 06/13/2019

DONALDSONVILLE, La. (WAFB) - Deputies in Ascension Parish have arrested a mother and son accused of intentionally setting fire to a vehicle in the parking lot of the Donaldsonville Walmart in February.

Officials say Joshua Bougere, 24, and Sylvia Williams, 63, set fire to a vehicle that spread to two nearby vehicles on Feb. 28 at the Walmart on Marchand Drive.

During the course of the investigation, State Fire Marshal investigators determined one of the vehicles was intentionally set on fire. Witnesses told authorities Bougere had been in an ongoing feud with the owner of the vehicle set on fire. Complete article


Driver charged after hitting man with SUV in SC Walmart parking lot, fleeing scene 06/14/2019

UNION, S.C. (WSPA) – A man was arrested Thursday after a pedestrian was hit by a SUV in a Walmart parking lot.

Union Police responded Wednesday at about 3:15 p.m. to the Walmart on N. Duncan Bypass in referenced to a hit and run involving a pedestrian.

When police arrived, the victim told them that he was walking in the cross walk when he saw a white Chevy Tahoe driving in the parking lot, according to the incident report.

The victim told police he thought the car was going to stop so he continued to cross. Police said the victim told them that the SUV sped up and hit him. Complete article


Flour sold at Target, Walmart nationwide being recalled due to E. coli 06/14/2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said nearly 114,000 bags of King Arthur’s unbleached all-purpose flour are being recalled due to E. coli concerns.

According to the FDA’s website, ADM Milling Company notified King Arthur that wheat used in the flour has been linked to an E. coli outbreak.

None of the reported illnesses have been connected to the flour, which is being pulled as a precaution.

The five-pound bags were distributed to retailers nationwide, including Target and Walmart.

The flour was sold in multiple states including, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and West Virginia. Complete article


Walmart Neighborhood Market off 38th Street in Indianapolis Ind. to close 06/12/2019

Deputies looking for suspects involved in Fla. Walmart theft 06/13/2019

NY State Police looking for person in Walmart security photos 06/13/2019

Walmart employee's call to Brown Deer Wisc. police leads to arrest of woman with eight warrants 06/13/2019

Man Wanted For Stealing TV From Walmart In Aberdeen Md. 06/14/2019

'Baywatch' actress Kelly Rohrbach marries Walmart heir Steuart Walton: report 06/14/2019

Tennessee man convicted on armed robbery charges of Dallas Ga. Walmart store 06/14/2019

PBSO: Shooting victim dead after driving to Fla. Walmart 06/15/2019 Investigators looking into where shooting happened

SUBURBAN WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- One person is dead after an early morning shooting near West Palm Beach.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office detectives responded to a shooting call at 1:18 a.m. Saturday at the Walmart on Belvedere Rd. and Military Trail in suburban West Palm Beach.

Detectives say the shooting happened at another location, then the victim, a Hispanic man, drove to the Walmart seeking help.

Shoppers say they were stuck inside the store for hours. Doors are back open now. Complete article

Man dies at Walmart after being shot: Sheriff 06/15/2019 According to PBSO, the two males involved in the incident drove to Walmart looking for help. The second male was injured, but deputies say he is not cooperating.

Car sought in homicide probe, man found dead at Walmart 06/17/2019 On Monday, the sheriff's office said the homicide happened along Dyson Circle in unincorporated West Palm Beach. The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Ivan Bustos-Miranda.


WATCH: Fire scene inside Granite City Ill. Walmart 06/14/2019

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- A fire scene was caught on camera at a Walmart store in Granite City, Illinois on Friday.

Fire flames can be seen from the back of the store. Complete article


Two transported to hospital after accident at Utah Walmart parking lot 06/14/2019

WASHINGTON CITY — Two men were transported to the hospital Friday following a collision in Washington City.

According to witnesses, a black Toyota Tundra was leaving the Walmart parking lot around 2 p.m. when it crashed into a gray Ford Escape that was entering from Telegraph Street.

The Toyota veered left, driving onto a gravel median and hitting a light pole. Complete article


Chillicothe Ohio police respond to assault at Walmart 06/14/2019

CHILLICOTHE - Chillicothe police are investigating after a woman reported being assaulted as she left Walmart on Friday afternoon.

According to the police report, the 51-year-old woman told police she was leaving the store when a woman she didn't know didn't acknowledge the greeter when he said "hello" and commented something like "Don't worry, some people just won't say hi."

She alleged the woman began cursing and yelling at her then ran across the parking lot and punched her in the side of the head, knocking her to the ground, according to the police report. Complete article


Employee caught filming 3-year-old under stall in Natchez Mississippi Walmart bathroom 06/14/2019

NATCHEZ, Miss. (WLBT) - On June 8th officers were called to the Walmart in Natchez for a man caught filming a 3-year-old in the stall.

The father of the child called authorities when he noticed a person in the other stall trying to video tape or take pictures of them while they were in the stall. The father scared the suspect and he ran out of the bathroom before the father could stop him.

When Walmart’s Loss Prevention Officer reviewed the camera footage, he saw the suspect running from the men’s restroom on closed circuit video recording.

The officer recognized the man on the video as 20-year-old Austin Frazier, who was an employee at that Walmart. Complete article


Walmart laying off nearly 600 employees in Charlotte NC as part of outsourcing 06/14/2019

Retail giant Walmart Inc. will lay off hundreds in Charlotte starting later this year as it outsources its finance and accounting operations.

The retailer filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the N.C. Department of Commerce this week, stating a permanent closure of a Walmart division in Water Ridge will result in about 569 layoffs. Walmart (NYSE: WMT) signed a 12-year lease in 2015 to occupy the full 107,545-square-foot building at 2118 Water Ridge Parkway, where it operates several units, including finance and accounting.

The work done by the affected divisions are being outsourced to Genpact (NYSE: G), a professional services firm that last year opened a digital innovation hub in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart's headquarters city. A news release from Genpact in November said the company was working with Walmart "to transform (its) finance and accounting back-office operations." Complete article


Deputies looking for suspect in Crawfordville Fla. Walmart theft 06/14/2019

Crockett Tx. police searching for suspects in 3 Walmart theft cases 06/14/2019

Canton Twp. Mich. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 06/17/2019

Police investigating bomb threat at Bridgeton Missouri Walmart store 06/16/2019

Man arrested on drug trafficking charges in Murray Ky. Walmart parking lot 06/16/2019

One dead after shooting outside Ind. Walmart 06/16/2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Police say one person is dead after a shooting outside Walmart on Coldwater Road.

The first call came in just after 6 Sunday evening. Officers received several calls about someone shot in the parking lot. They also received several different descriptions of a possible suspect.

Officers arrived and found a man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. Complete article

Shooting victim in Walmart parking lot identified 06/17/2019

Police searching for person of interest in fatal Ind. Walmart shooting 06/17/2019


Man shot in Rolling Meadows Ill. Walmart parking lot over custody dispute, police say 06/16/2019

One man was shot after a brawl over the custody of a child led to gunfire from multiple people Saturday afternoon at a Walmart parking lot in northwest suburban Rolling Meadows.

About 4:30 p.m., officers arrived at the parking lot of the Walmart, 1460 Golf Road, responding to a call of gunshots in the area, according to a news release from Rolling Meadows police.

A 24-year-old man was found shot in the abdomen and was taken to a hospital. He is expected to survive, police said. Complete article


Davenport Iowa police on scene of possible shooting near W. Kimberly Walmart 06/15/2019

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Davenport Police are on scene of a possible shooting Saturday afternoon.

According to Davenport police, they were dispatched to the 2600 block of W 38th Place for a shooting, but police have not confirmed if anyone has been hit.

Several police cars and an ambulance were at the scene. The eastbound lanes of West Kimberly Road were closed for a short time, but the road has since reopened. Complete article


Woman, 76, struck and killed by distracted driver in Fla. Walmart parking lot, troopers say 06/15/2019

PALM HARBOR — A distracted driver fatally struck a 76-year-old woman walking in a Walmart parking lot Saturday afternoon, troopers said.

Carol Wangberg Bradley of Palm Harbor was hit just after 3 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter off U.S. 19 North at Alderman Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Bradley was using a crosswalk leading from the store's lawn and garden center when she was struck by a 2016 Chevrolet pickup truck that turned left into her path, the Highway Patrol said. Complete article


Customer Assaulted, Robbed Inside Taylor Pa. Walmart 06/15/2019

TAYLOR, Pa. -- Police are looking for two men they say assaulted and robbed a customer inside a Walmart in Lackawanna County.

Officers say it happened just before 7 p.m. Saturday at the store in Taylor. The victim's wallet was stolen after the assault.

Police say the victim suffered minor injuries. Complete article


Hendersonville NC Walmart briefly evacuated after fire 06/15/2019

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — Everyone has been allowed back in after the Hendersonville Walmart was evacuated Saturday.

The Henderson County Emergency Operations Center said there was a fire in the frozen foods section of the store on Highlands Square Drive. Complete article


Walmart’s cynical altruism on minimum wage 06/14/2019

More than a decade ago, under intensified political pressure to increase wages, Walmart CEO Lee Scott proposed hiking the federal minimum wage, despite previous opposition to minimum wage increases. Now, in a similar situation, including Bernie Sanders demanding that it pay a minimum of $15 per hour (its minimum is now $11) at its annual shareholders meeting, CEO Doug McMillon endorsed hiking the federal minimum wage in very similar language.

In both cases, Walmart was trying to publicly signal pro-worker compassion, to rebut anti-worker criticisms and political demands. Unfortunately, it demonstrates compassion for its own interests, not those of low-skill workers.

As Mark Wilson summarized the results, “evidence from a large number of academic studies suggests that minimum wage increases don’t reduce poverty levels.” There are several reasons, including the fact that some workers lose jobs and others have hours cut, particularly the least-skilled, it crowds out on-the-job training, impeding workers’ ability to learn their way out of poverty, and raises costs and prices that workers pay as consumers.

But how does a higher federal minimum wage improve Wal-Mart’s bottom line? By raising the costs of competitors, which increases the prices of substitutes for its products. Complete article The point about raising the wages for competitors is partly right; however, the implied claim that raising the minimum wage isn't part of the solution to to poverty is highly questionable.


Exclusive: Mexico blamed Walmart's size, access to rivals' data in blocking app deal 06/14/2019

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican officials blocked Walmart Inc's deal to buy delivery app Cornershop because Walmart could not guarantee a level playing field for rival retailers, whose customers use the app to order groceries and other goods, according to an official document and an interview with the top competition regulator this week.

Cornershop operates in Mexico and Chile, promoting the app as providing delivery of "groceries to your front door in one hour" from retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp, Chedraui and Walmart. It charges retail chains a commission for its services.

Walmart had struck a deal to buy the popular app for $225 million in a bid to boost its e-commerce ambitions in Mexico, one of the retailer's priority markets, and better compete with Amazon.com online. Complete article


Man who groped girls at Palm Desert Ca. Walmart in July 2018 sentenced to probation 06/17/2019

'I'm really shocked': Plan to close Va. Walmart's pilot store near VCU baffles shoppers 06/17/2019

Attempted shoplifting at Nebraska Walmart turns into felony drug charge 06/17/2019

Lexington SC Police search for accused Walmart shoplifter 06/18/2019

High-speed chase begins at Walmart in Monona, Wisc., ends in residential Fitchburg 06/18/2019

MONONA, Wis. - Multiple police departments, including Madison police, responded to a high-speed chase overnight.

The chase began at 2:00 a.m. at the Walmart in Monona off Broadway, according to police. It ended an hour later on in a residential area in Fitchburg at Green Crest Court, south of McKee Road.

From Monona, the chase continued into Madison on the Beltline. Police were also spotted on Post Road and Fish Hatchery Road. Complete article


Grand Prairie Tx. Police To Honor Memory Of Officer Killed In Ambush Outside Walmart 15 Years Ago 06/17/2019

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Grand Prairie Police will honor Sgt. Gregory L. Hunter who was killed in the line of duty 15 years ago on Tuesday, June 18.

The remembrance ceremony will include a 21-gun salute, Taps and a balloon release at 9:00 a.m. outside the Walmart at 2225 Interstate 20.

Sgt. Hunter had served with the Grand Prairie Police Department just a few months shy of 30 years, Grand Prairie Police said Monday. ......

On Friday, June 18, 2004, Sergeant Hunter was shot and killed while he and another officer investigated a suspicious vehicle at that Walmart. Complete article


Floor treatment, detector temporarily close Rome NY Walmart 06/17/2019

Walmart was closed and evacuated for several hours this morning after an overnight floor treatment set off the carbon monoxide detectors, according to city fire officials.

The alarm was raised shortly before 7:30 a.m. today, leading to a full evacuation of the large box store on Rome-Taberg Road, authorities said.

Walmart was expected to reopen shortly after noon, according to officials.

Fire officials said the build-up of potentially deadly carbon monoxide was caused by using propane-powered machinery inside of the west Rome department store. Complete article


Federal judge remands slip-and-fall case against Springfield Pa. Walmart back to Philadelphia court 06/17/2019

PHILADELPHIA – The case of a man who slipped and fell in a Delaware County Walmart in 2017 is on its way back to the Philadelpha County Court of Common Pleas after the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania declined to dismiss charges against the store's manager.

So long as a state court could possibly find a cause of action stated in the complaint, the case against Walmart and store manager Peter Jaroski must be remanded, U.S. District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter said in her 14-page memorandum opinion issued June 11.

"Consequently, the court cannot determine that Mr. Jaroski was fraudulently joined and the motion to remand is granted," Pratter said in her memorandum opinion. Complete article


Suspect wanted in Opelika Alabama for theft at Walmart on Pepperell Pkwy. 06/17/2019

How a long-distance feud locked down a Delaware school, closed Walmart in May 2018 06/18/2019

Sumter deputies searching for bandit who ripped off cell phone at Villages Fla. Wal-Mart 06/18/2019

Police investigating bomb threat at Franklin Wisc. Walmart 06/18/2019

Walmart is closing its on-campus store at Arizona State University in Tempe Ariz. by June 28 06/18/2019

Man Steals iPhone From Unsuspecting Victim At Fort Smith Arkansas Walmart 06/18/2019

Man punches 72-year-old Walmart greeter in the face, constable says 06/19/2019

CYPRESS, Texas -- "He punched on my face with a closed, right hand," Mohinder Randhawa said. "I fell down on the ground."

Video of the attack is still too tough to watch for 72-year-old Randhawa, and he refuses to see it.

The elderly Walmart greeter said he never saw it coming. He was punched so hard that he blacked out.

"My left upper lip was broken from here, blood started out, and inside also there was a cut about half an inch," he explained.

Investigators said 42-year-old Craig Valentine is the person seen in the video assaulting Randhawa the night of June 14 at the Walmart in Cypress, Texas.

The Walmart greeter said that when he checked Valentine's receipt he noticed that a case of Gatorade had not been paid for.

"I told him if you want, you can scan and take it," he said.

However, Randhawa said Valentine got angry, yelling out he had paid for everything. In the video, you can see when Valentine pushes him and then punches him. Complete article


Brevard sheriff's deputies, dogs searching area behind Merritt Island Fla. Walmart 06/18/2019

Brevard County sheriff’s deputies — along with the sheriff’s helicopter — converged on the area behind a Merritt Island Walmart early Tuesday.

The exact nature of the search was not immediately known.

The increased law enforcement presence was reported about 9:20 a.m. behind the retail shopping at 1500 E. Merritt Island Causeway.

Deputies could be seen leading police dogs into the area as other deputies stood outside patrol cars. The sheriff’s helicopter circled above. Complete article


Walmart eliminating 569 accounting/finance jobs in North Carolina 06/18/2019

Walmart filed a Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the state of North Carolina detailing the elimination of 569 finance and accounting jobs located in Charlotte. The WARN notice said the effective date is Sept. 13.

The news comes on the heels of Walmart expanding its partnership with Genpact, which began taking over the finance and accounting business for Walmart last fall.

Talk Business & Politics reached out to Genpact to see if any of the 569 workers would be retained by the New York-based company. Genpact said none of the workers in Charlotte will be retained, but the company is expanding its offices in Bentonville. Complete article


Activists lose last legal battle to protect rare Miami forest from Walmart development 06/19/2019

MIAMI Activists fighting to preserve a slice of one of the world’s rarest forests lost what was likely the last legal battle to stop the imperiled ecosystem from turning into a Walmart-anchored development.

One of the last remnants in Miami-Dade of pine rockland, a forest that is home to the endangered Miami tiger beetle and more than 20 protected species of animals and plants found no place else, is being reduced to two small preserves within Coral Reef Commons, a mixed-use project spread across about 140 acres next to ZooMiami. A 2017 lawsuit challenging the project’s zoning process was struck down last week, clearing the way for the big-box store to replace plants like the deltoid spurge, a tiny endangered herb that is only found at that spot.

The legal hearing was too late to save much of the forest anyway. Bulldozers have already cleared much of the ground and the concrete foundation of a strip mall can be seen from Coral Reef Drive, near the entrance of the site. One morning this week, workers were laying the roof on dozens of three-story buildings that seem near completion. Complete article

Rare Miami forest poised to be bulldozed for Walmart development 06/19/2019


Walmart has filed for 97 drone patents — nearly double the amount of Amazon's 06/19/2019

Drones are increasingly taking center stage in the delivery industry as companies look for innovative, efficient ways to get products to consumers. This is exemplified by retail giant Walmart, which is on course to file more drone patents than Amazon for the second year in a row, according to BDO data cited by the Financial Times.

Walmart has reportedly filed 97 drone patents since July 2018 with the World Intellectual Property Organization, almost twice as many as Amazon, which filed 54.

While autonomous vehicles (AVs) are often seen as a transformative technology in the logistics industry, the biggest players in the space are turning to drones. Complete article


Walmart pilots fast lane check-out system 06/19/2019

Walmart is reportedly piloting a fast lane check-out strategy at a Canadian store.

Shoppers at the Toronto-Stockyards location, according to a Fox Business report, can tap the My Walmart app to check out by scanning a bar code on the order. The purchase is then charged to a card on file. Customers then get a receipt via their mobile device to show to a fast lane associate before leaving the store.

The pilot store is what Walmart Canada is calling a "Urban Supercentre Concept," aimed at better addressing "the evolving needs of its current and future customers," according to a press release. Complete article


16-year-old charged in Roanoke Va. Walmart shooting three days after Christmas is denied bond 06/18/2019

Five Milwaukee teens arrested for shoplifting from Wisc. Walmart 06/19/2019

Aransas Pass Tx. police identify man who exposed himself in Walmart 06/19/2019

Blotter: Man arrested after inappropriately touching Tx. Walmart employee, report says 06/1/2019

Body found in Hominy Creek near Skiatook identified as longtime Owasso Okla. Walmart employee 06/19/2019

A body recently recovered from Hominy Creek near Skiatook was identified as 51-year-old Laura Pace, according to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

Pace was a longtime employee at the Owasso Walmart Supercenter on 96th Street.

She was reported missing last week and was last seen leaving the Walmart in Skiatook alone around 1 a.m. on Thursday. Her car was then found on 52nd Street on Friday.

OCSO, along with a search party and local volunteers, canvassed the area with canines and drones over the weekend but did not locate the woman.

On Sunday evening, a group of kayakers found a body several miles downstream, which was later identified as Pace, according to a recent post on OCSO’s Facebook page. Complete article


Trio accused of leading deputies on chase after stealing TVs from NC Walmart 06/20/2019

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. - Three people are in custody, accused of leading police on a chase across two counties after stealing televisions from a Denver Walmart.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said two men stole thousands of dollars worth of TVs and other items from the store just after midnight.

Deputies were in the parking lot at the time and started following the car, which tried to speed away and led law enforcement on a chase that ended in a crash on Lucia Riverbend Highway in Gaston County.

“They got on Highway 16, headed back towards Mecklenburg County, threw several items out of the window, and the car actually caught on fire,” said Lt. Jordan Cody, with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Complete article


Police chase ends in Morrisville after $10,000 in Apple products stolen from NC Walmart 06/20/2019

MORRISVILLE, N.C. — A chase started at a Wake Forest Walmart and ended up in Morrisville after two suspects stole more than $10,000 in Apple products.

Police arrested one suspect early Thursday morning, but a search is on for the second, who fled on foot after officials stopped the SUV the two were in.

Officials told WRAL News the two stole various Apple products from the Walmart located at 2114 S. Main Street and then led police on a chase through Wake County, traveling on Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 64 at times. At one point, the driver traveled the wrong way on I-40, officials said, but no crashes or injuries were reported. Complete article


Walmart shoplifter drags Slidell La. deputy with truck; flees into MS 06/19/2019

SLIDELL, La. (WVUE) - A Picayune, Mississippi man is behind bars after he dragged a Slidell Police officer with his truck and attempted to run over another officer after shoplifting from Walmart.

The Slidell Police Department says deputies were called to the Walmart on Natchez Drive Tuesday regarding a man attempting to steal power tools.

The suspect, 51-year-old Robert E. Myers, fled from the store, but officers located him in the parking lot sitting inside of his pickup truck.

Two officers approached the truck and asked Myers to step out and speak with them. Myers refused and placed the truck in drive in an attempt to leave.

One of the deputies tried to stop Myers, but was dragged through the Walmart parking lot. The officer was able to free himself to prevent being run over.

Police say Myers aggressively accelerated through the parking lot and attempted to run over another officer. Complete article


Del Norte Fire Crews Prevented Large Propane Explosions at Ca. Walmart Last Night 06/19/2019

On Tuesday, June 18th at 11:29 PM Crescent City Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a fire in cardboard bales to the rear of 900 E. Washington Blvd, Walmart. Firefighters arrived to find heavy fire burning in the recyclable storage area to the rear of the store. The location was used to store compressed bales of cardboard and plastic.

The pile of bales was stacked on pallets three bales tall, covering an area approximately 25 feet deep by 40 feet wide.

The fire was being fanned by high winds from the north. Located less than 10 feet away were seven large propane tanks being threatened by the fire spreading over a concrete block wall. Complete article


Shoplifting Suspect Threatened Walmart Security: Hamden Conn. Police 06/19/2019

HAMDEN, CT — Police are asking for help with identifying a shoplifting suspect accused of threatening to stab a Loss Prevention Officer at Walmart. The incident occurred at the Walmart, located at 2300 Dixwell Ave., on Monday, June 17, according to police.

Police said the suspect stole several watches and was confronted by a Loss Prevention Officer. He then pushed the security officer and threatened to stab her, according to police.

The suspect is described by police as a black man, bald with "facial stubble," who was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. Complete article


Investigators searching for man who stole victim's phone from Tenn. Walmart, refused to give it back 06/20/2019

Wareham Mass. Police on the job: Couple arrested on methamphetamine charges in Walmart parking lot 06/20/2019

One person dead in fatal shooting outside Walmart on Cone Boulevard in Greensboro NC 06/20/2019

GREENSBORO — Police identified the victim in Thursday's shooting outside the Walmart along East Cone Boulevard as 39-year-old Korey Lee Fitzgerald of Greensboro.

Officers responded at 1:06 p.m. Thursday to a reported shooting at Murphy USA at 2107 16th St. and found Fitzgerald with at least one gunshot wound, police said in a news release.

He was taken to an area hospital where he later died, police said. Complete article

Greensboro man surrenders to police in fatal shooting near Walmart, charged with first-degree murder 06/23/2019

Two new arrests in Walmart shooting death 06/24/2019

Surveillance video captured fatal shooting in front of Greensboro NC Walmart, Guilford DA says 06/24/2019


Teenager stabbed in Utah Walmart; police looking for attacker 06/20/2019

SANDY — A 16-year-old boy was stabbed in a Walmart store in Sandy on Thursday afternoon.

The teenager had gotten into a fight with another teen, police said. The victim was taken to the hospital in serious condition but with injuries not expected to be life-threatening.

Police responded to the store, 9151 S, Quarry Bend Dr., around 3 p.m.

The boy who stabbed him left the scene before police arrived, police said. Police were searching for a teenager wearing a white jersey. Complete article


WPD: Two teens arrested after allegedly vandalizing NC Walmart, assaulting employees 06/20/2019

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Two teens are accused of smashing glass doors and causing other damage at a Wilmington Walmart before assaulting two employees early Thursday morning.

According to a series of tweets from the Wilmington Police Department, officers responded to the Walmart on Sigmon Road shortly after 1 a.m. for a report of the “store being trashed.”

Police say that the “glass doors of the garden center were smashed, multiple gas grills were damaged and items were tossed off of shelves from the electronics section to the garden section.” Complete article


Georgia inmate convicted of murdering man who gave him ride outside Walmart in 1996 is executed 06/20/2019

A last-ditch attempt by Georgia lawyers pleading to the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent a man from being put to death for a 1996 murder failed and he was executed on Thursday night.

Marion Wilson Jr., 42, was administered a lethal injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. The non-profit Death Penalty Information Center had said his was the 1,500th execution since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

On March 28, 1996, witnesses said Wilson and Robert Earl Butts Jr. asked the victim, 24-year-old Donovan Corey Parks, for a ride at a Walmart. Once all three of them were in the car, with Butts in the front passenger seat and Wilson in the back, they forced Parks out of the car, shot him and stole his vehicle.

Butts, 40, who was also convicted in the murder, was executed in May 2018.

Wilson's defense attorneys argued that capital punishment was unconstitutional because they said Butts was the actual shooter and Wilson claimed he didn't have prior knowledge of the killing. Complete article


High levels of arsenic in bottled water sold at Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, study says 06/20/2019

Despite its popularity and its distribution in places such as Flint, Michigan, bottled water might not be as safe as you think.

A test conducted by California nonprofit Center for Environmental Health finds that two bottled water brands — Peñafiel, owned by Keurig Dr. Pepper and Starkey, owned by Whole Foods — contain levels of arsenic that are higher than tap water, violating state guidelines as a result.

High levels of arsenic, California law states, can cause reproductive harm and cancer. Products that violate recommended state levels of arsenic have to be labeled with a warning.

“Customers typically purchase bottled water at exorbitantly high costs with the assumption that it is safer and healthier to drink than tap water, unaware that they are ingesting an extremely toxic metal linked to birth defects and cancer," said Michael Green, the organization's CEO, in a statement.

It corroborates independent findings released earlier this year by Consumer Reports, which found that the same brands of water have nearly double the federal limit of arsenic in water. Complete article


Another frozen fruit recall for norovirus strikes Walmart and another national chain 06/20/2019

Frozen berry products sold under the store brands of Walmart and Save A Lot were recalled Thursday after FDA testing found Norovirus in the frozen blackberries.

Pulled from Walmart freezers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are 16-ounce bags of Great Value Frozen Blackberries, lot No. AP1655, expiration date 4/8/2021; lot No. AP1640, expiration date 3/7/2021; and lot No. AP1555, expiration date 1/25/2021.

Out of Save A Lot freezers in Florida, North Carolina, New York, Tennessee and Wisconsin are 12-ounce bags of Tipton Grove Frozen Mixed Berries, lot No. AP 1700 with expiration dates of 4/22/2021, 4/23/2021 and 4/24/2021. Complete article


NBC2 Investigates: Walmart offers cheaper over the counter insulin, but not what doctors prescribe 06/20/2019

Walmart offers over the counter insulin called ReliOn for $24.88 and it is FDA approved as safe and effective for use, but is different from prescribed insulin.

For those with diabetes, the price of insulin has tripled over the last decade.

A claim that Walmart offered over the counter $25 insulin started gaining traction on social media. Complete article


A ‘Sorceress’ in Brazil, a ‘Wink’ in India: Walmart Pleads Guilty After a Decade of Bribes 06/20/2019

Inside Walmart’s corporate offices in Brazil, one local contact was known as the “sorceress” for the ability to obtain government permits quickly.

In India, concerns about bribery were met with a “wink and a nod” by Walmart’s local business partner. In China, money was funneled to a local landlord for “government relationship consulting services.” And in Mexico, cars and computers were donated to governments in communities where Walmart was planning to build new stores.

For more than a decade, Walmart used middlemen to make dubious payments to governments around the globe in order to open new locations, United States prosecutors and securities regulators said in a settlement agreement on Thursday. But even as employees frequently raised alarm, the company’s top leaders did little to prevent Walmart from being involved in bribery and corruption schemes.

That lack of internal control led to a seven-year inquiry that culminated on Thursday with Walmart’s Brazilian subsidiary pleading guilty to a federal crime. The guilty plea, and the $282 million in fines that Walmart has agreed to pay, capped one of the biggest investigations ever under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which makes it illegal for American corporations to bribe overseas officials. Complete article


Walmart using A.I.-powered cameras to spot dodgy shoppers at self-checkouts 06/21/2019

Walmart may be some time away from following in Amazon’s footsteps when it comes to checkout-free stores, so until then, it has to find its own ways of reducing cases of theft at the final stage of a customer’s shop.

Current efforts include the use of computer vision technology at self-checkout counters, Business Insider reported this week.

The big-box retailer confirmed its use of A.I.-powered surveillance, adding that it’s currently in operation at around 20% of its U.S. stores.

The system, called Missed Scan Detection, does what it says, deploying advanced cameras to look for underhand behavior taking place at Walmart’s checkouts.

If the software powering the system understands that an item has passed the scanner without being scanned, an alert is automatically sent to a member of staff who will then investigate to find out what happened. It’s not clear if the technology is advanced enough to detect all of the various different tricks some determined shoplifters deploy at self-checkout counters, though it’s likely that Walmart is working to further develop the system. Complete article

Walmart Using AI Cameras at Checkout Counters to Catch Thieves 06/26/2019

Walmart wants to save billions while integrating autonomy into its supply chain 06/20/2019

Self-driving delivery is coming to Walmart — but not directly to customers 06/20/2019

Walmart Inc. came to dominate retailing through its mastery of logistics — the complicated choreography of getting goods from farm or factory to the consumer. But even the world’s biggest store doesn’t make money selling its wares online in the U.S., largely because of runaway shipping costs. So Walmart is turning to robots.

On a drizzly morning earlier this month, Walmart’s U.S. chief Greg Foran led reporters to a curbside package pickup kiosk outside its supercenter in Rogers, Ark. Idling there were three Ford delivery vans outfitted with self-driving technology developed by Gatik, a Silicon Valley startup tasked with a trial run aimed at cutting Walmart’s middle-mile shipping costs in half.

Going driverless in pursuit of profit is a “no-brainer,” Foran said.As the buzz about human-carting robo-taxis starts to short-circuit, an unheralded segment of the driverless future is taking shape and showing promise: goods-moving robo-vans. Rather than serving up hot pizza pies or deploying headless robots to carry groceries to the doorstep, robo-vans travel on fixed routes from warehouse to warehouse or to a smaller pickup point, transporting packages to get them closer, but not all the way, to consumers.


Walmart and Amazon want to see inside your house. Should you let them? 06/21/2019

The war for the e-commerce shopper is fought on the battlefield of convenience. One-click ordering, same-day delivery, automatic toilet paper refills: There’s no pain point so small someone won’t pay to do away with it.

Although shopping online may be hassle-free, getting those orders delivered can be tricky. To solve that problem, Amazon.com Inc. and Walmart Inc., the two largest retailers in the U.S., are now offering to send delivery people inside your house to safely deposit your packages indoors and your groceries inside your fridge. To calm fears that delivery people might get up to no good, both companies are promising to let you watch the deliveries happen live on video.

There’s one catch: Amazon and Walmart get to hang on to that video too.Sound like a good deal?With little formal accountability or transparency on how these companies store, process and monetize the video and audio recordings of your home, privacy experts are concerned that consumers could be signing up for more than they realize.

“The surveillance society we have tiptoed into is going to need a set of social norms that are today still awkward and unclear,” said Jules Polonetsky, chief executive of the Future of Privacy Forum, a nonprofit that studies privacy issues around new technologies. “If we don’t set some of those lines, it’s likely to have negative repercussions.”

Those risks include having sensitive home data — including voice and video recordings and codes for the front door’s smart lock — hacked and released online, or having the same private data subject to search by law enforcement.

More prosaically, with the advent of computer vision analytics, which offer the ability to extract consumer insights from millions of hours of video, the companies behind these smart-home services could use imagery from your living room to improve their ad targeting or as raw material to train their computer vision algorithms. Complete article


Mesa Ariz. PD: Dog stolen from outside Mesa Walmart 06/20/2019 Thanks to the power of social media, a Phoenix man got his dog back after he was stolen at a Walmart.

Orlando Man Sentenced to 26 Years for Multiple Fla. Walmart Robberies 06/20/2019 An Orlando man was sentenced to more than 26 years in federal prison for robbing Walmart workers and shoppers at gunpoint at two stores in 2017.

ASU’s ‘Walmart on Campus’ pilot store in Tempe Ariz. to close by end of June 06/20/2019

Greenville Police seek public's help to ID suspect in Walmart phone theft 06/21/2019

She stole $49 in stuff from York SC Walmart. Here’s why she could see 25 years in jail. 06/21/2019

Police searching for suspect in Ohio Walmart assault 06/21/2019

2 people use deception to steal cash from northeast Lincoln Nebraska Walmart, police say 06/21/2019

Strong arm robbery at Ga. Walmart leads to police chase and crash 06/21/2019

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (CBS46) Police say a strong arm robbery at a Walmart in Douglasville led to a police chase Friday morning.

Douoglasville Police say the robbery happened around 10 a.m. at the Walmart on Concourse Parkway.

Officer eventually caught up with the suspects and a police chase began. Officers were able to perform a P.I.T. maneuver which stopped the suspect's vehicle on Veterans Memorial Highway, east of Douglasville. Complete article

PIT maneuver Pursuit Intervention Technique often causes crashes to stop vehicles.


Man facing charges after attempted child abduction at Greenwood SC Walmart, police say 06/21/2019

GREENWOOD, S.C. (WSPA) – Greenwood Police Department officials said a man is in custody after a report of an attempted child abduction at a store Friday.

According to the police department’s Facebook post, officers responded to an attempted child abduction at Walmart, located at 300 Bypass 25 NE.

Police said the child was not taken or harmed during the incident, and said the child is safely with parents at this time. Complete article


50-year-old Lexington man arrested for Nebraska Walmart stabbing 06/21/2019

LEXINGTON — A 50-year-old Lexington man was arrested for a stabbing which occurred at the Lexington Walmart during the evening of Thursday, June 20.

At 10:15 p.m. the Lexington Police Department was notified someone had been stabbed at Walmart, Lexington Police Chief Tracy Wolf said. Officers spoke with the victim, a 28-year-old male Lexington resident.

The victim was transported to Lexington Regional Health Center by an acquaintance that was on scene. Complete article


Bad neighbor: Springfield Oregon Walmart causing problems, residents say 06/2/2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Residents in Springfield are calling Walmart on Olympic Street a bad neighbor, saying it’s causing big problems.

Neighbors who live on 28th Street and L Street said a gate behind the store frequently gets smashed through and speeding is also a problem.

They said there’s at least 15 elementary-aged children who live in the area, and they don’t want to wait until one of them gets hurt for Walmart to do something about it.

For over a year, residents have been trying to get Walmart to take responsibility, and they said nothing has changed.

David Phillips said he is worried his children could get hurt or worse if Walmart continues to stand idly by.

"Typically there's trash and needles and garbage and crap everywhere," said Phillips. "The issue is safety for the kids. I can't even let my kids play out in the front yard or the front of the street at the dead end of our street because we're in fear that a car's just going to plow through this gate and run them over." Complete article


Shoplifting suspect tased outside Mobile Alabama Walmart 06/21/2019

Man pulled a woman into woods to rob her near a Myrtle Beach Walmart, report says 06/22/2019

Man wearing red Jordan Jumpman hat wanted for Walmart theft in Springetts Pa. 06/23/2019

Florida man threatens to bring gun into Walmart for refusing to let him return air mattress 06/24/2019

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A man was arrested on Thursday for reportedly threatening to walk into a St. Augustine Walmart with a gun after the store refused to let him return an inflatable mattress, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

An offense report says the suspect, Darius Kennedy, 26, became irate when employees at the Walmart told him it was too late to return the mattress, saying he'd missed the 15-day cut-off.

Employees also said the mattress box was opened and the mattress itself looked used and dirty.

That's when Kennedy began yelling profanities at management, creating a scene in front of customers, the report said.

Afterward, Kennedy reportedly said he was walking out to his vehicle to get a gun and was going to return to the store with it. Complete article


Fire at Thomasville Walmart closes store Sunday evening 06/23/2019

THOMASVILLE, Ala. (WKRG) — UPDATE: Walmart is expected to open at 9 a.m. Monday morning.

The Walmart in Thomasville is closed Sunday evening because of an electrical fire.

Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day said the fire department was called for a fire isolated to the main electrical panels in an exterior building controlling many of their freezers and coolers. Complete article


At least 23K containers of baby formula powder recalled at Walmart for possible contamination 06/23/2019

Perrigo baby formula powder is taking at least 23,000 containers off the shelves of Walmart after a risk of "potential presence of metal foreign matter.”

The company said the recall is for the 35-ounce, 992-gram containers of "Parent’s Choice Advantage Infant Formula Milk-Based Powder with Iron,” which was sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide.

Customers who have purchased this item should check the bottom of the package for Lot Code C26EVFV and a "use by" date of Feb. 26, 2021. Complete article


Walmart evacuated after chemical reaction in Andover, Minn. 06/22/2019

ANDOVER, Minn. (FOX 9) - A Walmart in the Twin Cities metro was evacuated Saturday after a chemical incident inside the store.

Police say two chemicals in the pool section at the Walmart in Andover got mixed together, causing a reaction Sunday evening. The reaction created smoke and the store was emptied while crews dealt with the situation.

Officers are looking into how the chemicals got mixed together, but right now they say it's not clear what happened. Investigators are reviewing surveillance video from the store. Complete article


Man paid $7.42 on $184 worth of items at Ind. Walmart, police say 06/22/2019 Charles Puskac said he thought it strange that the purchase of a large step ladder, garden hose, a couple of heavy duty tie downs, and various hardware and clothing at the local Walmart store rang up to just $7.42, according to police. The 41-year-old Portage Township man said he intended to speak to the loss prevention officer on the way out of the store but then clammed up when it was pointed out he passed by the officer, who wound up chasing after him, police said.

12 Apple TVs found in Ga. Walmart stocker’s car, officials say 06/24/2019

Thieves steal Children’s Miracle Network donation bin from Stafford Va. Walmart 06/24/2019

Deputies: 2 arrested for shoplifting personal lubricant from Macon Ga. Walmart 06/24/2019

Police seek help identifying 2 people accused of fraud at Carmel Ind. Walmart 06/25/2019

Naked man running through Titusville Fla. Walmart parking lot arrested after reports of possible gunfire 06/24/2019

A man reported running naked through a Walmart parking lot was taken into custody by police Monday afternoon.

Police responded to the Titusville Walmart on State Road 50 about 5 p.m. Monday after reports of a disturbance, according to Titusville Police Department spokeswoman Amy Matthews.

Officers could not immediately identify the man because of his lack of identification. No information was known on why the man was naked in the parking lot.

Matthews said police were looking into reports of possible gunfire related to the incident and added that nobody was injured. Complete article

Naked Florida man detained outside of Titusville Walmart 06/24/2019 Officials also said there were reports of shots fired in the area.


FBI seeking 'Big Box Bandit' connected to Kingsport Tenn. Walmart bank robbery 06/24/2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) - Investigators are seeking a man they say is connected to several bank robberies, including one in Kingsport.

The FBI is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the "Big Box Bandit."

Investigators believe the man robbed three banks and a check cashing business inside Walmart stores in Kingsport, Chattanooga, and Clinton in Tennessee and Shelbyville, Indiana. They also accuse him of robbing a standalone bank in Candler, North Carolina and carjacking someone in west Knoxville. Complete article


Buhl man pleads guilty to threatening a mass shooting at Alabama Walmart four weeks ago 06/24/2019

A Tuscaloosa County man told police he was depressed and angry when he threatened to commit a mass shooting at the Northport Walmart last month.

Jonathan Justin Smith, 37, has been in jail on a felony charge of making a terrorist threat since May 26. He agreed to plead guilty to the charge at a court hearing scheduled Monday.

Smith made a video call on Facebook to a friend that day, saying he was on his way to the Walmart Supercenter on McFarland Boulevard to kill 25 people.

“But if he couldn’t kill 25 people, he would kill a specific 10,” a Northport Police investigator wrote in a report. The friend contacted police and went to the store because his girlfriend worked there.

He called police when Smith called him a second time, saying “Get ready for the fireworks” because he was on the way to the Walmart. The friend said Smith was wearing camouflage and guns were visible in the video chat. Complete article


Mother Grabbed in Ca. Walmart for Upskirt Photo Says Staff Ignored Attack 06/25/2019

A woman in California has said she was left fearful and worried for the fate of other shoppers after she was assaulted by a man who grabbed her leg and took a picture up her skirt as she bought family groceries at a local Walmart.

The mother, identified as Rosa, said she had been left deeply affected by the incident. "I can't sleep, I can't eat," she told KABC. "I think about not only my safety but the safety of my children, the safety of so many women who go in that store," she added.

Rosa also explained that she had been left disappointed by the reaction of staff at the Perris California Walmart who she claimed had ignored her when she cried out for help. "I said help, help, no one did anything, I chased him, as far as I could to the doors, I saw employees, they just parted ways and said they couldn't help me as I was saying at them to help me," she explained. Complete article


Purse snatchers target Costco, Walmart, grocery stores in Tacoma, King County, Wash. police say 06/24/2019

A surge in purse snatchings has police warning shoppers in Pierce and King counties to be extra careful in store parking lots.

Since the start of the year, authorities say more than 60 bags have been stolen outside stores like Costco, Walmart and grocery stores around Puget Sound.

The count of purses stolen by force in Tacoma parking lots stood at 19 as of late April.

“It’s an uptick,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. “It’s not always the same people stealing bags. Be aware of your surroundings.”

Witnesses reported seeing teenagers and people in their early 20s snatch bags and quickly flee in stolen cars.

No one has been seriously injured, but at least a few victims suffered broken bones and bruises. Complete article


Leaking bottle closes Walmart on South Main Street in High Point NC; police originally believed bottle was meth lab 06/24/2019

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The Walmart on South Main Street in High Point was evacuated Monday after a suspicious spill.

Around 5 p.m., a man had a liquid coming out of his backpack in the bakery area and tracked the liquid into the bathroom. The man then left the store, leaving the backpack at the store.

Employees weren’t sure what the liquid was so they poured their spill kit on it and it changed color.

Firefighters and police were called in to investigate and the store was evacuated. Complete article


The battle to turn Arkansas's dry counties wet – with Walmart's help 06/25/2019

Warwick Milner sits outside Cove Creek Corner Store, a gas station in Cleburne county, Arkansas. Despite a nearby lake attracting tourists from neighboring states, the gas station cannot sell alcohol. In fact, there is no place within the entire county where wine, beer or liquor can be purchased and taken home.

Last year Milner tried to change that, collecting enough signatures to put a petition on the 2018 ballot. He solicited the help of local businesses – including the owner of the gas station – knocked on residents’ doors and started a Facebook group. Thousands joined in support, and movers and shakers reached out to him, including a former mayor and council members.

“I’m the most conservative person that can be. Except in this county I’m a progressive,” said Milner, who identifies as Mormon and doesn’t drink.

Milner is joining a growing wave of Arkansans working to overturn 80-year-plus bans on selling alcohol within some counties. Up until a few years ago, more than half of Arkansas’ 75 counties remained “dry,” a result of strong anti-alcohol sentiment reaching back to the 1800s and the end of prohibition in the 1930s. Complete article


UPDATE 1-Norway wealth fund allowed to invest again in Walmart, Rio Tinto, others 06/25/2019

OSLO, June 25 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion wealth fund can invest again in miner Rio Tinto and retailer Walmart after their exclusions from the fund's investments on ethical grounds were revoked, the board of the central bank said on Tuesday.

The fund can also resume investing in Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim's Grupo Carso, U.S. defence company General Dynamics and fertiliser-maker Nutrien, the board added in a statement.

Reinvestments will likely take place "within an appropriately long timeframe," said the board, without specifying a timeline. The fund is managed by a unit of the central bank.

The fund, one of the world's largest investors, has an ethical mandate set by parliament and is not allowed to invest in companies that produce nuclear weapons, cluster munitions and tobacco, among other ethical criteria. Complete article


JetBlue sues Walmart over name of shopping service, Jetblack 06/24/2019

NEW YORK (AP) — JetBlue Airways is asking a judge to block Walmart from calling its new text-message personal-shopping service Jetblack, saying the name infringes on the airline's trademarks.

JetBlue sued Walmart in federal district court in New York on Friday.

New York-based JetBlue says it has invested heavily in trademarks that promote its name for selling flights, clothing, bags, toys and other items.

The airline says Walmart plans to use other names like Jetgold and Jetsilver "and to move closer to JetBlue's core services by offering travel and transportation services." It accuses Walmart of "a transparent attempt to trade on the goodwill associated with" the JetBlue name. Complete article


Walmart to accept EBT payment at all grocery pickup locations nationwide 06/24/2019

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) - Walmart will be accepting EBT payment for online grocery orders.

The retailer is rolling out a pay at pickup option that allows families using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to pay when they pick up groceries at any Walmart stores through the pickup service.

With the rollout, Walmart becomes the first retailer to offer this method for online grocery pickup customers at scale. Complete article


Tilden Township Pa. police officer, 2 Walmart employees help homeless woman living out of car 06/24/2019

Police looking for man accused of exposing himself in women’s restroom at Newcastle Okla. Walmart 06/2/2019

Man Sought for Taking Illicit Photos of Woman as She Shopped at Walmart in Perris Ca. 06/25/2019

Urine bag found in parking lot of Labelle Fla. Walmart 06/25/2019

Police seek help identifying 2 people accused of fraud at Carmel Ind. Walmart 06/25/2019

Natick man charged with scaring people with BB gun at Framingham Mass. Walmart 06/25/2019

FRAMINGHAM – A Natick man, arrested at Walmart on Monday for allegedly scaring people with a BB gun, argued with a Framingham District Court judge when the judge ordered him to stay away from the store.

Framingham police arrested Kiumars Sabet, 73, after he became angry at the store on Monday, swinging a BB gun around and yelling at people.

At Sabet’s arraignment on Tuesday, Judge David Cunis released Sabet without bail and ordered him to stay out of Walmart. ......

On Monday, Sabet went into Walmart and tried to return a BB gun that he had previously purchased, according to a police report filed Tuesday in Framingham District Court. Sabet became angry when he was told he could not return the gun. An employee refused him demand to load the BB gun. Complete article


Newark man gets 5 years for Tim Horton's robbery, shooting near Ohio Walmart 06/25/2019

NEWARK - A Newark man was sentenced to five years in prison after he robbed the Newark Tim Horton's and was involved in a shooting near Walmart.

Kyle A. Daugherty, 38, of Newark, pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony; having a weapon under disability, a third-degree felony; and robbery, a second-degree felony in Licking County Common Pleas Court on Monday morning.

In January, Newark police responded to the Walmart on North 21st Street, believing there may be an active shooter inside the store. Complete article


North Carolina art teacher accused of stealing craft supplies from Walmart 06/26/2019

CLAYTON, N.C. — A high school teacher stole craft supplies from Walmart, according to Clayton Police Department, WTVD reports.

Investigators charged Joanna Frantz, 59, with misdemeanor larceny after getting a call from the store about a person hiding supplies in her raincoat.

Investigators said Frantz cooperated with store staff and police when confronted. They said she had nearly $225 worth of unpaid merchandise in her possession. Complete article


Andover Minn. Walmart evacuated after chemical reaction 06/25/2019

Shoppers in the Andover Walmart were evacuated Saturday evening after a chemical reaction produced smoke and an obnoxious smell.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22, the Anoka Sheriff’s Office received a report of smoke and a strong smell in the Walmart.

Shoppers were evacuated, and two people were transported to the hospital for evaluation, Commander Wayne Heath said. The condition of the two transported to the hospital was unknown as of June 25, but no other serious injuries were reported. Complete article


Man wrongfully charged files defamation suit against Pa. Walmart 06/26/2019

A Drums man who was wrongfully charged with breaking into a car at Lehigh Gorge State Park filed a defamation suit Tuesday against Walmart for allegedly providing investigators bad information that identified him as the thief.

James Galade, 60, alleges the “outrageously careless, reckless and negligent conduct” of Walmart employees prompted Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources rangers to charge him with theft for a break-in he did not commit.

According to the complaint, park rangers were dispatched to a vehicle break-in at the Lehigh Tannery Historic Site on May 27, 2018. The victim reported her wallet and credit cards had been stolen from the vehicle. Complete article


Walmart sued over alleged fall at Granite City Ill. store 06/25/2019

A Walmart store faces a claim over a fall in the beverage section of its Granite City facility.

Nedra Jones, of St. Louis, is claiming the company failed in its duty of care by allowing "liquid to accumulate on a floor of the beverage section."

Jones filed suit in Madison County Circuit and is seeking in excess of $50,000 from the retail giant. Complete article


Walmart to raise age for tobacco sales to 21 06/26/2019

Beginning Monday, Walmart will no longer sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. That change includes electronic cigarettes and applies to all Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in the United States.

John Scudder, U.S. chief compliance and ethics officer for Walmart, said the company is also in the process of ending the sale of fruit- and dessert-flavored e-cigarette products.

Scudder detailed the changes in a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration dated May 8. He referred to FDA research showing that minors prefer the fruit- and dessert-flavored products. Complete article


Winter Garden man accused of taking pictures up woman's dress at Fla. Walmart 06/26/2019

Baltimore man charged with cutting Westminster Md. Walmart fence, stealing dozens of car batteries 06/27/2019

Conn. Police positively ID Walmart theft suspect who ran from police 06/26/2019

DEA bust outside a Virginia Beach Walmart ended with injuries, damaged cars and a shot fired 06/26/2019

Jeremiah Shaw walked into the Walmart on Phoenix Drive Tuesday night to do a little shopping with his 7-year-old son. He walked out a moment later to a scene straight out of an action movie.

Law enforcement officers with military-style rifles drawn. Multiple wrecked vehicles, including a black SUV that had plowed through some pots and run over a tree. And three men in custody.

"There was a lot of chaos," Shaw, a former firefighter, said in an interview. "Customers didn't know what was going on."

Law enforcement officials declined to say much about what Shaw and his son stumbled onto in the store's parking lot. Virginia Beach police referred questions to a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman, who would only describe it as a "joint law enforcement operation."

It apparently didn't go as planned. Special Agent Heath Anderson said members of a DEA taskforce approached a vehicle about 6:23 p.m. in the parking lot when the driver tried to flee.

In the process, Anderson said, the vehicle struck multiple officers and then multiple law-enforcement vehicles with officers inside. One civilian vehicle also was hit. Complete article

Suspect vehicle hits law enforcement personnel, vehicles outside VB Walmart 06/27/2019

Men busted by DEA outside Virginia Beach Walmart were trying to do $280,000 cocaine deal, authorities say 06/28/2019


Video: Police confront man causing trouble at Albuquerque NM Walmart in April 06/26/2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – He’s been a nuisance for months at a local Walmart, even getting banned from the premises. But that didn’t keep him from coming back and causing a scary commotion in the busy store.

Officer: “Walmart security just wanted him off the property.”

In April, Albuquerque police were called to the Walmart at Coors and I-40 to try and get the man out of the parking lot.

“I don’t f****** have to go with no one,” Salas said.

Security told officers Jacob Salas has a history of causing trouble at the store.

Security: “He’s very confrontational, he’s not mentally stable. He’s threatened to stab me three or four times.” .....

After about 15 minutes of negotiating, Salas took off running back into the store. Surveillance video shows five officers chasing him through Walmart as customers looked on.

He knocked out a display and was tackled in the Easter aisle, but he wasn’t going down without a fight. Police say he tried to take one of their guns. Complete article


Fire causes evacuation at Walmart in Pittsfield Mass. 06/26/2019

PITTSFIELD — Police are investigating the cause of a Wednesday morning fire that prompted a brief evacuation at Walmart.Firefighters responded to the Hubbard Avenue store around 11:45 a.m. and found a small fire in a bathroom, according to Deputy Chief Raymond Tart. "The store was evacuated when they got there," Tart said.

"I sent people back in after about 20 minutes."

Tart said that city police were later called into investigate the scene."

It was believed to have possibly been set by someone," Pittsfield Police Sgt. John "J.P." Murphy said. The investigation is ongoing and no other information was immediately available Wednesday night. Complete article


Minnesotan goes viral after yellow vest, no shirt combo vexes Walmart 06/26/2019

Taking the prize for the most unlikely of viral moments in the U.S. this week is Paul Tuschy, also known by his alias Liberty Longbeard.

Longbeard was at the Walmart in Mankato this week when his attire allegedly attracted the attention of the store manager.

The reason? He was wearing a yellow vest with no t-shirt underneath.

Now why would a Walmart manager be interested in the clothing choice of a customer you ask? Well, they thought he was an employee.

"I got yelled at for not wearing a t-shirt under my vest," he wrote. "I argued with her for a while and when I explained that I, in fact, do not work here, she calmed down." Complete article


Analysis: Walmart’s Spend-and-Tell Strategy Paid Off in Bribery Settlement 06/26/2019

Quarter after quarter, the figure grew. By the time Walmart Inc. reached a long-awaited settlement with U.S. authorities last week, the company had amassed more than $900 million in costs from compliance enhancements and internal investigations into foreign bribery law violations in Mexico, Brazil, China and India.

The size of that figure—and Walmart’s publicity of it—may be among the reasons the retail giant received what some view as lenient treatment. Government officials in late 2016 had sought $1 billion from the company, but after several years of negotiation Walmart ultimately agreed to pay $282 million total in separate agreements with the U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“It’s a great result for the company,” said Joan Meyer, a former government prosecutor and a white-collar defense lawyer at Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP. “The fact that Walmart was out there and publicly making it known it had spent $900 million on compliance and investigations was smart. It was something that the department had to consider in forming a resolution.” Complete article


Shoppers express outrage over ‘Virginia Beach Strong’ shirts sold in Walmart 06/26/2019

Some shoppers said it is not right if the store profited off of the shirt.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — It started out as a regular trip to Walmart for Kenna Given that quickly turned into her walking out of the store in anger.

She snapped a picture of “Virginia Beach Strong” shirts on display at the store at Town Center off Virginia Beach Boulevard.

She looked for some type of sign explaining where the funds for the about $10 shirts were going but did not see anything. Complete article

Walmart says funds from Virginia Beach Strong shirts will go to victims’ families 06/26/2019 UPDATE: Walmart says the proceeds will benefit the families, but says they could've communicated more clearly.


Montana Police blotter: Shoplifting from Walmart, resisting arrest 06/26/2019 After police informed Raven she was under arrest, she told officers they had no authority over her because she was from the earth. She also said because she was Raven, she could not be put in jail as ravens have to be free, police said.

Bay Area Walmart.com worker arrested on embezzlement charge 06/28/2019 SAN BRUNO Ca. — Authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of a 24-year-old Daly City man on suspicion of embezzling more than $100,000 from the corporate offices of Walmart.com.

WFPD: Woman banned from Tx. Walmart for eating half of cake, refusing to pay for other half 06/27/2019

Las Cruces NM man allegedly exposes himself to teenager in Walmart 06/27/2019

Deputies: Shots fired in Walmart parking lot in Indian Trail NC after failed iPhone sale 06/27/2019

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. (WBTV) - Deputies say shots were fired in the parking lot of a Walmart in Indian Trail Thursday afternoon.

According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call shortly after 4 p.m. regarding shots fired in the parking lot of the Walmart in Indian Trail.

Upon arrival, deputies found the person who was allegedly firing shots in the direction of another person who reportedly fled the scene on foot. Complete article


Greensboro NC police say no threat to public after body found in Walmart parking lot 06/27/2019

GREENSBORO — Police are investigating after a body was found in a vehicle in a Walmart parking lot Thursday morning.

At 9 a.m., police responded to a suspicious vehicle call at 4424 W. Wendover Ave., said police spokesman Ron Glenn.

Police found the body inside the vehicle.

Glenn said the person appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Complete article


Man alleges doors at New Martinsville Walmart closed on arm and trapped him 06/27/2019

NEW MARTINSVILLE – A couple from Friendly is suing Walmart and another company after the husband's arm was trapped in the automatic doors at the store.

James L. Gorrell and Lorrie L. Gorrell filed a complaint in Wetzel Circuit Court against Walmart Inc. and Stanley Access Technologies LLC alleging negligence.

The suit states that James L. Gorrell was shopping at the Walmart in New Martinsville on May 5, 2018, and was injured when the automatic sliding doors opened and then closed on the plaintiff's right arm, crushing his right arm and elbow. The suit states the plaintiff's arm was stuck in the doors until a manager came and pried them open.

The plaintiffs allege Walmart was negligent in failing to ensure the doors were properly maintained and Stanley Access Technologies were negligent in failing to properly service and maintain the doors. Complete article


Scathing report says Walmart’s grocery store dominance must be stopped 06/27/2019

Walmart has monopolized the grocery business across the United States and should be forced to sell off some of its stores, an advocacy group charged in a scathing report released Thursday.

Walmart is the nation’s largest grocer. It controls around a fifth of the grocery industry nationwide. The company’s strength in some corners of America is overwhelming and has stifled competition, according to an analysis by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a nonprofit group that criticizes Walmart, Amazon and other large companies.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance “challenges concentrated economic and political power” and advocates for widely-dispersed responsibilities in local communities. It is funded mostly by foundation grants, such as Ford and Wallace Global, said Stacy Mitchell, co-executive director of the group.

In 43 US metropolitan areas and 160 smaller American markets, Walmart controls 50% or more of grocery sales, according to the report. In 38 of these regions, Walmart’s share of the grocery market is 70% or higher, the group says.

“No other corporation in history has ever amassed this degree of control over the US food system,” said Mitchell, the author of the report. Complete article


Orange County man accused of touching, filming underneath woman's skirt at Fla. Walmart 06/27/2019

Baby locked in car at Kelowna Ca. Walmart 06/27/2019

Tampa man arrested for exposing himself to Fla. Walmart shopper 06/28/2019

Mom says young daughter propositioned by stranger at Walmart in King NC 06/28/2019

Rapper DaBaby found guilty of weapons charge in NC Walmart fatal shooting case 06/28/2019

Walmart Supercenter in Nacogdoches Tx. closes temporarily because of plumbing issues 06/28/2019 A little over two weeks after the store, which is located at 4810 North Street in Nacogdoches, closed down for a short time after a man allegedly set a fire in the Walmart’s Supercenter, the store was forced to close temporarily because of sewage issues.

Lehigh Acres Fla. Walmart employee licked, exposed in parking lot 06/28/2019

Ga. couple shoplifts from Walmart but can’t slip away, cops say 06/28/2019

Man convulsing in vehicle outside Valparaiso Ind. Walmart was 'huffing," police say 06/28/2019

Pottstown man draws prison for multi-county Pa. Walmart robberies 06/28/2019 “We believe the gun involved was a BB gun. But that doesn’t change the perception of the clerks who have this seemingly real-looking gun shoved in their faces. He placed them in fear of serious bodily injury,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Richard Bradbury Jr.

MDA urges customers to toss produce purchased at Andover Minn. Walmart 06/28/2019

ANDOVER, MN (FOX 9) - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is urging customers who bought fresh produce from the Walmart in Andover this week to toss the products out.

The order covers any unpackaged produce, like apples, onions, grapes, herbs, and onion, sold between Sunday morning and Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. They are asking people to dispose of the food out of an "abundance of caution."

Officials say the warning is linked to a chemical incident last Saturday at the store. Police said the store on Bunker Lake Blvd NW was evacuated after two chemicals in the pool section got mixed together, creating smoke. Complete article


Walmart cutting jobs in pharmacy department nationwide 06/28/2019

If you pick up your prescriptions at Walmart, you might notice some changes soon.

That's because the retail giant is cutting jobs in that area.

The layoffs, reported to be in the hundreds, are happening at stores nationwide.

Some people are getting concerned what the cuts mean for patient care. Complete article


Johnson County Kansas overcharged Walmart millions in property taxes, board rules 06/28/2019

In a big loss for Johnson County, the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals ruled Friday that the county had overvalued Walmart and Sam’s Club properties by $60 million, charging them millions too much in taxes.

This is the latest in an ongoing legal battle between Johnson County and large retail stores to determine the proper way to measure the value of commercial real estate. At stake is tens of millions of tax dollars for schools and services. The case is one of a number filed by Target, Home Depot and other big-box stores in the county to challenge their property tax appraisals, which rose sharply from 2015 to 2016.

A final decision could be years away, as appeals could go all the way to the Kansas Supreme Court. Complete article


Abbeville La. PD: 9-month-old left in hot car in Walmart parking lot 06/2/2019

Homeless Set Up Camp In Ca. Walmart Parking Lot, Police Say They Can’t Do Much About It 06/28/2019 No discussion about making our economic system work for everyone to reduce homelessness, just shock that they don't punish the homeless more.

Public hearing scheduled for South Union Pa. Walmart beer and wine sales 06/30/2019

NYS Police ask for help identifying multiple shoplifters at Watertown NY Walmart 06/30/2019

Girl Raising Money For Local Police Receives $7,500 From Pa. Walmart 06/30/2019

Man found dead in Walmart parking lot 06/30/2019

Police are investigating after a man was found dead in a vehicle in the Bolivar Walmart parking lot Sunday morning, June 30.

According to Bolivar Police Department's Lt. Roger Barron, a passerby found a 65-year-old man in a vehicle in the 2400 block of South Springfield Avenue at around 9:30 a.m.

A BPD news release said the initial call reported an unconscious person in a pickup truck in the parking lot. ..... "Investigators estimate that the man had been deceased for at least 48 hours," the release said. Complete article


2 dead after three vehicle accident near Guntersville Alabama Walmart 06/30/2019

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – 2 people are dead after a crash in Guntersville Sunday evening.

The Marshall County Coroner’s Office confirms two people died in a three-vehicle accident in front of the Guntersville Walmart, on US Highway 431.

The accident happened around 7:23 p.m. on June 30. Complete article


Walmart Heir Jim Walton Gives Away $1.2 Billion of His Fortune 06/30/2019

(Bloomberg) — Jim Walton, the youngest son of Walmart Inc. founder Sam Walton, donated $1.2 billion of the retailer’s stock last week.

Walton made the charitable gift of 11.2 million shares on June 27, according to a regulatory filing. Another form shows that elder brother Rob Walton donated 135,000 shares — worth $15 million — the previous day.

The recipient wasn’t disclosed, but family members have regularly donated to the Walton Family Foundation, whose causes include education and the environment. The foundation awarded more than $595 million in grants in 2018, according to its website, and had assets of $4.9 billion at the end of 2017. Complete article