Wednesday, July 1, 2020
The pandemic took a back seat to massive protests over police shootings, including George Floyd, across the country and at Walmart, this included dozens of riots at Walmart and lots of looting. Walmart may have closed as many, if not more stores as a result of the protests as they did because of the pandemic. But that hasn't slowed the shootings down at their own stores, much if at all. They had at least another eleven shootings, with two people killed by police, one after he killed a Walmart employee and another after a carjacking. (This article was originally posted citing only ten shootings; the eleventh was reported and added a day later.)
The person killed by police after killing an employee was a disgruntled ex-employee that was fired a year ago and another one of the murder suspects was a current employee. There haven't been many other shootings by employees of Walmart in the past few months, but over the years, they've probably had more than any other employer, including much more than the Post Office which previously had a reputation for having a lot of employees "going postal," not because they have more work place shootings than other companies, but because the media drew much more attention to them while reporting each Walmart shooting as an isolated incident, often only covering them locally and declining to keep track of how often they happen.
There were relatively few additional gun related crimes last month, but there were another three bodies found on the premises, including two that were probably natural causes, with one of the bodies decomposing for days if not weeks before being found, another one was a Walmart employee, and the third was an alleged suicide by hanging, which has become much more common since the George Floyd protests and not everyone is convinced all these are suicides. There was another alleged suicide by hanging the month before which hadn't been reported promptly, and a shooting at the very end of May, during a protest about police shootings, that resulted in a death, although that part wasn't reported promptly either. There was also one more death of a Walmart worker from Coronavirus, which brings the total dead for the month to ten.
There were also two previous fatal police shootings from April 2020 and November 2019 that are being investigated further; one where an emotionally unstable person was waving a bat, but family believes he could have been subdued with non-lethal force; and a shootings of a handcuffed man that was trying to escape after stealing a lock-set worth less than $50. The Mayor of that SC town is calling for the removal of the police officers involved in that shooting.
Even though the pandemic was put on the back burner it hasn't gone completely away. The daily death toll is way down from it's peak in April and there are few if any reports of deaths at Walmart; however, infections supposedly continue to rise. This may be partly because they're doing much more testing, including a lot at Walmart. Walmart is often reluctant to report on infections that allegedly happen in their own stores, including employees that test positive, although other sources continue reporting them. And there are still people outraged at the restrictions reacting with violence.
It's not just Walmart that's causing all these problems. A senior citizen and armed robber at Walmart plead guilty at the beginning of last month to a robbery that only took place four weeks earlier and accepted a fifteen year sentence, which, at his age, means life, assuming he serves the full sentence.this is a surprisingly quick plea bargain, but it means he'll have health care provided by the state for the rest of his life, which he might not have had otherwise. Something is seriously wrong with an economic system that spends money on prisons, and wars based on lies, but not health care, education, child care or other programs that reduce violence, like other countries with much lower rates of violence.
Walmart is also being implicated in a murder spree that took place in December 2016, because they didn't secure their ammunition properly, and the suspect was able to steal it from them, even though he couldn't buy it legally, which enabled the shootings spree. That month was a record breaker with 20 shootings at Walmart, which is still the record for a month today, but if these shootings, which didn't happen at the store it would have been at least two or three higher.
There were also numerous major assaults at their stores including a 79-year-old that was dragged during a purse snatching, a man who had his jaw broken, a couple assaulting a teen, a man left naked tied to a tree behind the store, and 83-year-old man arrested for road rage and assault; and a police officer that was filmed beating a Spanish speaking man that just wanted to go through the checkout as they were closing. He couldn't understand English and the cop, who had been disciplined numerous times, interpreted that as resisting arrest, claiming he was assaulted by the video shows otherwise.
Walmart had a few more hit and run incidents last month, at least one auto theft, and another police chase, plus another RV destroyed by fire on the premises and one or two arsons, although a fire behind the store hasn't been conclusively ruled arson. Walmart also had at least five or six more stabbings, including two on police officers at one store, and a couple more threats to stab someone.
Walmart is constantly trying to test even more automation, including self-checkouts even though they know that they lead to much more crime and they ahve to hire more people to watch them on cameras taking up a lot of the money they save. Tax payers pay even more in court costs but that isn't taken into consideration, since it's an externatity paid for by others so it doesn't impact their profits and amounts to a subsidy on crime. Yet they're still testing a store with no more cashiers, and if it increases profits, even at the expense higher crime partly paid for by of taxpayers, then they intend to increase it nationwide, subsidizing their crime problems even more.
The vast majority of crime, including petty shoplifting, but also many more minor assaults hardly gets any media attention, including a continuing practice of walking out with entire shopping carts full of merchandise, partly encouraged by store design, assaults, thefts from other customers, various sexual assaults, and much more.
Walmart had recalls of ground beef for possible E. coli contamination and garden salad mixes potentially linked to growing Cyclospora outbreak, which happens just about every month but reporting on it is minimal so many people may not know to return it. The number of attorney generals calling on them to protect their workers from the pandemic continues to rise as well.
Walmart has a growing revolving door among their executives with other stores that they're supposed to be competing with as well. This is a characteristic of an oligarchy system not a free market economy. The market has been divided up among a small percentage of the public, and only those from the wealthiest class get any control over the economic system. Workers are demanding a voice on the board, yet they're bing denied and the government supports union suppression practices carried out by campaign donors. The fed is now buying up their debt as well, along with many other major corporations, which further concentrates power in the hands of oligarchs, and they're steadily increasing their control of the health care system as well, which should alarm everyone.
Walmart is also having a growing discrimination problem, even though they're spending millions on public relations to portray them as supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Few if any of the organizers consider this sincere, especially since there are many more black people being racially profiled at their stores, by both police and loss prevention officers, who are often off-duty police in many states. Black executives are also losing ground at Walmart. Any small changes like removing multicultural hair products from locked cases or confederate flags only happen after enormous amounts of protests.
Walmart also has periodical problems with roaches and rats across the country, at least one store was shut down for roaches and there was also a large rat caught on camera running down the aisles.
Compared to this the visiting alligators are relatively mild, they just want to do their shopping too, I don't see what the big deal is.
They also get upset when a man strips naked before shopping and then does it again at Sam's club.
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 2020. According to the "Is Walmart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Walmart, and presumably, the ones most likely to make the news on the internet nationwide. This isn't statistically representative, as the 2006 or the "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" study or some of the studies cited by Stacy Mitchell; but it does provide some additional information that may help recognize how many problems there are at Walmart.
Police search for suspect that stole elderly woman's credit card at Aberdeen Md. Walmart 06/01/2020
Protesters gather outside Fla. Walmart 06/01/2020
Nearly 200 protesters gather in front of Walmart in West Melbourne Fla. to call for justice in the Floyd case 06/01/2020
Woodstock Va. Walmart holds ceremony for graduating employees 06/01/2020
Pendleton Oregon Walmart celebrates graduating employees 06/01/2020
Sumter SC Walmart closes after looting rumor spreads on social media 06/01/2020
Walmart in Leeds Alabama closing early over protest concerns 06/01/2020
Power outage at Texarkana Tx. Walmart restored 06/01/2020
Bomb threat called into the Walmart in Lisbon Conn. 06/02/2020
Walmart reopening all damaged Chicago Ill. locations, squashing rumors 06/02/2020
Woman cited for shoplifting at Walmart 06/02/2020
Walmart in Stevenson Ranch Ca. boards up windows 06/02/2020
Danville Va. police say social media rumors of ‘smash & grab’ planned at Walmart are false 06/02/2020
Protesters gather at north Salisbury Md. Walmart 06/02/2020
Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t understand looting – or police response: ‘I think we should have had a better plan’ 06/01/2020
Jasper Ind. Police investigate IGA, Riverwalk, Walmart vandalism 06/02/2020
Lock Haven woman charged with felony theft from Pa. Walmart 06/02/2020
Pa. Dept. Of Health Announces New Walmart, Quest Diagnostics Coronavirus Drive-Thru Testing Sites In Southwestern Pennsylvania 06/03/2020
NC Walmart reopens days ahead of schedule after looters ransacked store amid George Floyd protests 06/03/2020
Walmart evaluates reopening city stores 06/03/2020
Protesters march in Middletown NY; police stake out Walmart 06/04/2020
Report: Shoplifting suspect arrested after returning to Liberty Ohio Walmart for dropped backpack 06/03/2020
Woman cited for shoplifting at Iowa Walmart 06/02/2020
God's Storehouse in Danville, Va. presented a $10,000 check from Walmart 06/0/2020
COVID-19 test site at Culpeper Va. Walmart processes about 140 test-seekers per week 06/04/2020
Cattaraugus NY Woman Arrested for Walmart Shoplifting Incident 06/04/2020
Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Pleads With Walmart, Other Retailers to Not Abandon City 06/05/2020
Silenced Walmart fest echoes in Northwest Arkansas 06/05/2020
Walmart CEO in email condemns racial violence and pledges $100 million to address systematic racism 06/05/2020
A mother and daughter’s act of kindness in Ferguson Missouri leads to life-changing moment for Walmart greeter 06/05/2020
Salisbury NC Letter: Walmart should open more registers 06/05/2020
Wallet lost at British Columbia Canada Walmart returned with more than $5,000 still inside 06/05/2020
Safety Concerns Behind Walmart’s Early Closures in Tysons Va., Employees Say 06/05/2020
Johnstown Pa. Walmart closing in response to Saturday's protests, other stores follow 06/06/2020
Troy woman accused of stealing over $900 from NY Walmart 06/06/2020
Fact Check: Are empty meat shelves at Walmart an anti-Trump conspiracy? 06/08/2020
Ill. Walmart closes again due to potential looting 06/07/2020
Walmart to require its canned tuna to be MSC or FIP-sourced by 2025 06/08/2020
From Walmart: Taking Steps Towards Real Change 06/07/2020
Fla. Wal-Mart shoplifting suspect offers to pay for merchandise on way to jail 06/08/2020
Pa.Walmart now offers COVID-19 testing 06/08/2020
Marine recognized for performing CPR, saving life of unresponsive man at NC Walmart gas station 06/08/2020
Walmart is Oversold 06/08/2020
Mitchell Woman Arrested For Stealing From Ind. Walmart 06/08/2020
New COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites open in Lansing and Richton Park Ill. Walmart parking lots 06/09/2020
Why some shoppers are angry about Walmart's new policy 06/09/2020
Boulder Group Closes Sale of Texas Walmart Property 06/10/2020
Ocala Fla. police are looking for four suspected Walmart thieves 06/10/2020
Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing offered at Walmart 06/09/2020
Bullhead City man pleads guilty to injuring Ariz. Walmart employee 06/10/2020
Panama City Beach Fla. Walmart employee comes through in family’s hour of need 06/09/2020
DAVID CARROLL: Is Walmart set up to be the last store standing? 06/09/2020 Do these names mean anything to you? Zayre. Miller Brothers. Loveman’s. Proffitt’s. Hill’s. G.C. Murphy’s. Gibson’s. Woolworth’s.
Man pleads guilty to theft from Wash. Walmart 06/10/2020
Ocala Fla. police are looking for four Walmart thieves 06/10/2020
BradfordPa. Walmart opens COVID-19 testing site 06/10/2020
After Riot Threat, Carroll Iowa Walmart Management Closes Store Early Wednesday Night 06/10/2020
Caught on camera: Muskego Wisc. police seek suspect after attempted theft from Walmart 06/10/2020
Woman indicted for murder of boyfriend, body found near Walmart last month 06/10/2020
Walmart awards $20,000 grant to Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank 06/1/2020
Shallotte NC police looking for Walmart larceny suspects 06/11/2020
Man charged with Ind. Walmart shoplifting 06/11/2020
Danville Va. Police set record straight on recent arrest at Walmart 06/11/2020
Walmart expands debt-free education benefit to include skilled trades 06/10/2020
Verbatim: Auburn Ind. Walmart offering virus testing 06/12/2020
Pa. Walmart, Quest team up to provide free COVID tests 06/13/2020
Two charged with forgery at Somerset Pa. Walmart 06/12/2020
Walgreens, CVS Change Policy After Walmart Unlocks Multicultural Hair Products 06/12/2020
Lewisburg Pa. Walmart to have virus self-testing site 06/13/2020
4 Walmart stores closed in Little Rock Arkansas due to protests 06/14/2020
Mobile Alabama PD: Police investigate bomb threat at Walmart, nothing found 06/14/2020
Mobile Alabama woman charged for Walmart bomb threat 06/16/2020
Walmart closure, pandemic worsen struggles in Anson County NC 06/12/2020
New photos released of Fayetteville NC Walmart looting; 123 images now made public 06/15/2020
Las Cruces man arrested after being found with forged checks and heroin at NM Walmart 06/15/2020
Is Walmart Playing In-Store Audio Supporting BLM? 06/15/2020 Snopes, No
Two Walmart stores in Port St. Lucie Fla. to begin free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Tuesday 06/15/2020
Woman charged in stabbing at Hudson Ave. Rochester NY Walmart 06/15/2020
Several Fla. Walmart locations begin free coronavirus testing 06/16/2020
SMCSO Seeking Identity for Theft Suspect at Md. Walmart 06/15/2020
San Antonio Tx. Zoo, Walmart & Centro Replace Planters Destroyed During Protests 06/16/2020
Staunton Walmart — masks and social distancing check 06/16/2020
Glendale Ariz. police receives $500 grant from Walmart 06/16/2020
Walmart in Storm Lake Iowa closing to sanitize and restock store 06/16/2020
Walmart delivers goody bags to Jackson County Alabama Sheriff’s Office 06/16/2020
Individual Steals Sound Bar, Backpack and Windshield Wipers From Fla. Walmart 06/16/2020
Beckley WV Police looking for suspects in connection to theft at Walmart 06/16/2020
Jasper Ind. police arrest alleged Walmart shoplifter 06/16/2020
Police seek man who stole thousands in jewelry from Walmart in Exton Pa. 06/16/2020
Cooper County issues notice of COVID exposure at Walmart 06/17/2020
Coral Springs Fla. Police: Woman Stole $649 Worth of Merchandise From Walmart 06/17/2020
Two Individuals Steal From Fla. Walmart On Two Occasions 06/17/2020
3 more wanted in Aurora Ill. Walmart looting, bringing total to 21 charged 06/17/2020
Suspect arrested in connection with online orders at Fla. Wal-Mart in The Villages 06/18/2020
Jennings joins other AG’s in demanding that Walmart do a better job at stores 06/18/2020 Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings earlier this month joined AGs in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Washington, and the District of Columbia to express concern over how the giant company is handling coronavirus.
Springdale Arkansas getting a Walmart Health 06/19/2020
Walmart, Sam’s Club launching Children’s Miracle Network campaign 06/19/2020
Family of San Leandro Ca. man killed by officer inside Walmart demands justice 06/19/2020
City and county move to clean up illegal dump site near Colorado Walmart 06/19/2020
Me. Walmart No Longer Sees Long Lines As They Are Allowed to Have More People In the Store 06/17/2020
Va. Sheriff’s working to identify man possibly involved in Walmart larceny 06/17/2020
Young girl's kind gesture to help Oxford NC Walmart employee sparks unlikely friendship 06/19/2020
Police arrest Lufkin man after report of indecent exposure at Tx. Walmart 06/20/2020
East Dallas Tx. Walmart Closes Temporarily For Deep Cleaning After Employees Test Positive for COVID-19 06/19/2020
Masked bandit uses stolen credit card to buy Air Pods, other merchandise from Airway Heights Wash. Walmart 06/19/2020
Dog locked in red pickup outside NY Walmart prompts call to dispatch 06/19/2020
Mayor says Walmart silent about reopening looted stores 06/19/2020
Detroit Lakes Minn. man accused of shoplifting 9 times in 1 year at Walmart 06/19/2020
Judge says in-person deposition on Walmart’s home turf poses safety risk 06/18/2020 In February 2019, Learning Resources Inc. filed a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago accusing Walmart and four other defendants of violating the Copyright Act of 1976.
Bomb threat forces early closure of NC Walmart near Triangle Town Center 06/20/2020
Missouri Walmart, Mexican Villa among potential COVID-19 exposures, health department says 06/20/2020
Walmart in Palm Desert Ca. closed for “deep cleaning” 06/20/2020
COVID-19 reported at Modesto Ca. Walmart, Walgreens, more; What to do when staff is sick?06/20/2020
PHOTO: Man pushes woman's stopped motorized cart outside Hendersonville Walmart 06/20/2020
Turlock Ca. police escort family out of Walmart for not following mask guidelines 06/21/2020
Pa. Police identify Walmart theft suspect 06/21/2020
Jersey City Woman Caught Stealing at WalMart Faces Additional Charge of Resisting Arrest 06/22/2020
Three Walmart employees test positive for COVID-19 06/22/2020
Former Walmart Lawyer Says His Firing Was Punishment 06/22/2020 A former in-house attorney for Walmart Inc. said he knew in February 2017 that his career at the Bentonville retailer was coming to an end when he refused to make changes to a memo he had written years earlier about a bribery investigation in Mexico.
Drive-through COVID testing begins Tuesday at Morgan City La. Walmart 06/21/2020
Larceny at the NY Walmart in Painted Post 06/23/2020
Health department announces new COVID-19 exposures at Missouri Walmart, Andy's 06/2/2020
POLICE RELEASE SURVEILLANCE IMAGES OF PA. WALMART THEFT SUSPECT 06/23/2020
Orlando Fla. Walmart closes for sanitation during coronavirus pandemic 06/23/2020
Springfield Missouri Walmart employee tests positive for COVID-19, attended baseball game 06/2/2020
Elizabethton woman banned from Walmart for shoplifting arrested for shoplifting at Tenn. Walmart, police say 06/24/2020
Walmart to temporarily shut Nogales Ariz. store for sanitization 06/23/2020
Accused Aug. 2019 El Paso Tx. Walmart shooter facing new indictment for ‘Memo’ Garcia’s death 06/24/2020
FBI Nabs Clovis Ca. Walmart Assistant Manager for Credit Card Fraud 06/24/2020
Mich. Walmart evacuated for gas leak 06/25/2020
Some ransacked Walmart stores will reopen by end of July 06/26/2020
Family Demands Justice for Black Man Shot Dead by Police at San Leandro Ca. Walmart 06/2/2020
Peoria Ariz. Walmart receives empty bomb threat 06/26/2020
Online appliance scam uses Walmart addresses in Durham, Chapel Hill, NC BBB finds 06/26/2020
Woman pleads guilty to using Kool-Aid packet to help shoplift from Artesia NM Walmart 06/26/2020
Recent COVID-19 cases visited Missouri Sam's Club, Walmart, tanning salon without masks 06/27/2020
Mike Copeland: Venting with an ax, sledge hammer; Walmart bonuses; The Containery's colors 06/27/2020
Sumter sheriff searching for bandit who ripped off Fla. Villages Wal-Mart 06/2/2020
Massacre at Walmart: Did the President’s words inspire a real-world tragedy? 06/29/2020
Gresham Road Walmart in DeKalb Ga. reopens after reported bomb threat 06/29/2020
Walmart, Humana Expand Coronavirus Testing at Smaller Stores 06/30/2020
Killeen man pleads guilty to felony theft from Tx. Walmart 06/29/2020
Jefferson County NY’s Walmart stores are subject of many complaints during pandemic 06/30/2020
Suspect sought after stealing vacuum cleaner, food processor from Wetumpka Alabama Walmart 06/30/2020
Mayor Cantrell threatens to close New Orleans La. East Walmart, calls out other stores over lack of masks 06/30/2020
Police: Woman tried to spend $420 in fake cash at Md. Walmart 06/30/2020
Collinsville Ill.’s Arubah Community Clinic receives $1,000 donation from Walmart 06/30/2020