Monday, January 6, 2014

Wal-Mart Crime report December 2013

If I ever have occasion to visit Wal-Mart for one reason or another and I happen to notice a naked woman participating in an attempted shoplifting spree I might be a little surprised.

But not a lot!

If I notice a drunk driving a motorized scooter inside the store I might find this a little surpising too, but not a lot.

If it comes to my attention that there are people that got super glued to the toilet as a prank this won't be too surprising either.

The reason none of these would be too surprising to me is because I know that they aren’t unprecedented. The number and variety of strange things that happen at Wal-Mart just keep rising. It would be tempting to say that “now I’ve heard it all,” but every time I think this might be the case some one comes up with another one.

These things can seem quite amusing and they could provide entertainment for many people but they could also be used to understand what causes many of these problems and try to solve them.

When it comes to any activity that might indicate that people with political power, like those that control Wal-mart, might be implementing policies that might impact some of the social problems, though, the research is often not even done or if it is done, perhaps by a grass roots organization concerned about social problems, it is ignored by the political establishment and the media.

A large number of these incidents continue to occur and in some cases there are indications that Wal-mart policies might be a contributing factor. In other instances this might not be immediately apparent; but a review of how Wal-Mart contributes to poverty and poverty contributes to social problems might demonstrate a connection. And of course there are also instances where Wal-Mart policies won’t be a contributing factor at all; but the point is that little or no effort is made to find out.

One of these incidents indicates that some police departments allow Wal-Mart’s private security to control the investigation of an incident that led them to believe there might be a bomb because the surveillance system was private and they “can’t just go in there and start looking at their stuff,” and an officer adds, “But when or if they find something, they’ll give us a call.” This should raise concerns since many of these incidents involve employees that might be involved or because Wal-Mart has a history of covering up things that might be embarrassing to them including when their security procedures often overreact, or if their employees retaliate against oppressive store policies.

There was another report where Wal-Mart was caught covering up expired food with a more recent date; another incident where a syringe was found on the premises, this time in a sweat shirt which stabbed a boy who stuck his hand in the pockets of his Christmas gift; it was in the same state, Washington, as the last one. There was also an incident where a car chase that began with a shoplifting resulted in an accident killing an innocent bystander.

There were several incidents where disgruntled employees or customers acted out including one where a customer angry about their return policy called in and threatened to shoot up the store and one where an employee shot up the car of another employee who won the employee of the month award. According to the article, “after the award was announced Mitchell started arguing with the victim about their workload,” and ironically it goes on to say, “Investigators said they’re still stumped on the exact motive for the shooting.”

I’m not convinced they do an adequate job considering the possibility that some of these customers or employees might have some legitimate grievances even if they don’t justify their reactions. There continue to a fair amount of similar incidents and there is an enormous amount of evidence to indicate that many more people with legitimate grievances can’t get them addressed and only a small fraction of them overreact like this.

If I ever have occasion to visit Wal-Mart for one reason or another and I happen to notice a man with a hatchet attacking people I don’t know exactly how surprised I’ll be.

But I’ll get out of there ASAP!

Strange things happen at Wal-Mart!

In 2006 Wake Up Wal-Mart did a study, "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Wal-Mart which showed that it increased when Wal-Marts opened up and that crime was higher at Wal-Mart than at other retailers. Since then Wal-Mart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Wal-Mart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country. I also added my own review about why I think that Wal-Mart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a blog, Wal-Mart high crime rate continues uninvestigaterd and have provided additional information under the author tag Walmart Crime Watch.

Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Wal-Mart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Wal-Mart has done as little as they seem to get away with, often relying on rhetoric that isn't backed up with action, when it comes to addressing any of their critics concerns, including crime. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in December 2013. According to the "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Wal-Mart, and presumably, the ones most likely to make the news on the internet nationwide. This isn't statistically representative, as the 2006 study or some of the studies cited by Stacy Mitchell; but it does provide some additional information that may help recognize how many problems there are at Wal-Mart. To minimize redundancy most gun related incidents will only be one lines, since they have been highlighted by Wal-Mart Shootings; some of the other more relevant incidents may have additional summations.

Armed robbery at Round Rock Texas Walmart 11/27/2013

Man arrested in shopping fracas at Walmart in Garfield NJ on Thanksgiving Day 11/29/2013

Police: Boys with knife tried to rob Md. Walmart shopper 12/02/2013

CMPD investigating bank robbery Sunday inside Charlotte NC Walmart 12/02/2013

#WalmartFights: Are you not entertained? 12/02/2013

Bomb Threat Cleared After Evacuations Ordered At Long Beach Ca. Walmart 12/02/2013

Police investigate bomb threat at Oxford Walmart 12/02/2013

Salvation Army volunteer accused of stealing from assigned Tx. Walmart 12/02/2013

Suspects wanted for damage, larceny at Yorktown Va. Walmart 12/03/2013

Firefighters respond to several fires inside Lakeland Fla. Walmart 12/03/2013

LMPD: Man admits role in armed robbery outside Ky. Walmart 12/03/2013

Security cameras trail stolen credit card user at local Jacksonville Fla. Walmart 12/02/2013

Shoplifters at Cleveland Tx. Walmart keep police busy during November 12/03/2013

The following are based on incident reports taken by Cleveland Police Department officers during the period of Nov. 1-13, 2013:

24 incidents in 13 days with a minimum of one call each day listed. Complete article

Two men wanted for breaking into cars at Yorktown Va. Wal-Mart 12/03/2013

Shoplifter left child behind at Walmart, Helena Mont. police say 12/04/2013

Suspects indicted in Tx. Walmart robbery 12/03/2013

Youngstown Oh. man charged after stabbing at Boardman Walmart 12/04/2013

Sheriff: Topless woman arrested at Walmart in Manatee Fla. 12/0/2013

Fresh out of jail, man accused of stealing from same Fla. Walmart 12/04/2013

Walmart video reviewed in Detroit Lakes Minn. bomb scare 12/04/2013

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - Walmart is reviewing its surveillance video as authorities try to determine who is responsible for a Black Friday bomb scare that led to an evacuation of the Detroit Lakes store.

A bundle of store items were found wrapped in a camouflage jacket secured with zip ties and left on a store shelf, prompting the Crow Wing County Bomb squad and other agencies to respond to the suspicious package.

Detroit Lakes police Sgt. Robert Strand said Walmart is combing over its surveillance video for evidence.

“It’s (Walmart’s) own private security system, so we can’t just go in there and start looking at their stuff,” Strand said. “But when or if they find something, they’ll give us a call.”

Strand said that if a suspect is identified, he or she could get charged with attempting to conceal merchandise.

“But just because we suspected it could be a bomb, does that mean they’d get charged with anything (regarding the bomb scare)? No.” Strand said. “The prosecutor would have to look at the reports and decide if there would be anything else they could charge them with.” Complete article
Shots fired at a Cincinnati Ohio Walmart lead to school lockdowns 12/03/2013

Man arrested, accused of punching officer in face at Canton Ohio Walmart 12/04/2013

Report of disorderly man at Walmart ends in drug charges 12/05/2013

Police Seek Robber Targeting United Dairy Farmers and Walmart in columbus Ohio 12/04/2013

Woman stole from Howell NJ Walmart, fought while holding child and fled, cops say 12/05/2013

Two wanted for theft from Pa. Walmart 12/05/2013

Bayonne NJ Walmart shoplifter assaults security guard and escapes: police 12/05/2013

Woman who robbed Walmart shopper in Wentzville Mo. is charged, police say 12/0/2013

Electronics theft at Alexandria Minn. Walmart foiled, police say 12/05/2013

Woman Charged With Defrauding Ct. Walmart 12/05/2013

Woman charged with trespassing in Taylor Pa. Walmart 12/06/2013

Teens arrested after carjacking at St. Pete Fla. Walmart 12/06/2013

Two teenage boys were arrested Thursday after a carjacking during which one of the youths grabbed a victim around the neck to keep her from leaving her SUV, St. Petersburg police said.

The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a Walmart at 3501 34th St. S., St. Petersburg.

A 29-year-old woman had parked her silver 2007 Toyota 4-Runner and was preparing to exit the sport utility vehicle when one of the teens entered from the front passenger door, police said.

The teen, later identified as 15-year Anthony Michael Cascio, demanded that the woman drive the SUV out of the lot, police said. Cascio grabbed the woman around the neck when she attempted to escape, police said.

The woman began screaming, which attracted the attention of a passer-by who approached the SUV to see what was wrong, police said. The distraction allowed her to break free and exit the vehicle, police said. Complete article

Ohio Police reports: Walmart employee accused of stealing almost $5K in merchandise 12/06/2013

FBI: Woman arrested in OKC bank robbery inside Walmart 12/06/2013

Police: Men kidnap mother, 7-year-old son from Walmart parking lot 12/2/2013

Man who stuck syringe in meat at Wa. Walmart sentenced 12/06/2013

Suspected Fla. Walmart thieves arrested when they return to store 12/06/2013

Man accused of public masturbation at Short Pump Va. Wal-Mart 12/06/2013

Suspects sought in Greensboro NC Walmart armed robbery 12/07/2013

Two men attempt to steal from Honesdale Pa. Wal-Mart 12/07/2013

Police: Hatchet-wielding man injures several at Marshall Tx. Wal-Mart 12/08/2013

Police say several people were injured this morning when a man started swinging a hatchet at shoppers in the Marshall Wal-Mart.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, dispatch received a call about the man at 5:50 a.m.

Marshall police, a Hallsville Police Department unit, Marshall firefighters and a Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the call. Complete article

Man Indicted for Bank Robbery Inside Ohio Walmart 12/09/2013

Authorities seek suspect in robbery at Missoula Mont. Walmart 12/09/2013

Man accused of taking up-skirt photos in Tx. Walmart arrested 12/09/2013

Groveton parolee charged with taking bras, lubricant into bathroom stall at Tx. Walmart 12/10/2013

Police Investigate Bomb Threat at Pa. Walmart 12/10/2013

Police: Estranged husband, wife assaulted each other in Rock Hill NC Walmart parking lot 12/09/2013

Former Ky. Walmart employee accused of theft 12/09/2013

Bedford In. Man Arrested At Walmart 12/09/2013

Drunken man arrested at Athens Ga. Walmart 12/0/2013

2 arrested on suspicion of thefts at Nv. Walmart stores 12/09/2013

Walmart worker accused of firing shots in domestic incident in Gulfport Miss. 12/09/2013

Alleged credit card fraud leads to Ca. Walmart arrests 12/10/2013

Hancock Co. Ind. coroner accused of stealing toy trucks from Walmart 12/09/2013

Williston Vt. Police Seek Identity of Woman Accused of Stealing From Walmart 12/09/2013

At least 6 Americans have been superglued to Walmart and Home Depot toilet seats since 2003 12/06/2013

If there is one thing we can learn from this study, it’s that one should never take a dump inside Home Depot or Walmart. Or anywhere else in public for that matter. Complete article

3 Arrested in Daphne Ala. Walmart Robbery 12/09/2013

Four men charged for stealing from Canada Walmart 12/0/2013

Walmart employee kidnapped outside Gateway Road Ga. store 12/10/2013

Man accused of stealing $414 in goods from Fla. Walmart 12/10/2013

ID sought for Punta Gorda Fla. Walmart wallet thief 12/10/2013

Catskill NY police seek Walmart thieves 12/10/2013

Colorado man threatens to shoot woman over a Walmart parking space 12/10/2013

Drunk arrested on motorized scooter at Eastlake Ohio Walmart 12/10/2013

EASTLAKE, OH (WOIO) - Police arrest a drunken 54-year-old man at the Eastlake Walmart on Monday.

19 Action News has learned the man was drinking beer in the vestibule when he decided to enter the store on a motorized car and drive into the restroom.

When police arrived, the man stumbled out of the restroom and sat on the motorized cart. An open 12-pack of Milwaukee's Best beer was found on the motorized scooter. Complete article

GPD: Man used stolen credit card at Fla. Walmart 12/11/2013

Ky. Police: Man threatens Wal-Mart employee after attempted theft 12/11/2013

Suspect Arrested for Snatching Woman's Purse at Seaford Del. Wal-Mart 12/11/2013

5 adults, 2 teens arrested for shoplifting at Gallatin Tenn. Walmart 12/11/2013

Police: 4 stole 32 cases of Bud Light from Union SC Walmart 12/11/2013

Woman charged with shoplifting at NH Walmart 12/11/2013

Suspect in Mitchellsburg burglary apprehended at Danville Ky Walmart 12/12/2013

Two Ca. Walmart shoppers arrested on suspicion of burglary 12/1/2013

AZ man banned from Wal-Mart after allegedly threatening worker 12/12/2013

Woman arrested in Punta Gorda Fla. Walmart wallet theft 12/12/2013

Man charged after allegedly attempting to steal from Ok. Wal-Mart, pulls knife on security 12/12/2013

POLICE: Driver Identified In Fatal NC Walmart Hit And Run 12/13/2013

Eden NC police: Toddler left in car in Wal-Mart parking lot 12/13/2013

Walmart card scam hits Northampton County NC 12/13/2013

Fla. Customer says Walmart covered expired label on chicken 12/13/2013

ORLANDO, Fla. —WESH 2 Investigates spoke with a local woman who is furious with Walmart for covering the expiration date on a package of chicken.

"I was ticked off majorly. I saw red," said Bonnie Cowart. "The fact that I would have fed this food to my family, it's just wrong."

According to her receipt, Cowart bought a packet of chicken on Dec. 7. In the above video, you can see the expiration says Dec. 9, which was two days later.

When Cowart got home she noticed another label underneath -- the original supplier's label, which shows the chicken expired Dec. 6, the day before she bought it. Complete article

Ok. Wal-Mart worker’s car stolen from handicap parking, while at work 12/13/2013

CBS4 Exclusive: Fla. Wal-Mart Employee Arrested For Shooting Co-Worker’s Car Over Award 12/13/2013

DEERFIELD (CBSMiami) — Investigators say bad blood over an employee of the month award at a South Florida Wal-Mart store led to gunfire and criminal charges.

According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report last month’s employee of the month at a Deerfield Beach Wal-Mart store on South Military Trail had her car shot up by a co-worker who was angry after she won the award. Willie Mitchell is charged with discharging a firearm from a vehicle.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office said surveillance video from a Wal-Mart parking lot shows Mitchell parking next to a co-worker’s earlier in December. A few minutes later, investigators said Mitchell rolls down a back window, fires a shot into his co-worker’s car then drives off. The co-worker was not in her vehicle at the time. ....

Investigators say after the award was announced Mitchell started arguing with the victim about their workload. .....

Investigators said they’re still stumped on the exact motive for the shooting. Complete article

Police say woman assaulted at Lincoln Neb. Walmart 12/13/2013

Teen allegedly eats marijuana in East Stroudsburg Pa. Wal-Mart lot 12/14/2013

Man wounded in shooting behind Walmart and Sam's Club in Florida 12/14/2013

Or. Walmart the scene of robbery, theft 12/14/2013

Coroner ID's man who killed himself at Las Vegas Nev. Wal-Mart 12/15/2013

Two Arrested On Meth Charges At Boyd WV Walmart 12/15/2013

Police search for suspect following Pa. Wal-Mart theft 12/15/2013

Tx. Police: Shoplifter causes fatal wreck after fleeing Walmart with Hello Kitty purse 12/15/2013

A woman ran a red light after shoplifting a Hello Kitty purse and a few other small items from a Pasadena Walmart early Sunday morning, killing a 50-year-old mother and injuring a teenage girl.

A security guard at the Walmart in the 5200 block of Fairmont Parkway tried to stop the woman around 1 a.m. as she left with the unpaid merchandise, thought to be worth less than $50, according to Vance Mitchell, spokesman for the Pasadena Police Department.

The woman pushed the security guard to the ground and fled in a pickup truck. She headed eastbound on Fairmont Parkway, running a red light at Nations and T-boning a car headed through the intersection. Complete article

Woman dies in car at Ky. Walmart parking lot 12/13/2013

Woman injured in Commerce Township Mi. Walmart parking lot after intentionally being struck by car 12/16/2013

Investigation underway into robbery and possible gun fire at Alliance Ohio Walmart 12/15/2013

Ky. Walmart shopper accused of intentionally crashing cart, injuring autistic child 12/16/2013

Houston Tx. police warn of purse snatchers this holiday season 12/16/2013

Nurse Holiday Shopping Performs CPR On Woman In Cardiac Arrest At Pa. Walmart 12/16/2013

Southridge WV Wal-Mart reopens after evacuating for threat 12/17/2013

POLICE: Mom uses son to shoplift at Port St. Lucie Fla. Walmart 12/17/2013

Burglars take iPods from Monroe NC Walmart 12/17/2013

Police searching for men accused of stealing laptops from Newberry Township Pa. Wal-Mart 12/18/2013

Realistic-looking BB guns stolen by gang members from Mississippi Walmart 12/17/2013

Man, two women sought in credit card fraud at Biloxi Miss. Walmart 12/17/2013

Alleged Wild Card Walmart Thievery: Arrested Man From Stickney Ill. This Time 12/17/2013

A Stickney man allegedly "consumed" something in the New Lenox Walmart without paying for it.

Michael Bean, 25, was arrested shortly after 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the East Lincoln Highway megastore.

An officer sent to the Walmart to investigate a complaint of thievery was told "Bean removed merchandise from (a) shelf and consumed the product in the store and then placed the product back on the shelf," police said. Complete article

Police: Salisbury NC woman robs bank in Walmart, gives teller her name 12/17/2013

Police: Pregnant woman tried to shoplift 29 items from Rock Hill SC Walmart with kids in tow 12/17/2013

Harrington man arrested in connection with Del. Walmart thefts last July 12/04/2013

Police search for men who stole 12 iPhones at Ark. Walmart 12/18/2013

Ten laptops stolen from Walmart in Newberry Township Pa. 12/18/2013

Man stabbed in leg after argument in NC Walmart parking lot 12/18/2013

Man stole from Walmart, threatened staff with knife, Pinellas Park Fla. police say 12/18/2013

A St. Petersburg man was arrested Wednesday after he stole an item at a Pinellas Park Walmart and then brandished a knife at staff.

No one was injured in the confrontation at the Walmart, 8001 U.S. Highway 19 N., the Pinellas Park Police Department said.

Scott Lyelee, 30, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, felony petit theft and resisting an officer without violence. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department. Complete article

Harrodsburg Ky. man pleads guilty in Stanford Walmart shooting 12/19/2013

STANFORD — The Harrodsburg man who was accused of attempted murder after allegedly firing a gun at Stanford police officer Tim Morris pleaded guilty, but mentally ill Wednesday to reduced charges of first-degree wanton endangerment.

The reduction in charges was partly due to uncertainty over whether Murphy ever actually fired the gun he drew on Morris, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Carol Hill said.

“There is some question about whether the gun fired or not, which is one of the reasons that we are reducing this to a wanton endangerment. We have witnesses that said it fired; the police officer felt like that he was fired at; there were no shells from the gun recovered on the site — is my understanding,” Hill said during the 10 a.m. hearing before Circuit Court Judge David Tapp. “We believe that he had a firearm on him, that he drew it … and had it in a manner that would have created opportunity for serious injury or death because the reaction from others.” Complete article

Police: Auburn NY woman with prior larceny arrest illegally entered Walmart 12/19/2013

Women Followed Home From Ill. Wal-Mart, Robbed at gunpoint 12/19/2013

WAUKEGAN (CBS) — Over a span of four days last week, four women were followed home from a north suburban Walmart and robbed at gunpoint, but police say they have caught the perpetrators.

The first two incidents happened Dec. 12, when women were followed to their Waukegan homes in separate incidents after shopping at the Walmart at 2200 N. Lewis, according to a statement from Waukegan police. Complete article

As far as I can tell neither the police or Wal-Mart or the press reported this until after they could say they caught the guy and people no longer should worry about shopping at Wal-Mart.

Crimetracker: Police arrest naked woman at Rockwood Tenn. Wal-Mart 12/19/2013

ROCKWOOD, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Harriman woman faces seven charges, all related to a recent trip she made to the Wal-Mart in Rockwood.

The problem? Police say among other things, the woman was naked and shoplifting.

According to a police report Angelia Marie Mayo, 29, walked into the store around 4:10 p.m. Tuesday and started filling a garbage bag full of make up and jewelry.

Mayo then stripped naked and started trying on clothes after throwing her own clothes in the trash, the report says. Complete article

Mansfield NJ Police arrest three people after disturbance at Walmart 12/20/2013

Jacksonville Tx. Walmart beer shoplifter escapes capture 12/19/2013

Az. Walmart robbery suspect recognized in pictures, arrested 12/20/2013

Police: Woman steals from Missouri Wal-Mart, flees in motorized wheelchair 12/20/2013

Security guard, 70, attacked at gunpoint in Ind. Walmart parking lot 12/20/2013

Update: Police release images of suspect in Red Kettle theft at Oshkosh Wisc. Walmart (photos) 12/2/2013

Police charge pair for shoplifting at NH Walmart 12/20/2013

Police log: Az. Walmart hit-and-run 12/21/2013

Police Shoot Shoplifter in Tx. Wal-Mart Parking Lot 12/22/2013

Man shot in Brink's truck robbery attempt at Walmart on Indianapolis Ind. Far Southside 12/22/2013

Three Hurt At Tenn. Walmart After Truck Plows Through Break Area 12/22/2013

Roanoke Va. Walmart Supercenter power outage affects nearby businesses and neighborhoods 12/22/2013

Shoplifters Hit West Sacramento Ca. Wal-Mart Two days Before Christmas 12/23/2013

Laptops stolen from Conn. Walmart, one arrested 12/23/2013

Mother, daughter, 3rd woman charged in SC Walmart shoplifting 12/23/2013

Authorities search for suspect who boldly robbed bank inside busy Tx. Walmart store 12/23/2013

Return scheme at Bayonne NJ Walmart turns sour for 40-year-old woman , say police 12/23/2013

West Melbourne Fla. police: Man stole purses at Walmart 12/23/2013

Police investigate reported phone threat to Walmart in South Strabane Pa. 12/24/2013

SOUTH STRABANE TOWNSHIP, Pa. —Police believe they know the identity of a man who allegedly threatened to shoot up a Walmart in Washington County during a phone call in which he was reportedly angry about the store's return policy.

Officers from South Strabane Township and three neighboring municipalities responded to the store at Trinity Point shopping center about 9 a.m. Tuesday. Walmart officials haven't commented, though the store remained open.

Police were patrolling the parking lot and watching the store's entrances while they worked to locate the 24-year-old Washington man they believe made the call. The Associated Press is not reporting the man's name because he's not been charged with a crime.

Police believe the threat has been quelled, but they want to locate the man to be sure. Complete article

Wanted killer spotted at Richmond Va. Walmart 12/24/2013

San Jose Ca. Police Ask For Help Finding Victims Of Walmart Crash Caught On Tape in March 12/24/2013

NJ Walmart shoplifter caught on surveillance 12/24/2013

Witness: Aberdeen NC Wal-Mart evacuated after shots heard in store 12/24/2013

Mom, daughters arrested at Walmart in west Harris County Tx. 12/24/2013

Dawn Serino of Howard Beach, N.Y., charged with carrying 47-inch Sony television from Toms River NJ Walmart 12/25/2013

Fleeing SC Walmart shoplifter dies in Christmas Eve crash; she had kid in car 12/26/2013

Intruders break into Chesapeake Va. Walmart 12/25/2013

Cops: Weaverville NC man stole TV from Walmart 12/26/2013

Man shot to death in Oakland California Walmart parking lot 12/23/2013

Pedestrian struck, injured near Fla. Wal-Mart 12/27/2013

Walmart worker in Texarkana Tx. attacked with box cutter 12/27/2013

Walmart wallet-snatcher wanted by Portsmouth NH police 12/27/2013

Police: Suspected shoplifter flees Pittsburgh Mills Pa. Wal-Mart, fights with officer 12/27/2013

Five suspected shoplifters arrested at American Canyon Ca. Walmart in two days 12/27/2013

Police: Teen stole 108 condoms from Ga. Walmart 12/2/2013

Shoplifting suspect leaves teen daughter behind at Ohio Walmart 12/26/2013

Easton Pa. Woman Charged with Retail Theft at Walmart 12/26/2013

Email Scam Targets Walmart Customers 12/27/2013

Bomb threat made at Walmart in West Plains, Missouri turns up nothing 12/28/2013

Man, 97, survives jump from truck after it's stolen from outside Dilworth Minn. Wal-Mart 12/28/2013

Woman charged after stealing over $1k worth of items from Pa. Walmart 12/28/2013

Bomb threats called in at both Jefferson City Missouri WalMart's 12/30/2013

Woman leaves ID at Fla. Walmart after attempted theft 12/28/2013

Shots fired at a North Carolina Walmart 12/28/2013

Kernersville NC police investigate shots fired at car outside Walmart 12/29/2013

Boy stabbed by syringe found in Wash. Wal-Mart sweatshirt he got for Christmas 12/30/2013

A Toutle-area family’s Christmas was ruined Wednesday when their son was stabbed by a syringe inside a sweatshirt he received for Christmas.

The family had opened all its gifts, and Nanette Snyder’s 16-year-old son was wearing the hoody sweatshirt she’d bought him from the Seventh Avenue Walmart in Longview, when the incident occurred. About 1 p.m. she asked him to stand up so she could see how it looked. He stuck his hand in the front pocket and said “ow,” Snyder recalled.

What followed next was a parent’s worst nightmare, she said.

Her son pulled his hand out the pocket and a syringe was still stuck in his finger, the boy’s stepfather, Tom Basye, said Thursday. Another syringe also was found in the pocket, and both appear to have been used. One still had blood on the needle. Complete article
Washington was the same state where a Drug addict stabbed meat with syringe at Walmart last October. It is possible that either it was the same person who put it there or that it was a copy cat case where someone heard about it put them there.

Walmart manager jumps into truck with beer thieves, goes for wild ride 12/31/2013

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A Walmart manager had an unexpected ride down a Florida Interstate in the back of a truck after he tried to stop a man and woman he suspected of shoplifting beer late Monday afternoon.

The manager, Mike Dawson, said he noticed the pair leaving the Titusville, Fla., store with a shopping cart containing beer.

He said when he asked for a receipt, the two headed for their truck.

"I had asked them for a receipt and they kept throwing beers into their car," said Dawson.

As the two began to back up and leave the parking lot, Dawson said he was forced to jump into the back of the truck. Complete article

Fla. Police arrest man accused of stealing beer, driving off with Walmart manager in truck 01/03/2014

Fla. Walmart manager jumps in suspected beer thieves' truck 12/31/2013
Woman charged with theft from NH Walmart 12/31/2013

Cops: Concerned citizen helps foil Walmart robbery in West Norriton Pa. 12/31/2013

Easton Pa. teen caught stealing $1,140 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart, court records say 12/31/2013

Some Charges dismissed after Sept. fight at Alaska Wal-Mart 12/30/2013

Man gets jail time for Pasco Wash. Walmart burglary 12/29/2013

Police: Lawndale man inadvertently trespasses in Shelby NC Walmart 12/31/2013

Jersey City NJ man ends 2013 with arrest after dispute at Bayonne Walmart: cops 01/03/2014

Christmas Eve scuffle at Walmart results in arrest: Mayfield Heights Ohio Police Blotter 12/31/2013 A Walmart employee was arrested at the store Dec. 19 for processing returns without a receipt. It was believed other employees were involved in a scheme with the 30-year-old East Cleveland woman.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. : Ellsworth Maine man accused of threatening ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend with gun 12/31/2013

Man Wanted in NY for Stealing X-Box Consoles From Walmart 12/31/2013

Man exposes himself inside Shawnee Missouri Walmart 12/31/2013

Wal-Mart exploits employee charity to help Ted Cruz and John Boehner 12/23/2013

Vine Videos Show Why Walmart's Christmas Wasn't So Jolly 12/2/2013 At least one Walmart store had so much extra inventory left over after the holidays that it had to use its outdoor center for storage, according to a Vine video shot by a financial analyst.

WMT Stock is No Bargain – Sell Walmart ASAP 12/26/2013

Atlanta Ga. Walmart employees (not corporate office) save co-worker's Christmas 12/26/2013

Dallas Tx. Walmart Plays Grinch, Turns Away Shoppers On Christmas Eve 12/24/2013

The Minimum Wage, Wal-Mart's and McDonald's Welfare 12/17/2013

Forbes: Are Walmart And McDonald's 'Welfare Queens'? 12/24/2013

Wal-Mart to HP Gets Their Workers To Back Its Political Agenda Through Charities 12/23/2013

U.S. companies, forbidden to give money directly to political action committees, are taking advantage of controversial federal rules allowing them to ask employees to do it for them in exchange for matching charitable donations.

It’s legal and gives businesses from Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to Coca-Cola (KO) Co. to Hewlett-Packard Co. a way to fund their PACs, which direct money to political candidates. The matching contributions provide an incentive for employees, most of them managers, to contribute to the PAC.

The practice was approved by the Federal Election Commission in the late 1980s and has become commonplace at a time when companies face increasing scrutiny over their political donations. The FEC split over the legality of matching PAC contributions with charitable donations at least seven times between 1994 and 2009.

In an interview, former FEC chairman Scott Thomas said the exchange flouts the spirit of campaign-finance laws, which forbid companies from reimbursing for donations, including through a bonus or “other form of direct or indirect compensation.” Complete article

Midwest chain buys former Walmart in Canandaigua NY 12/22/2013

House GOP Doesn’t Listen Any Better than Walmart 12/20/2013

Walmart, Waltons epitomize America's class war 12/18/2013

Malfunctioning sprinkler briefly closes Walmart in Calais Me. 12/20/2013

Walmart, Cargill and BIO discuss ‘sustainability’ at Ohio Grain Farmers Symposium 12/19/2013

Lawsuit filed over Walmart dress that caused "an excruciatingly painful red rash" due to allergies 12/19/2013

Will 'Duck Dynasty' star's anti-gay rant hurt Wal-Mart? 12/19/2013

Man Claims iPad Mini He Tried to Buy From Walmart Turned Out to Be Something Very Different 12/18/2013

Appeals court upholds Las Vegas judge’s distribution of attorneys fees in Wal-Mart suit 12/19/2013

Tenn. Supreme Court Says Case Against Red Bank Wal-Mart Can Proceed 12/18/2013

8th Circuit Rules Wal-Mart Shareholder Bribery Lawsuit Can Move Ahead In Federal Court 12/18/2013

Human Rights Watch: Letter to Walmart Re: Compensation for victims of Tazreen Fashions fire 11/19/2013

S. Jersey Walmart suit tossed, teenager ordered black shoppers to leave over intercom 12/18/2013

Wall Street Guy Goes To Wal-Mart To Mock Protesting Workers 12/17/2013

There's been a growing number of protests and demonstrations at Wal-Mart as workers demand higher wages. So libertarian investor Peter Schiff — who believes Wal-Mart is under no obligation to pay its workers a dime more — went to Wal-Mart and staged an absurd, fake version of their rally in an attempt to prove his point.

Schiff, the founder of Euro Pacific Capital, approached shoppers in the retailer's parking lot and told them he was representing an organization called "15 For 15." He said the organization — which doesn't actually exist — wants Wal-Mart to raise its prices by 15% to support a $15 minimum hourly wage for workers.

In reality, the campaign for higher wages at Wal-Mart, led by the labor group OUR Walmart, is asking the retailer to pay its employees at least $25,000 annually, or $13 an hour.

Schiff recorded his stunt on video. He asked Wal-Mart patrons whether they supported higher wages for the retailer's workers, and then demanded that they prove their allegiance by giving him 15% of whatever they spent at Wal-Mart that day. He claimed the money would go to Wal-Mart workers. Complete article

Raymond NH: From shoe factories and dirt roads to Walmart 12/14/2013

CEO vs. worker pay: Walmart, McDonald’s, and eight other firms with biggest gaps 12/12/2013

Obama's Union Cronies Push Anti-Walmart Campaign 12/11/2013

Wal-Mart Ca. contractor to pay $4.7 million to settle lawsuit by workers 12/11/2013

Too Big to Succeed – It’s Time to Break-up Walmart: Sozzi 04/16/2013

3 Signs Walmart’s Best Days Are Behind It 08/07/2013

3 Ways Walmart Can Save Itself From Extinction 12/11/2013

Critical Alerts For Walmart, Sina, Home Depot, Groupon, and T-Mobile Released By InvestorsObserver 12/10/2013

Letter: Column touting virtues of Walmart was callous, reprehensible 12/09/2013

Truth-out: Walmart Is Not the Bargain You Might Think 12/07/2013

Az. Valley man banned from Walmart for life for ad matching 12/10/2013

SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ - Walmart is speaking out after a Valley man said he found out the hard way just how to get banned from their stores for life.

Joe Cantrell loves to ad match.

He goes through circulars to find the biggest discounts, and then goes to Walmart.

According to the company's website, they match the lowest advertised price on identical products, but when Joe tried doing that last week, the unthinkable happened.

What started as a trip to a San Tan Valley Walmart to get ornaments for his family's Christmas tree, turned into the biggest nightmare of Joe's life.

"I was handcuffed, humiliated and embarrassed in front of everybody at Walmart," Joe remembers. Complete article

Wal-Mart's Costs Connected To Mexican Bribery Case Reach $400M 12/09/2013

Wal-Mart agrees to contribute $25 million to settle gas can explosion lawsuits 12/09/2013

(NBC) - The nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, has agreed to contribute about $25 million to settle unresolved lawsuits filed on behalf of consumers allegedly injured or killed in explosions involving portable plastic gas cans, according to court documents obtained by NBC News.

The money from Wal-Mart amounts to slightly more than 15 percent of a proposed $161 million fund that would settle dozens of lawsuits against the largest manufacturer of these cans, Blitz USA, records from U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware show. A hearing on the proposed settlement is set for early next year.

The retail chain, the largest seller of plastic gas cans, sold tens of millions of Blitz gas cans. In agreeing to contribute toward the settlement, it does not acknowledge any safety defect in the Blitz cans.

Blitz, based in Miami, Okla., and formerly the nation's largest manufacturer of plastic gas cans, is now in bankruptcy and out of business, largely because of the lawsuits and previous payouts to victims of alleged gas can explosions. .....

At NBC News' request, the Consumer Product Safety Commission analyzed available incident and injury databases and counted reports of at least 11 deaths and 1,200 emergency room visits that involved gas can explosions during the pouring of gasoline since 1998. Complete article

An internal corporate video from a company meeting in 2003, posted on YouTube by a communications company, shows a Wal-Mart official making a joke about a gas can exploding.

EMT student saves man at Cranston RI Walmart 12/08/2013

Wal-Mart’s war on the Ill. North Shore 12/08/2013

Walmart over town's citizens, writes JJ reader 12/06/2013 I would think that in the 21st century, the order to the police would be to protect the constitutional rights of the protesters and not act as union busters on behalf of an unconscionable employer.

This Was the Scene At a Walmart Factory in Bangladesh On Black Friday 12/05/2013 We continue to ship our cotton to Bangladesh. Three Reasons U.S. Cotton Is King

Walmart cited for illegal firings as workers ramp up struggle 12/05/2013

Walmart petition goes viral 12/05/2013

Shoppers eventually evacuated as electrical malfunction hits Ware Ma. Walmart, resulting in smoke inside 12/05/2013

Is Walmart Defying Economic Gravity? 12/05/2013

How Raising the Minimum Wage Would Benefit McDonald’s and Walmart 12/05/2013

Pro-Walmart group makes super cheesy video about how unions and workers ruined Thanksgiving 12/04/2013

In These Times: Spy vs. Spy at Walmart 12/04/2013 By Barbara Garson

I took part in one of the hundreds of Walmart protests this past Black Friday. It gave me a new perspective on NSA surveillance.

Well before noon, my husband and I were sitting on a sunny bench in front of the Secaucus, N.J., Walmart. To the Walmart security agents, conferring with groups of Hudson County Sheriff’s officers, we must have looked like the silver-haired elderly couple that we are. They didn’t seem to realize that we, like they, were waiting for the demonstrators.

“Some of these demonstrators want to get hit by a cop,” a young security guard said. Perhaps he was only currying favor with the “real” cops when he assured them that if such a thing occurred that day, no one would later find those pictures on any Walmart surveillance camera. (At the risk of ruining the suspense, nothing remotely like that happened.) Complete article

From Walmart to Fast Food Chains, Big Labor Bullying Doesn't End 12/0/2013 The truth has been a casualty of these misinformation campaigns.

NASDAQ: Break Up Wal-Mart? - Real Time Insight 12/04/2013

Letters: Opposition to a Walmart world 12/04/2013

Testing Wal-Mart's Made in the USA campaign 12/03/2013

Walmart's greed is showing 12/05/2013

Mayor intervenes in Broadway, Walmart vote 12/04/2013 Green Bay Wisc. Mayor Jim Schmitt appointed himself to the Larsen Green governing board on Monday in an effort to kill the Walmart on Broadway proposal.

Seven things to know about Walmart and wages 12/04/2013 Five former Congressmen are now Walmart lobbyists

A culture of corporate at Wal-Mart 12/04/2013

A day before hundreds of customers snaked around H St. NW, waiting to get inside of one of the city’s first two Wal-Marts, I entered the towering 74,000 square foot store through an entrance with far less fanfare: the loading dock. Taking a press tour, I was introduced to my first taste of corporate culture at Wal-Mart.

There was a receiving line set up at the back, with checklists, badges and sign-in sheets of all types on the tables and walls. One worker said, in a concerned voice, that without a badge, “they might say something.” I assured those present that if anyone asks me what I’m doing, I’ll just tell that person the truth and be fine. The employee seemed shocked.

Inside, a Wal-mart is a Wal-mart. There are foodstuffs as far as the eye can see and you have to duck to make sure the falling low prices don’t hit you in the aisles. Meanwhile, this ‘urban’ Wal-mart has a custom-built interactive display for Beats By Dre and the new iPhone 5c. The bike section sits on the same row as the lacrosse sticks and yarn. There is apparel for sale of both Washington and Dallas’ NFL franchises.

But for all the items, it was the employees that were impossible to ignore. Leading up to the official VIP unveiling that night, teams of associates, as they call them, were practicing their cheers while the last minute stages of the store were set up before the big day. The chants included a couple random pop culture references, such as one that included Drake’s “Started From The Bottom.”

The corporate speak continues even with the most basic of pleasantries: If someone says ‘thank you’ they say “my privilege.” That reply is a twist on Chick-Fil-A’s practice of servers saying ‘it’s my pleasure’ when thanked. This is Wal-Mart’s folksy brand of customer appreciation. Complete article

3M hires Wal-Mart exec who wrote speeches for Schwarzenegger 12/04/2013

Wal-Mart has data on most U.S. adults, and could sell it, charges report 12/03/2013

Mukwonago spa still getting calls from angry Walmart customers 12/03/2013

MUKWONAGO (WITI) — On Black Friday and after, Woodhouse Day Spa in Mukwonago was on the receiving end of phone calls from angry customers — who have the wrong number. The customers are actually looking for Walmart — and FOX6 News has learned the issue hasn’t been resolved.

Over a four-day period, Woodhouse Day Spa in Mukwonago received over 600 phone calls meant for Walmart!

“The owner of the spa has even tried calling and the line was tied up,” Kimberly Price said.

It began on Black Friday, with the majority of the callers asking about a rebate for a television.

“Now we have gift cards. People are upset because their gift cards aren’t working,” Price said. Complete article

How Wal-Mart's Chairman Burned Through Millions Of Dollars In A Matter Of Seconds 12/03/2013 Wal-Mart Chairman Rob Walton was reportedly tearing around a corner in his rare Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe, one of five ever made, when he ran it off the track and wrecked it.

Democracy Now: Over 110 Arrested as Record Black Friday Protests Challenge Wal-Mart, Major Retailers on Low Wages 12/02/2013

Walmart tries to stamp out Black Friday stabbing hoax 12/03/2013

Once again, a story from The Daily Currant — “an English language online satirical newspaper”— has been mistaken for reality. This time, it was the fictional story of a multiple stabbing at a Chicago Walmart that seemed just crazy enough to be true, and which spread far enough to compel Walmart to issue a tweet correcting the record. Complete article

Considering how many crazy things really do happen at Wal-Mart is this surprising?

Wal-Mart pays lawyer fees for dozens of executives in bribery probe 12/04/2013

Oh the Irony: Walmart Sells Banksy Piece ‘Destroy Capitalism’ 12/04/2013 In a comment to the Huffington Post, Walmart said that it had “disabled” links to the piece. “If Walmart had contacted me for a licensing deal, there’s not a dollar amount that exists that I would have done it for,” Colla told LA Weekly, adding that he plans on taking legal action.

Wal-Mart won't host Epping NH community giving tree 12/03/2013

Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton’s DWI arrest expunged from Parker County records 12/03/2013

Millions watch girl fight video from Palmhurst Walmart on Black Friday 11/29/2013

For employees like my mom, Wal-Mart is the new company store: PennLive letters 12/02/2013

13 arrested at Secaucus Walmart Black Friday face $256 fines, court appearance 12/02/2013

Wal-Mart's hottest Black Friday seller was a 29-cent towel 12/02/2013

Black Friday at Walmart: Faces and voices from the shopping wars 12/02/2013

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