Thursday, April 3, 2014

Wal-Mart Crime report March 2014

Someone managed to get arrested for sucking a woman’s toe at Wal-Mart this month. Apparently he did this by pretending to be a podiatrist and making friends while she tried on shoes.

I didn’t make these things up.

I don’t have to; this is Wal-Mart. Apparently there are plenty of people thinking these thing up all around the country but when they don’t go according to plan they get caught, inevitably, in many cases.

A teen was also arrested for shooting people with a blow dart and apparently one shoplifter doesn’t seem to realize that if he wants to get away it might help if he can stay awake long enough to leave the store.

A more serious incident occurred when a woman was attacked inside the store and the management discouraged her from calling the police until she got home. Apparently this particular store ahs been having a lot of problems with crime and they are under pressure to preserve their reputation. This isn’t the first time Wal-Mart has had a problem with handling these cases; on one incident last October an employee allegedly told the grandmother of a victim of a sexual assault that their security was only for shoplifters.

In another incident a regular customer who owned a business and used gift cards, in large volumes to enable his employees to by diesel fuel was tased after they suspected him of using a stolen American Express card. This occurred after he explained the situation to them and they allowed him to buy them. It might also raise some questions about their use of Off Duty police as security and how they’re trained.

It can’t be good for their reputation when they tase someone who spends thousands of dollars at the store and has to resort to the courts in a law suit.

At least two of the shooting incidents that occurred at Wal-Marts this month seemed to have either an over eager robber who smashed a gun case, made a bomb threat, store a gun before getting shot by police or in another case, an over-eager police officer who almost got dragged by a shoplifting suspect when he put his fist through the window and got it stuck before shooting at the suspect. Shoplifting may be a problem, but when they have so many of them they can’t keep track of them and to often they lead to extreme responses it should indicate that they should try to find better ways to handle the situation.

There were also at least two brawls including one where a customer was angry about problems with the self –checkout machine didn’t work properly. This is almost certainly a much bigger problem than they let on although the vast majority of the people who have these problems don’t resort to brawls; and self –checkout machine are almost certainly contributing to what shoplifters see as opportunities to get away with that as well.

Whether it is the self –checkout machines or the cameras that catch shoplifters after the fact, it is leading to an enormous expense for tax payers to catch all these thieves. If a small business without all this equipment had these problems the police and the media almost certainly wouldn’t use their resources to catch them without the tapes; and they would have to find better ways to reduce crime, which they do.

Since their decreases in sales they have been planning several new business plans to keep growing including an attempt to challenge dollar stores and dominate the used video market; however there doesn’t seem to be concerns about anti-trust activities against Wal-Mart. However Wal-Mart is suing Visa for that. Apparently when an oligarchy files suit then the courts might respond but it doesn’t seem likely that they would pass their benefits on to consumers if they win. It is hard to imagine that no one would recognize the hypocrisy; and hopefully, if there is some political reform, long overdue anti-trust actions will be taken against Wal-Mart.

In a rare moment of candor apparently the Walmart CEO acknowledges lack of opportunities for workers and seems to be encouraging them to leave, which might not be such a bad idea if they can. In another case a Federal jury awarded the Loesel family $3.8 million for lost Walmart deal in Frankenmuth which could discourage local groups from trying to stop Wal-Mart from coming to town. This might be another divide and rule tactic.

When shoplifters steel alcohol from most stores they probably don’t stick around long enough to get drunk and arrested on the premises; however apparently one woman either did just that or she came back before falling asleep in a section for employees only.

Strange things happen at Wal-Mart!

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

Wal-Mart Announces Plan to Kill Dollar Stores. Will It Succeed? 02/23/2014

In a press release issued on Thursday, the retail giant signaled its intent to aggressively go after the smaller store format that's the bread and butter of dollar stores, including Family Dollar (NYSE: FDO ) , Dollar General (NYSE: DG ) , and Dollar Tree (NASDAQ: DLTR ).

According to the announcement, Wal-Mart is accelerating its plan to blanket the country with miniature versions of its now ubiquitous Supercenters. It expects to open between 270 and 300 small stores throughout 2014. That's more than double its initial forecast of 120 to 150 stores which it publicized last October. Complete article

Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation At Walmart 03/01/2014

Man arrested for shoplifting at Bonsack Va. Walmart 03/01/2014 Police say he became aggressive, kicking the police car window and the arresting officer.

Bomb squad clears package in Miss. Walmart parking lot 03/01/2014

Tigard Or. protestors gather at future Walmart site: 'They can pay better' 03/01/2014

Conceal carry permit holder unintentionally shoots himself at Iowa Sam's Club 03/02/2014

Retired Ben Hill County Deputy charged with shooting wife at Ga. Walmart 03/03/2014 XXX

Retired Ben Hill County Deputy charged with shooting wife at Ga. Walmart 03/03/2014

FITZGERALD, GA (WALB) - Pam Garner was shot when she stepped outside of the Fitzgerald Walmart for a cigarette break, now her estranged husband is in jail. That suspect, Bob Garner, is a retired Ben Hill County Deputy. Pam Garner spoke with us exclusively about what happened.

"He shot me and it went right through my head," said Pam Garner. Garner can't believe she was shot and the accused gunman is her husband, 69 year-old Bob Garner.

"He cocked it, shot my right arm and luckily it went straight through didn't damage the bone or nothing," said Garner.

The 43 year-old says she was on a break from her job at Walmart just before 9am Monday morning when he showed up. "He got upset acting and everything and he said well why can't you ever tell me your sorry?"

Garner says that's when he pulled out her gun, which she says he took from her Sunday night. "And he said well I got something for you. And he reached over to the center console, lifted the latch. I seen the gun and I thought he was emptying or making sure it was empty before he handed it to me at work." Complete article

Men wanted for stealing items from Virginia Beach Walmart 03/03/2014

Man and woman rob American Fork Utah Wal-Mart, lead police on chase 03/03/2014 According to police, Powell is accused of stealing several items, including flat screen televisions, before brandishing a knife and swinging it at the store's asset protection manager as he tried to stop him.

Man Fires Flare Gun Inside Miss. Walmart, Sparking Fire 03/03/2014

Aldermen line up to oppose Wisc. Walmart store on Broadway 03/04/2014

5 caught with stolen goods at NY Walmart 03/04/2014

Shoplifter with gun threatens, then robs, Walmart employee in New Mexico 03/04/2014

Two more people wanted for shoplifting at Virginia Beach Walmart store 03/04/2014

Grease fire prompts evacuation at McDonald’s inside Nev. Wal-Mart 03/04/2014

4 Arrested in New Jersey Wal-Mart Shoplifting-Return Scheme: Police 03/04/2014

Tax money stolen from Missouri Walmart Money Card customer 03/04/2014

Walmart closes store in China 03/05/2014

Cops: NY Man Tosses TVs Over Fence in Theft at Walmart 03/0/2014

Shoplifter arrested for three Idaho Walmart burglaries 03/0/2014

2 accused of cutting open goods at Ohio Walmart 03/04/2014

Idaho Police: Walmart Thief also Packing Methamphetamines 03/04/2014

Two Philadelphia teens charged in NY Walmart larceny 03/0/2014

Police: 3 paintballed cars in Silver Spring Penn. Walmart lot 03/04/2014

Ohio Officials asking for help finding couple involved in Walmart theft 03/05/2014

Teen accused of stealing beer from NY Walmart 03/03/2014

Kansas Walmart customer loses tooth after cursing at self-checkout machine 03/03/2014

Man was punched in the face during altercation caused by the checkout machine

WICHITA, Kan., March 4 (UPI) -- A fight broke out a Kansas Walmart in Wichita on Monday afternoon after a customer became frustrated with a self-checkout machine and began cursing at the device.

The 36-year-old man had difficulty completing his transaction and held up the line, much to the chagrin of an unnamed 35-year-old Hispanic male.

Capt. Doug Nolte told the Wichita Eagle that the Hispanic man confronted the fuming customer and they engaged in a dispute that continued outside of the store. Once the altercation spilled outside, a 40-year-old black man got involved and punched the cursing customer in the face.

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Walmart’s Shadow Minimum Wage Campaign 02/25/2014

Joliet Ill. Man Gets Hot Under Collar Over Walmart Fire Lane Parking Ticket: Cops 03/03/2014

Police: Man pushes Ca. Walmart cashier, grabs cash 03/03/2014

Mooresville NC Walmart evacuated after threatening phone call 03/05/2014

Suffolk Va. Walmart closed after carbon monoxide detected 03/05/2014

Police shoot and kill crows in an Idaho Walmart parking lot 03/04/2014

Homewood Ala. Wal-Mart donates $2,000 to the city's Rotary Club for education 03/05/2014

Colorado woman shot at by boyfriend behind Walmart Neighborhood Market 03/05/2014

Walmart Foundation gives $1.5M to kids' museum in Bentonville Ark. 03/05/2014

Lancaster Pa. mother spends nearly eight hours shoplifting from Wal-Mart with her three young kids, police say 03/05/2014

Gilroy: Dog left to die in stolen SUV found at San Jose Ca. Walmart 03/05/2014

Police: Man tried to steal NC Walmart electronics 03/05/2014

2 caught stealing costume jewelry from Tenn. Walmart 03/06/2014

Miss. Walmart cashiers accused of felony shoplifting 03/06/2014

Grocers Line Up—Early—Against Biotech Salmon. What About Wal-Mart? 03/06/2014

Arson Fire causes evacuation at Walmart 03/06/2014

Arrest Made in Bryant Ariz. Wal-Mart Robbery 03/06/2014 Police say when an employee approached the suspect, the suspect pulled out a knife, swung at the them with it then ran away.

Woman finds bag of sand in Fla. Wal-Mart crib box 03/06/2014

Man booked in Algiers La. Walmart robbery where deputy fired gun 03/06/2014

Two arrested for trying to rob southside Ala. Walmart at gunpoint 03/06/2014

Felony drug arrest stems from Tenn. Wal-Mart shoplifting incident 03/07/2014

Women abducted in Avon Ill. file lawsuit against Wal-Mart 03/07/2014

Chase with Walmart armed robbery suspects ends on prison grounds south of Houston Tx. 03/07/2014

Wife exposes husband, mistress — at Ohio Walmart 03/06/2014 A wife has admitted posting photos of her husband and a former friend having sex all over the woman’s Walmart workplace.

Franklin police bust shoplifting ring at NJ Walmart; five suspects arrested 03/05/2014

Facebook comments trigger brawl at LaPorte In. Walmart 03/07/2014

LAPORTE | Trash talk on Facebook along with a racial slur apparently triggered a Tuesday night brawl that ended with injuries and an ambulance being dispatched to the LaPorte Walmart.

LaPorte police are also seeking a warrant for the arrest of a 39-year-old man who they say punched two women in the face and struck one of them with a nightstick.

Angel Seeley, 20, of LaPorte, had a tooth knocked loose enough to be dangling from her gums, police said.

"My whole mouth is swollen and my tooth is knocked all the way back," she said.

About 7 p.m., police responded to the grocery section at Walmart, where the people involved in the altercation along with dozens of onlookers were still gathered.

Police said Seeley was engaged in some trash talking that included insults about a baby of one of the women involved.

Seeley said she and her two female friends happened upon a woman she had had volatile exchanges with on Facebook.

The women were arguing when the mother of the woman involved in the verbal altercation with Seeley shouted a racial slur.

Seeley said she was punched in the face by the mother and both of them started pulling each other's hair.

Police said the two women separated, and all of the parties had just gone through the checkout when Seeley was punched in the mouth by a 39-year-old man, whose daughter was part of the offensive Facebook exchanges.

He then started swinging an extendable nightstick, police said.

Seeley said she was hit just above the eye with the metal baton, and the man also punched Tiara Moore, 21, also of LaPorte, in the face.

Store personnel finally jumped in and with help from police broke up the fighting about 20 minutes after it first began.

Moore said she suffered some redness from the blow.

"He didn't harm me or my sister as badly as he hurt my friend," Moore said.

The man's daughter laid down on the floor and started having what may have been a seizure, police said.

The man rode with his daughter in an ambulance.

Police went to the hospital to speak with the man and learned he and his daughter had just left and medical staff found no evidence of an actual seizure.

A warrant was being sought to charge the man with two counts of battery.

LaPorte police Capt. Tom Heath said the fighting may have gone on for so long because some chain stores have policies that prohibit employees from trying to diffuse violation situations due to the potential liability.

"You don't want your employees getting into a battle and injuring somebody," Heath said.

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Man arrested for Walmart melee 03/08/2014

Former Horry County teacher, police officer sentenced to 90 days in jail after guilty plea in SC Wal-Mart assault case 03/07/2014

A former Horry County police officer pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday for a 2012 assault on a man in a store parking lot.

Michael and Devora Harrelson had eaten an early dinner Dec. 21, 2012, and decided to stop at the North Myrtle Beach Wal-Mart for laundry detergent before they headed home for the night.

They found a parking spot in row 8, about four spaces from the front door, so Michael Harrelson waited in the car for the other customer to load his purchases, while Devora Harrelson got out of their vehicle and retrieved a shopping cart.

As she waited nearby, Devora Harrelson said a man driving a silver BMW behind her husband began to flash his lights, honk his horn and cursed at them from his car. Michael Harrelson parked the couple’s car and the BMW driver pulled up next to them, got out of the vehicle and attacked Michael Harrelson. Complete article

Man arrested after stuffing clothes down pants at Walmart 03/0/2014

Mother of son Tased by Penn. cops arrested at same Walmart on similar charges 03/07/2014

She made national headlines last year, alleging police brutality after officers used a Taser on her handcuffed son, 14, who fled police and fell; the image of his bloodied face going viral.

Marissa Sargeant is back in the news again, this time for allegedly shoplifting from the same Bucks County Walmart at which her son was arrested for shoplifting and subsequently injured.

Sargeant , 32, of Levittown, and a relative allegedly took $100 worth of unnamed items from the store in Tullytown on Thursday and were arrested after a Walmart employee called police. Sargeant remained in Bucks County prison Friday, unable to post bail and facing felony theft charges because she has three prior shoplifting convictions, court records stated. Complete article

Unwitting family who ate Wal-Mart steak laced with LSD for dinner rushed to hospital: Pregnant mother forced into labor by drug as Tampa Fla. cops hunt suspect 03/08/2014

Wal-Mart seeks to intervene in Missouri electric rate case 03/07/2014

Wal-Mart’s newest big lie: Another misleading ad campaign from a job-killing behemoth 03/07/2014 If the retailer would only sink the millions it spends on P.R. into improving the wages of its workers ....

Walmart Thief Has Been Changing Price Scan Codes 03/07/2014

Man dies after vehicle rolls over him in Ok. Walmart parking lot 03/08/2014

Forest Lake Minn. Walmart Evacuated Due To Snow Load On Roof 03/09/2014

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Walmart in Forest Lake has been voluntarily evacuated late Sunday afternoon due to a potentially dangerous snow load on the roof, according to the police.

Police say the evacuation was prompted after an employee noticed what looked like a bend in the roof truss. ...

Update: The store was reopened later Sunday evening. A Walmart representative said engineering confirmed there was just cosmetic damage. Complete article

Man again arrested for shoplifting from La. Walmart 03/10/2014

Sleepy shoplifter busted: Alcoa Tenn. man reportedly fell asleep at Walmart 03/09/2014

An Alcoa man who reportedly fell asleep at Walmart was arrested after police said he tried to leave without paying for more than $300 worth of merchandise.

Charles David Perry, 61, of Poplar Street, was arrested by Alcoa Police officers Thursday on charges of public intoxication, theft by shoplifting less than $500 and possession of Schedule III controlled substances (Valium and Xanax). Complete article

Motorcyclist dead after accident in front of Walmart in Kingsport Tenn. 03/08/2014

2 men ID'd in Aurora Ind. Walmart iPhone theft case 03/10/2014

Spokane Wa. Police Look To Public To Help ID Wal-Mart Robbery Suspect 03/10/2014

Family suing Frankenmuth Mich. for $4 million for lost Walmart deal heads back to court 03/11/2014

Oneida NY police search for two people suspected of leaving Walmart with stolen clothes 03/11/2014

Virginia Beach Police looking for Walmart theft suspect 03/11/2014

Texas Residents: Stop Building Walmarts In Our Neighborhood 03/11/2014

Saginaw Spirit confirm Terry Trafford's body found in truck outside Mich. Wal-Mart 03/12/2014

Woman charged after allegedly kicking son in Baytown Tx. Walmart 03/13/2014

Burlington Coat Factory, Ross likely to move into old Fla. Walmart 03/12/2014

In federal suit EEOC alleges Tx. Walmart manager fired worker because of age, illness 03/12/2014

Durham NC police seek man in Walmart robbery 03/13/2014

Walmart food caper nets Wazzu Wash. player an arrest 03/12/2014

Walmart acquires recipe tech startup Yumprint 02/28/2014

Three charged after Ky. Walmart shoplifting incident 03/12/2014

Damaged transformer leaves Navarre Fla. Walmart without power 03/12/2014

Taylor woman charged in near $700 theft from Ala. Walmart 03/12/2014

Walmart Store Manager Exposes Systematic Attack on Employee Benefits 02/10/2014

Bangor Me. Police investigating body found near Walmart 03/13/2014

Drunken trip to Wal-Mart ends in arrest for two Northern Michigan men 03/13/2014

Two arrested after attempting to steal computers, TVs and assault at Rochester Hills Mich. Walmart 03/13/2014

Report: Ann Arbor Mich. woman caught shooting heroin in Walmart parking lot 03/13/2014

Woman, 71, accused of attacking deputy in Fla. Walmart 03/13/2014

A 71-year-old woman kicked and hit a Palm Beach County deputy after she was refused a money order from Walmart and asked to leave the store, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies say Maria Seaman was arrested at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at a Lake Park Walmart, 101 N. Congress Avenue. She was trying to get a money order and was asked by employees to leave, according to a police report. The employees told deputies that they were familiar with Seaman and had problems with her before. Complete article

Woman, 96, carjacked at Walmart in Merritt Island Fla. 03/13/2014 The victim said if she ever goes to Walmart again she is going to lock the passenger door.

West Fargo ND man urges Wal-Mart to let Girl Scouts inside to sell their cookies 03/13/2014

Man arrested after incident near Ill. Walmart 03/14/2014

Virginia Beach Walmart evacuated after gas leak 03/14/2014

Police: Man exposes self to women at North Huntingdon Pa. stores 03/14/2014

Cops: Jupiter Fla. man stole from his local Walmart five times, twice with his infant son in tow 03/14/2014

Police seek I.D. of man taking items from Enid Ok. Walmart 03/14/2014

'Miss Congeniality' tried to shoplift fake eyelashes, nails from Oregon Walmart, police say 03/14/2014

2-year sentence given to woman in Ind. Wal-Mart beating 03/1/2014

Walmart Workers, Environmentalists Bring Search for Rob Walton to Beverly Hills Fundraiser 03/14/2014

Beverly Hills, CA (March 13, 2013)–Members of OUR Walmart joined by community supporters protested outside a Conservation International cocktail event to call on Walmart Board Chair Rob Walton, who also serves as a key leader of Conservation International, to lead Walmart in creating good jobs and standing up for the environment.

The black-tie event, attended by Rob Walton’s close influential and affluent friends, took place at the upscale Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. While inside the hotel, Walmart workers hoped to speak to Rob Walton and deliver a petition signed by hundreds of supporters calling the Walton family and Walmart to listen to the concerns of its workers, provide good jobs, end its poverty wages, and to commit to fair labor standards. Complete article

Walmart CEO Acknowledges Lack of Opportunities for Workers 03/14/2014

A recent AP article by Josh Boak finds that Walmart—our country’s largest employer—does not provide its employees with enough opportunities for professional advancement or a pathway to a middle class life. As a result of the Great Recession, many older and more educated workers are turning to the retail giant as a way to support their families. And despite the retail giant’s self-promotion as a source for professional opportunity, Bill Simon, CEO of Walmart U.S., suggests that workers look elsewhere if they want to make more money and have access to better benefits.

“Some people took those jobs because they were the only ones available and haven’t been able to figure out how to move out of that,” Bill Simon, CEO of Walmart U.S., acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press.

If Walmart employees “can go to another company and another job and make more money and develop, they’ll be better,” Simon explained. “It’ll be better for the economy. It’ll be better for us as a business, to be quite honest, because they’ll continue to advance in their economic life.”
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Shoplifting, hit and run at Scarborough Me. Walmart 03/14/2014

12-year-old threatens Rochester Hills Mich. Walmart employees with airsoft gun 03/12/2014

Seagoville Tx. Walmart bank robbed at gunpoint 03/14/2014

Two arrested in Ariz Walmart receipt scheme and aggravated assault 03/14/2014

Two people were arrested on suspicion of organized retail theft, unlawful possession of retail receipts and aggravated assault at a Mesa Walmart.

Gary Buttler, 44, and Sheree Lang, 43, were arrested March 9 following a failed, premeditated shoplifting attempted at the Walmart near Dobson Road and Rio Salado Parkway, according to records filed by police in West Mesa Justice Court.

According to police, a witness watched as the pair took items from store's pet supplies area and brought them to customer service, where they exchanged the items for a full refund using a receipt.

Lang was also seen walking through the store eating chicken selected from the deli and put it back on a shelf without paying for it, records show.

When a loss-prevention officer attempted to stop the duo, Buttler pulled out a stun gun and shocked her, causing her to fall and injure her back, police said. Complete article

Police don’t suspect attempted kidnapping in ND Wal-Mart incident 03/14/2014

Woman arrested for using gift card to steal from Ok. Walmart 03/14/2014

Traffic tied up around Biloxi Miss. Walmart following wreck 03/15/2014

Walmart: Retail's Biggest Embarrassment 03/17/2014

Clover man arrested after crashing into girl, 12, in NC Walmart parking lot 03/16/2014

Huntingdon Co. Pa. Walmart employee accused of stealing $790 03/16/2014

3 nabbed on drug charges at Ohio Walmart parking lot 03/16/2014

Police chase after shoplifting incident at NY Walmart ends in a crash 03/16/2014 The chase ended on 8th and Peoples Avenue in Troy, when police crashed into the suspects' vehicle.

Two women charged with attempted NY Walmart petit larceny 03/16/2014

Police release name of man found dead near Bangor Me. Walmart 03/17/2014

Bangor Me. police investigate self-inflicted stabbing at Walmart 02/20/2014

U.S. attorneys general urge Wal-Mart, other retailers to stop selling tobacco 03/17/2014

Milford woman arrested after allegedly stealing from Walmart, fleeing from Bangor Me. police 03/17/2014

BANGOR, Maine — A Milford woman is facing multiple charges after allegedly fleeing from police following an apparent Walmart theft on Saturday night.

Sabra Dean, 27, fled the Stillwater Avenue store with $320 in stolen items after she was confronted by loss prevention staff, according to Bangor police Sgt. Cathy Rumsey.

She had concealed clothing and numerous other items in what Rumsey described as a large purse.

As Officer Russ Twaddell approached the scene, he observed Dean’s vehicle coming out of the parking lot and began to pursue it, Rumsey said.

The chase didn’t last very long, the sergeant said. Dean lost control near Tripp Road after hitting a frost heave, and she ended up in a ditch, Rumsey said. Complete article

Police: Couple took four children on shoplifting spree at Walmart in Whitehall 03/17/2014

2 men accused of shoplifting at Decatur Ala. Wal-Mart, 1 charged with carrying brass knuckles 03/1/2014

Wal-Mart entry into used videogames trade threatens GameStop 03/18/2014

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc will allow U.S. shoppers to trade in used videogames for anything from groceries to gadgets, a move that could dent the profit of GameStop Corp, the largest dealer of used videogames. GameStop shares fell as much as 6 percent in morning trading, making it one of the top percentage losers on the New York Stock Exchange. Complete article

Elan-Polo to make shoes solely for Wal-Mart in Georgia 03/18/2014

Ellisville Walmart lawsuit will not be held before Missouri Supreme Court 03/18/2014

2 Carrollton Ill. residents charged with theft from Walmart 03/18/2014

Berea Ky. Police Searching For Walmart Thieves 03/18/2014

Walmart To Go opens in Bentonville Ark. 03/19/2014

Columbia Missouri Walmart parking lot partially closes after unattended suitcase found 03/19/2014

The parking lot at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 415 Conley Road, was partially shut down Wednesday as authorities checked out a suitcase someone abandoned there.

Columbia police and firefighters responded to a call of an unattended suitcase in the parking lot shortly after noon, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release. First responders found a full-size black suitcase abandoned in a planter near the center of the lot and blocked off a portion of the lot while they investigated.

After an X-ray examination, police determined the bag was empty, the fire department said, and reopened the closed part of the lot. The incident took about two hours, and the suitcase's owner hasn't been found. Complete article

Officers draw guns; 1 'drive-stunned' in fight outside Beaufort SC Walmart 03/19/2014

Sheriff releases name of deceased found in Missouri Walmart parking lot 03/19/2014

Mayor draws cheers in Green Bay Wisc. Walmart fight 03/19/2014

Plan would address traffic crashes near Wisc. Walmart 03/19/2014

There’s a proposal afoot to reconstruct a portion of Rolling Meadows Drive north of Johnson Street.

The area — at the junction of Rolling Meadows Drive and the southernmost entrance to Walmart — has been the location of an inordinately high number of traffic crashes. ....

De Vries said the city has submitted a grant application to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Highway Safety Improvement Program for $181,000 — the estimated cost of installing a right-turn lane. If approved, the local share of the project would be 10 percent of the cost. Complete article

Wal-Mart rolls out 'Black Friday-like' spring sales event to drum up sales 03/20/2014

Mental Evaluation Requested for Man Accused in Ark. Walmart Shooting 03/20/2014

North Texas man suing Walmart; says he was tased, wrongly arrested 03/19/2014

A North Texas man is suing Walmart for $5 million after he says he was tased and wrongly arrested after buying thousands of dollars' worth of Walmart gift cards.

The incident happened in a Garland Walmart in Sept. 2011, when Harold Burrowes bought $3,100 of the gift cards to buy diesel fuel. Burrowes owns a wrecker service, and rather than issuing credit cards, he uses Walmart gift cards so drivers can buy diesel for tow trucks.

Surveillance video shows Burrowes with gift cards at checkout. He says the cashier told him he could not buy gift cards with a gift card.

"I explained to her, ‘I'm not using gift card to purchase gift card; I have my American Express,'" said Burrowes.

In the video, a supervisor walks in to the picture, telling Burrowes the same thing. What Burrowes says can't be heard, but he says he explained what he was doing.

"I believe they thought all of the evidence points to the fact he was, they thought that Harold was using a stolen credit card," said Burrowes' attorney, Ben Martin.

In the video, the supervisor leaves and returns with a police officer working in the store through a company called Off-Duty Services. He stands behind Burrowes, and at one point, they exchange words.

Burrowes proceeds to buy the gift cards with his American Express and walks away. That's when he says the officer stopped him. Complete article

Source: Walmart Execs Asked Ad Agency to Rip Off Another Company's Commercial 03/19/2014

Walmart Is Trying To Make Us Cry With This Ad About A Factory Worker With A Disability 03/19/2014

My Guilty Pleasure - WALMART 03/19/2014 commercial disguised as a blog or satire?

Brian Sozzi Goes Undercover at Wal-Mart 03/19/2014

Man wanted for 'skimming' at Houston Tx.-area Walmart stores 03/20/2014

Teen arrested in Wednesday night blow gun incident in SD Wal-Mart parking lot 03/20/2014

A Mansfield teenager was arrested Wednesday night in connection with a "blow gun" incident in Aberdeen, police say.

Joseph Nash, 18, faces a charge of misdemeanor simple assault, according to a news release from the Aberdeen Police Department.

At 9:45 p.m., officers responded to an Aberdeen residence after a person reported having been struck and injured by a dart from a blow gun, according to the release. It says the blow gun incident happened in the Wal-Mart parking lot and that the suspect left the scene in a vehicle shortly before police arrived. Complete article

Photos show suspects who stole $1,500 in goods from Missouri Walmart 03/20/2014

Plot to shoot up Missouri Walmart store brings 15-year prison sentence 03/20/2014

BOLIVAR, Mo. - A 21-year-old man from Bolivar received two concurrent 15-year prison sentences on Thursday for thinking about shooting up the Walmart store here in late 2012 after he told police he first thought about a mass shooting at a movie theater here. Senior Judge William Roberts convicted Blaec Lammers in January of first-degree assault and armed criminal action.

The sentencing on Thursday afternoon outraged Lammers' mother, who now regrets that she told police about the thoughts that her son had and told them about him buying a gun.

“Our system is broke, and it needs to be re-vamped,” said Tricia Lammers.

At the sentencing hearing, Lammers’ attorney, Don Cooley of Springfield, argued a long prison sentence is not appropriate for his client. He told the judge that Lammers’ sentence should be something that would give him help for his mental health issues.

The attorney argued Lammers only thought about the mass shooting but didn’t do anything to carry it out, and in fact turned over the semi-automatic gun that he bought to his girlfriend’s father, who called Lammers’ mother, who then called police, hoping to get Lammers some mental health treatment. Complete article

Police: Man arrested after claiming to be podiatrist, sucking woman's toes at NC Walmart 03/20/2014

LINCOLNTON, NC (WBTV) - Police in Lincolnton say they have arrested a man who sucked a woman's toes at Walmart by claiming to be studying podiatry.

Michael Brown, of Concord, was arrested around 9 p.m. Thursday and charged with misdemeanor assault on a female. Officials say Brown is a registered sex offender.

Officers with the Lincolnton Police Department said the incident happened Monday around 11:15 a.m. when a man, who claimed he was a podiatrist student, started a conversation with a woman in the store.

That woman, Erika Porras, told police that he convinced her to try on several pair of shoes in the shoe department.

"At one point the suspect took the victim's foot, put it into his mouth and sucked the victim's toes," the report states. Complete article

Victim of Walmart toe-sucker recalls encounter: ‘He grabbed my foot and started licking it’ 03/21/2014

Search warrant: man found dead in Missouri Walmart parking lot had drugs, syringes, pills in his home 03/20/2014

911 Calls Released from February Conway Ark. Walmart Shooting 03/20/2014

San Bernardino Ca. woman allegedly attacked at Walmart, says store convinced her not to call police 03/20/2014

SAN BERNARDINO >> In the latest incident of people being attacked and robbed in and around the Walmart at 4210 E. Highland Ave., a woman says she was assaulted inside the store about 5 p.m. Friday and persuaded not to call police by store managers, saying officers would take hours to arrive.

Police took a report from the woman that same day and said they are investigating several other robberies in the parking lot and other areas near the store, Detective Lane Thompson said Wednesday. No arrests have been made, he said.

“As I was walking through the aisles I felt my gold chain become tight around my neck,” San Bernardino resident Linda Andrade said. “Then all of a sudden it was pulled a second time breaking and I saw him.”

That was when she looked her attacker in the eyes and began screaming for help.

“I kept yelling ‘security help, help,’ and nobody showed up,” she said. “All of a sudden a man came to me and said he (the attacker) was gone.” .....

“The officer was very kind and he told me that I wouldn’t have waited as long as the store managers told me I would,” she said. Complete article

Child in stroller hit, killed near Phoenix Ariz. Walmart 03/20/2014

Woman charged with scratching car in Mont. Wal-Mart parking dispute 03/20/2014

Pennsville bomb threat empties police station, Walmart, Walgreens 03/20/2014

Is America Ready To Like Walmart? 03/21/2014 Two years ago, Umang Shah was tasked with building a social media campaign and help Walmart communicate its good deeds and philanthopric efforts.

Walmart’s new online tool alegedly shows competitors' prices 03/21/2014

Police seek help finding Del. Walmart flasher 03/22/2014

Ariz. PD: Shoplifting suspect shot by officer stole from Walmart 11 times 03/25/2014

PHOENIX (CBS5) - A shoplifting suspect shot and wounded by a Phoenix police officer Friday night faces 11 counts of retail theft.

Rodney McCullough, 34, suffered a gunshot wound to his right shoulder area.

According to Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson, officers were responding to a North Phoenix Walmart on a report of shoplifting. When officers arrived, they were approached by a security officer at the Walmart located in the area of 2500 W. Happy Valley Road.

He informed officers that another person believed to be a serial shoplifter was inside the store shoplifting again and was headed toward the door to leave.

One of the officers stayed with the person they were originally called to investigate, while the second officer moved toward the door, Thompson said.

The suspect left his shopping cart in the store when he saw a uniformed store security person and exited out a door. He fled on foot before the officer got there, Thompson said.

The officer got in his patrol car and began to chase the suspect, who was running south from the store along 24th Drive, and jumped a short wall in a hotel parking lot in the area of 2400 W. Charlotte. The officer got out of his vehicle and ran after him.

The suspect climbed into his car, which was parked in the hotel parking lot, Thompson said. He closed the door as the officer got to the car.

The officer punched out the driver's side window in an effort to apprehend the suspect.

Thompson said the officer was entangled in the car and was dragged alongside the vehicle for several feet until the officer broke free and fired his handgun one time. Complete article

Short Pump Wal-Mart evacuated for strong odor 03/22/2014

Pa. Wal-Mart Customer Has Outburst, Throws Donation Jar At Employee 03/23/2014

Alleged Utah Wal-Mart thieves captured Saturday 03/23/2014

Woman arrested for wilfull concealment at NH Walmart 03/23/2014

Wal-Mart employee charged with stealing cash from Decatur Ala. store 03/24/2014

Wal-Mart Seeks Another Stay in Mexican Bribery Case 03/24/2014

This Is Walmart’s 5-Step Plan to Conquer Absolutely Everything 03/24/2014

Wal-Mart relies on food stamps for profit 03/24/2014

4 identified in Aurora Ind. Walmart jewelry theft 03/24/2014

Shop at Walmart, Target, Whole Foods? You might have these recalled foods at home 03/24/2014

$10,000 worth of tablets stolen from Marion Ill. Walmart 03/24/2014

Gulf Shores Ala. Walmart reopens after nearly four-hour investigation of bomb threat 03/24/2014

Wal-Mart is Latest Big Company with Mobile-App Security Problems 03/25/2014

Walmart recalls 174,000 dolls due to burn hazard 03/25/2014

Columbia Tenn. Police Want To Identify Walmart Theft Suspects 03/25/2014

Wal-Mart shifts from St. Petersburg Fla. store to apartments 03/25/2014

Four accused of shoplifting at NH Walmart 03/25/2014

Forbes: Walmart's International Challenge: Trying to Understand Local Shoppers 03/26/2014

San Angelo Tx. Walmart Aggravated Robbery Suspect Remains in Hospital after bomb threat, smashing gun case and stealing rifle and eventually getting shot in parking lot 03/25/2014

Gunfire rang out in the parking lot of Walmart at 610 W 29th Monday afternoon, as a man who had just robbed the store’s gun case fled outside and engaged in a confrontation with police.

Dispatch received a call for shots fired in the parking lot of the superstore Monday afternoon at 2:41 p.m., a time when the store itself and the lot outside were bustling with grocery shoppers.

The suspect, 42-year-old Charles D Welborn, witnesses say is either Caucasian or light-complected Hispanic, had entered the store minutes before and stolen a rifle, advising Walmart employees that he had a bomb.

At a media briefing at 5:45 p.m. Monday, San Angelo Chief of Police Tim Vasquez relayed the events leading up to the robbery and the shooting in the parking lot.

"The suspect entered the store, picked up an object—we believe a hammer—from the hardware department, then went to the counter and told the person working...the gun counter that he had a bomb,” the Chief said. “The suspect then crashed the rifle case with the hammer, broke the glass, grabbed a rifle.

Police later learned that after obtaining the rifle, the suspect turned the weapon on several individuals in the store before being confronted by an assistant manager. The manager then wrestled the weapon away from the suspect and he fled to the door.

By now, police, who had initially been dispatched on reports of suspicious behavior, were on their way to the store, and had been updated on the events unfolding inside.

When the police arrived moments later, the suspect had made it to his vehicle in the parking lot; a brown dually pickup parked next to a cart return in a space between the store’s two entrances. Numerous Walmart customers and employees in the lot were pointing at the man, alerting police that he was the suspect they had come for.

Officers surrounded the truck and were ordering the man out of the vehicle, to get on the ground and show his hands, but he failed to comply.

“He began moving around—he entered on the passenger's side—back and appeared he was trying to get something under the seat," Vasquez said. "When the suspect exited the vehicle, he had a bottle, I believe a beer bottle or a liquor bottle of some sort. He smashed the bottle on the ground and then charged the officer and then shots were fired." Complete article

Police search Marion Va. Walmart following bomb threat 03/25/2014

Police Seeking Islandia NY Walmart Thief 03/25/2014

Guard thwarts patrol car heist at Ca. Walmart 03/25/2014

HANFORD — A local woman found herself behind bars on Monday after she reportedly tried to swipe a patrol car from a Walmart security guard.

Stephanie Warren, 43, of Hanford was detained before she could drive away. She was later arrested on suspicion of attempted carjacking, according to the Hanford Police Department.

It all started on Monday morning just before 7 a.m. The security officer was standing out in front of the 12th Avenue store when Warren approached him and asked for a cigarette. The officer gave her one.

Warren began to walk away, then turned without warning and shoved the officer. She threw open the car door, climbed behind the wheel, but found the officer clinging to her legs, police said. Complete article

Cops say woman busted for drugs at Ma. Walmart tried to conceal pills 03/25/2014

Stanford Ky. Police Looking for Suspected Walmart Thieves 03/25/2014

3 accused of selling heroin in Chardon Ohio Walmart parking lot 03/24/2014

Update: Ga. Walmart will reimburse woman, says no glitch with EBT system 03/24/2014

Vancouver pair accused of stealing hundreds of used batteries from Woodland Walmart 03/24/2014

Suspect in Pa. Walmart groping case found dead 03/25/2014

Police charge clerk embezzled $159,217 from NC Walmart in fraudulent check scheme 03/26/2014

Wal-Mart Says Bribe Probe Cost $439 Million in Two Years 03/26/2014

Wal-Mart selling Fla. apartment complex site 03/26/2014

Police: Former prerelease inmate caught with meth and stolen knife at Montana WalMart 03/26/2014

Ill. Walmart receipts led deputies to headless murder victim’s wife 03/26/2014

Federal jury awards Loesel family $3.8 million for lost Walmart deal in Frankenmuth Mich. 03/26/2014

BAY CITY, MI — A federal jury again has sided with a family whose effort to sell their land to Walmart was blocked by the Frankenmuth City Council.

After deliberating for about 45 minutes, a jury on Wednesday, March 26, awarded $3.8 million to the Loesel family, who claimed city officials violated their 14th Amendment equal protection rights when it zoned the 37 acres they owned along M-83 in Frankenmuth Township to limit building size. Walmart sought to purchase the property for a large store.

Adding in attorney fees and costs, the verdict is “going to touch close to $4.5 million,” said the Loesels' attorney, Andrew Kochanowski. Complete article

Charges: Employee rips off Wash. Walmart due to debt, lack of hours 03/27/2014

Wegmans tops supermarket survey; Wal-Mart ranks last out of 55 03/27/2014

Wal-Mart sues Visa claiming card transaction fee conspiracy 03/27/2014

Wal-Mart Stores filed a lawsuit accusing Visa of conspiring with banks to fix transaction fees, the latest salvo of a multiyear legal fight between retailers and card issuers.

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, is one of dozens of large merchants that dropped out of a nationwide antitrust settlement with Visa and MasterCard Inc. to pursue their own lawsuits. The company filed its complaint alleging violations of U.S. antitrust law in federal court in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on March 25.

"Visa's monopoly power has enabled it to dictate price and inhibit competition," Wal-Mart said in its complaint. Complete article

Forbes: Why Walmart And Best Buy Are Not The Only Retail Channels For Hardware Entrepreneurs 03/27/2014

Elizabethton Tenn. Police: "pit bull" chases teen, attacks man in Walmart parking lot 03/27/2014

Forbes: Walmart Just Revealed How Poor U.S. Shoppers Are 03/28/2014

Someone threatened to blow up Chesterfield Va. Walmart 03/28/2014

Mistrial in Laurel Tenn. Walmart shooting trial 03/28/2014

Have you seen this suspected armed Wash. Walmart shoplifter? 03/28/2014

Utah Wal-Mart evacuated after suspicious device found 03/28/2014 XXX

Utah Wal-Mart evacuated after suspicious device found 03/28/2014

HEBER CITY — The Wal-Mart in Heber City was evacuated Friday after police found what they believed was a pipe bomb left in the bathroom by a Utah State Prison inmate.

Now, investigators are trying to determine how the man was able to come up with what appeared to be a credible pipe bomb during the 45 minutes he was missing or if someone was helping him.

Heber City Police Chief Dave Booth said the incident began before noon with a work-release crew.

"There was a Utah State Prison inmate crew doing asbestos removal at the old Wasatch High School," Booth said. "One of their inmates walked away."

A supervisor reported that Larry Clifford Newman, 35, was missing and "may be depressed and suicidal," said Wasatch County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Rigby. Complete article

Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Sees $3 Billion Opportunity Refilling Empty Shelves 03/28/2014

Deltona Fla. residents say they don't want Walmart, other stores in their neighborhood 03/28/2014

Update: Fla. Walmart groping suspect arrested 03/28/2014

Trio arrested at NH Walmart 03/28/2014

Counterfeit $20 Bills Used at Sonora Ca. Wal-Mart 03/29/2014

Forbes: Why We Love To Hate Walmart 03/29/2014

Walmart Scuffle Spurs Police Chase In South Tulsa Ok.; 2 Arrested 03/29/2014

Castleton Nev. woman arrested following Walmart drinking incidents 03/29/2014

BRUNSWICK >> A Castelton woman was arrested by state police Thursday after Walmart employees found her sleeping inside a shipping container in the store with empty cans of beer around her.

Elizabeth McGovern, 52, was charged with petit larceny and third-degree criminal trespass.

At Approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday, employees of Walmart store on Hoosick Road saw McGovern take cans of beer and drink them without paying for them, police say. She was asked to leave.

She was found about 11:30 p.m. asleep in a shipping container in a room marked “employees only,” and was again asked to leave. Complete article

Chesterfield Va. Walmart evacuated for second time in 3 days 03/30/2014

Thornton man indicted on theft charge at NH Wal-Mart 03/30/2014

On Your Side Alert: Crooks target Walmart Money Cards 03/31/2014 Many viewers contacted NBC12 after becoming a victim. It's now clear how, but crooks are somehow stealing the card information and wiping the cards clean.

Ohio father accidentally runs over, kills daughter, 2, in Walmart parking lot 03/31/2014

Kindergarten girl becomes victim of cyber bullying after trip to SC Walmart 03/31/2014

Two convicted in 2013 Antelope Ca. Walmart, residential robberies 03/31/2014

2 Alton Ill. men charged with theft from a Walmart 03/31/2014

Franklin Tenn. Police Looking To Identify Walmart Theft Suspect 03/31/2014

Raynham Ma. selectmen oppose check cashing at Route 138 Walmart 03/31/2014 The three-person board voted unanimously on Tuesday night to write a letter to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Banks David Cotney expressing concern about the request, citing constant police calls at the other town Walmart store off Route 44 and a lack of coordinated planning for the check cashing service.

Tx. Wal-Mart hatchet suspect committed to Rusk State Hospital 03/31/2014

Walmart Realizes It’s Losing Billions Of Dollars By Denying Workers More Hours 03/30/2014

Walmart Finally Admits That Its Empty Shelves Are A Big Problem 03/31/2014

Are Walmart's Prices So Low, supposedly, Because Their Employees Are on Food Stamps? 03/2/2014

Some La Verne Ca. residents protest proposed Walmart market 03/31/2014

9 hospitalized after noxious chemical odor at Kauai Hawaii Walmart 03/31/2014

Assistant principal resigns following cyberbullying accusations that started at the Seneca SC Walmart, 03/31/2014

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