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.
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
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
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
Man arrested for Walmart melee 03/08/2014
Man arrested after stuffing clothes down pants at Walmart 03/0/2014
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
Man again arrested for shoplifting from La. Walmart 03/10/2014
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Photos show suspects who stole $1,500 in goods from Missouri Walmart 03/20/2014
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
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
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
Police search Marion Va. Walmart following bomb threat 03/25/2014
Police Seeking Islandia NY Walmart Thief 03/25/2014
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
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
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
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
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