Monday, June 2, 2014
Wal-Mart Crime report May 2014
There were over ten shooting incidents at Wal-Marts across the country this month and close to if not more than another ten gun related incidents including armed robberies and car-jackings. One of them was below the Texas border and it included at least five deaths in a drug battle with Mexican soldiers; the rest were in the United States and there were at least a couple more deaths as well as accidental shootings that injured two people.
One of these shootings and one other incident involved attempts to run over police officers. There were also several bizarre assaults or attempted assaults, some involving mentally unstable people. One where a teen attacked a four year old stranger because she thought she was Chinese, another where a customer attacked a cashier with a pair of scissors while accusing them of being with the mafia and another where an angry man left an argument in the parking lot, sped off and smashed into three cars injuring five people not involved in the argument.
One police officer indicated that he found it hard to understand why a woman would leave her child alone in Florida while going to work at Wal-Mart. No doubt many other people might find things like this, and many of the other incidents that happen at Wal-Mart, hard to understand, as well but if they had to work on the wages that Wal-Mart provides or lived in a state like Florida which supposedly has one of the worst records for caring for the poor they might understand why some of them might resort to desperate measures. The Loesel family in Michigan wouldn’t have to worry about these problems but they’re still suing for even more money after winning $3.8 million verdict for a lost Walmart deal. This could work out quite well for Wal-Mart if towns that want to stand up to them hesitate because they could be forced to pay damages for not allowing them into their towns or allow them in and which while they destroy local economies and use their market power to monopolize areas.
This wasn’t a problem when anti-trust laws prevented a small number of oligarchies from cornering the market and avoiding real competition.
Barack Obama decided to show up at one of their stores and praise Wal-Mart for helping with clean energy!
Not surprisingly hardly anyone fell for it. Stacy Mitchell claims it is the last place he should be making such a speech; I disagree, he could have praised BP for their “beyond Petroleum” campaign in the gulf shortly after the off-shore rig exploded or praised ExxonMobil when their pipeline sprung major leaks or several other occasion; however in order to come up with something even worse than praising Wal-Mart for clean energy initiatives he would have to come up with something incredibly pathetic, so her point is valid.
Robert Reich asked what 'Numbskull' came up with this but it had to be a lot more than one numbskull before the decision was made and implemented; the resulting protest was so obvious people must be wondering how they could have possibly expected anyone to believe them.
Could they have actually been trying to incite protests?
If so, I suppose they succeeded.
They also settled a lawsuit about food poisoning that killed at least 33 people; even though they claim they take safety very seriously this is just one of many recalls that they have had to settle to recall large amounts of their products and they continue cutting as many corners as they seem to get away with until something like this happens.
Many people have been wondering if any executives been penalized for recent scandals; and the answer clearly seems to be, for the most part, no.
Nor are they the ones that are in the line of fire when there are shootings in their stores. Nor is there much if any effort to find out if their policies contribute to a hostile work environment or higher crime.
Or at least they haven’t been held accountable yet.
Their sales are finally headed steadily and consistently down; and hardly anyone believes their claims about this being a result of the weather or cuts in food stamps anymore than anyone believes they’re good for the environment.
Perhaps, without political reform, this is the only way that they can eventually be held accountable for their actions.
In the mean time they have been funding a pilot program in Texas where they’re teaching high school children to prepare for jobs in retail.
If this doesn’t raise alarm bells about corporations having too much control over the education system to promote their propaganda I don’t know what does.
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 May 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 or the "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" study or some of the studies cited by Stacy Mitchell; but it does provide some additional information that may help recognize how many problems there are at Wal-Mart.
Pa. Shoplifting suspect charged with faking Walmart receipt 05/01/2014
Palm Bay Fla. Walmart reopens after evacuation due to 'suspicious' package which turns out to be Copier parts, not bomb 05/01/2014
Wisc. Walmart employee had no cash, robbery suspect arrested 05/01/2014
Labor leader Maria Elena Durazo criticizes Los Angeles’ Ca. pension investments in Wal-Mart 05/01/2014
Man accused of stealing from Scott Twp. Pa. Walmart several times 05/01/2014
Police have cleared the scene of a bomb threat at a south Tulsa Ok. Walmart 05/01/2014 Police say the call originated from a private number so they couldn't retrieve the caller's identity from the caller ID.
Bogus bomb threat called into Circleville Ohio-area Walmart 05/02/2014
Teens charged in 'knock-out game' assault of teacher at Burton Mich. Wal-Mart 05/02/2014
Tree Hugger: "Cheap and organic" sounds like an oxymoron, but Walmart doesn't think so 05/01/2014
Cape Coral Fla. woman accused of TV theft at Walmart 05/02/2014
Arnold grandmother uses granddaughter to allegedly shoplift from Missouri Walmart 05/03/2014
Man arrested after being accused of robbing Fla. Wal-Mart 05/04/2014 Wright told police that he owned Wal-Mart and had sent them a letter making the company aware of the ownership, police said.
Carlisle Pa. police look for man who tried to steal woman's purse at Walmart 05/05/2014
Man, 34, shot outside far east El Paso Tx. Walmart 05/04/2014
Walmart spent over $109 million in FY14 on anti-corruption drive 05/05/2014
Madison Ala. police charge 2 with stealing from Wal-Mart 05/05/2014
Tales from Walmart: Sex in Aisle 12 05/05/2014
Fulton couple charged for attacking another couple at Granby NY Wal-Mart 05/05/2014
SD Police: Man arrested for punching Walmart security guard over foot-long sandwich 05/05/2014
Man stole $1,000 in goods from 2 Fla. Walmarts 05/05/2014
Huntsville Ala. lawsuit says developer wanted Star Market property for Bailey Cove Wal-Mart 05/05/2014
Going against residents’ wishes, Deltona OKs Wal-Mart 05/0/2014
Man shot by police at Walmart in Lakewood Colorado may have pointed a toy gun at officers 05/06/2014
Judge rejects young woman's plea in purse-snatching, but accepts her sisters plea, outside Pa. Walmart 05/06/2014
President Obama To Stop At Mountain View Ca. Walmart In Latest Bay Area Fundraising Trip 05/06/2014
China Workers Power Sets Off Strikes for Nike, Wal-Mart 05/07/2014
Cleveland Ohio | Federal lawsuit filed here against Wal-Mart 05/06/2014
Green Bay Wisc. group vows to keep fighting big-box Wal-Mart 05/06/2014
Walmart at bottom of supermarket ratings 05/06/2014
Albany NY Residents Express Disapproval of Walmart Express Moving In 05/05/2014
Why Wal-Mart Isn't Too Big to Keep Growing 05/05/2014
Victim in Hastings Mich. Wal-Mart crash dies in hospital 05/07/2014 In the three years from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2012, Fuller says there were 24 collisions right at Wal-Mart's entrance.
Robber racks up at Del. Walmart with stolen credit cards 05/06/2014
Walmart petty Thieves Arrested in Washington Township Pa. 05/06/2014 Both are being held at the Franklin County Jail.
3 teenagers sought in robbery at Lake Park Fla. Wal-Mart parking lot 05/06/2014
Woman pleads guilty to Ohio Walmart TV theft 05/06/2014
Critical Alerts For Walmart, Monsanto, Proto Labs, Qihoo 360 Technology, and Delphi Automotive Released By InvestorsObserver 05/06/2014
Crime Stoppers: Stolen Credit Cards Used at Lynchburg Va. Walmart 05/06/2014
Lihue Hawaii Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 05/05/2014
Woman allegedly stabs Wash. Walmart employee with scissors for disliking her ‘vibe’ 05/08/2014
Bank inside Ok. Walmart robbed Thursday 05/08/2014
Obama angers labor groups with Wal-Mart visit to promote energy efficiency 05/09/2014
Man arrested at Tenn. Walmart in theft investigation 05/09/2014 According to an affidavit, a woman with Begley told officers he threatened her and her children into shoplifting. She had taken items amounting to $446.40
Union City Ca. police: Suspected shoplifter bites Wal-Mart security officer 05/09/2014
Wal-Mart Bribery Lawsuit Should Go Forward, Judge Says 05/09/2014
Obama's Wal-Mart stop prompts labor backlash 05/09/2014
Wal-Mart worker denied entry to Obama event in San Jose Ca. amid protest 05/09/2014
Police: Armored truck employee ambushed outside busy Walmart in Pearland Tx. 05/09/2014
Man sentenced to prison in NC Walmart kidnapping 05/09/2014
Ballston Spa NY residents speak out against proposed Walmart 05/11/2014
Want big bank fees? Head for Wal-Mart 05/12/2014
Police: Man Robbed Id. Walmart With Knife 05/12/2014
Guns stolen from Ky. and Ind. Wal-Marts 05/12/2014
Sullivan Co. Tenn. deputies searching for man who allegedly stole purse, tried to use debit card in Walmart 05/12/2014
Suspects accused of stealing 22 cell phones from NC Walmart 05/12/2014
Man charged with stealing car from Athens Ala. Wal-Mart 05/12/2014
AZ deputies: Walmart serial thief arrested again 05/12/2014
Woman sought for Va. Walmart theft attempt in Chesapeake 05/12/2014
Fla. Deputies: Drunken man harassed Walmart customers 05/13/2014
Police search for man who exposed self to young girl at Fla. Walmart 05/14/2014
Accused thief banned from Oneonta NY Walmart 05/15/2014
Huntsville Ala. police blotter: Underwear, makeup, salad stolen from 3 Walmarts 05/15/2014
Smoke fills Sarasota Fla. Walmart 05/15/2014
City of Portland Oregon no longer investing in Walmart 05/15/2014
Easton Pa. man crashes van after selling heroin at Walmart, and fleeing police 05/16/2014
Teenaged bank robbery suspect caught while driving home from Colorado Walmart with new video game system 05/16/2014
Road project near Walmart site sparks complaint about use of Tigard Oregon gas tax funds 05/16/2014
Residents fight against Walmart at Quaker Village in Greensboro NC 05/16/2014
Columbia man arrested in Penn. Walmart armed robbery in Springettsbury Township 05/17/2014
Security Guard Attacked During Colorado Walmart Theft 05/19/2014
Man accidentally shoots self at Phoenix Ariz. Wal-Mart 05/18/2014
Walmart & Contractor Settle $21M Wage Theft Suit, Days After Obama Praises Penny-Pinching Retailer 05/15/2014
Meet the Ad 'Injection' Scheme Hitting Target, YouTube and Walmart.com 05/15/2014
Local woman with special needs handcuffed and interrogated inside a Mich. Walmart 05/14/2014
Walmart Suing a Photog’s Widow, Waltons Say They Own the Copyright to His Photos of Their Family 05/17/2014
Walmart Needs to Buy J.C. Penney to Thrive 05/16/2014
Nashville Tenn. Walmart employee charged with public indecency 05/19/2014
Shoplifter accused of enlisting 10-year-old's help at Ky. Walmart 05/19/2014
Man Arrested In Ca. Walmart Parking Lot BB Gun Attack 05/19/2014
Gallatin Tenn. police search for Walmart theft suspect 05/19/2014
Police: Armed Man steals $20K from RI Walmart store 05/19/2014
Person Killed in Frito Lay truck Collision Behind Dallas Tx. Wal-Mart Market 05/19/2014
2nd suspect arrested in car theft at Athens Ala. Wal-Mart 05/19/2014
Post Falls Id. Police declare suspicious package a false alarm 05/19/2014
Police: 'Palm reader' gropes women in Fla. Walmart parking lot 05/19/2014
Entrepreneurs hitched businesses to Minn. Wal-Mart. Then it left. 05/20/2014
Watchful Utah Walmart manager leads police to burglars 05/20/2014
Police looking for man involved in SC Walmart larceny 05/20/2014
Woman arrested at Ga. Wal-Mart 05/19/2014
Ill. Walmart worker alleges retaliatory discharge after comp claim 05/20/2014
Banks At Walmart Are 'Exploiting The Poor': Investor 05/13/2014
Walmart US CEO Gets A $1.5 Million Bonus For Missing Expectations While A Worker Gets $0 05/12/2014
Police: Man stole beer and television from Palm Bay Fla. Walmart 05/20/2014
Portland Oregon's $9 million investment in Wal-Mart? The financial return for recent investment prior to divestment could pay half an employee 05/20/2014
Hadley Ma. police: Granby man who rode bicycle into rear of vehicle in Walmart parking lot taken to hospital with minor injuries 05/20/2014
Two sought in Fla. Walmart theft 05/20/2014
Bayonne NJ woman charged with shoplifting razor blades from Walmart 05/20/2014
Camera Watches Nebraska WalMart Thieves 05/20/2014
Fort Bend Tx. Walmart re-opens after bomb scare 05/20/2014
Always Low Wages, More Pollution: Why Barack & Michelle Obama Relentlessly Shill For Wal-Mart 05/21/2014
Huntsville Ala. police say shoplifter pushes Wal-Mart employee to get away with DVDs in pants 05/21/2014
Sheriff's Office seeks identity of suspect in TV theft from York Va. Walmart 05/22/2014
San Antonio Tx. Walmart employee accused of bringing gun to work 05/23/2014
TrenDE Delaware Horror Story: Why Wal-Mart's lousy customer service reputation is warranted 05/23/2014
Hoax prompts evacuation of Camdenton Missouri Walmart 05/23/2014
Washington Police: Man who drowned in canal was running from Walmart guard 05/22/2014
Miss. Walmart employee charged with embezzlement 05/22/2014
Police: Meth lab bust at NC Walmart parking lot lands 3 in jail 05/22/2014
Walmart cracks down on shoplifting from Wyoming store 05/22/2014
Wal-Mart Is Falling Apart Like Never Before 05/19/2014
UPDATE: Man sentenced following 2011 Va. Walmart shootout 05/23/2014
Police: Oswego woman, already banned from NY Wal-Mart, charged with felony for stealing big screen TV 05/23/2014
Louisiana Walmart employee on light duty claims bathroom assignment is punishment 05/24/2014
JC Tenn. woman caught on camera stealing from Wal-Mart 05/25/2014
Bomb threat forces evacuation of Wal-Mart in Swatara Township Pa., police say 05/27/2014
Wal-Mart Shareholders Want to Hear More About This Bribery Problem 05/27/2014 But Institutional Shareholder Services wants you to vote no anyway; it also wants you to vote no on Wal-Mart's say-on-pay proposal and yes on a proposal to have an independent chairman. "Independent" means, in this case, "not having the last name Walton,"3 and again a majority of the shares voting on that proposal will be controlled by people with the last name Walton. Good luck!
What Wal-Mart prefers to keep secret 05/27/2014
Pair sought in Kingsport Tenn. Walmart shoplifting 05/27/2014
Pennsylvania mother charged with stashing $210 of stolen goods from Walmart in 3-year-old child's backpack 05/27/2014
POLICE REPORTS: Man in truck points gun at angry man in Tx. Walmart parking lot 05/27/2014
Springville Utah Walmart employee arrested for theft 05/28/2014
Mom leaves sick children in car at Dickerson Pike Tenn. Walmart 05/28/2014
Wal-Mart CEO says pace of acquisitions to accelerate 05/28/2014
Police: 74-year-old Auburn woman charged with burglary after shoplifting from NY Walmart 05/28/2014
Shoplifting suspect captured after fleeing the scene at ga. Wal-Mart 05/28/2014
Woman robbed at gunpoint outside Walmart in Franklin Wisc. 05/28/2014
Wal-Mart Fires Back at Proxy Adviser Over Pay, Bribery Criticism 05/29/2014
Two Fla. Walmart employees in Palm Springs arrested for theft 05/29/2014
Sketch released of man who exposed himself inside Fla. Walmart 05/29/2014
Man, woman accused of $2,000 merchandise theft from Fuquay-Varina NC Walmart 05/29/2014
Vandal uses marker to tell Pa. Walmart shopper ‘learn how to park’ 05/29/2014
Clear Evidence That Costco And Walmart Live In Totally Different Worlds 05/29/2014
As Walmart grows globally, so does worker resistance 05/29/2014
Tx. Wal-Mart Supercenter named in negligence claim 05/29/2014
Police looking for two men accused of stealing cash from Ky. Walmart 05/29/2014
Anna Ill. police investigating Walmart thefts 05/29/2014
Krebs woman charged in Ok. Walmart check-cashing scheme 05/29/2014
Police: Flatscreen Thief at Tx. Walmart Caught After Pursuit 05/28/2014
Woman nabbed after fleeing Mich. Walmart theft scene 05/28/2014
Some Employees Are Furious At Management Payouts In Walmart's Big Adtech Acquisition 05/27/2014
Suffolk Va. Police looking for Walmart shoplifting suspects 05/30/2014
Police: Man Dressed In Army Uniform Steals Pool From Walmart 05/30/2014
Police: 2 steal 35 iPods, other electronics from NC Walmart 05/30/2014
Walmart moms announce new strikes in 20 cities starting Friday 05/29/2014
Shoplifting incident reported at Walmart in Raritan Township Pa. 05/31/2014
Suspects hit two Pasadena Tx. Walmart stores 05/2/2014
PSP Investigating Retail Theft at Pa. Walmart 05/30/2014
Toccoa residents charged with armed robbery outside Clayton Ga. Walmart 05/31/2014
2 Wanted for Thefts at Ill. and Ky. Walmart Stores 05/30/2014
6 ways Wal-Mart’s greed has gotten the company in hot water 05/24/2014