Monday, August 4, 2014
Wal-Mart Crime report July 2014
Do you think it would be a good campaign slogan to tell the voters that not only will the candidate stand up to Walmart and Sam's Club but he'll steal their beer, paper towels and cashews if he can get away with it?
It doesn't quite look like we'll find out; apparently he didn't use that slogan and Alabama decided they didn't want him as their Republican candidate to look after their finances.
In Arkansas it was a constable that got into trouble for crime at Walmart when he was in a car while the driver destroyed a Walmart Shopping Corral. Usually the police are the ones to arrest the criminals not drive off with them.
The police have plenty to be concerned about when it comes to crime at Walmart even when they're not involved in it. There couldn't be this much of a problem without occasional comments about the subject from them; although they rarely do speak out on it too much, for one reason or another. But this month at least three police departments spoke out about the problems they've been having or expect to have with Walmart.
One of the Texas police talking about it said that before their Walmart opened “We had regular meetings with chiefs of police within Kaufman County,” he said. “Everybody that has a Walmart store says you can expect 400 to 500 more calls within the year.” Ironically he doesn't seem to consider whether or not Walmart policies might have something to do with it and even complements them “Walmart is very security conscious,” he said. “We had contact with loss prevention before the store opened because they wanted to take every opportunity to reduce thefts.” If they really wanted to do that they could have never opened their store, or at least try to figure out what small businesses are doing right that doesn't create so many problems with crime.
The Tennessee police concerned about crime at Walmart at least acknowledged that taxpayers end up footing the bill; they also asked Walmart to provide more resources but so far they've had no luck.
Many people might consider the added cost to police the high crime at Walmart with little or not help from Walmart might be another taxpayer subsidy.
The police also had other concern and occasionally have to put themselves at risk when dealing with high crime at Walmart; there were at least two assaults on police this month. If there aren't political reasons for some police to down play the potential impact Walmart might have there must be some other reason.
There were at least two car chases that took place in Walmrt parking lots or started there, including one where three sisters tried to chase down one of their husbands with two vehicles smashing into his car on at least one occasion. There was also an incident where at least two employees were stabed while trying to detain a shoplifter and there were at least a couple of carjackings. One employee was arrested for painting "loser" on her co-workers car before going into the bathroom and putting more messages there; and employees in another store were accused of passing around and using a charge card that was lost instead of turning it in.
Do any of these people think about the fact that these transactions are routinely caught on camera?
There were also the usual number of bomb threats but in one cases they actually discussed how often they happen when reporting it, to some degree. Thjey didn't mention that Wal-Marts around the country get hundreds if not thousands of bomb threats every year and that the taxpayers wind up spending an enormous amount of money to investigate them, of course.
That would be to much to expect; but they did quote a couple employees talking about how this was their third or second. Other stores almost certainly get more while some rarely if ever get any bomb threats. What is more unusual is that on one occasion they found a live grenade, although it didn't go off. Usually when they do find something it is just a simulated bomb or a sodapop bomb which isn't very powerful.
They made another clear demonstration of how decisions are made at the top then when employees follow orders and it creates problems they falsely blame the employee. Apparently they had a store policy that required them to card all people accompanied by someone purchasing alcohol and a large number of parents that tried to buy alcohol with their children present were turned down. Initially one of these incidents was reported in the news and they said the cashier was acting against company policy then they were flooded with calls to the news and to Walmart saying that many other people had the same problem.
An article that received little attention about local residents that didn't want a plant for one of Walmart's suppliers near their children's schools probably should get more attention. The return of manufacturing to the U.S. is long overdue but it should not be done with a corporation like Walmart making all the decisions. This should be done with more input from the public and safety of the environment should be given serious consideration.
On top of that more people might want to think about ways to restore factory direct options. Before the retail establishment consolidated into a relatively small number of oligarchies the factory direct stores provided reasonable competition and it was much better for workers, employees the environment and everyone else except the small number of people that control the oligarchies.
With real reform then prostitution wouldn't ‘make more sense’ than working at Walmart or any other oligarch.
Sometimes I'm glad I'm not a cop.
If I was trying to arrest someone and he responded by taking off his boxer shorts and defecating in the parking lot I might call in the dispatcher and say, "I changed my mind I decided to call in sick today."
Do you think the police chief would mind?
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 July 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.
Milford Del. Police Arrest Woman for Wal-Mart Shoplifting Spree 07/01/2014
Female WWE wrestler arrested on Conn. Wal-Mart shoplifting charges 07/01/2014
Workers allowed back into Ark. Walmart after bomb threat 07/02/2014
Police: Man performed 'lewd act' watching girls in NC Walmart children's section 07/02/2014
Woman wanted for stealing from Newport News Walmart 07/02/2014
Employee steals $3,000 worth of merchandise from ND Walmart 07/02/2014
Bus driver robbed outside Mount Pocono Pa. Wal-Mart 07/02/2014
Pa. Man Fights Attacker With Sword Using BBQ Brush Over $6 Walmart Card 07/02/2014
Adidas and shoe designer for Walmart settle trademark lawsuit 07/02/2014
Three charged with shoplifting from NH Walmart 07/02/2014
Police Identify ND Walmart Hit and Run Suspect 07/03/2014
Dalton Ga. Police need help searching for WalMart TV thief 07/03/2014
Bomb threat causes four-hour evacuation of Walmart in Wexford County Mich. 07/03/2014
Shoplifting Suspects Run Over Off-Duty Police Officer, working security at La. Walmart on Ambassador Caffery; he fires shots in response 07/03/2014
Virginia PD: Suspects pull knife on Walmart employee 07/03/2014
Man accused of exposing self to child outside Walmart in Apopka Fla. 07/04/2014
Robber attacks grandma in Tx. Walmart parking lot, shoppers stand by and watch 07/04/2014
Woman’s Wheelchair Stolen From Madison Tenn. Walmart 07/04/2014 Fortunately, a clerk was kind enough to clock out, take her to the car with her groceries and even help carry her into her home.
Man arrested after allegedly exposing himself to woman in Fla. Walmart parking lot 07/05/2014
Teens Arrested For Elderly Woman Tx. Walmart Robbery 07/05/2014
Woman carjacked outside of Laurel Md. Walmart, police say 07/05/2014
Confrontation at north Logan Utah Walmart leads to shots fired 07/06/2014
Ex-con wanted for theft arrested at west Nashville Tenn. Walmart 07/05/2014
Dog dies in hot car while woman “browses” at Fla. Walmart for 13 hours 07/07/2014
Boyfriend's mom tried to run her over in parking lot, Peoria Ill. Wal-Mart employee tells police 07/07/2014
Man accused of exposing himself in kids clothing department at NC Walmart 07/07/2014
Man pleads guilty in Ohio Walmart parking lot assault 07/07/2014
Sears, Walmart Pull, "Work makes you free," Poster of Nazis' Dachau Camp 07/07/2014
Robbery reported at Garner NC Walmart 07/07/2014
Mom, family members arrested for shoplifting at Henrico Va. Walmart 07/0/2014
Dog rescued from hot car outside Valparaiso Ind. Walmart 07/08/2014
Man Charged With Stealing Meat From Tenn. Walmart 07/08/2014
Death investigation underway at Irondale Ala. Wal-Mart parking lot 07/08/2014
Woman left dog in hot car outside Napanoch NY Walmart, deputies say 07/08/2014
Police: Charlotte NC mom left kids in car at Walmart 07/08/2014
Teen girl reports sexual assault outside Conway SC Wal-Mart 07/08/2014
Sexual predator molested girl at Walmart, Palm Bay Fla. police say 07/08/2014
Newark NJ man drags Walmart security guard with his car in Kearny: police 07/08/2014
Wal-Mart's warning to the world 07/08/2014 Sales not rising with lower unemployment.
Police say Manchester woman arrested for punching ex-boyfriend during custody exchange in Hooksett NH Walmart parking lot 07/0/2014
Evidence points to murder-suicide plan in Queensbury NY Wal-Mart shooting 07/08/2014
Alderman: Walmart won't help Wisc. taxpayers 07/09/2014
MORENO VALLEY Ca.: Parolee jailed in Walmart shooting case 07/09/2014
Breastfeeding Group Holds Nurse-In At SC Walmart After Employees Shame Nursing Customer 07/09/2014
"The Truth of the Matter Is Walmart Is a Horrible Place to Work" 07/09/2014
Suspects accused of stealing from Ariz. Walmart market 07/09/2014
Disgraced host Adam Richman still a spokesman for Walmart 07/07/2014
Deputies: Asst. Manager steals from Upstate SC Walmart 07/09/2014
Suspects pry open display case, swipe iPads from Ohio Walmart 07/09/2014
Alleged shoplifter tries to elude Las Cruces police inside NM Walmart 07/09/2014
Letter: Walmart is cruel to Betta fish (pets for sale) 07/10/2014
Photo: Bomb threat at Ohio Walmart 07/08/2014
Fla. Walmart Masturbator Brought Viagra And Condoms: Cops 07/08/2014
In These Times: OUR Walmart Crashes the Party 07/08/2014
Gouverneur woman accused of stealing from Watertown NY Walmart 07/10/2014
Man shot, killed in parking lot of Walmart in Marion County Fla. 07/10/2014
The Walmartization of Education 07/08/2014
Child starts fire in Ga. Walmart toy section 07/10/2014
Narcotics investigation results in two arrests at Wal-Mart in East Stroudsburg Pa. 07/10/2014
Man Shot In Madison Tenn. Walmart Parking Lot 07/10/2014
Wanted man sees deputy while leaving Fla. Walmart, flees 07/10/2014
Woman publicly shamed for stealing from Fla. Walmart 07/11/2014
Man accused of impersonating police officer at SC Walmart 07/11/2014
Chipley Fla. Walmart Theft 07/11/2014
Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart for NJ crash 07/12/2014
Woman accused of biting employee in Fla. Wal-Mart theft 07/12/2014
Ga. Wal-Mart shoplifter allegedly strikes employee 07/13/2014
Infant formula bottles tampered with in Walmart stores near Toronto Canada 07/13/2014
Man leaves loaded handgun in South Carolina Walmart bathroom 07/12/2014
OKC Police: Woman with knife wrestled to ground by Ok. Walmart customers and employees after jumping pharmacy counter 07/14/2014
Wal-Mart, Campbell Soup owners top 'America's Richest Families' list 07/14/2014 Media corporations were the second-most common sources of wealth
MLK Walmart in Ark. closed, evacuated after power pole causes problems 07/14/2014
Man wanted for grabbing woman’s buttocks at Newport News Va. Walmart 07/14/2014
Woman cited for leaving children in car at Pasadena Tx. Walmart 07/14/2014
Police ID woman found dead in Elkton Del. Wal-Mart parking lot 07/14/2014
Man pleads guilty to taking up-skirt photos at Mich. Walmart 07/14/2014
Police investigate death of man in Mich. Walmart bathroom 07/14/2014
Wal-Mart theft, forgery suspect recaptured after fleeing Athens Ala. police station 07/14/2014
Mother says stranger tried to lure son at Walmart in northwest Harris County Tx. 07/14/2014
'Bible' listed on Walmart back to school lists in Tulsa Ok. 07/14/2014 Cameras were not allowed inside
Man accused of stealing from Ind. Walmart, running from police 07/15/2014
Police Arrest ND Walmart Employee for Embezzlement 07/15/2014
Man wanted for shoplifting at Suffolk Va. Walmart 07/15/2014
Rare forest in Florida sold to make way for Walmart 07/16/2014
Ottawa OPP officer charged with shoplifting electronics and resisting arrest at Walmart 07/16/2014
Woman takes cooler full of merchandise from Utah Walmart, arrested 07/16/2014
Mom accused of leaving 4 kids in hot car at Georgia Wal-Mart 07/16/2014
Man charged with neglect after leaving kids in Tenn. Wal-Mart parking lot 07/16/2014
NC Walmart air conditioning theft still under investigation 07/16/2014
Man incites dog to attack people in Fla. Walmart parking lot 07/16/2014
Bradenton Fla. Walmart throws out $18,000 worth of food after lightning strike 07/16/2014
Police Seek Info On Suspected Pa. Wal-Mart Thief 07/16/2014
Judge denies request in Swansboro, NC developers suit 07/16/2014
Police look for suspects accused of switching price tags at Pa. Walmart 07/16/2014
Crime Stoppers: Collegedale Tenn. Walmart TV thefts 07/1/2014
Decatur man accused of stealing $1,800 worth of cell phones from Alabama Wal-Mart 07/17/2014
Fort Ashby WV man arrested with handgun at Wal-mart 07/17/2014
Three Sacramento men accused of burglary at Galt Ca. Walmart 07/17/2014
Man took upskirt pics of woman at Fla. Walmart, Sanford police say 07/17/2014
Shoplifting attempt becomes robbery arrest after suspect fights employees at Huntsville Ala. Wal-Mart 07/17/2014
Arrest in Pa. Wal-Mart Thefts 07/17/2014
Charges pending against Rogersville Tenn. man who fell off cliff during Walmart theft getaway 07/19/2014
Wal-Mart thief sought in Hudson NH 07/19/2014
Early Morning Fire Closes Trinity Parkway Ca. Walmart 07/19/2014
Man took photo up woman's skirt at Fla. Wal-Mart, cops say 07/19/2014
Body found in vehicle at Kansas Wal-Mart parking lot 07/20/2014
Convicted Felon Arrested In Tenn. July 10 Walmart Market Parking Lot Shooting 07/21/2014
Court upholds $1M judgment against firm in Nevada Wal-Mart customer’s death 07/21/2014
Walmart executives dominate list of top-paid executives 07/21/2014
Richmond man pleads guilty to firearm charge related to Utah Walmart shooting 07/21/2014
McCandless Pa. Residents Speak Out Against Proposed New Walmart 07/21/2014
Viewer records scene as infant rescued from SUV outside NE Philly Pa. Walmart 07/21/2014
WATCH: Phone video of suspected shoplifting spree at Ok. Wal-Mart goes viral 07/22/2014
Fruit recall affects Costco, Trader Joe's, Walmart, Kroger stores 07/22/2014
NC mother accused of forcing son to steal from Walmart 07/22/2014
El Reno police searching for thief in Ok. Walmart theft 07/22/2014
2 women robbed of purses at Holly Hill Fla. Walmart 07/22/2014
Police: Woman stole from Mechanicsburg Pa. Wal-Mart, nearly struck security officer with vehicle 07/23/2014
Man Sentenced for Ohio Wal-Mart Parking Lot Attack 07/23/2014
Feds ask developer to stop work on Fla. Walmart in rare Miami-Dade forest 07/23/2014
Landowner says Walmart is 'done,' seeks Wisc. city offer 07/23/2014 The owner of Walmart's preferred site for a downtown Green Bay store does not think the retailer will try again with an alternative proposal.
State worker accused of pulling out gun in Tenn. Walmart parking lot 07/23/2014
Hanover Va. Board Approves Plans to Build Possible Walmart, Residents Upset 07/23/2014
Open carry of firearm in Missouri Walmart alarms customers 07/23/2014
NC Walmart bomb threat leads to arrest of Elizabeth City man 07/21/2014
Affidavit Details Arrest Made In Connection With Coweta Ok. Walmart Theft 07/24/2014
Va. Walmart thief ID’d 07/24/2014
Wal-Mart’s New U.S. Chief Faces Empty Shelves, Grumpy Shoppers 07/24/2014
Suspect in San Marcos Ca. shooting arrested outside Wal-Mart 07/24/2014
Police: Man tried to steal from Fla. Walmart before leading police on chase 07/25/2014
Suspects ID'd in Anna Ill. Walmart theft 07/25/2014
3 Utica NY women accused in $2,600 theft from Walmart 07/26/2014
One dead after car hits tree near Lehigh Fla. Walmart 07/27/2014
Walmart in Chesapeake Va. cleared after bomb threat called in 07/27/2014
Woman charged after kids left inside car with keys at Tenn. Walmart 07/27/2014
Norman residents fight proposed Ok. Walmart Supercenter 07/27/2014
Chipotle Va. crime leads police to McDonald’s and Walmart 07/28/2014
Man with child wearing 'Keep Calm and Play On' T-shirt steals Mich. Walmart cash register 07/28/2014
Man steals thousands of dollars at Deerfield Beach Fla. Walmart, deputies say 07/28/2014
Walmart apologizes to NC mom asked to breastfeed in toilet stall 07/28/2014
Ohio Walmart evacuated because of phoned threat 07/28/2014
Mom charged with neglect after missing son found wandering at Fla. Wal-Mart 07/28/2014
Police: Shoplifting mom left kids behind at Fla. Walmart 07/28/2014
Victim shot at Fayetteville Ga. Walmart 07/28/2014
Goldman Adds Costco, Tosses Wal-Mart From Its Shopping Cart 07/29/2014
Man faces several charges after reported shoplifting and allegedly useing a stun gun on one of the officers at Tenn. Wal-Mart 07/29/2014
Lincoln Co. woman accused of embezzling $4K from NC Walmart 07/30/2014
Police: Woman stole lube, condoms from NC Walmart 07/30/2014
Officials: Woman stole money from NC Walmart 07/30/2014
Radio DJ shows Walmart ice cream sandwich won't melt in sun 07/30/2014
Are Target and Wal-Mart past their prime? 07/30/2014
Man gives chase after alleged lewd act in McComb Walmart 07/25/2014
Dothan man arrested for stealing alcohol, handicapped scooter from Ala. Wal-Mart 07/30/2014
Two jailed after NC Walmart theft attempt 07/31/2014
Man Arrested After Exposing Himself To Child At Washington Ill. Walmart 07/31/2014
Walmart Sends Me 4 Extra iPods, Doesn’t Want Them Back 07/29/2014
Wal-Mart Must Share Documents on Mexico Bribery Probe: Court 07/28/2014
SCPD Crime Alert: Man Wanted for Shoplifting from Centereach NY Walmart 07/30/2014
Ask The Pittsburgh Pa. Leaders: Police Chief, Walmart & More 07/31/2014 Should Walmart come to McCandless?
Mississippi Wal-Mart 2013 shooting suspect pleads guilty 07/31/2014
Victim Walking Out of OK Walmart Robbed of Car at gunpoint 08/01/2014
How Walmart's Bosses Get Rich Off Welfare Abuse 07/30/2014
Why Do Criminals Love This Walmart So Much? 07/30/2014