Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wal-Mart Crime report August 2014
Once again when the police aren't catching shoplifters they're joining them. When they're not tasing chasing or shooting people for various reasons including petty theft or carrying a toy gun they're being attacked. It seems to be semi-routine in some places to escalate about petty theft until they involve shootings or tug of wars over babies.
In both Wisconsin and Connecticut police officers or former police officers were arrested for stealing from Walmart. The officer in Connecticut was suspended without pay as a result of the investigation; in many cases when they're caught abusing rights or even killing suspects under suspicious circumstances and they're suspended it is often with pay. The incident in Wisconsin apparently led to an armed stand off outside the home of the former police officer after he pulled a gun on the loss-prevention officers at Walmart.
Another shooting in Dallas started with a murder; the suspect was in turn killed by an off duty police officer who was working security at Walmart. This was one of at least six deadly shootings that involved Dallas police this month. If there is much if any discussion about potential conflicts of interest when police officers routinely work for major private corporations on the side I haven't seen it; and without this discussion or further review of a large number of incidents it will be difficult to tell whether these incidents are impacted by their training and incentive, even if this particular incident is justified due to a murder.
Do you want to get your health care at Walmart?
I wish I was making this up but they really are opening up clinics at Walmart. It is hard to doubt whether or not they're trying to create a monopoly system or at least consolidate and strengthen the oligarchy system they've already created.
It took a few days but eventually when a runaway teen decided to move into Walmart they noticed, seriously. This was also in Dallas.
Maxwell Smart may have made shoe-phones famous long before anyone heard of a cellphone but if you want to catch someone trying to take up-skirt photos you have to go to Walmart; using a shoe-phone for this may not be routine yet; but using cellphones, almost is, for some people, including one that admits 'I am a perverted person,' to a judge.
There was another problem with an unsafe roof; but this time it collapsed before anyone saw it coming. No one was injured and the last time, when another one was sagging due to excessive snow they were able evacuate before it collapsed and required much more repair.
The highest profile incident at Walmart this month was probably still the shooting where the police killed someone with a BB gun even though they didn't cover it nearly as much as Ferguson; there was another one shortly after it where the suspect who was tackled and tased went viral. Instead of killing this one even though he had a longer record and didn't turn out to be living at the address he gave them they let him go. The video that was used to justify this incident was released much sooner.
Even though someone was killed over a misunderstanding about BB guns Walmart still continues to display them in the same manner as before and another incident, also in Ohio involved a teen that tried to shoplift one.
In Texas they sentenced a man to eight years in jail for trying to steal underwear. In this case he supposedly pulled a gun out on those that tried to stop him although he denies that part. This wouldn't have the first time that gunfire started at Walmart over underwear.
People are also getting bit by bats at at least one Texas Walmart and they're being treated for rabies although they may not have found one of the people that may have been bit.
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 August 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.
Lawyer removed from Tenn. Walmart murder case 07/01/2014
Coventry RI Walmart evacuated for bomb threat 07/01/2014
Armed men in NM Walmart flee cops, run to Home Depot 07/02/2014
Cell phone video captures chaotic incident at Tenn. Walmart 07/03/2014
Murphysboro Missouri Police searching for man who allegedly robbed Walmart 07/03/2014
Colorado Walmart Evacuated after Bomb Threat 07/04/2014
Police Blotter: Two ND Walmart employees arrested for retail theft 07/04/2014
Recall expanded: Fresh fruit sold at Walmart 07/04/2014
Greeter's stool stolen from Pa. Wal-Mart on Carlisle Pike, police say 07/04/2014
Woman shoplifting at Hilton Head SC Walmart pulls knife 07/04/2014
Police: 2 men used fake gift cards at Hendersonville Tenn. Walmart 07/04/2014
Forbes: Yes, Combined Dollar Tree and Family Dollar A Threat, But Walmart Isn't Going Anywhere 07/05/2014
Newfoundland mom upset Wal-Mart withheld 'inappropriate' baby photos 07/05/2014
2nd plea in SW Pa. elderly shopper mugging case 07/05/2014
Blaine Minn. Walmart groping suspect held by shoppers until arrest 07/05/2014
So much for creating a monopoly system; I guess they'll have to continue settling for oligarchy which is virtually as bad.
Man killed when trucks collide near Green Bay Wisc. Walmart 07/06/2014
Woman arrested for allegedly stealing from Utah Walmart to pay for drugs 07/06/2014
Employee robbed at gunpoint in Walmart parking lot in Greensboro NC 07/06/2014
Man shoplifts from Smyrna Tenn. Walmart twice in 3 days 07/06/2014 Stolen items included two security cameras.
Anniston Ala. Police release image of Walmart robbery suspect 07/07/2014
Del City Ok. police looking for armed robber in Walmart theft 07/07/2014
Saginaw man accused of using knife in theft attempt at Mich. Walmart accepts plea deal for June incident 07/07/2014
Police: Duffel bags cleared after bomb scare at SC Walmart plus unrelated car fire 07/07/2014
Miami Ok. Walmart Shoppers Receive Jury Duty Summonses 07/07/2014
Man, woman believed to be connected to robbery spotted at Ok. Walmart 07/07/2014
South Medford Ohio Walmart evacuated after sprinkler line bursts 07/07/2014
Woodbridge Man Charged for Leaving Two Children in Vehicle in Va. Walmart Parking Lot 07/0/2014
Man charged with DWI after stealing motorcycle from NC Walmart, running from police 07/08/2014
Caldwell Id. police find boa constrictor in Walmart parking lot 07/08/2014
MC Walmart associate assaulted 07/08/2014
Hope Mills NC returns playground equipment donated by Walmart amid controversial rezoning 07/08/2014
Police say Huntsville Ala. woman fought with Wal-Mart security during failed shoplifting attempt 08/08/2014
Lebanon Tenn. police find mobile meth lab in Walmart parking lot 07/09/2014
El Con Ariz. Walmart reapplying for liquor license 07/09/2014
Two women arrested for allegedly shoplifting at Walmart in Godfrey, Illinois 07/09/2014
Explosive found at Tullahoma Walmart 07/09/2014
Family finds snake in case of water from Ok. Walmart?! 07/10/2014
NC babysitter accused of leaving children unattended in van at Walmart parking lot 07/10/2014
Looting reported at Ferguson Missouri Walmart 07/10/2014
Man Uses Stolen Credit Cards at Fla. Walmart 08/13/2014
'I am a perverted person,' man tells judge about taking up-skirt photos at Mich. Walmart 08/13/2014
Lubbock Tx. police seek Wal-Mart wallet thief 08/13/2014
Anti-Wal-Mart group: We've filed appeal of Muskegon County Mich. judge's ruling 08/13/2014
Musician arrested before gig in 2013 Franklin Tenn. Wal-Mart theft 08/13/2014
Foes, fans of Ca. Walmart expansion in Rohnert Park set to square off again 08/13/2014
Police: NC Walmart Employee Charged For Taking $7,000 From Store 08/13/2014
'Dedicated' Tx. Walmart employee killed by suspected drunk driver 08/13/2014
Walmart profit up 0.6% in Q2 08/13/2014 Sales at Wal-Mart U.S. stores open at least a year were flat and traffic was negative for the seventh quarter in a row, continuing a weak trend for the retailer at home. Prior to this quarter, Walmart's U.S. stores had seen five straight quarters of sales declines.
Wall Street Journal: Wal-Mart's Prices Aren't All That's Low 08/13/2014
Walmart’s check-cashing service is another way of preying 08/14/2014
Officer shoots attacking dog at Tx. Wal-Mart 08/12/2014
Jasper Ind. Wal-Mart Battles Feral Cat Invasion 07/13/2014
Adam Richman Explains His Choice To Endorse Walmart Beef 08/12/2014
Update: Surveillance of Springfield Ohio Walmart robbery 08/14/2014
Police looking for woman accused of stealing credit card on Bourbon Street, using it at Slidell La. Walmart 08/14/2014
1-alarm fire at Secaucus NJ Walmart quickly extinguished, none injured: deputy fire chief 08/15/2014
How Much of Wal-Mart Is Really Made in America? 08/15/2014
Deputies: Boy, 15, Pointed Gun At Ca. Walmart Security Guard 08/15/2014
Police: NY Wal-Mart employee stole funds 08/15/2014
Pair charged with theft from East Franklin Pa. Wal-Mart 08/15/2014
OKC Police say woman scammed second Walmart with deck of cards in iPhone box 08/15/2014
2 Burger King managers, one other accused of stealing from Fla. Wal-Mart 08/16/2014
Huber Heights Ohio Coming Together to Help Okla. Family Stranded at Walmart 08/17/2014
Roadway near Wal-Mart in Hurricane, WV re-opens after vehicle hits tree; female driver killed 08/17/2014
Decatur Alabama man allegedly pulls knife on Wal-Mart employee during shoplifting attempt 08/18/2014
Police: man snaps picture under woman's skirt at Jacksonville Fla. Walmart 08/18/2014
Police search for woman who entered Silver Spring Twp. Pa. Wal-Mart with child, committed fraud 08/18/2014
Police seek man in Wal-Mart South Jackson Tenn. shoplifting incident 08/18/2014
Recall: Children’s water bottles sold at Wal-Mart, Target recalled 08/19/2014
NC woman accused of leaving baby in vehicle to shop at Walmart 08/19/2014
Caldwell Idaho woman: Snake found in Wal-Mart parking lot belongs to me 08/20/2014
Pa. Police need help identifying WalMart theft suspect 08/20/2014
PD: Man assaulted Denver Colorado Wal-Mart staff while fleeing robbery 08/20/2014
Purse snatching suspect targets woman at Ariz. Walmart 08/20/2014
New Mexico man steals Wal-Mart scooter, rides it to meet probation officer 08/20/2014
1 of 2 officers in Walmart shooting is back on job 08/20/2014
Victim's father reacts to Walmart video depicting son's death 08/20/2014
Use of Force Expert Explains What Grand Jury Will Hear in Walmart Shooting Case 08/20/2014
Man arrested after allegedly stealing TVs from two Utah Walmart stores 08/21/2014
Colorado Police Search For Bank Robber Who Headed To Walmart 08/21/2014
Montana Blotter: roommate tiff at WalMart ends in fisticuffs 08/21/2014
Police search for man wanted in attempted theft from Silver Spring Twp. Pa. Wal-Mart 08/21/2014
No injuries in Wednesday crash near Alaska Walmart 08/21/2014
Photos lead to arrest of Wisc. Walmart theft suspect 08/22/2014
Falmouth man accused of Mass. Walmart assault, shooting bow and arrow 08/22/2014
Police: Men arrested in rolling meth lab parked at NC Walmart 08/22/2014
Woman uses her daughters in an attempt to steal from Carlisle Pa. Walmart 08/25/2014
Update: Willis gets 1-15 years for firing on couple in Utah Walmart parking lot 08/25/2014
Thief takes $33,000 in cellphones from Missouri Wal-Mart 08/25/2014
DeWine, family's attorney respond to Ohio Walmart shooting 08/26/2014
Man banned from Kansas Wal-Mart after exposing himself 08/26/2014
4 wanted after stolen credit card used at west Nashville Tenn. Walmart 08/26/2014
Decatur Alabam police charge man in Wal-Mart computer theft; 2nd suspect still at large 08/26/2014
Woman escorts alleged Titusville Fla. Walmart peeper to store's security office 08/26/2014
Man stole laptop, bagels from West Shore Pa. Wal-Mart, fled scene in Harrisburg cab 08/26/2014
Alleged attack at Missoula Montana Walmart parking lot likely will leave 70-year-old blind in one eye 08/26/2014
Woman charged with shoplifting at NH Walmart 08/26/2014
Thieves target La. Walmart in mid-afternoon burglary 08/27/2014
Report: Woman run over at E. Second St. Reno Nev. Walmart 08/27/2014
OSHA reviews conflicting accounts, response time in Kalispell Montana Walmart worker's death 08/28/2014
Thief Caught on Camera Stealing TV’s from Pa. Walmart 08/28/2014
Couple suspected of ripping off 2 Walmarts in Washington State 08/28/2014
Walmart shooting draws Sharpton’s attention; activist coming to town 08/28/2014
Dozens of car batteries stolen from NE Philly Pa. Walmart 08/28/2014
Police: 3 take $4,710 in gift cards from Burlington Twp. NJ Walmart 08/29/2014
Man arrested in Fla. Walmart snatch and grab from 69-year-old woman 08/29/2014
Carbondale man sentenced to two years for Ill. Wal-Mart thefts and ordered to pay $1,523 restitution to Wal-Mart 08/29/2014
Ohio State Rep. Alicia Reece: Release Walmart shooting tape 08/29/2014
DeWine defends withholding video of Ohio Walmart shooting 08/29/2014
Brier Creek NC Walmart evacuated after small fire inside fast food restaurant 08/29/2014
Wanted: trio steal hundreds of dollars in items from Elizabethton Tenn. Walmart 08/29/2014
Firefighters respond to burning truck at Singing Hills Walmart in Sioux City Iowa 08/29/2014
Woman accused of stealing from Fla. Wal-Mart 08/30/2014
Walmart Protesters seek Boycott of Beavercreek, Greene Co. Ohio Businesses 08/30/2014
Beavercreek police supporters gather at Wal-Mart 08/31/2014
Waterford Conn. police look for two suspects in Walmart robbery 08/31/2014
Two-vehicle accident in Montana Walmart parking lot rolls SUV 08/31/2014