Monday, October 6, 2014
Wal-Mart Crime report September 2014
As usual there were about a dozen bomb threats this month, and, as far as I know, no actual bombs, especially competent ones. However, at the end of last month, there was a plea bargain for a past bomb threat and there was apparently a large crown and seventy letters in support of the person who made the bomb threat.
Yea the crowd supported defendant not Wal-Mart.
Apparently the defendant was a disgruntled customer who was upset when Wal-Mart refused to accept a return without all of its components. The article doesn't provide enough information to know for certain why all these people supported the defendant in this case but I wouldn't be surprised if it had something to do with large numbers of people that have had their own problems with returns and the low quality of merchandise at Wal-Mart. Even though I have personally done very little business at Wal-Mart I have seen enough first hand to know they have major problems with returns and this isn't the first time a disgruntled customer has made the news when he overreacted.
There was also another story about a disgruntled employee who overreacted when he was fired and drove his car into the store. This isn't the first time this has happened but when they do overreact it is more common for them to either go on shooting sprees or call in bomb threats although the most common overreactions are almost certainly not extreme enough to make the news.
Wal-Mart has indicated that they're aware they might have a problem with "active shooters" by teaming up with Texas police as part of their "Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training" program. This might seem helpful if it comes to minimizing the damage at the last minute; however it doesn't indicate that they're doing anything to address the root causes that precede many active shooting incidents. If anything it indicates that they're continuing to sweep many aspects of that under the rug.
Many of the past shooting incidents bomb threats and other violent interactions have involved robberies, domestic violence, disgruntled customers or employees; but they're not addressing any of these especially the ones where Wal-Mart might be partially contributing to it. When customers or employees have problems and try to address them through appropriate means it is extremely difficult to get results with their authoritarian management that follows orders from corporate offices made by people who don't seem to know what is happening in the stores.
Wal-Mart employees continue to face retaliation for their actions during some of these events and in Utah they have filed a lawsuit to defend their right to self defense. Several have been fired for not backing off. Without knowing the details of these incidents it is hard to tell their merits but if it is based on policies decided in the corporate office and the local people enforcing them have little discretion of their own, like many other past examples it could turn out to cause problems for them.
They have also faced retaliation for exposing when the company sells expired food.
Other employees continue to face retaliation for petty thefts and Wal-Mart often uses tax payer money to enforce this to the full extent of the law. In one case they had a pregnant employee continue working as a loss prevention officer and when she was pushed by a mother trying to steal baby items the shoplifter was charged of course but little consideration was given to whether they should have pregnant woman in that position at all. Surly they must know that loss prevention officers often face these problems and a closer look at how aggressive they should be is warranted.
Additional stories have turned up about tampered baby formula and a major lawsuit about PCBs is now pending. Wal-Mart is being investigated for seeking donations for political reasons in return for donation for employees in need. They don't pay enough to keep them out of need but it appears they might be willing to pay something if it includes a political benefit for themselves.
There are also plenty of updates about the shooting in Ohio which still hasn't received much national attention although it ahs recieved an enormous amount of local and grass roots attention from alternative media outlets.
Once again the behavior of Wal-Mart is considered so bad that large number of people haven't been able to sort out satire from the real news. A story about Wal-Mart taking over the police force for a Florida town was believed by so many that the police ahd to speak out and say that it was a satire, although a close look at the web sine shows a lot os similar stories. However Wal-Mart has been hiring so many off duty police officers and many real police officers seem to cater to Wal-Mart requests, often according to rules made by politicians collecting campaign money from Walmart, which might come indirectly from either employees or customers that never intended to donate to political causes.
Have you paid attention to what merchandise smells like in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart?
Apparently some kids were spraying Doe Urine on products there.
This isn't the first time a similar event happened; a few months ago in Washington state a man in drag was arrested for urinating on products there.
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 September 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.
Man confesses to Blount County Tenn. bomb threats dating back to January 08/20/2014
Man Arrested For Trying To Steal From Glenpool Ok. Walmart 09/01/2014
Woman charged with theft, trespass at NH Walmart 09/01/2014
Police: Over 2 dozen well-cared for pot plants found near Vt. Walmart store 09/02/2014
Police Arrest Man at gunpoint in SD Walmart Parking Lot 09/02/2014
Report: SC Walmart shoplifter tries to climb out cop car window while cuffed 09/22/2014
Tenn. Walmart employee accused of stealing thousands in merchandise 09/02/2014
Suspect sprays Tenn. Walmart employees with mace, flees with cash 09/02/2014
Former Wal-Mart Employee Faces Theft Charges in Union County 09/02/2014
Steamboat Srings Colorado Walmart evacuated after seizures 09/02/2014
Driver hits Walmart in Clearwater Fla. 09/02/2014
Judge denies restraining order in SD Walmart case 09/02/2014
Woman Arrested for Stealing from Pa. Walmart 09/02/2014
A tough time for Iowa Walmart: construction workers for emergency repair of Walmart get in knife fight at nearby hotel 09/02/2014
Two Orlando Fla. suspects plead guilty in $2M Sams Club, Wal-Mart scam 09/03/2014
DA: Drunk driver crashes car into Framingham Ma. Walmart 09/03/2014
Police say woman stole nearly $2,900 in goods from Pa. Walmart 09/03/2014
Man Wanted in Counterfeit Checks Case at Ashland Ky. Walmart 09/03/2014
Police looking for man accused of flashing teen at Ga. Walmart 09/03/2014
Police: Man steals money from Carlisle Pa. Walmart cash back machine 09/04/2014
Police in Carlisle Pa. looking for man who took $80 mistakenly left at Walmart 09/04/2014
Cops: Dad charged with neglect for leaving infant alone in Fla. Wal-Mart 09/04/2014
Saginaw Mich. man gets 6 years in prison for using knife in theft attempt at Walmart 09/04/2014
Gawker: Walmart Workers Rant About the "Nonsense" New Dress Code 09/03/2014
Lower Nazareth Pa. Walmart robbed of iPads by gunman 09/04/2014
Woman loses prepaid credit card at Ala. Wal-Mart; man uses it to buy a TV 09/05/2014
Police: Shoplifting suspects pepper sprayed SC Wal-Mart employee 09/05/2014
Police investigate false report of bomb in Kennewick Washington State Walmart 09/05/2014
Mom arrested for leaving toddler, 18-month-old twins in hot van outside Va. Walmart 09/05/2014
Tiffin Ohio Walmart closed after early morning fire 09/05/2014
Fugitive arrested in Del. Wal-Mart, police say 09/05/2014
Shelby County Alabama woman arrested for allegedly producing meth in Wal-Mart parking lot 09/05/2014
14 Laid Off By Arkansas Toy Car Maker in Blow to Wal-Mart's 'Made in USA' Initiative 09/05/2014
Police arrest man who allegedly tried to stab NM Wal-Mart employee with hypodermic needle 09/05/2014
NC father accused of leaving baby in car to shop at Walmart 09/05/2014
Stroudsburg Pa. designer says Wal-Mart is selling copies of her toys 09/0/2014
Police arrest pair for shoplifting at NH Walmart 09/06/2014
Omaha Nebraska Walmart, Employee Robbed At Gunpoint 09/06/2014
Man accused of stealing car from Fla. Wal-Mart parking lot 09/06/2014
Report: 18-year-old shot in parking lot of Goldsboro NC Walmart 09/07/2014
Police investigate death at Walmart in Berlin Delaware 09/07/2014
Thieves heist TV’s from Waterford Conn. Wal-Mart 09/08/2014
Criminal charges possible after fire at Walmart store in Tiffin Ohio 09/08/2014
Drug deal gone wrong leaves man's head bleeding at Athens Alabama Wal-Mart, police say 09/08/2014
Stroudsburg Pa. designer touts evidence: Rival bought her wares to copy for Wal-Mart 09/09/2014
Newport man arrested after allegedly photographing child in Me. Walmart bathroom 09/09/2014
Woman accused of using fake money at Fla. Walmart 09/09/2014
Walmart and Walgreens Won't Stop Selling Smokes, But Will The Decision Backfire? 09/09/2014
Fugitive in 2012 case arrested leaving Clearlake Ca. Wal-Mart 09/10/2014
Woman accused of stealing motorized Mich. Wal-Mart wheelchair, driving off with allegedly stolen items 09/10/2014
Richmond Tx. Walmart evacuated after workers report dizziness 09/10/2014
Woman Admits to Stealing Toothpaste From Del. Walmart 09/10/2014
Tacoma Wash. council violated open meetings law on anti-Walmart moratorium, developer alleges in lawsuit 09/10/2014
Fla. Walmart manager accused of sexually assaulting employee 09/10/2014
Armed robber hits newly reopened Walmart in eastern New Orleans, La., police say 09/1/2014
2 pedestrians struck in front of Walmart in Vineland, N.J. 09/11/2014
Walmart sign on dress code made fun of 09/11/2014
Mom arrested after leaving 2 kids in car at Villa Rica Ga. Walmart 09/11/2014
Retiree stalked and masturbated near Fla. Walmart shopper, police say 09/1/2014
Montana Walmart gun theft suspect in Yellowstone County jail, faces federal charges 09/11/2014
Large alligator captured near Leland NC Walmart 09/11/2014
Detectives: Suspect In Riverbank Murder Arrested At Turlock Ca. Walmart 09/11/2014
Police Investigating Attempted Kidnapping At San Marcos Tx. Walmart 09/11/2014
Bethlehem man accused of stealing $1,600 in baby formula from Whitehall Pa. Walmart 09/12/2014
Husband goes after purse snatcher at Tx. Walmart 09/12/2014
Man wanted for stealing credit cards from cars, using them at Newport News Va. Walmart stores 09/12/2014
Gas leak prompts Washington State WalMart evacuation 09/12/2014
Deputies: Man tries to use stolen credit card at NC Walmart 09/12/2014
Lake Hallie Wisc. Wal-Mart customer gets tased twice after causing disturbance 09/13/2014
Body Of Man Found In Trunk Of Car At Walmart In Riverside Ca. 09/13/2014
Fla. Walmart employees attacked during theft, suspects sought 09/15/2014
Second Tenn. Harvest Food Bank asking for votes in Walmart grant initiative 09/15/2014
Wal-Mart Spokesman Said to Resign Over Resume Falsehood 09/16/2014
Robbers slash a man's face in a Utah Walmart parking lot overnight 09/16/2014
Men stole 165 used car batteries in NC Walmart break-in, Raleigh police charge 09/16/2014
Three arrested in SC Walmart parking lot purse snatching 09/16/2014
Wal-Mart settles NY false advertising case; stores sold Coca-Cola at inflated price, claimed it was due to 'Sugar Tax' 09/16/2014
Going shopping at an Alabama Walmart? Add car insurance to the list 09/16/2014
Springfield Mass. police seek public's help as they seek 2 men suspected of stealing $710 from Boston Road Walmart cash register 09/16/2014
2 inmates who fled work detail caught at Va. Wal-Mart 09/16/2014
NC Walmart protest group continues work on plan of action 09/16/2014
Two injured in crash at Wal-Mart in East Stroudsburg Pa. 09/17/2014
Firefighters called to Nebraska Walmart for possible gas leak 09/17/2014
Houston Tx. Walmart and Mississippi businesses target of bomb scare 09/17/2014
Corrections officer charged, resigns after alleged theft of Legos from Nebraska Wal-Mart 09/18/2014
Rape suspect arrested at Walmart in Ridgeland Mississippi 09/18/2014
Suspect takes beer, diapers from Tucson Ariz. Walmart 09/18/2014
Bomb threat leads to evacuation of Roeland Park Ka. Walmart 09/18/2014
Surveillance cameras capture dramatic rollover crash in Ga. Walmart parking lot 09/18/2014
2 wanted for multiple Tenn. Walmart thefts 09/1/2014
Jackson Miss. judge: Shoplifters banned from Walmart 09/19/2014 For stealing fourteen pairs of underwear or items that totaled a few dollars.
Nebraska Supreme Court rules in favor of Walmart in worker's death 09/19/2014
Shoplifting suspect stabs loss prevention employee with scissors at Wal-Mart in Roebuck Alabama 09/20/2014
Ontario Walmart ups security measures 09/21/2014
Walmart at 85th & Minn. Sioux Falls South Dakota in court over ballot language 09/20/2014
Police: Man steals 2 rifles from Virginia Beach Walmart 09/23/2014
Police looking for man who robbed Charlotte NC Walmart 09/23/2014
Shoplifter arrested at NH Walmart 09/22/2014
Woman charged with battery for striking her child in Ind. Wal-Mart 09/23/2014
NC man confesses to 1997 Ariz. murder after receiving texts from Walmart 09/23/2014
Lizella Ga. women hurt in robbery outside Wal-Mart 09/23/2014
Police seek ID of RI Walmart counterfeiting suspect 09/24/2014
New Jersey family claims 3-year-old son found porn on tablet from Walmart (VIDEO) 09/24/2014
Boyd gets fourth competency exam in Neenah Wisc. Walmart shooting 09/24/2014
WCSO seeking suspect in Fla. Wal-Mart thefts 09/24/2014
Six computers stolen from Oakwood Ga. Wal-Mart 09/24/2014
Police arrest suspect in attempted Tx. Walmart kidnapping 09/25/2014
NJ Cops: 2 stole Wal-Mart filing cabinet containing $3K in drugs 09/25/2014
Loiterers arrested in Ga. Walmart lot 09/25/2014
Employees face 99 charges in thefts at Ind. Wal-Mart 09/26/2014
Cops: Man tries to pass fake $100 at Burlington Twp. NJ Wal-Mart, Party City 09/25/2014
Police: Tenn. Walmart security guard shot man who was stealing beer 09/26/2014
CMPD: Man accused in NC Walmart robbery tied to several other crimes 09/26/2014
Man charged with sex crimes against boys inside Henrico Va. Walmart 09/26/2014
Wal-Mart Markets Face Opposition in Northeast Mississippi 09/26/2014
Two wanted for stealing DVDs, Blu-Rays from Tabb Va. Walmart 09/26/2014
Craigslist transaction turns violent in Ga. Walmart parking lot 09/26/2014
Fla. Police: Woman stole Wal-Mart crates, tried to ram managers with truck 09/27/2014
Robber hits Overland Park Kansas Walmart store 09/27/2014
Teens arrested for Parkouring on top of Utica NY Walmart 09/28/2014
Yuma Ariz. Council to eye petition against Walmart plan 09/28/2014
Police search for armed man who robbed Orlando Fla. Walmart 09/29/2014
Bomb threat prompts evacuation at Kansas Wal-Mart 09/16/2014
Bomb threat clears Clovis Ca. Walmart 09/17/2014
Whitehall Ohio Authorities Investigate Report of Bomb Threat at Walmart 09/21/2014
Police investigate bomb threat at Alliance Ohio Walmart 09/22/2014
Niles Mich. Walmart reopens after bomb threat 09/26/2014
Bomb threat evacuates Ga. Walmart 09/26/2014
Police: Man called in bomb threat at Walmart in Orlando Fla. 09/30/2014
Fishing line prank injures toddler at a Oklahoma Walmart 09/29/2014
Man Caught on Camera Stealing Cash from Pa. Walmart Register 09/29/2014
Attorney: 'Appalling' for Wal-Mart to blame Morgan 09/30/2014
Suspects sought for larceny at Reidsville NC Walmart 09/30/2014
U.S. Judge Says Wal-Mart Must Face Mexican-Bribe Claims 09/30/2014
Following mistrial, new trial begins for Lewisberry man accused of indecent assault of 2-year-old at Pa. Walmart 09/30/2014
Three face charges after incident at East Greenbush NY Walmart 09/30/2014
Bomb Threat Briefly Closes Manchester, New Hampshire Walmart 09/30/2014