Monday, November 3, 2014
Wal-Mart Crime report October 2014
Walmart has had their share of shootings this month as well as at least one hit and run which led to a SWAT stand off at the home of the person that left Walmart afterward. There were the usual number of bomb threats, which will inevitably rise more for the holidays; and one exceptionally detailed one where they demanded money be loaded onto a designated card. Don't they know that can be traced? Not that it matters; as usual when they didn't get what they wanted nothing happened. They also had another chase that resulted in a highway crash because of stolen baby formula.
I don't know if anyone is keeping track of how often major shootings or crashes result from petty theft, besides me I guess.
One of the Walmart employees that attempted to stop a shoplifter was pepper sprayed again. Another police video was shown on the internet where they tasered an elderly shoplifter raising doubts about how much trouble the police should go to arrest people for stealing from Walmart.
The people involved in the white collar crimes or suppressing wages and reducing consumers rights are practically never held to these standards, or even held accountable at all; if they were then perhaps this amount of force might be justifiable but there would probably be less crime or need for it, since white collar crime leads to more poverty and blue collar crime.
Grist has reported once again on how Walmart's attempt at green-washing is misleading like just about all of their other propaganda advertising. Their use of solar is a step in the right direction but proportionately it isn't nearly as much as many smaller businesses apparently; and others have reported that even if this is helpful it doesn't make up for the enormous amount of energy to ship products half way around the world or that it is lower quality and has to be replaced two or three times as often as many items used to be.
Someone in West Virginia apparently bought contaminated water that was tampered with. This is just one of many ways that Walmart has had problems with saboteurs of one sort or another. It is difficult to know why they get so many but there have been plenty of stories to indicate that a certain percentage of them are resentful about one of Walmart's policies or another.
This isn't limited to Walmart, of course, but the responses from Walmart often seem much more out of touch than many other stores, even other big-box stores. This is almost certainly because the decisions are made in the corporate office by people that probably don't know how they're carried out in the stores, or factories and they're carried out in a strict authoritarian manner. Their workers don't appear to use any discretion of their own; and their have been numerous stories to indicate that it is because their policies discourage that.
This could create a lot of problems with simple things like whether they need a receipt or not for returned items; which apparently some people have been taking stuff off the shelf and going to the return counter and getting credits without ever paying for them. Is this something that could only happen at Walmart?
If they still make profits with all these problems it is because they have been cutting so many corners with their imports that they have much larger mark ups than they used to. This has been reported in numerous books that have exposed their scandals and it comes with a cost in lower quality of merchandise which they couldn't compete with if the market wasn't divided up by big-box oligarchies.
This could also explain their latest embarrassment; their website has apparently been marketing "Fat Girl Costumes;" or at least they were until the inevitable outrage spread through the internet. The initial response was an obvious automated response by someone that didn't seem to understand what was happening, or perhaps didn't care.
If you were the one that worked there and heard about this would you care?
Would you wonder what now or what next?
Apologizes for "Islamic" Halloween costume?
Perhaps what's next could be an HIV infected person threatening to infect their loss prevention officers over eleven dollars worth of merchandise; or perhaps that was the last crazy thing to happen there.
Some one did what with a stuffed animal at Walmart? And put it back??
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 October 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.
Sevierville Tenn. police looking for suspects in jewelry theft from Walmart 10/01/2014
Police: Thefts at Two Walmart Pa. Stores Connected 10/01/2014
Couple harassed by men with rifle in Tx. Walmart parking lot 10/01/2014
Judge dismisses lawsuit over Sioux Falls SD Wal-Mart 10/01/2014
Walmart responds to BCI report 10/01/2014
Marysville police investigate shooting at Washington State Walmart parking lot 10/01/2014
String of Ill. Walmart thefts may have come to end 10/01/2014
Police arrest man who threatened Rio Rancho NM Walmart patrons 10/01/2014
Teen arrested after Pa. Walmart bomb threat 10/01/2014 The suspect has been charged with “threat to use weapons of mass destruction” and “terroristic threats.”
Deputies: Man stole security cams from St. Pete Fla. Walmart 10/01/2014
Naples Fla. man steals over 40 items from Walmart 10/0/2014
Report: Woman charged with drug possession after stealing Halloween decorations at Ga. Walmart 10/01/2014
Suspect attempts to stab Va. Walmart employee 10/01/2014
Two RI women accused of shoplifting spree at North Attleboro Ma. Walmart 10/01/2014
Three wanted for stealing TV from Virginia Beach Walmart 10/02/2014
Police, Wal-Mart partner to reduce crime in Burlington NC 10/02/2014
Mother and son accused of stealing electronics from Casper Wy. Wal-Marts 10/02/2014
Fire at Ruthrauff Ariz. Walmart extinguished, store remains closed 10/03/2014
Judge: Man who attacked with hatchet in Marshall Tx. Wal-Mart insane 10/03/2014
Police: Thieves try to rip off Winter Haven Fla. Walmart 10/03/2014
Snake hitches a ride to Ohio Walmart 10/03/2014
Man running from Ill. Wal-Mart jumps onto hood of a car 10/03/2014
Person wanted for shoplifting from Tabb Va. Walmart 10/03/2014
Wal-Mart Plan Generating Lots of Comments to Iowa Politicians 10/03/2014
Siblings charged with stealing iPads from Monroe NJ Walmart 10/03/2014
New video and pictures from Beavercreek Ohio Wal-Mart shooting 10/03/2014
Open Carry rally held in front of Beavercreek Ohio Walmart 10/05/2014
Protestors block police entrance after Beavercreek Walmart meeting 10/08/2014
Officers in riot gear at Walmart shooting protest 10/08/2014
Walmart security guard beaten during robbery in Greensboro NC 10/03/2014
Bomb threat at Rosemead Ca. Walmart proves unfounded 10/03/2014
Colorado Walmart customer finds razor-sharp blade in pumpkin 10/03/2014 Cassidy York and her mother started their trip Friday to the Rimrock Walmart hoping to find a great pumpkin, with Halloween just a month away. Instead they say they got more of a scare,..
Tracy Morgan hits back at Walmart 10/03/2014
Midtown Anchorage Alaska Wal-Mart warned by APD about excessive nuisance calls 10/05/2014 He said the CAP team has found, through surveillance, "Wal-Mart is selling a significant amount of alcohol to these chronic inebriates," and the number of calls for service to the store have spiked significantly.
Janesville Wisc. Walmart closed for bomb threat 10/06/2014
Brodhead man accused of bomb threat to Janesville Wisc. Wal-Mart 10/15/2014
Police Blotter: Possession with intent to distribute in Denville; disorderly conduct outside Hanover NJ Walmart 10/05/2014
Mayor: No one on Cedar Rapids Iowa council supports new Wal-Mart proposal 10/06/2014
Parents say man exposed himself to young girls at Charlotte NC Walmart .... Again 10/06/2014
Walmart to offer health insurance shopping 10/06/2014
BOLO Alert issued for man accused of Missoula Montana Walmart attack 10/06/2014
KPD: Man wanted for felony shoplifting at Fort Henry Drive Tenn. Walmart 10/06/2014
Former prisoner from Kent County allegedly uses crowbar in Fruitport Mich. Wal-Mart smash-and-grab 10/07/2014
Robber Makes Off With Pills from Tenn. Walmart Pharmacy 10/07/2014
Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for 30,000 part-timers (Video) 10/08/2014
Man leaves Wal-Mart with a stranger's purse, Mobile Alabama police ask for help identifying him 10/08/2014
Man arrested after allegedly trying to steal two TVs from Fla. Wal-Mart 10/08/2014
Police Bust Spider-Man Shoplifting Suspect After Joy Ride in Ohio Walmart Power Chair 10/08/2014
No explosives found in Cottonwood Ariz. Walmart bomb threat 10/08/2014
Accused 'eyeshadow thief' arrested again for shoplifting at Ark. Walmart 10/08/2014
Woman attacked outside Ariz. Walmart files lawsuit 10/09/2014 Tucson Police public records show the address has an extensive history of crime reports, before the attack. Watkins says, "We found that there were over 450 police calls to the 455 Wetmore location, in just a two year period."
Pinellas County Fla. deputies looking for Wal-Mart attempted shoplifting suspects 10/09/2014
Man charged with multiple TV thefts at Ill. Wal-Mart 10/09/2014
Tiffin arrested, charged with arson in Sept. 5 fire at Ohio Walmart Supercenter 10/09/2014
Robber with gun grabs money at Crowley Tx. Walmart 10/09/2014
Why Walmart Workers Losing Healthcare Might Not Be Bad 10/10/2014
Bomb Threat At Nebraska City Walmart 10/10/2014
Crossville Tenn. Police search for suspect in connection with Walmart theft 10/10/2014
Ky. Woman allegedly stole $15,000 in Walmart gift cards to pay for heroin 10/10/2014
Hudson NH Police Seek Woman Wanted For Wal-Mart Return Scam 10/11/2014
Police: Suspicious backpack found outside Pasadena Tx. Walmart 10/11/2014
Two charged with trying to steal items from Fla. Wal-Mart 10/11/2014
Fire forces evacuation of Spring Tx. Walmart 10/12/2014
Reported Robbery Sends Police to Nebraska Walmart 10/12/2014
Three wanted for theft at Walmart on Nimmo Pkwy Virginia Beach Va. 10/13/2014
Man jailed following arrest at Fl;a. Wal-Mart 10/13/2014
3 thieves ripoff Ill. Walmart 10/13/2014
Suspects Sought in Tenn. Walmart Theft 10/13/2014
Sheriff’s reports: Bomb threat at Commerce Mich. Walmart 10/13/2014
Denver Colorado police trying to ID attempted shoplifting suspect accused of assaulting Walmart employees 10/13/2014
Michael Brown protesters attempt to shut down Maplewood Missouri Wal-Mart 10/13/2014
Person wanted for stealing from Yorktown Va. Walmart 10/14/2014
Persons of interest wanted in Tx. Walmart store fire 10/14/2014
Jersey City man attempts to shoplift two cell phones from Bayonne NJ Walmart: police 10/15/2014
Surveillance image shows man stealing TV from Mich. Walmart, deputies say 10/15/2014
13 Investigates: EPA reveals details of PCB test results at Ind. Walmart warehouse 10/15/2014
San Leandro Ca. Police Seek Man Suspected Of Inappropriately Touching Girls At Target, Walmart 10/15/2014
Several St. Louis Missouri area Walmart locations locked-up ammunition during weekend protests 10/16/2014
Wal-Mart lowers revenue outlook for year 10/15/2014 Shares of Wal-Mart closed down 3.6 percent, their worst one-day drop in nearly two years.
Low-Wage Workers To Protest Outside Walmart Billionaire Alice Walton's NYC Home 10/16/2014
Officials: 'All clear' at Northport Alabama Walmart after bomb threat 10/16/2014
Panhandler arrested after fight over turf at Montana Wal-Mart 10/16/2014
Woman steals 67-year-old's necklace in Delaware Walmart parking lot 10/16/2014
South Dade Fla. Walmart Project Could Kill Endangered Species 10/17/2014
South Jordan Utah cops nab Wal-Mart robbers in 20 minutes 10/17/2014
Banned from Walmart: Port St. Lucie Fla. police say man recorded images of women's panties 10/17/2014
Cocaine charge for man who was allegedly stealing from Walmart in Rantoul Ill. 10/17/2014
Woman hit by car, killed in Nevada Wal-Mart parking lot 10/17/2014
Ky. Wal-Mart employee injured in hit-and-run 10/17/2014
Suspect sought in theft of wallet at Waveland Mississippi Wal-Mart 10/19/2014
Man arrested for video voyeurism after woman says he took cellphone photo up her skirt at Jacksonville Fla. Wal-Mart 10/20/2014
Algonquin Wal-Mart evacuated after bomb threat 10/20/2014
Deputies investigate rifle theft at Va. Walmart 10/21/2014
Domestic altercation leads to stabbing in Nevada Walmart parking lot 10/21/2014
Police seek man who flashed teen girl at SC Wal-Mart 10/21/2014
Police: Josh Young charged with shoplifting at Ky. Walmart 10/22/2014
Man accused of killing mother in Massachusetts arrested in Belmont NC Walmart 10/22/2014
Police Blotter: Urinating in front of Walmart in Hanover NJ 10/21/2014
Police: Man Took Upskirt Photo at SC Walmart 10/22/2014
Alleged Colorado Walmart purse snatchers caught 10/22/2014
Westfield Mass. police seek public's help in ID'ing Walmart larceny suspect 10/22/2014
Man stabbed near downtown Long Beach Ca. Walmart 10/22/2014
Peoria man gets 23 years for armed robbery in East Peoria Ill. Walmart parking lot 10/22/2014
Police: Woman stole wallet, used cards at Fla. Walmart 10/23/2014
Mechanic Falls woman killed by tractor-trailer in Auburn Me. Walmart parking lot 10/23/2014
Havre Montana Walmart bomb scare ends without incident 10/23/2014
Neenah Wisc. woman ruled competent in 2013 Walmart shooting 10/23/2014
Should You Do All of Your Shopping at Walmart? 10/24/2014
Video surveillance photos lead to capture of Hoover Alabama Walmart robbery and assault suspects 10/24/2014
Sex offender charged with exposing himself at Burlington NC Walmart 10/24/2014
Meth pipe found in SD Walmart dressing room 10/24/2014
Man accused of leaving Fla. Wal-Mart with cart full of unpaid 10/24/2014
Yuma Ariz. Wal-Mart evacuated after bomb threat 10/25/2014
Man accused of trying to steal TV from Fla. Wal-Mart 10/25/2014
Victim speaks out about Orange Co. Fla. Wal-Mart robbery attack 10/25/2014
Alleged incident at Ky. Wal-Mart leaves man facing sexual abuse charges 10/24/2014
Shoplifter caught at Id. Walmart 10/26/2014
Silver Spring Twp. police search for two women accused of Pa. Wal-Mart retail theft 10/26/2014
Suffolk Va. Police investigating shoplifting case at Wal-Mart 10/26/2014
Police: Man stole from NC Walmart 10/27/2014
Flasher strikes for third time at Arboretum NC Walmart 10/28/2014
McCandless Pa. citizens group fighting Walmart store loses one round 10/28/2014
Man trying to shoplift food pepper sprays SD Walmart employees, then flees 10/28/2014
Bismarck ND Police trying to identify alleged scammer 10/28/2014
Shoppers upset after Walmart refuses to give them $100 gift cards they bought for $10 10/28/2014 "This mistake is being made by a person putting together a button on a web site, these kinds of mistakes are more and more common," Tiede said.
OhioWalmart worker accused of reducing prices 10/29/2014
NC Walmart 2013 shooting suspect gets nearly 98 years 10/29/2014
Albuquerque NM police looking for 3 suspects who stole cash drop safe from Wal-Mart Wed. morning 10/29/2014
Woman Arrested for Smashing Displays at Gainesville Fla. Walmart 10/30/2014
Wal-Mart to close 30 underperforming stores in Japan 10/30/2014
North Kingstown Police look for man who exposed himself in RI Wal-Mart 10/30/2014
Bomb Threat shuts down Tx. Walmart 10/30/2014
Wal-Mart bringing Black Friday to Halloween weekend 10/31/2014
Rincon Ga. Police: Not-so-nice neighbors and 3 different cases of sticky fingers at Walmart 10/31/2014
Gilbert Ariz. Walmart manager writes book about working retail 10/31/2014
Man fleeing Fla. Walmart security carries toddler into pond 10/31/2014
Woman robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a metro Okla. Walmart, police looking for suspect 10/31/2014
Lufkin Tx. Police officers arrest man suspected of Walmart arson 10/31/2014
Walmart apologizes for "Islamic" Halloween costume 10/31/2014