Monday, December 1, 2014

Wal-Mart Crime report November 2014 Holiday Madness begins early

Black Friday riots have become an annual tradition; however so have Black Friday protests and during the holiday shopping weekend they seem to have drowned out the stories about fighting shoppers. You might think the police might be thankful, since they seem to be far more rational and civil than the customers in past years and many of the irrational customers seem to have done their share of excessive road rage incidents, stabbings, shootings, shoplifting's, chases and crashes among other things including bomb threats and fires earlier in the month although they continued through the holidays of course.

The police in Pennsylvania and Tulsa Oklahoma have both reported that crime has been escalating at Wal-Mart and that they're attempting to work with them to address the problems there. The police in Pennsylvania claim that although they have a lot of problems there the benefits outweighs the trouble. After reading their own report and others it is hard to see how they came to that conclusion.

I'm not completely ruling out the possibility that they might be responding indirectly to political pressure.

It wouldn't be hard to find an enormous amount of circumstantial evidence to support this hypothesis.

There was at least one more incident where a police officer, or former police officer was involved in the use of excessive force, where he is being investigated for firing a gun that may have been stolen from the Sheriff's Office and there were also two other stories where police say that the amount of force at Wal-Mart used in previous months was justified; this was in addition to the Michael Brown case which wasn't at Walmart.

Ironically there was one police officer that felt the need to justify calling off a police chance and explain that no one was hurt and they had the evidence they needed to pursue the suspect without risk to the public. There have been many other cases where they get into high speed chances and crashes where people are hurt often over shoplifting or other relatively minor incidents that escalate when the police get involved, including at least one or two this month and the police seem less likely to feel the need to justify those incidents.

Walmart has opened up their 5,000 store in the US and they claim that they have seen their first increase in sales in seven quarters; however Forbes magazine has indicated that it is only a modest increase and that they might expect more troubles competing for holiday shoppers this year. As usual the quick reports about holiday sales are good; but some indicate that they're dropping compared to previous years; and the ones from public relations spokespeople rarely even seem credible anymore, exept perhaps to those that don't pay much if any attention.

Walmart's public relations is constantly turning into a bigger disaster all the time.

They've been exposed for their Inhumane Policies for Pregnant Workers again, after a worker told reporters about having miscarriage after being ordered to stay on regular duty lifting heavy items; they've been exposed selling items marked ‘Made In USA’ that are allegedly made in China again; they've been caught asking workers to donate to each other again; and they fired a worker for donating items to the poor that were meant for the trash.

I can't imagine what they could be thinking; or if they're thinking at all.

Their defense for the charity box for their workers is that they don't plan that in the corporate office.

Do they actually think that might help or hurt them even more?

A Forbes writer says "The Waltons Deserve Their Hundred Fifty Billion; The Rest Of Us Gain $5 Trillion From Walmart's Existence" and Walmart's President, CEO say “It’s absolutely appropriate that we open at 6 p.m.” on Thanksgiving night. Do they ever suspect that they might not be living in the same world as the vast majority of the public?

An enormous amount of people are outraged by Walmart's behavior, yet they act as if there is no problem; perhaps the overdue drop in sales and massive protests are the only thing that can get their attention, at least until we have major political reform in this country. One Michigan town was forced to settle a law suit for not allowing Walmart but others aren't letting that deter them when resisting Walmarts new stores and it is highly unlikely that they can get much higher than their 5,000 store mark before declining. In fact same store sales have been declining for years.

Some of these outraged customers and workers are resorting to extreme measures since they seem to see how difficult it is to get their concerns addressed, including close to, if not more than two dozen bomb threats this month including at least one that was obviously from a disgruntled customer and another from an employee.

However the vast majority of the protesters are peaceful and if the police continue to arrest them without addressing their concerns it will become increasingly obvious that the political establishment and police are overwhelmingly giving corporations like Walmart and other campaign donors preferential treatment at the expense of the vast majority of the public.

If they did a better job addressing the legitimate issues that many consumers and workers have with Walmart then it is virtually guaranteed that they would have much fewer problems and research into past activities and rising crime when Walmart comes to town supports this assumption.

Walmart also had to explain why mouse traps were found on the shelves next to their food. Apparently their defense was that they usually keep them under the shelves where customer usually can't see them; but someone must have moved it.

Have you ever wondered if the rib eye steaks at Wal-Mart were put back in the cooler after a man drives around the store sitting on them in an attempt to steal them?

Has anyone besides Gallagher smashed a watermelon or thrown it at you in Walmart to distract people while trying to steal cereal?

Last month someone was caught on camera masturbating with a stuffed animal and leaving it for others; this month they just set the stuffed animals on fire; but a different sex offender came up with something even worse, which I'm sure many Walmart workers might want to avoid in the future.

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 November 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 attempts to kill estranged wife in Tennessee Sam's Club parking lot 01/11/2014

Argument leads to shooting at Alaska Walmart 09/08/2014

Drunk man threatens to shoot people inside Indiana Walmart 09/20/2014

Deputy shoots and kills gunman in Washington Walmart parking lot 09/30/2014

Walmart customer robbed at gunpoint in Florida 10/02/2014

Masked gunman robs Walmart gas station in New Orleans 10/03/2014

Officer shot by shoplifter inside Alabama Walmart 10/05/2014

Two men steal rifles in Christmas tree box at Kentucky Walmart store 10/11/2014

Man robbed at gunpoint for game system in Oklahoma Walmart parking lot; shot fired 10/22/2014

Two charged with shoplifting at NH Walmart 11/02/2014

Woman allegedly steals 29 items from NY Walmart 11/03/2014

Shirtless suspect arrested after purse snatcher punches woman outside Ill. Walmart 11/03/2014

Crime of the Week: Theft-turned-robbery at Tx. Wal-Mart 11/05/2014

Trussville Alabama police arrest 2 who rammed police cruisers after reported theft at Walmart 11/04/2014

TRUSSVILLE, Alabama - Two men who crashed into two Trussville Police Department cruisers during an attempted getaway at Walmart Monday night are expected to be formally charged today.

One was taken into custody at the scene. The other was captured a short time later after a brief foot chase into a nearby wooded area, said Trussville police Capt. Jeff Bridges.

One police officer was slightly injured during the chase. Complete article

S. Fla. Walmart employee arrested for stealing 11/04/2014

Man arrested for alleged theft at Dickinson Ill. Walmart 11/04/2014

The Smoking Gun: Nebraska Woman, 36, Jailed For Walmart Parking Spot Rage Incident 11/04/2014

Incensed that fellow shoppers took a spot she was waiting for in a Walmart parking lot, a Nebraska motorist subsequently sped toward the duo in her PT Cruiser, striking one of the victims, cops allege.

According to a Lincoln Police Department report, Julie and Christopher Weakly pulled into the parking spot Saturday evening, unaware that Kimberly Pankratius was waiting for it. In response, the 36-year-old Pankratius pulled up alongside the duo’s vehicle and called them “douche bags,” cops noted.

Julie Weakly, 40, told police that she and her husband ignored Pankratius’s comments “and continued walking towards the store.” Christopher Weakly, 39, said that he “inadvertently” took the spot for which Pankratius was waiting.

As they approached Walmart, both Weaklys heard tires squealing and saw Pankratius (seen at right) speeding towards them. As the car turned in front of them, Julie was struck in the arm by the driver’s side mirror. The impact caused the mirror to break and hang off the vehicle. Though she was in pain, Weakly declined medical treatment. Complete article

Teen Arrested in Stuffed Toy Animal Fire at Walmart 11/05/2014

A 13-year-old has been arrested after allegedly starting an arson fire in Glendora on Wednesday morning.

One person was treated at the scene for "shortness of breath," but there were no injuries following the incident at Wal-Mart at 1950 Auto Center Drive, which was reported just after midnight according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Some teddy bears were set alight on a shelf at the rear of the 24-hour store, but a quick thinking customer was able to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived. The busy store was evacuated for almost three hours while the scene was dealt with. It is estimated the damage to the store is in the $200 range. Complete article

Trial Moved For Pope County Constable Accused Of Destroying Ark. Walmart shopping car corral last July 11/04/2014

80-year-old woman mugged outside Overland Park Kan. Walmart chased after thief 11/04/2014

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Police want to find the man who ruthlessly robbed an 80-year-old woman outside of an Overland Park Walmart Monday evening, Nov. 3.

Police have a hat that they say the man was wearing and hope someone will recognize it and help identify him.

Sharon Henderson was heading into Walmart off of 117th and Metcalf just before five Monday night when someone came up from behind her and snatched her belongings. Complete article

Workers deliver petition for $15 wage at MV Ca.'s Walmart 11/03/2014

Mount Airy NC Walmart evacuated for 'emergency situation' or bomb threat from "disgruntled customer" 11/04/2014

Mount Airy’s Walmart store on Highway 601 was evacuated Sunday evening as emergency responders searched the store in the wake of a phoned-in bomb threat.

According to Captain Alan Freeman of the Mount Airy Police Department, police were called to the store shortly before 7 p.m.

“The call was reported… at 6:52 p.m.,” he said. “It came in to the Walmart store and was transferred to one of their departments.”

According to Freeman, police believe the call was from a disgruntled customer.

“It sounded like (the caller) was irate with someone in that department, and right before they hung up the individual said there was a bomb in the building,” he said. Complete article

Police arrest suspect in NM Walmart road rage incident 11/03/2014

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man is in jail, accused of ramming his car into another man due to road rage.

According to a criminal complaint, a car cut off another car in a Walmart parking lot on Saturday afternoon. Both drivers blame each other.

One thing witnesses agree on is the driver in the other vehicle and a passenger started following Joshua Apodaca around the parking lot and kicked Apodaca’s car.

Witnesses told police Apodaca then rammed his car into one of the men which sent him flying over the windshield. Apodaca faced a judge Sunday where his bond was raised to $40,000. Complete article

26 arrested for protesting outside Walmart billionaire's New York home 10/16/2014

Police looking for 2 in attempted Va. Beach Walmart heist 11/02/2014

Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge 10/29/2014

Man allegedly stole from NY Walmart, ran off 11/04/2014

“I cannot continue to live and work like this”: How Wal-Mart drove me to shut down Park Avenue Despite having a job, I forgo electricity in the summer. My car was repossessed. My day-to-day life would shock you 10/29/2014

Clovis Ca. man on seven-year crusade against Wal-Mart 10/23/2014

Walmart opens 5,000th U.S. store in Greenbrier Ark. 11/05/2014

GREENBRIER, Ark. (November 4, 2014) - A new Walmart Neighborhood Market in Greenbrier opened as the 5,000th Walmart store in the U.S. Wednesday. Complete article

Former Richmond County Deputy Charged With Firing Gun Into Ga. Walmart Store 11/05/2014

A Richmond County Sheriff's Office spokesperson tells us a former deputy has been arrested and charged after allegedly discharging a firearm into a Walmart store.

We are told Jessie Jackson was arrested early Wednesday morning after he reportedly fired a weapon in the Walmart store located on Deans Bridge Road, in Augusta. ....

WJBF News Channel 6 has learned the shotgun that a former Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputy allegedly fired into the garden center of a local Walmart store was missing from the Sheriff's Office. Complete article

Deputy filmed striking suspect last August in Berea SC Walmart resigns 11/05/2014

The Greenville County deputy who was filmed striking a suspect on the floor of the Walmart on White Horse Road in August has resigned, according to the Sheriff's Office.

No charges are being filed, Sheriff's Office spokeman Jonathan Smith said.

The deputy, who was placed on administrative leave after the incident, resigned Wednesday, Smith said. Complete article

Sheriff's deputy filmed striking Walmart suspect didn't use excessive force, SC solicitor says 11/06/2014

A Greenville County sheriff's deputy filmed striking a man at a Walmart store on White Horse Road didn't use excessive force or display criminal intent in subduing the suspect after a reported disturbance, 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins said Thursday.

Meanwhile, an attorney for the suspect, 32-year-old Sandon Sierad, said Sierad "was a key part of highly trained hostage rescue units" in the U.S. military and has suffered symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, ever since.

2 arrested in connection with Utah Wal-Mart robberies 11/05/2014

APD confirms Wed. evening shooting near Central/San Mateo NM Wal-Mart victim expected to survive; juvenile in custody 11/05/2014

A man was shot in the back and arm Wednesday night near the intersection of San Mateo and Zuni. Previous reports said the man was shot at Wal-Mart, and though it did occur nearby, it was not actually on Wal-Mart property.

An Albuquerque police spokesperson said the man was transported to a local hospital in stable condition and is expected to survive.

The APD spokesperson also said a male juvenile is in custody and being question in relation to the shooting, and that there is no motive at this time. Complete article

Little River man jailed after bomb threat made to North Myrtle Beach SC Wal-Mart 11/06/2014

A Walmart employee in charge of preventing theft in Le Mars Walmart robbery arrested in Texas 11/06/2014

Robbery at knifepoint Outside Fort Worth Tx. Walmart Store 11/06/2014

Pair sought in Farmington Me. Walmart thefts 11/06/2014

Bank robbery suspect identified, taken into custody near Moore Oklahoma Walmart 11/06/2014

Man Armed With Hammers Shot by Secret Service Officer Outside Woodbridge Va. Walmart 11/06/2014

A man who smashed a Walmart jewelry display case with two hammers was shot by an off-duty Secret Service officer in Northern Virginia Thursday afternoon.

The incident was reported just before 5 p.m. at the Walmart near Potomac Mills mall on Worth Avenue.

According to Prince William County Police, 21-year-old Mohamed Sankoh of Fayetteville, North Carolina broke the glass display cases of the store's jewelry counter using two hammers, then fled the scene.

Customers and employees described the scene as "chaotic" as they took cover.

"All of a sudden, I heard all these women and children screaming, and they were all running toward one side of the store," shopper Mike Swain said. "I just kind of ducked behind the DVD aisle."

An off-duty Secret Service officer followed Sankoh outside the store and into the parking lot. Police say the Sankoh ignored commands by the off-duty officer, and was then shot. Sankoh was transported to a local hospital and as of Friday, remained in stable condition. He's due in court Dec. 1. Complete article

Family subdues NM Walmart shooting suspect 11/06/2014

Oneida NY police make arrest in Walmart theft case 11/06/2014

Waterford Conn. police seek Walmart purse-snatcher 11/06/2014

Mom charged with leaving toddler inside unlocked, running car while she shopped at Pa. Walmart 11/07/2014

Man accused of performing lewd acts in Walmart parking lot in Gonzales La. 11/07/2014

Jim Hightower: Walmart gives taxpayers health care bill 11/06/2014

5 women arrested in Tx. Walmart theft ring bust 11/06/2014

Conway SC Police looking for Walmart car break-in suspect 11/07/2014

Coalition for Social and Environmental Responsibility in Boulder: Boulder Colorado Walmart can't keep out the truth 11/07/2014

Man stabbed at Thomasville Ga. Walmart 11/06/2014

NC Walmart evacuated due to bomb threat 11/05/2014

Cops: Sex offender ejaculated on Ga. Walmart employee 11/07/2014

LAWRENCEVILLE — A convicted child molester was arrested Thursday after allegedly ejaculating on a female employee at a local Walmart.

#Lawrenceville police responded to the Walmart store at 1400 Lawrenceville Highway at about 8 p.m. on Halloween after receiving a complaint from an employee. The 24-year-old woman told authorities she was working in the boys and girls department when she noticed that “someone had knocked over several clothes in the floor.”

#“(The employee) said that she was on her hands and knees picking up the items,” an incident report said, “when she felt something soft land on her back. (She) said that she looked up, and saw a tall black male dressed in all black walking away quickly wiping his hands on his clothes.”

#Police believe the substance on the back of the victim’s shirt was semen. Complete article

Walmart’s Inhumane Policies for Pregnant Workers 11/06/2014

In February, Bene’t Holmes asked her manager at a Chicago Walmart to put her on lighter duty. She was four months pregnant and her job included lifting heavy cardboard boxes containing two large bottles of bleach, straining her back and making her fear for her health and the health of her child. But the manager told her to continue with her work, that she was expected to lift 50 pounds or more.

“So I stayed there,” Holmes says, “and the very next day when I came into work, I had a miscarriage on Walmart’s property, in the back bathroom.”

Holmes says she subsequently missed 18 days to recover, prompting management to “coach” her—Walmart’s jargon for a formal reprimand—for the unexcused absences and to give her a demerit point, which she would have to perform additional work to expunge from her record.

This was not simply the fault of an incompetent manager, but the result of Walmart’s policy toward expectant mothers, according to a nascent pregnant worker advocacy group “Respect the Bump,” which held its first in-person meeting in Chicago on September 24. Complete article

S. Fla. Walmart employee arrested for stealing 11/04/2014

NY Walmart worker accused in iPhone thefts 11/07/2014

Employees return to Okla. Walmart after bomb threat 11/08/2014

Snow Hill NC Walmart re-opens after bomb threat 11/09/2014

Suspects in Farmington Walmart theft arrested in Augusta Me. 11/08/2014

Wal-Mart to focus on food safety in China: Asia chief 11/10/2014

St. Helena man charged with shoplifting, attempted murder at SC Walmart 11/10/2014

A St. Helena Island man accused of trying to stab a Walmart employee at the Beaufort store Saturday was arrested after returning to the store early Monday, according to the Beaufort Police Department.

This time, Sonny Jamie Richardson, 24, tried to steal merchandise worth about $38, according to Cpl. Hope Able.

He was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. and charged with attempted murder and shoplifting, according to the Beaufort County Detention Center log.

In the Saturday incident, the employee told police he was washing his hands about 6:30 a.m. when a man lunged at him from behind, according to Lt. Darrell Gruel. The victim felt something sharp poke his back and turned around to find the attacker -- later identified as Richardson -- holding a knife, Gruel said.

Read more here: Complete article

Suspect sought for robbery of Burlington NC Walmart 11/10/2014

Good Samaritans Aid In Tenn. Wal-Mart Robbery 11/10/2014

Police release photo of Ark Walmart theft suspect 11/10/2014

Woman robbed at knifepoint in Ill. Walmart parking lot 11/10/2014

Thomas Hartman charged with setting off firecracker inside Fla. Walmart 11/10/2014

Cops: SC Walmart Employee Used Deodorant, Put It Back 11/11/2014

Walmart Memo Orders Stores to Improve Grocery Performance 11/11/2014

HPD: 2 arrested after armed robbery workers in Tx. Walmart parking lot 11/12/2014

Man stabbed near Walmart in Santee Ca. 11/09/2014

Police nab Utah Wal-Mart shoplifter for possession of stolen credit cards, drugs 11/10/2014

Man steals condoms from Walmart: South Euclid Ohio police blotter 11/10/2014

Police: Suspected NY Walmart thieves struck a police vehicle while fleeing the scene 11/11/2014

Bomb threat at Hudson NH Walmart 11/12/2014

Walmart evacuated amid bomb threat in Edinburg Tx. 11/12/2014

Sex offender accused of stealing 20 DVDs from York SC Walmart 11/10/2014

Conway SC Police looking for Walmart shoplifting suspect 11/11/2014

Frankenmuth Mich. settles Walmart case for $3.7 million 11/12/2014

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) - The city of Frankenmuth has agreed to a $3.7 million settlement with a family whose attempt to sell their land for a Walmart store was blocked.

The agreement was filed Wednesday in Bay City federal court.

A jury in March awarded $3.8 million, saying the rights of the Loesel family were violated. The amount grew to about $5 million by August with years of interest and legal fees tacked on.

The settlement cancels any possible appeals and closes the case.

Ronald Loesel and family members sued Frankenmuth after officials restricted the size of stores to 65,000 square feet or less. The ordinance effectively killed the sale of their land for an outlet for Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in 2006. Complete article

Walmart settlement noticed by Swansboro NC officials 11/15/2014

Unfounded bomb threat evacuates Middletown Del. Walmart 11/12/2014

Beavercreek Ohio Walmart Worker Punched In The Head Over Candy 11/12/2014

Walmart’s ‘Made In USA’ Televisions Are Allegedly Made In China 11/12/2014

Element Electronics boasts of being the only American-owned and American-assembled television company. Flashy red-white-and-blue packaging helps it do business with Walmart as part of the retailer’s quarter-trillion-dollar “Made in USA” initiative. But according to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) complaint filed Tuesday, the company isn’t making anything in America after all.

Instead, the complaint alleges, the Chinese-made TVs arrive to Element’s South Carolina assembly line in boxes adorned with a waving American flag and the slogan “America Matters” on the front and the phrase “assembled in the USA” on top. Element’s employees unscrew a plastic panel, install a Chinese-made motherboard, close the panel, and return the TVs to their patriotic packaging so that they can be shipped out to Walmart, Target, Meijer, Sam’s Club, and QVC. That depiction of Element’s assembly process comes from a July article in the Wall Street Journal. Complete article

Rincon Ga. Police: Shoplifter steals pretty much everything he needs from Walmart 11/14/2014

Customer stabbed multiple times in random attack in Fla. Wal-Mart checkout line 11/13/2014

A Wal-Mart customer abruptly began stabbing another man standing in line at the 8808 Beach Blvd. store early Thursday.

The 31-year-old victim ran to the back of the Wal-Mart, and witnesses shouted to an arriving officer that the suspect was still in the store, according to the Jacksonvlle Sheriff's Office arrest report. Blood puddled on the floor near a front cash register all the way to the back of the shopping Center.

John Christopher Samuel McFarland, 34, stepped out from the men's clothing area and was quickly identified in the 1:15 a.m. attack, the arrest report said. The 400-pound man was taken into custody without incident. He also showed police where the hunting knife was on a stack of folded clothes.

The victim, who suffered lacerations to the neck, cheek and back of the head, was found toward the back of the store with a large amount of blood coming from his neck.

Both men said they didn't know each other. McFarland told police he is diagnosed with schizophrenia and does not take his medication, according to his arrest report. Complete article

UPDATE: Arrest made for Middletown Del. Walmart bomb threat 11/13/2014

Newark NJ felon with 40 arrests arrested after Walmart shoplifting goes wrong, cops say 11/13/2014

Can you I.D. this couple shopping at Washi. state Walmart? 11/13/2014

Walmart workers begin first in-store sitdown strike in company history 11/13/2014

Protesters gather at Ca. Walmart in Pico Rivera; 23 arrests made 11/13/2014

Walmart explains mouse traps at West Bend, WI store 11/13/2014

West Bend - At the behest of a viewer, CBS 58 News went to Walmart Corporate offices to find out why mouse traps were in full display on the bread aisle of its West Bend store.

The store in question is located near Paradise Drive, close to U.S. 45 in Washington County.

The viewer claims to have spotted the traps on Tuesday evening and posted a photo on the CBS 58 Facebook page to prove it.

In the photo you can clearly see two metal boxes on the shelves near the loaves of bread.

Walmart spokesman Brian Nick tells CBS 58 News that there's no code of law violation here.

But, he does say store policy is to have the mouse traps under the shelves.

He says the traps are there strictly for monitoring purposes and there is no rodent infestation at the store.

"What could have occurred is maybe somebody sweeping out and the device got put into an aisle and maybe somebody may have then placed it on the shelf which is where it's not supposed to be," Nick explained. "But just out of an abundance of caution, we did call out experts to look throughout the store and they were able to give the store a clean bill of health." Complete article

Suspect in theft, kidnapping at Semmes Alabama Wal-Mart turns himself in 11/14/2014

SEMMES, Alabama -- A man accused of forcing a driver to do his bidding at knifepoint after shoplifting from Wal-Mart turned himself in to authorities late Thursday night, according to the Mobile County Sheriff's Office.

Officials booked Brent Adam Cox, 57, into Mobile County Metro Jail on charges of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree theft just before midnight, jail records show.

Earlier on Thursday MCSO spokeswoman Lori Myles had identified him as a suspect in a reported confrontation at the Semmes Wal-Mart.

Around 5 p.m., deputies responded to the Wal-Mart. Witnesses said a security guard had tried to stop Cox from leaving the shop with merchandise he hadn't paid for.

He ran to the nearby New Horizons Credit Union where he noticed cars lined up in the drive-thru teller line. He opened the passenger door of one of the vehicles and jumped inside, armed with a pocketknife, Myles said.

He ordered the driver to travel to Brunson Avenue a short distance away, where he fled the vehicle on foot. Complete article

Man accused of stealing four televisions from Fla. Walmart 11/14/2014

Fla. Walmart employee arrested for stealing 11/14/2014

Forbes: Walmart 3Q Sees Gains But They Really Need Help 11/14/2014

Walmart’s third quarter results were in line with expectations. Comparable store sales rose 0.5% in domestic Walmart stores and 0.4% in domestic Sam’s clubs. This minuscule increase is reflects a pickup following seven quarters of disappointing, negative sales reports. And, believe it or not, it is better than the sales reported by many other retail companies pressured by very warm weather throughout the United States stalling the sale of winter gear and accessories. For the fourth quarter the company is projecting similar paltry gains, estimating an increase of 0% to 1% in domestic Walmart stores and a 0% to 2% increase in Sam’s Club. Complete article

Police Looking For Suspects In iPad Thefts From Md. Wal-Mart 11/14/2014

Walmart workers plan Black Friday protests over wages 11/15/2014

Thieves steal computers from South Philadelphia Pa. Walmart 11/14/2014

Mom, daughter escape icy Salt Lake City Utah Wal-Mart parking lot plunge with minor injuries 11/14/2014

Bail set at $150K for man accused of attack outside Missoula Montana Walmart 11/15/2014

TBI makes arrests in Tenn. Walmart theft, money laundering case 11/15/2014

Surveillance Video Shows Man Shoplifting From Tenn. Wal-Mart 11/15/2014

Purse taken from SD Wal-Mart shopping cart 11/15/2014

Slidell La. police trying to ID suspect in Walmart groping case 11/15/2014

Man tries to rob woman in Walmart parking lot in Northeast Austin Tx. 11/15/2014

Man pleads guilty to spraying doe urine on Owasso Okla. Walmart merchandise 11/15/2014

Walmart on Route 60 in Huntington, West Virginia evacuated after bomb threat 11/16/2014

Court documents: Springfield Missouri woman left kids home alone while stealing from Walmart 11/16/2014

Ulster NY police say Kingston man stole nearly $1,600 in electronics, DVDs from Walmart 11/16/2014

Teen Saves Baby At Missouri Walmart Store 11/17/2014

Most Wanted: Elizabethton Tenn. Police Department search for Walmart TV theft suspect 11/17/2014

Suspect wearing Flyers jacket stuffed DVDs, clothing, food in hampers, walked out of Pa. Wal-Mart 11/17/2014

Arrest made in Pa. Walmart gun incident 11/17/2014

Walmart in Geneseo NY evacuated, searched after bomb threat 11/17/2014

Bomb threat prompts evacuation of Evangeline Thruway Walmart in Louisiana 11/17/2014

Man accused of stealing meds from Pa. Walmart 11/17/2014

Woman left Walmart with hampers full of merchandise, East Lampter Township Pa. police say 11/17/2014

Women charged with Wisc. Walmart thefts 11/17/2014

State police need public's help identifying 2 in East Syracuse NY Walmart identity theft investigation 11/17/2014

Alleged NT NY Walmart shoplifter indicted on three felonies 11/17/2014

18-year-old shoplifter threatens Decatur Alabama Wal-Mart employees with gun, police say 11/17/2014

Fla. Walmart security guard's takedown ends in termination

LEE COUNTY, FL - A security guard at a Fort Myers Walmart was caught on video tackling a suspected shoplifter and holding her down.

That employee has since been fired for how he handled the situation.

Walmart confirmed the employee no longer works for the company - and the company spokesperson says it is regrettable that the situation was handled poorly.

They say associates are advised to disengage when an altercation becomes physical and let authorities handle it.

The incident was all caught on cell phone video by a witness in the parking lot of the Six Mile Cypress location on Friday. Complete article

Family of suspected Fla. Walmart shoplifter speaks out 11/20/2014 FORT MYERS, Fla. - The family of a suspected shoplifter is speaking out after a security employee was caught on camera taking the 22-year-old woman down.

For the fourth night, our FOX4 Facebook followers have been defending Walmart employee Daniel Bresson. But the family of the suspected shoplifter says he went too far.

The family of Tamara James says she didn't deserve to be tackled at a Fort Myers Walmart for suspected shoplifting, while even witnesses stepped in to help.

"I was pissed," said James' aunt, Karen Jackson. "I was real upset because no one needs to be treated that way." .....

Two Irving Tx. Walmart Parking Lot Robberies May be Connected: Police 11/18/2014

Teenager arrested in NY Walmart bomb threat 11/18/2014

Chickasha Okla. Walmart cleared in response to bomb threat 11/19/2014

Bomb threats shut down Rogersville Tenn. McDonald's, Walmart 11/20/2014

Man sought in Overland Park Kansas Walmart neighborhood market robbery 11/18/2014

Pair accused of using credit card stolen from senior’s purse in Suffolk Va. Walmart 11/18/2014

Two arrested in Tx. Walmart robbery, police chase and crash 11/18/2014

DALLAS -- Two robbery suspects led police on a wild chase that ended in a crash early Tuesday morning.

It started at the Walmart in Cedar Hill and ended near Interstate 20 on Camp Wisdom Road in Southwest Dallas.

Police say two men each stole a television from the store around 2:15 a.m. and employees chased them into the parking lot. One suspect showed an employee his gun and fired it into the air. Complete article

Man uses saw to steal perfume from Dauphin County Pa. Wal-Mart, police say 11/18/2014

Greenwood Man Charged with Setting Fire in Fla. Walmart 11/19/2014

Shoplifters threaten Walmart store employees with gun in Oklahoma flee in stolen vehicle 11/19/2014

Man arrested after recording women in Fla. Walmart 11/19/2014

Police identify woman found dead at Missouri Walmart parking lot 11/19/2014

Thief steals purse right out of woman's hand in Hanover Va. Walmart parking lot 11/19/2014

Wal-Mart robbery suspects arrested at Clearwater Fla. strip club 11/19/2014

How Walmart was tricked into selling $400 PlayStation4 consoles for $90 11/19/2014

Florida man harassed Walmart employee with camera: police 11/19/2014

Tulsa Okla. police work with Walmart to fight crime at Tulsa store 11/19/2014

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa police said a dangerous shoplifting call at a Walmart Tuesday night isn’t the only problem they’ve had at the store recently.

Officers estimate they've gone to the store near Admiral and Memorial at least 60 times last month.

The issues are mainly shoplifting, but police said they’ve also responded to shootings and stabbings in the store’s parking lot.

“I have had as many of five officers in there at one time dealing with multiple shoplifters,” said Sgt. Robert Rohloff.

Rohloff said that impacts how they can serve the rest of the area.

“If you were to have a significant emergency and my whole squad is tied up with these shoplifters, another officer is going to have to come from a considerable distance to come to your emergency,” Rohloff said. Complete article

Pregnant Woman Attacked in Jonesboro Ark. Walmart 11/19/2014

Opinion: How Obama’s plan on immigration will enrich Wal-Mart 11/20/2014

NJ Police Blotter: Shoplifting and purse snatching at Walmart in Hanover; dispute with cabbie in Mount Olive 11/20/2014

Wal-Mart Asks Workers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees 11/20/2014

An Oklahoma Wal-Mart store is holding a food drive for its own employees.

The group Making Change At Wal-Mart posted a photo of the food drive to its Facebook page on Thursday and commented, "Rather than agree to pay a decent wage or provide full-time hours, Walmart and its owners (the Waltons) continue to earn massive profits while too many of the workers who make the company a success go hungry."

The photo shows a cardboard bin with a sign attached that reads: "Let's succeed by donating to employees in need!!! Thanks for your support!" Another sign reads: "3430 canned food drive!" The number "3430" refers to the supercenter store on Northeast 23rd Street in Oklahoma City.

The photo was taken by a Wal-Mart employee who wishes to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, according to the labor group, which has been pressuring Wal-Mart to raise its wages. Complete article

Walmart fueling hunger crisis in America 11/20/2014

Tax-Dodging Wal-Mart Holds Another Food Drive for Its Impoverished Workers 11/20/2014

Does Walmart Have a Dirty Energy Secret? 11/20/2014

Wal-Mart defends food drive for employees, amid criticism 11/21/2014 A Walmart spokeswoman responded that the retailer, which is frequently the subject of attack over its pay practices, never plans such events at the corporate level.

Man arrested for shoplifting 5 rib eye steaks at Wal-Mart 11/20/2014

The 350-pound man was found sitting atop the steaks while roaming the store on a motorized scooter. He was then confronted by an employee and detained while the police showed up.

The latest theft story at Wal-Mart is far from being well-done. ...

Fowler was found sitting on top of the steaks and roaming around the store. He was then confronted by a Wal-Mart employee when he passed all points of sale and attempted to exit the store. The woman who confronted him was part of the Loss Prevention department. Complete article

Boynton Beach Fla. police seek clues in killing of Walmart worker 11/21/2014

Three shoplifting incidents in one day at Bayonne NJ's Walmart: police 11/21/2014

Cushing man gets six months in jail for exposing himself at Me. Walmart 11/21/2014

Rincon Ga. Police: Man throws watermelon in Walmart, steals cereal 11/21/2014

Nov. 3: A 23-year-old Rincon man was accused of going into the Walmart and destroying random items, including a watermelon that he threw at another customer.

The man, who appeared disoriented, took a box of cereal, left the store and was eating the cereal when police arrived. He was arrested for shoplifting and was served a criminal trespass notice.

A green leafy substance found in his car was sent to the crime lab for testing. Complete article

Man pulls knife on DeLand Fla. Wal-Mart security, police say 11/21/2014

Couple steals 23 GPS units from Franklin Walmart 11/21/2014

Iowa Wal-Mart fires employee for donating items meant for trash 11/21/2014

Items had been given to charity for families in need

While working for an Iowa Wal-Mart, Mary P. Tigges donated children’s items destined for the trash heap to a charity that supports low income families.

Those donations got her fired for breaking a company policy.

Tigges, who worked in the store’s claims department, had been donating items to New Opportunities, a non-profit that provides free or low cost goods to low income families, according to a Nov. 18 unemployment benefit ruling from Blair A. Bennett, administrative law judge.

When Wal-Mart was alerted, the “employer was upset and stated that certain items are not to be donated — they are to be destroyed and thrown away,” according to the ruling. “Employer’s policy is that displays are to be thrown away.” Complete article

Three held without bail in stabbing outside Ca. Walmart 11/22/2014

Report: Man tries to steal 10 PlayStation 4 controllers, other items from Ga. Walmart 11/21/2014

Police open fire on Walmart shoplifter who dragged officer with truck in New York 11/21/2014

Duo charged with stealing $10,000 in goods from NY Walmart, fleeing police in chase 11/21/2014

ONEIDA, N.Y. -- Oneida city police charged two men with stealing more than $10,000 in goods from Walmart over multiple trips, the last of which ended in a chase.

Steven Smith, 54, of Fort Plains, Montgomery County and Jason Magnuson, 32, of Oakville, Connecticut were arrested Nov. 7 after they fled the Walmart parking lot on Genesee Street in Oneida, according to a report by the Oneida Daily Dispatch.

Police said the duo made multiple trips to Walmart to steal merchandise though they had previously been banned, the report said.

When police arrived there on Nov. 7, they saw Smith fleeing on foot through the parking lot to where Magnuson was driving a black getaway car, police said in the report.

Smith jumped in. Then Magnuson drove into an unmarked police car as it was leaving Walmart, police said. As Magnuson led police officers on a chase west along state Route 5, he ran several other vehicles off the road, they said.

Eventually police were able to stop the car in Canastota. They attempted to flee on foot but were caught, police said. Complete article

Crossville Tenn. police trying to catch man they say stole from Walmart 11/23/2014

Fla. Wal-Mart cashier accused of stealing $12K from store 11/24/2014

Bomb Threat at Natomas Ca. Walmart Unfounded 11/24/2014

Pa. Walmart temporarily evacuated as crews investigate fire report 11/23/2014

Summerfield man arrested in alleged theft at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart 11/24/2014

Five charged in Vermont Walmart disturbance 11/24/2014

Syracuse man charged with identity theft after tipsters ID him in NY Walmart security photos 11/25/2014

Black Friday 2014 protests to target 1,600 Walmart stores, including dozens in New England 11/22/2014

The Nation: $1 Billion: That’s How Much Walmart Avoids Paying in Taxes Each Year Through Loopholes 11/24/2014 In a recent analysis of Walmart’s tax spending, Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) found that the company “avoids $1 billion a year in taxes” through federal loopholes, and various political shenanigans drive this always-low tax rate: the big-box giant is absorbing government subsidies both directly and indirectly, through its retail operations as well as its ingenious accounting methods. Overall, the retail giant can evade taxes through overseas accounts, on one hand, and raid the public trust on the other by capitalizing on the benefits system.

Black Friday Protests

Crookston Minn. School Board: No Pirate apparel at Wal-Mart 11/25/2014

Don't Fall for This Walmart Mystery Shopper Scam 11/01/2014

TV shoplifters threaten Walmart employee with gun in Indiana 11/25/2014

Chesapeake Va. Police searching for Walmart assault suspect 11/25/2014

Irving Tx. Police Make Arrest in Pair of Robberies Outside Walmart 11/25/2014

Counterfeit Bills Passed At Tenn. Walmart 11/25/2014

A Stabbing and a Crash in A Tenn. Walmart Parking Lot Sends One to the Hospital 11/25/2014

Driver killed in crash and fire behind North Richland Hills Tx. Wal-Mart 11/25/2014

Wal-Mart Dismisses 30 China Executives in Restructuring 11/27/2014

AR-15 assault rifle and ammo stolen from North Carolina Walmart 11/27/2014

Thief wanted for stealing TVs from Sanford Fla. Walmart 11/27/2014

Arab, Alabama police looking for service dog in training that got loose in Walmart parking lot 11/27/2014

Walmart One-Hour guarantee has a 'catch' 11/27/2014

2 Women Fight At Norwalk Ca. Walmart Over Barbie Doll 11/27/2014

NORWALK ( — Authorities said two women got into a pushing and shoving match — with at least one of them reportedly throwing a punch — over a Barbie doll on Thanksgiving evening.

Sheriff’s Deputies has to be called to the Walmart store in the 11700 block of Imperial Highway after reports of the fight broke out. ....

“The whole thing was pretty stupid,” said a shopper named Sonia, “that was very dumb.” Complete article

Ferguson protests interrupt Black Friday shopping at Missouri Walmart, Target stores 11/27/2014

MANCHESTER, Mo. (AP) -- Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

The protests began Thanksgiving night and continued early Friday. Protesters spent a few minutes at each store, shouting inside. Officer in at least one store ordered them to leave. There was no immediate word of any arrests.

According to Johnetta Elzie, who had been tweeting and posting videos of the protests, demonstrations occurred at a Wal-Mart and Target in Brentwood, two Wal-Marts in St. Charles and one Wal-Mart in Manchester. Complete article

Tussle over TV at Houston Tx. Walmart caught on camera 11/28/2014

STAFFORD, TX (KTRK) -- There were tense moments at a Stafford Walmart Thursday night when customers brawled over a TV on sale, and the incident was captured on cell phone video.

It happened at the store off Highway 59 and West Airport. Tooba Amir, 15, rushed over with her phone when she heard screams and laughter. Customers had thrown themselves on top of TVs. They didn't even listen to police orders at first.

"People were climbing over each other to get a TV," said Tooba. "It was crazy." Complete article

Walmart Workers Leave Food Donation Bin Outside Alice Walton’s Manhattan NY Condo 11/27/2014

VIDEO: Shoppers Fight Over Wal-Mart Deals In Michigan City Indiana 11/28/2014

Six Years Later, Walmart Still Hasn't Paid A $7,000 Fine For Black Friday Worker's Death 11/25/2014

Theft arrests up at Pa. Walmart 11/28/2014

COAL TOWNSHIP - Coal Township police have made 739 retail theft arrests at Walmart Supercenter since it opened in 1997 - and 115 of those were made this year.

Police Chief William Carpenter said the number has more than doubled in 2014 from previous years, and he expects the total to significantly increase during the holiday shopping season.

The volume of retail thefts at the Walmart near Lewisburg prompted a criticism of store security efforts by a Union County judge earlier this year and a concerted effort among store and local police to address the issue, but the Coal Township store isn't generating the same concerns. Complete article

Fighting the hunger games at Walmart 11/26/2014

PR Watch: Black Friday Strike, Greens Join Labor to Take on Walmart 11/25/2014

Walmart Workers Give Up Thanksgiving Dinner To Stage 24-Hour Fast For Higher Wages 11/26/2014

Pro-Assad Hackers Hit Western Media and Wal-Mart 11/28/2014

Berlin NJ police: Woman wanted in alleged purse theft at Walmart parking lot 11/27/2014

NYT: After a Bump in Sales, Walmart Braces for a Competitive Holiday Season 11/13/2014

Walmart workers increasingly rely on food banks, report says 11/21/2014

Florence Alabama Police looking for sticky fingered Walmart thieves 11/27/2014

Eight of the weirdest things to happen at Walmart 11/28/2014 8.Baby born in toilet (2007) 7.Two people shot outside Walmart over parking space (2012) 6.Man caught on film fighting prevention officers (2014) 5.Woman tries to start a meth lab in Walmart (2011) 4.Teenager lives in Walmart for two days (2014) 3.Man sucks toes of unwilling woman (2014) 2.Woman glued to toilet (2012) 1.Man has sex with stuffed horse (2014)

Man accused of stealing merchandise from Tenn. Walmart 11/27/2014

Fights break out between Black Friday shoppers in Walmart 11/28/2014

Woman arrested after spending 5 hours in NC Walmart 11/24/2014

Black Friday: Shoppers line up, brawls reported at some Walmarts (VIDEO) 11/28/2014

Spotsylvania Va. Walmart reopens over bomb threat 11/28/2014

Cape Coral Fla. Walmart evacuated due to bomb threat 11/2/2014

Omaha Nebraska Walmart evacuated after bomb threat called in 11/28/2014

Bomb threat at Walmart Supercenter in Bentonville Ark.; store evacuated 11/28/2014

Bomb threat of Elk County Pa. Walmart causes evacuation Friday 11/28/2014

Police incident at Harrisburg Pa. Walmart causes evacuation Saturday 11/29/2014

Bomb threat forces Wal-Mart evacuation in Swatara Township Pa. Saturday 11/29/2014

Judge orders Wal-Mart to let NYC church challenge gun sales 11/28/2014

Protesters March Through West Nashville Walmart On Black Friday and the rest of country 11/28/2014

Forbes: The Waltons Deserve Their Hundred Fifty Billion; The Rest Of Us Gain $5 Trillion From Walmart's Existence 11/29/2014

Walmart President, CEO: “It’s absolutely appropriate that we open at 6 p.m.” Thanksgiving night 11/27/2014

Walmart protests: In Hadley Mass., 1 protester carries sign reading 'Business as Usual = Racial Oppression'; company says workers 'very proud' 11/28/2014

Thanksgiving shopper hit by car at Wyomissing Pa. Walmart 11/28/2014

Police: Portage man charged with disorderly conduct at Ind. Walmart 11/28/2014

Three accused of stealing various items from Fla. Wal-Mart 11/29/2014

Rochester NH police accuse man on suspicion of shoplifting at Walmart 11/30/2014

8,000 Dollars Worth of Merchandise Stolen from Minot ND WalMart 11/30/2014

Man claims self-defense in Ind. Walmart attack while completing a job application 11/30/2014

POLICE REPORTS: Lufkin duo attempts to rollback price on beer at Tx. Walmart to nothing 11/30/2014

Police: Newington NH Walmart shoplifter speeds away 11/30/2014

PORTSMOUTH — Pursuit of a suspected shoplifter was called off Sunday as police cruisers and the fleeing vehicle approached the Hampton toll booths at about 3:30 p.m.

"I decided to call off the chase for safety purposes," Sgt. Kuffer Kaltenborn said. "I did not want us to try and pursue the car through a toll booth. There are other cars involved and probably no way for them to get out of the way."

That does not mean the suspected shoplifter is off the hook. Kaltenborn said police have tracked the vehicle, a gray, 2006 Ford Explorer, to the Haverhill/Bradford Mass. area. They are working with Massachusetts police to apprehend the female shoplifter. Walmart, where the thefts occurred, has video surveillance to help identify her. ....

"As we were headed to Walmart, the suspect managed to flee in her vehicle," he said. "Another Portsmouth officer spotted her by the traffic circle and tried to stop the car. The woman refused to stop and headed south on Interstate 95. All units converged there. I think we had five cruisers following her. Her top speed clocked was 84 miles per hour. There was no crazy evasive driving. We just chose to stop the pursuit and no one was hurt." Complete article

Fire in clothing department at Gwinnett Ga. Walmart forces evacuation 11/30/2014

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