Monday, January 5, 2015
Wal-Mart Crime report December 2014; desperation for the holidays
It has been another active month for Walmart holiday shopping. This includes at least a couple of incidents where desperate people have been charged for either stealing necessities or just trying to find a place to stay, including one homeless 89 year old man, although as usual there are more details that seem to make these incidents difficult to avoid, assuming anyone even tries.
I don't know how much they pay police in Florida but apparently one police officer down there discovered that although the courts are unlikely to charge them when they kill unarmed people in the line of duty they won't hesitate to charge police when they steal Ramen noodles, eggs and bacon while in uniform. In Beavercreek and other locations across the country including Dayton, and Alabama, they had to put up with an enormous amount of protesters. They also disclosed the intimidating interrogation tactics that were used against John Crawford III's girlfriend after they shot and killed him based on a misunderstanding.
It seems to be worth considering addressing their legitimate concerns since they do seem to be more civilized than many of their most extreme customers.
Justified or not, there were at least two more police shootings at Walmart this month, including one where an off duty police officer was working as security for Walmart and another where regular police shot a Walmart employee who was apparently cutting himself with a knife.
In addition to the usual shootings, at least one molestation by someone posing as Walmart employee, and numerous other incidents they had a t least five different fires in five states, including at least four that were ruled arson this month. There is usually only one or two that gets reported widely.
There were also some creative attempts at robbery this month including one where a couple faked a 911 call and another where someone faked a heart attack. They also had thieves that stole credit cards and racked up enormous purchases at Walmart who doesn't bother checking IDs. The banks that issue them might change their policies, at least temporarily when dealing with Walmart.
One exceptionally bold shoplifter picked up his own weapon, an ax, from the Walmart shelf and carried it in a manner that discouraged any attempt to stop him.
He came back a second time, to the same store.
Did he think they wouldn't be watching for him?
Regardless of what he was thinking our tax's pay for his trial and many others but little is done to understand why there are so many crimes at Walmart and how to prevent them.
Walmart has been caught at their own share of corrupt or incompetent practices including a court ruling about threatening and intimidating California workers, hiding fine print in their rain checks and giving customers the run around when they call them and ask for their money back, allegedly giving out a fake hundred dollar bill and failing to check see if a returned PlayStation 4 bundle is full of rocks before selling the same one to another customer.
It is always hard to tell why these things happen but similar incidents keep happening and Walmart doesn't seem to be able to keep track of their own products or returns.
They can't keep track of when they invite Christmas Carolers either and threatened to call police on them before retracting it and asking them to come back. Other businesses were quite happy to have these carolers.
They discovered cocaine in their own trucks being delivered along with their food. At least two towns reported significant increases in crime at their local Walmarts. And at least one of them indicated that it wasn't Walmarts fault that they're actually getting good at catching thieves, but this doesn't explain why it only gets higher when Walmart comes to town, nor do they even consider the basic design of many big box stores, including Walmarts is a virtual invitation to thieves.
There were plenty of other strange stories including an old one about a job applicant who threatened to harm store employees at knife point so he could “have their job.” It didn't work.
Approximately a year ago it was reported that At least 6 Americans, in 6 states, have been superglued to Walmart and Home Depot toilet seats since 2003
Make that 7 Americans, in 7 states.
It is highly inappropriate to insinuate that this is funny.
If I figure out how to mention it without insinuating that it is funny perhaps I will next time.
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 December 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.
Massachusetts couple purchase realistic-looking pellet gun at Walmart then rob the store with it 12/01/2014
Bangor Me. police seek man involved in Wal-Mart theft 12/01/2014
Montgomery Alabama police searching for Walmart theft suspect 12/01/2014
Villager arrested on "felony charge of petit theft" on Black Friday at Fla. Wal-Mart 12/01/2014
Peoria Ill. man could get 15 years for snatching purse and attacking woman in Walmart parking lot 12/01/2014
WMU football player found guilty of misdemeanor in Mich. Walmart theft case; second player pleads no contest 12/01/2014
Duo accused of stealing $600 worth of teeth-whitening strips from Ga. Walmart 12/01/2014
E. coli ground beef recall affects Walmart stores across Western Canada 12/02/2014
Man stole 6 pounds of cow tongue valued at $35.35 from Walmart, stuffed it in pants, DeLand Fla. police say 12/02/2014
Walmart confirms shots fired at Hampton Va. store 12/02/2014
Fruitland Park man accused of walking out of Fla. Wal-Mart in stolen shoes 12/02/2014
Shopliftings, armed carjacking plague Fruitland Park Fla. Walmart 12/02/2014
Former Cranberry couple accused of stealing Pa. Wal-Mart customers' info 12/02/2014
Armed robbery by gunman at Richmond California Walmart 12/01/2014
Bomb Threat Made at Meridian, Miss. Walmart 12/02/2014
Police: NC Walmart bomb threat a hoax 12/02/2014
Two boys steal realistic-looking BB gun from Florida Walmart and use it to rob and shoot pizza driver 12/02/2014
Wal-Mart denies stalling in lawsuit by Tracy Morgan over New Jersey fatal crash 12/02/2014
Kingsport Tenn. Police Department: Shoplifter sought for swiping steaks, chicken, seafood from Walmart 12/03/2014
Suspect armed with Taser robs woman outside Buena Vista Road Ga. Walmart 12/03/2014
Report: Man died of drug overdose in Mich. Walmart bathroom 12/03/2014
Police investigate incident at South Strabane Pa. Walmart that went viral 12/03/2014
Fruitland Park Fla. man accused of taking batteries from Wal-Mart 12/03/2014
City police need help locating 2 suspects in attempted purse snatching at NC Walmart 12/03/2014
Investigators: Fire at Gwinnett County Ga. Walmart was intentionally set 12/03/2014
Ashland Va. police investigating Walmart TV thefts 12/03/2014
Group claims Walmart supplier abusing animals 12/03/2014
Woman's purse snatched while shopping at Surfside SC Walmart 12/04/2014
Man arrested for allegedly using, selling meth at Walmart in Whitehall Pa. 12/03/2014
Cops: Couple robbed Ill. Walmart to support drug habits 12/03/2014
Suspect accused of groping young girls at Tx. Walmart, grocery store 12/04/2014
Men steal 4 big screen TVs from Hermitage Tenn. Walmart 12/04/2014
Wal-Mart Changes 'I Can't Breathe' Ad After Complaints 12/04/2014
Court: Man charged in NC Walmart theft 12/04/2014
Police department says officer who fatally shot man at Ohio Wal-Mart to remain on leave 12/04/2014
Suspect's vehicle from triple murder found in Fla. Walmart parking lot 12/05/2014
Hadley Mass., state police called to disperse Ferguson, Eric Garner jury decision protest at Walmart 12/05/2014
Man arrested for shoplifting at Salina Kansas Walmart 12/05/2014
Robber pistol-whips 2 Fla. Walmart employees 12/05/2014
Police: Credit union robber stole gun from Ohio Walmart 12/05/2014
Police seek Delaware Wal-Mart flasher 12/0/2014
Los Angeles Ca. Police Department: Detective Commits Suicide In Walmart Parking Lot After Molestation Allegations 12/06/2014
Mattie's Call issued for missing Ga. Walmart worker 12/06/2014
SURVEILLANCE: Man steals computer, video systems from NC Walmart 12/06/2014
Teen accidentally shoots himself in South Dakota Walmart parking lot 12/06/2014
Town of Ulster NY Walmart, other stores reopen after threat, evacuation, police say 12/06/2014
Body found near Tchoupitoulas La. Walmart Sunday morning 12/07/2014
Reports: Woman in Christmas sweater tries to rob Ohio Walmart 12/08/2014
ND WalMart Employee Accused of Stealing About $1,400 12/08/2014
Woman reports Peeping Tom at Williamsburg Va. Walmart 12/08/2014
Man Arrested After Several Incidents at Milford Delaware Walmart 12/08/2014
Mom attacked in NC Walmart parking lot while carrying newborn 12/08/2014
Man reports armed robbery in Buena Vista Road Ga. Walmart parking lot 12/09/2014
Accused NY Wal-Mart thief indicted 12/09/2014
Tenn. Walmart employee accused of stealing $10K in gift cards, cash 12/09/2014
Conover NC Walmart larceny linked to Boone case 12/09/2014
Walmart mom faces charges again in North Huntingdon Pa. 12/09/2014
Suspect walks out of Utah Wal-Mart with donation money for children’s hospital 12/09/2014
Bloomberg: How Wal-Mart Made Its Crumbling China Business Look So Good for So Long 12/11/2014
What crook stole from veteran’s truck in Ariz. Walmart parking lot will leave you infuriated 12/10/2014
Tenn. Wal-Mart worker faces charges of stealing $10,000 12/11/2014
Trio sought in Cocoa Fla. Walmart grand theft 12/11/2014
Dog gone: Family pet tied outside East Stroudsburg Pa. Walmart taken 12/10/2014
Deputies: Man Stole Purse at Northeast SC Walmart 12/10/2014
Deputies: South Carolina shoplifting crew hitting Georgia Walmarts 12/10/2014
Argument leads to fatal shooting outside a Texas Walmart 12/10/2014
Ferguson protests hit west Nashville Tenn. Wal-Mart 12/11/2014
Mom Says Memory Card Purchased At Tx. Walmart Contained Porn 12/11/2014
Robbery spree starts at bus stop ends at OKC Walmart, police say 12/11/2014
Shoplifter swipes sexual accessory from Montana Wal-Mart 12/1/2014
Police: Delaware man who exposed himself to girl, mother in WalMart arrested 12/11/2014
Man injured in wreck in NW Harris Co. Tx. Walmart parking lot 12/11/2014
Police Blotter: 2 incidents involving racism reported at Dickinson ND Walmart 12/11/2014 The same suspects also got on the Walmart intercom system and made racist statements directed toward African-Americans, the report stated.
Family of man fatally shot in Ohio Wal-Mart will join march in DC protesting police violence 12/11/2014
Bomb threat at Kernersville NC Walmart determined to be hoax 12/12/2014
Fire Closes South Philadelphia Pa. Wal-Mart 12/13/2014
Police Clear Butler Plaza Fla. Walmart Which was Evacuated After Bomb-Threat 12/13/2014
Quincy Ill. police respond to Walmart for a reported shoplifter who was hit by a vehicle while being chased by Walmart loss prevention officer 12/13/2014
Easton Police Search for Suspect in Md. Wal-Mart Theft 12/14/2014
PD: man shoplifts, pushes security officer at Hamden Conn. Wal-Mart 12/15/2014
Man injured in wreck in NW Harris Co. Tx. Walmart parking lot 12/15/2014
Wisc. Walmart slip sparks lawsuit 12/15/2014
Lady Lake man accused of taking Barbie doll and shirts from Fla. Wal-Mart 12/15/2014
Shoplifter pulls gun on worker at Fargo ND Wal-Mart store 12/15/2014
Imprisoned Saginaw County man charged with February unarmed robbery of Bay County Mich. Walmart 12/16/2014
Off-duty officer working as a security guard shoots shoplifting suspect at Dallas Walmart after being attacked 12/16/2014 This is the 20th officer-involved shooting of the year involving Dallas police.
Pa. Supreme Court affirms $151M ruling against Walmart, Sam's Club 12/16/2014
Wal-Mart may appeal ruling on pay to U.S. Supreme Court 12/16/2014
Watch customers, workers wrangle deer in NC Walmart 12/16/2014
Rincon Ga. Police: Walmart employee accused of theft 12/17/2014
Wal-Mart faces new pregnancy discrimination charges 12/17/2014
Marietta Ga. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 12/17/2014
Lufkin man drives car into front of Ross Dress for Less, flees to Tx. Walmart 12/17/2014
Man scamming holiday shoppers at Houston Tx.-area Walmart 12/18/2014
Bomb threats evacuate 2 Valdosta, Albany and Marietta Ga. Walmarts 12/18/2014
Fitchburg man charged in attempted Mass. Walmart theft 12/18/2014
NY attorney general: Amazon, Wal-Mart and other retailers illegally selling banned toy guns 12/19/2014
Police: Man recorded females using bathroom in Union City Ca. Walmart 12/18/2014
Deputies search for man who took TV from Fla. Walmart 12/18/2014
MCSO: Marion Oaks man arrested after sexually harassing customer at Fla. Wal-Mart 12/18/2014
Marbletown man accused of pulling alarm during Ulster NY Walmart evacuation after a threat call 12/18/2014
Man accused of trying to steal tablet from Pasco Fla. Walmart 12/18/2014
Belfast woman jailed for alleged attempt to make prices fall at Me. Wal-Mart 12/19/2014
Man caught, another sought in NY area Walmart thefts 12/19/2014
Bomb threat at Williston Vermont Walmart 12/20/2014
Ga. Walmart on Ogeechee Road reopens after evacuation, threat 12/22/2014
$3,500 worth of razor blades stolen from Indiana County Pa. Walmart 12/22/2014
Two suspects steal Salvation Army kettle at King Ave Montana Walmart 12/23/2014
Man attempts to carjack shoppers at Tenn. Walmart 12/24/2014
Large fire breaks out in Cy-Fair Tx. area Walmart parking lot 12/24/2014
Ohio Walmart customers “unruly” after store closes, police called 12/24/2014
Ohio Walmart employee stops robber, gets punched in fight 12/24/2014
Police Seek Third Member of Ca. Walmart Robbery Crew 12/24/2014
Shoplifting At Springs Colorado Walmart Yields Extra Arrests 12/25/2014
Wal-Mart’s higher-skilled employees pinched to ‘absorb’ cost of minimum wage hikes 12/25/2014
Gunmen attempt robbery of Walmart shoppers in Louisiana 12/24/2014
Activist group holds Black Lives Matter protest at Lakeshore Alabama Walmart Friday 12/26/2014
2 teens booked with attempted armed robbery in Covington Louisiana Walmart parking lot 12/26/2014
Woman caught inhaling aerosol spray at Springville NY Walmart 12/26/2014
5 alleged shoplifters busted at Springfield Ohio Walmarts Christmas Eve 12/26/2014
Pittsfield Vermont man's bail revoked after allegedly trying to scam Walmart 12/26/2014
Shoplifter pulls gun on Washington state Walmart security guard 12/26/2014
Police investigate Seabrook NH Walmart jewelry thefts 12/26/2014
Two drunk men shoot up Idaho Walmart store with a BB gun 12/26/2014
Hackers release thousands of Amazon, Wal-Mart, X-Box and Play Station passwords; credit card data leaked 12/27/2014
Town of Lockport NY Walmart cashier suspected of stealing $1,000 in merchandise 12/27/2014
Three juveniles accused stealing guns from Royal Palm Fla. Walmart 12/27/2014
Child endangerment alleged in NY Walmart shoplifting spree 12/27/2014
Raleigh NC police search for suspect in Walmart robbery 12/28/2014
Woman who took bag, swapped old sneakers at NH Walmart turned herself in 12/27/2014
Woman accused of taking television from Fla. Walmart 12/27/2014
The 10 worst things Wal-Mart did in 2014 12/26/2014
Pineville La. Wal-Mart reopens after bomb threat 12/26/2014
Victoria’s Secret, Wal-Mart, Marshalls Caught Selling Used Lingerie, Rossen Report Discovers 12/25/2014
Video Shows 78-Year-Old SC Walmart Worker Injuring Hip Trying To Check Shoplifter’s Receipt 12/23/2014
Logan Township man arrested after impersonating Walmart employee, Pennsville NJ Police say 12/26/2014
The National Legal and Policy Center: Walmart Asked to Stop Bankrolling Sharpton After New York Police Murders 12/22/2014
Sheriff: Two Hudson Falls women accused of stealing from NY Walmart 12/29/2014
Major retailers, including Walmart in North Country, selling illegal toy guns, NY AG says 12/27/2014
NH Police say Walmart shopper foiled wallet thief 12/25/2014
Women charged with shoplifting from Garden City Idaho Walmart 12/25/2014
Walmart shoplifters sought in Sylvester Ga. 12/25/2014
Texoma veteran burned while putting out fire in Sherman Tx. Walmart 12/26/2014
All clear at Conn. Walmart after police investigate suspicious package 12/27/2014
Wal-Mart shooting: Tributes paid to 29-year-old Idaho nuclear scientist Veronica Rutledge fatally shot by her two-year-old son 12/31/2014
2-year-old accidentally shoots mom with her own gun in Idaho Wal-Mart 12/30/2014
Conceal carry permit holder shot to death by her 2-year old in Idaho Walmart 12/30/2014
MADGE bust at Medford Oregon Walmart nets meth, $20,000 in cash 12/31/2014
Police search for man suspected of stealing from Tenn. Walmart on Christmas Eve 12/31/2014
SC Walmart on Bush River Road closed following fire which was ruled arson 12/31/2014
Police: Ohio Walmart cashier gave away $2K in merchandise 12/31/2014
Man turns himself in for firing BB rounds after Va. Walmart theft 12/31/2014
Man accused of stealing steaks and beer from Fla. Walmart 12/31/2014
Thieves hit Helena-West Helena, ARK. Walmart one day after Christmas 12/31/2014
Fox News: Things you didn't know about the food at Walmart 12/30/2014
Two teens rob, carjack, and kidnap man in Florida Walmart parking lot 12/26/2014
Knox woman faces theft, drug charges after Ky. Walmart arrest 12/31/2014
Woman accused of stealing wallet left behind at Ky. Walmart 12/31/2014
Alexandria couple accused in La. Walmart bomb threats 12/30/2014
Man threatens to cut people after shoplifting from SC Walmart 12/30/2014
Police: Moses Lake Walmart clear after bomb threat 12/30/2014
Man robbed at gunpoint of expensive diamond ring at North Carolina Walmart 12/31/2014
Gunman robs Walmart in North Carolina 12/31/2014
Woman threatens Walmart shopper with gun in Tennessee 12/31/2014