Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Wal-Mart Crime report January 2015
Some one posted signs in a North Carolina Walmart saying, “Truck drivers you are not welcome at Walmart Manager.”
Management says it wasn't them.
My best guess is that I'm not the only one not overly concerned about the incredible injustice being done to Walmart by the people who posted this sign.
They had another wild animal flying around a Florida Walmart, and presumably eating any food he could get his hands, or beak on; the hawk was captured tre3ated and released.
If anything the number of shootings seems to have increased in Walmart, the first month of the year, including one shooting that left an employee dead and another that injured at least one more. There was also an intoxicated man that was arrested at Walmart and died in his jail cell shortly afterwards.
One of the people caught stealing from Walmart could apparently get up to twenty years in jail for stealing "$101.26 worth of merchandise" due to laws that make it a felony to be a repeat offender. These laws are becoming much more common and they're usually not enforced to the most extreme length, since our jails are already crowded enough. However they don't apply to white collar crimes that are committed by those with the most political connections nor do they apply to epidemic levels of activities including deceptive advertising, wage suppression tactics, and many other legal practices that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy at the expense of the working class.
This selective creation of these types of laws and enforcement of them is clearly a major reason why they have such a large problem with crime in the first place.
Ironically when it comes to trees, especially sentimental trees, on the property of a Walton family member they suddenly become environmentalists standing up for the protection of that tree, even if it doesn't seem to be threatened.
Another jury convicted a security guard who also worked for a small police department in Texas, that no longer exists, for tasering two people who were filming shopping carts before filming the security guard. This is just one of many examples that indicate that if someone needs to be blamed for something even the police or security guards will be blamed before considering any blame on those that make decisions.
Ironically this security guard unintentionally reported himself to the real police.
If he had been a Walton family member he might have had a much better chance and the trees in his yard would receive protection from the government; but then he would have simply hired someone else for security and let him take the blame when something goes wrong, often using subcontractors for plausible deniability reasons.
Another homeless person moved into Walmart for a couple days before someone noticed and had her taken into custody. And at another Walmart they found someone with meat in his pants again; they returned it to Walmart but didn't say whether or not they would put it back in the cooler; if they do it is virtually guaranteed that they won't inform customers. This has happened repeatedly at many Walmart; and they have also been caught selling expired food numerous times; so it isn't something I would rule out.
They've been caught doing worse plenty of times.
They're facing another lawsuit about gas can blasts; which they seem to be trying to blame their suppliers as they have in the past, without mentioning the fact that they routinely put enormous amounts of pressure on suppliers to cut corners and prices. Another study has come out about Walmart, or warehouse stores; this one indicates that the bulk sales probably contributes to the current obesity epidemic. This is almost certainly not the only thing contributing to obesity; Marion Nestle, author of "Food Politics" and many other researchers have indicated that deceptive marketing practices are clearly a major factor as well.
Walmart is heavily involved in those marketing practices along with other food corporations.
There was also a prayer vigil going on in Kentucky supporting a new Walmart organized by a local preacher; and counter protests by opponents who compare Walmart to slavery among other things. Several books and newspaper articles have exposed how Walmart often uses AstroTurf to create the appearance of grassroots support; so even though this article didn't mention it, I wouldn't rule it out.
The security guard that was convicted of tasering people filming shopping carts wasn't the last one to call the police and report himself; a suspected shoplifter called 911 and told them that he thought a couple plainclothes security guards were following him and he thought they looked like a couple of "thugs."
It wouldn't be the first time that Walmart security was described like that. By abandoning old designs that made it easy to see when someone was bypassing the registers with merchandise that has dramatically contributed to higher shoplifting problems in many stores especially Walmart.
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 January 2015. 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 charged in theft of goods worth $3G at Roxbury NJ Walmart 01/02/2015
North Country man arrested after bomb threat empties NY Wal-Mart, Sam's Club 01/02/2015
Walmart in Wiggins Mississippi now open after bomb threat 01/01/2015
Judge To Ohio Walmart Shoplifter: Write A Letter To Your Kids! 01/02/2015
New Walmart Scam 01/01/2015
Wal-Mart appeals to state for tax break from Rockland Me. 01/02/2015
Police: Woman killed in Dayton Ohio double-fatal crash was girlfriend of man killed in Walmart shooting 01/02/2015
Wal-Mart, Casinos, AIF Among Latest Fla. Governor Rick Scott’s Inaugural Donors 01/02/2015
Appeals court overturns weapons charge against Wal-Mart employee in 2011 Jacksonville Fla. shooting 01/02/2015
Police: Clifton Park man steals from Walmart 01/04/2015
Police: Man charged after slashing SC Walmart employee with knife 01/04/2015
Kansas Walmart robbed by gunman 01/04/2015
No bomb found at Lake Delton Wisc. Wal-Mart after threat and robbery attempt 01/04/2015
Police release info, images from Lake Delton Wisconsin Walmart bomb threat 01/05/2015
Former employee accused of stealing from NY Walmart 01/05/2015
Gas leak prompts Laurel Montana Wal-Mart evacuation 01/05/2015
Man charged with punching Prattville Alabama Wal-Mart manager in face while trying to steal $1K in goods 01/05/2015
Minnesota Walmart Employee Charged With Stealing $1,377 In 13 Days 01/05/2015
Group tries to make off with 205 items from Pa. Wal-Mart, police say 01/05/2015
Three arrested in strong arm robbery attempt at Walmart in Danville Kentucky 01/05/2015
Police: Couple Left Kids In Car While They Stole From Fla. Walmart 01/0/2015
Kansas woman sues Walmart over trampling at pre-Black Friday sale 01/06/2015
23 phones worth $13,600 stolen from Boutte La. Walmart; 2 suspects sought 01/06/2015
Woman steals purse from Pa. Wal-Mart shopper, violates probation, police say 01/06/2015
Search underway for man suspected of robbing a Wood River Ill. Walmart 01/07/2015
Big box proposal that riled Bloomingdale Fla. is revealed as Walmart’s 01/07/2015
Man, 54, arrested on armed robbery following Fla. Wal-Mart incident 01/07/2015
Lubbock Tx. police release images of man who attempted to rob Walmart 01/08/2015
Man passes off 'large amount' counterfeit bills at Pa. Wal-Mart, police say 01/07/2015
Woman charged with shoplifting, changing price tags on items at Walmart in Bayonne NJ: police 01/07/2015
Wal-Mart de Mexico 2014 Same-Store Sales Fell Slightly 01/07/2015
Mexico's Walmex says September same-store sales fall 10/03/2014
Walmart clerk refuses to print photo with shotgun 01/07/2015
Cedar Rapids police investigating shots fired incident at Blairs Ferry Iowa Wal-Mart 01/08/2015
Suspect arrested — but not shooter — in shooting near Cedar Rapids Iowa Wal-Mart 01/20/2015
Grandoe files suit for breach of contract against Walmart 01/08/2015
Wal-Mart employee accused of stealing from Fla. store 01/08/2015
Police nab serial Oklahoma Walmart purse snatcher 01/08/2015
Transient cited in theft of batteries from Oregon Walmart 01/08/2015
Gunman Steals TV From South Philly Pa. Walmart early Saturday morning 01/10/2015
Geena Davis Is on a Mission to Highlight Female Filmmakers. Her Biggest Ally? Walmart 01/09/2015
Police: Man Exposes Himself In Minn. Walmart Parking Lot 01/09/2015
Cashier booked for Tx. Walmart theft 01/0/2015
Belgrade woman pleads guilty to robbing woman at Augusta Me. Walmart 01/09/2015
West Sacramento Ca. Walmart Evacuated after Bomb Threat 01/09/2015
Woman accused of snatching purse in NC Walmart 01/09/2015
Police: Shoplifting dad shoves child, cart at Ky. Walmart employee 01/09/2015
Bomb Threat Evacuates Baseline Rd. Little Rock Ark. Walmart 01/11/2015
Fire breaks out in trailer at new east Charlotte NC Walmart 01/12/2015
Seneca Falls woman, drunk on vanilla extract, arrested for DWI in NY Walmart parking lot 01/12/2015
Car catches fire at Crookston Minn. Wal-Mart 01/12/2015
Deltona Fla. Wal-Mart pharmacy tech’s license suspended 01/12/2015
Police seek man who stole $6K in iPads from Ky. Walmart 01/12/2015
Police: Suspected shoplifter, 16, punched Delaware Walmart worker 01/12/2015
Man Arrested for Stealing from Several Fla. Wal-Marts 01/13/2015
Woman robbed in Greensboro NC Walmart parking lot 01/13/2015
Man Wanted For Passing Counterfeit Bills at Easton Md. Walmart 01/13/2015
Brunswick man scammed Walmart for heroin money, says NY State Police 01/13/2015
Accidental shooting at Tenn. Walmart 01/13/2015
Person wanted for stealing bike, other merchandise from Statesville NC Wal-Mart 01/14/2015
South Richmond Va. Walmart evacuated due to gas leak 01/14/2015
Forbes: Retail Sales Drop 1% in December - Sell Walmart, Buy Amazon 01/14/2015
Mobile Alabama Wal-Mart armed robbery causes school lockdowns before suspect apprehended 01/14/2015
2 injured in shooting outside Eastern Boulevard Wal-Mart, Montgomery Alabama police say 01/14/2015
Springville man goes to jail for refund theft at NY Walmart 01/14/2015
Wal-Mart supports Nebraska Youth For Christ 01/15/2015
Police search for Ohio Walmart theft suspect 01/15/2015
Kansas Walmart employee accused of stealing from register 01/15/2015
Grandma: 4-year-old grandchild hid $30 worth of toys in blanket at Tx. Walmart 01/15/2015
Manchester man accused of stuffing items in comforter bags at Epping NH Wal-Mart 01/15/2015
Fla. pair accused of using fraudulent debit card at midstate Pa. Wal-Marts, police say 01/16/2015
Johnson City Tenn. Police Department: Woman arrested for Walmart shoplifting 01/15/2015
Kingsport Tenn. Police Department: Pair sought in Walmart shoplifting 01/15/2015
Rincon Ga. Police: Couple have routine for stealing from Walmart 01/16/2015
Security Photos From Suspected Pa. Wal-Mart Theft 01/16/2015
White Lake Mich. Police: Walmart customers accused of taking gift cards, merchandise after confusing cashier 01/16/2015
Police, K-9 unit and helicopter at evacuated Auburn NY Wal-Mart which was closed for 3 hours due to Bomb scare 01/17/2015
Lexington SC Walmart Reopened after chemical spill 01/17/2015
Clinton's Walmart connection fueling Left's doubts 01/17/2015
Deputies investigate robbery outside of SC Walmart 01/17/2015
Athens Alabama police arrest woman accused of trying to give child away at Walmart 01/18/2015
One injured after shooting at Coors and I-40 NM Wal-Mart 01/1/2015
NM Walmart shooting victim's father speaks out against gang violence 01/19/2015
Mich. Police ask for help in identifying man accused of injuring Walmart employee during theft 01/19/2015
Smoothie Blends Sold at Costco & Walmart Recalled because they may be contaminated with listeria. 01/19/2015
Cleveland federal judge lets class-action lawsuit that calls return policies into question against Walmart proceed 01/19/2015
Man arrested, charged with video voyeurism at Apopka Fla. Walmart 01/1/2015
Woman causes $1k damage to car over parking spot at NY Walmart 01/19/2015
Man arrested for exposing himself at SC Walmart 01/19/2015 The woman says she followed him to the parking lot of a nearby McDonalds to get his license plate.
A march is planned in support of West End Louisville Ky. Wal-Mart 01/20/2015
2 armed men rob West Brownsville Pa. Walmart prompting nearby schools lockdown 01/20/2015
Oneida NY police searching for two women they say stole $3,475 in goods from Walmart 01/20/2015
Police: Women rob Cicero NY Walmart, use stun gun on loss prevention officer 01/20/2015
Man shot on his way to Northeastside Ind. Wal-Mart 01/20/2015
Shopper tackles man with gun at Fla. Wal-Mart 01/20/2015
Suspected thieves caught on camera stealing from Va. Walmart 01/20/2015
Police Search for Suspect in Armed Robbery Near Fla. Wal-Mart 01/20/2015
Police: Men stole credit cards, then used them at Oklahoma Wal-Mart 01/21/2015
6 suspects arrested in $23K NM Walmart safe robbery 01/21/2015
Family of comedian killed in NJ Wal-Mart crash settles claim 01/21/2015 The terms of the settlement are confidential.
h Police Arrest Suspect in Armed Robbery Near Fla. Wal-Mart 01/21/2015
Lancaster County Pa. Wal-Mart target of multiple retail thefts, police seek suspect 01/21/2015
Shot fired at Winona Minn. Walmart -- by a shopping cart, not a gun 01/21/2015
Manheim Township Pa. police ask for help to identify Wal-Mart theft suspect 01/22/2015
Pics of Persons of Interest in SC Walmart Fire Released 01/22/2015 Damage estimates from the fire are in the millions of dollars.
Dog left chained behind Mich. Walmart chews own paw to get free 01/22/2015
Police looking into robbery at Walmart Neighborhood Market in Springfield Missouri 01/22/2015
Would-be shoplifter points knife at Ariz. Walmart worker 01/22/2015
Man who stole game systems from NY Walmart sought 01/22/2015
Couple used stolen credit card at Wal-Mart, Clayton NC police say 01/22/2015
Police: Woman robbed at knifepoint in Fla. Walmart parking lot 01/22/2015
Charges filed in two Ill. Wal-Mart thefts 01/22/2015
Wal-Mart China: Hitting headwinds 01/22/2015
Louisiana thief tries to escape on Walmart wheelchair shopping cart: cops 01/22/2015
Newington Conn. Walmart robbed 01/22/2015
ND Walmart employee arrested for theft 01/23/2015
Pullman Washington police report victim robbed at gunpoint behind Walmart 01/23/2015
Man wounded in shootout at Phoenix Ariz. Walmart 01/23/2015
Police: Man with meth recipe boosts $111 in batteries from Ormond Fla. Wal-Mart 01/23/2015
Man sentenced to prison, for five years plus fifteen suspended, for setting fire in Conn. Wal-Mart store last February 01/23/2015
Rincon Ga. Police: Fight, shoplifting and damaged vehicle at Walmart in at least five separate incidents 01/23/2015
Police arrest two separate thieves at Wood River Missouri Wal-Mart, both including assaults 01/23/2015
Police: Bushnell woman arrested for shoplifting from Macomb Ill. Wal-Mart, MDH and more 01/23/2015
2 children charged in multi-million dollar SC Walmart arson 01/24/2015
2 Walmarts evacuated due to a bomb threat in Fort Collins Tx. 01/24/2015
Man, woman accused of stealing from Fla. Wal-marts 01/24/2015
Man with a gun terrorizes East Texas Walmart 01/24/2015
Hoover Alabama police arrest woman accused of trying to steal $3,600 in razors, gum from Highway 280 Wal-Mart 01/25/2015
Police: Suspect who shot 7-Eleven clerk could be NM Walmart safe robber 01/26/2015
Monday's Most Wanted: Bristol Tenn. investigators search for Walmart shoplifting pair 01/26/2015
Belleville Ill. Walmart hit by purse snatchers 01/27/2015
Montgomery Alabama police make arrest in shooting of woman in Wal-Mart parking lot 01/27/2015
Woman gives away newborn in Colorado Walmart parking lot 01/27/2015
Missouri Walmart customer fights back when robber tries to steal her purse 01/27/2015
Man arrested at Porter Tx. Walmart wearing body armor 01/27/2015
North Adams Police seek shoplifter who pulled knife at Mass. Walmart 01/28/2015
Mom charged with leaving toddler inside unlocked, running car while she shopped at Pa. Walmart 01/28/2015
Tenn. Walmart managers charged with taking thousands from cash registers 01/28/2015
Consumers being warned about Walmart tax refund scheme by Connecticut officials although the scheme is national 01/28/2015
Man steals 2 electronic kid cars from Fla. Walmart 01/28/2015
Adamsville Alabama police searching for driver involved in fatal hit-and-run near Walmart 01/28/2015
Repeat NY Walmart shoplifter pleads guilty to felony, enters drug treatment 01/28/2015
12-year-old calls in fake bomb threat at Ca. Walmart from school bus 01/28/2015
Shelbyville couple arrested for shoplifting at Bardstown Ky. Walmart 01/28/2015
Man wanted for stealing compressor, tools from Suffolk Va. Walmart 01/29/2015
Wal-Mart cuts about 50 positions at Bentonville Ark. headquarters 01/29/2015
Alabama Wal-Mart employee caught swiping thousands from his employer, police say 01/29/2015
Deputies: Suspect used stolen credit card at Walmart in Oldsmar Fla. 01/29/2015
Man arrested after robbing a northside Tuscon Ariz. Walmart 01/29/2015
Man, woman arrested in purse thefts at Ill. Walmart 01/29/2015
Suffolk Va. police searching for man who robbed a Walmart armed 01/29/2015
Walmart Relents After Asking Ga. Greeter to Stop Saying "Have a Blessed Day" 01/29/2015
Thieves Steal Motor Oil From Pa. Walmart 01/30/2015
Male cited for shoplifting at Ohio Walmart in motorized scooter 01/29/2015 An officer working off-duty security made the citation and someone from the police department decided it was worth posting on Facebook.
Measles Panic Spreads at Ca. Bay Area Costco, Walmart 01/26/2015
At least 8 Busted at NC Walmart and charged during the week of Jan. 18 to Jan. 24 01/2/2015
Walmart worker charged with shoplifting from Mansfield NJ store 01/27/2015
Man charged with inhaling toxic chemical at Walmart in Mansfield NJ 01/28/2015
Man steals $750 worth of Pokémon cards from Halfmoon NY Walmart 01/2/2015
Attorney fears Ky. Wal-Mart decision a bad precedent 01/30/2015 A lawyer .... fears other companies will expect exemptions after a city commission approved a plan for the retail giant even though the plan does not meet code.
Three people steal thousands of dollars in items from Ky. Walmart 01/30/2015
Hendricks Co. sheriff seeks suspects in several Ind. Walmart robberies 01/30/2015
Man injured in crash outside Berlin Delaware Wal-Mart 01/30/2015
Deputies searching for woman who stole from Va. Walmart 01/30/2015
Rochester man arrested for thefts from Lockport NY Walmart 01/30/2015
Police seek tips in alleged NY Walmart theft 01/30/2015
$14K in phones stolen from La Grange Ky. Wal-Mart 02/02/2015
(Crossposted on both Open Salon and Blogspot.)