Monday, March 2, 2015
Wal-Mart Crime report February 2015
Texas has their share of interesting activities at Walmart.
And at least one person has creative ways of dealing with bad customer service from tax preparers there. She head butted her and started a brawl that made national attention.
At least two Walmarts had chemical scares this month. One of them said it was an "Unfounded" carbon monoxide scare but they took six employees to the hospital "for further evaluation" and offered no explanation why this would be necessary if it was "unfounded." The other one was apparently a real chemical spill and it sent 4 to hospital
Another manager was fired after being overly aggressive in pursuing a shoplifter. This is a semi-routine event yet the managers keep saying they have the impression that they're encouraged to do what it takes to stop shoplifters, even though Walmart repeatedly says it is a violation of their policies. As usual no effort is made to explain this. They took another poll which often accompanies these discussion and the people overwhelmingly though that he shouldn't have been fired.
However they didn't discuss why they have such a big problem with shoplifting or whether or not the design of their stores, or anything else might be contributing to it. It doesn't take a genius to look at how open many of them are and that there is an easy opportunity to get past the door that many shoplifters can easy recognize. This is a major reason why they have a large number of people walking out with entire shopping carts full. Stores never used to be designed this way and some still aren't.
Instead one of the commentators claimed that it was in the customers best interest to stop these shoplifters since it would result in higher prices. This might be true if they passed their savings on to customers, and the same argument could be made for better employee pay; however Walmart and other oligarchies rarely ever do that although there is propaganda indicating they would.
There were at least five separate shooting incidents at Walmarts this month and at least three of them resulted in at least one death. One of them was killed by a police officer. Another shooting incident, which didn't result in any deaths only involved a BB gun but this was stolen from the store during the incident.
This isn't the first time an armed robber didn't even bother bringing his own gun, real or not, to rob the place. This also implies that even after John Crawford III was shot in a misunderstanding they still aren't doing a good job securing their BB guns.
In an argument in Maine someone who said he was a military veteran and could “level them,” over a parking spot. there was also at least one purse snatching where a 66 year old woman was dragged trying to stop him. Most of the less dramatic purse snatching probably don't get reported as widely but they're probably still far less common than the shoplifting incidents. There has also been reports of exceptionally high car break ins at an East Oakland Ca. Walmart.
Walmart has been exposed for outrageous business practices in the Mexican farms they buy from. This was apparently widely reported in the LA area where the LA Times is more widely read but it received little or no national attention. The first I heard of it was when Walmart and Mexico said they weren't tolerating this type of activity and were acting on it.
This is typical of the way they respond to these events, only after they're widely reported and if they follow past behavior patterns follow up reports might indicate they only do a minimum amount of improvements if they can get away with it or try to minimize coverage.
They also increased pay but labor groups are insisting that it isn't enough and they're only doing this because it is impacting service and costing them business.
Wal-Mart is Suing Texas for Right to Sell Liquor. They claim it is interfering with free enterprise; this isn't the first time they've made such a claim but they never seem to see any problem with restoring monopolies or the closest thing they can get to that, with the help of their political connections as an interference with free enterprise.
That would of course involve acknowledging inconvenient facts or possibilities.
A woman was apparently kidnapped from Mississippi Walmart, held hostage in tent for a couple of days before escaping. This isn't Walmart's doing, of course, but it is indicative of many of the problems that are happening in abandoned parts of the country that receive little or no attention unless something extreme happens. If these problems were addressed before they escalated then reforms could almost certainly reduce many of them. Unfortunately the only thing the government seems to be interested in is increasing profits for corporations that donate to campaigns and finance the media with their misleading advertising.
Another woman who had a fight with a family member while moving apparently decided to bring her rental trailer to Walmart and inform an employee that there was C-4 explosive in it. As usual it was a bluff.
They almost all are.
Apparently it is easier for angry people to say there is a bomb than to actually figure out how to build one and blow it up. Otherwise Walmart would almost certainly have blown up much more often, instead of getting so many false alarms and rare occasions where there is a soda-pop bomb.
A couple of teens shot young and old people with Blow darts in Texas.
Texas Walmarts have their share of interesting activities.
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. For regular updates about events at Walmart through the month see Walmart Watch on twitter. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in February 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.
Police call a SD Walmart bomb threat Friday a misunderstanding 01/20/2015
Two face felony charges in Belleville Walmart purse thefts 02/01/2015
Puppy Rescued From Snowbank Outside Pa. Wal-Mart 02/02/2015
Albuquerque NM police responds to bomb threat at Coors-Rio Bravo Walmart 02/02/2015
Bomb Threat Forces Omaha Nebraska Walmart Evacuation 02/03/2015
Anonymous tips lead to arrest of North Adams man who threatened Mass. Walmart clerk with knife, police say 02/03/2015
Grand theft reported at Walmart in Paramount Ca. 02/02/2015
Man arrested, accused of shoplifting at Greensboro NC Wal-Mart 02/02/2015
Forbes: Wal-mart, Target and others under fire for selling bogus supplements 02/03/2015 The entire supplement industry has turned into a marketing scam as described in "Food Politics" by Marion Nestle (not related to Nestle corporation).
Police: Man exposed himself to woman in Statesville NC Walmart 02/03/2015
Police: Teen led police on chase ending in a crash after man attacked, robbed in Shelby NC Walmart parking lot 02/03/2015
Man steals woman's purse at Walmart in Port St. Lucie Fla. 02/03/2015
Police try to ID Williston Vt. Wal-Mart vandalism suspects 02/03/2015
Walmart in Seabrook NH closes due to snow on roof 02/03/2015
Crime Stoppers: Man steals woman's purse in Nebraska Walmart 02/03/2015
Breastfeeding moms hold nurse-in at Glenpool Okla. Walmart 02/03/2015
Traffic congestion snarls around new Missouri Wal-Mart store 02/04/2015
Couple steals from Wisc. Walmart, arrested when they return for more 02/04/2015
Police: Man had heroin, syringes at NY Walmart 02/04/2015
Shoplifters flee Myrtle Beach SC Wal-Mart, no arrests made 02/04/2015
Myrtle Beach SC Wal-Mart employee reports beer, underwear theft 02/04/2015
Wal-Mart driver loses bid in NJ Morgan crash lawsuit 02/04/2015
Police hunt for Fla. Walmart purse-snatching duo 02/04/2015
Man arrested for attempted purse thefts at Winston-Salem NC Walmarts 02/04/2015
$20,000 in Cell Phones Stolen from Russellville Arkansas Walmart 02/04/2015
Charges: In freezing cold, drunk man brought kid without jacket or shoes to Minn. Walmart 02/04/2015
Cheese thieves: couple accused of stealing 57 blocks of cheese from Tenn. Walmart 02/04/2015
Va. Walmart evacuated after fire 02/05/2015
Va. Walmart robbery suspect could be connected to other cases 02/05/2015
Myrtle Beach SC Wal-Mart employee stops shoplifting attempt 02/05/2015
Robbery At South Topeka Kansas Walmart 02/05/2015
Officials: Chantilly Va. Walmart fire was intentionally set 02/05/2015
Boynton Beach Fla. police seek man who used stolen credit card info at Walmart 02/05/2015
Man stabbed on bike path near Iowa Walmart calls 911 for help 02/05/2015
Police search for man who exposed himself at Lancaster SC WalMart 02/05/2015
Car of Michigan man accused of murder found at Farmington Me. Walmart 02/05/2015
Rincon Ga. Police: Walmart employee steals $3,800 in cash 02/06/2015
Man accused of taking up-skirt pictures of woman at Fla. Walmart 02/06/2015
Wal-Mart creates new position to improve China reputation: Bloomberg 02/06/2015
Tempers Flare During Public Hearing For Proposed Walmart In Middle Valley Tenn. 02/06/2015
Hixson Tenn. residents say NO to new Walmart 02/06/2015
Unscanned merchandise prompts La. Walmart worker’s arrest 02/0/2015
Man sentenced for stealing TVs from Wisc. Walmart 02/06/2015
Fire Forces Brief Evacuation At Fountain Colorado Walmart 02/07/2015
Group Protests Walmart’s Leave Policy for Service Members in Apple Valley Minn. 02/07/2015
Vehicle occupants escape injury when their cars collide at Fla. Wal-Mart 02/07/2015
City readying for vote on Yuma Ariz. Walmart market 02/07/2015
Police searching for Fla. Walmart fraud suspect 02/09/2015
Trio suspected of setting fire inside NJ Wal-Mart identified 02/10/2015
Walmart in Martinsburg WV Evacuated After 2 Fires Set 02/09/2015
NYSP: Troy NY woman tried to steal from Walmart 02/09/2015
Do you know this Ohio Walmart / Sam’s Club thief? 02/09/2015
For policy, Jeb Bush shops at Walmart 02/10/2015
Walmart employee in Raeford NC charged with larceny 02/10/2015
Wanted man found at Tampa Fla. Wal-Mart 02/10/2015
Laptops reportedly stolen from Ariz. Walmart next to Foothills Mall 02/10/2015
Man wanted for stealing gas powered trimmers from Virginia Beach Va. Walmart 02/11/2015
IMPD: Suspects broke into Ind. Walmart, stole 6 TVs 02/11/2015
Trio accused in NC Walmart wedding ring heist 02/11/2015
New York Church Taking Walmart To Court Over Gun Sales 02/09/2015
Shoplifting calls from Walmart lead to arrests in Franklin Township NJ 02/11/2015
Okla. Walmart embezzlement charge refiled 02/11/2015
Police seek to identify suspects who stole tv’s from Pa. Walmart 02/11/2015
Prattville Alabama Walmart robbed, two women sought 02/10/2015
Woman blames Walmart after tripping on rug in WV 02/12/2015
Man charged with theft, having knives at Ohio Wal-Mart 02/09/2015
At least 3 Busted for Shoplifting at Morganton NC Walmart 02/10/2015
Vocal Opposition to Proposed Middle Valley Tenn. Walmart 02/12/2015
Myrtle Beach SC Wal-Mart employee injured while stopping alleged shoplifter 02/13/2015
Police search for suspects in connection to robbery at Winston-Salem NC Walmart 02/13/2015
Authorities investigate two separate bomb threats in Hinesville Ga. 02/12/2015
Ky. Walmart cashier arrested on theft charge 02/13/2015
Raleigh, Clayton police charge woman in merchandise thefts from NC Belk, Walmarts 02/13/2015
Wal-Mart VP offers his health insight to Bill Frist and friends 02/13/2015
Conn. mom accused of leaving child in cold car while she shopped at Walmart 02/13/2015
Truckers Use Ark. Walmart Parking Lot as Truck Stop; Customers Feel Unsafe 02/13/2015
Police respond to bomb threat at Norman Okla. Wal-Mart; No device found 02/14/2015
Man arrested in Utah Walmart on multiple forgery charges 02/16/2015
Albany man tries to rob NY Walmart, flees in Mercedes Benz 02/16/2015
Montgomery Alabam police searching for man, woman involved in Wal-Mart Jan. 14th shooting 02/17/2015
Credit card taken during burglary used at Walmart 02/17/2015
Boyd found guilty in August 2013 Neenah Walmart shooting 02/17/2015
4 reasons Walmart is the most-hated retailer in America 02/18/2015
Police: Man Leaves Reidsville NC Walmart Without Paying 02/17/2015
Bank inside South Austin Tx. Walmart robbed 02/18/2015
Wal-Mart beats 4Q profit forecasts 02/19/2015
Slide in customer service spurred Wal-Mart pay increase 02/19/2015
Truckers Respond To Ark. 'Walmart Parking' Story 02/19/2015
Bitter cold doesn’t stop Beavercreek Ohio Walmart shooting activists 02/20/2015
Potential Measles Exposure Sites Include Calif. Target, Walmart 02/20/2015
Family of a former Bradford County deputy files suit against Wal-Mart over fatal crash in Hawthorne Fla. 02/20/2015
Child molester caught filming up girl's dress at Rohnert Park Ca. Wal-Mart to serve 8 years 02/20/2015
64 protected trees need to come down for new Biloxi Mississippi Walmart 02/20/2015
Walmart computer theft nets Wareham Mass. Police 3 arrests 02/20/2015
Halfmoon NY Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 02/21/2015
Wal-Mart’s wage hikes come after years of fighting in court 02/19/2015
Raymore Missouri Walmart evacuated after report of suspicious person brandishing a weapon 02/21/2015
Officials say body found in vehicle in Concord NH Wal-Mart parking lot 02/22/2015
Critics: Wal-Mart wage hikes aren’t enough for workers 02/20/2015
Man who tried to rob Walmart employee appears before judge, Fla. police say 02/21/2015
Sumiton Alabama Walmart evacuated due to possible gas leak in bakery 02/18/2015
Ky. Walmart evacuated due to crack in walls 02/22/2015
Heavy snow and 'boom' close Walmart for second time this month in Seabrook NH 02/23/2015
Battle Ground police seek Washington state Walmart assault, shoplifting suspects 02/23/2015
Wal-Mart Opposes Arkansas Law Some See as Allowing LGBT Bias 02/24/2015
Police release images of NC Walmart robbery suspects 02/24/2015
KPD officers search for Tenn. Walmart shoplifter 02/24/2015
Woman, 90, dies after being hit by car in Falmouth Maine Wal-Mart lot 02/24/2015
Police are Looking for Suspects of a Walmart Theft in Athens Tenn. 02/24/2015
Man causes disturbance at Clarksville Tenn. Walmart 02/25/2015
August 2013 Wisc. Walmart shooting trial under way 02/24/2015
Theft ring hits Tenn. Walmarts 02/25/2015
Teens Threatened Kids at Branford Conn. Wal-Mart: Cops 02/25/2015
Lufkin man gets 10-year sentence for setting fire to Tx. Walmart Garden Center, other locations 02/25/2015
Family reunited with dog after stolen with truck from Ariz. Wal-Mart parking lot 02/25/2015
Jury finds Boyd responsible for Wisc. Walmart shooting 02/25/2015
Walmart Police Report Involving Dallas Cowboy Dez Bryant Unearthed 02/25/2015
Update: Kansas Wal-Mart closing set for April 28 02/26/2015
Woman guilty of stealing from Wisc. Walmart 02/26/2015
After Wal-Mart parking lot shooting in Chalmette, New Orleans couple arrested 02/26/2015
Anti- Wal-Mart case to be brought to Michigan Supreme Court by Muskegon County Mich.'s BOW NOT 02/26/2015
Another theft at Topsy Lane Nevada Walmart 02/27/2015
Police: Man stole computers from Walmart in Port Richmond Pa. 02/27/2015
Nebraska Walmart Employee Pepper-Sprayed By Shoplifter 02/27/2015
Man charged in Chantilly Walmart fire 02/27/2015
Fire Forces Shoppers from Wal-Mart in Luzerne County Pa. 02/27/2015
Raleigh NC police search for Walmart robber 02/2/2015
Man stabbed at Ky. Wal-Mart; another jailed 03/01/2015
'Prank' bomb threat to Holland Township Mich. Walmart made by juveniles 03/01/2015
Man arrested for indecent exposure at SC Wal-Mart has ‘problem with sticking his hands in his pants’ 03/01/2015
Falmouth Mass. police: Boy falls from SUV as mother flees Wal-Mart with stolen television 03/02/2015
(Crossposted on both Open Salon and Blogspot.)