Friday, May 1, 2015
Wal-Mart Crime report April 2015
Wal-Mart announced they're shutting down five stores for plumbing problems without any notice and laid off thousands of workers. They claim it will take at least six months.
Hardly anyone with any ability to think believes this explanation.
This isn't surprising; it is hard to imagine what kind of plumbing problems would need six months to fix or why they would happen all on the same day. This has spurred plenty of conspiracy theories that range from the relatively simple to extreme conspiracies that few are likely to believe.
It shouldn't be surprising to people familiar with Wal-Mart that they're shutting down five stores; however it is hard to understand how they managed to botch the way they handled it so bad. Wal-Mart has done a lot of clueless things but it is hard to image how they could possibly expect people to believe such a bad explanation.
Are they that clueless?
Or are they actually trying to incite conspiracy theories?
This one doesn't seem likely but something unlikely seems to be happening, although there are simple explanations for some of their problems.
First of all the reason it shouldn't be surprising that they shut them down is that Wal-Mart has been overbuilding for a long time as part of their strategy to dominate the market. This means there is way to much supply for the economy so they're bound to wind up with too many stores.
One of the conspiracy theories involves a large number of bodies that were found at Wal-Mart last month. This may actually be a problem with reporting in the news and that we aren't maintaining an economic system that enables people to live and die under reasonable circumstances.
Dead bodies turning up at Wal-Mart isn't new at all. They just report them locally without letting people know how often they happen. Most of them are poor people or drug addicts that have no place to go; and they have to die somewhere. However the number of bodies found last month and again this month is more than usual. This should indicate a problem with taking care of the poor and reporting on it.
Another conspiracy involves working with the Department of Homeland Security in an attempt at martial law. This hasn't turned out to be true yet even though there are major problems in Baltimore, and most people would be skeptical of it. However a few years ago the DHS did announce that they would partner with Wal-Mart in their Orwellian "if you see something say something" policy; which should worry every one since it involves asking us to spy on each other and it is acknowledged by both our government and Wal-Mart.
A bigger reason for a legitimate conspiracy theories, which isn't new; is how did Wal-Mart get to dominate the market so much when so many people dislike them and they behave so incompetently.
An enormous amount of this is their political connections and government subsidies; however this might not fit the strictest definition of conspiracy since people like Bob Ortega author of "In Sam We Trust," Stacy Mitchell author or "Big Box Swindle" and more researchers have exposed major portions of this; but the majority of the public isn't accustomed to reading non-fiction books.
Another common tactic allegedly used by conspirators is that they create extreme conspiracy theories that are so absurd no one would believe them. Then they stereo type conspiracy theories and dismiss all of them, or at least all but the one believed by the government and the media. Their absurd explanation seems to be designed to invite absurd conspiracies. Even if this isn't being done intentionally it happens often. And if they aren't doing something like this there has to be another explanation for their absurd behavior.
A few days before this announcement there was a news story which got much less attention about a new wage study that shows that Wal-Mart suppresses wages and shopping locally will almost certainly help bring them back up. This should also indicate that efforts to get Wal-Mart to reopen the stores should be considered carefully. It might bring back the lost jobs temporarily but it would enable Wal-Mart to keep their market share; and shopping locally will create better jobs and reduce Wal-Marts political clout. We also need more manufacturing and a restoration of factory direct options for consumers which is far more efficient than Wal-Mart has ever been despite all their propaganda.
We ship subsidized cotton from the U.S. half way around the world, abuse workers so they have little or no incentive to do a good job, then ship low quality merchandise that starts falling apart almost immediately back going through complex distribution systems. On top of that they pay an enormous amount of money for advertisers lobbyists and consultants that do jobs that have nothing to do with serving consumers needs.
Then they spend even more money to buy advertising time telling us about their efficiency.
This isn't the first sign that Wal-Mart might be past it's peak; A corporation as big as Wal-Mart doesn't collapse overnight; but these signs are slowly escalating.
Their sales have been flat or going down for years. On at least one occasion in the past five years they had seven consecutive quarters with declining same store sales. There have also bee additional reports of flat sales and the only way they can grow at this point is to open more stores which they're having problems doing. They claim to be expanding in China again but the same day there was an article saying they're going slow there; and another market adviser has said that their stock isn't likely to grow. This is rare; market advisers often continue recommending buys even when a company like Enron or Worldcom is on the verge of collapse.
This could lead to the Decline and Fall of Wal-Mart especially if workers and consumers stand up for their rights.
On top of that Wal-Mart has had their share of other strange things and crimes taking place this month. Someone found bags of Marijuana in their Easter gifts for their children; I didn't make this up supposedly it was a return which no one checked.
There were officer involved shootings again this month and more incidents where people shot at, attempted to run over or stabbed police. There was an incident where someone stole a gun from Wal-Mart and went on a crime spree elsewhere before getting rammed by police.
Stealing weapons from Wal-Mart is actually much more common than people realize. There were two other incidents this month where robbers stole a crowbar and knife and threatened or assaulted people; the one that stole the knife asked the clerk if she wanted to get fired. This implies familiarity with Wal-Mart policies of firing people fro overreacting to robberies. However another clerk indicated he wasn't aware of this policy when he got fired in another incident. Some of these people that risk their lives and their jobs have to go through harassment a lot from potential robbers occasionally more than once per day. There are enough of these incidents to raise doubts about how they train their workers.
They also had another brawl and the video from last months brawl was released; but neither of these made much if any national news. Springfield police backtracked on previous statements about Wal-Mart being uncooperative and now claim they're working together to reduce crime. This is a common pattern of changed stories after they embarrass Wal-Mart; I wouldn't rule out political pressure.
Justin Boyd was sentenced to thirty years for a shooting of another Wal-Mart employee; however they didn't mention how many other incidents where there are arguments fights and shootings or if Wal-Mart's union busting policies might be related.
They had plenty of other interesting activities this month including more mice problems, petty theft spiraling into major assaults, drunken bumper cars, possible assaults or infections with needles and more.
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 un-investigaterd 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 twitteror check the Wal-Mart Wall; they have helped compile some of this information. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in April 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.
Walmart tells suppliers to slash prices 04/01/2015 The retail giant is aiming for a tradeoff: less marketing, but more sales.
Authorities searching for SC Walmart armed robbery suspect 04/01/2015
Man accused of stalking girls at Walmart 04/01/2015
Maine man sues Wal-Mart after employee allegedly rammed him with carts 04/01/2015
Police: 3 arrested in 2 separate incidents at Pittsburgh Pa.-area Walmart 04/01/2015
Police say employee stole from NC Walmart grocery store 04/01/2015
Men wanted after wallet, prescription drugs taken from Tenn. Walmart shopper 04/01/2015
Suspects sought in Reidsville NC Walmart larceny 04/01/2015
Wal-Mart's obsession with low prices is causing major tension with suppliers 04/01/2015
Thieves steal $15K worth of cell phones from SC Walmart 04/02/2015
Police arrest 1 of 2 suspects in Colorado Walmart robbery 04/02/2015
Shoplifting incidents drop at Royal Palm Fla. Wal-Mart 04/02/2015
Tx. Walmart run-in ends in aggravated assault charge 04/02/2015
Police: Florida Sex Offender Caught On Camera Stalking Children At Walmart Store 04/02/2015
Bomb Scare At Lexington Ky. Walmart 04/02/2015
Police investigating theft of woman's crutches from Me. Walmart 04/03/2015
Man arrested for threatening to blow up or bomb Okla. Walmart appears in court 04/03/2015
Man arrested in attempted child luring at Wash. state Walmart 04/03/2015
11 computers stolen from Conover NC Walmart 04/04/2015
Three Brooklyn men accused of using fake credit cards at Walmart in Batavia NY 04/04/2015
Wilmington woman has debit card stolen, used at Walmart; Delaware State Police ask for help IDing suspect 04/06/2015
Suffolk Va. Walmart briefly evacuated due to deli fire 04/06/2015
Man Tries to Rob Mother with Baby in Conway Ark. Walmart Parking Lot 04/07/2015
Biloxi man behind bars after exposing himself in a Mississippi Walmart 04/06/2015
Public hearing set for proposed Walmart in Inwood WV 04/06/2015
Police search for Pa. Wal-Mart purse snatcher 04/07/2015
Man accused of touching teen at NM Walmart 04/07/2015
Suspect assaults employee, knocks sliding doors off hinges fleeing Va. Walmart 04/07/2015
11 computers stolen from Conover NC Walmart 04/07/2015
$50k bond set for Wash. Walmart sex assault suspect 04/07/2015
Police looking for Brooklyn Center Minn. Walmart robber 04/07/2015
Ocala Residents upset with proposal to build Fla. Walmart 04/07/2015
Wal-Mart’s right to sell guns at risk in lawsuit 04/07/2015
Police: WPB Fla. Wal-Mart employee stole $2,800 from registers 04/08/2015
Police: Shoplifting suspect threatened Wisc. Walmart employee with knife 04/08/2015
Three Arrested After AK-47 Fired Near Waco Tx. Walmart Store 04/05/2015
Fla. Wal-Mart greeter duped; thief said wife was in labor 04/08/2015
Meth lab found in semi parked at Missouri Walmart 04/08/2015
Augusta Me. Walmart workers alert police to possible kidnapping 04/08/2015
Woman reported missing, last seen in Alvin Walmart parking lot 04/08/2015
The 10 States With the Most Wal-Mart Stores 04/0/2015
Woman charged in robberies at Rockingham County NC Walmart, Sheetz 04/03/2015
Old Lady Fight at Walmart (Video) 04/04/2015
Walmart Employee Knocks Out Manager (Video) 03/27/2015
The human cost of Walmart's $5.97 t-shirt 04/08/2015
Dakota Co. Man Accused of Stealing Underwear, Shoes from Minn. Wal-Mart 04/06/2015
Longmont Colorado police say shoplifter pulled knife on Walmart loss prevention officer 04/06/2015
Man allegedly grabs toddler from mom outside Halifax Canada Walmart 04/07/2015
“Give me the money! Now!” Chaos as customers swarm armed robber in Hamilton Canada Walmart 04/07/2015
Metro Nebraska Walmart evacuated after threat 04/04/2015
Shoppers at Va. Walmart evacuated after freezer malfunction causes fire 04/06/2015
Wal-Mart put me through hell: Inside the retailer’s pregnancy discrimination horror 04/06/2015
Suspicious chemicals found in Walmart restroom 04/07/2015
Report: Woman Shoved to The Ground, Robbed While Walking To Ga. Walmart 04/01/2015
Guess What This Man Did With a Cow's Tongue At Walmart... (It's even weirder than you think) 04/07/2015 down his pants?
Duo Steals $2,700 In TVs From Marlton NJ Walmart 04/09/2015
Woman wanted for stealing merchandise from Va. Walmart 04/09/2015
Cameras catch man walking out of Fla. Wal-Mart with 55-inch TV 04/09/2015
Cops: Distinctive jacket may help ID second half of Granby NY Wal-Mart counterfeiting duo 04/09/2015
Freeport man held in robbery at Peoria Ill. Walmart 04/09/2015
High speed chase ends in crash in Okla. Walmart parking lot 04/10/2015
Man arrested after he exposed himself at Tx. Walmart, Taco Cabana 04/09/2015
Man arrested for futon heist caught on camera in Ga. Walmart 04/08/2015
Kingston, Ont. Canada Walmart customer bear-sprayed after helping store guard 04/09/2015
Port Richey Fla. police: Nearly half of city's crime comes from local Walmart 04/09/2015
Rincon Ga. Police: Shoplifters strike Walmart, Dollar General 04/10/2015
Man accused of stealing money from Ga. Walmart charity display 04/10/2015
Man who stole from Lockport NY Walmart gets plea deal 04/10/2015
Agents: 'Dirty' busted with meth at Pooler Ga. Wal-Mart 04/10/2015
Wal-Mart says Walton family to sell shares to keep lid on stake 04/10/2015
POLICE: alleged shoplifter assaulted Ky. Walmart security guard 04/10/2015
Workers Sue Walmart For Manipulating Employee Classification To Deny Them Overtime Pay 04/10/2015
Walmart Senior Citizen Worker Caught On Camera Racially Profiling Customers, Footage Goes Viral [Video] 04/11/2015
NY Walmart shoplifting suspect accused of shoving security guard 04/11/2015
Grill fire leads to evacuation of McDonald’s, Walmart in NE Austin Tx. 04/11/2015
Man Recounts 20 Harrowing Hours inside Walmart 04/12/2015
Edson RCMP officer discharges firearm in Walmart parking lot 04/11/2015
Judge Tosses Wal-Mart Shareholder Lawsuit About Bribery 04/13/2015
Walmart pays $7.45 million for Cheektowaga NY site 04/13/2015
Historic home in danger of demolition for Tenn. Walmart 04/13/2015
Man who lost leg wins lawsuit against Ky. Walmart 04/13/2015
Teays Valley WV residents organize opposition against proposed Walmart market 04/13/2015
Man steals full cart from Ga. Walmart twice in one day 04/13/2015
Police find mobile meth lab in Ind. Wal-Mart parking lot while responding to domestic violence report 04/13/2015
Walmart Burglar Makes Off With Sony Playstations 04/14/2015
PD: Peoria man accused of stealing 76 car batteries from Ariz. Wal-mart 04/14/2015
Shoplifter Uses Pepper Spray On Nebraska Walmart Employee 04/14/2015
Firefighters knock down blaze in garden center of Walmart in Puyallup Wash.; no injuries reported 04/14/2015
Items too close to heater caused fire that damaged Puyallup Wash. Walmart 04/15/2015
Is Your Tax Rate Higher Than Walmart’s? 04/15/2015
Ga. Walmart Pharmacist Refused To Fill Prescription For Woman Who Miscarried (VIDEO) 04/13/2015
Five arrested on drug charges in Douglas Ga. Walmart 04/13/2015
Bazetta police investigate dog stolen from Walmart parking lot 04/13/2015
Giant food corporations are controlling our food supply and Wal-Mart Policies to control monopoly 04/15/2015
Woman injured during attempted purse snatching at Greensboro NC Wal-Mart 04/15/2015
Man wearing chef’s whites wanted for stealing grill from Va. Walmart 04/15/2015
Marathon Co. Wisc. Crime Stoppers: Walmart theft 04/15/2015
Women shoplifters accused of leaving kids behind at Tx. Walmart 04/15/2015
Decatur Woman Arrested For Stealing Nearly $240K From Tx. Walmart 04/15/2015
Indiana mom arrested after child, 3, left at Ind. Walmart 04/16/2015
Police seek alleged Me. Walmart thief who stole a cart full of car batteries, a cart full of Legos, and the list goes on.04/16/2015
Americans are spending $153 billion a year to subsidize McDonald’s and Wal-Mart’s low wage workers 04/15/2015
Duo accused of stealing 33 iPads from Newton County Ga. Walmart 04/16/2015
Tx. Walmart Employee Injured Trying to Stop Alleged Shoplifter 04/15/2015
Felon Attacks Open Carrier for His Weapon In Washington Walmart 04/15/2015
The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse? 04/01/2015
When Wal-Mart Comes To Town, What Does It Mean For Workers? 04/02/2015
Missouri Walmart evacuated during bomb scare 04/16/2015
Man accused of attacking Kansas Walmart greeter 04/16/2015
VIDEO: Kansas man charged with attacking Walmart greeter 04/18/2015
Car of Missing Person Found at Dallas Tx. Walmart 04/16/2015
Father of 5 from Colorado mysteriously disappears after shopping at Rancho Cucamonga Ca. Walmart 04/16/2015
4 accused of passing fake bills at Walmart 04/17/2015
Man pulls gun in Spring Tx. Walmart TV heist, authorities say 04/17/2015
Suspects wanted for stealing Nintendo 3DS systems from Hanover Va. Walmart 04/17/2015
Wal-Mart to shed some in-store management in bid to improve shopper service 04/17/2015
Man offers teen money for sex act at SD Walmart 04/17/2015
Little Rock Ark. Walmart Receives Unexpected Visitor 04/19/2015
Laid-Off Walmart Workers Head to Labor Board 04/19/2015
Nwwnah Wisc. Kohl's, Walmart evacuated because of suspicious suitcases 04/20/2015
7 ways retail jobs exploit and steal from their employees 04/14/2015
Police say Vermont residents stole $1,000 worth of appliances from NH Walmart 04/20/2015
Man shot after argument at bar, found behind Fla. Walmart 04/18/2015
Police: Men tried to walk out of Fla. Walmart with TV, fled 04/20/2015
Man arrested for allegedly being naked, intoxicated in Pikeville Ky. Walmart 04/20/2015
Bomb scare closes Henry County Missouri Walmart for over seven hours 04/20/2015
Theft of 39 iPads from Paulding Ga. Wal-Mart may be linked to other crimes 04/20/2015
Police: Fla. Walmart shoplifter uses stun gun, gets away 04/21/2015
Man tools around Hanover NJ Walmart in motorized wheel chair allegedly swiping things 04/21/2015
Task force formed in wake of Beavercreek Ohio Walmart shooting to make recommendations 04/21/2015
CSO: Pinal man ID'd as Arizona Walmart voyeur 04/21/2015
UTC football player charged after being accused of stealing from Walmart 04/22/2015
Blotter: Man caught stealing from ND Walmart 04/21/2015
Couple accused of leaving child in locked car to shop at Fla. Wal-Mart 04/22/2015
Portsmouth police officer fatally shoots man in Walmart parking lot on Frederick Blvd. Portsmouth Va. 04/22/2015
Baby left in hot car at Fla. Walmart, Florida authorities say 04/22/2015
What if Walmart raised its minimum wage to $70,000 a year? 04/22/2015
Teens charged after shotgun reportedly fired in SC Walmart parking lot 04/22/2015
'Red Bull Bandit' suspect caught at Portage Ind. Wal-Mart 04/22/2015
Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon Gets $19.4M Pay Package 04/22/2015
Bomb scare closes Olathe Kansas Walmart for hours 04/22/2015
Cigarette may have sparked fire at NC Walmart Neighborhood Market site 04/2/2015
Shopper guilty in tackling of man with gun at Fla. Walmart 04/24/2015
Residents walk out of WV Wal-Mart information session 04/24/2015
Me. Walmart worker finds thousands in cash in parking lot 04/24/2015
Man charged for selling drugs in NC Walmart parking lot with two small children in car 04/24/2015
Thief caught on camera carrying TVs out of Walmart in Port Richmond Pa. 04/24/2015
Woman arrested at Ontario Walmart store 04/24/2015
Gunman dies after police shootout and seven hour stand-off in Salem Oregon Walmart parking lot 04/24/2015
Is This the Beginning of the End for the Union Harassment Campaign Against Walmart? 04/24/2015
Wal-Mart reducing hours at some Colorado Springs-area stores 04/25/2015
Man detained for 'suspicious' activity at Nevada Walmart 04/24/2015
Suspect confesses to snatching purse at North Naples Fla. Walmart 04/23/2015
Wal-Mart, JC Penney Sued Over Bangladesh Factory Collapse 04/24/2015
New owner of 25th Street Station agrees to drop Md. Walmart-anchored plan 04/22/2015
Women attempt to steal from Ca. Walmart, end up in jail 04/24/2015
Man, woman wanted in aggravated armed robbery at Walmart in Conroe Tx. 04/2/2015
Body found in Sparta Wisc. near Walmart 04/23/2015
Poplar Bluff police looking for Missouri Walmart shoplifting suspect 04/24/2015
Not-guilty plea in Ca. Walmart armed incident 04/24/2015
Robberies reported at Walmart and Family Dollar in Lehigh Fla. 04/26/2015
Foot chase ends on roof of Walmart with capture of alleged shoplifter, Riverdale NJ police say 04/26/2015
Police investigate deadly shooting near Walmart on Little Debbie Parkway Chattanooga Tenn. 04/26/2015
Bossier City, La. PD: Body found outside Neighborhood Walmart; foul play not suspected 04/27/2015
Deputies: Suspect took purse from woman, 86, at SC Walmart 04/27/2015
Vehicle suspected in Pa. Walmart hit-and-run 04/27/2015
Walmart shooting protesters interrupt Beavercreek Ohio meeting 04/27/2015
Police Monitor: NY Wal-Mart employee accused of theft 04/28/2015
Man tried to photograph minor in NJ Walmart dressing room, police say 04/28/2015
Man tased by police at Mount Pocono Pa. Walmart 04/28/2015
Walmart robbery triggers lockout at Sterling Colorado schools 04/28/2015
Tulsa Okla. Police Believe Walmart, JC Penny Jewelry Thefts Connected 04/28/2015
Wal-Mart to expand China store network by nearly a third after growth stalls 04/29/2015
Wal-Mart Says It Will Go Slow in China 04/29/2015
Arizona Walmart employee reports poisoned water bottle, then admits she did it, cops say 04/28/2015
Opponents of new Sioux Falls SD Wal-Mart store sue city again 04/29/2015
Man accused of propositioning boys at Sioux Falls SD Wal-Mart 04/29/2015
Laurel Montana Walmart robbery and high speed chase suspects charged 04/29/2015
Kasich orders rules for use of deadly force in Ohio following Walmart and Tamir Rice shooting deaths 04/29/2015
Purcell Okla. police say man attempted to steal from Walmart 04/29/2015
TV reported stolen from Niceville Fla. Walmart 04/29/2015
Report: Walmart in Baltimore Md. Refusing Ammo Sales 04/29/2015
2 Limestone County men charged with buying meth ingredient at Athens Alabama Wal-Mart 04/30/2015
Boynton Fla. Police: Woman smoked flakka, left baby in Wal-Mart parking lot 04/30/2015
Woman arrested on 53 counterfeit-related complaints, accused of using fake $10 bills at Okla. Walmart 04/30/2015
Police: SC Walmart Employee Took Thousands of Dollars 04/30/2015
Purcell Okla. police say man attempted to steal tent, vacuum from Walmart 04/30/2015
Man found dead in vehicle at Martinsburg WV Walmart 04/30/2015
Man accused of attacking NJ Walmart employee pleads not guilty, jury trial scheduled 04/30/2015
Woman charged with hitting child in Minn. Walmart parking lot 04/30/2015
Fire on video in Walmart Parking Lot 04/30/2015