Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Wal-Mart Crime report June 2015
Early in the month there was a brawl that went viral in an Indiana Walmart; and another bigger brawl took place in the last couple of days of the month. This was only a small fraction of the bizarre things at Walmart this month.
Shortly after the first one news came out that they had been discussing major problems with crime at that Walmart and another one in Indianapolis for a while, without informing the public how serious it was. This is typical of the high crime problems that Walmart's have across the country. It isn't uncommon for a police chief to speak out against Walmart after large problems only to back pedal shortly after with a politically correct statement saying they're working to correct the problem and Walmart is helping. Not too long ago that is exactly what happened and was disclosed it followed a meeting behind closed doors with Walmart executives.
On one occasion local management said he didn't have the authority to confirm or deny whether or not a bomb threat was a result of the confederate flag. Perhaps that decision has to be made in the corporate office where they almost certainly don't know the details as well, if they know them at all.
It is hard to imagine why anyone might doubt this is a political response that does little to address the real problem.
The investigation for brawl at the end of the month has only begun; but it appears as if it might be gang related and the perpetrators might be mostly if not all minorities. Even though it hasn't been investigated there is already a lot of activity on the internet indicating that it is racially related, and some think it is evidence of blacks being more violent and less trustworthy. A review of the abandoned inner cities and past problems in them and the root causes for this will almost certainly indicate that a bigger problem might be the leaders that don't provide economic or educational opportunities for them. There is enough evidence to indicate that when minorities are given better opportunities they're less likely to be involved in this type of activities. Also what white supremacists and many politicians are very reluctant to see are what the minorities live with every day. This isn't reported well in the media but if society wants to address it they need to consider contributing causes not just quick fixes.
There were no shortage of gun related incidents including at least four or five where shots were fired, and people were kidnapped or killed at Walmarts this month; and three that led to SWAT stand offs although two of those stand offs took place elsewhere after the suspects fled Walmart. One of those involved a shoplifter that invaded a home of uninvolved people and the police, not the suspect, wound up using explosives on that home doing an enormous amount of damage. another involved a former Walmart worker who kidnapped a current worker and he wound up dead before the standoff was over.
Several people died as a result of stab wounds or an exploding car at Walmart as well. Reports about the exploding care say that the bomb squad was there to investigate but they haven't reported on whether or not it was a bomb that caused the explosion or not. If it was it will be the first one that I heard of where someone was actually killed because of a bomb at Walmart; they get hundreds every year and almost all of them are empty threats, the majority of the rest are simple soda pop bombs that aren't much more dangerous than firecrackers, but one bomb could change those statistics fast.
One of the gun incidents was people using guns as part of open carry protests which led to panics. There were also a couple thefts that led to car chases and crashes. This isn't uncommon even for relatively minor thefts.
Walmart has been exposed for rampant mold, huge overseas tax havens, selling imports marked as "Made in the USA," and large amounts of climate pollution which it doesn't report. The vast majority of their activities are proprietary so the activities they've been exposed at are probably only a fraction and the politicians that pass trade secrecy laws that protect all corporations, not just Walmart, routinely collect enormous amount of campaign contributions which come indirectly from consumers, although they never say, "Thank you for your business, a portion of the money you spend here will be used to lobby for laws that benefit Walmart at the expense of consumers and workers."
I don't know why they never say that; they do it; but I suppose it wouldn't sound to good to admit it.
They held a protester accountable for trespassing in Ohio but didn't hold the police accountable for shooting someone with a BB gun from the store that wasn't threatening anyone or try to look into Walmart's policies about packaging of their guns that led to this problem. this implies that the courts and police will use taxpayers money to suppress speech from citizens even though the money they spend at Walmart is used to finance speech they don't control. They didn't arrest Neil Young for his new album criticizing Walmart and Monsanto, or at least not yet.
It took close to a week if not longer for the police to charge people for the brawl in Indiana but when black customers were shopping too slow to suit the purposes of Walmart workers they didn't hesitate call the police and they got arrested. I'm not quite sure what charges they came up with for that but I never heard of it happening elsewhere. Another women is suing police for false arrest where she lost her job and there was no probable cause.
They had someone take one of their bats from the shelf and start smashing TVs, another that decided to drink Walmart's beer, without paying for it in the toy department, a customer that found razor blades embedded in the shopping cart handle, someone bit by a rabid bat, a naked man running through the store and pouring milk on himself, and another naked man passing out in the bathroom and telling people he had a bomb in his back pack when they woke him.
I didn't make these things up.
There are plenty of sources.
Strange things happen at Wal-Mart, some times lots of strange things!
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 June 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.
Suspect took clothes off Missouri WalMart display, returned them for gift card without making purchase, police say 06/02/2015
Wanted: foursome accused of making off with Pa. Walmart electronics in U-Haul 06/02/2015
Crime Stoppers: Trip to Ky. Walmart Could Trip Up Home Invasion Suspects 06/02/2015
“She seemed to be a little oblivious,” Woman arrested for huffing paint inside Okla. Walmart 06/02/2015
Swansboro residents organize in opposition to Walmart plans 06/02/2015
Jamie Dimon joins billionaires list and Walmart meeting kicks off 06/03/2015
2 men wanted in connection to Tenn. Walmart TV thefts 06/03/2015
A Civil rights group, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, praises Walmart, Koch Industries on hiring policies 06/03/2015 XXX
Man steals hundreds worth of DVDs from Missouri Walmart two days in a row, police say 06/03/2015
Man sought in video voyeurism at Fla. Walmart in Sanford, police say 06/04/2015
After Raleigh NC larceny charge, man is banned from Walmarts statewide 06/04/2015
3 Burning Questions Wal-Mart Must Address at Its Annual Meeting 06/04/2015
Police: Man arrested after choking Ark. Walmart employee 06/04/2015
Cedar man arrested on theft charges at Utah Wal-Mart 06/04/2015
Car hits, injures 3 at Ill. Wal-Mart off South Sixth Street 06/04/2015
NY Walmart worker forced to use vacation days for church: suit 06/03/2015
Woman dies after being struck by car in Ill. Wal-Mart parking lot; driver charged with DUI 06/05/2015
Carbon Monoxide Detected In Colorado Springs Walmart causing evacuation 06/05/2015
Walmart Workers Protesting For Change 06/05/2015
Why celebrities like Reese Witherspoon show up at Wal-Mart annual meetings 06/05/2015 It's hard to believe that Walmart isn't paying for this one way or another, either directly or indirectly, or at least giving preferential treatment to them. If they are then they're providing more incentive to those that create hype than for those that create quality or \value for customers.
Obama administration slaps down Walmart dress code at a time when most stories give Walmart credit for easing up by allowing jeans 06/05/2015
Walmart video shows suspect in Fla. realtors' robberies 06/05/2015
Passaic duo charged in Secaucus NJ Walmart scheme, cops say 06/05/2015
Change of generations at Wal-Mart, but control stays in the family with Greg Penner, who is Rob Walton's son-in-law 06/05/2015
Walmart tractor-trailer overturns, shuts down NC highway 06/06/2015
Walmart Store Evacuated in Luzerne County Pa. 06/06/2015
Ga. Walmart Workers Arrested in Months Long Theft Scheme 06/07/2015
Brooklyn man arrested for assault outside of Herkimer NY Walmart 06/07/2015
Mother arrested after kids found screaming, sweat-drenched in her car at Rock Hill SC Walmart, police say 06/08/2015
Man assaults clerk, steals game system from Newport News Va. Walmart, official says 06/08/2015
Pedestrian hit by van in Johnson City Tenn. Walmart parking lot, treated for serious injuries 06/08/2015
Man arrested, accused of exposing himself in Deer Park Tx. Walmart 06/08/2015
Man duped into robbery trap at Athens Alabama Wal-Mart 06/08/2015
Police: Man assaults NC Walmart loss prevention officer 06/08/2015
Fort Lauderdale Fla. men charged with petit theft of window punches from PSL Walmart 06/09/2015
2 wanted for shoplifting at 2 Tenn. Walmart stores 06/09/2015
Judge allows Fla. Wal-Mart, denies DeBary residents’ petition 06/09/2015
Man Dressed as Woman Spies Into DC Wal-Mart Restroom: Police 06/09/2015
Three arrested in theft of TV from St. Pete Fla. Walmart 06/09/2015
Police: Man threatens magistrate after his arrest at NC Walmart 06/09/2015
JCPD: Woman to face multiple charges following Tenn. Walmart shoplifting 06/10/2015
Woman punches 5-year-old girl in face repeatedly, shoves her to floor inside Ga. Walmart, police say 06/10/2015
Federal Judge: Wal-Mart’s Payment Of Truckers Violated Calif. Minimum Wage 06/10/2015
Suspicious package and bomb threat prompts evacuation at Vermont Wal-Mart 06/10/2015
Fla. Walmart employee accused of altering timecard, stealing money 06/0/2015
Pocono Mt. man charged with allegedly stealing from Pa. Walmart 06/10/2015
Husband catches ‘upskirting’ suspect red-handed in Va. Walmart 06/10/2015
Sheriff's deputies searching for Arizona Walmart makeup thieves 06/10/2015
As Not Seen on TV: Wal-Mart Dials Back Ads in Low-Price Push 06/11/2015
Police: Man at NM Walmart allegedly printed photos of naked children 06/11/2015 He processed seven photos, which accidentally printed at the store’s photo counter.
Montana Police Reports: Woman alleges broom handle assault; Walmart heist 06/11/2015
Caller reports children running around roundabout in front of Fla. Walmart 06/12/2015
Belmar man stole from NJ Walmart, cops say also charged with assault 06/12/2015
Elderly driver hit cars, building at Portsmouth NH Walmart 06/12/2015
Nine-month-old rescued from hot car at Tenn. Walmart, great aunt charged 06/12/2015
Woman Accused of Stealing 131 Underwear Garments From Tenn. Wal-Mart 06/12/2015
The Fix: You might recognize Hillary Clintons songs from those Walmart, Lowes, Target, Toyota, Fiat and Microsoft ads 06/15/2015
Wal-Mart Welcomes Veterans Home with Job Guarantees 06/15/2015
ND Walmart cashier charged 06/15/2015
Groups allege Wal-Mart used charitable foundation to boost expansion 06/15/2015
Two women involved in stabbing at NC Walmart on Skibo Road 06/16/2015
Colorado Springs Walmart Evacuated For 2nd Time In Month Due To Carbon Monoxide 06/16/2015
Court favors Wellsville NY and Wal-Mart on Wellsville Citizens for Responsible Development lawsuit 06/16/2015
Gwinnett Ga. cops: Alleged Walmart purse snatcher left shoes behind 06/16/2015
Destin Fla. Wal-Mart Shoplifter Arrested 06/16/2015
Police say teen in ND Wal-Mart cash thefts put money in her bra 06/16/2015
Caught on camera: Westfield Mass. police ID 2 of 4 women suspected of shoplifting merchandise from Walmart 06/16/2015
Wal-Mart's request moves toothbrush production to Michigan from China 06/16/2015
Woman charged with larceny at NC Walmart after being banned 06/17/2015
Man charged after Ohio-Wal-Mart shooting protest to be tried 06/17/2015
After $1,600 in fake bills passed at Mich. Walmart store, police looking for suspects 06/17/2015
Reno Police Seek Suspects in Kietzke Lane Reno Nevada Walmart Burglary 06/17/2015
Couple racks up thousands with 'cloned' credit cards at Minn. Target, Walmart 06/17/2015
Dover man leads police on chase during drug bust in Delaware Walmart parking lot, police say 06/18/2015
Two accused of $6K+ theft from Oregon Walmart 06/18/2015
St. Paul Police Seek Suspect In Minn. Wal-Mart TV Theft 06/18/2015
Woman’s purse snatched at Port Orange Fla. Wal-Mart by female suspect 06/18/2015
Sheriff: Suspects stole $37K in electronics from NY WalMart 06/1/2015
Wal-Mart calls Tx. state liquor laws discriminatory 06/18/2015
Man accused of knocking out elderly man at Tx. Walmart 06/18/2015
Police Investigate Ky. Walmart Bomb Threat 06/19/2015
Felon gets 6 years for using discarded NC Walmart receipts for cash refunds 06/18/2015
Pa. sex offender on the run for 20 years found working at Okla. Walmart 06/19/2015
Thieves Nab $15,000 Worth Of iPads From Pa. Walmart 06/21/2015
Counterfeit bills passed at Evesham NJ Walmart 06/22/2015
2 suspects in Sina Parsi killing arrested at Niagara Falls Canada Walmart 06/22/2015
Walmart, Sears to stop selling Confederate flag merchandise 06/23/2015
U.S. Supermarkets including Walmart Fail to Fulfill Commitments to Phase out Super Greenhouse Gases 06/23/2015
Police chase for stolen Ind. Wal-Mart goods ends in in crash, arrest 06/23/2015
Surveillance Video Captures Assault in Wal-Mart Parking Lot: Fort Worth Tx. Police 06/2/2015
Homicide, kidnapping suspect arrested in Hermantown Minn. Walmart 06/23/2015
Two charged in Mount Pocono Pa. Walmart theft 06/23/2015
West Springfield Mass. man arrested for stuffing 42 Walmart fishing hooks, lures in shorts 06/24/2015
Henrico woman, along with 6 juveniles, charged after Va. Walmart shoplifting spree 06/24/2015
Orlando Fla. teen impersonating officer really works as Wal-Mart Clerk 06/24/2015
Amber Alert issued for Tenn. teen spotted in NC Walmart with sex offender 06/24/2015
Conway Ark. Walmart evacuated after auto center gas line struck 06/24/2015
Butte Montana Blotter: Woman pushed; kids out late; shoplifting at Walmart 06/24/2015
Body found near trail behind North Fayette Pa. Walmart identified as missing man 06/24/2015
Cleveland Tenn. car burglary suspect on Walmart security footage 06/24/2015
Wife Of Man Beaten By Stranger Causing brain Injury At Fort Worth Tx. Walmart Blames Road Rage 06/24/2015
Why Walmart will keep selling guns 06/25/2015
Up to 20-year prison sentence possible for man convicted of setting Laramie Wyoming Walmart fire 06/25/2015
Man accused of stealing $1,600 in stuff from Okla. Walmart 06/25/2015
Cary officers rescue dog left in car at NC Wal-Mart 06/25/2015
Alabama Wal-Mart gets bomb threat over Confederate flag sales 06/25/2015 Wal-Mart's manager told AL.com he has no authority to confirm or deny any information.
Falmouth Mass. man gets prison term for Wal-Mart assault 06/25/2015
Brandon Fla. Wal-Mart to reopen by Christmas shopping season 06/26/2015
Woman arrested in Port Orange Fla. Walmart purse snatching 06/26/2015
Woman reports credit card used without her authorization at Pa. Walmart 06/26/2015
Men who carried shotgun into Gulfport Miss. Wal-Mart, Winn-Dixie, Krispy Kreme arrested 06/26/2015
Police: Management inadvertently interrupts attempted Wisc. Walmart robbery 06/27/2015
Man Shoplifting $6 Item Punches New Jersey Walmart Employee in the Face: Police 06/28/2015
New backpack policy at NM Walmart creates controversy 06/28/2015
Bomb threat from a naked man evacuates San Marcos Tx. Walmart 06/29/2015
19-year-old arrested after robbing 2 men at gunpoint in Oklahoma Walmart parking lot, police say 06/29/2015
Woman says she was attacked in East Stroudsburg Pa. Walmart parking lot 06/29/2015
UPDATED: Public's help wanted in finding Montana Walmart shoplifters; see security photos here 06/29/2015
Louisiana Walmart denies Confederate flag cake, makes ISIS cake instead 06/29/2015
Two in custody after bomb threat made to Highland Ill. Walmart 06/29/2015
Crime Watch: Manchester NH woman says she paid for her items at WalMart 06/30/2015