Monday, November 2, 2015
Wal-Mart Crime report October 2015
There were more than half a dozen if not at least a dozen gun related crimes at Walmart this month, including one where an armed robber was spotted by a 73-year-old woman who decided to pull her own gun after she lost track of him and went looking for him. At least three of the incidents involved shots fired including one police shooting where the suspect was wounded after he fired the first shots. There were also at least three armed robberies including one carjacking and another where the perpetrators followed someone from Walmart where they saw her conduct a money transaction.
Another report about how the majority of police calls in a Florida town are to Walmart came out. By now this is common knowledge to many police departments but they're only reported briefly to the majority of the public as if it is only one town here and there having this problem. There was also at least one other Walmart worker slashed during a robbery. Reports of these incidents are routine as well, although they're reported as isolated incidents.
Someone bought a gas can at Walmart then filled it up and set himself on fire in their parking lot; there have been at least two similar incidents in the last six years. Another person set fire to the Halloween aisle; another employee got in trouble for filming a fight at Walmart; and one Walmart had a hilarious video of man finding 'gun oil' lube at gun counter. And one shoplifting suspect somehow managed to steal the police cruiser while being arrested.
That police department might be reviewing procedures to make sure this doesn't happen again.
I don't know whether the police officer that let this happened want to talk about it.
Walmart seems to be having more than their share of internal problems this month. some of which are related to their declining profits, or typical business practices, which they're reluctant to change. Previously, Tracy Morgan claimed that Walmart treated him well in his settlement and according to one alleged leak he may have received got $90 million although it was a confidential settlement. It appears as if he almost certainly got much more than most ordinary citizens would receive in a settlement, presumably for public relations purposes. However the insurance agent doesn't want to provide such a generous settlement. Walmart apparently isn't too happy with that.
Blue Bell which had previously pulled its products from Walmart shelves and many other locations has been exposed for having unsanitary conditions. No one has done more to squeeze suppliers than Walmart, yet even though this has been exposed this month they're trying to squeeze other suppliers even more to cover for lost profits. These are , as usual reported as separate and unrelated stories, but it isn't hard to figure out the potential connection. If Walmart and other oligarchies keeps squeezing their suppliers, workers and even consumers it's bound to create a lot of problems.
Now they want to start using drones for their deliveries.
What could go wrong?
Walmart also got caught in another deceptive advertising campaign about made in the USA products. This must have been at least the tenth or more, perhaps much more time they've been caught at that one.
How could anyone believe any of their claims anymore?
One of their suppliers has pulled out as a result of the pressure from Walmart; and another analyst seems to think they've become to big to handle, adding to the list of people that came to the conclusion that they're past their peak.
Walmart and some other fast food chains are trying to improve their image by offering free GED programs for their employees; however many people familiar with corporate attempts to privatize the education system might be highly skeptical of this. There are numerous books including many by Jonathan Kozol or Diane Ravitch that raise major doubts about whether the "school reform" movement is doing more to fix the system or make it much worse.
Someone used a Jimmy Dean sausage to do what?
When ever I hear about shoplifters getting caught putting meat in their pants or even stranger thigns I can't help but wonder if they put it back on the shelf after they retrieve it.
Even Walmart wouldn't do that in this case.
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 twitter or check the Wal-Mart Wall; they have helped compile some of this information. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in October 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 Planning To Slash Hundreds Of Jobs At Arkansas Headquarters 10/01/2015
Smell something? Say something: Westfield Mass. police seeking Walmart cologne thief, counterfiter 10/01/2015
Bomb threat leads to evacuation of Longview Tx. Wal-Mart 10/02/2015
Police need your help finding man who robbed Tx. Walmart 10/02/2015
Walmart to lay off 450 employees at Ark. headquarters 10/02/2015
Photos released of suspects involved in Spencer, West Virginia Walmart theft 10/02/2015
Man wanted for stealing TV from Franklin Walmart 10/02/2015
Two flee police at Detroit Lakes ND Wal-Mart, leave behind 98 grams meth 10/02/2015
2 arrested in Walmart armed robbery, West Melbourne Fla. police say 10/03/2015 Cops: Robber threatened to stab loss-prevention officer with knife
3rd suspect arrested extradited from Texas in purse snatching at Kenner La. Wal-Mart 10/03/2015
Riverdale Ga. police rope off section of Walmart parking lot, investigate shooting 10/04/2015
Fishers police arrest six suspects, prevent Ind. Walmart robbery 10/04/2015
Okla. Walmart evacuated overnight 10/05/2015
Fairlawn Ohio Walmart manager accused of stealing $100,000 10/05/2015
Settlement may end dispute over Walmart in Sarasota Fla. 10/05/2015
Mom paraded boy through SC Walmart in women's clothes after 'homophobic remarks' 10/05/2015
Police identify Wisc. Walmart theft suspects 10/06/2015
Communication between stores halts Ind. Walmart thieves' crime spree 10/06/2015
Ohio Walmart manager surrenders to police after taking $100,000 from safe 10/07/2015
Suspect, 21, arrested after man beaten in Nevada Wal-Mart parking lot dies 10/07/2015
Body of missing woman found in Jonesboro Ark. Walmart parking lot 10/06/2015
Villager sentenced in shoplifting case at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart 10/08/2015 Pizzurro had previously been ordered to take a shoplifting education course.
Police seek identity of Ga. Walmart robber captured on store camera 10/08/2015
Man gets at least a year in county prison for stealing video game controller from Pa. Walmart 10/08/2015
PCSD seeks Ariz. Super Walmart robbery suspects 10/08/2015
Greenacres Fla. police: Woman threatens teen with knife in Wal-Mart parking lot 10/09/2015
Pair Arrested in Connection to Hixson Tenn. Walmart Shooting 10/09/2015
LaGrange Ga. Police seek identify of alleged WalMart shoplifter 10/09/2015
Police accuse employee of stealing giftcard at Teterboro NJ Walmart 10/09/2015
One person killed in head-on crash near Wal-Mart in Danville Ky. 10/09/2015
Meth Lab "Shake and Bake" Mixture Found Outside a Walton County Fla. Wal-Mart 10/10/2015
Raleigh NC Walmart evacuated after fire breaks out in aisle 10/11/2015 Employees also said they were told the fire may have been intentionally set.
Raleigh man charged, another cleared in NC Wal-Mart arson case 10/12/2015
Pokin Around Missouri: What would you do if you found $200 cash in Walmart? 10/11/2015
Hungry man grabs kind woman outside Va. Walmart steals money, police say 10/12/2015
Woman banned from NC Wal-Mart charged with possession of meth 10/12/2015
Police: Rock Hill man tried to steal machete, 50 DVDs from SC Walmart 10/12/2015
NC Wal-Mart employee accused of stealing from store 10/12/2015
Police investigating after mother, daughter duo allegedly steal from Missouri Walmart 10/12/2015
Members of accused counterfeit scheme at ND Wal-Mart plead not guilty 10/12/2015
Teens Arrested For Stealing From Tulsa Okla. Walmart 10/13/2015
Police Search for Man Who Robbed Nebraska Walmart at Knifepoint 10/13/2015
Teens cited with theft from Walmart store in Wilkes-Barre Township Pa. 10/13/2015
Grab-and-run thief stole thousands from an Overland Park Missouri Walmart 10/13/2015
Retail Union Spends Six Figures On Walmart Worker Ad Launch During Democratic Debate 10/13/2015
Peeper suspect in Woodbridge matches description of Va. Walmart peeper 10/14/2015
Woman wanted in Colorado Wal-Mart purse theft 10/14/2015
Sprinkler test triggers Walmart Beavercreek Ohio fire alarm 10/14/2015
Forbes: Walmart's Disappointing Sales And Earnings Forecasts Spell Doom For The Industry 10/15/2015 This disappointing forecast dragged the stock down 10% to $60 per share.
Cheshire man arrested in Conn. Walmart robbery, assaulting officers 10/15/2015
Scammers Target Walmart Customers with Check Fraud 10/15/2015
Report: Staten Island man accused of using fake bills at N.J. Walmart 10/16/2015
Man dies after being struck in Brampton Canada Walmart parking lot 10/16/2015
Chattanooga Tenn. Police investigate shooting at Eastgate Walmart 10/16/2015
LA QUINTA, Calif Walmart given all-clear after bomb threat proven false 10/16/2015
Duo enjoy java from Starbucks after jacking items from Tx. Walmart 10/16/2015
Two arrested for false NC Wal-Mart returns 10/17/2015
Wal-Mart bribery probe finds few major offenses in Mexico - WSJ 10/19/2015
Police: Man attempts to start fire inside Springfield Oregon Walmart using kerosene, propane canisters 10/19/2015
Neighbors say new Edmond Okla. Walmart is breaking rules, encroaching on neighborhood property 10/20/2015
Shooting victim seeks help at Nevada Walmart near Nellis and Stewart 10/20/2015
Walmart in Greensboro NC robbed this morning 10/20/2015
Man cited for fight inside Wilkes-Barre Township Pa. Walmart 10/20/2015
Couple suspected of passing counterfeit $100 bills at Fla. Wal-Marts sought by law enforcement 10/20/2015
Caught on camera: Man allegedly pulls knife on NM Walmart employees 10/20/2015
Police: Shoplifter put 32 iPhones in suitcase, paid for suitcase at Pa. Walmart 10/20/2015
Deputies: Woman leaves toddlers in car, shops for 1.5 hours at Indian Trial NC Walmart 10/21/2015
Lubbock Tx. police officers respond to Wal-Mart robbery 10/21/2015
Fight to keep Walmart store out of Edmond Okla. continues for homeowners after vote 10/21/2015
Man arrested for 'upskirt' photo at Fla. Walmart 10/21/2015
‘People of Walmart’ costumes worn by La. principal, coach cause controversy 10/21/2015
NH Wal-Mart work continues despite homeowner's protest 10/22/2015
Rincon Ga. Police: $700 in fake money spent at Walmart 10/23/2015
Deputies searching for armed shoplifting suspect near Oviedo Fla. Walmart 10/23/2015
Police need help identifying suspects in Nitro WV Walmart thefts 10/24/2015
Police investigate armed robbery in Peoria Ariz. Walmart 10/24/2015
2 in custody for stealing $3.5K from Mt. Juliet Tenn. Walmart 10/24/2015
One Still Missing After Police Lock Down Wisc. Walmart to Search for Armed Robbery Suspects 10/24/2015
Police: drunk road rage suspect uses pumpkins to bash car window outside Tenn. Walmart 10/26/2015
Two Hannibal Missouri residents arrested after Walmart theft 10/26/2015
Pa. State police seek men accused of stealing 4 TVs, other merchandise from Walmart 10/26/2015
Summerlin Square Fla. Wal-Mart seen as mixed blessing 10/26/2015
Police seek suspects in theft of 89-year-old woman's wallet at NH Walmart 10/26/2015
Man wanted for shoplifting at Gallatin Tenn. Walmart 10/2/2015
Police: Couple arrested after trying to return stolen items to Tenn. Walmart 10/26/2015
Walmart Israeli soldier Halloween costume for children sparks outrage 10/27/2015
Walmart Withdraws Hooked ‘Sheik Fagin’ Nose From Halloween Store 10/27/2015
Walmart has a SWAT team for offensive Halloween costumes 10/30/2015
Police: Man flashes woman in Columbus Ga. Walmart parking lot 10/27/2015
Deputies search for Fla. Walmart purse snatchers 10/27/2015
Woman sought after pointing knife at Alabama Walmart security officer 10/28/2015
Chipley Fla. police searching for Walmart thief 10/28/2015
Joliet Ill. police: Wal-Mart purse snatcher caught 10/28/2015
Man attempting to pass counterfeit check abandons child in Missouri Walmart parking lot 10/28/2015
Canadian Man charged in 4 Pennsylvania Wal-Mart bomb threats 10/29/2015
Woman charged with child abuse, stealing at Belmont NC Walmart 10/29/2015
Jacksonville Alabama police seek Walmart robbery suspect 10/29/2015
Walmart employee stole Halloween costume from store, Lake County Fla. cops say 10/30/2015
Walmart files appeal for new location in Edmond Okla. 10/30/2015
‘Several suspects’ involved in armed robbery near Raleigh NC Wal-Mart 10/30/2015
Walmart burglars caught in Ammon Idaho 10/31/2015
Police investigate armed robbery at Okla. Walmart near I-240 10/31/2015
Woman sentenced for embezzling from Mich. Wal-Mart 10/31/2015