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.

Would they?

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

Arlington Tx. Walmart Employees In Potential Trouble After Recording Fight With Shoplifter 10/01/2015

ARLINGTON (CBS11) – It’s one of the most unusual cases of shoplifting you will ever see. One where the suspect walks away and store employees possibly in big trouble.

That’s because a Walmart cashier recorded video of the alleged crime and appeared to be taunting the shoplifter. One of the employees involved has resigned and an investigation is underway.

Employees of an Arlington Walmart didn’t just observe a case of alleged shoplifting, they recorded video of it with their personal phones and made questionable comments as it was happening. When the woman they are watching starts walking out of the store with suspected stolen items employees confront her and grab her bag.

The taunting continues and once outside the store an unidentified woman walks up and starts fighting with the suspected shoplifter. Complete article

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

73-year-old woman pulls gun and attempts to find Va. Walmart robber, witnesses say 10/05/2015

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A 73-year-old woman was handcuffed after she pulled out a gun in an effort to stop an armed robbery at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Hopkins Road in Chesterfield Monday morning, according to witnesses. Police have not yet confirmed those witnesses accounts.

The woman was later released when it was determined she had a concealed carry permit, those witnesses said. The woman never confronted the armed robber. Complete article

Suspect in custody after robbery at Chesterfield Va. Walmart, police pursuit 10/05/2015

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Police arrested a suspect after a robbery at a local Walmart Monday.

A robbery was reported at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 5700 Hopkins Road just after 10 a.m. Police say the suspect displayed a firearm during the robbery.

Witnesses provided officers with a description of the suspect’s vehicle. An officer spotted the suspect vehicle in the area, and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle made contact with a police vehicle and did not stop and a pursuit began. The pursuit ended when the suspect vehicle went off the road in the area of Belmont Road and Chippenham Parkway. Complete article

Man arrested for robbing Chesterfield Va. Walmart Neighborhood Market, crashing into police car 10/07/2015

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

Walmart rips its insurers for not paying up in Tracy Morgan settlement 10/06/2015

Walmart has made good with comedian Tracy Morgan over the June 2014 traffic collision involving one of its drivers that left Morgan seriously injured. Making good with its insurance companies, on the other hand, is a different matter.

The retail giant has filed a lawsuit against a number of insurance companies including Liberty Insurance Underwriters, the Ohio Casualty Insurance Company and QBE Insurance Corporation, claiming that the companies haven’t paid their portion of the settlements made as a result of the crash, Courthouse News Service reports.

“Some of Walmart’s insurance companies have met their obligations under the insurance policies they sold and compensated Walmart for a portion of the settlement amounts,” the complaint reads. “Other of Walmart’s insurance companies, the defendants here, have in bad faith refused to consent to these settlements and have refused to pay their portions of the settlement under the insurance policies that they sold.” Complete article

Port Richey Fla. Walmart crimes dominate police calls 10/06/2015

The calls are split -- Port Richey police spending half of their time responding to crimes at Walmart, and the other half going to check out other problems in other parts of the city.

"We see people running from the parking lot we see fights in the parking lot," said Elani Mossor, who lives and works near the Port Richey Walmart and says she sees police officers here all the time.

"Walmart doesn't have any type of security, any type of protection," Mossor said. The Port Richey Police Department began looking at the crime statistics related to Walmart and found the retail giant was taking up 63% of the reportable retail thefts.

"Walmart -- it's a drain on the community. It's a financial impact to the public safety budget and to the police department," said Capt. Bill Ferguson of the Port Richey Police Department.

The department says it typically has three officers on duty -- and on Tuesday one called in sick leaving two on duty -- so if there's a call to the Walmart that leaves one officer to patrol the entire city. And police say that leaves residents and officers at risk. .....

The police department wants Walmart to go one step further and hire its own off-duty police officer. Complete article

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

Armed robber fires gun in Forsyth County Ga. Walmart 10/09/2015

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – Police are searching for suspects involved in the robbery of a Walmart in Forsyth County.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, a man wearing a surgical mask and carrying a black semi-automatic handgun went into the Walmart located at 2395 Peachtree Parkway and demanded that cashiers empty their registers.

During the robbery, the suspect fired his gun into the floor and then left. Complete article

Man Sets Himself on Fire in Tenn. Walmart Parking Lot 10/09/2015

A man is recovering in the hospital after authorities say he set himself on fire in the parking lot of the Walmart in Dalton on Wanult Avenue.

The incident happened Friday morning.

Sheriff Scott Chitwood tells us the man went into the Walmart to buy a gas can. He then went across the street to a gas station and bought a gallon of gas.

Chitwood says he then went back to the Walmart parking lot, doused himself with the gas, and lit himself on fire - all in front of stunned Walmart customers. Complete article

Similar incident took place in 2009 &2011 Ill. Wal-Mart employee dies after setting himself on fire 02/28/2009

Investigation Ongoing After Man Sets Himself, Van on Fire in Wal-mart Parking Lot 05/03/2011

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

Watch hilarious video of man finding 'gun oil' lube at gun counter in Alabama Walmart 10/13/2015

Finding a product called Gun Oil on a Walmart gun counter doesn't sound like anything out of the ordinary, but one Florence man got a surprise when he stopped to read the label.

"It says water-based lubricant for your gun," Jamie Lee Bracey said of his hilarious encounter in a video posted on his Facebook page. "I was like, water-based? That could rust, right?"

He continued to read the back of the bullet-shaped bottle: "Long-lasting lubrication with easy cleanup. Glycerin and paraben free. Wetter, lighter feel than silicone.

"Oh that sounds good," Bracey said recounting his first glance at the bottle. "That sounds really good. I think my gun would work really good, wetter and lighter. Then I see the 'Ginseng and guarana to promote blood flow,' and I'm like, 'What?' For topical use, apply desired amount to genital areas. Boom!

"They don't know what they are selling," Bracey said of Walmart. "It's crazy." Complete article

Arsonist Sets Fire To Halloween Aisle In San Leandro Ca. Walmart Store 10/13/2015

SAN LEANDRO (CBS SF) — An arsonist set fire to Halloween costumes in a San Leandro Walmart Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

A 40-year-old man who police believe is from Oakland entered the Walmart located at 15555 Hesperian Blvd. shortly before 1:45 p.m. and was acting suspiciously, according to San Leandro police spokesman Lt. Robert McManus.

Walmart security followed the man and observed him taking a two-quart bottle of lighter fluid, McManus said.

According to McManus, the suspect sprayed the fluid on numerous items in the store before igniting an eight-foot blaze on a pile of costumes. Complete article

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

Police looking for shooter after dispute in Utah Wal-Mart parking lot 10/15/2015

(KUTV) A shooting at a Wal-Mart sent one person to the hospital and has police looking for another man tonight.

Officers are using surveillance photos to identify the man they shot shot another when an arguement broke out between them inside the store near 3180 South, 5600 West. The dispute spilled into the parking lot where it turned physical. That is when, they say, the shooter pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots.

The victim was hit several times.

Police say there were a lot of witnesses in the parking lot at the busy store and they say it was good fortune that nobody else was injured. Complete article

Police ID man who allegedly shot shopper in Utah Wal-Mart parking lot 10/15/2015

Suspect in West Valley Utah Wal-Mart shooting surrenders, police say 10/19/2015

Champion boxer shot by stranger at Utah Wal-Mart fights to get back on his feet 10/22/2015

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.

Blue Bell workers detail unsanitary conditions inside plant 10/12/2015

BRENHAM, Texas -- For the first time, former Blue Bell Ice Cream workers are claiming management ignored their complaints about conditions at their factory in Texas that was linked to an outbreak of listeria.

During the outbreak, 10 people became sick and three died. The company recalled 8 million gallons of ice cream. Before this, Blue Bell was the number three brand in the country and was sold in 23 states.

In the early morning hours of August 29, a single truck left Blue Bell Creameries of Brenham, Texas, marking the return of its ice cream. .....

For the seven months leading up to the shutdown, Schultz operated a machine at the Brenham Blue Bell factory.

"A lot of times when I walked in there was just ice cream all over the floor," Schultz explained. "Sometimes the machines would just go haywire, the product would just continually run through the conveyor belt and just drop right onto the floor."

Schultz said stopping to clean the ice cream would slow down production, so workers left it pooling on the floor, creating an environment where bacteria could flourish. When Schultz complained to supervisors he said nothing was done.

"The response I got at one point was, is that all you're going to do is come here and bitch every afternoon?" recalled Schultz. Complete article

Cheshire man arrested in Conn. Walmart robbery, assaulting officers 10/15/2015

Lawrence Ind. police: Wal-Mart shoplifting suspect steals squad car 10/15/2015

LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) — Lawrence police say a woman who stole a book from Wal-Mart drove away in a squad car as she was being arrested Thursday afternoon.

It happened at the Wal-Mart at Pendleton Pike and German Church Road, according to police.

Lawrence police were arresting 21-year-old Heather Johnson for shoplifting when she got into the driver’s seat and drove away with the squad car. She had been handcuffed and was strapped in with a seatbelt in the back seat of the vehicle before getting loose, according to police.

Police say an officer was getting paperwork from the trunk when the woman drove off. Complete article

Scammers Target Walmart Customers with Check Fraud 10/15/2015

Walmart worker slashed during violent robbery in Northeast Philadelphia Pa. 10/15/2015

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia Police are searching for a robber, caught on camera, who slashed a Walmart worker on his way out the door with a stolen TV.

It happened at 1:30 a.m. Friday at the Walmart store at the Philadelphia Mills Mall on Byberry Road in Northeast Philadelphia.

Surveillance cameras caught the suspect entering the store, which is open 24 hours a day. About 20 customers and 30 employees were there at the time.

Police say the man tried to leave the Walmart with a shopping cart filled with two boxes of boots and Sony 42-inch flat screen television set worth approximately $400. ....

The suspect tried to leave with the TV, and the employee tried to grab it. As they were struggling, the cashier told police, the suspect said, "Let it go or I will kill you." Complete article

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

Suspect wounded in shootout with police near Wilkes-Barre Walmart Pa. 10/17/2015

Wilkes-Barre Township--A gunman who was randomly firing a semi-automatic rifle in the parking lot of a northeastern Pennsylvania shopping center in the middle of the day Saturday provoked a shootout with police that left him with two bullet wounds, but did not harm anyone else, state police said.

State police Capt. James Degnan said police responded at around 12:30 p.m. to multiple 911 calls about the gunfire, which struck some vehicles. The man shot at local police when they arrived and they returned the fire. Multiple rounds were exchanged, he said.

The suspect, who Degnan said was not carrying identification and whose identity had not yet been confirmed, was wounded in the abdomen and thigh. He was undergoing surgery at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre as of late afternoon.

A woman who was with the suspect was being questioned by state police in an attempt to learn more about what prompted the shooting rampage. Degnan said he was unsure whether she is related to the man, but that police do not consider her a suspect. Complete article

DA clears officers in shooting of Pa. Walmart-shooting suspect 10/30/2015

Alleged Pa. Walmart parking lot gunman has past criminal record 10/19/2015

Wal-Mart Shooting Suspect Scott Sargent Arraigned at Hospital 10/20/2015
Another incident at the same Wal-Mart happened late Monday night. The place closed an hour early. Police tell us someone from out of town made a threat against the store for poor customer service. Authorities say the two incidents are not related.

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

Wal-Mart puts the squeeze on suppliers to share its pain as earnings sag 10/19/2015

CHICAGO • Suppliers of everything from groceries to sports equipment are already being squeezed for price cuts and cost sharing by Wal-Mart Stores. Now they are bracing for the pressure to ratchet up even more after a shock earnings warning from the retailer last week.

The discount store behemoth has always had a reputation for demanding lower prices from vendors but Reuters has learned from interviews with suppliers and consultants, as well as reviewing some contracts, that even by its standards Wal-Mart has been turning up the heat on them this year.

"The ground is shaking here," said Cameron Smith, head of Cameron Smith & Associates, a major recruiting firm for suppliers located close to Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. "Suppliers are going to have to help Wal-Mart get back on track." Complete article

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

Walmart Criticized For Blaming Lower Profits On Increased Wages 10/20/2015

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is under fire after lowering its profit expectations last week and attributing much of its gloomier financial outlook to wage hikes for its workers.

An ongoing campaign, Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), backed by the United Food & Commercial Workers union, says the company’s explanation for its slumping profits is “just a fairy tale.”

“It is not fair to blame the wage increases for the myriad of other problems Walmart has right now,” Jess Levin, a spokesperson for MCAW told Footwear News. “The amount of investment Walmart claims to have put toward compensation, when put in context, is not impressive. It is a fraction of what they make annually in sales. If they had moved the needle at all on sales, they wouldn’t be having the problems they are having now.” Complete article

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

Walmart drops Made in USA labels after deceptive advertising probe 10/23/2015

Retailer drops Made in USA label from website after being exposed by Truth in Advertising group

Walmart has removed the Made in USA labels from its website after being investigated by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over deceptive advertising.

Walmart's Made in USA claims were called into question after Truth in Advertising discovered hundreds of products on the website were actually made elsewhere.

The watchdog group filed notice with the FTC after comparing the Made in USA labels against the packaging of the actual products of hundreds of products. Plastic cutlery labelled Made in USA on the website was found to be labelled Made in China on the packaging, while a lotion that the website said was made in the U.S. was found to be made in Mexico. .... Complete article

FTC Drops Investigation Into Wal-Mart's 'Made in the USA' 10/20/2015

Wal-Mart pledge to buy American meets with skepticism 08/26/2013

Woman Arrested For Masturbating With Jimmy Dean Sausage In Louisiana Walmart Bathroom 10/22/2015

Police are calling this a crime of the unthinkable, something that most people would never imagine doing. On Monday, police were called to a Louisiana Walmart under the suspicion that a customer was shoplifting food. According to the complaint, a Walmart worker radioed security about a suspicious woman in the meat aisle. Security cameras filmed 33-year-old Shaniqua Johnson shoving sausages under her shirt. CCTV footage then shows the woman walking to the bathroom, where she remained for at least 30 minutes.

The male security guard says he knocked on the bathroom door several times but the woman did not respond. He then announced he was entering. What he found behind the door of the unlocked stall is something he said will “haunt his dreams forever.” The security guard reports when he entered the stall, Johnson was inappropriately pleasing herself with a Jimmy Dean package of sausage. He said that when he entered “She didn’t even stop. She just stared at me and kept going.”

Shocked, and also frightened for his safety due to the fact that Johnson is a “big girl,” the 140 pound security guard said he ran out until police arrived. When they did, female officers entered the restroom with Johnson still “putting in work with the sausage.” All in all, it took 7 police officers to restrain Johnson and pry the victimized sausage out of the woman’s hands. She was arrested and taken into custody where she was charged with shoplifting, indecent exposure, and resisting arrest. Complete article

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

Retail Analysts Say Wal-Mart's Become Too Big to Manage 10/26/2015

Consider this: For Wal-Mart’s annual revenue to grow by just 1 percent, the retailer would need to add the revenue of a Fortune 500 company.

The Bentonville retailer was No. 1 on the Fortune 500 list with revenue of $485.7 billion for the fiscal year that ended Jan. 31.

That was up 2 percent from the previous year.

But some retail watchers wonder whether Wal-Mart’s massive size has made it too big to manage Complete article

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

Gunman abducts Uber driver from Midlothian Va. Walmart 10/26/2015

MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield police are searching for a man who they say abducted and robbed an Uber driver on Sunday.

Police say the driver, who was a woman, picked the man up at the Walmart on the 900 block of Walmart Way in Midlothian at around 7:45 p.m. The man then asked her to stop by the Union Bank in the 13700 block of Midlothian Turnpike. Police say the man displayed a firearm and forced the driver into the back of the trunk when they arrived at the bank.

The suspect then drove the car, a silver/blue 2012 Hyundai Accent hatchback, away from the bank. Police say he drove to several places and demanded money from the woman. Police say at one point, the man used the woman's debit card at the Village Bank in the 1100 block of Huguenot Road. He then drove to Rockwood Park and ran off with the victim's purse and cell phones. The woman then drove somewhere else and then called police.

Folks who shop near the crime scene were startled. "That's crazy. That's creepy,” Anna Warmolts said. "That's messed up,” Uber customer Isaac Whitesel added Complete article

Va. Walmart customer called for an Uber, then abducted the driver, police say 10/30/2015 The man who called for an Uber and then allegedly abducted the Uber driver was arrested in Chesterfield, according to police.

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

This Is The Drone Company Walmart Is Hoping To Use For Deliveries 10/27/2015

The world’s largest retailer is hoping to work with the world’s biggest consumer drone manufacturer.

On Monday, Walmart said it filed paperwork with the Federal Aviation Administration to test outdoor drone delivery with devices made by China’s SZ DJI Technology Co. In documents first reported by Reuters, the retailer explained that it wants to research ”deliveries to customers at Walmart facilities, as well as to consumer homes” and that it had already experimented with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at its indoor facilities. Complete article

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 Followed From Arkansas Walmart To IHOP; Robbed At Gunpoint 10/27/2015

BRYANT, Ark. - Four suspects were arrested after a woman was robbed outside of the IHOP restaurant in Bryant on Sunday, according to the Bryant Police Department.

After 9 p.m., the victim got into a vehicle to wait for her brother (who had finished eating with her) when one of the suspects pictured above pulled the vehicle's door open, put a handgun in her face and told her to give him her bag, police said.

The woman gave him the bag, and he fled.

Earlier that evening, the victim had been at Walmart in Bryant conducting a money transaction. She said she noticed two men (described by police as black males) standing nearby during the money transaction Complete article

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

Man robbed at gunpoint outside of Columbus Ga. Walmart 10/28/2015

A 55-year-old man escaped injury late Wednesday when he was robbed at gunpoint outside of a Columbus Walmart Supercenter, according to reports.

Columbus Police said they are still trying to identify and capture the two men who are responsible for the 11:10 p.m. incident.

In a report, officers said they were called to the 5448 Whittlesey Boulevard business shortly after the armed robbery.

The victim told the responding officers that he was in the parking lot when two black men traveling in a dark-colored sedan (possibly a Buick) with tinted windows robbed him of $312 in cash and $20 worth of property. He said at least one of the men was armed with a black semi-automatic pistol. Complete article

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

KonaRed pulls out of Walmart 10/29/2015

KonaRed, the Kauai-based company known for its coffee fruit energy drink, has pulled its products from Walmart after the retail giant changed its terms.

In a shareholder update on Thursday, Kyle Redfield, president and COO of KonaRed (OTC: KRED), explained Walmart had made “unfavorable” changes to its terms over the last 90 days, causing the company to pull its products from the stores’ shelves.

This summer, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) announced it would charge fees to almost all its vendors for stocking their items in new stores and for warehousing inventory. However, vendors have begun to hit back and hire lawyers in hopes of reversing some or all of the new terms. Complete article

Walmart, fast-food chains offer employees free GED program 10/30/2015

Some of the country’s major retailers and fast-food restaurants are offering employees free GED preparation and testing starting this year, tapping into a potentially large market of adults who lack a high school diploma and could greatly benefit from higher education.

The partnership with GED Testing Service includes Walmart, KFC, Taco Bell and Southeastern Grocers, which operates BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores.

The program is free for test-takers. The cost, about $300 per GED candidate, is funded, in most cases, by the employer. It includes online study materials, practice tests, and access to an adviser whose job it is to check in with candidates and keep them motivated and engaged in what can be a lengthy process to study for and pass the tests. Complete article

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

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