Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Wal-Mart Crime report November 2015
Wal-Mart started out the month with a bang, literally; they were bombed in Mississippi, although it didn't get much coverage in the rest of the country. Wal-Mart gets an well over a hundred if not several hundred bomb threats every year; however they almost never get any bombs that actually explode. In the past fifteen years there may have been close to a dozen that did explode but the most common are just soda-pop bombs, which might scare people but isn't likely to do damage unless someone gets a heart attack. This one was an improvised devise made out of fireworks, which was more powerful, but still not as serious as the Boston, Atlanta or Paris bombs.
However combined with the Paris attacks it is enough to cause panic especially since during the Black Friday weekend there were dozens more bomb threats around the country in at least seven states plus the usual number of threats between the Mississippi bomb and Black Friday. The bomb in Mississippi was the only one I know of where it was accompanied by a warning and vice versa, that warning was given in person. There are still none that I know of where a threat over the phone wasn't a bluff; however the police take them seriously. Ironically according to one of the reports they don't evacuate when a store is too busy, but if they take it seriously this would be the time when it was most important.
They had a dramatic scare when a couple brazen robbers Entered Walmart with guns drawn demanding money; but they settled for a couple cell phones before running off.
As usual there were at least five or six shooting incidents at Wal-Mart or that were initiated by incidents that started there. There was another police shooting where they killed an armed suspect, which happens just about once a month, if not more often, and at least one more incident that lead to a chase that started when the suspect dragged the police officer. Either something like this happens or a crash also happens just about every month.
There were also more than half a dozen violent incidents where people including one police officer were attacked dragged thrown to the floor, kidnapped or run over and killed in the parking lot. This escalated with Black Friday, however the number of incidents during Black Friday weekend has been dropping since an exceptionally high number of incidents in 2011 and 2011, so high that even the mainstream media felt they had to report on them extensively. this reduction seems to be because more people are shopping earlier or on line; however the number of incidents earlier in November may be growing.
Their sales seem to be going down, at least in the store, but this was partially off-set by an increase in cyber-sales; but these were accompanied by growing complaints about their web site crashing, and some of the complaints from on-line sales inevitably wind up being handled in the store even if they try to get customers to handle them online.
Wal-Mart has had at least two viral complaints about the way they treat their workers or a marine collecting toys for tots. In both cases local management seems to be enforcing corporate policies without any discretion about the details of the case. A poor worker, who was previously homeless, was fired for collecting abandoned cans in the parking lot and turning them in for deposits; this lead to enormous protests and even the New York State legislature is considering getting involved. The marine was told to take his collection out in the cold.
You would think someone in the corporate office would learn since they have at least one scandal like this, usually more, every holiday season.
One shoplifter was allegedly sexually harassed by the loss prevention officer who supposedly said he wouldn't show up in court "in exchange for her company." Another shoplifter apparently didn't realize it would be a good idea to stay awake long enough to get out of the store.
This isn't the first time a Wal-Mart shoplifter fell asleep on the job.
They're now using facial recognition technology to catch shoplifters but this is raising privacy problems since it could be used for anyone as well. This is especially important since they have also been exposed hiring Lockheed Martin to spy on their employees and even working with the FBI treating protesters like potential terrorists.
You would think that in a democratic country they would negotiate a reasonable settlement instead of arranging for the FBI to work on behalf of corporations. By treating union workers and citizens with legitimate complaints the government is raising serious doubts about the legitimacy of the so-called "War on terror." When people see that legitimate methods of protests are treated like terrorism they might not feel like they live in a free country, and even though the vast majority of them don't go to extremes it is inevitable that a few come to the conclusion that legitimate ways of taking care of grievances don't work and some do desperate things.
That doesn't mean it is always terrorism that people do to express outrage; Wal-Mart has had plenty of lesser methods to express outrage and this month they had another customer who urinated on merchandise, whether this is the reason or not.
They also had an example of overreaction to the terrorist scare hyped up by the media when a customer accused a minority worker of being involved in the Paris bombing without and justification.
There are also state lawmakers trying to advance opt out legislation for workman's comp which has a history of eroding workers rights.
Does the government work for citizens or campaign contributors?
Apparently a Georgia man who had no place to go decided that a good way to get free room and board would be to go to Wal-Mart knock over displays and destroy property.
Strange things happen at Wal-Mart!
You would think the political establishment would want to maintain a functioning society so that people don't have to strike out at Wal-Mart to get public housing or earn a fair living.
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 November 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.
Ex-Walmart CEO, Bill Simon lands troubled plane on Arkansas highway 11/04/2015
Three charged in theft of rifle ammo from Saginaw Township Mississippi Wal-Mart 11/04/2015
Police seek suspect in Missouri Walmart parking lot armed robbery 11/04/2015
O’Fallon Missouri residents upset over proposed Walmart development 11/05/2015
Man allegedly stole elderly man's credit cards from gym locker, used at Tx. Wal-Mart 11/05/2015
Kingsport Tenn. police: Man who stole vacuum struck by truck while fleeing from Walmart 11/05/2015
Man arrested for exposing himself to girls outside Oregon Wal-Mart 11/05/2015
$2K Stolen From Wallet at Long Island NY Walmart: Police 11/06/2015
Walmart pumps $20M into 'Greenlight A Vet' advocacy efforts 11/06/2015
Lawsuit dismissal clears way for Louisville Ky.'s West End Wal-Mart 11/06/2015
Montana Police Reports: Browning woman, teen caught shoplifting at Walmart; body-part model goes missing from MT Tech 11/0/2015
2 wanted after stealing credit cards, buying Tenn. Walmart gift cards 11/06/2015
Wal-Mart heir $27B less wealthy than once thought 11/07/2015
Police: Woman caught walking out of Tenn. Walmart with $600 worth of goods she didn’t pay for 11/07/2015
Offer to be Walmart secret shopper too good to be true 11/07/2015
NY Walmart employee arrested for stealing merchandise 11/08/2015 court costs for petty thefts are much higher than the items subsidizing Walmart security with taxpayer money.
Around the Blotter: Items stolen at Kansas Walmart Saturday include fried chicken 11/08/2015
Shoppers say Nevada Walmart display is racist 11/06/2015
Shoplifting incident in Westfield Mass. Walmart leads to drug arrests 11/09/2015
LaGrange Ga. Police seek identity of alleged Wal-Mart shoplifter 11/0/2015
Forbes: Three Social Media Mistakes Walmart Is Making Right Now 11/09/2015
Police seek men who used stolen credit cards at Fayetteville NC Walmart 11/09/2015
Police: Woman uses stolen credit at Franklin Tenn. Walmart 11/09/2015
Dauphin County man left work release for Pa. Wal-Mart, ditched GPS monitoring bracelet: Crime Stoppers 11/10/2015
Deputies investigating stolen license plate at SC Walmart 11/10/2015
Framingham Mass. Cops: Woman admits to Walmart thefts 11/10/2015
Police: Woman attacked during Marion NC Walmart robbery 11/09/2015
Man charged with felony stealing beer from NC Walmart, gas station 11/11/2015
Thieves hit Wal-Mart, Target in West Melbourne Fla. 11/11/2015
South Tulsa homicide suspect found shot in car at east Tulsa Okla. Wal-Mart in attempted suicide 11/11/2015
2 juveniles charged with making bomb threat to South Union Township Pa. Walmart 11/11/2015
Fla. Wal-Mart employee suffers minor injury in scuffle 11/11/2015
Shoplifting suspect flees Macon Ga. Wal-Mart with sex toy in tow 11/11/2015
Forbes: Walmart Black Friday protesters will fast for higher wages 11/12/2015
Man sought in RI Walmart child abductions 11/12/2015
Man claims he stole stereo amplifier from Fla. Wal-Mart to buy food for his child 11/13/2015
Police: Man wanted after shoplifting attempt at Arkansas Walmart 11/13/2015
Would-be shoplifter involved in scuffle with security, police at ND Wal-Mart 11/13/2015
Suspected Shoplifter Pepper Sprays Colorado Walmart Employee 11/14/2015
Shreveport Louisiana PD seeking man caught on camera stealing groceries in Walmart parking lot 11/14/2015
Police: NC Walmart shoplifters stash items in diaper bag 11/15/2015
HCPD: Suspect snatched purse from victim’s cart at SC Wal-Mart 11/16/2015
Pa. Troopers: Bananas Used as Weapon in Walmart Heist 11/16/2015
Louisiana Walmart workers plan demonstrations at Governor’s Mansion, gubernatorial debate 11/16/2015
Police: Handgun reported missing after man left it in Walmart bathroom 11/14/2015
Eagle Point man accused of robbing woman at Oregon Walmart 11/16/2015
Police searching for man who robbed metro Okla. Walmart 11/16/2015
Police: Fla. Walmart shoplifter used shopping cart as weapon in getaway attempt 11/17/2015
Deputies searching for man who robbed Fla. Walmart at gunpoint 11/16/2015
Man allegedly tried to scam Pa. Walmart 11/17/2015
Sheriff: Irmo man stole debit card, tried to use it at SC Walmart 11/17/2015
Man charged with theft of assault rifle ammo at Mich. Walmart told security to 'look the other way,' witness testifies 11/17/2015
Dayton Ohio woman slammed to ground by Wal-Mart shopper 11/17/2015
Flagstaff PD investigates suspicious tanks outside Ariz. Walmart 11/17/2015 A bomb team was called out as a safety precaution
Police: Woman shoplifted $7K in groceries from Fla. Wal-Mart 11/18/2015 How can she do this? Only at Wal-mart is this so common.
Wake Forest PD looking for suspects in NC Wal-Mart thefts 11/18/2015
2 men arrested at Secaucus NJ Walmart during one hour span, police say 11/18/2015
Woman says man attacked her with pillow inside a Florida Walmart 11/18/2015
What's behind Donald Trump's Walmart vote? 11/19/2015 Barb Harkins, a registered Democrat whose grandchildren earn the federal minimum wage, is among those who plan to vote for the real estate billionaire, despite her passion about the need to raise wages.
Man used company credit card to make $3K in purchases at Pa. Walmart, police say 11/19/2015
Man who committed lewd act in Lockport NY Walmart sought by cops 11/19/2015
Cheyenne Wal-Mart worker admits to stealing from retailer 11/19/2015
Walmart offering drive-thru Thanksgiving meal shopping in Orlando 11/20/2015 Customers can place an order online at Walmart.com/grocery, choose a timeslot, and head to a local participating store, where a Walmart associate will load everything into his/her car.
Shoppers furious with Walmart over toy truck 11/20/2015 A comment on the petition by one of the more than 10,000 supporters reads: “As a trucker, seeing these in real life is no treat. The reality is violence. Do not support desensitization of children. This “toy” is no different than a slave train combined with a coroner’s wagon. Auschwitz mentality is immoral & degrading.”
Texas man accused of robbing Wal-Mart employees at gunpoint smiles in mugshot 11/20/2015
Police seek driver who hurt Villa Rica cop in Ga. Wal-Mart parking lot 11/20/2015
Underwear shoplifter arrested at ND Walmart 11/20/2015
PBSO: Man wanted for using stolen credit card at Fla. Chick-Fil-A, Walmart 11/20/2015
Suspect wearing surgical mask allegedly robs several Ga. Walmart stores 11/20/2015
Man carjacked at South Austin Tx. Walmart speaks out 11/20/2015
Firefighters put out electrical fire at Chesapeake Va. Walmart 11/21/2015
Chesapeake Va. Walmart closed until Saturday due to weekend fire 11/25/2015
Deputies: 2 men used counterfeit bills at Fla. Walmart 11/21/2015
Maryland State Police Investigating Armed Robbery Outside of Berlin Wal-Mart 11/21/2015
Two women charged in June theft from NY Wal-Mart 11/21/2015
Man found shot outside Fla. Walmart Neighborhood Market in Orange County 11/23/2015
Logan Police Say Frantic 911 Call About Utah Wal-Mart Shooter Was A Hoax To Get Out Of A Traffic Stop 11/23/2015
Man charged with committing lewd act at Lockport NY Walmart 11/24/2015
Fake bills turn up at Walmart 11/24/2015
Cary NC police charge Walmart clerk was pocketing store’s cash 11/24/2015
Fulton Missouri woman arrested for allegedly stealing from Walmart 11/24/2015
Anti-Walmart union group plans Black Friday protests 11/24/2015
Wal-Mart suspected of bribery in Brazil after U.S. probe, sources say 11/24/2015
Serial Ky. Walmart robbery suspect arrested 11/24/2015
Mobile Alabama Police search for Wal-Mart robber 11/24/2015 Police were told at the scene that a male shoplifter was confronted by a Loss Prevention Officer. The suspect pulled out a knife and attempted to stab the officer.
Police Find Body Behind South Philly Pa. Walmart 11/24/2015
Two charged in Md. Wal-Mart strong armed robbery 11/24/2015
Secaucus NJ Walmart prepares for holiday shopping 11/24/2015
Chesapeake Walmart closed until Saturday due to weekend fire 11/2/2015
Nevada Walmart Stores Pull Toys for Tots Donation Boxes 11/2/2015
Police searching Arkansas Walmart shoplifters 11/25/2015
Police seek help identifying Montana Wal-Mart theft suspects 11/25/2015
Ephrata Pa. police seek tips in Wal-Mart theft 11/25/2015
Police search for man accused of taking pictures of boy inside Va. Walmart bathroom 11/25/2015
Espanola woman claims injury 2012 NM Walmart Black Friday sale 11/25/2015
Rincon Ga. Police: Several shoplifting incidents and a Man has fit in Walmart 11/25/2015 Nov. 15: A 28-year-old Rincon man who said he wanted to return to jail walked into Walmart, knocked over displays, broke a mirror and cut his arm with a razor. An officer used a stun gun on the man, but it had no effect on him. The officer eventually was able to grab the man and get him in handcuffs.
Woman hit by car in Murfreesboro Tenn. Walmart parking lot 11/26/2015
Trade gun for Wal-Mart gift card at Clearwater Fla. buy-back Dec. 12 11/26/2015
Brown Deer Police Investigated a Possible Bomb Threat at Wisc. Walmart 11/26/2015
Shopping frenzy at Dunwoody Ga. Walmart 11/27/2015
Man charged with arson in connection with Tx. Wal-Mart fire released 11/27/2015
Over $1,500 in baby formula stolen from NH Walmart 11/25/2015
SD woman sues Wal-Mart over crash and injuries 11/25/2015
'I don't think he planned to purchase a 'vintage' laptop: Family's outrage after Walmart ships a TEXTBOOK instead of HP Notebook meant as a birthday gift 11/26/2015
Police Blotter: Man arrested for theft, drugs at ND Wal-Mart during Thanksgiving shopping 11/27/2015
3 Sioux Falls ND Walmart evacuated; bomb threat unfounded 11/27/2015
Idaho Falls Walmart responds to threat 11/27/2015 Following established protocol, there was no evacuation of the building. Dogs were not brought in to search the store because the store was so crowded it would have made it difficult for them to pick up a scent.
Watch Black Friday La. Wal-Mart shoppers in frenzy over towel sale 11/27/2015
Group protests for higher wages at Chicago Ill. Walmart 11/27/2015
Troopers: $2,000 Worth of Merchandise Stolen from Wal-Mart in Union County Pa. 11/27/2015
EXCLUSIVE: Black Friday brings grief for family of Long Island NY Walmart worker trampled to death by wild shoppers in 2008 11/27/2015
Bernie Sanders Attacks WalMart on Black Friday 11/27/2015
Man arrested after trying to steal from vehicles at Ventura Ca. Walmart 11/27/2015
Walmart employee suspected of stealing $1,640 in cash: Brooklyn Ohio Police Blotter 11/27/2015
Grand jury indicts woman accused of stealing underwear from Kennesaw Ga. Walmart 11/27/2015
Woman Run Over by Car in WV Walmart Parking Lot 11/27/2015
Napa man arrested after grabbing teen's bottom at Ca. Walmart 11/27/2015
Ponderay Idaho Walmart hit by bomb threat 11/28/2015
Suspect in custody after assault in Cape Girardeau Missouri Walmart parking lot 11/27/2015
Bomb scare causes evacuation at Farmington NM Walmart 11/23/2015
Man accused of cutting Tenn. Walmart employees 11/28/2015
Outrage over Ohio vet forced outside by Walmart 11/29/2015
Police looking for two men suspected of buying items with counterfeit bills at Va. Wal-Mart 11/30/2015
To Protest Walmart on Black Friday, Organizers Are Seeking Food for Underpaid Workers 11/25/2015
Cat rescued from inside Ca. Walmart wall 11/30/2015
Va. Wal-Mart Shoplifter Caught Hiding in Nearby Restaurant Men's Room 11/2/2015
Police: Felon steals ammo from Ca. Walmart 11/30/2015
Man purchases BB gun at York SC Walmart, decides to test fire it in the parking lot 11/29/2015
Two arrested while trying to steal from Nitro WV Walmart during Black Friday 11/2/2015 Employees first spotted a man, later identified as Johnny Burgess, 45, while he was cutting the security features out of the packing. Since Burgess had a knife on him, the employee called the Nitro Police Department.
During the next two hours, the employees watched while Burgess worked with Nathan Spielman, 36, to remove the security features from items they would then place inside a shopping cart.
Lancaster County man charged for exposing himself, peeping at woman under Pa. Walmart stall 11/30/2015
Sheriff’s office seeking help in identifying thieves at Fla. Wal-Mart 11/30/2015
Woman takes in 6 Cubans living outside Fla. Walmart 11/30/2015
Walmart scam arriving in local mailboxes 11/30/2015