Saturday, January 2, 2016
Wal-Mart Crime report December 2015
To the best of my knowledge Wal-Mart didn't call the police and ask them to put out an arrest warrant for a bunch of birds that infested their store at Chicopee Mass.; but they began their month by having this go viral on the internet and the employees acted as if it was normal. This isn't the first time they've had something like this happen; there have been numerous similar problems with animals including other birds and more often mice. This shouldn't be surprising when you consider how much bigger their stores are than smaller grocery stores. Their lack of local discretion due to all decisions being based on corporate policies in Bentonville Ark. make it harder for them to deal with this or many other problems.
There were several shooting incidents this month including at least a couple that led to panics and evacuations of the store, one where the police killed an armed man, and another where a shoplifter used a flare gun to shoot a loss prevention officer. There were also at least two robberies that led to car chases, and another that took entire register when they refused to open it. Police were involved in at least three fights with alleged shoplifters, including one where the shoplifter jumped in a cruiser in a failed get away attempt, with the cruiser. People try to steal cruiser at Walmart more than most people might expect, not too long ago someone managed to take the cruiser in Indiana.
They've also had more than the usual number of bomb threats this month, some of which led to panics and evacuations. Part of the reason for this is almost certainly the holidays, but automated call with bomb threats that began last month are also part of the reason for this. They were similar to the bomb threats that led to the closure of schools in Los Angeles, while New York got the same ones and recognized them as a hoax; however they didn't get nearly as much attention. The month closed out with a second wave of bomb threats for New Years. This would provide an opportunity for anyone that is inclined to research the reactions to them and how they're reported in the media. If they did this and let the public know about them they might not be so inclined to panic over them, since threats are rarely if ever accompanied by actual bombs and vice versa.
Research into this could also enable them to recognize the root causes of why all these bomb threats and reduce them dramatically; unfortunately it is unlikely they will do this without grassroots pressure, since it would almost certainly implicate many of the policies of corporations that donate enormous amounts of money to campaigns.
Three of the bomb threats this month were from disgruntled customers, which is quite common, along with disgruntled employees, although most of the time it is not reported. If people with legitimate concerns had an easier time getting them addressed they would be less likely to retaliate one way or another. Not that many people resort to drastic actions but many do get frustrated and angry; and even though rational people don't agree that bomb threats are an appropriate response it would still be a good idea to address the concerns of those that don't resort to bomb threats.
This month there appears to have also been someone striking out by putting razor blades in the handle of a shopping cart, whether it was retaliation by a disgruntled customer or not. This has been going on for months in a California Walmart and it is one of many ways that angry people have been striking out.
Walmart has fired someone again for reasons that don't pass the laugh test again; someone found money in the parking lot turned the first few bills in right away found more and waited half an hour before turning it in. After reviewing the video they fired him for not turning it in fast enough. They spend time checking in on people that do good deeds and fire them which outraged a lot of people once again.
Another study came out indicating that Walmart is responsible for 400,000 jobs lost due to outsourcing at a time when Walmart is trying to take credit for bringing jobs back. This is standard operating procedure; they get caught just about every year trying to market "Made in the USA" when it is actually overseas.
Does anyone think Walmart actually has any credibility?
Another E. coli recall has expanded to Walmart and they're trying to sue Puerto Rico which is on the verge of bankruptcy for tax increases. Corporate policies and influence are a major reason why many states are on the verge of bankruptcy and Puerto Rico doesn't even have representation in the Congress so it is more difficult for them to stand up for themselves against powerful corporations.
Don't corporations like Walmart realize that they have to allow the states and countries they operate in to remain functional instead of robbing them blind?
They're closing a lot of their stores in Brazil because they're not profitable enough; this is just one of many countries where they're not doing so well in.
They also arrested an 89 year old who resorted to stealing her medications and arrested a homeless man who went on a rampage in Hawaii. Not taking care of citizens is almost certainly a major part of reason why Walmart has higher crime rates than local stores.
A one year old found methamphetamine at one Walmart and a woman at another was on methamphetamine when she went through Walmart eating an entire rotisserie chicken among other things and drinking wine. They waited till she had quite a meal before stopping her. She was also homeless and it will cost tax payers much more to keep her in jail than it would to address our social problems.
Unfortunately politicians are more concerned with addressing concerns of campaign contributors than the majority of the public; so tax payers can be expected to continue to foot the bill for Walmart's high crime rates.
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 December 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.
SUV flips in Tenn. Walmart parking lot 12/01/2015
Chicopee Mass. Police will stand on Walmart roof to raise money for Special Olympics 12/01/2015
Police arrest former Me. Wal-Mart worker for theft 12/01/2015
Daytona Beach Fla. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 12/01/2015 For the second time in two weeks, a Daytona Beach Walmart was evacuated Tuesday due to a bomb threat.
Daytona's Beville Road Wal-Mart receives 3rd recent bomb threat 12/01/2015
Mich. Wal-Mart employee riding scooter to work hit by school bus, goes on to work 12/01/2015
Police say pantless 20-year-old man crawled under occupied women's bathroom stall at Manheim Twp. Pa. Walmart 12/01/2015
Lancaster man arrested after stealing TV, home theater from Pa. Walmart: police 12/01/2015
FBI: Surgical mask suspect robbed eight Ga. Walmarts 12/01/2015
Fired NY Wal-Mart worker receives new job offer elsewhere 12/01/2015
Suspected Pa. Wal-Mart Thieves Caught in Arkansas 12/01/2015
Two men facing felony charges in Pa. Walmart parking lot robbery: police 12/01/2015
Stockton Ca. Walmart Evacuated After Reports of Bomb Threat in Store 12/01/2015
Threat Prompts Lockdown at Colorado Walmart 12/01/2015
Registered sex offender arrested for harassing woman, 1-year-old at Alabama Wal-Mart 12/02/2015
Scam Alert: Fake Chesapeake Va. Walmart job post circulating on Facebook 12/02/2015
Utah Wal-Mart guard hospitalized after attack, police say 12/02/2015
Walmart pulls Toys for Tots bins from Reno Nevada-area stores 12/02/2015
Fired Utah Wal-Mart workers had a right to defend themselves, Utah’s high court says 12/02/2015
Ten Televisions Stolen from North Little Rock Ark. Walmart 12/03/2015
Rincon Ga. Police: Walmart boots were made for walking 12/03/2015
Woman called in bomb threat to Swatara Twp. Pa. Wal-Mart in custody dispute: Police 12/03/2015
Police seek pair accused of stealing shopping cart of merchandise from Pa. Walmart 12/03/2015
Walmart shopper chases down shoplifting suspect in Spring Hill Fla. 12/03/2015
Police searching for Montclair Road Birmingham Alabama Walmart robbery suspect 12/03/2015
Small fire at Renton Washington Walmart causes evacuation 12/04/2015
Police search for arsonist after Walmart fire in Renton Wash. 12/15/2015
Mass. Walmart evidence shows Ciccolo bought pressure cooker, prosecutors say 12/04/2015
Indiana Walmart stores remove Salvation Army Angel Trees 12/05/2015
WANTED: Man robs bank inside Pascagoula Mississippi Walmart 12/05/2015
Mount Dora Fla. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 12/05/2015
Roanoke man sought after woman assaulted in Salem Va. Walmart parking lot 12/05/2015
Burglary at NY Super Walmart storage trailer captured on video 12/05/2015
Man Tries To Rob Customer Inside Lexington Ky. Walmart 12/05/2015
Investigation into report of bomb at NY Walmart continues 12/05/2015
Woman’s heartbreaking Walmart shopping experience will make you cry 12/06/2015
Man found dead inside camper parked at Hallandale Beach Fla. Walmart Police believe man died a few days ago 12/07/2015
Police arrest teens in connection with Mississippi Walmart bank robbery 12/08/2015
Freeport man sentenced to nine years in prison for robbery in Peoria Ill. Wal-Mart parking lot 12/08/2015
Deputies: Getaway car leaves man who stole two TVs from Tampa Fla. Wal-Mart 12/08/2015
Man arrested for sexual assault at Fort Myers Fla. Wal-Mart 12/08/2015
Police investigate wallet theft at Warren County Ohio Walmart 12/08/2015
Canadian Tire sues Walmart for allegedly copying Christmas lights 12/08/2015
Walmart Evacuated on Long Island NY When Toy Wrapped in Wires Found in Store: Police 12/08/2015
Salvation Army kettle stolen from Little Rock Ark. Walmart 12/09/2015
Woman severely hurt in sexual assault behind Fla. Wal-Mart 12/09/2015
Police: $700 stolen after woman leaves cash at Salisbury NC Walmart 12/09/2015
Acworth Ga. Wal-Mart re-opens after bomb threat 12/09/2015
Officers perform CPR, save man’s life outside Tenn. Walmart 12/09/2015
2 arrested in Suffolk Va. Wal-Mart theft, following car fire on MMMBT 12/09/2015
When Natrona County Wy. DA asks for funding, lawmakers suggest Walmart 12/10/2015
Missouri police investigate purchase of 100 cellphones at separate Walmarts 12/10/2015
Do You Recognize These Women Wanted in Whitfield Co. Ga. for Walmart Theft? 12/10/2015
Police looking for three men who stole from Carbondale Ill. Walmart 12/10/2015
Michigan State Police investigating hit-and-run of 8-year-old girl in Walmart parking lot 12/10/2015
Suspect accused of hitting Waveland man with vehicle in Mississippi Walmart parking lot 12/10/2015
Hoover PD: Employee wanted for stealing 40k cash from Alabama Walmart 12/10/2015
Police: Wal-Mart pharmacy robbed in Berlin Vt. 12/10/2015
Police: Camera caught man taking dirt bike at Tunkhannock Pa. Walmart 12/10/2015
2 accused of using stolen credit cards at Williamsburg Va. Walmart 12/1/2015
Police seek suspect in Tx. Walmart shoplifting turned armed robbery 12/10/2015
Rincon Ga. Police: Walmart shoppers passing pot are chased from store 12/11/2015
Police Blotter: Homeless man arrested at ND Wal-Mart 12/11/2015
Mother charged after leaving 3 infants alone at Iowa Walmart 12/11/2015
Hit-run crash outside Delray Fla. Wal-Mart under investigation 12/11/2015
Police: Man gives cashier note demanding money, saying he is armed at Okla. Walmart 12/11/2015
Police warn residents about fraudulent Wal-Mart check scam 12/1/2015
Police: Man threatens to kill woman at Memphis Tenn. Walmart 12/13/2015
Man allegedly exposed himself at Walmart in New Hampshire, police say 12/13/2015
Woman gets year in prison for stealing TVs from Minn. Wal-mart 12/13/2015
Lexington Ky. Police Investigating Robbery Of 77-Year-Old Woman In Wal-Mart Parking Lot 12/13/2015
Holly Springs Mississippi Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 12/13/2015 The Holly Springs Police Department said in a Facebook post officials received a call Sunday afternoon regarding a bomb in the store. When they arrived, employees told them that an angry customer said he had placed a bomb in the back of the store set to go off in 30 minutes.
Police: Fla. Walmart pharmacy worker admits stealing drugs 12/13/2015
Man accused of stealing items from Tabb Va. Walmart 12/14/2015
Alleged counterfeiters use fake looking movie prop money at Westfield Mass. Walmart; police seek your help identifying suspects 12/14/2015
Walmart in Bellevue Wash. evacuated Monday afternoon 12/14/2015
Report: Man used emergency door to steal from Ky. Walmart 12/15/2015
Rogers Ark. police investigate attempted shoplifting from Walmart 12/15/2015
Police Search for Neb. Walmart Theft Suspects 12/15/2015
VanHorn to take up annual post on Nebraska Walmart roof Friday 12/17/2015
Car with dog inside stolen from homeless couple at Lauderdale Lakes Fla. Walmart 12/16/2015
Man sought in Montana Walmart theft; see surveillance photos here 12/16/2015
$12,000 gone in four minutes in Wisc. Wal-Mart theft 12/17/2015
Albuquerque NM police arrests man who rammed APD cars at Wal-Mart 12/17/2015
Stolen credit card used at Walmart triggers search by Fayetteville NC police 12/17/2015
Conway Ark. PD looking for man who attempted to steal from Walmart, grabbed employee by throat 12/18/2015
Walmart arrest in Spencer, Iowa, leads to meth lab 12/18/2015
Red Kettle stolen from Peters Creek Parkway NC Walmart; second theft this month 12/18/2015
Woman passes out in North Carolina Walmart restroom after inhaling compressed air 12/1/2015
Body found behind Cobb County Ga. Walmart 12/18/2015
Man arrested for Hannibal Missouri Walmart parking lot incident 12/18/2015
Person of Interest Sought in Nevada Wal-Mart Theft 12/18/2015
Bail revocation sought for accused stalker; man accused of theft from NH Wal-Mart 12/18/2015
Man with criminal record accused of stealing Pokeman card pack at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart 12/19/2015
Dove chocolate Walmart sold recalled for allergens 12/19/2015
Four Sought In Nebraska Walmart Theft 12/19/2015
Delco Pa. Wal-Mart Evacuated After Another Bomb Threat Both Friday and Saturday 12/19/2015
Deputies find meth lab in car while arresting Fla. Wal-Mart shoplifter 12/20/2015
Police: Women stole $1,400 worth of goods from New Hartford NY Wal-Mart 12/20/2015
Bomb threat prompts evacuation of Walmart in Elkhart County Ill. 12/20/2015
Ware Mass. police searching for man who stole $13,000 in electronics from Walmart 12/20/2015
Bomb threat prompts evacuation of Apopka Fla. Walmart 12/21/2015
Waverly WV officers searching for masked man in connection with Walmart robbery 12/21/2015
Deputies: Meth lab found in back of car at Fla. Walmart 12/21/2015
Clarksville Tenn. police try to identify tire-stealing Walmart suspect 12/2/2015
Man Stabbed in Thigh at North Bismarck ND Wal-Mart 12/2/2015
Lee's Summit Missouri Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 12/22/2015
Alcohol Thieves Caught on Camera at Sarpy County Nebraska Walmart 12/22/2015
2 Hillside men arrested on credit card fraud charges at Secaucus NJ Walmart, police say 12/22/2015
Mom says her son was nearly abducted at Hendersonville Tenn. Walmart 12/22/2015
NY Walmart worker, wife accused of selling drugs 12/22/2015
Pair uses $2,100 in counterfeit bills at Peoria Ill. Walmart 12/22/2015
Employee caught on camera stealing $40,000 from Hoover Alabama Wal-Mart arrested at Indiana casino 12/23/2015
Female sought in theft at Ohio Walmart 12/24/2015
Bomb threat prompts evacuation at Orlando Fla. Walmart 12/24/2015
Westfield Mass. Walmart loss prevention officer charged with stealing from Walmart 12/24/2015
Manatee Fla. sheriff: Sarasota man charged with stealing $84 in toys from Walmart 12/24/2015
Beavercreek Ohio Walmart closes before demonstration 12/24/2015
Police search for suspect who stole 72-year-old woman's purse at Tx. Walmart 12/24/2015
Cache County homeowner surprises burglar later found at Utah Wal-Mart 12/25/2015
Purse theft at Rome NY Wal-Mart leads to felony charge 12/25/2015
Funny Money Reported At Tenn. Wal-Mart Tuesday 12/26/2015
Investigators searching for man who robbed bank inside Lorain Ohio Walmart (photos) 12/26/2015
Cops seek deposition delay in Beavercreek Ohio Wal-Mart shooting lawsuit 12/27/2015
Winston-Salem NC Walmart evacuated Sunday night after bomb threat 12/28/2015
Deputies: Suspect in attempted rape at Tampa Fla. Walmart flees into pond 12/28/2015
Police identify 2 who stole over $1,100 in electronics from Olathe Kansas Walmart 12/28/2015
Galax Va. Police search for Wal-Mart suspect 12/28/2015
Car crashes into Pell City Alabama Walmart 12/28/2015
Alleged Fla. Wal-Mart burglar told police he wanted job as mystery shopper 12/28/2015 Delray Beach police didn’t buy Alexander Weigard’s story and after he was arrested, found Weigard was allegedly in possession of a loaded hand gun and street and prescription drugs.
If all the world’s a stage, Wal-Mart is its largest set, for tragedy and joy alike 12/28/2015
Cape Coral Fla. mother demands city-wide curfew after frightening altercation 12/29/2015
Christmas power outage at west Eugene Oregon Walmart forced store to throw out food 12/29/2015
Suspects sought in theft at Walmart in Carrollwood Fla. 12/29/2015
Gaston Co. NC woman arrested for exchanging price tags on items at Walmart 12/2/2015
Woman accused in Beech Grove Ind. Walmart scuffle appears in court week before trial 12/29/2015
Missing man with dementia found at Athens Alabama Wal-Mart 12/29/2015
Woman arrested at Fla. Wal-Mart earlier this month, arrested again after allegedly attempting to steal sunglasses 12/29/2015
3 tried to pass fake $100s at South Jersey NJ Walmart, police say 12/29/2015
Update: Man arrested for conning woman at Louisiana Wal-Mart 12/30/2015
Police Blotter: Costly hit-and-run reported at ND Wal-Mart 12/30/2015
White County woman accused of kidnapping infant, leaving him at Tenn. Walmart 12/30/2015
Fourth person arrested in NY Walmart drug bust 12/30/2015
Teen’s threatening call prompts evacuation at Fredonia NY Walmart 12/30/2015
Juveniles suspected of arson inside Ohio Wal-Mart 12/30/2015
Wake Forest police accuse man of TV, computer thefts from NC Walmart 12/31/2015
Police open investigation after homeless man found dead in Va. Walmart parking lot 12/31/2015
Winston-Salem NC Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 12/31/2015
Police investigating theft at Pa. Walmart 12/31/2015
Gunman robs man sitting in South Richmond Va. Walmart parking lot 12/31/2015
Wal-Mart at Pittsburgh Mills Pa. reopens after evacuation 12/31/2015
South Austin Tx. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 01/01/2016
Ky. Walmarts Closed After Bomb Threats from disgruntled customer 01/01/2016 Officers say staff at the Berea location reported that the man called to say he was mistreated by one of their employees and that he wired the place with a bomb.