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

Bird infestation at Chicopee Mass. Walmart raises health concerns 12/01/2015

CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - It's a picture that that went viral on social media over the weekend. Some of you even shared the picture to us through the ShareIt feature on the Western Mass News app.

A flock of birds found eating packaged meats at the Walmart in Chicopee has raised health concerns for some shoppers.

Scott Conway of Chicopee said that he was shopping on Saturday when he saw several birds feasting on the Walmart products.

“They were clustering around the hamburger and they were literally eating out of the packages,” Conway explained.

Conway added that he alerted an employee, but claimed they were not concerned about the issue.

“As sad as it sounds, they made it seem like it was a normal thing...'Yea, they’re here',” Conway said. Complete article

Watch: 17 birds found eating packaged meat in Chicopee Mass. Walmart 12/01/2015

"They were clustering around the hamburger and they were literally eating out of the packages," Conway explained.

He told the station he complained to an employee who more or less shrugged and said birds in the store are a normal thing.

Video of birds eating meat inside Chicopee Mass. Walmart goes viral 12/02/2015

Meat-eating birds at Chicopee Mass. Walmart makes national news, joked about on NPR's 'Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me!' 12/07/2015

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

E. coli recall expands to Walmart, Safeway 12/01/2015

A recall stemming from an E. coli scare now spans more than a dozen states and includes products sold at major grocery chains, including Walmart, Safeway and Albertsons.

Contaminated celery from California-based Taylor Farms Pacific was found to be the source of Costco's chicken salad recall last week. The Food and Drug Administration expanded the recall of food products on Tuesday.

It now includes 155,000 items such as salad kits, vegetable trays and other prepared foods.

Among the stores involved are Walmart (WMT), Sams Club, Costco (COST), Albertsons (ABS), 7-Eleven, Target (TGT) and Safeway.

The products were primarily distributed in Western states, but stores in states including Georgia, Arkansas, Nebraska and Hawaii are also affected. Complete article

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

Mass. Walmart workers kick off national campaign with Quincy rally 12/0/2015

QUINCY – About 30 former Walmart workers and their supporters held signs in the pouring rain Wednesday morning to kick off a national initiative aimed at pressuring the nation’s largest private employer to increase wages and adopt better scheduling practices.

The rally took place in front of a Walmart sign on Quincy Avenue. It was the first of what organizers say will be nearly 150 events across the nation meant to bring attention to what they believe are unfair workplace practices. Another rally was planned for today in Oakland, California.

“We believe that Walmart, as the nation’s largest retailer, really sets the standard for working conditions,” said Jess Levin, a spokeswoman for the “Making Change at Walmart” campaign, which is being run by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Complete article

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

Walmart allegedly fires employee for turning in found cash too slowly 12/02/2015

NISKAYUNA, NY (KTRK) -- A Walmart maintenance worker on the job for nearly two decades says he was fired for moving too slowly to turn in $350 he found in the parking lot.

Michael Walsh, 45, says he was called into the manager's office of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Niskayuna, New York on November 6 and promptly fired for "gross misconduct," The Times Union reports.

Walsh was picking up garbage in the store parking lot when he found a $5 bill. He says he immediately went inside and turned the cash over to his manager.

When he went back outside to resume his duties, Walsh says he found a small stack of $20 and $10 bills. The bills were loose without an envelope or identification as to who owned the cash. ...

Two days later, he was fired after a manager showed him surveillance tape which showed 30 minutes had elapsed from the time he found the cash to the time he turned it in, The Times Union reports.

Walsh says he was forced to turn over his badge and his 10 percent off Walmart discount card after 18 years on the job.

"I enjoyed my job, I was a good employee and always got to work on time," Walsh says. "I got treated like a common criminal." Complete article

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

One Person Wounded In Darien Ill. Walmart Shooting 12/03/2015

(CBS) — A suspect was at large Thursday following a shooting inside a west suburban Walmart Supercenter that left one person injured.

The shooting was preceded by an argument between two men around 6 p.m. at the Subway restaurant inside the Walmart, at 2189 75th Street in Darien, Interim Police Chief Greg Thomas said.

The gunman shot the victim in the shoulder, and paramedics transported the shooting victim to Good Samaritan hospital in Downers Grove.

“There’s a lot of witnesses,” Chief Thomas told reporters at the scene. “It’s obviously Christmas season. It’s a big Walmart store.” Complete article

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

Hearing set for Hilo Hawaii Wal-Mart assailant 12/07/2015

A 32-year-old homeless man who, according to witnesses, wielded a knife during a confrontation in the Hilo Wal-Mart parking lot, stabbed the victim three times in the face and head, according to court documents filed by police.

The victim, 34-year-old Helani Kenui of Hilo, left the parking lot and went to Hilo Medical Center for treatment of his wounds. Kenui told police he “felt pain of an 8 on a scale of 1 to 10,” documents state.

Kenui reportedly told police he had been in a verbal confrontation with David James Nall, and Nall told him, “I’m gonna kill you (expletive), see you in jail, kill you when I see you in jail!”

Nall also allegedly caused damage to the rear passenger side window and taillight of the victim’s vehicle with the knife, documents state.

Wal-Mart employees detained Nall. One, Wayne Yamashita, reportedly disarmed him.

A witness to the police response told the Tribune-Herald the store’s parking lot “looked like a cop convention.” Complete article

Man charged with Hilo Hawaii Wal-Mart confrontation 12/04/2015

Indiana Walmart stores remove Salvation Army Angel Trees 12/05/2015

Police: Suspect shoplifted, fought law officials at Windsor Ca. Wal-Mart 12/04/2015

A man stopped Friday afternoon in the Windsor Wal-Mart for suspected shoplifting fought with security guards and a Windsor deputy before his arrest, while outside the store deputies and the sheriff’s helicopter searched for two other suspects, according to Windsor police.

Police arrested the man in the store after a considerable struggle, which included the suspect trying unsuccessfully to take the deputy’s electric stun gun, sheriff’s Sgt. Shawn Murphy said.

The man, who apparently had attempted to steal several grooming items, including hair gel, was arrested on much more serious felony charges when the incident escalated. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery, assaulting an officer, assaulting a security guard and resisting arrest. Murphy said drug charges also could be added as the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Complete article

Wal-Mart Sues Puerto Rico Over ‘Astonishing’ Tax Increases 12/05/2015

The Puerto Rico unit of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. sued the island’s government, seeking to overturn a new tax the retailer calls unfairly high.

Enacted in May, Puerto Rico’s Act 72-2015 increases to 6.5 percent from 2 percent the tax on goods imported from offshore affiliates to local companies with gross revenues of more than $2.75 billion.

The increase comes as the U.S. commonwealth struggles to restructure $70 billion in debt, more than every U.S. state but New York and California. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider reinstating a law that would let Puerto Rico’s debt-ridden public utilities restructure their obligations.

The new levy raised the estimated cumulative income tax on Wal-Mart Puerto Rico Inc. “to an astonishing and unsustainable 91.5% of its net income,” according to the company’s complaint, filed in federal court in San Juan Friday. Complete article

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

Walmart shoplifting suspect jumps in Macedonia Ohio police cruiser in failed getaway attempt, police say 12/07/2015

MACEDONIA, Ohio — An Akron man tried to avoid an arrest on shoplifting charges by jumping into a Macedonia police cruiser, according to a report released Monday.

Kevin Moultry, 45, is jailed on $100,000 bond after his initial appearance Monday in Stow Municipal Court. He is charged with aggravated robbery, theft, attempted assault on a police officer. ......

Moultry ran around the parking lot and jumped into the officer's cruiser, police said. The officer grabbed Moultry through the open window and used a stun gun on his chest, according to police reports.

Moultry stepped on the accelerator and drove the cruiser into the back of the Nissan SUV with the officer hanging through the window, police said. The vehicles were only several feet apart. He continued pressing on the accelerator in the hopes the cruiser could push the SUV out of the way, according to police.

The officer reached into the car and put it in park. Moultry punched the officer two or three times in the face, then jumped out of the other side of the cruiser, police said. Moultry ran back into Walmart, shed his hat and coat and tried to leave the store.

Officers from Northfield Village and the Summit County Sheriff arrived to help. Moultry ran from around the parking lot avoiding cruisers. Another Macedonia officer arrived and struck Moultry when he darted from behind a parked car, according to police.

Moultry was thrown to the ground and arrested. Complete article

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

Gun goes off in south Springfield Walmart 12/08/2015

A gun went off inside a south Springfield Walmart Supercenter on Tuesday evening, as officers confronted multiple individuals suspected of shoplifting.

"A foot chase took place inside the store, and as one of the suspects fled, he fired one round from a handgun," Lt. Fred Beck said. "Nobody was injured, nobody was hit, and the suspect fled out the back door."

The shot went off about 7:30 p.m. The store at 3315 S. Campbell Ave. was evacuated and closed to the public for several hours, as police and store officials stood guarding main entrances. As of 9:15 p.m., the individual said to have fired the shot had not been located. Two other individuals were in police custody, Beck said.

Store associates interviewed by the News-Leader described a chaotic scene. Bryanna Grzyb stood outside the Walmart, still holding the ring box she was handling when the shot was fired. Complete article

Shoplifters nabbed in Springfield Missouri are shooting suspects in California 12/09/2015

Springfield Missouri Walmart shooting suspect arrested in California after pursuit in stolen vehicle 12/15/2015

Colorado Springs police use Taser guns to apprehend alleged Walmart shoplifter 12/09/2015

An alleged Walmart shoplifter was stunned by Taser guns after he led officers on a short chase across heavy traffic in northeast Colorado Springs on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

Warren White, 42, is suspected of theft and obstruction, police said. He had an outstanding warrant at the time of his arrest.

Officers responded to a report of a shoplifter at the Walmart at 1575 Space Center Drive just after 1:30 p.m., police said.

They were attempting to identify the suspect when he "suddenly bolted" from a store office, police said in report. Complete article

Armed robbery at Lexington NC Walmart leads to high-speed chase; 2 suspects in custody 12/09/2015

LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Two suspects are in custody after an armed robbery in Lexington.

The robbery happened at the Walmart located at 160 Lowes Blvd. in Lexington.

From there, one of the suspects led authorities on a high-speed chase through several counties.

Authorities were able to stop 43-year-old Vincent Craig Moore using a rolling road block at 9:07 a.m. on Interstate 40 East near mile marker 150 in Alamance County. Police said Moore lived in Rocky Mount and has an extensive criminal record that includes larceny of a business.

The 60-mile chase ended with no accidents or injuries, thanks to the help of at least five different law enforcement agencies. ....

A 911 caller, who identified herself as a Walmart employee, described the incident.

"He hit me in the arm with his gun and told me to come on or I wouldn't see Christmas," she said. Complete article

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

Fortune: Study Says America Lost 400,000 Jobs Because of Walmart's Imports 12/09/2015

The Economic Policy Institute recently published a study estimating how many jobs Walmart has effectively eliminated or displaced as a result of its contribution to the U.S. trade deficit with China.

The study states that between 2001 and 2013, the inflated deficit eliminated or displaced 3.2 million U.S. jobs. As the world’s largest retailer, it seems to follow that U.S.-based Walmart would be a key contributor to the climbing deficit and subsequent job losses. The EPI estimates that the retailer’s Chinese imports account for 15.3% of trade deficit growth in that time period.

The study states that, in total, the U.S. trade deficit resulted in a net job loss of nearly 1 million in 2001; that number rose to over 4 million by 2013. It estimates Walmart alone contributed to over 400,000 job losses over those 12 years, and speculates that about 75% of those were manufacturing jobs which offer better pay and benefits than other affected industries, particularly for workers who lack a college education. Complete article

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

1-year-old finds bag of meth at Ky. Walmart 12/0/2015

WHITESBURG, Ky. — A mother said her 1-year-old found a bag of meth while they were shopping in a Kentucky Walmart over the weekend.

“I didn’t even know what to say. It’s very shocking that that was just laying on the floor at Walmart,” the mother, Lindsey Combs, told WYMT.

Combs said her husband, 5-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter had stopped by Walmart to visit Santa and pick up some gifts on layaway when her daughter found the bag in line.

“She picked it up and I told her to put it down, so she picked it up again and took it to her dad and we realized … He looked at me and said, ‘Is this drugs?'” Combs told WYMT. Complete article

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 kill armed man threatening Pa. Walmart customers, officers say 12/13/2015

A man with a weapon reportedly threatening customers at a Walmart in north-eastern Pennsylvania was shot and killed by officers, state police said.

Police in Monroe County said on Sunday that Andrew Joseph Todd, 20, of Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, was shot when he refused officers’ orders to drop his weapon inside the Walmart in East Stroudsburg late on Saturday.

Police were dispatched to the store shortly after 10pm, after reports of an armed man threatening and pointing a weapon at customers. Officials said about 100 people were in the store at the time. .....

“He was walking away from us down the aisle holding the gun to his head,” Felz said. “He threw a backpack he was carrying to the side. Then he got to the end of the aisle, he turned right and pointed the gun, like around the corner. I heard a click, like a misfire or a BB gun go off.”

Stroudsburg resident Chris Torino told the (Allentown) Morning Call newspaper he was in the store’s home and garden section when he saw the man dressed in black with a bandanna over his face holding a handgun to his own head before he went into a different aisle and Torino lost sight of him.

“People started screaming and going frantic. They were saying, ‘Look, look, look!’” Torino said. Complete article

Armed Mount Bethel shot and killed by police in East Stroudsburg Walmart 12/13/2015

Troopers Investigating Motive Behind Walmart Scare 12/13/2015

Walmart Shooter Stayed at Homeless Shelter 12/14/2015

Experts discuss mental health awareness after Walmart shooting 12/15/2015 "Inadequate resources, such as medical insurance coverage, are part of the problem," said administrator Sheila Theodorou for Carbon-Monroe-Pike Mental Health and Developmental Services.

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

AP: Supermarkets including Kroger, Wal-Mart selling shrimp peeled by Burmese slaves in Thailand 12/14/2015

EDITOR’S NOTE: More than 2,000 trapped fishermen have been freed this year as a result of an ongoing Associated Press investigative series into slavery in the Thai seafood industry. The reports also have led to a dozen arrests, millions of dollars’ worth of seizures and proposals for new federal laws.

SAMUT SAKHON, Thailand (AP) — Every morning at 2 a.m., they heard a kick on the door and a threat: Get up or get beaten. For the next 16 hours, No. 31 and his wife stood in the factory that owned them with their aching hands in ice water. They ripped the guts, heads, tails and shells off shrimp bound for overseas markets, including grocery stores and all-you-can-eat buffets across the United States.

After being sold to the Gig Peeling Factory, they were at the mercy of their Thai bosses, trapped with nearly 100 other Burmese migrants. Children worked alongside them, including a girl so tiny she had to stand on a stool to reach the peeling table. Some had been there for months, even years, getting little or no pay. Always, someone was watching.

No names were ever used, only numbers given by their boss — Tin Nyo Win was No. 31. Complete article

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

Teen accused of attempted carjacking at Kenner La. Wal-Mart 12/14/2015

Police arrested a teenager accused of trying to carjack a pair of women Sunday morning (Dec. 13) in the parking lot of a Kenner store.

Lenin-Fransico Alvarado-Lopez, 17, 668 Mayfair Lane, Kenner, was booked with attempted carjacking and attempted second-degree kidnapping, said Lt. Brian McGregor, spokesman for the Kenner Police Department.

The victims, ages 31 and 27, were in their vehicle at Wal-Mart, 300 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, about 7:30 a.m. when Alvarado-Lopez opened a door and jumped into the backseat, McGregor said. The teen was armed with a knife and ordered the women to drive.

The women, instead, got out of the vehicle and screamed for help. Alvarado-Lopez got out, as well, and ran eastbound on West Esplanade, McGregor said. Complete article

Shopper Finds Razor Blade Wedged in Handle of Ca. Walmart Shopping Cart 12/14/2015

MARYSVILLE -- Shopping carts are not usually thought of as being dangerous, but for Julie Nicolas of Wheatland, they most certainly were.

"As I was wiping along the bar underneath where the plastic's wedged, there was a razor blade," Nicolas said.

It happened last Saturday at the Walmart on North Beale Road in Marysville.

"The corner nicked me right there. Thank goodness I didn't get cut or anything. I stopped in time," Nicolas said.

Terrified, Nicolas said she reported the incident to a store associate.

"I handed it to her, and she threw it away, I asked her, 'Is this a thing?' And she said 'Ya, it is a thing.'" Nicolas said.

FOX40 spoke to a Walmart manager off camera who said someone has been putting razor blades in their shopping carts periodically for the past few months. Some employees said they have been asked to check the carts outside and even wear gloves to protects themselves. Complete article

Sacramento Ca. Sheriff’s Dept: Walmart Evacuated After Suspect Fires Flare Gun at Loss Prevention Officer 12/14/2015

SACRAMENTO -- A loss prevention officer at a South Sacramento Walmart was shot in the face with a flare gun, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department. Deputies have arrested the suspected shooter, who they said was a minor being questioned for shoplifting at the time.

There were hundreds of holiday shoppers nearby, according to deputies.

"And then someone came running past saying, 'a gun a gun,'" said Audrey Peoples, who was inside at the time shopping for Christmas cards. "I actually ran back into the store, up an aisle because I thought, 'I don't want to get shot.'"

"I just heard a real loud boom, and then I turned around and dude was bleeding and there was a flare all in that little area," said Travell Brown, who works as a Salvation Army bell ringer and saw the loss prevention officer was in bad shape. "He was bleeding a lot, I actually was scared, I didn't know what to do." Complete article

Report: Man used emergency door to steal from Ky. Walmart 12/15/2015

Rogers Ark. police investigate attempted shoplifting from Walmart 12/15/2015

Woman, 89, accused of shoplifting NyQuil, other meds at Ga. Wal-Mart 12/1/2015

An 89-year-old woman was arrested and charged with shoplifting after she allegedly walked out of a Wal-Mart in Oconee County with more than $100 worth of medications, including NyQuil and DayQuil and Advil.

Virginia Bingham of Athens was arrested Dec. 10 after a loss prevention officer stopped her, an Oconee County Sheriff’s report stated.

Bingham had been stopped twice previously for alleged shoplifting, according to the sheriff’s report, but the store chose not to prosecute her because of her age, authorities said. Complete article

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

Robinson woman indicted in Wal-Mart purse snatching shooting 12/1/2015

A Robinson woman who pulled a gun on a suspected purse snatcher last month and fired a shot in his direction after he started to run away was indicted Wednesday.

A McLennan County grand jury indicted Emma Cotten, 28, on a deadly conduct charge in a Nov. 20 incident in the parking lot of a Bellmead Wal-Mart, sources familiar with the case said Wednesday.

Cotten was named in a sealed indictment, because Bellmead police did not arrest her but sent the case to the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office for review. ....

Cotten, who is seen on the video pointing a pistol at a suspected thief as other men had him pinned to the ground, appears to fire over the man’s head toward the American Bank building after he broke free from his captors and started running through the Wal-Mart parking lot near the Interstate 35 access road. .....

According to Texas law, a person commits deadly conduct if he or she “recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury” or if she “discharges a firearm at or in the direction of one or more individuals, or a habitation, building or vehicle.” Complete article

$12,000 gone in four minutes in Wisc. Wal-Mart theft 12/17/2015

Walmart Needs to Be Held Accountable for Displacing American Jobs 12/17/2015

To great fanfare and media coverage, Walmart announced three years ago its "U.S. manufacturing initiative" and, in the years since, the company regularly likes to tout its commitment to "American renewal" and to buying American made products.

Unfortunately, a closer look at the company's real record shows that it has actually been sending hundreds of thousands of jobs overseas at the very same time it has touted these programs to the American people.

This is a constant pattern from irresponsible companies, like Walmart, who use public relations to tout new initiatives while counting on the media to never fact-check these statements or investigate these programs.

The brutal truth, as a report released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) found, is that Walmart is to blame for the loss of plenty of good American jobs. Complete article Walmart gets caught just about every year lying about "Made in the USA" products but it isn't reported in a high profile manner in traditional media nor do they remind people that is a standard practice that gets exposed over and over again!

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

Disgruntled customer arrested in bomb threat at Okla. Wal-Mart, Warren Theater 12/17/2015

A Tulsa man was arrested in Broken Arrow after allegedly making bomb threats.

A witness working the customer service desk at a Wal-Mart on Elm Place said Timothy Lair came to the customer service desk wearing a tuxedo jacket.

He allegedly began shouting that everyone needed to leave because there was a bomb in the building. The employee asked Timothy where the bomb was, and Lair allegedly said the bomb was coming in with the meat being restocked at the meat section. ....

Officers caught up with Lair at the Warren Theater, where he told police he got bad meat at a different Wal-Mart and came to the Wal-Mart on Elm Place to complain. Complete article

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

Tuscaloosa Alabama police searching for armed Wal-Mart robber who stole register 12/21/2015

Tuscaloosa police are asking the public's help in identifying a robbery suspect.

The robbery was on Dec. 17 at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at 4201 Hargrove Road East. Witnesses told police a masked man came in at about 10:40 p.m. and brandished a silver handgun at several employees while demanding money.

Police say the suspect repeatedly tried to get the clerk to open the register and give him money. After threatening the clerk, he grabbed the register and ran out the door heading east towards Skyland Boulevard. Complete article

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

Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Robbing Martinez Ca. Walmart At Gunpoint Before Car Chase 12/22/2015

MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — Police arrested a 24-year-old man Tuesday morning after he allegedly robbed a Walmart in Martinez at gunpoint and then led officers on a vehicle pursuit, police said.

Martinez police received a call about an armed robbery at 10:53 a.m. at 1021 Arnold Drive, police said.

The suspect, identified by police as Michael Garcia, allegedly brandished a firearm in the store and demanded that a clerk give him money. Complete article

Pair uses $2,100 in counterfeit bills at Peoria Ill. Walmart 12/22/2015

Wal-Mart considers closing 5 percent of Brazil stores: report 12/23/2015

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) is considering closing about 30 stores and renting some of its property in Brazil next year, Brazilian newspaper Valor Econômico reported on Wednesday, as the world's largest retailer looks to exit poor-performing markets.

Wal-Mart declined to comment directly about store closings, telling Reuters it is "constantly reviewing its portfolio and making decisions based on what's best for the business and clients." Valor did not identify the source of its story.

Two months ago Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon pledged to review Wal-Mart's global store base to eliminate underperforming units. It has begun selling noncore businesses in Latin America, including property in Chile and a restaurant chain in Mexico. Complete article

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

Woman arrested after eating, drinking while rolling through aisles of Fla. Walmart 12/25/2015

A Florida woman was arrested after she was seen driving through Walmart on a motorized cart, drinking bottles of wine and eating food out of packages and putting it back.

Josseleen Lopez, 25, was first spotted with a half empty bottle of wine by a loss prevention officer.

According to WPTV, store securtiy watched as she opened a sushi package, ate a piece, and then put it back on the shelf. Security said this was also done with a pack of mini muffins and cinnamon rolls.

She was then later seen eating an entire rotisserie chicken in the store Complete article

Police: Woman ate sushi, sweets while riding Walmart cart on meth 12/28/2015

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.

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