Monday, February 1, 2016

Wal-Mart Crime report January 2016

In addition to the usual crime problems Walmart has demonstrated once again that they have little or no regard to local consumers, especially poorer ones. They're closing 269 stores, 154 of them in the US with little notice. This is only a small percentage of their stores but many of them seem to be in areas where they might be needed the most after they managed to run their competition out of business.

In one case after destroying a little league park they left after only a short time. This is just one of several examples where they came in long enough to destroy the competition then left. This is especially bad for areas with little or no public transportation and poor people without cars. In most cases as several studies have indicated below crime goes up when they come to town and at least one area is concerned that it will get even worse when they leave since there's no jobs or other stores now that they've destroyed the competition.

There should be little or no doubt that we're now in an oligarchy system where multinational corporation aren't accountable to those with the least amount of political power. Many of these Walmarts were forced through over objections to local residents, often after secret planning and donating to politicians. Now their closings were kept secret until the last minute. There's also one story about once community that can't even find out who approved storm water permits for a Walmart that is damaging their neighbor's property.

If Walmart has their way one of their former board members, Hillary Clinton, who is also close friends with Alice Walton, will be elected president and if that happens there is little or no chance that she'll do any more to stand up to this oligarchy.

In addition to there store closings they had their share of shootings again including at least two that resulted in deaths and one more that wasn't at Walmart but someone was shot and killed by police who had apparently came in shooting to 9 Walmarts over the past few months after a traffic stop.

A deputy was fired after being caught stealing ammo from Walmart. There were at least two chases and one crash this month that began at Walmart. At least three attempts to stop shoplifters led to assaults on employees or attempted assaults including one where the shoplifter attempted to tase them. There was at least one case where a Walmart employee was arrested for stealing a wallet.

They had two recalls this month; one of 90,000 pounds of beef; and another of griddles with a potential shock hazard. A Walmart worker also lost his arm in an accident.

Two lawsuit came out against Walmart, one that they retaliated against a pharmacist who tried to prevent unethical practices that could harm the customers, and another that they illegally fired workers. Another lawsuit is just beginning about a women who allegedly was told to chose between her family and her job. If one of the more fanatical Republican's or Hillary Clinton wins the election then it might become even harder to bring successful legal actions against this oligarchy. Some how Clinton managed to get the endorsement from a union that claims to defend commercial workers including Walmart; however there was a rift in that union and some people claim that they're going against the wishes of their own members.

One intoxicated man decided to do his drinking while in Walmart but couldn't stay awake long enough to leave and was carried out.

If you ever work at Walmart and you see a stripper stealing lingerie and condoms you might want to let this one go if you want to keep your fingers.

They don't pay enough for that.

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 January 2016. 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.

Tx. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 01/01/2016

Police searching for man accused of stealing electronics from Pa. Wal-Mart 01/02/2016

Person hit with Taser by Police at Westwood Ohio Wal-Mart 01/02/2016

Police arrest man for trying to steal several hundred dollars worth of merchandise from Tenn. Walmart 01/03/2016

Small fire damages Walmart store in Branson West Missouri 01/02/2016

Winston-Salem NC Walmart evacuated after suspicious package found 01/04/2016

America's Richest Family Gave Away $407 Million in Walmart Shares to a family trust that finances its philanthropy 01/04/2016

Suspect identified after gun pulled on Macon Ga. Wal-Mart employees 01/04/2016

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office released photos Tuesday morning of an alleged shoplifter accused of pulling a gun on Wal-Mart employees Monday.

Felenthean Deandre Grable, 28, was identified through surveillance images captured at about 4:30 p.m. Monday as he left the store.

Shoppers were evacuated from the building at 6020 Harrison Road after deputies got a call about a shoplifting in progress at the store near Interstate 475. Complete article

Ind. Wal-Mart theft suspects arrested after chase: police 01/04/2016

Three men suspected of stealing more than $1,200 worth of merchandise from the Portage Wal-Mart on Saturday led police on a high-speed chase that police said reached speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Jason Bailey, 29, of Walkerton, was charged with felony theft, as was Steven Biller, 50, of LaPorte, who police said also was wanted on an outstanding warrant from LaPorte County for felony theft.

John Bailey, 52, of LaPorte, faces felony charges of theft and resisting law enforcement. He also was issued a citation for driving at an unsafe speed.

Portage police were called around 2:40 p.m. Saturday to Wal-Mart, 6087 U.S. 6, about a theft. A loss prevention employee told police he allegedly saw a man, Jason Bailey, with a television and other items in his cart and the television still had wrap on it, which indicated it hadn't been paid for, a police report said. Complete article

Wal-Mart seeks new vote for Oakland Park Fla. supercenter 01/04/2016

Walmart supplier recalls 90,000 pounds of beef 01/04/2016

The Department of Agriculture announced Monday a Walmart meat supplier has recalled nearly 90,000 pounds of beef.

Huisken Meat Company beef used to make Sam's Choice Black Angus Vidalia Onion items from Nov. 19 to Dec. 9 may have contained extraneous wood materials.

The products were shipped from the Sauk Rapids, Minn. supplier to Walmart stores nationwide.

The USDA has urged customers who have purchased products with USDA inspection number "EST. 394A" to throw away the item. Complete article

Police seek help identifying suspect who stole from Benton Arkansas Walmart 01/04/2016

Drug deal, robbery turned into deadly shooting at North Charleston SC Walmart, police say 01/04/2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — An 18-year-old man was shot and killed on Monday afternoon during a drug deal in a North Charleston parking lot that led to a failed robbery attempt, police say.

Larry Grayer, 18, of North Charleston, was fatally shot in the exchange, police said. The coroner's office says Grayer died shortly before 4 p.m. at the Roper Northwoods emergency room.

According to police, Grayer and two other people arranged a meeting with 16-year-old Zarmell Polite to purchase marijuana and rob him. The two sides exchanged gunfire and Grayer was hit.

Polite is charged with murder and weapons possession. He is currently being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice. Complete article

Former Secaucus NJ Walmart employee accused of stealing over $1K from register, cops say 01/05/2016

Suspects Steal 29 Ipads From Ky. Walmart 01/05/2016

Man Sought in Hammer Attack at Sunrise Fla. Walmart Parking Lot 01/05/2016

Wal-Mart Workers on Pistol Patrol as Law Lets Texans Tote Guns 01/06/2016

Wal-Mart worker loses arm in Pa. warehouse mishap 01/0/2016

A Pennsylvania Wal-Mart worker remains hospitalized after losing his arm in an apparent mishap at the Walmart Distribution Center in Tobyhanna, Monroe County, the Pocono Record reports.

What the company is calling an "industrial accident" occurred on Dec. 30, but the reports are only now coming to light.

In fact, many details remain sketchy as Wal-Mart has refused to identify the employee or say how he was injured.

The newspaper has gleaned most of its information from Pocono Mountain Regional Ambulance Operations Director Denise Doremus, who said:

The accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. at the distribution center. During the emergency response, EMTs placed the victim's arm on ice and the limb was transported along with the victim by ambulance to Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton. Complete article

Man found unconscious at Norfolk Va. Walmart, dies at hospital 01/06/2016

Man, 32, charged with stealing $624 worth of Legos at Manheim Township Pa. Wal-Mart 01/06/2016

Woman walks out of Tx. Walmart with laptop and Pokemon toys 01/06/2016

Man arrested after stealing Tx. Walmart cash drawer 01/04/2016

Shoplifter dies after accidentally shooting himself in the head at Ga. Walmart 01/07/2016

UNION CITY, Ga. -- The man who police said shot himself in the head at Walmart Wednesday afternoon has died.

According to Union City Police, Dalmar Steven Johnson, age 20, succumbed to his head injuries and was pronounced deceased at Grady Memorial Hospital on January 6, 2016.

When police entered the store, they say the suspect pulled out a gun and accidentally shot himself. Police say no other shots were fired. Murphy said the self-inflicted gunshot wound is life-threatening. Complete article

Police: Man used stolen credit card at Murfreesboro Tenn. Walmart 01/06/2016

Families sue Walmart for selling ammo to underage Pa. man accused in killing spree 01/06/2016 The families of three people killed in Pennsylvania last year are suing Walmart, alleging the retail giant sold ammunition used in the slayings to a man who was underage and drunk.

San Marcos Tx. police ask for help identifying Walmart suspect 01/06/2016

North Myrtle Beach SC man charged with starting a fire in Wal-Mart 01/06/2016

Florence County SC deputy fired after arrest for stealing ammunition from Lake City Walmart 01/06/2016

Florence County Sheriff's Investigator Bradley Bazen has been charged with shoplifting after stealing ammunition from the Walmart in Lake City last week, according to Lake City Police Chief Jody Cooper.

Florence County Sheriff's Office Major Michael Nunn said Bazen has been fired from his position at the department.

Cooper said Bazen was caught on Walmart's security surveillance system. Complete article

Suspect checked out Va. Walmart customer before taking money 01/06/2016

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- A suspect is wanted after police say they took control of a cash register in a Fairfax Walmart, check out a customer before stealing an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robbery happened on Dec. 15th around 4 p.m. at a Walmart located in the 13000 block of Fair Lakes Shopping Center. Police say the suspect told the cashier that he was needed in the office and then took control of the cash register.

Police say the suspect left the store and fled the scene in a silver Honda.

The suspect may have also stolen from Walmart stores in Farmville, Va., and Maryland, police said. Complete article

Couple gets engaged at Mich. Walmart, steals sex toys at mall, police say, leading the newly engaged couple to spend their New Year's Eve in jail. 01/07/2016

Crestwood Ill. Walmart robbed; officer hurt trying to apprehend suspect 01/07/2016

Police: Pa. Walmart worker saves DUI suspect from her burning car 01/07/2016

Fired Pa. worker sues Walmart, claims she was told to 'choose between her career and her kids' 01/07/2016

A former Walmart employee who claims she was fired after complaining that her boss told her she had to "choose between her career and her kids" is suing the retail giant in federal court.

Rebecca Wolfinger of Shippensburg claims in her U.S. Middle District Court suit that she was the victim of sex discrimination because her ex-boss at the chain's Chambersburg store never gave her male co-workers similar ultimatums.

Repeated attempts to obtain comment on the suit from officials of Arkansas-based Walmart were not successful.

Wolfinger's suit focuses on what she claims was her mistreatment while working as a shift manager. She was being required to work seven days a week when she received the "career or kids" threat, she contends. Complete article

Ga. Walmart employees accused of stealing customer's wallet 01/07/2016

NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Three now former Walmart employees face charges alleging they stole a customer’s wallet, then racked up hundreds of dollars on his credit cards.

Robert Carroll told Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik he was shopping at the Walmart in Milton Dec. 23 when he dropped his wallet.

"I walked back inside, 10, 15 minutes, it was already gone,” he said.

Surveillance video shows Carroll’s wallet fall out of his jacket as he walks through the store.

A few minutes later, video shows an employee, identified by police as Kasey Wright, pick up the wallet. Complete article

Group fighting proposed Wal-Mart store in McCandless Pa. falls short 01/07/2016

Law Enforcement: 2 accused of selling meth in Crookston Minn. Wal-Mart parking lot 01/08/2016

Judge Denies Appeal To Block Midtown Miami Fla. Walmart 01/08/2016

Judge reverses decision on Teays Valley WV Walmart 01/08/2016

Man arrested for exposing himself in Gloucester Co. Va. Walmart parking lot 01/08/2016

Woman Says Walmart Intentionally Left Christmas, Christmas Eve Off Photo Calendar 01/09/2016

Two-car collision in Pa. Wal-Mart parking lot leaves three people injured, one vehicle overturned 01/09/2016

Firefighters shut down fire in propane heater at Wal-Mart in Palmyra Me. 01/09/2016

Woman charged for biting off part of SC Walmart employee's finger during altercation 01/10/2016

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF News) - A woman is facing charges after reportedly biting off part of Walmart employee's finger during an altercation on Sunday.

Carolynn Wright faces assault and battery charges for the incident that started when she tried to take a number of items from the Seaboard Street store around 2 p.m., according to a Myrtle Beach Police report.

Officers said in the report that when they arrived on scene, they noticed a piece of a finger belonging to a loss prevention officer who worked for Walmart.

The victim reported that, along with another loss prevention officer, she had attempted to stop Wright from leaving the store after they noticed her hiding merchandise.

She reportedly tried to steal condoms, lubricant, panties, a camisole, bra, and other clothing items. At this point, police reports say an altercation ensued.

Wright allegedly punched one of the Walmart employees in the side of the head. She also reportedly bit down on the other employee's finger, refusing to let go, ultimately causing a portion of the victim's finger to be bitten off. Complete article

Report: Former SC Stripper Bites Off Walmart Employee’s Fingertip While Trying To Steal Lingerie, Condoms 01/11/2016

Woman jailed in connection with Kansas Walmart theft 01/11/2016

Man Sustains 'Possibly Life-Threatening Injuries' In Collision Near Tenn. Wal-Mart 01/11/2016

Local Briefs: Kansas Wal-Mart shooting threat leads to start of evacuation 01/11/2016

Holton Kansas Walmart theft suspects arrested 01/12/2016

Two people arrested in separate shoplifting incidents at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart 01/12/2016

Walmart exclusive Rival Griddles recalled due to shock hazard 01/12/2016

This recall involves about 330,000 Rival brand electric griddles with model number XJ-14207. The griddles are black and measure 20 inches long by 10.5 inches wide. “Walmart” and the model number are printed on a label molded into the bottom of the griddle. “Rival” is printed on the outside edge of the griddle and on the griddle’s temperature dial.

The heating element can crack and water can get inside, posing a shock hazard when the griddle is plugged into an electrical outlet.

No injuries have been reported.

The griddles were sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide and online at from July 2015 through December 2015 for about $20. Complete article

Former Walmart board member Clinton wins backing of Walmart critic 01/12/2016

The United Food and Commercial Workers union said Tuesday it was backing Hillary Clinton for president, citing her support for "paid leave, stable schedules and higher wages" for U.S. workers. Conspicuously absent from its announcement was the fact that Clinton is a former Walmart board member, having served on it from 1986 to 1992, only quitting when she moved to the White House.

That's notable because UFCW is arguably Walmart's leading critic. It has funded and run the nonprofit activist groups Wake Up Walmart, Making Change at Walmart and Oraganization United for Respect Walmart as part of a broader effort to unionize the company's estimated 1.3 million employees. .....

Clinton's connections to the Arkansas-based company are deep. In a 2004 speech, she said founder Sam Walton called her one day and asked her to serve on the board, making her the first woman to serve on it. At the time, the company was being criticized for its lack of diversity.

Her husband, Bill Clinton, was Arkansas governor at the time and the two families knew each other socially. Clinton also worked at the Rose Law Firm, which represented Walmart. A 1994 New York Times story identified Clinton as the firm's lead lawyer for the company.

As a board member, Clinton was paid $18,000 annually plus $1,500 for each meeting she attended, according to a 2006 Associated Press report. By 1993, the Clintons owned an estimated $100,000 in Walmart stock, which was put into a blind trust after the 1992 election. They flew on the Walmart corporate jet 14 times during 1990 and 1991. .....

During a January 2008 Democratic primary debate, President Obama attacked his then-rival by citing her Walmart connections. "While I was working on those streets watching those folks see their jobs shift overseas, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board at Walmart," he said. Complete article

Child Hit by Bus in Suburban Ill. Wal-Mart Parking Lot: Police 01/12/2016

Texas State student attacked, robbed at San Marcos Walmart 01/12/2016

Jonesboro Ark. police investigating shoplifting from Walmart 01/12/2016

Police trying to ID man who stole vacuums, apples from Pa. Wal-Mart 01/13/2016

Naugatuck Conn. Walmart closed following bomb threat 01/13/2016

Hoover Alabama police searching for alleged Walmart parking lot thief 01/13/2016

Kitsap Humane asks for tips after beheaded, skinned dog found outside Wash. Walmart 01/13/2016

3 Wal-Mart employees injured during shoplifting-turned-robbery in Decatur Alabama 01/13/2016

A wanted man was caught in a shoplifting incident at a Decatur Wal-Mart on Wednesday. That incident left three employees with bruises, according to police.

Decatur police say a loss prevention employee saw the suspect concealing merchandise shortly before 2 p.m., pass the registers and try to leave the store without paying.

They tried to stop him and a fight broke out as he tried to get away. Police say five employees were trying to get him into custody when they arrived.

A total of three employees received bruising and abrasions. One was bitten. Complete article

Police catch 2 shoplifters at ND Wal-Mart 01/13/2016

Police searching for man who tried to steal generator from Virginia Beach Walmart 01/14/2016

Cape Coral Fla. Police Department: Help identify Walmart thief 01/14/2016

McCandless Pa. citizens send petitions to Wal-Mart 01/14/2016

Alleged Walmart shooter Scott Sargent’s case heads to Luzerne County Pa. Court 01/14/2016

WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A Shenandoah man accused of opening fire in the parking lot of the Wilkes-Barre Township Walmart in October is heading to higher court to face a slew of charges.

Scott Sargent, 31, appeared before Magisterial District Judge Michael Dotzel for a preliminary hearing on Thursday. After hearing testimony from two civilians and six police officers, Dotzel forwarded all charges to higher court.

Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino said during the closing arguments that he was “completely blown away” by Sargent’s one alleged shot that narrowly missed a police officer’s head. .....

Several police officers testified that Sargent fired upon responding police cars using an AR-15-style .223-caliber rifle as they arrived. Prosecutors displayed the weapon Sargent allegedly used as evidence during the proceedings. Complete article

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Louisiana: Man killed in NOPD encounter shot his way into 9 Walmarts, McDonalds 01/1/2016

NEW ORLEANS – A man fatally wounded in a shootout with an NOPD officer has been identified as the man who shot his way into 10 different stores in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes in armed robbery attempts in recent months, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said.

Col. John Fortunato, a JPSO spokesman, said ballistics identified Calvin McKinnis, 33, as the suspect in five robberies in Jefferson Parish during which a gunman shot his way into the stores and then tried to rob them. He was only successful in one of the five tries between May 23 and Dec. 1, according to Fortunato.

McKinnis was also linked to five crimes in Orleans Parish, according to the JPSO.

McKinnis was killed by an NOPD officer after a traffic stop on December 14.

Fortunato said that in each of the Jefferson Parish incidents, the suspect used a 9mm handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun to commit the crimes. Each time the suspect fired shots to get into the business and once inside tried to get money from the workers inside. Complete article

Wal-Mart to shutter 269 stores, 154 of them in the US 01/15/2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, more than half of them in the U.S. and another big chunk in its challenging Brazilian market.

The stores being shuttered account for a fraction of the company’s 11,000 stores worldwide and less than 1 percent of its global revenue.

More than 95 percent of the stores set to be closed in the U.S. are within 10 miles of another Wal-Mart. The Bentonville, Arkansas, company said it is working to ensure that workers are placed in nearby locations. Complete article

Full List of 154 Wal-Mart Stores to Close Across U.S. 01/15/2016

Police say women set fire inside Aberdeen Wash. Walmart 01/15/2016

Man sets off smoke device in Ariz. Walmart 01/17/2016

3 charged with recording girl in NJ Walmart bathroom are employees, official says 01/18/2016

2 suspects wanted in theft at Franklin Tenn. Walmart 01/18/2016

D.C. residents say Wal-Mart hurt them, District by reneging 01/18/2016

Oklahoma City Police: Woman robbed by a man with a gun in Walmart parking lot 01/19/2016

“Make things right,” local little league asks Okla. Walmart to rebuild lost field 01/19/2016

LUTHER, Okla. - Their field was destroyed making way for a new Walmart, now an Oklahoma little league is calling on Walmart to foot the bill.

The Luther Walmart is closing, less than a year after opening.

It's the off-season for the Luther Lions.

But the little lions are without a den.

Instead, they're renting the big Lion's lair, Luther School's Wilson Field, after their own field was stripped away to make room for a new Walmart. Complete article

Woman robbed at gunpoint in local Okla. Walmart parking lot 01/19/2016

Man flees with son from Minn. Wal-Mart parking lot, police say 01/19/2016

Threat Prompts Evacuation of Walmart in West Plains, Missouri 01/19/2016

Man faces 4 charges after he walked into a police station and falsely reported a bomb threat at Missouri Walmart store 01/20/2016

Shoplifting suspect accused of strangling Avon Ohio Walmart manager 01/1/2016

Macon man carjacked at Zebulon Road Macon Ga. Wal-Mart 01/19/2016

A 63-year-old Macon man was carjacked around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the Wal-Mart located at 5955 Zebulon Road.

Alen Vorhees was walking to his vehicle when he was approached by two men, one of whom had a handgun, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

The men demanded money from Vorhees, but he told them he didn't have any. The men then demanded his car keys and drove off.

Vorhees was not injured, and his car was recovered off Bloomfield Drive after being located through its On-Star system, the release said. Complete article

Truck driver dies while working with equipment outside Walmart store in west Eugene 01/20/2016

Man accused of stealing knife from Stillwater Okla. Walmart, trying to stab officers 01/20/2016

STILLWATER, Okla. —A Tryon man is accused of attempting to stab Stillwater police officers after he allegedly stole a large Bowie knife from a Walmart store.

Police said on Saturday night, officers responded to the Walmart at 111 N. Perkins Road, in Stillwater, on a shoplifting in progress call.

Employees told police that Chad Roberts, 30, had hidden several items on his person, including a knife.

Police said Roberts ran from police and resisted being placed in handcuffs. Police said Roberts grabbed the knife while lying on his belly and stabbed backwards at the officers. Complete article

Dickinson Police asking for public’s help to find Wal-Mart thief 01/20/2016

Citrus Co. Fla. deputies say a trio stealing televisions from Walmart tried tasing a store employee 01/21/2016

CITRUS COUNTY, Fl - Citrus County deputies say a man who tried stealing two televisions from a Lecanto Walmart tried tasing a store employee when confronted about the theft.

John Jenkins, 44, of 2 N. Barbour Street in Beverly Hills, is now charged with grand theft, resisting a merchant and using a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Deputies say on Jan. 6 they responded to a grand theft call at the Walmart off North Lecanto Highway. When they arrived, a store employee told them Jenkins and another man came into the store, put two flat screen televisions in a cart and walked out of the store without paying. Complete article

Rincon Ga. Police: Greed gets Walmart thieves busted plus several more incidents at Walmart 01/21/2016

42-year-old woman arrested for Possession of Meth and Ill. Walmart Theft 01/21/2016

Walmart found to have fired striking workers unlawfully 01/21/2016

Walmart broke the law by firing workers who protested outside its headquarters in 2013, a labor judge ruled on Thursday.

An administrative law judge ordered Walmart to give 16 workers their jobs back and pay them for the time they went without work. Walmart must also hold a company meeting at 29 stores to inform workers of their right to strike.

Walmart refused to allow its associates to strike, and it fired and disciplined workers at 29 stores for unexcused absences.

Workers claimed their right to strike was protected by the National Labor Relations Act. On Thursday, Administrative Law Judge Geoffrey Carter sided with workers, saying that Walmart unfairly retaliated against its associates. Complete article

Alleged shoplifter arrested after firing gun outside Walmart in Lake Elsinore Ca. 01/22/2016

Ohio Toddler Found Stuck in Toilet While Mom Shopped at Wal-Mart 01/22/2016

Police: Cashier arrested for theft at Manor Tx. Walmart 01/22/2016

Foiled shoplifting attempt at Hadley Mass. Walmart results in arrest of 2 Springfield suspects 01/22/2016

Forbes: Walmart Should Shut Down For 24 Hours 01/24/2016

'Not a big disappointment': As Wal-Mart closes its doors in Clinton, Louisiana, some residents celebrate 01/23/2016

Wal-Mart Talks Up China Commitment 01/25/2016 Bottom line: Wal-Mart's discussion of plans to open 115 new China stores and several new local initiatives look like mostly PR to show its commitment to the market, following its announcement of a major global overhaul earlier this month. Just a week after announcing a major retrenchment for its global empire, retailing

Wal-Mart: It came, it conquered, now it's packing up and leaving 01/25/2016

The Town'n Country grocery in Oriental, North Carolina, a local fixture for 44 years, closed its doors in October after a Wal-Mart store opened for business. Now, three months later -- and less than two years after Wal-Mart arrived -- the retail giant is pulling up stakes, leaving the community with no grocery store and no pharmacy.

Though mom-and-pop stores have steadily disappeared across the American landscape over the past three decades as the mega chain methodically expanded, there was at least always a Wal- Mart left behind to replace them. Now the Wal-Marts are disappearing, too.

"I was devastated when I found out. We had a pharmacy and a perfectly satisfactory grocery store. Maybe Wal-Mart sold apples for a nickel less," said Barb Venturi, mayor pro tem for Oriental, with a population of about 900. "If you take into account what no longer having a grocery store does to property values here, it is a significant impact for us." Complete article

Police search for suspect after Walmart robbery Monday in Muskogee Okla. 01/25/2016

Residents question who signed off stormwater permits for SC Wal-Mart, water park and hotel 01/25/2016

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – North Augusta residents, upset about stormwater runoff, are in a legal battle with the state’s Department of Transportation. SCDOT constructed a discharge pipe under I-520 not far from their properties. Resident say they could start pointing some of the blame towards North Augusta.

Back in October I covered a meeting between North Augusta officials and those residents. The city said it wasn’t responsible for the flooding.

Storm water runoff is believed to have caused more than hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage for some North Augusta residents, including John Burke.

It’s been a five-year legal battle with the South Carolina Department of Transportation but a new Motion to Compel and for Sanctions, filed Monday, claims the DOT is withholding information that could change everything.

“The hydrology information was for this pipe that’s been installed in the ground sometime between 2013 and 2014,” said Burke.

The motion says Burke investigated the water runoff from the Wal-Mart shopping center he believes was traveling to his property through the sewer system developed by SCDOT. Complete article

Taxi cab driver robbed at gunpoint outside Kissimmee Fla. Walmart, deputies say 01/25/2016

2 charged with heroin possession at Secaucus NJ Walmart: police 01/26/2016

Beware: Wal-Mart's Raises Are Not a Victory 01/26/2016

The past year has been a very interesting one for Wal-Mart. For years -- decades, really -- the low-cost retailer has been a stout bulwark for low prices and low wages, against increasingly fierce pressure from left-wing activists who want Wal-Mart wages to be closer to those of the old manufacturing jobs that have disappeared. Wal-Mart ferociously refused to cave into pressure -- until suddenly in February of last year, the company announced a substantial hike in its entry-level wages.

This has not gone quite as you might have expected. The labor activists were not as pleased as you might have thought; they complained that the company offset its higher wage costs by cutting back on the hours that people worked, at the same time as investors complained that the higher labor costs were coming out of corporate profits. And longtime Wal-Mart workers seem to have been made unhappy by the rising minimums, which meant that they would be getting less of a premium for their loyal years of service. Complete article

How Walmart and P&G Are Trying to Reach Female Fans With Super Bowl Social Effort 01/26/2016

Chandler Ariz. Walmart on Arizona Avenue evacuated after bomb threat 01/26/2016

Driver Kills Pedestrian, Crashes Into Colorado Walmart 01/26/2016

Shakopee Minn. Walmart Placed On Lockdown After Shooting Incident 01/26/2016

2 in Custody after Shots Fired During Craigslist Sale Outside Shakopee Minn. Wal-Mart 01/27/2016

Man accused of stealing truck from Benton Arkansas Walmart arrested on outstanding warrants 01/26/2016

Lufkin Tx. police arrest two men in separate incidents at Walmart 01/27/2016

Wal-Mart's U.S. closures leave carless residents few food options 01/27/2016

FAIRFIELD, Ala. — Wal-Mart's decision to shutter 154 stores across the country means that, starting Thursday, residents without cars in a neighborhood near a historically black college outside Birmingham, Alabama, will have to cross dangerous roadways on foot to get fresh produce and meat. Come Friday, folks in Coal Hill, Arkansas, will need to drive 15 miles to get to the nearest supermarket and pharmacy. Low-income neighbors of Wichita State University in Kansas, too, will be losing quick access to fresh groceries.

The store closings by the world's largest retailer are creating three new food deserts in these neighborhoods with nearly 15,000 residents combined, according to an Associated Press analysis.

One of them is in Fairfield, Alabama, a hard-luck suburb of 11,000 about 8 miles west of Birmingham. The Wal-Mart there sits on a highway marked by dreary swaths of abandoned commercial buildings, fast-food restaurants, payday lending businesses and gas stations. By late last week it was already out of fresh food, and shoppers who picked over the remaining items also worried that the store's shutdown could affect competitive prices nearby.

"That gives the stores the opportunity to raise their prices because you don't have anywhere else to go," 66-year-old Diane Jones said as she loaded bags into the trunk of her older sedan. Complete article

Police seek persons of interest in ND Wal-Mart theft 01/27/2016

Three people arrested in three separate incidents at Fla. Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge 01/27/2016

Accused serial robber Joseph Lombardo sentenced on Pa. Walmart theft 01/27/2016

Police investigating multiple crimes at Virginia Beach Walmart 01/28/2016

Woman pleads guilty to assaulting husband's pregnant girlfriend at Walmart 01/28/2016

Residents Concerned about Crime Increasing After Walmart Closes 01/28/2016

It’s closing day for dozens of Walmart’s across the country including 4 in this area.

The loss of the retailer could hit a north side neighborhood especially hard.

The sign is gone here at the midtown Walmart.

Closing this store means the loss of nearly 300 jobs to an area that desperately needs help.

For many people who live in this part of town it's the place where teenagers get their first job.

When Talgo closed it's operations in Milwaukee after Governor Walker said no to high speed rail in Wisconsin. This store is where some families found jobs to stay afloat.

With employees getting ready to close the doors for good many say this area has seen too many losses in jobs.

Buildings that was once an Office Depot and Lowe's still sit empty here.

And there's not enough public transportation to help people get to other places in town where they can go work. Complete article

Wisc. Walmart Customers Seek New Pharmacies after Store Shutdowns 01/29/2016

Walmart Closures Leaving Small Towns Broken 01/29/2016

ADPS searching for Aiken SC Walmart armed robbery suspects 01/28/2016

Intoxicated Nashville man allegedly drinks inside Tenn. Walmart, falls asleep, is carried out 01/28/2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A 59-year-old middle Tennessee man was arrested for public intoxication Wednesday after allegedly drinking alcohol inside a Walmart and then falling asleep.

According to the police affidavit, employees at the Dickerson Pike Walmart location called police because Kimberly Tyson was found drinking an alcoholic beverage inside. Tyson also "fell asleep several times" and police say it was apparent he was "highly intoxicated."

Tyson was unable to follow officers' directions and was asked to leave several times but refused. Tyson "started cursing at officers" and refused to walk, so he had to be carried out by police. Complete article

Two NY Walmart employees accused of stealing electronics from store. 01/28/2016

Jury orders NH Wal-Mart to pay pharmacist $31.22 million in bias case 01/29/2016

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) was ordered by a federal jury in New Hampshire to pay $31.22 million to a pharmacist who claimed she was fired because of her gender and in retaliation for complaining about safety conditions.

The Concord jury deliberated for 2-1/2 hours before ruling on Wednesday for the plaintiff, Maureen McPadden, after a five-day trial, her lawyers said.

McPadden claimed that Wal-Mart used her loss of a pharmacy key as a pretext for firing her in November 2012, when she was 47, after more than 13 years at the retailer.

McPadden said she was fired in retaliation for her raising concerns that customers at the Wal-Mart store in Seabrook, New Hampshire, where she worked were getting prescriptions filled improperly because of inadequate staff training. Complete article

Police: Man stole $1K in merchandise from NY Walmart 01/29/2016

Police Reports: Marshall man arrested for shoplifting Tx. Wal-Mart 01/29/2016

Naples Fla. Walmart briefly evacuated 01/29/2016

Electronics theft at Ephrata Pa. Wal-Mart; 4 men caught on surveillance camera 01/29/2016

Two Buffalo men charged in theft from Clarence NY Walmart 01/29/2016

Woman arrested in Wichita Kansas Wal-Mart shoplifting, police chase and crash 01/29/2016

Men praised for saving woman from beating at Wash. Walmart 01/29/2016

Purse Snatcher Caught On Camera Inside Westmoreland Co. Pa. Walmart 01/29/2016

Glendale Ariz. police officers hurt during arrest of alleged Walmart price tag-swappers 01/29/2016

Video Appears to Show Woman Setting Fire in Ca. Wal-Mart 01/29/2016

Meth found on woman at Walmart, pills located in cavity at Greene Co. Tenn. jail 01/29/2016

2 Kansas City Missouri Walmarts temporarily evacuated due to bomb threats 01/29/2016 There were several bomb threats made to metro Walmarts last spring. Someone called threats in to several stores in Lee's Summit, Kansas City and Clinton, MO, as well as the store at West 135th Street and South Black Bob Road in Olathe, KS. There were also auto calls made to stores in several other states as well.

Ga. Walmart employee faces arson charge at Airport Thruway store 01/30/2016

Bernie slams tax-dodging Walmart heirs: They ‘thank you for paying taxes’ so they don’t have to 01/30/2016

Taking aim at how profitable corporations avoid paying U.S. income taxes, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders slammed the wealthy heirs of the Walmart fortune, pointing out that U.S. taxpayers are the ones keeping their employees above the poverty line and not them.

Speaking at Iowa Wesleyan University, Sanders noted that questions have been raised as to how taxpayers will be able to afford some of the proposals he has put forward.

“I have been criticized a lot because people say, well you know, ‘Bernie’s ideas are really good, we like like the idea of creating jobs. But, you know, how is he going to pay for it?”‘ the Vermont Independent said.

Sanders then puckishly turned to the Walton family, heirs to the Walmart fortune.

“Just to give you an example of what a rigged economy is all about. I mentioned the Walton family — the wealthiest family in the world — being very appreciative that you are supporting them. They’re very happy about that,” he told the crowd.”And they asked me to send you their thanks.” Complete article

Police: Alleged Colorado Walmart Robber Leads Law Enforcement On Slow-Speed Chase 01/30/2016

A low-speed chase ended with the suspect's arrest, but not before police say he intentionally rammed into an officer's cruiser.

It was one final attempt at avoiding arrest after authorities cornered him near the First and Main Town Center at Powers and Carefree. Suspect Charles Pierson was wanted for allegedly robbing a Walmart.

El Paso County deputies say they tried to convince Pierson to turn himself in after pulling over by the east Springs shopping center. But he allegedly refused, resulting in Springs police officers being called to help. Complete article

Police seek persons of interest who walked into Grand Forks ND Wal-Mart 01/30/2016

Greensboro NC Walmart employees charged with embezzlement 01/30/2016

Police: Trio stole beer, baby formula and Red Bull from Tenn. Wal-Mart 01/30/2016

Man arraigned in Ohio Walmart theft that led to I-71 police chase 01/30/2016

Trespassers Reportedly on Old Pa. Walmart Roof 01/31/2016

Police evacuate Raytown Missouri Walmart store after another bomb threat 01/31/2016

Du Quoin Ill. Wal-Mart employees relocate to McDonald's during Sunday bomb threat 01/31/2016

Police looking to ID man who snatched purse from cart at Hempfield Twp. Pa. Walmart 01/30/2016

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