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
Wal-Mart seeks new vote for Oakland Park Fla. supercenter 01/04/2016
Police seek help identifying suspect who stole from Benton Arkansas Walmart 01/04/2016
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Truck driver dies while working with equipment outside Walmart store in west Eugene 01/20/2016
Dickinson Police asking for public’s help to find Wal-Mart thief 01/20/2016
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
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
Police search for suspect after Walmart robbery Monday in Muskogee Okla. 01/25/2016
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
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
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
ADPS searching for Aiken SC Walmart armed robbery suspects 01/28/2016
Two NY Walmart employees accused of stealing electronics from store. 01/28/2016
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
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