Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Wal-Mart Crime report February 2016
There were at least eight shooting incidents at Walmart, with at least seven people getting shot, although two of them were only shot with a BB gun but at least one of the others dies. Two of the shootings involved police including one where the suspect was killed. Several of these shootings sent customers into panics.
This is a high number of shootings even for Walmart, which gets several every month and it doesn't count armed robberies that didn't involve shots fired.
Walmart always has higher crime problems than other stores, even other Big-Box stores but this month there were at least four states where articles exposed the problem in local articles to the public, although they didn't let the public know about all the other problems around the country. One of the local police forces in Alaska is trying to address the problem with life size cut-outs of police telling everyone they will be prosecuted. Do they want all their customers to feel as if they will be treated like criminals even if they aren't shoplifting? If this authoritarian method was going to work it almost certainly would have done so long ago.
They continue to ignore root causes of crime like lack of opportunities or frustration with corporate bureaucracy that enrages a large number of people especially when they realize that the government does little or nothing when large corporations don't address complaints but they're quick to hold poor people accountable, and even the design of their stores that allows surprising numbers of people to walk out with entire shopping carts full of merchandise. This includes mistakes at the self checkout lane which may be treated like criminal activity without asking Walmart to reconsider their self checkout policies.
thanks to cuts in budgets many small towns are relying on grants from Walmart to protect their public servants, which may sound good but it creates a conflict of interest which might be impacting crime prevention policies, enable the ideologies of corporate executives to influence police methods. this possibility seems cynical but police departments routinely demonstrate they agree with current methods even though they're often proven to be ineffective. This results in dangerous situations where both petty thieves and security of police are endangered. This includes at least one example where a shoplifter dies after being forcibly detained, another where an employee was run over by a pick up truck, and a police officer was almost tased by another. If there is outrage at improper police methods and they feel they need to blame someone it is typically the person following orders not the ones making the decisions without acknowledging the most reliable research.
Sometimes if the police do commit blatant crimes they can't expect leniency when it is against a corporation with cameras everywhere either, which happened again this month.
Walmart has also been mentioned in the presidential race because one of their former board members is running for president, and she's promising to stand up for the workers despite her ties to Walmart and enormous donations that she's collecting from them. Presumably we're supposed to believe her since she says with conviction that they're not getting special treatment for these donations, which implies we should believe they're wasting all that money as part of a bad business decision. When Hillary Clinton isn't promising to stand up to her campaign contributors she often seems to be saying she's proud to represent them; but if she gets the nomination it is unlikely that either her or the Republican nominee will do anything to chance their practices or even mention them.
Other problems include more complaints that their suppliers in china are abusing workers, that they're abandoning more small stores and some local communities are just beginning to realize how dependent they've become of a corporation that isn't accountable to local governments, and that they might be using their marketing might to influence advertisers. They found another abandoned body that was decaying for over two months and a truck crashed into one of their entrances.
One of their suppliers also tried to increase profits by putting wood pulp in their Parmesan cheese to cut costs; this also led to listeria problems again.
One of the state inspectors gave them positive reviews in 2012 then after leaving work for the state he went to work for the corporation he previously reviewed which was using wood pulp despite his review.
If government isn't the solution it's the problem as Ronald Reagan used to say, it appears as if the reason for that is because the officials that work for the government are more concerned with getting jobs with the companies they regulate.
Perhaps we should hand even more control to these corporations as many conservatives suggest. Or perhaps we already are, since we keep electing people that don't want a trustworthy government.
Even with this corruption and ineptitude or perhaps because of it their profits are still dropping.
And shoplifters are urinating in their stores.
On two separate occasions.
Both in the same state.
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 February 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.
Police arrest suspect after reported Pa. Wal-Mart theft, stolen cruiser 02/01/2016
Hurricane WV Police investigating Walmart shoplifting 02/01/2016
Robbers strike at Anthem Ariz. Wal-Mart 02/01/2016
Electrical fire prompts evacuation of Va. Walmart 02/01/2016
Wal-Mart blasts Puerto Rico tax ahead of trial 02/01/2016
Rexburg Idaho woman creates petition asking local Walmart to close on Sundays 02/02/2016
Oneida NY police: Man shoots self in foot while shopping in Wal-Mart toy aisle 02/02/2016
Truck driver arrested after 500 pounds of pot found in semi at Fishers Ind. Walmart 02/02/2016
Westfield Mass. Walmart loss prevention officer to pay restitution for stealing from Walmart 02/02/2016
Police search for man accused of stealing from multiple Stillwater Okla. Walmart stores 02/02/2016
Mississippi Walmart bomb threat solved 02/02/2016
Michigan couple charged after Silly String fight inside NY Walmart gets messy 02/03/2016
Shoplifting suspect pulls large knife on Walmart security, Orlando Fla. police say 02/03/2016
Police looking for man accused of stealing merchandise from Pa. Walmart 02/03/2016
Columbus Mississippi Police: Child behind Wal-Mart bomb threat 02/03/2016
Crooks take $11K in iPhones from Powhatan Va. Walmart 02/03/2016
Shoplifting suspect joked with Ill. Walmart security before trying to steal DVDs, report indicates 02/03/2016
MPD seeking help in identifying Tx. Walmart theft suspects 02/03/2016
Police Search For Tenn. Walmart Theft Suspect 02/03/2016
Police blotter: Butte woman arrested after alleged theft at Montana Walmart 02/03/2016
10-week-old baby found dead at Amarillo Tx. Walmart ruled as homicide; woman arrested 02/03/2016
Developers sue city of Edmond Okla. over defeated Walmart proposal 02/04/2016
'Shoulder surfing' husband gets prison in Pa. Walmart check scam targeting hundreds 02/04/2016
Plus-size vlogger told by Canada Walmart employee she can’t try on clothes because she will ‘stretch’ them 02/04/2016
Rincon Ga. Police: Fake cash used at Walmart 02/04/2016
Police: 2 boys behind bomb threat at Mt. Juliet Tenn. Walmart 02/04/2016
Police: Man exposed himself to children inside Springdale Arkansas Walmart 02/05/2016
Man with $400 in pocket arrested after allegedly taking DVD from Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart 02/05/2016
Police searching for man who shoplifted, displayed knife at ND Wal-Mart Thursday 02/05/2016
Deputies: Suspect sought in Fla. Walmart flat-screen TV theft 02/05/2016
Police: Man steals sweater, returns wearing it to steal beer, shows gun at Fla. Wal-Mart 02/05/2016
Official: Man shot in groin, drives to Walmart parking lot in west Charlotte NC 02/06/2016
Police looking to ID West Melbourne Fla. Wal-Mart thief 02/06/2016
Fire breaks out at Ill. Walmart store in Olympia Fields 02/06/2016
Man Tries to Steal 31 Items from Ga. Walmart 02/06/2016
Woman says man exposed himself in Canton Mich. Walmart 02/04/2016
18-year-old arrested on theft charge at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 02/08/2016
ND Walmart cashier arrested for theft Sunday 02/08/2016
Walmart In Elk Grove Ca. Robbed At Gunpoint 02/09/2016
Would-be shoplifter at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart tracked down by license plate number 02/09/2016
Lawsuit filed against Belair Rd. Ga. Walmart 02/09/2016
Man charged with indecent exposure after allegedly flashing an 11-year-old at NC Walmart 02/09/2016
4 charged with shoplifting from Secaucus NJ Walmart in 24-hour span: police 02/10/2016
Cops looking for crooks passing fake $100 bills at Pa. Walmarts in three counties 02/10/2016
Ohio Walmart wanted poster features dead man 02/11/2016
State Police searching for Walmart theft suspect in Braxton County, WV 02/12/2016
Woman charged with $4K in bogus Iowa Wal-Mart transactions 02/12/2016
Woman arrested after allegedly attempting to steal cell phone at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 02/12/2016
Stolen debit card used at Ariz. Walmart 02/12/2016
Woman in custody after unleashing Mace in Topsy Lane Nevada Walmart 02/13/2016 At least seven people suffered from exposure to Mace at the Topsy Lane Walmart around lunchtime on Saturday.
Lancaster man accused of hitting woman multiple times in SC Walmart parking lot 02/14/2016
Man reportedly struck by vehicle in Pa. Walmart parking lot 02/15/2016
Gunfire hits eight Walmart trucks on highway near Tulsa: Sheriff: Two teens arrested in incident 02/16/2016
2 men sentenced for attacking woman in an Arnold Missouri Walmart parking lot in early 2015 02/15/2016
Police: Brothers collect Wisc. Walmart receipts from trash, attempt fraudulent returns 02/16/2016
Police seek Alaska Wal-Mart theft suspect who threatened employee with scissors 02/16/2016
Police looking for Hurricane WV Walmart theft suspect 02/16/2016
Police investigating 2 incidents at Pa. Walmart 02/16/2016
PD: 2 arrested for possession of heroin at Walmart in Brooklyn Conn. 02/16/2016
Police seek Wal-Mart shoplifter in Virginia Beach 02/16/2016
Woman arrested on suspicion of embezzling from Ukiah Ca. Wal-Mart 02/17/2016
Woman arrested with syringe in stolen car at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 02/17/2016
Walmart evacuated in Fayetteville Arkansas; bomb squad robot on the scene 02/17/2016
Insight: Lost in translation - Wal-Mart stumbles hard in Brazil 02/17/2016
IRS fraud scheme targets Long Island NY seniors; Walmart asked for help 02/17/2016
Two hurt in Mich. Walmart fire 02/17/2016
Cow Escapes Farm Goes to Walmart in Plover Wisc. 02/17/2016
Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested After Fight With Officer in Iowa Wal-Mart 02/17/2016
Doing the Wal-Mart dance in Jackson County Mississippi 02/17/2016
Charges: Man spots robber at restaurant days after his money is stolen in Utah Wal-Mart parking lot 02/17/2016
Police: Ga. Walmart stalker 'just wanted to hug children' 02/16/2016
Repeat offender arrested with knife after allegedly taking items from Fla. Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge 02/18/2016 A loss prevention officer, posing as a customer, saw Jamie Dawn Leonard of Lake Panasoffkee conceal items in her purse and on her body and leave the store without paying for them, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Wal-Mart withdraws petition for super center in Lamar Mississippi 02/18/2016
Walmart: Pa. Female manager's firing wasn't sexist 02/18/2016 A female manager wasn't fired from a Chambersburg Walmart store because of sexism, but was canned because she was selling Pampered Chef products on the side, officials of the retail giant contend.
Central Point man gets 3 years for punching Oregon Walmart staff 02/18/2016
2 charged with using fake credit cards at Bradenton Fla. Wal-Mart 02/1/2016
Iowa Walmart stun gun in purse case goes to Iowa Supreme Court 02/19/2016
Forbes: Walmart Needs To Reconnect With Customers And Employees 02/19/2016
Woman arrested for shoplifting, drugs at Utah Wal-Mart in Provo 02/20/2016
NY Wal-Mart cashier charged with grand larceny 02/20/2016
Police: Vt. Walmart thief makes off with razor blades 02/21/2016
Customers, employees evacuated from Va. Walmart in Colonial Heights due to bomb threat 02/21/2016
Bat-Wielding Thief Robs Springfield Missouri WalMart 02/22/2016
Sneaky! A thief dressed as a Va. Walmart worker walks out with 4 HDTVs 02/22/2016
Police: Woman charged after assaulting 3-year-old at Ga. Wal-Mart 02/22/2016
Pair arrested at Fla. Wal-Mart after allegedly stealing items, carrying drug paraphernalia 02/22/2016
Man arrested for narcotics after trying to steal from Tx. Walmart 02/22/2016
Police Investigate Self-inflicted Stabbing at Southwest Side Cedar Rapids Iowa Walmart 02/22/2016
2 charged with stealing from Ill. Walmart 02/22/2016
Three charged after undercover drug buy at NY Wal-Mart 02/23/2016
Man gets 30 years for September robbery, car-jacking at Ind. Walmart 02/23/2016
Savoy woman to prison for theft from Ill. Walmart 02/23/2016
Woman arrested after using two kids to help steal at Va. Walmart, police say 02/23/2016
Thomasville NC police release photo of women sought in Walmart fire investigation 02/24/2016
Walmart yanks hoverboards from its site 02/24/2016
JFRD: Fla. Walmart at River City Marketplace evacuated due to gas leak 02/25/2016
Small sinkhole opens in parking lot at Estero Fla. Wal-Mart 02/25/2016
Skowhegan Me. Wal-Mart pharmacist arrested for allegedly stealing drugs 02/25/2016
Wisc. Walmart employee accused of ‘glitching’ 02/25/2016 Meaning she recognized a computer glitch presumably created by incompetence and took advantage of it.
Home Office Ark. Walmart Employees Laid Off 02/25/2016
2 sought in theft of $800 worth of electronics from Ephrata Pa. Wal-Mart 02/25/2016
South Carolina man sentenced for defrauding Walmart stores in Carolinas, Georgia, Florida 02/26/2016
Suspect arrested in Colorado Springs Wal-mart holdups 02/26/2016
Woman accused of trying to walk out of Fla. Wal-Mart with items concealed in purse 02/26/2016
RCSD: Men used $7K in counterfeit money at SC Walmart 02/26/2016
Blotter: Shoplifters target Barboursville WV Wal-Mart 02/27/2016
Woman accused of snatching purse outside Burlington NC Walmart arrested 02/27/2016
Teens accused of lifting BB guns from Las Vegas Nevada Wal-Mart 02/27/2016
Wall of Justice: 3 sought for using stolen credit cards for purchases at Ohio Walmart 02/27/2016
East Ocala: Sam's Club out; liquor sales in at Wal-MartEast Ocala: Sam's Club out; liquor sales in at Fla. Wal-Mart 02/28/2016
Walmart in West Haven Conn. Reopens After Threat 02/29/2016
Hickory man charged with habitual larceny after police say suspect stole NC Wal-Mart goods 02/29/2016
Meth making materials found by police near NY Wal-Mart 02/29/2016
Oklahoma City Police Dept.: Man tackles woman, runs off with purse outside metro Walmart 02/29/2016
Empty paper towel dispenser in men's restroom leads to $990,000 lawsuit against Oregon Walmart 02/29/2016
Man wanted after money box stolen from Girl Scout selling cookies at Fla. Wal-Mart 02/29/2016
Man Caught Masturbating in Conn. Walmart Parking Lot 02/29/2016