Friday, April 1, 2016
Wal-Mart Crime report March 2016
There were at least seven shooting incidents at Walmarts this month, including at least two deaths and at least five more wounded, plus at least one incident where several cars and a cruiser were shot. There was also an evacuation due to suicidal person with a gun that didn't lead to a shooting. Another evacuation was caused by an emotionally disturbed man who picked up a machete and a hammer and started shouting threats. There was also one person killed in a drunken accident, a carjacking that lead to a chase
On average there were at least one more evacuation every other day this month due to bomb scares this month. It is hard to know if this is above average since they're reported sporadically but Walmart almost certainly gets over two hundred bomb threats per year, perhaps much more. Actual bombs are much rarer and are almost never accompanied by threats.
A Walmart worker stopped a purse snatcher and returned it after chasing the thief; at times in the past chasing and fighting thieves has led to employees being fired often with outrage from people involved, but there are no reports of that happening yet this time. Perhaps they've learned from the past or they waited to make this decision. In another incident a shoplifter using a lighter to open a product accidentally started a fire; and a couple people were arrested after a brawl broke out.
Bad customer service or disgruntled customers led to numerous complaints this month including one where a car was stolen during an oil change, like in past incidents the victim was forced to get a rental at her own expense while asking Walmart to cover it. Another incident involved a customer slapping and threatening an employee over a return. A couple claim they got bedbugs from a bed they bought at Walmatt, which Walmart denies. Another Walmart ahd confusion over towing policies and at least one of their customers barely avoided being towed twice due to confusion.
More foreign objects were found in food at Walmart, this time it is a recall for chicken with metal in it and there may be other items with plastic.
They're sending their managers to "customer service academies" in an effort to fix some of their problems. Small bussinesses rarely have nearly as many problems even without "customer service academies."
There are additional stories about how they want to increase their influence on public schools through the Walmart Foundation or other means.
But their sales are clearly past their peak; they've had declining same store sales in many locations often for years at a time for a while now; but for the first time they had declining total revenue. In the past they've been able to offset losses in same store sales by opening new stores but now they're closing them instead.
It shouldn't take a genius to realize that they can't expand forever but our economic system is based on the belief they can do just that.
Another naked man was arrested at Walmart and they had an even stranger incident with customers visiting their Walmart vision center.
Some people might think it might be sexist to doubt if a women working at the vision center decided to send naked pictures of her private parts to men if they would consider it a crime and report it. However that isn't what happened, it was of course a male employee who sent pictures to customers and the sixth women to get them knew how to trace them and reported him to the police.
I could make these things up but there's no need.
Strange things really do 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 March 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.
Man, woman charged with obscenity after allegedly having sex in Louisiana Walmart parking lot 03/01/2016
Man accused of groping woman at Ga. Walmart turns himself in 03/01/2016
Medic: Person struck by vehicle in west Charlotte Walmart parking lot 03/01/2016
Ind. Walmart last summer's brawl suspect headed to court 03/01/2016
Woman leaves toddler in car to go into Newport News Va. Wal-Mart 03/01/2016
Wal-Mart employee arrested in theft of $40K from Biloxi Miss. store 03/01/2016
2 arrested in credit card scam at Ohio Walmart 03/01/2016
University of Idaho professor makes WalMart run to achieve nano-technology breakthrough 03/01/2016
Police say South Ridge WV Walmart fire suspect set blaze before taking jewelry 03/03/2016
Man whose last name is Loser arrested on suspicion of stealing from Murrieta Ca. Walmarts 03/02/2016
Man carjacked at Oklahoma City Walmart 03/02/2016
Police blotter: Pickup truck, garage spray painted; Butte teen eats his way through Montana Walmart 03/02/2016
Police: Man spends day at Fla. Wal-Mart before allegedly shoplifting 03/02/2016
Bomb threat prompts Walmart evacuation in Saddle Brook NJ 03/01/2016
Walmart Says a Coding Error Exposed Some Customer Data 03/02/2016
Mother, son laundered counterfeit cash at La. Wal-Mart: Kenner police 03/0/2016
Police: Man Arrested After Saying He “Would Shoot Up” Arkansa Walmart Parking Lot 03/02/2016
EXCLUSIVE: N.Y. lawmakers want lawsuit against Walmart for selling ammo used to kill three people 03/02/2016
Heroin Bust Goes Down at Groton Conn. Wal-Mart Parking Lot 03/02/2016
Authorities Respond to Bomb Threat at Walmart in Live Oak Fla. Wednesday Evening 03/02/2016
Merritt Island Fla. Wal-Mart evacuated 03/03/2016
Police seek vehicle in alleged road rage incident at Hudson NH Walmart 03/02/2016
Opelika Ga. Police search for alleged Wal-Mart thief 03/03/2016
Choose without the booze: Raynham Mass. Walmart bans alcohol sales during election 03/03/2016
Oops! Thief trips and slams into SUV outside Two Notch Road Columbia, SC Walmart door 03/03/2016
Man allegedly punched store employee during Walmart robbery 03/03/2016
Lampasas, Tx. Walmart evacuated because of bomb threat 03/03/2016
Suspicious Packages Found at Weslaco Tx. Wal-Mart bomb squad found it to be not hazardous 03/03/2016
Edmond Okla. police searching for people involved in Walmart theft 03/03/2016
Ohio Walmart worker injured in shelf collapse 03/04/2016
Siblings steal girl scout's cookie money from Fla. Walmart table 03/04/2016
Swatara Township Pa. Wal-Mart evacuated due to second bomb threat in recent months 03/04/2016 1st on Dec. 2 2015 due to custody dispute with employee.
Police investigate two bomb threats at Pa. Walmart in 24 hours 03/05/2016
Mich. Walmart worker stabbed in neck, shoplifting suspect charged with attempted murder 03/04/2016
Wake Forest NC police seek help finding Wal-Mart thief 03/04/2016
Sanders: Walmart, Waltons Examples of Rigged Economy 03/05/2016
Man found dead in Fla. Walmart parking lot 03/06/2016
Mt. Juliet Tenn. Walmart Reopened After Bomb Threat Evacuation 03/04/2016
Tulare Ca. police make one arrest in Walmart bomb threat 03/07/2016
Police: Couple who used stolen credit card at Pa. Wal-Mart stores caught on surveillance tape 03/07/2016
Wall Street falls, snapping three-day rally; Wal-Mart weighs 03/07/2016
Know these suspects? Westfield Mass. police look for 4 in Walmart theft 03/07/2016
Police searching for man accused of stealing trading cards from Pa. Walmart 03/07/2016
Police say 3 men stole 20 iPods from Chesterfield Va. Walmart 03/07/2016
Granby Man Arrested For Alleged Theft From NY WalMart 03/0/2016
Westfield Mass. Police ID four Walmart larceny suspects with public's help 03/08/2016
Anderson Ca. Walmart open after being evacuated for bomb scare 03/10/2016
Customer reports diamond ring missing while inside Pa. Walmart 03/08/2016
Lower Allen Township police look for man who took cart-full of goods from Pa. Walmart 03/08/2016
Affidavit: San Antonio Tx. man stabs Walmart employee who was walking home from work 03/09/2016
Fighting For You: Walmart says beware of mystery shopper scams 03/09/2016
McCandless Pa. citizens group challenges Wal-Mart ruling 03/0/2016
Police searching for ‘suspicious’ man found in women’s restroom at Lebanon Tenn. Walmart 03/10/2016
Two off-duty Springfield Missouri cops surprised a shoplifter at Walmart, police say 03/10/2016
Individual passes away outside of Minn. Wal-Mart 03/10/2016
No charges from shooting in Ft. Payne Alabama Walmart parking lot 03/10/2016
Mayor uses veto power to nix possible Wal-Mart development in South Salt Lake Utah 03/11/2016
NC Wal-Mart employee charged with stealing money from register 03/11/2016
Affidavit: Teenagers stole $3,500 worth of televisions, laptops from San Antonio Tx. Walmart 03/11/2016
Women wanted for stealing from Fla. Walmart 03/11/2016
Suspect sought in NC Walmart theft 03/11/2016
Mom in baby death case arrested in Everett Wash. Walmart for drugs 03/12/2016
Walmart will prohibit buses from directly serving new Cheektowaga NY store 03/12/2016
Mesa police investigate 'suspicious package' found in Walmart parking lot 03/12/2016 Package was not bomb was "just some clothes."
Walmart Attorney: No Merit To ND Walmart Lawsuit Filed By Fargo Woman 03/14/2016
Police: Iowa Walmart worker assaulted by customer inside store 03/14/2016
Man steals from Virginia Beach Walmart, pepper sprays loss prevention officer 03/14/2016
Two people arrested in separate incidents at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 03/14/2016
Razor blades stolen from Walmart in Stuart Fla. 03/14/2016
Attempted Fla. Walmart Theft 03/15/2016
Brewer Me. police seek Wal-Mart theft suspect 03/15/2016
Shoplifter who struck, bit Mich. Walmart employee arrested on multiple charges 03/15/2016
Former Butler Co. Pa. woman going to prison for stealing Wal-Mart customers' identities 03/15/2016
PBSO: Man stole truck with $46,000 worth of meat from Fla. Wal-Mart 03/16/2016 Needing a ride home, a Miami-Dade man stole a tractor-trailer carrying nearly $46,000 worth of meat from a Wal-Mart parking lot, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
Police release photo of possible suspect in Tenn. Walmart car theft 03/16/2016
18-year-old Okla. Walmart clerk arrested for embezzlement 03/16/2016
Man accused of pointing air rifle at SC Walmart customers 03/16/2016
Police: Ferndale Mich. credit union customer stole $800 left on counter, went shopping at Walmart 03/16/2016
NC Walmart larceny suspect sought 03/16/2016
Police: Elk Grove Ca. Walmart Cash Room Robbery was Inside Job 03/16/2016
Sheriff's Office Seeks Falcon Walmart Shoplifter 03/16/2016
Bomb Threat Closes Fountain Colorado Walmart For Hours 03/16/2016
Derby Conn. Walmart to close this summer 03/16/2016
Bizarre arrest made in NM Walmart parking lot: People in pickup truck reportedly had sex, Albuquerque police say 03/16/2016
Ohio Walmart reopens after hazmat response 03/17/2016
Man threatened to shoot up Penn. Wal-Mart with BB gun after dispute with clerk: police 03/17/2016
Oregon Walmart employees honor murdered man 03/17/2016
Two stolen cars recovered in Eugene Oregon Walmart parking lot; three men arrested 03/18/2016
Fire prompts evacuation at Hurricane WV Walmart 03/18/2016
Hinton Canada sheriffs randomly round up shoppers as potential jurors 03/18/2016
Man found in Transit Road Lancaster NY Walmart with compressed air can against his mouth 03/18/2016
ND Walmart shoplifting suspect flees police 03/18/2016
Investigators Find Little Evidence of Corruption With Walmart in China 03/18/2016 Investigators interviewing former executives and others associated with the company’s Chinese operations over the past few months have been hindered by Chinese laws that prevent disclosure of certain information outside the country, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Milpitas Ca.: Walmart shoppers evacuated after fire breaks out 03/19/2016
Alto Tx. duo reportedly steals $500 worth of items from Walmart 03/21/2016
West Plains Missouri police searching for person who hit Walmart employee 03/21/2016
Wife of woman who sued Mass. Walmart for same-sex bias dies 03/21/2016
Lake Nona Fla. gets area's 1st drive-up for Walmart goods 03/22/2016
Man wanted for stealing from Lancaster Co. Pa. Walmart 03/21/2016
Police: Florida man arrested for grand theft at Walmart 03/22/2016
Picture released of person of interest in Arkansas Walmart assault 03/22/2016
Man accused of pulling a gun on Wal-Mart employee in Macon Ga. arrested in Houston County 03/22/2016
Police Blotter: Man arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest at ND Wal-Mart 03/22/2016 A 40-year-old Arizona woman was arrested at Wal-Mart around 9 p.m. Thursday for shoplifting $47.78 of merchandise.
Police blotter: Broken window reported at Covellite Theatre; Butte sisters arrested at Montana Walmart 03/22/2016
Nitro police say 77-year-old man accused of groping woman at WV Walmart 03/22/2016
Police: San Antonio Tx. couple threatens to kill Walmart employee 03/23/2016
Judge orders Wal-Mart 'shoulder-surfing' defendant to prison immediately 03/23/2016 Security camera footage from Texas to Florida shows Jennifer MacVittie sneaking up behind customers as they cashed checks and secretly using her cell phone to record their Social Security numbers.
Volunteers clean up unsanctioned golf cart path connecting The Villages to Fla. Wal-Mart 03/23/2016
Wylie Tx. Walmart closed due to hail damage 03/24/2016
Man Steals Donation Jar, Table From Ky. Walmart 03/25/2016
Polk County deputies searching for man using counterfeit $20 bills at a Lakeland Fla. Walmart 03/25/2016
Walmart is not awarding $300 gift card 03/25/2016
Man trying to steal tools at Pa. Wal-Mart leaves boy, 11, behind 03/25/2016
Dalton Ga. police seek Walmart theft suspect 03/25/2016
Walmart Evacuated In Uniontown Pa. for Bomb Threat 03/25/2016
Police: Man arrested after exposing himself in Pa. Wal-Mart toy aisle 03/26/2016
Woman Leaving Pa. Walmart Hit by Vehicle 03/26/2016
Fire damages Wal-Mart garden center in Las Vegas Nevada 03/27/2016
Victim stabbed at Walmart in Washington Twp. NJ 03/27/2016
Gastonia man charged with trying to return un-purchased items at NC Wal-Mart in Hickory 03/28/2016
Google business listing shows many Walmarts being "closed" 03/28/2016
Ind. Wal-Mart theft, possible carjacking in Clarksville involves two victims 03/28/2016
Police: Mom takes kids to Cobb County Ga. Walmart to shoplift 03/28/2016
U.S. court shoots down Puerto Rico tax on Wal-Mart 03/28/2016
Morgan Hill police: Welfare check ends in burglary arrests at Ca. Wal-Mart 03/28/2016
New NH Walmart's exit sign a puzzler 03/28/2016 The only problem: By the time a westbound driver reads the sign, he has already passed the exit.
Man arrested, accused of exposing himself in NH Wal-Mart parking lot 03/28/2016
Trio arrested for using fake $100, $20 bills at Colonial Heights Va. Walmart, surrounding stores 03/29/2016
Cocoa Fla. PD, FD respond to smoke at Wal-Mart 03/29/2016
Cashier charged with stealing money from NY Walmart register 03/29/2016
Albemarle County Va. Wal-Mart cleared after bomb threat 03/29/2016
Police Investigate Bomb Threat at San Anglo, Tx. Walmart and SAM's Club 03/29/2016
Couple wanted after fraud takes place at Wake County NC Walmart, police say 03/29/2016
WalMart Holding an Open Call for Entrepreneurs 03/30/2016
Man arrested for allegedly exposing himself at Eugene Oregon Walmart store 03/30/2016
4 charged with shoplifting at Secaucus NJ Walmart in 27-hour span: police 03/31/2016
Phoenix Ariz. Walmart employees honored for saving co-worker having life-threatening attack 03/31/2016
La. Wal-Mart evacuates for bomb threat 03/31/2016
Robber slinks away after demanding cash at Colorado Springs Walmart 03/31/2016