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

Police: Naked man at Ky. Walmart charged in residential burglary 03/01/2016

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man found naked at a Louisville Walmart has been charged in a residential burglary that happened a short time before his arrest.

According to a police report, officers responded to a woman's home in Okolona Monday morning on a report of a break-in in progress. The victim told police an unknown man entered her home through the back door and that he ran from the home wearing only a blanket.

A short time later, officers received a call about a naked man at the Walmart at 11901 Standiford Plaza who matched the description of the burglar. Complete article

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

Customer Slaps and Threatens Cashier over Return at Wisc. Walmart in Brown Deer 03/07/2016

A 63-year-old Milwaukee woman slapped and threatened a cashier over a return at the Walmart in Brown Deer, according to a report by Brown Deer Police.

Walmart reported a customer slapped a cashier and then left the store, walking towards Walgreens.

The cashier, a 31 year old West Allis woman, said the customer did not have the right merchandise for the return. The customer then threatened her and poked her in the face.

The customer, a 63 year old Milwaukee woman, said the employee was rude and would not refund her money. The 63 year old threatened the employee prior to leaving the store. She was arrested for Disorderly Conduct. Complete article

Beach Fla. Wal-Mart towing policy causes some confusion 03/07/2016

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - A local woman is upset after she said her car was almost towed out of a Panama City Beach Wal-Mart twice in one day.

The towing company, White’s Gulf County Wrecker Service, claimed they work with Wal-Mart during spring break to help keep the parking lots safe.

Michele Giroux said she parked her Mini Cooper near the back of a Panama City Beach Wal-Mart parking lot on Sunday while doing some shopping.

"I parked back here to avoid as many cars as I could," she said.

Giroux said when she came back to her car, it was about to be towed away by White’s Gulf County Wrecker service.

"So I ran after it and I was able to stop the guy." Complete article

Granby Man Arrested For Alleged Theft From NY WalMart 03/0/2016

Car stolen from Murfreesboro Tenn. Walmart during oil change 03/07/2016

MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) - Jon Ashley is riding through Murfreesboro in a rental. He was supposed to be on his way to the Smokey Mountains in his own 2003 Hyundai Sonata.

But Sunday night it disappeared.

“At first I said this has to be a joke,” Ashley said. “There is no way someone stole my car from the Walmart garage.” .....

Ashley filed a claim with Walmart, but hasn't heard back. He is paying out of pocket for a rental car. Complete article

Westfield Mass. Police ID four Walmart larceny suspects with public's help 03/08/2016

Shooting victim found in Poplar Bluff Missouri Walmart parking lot identified 03/08/2016

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - We are learning more about the shooting death of a man whose body was found in his car on Tuesday morning in the parking lot of the Poplar Bluff Walmart.

Joseph Wisdom, 33, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon, second degree murder and armed criminal action. His bond was set at $25,000 cash only.

According to Butler County Coroner Jim Akers, the victim is 50-year-old Stahl Sturgeon of Doniphan. Complete article

Man allegedly shot and killed driver, sat on his lap to drive to Walmart 03/10/2016

Anderson Ca. Walmart open after being evacuated for bomb scare 03/10/2016

Chicken nuggets sold in Walmart may be contaminated with metal 03/08/2016

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Canadian company has recalled 103,752 pounds of chicken nuggets that may be contaminated with metal pieces, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The chicken nuggets, produced by Maxi Canada Inc., of Quebec, were exported to the United States and shipped to retailers nationwide including Walmart, Kroger and Safeway.

The recall comes on the heels of a separate recall by Perdue of chicken nuggets that may be contaminated with plastic.

The products subject to the latest recall include:

38-oz (2.975-lb) boxes of Yummy brand fully cooked "CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS | 100% All Natural* | Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with rib meat PRODUCT OF CANADA" with a BEST IF USED BY date of 07/17/17. Complete article

Perdue recalls chicken nuggets that may contain plastic 03/07/2016

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

Charges: Drunken woman killed man in Utah Wal-Mart parking lot 03/08/2016

SALT LAKE CITY — A woman who prosecutors say was driving drunk when she hit and killed a man in a Wal-Mart parking lot was charged Tuesday with automobile homicide.

The third-degree felony was filed in 3rd District Court against Lindsy Ann Floyd, 31, of Salt Lake City.

On Oct. 28, 2015, George Kassavetis, 71, had just left Wal-Mart, 350 W. Hope Ave., and was pushing a shopping cart when he was hit by a Subaru Forrester that had just turned the corner, according to a Salt Lake police report. Complete article

Police car, vehicles struck by gunfire at Santa Fe NMWalmart 03/09/2016

SANTA FE, N.M. —A police vehicle was struck by gunfire Tuesday night near a Walmart store in Santa Fe.

Several vehicles were also hit in the shooting on Cerrillos Road just after 9 p.m., police said.

The person responsible for that shooting remains on the loose. Santa Fe police are asking anyone with information on that person’s whereabouts to contact them. Complete article

Mich. Walmart customer used lighter to open toy, not set store on fire, he says 03/09/2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Aaron Pagan tried to steal a toy by burning off the twist tie but he insisted he didn't intend to start the fire that caused thousands in damage at the Cascade Township Walmart store.

"It was a petty theft thing that terribly went wrong," he said Wednesday, March 9.

"I tried to burn a twisty thing off. It just went wrong." Complete article

Affidavit: San Antonio Tx. man stabs Walmart employee who was walking home from work 03/09/2016

Man shot in Wal-Mart parking lot in Fort Payne Alabama 03/09/2016

Fort Payne police confirm a man was shot in the Wal-Mart parking lot Wednesday night.

Police say the victim was flown to Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His condition is not yet known.

Two persons of interest are in custody for questioning. Charges have not yet been announced. Complete article

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

Why It's Better to Live Near a Target Than a Walmart 03/10/2016

It’s widely known that location matters, especially when it comes to the value of your home. And the difference between living near a Target TGT 0.45% vs. a Walmart WMT -0.36% could be pretty substantial, according to a new report.

Online real estate information company RealtyTrac analyzed home values, appreciation, and property taxes in U.S. zip codes with a Walmart or a Target to determine which superstores give homeowners the biggest returns on their investments.

As it turns out, homeowners living near a Target saw the value of their homes rise higher since purchase. Among homeowners who sold in 2015, those with homes near a Target experienced an average 27% increase in home prices, which equals to an average gain of $65,569. That’s compared to a 16% increase, or $24,900, for homeowners near a Walmart. Complete article

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."

Bernie Takes on Trump, WalMart at Affton Missouri Appearance 03/13/2016

Affton, MO (KMOX) – Democrat Bernie Sanders took a few swipes at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump during a campaign stop Sunday in Affton.

Sanders said Americans don’t want a president who insults other races and religions than his.

Sanders also said Democrats should choose him over opponent Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s Missouri primary, because he has a better chance of beating Trump in November.

Sanders took on Wal-Mart during his speech on Sunday.

Specifically, he claimed that the company pays wages so low that many Wal-Mart employees need Medicaid, food stamps, and subsidized housing. Complete article

Wal-Mart to train store managers in new customer service academies 02/29/2016

Wal-Mart announced Thursday that it’s opening new “training academies” for store managers and department managers in an effort to boost customer service, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Wal-Mart also laid off a number of employees in its Information Systems Division, with the cuts representing some 1% to 3% of that unit.

The layoffs mostly targeted Wal-Mart’s Bentonville, AR headquarters and were not part of the tech restructuring reported earlier this year. They were also in a addition to a round of layoffs of 450 headquarters employees announced last year. ......

The retailer acknowledged to the Dallas Morning News that it has been inconsistent in its customer service training, leaving stores with a spotty record. Complete article

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

Man, woman arrested after brawl breaks out inside North Olmsted Ohio Walmart, police say 03/14/2016

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — A California man and a woman were arrested after a brawl inside Walmart spilled into the parking lot, police said.

Surveillance video captured the fight that broke out just after 11 p.m. at the store in the 24000 block of Brookpark Road. requested a copy of the surveillance video. North Olmsted police have not responded to the request.

Witnesses told police that the man slapped the woman near the self-check out Saturday night. The woman struck him back, and the man knocked her to the ground, got on top of her and the two started fighting, according to a police report.

A couple restrained the woman while the man left the store. The woman attacked the couple, and ran out into the parking lot and grabbed the man. The man then punched the woman in the face, police said.

Police saw blood coming from the woman's nose and mouth. She was taken to an unknown hospital, where she was treated and released. Complete article

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

Carjacking at Gunbarrel Road Walmart in Chattanooga Tenn. leads to north Georgia chase 03/16/2016

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Chattanooga Police are investigating a carjacking that happened Wednesday morning in the parking lot of the Walmart on Gunbarrel Road, near the Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga. The suspect was later caught and arrested after a chase involving four local law enforcement agencies: Chattanooga Police, Fort Oglethorpe Police, Walker County deputies and Catoosa County deputies.

On their Twitter account, Chattanooga Police tweeted this info at 7:27 a.m. alerting the public of the crime.

About an hour and a half later, authorities spotted the truck in north Georgia, after Walker County was alerted to be on the lookout as well as Catoosa County.

Police say the truck was going 80 mph in a 45 mph zone and driving erratically, passing cars in a no-passing zone and swerving. Police say he almost wrecked several times. Complete article

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

Man critically injured after shooting in Richmond Va. Walmart parking lot 03/16/2016

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond Police have identified the suspect arrested in the Walmart parking lot shooting on Sheila Lane.

The suspect, identified as Randall C. Hicks, 26, was charged with malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Both charges are felonies.

The shooting happened around 11:55 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the store near the intersection of Forest Hill Avenue and Chippenham Parkway. Police say a customer was simply putting groceries in his car, when in broad daylight, someone approached him with a gun. The man was rushed to the hospital with critical injuries.

Witnesses on the scene say they heard a shot fired. An NBC12 crew saw someone being put into an ambulance and then driven away with a police escort. "It's not surprising, not for this area, but it is concerning," said Jen Martin, a customer at the store.

"You bring your kids here, expect it to be a safe environment and boom, you've got shots out of nowhere," said another customer. Complete article

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

Couple says they got bed bugs from padded headboard bought at Missouri Walmart 03/16/2016

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) - A Kansas City couple has a brand new apartment with brand new furniture and a bad case of bed bugs.

The owners say a new bed is to blame, but they company they bought it from isn’t doing anything to investigate or fix the problem.

“I freaked out. I was almost in tears,” said Brittany Drummond.

She said she and her boyfriend were horrified at their discovery of bed bugs crawling out of their padded headboard.

“It’s bad. You don't want to live in that,” said Charles Mincey.

The hidden bed bugs explain a lot. Drummond had a mysterious rash that she now realizes are bed bug bites.

“I never would have thought that would have happened to me,” she said.

She’s itchy and angry because when she contacted Walmart, who sold her the bed, their response showed indifference.

“There's nothing we can do. Uhm, we're not going to do anything for you,” she recounted. Complete article

Bizarre arrest made in NM Walmart parking lot: People in pickup truck reportedly had sex, Albuquerque police say 03/16/2016

The ‘Walmartization’ of public education 03/17/2016

The Walton Family Foundation — which says it has given some $1.3 billion in K-12 education across the country over the last two decades — announced early this year that it is committing $1 billion over the next five years to help expand charter and other school choice options across the country. What the effect of that financial support will be on public education is explored in this post, by Jeff Bryant, director of the Education Opportunity Network, a partnership effort of the Institute for America’s Future and the Opportunity to Learn Campaign. He has written extensively about public education policy. This appeared on AlterNet, and I am republishing it with permission. (The original has multiple footnotes, which I have removed.)

By Jeff Bryant

Walmart’s recent decision to close 269 stores was a blip on the national media radar, but it was big news in small towns and suburban neighborhoods across America.

“Now we have to figure out how to do our shopping,” a Walmart customer in Baldwin Hills in Southern California lamented.

“Before Walmart’s arrival, Winnsboro had two grocery stores,” a local reporter in that South Carolina town noted. Now that Walmart is gone, so is convenient access to groceries and other retail goods. ......

But what if that story isn’t just about businesses anymore? What if instead of a closed factory or shuttered store, the story is about a closed public school? What if the consequence of these types of “business decisions” isn’t a grown man having to look for another job or an elderly woman having to figure out a new way to pick up her prescriptions, but a child having his or her education significantly disrupted or a whole community left without convenient access to schools? Complete article

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

Tx. Walmart Evacuated Due To Suicidal Person With Gun 03/17/2016

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Walmart at I-820 and Rufe Snow has been evacuated as a suicidal person with a gun is barricaded inside, according to North Richland Hills Police.

The parking lot has been evacuated as well.

No one has been hurt.

Police are sending in a robot to look around for person with gun. Complete article

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

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Clerk charged with texting nude photos to female customers at South County Missouri Walmart vision center 03/21/2016

A clerk at a Walmart optical store has been charged with texting pictures of his genitals to female customers.

Elver Sivac, 20, told police he used the store's records to learn the women's phone numbers, court records allege.

Five women in a 10-day span couldn't figure out who was sending the photos. But the sixth woman used a search function to figure out whose phone had sent the picture, authorities say.

St. Louis County prosecutors last Thursday charged Sivac with six counts of second-degree sexual misconduct, which are misdemeanors. Complete article

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

1 Employee Dead, 1 Injured in Attempted Murder-Suicide at Kaufman Tx. Wal-Mart 03/22/2016

One person is dead and another is injured after an apparent attempted murder-suicide inside a North Texas Wal-Mart Tuesday morning, NBC 5 has confirmed.

The sheriff's department received a call of shots fired at the Kaufman Wal-Mart on the 300 block of Kings Fort Parkway at 9:41 a.m., according to Capt. Ed Black, with the Kaufman Police Department.

Investigators said Tuesday afternoon that witnesses reported seeing 55-year-old Donald Ray Coleman walk into the store earlier that morning and, without provocation, pull out a handgun and shoot 59-year-old John D. Morgan multiple times as he worked in the garden center.

Fred Klingelberger, with the Kaufman County Sheriff's Department, initially said the man then fatally shot himself. Kaufman police later said the gunman survived after shooting himself in the head and was transported by air ambulance to a Dallas hospital in critical condition.

Klingelberger said the men had an ongoing dispute, but further details were not known. Complete article

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

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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

PD: Man shot during alleged drug deal at Hartford Conn. Walmart 03/28/2016 (Update charged with murder)

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Police responded to Walmart in Hartford on Monday evening after a man was shot in the abdomen.

The shooting happened at the Walmart located on Flatbush Avenue after 6 p.m.

Police said a drug deal lead to the shooting.

One man was allegedly trying to buy marijuana from another, but after a dispute, both men pulled out weapons and fired. Complete article

Suspect in Shooting Outside Hartford Conn. Walmart Charged With Murder 03/29/2016

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

Police evacuate Rexburg Idaho Walmart after man with a machete and hammer begins shouting threats 03/30/2016

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Rexburg Police Department have evacuated the Rexburg Walmart after a man entered the store and began to shout threats.

Captain Randy Lewis says the man is in his mid 20's and was carrying a machete and hammer, which he picked up in store.

Police tell Local News 8 that they have cleared the store and made contact with the man but he isn't responding to them. Captain Lewis says the man is apparently yelling at stores shelves.

Update 2:30 p.m: The suspect of the incident at the Rexburg Walmart is now in custody. We've also added video of the suspect yelling inside the store. Complete article

Update: Suspect in Walmart incident being treated for mental health issue 03/31/2016

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

Fla. Walmart worker wrestles purse from snatcher 03/31/2016

MANATEE COUNTY - A Walmart worker chased down a purse snatcher on Thursday afternoon.

A man in his early 20s grabbed a woman from behind in the parking lot of the Walmart in the 6200 block of State Road 64 as she was walking toward the front door. The man ran through the parking lot.

Deputies say a Walmart employee chased the man, wrestled the purse away from him and returned it to the woman. Complete article

Walmart’s first-ever revenue drop: End of an era? 03/31/2016

For the first time, giant retailer’s revenues shrank from the year before
Its shares have fallen below retail competitors and the broader market
Has the company reached its growth limit?

Not every milestone is worth celebrating.

For the first time ever – or at least since the company went public some 45 years ago – Walmart's revenues shrank from the year before, according to its annual financial filing released Wednesday.

Walmart is clearly having trouble adapting its gigantic stores to the Internet age. To be sure, it is a retail juggernaut that brings in half a trillion dollars (that’s right, trillion) in sales every year. And with more than 11,500 stores in 28 countries,there’s no way it will disappear anytime soon.

Still, Walmart might have just hit its growth limit. Complete article

Woman shot near Beach Boulevard Jacksonville Fla. Walmart 03/30/2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police say they are looking for suspects after a woman was hit by gunfire,near the Walmart store, not far from the intersection of Beach and Southside Boulevard.

The shooting happened Thursday evening as a group of people were walking along Beach Boulevard on the sidewalk, according to investigators at the scene.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office believes a car with at least one gunman inside approached the group and started firing. Complete article

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