Monday, May 2, 2016
Wal-Mart Crime report April 2016
Who ever makes shirts for Walmart doesn't seem to have any idea What the states they're putting on them look like and even though the people that stock the shelves probably do; they put ones with a picture of Massachusetts claiming they were Maryland.
We used to talk about enormous amounts of things like this happen in the Soviet Union because all the decisions were made in a far away government office by people who didn't know what was going on. Critical thinking at the most basic level has been eliminated form the oligarchy system.
There were at least eight shooting incidents at Walmart this month including three officer involved shootings. The police killed at least two people and wounded another and two of the police were wounded by one of the people they killed. A loss prevention officer was killed by a shoplifter when he attempted to stop him in one of these incidents.
There were also a large number of assaults at knife point this month; most of them were just threats during shoplifting incidents but at least two resulted in a stabbing, and another was a threat to a customer who was forced to buy a homeless man a meal at knife-point. At least five additional deaths happened at Walmart including a shoplifter that dies in an emergency room, two accident killing a worker and an elderly woman, and the other two were suspicious for other reasons. Another elderly women was just knocked over while a shoplifter was trying to get away; and a three year old was hurt much worse but survived after being run over.
A lawsuit was filed over a previous incident where a customer who bought a tomato was beaten and accused of stealing it, by an off-duty police officer working as a loss-prevention officer. Another police officer was accused of stealing make-up from Walmart.
Walmart has been involved in their share of scandals including labor disputes again. The Supreme Court has ruled against them in a class-action suit; a man they fired for disputed reasons is getting enormous support from the community because some people think it was for friendly hugging of customers when serving them. And they had another recall of salads.
Once again Walmart ranks last among favorite grocery stores. This clearly isn't supposed to happen in the "free market economy" where the best stores are supposed to prosper because they serve their customers well and attract more. However thanks to political subsidies and other advantages from powerful corporations including the consolidated media we only have "free market economy" in name only since connection enable incompetent corporations to get large market share and take their customers for granted, which is why they have so many problems with complaints and crime.
Even though Walmart and their political and media allies do little or nothing to report on and prevent the root causes of crime, when people are caught at petty theft they face increasingly stiff penalties including one person getting 12 years for petty theft. There's no accountability for outsourcing jobs eliminating opportunities for people and depriving them of a fair wage but when they speak out of get caught at petty crimes they get the book thrown at them. Even if these steep offenses are for repeat offenders it could be reduced dramatically by creating a functioning economic system.
They had at least two car chases by police including one where they were attacked first and another where it was over a few stolen stakes but it resulted an over a hundred mile chase through two counties and throwing the stolen stakes at the cruiser.
Another crash took place when a women intentionally drove into Walmart with her car because 'God told her to do it.' She went on to say that the Rapture was coming.
It was on the day that Hillary Clinton won four out of five eastern states including Pennsylvania and Maryland enabling the media to claim, once again, that she has the nomination locked up even though many of her victories involved voter suppression and she still doesn't have the delegates she need.
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. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in April 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.
Myrtle Beach SC police: Man takes picture up woman’s skirt at Wal-Mart 04/01/2016
Police blotter: Woman flees Montana Walmart with allegedly stolen cosmetics; April Fools' arrest for public urination 04/0/2016
Professor Accuses Montana Walmart Worker of Racial Bias 04/01/2016
Cops in Beavercreek Ohio Wal-Mart shooting lawsuit want 2nd deposition delay 04/02/2016
Man gets nine years in prison for shooting Utah Wal-Mart shopper in October 2015 04/02/2016
Shooting victim found at Miami Twp. Ohio Walmart 04/03/2016
Woman catches man taking up skirt photo at Myrtle Beach SC Walmart 04/03/2016
Man arrested after report of ND Walmart robbery 04/03/2016
Bomb squad detonates suspicious package at Louisiana Opelousas Walmart; candy found inside 04/03/2016
Motorcyclist killed outside Colonial Heights Va. Walmart 04/04/2016
Bronx duo arrested after using fake credit cards at NJ Walmart: police 04/04/2016
Middle River man charged with robbery after ND Walmart reported him shoplifting 04/04/2016
Oklahoma City police searching for man accused of pulling knife on Walmart security guard 04/05/2016
Florida Power & Light rate hikes questioned by Wal-Mart, industrial users 04/05/2016
Social media profile helps foil alleged thief at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 04/05/2016
Walmart computer thieves sought by Fort Wayne Ind. Police 04/05/2016
Police: Multiple People Sought in iPod Thefts at Iowa Wal-Mart 04/05/2016
Walmart Will Sell Completely Cage-Free Eggs by 2025 04/05/2016
Portage Wisc. panel votes to deny Walmart's liquor license request 04/05/2016
Body found in Gardendale Alabama Wal-Mart parking lot 04/05/2016
2 men found dead in 2 days outside Gardendale Alabama Walmart not victims of foul play 04/06/2016
Body Found in Parking Lot of Fruitland Md. Walmart 04/06/2016
Federal judge sides with Wal-Mart in firing suit 04/06/2016
Judge: Probable cause to prosecute 911 caller in Beavercreek Ohio Walmart shooting 04/06/2016
Woman arrested for leaving kids unattended in car outside Hot Springs Arkansas Wal-Mart 04/06/2016
Billings Montana Police apprehend Walmart shoplifter after brief chase 04/06/2016
Chilling video shows man luring girl from Florida Walmart before she was raped, killed 04/05/2016
Attempted robbery reported at A.L. Minn. Walmart 04/07/2016
Fulton Man Arrested For Larceny From NY WalMart 04/07/2016
Eastgate Ohio Walmart evacuated for bomb threat 04/07/2016
Wal-Mart settles lawsuit over firing of workers in Utah 04/08/2016
Quincy Ill. Police respond to subject with gun at Wal-Mart; turns out to be pellet gun 04/08/2016
Ohio Walmart bomb threat leads to robbery charges 04/08/2016
UPDATE: Grass Fire Near Jerome Idaho Wal-Mart Badly Damages Key Railroad Bridge 04/08/2016
Baton Rouge La. woman arrested, hoped someone would find, raise child she left at store while she went to have sex 04/08/2016
Car ignites after crash cuts power to Pine Island Fla. Walmart 04/08/2016
Conn. Walmart evacuated following electrical outage shortage 04/09/2016
Walmart in Greensboro robbed at gunpoint, three suspects apprehended 04/10/2016
Bomb Threat Shuts Down Clanton Alabama Walmart 04/11/2016
Fulton Woman arrested for NY WalMart theft 04/11/2016 Subsequent to investigation, Samantha P. Vescio, 20, of Fulton stands accused of failing to scan several items and render payment while utilizing the self check out lane.
Two women arrested in separate incidents at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 04/11/2016
Man arrested after indecent exposure incident at West Amarillo Walmart 04/11/2016
Man Headed to Prison for Exposing Himself to Woman at ND Walmart 04/11/2016
Bank robbed inside Birmingham Alabama Wal-Mart 04/11/2016
Police: Tip from citizen prevents crime at NC Walmart 04/12/2016
Police: Kissimmee man filmed up Mount Dora Fla. Wal-Mart shoppers' skirt 04/12/2016
Buffalo man sentenced for public lewdness at NY Walmart parking lot 04/12/2016
Man arrested after stealing weed eater from Tx. Walmart 04/12/2016
Men charged with leaving 10-year-old unattended at Teterboro NJ Walmart avoid trial 04/1/2016
Former Cheyenne Wy. Walmart employee charged with stealing $97,000+ 04/12/2016
Families sue Missouri Wal-Mart, others for selling guns used in Jewish facility murders 04/12/2016
Police looking for Ohio Walmart TV thief Man put TV on head, walked out of store 04/13/2016
5-finger Disney discount, baggie of cocaine among incidents at Tx. Walmart 04/13/2016
Kingsport Tenn. Police Department: Man who exposed himself to women in Walmart parking lot identified, arrested 04/13/2016
Puerto Rico's Attempt To Hike Taxes On Walmart Backfires, Provides Feds Ammo 04/13/2016
Cops in Beavercreek Ohio Wal-Mart shooting suit granted 2nd deposition delay 04/14/2016
Investigation underway after man found in retention pond on Walmart property in Wentzville Missouri 04/14/2016
2 arrested after armed robbery at Nebraska Walmart Grocery 04/14/2016
Deputies: Woman groped in Walmart parking lot in Greenville SC 04/14/2016
Police Investigating Employee Thefts at North Bismarck ND Walmart 04/1/2016
Woman Wearing “World’s Best Nana Ever” Shirt Wanted In Evans Ga. Walmart Theft 04/14/2016
2 men allegedly walk out of Tx. Walmart with $300 in merchandise 04/15/2016
Police seek to ID Ohio Walmart thief who had child help 04/15/2016
Eleva man charged with theft after attacking Lake Hallie Wisc. Walmart employee 04/15/2016
2 wanted for questioning in connection with Wake Forest NC Walmart fraud 04/15/2016
Boy says man recorded him in South Carolina Walmart 04/17/2016
Police: Man getting vehicle serviced at Pa. Walmart allegedly stole laptop 04/18/2016
Couple robbed, kidnapped in Mooresville NC Walmart, police say 04/18/2016
Anonymous tip leads to arrest of Shell Point man at Beaufort SC WalMart 04/18/2016
Woman allegedly steals car at Augusta Me. Wal-Mart, ditches it at Hollywood Casino 04/18/2016
Police: Man arrested at Fairfax Ohio Walmart for fondling himself 04/1/2016
Fla. Wal-Mart workers accused of theft 04/19/2016
Oswego NY Woman Charged in WalMart Theft 04/19/2016
Portsmouth NH police ID Walmart purse snatching suspects 04/19/2016
Chowan man charged with stealing generator from NC Walmart 04/19/2016
WANTED: Man accused of stealing electronics from Amarillo Tx.-area Walmarts 04/19/2016
E-Cigarette May Have Sparked Car Fire at Suburban Ill. Walmart: Fire Officials 04/19/2016
Bank robbed inside Birmingham Alabama Wal-Mart 04/20/2016
1 arrested in robbery of Walmart in Butler Twp. Ohio 04/20/2016
13 News investigates - local tweets slamming WV Walmart come from questionable sources 04/20/2016 The tweets late Monday that were sent out by unnamed Huntington union member firefighters tweeted among other things, that the Walmart on Route 60 refused to pay city taxes while using city resources. We found that Walmart is not in the city limits, so it owes no city taxes. The Huntington Fire Department does respond there as a secondary source under mutual aid agreements.
Who Earns $149,000 In Walmart? 04/20/2016 Walmart has a reputation for paying very little money to its low-skill floor employees. But it pays big money to recruit and retain talent for its eCommerce division, where starting salaries can be as high as $149,000 a year, according to a recent Glassdoor survey. That places Walmart in the list
U.K. Asda Walmart evacuated after unattended bag sparks security scare 04/20/2016
Windham Conn. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 04/21/2016
Suspicious device leads to evacuation of Wichita Kansas WalMart 04/21/2016 The Wichita Bomb Squad was called and determined there wasn't a threat.
Robber swiped charity collection box at Walmart, Zebulon NC police charge 04/21/2016 A Wake County man threatened a Walmart clerk with a knife early Thursday and stole a Children's Miracle Network collection box and a pack of cigarettes, Zebulon police charged.
Derby Conn. Walmart robber caught on camera 04/21/2016
Man Pulled Knife on Arkansas Walmart Personnel During Theft, Police Say 04/21/2016
Man uses cellphone to take picture underneath a woman's skirt at Ariz. Walmart 04/21/2016
Suspected heroin traffickers busted in NC Wal-Mart parking lot 04/22/2016
Hayden Idaho Walmart burglary leads to multiple arrests 04/22/2016
Man caught on camera stealing jewelry from Dalton Ga. Walmart 04/22/2016
After phone threat, Airport Road NC WalMart briefly evacuated 04/22/2016
Pa. State police look for suspected Walmart shoplifter 04/24/2016
Ind. Wal-Mart evacuates store twice following bomb threats 04/24/2016
Man charged with arson in fire at Armstrong County Pa. Walmart 04/26/2016
Proposed Wal-Mart in Westbrook Me. faces local opposition 04/25/2016
Gleeful Kansas Wal-Mart shoplifters caught on camera 04/26/2016
Bradley man accused of Me. Wal-Mart robbery 04/26/2016 also allegedly threatened loss prevention staff with a knife
Police: Man in Normandy Fla. Walmart looks up shopper's skirt, touches leg 04/25/2016
Bomb squad investigates suspicious item in Ca. Walmart parking lot 04/25/2016
Woman shoved at Ohio Walmart by shoplifting suspect speaks out 04/25/2016
Police: Woman stole nearly $700 in Pa. Walmart merchandise 04/25/2016
Mixed verdict in alleged Gwinnett Ga. Walmart attack 04/26/2016
2 accused of faking shooting call at Athens Alabama Walmart to avoid speeding tickets 04/26/2016
NY Walmart assaulter picked up on outstanding warrant 04/26/2016
Woman reports man harassed her at Arkansas Walmart 04/27/2016
Repeat offender arrested after being caught on Fla. Wal-Mart’s video surveillance 04/27/2016
Man attempts to return unpurchased items at Tx. Walmart, jailed on five offenses 04/27/2016
Man admits to felony in Lockport NY Walmart thefts 04/27/2016
Wal-Mart Shoppers Hold An Impromptu Debate...And It's All Caught On Video 04/28/2016 VideoIt's a Presidential election year, which means that debates about the issues affecting the country is at an all-time high…even in the checkout lines at Wal-Mart. In a heated, profanity-based, but non-violent exchange, a woman in line behind a man using food stamps for his purchases goes off on how people
NC Wal-Mart larceny suspect sought by law enforcement 04/27/2016
Police search for woman in Vermont Wal-Mart fraud case 04/27/2016
Police identify suspect in Ga. Walmart hijacking 04/27/2016
Nitro WV Police Investigating Walmart Breaking and Entering 04/27/2016
Ex-ND Walmart worker gets little discount on jail time 04/28/2016 A former Walmart employee was sentenced to two years of supervised probation Tuesday for stealing a woman's credit card last year and making unauthorized purchases at McDonald's and Walmart in Minot, according to court records.
Fulton Woman Charged In NY WalMart Larceny 04/28/2016
Man sought in NC Wal-Mart larceny 04/28/2016
Arlington Tx. Wal-Mart Evacuated Over 'Suspicious Activity' 04/29/2016
'Good forgeries' of $20 bills don't get past Fla. Walmart cashier 04/28/2016
Greenwood couple charged with using fake money at Skowhegan, Me., Mexico Wal-Marts 04/28/2016
Police: All-clear given after bomb threat at St. Marys Ga. Walmart 04/29/2016
11-Year-Old Arrested Following Uniontown Pa. Walmart Bomb Threat 04/29/2016 The unidentified juvenile has been arrested and charged with making terroristic threats, threat to use weapons of mass destruction and disorderly conduct through Fayette County Juvenile Court.
Identity of motorcycle passenger who died near Lexington SC Walmart identified 04/29/2016
Man accused of using cell phone to look up woman’s skirt at NC Wal-Mart 04/30/2016
Police searching for Arkansas Walmart thieves 04/30/2016
Police: South Jersey Walmart cashiers stole thousands 06/01/2016
Sheriff's Officials identify Fla. Walmart Pharmacy robbery suspect 05/02/2016