Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Wal-Mart Crime report May 2016

It seems to be too much to hope for that Walmart would go a full month without any shootings and they didn't but they seem to have come as close this month as they have in a long time with only a handful of high profile shootings; however they still had at least one officer involved shooting of someone waving a gun. He was only injured and taken into custody. There was at least one death for an unrelated event and an evacuation as a result of panic caused by an attempted robbery.

They seem to have had their share of carjackings or attempted kidnappings, though; there were at least three of them. They also had at least a couple of car chases and in addition to the usual number of bomb threats they found explosives at one Walmart, which is unusual; most of the bomb threats are bluffs; and they arrested a suspect in one of the few bombs that actually went off at Walmart about nine years ago. There were at least two police departments that reported their high crime problems in the media. these reports are rare, although the high crime problems seem to be well known by police departments; but when one department come out with public reports it isn't uncommon for at least one other to report similar incidents in their area.

They had a high number of recalls at Walmart this month, including of frozen vegetables, snack bars and rice that may have carried Listeria which has been breaking out repeatedly over the past few years; electric kettles, and pacifiers that might cause a choking hazard.

They also had several problems with bathroom complaints including at least one one that is about someone who was mistakenly considered a transsexual and a father that brought a little girl into the mens room and angered someone who didn't like it. Walmart was asked repeatedly for a policy about how to handle this but refused to provide one. They don't often encourage reasonable discretion; instead setting policies that are made in the corporate office by people unaware of how they're often implemented.

Another report has exposed labor abuses indicating that little has changed since the collapse of a couple of the sweatshops they buy from killed hundreds a couple of years ago; this shouldn't be surprising since the entire political system is constantly trying to sweep these incidents back under the rug every time they get reported. One of their suppliers is involved in another lawsuit and one of their milk plants is getting more tax payer subsidies with little informed scrutiny from the public. They have more prepaid cards that don't work and skimmers have been turning up at many of their registers gathering customer information from any one that uses their cards at them.

Just because shootings are down, for now anyway, doesn't mean that other crimes are down, including petty thefts that result in knifes or tasers being pulled out or even used; and an assault on a police officer by a drunken customer that refused to leave.

They also had an incident where a women arbitrarily seems to have attacked five or six people starting with a six year old whose tooth she knocked out. There must be more to this story like many others but preliminary media reports are rarely complete and they practically never try to understand and prevent long term causes to their high crime problems.

Due to budget cuts, bureaucracy or confusion they even sent a wounded man to Walmart instead of the emergency room on one occasion. I hope there's more to that story as well.

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 May 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.

Brush fire burning near Walmart in Stuart Fla. 05/02/2016

Walmart in South Milwaukee Wisc. Robbed 05/02/2016

SLED: Crews on scene of deputy-involved shooting near Upstate SC Walmart 05/02/2016

TAYLORS, S.C. (WYFF) — The Greenville County Sheriff's Office released more information after multiple crews responded to a deputy-involved shooting in Taylors Monday night.

Sgt. Jennings Autrey, with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, said just before 7:30 p.m. Monday, deputies received a call about a person waving around a gun near the intersection of East Warehouse Court and Artillery Road. The initial responding deputy found the armed person on Tappan Drive near Wade Hampton Boulevard, Autrey said.

After making contact with the armed person, the deputy requested emergency assistance and a backup deputy responded, Autrey said. When the second deputy arrived, the armed person began walking towards the deputy, according to Autrey. The deputy repeatedly told the person to get to the ground, and they refused, according to Autrey. Fearing for his life, the backup deputy fired at the subject and struck him at least once, Autrey said. Complete article

Fulton Man Charged In NY WalMart Larceny 05/02/2016

Wilmington NC Walmart back open after bomb threat 05/02/2016

Company Expands Initial Frozen Vegetable Recall To Include Walmart Brand 05/3/2016

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After an initial recall of 15 frozen vegetable brands, CFR Frozen Foods of Pasco, WA is expanding their recall to include all “frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables” labeled under 42 different brand names, including Walmart’s Great Value brand.

“As a precaution, CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is expanding its voluntary recall of frozen organic and traditional fruits and vegetables. We are performing this voluntary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes,” the company announced via the U.S Food And Drug Administration’s website. Complete article

Listeria outbreak affects Costco, Wal-Mart products 05/03/2016

Walmart Is Recalling Over 1 Million Electric Kettles 05/03/2016

Appliances pose a risk of electric shock and burns.

Walmart is recalling about 1.2 million electric kettle sold at its stores and online.

The product, Rival Brand Water Kettle, is being removed from stores because of electric and shock hazards. There have been 80 reports of incidents due to the kettle, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), including seven burns. Complete article

VIRAL: Woman confronts man for using food stamps at Walmart 05/03/2016

Assault outside ND Walmart leads to five arrests 05/03/2016

Crowning fire stopped near Wal-Mart in Park Rapids Minn. 05/03/2016

Pair wanted in gunpoint robbery now wanted for stealing $500 worth of movies from Pa. WalMart 05/03/2016

Smoke Visible After Vehicle Catches Fire By Colorado Walmart 05/04/2016

Deputies: SC Walmart Employee Punched Trying to Stop Shoplifters 05/04/2016

Genevan threatens to blow up NY Walmart 05/04/2016 Ontario County sheriff’s deputies arrested a city resident Tuesday after he allegedly threatened to blow up Walmart because they no longer carry Walkmans.

Elderly woman's purse stolen at Pa. Wal-Mart 05/04/2016

Kingsport Tenn. Police search for man who took car from Walmart parking lot 05/04/2016

Duo Arrested for Selling Drugs at Ky. Walmart 05/05/2016

Suspicious buckets cause Columbus Ohio Walmart bomb scare 05/05/2016

Bomb threat evacuates Shrewsbury Pa. Walmart: police 05/05/2016

Video shows couple using homemade credit cards at Titusville Fla. Walmart 05/0/2016

Police search for Yorktown Va. Walmart shoplifting suspects 05/05/2016

Police charge Hickory NC woman with stealing toiletries from Wal-Mart 05/06/2016

Listeria concerns prompt recall of Meijer, Wal-Mart and Spartan snack bars 05/06/2016

OAK BROOK, ILL – An Illinois food manufacturer is recalling 100 snack products distributed nationwide to retailers such as Wal-Mart, Meijer and SpartanNash.

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. says the voluntary recalled products could have sunflower seeds contaminated with Listeria, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

So far, no illnesses have been reported. Complete article

Munchkin Latch pacifiers and clips recalled for choking hazard Sold at stores including Babies R Us, Target, Walmart, Amazon 05/06/2016

PITTSBURGH —Pacifiers that were sold throughout the U.S. at several large retail stores and online are being recalled because of a possible choking danger for young children. (Mobile users: Scroll down for full description.)

The recall involves Munchkin's Latch lightweight pacifiers and clips that were sold as a set at Babies R Us, Target, Walmart, Amazon, and other baby boutique and discount stores nationwide from March 2014 through March 2016.

No injuries have been reported, but the Consumer Product Safety Commission said the clip cover can detach from the pacifier's clip and pose a choking hazard. Complete article

Drug bust in Grand Forks ND Wal-Mart parking lot nets felony charges 05/06/2016

90-Year-Old Man Reported Missing From Rosemead Ca. Walmart Found 05/08/2016

Police looking for SUV involved in hit-and-run crash at Mich. Wal-Mart 05/07/2016

Everything not awesome after Legos theft at Greece NY Walmart 05/08/2016

Officers respond to D'Iberville Mississippi Walmart; false alarm confirmed 05/08/2016

Attempted Robberies Occur at Target and Wal-Mart in West Milwaukee Wisc. 05/08/2016

2 men arrested for trying to steal TVs at Iowa Walmart 05/09/2016

Police search for suspect accused of using stolen card at Ga. Wal-Mart 05/09/2016

Walmart on Paseo de Montejo Mexico evacuated after bomb threat 05/09/2016

Ind. Walmart suspends donations to homeless mission following WTHR investigation 05/09/2016

Police Blotter: Woman arrested in ND Wal-Mart bathroom for huffing and 2 additional incidents 05/09/2016

Woman reportedly rolls back prices by $300 at Tx. Walmart 05/10/2016

Woman accused of assaulting police officer after chase through Mississippi Walmart 05/10/2016

Quincy man arrested for Ill. Walmart theft and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 05/10/2016

Two Teenagers Attempted a Car-jacking at the Walmart in Brown Deer Wisc. 05/10/2016

Wal-Mart sues Visa over debit card authentication requirements 05/10/2016

Who pays for store security at Walmarts across Tampa Bay Fla.? Taxpayers do 05/11/2016

By ZACHARY T. SAMPSON, LAURA C. MOREL, and ELI MURRAY Design and graphics (see original article below) by MARTIN FROBISHER and ELI MURRAY Times Staff

Police come to shoo away panhandlers, referee parking disputes and check on foul-mouthed teenagers.

They are called to arrest the man who drinks a 98-cent iced tea without paying and capture the customer who joyrides on a motorized shopping cart.

The calls eat up hours of officers’ time. They all start at one place:


Law enforcement logged nearly 16,800 calls in one year to Walmarts in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis. That’s two calls an hour, every hour, every day.

Local Walmarts, on average, generated four times as many calls as nearby Targets, the Times found. Many individual supercenters attracted more calls than the much larger WestShore Plaza mall.

When it comes to calling the cops, Walmart is such an outlier compared with its competitors that experts criticized the corporate giant for shifting too much of its security burden onto taxpayers. Several local law enforcement officers also emphasized that all the hours spent at Walmart cut into how often they can patrol other neighborhoods and prevent other crimes.

“They’re a huge problem in terms of the amount of time that’s spent there,” said Tampa police Officer James Smith, who specializes in retail crime. “We are, as a department, at the mercy of what they want to do.” Complete article

Bay area leaders want answers from Walmart 05/18/2016

Oklahoma Among First Three States To Launch 'Walmart Pay' 05/11/2016

Police chase begins at Missouri Wal-Mart parking lot 05/11/2016

FLORISSANT -- A car connected with several robberies and stolen itself was found in the Florissant Wal-Mart's parking lot early Wednesday morning.

When police attempted to pull over the wanted Chrysler 300, the driver of the car evaded police, crashing into an unmarked police vehicle in an attempt to flee. A chase began near the intersection of Lindbergh and New Halls Ferry Road.

The Chrysler 300 eventually crashed into another vehicle near Lindbergh and Manresa. The occupants of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. Two suspects fled the wanted car. One was apprehended, but the other is still at large. Complete article

Man arrested pushing shopping cart with $1,493 in stolen merchandise from Fla. Wal-Mart 05/11/2016

Okla. Walmart employee case dismissed again 05/12/2016

Police searching for women who allegedly stole $40,000 in gift cards from Okla. Walmart 05/12/2016

Police: Baby left in car at Wisc. Walmart 05/1/2016

Cuyahoga Falls man guilty in pistol-whipping, robbery at Stow Ohio Walmart 05/12/2016

3 Ga. Walmarts evacuated after bomb threats 05/12/2016

Police: Man asked child to ‘take her pants down’ at Fowlerville Mich. Wal-Mart 05/12/2016

Police called to Altoona Iowa Walmart 776 times in one year 05/12/2016

ALTOONA, Iowa —A new report shows one Altoona business was responsible for nearly 800 police trips last year.

The Altoona Walmart off 8th Street Southwest made 776 calls to police, making it a top spot for police trips in 2015.

Of those, 209 calls were theft cases, and 185 of the calls resulted in arrest.

"I think anytime we have a higher volume of calls, it is surprising to us,” said Brett Handy, a detective with the Altoona Police Department. “Could be traffic, could be accidents, could be really anything that’s in the surrounding areas (and) not just inside the store.” Complete article

NEW INFORMATION: No charges will be filed against officer involved in fatal Lake Hallie Walmart shooting of woman with a hatchet 05/12/2016

Garden City Idaho police arrest suspect in Wal-Mart theft, battery case 05/13/2016

Woman allegedly attempted to steal DVDs from Pa. Wal-Mart 05/13/2016

Man arraigned for Mich. Wal-Mart incident with child 05/13/2016

Wal-Mart shareholder suit over bribery allegations dismissed 05/13/2016

Bristol Tenn. police search for Walmart theft suspects 05/13/2016

Ill. Wal-Mart employees rush to aid woman attacked in Joliet store's parking lot 05/13/2016

75-year-old man stops purse-snatcher at Columbus Ind. Walmart 05/13/2016

Bristol woman charged with theft at Johnson City, Tenn., Walmart 05/14/2016

‘All clear’ given at Miami Twp. Ohio Walmart following bomb threat 05/15/2016

Police look for woman who stole purse from Wisc. Walmart 05/15/2016

Bomb threat reported at Jonesboro Arkansas Walmart 05/15/2016

UPDATE: Explosives at Blackfoot Idaho Walmart 05/16/2016

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The parking lot at the Walmart in Blackfoot is now open. Earlier, the Idaho Falls Bomb Squad and Blackfoot police set up a perimeter after finding small explosives in a car. The bomb squad has removed those explosives from the area to examine them.

Police have a suspect but haven't interviewed him yet so they don't know the suspect's intentions. Charges are still pending.

The parking lot is clear now after being closed for hours. Some customers not allowed to leave.

Some cars and trucks made their own exit by going over a rock landscape.

"They are small enough that it wouldn't cause a big explosion or anything like that," said Lt. Paul Newbold."We have probably a 500 yard by 300 yard safety zone." Complete article

Police: Intoxicated duo causing scene at Tx. Walmart arrested 05/16/2016

Man Charged in Hamden Conn. Wal-Mart Robbery 05/16/2016

Woman already on probation arrested at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 05/16/2016

Corporon suit against Missouri Wal-Mart for selling gun to killer becomes federal matter 05/16/2016

Connecticut woman says she was harassed in Walmart bathroom after customer mistook her as transgender 05/16/2016

Even cisgender people aren’t safe from the transphobic mania over bathrooms.

A Connecticut woman, who sports a pixie haircut, says she was harassed in a Walmart restroom by a woman who apparently mistook her as transgender.

After posting a Facebook video about the incident, Aimee Toms said she’s been threatened by internet trolls and called a “lesbian” and “whore.”

“People have irrational fears, I'd like for them to know this simply isn't something to be so angry about,” Toms, 22, told the Daily News. Complete article

Police: Hartford man caught shoplifting at Hamden Conn. Walmart 05/16/2016

Oswego Man Arrested in NY WalMart Larceny 05/17/2016

Frequent felonious trips to NC Walmart land Salisbury man in prison for four years 05/17/2016

Suspect accused of exposing himself to girls in Pa. Wal-Mart 05/17/2016

Emergency officials send wounded man to Okla. Walmart 05/17/2016

Police are investigating after a man was shot in the rear near a south Tulsa Walmart.

Officers arrived at the scene near 71st and Memorial after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

They said the man was on his way to Saint Francis for treatment when emergency officials actually told him to go to the Walmart so nearby EMSA crews could check out his wound and officers and police can start their investigation.

Officers said the man had buckshot lodged in his rear, and the wounds were deemed too serious to be treated in the Walmart parking lot. Complete article

Myrtle Beach SC police searching for man who tried to kidnap woman from Wal-Mart 05/17/2016

Myrtle Beach police are asking for the public’s help identifying and locating a man who attempted to kidnap a woman from Wal-Mart.

A woman told police she was sitting in her car during her lunch break on Saturday around 11 p.m. when the suspect walked up to her car and asked for money, according to a police report. The 46-year-old victim was in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at 541 Seaboard St.

The victim got out of her car and told the suspect she did not have money, but offered him her lunch and a bottle of water because he said he was hungry.

The suspect told the victim he had a gun in his pocket, though he didn’t present the gun at any time, police said. Complete article

Woman caught on camera wanted in theft at Opelika Ga. Wal-Mart 05/18/2016

Lynn Haven Police searching for Fla. Walmart theft suspect 05/18/2016

New Mexico man charged with lewdness at Walmart in Teterboro NJ 05/18/2016

Woman dragged trying to get back stolen purse at Kansas Wal-Mart 05/18/2016

PD: Shoplifting suspect slashes throat after theft at Manchester Conn. Walmart 05/18/2016

Trio accused of using fake credit cards at Sarasota Fla. Walmart 05/18/2016

Walmart's Jeff Fleming Elected Chairman of ATA's 40U40 Council 05/18/2016

Jeff Fleming was named chairman of the Arkansas Trucking Association’s 40 Under 40 Council at the organization’s annual conference Wednesday at the Little Rock Marrriott.

Fleming, 39, is a senior manager of transportation for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and had been the vice chairman. He replaces Al Heringer IV, the vice president of Star Transportation LLC of Jonesboro, who turned 40 this past year. Complete article

Woman struck by car at Missouri Walmart 05/18/2016

Man allegedly steals pregnancy tests from ND Walmart after being hired 05/18/2016

SC Wal-Mart shoplifter who led 10-mile police chase in November sentenced 05/18/2016

A Wal-Mart shoplifter who was shot by police before leading officers on a car chase through the Myrtle Beach area was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in jail.

Laquandra Borden, 26, of Sumter, pleaded guilty to numerous charges in Circuit Court including first-degree assault and battery, shoplifting, and hit and run, according to a statement from Jimmy Richardson, solicitor for Horry and Georgetown counties.

The November incident occurred when a police officer tried to prevent Borden from fleeing the Wal-Mart at U.S. 17 Bypass and S.C. 544 in her car after the store reported her as a shoplifter.

The officer got trapped in the door as Borden tried to speed away. Fearing for the officer’s safety, a second police officer shot Borden in the arm. Complete article

Customers say Walmart-brand prepaid debit cards aren't working, cutting off access to funds 05/18/2016

For the last three days, users of Walmart-brand prepaid debit cards say they've been unable to withdraw cash from ATMs, check their account balances or make purchases, leaving them cut off from their money.

Customers say the problems started early Monday and still hadn't been fixed as of Wednesday afternoon. Though it's not clear how widespread the problems are, the complaints are reminiscent of an outage at prepaid firm RushCard that last year left thousands of customers in the lurch.

Green Dot Corp., the Pasadena company that issues Walmart's MoneyCard prepaid debit cards, said a technical problem is preventing customers from being able to check their balances online or over the phone, an issue that should be fixed by Wednesday night. Complete article

Montana Wal-Marts included in food recall of chicken fried rice 05/18/2016

Thirteen Montana Wal-Marts, including in Missoula, Polson and Kalispell, have been included in a national food recall of chicken fried rice.

The Wal-Marts, along with Safeways in Helena and Whitefish, have been identified in a recall of 114,870 pounds of An-Joy Chicken Fried Rice. The rice, sold in takeout-shaped containers, is a partially cooked product suspected of containing Listeria, a bacteria mostly found in raw foods.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-31993” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Listeria infection kills about 300 people annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Complete article

Pa. Walmart evacuated over bomb threat note 05/17/2016

Man charged in multiple bomb threats to Atlanta Ga.-area Walmart stores 05/18/2016

Woman busted with 900+ bags of heroin outside Conn. Walmart 05/19/2016

Police: Credit card skimmer at Fort Wright Ky. Walmart self-checkout there for days 05/19/2016 Additional story about Ohio Skimmers.

FORT WRIGHT, Ky. —Fort Wright police are looking for two men who are accused of putting a credit card skimmer inside a Walmart store.

Police said the men put the skimmer on a self-checkout machine at the Fort Wright Walmart on May 11.

Walmart asset protection associates found the device on May 18, police said.

“To go inside a store like Walmart that has a lot of surveillance equipment and install a skimmer is pretty bold,” said Fort Wright Police Chief Dan Kreinest. Complete article

Skimmers discovered at 2 Hamilton County Ohio Walmarts 05/25/2016 Skimmers have been found in at least seven Ohio counties.

Mom, Little Boy Threatened By Knife-Wielding Carjacking Suspect At Greensburg Pa. Walmart 05/19/2016 After escape suspect fled into store where customers pursued him.

GREENSBURG (KDKA) — State police are investigating an attempted carjacking at knifepoint in the parking lot of a crowded store in Westmoreland County.

Christina Gootz says she’s very lucky after the frightening encounter Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of the Walmart in Greensburg.

“I had my 4-year-old son with me, which all I kept thinking is, ‘This man going to take me, take my son,’” Gootz said. “This world is so sick.” .....

“I went to the sporting goods section, grabbed a bat and flushed him out,” Regina said. “We and several other customers waited until police got there.” Complete article

Walmart Outperforms Estimates, but Online Retail Lags 05/19/2016

Wal-Mart Ind. milk plant gets $10.7 million tax breaks, ups job estimate 05/19/2016

Wal-Mart will save more than $10.7 million in property taxes over 10 years on its new $165 million mile processing plant thanks to Allen County Council -- a facility that will create substantially more jobs than originally announced.

When the 250,000-square-foot facility to be built at 2322 W. Pleasant Center Road was announced in March, officials said it would employ about 200 people. According to the application for an abatement approved Thursday by council, however, the plant will employ closer to 250, including about 100 truck drivers that could be employed by a third party. Complete article

Portage Mich. police arrest 2 men and a teen in counterfeit complaint at Walmart 05/20/2016

Man sentenced for assaulting trooper in Md. Wal-Mart bathroom 05/20/2016

Health district: Springfield Ohio Walmart bed bugs rumor false 05/20/2016

Aurora Missouri Walmart Evacuated Due to Bomb Threat 05/20/2016

Raymore Missouri Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 05/21/2016

Walmart says Visa endangers cardholders 05/21/2016

Child, 2, left in hot car while grandmother shops in Mich. Walmart, police say 05/21/2016

Police: Elk Grove Ca. Wal-Mart Evacuation Lifted, ‘Nothing Suspicious’ Found 05/21/2016

Richland Mississippi Wal-Mart back open after false bomb threat 05/22/2016

Round Lake Beach Ill. officer injured pursuing alleged Walmart shoplifter 05/21/2016

D.C. Mayor Bowser won’t get a chance to confront Walmart at retail conference 05/23/2016

Suspected wig thief also wanted for stealing from Pa. Wal-Mart 05/23/2016

Child, 2, left in hot car while grandmother shops in Mich. Walmart, police say 05/23/2016

Man wanted after attempted bank robbery in South Reno Nevada Wal-Mart 05/23/2016

Father Found Dead in North Little Rock Ark. Walmart Parking Lot 05/23/2016

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A central Arkansas father was found dead after a shooting on Monday morning in a North Little Rock Walmart parking lot.

"This has got to stop," said North Little Rock resident Connie Combs-Smith.

"I was praying not to see crime tape, just to say a prayer as I go on the parking lot and in the store because this is our store," said Combs-Smith as she drove into the parking lot Monday afternoon.

Just before 3:30 a.m., North Little Rock Police were called to reports of a shooting. Complete article

Victim of fatal NLR shooting near Walmart identified 05/23/2016

Walmart employee pistol whipped during robbery in Spring- area Houston Tx. $30K stolen 05/23/2016

Women sought in NC Walmart larceny case 05/24/2016

Would-be thief tried to take $1.6K in merchandise from Pa. Wal-Mart 05/24/2016

Series of bomb threats against Lexington Ky. Wal-Mart stores 05/24/2016

Pa. State police trying to ID man who robbed a Walmart 05/25/2016

Florida man allegedly tries to make Wal-Mart purchase with fake money 05/25/2016

6 men charged in Va. Walmart shopper’s death 05/25/2016

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Stuart Cole was found dead inside his Fredericksburg apartment in December 2015.

He died of complication from seizures, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond recently determined.

Cole, 22, developed those seizures after he was beaten outside the Walmart in Fredericksburg's Central Park shopping center in August 2011. Complete article

Police: Woman steals makeup at Tx. Walmart, pulls butterfly knife on officer 05/25/2016

AUSTIN, Texas — A woman is facing charges after police say she stole makeup from a South Austin Walmart before threatening a security officer with a butterfly knife.

On May 23, investigators say 28-year-old Justina Espinoza concealed makeup in her purse at the Walmart near I-35 and Slaughter Lane. When a loss prevention officer spotted Espinoza, he confronted her in the parking lot. He says she pulled out a butterfly knife, and made a cutting motion towards him. Because he feared for his life, he backed off and Espinoza left with another man.

The man Espinoza left with had purchased an oil change before he left the Walmart store. Police were able to use his information to track him down at his mother's house, where Espinoza was sitting in the back yard. Police arrested her immediately and found the butterfly knife in her purse.

Walmart says she stole makeup and a phone charger valued at $27.27 Complete article

Palm Beach County Fla. Sheriff’s Office: Riviera woman bites Wal-Mart employee on arm while fleeing arrest 05/26/2016

Grandmother charged, allegedly left girl, 2, in hot car at Mich. Walmart 05/26/2016

Walmart refuses to state its transgender bathroom policy after repeated requests 05/26/2016

Walmart, the country's biggest retailer, is staying silent about its transgender bathroom policies.

The Arkansas-based corporation repeatedly refused to reveal its stance about transgender bathroom use for its shoppers and employees, despite requests by the Daily News every day for the past week.

Inquiries to Walmart's media relations team were first sent last Tuesday, after The News wrote about a Connecticut woman who said she was harassed in a Walmart bathroom after being mistaken as transgender. Her story earned national attention — but never earned a response from Walmart. Complete article

Man convicted again of stealing from Tenn. Walmart 05/26/2016

Woman accused of trying to exchange stolen Legos for gift card at Fla. Wal-Mart 05/26/2016

Father says he was attacked for taking daughter in Utah Walmart restroom 05/26/2016

CLINTON, Utah (KSL) – A trip to the men’s restroom at a Walmart quickly escalated into a full-fledged struggle when one man criticized another for bringing his 5-year-old daughter with him.

Christopher Adams said his 7-year-old son, Kyler, and 5-year-old daughter, Emery, both had to go when the family visited the store Sunday to buy blinds and storage bins, so he took them both inside the men’s restroom in the back of the store.

“This guy walks in and goes to the bathroom, the urinal,” Adams recalled Tuesday. “Then he just, like, turns to me and starts freaking out, dropping the ‘F-bomb,’ and what he was freaking out about was that my daughter was in the men’s bathroom.”

The father said he tried to usher his kids away from the man.

“When I turned back around, I got sucker-punched right here,” Adams said, pointing to his left eye, which still was bruised. Complete article

Fingerprint provides break in 2007 Sylva NC Walmart bombing 05/26/2016

WLOS — SYLVA - Investigators say a fingerprint taken from a shopping cart almost a decade ago led them to a man they now suspect of detonating a bomb in a Walmart.

No one was injured in the 2007 explosion, according to a complaint filed by an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Federal authorities arrested Larry Dean Bowlsby on May 24 in Missouri, according to a spokeswoman with the U.S. Attorney's office in North Carolina. Complete article

Man in bright orange shirt started a fire in Va. Walmart last month 05/26/2016

Woman's Purse Snatched in Broad Daylight in Arkansas Walmart Parking Lot 05/26/2016

Austin Tx. cops seek man they say took photos up woman’s skirt at Wal-Mart 05/27/2016

Attempted robbery evacuates Southington Conn. Walmart 05/27/2016

SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) - Shoppers and customers were evacuated from the Walmart in Southington following an attempted robbery on Friday morning.

Police said all employees of the Queen Street store were brought outside around 8 a.m. The store was also closed during the investigation.

Police said he walked right up to one of the registers with a bottle of iced tea. As the clerk attempted to ring him up, the suspect lifted his shirt and showed a handgun tucked in his waistband.

"She's walking out of the store and as she's walking out she hears a cashier say someone stop him," said Matthew Jedynak, whose wife and 4-year-old son saw the incident. "He's trying to rob us. He has a gun." Complete article

Man arrested in connection with stabbing near Ohio Walmart 05/28/2016

Va. Walmart shoplifting suspects may be linked to other thefts 05/28/2016

Bomb Threat at Utah Walmart Distribution Center 05/28/2016

Police: Man demands money, NC Walmart cashier says 'no' 05/29/2016

Suspect arrested after shoplifting Walmart in Chesterfield Va. 05/29/2016

6-year-old girl loses tooth after woman attacks 5 at Canada Walmart, Halton police say 05/30/2016

GEORGETOWN, ONT.—A six-year-old girl has lost a tooth after police allege a 39-year-old woman attacked five people at a Walmart store in Georgetown, Ont.

Halton Regional Police say the assaults began on Sunday night shortly before 7 p.m.

They say the woman walked up to the girl near the front entrance of the store, grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground hard enough to dislodge a tooth.

Police say the woman then went through the store and assaulted four more people before being arrested. Complete article

Police search for 3 men in New Orleans La. Wal-Mart parking lot carjacking 05/30/2016

New Orleans police released surveillance images Monday (May 30) of cars involved in a carjacking at a New Orleans East Wal-Mart.

The carjacking occurred at about 6 p.m. on Sunday at 6000 Bullard Avenue. A female driver and two passengers had just arrived and parked at the store when a black Nissan Sentra with three men inside pulled up and parked next to them, police said. One of the men inside the Nissan walked over with a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the driver's keys and money.

The armed man fled in the victims' 2009 silver Toyota Camry, with Louisiana license plate ZAM630, while the other suspects drove away in the Nissan. Complete article

NC man arrested in Danville Va. for stealing copper pipe from Walmart 05/31/2016

Beech Grove Ind. Walmart brawl suspect due in court Tuesday 05/31/2016

Man arrested after scanning items with altered bar codes at NY Walmart 05/31/2016

Mobile man arrested for punching female police officer in Alabama Walmart 05/31/2016

Mobile Police arrested 26-year-old Jacob Teofilo for assaulting a female officer in a local Walmart.

Teofilo was under the influence when he entered the store, located on the 5000 block of Rangeline Road, police say. A manager asked Teofilo to leave, but was unable to remove him.

When police arrived, Teofilo punched a female Mobile Police officer in the face, according to reports. Complete article

Report slams Walmart for 'exploitative' conditions in Asia factories 05/31/2016

Workers at Asia factories that supply Walmart, H&M and Gap are still being exploited in sweatshop conditions, three years after the deadly collapse of a Bangladeshi factory, according to a worker rights group.

Workers in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India and Indonesia who make clothes for Walmart (WMT) face "intensive labour exploitation and abuse," according to a report released Tuesday by the Asia Floor Wage Alliance, an international coalition of trade unions and human rights organizations.

In 2013, a building collapse in Bangladesh killed 1,127 garment workers, creating an international outcry about the human toll of making cheap, fast fashion clothes for wealthier nations like the U.S.

But a series of reports from the Asia Floor Wage Alliance suggests that little has been done to improve conditions for garment workers in developing Asian nations. Complete article

Walmart Supplier Strikes Back at AMG in Lawsuit 05/30/2016

by Arkansas Business Staff on Monday, May. 30, 2016 12:00 am

It wasn’t long ago that we told you about a federal lawsuit involving a sales representative who sued a supplier over abruptly severing their relationship after more than 25 years.

Active Marketing Group Inc. of O’Fallon, Missouri, sued EB Brands Holdings Inc. of Elmsford, New York, and alleged EB owes it nearly $700,000 in commission payments based on work already performed under the contract. It is seeking that amount plus damages of more than $2 million.

Well, now EB has filed its response and denied the allegations of wrongdoing. It said the lawsuit was “premature inasmuch as no commissions are due.” It filed a counterclaim alleging that AMG still has some of EB’s property, including business records, sales and marketing materials, confidential and customer reports and Wal-Mart reports. Complete article

Rochester man and woman robbed at knifepoint behind Minn. Walmart, police say 05/31/2016

Dalton Ga. police looking for pair of women suspected of stealing from Walmart 05/31/2016

Man found dead in car parked at Bastrop Tx. Walmart 05/31/2016

Deputy points taser at woman who tried to flee at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart 05/31/2016

A woman who tried to outrun a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy Friday at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza, told the deputy she was proud she had stolen merchandise from the store.

The deputy had to point a taser at 45-year-old Michelle Jean Reigle of Oxford, after she tried to run, flailed her arms and tried to kick the deputy, according to an arrest report.

She had taken $20.28 in merchandise, even though she had a $100 bill in her purse at the time of her arrest, the report indicated. She later admitted to stealing the items and said she was proud she had done so Complete article

Virginia Beach police seek 2 men who stole items from Va. Wal-Mart 05/31/2016

Neighborhood Walmart presents check to Biloxi Mississippi PD 05/31/2016

Walmart associates travel hundreds of miles to shareholders convention in Arkansas 05/31/2016

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