Friday, July 1, 2016
Wal-Mart Crime report June 2016
Some things were as insane at Walmart last month as they were in Orlando; and it started at the Orlando Walmart, although the national media didn't mention that; and there were at least three or four shootings at Walmart in just a few days while the media was reporting twenty-four-seven about the incidents in Orlando.
Four or five days before the Orlando shooting there was a panic at an Orlando Walmart that started with an evacuation during an armed robbery; within a few hours after that it was followed up by a second panic when a bomb threat was called into the same store. The night before the Pulse shooting there was also another shooting of Christina Grimmie and a few days after was the attack by an alligator of a toddler. This was an exceptionally active week for Orlando and the only story that didn't get national coverage were the ones about Walmart.
There were also at least seven shootings at Walmart including four within a few days of the Orlando shootings that were ignored by the national news; and at least four robberies by people armed with guns. One of these shootings, that happened almost immediately after the Orlando shootings was by an Iranian immigrant; however it wasn't terrorism related, as some people in the area may have initially believed. It was another disgruntled worker which is much more common although most of these stories don't escalate to shootings. However there are probably still more shootings from disgruntled workers than there are terrorism acts, although they get much less coverage. Walmart has had dozens, if not hundreds, over the years that led to shootings, bomb threats, hostage situations, or major assaults.
Over reacting disgruntled customers or workers are almost never reported at the national level and often not even at the local level; however when corporations are trying to cut corners that impact both customers and workers while lobbying the government to reduce the protections for both they're inevitable. On one of the other shootings that happened in the immediate aftermath of the Orlando shooting Walmart made a point of saying that it was an "isolated incident" without mentioning that they had a couple other "isolated incidents" on the same day and that they have a practice of referring to many of their problems as "isolated incidents" which happen over and over again, although reports are rarely ever compiled to find out how often they happen.
One of these shootings happened in Maine which was supposedly like something out of the wild west. This is unusual since Maine is one of the least violent states including at Walmart; however this shooting involved out of state people.
They also had a couple of panics caused by fire works being set off intentionally and a van catching fire. A couple Walmart employees were assaulted including one with a hammer; a women armed with a knife carjacked another; and one of their shoplifters was chased out to the road where he was hit by a car and killed.
Walmart also continued to have at least two more recalls, including one more involving possible listeria concerns, after having quite a few last month. A labor group has asked Walmart to sit out the GOP convention; there were no reports this month about concerns that the Democratic nominee is a former board member and remains good friends with one of the owners, collecting enormous amounts of campaign money from them. Their made in the USA claims were questioned again almost like clockwork; and they're asking for tax payer subsidies for creating so many jobs again without mentioning they ship more than they create overseas. They also fund help for schools but don't highlight that it is charter schools which transfers control of education to the private sector. Both education and private security are increasingly being controlled by corporations that aren't as accountable to the public as the government.
After a widespread report of increased crime problems at one Florida Walmart they cut back on calls to the police supposedly by requiring offenders that get caught stealing small amounts to take an online course about shoplifting.
There was no further explanation how this "online class" is supposed to work or if it is taken seriously.
Speculation about the possibility that better reporting about how effective it might be can be done in Tampa over beer with the shoplifters that have first hand experience with this have neither been confirmed or denied.
A recent court ruling for a Macy's store may also have an impact on Walmart. Macy's was banned from detaining suspected shoplifters and demanding reparations without charges. This has been done in what they now consider misusing of New York laws to protect retailers. Macy's has apparently been using these laws to cut their losses without going through the courts by demanding payments and threatening suspected shoplifters with arrest if they don't pay. apparently they even have their own jail cell in the store, although there should be some doubt about whether or not they'll be able to use them any more. These are a couple of dozens of laws passed that benefit large corporations including many "felony shoplifting" laws that make petty theft a felony for repeat offenders consumers or workers that don't donate large amounts of money to campaigns don't have laws passed to protect them from white collar crimes or misleading advertising and many other things.
Walmart and the Georgia DA have almost resolved an incident last year where kids stampeded one of their stores with mostly small penalties and restitution; however they're trying to arrange the suspected ring leader have charges dropped on the condition that he joins the Army. Outside of Walmart there was speculation that this was racially motivated by minorities that were fed up with total lack of opportunity; however this possibility wasn't even considered by the courts according to media reports. Allowing teens in trouble with the law to evade jail was supposedly put to an end during the Vietnam era after they had large problems with veterans committing crimes after being discharged. Apparently they've reconsidered that. Instead of a dressing lack of local opportunities they've gone back to providing military opportunities.
With all these problems how well do you think Walmart will be using drones to carry out tasks?
What could go wrong? Stay tuned.
A lot of these news stories don't sound to good for Walmart but don't worry.
They're bringing back Walmart's Smiley face.
Besides, regardless of how much you might like Walmart, when a police chief in Florida found out that an attempted shoplifting was to feed babies and their mother he bought them for the family.
And it wasn't a Walmart worker that tried to bury his boss it was just a construction worker at a future Walmart site.
This isn't as strange as a suspected bike thief being lassoed outside an Oregon Walmart by a man on horseback.
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 June 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.
PD: 62-year-old woman stabbed at Hamden Conn. Walmart 06/02/2016
PBSO: Man wanted for using stolen credit cards at Walmart in West Palm Fla. 06/02/2016
Police ID body found at Bastrop Tx. Walmart parking lot 06/02/2016
Man wanted for robbing Madison Tenn. Walmart 06/02/2016
Police blotter: Butte man allegedly steals speakers, clothing and flees Montana Walmart; woman claims assault 06/02/2016
Police Blotter: Watford City woman cited for theft at ND Wal-Mart 06/02/2016
Man arrested at Fla. Wal-Mart after allegedly attempting to steal headset, Beef-A-Roni 06/03/2016 felony charge of petit theft
Delay approved in May Pa. Wal-Mart carjacking case for mental health evaluation 06/03/2016
Bomb threat causes Stow Ohio Walmart to be evacuated 06/05/2016
Two arrested in robbery at Framingham Mass. Walmart 06/06/2016
Family of geese found living outside of Walmart in Norman Okla. 06/06/2016
Arrest warrants issued for man accused in Tenn. Walmart robbery 06/07/2016
Police Search For Clarksville Tenn. Walmart Theft Suspects 06/07/2016
Wisc. Walmart 'glitcher' cuts deal with DA 06/07/2016
Two defendants plead guilty in Utah Wal-Mart shooting 06/07/2016
Man wanted for unwanted advances at Cheswold Delaware Walmart 06/08/2016
Crime Stoppers searching for Colorado Wal-Mart robbery suspect 06/08/2016
4-alarm fire at Walmart in Clearwater Fla., firefighters hurt 06/08/2016
11 people arrested in protest at West Loop Chi. Ill. Walmart 06/08/2016
Do you know this woman? Woman wanted for stealing $1,700 in electronics from Pa. WalMart 06/08/2016
Police: Couple argue over who owns marijuana in front of cop at Fla. Wal-Mart 06/08/2016
Grandmother in court after allegedly leaving girl, 2, in hot car at Mich. Walmart 06/09/2016
Women vandalize Missouri Walmart in Fenton using maple syrup 06/09/2016
Hooksett NH police: Bomb threat at Walmart unfounded 06/09/2016
Beavercreek Ohio PD searching for Walmart purse snatcher 06/09/2016
Man suffers stroke in Okla. Walmart parking lot, says no one stops to help 06/09/2016
Blotter: Loaded handgun discovered in WV Wal-Mart bathroom 06/0/2016
Wal-Mart says it will stop accepting Visa cards in Canadian stores 06/10/2016
Ephrata Pa. police seek suspect in theft from Wal-Mart 06/11/2016
Couple sought in Lebanon NH Walmart robbery 06/13/2016
Man who called Orlando shooting ‘community service’ loses Walmart job 06/14/2016
Entrance into Wal-Mart in Bradenton Fla. temporarily closed 06/15/2016
Woman charged for huffing dust cleaner at South Austin Tx. Walmart 06/15/2016
Some in Bluffton SC not happy about ‘gray wall’ at site of new Walmart 06/15/2016
Little Ferry man being held in Bergen jail faces new shoplifting charges from Teterboro NJ Walmart 06/15/2016
Meth lab found in Fleming Island Fla. Wal-Mart parking lot 06/15/2016
Wal-Mart reopens in Milford Conn. after robbery 06/16/2016
Visa fights back in high-profile battle with Walmart over credit card fees 06/16/2016 Retailer 'unfairly dragging millions' of consumers into disagreement, credit card company says
Police searching for man who allegedly stole from Bellevue Nebraska Walmart 06/16/2016
Alleged shoplifter leaves wallet at Ga. Wal-Mart, returns to claim it 06/16/2016
4 arrested at Mich. Walmart on charges they used stolen credit cards 06/17/2016
Police: Florida family goes on shoplifting spree at Walmart 06/17/2016
St. Albans woman, Vassalboro man charged with felony theft from Farmington Me. Wal-Mart 06/17/2016
Springfield woman arrested for Conn. Walmart larceny 06/17/2016
Gainesville Fla.'s 'DJ Raffy' attacked in Walmart: Police 06/17/2016
Crookston ND Wal-Mart reopens after police investigate reported bomb threat 06/17/2016
Man arrested earlier this year at Fla. Wal-Mart, back in jail for skipping court date 06/18/2016
Judge orders Zionsville Ind. to approve Walmart plans 06/20/2016
Wiggins Mississippi police work to identify Walmart shoplifting suspects 06/20/2016
Family of woman stabbed at Tenn. Walmart credits co-workers for saving her life 06/20/2016
Woman blames stolen Pa. Wal-Mart items in her purse on her son: police 06/20/2016
Could Walmart replace shopping carts with robots? 06/21/2016
Body Found in Parking Lot at Red Bank SC Walmart 06/21/2016
Police: Springville man wanted for theft warrants, found stealing at Utah Walmart 06/21/2016
Sedalia Missouri woman targeted by Walmart mystery shopper scam 06/21/2016
Final defendant sentenced in 2015 Utah Wal-Mart shooting 06/21/2016
Fulton Woman Facing Felony Charge After NY WalMart Theft 06/21/2016
Police looking for missing man, 77, last seen in South Austin Tx. Walmart 06/22/2016
Charges Dropped Against Alleged Mastermind Of Bristow Okla. Walmart Heist 06/22/2016
Altavista Va. Walmart given all clear after suspicious package found not bomb 06/22/2016
Police Blotter: Dickinson woman steals $68 worth of cosmetics from ND Wal-Mart 06/2/2016
Little Ferry man arrested on shoplifting charges at Teterboro NJ Walmart 06/22/2016
Some say Vt. Walmart proposal not so smart 06/23/2016
Police searching for man accused of snatching woman’s purse at Okla. Walmart 06/23/2016
Auburn NY police: Skaneateles man rams into motorcycle in Wal-Mart parking lot 06/23/2016
Police searching for man accused of stealing merchandise from Pa. Walmart 06/24/2016
Victim of attempted Pa. Walmart carjacking last month says coping has made her stronger 06/24/2016
Man enters plea for soliciting child at Mich. Wal-Mart 06/24/2016
California fugitive caught at Walmart 06/25/2016
Shelby Co. Ky. Walmart reopens after suspicious package found not a bomb 06/25/2016
Conover NC Wal-Mart evacuated after bomb threat 06/25/2016
Meeting to be held on controversial plan for Mass. Walmart Supercenter 06/25/2016
Mom arrested for leaving 5-year-old in hot car in Palatka Fla. Walmart parking lot 06/27/2016
Missouri Walmart employees help save heart attack victim 06/27/2016
Prosecutors: GEAR UP defendant misused nonprofit's money, including $60K at SD Wal-Mart 06/27/2016
Las Cruces, NM woman accused of using stolen credit cards at Walmart 06/27/2016
Crowley man wanted in Louisiana Walmart shooting may be in California 06/28/2016
Police: Mother shopping at Missouri Walmart while child was left in overheated, parked vehicle 06/29/2016
Louisiana Walmart employee accused of theft 06/29/2016
Police seek woman who left Idaho Wal-mart without paying 06/29/2016
Knoxville Tenn. man convicted after stealing from Walmart multiple times 06/30/2016
Senators want answers from Green Dot, Wal-Mart after card outage 06/30/2016
Deputies: Man steals laptop, TV from SC Walmart 06/30/2016
Oklahoma City man arrested for allegedly threatening victims at Walmart, trying to break in to vehicle 06/30/2016
Douglas County Deputies Seek Person of Interest in Nevada Wal-Mart Shoplifting Case 06/30/2016
Woman's SUV stolen while she stood just feet away in SC Walmart parking lot 06/30/2016
Blotter: WV Wal-Mart shoplifter arrested on felony third offense 06/30/2016