Monday, August 1, 2016
Wal-Mart Crime report July 2016
Walmart had at least two employees stab people after encountering problems with other Walmart workers and another one started a fire in retaliation for complaints from management. One of them was included an attack on a contractor for Walmart after the employee had a discussion with his boss; and he also attacked a firefighter who happened to witness it and attempted to stop it. One of his friends claimed it was “Out Of Character” however there were other reports of mental illness and possibly a similar previous incident.
There were also two evacuations due to possible chemical attacks. One of them was just pepper spray but it was enough to send three people to the hospital. The other one allegedly made a possible "Weapon Of Mass Destruction," which is what he was charged with out of items he found in the store. Supposedly he made it on camera, although they didn't realize what he was doing until after the fact. This story didn't get much if any national attention; however it is almost certainly being either exaggerated or under reported. If it is possible to build a weapon of mass destruction with items found in Walmart while in the store it is a serious concern; however, I suspect, this is unlikely. Simple chemical weapons have been made in the past; sometimes by simply mixing ammonia and Bleach which causes a toxic reaction, which is quickly recognized. In the current panic the government is routinely portraying things as terrorists attacks making it difficult to recognize legitimate cases.
There were at least nine different shootings at Walmart and a tenth nearby, this month; at least three of them hit people although there were few if any deaths; and another that led to a chase. Several may have involved lock downs or evacuations. There were, however at least two deaths as a result of car accidents. Two of the past deaths are resulting in trial of murder or manslaughter; including one by employees that tackled a shoplifter and another that involved a police officer that killed an unarmed man and may have lied about the circumstances.
There were also numerous bomb threats; the most dramatic involved two separate incidents, both in Mississippi where someone came in person announcing they were going to blow the place up or “I have a bomb and I’m not afraid to use it.” Two of the shooting incidents were also in Mississippi. Another devise was exploded although they didn't say if it was just a precaution which they do often with suspicious devices. Most of the bomb threats are almost always anonymous, or at least they try to be anonymous, and false.
There were a variety of assaults or knife fights including one where a man carried a bat threatening anyon that might try to stop him while walking out without paying; a knife fight with a shoplifted knife; several randon assaults including one where a loss prevention officer was beaten until he was unconscious, another where four or five employees pulled a man off a police officer and a brawl that involved thirty people, among other things.
There was also another report about a store in Oklahoma which was getting more police activity than other parts of the city, although this is common in many other cities.
They're having more public relations disasters including outrage because they fired another popular employee with cerebral palsy; and labor organizations in China are consulting with US organizations to stand up for their rights.
They had another rabies scare; and an armed group was spotted at one of their stores in body armor. It turned out tehy were just preparing for the end of the world and their weapons were all legal.
Most people have heard the excuse about "my dog ate my homework."
They may not have heard the one where "My dog drove my car into Walmart while I was shopping."
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 July 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.
Father pleads guilty to leaving son, kitten in hot truck while shopping at Ga. Wal-Mart 07/01/2016
Police looking for man who flashed two children at Mich. Walmart 07/01/2016
Man wanted for credit card fraud at Colorado Springs Walmart 07/01/2016
Joliet Ill. police ask for public's assistance finding credit card theft suspect seen at Wal-Mart 07/01/2016
Three men arrested in New Albany Ind. Walmart theft of full shopping carts 07/01/2016
Do you recognize this woman from area NY Wal-Mart theft case? 07/01/2016
Woman arrested in connection with Walmart bomb threat in NW Harris Co. Tx. 07/02/2016
Harahan Tx. Wal-Mart employees rescue 2-year-old from hot car; 2 women arrested 07/02/2016
Man arrested earlier this year at Fla. Wal-Mart back behind bars 07/03/2016
Theft of multiple Apple iPods at WV Walmart under investigation 07/03/2016
Disabled man's ramp-outfitted truck stolen from Albuquerque NM Walmart 07/04/2016
Storms and Heavy Winds Hit Louisa Ky. Walmart and Homes 07/04/2016
Intervention at Augusta Me. Wal-Mart raises questions about guns 07/04/2016 Though two armed civilians stopped a fight, officials say people should focus on their families and safety.
Spring Lake NC Walmart loses power after lightning strike 07/05/2016
Suspect steals over $300 worth of merchandise at Brownsburg Ind. Wal-Mart 07/05/2016
Man on probation for having child porn charged with flashing kids at Mich. Walmart 07/05/2016
Johnson County man accused of stealing guns from Missouri Walmart 07/05/2016
North Brunswick NJ Walmart worker falls following electrical shock 07/05/2016
Warner Robins neighbors protest Ga. Walmart proposal 07/05/2016
Man will face charges for dumping cat at Raynham Mass. Walmart 07/05/2016
Police: Auburn man charged with forgery, identity theft after using stolen credit card at NY Wal-Mart 07/06/2016
Man imprisoned for drunken upskirting at Henrico Va. Walmart 07/06/2016
Couple Pistol Whipped Other Couple at East Windsor Conn. Wal-Mart: Police 07/07/2016
Couple Steals Elderly Woman's Purse at WV Walmart, Police Ask for Help 07/07/2016
WATCH: Police break down new video from tense Tx. Walmart hostage situation 07/06/2016
Suspect sought after Colorado Springs Walmart armed holdup 07/07/2016
Popular greeter leaving Tenn. Walmart amid store changes 07/07/2016
Ditch Trump and GOP convention, Midtown protesters tell Walmart; retail giant donating to Dems, too 07/07/2016
Police searching for man who allegedly stole $612 iPhone from Pa. Walmart 07/08/2016
Man's nightmare of sex abuse, kidnapping ends with his escape in Oswego NY Wal-Mart 07/08/2016
Economic boycott of Baton Rouge Louisiana malls, Walmart called for by black leaders to cause others to 'feel the pain we’re feeling here' 07/08/2016
Sex offender charged with taking video up woman’s dress in Ill. Walmart, watching kids at pool 07/08/2016
3 arrested for stealing 60 TVs from Ind. Wal-Mart warehouse 07/08/2016
Woman says she tried to steal from Wal-Mart to get money to go back home 07/09/2016
Man charged with theft from Pa. Walmart 07/10/2016
Police arrest Wisc. Wal-Mart bomb threat suspect 07/10/2016
Police catch thief who stole from children at Layton Utah Walmart 07/10/2016
Two men face charges after allegedly charging almost $2,000 to credit card at Pa. Walmart 07/11/2016
Police: Man wanted for allegedly using stolen credit card at Md. Target, Walmart store 07/11/2016
Police make arrest in Milford Conn. Walmart robbery 07/11/2016
Two men face charges after allegedly charging almost $2,000 to credit card at Pa. Walmart 07/11/2016
Police: Peeping Tom arrested after recording video of women in Fla. Walmart dressing rooms 07/11/2016
NC Walmart employee charged with theft 07/12/2016
Ridgefield man turns himself in, accused of shoplifting from Teterboro NJ Walmart 07/12/2016
Tenn. Walmart, Chick-fil-A Evacuated Over Bomb Threat 07/12/2016
Hanging dog rescued from Walmart parking lot in Kansas 07/12/2016
Two dogs abandoned by Rib Mountain Walmart, one has died 07/12/2016
Opelika Alabama police seek two suspected Wal-Mart shoplifters caught on camera 07/13/2016
Driver who ran over woman during Ga. Walmart purse snatching in November 2015 takes plea deal 07/13/2016
Bartlett Tenn. Police looking for man who robbed Wal-Mart at knifepoint 07/13/2016
Amarillo Tx. police arrest man trying to make Walmart purchase with counterfeit bills 07/13/2016
Walmart Store Opens Amid Controversy In Lodi Ca. 07/13/2016
3 men wanted for shoplifting $6K worth from an Augusta Ga. Walmart 07/14/2016
Man wanted for using stolen credit card at Hope Mills NC Walmart 07/14/2016
Punta Gorda Fla. Walmart reopens after bomb scare 07/14/2016
Sex offender exposed himself to girl in Fla. Walmart, police say 07/15/2016
Police Blotter: Thefts at Dunkin’ Donuts in Byram, Wal-Mart in Franklin NJ 07/15/2016
Police: Man takes $500 worth of items from metro Okla. Walmart 07/15/2016
Pedestrian hit in NC Wal-Mart parking lot 07/15/2016
Cromwell Conn. Wal-Mart evacuated Sunday due to ‘unusual smell’ 07/18/2016
Concealed gun discharges in Mich. Walmart bathroom, man hit in ankle 07/18/2016
Police investigating bomb threats at Valdosta Ga. Walmart stores 07/19/2016 VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- For the third time in two days, a Valdosta Walmart has been evacuated due to a bomb threat.
Police: Bomb threat at Amarillo Tx. Walmart not credible 07/19/2016
Deputies seek man who exposed himself to girl in Fla. Walmart 07/19/2016
Police: Woman's attempt to shoplift leaves bloody mess at NC Walmart 07/20/2016
Police seek suspects in credit card theft after Tx. Walmart transaction 07/20/2016
Billings Montana west end Walmart evacuated following bomb threat 07/20/2016
Police searching for man accused of stealing iPhone from Pa. Walmart 07/20/2016
Dalton Ga. Police seek Walmart cash thieves 07/20/2016
Woman's bond set on charges of stealing clothes from Montana Walmart 07/20/2016
Murfreesboro Tenn. officials talk Walmarts, Dollar Generals 07/21/2016
UPDATE: Tenn. Walmart cash thief to turn money in 07/21/2016
Valdosta Ga. Walmart robbery foiled 07/22/2016
Walmart Will Start Selling 'Ugly' Fruit to Reduce Food Waste 07/22/2016
Peeping Tom caught at Walmart in Lawton Okla. 07/22/2016
Vermont Walmart evacuated on Thursday due to smoke 07/22/2016
21-year-old man arrested at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 07/23/2016
Police: Man commits robbery in front of Fla. Walmart 07/23/2016
Ohio Walmart reopens after phoned-in bomb threat 07/23/2016
Appeals court rejects lawsuit against Wal-Mart directors 07/25/2016
Deputies seek 3 in lawn equipment thefts from SC Walmarts 07/25/2016
Fla. Walmart manager accused of shoplifting at another Walmart store 07/25/2016
Police: Toddler left in hot car outside North KY Walmart 07/26/2016
Cellphone stolen from NC Walmart 07/26/2016
Man found dead inside camper at Southridge WV Walmart 07/26/2016
Parolee steals from Mich. Walmart and fights staff again, police say 07/26/2016
Motorcycle driver ejected in crash airlifted from Herrin Ill. Walmart parking lot 07/26/2016
Thieves steal thousands of dollars in electronics from Walmart in Marion SC 07/26/2016
Mt. Juliet Tenn. officer commended for saving man’s life at Walmart 07/26/2016
Police: 2 Texas women used children in brazen robberies from H-E-B, Walmart 07/27/2016
That time Walmart banned a T-shirt saying ‘a woman will be president’ 07/27/2016
That time Walmart got offended by the idea of a female president 07/27/2016
Trio charged in Waterville Me. Wal-Mart theft 07/27/2016
‘Prolific’ shoplifter arrested at South Hill Wash. Walmart thanks to watchful employee 07/2/2016
Police clear scene of Dauphin Co. Pa. Walmart after bomb threat 07/27/2016
1 year old left in locked car at Walmart on Montclair rd Birmingham Alabam 07/28/2016
Police called to Iowa Walmart on report of man with knife 07/28/2016
3 arrested for shoplifting lawn equipment from SC Walmart stores 07/29/2016
Police: Man said he stole Missouri Wal-Mart items for child's birthday 07/31/2016
Silent Witness increases reward after fireworks set off inside Phoenix Ariz. Wal-Mart 07/30/2016
Bismarck ND Walmarts evacuated because of bomb threats 07/30/2016
Rally Held for Man Fatally Shot by Police Inside Beavercreek Ohio Wal-Mart 07/31/2016