Thursday, September 1, 2016
Wal-Mart Crime report August 2016
Walmart has had high crime problems for years, if not decades, and the mainstream media ahs finally decided to report about it starting with a couple of national reports exposing it and a half dozen or so local articles exploring the problems in their areas. However even these articles may underestimate the problems they have. One of the studies says that their were two hundred violent crimes at their stores in the first six or seven months across the country. .
No doubt this is true counting numerous shootings, stabbings and other types of assaults; however if they counted all the potentially dangerous purse snatching sexual assaults and confrontations that didn’t result in serious injuries this figure would almost certainly be much higher. The criteria for this particular conclusion are probably fairly high keeping the numbers low. This isn't entirely accidental; it is a result of enormous incompetence and efforts to cover up high crime rates while using political clout to continue expanding this oligarchy throughout the world without letting the public know how much problems it is causing.
This isn't the result of a free-market system which needs to provide accurate information to consumers to enable them to make rational decisions.
It is a result of an oligarchy system that gave enormous advantages to Walmart and a handful of other oligarchies that take up the majority of the market they don't dominate.
Also a close look at some of the articles criticizing them indicates that even they're being watered down. Several of the ones reporting on high crime at Walmart in the past have done so before. Then in at least a couple cases after meeting behind closed doors with Walart representatives they claim that they're working together to solve the problem; however they do little or nothing to adress many of the root causes of crime like the design of their stores, union busting, corner cutting and repairing abandoned inner cities or reversing outsourcing which eliminated jobs. The solutions they do offer are ones that hold those accountable with the least political power and no opportunities, but doing nothing to those indirectly contributing to crime.
Another study that came out late this month also indicates that the poorest communities with the most minorities have the most customer complaints.
Of course their problems continue this month with at least a dozen gun related crimes, including at least seven shootings with at least a couple deaths, and more deaths that weren't gun related, including one where a daughter stabbed her mother who later died as a result of her injuries. In one odd case a concerned citizen drove the victim of a gunshot to the local jail before she was driven to the hospital. This could have been innocent, but it seems odd.
There were several other stabbings assaults, domestic abuse incidents, including one involving a couple employees and the father of one of them, rapes, intentionally hitting someone with a car to steal a purse, a couple incidents with pepper spray that led to hospitalization of customers, and assaults on officers. Some of these incidents often result from incompetent policies like the use of self-serve check outs which have led to many problems.
There are many stories like people being accused of pouring bleach over clothes that serve no rational purposes; however they might be a result of disgruntled customers retaliating out of anger. In this case there's no evidence to support that conclusion; however there are in some of their other incidents and when there are an enormous number of incidents and reluctance to report on problems this is reasonable speculation.
Walmart's clout is becoming increasingly obvious for those that look at low profile stories like lack of antitrust consideration when they're constantly taking over markets including on line ones like Jet.com or wiping out liquor stores in Texas even when they have higher problems with crime. Some police departments short on funds are relying on them, which should be considered a conflict of interests. They've banned community activists from one store after a police shooting that killed a teen.
Many decisions that used to belong to the government which was accountable to voters are now in the hands of multinational corporations including the use of chemicals in soil.
Why should Walmart be involved in research about how many chemicals impact soil when more responsible community activists and researchers aren't? The same goes for social activists that research how child abuse leads to escalating violence who are excluded but business executives that are only interested in profits influence policies to prevent crime that don't work.
The Washington D.C. teachers union recognized Walmart's negative impact on education and instead of being thankful for a modest grant they called for a boycott for negative influences corporations are having on the education system, which could conceivably be related to their crime problems.
Their lists of recalls is also growing with chest of draws that fall forward and injure children, strollers that could also injure children, and more vegetables that might have listeria contamination. When Walmart causes problems like this the costs are enormous but the victims don't have nearly as much legal clout. There have been numerous lawsuits in the past where there customers were at a major disadvantage thanks to the money they get for their legal defense from those same customers.
Obama has turned out to be an ally of Walmart "Whose Stores He Once Shunned;" however that was during his campaign; and he hasn't shunned them since getting in office. A hint of that should have been revealed when his wife worked for one of their major suppliers and these flip flops are routine for establishment politicians who abandon promises to voters but not donors once in office.
Only at Walmart do they have problems with people stealing the home security systems, or at least that I know of. And strange things like thousands of bees escaping and injuring people probably shouldn't be too surprising.
However the monkey never bit anyone, contrary to previous reports.
There probably never would have been any problem with him if they had left him alone.
I don't know why they have to make such a big deal out of it every time a monkey is hanging out by the shopping cart return area.
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 August 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.
UPDATE: Suspect arrested after bomb threat made at Calcutta Ohio Walmart 07/30/2016 James Hester, 53, of Irondale, has been charged with inducing panic in the incident. The St. Clair Police Chief said that Hester was initially identified via surveillance video after the incident but was apprehended after he returned to the Walmart later that evening, trying to steal a television.
Walmart parking lot collision injures five 08/01/2016
Police search for 2 suspects in connection with credit card fraud in Chesterfield Va. Walmart 08/01/2016
Woman with criminal history in New York arrested at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart 08/01/2016
Morrisville NC police: Man stole woman's purse from Walmart shopping cart 08/01/2016
Nothing found after Ohio Wal-Mart bomb threat 08/01/2016
Police: NY Wal-Mart probe catches register thief 08/02/2016
Man ticketed for petitioning outside Colorado Springs Walmart 08/02/2016
Colorado Springs police arrest 2nd signature seeker outside Walmart 08/04/2016
Charlottetown Canada Walmart reopened after bomb threat and evacuation 08/02/2016
Mom charged for leaving child in hot car at Alabama Walmart 08/03/2016
Waterbury man threatens to shoot an employee at Conn. Walmart 08/03/2016
Police: Man riding scooter exposed himself to women in Iowa Wal-Mart 08/03/2016
At Hammond Louisiana Walmart, woman attacked with knife 08/03/2016
Metro police search for man after Tenn. Walmart robbery 08/03/2016
Man arrested at south Wichita Kansas Wal-Mart suspected of involvement in Iowa homicide 08/03/2016
Danielson Man Assaulted Customer at Conn. Walmart: Police 08/04/2016
Grocery union ad campaign will take aim at Walmart — and Kroenke 08/04/2016
Police seek to ID woman in connection to Ind. Walmart camera theft 08/04/2016
Duo accused of stealing iPhones at Dalton Ga. WalMart 08/04/2016
Army special agent from Holland saves man from a suspected heroin overdose in SC Wal-Mart parking lot 08/05/2016
Man flees with Utah Walmart cash register 08/05/2016
Police look for man accused of several Ky. Walmart thefts in Dry Ridge 08/05/2016
Longview Tx. Wal-Mart briefly evacuated from electrical panel malfunction 08/05/2016
Walmart evacuated in Lafayette Colorado 08/05/2016 The suspicious package turned out to be a misdirected box of pharmacy bags not a bomb and the store reopened shorty after
Woman found dead in Forest City Walmart parking lot may be homeless from Colorado 08/06/2016
Man jailed after armed robbery at Norwalk Ca. Walmart 08/08/2016
Police arrest two who allegedly fled Pa. Walmart with stolen items 08/08/2016
Walmart in Portsmouth Va. closes because of security concerns 08/08/2016 .... Members of a small group that planned a sit-in at the store Sunday posted video on Facebook in which Walmart staff members appeared to accommodate the demonstrators, asking them to stay in a specific area of the parking lot. Members of the group later appeared to try to enter the store. It was at that point that staff members closed the business.
Bismarck ND Police investigate theft of 16 iPhones from North Wal-Mart 08/08/2016
Ohio Wal-Mart evacuated due to bomb threat Sunday 08/08/2016
Walmart evacuated due to strange odor in Rocky Hill Conn. 08/08/2016
Macomb Ill. Police looking to identify individual suspected of stealing GoPro from Wal-Mart 08/08/2016
Man arrested in Hammond Louisiana Walmart knife attack 08/08/2016
Woman in custody after Mount Vernon Ill. Walmart attack 08/08/2016
Española NM Walmart to close temporarily 08/08/2016
Man wanted for exposing himself at Denver Colorado Walmart 08/09/2016
Man arrested after robbing Nebraska Walmart customer service employee at gunpoint 08/09/2016
Mother facing charges after stealing from Pa. Walmart with small children present 08/10/2016
Cotati woman suspected of running over pedestrian at Wal-Mart in Rohnert Park Ca. 08/10/2016
Man charged with sexually assaulting infant at Arkansas Walmart 08/10/2016
Harris County Tx. Sheriff Office searching for man accused of inappropriately touching girl at Walmart 08/10/2016
San Leandro Ca.: Four hospitalized after Walmart parking-lot crash 08/10/2016
Wal-Mart Sells Mexico Clothing Chain to Liverpool for $1 Billion 08/10/2016
Utah’s newest liquor store to be located in Wal-Mart parking lot in booming part of West Valley City 08/10/2016
Police looking for credit card thieves caught on Okla. Walmart camera 08/11/2016
Father and grandmother accused of leaving child in hot car for 20 mintues while shopping at Fla. Walmart 08/11/2016
Grocery chain closing location in Clinton County. Ill. Walmart’s fault? 08/11/2016
Walmart in Thomasville NC evacuated after gas leak on RV in parking lot 08/11/2016
POLICE BLOTTER: Woman says stranger played with her hair in Fla. Wal-Mart 08/12/2016
Man wearing employee vest stole three televisions from midstate Pa. Walmart: Police 08/12/2016
Walmart Foundation Gives $750K to Northwest Arkansas Residency Program 08/12/2016
Springfield Mass. Rescue Mission cheers $25,000 donation from Walmart 08/12/2016
Suspicious package scene at Battlefield Blvd Va. Wal-Mart cleared not a bomb 08/12/2016
South Tulsa Okla. Walmart cleared after bomb threat 08/13/2016
Woman with prosthetic leg sought after passing phony bill at Fla. Wal-Mart 08/13/2016
Police: $700 in Disposable Razors Stolen from Pa. Wal-Mart 08/13/2016
Suspects accused of using fraudulent motion picture money at Ga. Walmart 08/15/2016
PHOTOS | NY Walmart truck smashes into overpass 08/15/2016
Report: 2-year-old gets out of car seat, walks around SC Walmart parking lot 08/15/2016
Suspects Sought in Md. Walmart Gift Card Thefts 08/16/2016
Ariz. Man loses hundreds of pounds walking to local Walmart 08/17/2016 The photos in this articles show an after image that is a result of regular weight lifting for a long time, which anyone familiar with fitness can recognize; this is not a result of just walking to Walmart. This is deceptive for one reason or another.
Wal-Mart in Delray Fla. reopens after AC overheats, smoke evacuates store 08/17/2016
Police in search of Anna Ill. Walmart robbery suspect 08/17/2016
A former Wal-Mart employee & Robber who told Mississippi Wal-Mart worker ‘this isn’t worth dying for’ in July 2014 gets prison 08/17/2016
Women report being followed at Halls Tenn. Walmart 08/17/2016
Police arrest man accused of robbing Walmart pharmacy in Berlin Vermont 08/18/2016
Man and woman accused of taking money from Mississippi Walmart 08/18/2016
4 arrested in separate shoplifting, theft incidents at Secaucus NJ Walmart 08/18/2016
Walmart Bomb Scare at El Centro Ca. 08/2/2016
Navarre Fla. Wal-Mart cleared after bomb threat 08/18/2016
Man ordered to undergo mental eval after robbery arrest at Secaucus NJ Walmart 08/19/2016
Employees say Canada Walmart in St. Vital Centre evacuated due to ‘bomb threat’ 08/21/2016
Walmart shopper's cash back money missing; state police in Watertown NY share security image 08/21/2016
Man who threatened to kill employee arrested at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart 08/22/2016
Palm Beach County Fla. Sheriff’s Office needs help identifying man who stole from Wal-Mart, Home Depot 08/22/2016
1 wanted after merchandise stolen from Gallatin Tenn. Walmart 08/22/2016
Action 9 investigates scam involving fake Walmart checks 08/22/2016
Butte Montana Police blotter: Man allegedly tries to scam Walmart over return; stolen red 2010 Polaris 08/22/2016
Los Banos Ca. Walmart bomb threat proven false 08/25/2016
Man exposes himself to Tenn. Walmart employee 08/23/2016
Wal-Mart To Make Case in Court Over Trademark 08/23/2016
Ga. Walmart cashier was in on movie money scam 08/23/2016
Police Blotter: Two arrested for retail theft at ND Walmart 08/23/2016
Police: Suspects used re-encoded credit cards at Murfreesboro Tenn. Walmart 08/23/2016
3 Men Identified After Stealing Computers From NC Walmart 08/23/2016
Walmart evacuated due to gas leak, Albuquerque NM FD says 08/23/2016
Girl found dead behind Brent Alabama Walmart 08/23/2016
Gaylord Mich. Walmart bomb threat unfounded 08/23/2016
Syracuse man sentenced to prison for stealing from Granby NY Walmart 08/24/2016
Sex offender accused of taking cellphone video of girl in Ca. Wal-Mart restroom 08/24/2016
Weed Plants Found Growing Behind Tenn. Walmart 08/24/2016
Trio Arrested At Tenn. Wal-Mart For Allegedly Snatching Woman's Purse Out Of Cart 08/24/2016
'He doesn't need a prescription, he has a gun:' Witness testifies in Pa. Walmart pharmacy holdup 08/24/2016
Police arrest Springville man on suspicion of setting fire to trailer in Utah Wal-Mart parking lot 08/25/2016
Identity theft suspect caught on camera at 2 Sumner County Tenn. Walmarts 08/24/2016
Police blotter: Felony shoplifting alleged at Kroger, WV Wal-Mart 08/25/2016
Baby found in car in Palm Springs Fla. Walmart parking lot 08/25/2016
Forbes: Why Did Walmart Take The Unusual Step To Tackle Chemicals? 08/25/2016
Man wanted for using stolen identity to write big check at Chesterfield Va. WalMart 08/26/2016
Desert Hot Springs mom leaves 3-month-old son in car to shop at Ca. Walmart 08/2/2016
Police responding to body found at Waveland Mississippi Walmart 08/26/2016
Three arrested at Tenn. Wal-Mart with fake credit cards 08/27/2016
Woman charged with meth after allegedly shoplifting at Tx. Walmart 08/27/2016
Man assaults Jonesboro Arkansas officer at Walmart 08/28/2016
Man stabbed near Walmart in south Nashville Tenn. 08/29/2016
Woman sent to prison in DUI death at Utah Wal-Mart parking lot 08/29/2016
Montana Police blotter: Great Falls man injured during argument at Walmart; woman hurls cellphone at husband, arrested 08/29/2016
Wausau man, 56, charged in Wisc. Wal-Mart upskirting incident 08/29/2016
Man 'scams' Dunwoody Ga. Walmart cashier out of $300 08/29/2016
Man enters plea in Wisc. Wal-Mart bomb threat case 08/30/2016
Man arrested for stealing X-Box controller from NY Walmart 08/30/2016
Newnan Ga. Walmart bank robbed, suspect escaped 08/30/2016
Pana Ill. Police need help identifying Walmart thieves 08/30/2016
Missouri Wal-Mart theft probe yields drug charges against woman 08/31/2016
Woman says man took photo up her skirt at Arboretum NC Walmart 08/31/2016
Police looking for man who showed a gun and robbed a Kansas City Missouri Wal-Mart 08/31/2016
Residents being cautioned about gas line break at Va. Walmart construction site today 08/31/2016
Police searching for men who stole TV from Darlington SC Walmart 08/31/2016
Pana Ill. Walmart thieves arrested in Taylorville 08/31/2016