Saturday, October 1, 2016
Wal-Mart Crime report September 2016
Walmart is responding to their high crime problem with efforts to privatize security and even take over activities that were previously handled by the courts. This should raise major questions from civil liberty groups. At least one store in Joplin Missouri is offering suspects a way to avoid being arrested if they have a clean record and agree to take an on line course costing $400 up front or $500 in installments.
This totally by passes the courts and doesn’t seem to involve consulting with lawyers. It may put the entire judicial process in the hands of private for profit corporations that aren’t concerned about the rights of the suspects or negative externalities that might impact the community when this does little or nothing to reduce crime problems.
This is a disaster waiting to happen!
There should be little or no doubt that this will not do much if anything to reduce crime since Walmart and their political allies have been ignoring the root causes of their high crime problem for years. They refuse to consider their cost cutting policies invite higher crime, or that their union busting tactics and bad customer service is angering a lot of people and contributing to their crime problems.
Even one of the articles about their crime problem opens by saying repeatedly that they’re committed to low prices, which isn’t always true. The media that finally reports on this is still skewering their reports for Walmart’s benefit acting as an advertiser for them when ever possible.
Reports have also come out this month about the enormous amounts of money Walmart and the Walton family are spending on political activity including donations to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and efforts to support Charter Schools and privatize the education system. Coincidence or not E-mails have also shown that the State Department under Hillary Clinton has aided Walmart abroad.
The government routinely acts in favor of Walmart when there are disputes; and we’re supposed to believe that if Hillary Clinton gets elected she’ll fight to raise the minimum wage after catering to her donors for so long. This includes when excessive force leads to criminal charges, which blame the people at the lowest level without considering if Walmart policies might have contributed to this or not. These are not isolated incidents; they happen all the time, including one manslaughter trial currently going through courts and a lawsuit and someone who claims he was fired for defending himself.
The police are also routinely used to pupress protests at Walmart at taxpayer expense including workers standing up for their rights and civil rights activists protesting when police or security workers kill civilians.
When Walmart has their way the government often seems to act as a subsidiary.
There were at least nine shooting incidents at Walmart this month including at least four deaths, one of which was a suicide, and another that was an attempted suicide both in front of police. There were also several other gun related injuries and at least two other deaths that weren’t gun related.
A couple other gun related incidents include one where someone yelling racial slurs threatened to kill people but didn’t fire; and someone that simply feels it’s necessary to carry a weapon where ever he goes even if it leads to panic on a regular basis and the police routinely investigate him; however he’s in an open carry state and they don’t kill him, whether it’s because he’s white or not.
Several assaults including someone attacked using a walker and another threatened with a shovel, and another were a women was knocked off a moving vehicle. There are always attacks on employees usually after they try to intervene in shoplifting incidents; but there are also plenty of disgruntled customers that take it out on the workers including one this month who threatened to stab a worker after being refused a return.
Florida seems to get more than their share of dead bodies being found on the premises and this month they found another that had been decomposing for at least a week before being discovered.
I don’t think that is semi-routine anyplace else but Walmart.
They also had at least two arsons this month including one by a teen and another by an employee who according to her lawyer might have been “hearing voices.” There are no reports of this incident being a result of a disgruntled employee, although the media might not report that if it was true.
Walmart had an enormous amount of complaints after creating a 9/11 display out of Coke products. There was little emphasis about who made this decision; but apparently it was designed by Coke not Walmart as part of their in store promotional efforts. The public is mostly unaware that this is part of routine slotting fees that are negotiated with large corporations among each other, and presumably most of them are subject to non-disclosure agreements.
Enough information about these slotting fees have been disclosed to demonstrate that the “free market,” as they refer to this economic system has been eliminated years if not decades ago. These slotting fees are part of an effort to divide up the market and they’re rarely ever reported to the majority of the public, except in a few books like “No Logo” by Naomi Klein or “Big-Box Swindle” by Stacy Mitchell.
Another Walmart study came out showing that Walmart in white neighborhoods have fewer complaints, although these studies are rarely reported widely by traditional media. And they’ve also been caught selling expired products in the Tampa area; this is routine, although they’re not likely to be reported unless customers speak out, which they did in this case. Another story about customers being bitten by beg bugs came out as well. And they have their share of customers that are as abusive as Walmart including one that wrapped hid daughters hair around the cart and dragged her around the store as punishment.
Walmart has the patent for self driving carts now; what could go wrong with that? If nothing goes wrong it will be a rare exception. They’re also being sued for bribing the Mexican government again, although this will almost certainly drag out for years longer than it already has. Wouldn’t it be nice if our taxpayer money was spent on roads and bridges along with schools instead of lawsuits against corporations with political connections?
Once again the shoplifters arrested by the police was another police officer who even did his stealing in uniform and drove off in a patrol car. They don’t get prosecuted for killing minorities often but when they steal from Walmart they get arrested.
You would think that if some one killed another person and wanted to dispose of the body they wouldn’t put it in a trunk and drive to a location famous for having more security cameras than anyone else then walk in to the store so the cameras can get a close look at the murderer when they check them days later after the body was found.
But apparently some murderers aren’t quite that smart.
You would think that if a customer asked Walmart employees to exchange money for sex that it wouldn’t be a good time to go on a shoplifting spree afterwards since he might have drawn attention to himself.
But apparently some shoplifters aren’t quite that smart.
Threatening to inject women with HIV as part of an escape attempt probably isn't that smart either; but it's unique and it worked .... temporarily.
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 September 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.
Walmart cutting about 7,000 back-office store jobs 09/01/2016
Third Suspect Arrested in Connection With June Armed Robbery at Milford Conn. Wal-Mart 09/01/2016
St. Louis Missouri employee accused of fraudulently issuing $150,000 worth of pre-paid Walmart cards 09/01/2016
Metro Council at odds over West End Louisville, Ky. Walmart delay 09/01/2016
San Jose Ca. Police Search Wal-Mart After Reported Bomb Threat 09/02/2016
Man rips off Dalton Ga. Walmart with sleight of hand 09/02/2016
Beech Grove Ind. Wal-Mart works to change reputation following brawl 09/02/2016
Coweta police arrest men accused of scamming $50,000 from Oklahoma Walmart stores 09/03/2016
Burleson Tx. Wal-Mart Receives Bomb Threat 09/05/2016
Berkshire Central Labor Council opposes new Pittsfield Vt. Walmart Supercenter 09/03/2016
Thief steals food, electronics from Ephrata Pa. Walmart 09/04/2016
Suspected Wal-Mart Theft Ring Busted With Arrest Of 2 Women In Vacaville Ca. 09/04/2016
Bomb threat evacuates Bayonne NJ Walmart, police say 09/04/2016
Police investigate after person found dead in Apopka Fla. Walmart parking lot 09/05/2016
Woman arrested for leaving child in car while visiting bank inside Owasso Okla. Walmart 09/06/2016
Theft of microphone at NC Walmart thwarted 09/06/2016
Man robs Dalton Ga. Walmart through hole in a fence 09/06/2016
Deputies nab fugitive wanted on charges of attempted murder inside of Walmart in Princeton WV 09/06/2016
Couple accused of changing bar codes, lowering their own costs at Fla. Walmart 09/06/2016
Man accused of firing shots near IUP's campus arrested at Pa. Walmart 09/08/2016
Florida sex offender lists Walmart as home, told it is legal 09/08/2016
Man accused of arson in March at Southridge WV Walmart pleads guilty to charges 09/09/2016
Dalton Ga. Police make arrest for Walmart Theft 09/09/2016
Ill. Walmart shoplifter gets probation 09/09/2016
Cibolo Tx. police: Man stole TVs from Walmart 3 different times 09/09/2016
Police Look for Three Who Robbed SC Walmart 09/0/2016
Edmond Okla. Walmart evacuated because of bomb threat 09/09/2016
Suspects tied to $300K credit-card scheme at Mich. Walmart, Sam's Club, FBI says 09/10/2016
Man accused of trying to take pictures up young girl's skirt at Huntsville Alabama Wal-Mart 09/10/2016
Report: Man who coerced child into Mich. Wal-Mart bathroom sentenced 09/11/2016
Digby Canada Walmart evacuated after a bomb threat 09/11/2016
Raleigh Tenn. Wal-Mart evacuated after bomb threat made, police give all clear 09/11/2016
Charges filed after children left alone in vehicles in Napanoch, town of Ulster NY 09/12/2016
Berlin Vt. Police look for Walmart shoplifter 09/12/2016
Police: Man tries to steal $100 in bacon, chicken breasts from Austin Tx. Wal-Mart 09/13/2016
Man arrested for using cellphone to take picture underneath a woman's skirt at Tuscon Ariz. Walmart in April 09/13/2016
DeLand Fla. Wal-Mart employee recognizes shoplifter as wanted bank robber, police say 09/14/2016
Lexington man accused of exposing himself in NC Walmart parking lot 09/14/2016
Burglar stole 52 old car batteries from Pa. Walmart 09/14/2016
Man attempts to steal merchandise, threatens Reno Nevada Walmart loss prevention employees with knife 09/14/2016
Police: Man took photo beneath woman's skirt as she shopped at Nebraska Walmart with child 09/14/2016
Man wanted in connection to theft in Macon Ga. Wal-Mart parking lot 09/14/2016
Police hope to ID suspect in indecent exposure incident at Wisc. Walmart 09/14/2016
Police: Man walks out of Tenn. Walmart with 50-inch TV without paying 09/15/2016
Suspect charged with robbing Walmart in Murphy NC 09/15/2016
Man passed $700 in counterfeit bills at Oxford Ohio Walmart, police say 09/15/2016
Former Alabama Walmart store front becomes trash site nightmare 09/15/2016
Woman lands back behind bars after violating probation in Fla. Wal-Mart theft 09/17/2016
Fla. Walmart thief hopeful for job...at Walmart 09/18/2016
Maine police hunt for woman missing from Walmart parking lot 09/18/2016
Body of Melbourne woman found behind Indian River County Fla. Wal-Mart 09/18/2016
North Myrtle Beach SC police seek woman accused of defrauding Wal-Mart 09/19/2016
Police: Man admitted to robbery outside of Ga. Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market 09/20/2016
Teen saves elderly man’s life at Ind. Walmart 09/20/2016
Police look for man who stole $1,000 worth of cosmetics from Okla. Walmart 09/20/2016
1 arrested after Conway SC Walmart evacuated for bomb threat 09/20/2016
Virginia Beach has a problem with the way Wal-Mart stores are stashing goods for the holidays 09/19/2016
Nothing suspicious after HAZMAT called to Colorado Walmart parking lot 09/20/2016
Suspects wanted in Ca. Walmart burglary 09/20/2016
Two charged with stealing diapers from NY Walmart 09/19/2016
Man charged with Wal-Mart armed robbery in Oakwood Ga. 09/21/2016
Troopers: Troy man caught with heroin in NY Wal-Mart bathroom 09/22/2016
Elderly man walking from Ind. Wal-Mart killed in hit-and-run 09/22/2016
Wisconsin sex offender pleads guilty to flashing 2 girls in Mich. Walmart 09/22/2016
Police: Drunk man gets caught stealing from Tx. Walmart, hits guard in the rib 09/22/2016
Pressure cooker left outside Dearborn Mich. Walmart causes bomb scare 09/2/2016
Lt. governor, Walmart executive speak at Michigan business summit in Flint Mich. 09/22/2016
Canyon Tx. Walmart reopened following bomb threat 09/22/2016
Woman finds explicit picture left on car outside Arkansas Wal-Mart 09/22/2016
2 sought in theft of thousands of dollars worth of video games from York County Va. Walmart 09/23/2016
Lawyer for man killed by cop in Wal-Mart to meet with Lynch 09/23/2016
Environmental review conducted for McCandless Pa. Wal-Mart 09/23/2016
Two indicted on attempted murder charges in June Augusta Me. Wal-Mart parking lot shooting 09/23/2016
June Colorado Walmart purse snatcher turns self in 09/24/2016
PBSO: Man slapped mom in face at suburban Boca Fla. Wal-Mart 09/26/2016
Walmart and Others Are Being Asked to Stop Selling as Much Meat 09/26/2016
Wethersfield Principal Followed Children at Conn. Wal-Mart, Took Photos: Police 09/28/2016
Woman accused of pushing Missouri Wal-Mart employee after theft 09/26/2016
Police: No bomb after threat made at Simpsonville SC Walmart 09/27/2016
Person of interest wanted after credit card crime at Wal-Mart in Gardnerville Nevada 09/27/2016
Greensboro NC police arrest two in Walmart armed robbery slashing at security guard with a knife 09/28/2016
Jupiter Fla. police: Man with full-face tattoos asleep in stolen truck at Wal-Mart 09/28/2016
Men take up to 6 years pleas in Oct. 2015 theft of rifle ammo at Mich. Walmart 09/28/2016
Mississippi Walmart shoplifting suspects | Gallery 09/28/2016
Police: Men arrested at Waterville Me. Wal-Mart linked to credit, gift card scheme 09/2/2016
Search for Stratford Conn. Walmart wallet theives 09/29/2016
Meridian Idaho police seeks man suspected of groping girl at a Walmart 09/29/2016
Clifton woman buys $1,000 in iTunes cards at Garfield NJ Walmart as part of deportation scam 09/29/2016
Guilty verdict for woman involved in deadly crash at Colorado Springs Walmart 09/29/2016
Police seek assistance identifying ND Wal-Mart thief 09/29/2016
Police arrest two men for dealing drugs outside Muncie Ind. Walmart 09/30/2016
Parolee pleads guilty to felony theft from Mich. Walmart 09/30/2016
Police arrest suspect in Phoenix Ariz. Walmart June fireworks fire 09/30/2016
Darlington SC City Police need help to identify suspects in Walmart thefts 09/30/2016