Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Wal-Mart Crime report October 2016
There were at least six shooting incidents at Walmart this month plus at least one more nearby where the victims went to Walmart after being shot and at least five more gun related crimes, including one where an off-duty police officers gun was stolen out of her unlocked car. At least one person was killed in a gun related incident and more injured. There were also at least a couple people stabbed during robbery attempts and a cop was hit by a car.
There were at least four more stories about how Walmart has much higher crime rates than other stores which isn't new except for the fact that they report on this more often. One of them has been reported on for years and they claim that it's getting better; however there is little or no indication that they're addressing the root causes of crime; some of which can't be done by Walmart alone, but even the part they can address doesn't seem to be happening.
There were at least three brawls at Walmarts and numerous assaults as usual. One incident where a former church pastor started choking a 4-month-old toddler that he supposedly didn't know seemingly for no apparent reason.
There were at least three kidnappings or carjackings at Walmart, although the most publicized one appears to have been clowning around or a prank where both the alleged kidnappers and the victim came back without seeming to be involved in any intimidation there were at least two cars crashing into Walmart, including one that went right through the entrance, and another chase following a shoplifting incident that led to a crash elsewhere.
Florida has their share of dead bodies show up at Walmart.
I said that last month but this time they found it after only a couple of days. These dead bodies are not generally considered suspicious.
Poor people have to die someplace.
Several of these incidents including a damaged coin machine and a rest room being set on fire might have been a result of angry customers, although there isn't necessarily evidence of this in many of the reports; however occasionally it becomes to obvious to deny credibly and when they're more common around automated technology or they happen more often at stores cutting corners on services, it is worth consideration.
Walmart is being sued by at least two people for separate incidents of false accusations of shoplifting or going to bizarre extremes. In one case the security guard was allegedly caught on camera planting false evidence; and the other involved an elderly couple that was disabled and may have been confused when leaving the store and the security officers escalated the incident until they used physical force against the could that relied on motorized carts to get around.
A separate incident involving a motorized cart seemed to have resulted in a drunken crash. I don't know if other stores have drunken cart drivers in the stores on a semi regular basis but this isn't the first time this has happened at Walmart.
After being caught selling expired baby formula in the press, they kept doing it; and they also pulled at least a couple of Halloween costumes again this year as part of an annual tradition of responding after the fact to outrage. They blame it on third party vendors, as if they have no control over them. They were also caught throwing a way large amounts of edible food despite claims they donate it to charity and had to evacuate one of their stores when the chemicals used to wash the floors was toxic and four people had to be hospitalized. It wouldn't be surprising if they blame that on an outside contractor, which seems to be standard operating procedure.
Even though one story indicated that they got higher sales and cleaner stores by improving the pay of workers another indicates they only do so when it is required by tax incentives and only do it enough to keep their taxes from rising. Walmart is no longer the leader in solar panels on the roof now that they've been passed by Target; but they now offer legal services at some of their stores. They're also opening what they call academies to train their own staff. This is part of the consolidation of all business interests into the hands of a small number of corporations that aren't generally accountable to the public partly because they donate so much money to campaigns.
Including to Hilary Clinton's which is only mentioned briefly by the traditional media.
Whether it was a disgruntled customer or not they found more razor blades stuck into shopping carts again. This usually happens a few times per year and like other times when it happens once it is often done multiple times in the same area, this time in Oklahoma.
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.
4 arrested following Hayden Idaho Walmart burglary 10/01/2016
Man Accused of Sexual Assault Near Beebe Arkansas Walmart Arrested 10/02/2016
Lockport man charged with drug possession after running from police at NY Walmart 10/03/2016
Inside the multi-million dollar Alabama Walmart deal 10/03/2016
Milwaukee Wisc. Walmart store robbed overnight 10/04/2016
Ride home from Ga. Wal-Mart kills half of the ‘four amigos’ 10/04/2016
Two pedestrians struck in WV Walmart parking lot, one person in custody 10/04/2016
Dublin Wal-Mart evacuated as police investigate threat 10/0/2016
Manchester NH President Road residents vent their frustration with Walmart traffic plan 10/04/2016
Police: Woman found injecting drugs near infant son in Tenn. Walmart bathroom 10/05/2016
Purcell Okla. police searching for clues related to hit-and-run at Walmart 10/05/2016
Truck hits 13 vehicles in Walmart parking lot in Unicoi Co. Tenn. 10/05/2016
Authorities seek to locate Walmart shoplifter in Green Valley Ariz. 10/05/2016
Man wanted for taking 2 TVs from Smyrna Tenn. Walmart 10/05/2016
Pair sought after flat-screen TVs stolen from Overland Park Missouri Walmart 10/06/2016
Two charged with thefts reported at NC Walmart store 10/06/2016
Employees allowed back in West Milwaukee Wisc. Walmart after bomb threats 10/06/2016
Amarillo Tx. police investigates late night armed robbery at Walmart 10/06/2016
Wal-Mart rejects settlement with U.S. over alleged bribery 10/06/2016
Parma Ohio police seeking man who exposed himself to Walmart worker 10/06/2016
Police: Man dressed as clown arrested after trying to scare customers at Amarillo Tx. Walmart 10/06/2016
Walmart Customer's Car Stolen While She was Shopping 10/07/2016
Police: No credibility behind Sylacauga Alabama Walmart BLM/KKK/Black Panther social media rumors 10/07/2016
Woman found dead in Kansas Wal-Mart parking lot 10/07/2016
Brownfield, Lamesa Tx. residents 'shocked' about Wal-Marts leaving 10/07/2016
3 charged with stealing computer from Hendersonville Tenn. Walmart 10/07/2016
Clovis man sentenced to 6 years for 2015 NM Walmart armed robbery 10/07/2016
Police rescue distressed girls, 4 and 7, locked in hot car at Ga. Walmart 10/09/2016
Athol Mass. pair suspected in Orange home invasion found in U-Haul parked in Wal-Mart lot 10/0/2016
Man arrested on report of assaulting American Fork Utah Walmart employee in shoplifting attempt 10/10/2016
NY Walmart worker accused of stealing 10/10/2016
Woman delivers baby while checking out at Utah Walmart 10/10/2016
Most Wanted: police say check-out scam artists hit Kingsport Wal-Mart 10/10/2016
Man uses cloned credit cards to purchase thousands in Ind. Wal-Mart gift cards 10/11/2016
Man flashes Walmart shopper in Port St. Lucie Fla. 10/11/2016
Crews respond to small electrical fire at west side Columbia Missouri Wal-Mart 10/11/2016
Police: Three shoplifted from NY Wal-Mart 10/11/2016
Auburn NY Wal-Mart briefly evacuates store after bomb threat 10/12/2016
Police Searching For Woman Suspected of Using Fake $100 at Pa. Walmart 10/12/2016
Authorities respond to bomb threat at Enterprise Alabama Wal-Mart 10/12/2016
Deputies respond to another bomb threat at a Wal-Mart in Dublin Va. 10/13/2016
Westfield Mass. Police do not suspect foul play after woman found dead in Walmart parking lot 10/13/2016
Report: Suspected Meth Lab Found In Car Parked At Pa. Walmart 10/13/2016
She went to SC Wal-Mart with $900 cash. It took just a moment to lose it 10/13/2016
Girl, 11, Missing At Suisun City Ca. Walmart Found Safe 10/13/2016
Man reports stabbing near Louisiana Walmart parking lot 10/14/2016
Vehicle knocks woman unconscious outside Wal-Mart and Sonic in Moulton Alabama 10/14/2016
Irvington Nebraska Walmart evacuated after reports of a bomb threat 10/15/2016
Arlington Wash. Walmart evacuated over threats from man falsely claiming to be armed 10/15/2016
Police, witness save life at Epping NH Walmart 10/16/2016
Man charged with false report, fabricating armed robbery in Beaverton Oregon Walmart parking lot after stabbing himself 10/17/2016
Ill. Walmart store robbed at gunpoint in Waukegan 10/17/2016
Douglas Deputies Seek Person of Interest in Nevada Walmart Theft Case 10/17/2016
SHERIFF: Cd'A woman tried to shoplift 360 items from Idaho Walmart 10/17/2016
Man in motorized wheelchair tries to steal TV from Eastlake Ohio Walmart 10/17/2016
Man tries to steal BB gun from Spanaway Wash, Walmart, stabs clerk on way out, prosecutors say 10/17/2016
Crime Stoppers: Man Steals Purse At Ky. Wal-Mart 10/18/2016
Milford Del.'s "Mr. Wal-Mart" Injured Leaving Work 10/1/2016
Clanton Alabama PD search for Walmart robbery suspects 10/18/2016
Woman ODs on bus in Mich. Wal-Mart parking lot, suspect arrested 10/19/2016
Police seek women using stolen credit cards at Utah Wal-Mart 10/19/2016
Wichita Kansas police vehicle tire punctured at Walmart 10/20/2016
Union asks court to reverse Arkansas Wal-Mart trespassing order 10/20/2016
Man convicted of 2nd degree murder in death of Walmart Neighborhood market employee 10/20/2016
Woman accidentally shoots self while holstering gun in Mich. Walmart parking lot 10/20/2016
2 women with baby shoplift from Vermont Walmart 10/20/2016
Bomb scare forces evacuation at Hudson NH Wal-Mart 10/22/2016
Roeland Park residents call for tax refunds after Kansas Walmart abandons move 10/24/2016
Police seek alleged Lebanon NH Walmart shoplifter 10/24/2016
Sheriff’s office seeks public’s help in identifying Fla. Wal-Mart pricetag switcher 10/25/2016
Elderly woman robbed at Greenville Ohio Wal-Mart, suspects sought 10/25/2016
Motorist hits Walmart building in Westfield, Mass. taken to hospital with unknown injuries 10/2/2016
3 accused of trying to steal TV from Tenn. Walmart in Mt. Juliet 10/25/2016
Evanston man faces theft, stolen-vehicle charges in Ill. Wal-Mart incident 10/26/2016
Deputies: Suspect Hits SC Walmart Clerk with Stolen Item 10/26/2016
Police searching for suspect in Ind. Walmart robbery 10/26/2016
Arsonist Sentenced in March WV Wal-Mart Fire 10/27/2016
Police asking for help identifying man after Surfside SC Walmart burglarized during hurricane 10/27/2016
Police: Woman steals from Florence Ky. Walmart, snatches purse in parking lot 10/27/2016
Police work to identify man accused of setting car on fire at Tulsa Okla. Walmart 10/27/2016
Chicopee Mass. police seek public's help in locating 2 suspects in Walmart credit card fraud 10/28/2016
Man shot in the buttocks, his dad gets supplies to remove bullet at Ohio Wal-Mart 10/28/2016
Kicked out of Wal-Mart? Couple says RV rules unclear in Sioux Falls SD 10/28/2016
Grandma dropped off at Oregon Wal-Mart can't find place to live 10/28/2016
Couple accused of Ind. Wal-Mart thefts 10/29/2016
Man arrested after stolen merchandise found in his vehicle at Fla. Wal-Mart 10/31/2016
Walmart pulls kid-nudity photo books from website 10/31/2016
Man gets prison time for flashing genitals to kids at Mich. Walmart 10/31/2016