Thursday, December 1, 2016
Wal-Mart Crime report November 2016 Black Friday Shoot Outs
Walmart had at least fifteen shooting incidents this month, which is almost certainly a record. They happened mostly in two large clusters, one of five shootings in the first four days of the month; the second with seven shootings starting on Thanksgiving Day ending on the following Monday, with one more on Wednesday and the other two spread out in between.
At least four people were killed in these shootings including two that were killed by police officers. There were several road rage arguments and a disgruntled employee shot another one he claimed threatened him. At least half of these shootings hit and injured someone, if not killed them; however one of them was an accidental shooting where a man was cleaning his gun in the parking lot and he only suffered minor injuries.
One of the police shootings where a suspect was killed involved a suspect that had a history of running away from police during encounters and a police officer that was previously suspected of lying. He was investigated after investigators raided a police department and confiscated guns.
That’s right it was a police department they were raiding. The officer was suspected of improperly storing firearms they confiscated and posing with one of the. No charges were filed and he was allowed to continue working but a prosecutor said he wouldn’t prosecute cases brought by this officer since he didn’t feel he could trust him; now there’s an ongoing investigation to whether this was a justifiable homicide with credibility problems on both sides.
There were at least six more gun related crimes including a carjacking; one of the shooting incidents also involved a suspect that attempted two carjacking’s while trying to escape; and one of the incidents was thought to be an active shooter incident at the time but later investigation indicated it might have been a hoax and there may not have actually been any guns involved, although it caused an enormous panic at the time.
There have been a growing number of reports from local cities, often with input from their police departments admitting that crime is much higher at Walmart than it is elsewhere; this isn’t something new however it is new that it is being reported so widely. Even though it is being reported much more widely now most people that read articles in their local papers probably don’t realize that there are dozens of similar reports around the country; and most of the people hearing about the shooting in their area probably don’t know about the other thirteen.
Walmart is responding to this problem by “taking justice into its own hands” in a program they call “restorative justice” where they don’t call the police if suspected shoplifters agree to take an online course through a private contractor that is working for profit. If they accept they have to either pay $400 up front or agree to pay $500 in instalments in return for no prosecution. They had a story which reports the views of so-called experts that reviewed this program; however these experts were mostly if not all involved in the privatization of security and they were as concerned or more concerned about increasing profits for a growing business as they were about security and reducing crime.
However even a few of these saw how many potential problems could come of this and one of them even went so far as to call it extortion and expressed concerns that the usual efforts to protect suspects rights were being abandoned; which appears to be justified. The private security firm carrying out these investigations is involved in lawsuits involving false imprisonment and trying to charge someone accused but not convicted of petty theft of under $10 $500 for their services.
This is a disaster waiting to happen and the vast majority of the public isn’t aware of it or the potential consequences. There is little or no chance that this will reduce their crime problem since that may not even be the objective. These corporations openly say they’re looking at this as an opportunity to increase profits which means that if they reduce crime their profits go down.
One of the most obvious problems with their efforts to reduce crime is that they don’t even try to figure out why it increased in the first place and to prevent the root causes. If they did they would know that the design of their stores is a virtual invitation to shoplifters making it easy for many people to walk out with entire carts full of stolen merchandise. There is also evidence to indicate that union busting tactics results in higher work place confrontation and other good research that could help prevent crime in the first place; but they don’t even look at any of this.
However it appears as if crime reports about petty crime are going down but there should be doubts about whether this is accurate or they simply aren’t reporting them as often. This month there have been as many if not more dramatic incidents but at the beginning of the month the total number of reports seem to drop, although I can’t be certain by how much without closer review.
I don’t know for certain but I suspect that either the media, which get profits from selling ads to large corporations like Walmart, is cutting back on their reports or Walmart is simply declining to call them in to the police so the media never even hears about it. This isn’t wild speculation since the media has a history of writing many positive stories about Walmart that involves many obvious distortions; and Walmart has a history of trying to use their political power to influence reporting of their problems and trying to censor things they don’t like. On at least one occasion a police chief reported about how big their problems were but then after a closed door meeting with Walmart representatives and politicians quickly said that Walmart is working with them to reduce crime in a surprising reversal of many of his previous statements.
They also had at least seven crashes or near accidents on their property or one which started on their property as a shoplifting that lead to a chase and fatal crash; two of the near collisions were intentional attempts to assault or intimidate people after an argument and a shoplifting attempt. There were at least two or three arsons at Walmart including one where the suspect threatened a police officer.
They had at least half a dozen to a dozen assaults with bats knives fists or brawls that were reported including one where a pregnant woman was punched in the face and several sexual assaults. One of the Walmart workers also falsely accused a pregnant woman of stealing and told her to pull up her shirt because he didn’t think she was pregnant when he saw her come in.
Walmart is creating their own training academies; yet they can’t seem to teach their employees to behave better than this? This is just one of many examples where Walmart workers are over eager in absurd efforts to reduce crime and when they feel the need to blame someone it is the worker but they never disclose their training practices if they have a choice; so it is difficult if not impossible to know if it might be partially a result of that.
Shoppers in Florida shouldn’t be surprised if they find decomposing bodies in a vehicle in their parking lots; Florida gets more than their share of that. This is the third consecutive month where a dead body was found that had been there at least two days. This time it was decomposing for close to a month if not longer before they noticed.
This isn’t considered suspicious, since poor people have to die someplace so it is now normal although most people don’t realize it.
Walmart is also facing a long list of labor disputes or accusations of fraud, as usual. They’re much more common than they used to be in China where workers are doing a much more effective job standing up for their rights than they have in the past; however they’re having mixed results in the U.S. especially in Arkansas where the government favors Walmart heavily and their political connections haven’t weakened since the wife of the governor was on their board in the eighties; however when she failed to win the presidential race this month Walmart didn’t join the stock market’s rally.
Truck drivers in California had better luck, when they won a suit claiming that Walmart intentionally failed to pay minimum wage, than Arkansas where they had their case thrown out. However Walmart routinely appeals even when they win and the government often seems more concerned about protecting them than their workers or consumers. One woman faced a nightmare when she had conclusive evidence to prove that she was a victim of fraud ruining her credit but couldn’t get through the bureaucracy at Walmart and their creditors ruining her record; and tests proved that there is no Aloe Vera in products advertising they have it. It is almost impossible to know what you’re buying unless you can see potential problems thanks to trade secrecy laws and lack of enforcement's of any laws if they still exist protecting consumers.
You would think that someone that gets away with driving a motorbike through the isles at Walmart, wearing a cape and his underwear, because the management doesn’t call the police wouldn’t want to post evidence of his crime on the internet, ensuring the police would eventually catch on and arrest him.
You would be wrong in at least one case.
To the best of my knowledge most Walmarts don’t have signs saying that you’re not allowed to load up dead deer’s dripping with blood that you just killed into a shopping cart and roll them into the store; but if you do all you’ll get is a request to leave without calling the police. Unless someone posts a picture on the internet no one would know if you did this either.
I have no way of knowing whether these two managers declined to call police as a result of orders from the corporate office to cut back on these calls; but I wouldn’t rule it out.
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 October 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.
Man gets 6 years for theft of rifle ammo at Mich. Walmart 11/01/2016
Suspect tracked down in theft case at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza Fla. 11/01/2016
Police: Man steals over $800 in Blu-ray discs from metro Okla. Walmart 11/01/2016
Florida man charged in August bank robbery in NY Walmart 11/01/2016
Bloomfield woman charged with using 10-year-old son to shoplift at NJ Walmart 11/01/2016
Herkimer man accused of stealing TVs from NY Wal-Mart 11/02/2016
Divvying up Portsmouth Va.'s $1M settlement for officer's victim may be a legal battle. Wal-Mart could be sued, too. 11/02/2016
Police blotter: Theft of 25 iPhones costs WV Wal-Mart $16,358 loss 11/0/2016
Parolee heads back to prison for stealing 'Walking Dead' DVDs from Mich. Walmart 11/03/2016
Charges: Woman Uses Stolen Credit Card From Assisted Living Facility At Minn. Wal-Mart 11/03/2016
Woman arrested in connection to Wednesday’s bomb threat at Dublin Va. Wal-Mart 11/03/2016
Wareham Mass. Police arrest Walmart shoplifter after brief car chase 11/03/2016
Iowa Wal-Mart customer questions shift to new discount program 11/03/2016 Sherry Erickson doesn’t have a car, doesn’t splurge on cable, can’t afford the newspaper. Living on about $700 a month, the Des Moines east-sider takes saving money on groceries seriously. So much so, Erickson actually took a class in Ankeny on how to make the most of coupons and grocery store promotions, she said.
Police: Over $300 spent with stolen credit card in East Lampeter Township Pa. Wal-Mart 11/03/2016
Fight over woman ends in Tx. Walmart parking lot with one man stabbed 11/05/2016
Accident in Chicopee Mass. Walmart parking lot seriously injures woman 11/0/2016
Man, woman get probation sentences for theft of rifle ammo at Mich. Walmart 11/07/2016
Man wanted for shoplifting from Highway 395 Nevada Walmart 11/08/2016
Wal-Mart Stores Faces Lawsuit over Fake Egyptian Cotton Sheets 11/08/2016 Wal-Mart Stores was sued on Tuesday on behalf of consumers who said the world’s largest retailer sold products falsely labeled “100% Egyptian Cotton” from an Indian textile company for many years after it first became suspicious of their origin.
Man breaks NevadaWalmart case with crowbar 11/08/2016
NY Walmart cashier charged in thefts 11/08/2016
Person-of-interest sought in connection to Carson City Nevada Walmart theft 11/08/2016
Police determine package left at south Nashville Tenn. Walmart not a threat 11/09/2016
Man jailed after senior citizens hit by pickup in Lyon Township Mich. WalMart parking lot 11/09/2016
Men caught on video stealing from Mich. Walmart tills, police seek help to ID them 11/09/2016
Knox County man convicted after attempt to steal car battery from Tenn. Wal-Mart 11/10/2016
Blotter: 3 juveniles accused of stealing air rifles from WV Wal-Mart 11/10/2016
Good Samaritan attacked outside Hempfield Township Pa. Wal-Mart 11/10/2016
Muslim Woman Told to 'Hang Herself' with Hijab at Walmart 11/10/2016
Lacey NJ PD: Huffing charge for Walmart shoplifter 11/11/2016
2 Senior Citizens Run Down In Mich. Walmart Parking Lot; Driver Later Arrested 11/10/2016
False alarm at Waterville Me. Wal-Mart causes evacuation 11/11/2016
Woman says she was robbed, pepper-sprayed outside Walmart in Mishawaka Ind. 11/11/2016
Man arrested for buying alcohol with stolen goods from Fla. Walmart 11/14/2016
Alleged trigger man arrested in Sept. shooting death of Lady Lake man at Fla. Wal-Mart 11/14/2016
Secaucus NJ Walmart evacuated after Sunday bomb threat, cops say 11/14/2016 Miller could not comment on whether the call was related to a similar threat made at a Bayonne NJ Walmart in September.
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Is Cashing Out of Walmart 11/14/2016 After trimming some of his stake in the retailer earlier this year, Buffett slashed his remaining Walmart stock by nearly 70% as the discount store announced its controversial deal to buy e-commerce startup Jet.com. Buffett’s stake in Walmart is now worth less than $1 billion, down from nearly $3 billion in the middle of this year, according to new securities filings.
Police: Note-passing suspect robs bank inside Okla. Walmart 11/14/2016
Syracuse man escapes police custody after caught stealing from Central Square NY Walmart 11/14/2016
Walmart invests in employees with training academy 11/14/2016
Truck driver learns costly lesson after leaving truck in SC Walmart lot overnight 11/15/2016
Police: Man fondles woman at Tenn. Walmart 11/15/2016
Heath Ohio Walmart evacuated due to bomb scare 11/15/2016
24 hours after alleged fight with game warden, man arrested at Tx. Walmart 11/15/2016
Man arrested after breaking into car at Hazlehurst Mississippi Walmart 11/15/2016
CraigsList Scam Leads Police to a Murfreesboro Tenn. Walmart 11/15/2016
Tenn. Walmart crash and dash nets felony charge 11/11/2016
Bristol Man Facing Six Charges After Pa. Walmart Bathroom Assault, Theft: Police 11/15/2016
Armed robbery at Walmart in King of Prussia Pa. 11/16/2016
Walmart in North Versailles Pa. reopens after bomb threat shutdown 11/16/2016
Fire closes Somersworth NH Walmart, causes thousands of dollars in damage 11/16/2016
Howell NJ PD seeks Walmart phone thieves 11/16/2016
What not to buy at Target and Walmart 11/17/2016
Firefighter on leave for alleged sex act at Troy Ohio Walmart 11/17/2016
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Thief uses stolen credit card at several Okla. Walmarts 11/17/2016
Police investigate overnight robbery at Greensboro NC Walmart 11/18/2016
Homeless man stabbed near south Nashville Tenn. Walmart 11/18/2016
Police: Woman Shoplifts, Pepper-Sprays Walmart Employees In SW Oklahoma City 11/18/2016
All clear from bomb squad given after ‘suspicious package’ found in Va. Walmart parking lot 11/18/2016
Vermont State Police will not handle calls to Derby Wal-Mart 11/19/2016
Brooklyn man faces two felony charges after Beaufort SC Walmart shopping trip 11/21/2016
Augusta Me. Wal-Mart June parking lot fracas brings federal gun charge 11/21/2016
No charges in hot-car death of toddler at Macedonia Ohio Walmart 11/21/2016
POLICE REPORTS: Woman charged with lifting $491 in steaks, tools from Tx. Walmart 11/21/2016
Same Turkeys, Different Prices At North Texas Walmarts 11/22/2016
Suspect sought in thefts at Rutherford County Tenn. Walmarts 11/22/2016
Wal-Mart's Dallas Tx. optical lab loses 91 jobs to automation 11/22/2016
Man accused of taking upskirt photo of woman in Walmart near Oviedo Fla. 11/23/2016
Bomb threat on social media closed Gloucester Va. Wal-Mart 11/20/2016
Man arraigned in Sept. Mich. Walmart theft of charity donations 11/23/2016
Police: Couple accused of stealing iPads, iPhones from Tx. Walmart 11/23/2016
Oro Valley Ariz. Police looking for 3 Walmart shoplifters 11/23/2016
Ft. Caroline Fla. area Wal-Mart evacuated Thursday night 11/25/2016
Gang member admits shooting 10-year-old in Idaho Walmart parking lot in June 11/23/2016
Everyone Is Talking About This Video Of Shoppers Fighting OVER TOWELS On Black Friday 11/25/2016 Even if this one is a video from past
Suspicious bag at NW Austin Tx. Walmart contained clothing 11/25/2016
Trump Rally Leaves Wal-Mart Behind 11/16/2016 Walmart donated heavily to Hillary Clinton and ahs been on good terms with her since she was a board member in the eighties.
Robeson County NC crime report two Walmart parking lot robberies 11/25/2016
Va. Crime Solvers seeks readers' help to solve these crimes, to find fugitives fraud against Walmart 11/22/2016
Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation At Wal-Mart In San Leandro Ca. 11/27/2016
Shopper alleges wet floor in La. Walmart caused fall, injurires 11/28/2016
Photo released of suspect in accident at Arkansas Walmart parking lot 11/28/2016
Suspected shoplifter with long Fla. Walmart shopping list doesn't outrun Hernando K-9 11/28/2016
Couple stole from Idaho Walmart to give Christmas to their kids, police say 11/28/2016
Walmart helps family of slain NY worker 11/28/2016 Police have said they were alerted to the double-homicide shortly after 7 a.m. Friday after a family member found Brooks and her daughter dead inside their home at 206 Wellington Ave.
Cartier Says Walmart Is Not Authorized to Sell Its $18,000 Diamond Watches 11/28/2016
Police: Suspects wanted in another Grovetown Ga. Walmart shoplifting 11/29/2016
Arrest Made in 2 Clearwater Fla. Walmart Robberies 11/28/2016
Woman, teen accused of stealing nearly $4,000 of items from Idaho Walmart 11/28/2016
Teen hit Monday night while walking to Mayfield Walmart 11/29/2016
Woman wanted for stealing elderly woman’s purse at Falmouth Mass. Walmart 11/29/2016
Pa. Walmart worker was 'under-ringing' merchandise, police say 11/29/2016
Chicopee Mass. Police to be stranded on Walmart roof to support Special Olympics 11/29/2016
PD: Southington man inappropriately touched woman at Conn. Walmart 11/29/2016
Two carts of shoplifted goods don't get past the door at NC Walmart 11/30/2016
Principal Accused of Taking Photos of Little Girls at Wal-Mart Resigns 11/30/2016
Report: St. Augustine woman stole Magic Mike DVD, dry salami from Fla. Walmart 11/29/2016
Police looking for suspected Lompoc Ca. Walmart shoplifters 11/30/2016