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 installments 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.

Greenfield Police Report: A man used a handgun while shoplifting at Wisc. Walmart (incident occurred Oct. 31) 11/21/2016


A man used a handgun to threaten an employee who tried to stop him from shoplifting at Walmart, 10600 W. Layton Ave., and then fled the lot in a gray Infiniti with about $1,200 worth of stolen electronics at about 4:55 p.m. Oct. 31. Police are seeking the suspect, who has been identified. Complete article

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

Police: Man attacks stranger with baseball bat outside Ga. Walmart 11/01/2016

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A violent fight over a parking spot outside a Gwinnett County Walmart has left one man with critical injuries and another in jail without bond.

Channel 2’s Tony Thomas exclusively obtained video of the incident on Oct. 13 around 9 p.m.

According to police, a man was backing out of a spot and accidentally hit his horn. Kevin Campos-Rivera, the driver of a passing car, took exception, pulled over and got out of his vehicle armed with a baseball bat, police said. Complete article

Shots fired during argument at Eden NC Walmart 11/01/2016

EDEN – Around 11:45 a.m. today, Eden Police responded to the Walmart Supercenter parking lot on E. Arbor Lane, where an argument between two people escalated and two or three gunshots were fired from one of their vehicles. No injuries or property damage has been reported.

“Responding officers arrived and canvassed the area of the parking lot and front entrance,” Lt. Clint Simpson said in a news release. “Initially, officers spoke with several people in the parking lot and did not locate a witness to the incident or anyone having knowledge of the report incident.”

Officers stayed in the area and finally found a shopper coming out of the store who had witnessed the argument.

Eden Police continue to investigate the incident, and are searching for a late 1980s white Chevrolet Impala. Complete article

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

Police investigate shooting near Walmart in Hampton Va. 11/02/2016

HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) -- Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon.

The shooting happened in the 1900 block of Cunningham Dr. near a Walmart.

Police were called to the scene just before 5 p.m. Complete article

Woman hit by her own car in Tenn. Walmart parking lot dies 11/02/2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A woman who was hit by her own car has died from injuries sustained during that incident.

According to police, they were called to the Walmart store in the 500 block of North Germantown Parkway Tuesday afternoon. When they arrived, they discovered a pedestrian, later identified at 74-year-old Peggy Rose, pinned underneath a car in the parking lot.

It was determined Rose was backing up at a high rate of speed with her left side door open when she hit a pedestrian. The impact knocked that person into the front under carriage of another vehicle.

At some point, Rose fell out of the driver’s seat and was run over by her own vehicle. Complete article

Body found in van near West Melbourne Fla. Wal-Mart 11/02/2016

West Melbourne Fla. police are investigating the discovery of a body in a van parked near the garden section of a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

The body was found around 4 p.m. Wednesday in a Dodge Grand Caravan at the store located at 845 Palm Bay Road. The van had what appeared to be a shredded, temporary tag possibly from Wisconsin, police said.

"We are conducting a death investigation in the parking lot," said Capt. Richard Cordeau, spokesman with the West Melbourne Police Department.

"Due to the evidence at the scene, it does appear that (the body) has been here for some time," said Cordeau, adding that detectives were en route to the site. Complete article

Police ID body of man found at Bradenton Fla. Wal-Mart 11/07/2016 (different body reported last month)

Body may have sat at West Melbourne Walmart for a month 11/03/2016

A woman whose badly decomposed body was found in a van in a Walmart parking lot was seen on video arriving at the location a month ago, leaving open the possibility the vehicle sat there unnoticed for several weeks, including during Hurricane Matthew's passage. ....

It is the third case of a person’s remains being found at a Brevard County Walmart since 2015. In March 2015, passers-by noticed a sport utility vehicle sitting long term in the parking lot of Walmart in Viera. Inside were the remains of an older man who suffered from a terminal illness.

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

Walmart takes 5 of 15 Charlotte NC crime hot spots (Video of numerous brawls) 11/02/2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- We see Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police responding to crime scenes all the time, but some addresses see officers more frequently than others.

Of the top 15 places CMPD responded to over the past year, Walmart took five of those slots.

Most of the addresses on the list are places with lots of people in and out like the EpiCentre and a mental health facility.

Others surprise you like SouthPark Mall. But because Walmart is drawing so much police attention, the big box retailer is making some major changes to keep you and your family safe.

On social media sites like YouTube and Facebook, there are dozens of videos that show fights and crime happening in the store. Complete article

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

Cops Overwhelmed by Excessive Calls to Walmart: 'There Are Days I Run Out of Handcuffs' 11/03/2016

Ashlyne Rogers, 20, was at an Arkansas Walmart shopping for a DVD two years ago when 25-year-old Corey Mosley took a swing at her with a baseball bat, striking her in the head.

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"All of a sudden, I hear a 'swoosh' and I collapsed on the floor," she told Inside Edition's Lisa Guerrero. "I had no idea what had happened. I just remember being hurtled to the floor, not being able to move because I was in so much shock and so much pain."

The attacker was caught and later sentenced to three years in prison.

“You don't expect something like that to happen to you," she said. "For it to happen one time, it makes you think it could happen a second time because there is not going to be anyone there to save you."

Last year in Jacksonville, Florida, there were 5,298 calls involving 15 Walmart stores.

Since 2015, police in Chicopee, Massachusetts, have received 1,294 calls about alleged incidents at the town's only Walmart.

Chicopee Officer Mike Wilk said patrol cars had to be repositioned in the city to accommodate the numerous calls. “It is kinda shocking when you realize on average that once or twice police are at a Walmart a day, especially in our city.”

In Westminster, Colorado, 2,140 calls were made regarding four Walmart stores. Seven miles away in Lakeside, Colorado — which has a police force of just 12 officers — authorities have received 1,270 calls about incidents at Walmart since 2015. Complete article

Charges: Man Fired Shotgun Toward Blaine Minn. Wal-Mart 11/03/2016

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – An 18-year-old man is accused of firing a shotgun twice in the parking lot of a Blaine Wal-Mart.

Marshall Richard Mastenbrook, of Shoreview, is charged with one count of reckless discharge of a firearm, a felony, stemming from the Aug. 6 incident, court documents filed in Anoka County show.

According to a criminal complaint, the shooting was reported at the Wal-Mart on Ball Road, with witnesses saying the suspect fired two shots toward to the superstore in the early morning hours. Complete article

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

Police: Ex-employee shoots Walmart worker inside Mercer County Pa. store 11/03/2016

Police said a former employee at a Walmart in Mercer County shot a worker multiple times, critically wounding him, Thursday night.

The ex-employee walked into the store in Hermitage around 10:30 p.m., according to county emergency officials.

The victim was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital in Ohio, where he is in critical but stable condition, authorities said. His identity has not been released.

The former worker, identified by police as Zachary Thomas McClimans, 22, of Sharon, Pa., was taken into custody in the parking lot. People outside the store had spotted McClimans sitting in a vehicle when police arrived. Complete article

Cops: Walmart Shooting Suspect Shot Co-Worker Over Gender Transition Dispute 11/04/2016 McClimans told police shot Hall after the store management hadn’t made a decision about the status of Hall, who was threatening him.

Defendant in Hermitage Wal-Mart shooting appears in court 11/15/2016

Road rage ends in shooting at Mansfield Rd. Shreveport Louisiana Walmart 11/04/2016

Police say a road rage incident that began on Mansfield Road in Shreveport this morning ended in a shooting in the Walmart parking lot.

Witnesses say police have blocked off an area in the parking lot of Walmart as well as one of the entrances to the store.

Police say a verbal dispute began in the Walmart parking lot following the road rage incident and ended with one person shooting another. Complete article

Santa Fe NM Wal-Mart falsely accuses pregnant woman of shoplifting, exposes her in public 11/04/2016

Pregnancy is an exciting time for most women. However, can you imagine someone accusing you of lying about it and stuffing stolen goods down your shirt? That's what one woman says happened to her at a Santa Fe Walmart.

Like many, the Walmart on Herrera DR. is a normal stop for Patricia Pautke. Monday, after trick-or-treating with her son, Pautke went into the store to browse the Halloween selection. But as she was leaving, she was stopped by a store employee.

“He said ‘ma'am are you pregnant,’ and I said ‘yes I am,’ and he said ‘you did not look pregnant five minutes ago,’” said Pautke. “He said, ‘I’m going to need you to lift up your shirt right now and prove to me that you don’t have anything under your shirt.’”

Pautke said at the front of the store, in front of other employees and customers, she lifted up her shirt. Then when she proved she wasn't hiding anything, she said that employee told her to have a good day. Complete article

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

Bomb threat at Madison Mississippi Wal-Mart 11/07/2016

The Wal-Mart in Madison was evacuated and a man arrested Monday morning after a fake bomb threat.

According to Captain Kevin Newman with the Madison Police Department, an unidentified man called 911 at 8:20 Monday morning and said he was sitting in the Wal-Mart parking lot and he and his car were "laced with explosives."

Officers responded at 8:22 and found the man standing outside of a gold, 4-door Saturn. The man approached officers with his hands raised. He did not have explosives on him and was taken into custody without incident, Newman said.

The northern section of the Wal-Mart parking lot was evacuated and a perimeter established around the vehicle. A portion of Grandview Boulevard was closed as well. Complete article

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

Suspected Shoplifters Arrested After Stabbing At Morgan Hill Ca. Walmart 11/09/2016

MORGAN HILL (CBS SF) — An assistant manager at a Morgan Hill Walmart was stabbed outside the store on Tuesday night after confronting two suspected shoplifters, police said Wednesday.

The two suspects were arrested in Gilroy later in the night. They were identified as 31-year-old Noel Calderon of Gilroy and 22-year-old Kimberly Angeles of Morgan Hill.

They were both spotted acting suspiciously while selecting store merchandise in the Walmart at 170 Cochrane Plaza shortly before 9 p.m., according to Morgan Hill police. Complete article

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

1 critical after Fla. Walmart crash hitting at least one pedestrian 11/10/2016

CHIPLEY - One man is in critical condition after crashing his truck into the front of the Walmart store in Chipley around 12:30 Thursday.

Witnesses say the man crossed at least three rows in the store parking lot, striking several cars and at least one pedestrian before crashing headlong into the center of the storefront.

"It was like he was in a pinball machine," said one witness. "He hit one car, bounced to a couple others and then drove right into the building." Complete article

Walmart shoplifter sped down wrong side of road trying to avoid arrest, Johnson City Tenn. police say 11/10/2016

A shoplifter fled a Johnson City Walmart and sped away from police Wednesday afternoon, causing a wreck and driving on the wrong side of the road, police said Friday.

About 5 p.m., police responded to call from the Walmart at 2915 W. Market St. about a shoplifting incident in progress. Police arrived to see Angie Carmack, 41, 125 W. Main St., driving away.

Police said they tried to stop her vehicle twice. She caused a minor traffic collision and tried to evade arrest by driving on the wrong side of the road and at high peed, “posing a threat to the safety of all motorists in the vicinity.” Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies eventually stopped her vehicle. Complete article

Lacey NJ PD: Huffing charge for Walmart shoplifter 11/11/2016

Warrant issued for arrest of woman in alleged Pa. Walmart armed standoff 11/10/2016

A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Debra Sue Faucher of Willow Creek for the alleged standoff with police inside Walmart on Monday night.

Faucher, 57, of 265 Highwood Lane in Willow Creek, was charged Wednesday by Foster Township Police with criminal trespassing, a third-degree felony; recklessly endangering another person, a second-degree misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a third-degree misdemeanor.

The criminal complaint is filed at Magisterial District Judge Rich Luther’s office. Luther signed the warrant for Faucher’s arrest Wednesday. Complete article

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

Update: Fatal crash started with shoplifting call to Newton Kansas Wal-Mart 11/11/2016

UPDATE 1:45 P.M.: Police say those killed in a Reno County crash after a law enforcement pursuit had stolen two carts of merchandise from the Newton Wal-Mart on Friday morning.

The Newton Police Department, on its Facebook page, said three people walked into the store shortly before 9 a.m. and tried to pay for about $1,100 of merchandise with fraudulent credit cards. They left the store with the loaded-down carts – abandoning one as a store employee approached them – then got into two different vehicles to flee.

An officer spotted one of the vehicles – a red car – driving west on Highway 50 and started a chase after learning it had been stolen. When the officer tried to pull the car over, its driver refused to stop and sped along the highway at up to 115 mph, the agency said.

The two suspected shoplifters died when the car swerved to avoid stop sticks laid out by law enforcement, lost control and slid sideways into the front of a semi that had stopped for a roadblock at Highway 50 and Kent Road near Hutchinson, Newton police said. Complete article

This story doesn't tell about an undisclosed fee for the course explained in article following it.

Walmart cracks down on shoplifting by taking justice into its own hands 11/12/2016

SAN ANTONIO -- Shoplifting costs companies billions and local police department precious time.

Now, the world's biggest retailer, Walmart, is tackling the problem with an experiment: giving first-time offenders a chance to avoid the legal justice system with a program called Restorative Justice.

It's already making a big impact in San Antonio.

Police are used to hearing the call "Shoplifting at Walmart." It's a call that they answer more than 100 times a day across the Alamo City, tying up police officers’ time and potentially ruining someone's life. ...

The eight-hour online program is currently being offered at one-third of Walmart stores nationwide.

"The goal of Restorative Justice is to give first-time offenders a second chance so they make better choices. It is voluntary and it prevents them from having to go through the criminal justice program," said Anne Hatfield, director of communications for Walmart. Complete article

Walmart’s “Restorative Justice” Program for Shoplifters 08/21/2016 One of the companies hired by Walmart to administer the courses—Corrective Education Company—is currently being sued for false imprisonment and overcharging alleged shoplifters. The lawsuit alleges that some retailers take suspected shoplifters “to a secluded area in the back of the store” to show them a video produced by CEC. One woman was reportedly asked to pay $500 to take CEC’s course after she was accused of stealing items worth $6.97 from a Goodwill Industries store.

Low Prices, High Crime: Inside Walmart’s Plan to Crack Down on Shoplifting 11/1/2016

Will Walmart’s ‘restorative justice’ reduce shoplifting? 09/26/2016

Walmart has faced criticism from some in the law enforcement community who believe that factors such as a lack of sales associates on store floors are leading to higher incidences of crime at the retailer’s locations. Some have questioned whether Walmart’s management and board are willing to incur the added labor costs necessary to deter shoplifters. While the chain has not publicly committed to adding large numbers of permanent workers to its labor force, it has come up with a new program that it believes will make thieves think twice about stealing from its stores.

According to The Joplin Globe, Walmart has a new program called “restorative education” that aims to dissuade those caught shoplifting for the first time from becoming repeat offenders. Under the program, individuals with no criminal record who are caught stealing from Walmart are given the option of paying $400 and taking an online course instead of being turned over to the police. If they can’t pay the $400, they are given the option of taking the course and paying $500 in four payments. Failure to complete the course or pay will result in Walmart pressing charges against the shoplifter. Complete article Most of the feedback, especially the first reviews seems to be from corporations more interested in increased privatization for profit however there are still a few that see how many problems will inevitably come from this including the following:

Ed Rosenbaum
CEO, The Customer Service Rainmaker, Rainmaker Solutions

I am not viewing this as an example of Walmart being good citizens. I see there being two separate problems. First is the mother stealing food to feed her family. Second is more the young teens stealing to see if they can get away with it.

What is being solved by arresting the mother? How then does Walmart expect her to pay the $400 to $500.00 ransom for the “Get Out of Jail Free” card? How did they come up with this number? How do they expect it to be paid and where does this money go? Does it go to funding a social program to rehabilitate? Or does it go to the bottom line? Your guess is as good as mine. But I am guessing the bottom line. Maybe Walmart should consider putting the shoplifter in an in-house training program and hire them to work off the amount, not $500. Just the amount of the items taken. Maybe, just maybe, Walmart might find they have hired some talented employees. $500 is a heavy price to pay for someone who can’t afford a $10 package of hamburger meat.

Craig Sundstrom
CFO, Weisner Steel

I’m sorry, but any program that begins with the phrase “pay (Walmart) $400…” has little to do with restorative justice” and much to do with raising revenue. In fact, given that the program seeks to eliminate the legal system — and incidentally the safeguards of due process that system affords — it might be called extortion.

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 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

Wal-Mart Tells Workers: Don’t Download Labor Group’s Chat App 11/15/2016

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is warning store workers not to download a smartphone app designed by OUR Walmart, an organization that advocates for higher pay and other benefits, as the battle between employers and labor groups increasingly shifts to social media.

The app, released on Android phones Monday, allows Wal-Mart store employees to chat among themselves and receive advice on workplace policies or legal rights, said leaders from OUR Walmart on a conference call.

Wal-Mart has instructed store managers to tell their employees that the app wasn't made by the company and described it as a scheme to gather workers' personal information, according to a document viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The worker organization is "increasingly trying to get our associates to turn over personal information to the union by using deceptive and slick looking social media and mobile apps," according to the document. Complete article

What Wal-Mart's Battle With Workers Over A Chat App Means for Big-Box Retailers 11/22/2016

Just ask any retail worker about the holiday season: Many have horror stories about the days after Thanksgiving. It’s no wonder that during these stressful times, employees of large retail stores don’t often get the attention or help they need when they’re so focused on serving customers.

For this reason, the worker advocacy group Our Walmart released an Android app last Monday with the aim of providing commonly asked questions to Wal-Mart Stores employees. It sent the discount retailer into a tizzy. Jason Van Anden, who runs the software development shop Quadrant 2, told Forbes that Our Walmart reached out to him in April to ask him to develop the app. ”It seemed as if this project filled a void for this very massive workforce,” said Van Anden. There’s a lot of political nuance in a very large workforce, and sometimes this can cause awkwardness between employees and store management. “Just by asking simple questions, someone might feel awkward or afraid of how a manager might perceive a legitimate issue.”

The app, which is based on IBM Watson artificial intelligence, can answer nearly 200 common questions employees might have about the company’s policies. For every question that doesn’t have a response, a peer expert can answer it—and Watson will add the question and answer to its database. Wal-Mart has been criticized in the past for its tactics to keep its 1.2 million to 1.3 million employees from unionizing; this recent effort is a sign that its employees are finding advanced ways around the company’s more traditional methods of communication.

Cops: Man fired from Fla. Walmart. So he sets fire to stuffed animal in store. 11/15/2016

Manatee -- A former Walmart employee was arrested after he set fire to a stuffed animal in the store after he was fired, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The ensuing blaze Saturday at the store at 5810 Ranch Lake Blvd. caused at least $250,000 in damage, according a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.

The Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office confirmed that the fire was set intentionally and the store was evacuated and closed for several hours. A Walmart employee suffered from minor smoke inhalation, the office said.

According to the report, 20-year-old Tiberrus Brown was fired around 11 p.m. Friday because he lied on his time card. He remained on the property until 7 a.m. Saturday, which is when the fire was started, the report said.

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Walmart, labor group clash over app that connects employees 11/15/2016

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

Rhode Island men allege discrimination by Wal-Mart 11/15/2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Two former security workers at a Rhode Island Wal-Mart say in federal lawsuits filed against the retailer that they were victims of racial discrimination.

Robert McCutcheon and James Braddock worked as "asset protection associates" at the Providence store. They tell The Providence Journal ( ) that they loved their jobs, and saw room for advancement and long-term careers.

The men, who are both black, allege they were called "gangstas" by their supervisors, subjected to racial stereotypes, sent into largely minority neighborhoods to retrieve shopping carts, and denied promotions based on race. Complete article

Canton Ohio police say officer handled Walmart confrontation correctly 11/15/2016

CANTON, OH (WOIO) - Canton police had a tense confrontation following a suspected shoplifting Monday night at the Walmart on Tuscarawas Road.

The encounter, caught on video by a bystander, shows an officer talking with a male passenger outside of the car that the female shoplifting suspect had just gotten into. After a brief confrontation, the man got back into the car. The driver ignored the officer's commands and backed out of the parking space, at which point the officer drew his gun and repeatedly warned the driver to stop.

The car pulled away, left the parking lot, and was eventually pulled over after a brief chase at 12th St. and Roslyn Ave. SW. Complete article

How safe is your local Walmart or Target? 11/15/2016

Crime Fighters analyze police calls for one-year time period

SAN ANTONIO - An analysis of police calls to the San Antonio Police Department from Walmart and Target stores show a variety of calls made in the time period of August 2015 to August 2016. While the calls do not reflect actual crimes committed, security expert Richard Smith, with Con10gency Consulting, said they can sometimes be indicative of problems at those given locations.

Smith, who has almost three decades of law enforcement experience, rode along with KSAT to assess vulnerabilities at an area Walmart store.

"These are big stores, and big stores — they're very hard to cover every square inch," Smith said.

Smith said there are many factors that contribute to the number of police calls made from big box retailers, including how parking lots are supervised, the number of visible employees, operating hours and the size of a given location.

Calls to San Antonio police averaged 330 per year for Walmart locations and 143 for Target locations in the area. Complete article

Modestan faces attempted-murder charge after Ceres Ca. Wal-Mart shooting 11/14/2016

A Modesto man faces a charge of attempted murder after firing twice at two Wal-Mart loss-prevention officers who removed him and a female companion from the store Sunday afternoon, Ceres police say.

Tomas Armendariz Jr., 39, is being held on $500,000 bail. He also faces a charge of being a felon or narcotic addict in possession of a firearm. He and Jessica Long, 35, were caught after leading police on a pursuit, crashing their vehicle and attempting to carjack another, police say. Long, also of Modesto, was booked and later released on a citation for resisting arrest.

At about 4:38 p.m. Sunday, Ceres police responded to a report of a shooting at the Wal-Mart at 1670 Mitchell Road. After being led out of the store on allegations they were committing theft, Armendariz and Long went to their car in the parking lot, police say. Armendariz pulled out a .223-caliber long rifle and fired two rounds in the direction of the loss-prevention officers, who remained by the front entrance, police said.

Police were unable to recover the slugs, said Sgt. Danny Vierra, but one struck the windshield of another vehicle in the parking lot. No one was struck by the gunfire, and Armendariz and Long fled in their gold Pontiac Grand Am.

Ceres officers quickly located the car on Mitchell Road, according to a news release. They attempted a traffic stop, but Armendariz did not pull over. The pursuit ended when the Pontiac crashed near the Faith Home Road overpass in Keyes. Armendariz and Long ran, and Armendariz tried to carjack another motorist driving in the area, but officers intervened. Complete article

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

Charges dropped against Portsmouth NAACP president, activists in Wal-Mart protest 11/16/2016

PORTSMOUTH -- Prosecutors Wednesday dropped charges against three civil rights activists who were cited for trespassing at the Wal-Mart where a police officer shot and killed an unarmed man last year.

Charges were filed against Portsmouth NAACP President James Boyd, Lou Gibbs and Christopher “Rocky” Hines one day after a peaceful demonstration outside the store prompted it to close early. Wal-Mart officials say they told the men that day they were banned from the store.

After a short hearing in Portsmouth General District Court, attorneys for the men said that their clients did nothing wrong and that prosecutors don’t have proof that a crime occurred. Special prosecutor LeeAnne Bierowicz, a private attorney in Portsmouth, requested the case’s dismissal but didn’t explain why. Complete article

Across China, Walmart Faces Labor Unrest as Authorities Stand Aside 11/16/2016

SHENZHEN, China — In a one-man war room in his apartment, a laid-off Walmart employee named Wang Shishu was tapping out a message on his phone to a group of workers and plotting his next move.

Over the past few months, Mr. Wang, 56, has helped organize a national movement in China against Walmart. Labor strikes have hit stores in the south simultaneously. There have been boycotts in the northeast. And here in Shenzhen, where Walmart opened its first outlet in China two decades ago, employees have filed a lawsuit demanding back pay.

“We want a snowball effect,” he said in the booming baritone of a street preacher. “We want everybody to know what to do next.” Complete article

Walmart in North Versailles Pa. reopens after bomb threat shutdown 11/16/2016

Men roll dead deer into Virginia Walmart 11/16/2016

SHORT PUMP, Va. -- A mother and daughter got quite a surprise when they walked into Walmart Tuesday night.

Denise Collier-Bailey told WTVR she just noticed two men sitting in the vestibule of the Short Pump superstore.

It wasn't until she actually walked inside the store that her daughter asked, "Did you see that deer in the shopping cart?"

Collier-Bailey had not, so she and her teenage daughter walked back out to get a closer look.

The daughter took a photo.

The gutted deer, was in the shopping cart, dripping blood on the floor, she said. Complete article

Fire closes Somersworth NH Walmart, causes thousands of dollars in damage 11/16/2016

Howell NJ PD seeks Walmart phone thieves 11/16/2016

Woman charged for robbing Greendale Wisc. Walmart 11/17/2016

A Greenfield woman is facing a felony charge for robbing a Walmart and threatening to shoot an employee at about noon Oct. 19.

According to police the suspect, Morgan L. Buentello, 23, walked into Walmart, 5301 S. 76th St., at noon, went up to the customer service desk and slid a demand note to the employee. The note stated, “Give me all the money quickly quietly I won’t shoot you!”

The employee told police she believed the suspect had a gun because she had her right hand in her jacket pocket and it appeared very bulky and large. When Buentello stated, “Hurry up or I’ll shoot you,” the employee feared for her life and gave her about $8,350 out of the cash register, according to the police report. Complete article

Wal-Mart’s profit falls but beats estimates; revenue misses 11/17/2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported its third-quarter profit fell 8.2 percent, dragged down by investments in e-commerce and its stores. Its earnings still beat Wall Street estimates. But its revenue fell short of expectations.

Shares fell nearly 3 percent in premarket trading.

Wal-Mart is reinventing itself to be more nimble as it fights off competition from online leader and other rivals. Complete article

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

Arkansas high court bars union from protesting at Wal-Mart 11/17/2016

Arkansas' highest court has banned a labor union from protesting or demonstrating at Wal-Mart's stores and offices in the state, scaling back a judge's order prohibiting the group from entering the retail giant's property for anything other than shopping.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Benton County judge's trespassing order against the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, rejecting the labor group's argument that the issue needed to be resolved by a federal labor relations board. Justices, however, modified the order to cover only activities such as picketing, demonstrating and flash mobs at the Bentonville-based company.

Wal-Mart had sued the union and its affiliate over demonstrations held at its stores. Complete article

Grocery store workers’ union going after Kroenke, Walmart 11/17/2016

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The union representing local grocery store workers is taking aim on an easy target. UFCW Local 655 hopes to exploit Stan Kroenke’s ties to Walmart in an attempt to win over customers for Dierbergs, Schnucks, and Shop ‘n Save stores.

“He is the Grinch that stole our football team,” said David Coog, President UFCW Local 655.

The union is spending $500,000 on a television and radio ad campaign. One of those ads encourages shoppers support stores with union workers instead of Walmart. The ad calls Kroenke a “Walmart billionaire” and makes reference to the fact he moved the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles. Complete article

Police investigate overnight robbery at Greensboro NC Walmart 11/18/2016

Homeless man stabbed near south Nashville Tenn. Walmart 11/18/2016

Wal-Mart Tackles Food Safety With Test of Blockchain Technology 11/18/2016

If you shop at Wal-Mart, you might be buying packaged produce unlike any ever sold in a U.S. store.

The sliced apples or cut broccoli -- the merchant won’t say what’s involved exactly -- are being used to test blockchain, a new database technology. If successful, the trial could change how Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which serves some 260 million customers a week, monitors food and takes action when something goes wrong. That could spur big leaps in food safety, cut costs and save lives.

Like most merchants, the world’s largest retailer struggles to identify and remove food that’s been recalled. When a customer becomes ill, it can take days to identify the product, shipment and vendor. With the blockchain, Wal-Mart will be able to obtain crucial data from a single receipt, including suppliers, details on how and where food was grown and who inspected it. The database extends information from the pallet to the individual package.

“It gives them an ability to have an accounting from origin to completion,” said Marshal Cohen, an analyst at researcher NPD Group Inc. “If there’s an issue with an outbreak of E. coli, this gives them an ability to immediately find where it came from. That’s the difference between days and minutes.” Complete article

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

Police: Man used pickup truck as weapon during dispute at Wake Forest NC Walmart 11/18/2016

Wake Forest, N.C. — A man has been charged after Wake Forest police say he slammed his pickup truck into another vehicle Wednesday evening at a Walmart on South Main Street.

According to authorities, 21-year-old Bryan Gonzalez of 1704 South Main Street, slammed his pickup into another truck at about 8:20 p.m., pushing it onto its side and trapping a man and woman inside.

Witnesses told police that Gonzalez ran from the scene after the incident. Officers later found Gonzalez, and he was arrested after several witnesses identified him as the driver. Complete article

Ask Kelly: Can Walmart inspect employees’ purses and bags? 11/18/2016




Vermont State Police will not handle calls to Derby Wal-Mart 11/19/2016

5 Arrested In Shoplifting Enforcement Operation At Suisun City Ca. Wal-Mart 11/20/2016

SUISUN CITY (CBS SF) — Five people were arrested at a Wal-Mart store in Suisun City on Friday by plainclothes police officers conducting a shoplifting enforcement operation.

Officers, with help from store loss prevention employees, conducted the operation at the Wal-Mart Supercenter store at 350 Walters Road.

David Faulkenberry, a 28-year-old transient, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, violation of post-release community supervision, petty theft and possession of burglary tools and a controlled substance, police said. Complete article

Wentzville couple carjacked at gunpoint by 2 teens, 1 adult at Missouri Walmart 11/20/2016

A late night shopping trip turns into a carjacking, then high speed chase down Interstate 270. It started late Friday night in a Walmart parking lot in Wentzville, Missouri

The victim of this car jacking- who asked Five On Your Side to identify him only as 'George' for his safety- says his trip to Walmart took a dark turn when a 14, and 15 year old confronted him with a gun in the parking lot.

When you work the second shift, shopping at night can be a part of life. So for George and his girlfriend, a quick drive to Walmart Friday night was nothing out of the ordinary.

"As I turned back around to get something out of the car, two of them were in my face with guns to my face," said George, a Wentzville native.

In the passenger seat: George's girlfriend.

"They jerked her out of the car and started scrambling around the car. I went up and grabbed her," said George. Complete article

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

2 women robbed at gunpoint at La. Harvey Sam's Club, Wal-Mart; suspect in custody 11/21/2016

Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a New Orleans man accused of robbing two women in the parking lots of Wal-Mart and Sam's Club in Harvey Saturday night.

Edward West, 29, was booked with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of use of a firearm in connection with drug activity, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the department.

Investigators linked West to the holdups, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. in the parking lots of Sam's Club, 1527 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, and next-door Wal-Mart, 1501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, Fortunato, said. Complete article

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

No Evidence of Aloe Vera Found in the Aloe Vera at Wal-Mart, CVS 11/21/2016

The aloe vera gel many Americans buy to soothe damaged skin contains no evidence of aloe vera at all.

Samples of store-brand aloe gel purchased at national retailers Wal-Mart, Target and CVS showed no indication of the plant in various lab tests. The products all listed aloe barbadensis leaf juice — another name for aloe vera — as either the No. 1 ingredient or No. 2 after water.

There’s no watchdog assuring that aloe products are what they say they are. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t approve cosmetics before they’re sold and has never levied a fine for selling fake aloe. That means suppliers are on an honor system, even as the total U.S. market for aloe products, including drinks and vitamins, has grown 11 percent in the past year to $146 million, according to Chicago-based market researcher SPINS LLC Complete article

Brothers charged in dirtbike prank at Alexandria Ky. Wal-Mart 11/22/2016

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. -- The brothers try to make money by posting their prank videos to YouTube, police said. Instead, one of those videos could end up costing them.

Justin Bell, 27, and Howard Bell, 44, have been charged with first-degree wanton endangerment in connection with a dirtbike prank at a Wal-Mart store, Alexandria Police Chief Mike Ward said.

Video shows Justin Bell -- described in the video caption as "Dumb Dumb" -- riding a miniature dirtbike through the Wal-Mart store in Alexandria, according to a police report. He's dressed in underpants and a Superman cape, along with a helmet and boots. .....

The third-shift manager "was unable give any information as to why the manager failed to call police and allowed the subject to place the customers in the store at serious risk of serious physical injury," the police report said. Complete article

Teen punches pregnant woman in face during Fla. Walmart parking lot fight, police say 11/22/2016

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - An 18-year-old woman punched a pregnant woman who was holding a toddler when a fight escalated in the parking lot of a South Florida Walmart store, police said.

A Boynton Beach police report said two sisters walked in front of a car that Taiyaima Jean was sitting in last Thursday evening. More Crime Headlines

Police said Jean and the women started arguing over who had the right-of-way. Jean got out of the car and chest bumped the pregnant woman before hitting her in the face.

The woman, who is four months pregnant, was holding her 3-year-old niece at the time. Complete article

Same Turkeys, Different Prices At North Texas Walmarts 11/22/2016

Deputies search for men in armed robbery, firing one round, near Orlando Fla. Wal-Mart 11/22/2016

ORLANDO, Fla. - Deputies are hoping to identify two men who are accused of committing an armed robbery near a Wal-Mart on East Colonial in Orlando.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office tweeted a Crimeline bulletin showing stills from surveillance video on Tuesday. More News Headlines

Deputies said the men agreed to sell merchandise to the victims on Oct. 10 at about 1:55 a.m. During negotiations, one of the men snatched the victims' money, pointed his handgun and fired one round.

The two men then fled the area in a silver Hyundai Elantra. Complete article

Canandaigua teen accused of NY Walmart rampage 11/22/2016

An Ontario County teenager is accused of a ransacking the Canandaigua Walmart last week.

Philip E. Key, 16, of Canandaigua was charged with third-degree robbery. According to the Ontario County Sheriff's Office, Key allegedly entered Walmart, 4238 Recreation Drive, in Hopewell, around 1:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and stole cold medicine.

Key began to consume the cold medicine, deputies said. After that, he went to a checkout lane and told the clerk to give him money. Key "then began forcefully taking money from the register," a release stated. He also demanded the clerk give him a pack of cigarettes.

As Key was trying to run from the store, a customer attempted to stop him. Key then "began trying to kick the customer in the face" before he ran out to the parking lot. Complete article

Suspect sought in thefts at Rutherford County Tenn. Walmarts 11/22/2016

Walmart keeps local police departments busy including Las Vegas 11/22/2016

LAS VEGAS, NV (KTNV) - Want to know where you're most likely to encounter crime this holiday shopping season? The answer is the same in cities across the country.

Contact 13 reveals how police get more calls to Walmart stores than almost anywhere else. And you pay for it.

In North Las Vegas and Henderson, Walmart stores were the number one locations for police calls last year.

No other large retailer even shows up in the Top 10, but cops are showing up at Walmarts several times a day, every day of the year.

"When I saw the numbers I was absolutely shocked." Shopper Laura Salaz spends money at Walmart, but she doesn't expect to see so many of her tax dollars spent there. "Walmart is using my public resources as their private security." Complete article

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

Walmart is playing a dangerous role in the normalization of Burzum (A Neo-Nazi) T-shirts 11/18/2016

The word “normalization” has been thrown around a lot lately, generally in reference to the lamestream media’s attempts to be even-handed in its coverage of people who openly hate it (i.e., Donald Trump and his team). But there’s another, equally insidious means by which extreme beliefs formerly relegated to the lunatic fringe are being woven into the fabric of mainstream society. That’s right—Walmart is now selling Burzum T-shirts.

In all fairness, the shirts are being sold through an outside seller, Rockabilia, on Walmart’s website, and aren’t actually available in Walmart stores. (Amazon also sells the exact same shirt, for the record.) Sellers on Walmart’s website are vetted, although it’s not clear how (Walmart’s site says its “verification process is proprietary and confidential”), and considering the shirt doesn’t have “THIS ARTIST HAS MADE SOME WORRYING STATEMENTS ABOUT JEWS” printed on it in bold letters, it’s possible that Walmart’s secret marketplace tribunal has no idea who the hell Burzum is and what he stands for. Complete article

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

Tulsa Okla. police: Man wanted for threatening police officers set fire to car in Wal-Mart parking lot 11/23/2016

Tulsa police have identified a man accused of breaking into and setting a car on fire in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

FOX23 showed you the surveillance video earlier this month at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market near 31st and Garnett. SEE MORE: Police work to identify man accused of setting car on fire at Tulsa Wal-Mart

Police say they immediately had viewers call in and tell them who the suspect is.

Police say his name is Zachary Factor, a convicted felon.

Detectives say Factor needs to be quickly taken off the streets.

Police say past actions both alleged and convicted show just how volatile Factor can be. They also believe he enjoys setting fires.

Records show Factor is a convicted child abuser and drug user. He is also wanted out of Wagoner County for allegedly threatening to kill police officers. Complete article

Wal-Mart intentionally failed to pay hundreds of truck drivers minimum wage in California, jury decides 11/23/2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Wal-Mart intentionally failed to pay hundreds of truck drivers in California the minimum wage, a federal jury decided Wednesday, awarding the drivers more than $54 million in damages and opening up the retail giant to additional penalties.

The seven jurors returned the verdict in a lawsuit accusing the company of not properly paying drivers in accordance with California law for activities that included inspecting and washing their trucks and for layovers.

The company argued that the drivers are paid for activities that include those tasks and that they are not working during layovers. Scott Edelman, an attorney for Wal-Mart, said he was pleased to win seven of 11 claims.

“The findings on the other claims were dictated, we believe, by juror instructions that the court gave that were wrong and will be the subject of post-trial motions and, if necessary, an appeal,” he said. Complete article

The Latest: Wal-Mart 'Likely to Appeal' Verdict on Wages 11/23/2016

Police: Parking lot dispute leaves 1 dead at Nevada Walmart 11/25/2016

RENO, Nev. – Police say a Thanksgiving night dispute in the parking lot of a Nevada Walmart has left one man dead.

Police in Reno say the argument began shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday. They say two vehicles stopped near the exit of the lot. They say both persons involved were armed with weapons and a 33-year-old man was shot dead at the scene.

Investigators say no arrests have been made, but those involved in the shooting have been located. The vehicles and gun have also been recovered. Complete article

Fatal shooting in Reno Wal-Mart parking lot on Thanksgiving investigated as possible self-defense 11/25/2016

Man Shot During Dispute Near Walmart Identified, Charges Not Expected to Be Filed 11/28/2016

Fight Over Walmart Parking Spot Leads to One of Three Black Friday Shootings 11/25/2016 The Reno shooting was not the only death with ties to Black Friday or other Thanksgiving weekend shopping events. Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Demond Cottman was killed in the parking lot of the Hamilton Mall near Macy's. His brother, was shot in the leg and remains hospitalized in stable condition. There was also a shooting on Thursday night in the parking lot of Memphis, Tennessee’s Wolfchase Galleria Mall.

At least 2 shot at Coral Square Mall in Florida 11/25/2016

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

Woman alleges Simpson attacked her at Tx. Walmart 11/23/2016

A Corpus Christi woman said she was attacked at a Southside Walmart by Tanya Simpson, the widow of former Police Chief Floyd Simpson.

Brittany Vela, 22, told the Caller-Times that she was standing in the customer service line Monday night at the store on Saratoga Boulevard when she overheard a woman yelling at a store employee and using profanity.

Vela said the woman, who she later learned was Tanya Simpson, was upset with the employee because a money wire transaction wasn’t working. The employee started to cry and then walked away from the counter, Vela said.

“I told the lady that was uncalled for,” Vela said on Wednesday. “She got in my face and attacked me.”

Simpson, whose husband was killed in a 2015 motorcycle crash, did not return calls seeking comment from the Caller-Times on Wednesday.

A cell phone video obtained by the Caller-Times shows Simpson and Vela in the midst of a physical altercation. In the footage, which lasts about a minute, Simpson and Vela trade punches and struggle with each other as several onlookers shout at them. Complete article

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

Black Friday protesters demand $15 minimum wage outside Kearny Walmart 11/25/2016

KEARNY — As Walmart shoppers fought for parking spaces and tried cramming 55-inch televisions into their cars this afternoon, about 50 protesters demonstrated along Harrison Avenue in what has become an annual tradition: demanding a $15 minimum wage.

Slamming New Jersey Democrats for not doing more to push for a minimum-wage increase and tweaking President-elect Donald J. Trump in a protest song, the protesters argued that the state's current minimum wage is not enough to live on.

They picked Walmart, now a regular site of labor protests the day after Thanksgiving, to send a message to Black Friday shoppers, said Brian Powers, with the group 15 Now NJ. Complete article

Walmart protests vanish as union pulls back 11/25/2016 Walmart protests vanish as union pulls back.

Anti-Walmart group splits in two as unions, activists spar 09/17/2015

In These Times: The Union Behind the Biggest Campaign Against Walmart in History May Be Throwing in the Towel. Why? 08/11/2015

Good Samaritan killed in Texas Walmart parking lot after trying to stop domestic assault 11/25/2016

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – One man is dead after he reportedly tried to stop a domestic assault in a Walmart parking lot.

According to WOIA, officers were called to a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio around 4 p.m. on Friday after witnesses reported a shooting.

Investigators learned that a man had a woman by the hair in the parking lot when a Good Samaritan tried to intervene.

The Good Samaritan reportedly told the suspect, “Get your hands off of her.”

Police say the alleged suspect then pulled out a gun and shot the Good Samaritan in the neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Complete article

SAPD: Good Samaritan fatally shot outside Northwest Side Walmart 11/22/2016 ... A woman in the car with the Good Samaritan was struck by shrapnel and injured. ...

McManus said another woman who was farther away in the parking lot but not involved in the confrontation was struck by a stray bullet and was critically injured. ...

Eagle, SAPD’s helicopter, followed the attacker as he fled the scene, McManus said. He was apprehended at Cupples and Castroville roads without incident.

The suspect was later identified by police as Teles Juarez, 21, who will be charged with murder and aggravated assault.

Man arrested in connection with deadly Walmart shooting 11/26/2016

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

Boynton Fla. police probe disturbance at Wal-Mart Supercenter 11/27/2016

BOYNTON BEACH — Boynton Beach police continue to investigate reports of an armed man threatening to shoot people inside a Wal-Mart Supercenter Saturday night after searches of the store turned up nothing.

No one was injured in the disturbance at the supercenter on Old Boynton Road across from the Boynton Beach Mall. Police received two separate 911 calls about the armed man, and the store was evacuated by about 8:30 p.m., department spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said.

The SWAT team and K9 unit searched the store, clearing it about 10 p.m. The calls could have been a hoax, or the man could have fled with everyone else when the store was evacuated, Slater said.

Employees huddled in the emptied parking lot beyond the yellow police tape during the search waiting for the store to reopen. .....

The parking lot was a scene of panic. Complete article

Man accidentally shoots his leg while cleaning gun at Festus Missouri Walmart 11/26/2016

( – Police say a man shot himself in the leg while cleaning his gun in the Festus Walmart parking lot around 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The man was inside his vehicle when the gun went off.

His injuries do not appear to be serious. Complete article

Greensboro officers investigate High Point NC Wal-Mart shooting 11/27/2016

GREENSBORO — Greensboro Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened in High Point Sunday.

Officers received a report at 2:24 p.m. that the window of a vehicle was shot out at the Wal-Mart on Main Street in High Point, a dispatcher said.

Greensboro officers responded to the reported shooting because the driver drove into the Gate City before reporting the crime. Complete article

Woman Shot At Walmart In Dallas Tx. During Custody Exchange 11/27/2016

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas police are investigating a shooting at a Walmart parking lot on Samuell Boulevard Sunday evening that left one woman injured and a suspect in custody.

According to police, when officers arrived at the location after receiving the call, they found a woman with an apparent gunshot wound to her neck.

The victim was transported to an area hospital, and her condition is currently unknown.

Police said upon investigation, it was discovered that the victim was at the Walmart to meet with another woman, whom she knew, to transfer custody of a child.

According to police, an argument started between the two women which led to a physical altercation. The other woman pulled out a handgun and shot the victim. ......

Police said the suspect fired at the officer which led to the officer returning fire. No one was struck during that exchange. Complete article

Woman Shot in Wal-Mart Parking Lot, Another Woman in Custody: DPD 11/28/2016 Police said a grandmother shot another grandmother in the neck during a custody exchange in the parking lot of a Dallas Wal-Mart Sunday night.

Police shoot, kill person armed with blunt object outside Olathe Kansas Walmart 11/28/2016

OLATHE, KS (KCTV) - Officers shot and killed a suspect who struck one of them with a blunt object Sunday evening, Olathe police say.

Police were called about 10:30 p.m. to the 300 block of North K-7 Highway.

Olathe police say officers encountered a person armed with a blunt object who refused to put it down. The person struck an officer with the object. Officers then shot the suspect, who died at the scene.

The officer struck by the suspect was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and later released. Complete article

Fraud victim has 'brutal' 3-year battle with Walmart and Equifax over damaged credit 11/26/2016

When thieves applied for a Walmart MasterCard under Olga Milman's name and racked up more than $1,500 in charges, police determined it was a clear case of fraud, yet the victim had to fight for three years to get Walmart and Equifax to correct her damaged credit record.

"I was phoning every single month and spending an enormous amount of hours on the phone, phoning Equifax, then Walmart, then Equifax, then Walmart. I don't understand why this would take years," Milman said.

Equifax is one of two credit rating bureaus in Canada — the other is TransUnion. They provide credit scores and information whenever someone applies for a mortgage, a loan, a credit card or to rent an apartment.

In Milman's case, she discovered the problem with her credit rating in May 2013 after Walmart called about the outstanding balance on a card she knew nothing about. Complete article

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 pursuit ends on Camp Jackson Road, following shooting at Walmart in Cahokia Ill. 11/28/2016

CAHOKIA, IL (KTVI) – A police shooting outside a Cahokia, Illinois Walmart leaves one man dead. Illinois State Police have taken over the investigation following the shooting.

A shopper named Tammie heard the noise. She said, “I heard three shots, boom, boom, boom.” It happened on the parking lot of the store around 5 pm Monday evening.

Ambria Brown lives nearby, “It was terrifying because I live right there across the street it was terrifying.”

The Cahokia Police chief said a off-duty Washington Park officer spotted a suspect who was wanted for other crimes.

Witnesses said the man took off on foot and got in his car. One witness said he drove toward the officer who fired three shots. Kenneth Smith is a Salvation Army bell ringer, “It was scary because everybody around me was jumping I’m trying to make sure I don’t get shot.”

Smith said the suspect hit the poles in front of the store, a police vehicle and finally this support column that was knocked over. Smith said, “When police started shooting and that’s when everybody got scared because everything was out of control by that time.” Complete article

Man shot to death driving toward off-duty officer at Cahokia Walmart had history of fleeing police 11/29/2016

Officer who shot man at Cahokia Walmart has been previously investigated for credibility 11/29/2016

CAHOKIA, Ill. ( - The officer involved in the fatal shooting at a Walmart in Cahokia on Monday, who has been identified by sources as Chris Heatherly, had reportedly only been hired about two weeks ago by the Washington Park Police Department as a part-time, hourly officer.

Monday night's incident was not the first time Heatherly has faced scrutiny as an officer.

Back in 2015, investigators raided the Brooklyn, Illinois police department, taking out a number of guns. One of the things at issue was that Heatherly, an officer in Brooklyn at the time, was storing an AR-style rifle that had been seized as evidence in his car, instead of in the evidence vault. Allegations arose that he even posed for a picture with it.

Heatherly was not charged with any crime, but State's Attorney Brendan Kelly said at the time he would not prosecute any cases handled by Heatherly.

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

Man accused of trying to run down Fla. Wal-Mart employee 11/29/2016

CLERMONT – A man who was upset at a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer reportedly tried to run over the employee in the store parking lot Monday.

Police said the employee spotted a woman steal some hair extensions and confronted her and another woman as they were leaving the store. The women denied stealing anything and because the item was so small, the employee decided to let the women go without calling the police.

The employee clocked out shortly afterward and as he was walking to his car he saw the two women with a man identified as Kyle Keanu Kiser. Kiser reportedly dared the employee to say something to him, but the employee kept walking to his car. Kiser allegedly got into his car and tried to run him over.

Surveillance video reportedly showed Kiser and the women get into a Chevy Impala and Kiser drive off in one direction, then turn around and swerve over a curb where the employee was standing. The employee said he had to duck behind a tree to avoid getting hit. Complete article

Carbondale police seek help identifying 3 women suspected of battery after crash in Ill. Wal-Mart parking lot 11/29/2016

The City of Carbondale Police Department is seeking public assistance in identifying three female suspects involved in an aggravated battery at Walmart, according to a news release from the department.

Officers responded to a fight at the store, located at 1450 E. Main St., on Nov. 16 at 8:33 p.m.

The victim, a 55-year-old Carbondale man, was driving in the parking lot of Walmart when his vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle, police found in their investigation. Three female suspects exited the second vehicle and began yelling and cursing at the victim.

The man got out of his vehicle and entered Walmart, followed by the three female suspects. After making his purchases, the victim walked back toward his vehicle and was confronted again by the same suspects, along with two or three men who appeared to be associated with the three women. Complete article

Police seek info on fire set at Naperville Ill. Wal-Mart 11/29/2016

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) -- Police were questioning four teenagers who they believe may know something about who set a fire at a Walmart in Naperville earlier this month.

Earlier Tuesday, police released surveillance video of the teenagers. Late Tuesday, police said they are not sure what involvement, if any, the teens may have in setting the fire, but they have been cooperating with the investigation.

A $1,000 reward was offered for information about the fire.

A fire was set 9:15 p.m. Nov. 7 in the fabric department of the Walmart in the 2500-block of 75th Street. Complete article

PD: Southington man inappropriately touched woman at Conn. Walmart 11/29/2016

NC Walmart employee assaulted 11/30/2016

A Greenville man exiting a Walmart with a cart of stolen items assaulted an employee who was calling police, according to the Greenville Police Department.

The incident occurred Sunday between 12:09-12:22 p.m. at the Walmart Neighborhood Market, 2830 Gateway Drive, off of Stantonsburg Road.

A Walmart loss prevention worker told responding officers that two men entered the store together then went their separate ways. About 20 minutes later one of the men walked out with a full shopping cart of merchandise, the worker reported.

When workers stopped the man, he initially was polite and agreed to come back in the store, Hunter said. Once the suspect overheard the employees contacting police, he struck one of the employees in the chest, causing him to fall, Hunter said. Complete article

Two carts of shoplifted goods don't get past the door at NC Walmart 11/30/2016

Oklahoma City police searching for two men allegedly responsible for Walmart shooting 11/30/2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – Police are searching for two men they believe are responsible for a shooting at an Oklahoma City Walmart that left one man seriously injured.

Last week, police say a man was shot at the Walmart near I-240 and Santa Fe Kansas.

Surveillance video from Walmart captured an image of the two suspects police believe are responsible for the shooting. Complete article

Principal Accused of Taking Photos of Little Girls at Wal-Mart Resigns 11/30/2016

Man accused of attempted murder reportedly kidnapped girlfriend near Colorado Springs Walmart 11/30/2016

Zakkary Haze, 23, was accused of attempted murder, Colorado Springs police said, when he was arrested Wednesday afternoon for reportedly holding his girlfriend against her will.

Officers were investigating a reported kidnapping when they found Haze and the woman in a parking lot near the Walmart at 700 S. 8th St. just after 1 p.m., police said.

Haze sped away in his vehicle when the officers approached him, narrowly missing pedestrians before crashing in the parking lot, police said. Complete article

Walmart, Target and Verizon Have Spent the Most on Holiday TV Ads So Far This Year Holiday ad spending is up 13.7 percent over 2015 By Jason Lynch 11/30/2016

Holiday TV ad spending is off to a strong start this year, with brands shelling out $869.7 million on holiday-themed national ads so far in 2016. That's an increase of 13.7 percent over the same period last year.

Holiday ad spending has jumped $105.2 million in 2016, going from $764.5 million last year to $869.7 million, according to data from TV ad tracking company The company tracked holiday-related TV advertising from when those ads first began airing on Sept. 4 through to Nov. 28, Cyber Monday.

While spending was up double-digits, the number of brands utilizing national advertising for holiday ads dropped slightly from 255 brands in 2015 to 247 this year. The number of holiday spots aired jumped 6.7 percent, from 230,152 to 245,499.

Walmart led the pack again with an estimated $66.4 million in holiday ad spending, though that number was down slightly from $67.6 million last year. Target, which almost doubled its holiday ad spending from last year, came in second with $49.7 million. Complete article

Police: Armed men steal woman's car from Glendale Ariz. Walmart parking lot 11/30/2016

GLENDALE, AZ - Police are searching for three suspects who stole a woman's car in a Glendale parking lot.

A woman called 911 around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after a man threatened her with a gun and demanded her car keys, a Glendale police spokesperson said.

According to authorities, two teenage boys approached the woman outside of a Walmart Supercenter near Northern and 55th avenues.

The teens demanded the woman's car keys and at first, she thought they were joking, officials said. However, it wasn't until a third male suspect demanded her keys at gunpoint did she realize they were serious. Complete article

Mother has wallet and car stolen while holiday shopping in Peoria Ariz. 11/30/2016

PEORIA, AZ - A single mother of two left stranded while doing some shopping during the holiday weekend.

The victim, who doesn't want to be identified, was at the Walmart near 79th Avenue and Peoria when she noticed she was being followed.

"I noticed them when I walked in to get my cart, I went to use the bathroom and the man was still there. I went up and down the aisles and he would be there.

She says she's in school for criminal justice and she knows she should have reported the suspicious man immediately, but she says her guard was down.

Lacey Wash. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 11/30/2016

The Lacey Walmart was evacuated for about 45 minutes Wednesday afternoon after a man threatened to detonate a bomb.

No bomb was found, and no one was injured, said Sgt. Dave Campbell of the Lacey Police Department.

Lacey police arrived at the store at 1401 Galaxy Drive NE just after 1 p.m.

Store employees reported that a man with two large backpacks had been walking around the store and became angry with an employee.

He told the employee that he had a bomb in his backpack and a detonator in his pocket.

The store was evacuated while police investigated. Police arrested the man but didn’t find a bomb in his backpack or in the store. Complete article

Wal-Mart opens training academy in Dulles, its 1st 11/30/2016

WASHINGTON — Wal-Mart has just opened a training academy for supervisors and department managers next to its Walmart Superstore at 24625 Dulles Landing Drive, the first of 200 such academies it plans to open nationwide.

Training at the facilities is partially done in a classroom setting, but most of it is aimed at recreating real life in-store experiences.

“We spend about 75 percent of our time in the training classes on the sales floor. So while we have a classroom and we spend a little time in there, we prioritize the sales floor so they can learn to do their job well,” Wal-Mart’s Kristen Wilkinson told WTOP. Complete article

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

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