Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Wal-Mart Crime report December 2016
Last month Walmart broke their record with fifteen shootings in one month; this month they broke it for the second consecutive month with at least nineteen shootings and higher than usual number of stabbings, crashes and dead bodies turning up on the premises including some related to the shootings and another that was decapitated.
There have been growing problems with crime for quite a while but in the last few months it ahs become so bad that even the mainstream media is reporting on it, although they still don’t do nearly as good a job as they could and should. Some of these reports included claims from Walmart that they’re addressing the problem and in some cases police chiefs even say they’re working together and improving things.
Perhaps in some cases this might be true but there are some that seem to follow a pattern where they go meet behind closed doors after telling the public about the problems and after meeting with politicians and representatives of Walmart they change their stories, often not making them seem very credible to those paying attention.
And on top of that there are still many reports indicating that they’re not getting better at all, especially if the research isn’t controlled by political establishment or Walmart.
The traditional media reported heavily on brawls and a false report of a shooting at malls around the country the day after Christmas; however they didn’t report that things like this happen almost everyday at Walmart nor did they report that while one of the malls had a false report Walmart had plenty of real reports in addition to several reports that were probably also false. Nor did they report on many other things that happened at Walmart, that are as dramatic or more dramatic than many of their obsession du jours including a decapitated body that also had the genitals removed, a truck crashing through the entrance and killing three people in the produce section within the store, plenty of stabbings, including one where an escaped in mate stabbed a police officer, numerous police shootings including several deaths and much more. One of the murder suicides was a Walmart employee who was also a former police officer killed by her husband.
The shootings alone resulted in at least eight to ten deaths at Walmart and there were more deaths as a result of car crashes stabbings or other reasons.
One of the people killed at Walmart was allegedly killed because someone thought he was Donald Trump, for some reason; that could have easily been highlighted as a dramatic obsession du jour if they wanted to; not that they should be reporting any events this way, but it is curios that they don’t hesitate to report obsessively on some subjects not others and fail to discuss the root causes behind crime anywhere especially at Walmart.
They also had close to a dozen other incidents that were gun related and could have easily turned into shootings including one where a disgruntled employee was planning on shooting up the store and burn it down, armed carjacking assaults on employees and guns stolen out of the case after breaking it with a skillet.
Walmart workers are protesting the high crime problems and even taking out ads to demand action; however they should be cautious about what kind of action they take. Some of these demands include requests for Walmart to hire more of their own security, which may help in the short term; however if they’re not trained well or held accountable they could be as much of the problem as they are the solution. They’re already having increased problems with privatized security and attempts to shake people down for false claims or depriving them of their legal rights.
Instead far more attention should be paid to the root causes that caused these crimes to escalate in the first place and some of that ahs to be done with the help of local communities and education programs.
Increased corporate control of the justice system isn’t going to solve this problem.
They need to disclose union busting activities which is a contributing cause of their high problems with disgruntled workers and address service problems which are angering many disgruntled customers.
There was also a report on the top ten states that had the most sales per resident at Walmart and five out of ten of them were alos in the top ten when it comes to murder rates, none were in the bottom ten; two more came in 11th and 13th, the last three were significantly lower but they were among the most rural states where crime is expected to be lower. Walmart does best in high crime areas among rural areas they sell the most, even though they don’t do well in large cities, which have the highest crime areas.
The states that they sell the most per capita are the same states with highest poverty rates, income inequality and many of the most authoritarian characteristics.
There are other social problems that could be solved if they werr4e reported on like an epidemic of stolen baby formula which is becoming big organized crime stealing it at Walmart or other stores and selling it at flea markets, yet they don’t even consider the possibility that it might not be a great idea giving them patents gouging poor people enriching the wealthy like many other medications, or trying to find some other way to make so basic an item for low income parents affordable without creating organized crime that could result in dangerous things happening to the formula as well.
They had another incident where they arrested the wrong person and handcuffed her assaulting her accusing her of stealing a purse where the victim came forward and said they had the wrong person resulting in a viral video increasing racial tension.
They had someone dumping razor blades in a babies car seat through an open window. There is little or no discussion about educating troubled people that might be more inclined to commit crimes like this; instead our political system is designed almost entirely for the benefit of corporations trying to increase profit that donate to campaigns. Educational programs that are routinely ignored could make these incidents much less common.
There were also several chases and crashes at Walmart including one with a stolen Walmart truck, and another incident where A Walmart semi driver fell out of his truck drunk.
They always have outages over insensitive items during the holidays that they wind up pulling when it creates a public relations disaster like selling mugs that say “got retard” or “Hitler” on them and they also sold toys that could spy in children and send information to corporations outraging civil rights activists. Some of these are politically impacted like the withdrawal of “Black Lives Matter” shirts because of police union demands. No doubt there is as much outrage that they pulled this without necessarily addressing many of the abusive by police against black people, or perhaps more important without addressing the root causes that would stop these problems before they escalate and lead to confrontation with police and blacks in the first place.
Increasing education and local employment among other things could reduce these conflicts without outraging either the minority community of the police, yet this isn’t done.
One of the seemingly trivial things is an ad about how they allegedly hypnotize adults into enjoying Christmas, and presumably buying more to increase their profits. This may seem silly, but either it is an ineffective scam wasting time and money or it is part of an attempt to indoctrinate the public without teaching them the full impact that it might have. If this works it only increases the obsession with purchasing hyped up garbage that doesn’t improve the quality of life.
This is one of many examples where educated people are trying to indoctrinate less educated people for the benefit of the wealthy, assuming it actually works.
Walmart had one of their cashiers selling blank gift cards and keeping the money, who was only caught because a customer tried to use it the same day and complaints about rawhide that allegedly poisoned dogs that chewed on it. Another customer got what she thought was supposed to be a gadget for some craft project for Christmas and got potatoes instead.
They had nothing to do with Dan Quayle.
They had another Hawk move in for a few days and another skinned carcass was dropped out of a truck coming though.
I didn’t make these things up.
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 December 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.
Ga. man guilty of beating state trooper outside a WV Wal-Mart 12/01/2016
Pa. Police seek to ID 2 in Walmart theft 12/01/2016
Woman allegedly leaves kids unattended in car to go shopping at Delaware Walmart - a store from which she was banned already 12/02/2016
Woman caught on camera stealing Salvation Army kettle at Waycross NC Walmart 12/02/2016
Man accused of stealing hundreds of dollars in Longhorns clothing from Austin Tx. Walmart 12/02/2016
Wal-Mart cleared in Ca. spare-tire death blamed on staff 12/02/2016
High-speed chase ends at Ohio Walmart 12/02/2016
Woman's chance encounter in Fall River Walmart parking lot ends with her taking in puppy 12/02/2016
Woman Used Stolen Gift Cards to Purchase Items at Islandia NY Walmart: Police 12/02/2016
Sheriff’s office seeking public’s help in identifying suspect in attempted theft at Fla. Wal-Mart 12/04/2016
Woman charged with stealing $2,200 from Augusta Ga. Walmart 12/04/2016
Prosecutor: New AG won't affect probe of Ohio Wal-Mart shooting 12/05/2016
Ga. Wal-Mart employee accused of stealing $2,000 from registers 12/05/2016
Borger Tx. Walmart evacuated, cleared after police conduct bomb threat investigation 12/05/2016
West End Ky. Wal-Mart supporters: Fight is not over 12/05/2016
Police Reports: Marshall Tx. Walmart hit by thefts 12/06/2016
Fla. Sarasota deputies arrest man caught on surveillance looking up women's skirts in Walmart 12/06/2016
Huber Heights Ohio Walmart reopened following plumbing issue 12/06/2016
Cops seek 2 who stole computer from Howell NJ Walmart 12/06/2016
Ill. Walmart thieves grab TV, diapers, baby formula – worth almost 2K 12/06/2016
Woman photographed in Oregon Walmart bathroom, voyeur sought 12/06/2016
Hudson NH police ask for help identifying man who stole $400 computer from Wal-Mart 12/06/2016
June Augusta Me. Wal-Mart parking lot fracas leads to conviction 12/07/2016
Morrisville NC police search for man wanted in Walmart bank robbery 12/07/2016
Man tries to steal TV, fights over it in Tx. Walmart parking lot 12/07/2016
Broken Arrow Okla. Walmart robbed, 30-mile police chase ensues 12/08/2016
VIDEO: Man arrested for looking up woman’s skirt in Walmart 12/07/2016
Police investigate thefts from registers at Upstate SC Walmart stores 12/07/2016
Couple Who Stole Elderly Woman's Purse at Falmouth Mass. Walmart Caught: Police 12/08/2016
Ind. Walmart disturbance leads police to wanted man 12/08/2016
Restroom at Palm Springs Ca. Wal-Mart brings woman in wheelchair to tears 12/08/2016
Fla. Wal-Mart employee arrested for giving away merchandise 12/08/2016
Man tries to sneak 58-inch TV out of Fla. Walmart during shop-with-a-cop event 12/09/2016
Do you recognize this suspect from Rome NY Wal-Mart? 12/09/2016
Police look for man attempting to steal merchandise at Williston Vermont Wal-Mart 12/09/2016
Boynton Fla. police arrest teen who falsely reported gunman in Wal-Mart late November 12/10/2016
Police ask for help identifying foiled Vermont Wal-Mart thief 12/11/2016
Video: Florida man arrested for looking up woman’s skirt in Walmart 12/11/2016
Emergency Crews Called to Lubbock Walmart Parking Lot 12/10/2016 The Lubbock Police Department was called to a Walmart parking lot Saturday evening to a report of at least one "unresponsive" person.
Law and Order: Second person charged in theft of $1,500 from NY Walmart 12/12/2016
Fire shuts Plainfield Ind. Wal-Mart 12/13/2016
Fired NY Wal-Mart worker charged in second bank robbery After time in spotlight, man accused of 2 heists 12/1/2016 Thomas Smith was fired in November 2015 for redeeming $2 worth of cans and bottles left behind in a shopping cart at the East Greenbush store for roughly an hour in an entryway next to redemption machines.
Preble Shawnee teacher accused in Ohio Walmart self-checkout theft 12/13/2016
Fire Starter: Authorities search for man who set fire in Oct. Fla. Wal-Mart, causing over $1 million in damage 12/12/2016
Bomb threat reported at Davenport Iowa Walmart 12/12/2016
Richland Mississippi Chief: Possible bomb threat at Walmart on Highway 49 12/13/2016
Natchitoches Louisiana Police investigate Walmart bomb threat 12/13/2016
Fort Smith police arrest man in Arkansas Walmart robbery 12/13/2016
Suspects identified in Ky. Walmart store thefts 12/12/2016
Driver alleges he was struck by Louisiana Wal-Mart/Swift Transportation employee 12/12/2016
Man accused of using phony cash at Biloxi Mississippi Walmart 12/13/2016
Highlands Ranch Community comes together to help Army combat veteran living in Colorado Walmart parking lot 12/13/2016
Man attacks woman, takes keys, goes to Tx. Walmart, attacks someone else 12/13/2016
Peabody Mass. police investigating Wal-Mart credit card machine tampering 12/14/2016
Newport man faces theft charges from Havelock NC Wal-Mart 12/14/2016
Duo steals nearly $1,000 in nail polish from Florida Walmart 12/14/2016
Gainesville Fla. Walmart fraud 12/15/2016
Gardner Kansas PD look for suspects in Walmart criminal incidents 12/15/2016
Man robs Rosemead bank branch inside Ca. Walmart store 12/14/2016
Raynham Mass. cops seek help identifying Walmart thieves 12/15/2016
Authorities looking for two men who stole 70″ TV from Williamsburg Va. Walmart 12/16/2016
Rooftop fire at Walmart in Grand Chute Wisc. during snow storm 12/17/2016
Watertown man and woman accused of stealing from NY Walmart 12/16/2016
Deputies: Group stole thousands worth of merchandise from Indian Trail NC Walmart 12/18/2016
Fired Wal-Mart workers had a right to defend themselves, Utah’s high court says 12/18/2016
Prestonsburg Police Searching for Ky. Walmart Theft Suspects 12/18/2016
Man charged with stealing from Fla. Walmart 12/18/2016
Police identify Tenn. Wal-Mart armed robbery suspect 12/18/2016
Manassas Va. Walmart evacuated for bomb threat 12/18/2016
Police: Woman chases thief, recovers stolen purse in Pa. Walmart parking lot 12/18/2016
Man steals women's wallets at Va. Walmart, uses card to buy over $2K in Target gift cards 12/19/2016
Two women sought in theft of purse in Mississippi Wal-Mart parking lot 12/19/2016
3 in custody after stabbing at Jefferson City Tenn. Walmart 12/19/2016
Me. Walmart evacuated, caller reported smoke coming from office 12/19/2016
$900 in electronics, clothes stolen from Ga. Wal-Mart 12/19/2016
Flasher arrested at Walmart in East Windsor Conn. 12/20/2016
Wanted man tries hiding in Walmart to evade Rochester Minn. police 12/20/2016
Tulsa man arrested for sexual assault at Okla. Walmart, threatening police officer 12/20/2016
Shoplifting at Walmart continues to keep Secaucus NJ police, store employees busy 12/20/2016
Twitter helps Raynham Mass. Police identify suspect in Walmart thefts 12/20/2016
$20K in cellphones, devices stolen from Ga. Wal-Mart store 12/20/2016
Group that accused Virginia Walmarts of racist sales practice launching ad 12/21/2016
Battery thieves hit La. Walmart, Sam's Club stores; 2 arrested 12/21/2016
Walmart store near Miller Park Way in West Milwaukee Wisc. evacuated after bomb threat 12/21/2016
Devine Tx. Walmart reopens after bomb threat 12/22/2016
Five malnourished children found living in car at Greenacres’ Fla. Walmart 12/20/2016
Police: 3 cited after surrounding man's car in Idaho Walmart parking lot 12/20/2016
Salina police investigating Kansas Walmart theft 12/20/2016
Man Arrested at Arkansas Walmart, Facing Drug and Theft Charges 12/20/2016
NY Walmart Employee Charged with Grand Larceny 12/20/2016
PD: Conn. woman tries to 'fraudulently' return items at Walmart, leaves kids alone in car 12/21/2016
Covington Tenn. police search for repeat Walmart shoplifter 12/21/2016
Woman caught on camera taking dropped wallet at Walmart in New Jersey 12/21/2016
EXCLUSIVE: NYC pols support victims' lawsuit against Walmart over sale of bullets used to kill three in Penn. 12/21/2016
Parents charged with shooting heroin in Tenn. Walmart parking lot with 2 kids in car 12/21/2016
Police: Woman tries to steal $2K of teeth whitening strips, razor blades from Ga. Walmart 12/22/2016
Man accused of touching 9-year-old girl at Oregon Walmart 12/22/2016
Police: Kennewick teen arrested; found sleeping in stolen truck with stolen Wash. Walmart goods 12/22/2016
Police: 3 stole $1,000 worth of Xboxes from Elizabethville Pa. Walmart 12/21/2016
Police looking for Pa. Walmart thief 12/21/2016
Cashier accused in $1.7K theft of Ga. Wal-Mart merchandise 12/23/2016
Man exposes himself at Charlotte NC Walmart, police say 12/23/2016
Stolen credit card suspect caught on camera at Vancouver Wash. Walmart 12/23/2016
Walmart truck driver gets lost in Cullman County, Alabam ends up overturning off small bridge 12/24/2016
Missing: Anchorage police seek whereabouts of man last seen at Dimond Alaska Wal-Mart 12/24/2016
Woman caught shoplifting at Fort Pierce Fla. Walmart 12/26/2016
Poughkeepsie woman stole $1,400 from NY Walmart: cops 12/26/2016
Police log: Ariz. Walmart bomb threat 12/28/2016 The transmission said in part,"Hey Walmart, you're all going to explode in 15 minutes," and used the store's code word for a bomb threat, according to the police report.... No bomb or explosive devices were found in the building, and according to the police report officers had no leads on who called in the bomb threat, but suspect it was an employee or ex-employee because the person in the radio transmission used the store's code for a bomb threat.
NH Walmart distribution center worker seriously hurt 12/28/2016
Batavia NY woman barred from Walmart is charged with burglary 12/27/2016
Meth, gun found in car outside Sanger Ca. Walmart during bomb threat 12/28/2016
Chase Ends with Crash in Front of South Belt Missouri Walmart 12/27/2016
Woman sought in attempted Wash. Walmart heist 12/26/2016
Fake bill passed at Ohio Walmart over holiday weekend 12/27/2016
Routine traffic stop spills the beans on Ny Walmart shoplifting spree 12/24/2016
Woman critical, struck by van in Ind. Wal-Mart lot 12/28/2016
Benbrook Tx. Wal-Mart Locked Down Due to Bomb Threat 12/28/2016
Police seek information regarding Mich. Walmart theft 12/28/2016
Pa. Walmart Evacuated Wednesday Afternoon 12/28/2016
Walmart Disrespects Veteran, Does Something Shocking To Muslim 12/28/2016
Police arrest man after attempted robbery at McDonald’s, disturbance at Indianapolis Ind. Walmart 12/28/2016
Police: Man tries to steal 60-inch TV from Idaho Walmart 12/29/2016
Oak Creek Police Respond to Wisc. Walmart Retail Theft That Turns into I-94 Shutdown, Weird 911 Call 12/29/2016
Mass. Man Bagged on Shoplifting, Other Charges at NH Walmart 12/29/2016
Dalton Ga. PD seeking suspect in purse theft at Shugart Road Walmart 12/29/2016
No evidence of crime at scene of reported shooting in American Fork Utah Walmart 12/29/2016
Run-DMC Sues Walmart & Amazon For $50 Million 12/30/2016
Eight teen cashiers ticketed and fired for stealing from Hastings Nebraska Walmart 12/30/2016