Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Wal-Mart Crime report January 2017
Walmart shootings have been rising slowly but steadily for years and broke records at the end of the year; and we had another fourteen shootings this month, which would have been a record just a couple months ago, plus two more that happened nearby and the victims went to Walmart after being shot. They had at least one hundred and four total for 2016 including five in January 2016; eight in February; seven in March; eight in April; four in May; seven in June; nine in July; seven in August; nine in September; six in October; and two consecutive record breaking months fifteen in November; and nineteen in December.
The shootings this month included one that got nationwide attention for a little while, although most of that minimized the fact that it happened in a Walmart parking lot often not mentioning it at all. A police officer was shot and killed in the parking lot by someone who had earlier killed his girlfriend the previous month and another police officer was killed in a traffic accident in Orlando during the manhunt, although that wasn’t on Walmart property. The media certainly didn’t mention the high number of shootings that take place on Walmart property or other crimes either.
There were also two additional fatal shootings and another suicide; they seem to have at least one suicide each month lately, as well as bodies being found on their property, often of drug overdoses or poor people without health care whose deaths aren’t considered suspicious, but they have to die somewhere. It isn’t uncommon for these shootings or other incidents including chases and crashes to start with petty thefts.
In addition to the shootings there were also over half a dozen gun related crimes that often involved threatening employees or on one occasion a patty theft of two pairs of shoes; and several panics that took place even though no shots were actually fired.
In addition to the deaths that they have as a result of the shootings they had another one as a result of an assault and several injuries due to car crashes. There were several chases following attempted shopliftings including one that ended in a crash, and a DUI that almost crashed in the parking lot, as well as another fight over a parking spot.
Walmart always has lots of bomb threats but most of them are through notes or anonymous phone call; this they had several that were done openly including one where the customer falsely claimed he would use “Islamic State explosives” and another where a woodlands man arbitrarily asked a customer to buy the explosives for him. Many of these people obviously have psychological problems.
They had at least half a dozen fires this month including at least two arsons, one of which injured four people and another fire almost killed a dog that was rescued at the last minute. There were also at least two stabbings and several more threats to stab people including employees and one of these threats was made by someone who stole the knife he threatened the employee with. It’s not uncommon for Walmart armed robbers to show up without any weapon and steal it from Walmart.
One of the attacks was with a machete on a rampage through an Oregon Walmart, which seems to happen on a semi-regular basis.
Usually it’s the robbers that do most of these attacks but when one Walmart employee got fed up with a disgruntled customer she fought back and one of their shoplifters was a cop. They might go easy on cops for use of excessive force but never for stealing from Walmart, which happens on a semi regular basis as well.
They had a boy who bought a baseball bat to go on a vigilante attack searching for someone who stole from him nearby and a heroin overdose in the diaper aisle. After a popular greeter got frustrated with kids riding a scooter through the store endangering people he was fired for losing his temper. Walmart practically never seem to use reasonable discretion, since decisions are made at the corporate office as a matter of policy without considering the circumstances.
One of their policy decisions involves a strange attempt to save money with self check out aisles; however whatever money they seem to save is probably lost by additional security constantly checking for thefts and using tax payer money to arrest people for petty amounts, in what should be considered institutional entrapment.
However, apparently, this problem isn’t bad enough for them they’re now coming up with a “Scan & Go app” which they say will get people out of the store quicker that they’re testing in selective stores. We already have enough information to know that this will only increase their crime problems more; however any research that they do will almost certainly be proprietary and whether it increases tax payer costs dealing with high crime may not be as important as if it increases profits.
Walmart is juggling over half a dozen, or more, law suits or investigations, for one reason or another, including one where they have a large amount of scanner problems, mostly over charging people, talks about settling a bribery probe that has been going on for years, a police officer suing because he was fired for carrying a gun, another employee suing because he was fired for Down syndrome which they were able to deal with for years before arbitrary changing his hours and firing him when he couldn’t accept it, and a gender bias lawsuit.
One other law suit involves the Tracy Morgan settlement which apparently paid him quite well, however the insurance agency doesn’t want to give him what they consider an exorbitant amount. Tracy Morgan criticized Walmart in the immediate aftermath of that accident but quickly stopped talking; after settling he became speaking highly of them, but the details are confidential. A close look at non-celebrities clearly indicates that they never get treated so well and Walmart often fight them tooth and nail to minimize damages.
Can there be any doubt that celebrities get better treatment because they draw more attention and can do more to damage Walmart’s reputation if they speak out?
Another investigation involves selling of contaminated food from a fire in Canada that they were ordered not to sell because it might not be safe for the consumers. This has received hardly any attention nationwide and can be added to the many times that they’ve had listeria, salmonella, or other food poisoning or been caught selling expired food; however this is worse since consumers can’t check the expiration date to find out about potential fire contamination.
They also had another embarrassing sales display that outraged consumers when they sold condemns next to a Valentine’s display that parents were outraged about since their kids saw it.
There is no way they could dominate the retail market without their political connections and in addition to their donations to campaigns they finance inaugurations including one in Missouri and make what they call philanthropic donations, however these are rarely unconditional and they often involves donations that can only be redeemed with additional purchases at Walmart to people that hesitate to criticize them.
There also expanding into car sales or at least advertising for them and signing a big contract with a temp service to hire workers, which tends to be highly inefficient especially with a large corporation that handles it’s on contracting. In many cases they’ve used contractors to attempt to blame them for problems they have, whether this is the reason for this contract remains to be seen.
They have their share of downright bizarre incidents as usual including a man who squirted seaman on the backsides of several women and two women groping the crotches of Walmart employees customers and an EMT treating her after she was caught getting drunk in the beer aisle.
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 January 2017. 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.
Harrison Pa. commission could decide on Wal-Mart training academy next month 01/01/2017
Troopers: NY Tops, Walmart workers busted selling alcohol to minors in western suburbs 01/02/2017
Man Dresses Like Tx. Wal-Mart Employee to Steal Merchandise: Police 01/02/2017
Fairfax police believe several are behind 'brazen' TV thefts at Walmart 01/02/2017
Officer Arrests Walmart Toy Thief for Switching Price Tags 01/03/2017
Men wanted for stealing two TV's from York County Va. Walmart 01/03/2017
Man sentenced for Ind. Wal-Mart theft 01/03/2017
Men used cloned credit cards at Va. Walmart, Target 01/03/2017
Woman hit by vehicle in Md. Wal-Mart parking lot 01/03/2017
York-Poquoson Va. Sheriff’s Office searching for suspects in Walmart shooting 01/03/2017
Chandler Ariz. Walmart surveillance video shows fatal encounter with police 01/03/2017
Suspects steal TVs, cat food from Ohio Walmart 01/03/2017
News short: Man found dead in his truck at Wash. Wal-Mart identified 01/03/2017
Richmond: Three suspected gang members charged in Va. Walmart shooting 01/03/2017
4 arrested in connection with alleged Md. Walmart theft 01/03/2017
Military Police Officer Assists SAPD Officer in Theft Suspect's Apprehension at Tx. Walmart 01/03/2017
MPD: 2 teens steal from Wisc. Walmart, face charges 01/03/2017
Two Pocatello men arrested after incident at Idaho Walmart 01/03/2017
Washington Twp. Pa. police seek person of interest in Walmart theft 01/03/2017
Teenager Takes Out Anger, Over Being Dumped, on Car in Wisc. Walmart Parking Lot 01/04/2017
Police seek identity of 2 accused of using stolen card at Opelika Ga. Wal-Mart 01/04/2017
Bay County Mich. Walmart evacuated due to trash compactor fire 01/04/2017
Police investigate suspicious package reported at NM Walmart 01/04/2017
Troopers searching for suspects in purse theft at Boyd County, KY, Walmart 01/04/2017
Police looking for 3 men who took 21 iPhones from Pa. Walmart 01/04/2017
Two charged with shooting in Mississippi Walmart parking lot 01/05/2017
New photos help identify Dalton Ga. Walmart theft suspect 01/05/2017
Surveillance video shows person of interest in fatal stabbing of man found outside OC Ca. Wal-Mart 01/05/2017
Canadian Walmart shopper injured while chasing ‘unsafe’ shopping cart sues for $500,000 01/05/2017
Suspect in Fla. Walmart robberies arrested 01/04/2017
Wanted man captured in Danville Ky. Walmart parking lot 01/0/2017
4 arrested in connection with alleged Md. Walmart theft including two semi-automatic replica pellet pistols, 01/03/2017
Three elderly women followed from Danville Wal-Mart, robbed at their homes 01/06/2017
Good Samaritans Credited With Stopping Alleged Purse Thief At Pa. Walmart 01/06/2017
South Carolina woman’s reaction to empty Walmart bread aisle goes viral 01/06/2017
Ithaca NY WALMART MURDER: Dryden man to take third mental exam 01/06/2017
Women suspected of Fla. Walmart robbery sought 01/06/2017
Bomb threat called in to Bonita Missippi Walmart 01/04/2017
Anderson SC Walmart on 81 evacuated after note referencing a bomb found 01/06/2017
Cashier accused of stealing $20k from La. Wal-Mart 01/06/2017
Who are these guys? Biloxi Mississippi police want to know 01/06/2017
Man arrested for thefts at Boardman Ohio Walmart 01/04/2017
Ephrata Pa. police looking to ID woman suspected of stealing from Wal-Mart 01/07/2017
Woman gets probation for stealing $80k from Cheyenne Wy. Wal-Mart 01/08/2017
Robber hits bank inside Colorado Springs Walmart 01/08/2017
Here's Why You'll Lose Money in Walmart 01/09/2017
Man charged with stealing $1,500 from Fla. Walmart 01/08/2017
Officials suspect severed foot found near Ill. Walmart is not from a human 01/05/2017
Cops: Woman Shoplifted $1,000 In NY WalMart Goods 01/08/2017
Walmart settles disability-rights suit over payment machines 01/09/2017
Monday’s Most Wanted: Couple stole $12K in merchandise from Tenn. Walmart 01/09/2017
Road Outside Walmart Headquarters In Bentonville Arkansas To Shut Down For Months 01/09/2017
San Jose Ca. man gets prison for bizarre Wal-mart, Chevron crashes that injured 7 01/10/2017
Man arrested at Carlisle Pa. Walmart for attempting to steal 16 video games 01/09/2017
Deputies seek woman after thefts at 2 NC Walmart stores 01/09/2017
Officer Arrests Woman for Shoplifting at RI Walmart, Sister for Obstruction 01/10/2017
Woman charged with stealing pocketbooks from NY Walmart shoppers 01/10/2017
Police: Man charged after forcibly touching NY Walmart worker's 'intimate parts' 01/10/2017
Decision on Pella Iowa Wal-Mart crash charges still may be months away 01/10/2017
Police want to identify RI Wal-Mart shoplifter 01/10/2017
Wisc. Walmart employee extinguishes fire 01/10/2017 A different employee who started the fire is no longer with Walmart, according to Wright.
Lacey NJ PD seek Walmart thermostat thief 01/10/2017
New Hudson man sentenced to 180 days in jail after crash at Lyon Township Mich. WalMart involving senior citizens 01/11/2017
Wal-Mart employee allegedly rang up $18K in gift cards without payment 01/11/2017
Walmart to eliminate 1,000 corporate positions 01/11/2017
Gas smell prompts brief evacuation of Suffolk Va. Walmart 01/12/2017
Boy, 12, arrested after stealing car to shoplift toys at Ariz. Walmart 01/10/2017
NH woman found slumped over steering wheel in Walmart parking lot facing drug charges 01/12/2017
Police: Man stole home security camera system from Springfield Mass. Walmart 01/12/2017
Two men sought after south Topeka Kansas Walmart robbed 01/10/2017 Topeka Police are looking for two men they say were stealing from a south Topeka Walmart, when one revealed a handgun.
Fire suspected at Amherst Canada Walmart 01/12/2017
Pair indicted in Fla. Wal-Mart shooting death in Sept. 01/12/2017
Wal-Mart to train Lancaster County Pa. employees at customer service academy in York 01/12/2017
Police looking for suspects who stole over $12,000 worth of merchandise from NY Walmart 01/12/2017
Federal fugitive living under dead boy's name found working at Salem Oregon Walmart 01/13/2017
$13 in goods leads to arrest at Iowa Walmart 01/13/2017
Police: Two men steal from Pa. Walmart two times in one week 01/13/2017
Man wanted for Kohl's shoplifting caught after NJ Walmart theft, police say 01/13/2017
Sumter County sheriff’s detectives seek suspect in theft from Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 01/14/2017
Officials investigate Walmart evacuation in Pooler Ga. 01/14/2017
Fugitive Files arrest made at Southridge WV Walmart 01/14/2017
Utah’s newest liquor store to be located in Wal-Mart parking lot in booming part of West Valley City 01/15/2017
Police accuse 3 of using 27 fraudulent credit cards at Pa. Walmart 01/16/2017
Barboursville WV Wal-Mart Evacuated Due to Gas Leak 01/16/2017
Off-duty cop tackles, arrests Walmart shoplifting suspect in Colorado Springs 01/16/2017
3 arrested after surveillance captures thieves taking TVs from Ohio Walmart 01/16/2017
Police looking to identify two women accused of shoplifting from WV Walmart 01/16/2017
Go-karts stolen from SC Walmart after alarm system disabled 01/16/2017
Orlando Fla. Nightclub gunman took wife to Walmart, bought bullets the night before shooting, source reveals 01/17/2017
Man robs Money Center in Colonial Heights Va. Walmart 01/17/2017
NC Walmart evacuated after gas leak detected 01/17/2017
Scam targets seniors in Alabama with Walmart gift cards 01/18/2017
Woman caught stealing from NY Walmart after previous ban from the store 01/18/2017
Aurora Ibd. Police searching for Walmart theft suspect 01/17/2017
Gas leak forces evacuation of NH Wal-Mart 01/18/2017
Corning residents plead guilty to hitting officer with car during attempted Iowa Walmart theft in Dec. 01/19/2017
Fort Morgan electric system not cause of Colorado Walmart blackout Tuesday 01/18/2017
Gun Barrel City Tx. Wal-Mart evacuated during bomb threat 01/17/2017
Vero Beach Fla. Wal-Mart & Sam's Club evacuated due to bomb threat 01/19/2017
Woman hides in Va. Walmart dressing room from man who allegedly sexually assaulted her 01/19/2017
Midlothian Tx. Walmart Evacuated due to a bomb threat 01/19/2017
Florida woman used photocopied $20 bills at Walmart, Applebee’s 01/19/2017
Judge: Ithaca NY Walmart Murder Suspect Ruled ‘Incompetent' 01/19/2017
Scam alert: Misleading email circulating, offering Wal-Mart gift card 01/20/2017
Late police calls: Odd theft at Ohio Walmart 01/1/2017
Suspects in Isabella County Mich. Walmart theft case identified 01/19/2017
Man nabbed in Dec. at Rochester Minn. Walmart pleads not guilty 01/20/2017
Shelley man arrested for burglary at Idaho Falls Walmart 01/20/2017
Police: Man robs Fla. Walmart then grabs food at Wendy's 01/20/2017
Luggage Stolen From Vehicle at Kahului Hawaii Walmart 01/19/2017
Isabella deputies ID, charge Pa. Walmart retail fraud suspects 01/20/2017
Witness saw twister as warnings sounded; damage reported at Wal-mart in Warner Robins Ga. 01/21/2017
Idaho Walmart theft suspect arrested 01/22/2017
POLICE REPORTS: Alleged Tx. Walmart shoplifter tells police he’s ‘working security’ 01/22/2017 Police arrested Alexander Ignacio Herrera, 43, of Livingston, on a criminal mischief charge after he was caught trying to shoplift from Walmart Thursday night, according to a Lufkin Police report. When approached by an officer, Herrera reportedly said he was working security at the store.
Boys find bag of dead ducks dumped at Missouri Walmart 01/23/2017
Three people arrested for shooting at Williamsburg Va. Walmart in Dec. 01/23/2017
Tornado intensified before slamming into Ga. Wal-Mart in at least a 14 mile path, weather service says 01/24/2017
Two Suspects Arrested in Milford Delaware Walmart Shoplifting Scheme 01/24/2017
Liverpool NY man accused of having stolen merchandise from Wal-Marts across state 01/24/2017
Walmart Academy Graduation 01/24/2017
Police seek Tx. Walmart shoplifting suspect 01/25/2017
Homer man shoplifted from NY Walmart, police say 01/24/2017
Purse stolen in parking lot of Statesville NC Walmart 01/25/2017
Police: Woman’s purse stolen from Wichita Kansas Walmart 01/24/2017
Idaho Walmart theft suspect arrested 01/22/2017
Clayton man facing theft charge in Ind. Walmart incident 01/24/2017
Bomb Squad responds to ‘suspicious package’ at Arkansas Wal-Mart 01/23/2017 “A guy locked his backpack to the wall before he went into the store because he didn’t want Wal-Mart to think he was shoplifting,” Conway Police Department spokesman LaTresha Woodruff said.
Walmart store in Mechanicsville Va. evacuated due to bomb threat 01/26/2017
Woman jailed after Tx. Wal-Mart assault 01/25/2017
Mount Olive police charge NC Wal-Mart employee with steaing money 01/26/2017
Murfreesboro Tenn. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 01/26/2017
Bomb threat hoax leads to evacuation of Walmart store in Newport Oregon 01/30/2017
Charges: Disabled ND man who tried to run over Wal-Mart customers with scooter, then kicked cop fails to show at court 01/26/2017
Suspect charged in iPod thefts at Havelock NC Walmart 01/26/2017
Man charged in theft of electronics from Manchester NH Walmart 01/27/2017
Police seek your help in case of $1,000 shoplifting incident at Ill. Walmart 01/27/2017
Judge gives probation to teen involved in 2015 beating outside Salem Va. Walmart 01/27/2017
Man sentenced in fraud scheme that hit Wisc. Walmart 01/27/2017
3 charged in shots fired incident at Williamsburg Va. Walmart 01/24/2017
Wal-Mart in south Las Vegas Nevada closed after grease fire in McDonald’s outlet 01/28/2017
Detectives seeking pair that fled with laptop in pickup from Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 01/28/2017
Queensbury NY Walmart evacuated during fire. 01/29/2017
Possible gas leaks forces evacuation of Blackfoot Idaho Walmart 01/29/2017
Danville Ill. Wal-Mart evacuated after bomb threat 01/29/2017
NC Walmart crime spree lands man in jail 01/30/2017
Woman Uses Self-Checkout to Steal From Vero Beach Fla. Walmart 01/29/2017 The suspect failed to scan 9 items totaling $31.01.
Police: 2 arrested after NH Walmart hit by same thieves twice in 2 months 01/31/2017
Police: Possible shoplifter opens Ga. Walmart boxes with knife 01/33/2017
Weekend Arrests: Beer Run at Tx. Walmart and More 01/30/2017
Bedford Ind. Man Arrested After Stealing From Walmart 01/31/2017
Suspects Stole TV, Threatened Walmart Employee: Manchester Conn. Police 01/31/2017
3 injured in robbery at Secaucus Walmart: court document 01/31/2017
2 sought in theft from Fruitville Pike Pa. Walmart 01/31/2017
Fla. Walmart employee, 2 others accused of fraud 01/31/2017
Watertown NY woman accused of taking items from Walmart 01/31/2017
Stolen Credit Cards Used at Md. Target, Walmart: Police 01/31/2017
Staunton Va. police seeking suspect in Walmart larceny 01/31/2017
Police: Possible shoplifter opens Ga. Walmart boxes with knife 01/30/2017