Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Wal-Mart Crime report February 2017
There were at least nine shootings on Walmart property or very close to it; one of them may have been off their property, but due to a relatively new pattern of behavior of referring to shootings “in the parking lot” as be “near Walmart” by the media it is hard to tell with that one. The shooting referred to as being near Walmart resulted in a death; another one that was on the property also resulted in a death of someone who was stealing diapers killed by a concealed carry pedestrian, who was charged with murder; and three more serious injuries. This includes several officer involved shootings, either by firing back or to pursue suspects. At least one of these shootings was to shoot at an employee.
There were also at least two other murder suspects that were either arrested at Walmart or that bought their ammunition there. There were at least eight or nine additional gun related crimes including attempts to steal guns a road rage argument and a threat to shoot up both the Walmart and a nearby school which turned out to be false.
There were at least two additional murders on the premises including a stabbing in the parking lot and another incident where one contractor hired by Walmart killed his co-worker. Cities in New York Colorado and Tennessee are all investigating whether they have greater crime problems at Walmart, which isn’t really news at all. This ahs been going on for years but for the last six months or so there has been a steady supply of newspapers and police departments that are all of a sudden paying much more attention to it.
Unfortunately there is little or no chance that they’re doing much to improve it. There haven’t been new stories about attempts to privatize security but there are quite a few in the past year indicating that this is one of the most important aspects of Walmart's response to this. The lack of new reporting on the root causes indicates they’re continuing with those attempts.
Instead of trying to figure out how to recognize and reduce crime they’re trying to figure out how they can use this to increase their profits even more.
They had at least four arsons at their stores including one that was designed as a distraction to cover up shoplifting. This seems to be a semi-regular event although they never seem to get away with it since it is on camera and arson added to shoplifting guarantees they’ll try harder to catch them; but people that do this aren’t the most rational people in the world so they don’t seem to care. There were also over a dozen major accidents at Walmart many of them that were intentional after either arguments or shoplifting attempts, including one that was an armed robbery; another one where they tried to hit a cop; and another that killed the victim. There were additional minor accidents, most of which probably don’t even get reported in the news.
Orlando is having more than their share of incidents at their Walmart store. Last month a police officer was shot and killed; this month two of the shootings, including the one where a diaper thief was killed, took place there and on the first of March they had a stabbing at the Walmart gas station where a former employee killed a current employee
They had at least a dozen additional assaults, stabbings and a couple kidnappings. Once again when someone decided to steal their alcohol they drank it on the premises before pulling the hair of the employee that caught her and another responded by head butting another employee when he tried to stop him. Another politician got caught shoplifting at Walmart although he didn’t get involved in any assaults.
Walmart has been involved in at least three more scandals for fraudulent advertising of some sort including a legal settlement for misleading labels about the environment; a fine for scale violations and a lawsuit about falsely claiming that they have craft beer. These kinds of deception have been routine for Walmart for years if not decades and they routinely get caught and find ways to sweep them under the rig as cheaply as possible yet they keep doing them.
Buyer should always beware at Walmart! You would think they would be concerned about preserving their reputation; but perhaps thanks to sympathetic politicians and media they don’t feel the need.
They have protests from women, environmentalists, minorities and just about everyone else! They don’t seem to care about who they piss off. They’ve been voted the worst grocer again in Britain. The basic premise of the free enterprise is supposed to be that the stores that no on like go out of business.
Why is it that not only are they not going out of business but they’re dominating the market?
Is there any way they could do this without overwhelming support from both the media and political establishment?
This isn’t a free enterprise system at all!
And they’re suing their political clout to expand into many more markets with little or no hope for any advantages for workers or consumers. One of the trivial acquisitions is Patagonia but they’re not even trying to offer any price advantages or improve services. This is a blatant oligarchy being built with political connections.
The list of incredibly bizarre incidents grows every month including a many swinging swords at customers another many threatening to stab someone with contaminated needles, which has become semi-routine and reports of maggots in plastic bags.
Compared to this an attempt to get hit by a falling Walmart sign so he could sue is relatively mild, especially since it didn’t fall and would have been caught on camera so it wouldn’t have worked anyway.
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 February 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.
Third person charged in drug-related Mich. Walmart double homicide 02/01/2017
Walmart briefly locked down after report of man with gun 02/01/2017
Woman encounters peeper in east Charlotte NC Walmart bathroom 02/01/2017
Florence SC police asking for help identifying man after indecent exposure at Walmart 02/01/2017
Woman Scams Walmart Out of $99 Gift Card, Police Allege Laura Fe Ramos, 35, of Newport, RI said she needed money to feed her children. 02/01/2017
Arrest at Walmart leads to a year in prison for Watertown NY woman 02/01/2017
Police: Man found dead in Ill. Walmart parking lot, overdose suspected 02/01/2017
Same crime, different suspects: More TVs stolen from Fairfax Ohio Walmart 02/01/2017
Social media users help New Jersey State Police ID Walmart TV thief 02/02/2017
KPD debunks Kenai Alaska Walmart bomb threats 02/02/2017
Employee accused of stealing over $1,000 from Minn. Walmart 02/02/2017
Oneida County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest in Rome NY Walmart Larceny 02/03/2017
Police: Lisbon woman left child alone in Ohio Walmart parking lot 02/02/2017
Petition filed by Apple Valley, Ca. Wal-Mart denied by Court of Appeal 02/02/2017
Local man suspected in Ohio Walmart thefts 02/03/2017
Fifth bomb threat called in at Ill. Walmart 02/03/2017
Bomb threat, suspicious package briefly close West Union Ohio Wal-Mart 02/03/2017
Body discovered in woods next to Somersworth New Hampshire Walmart 02/05/2017
3 cats living at the Atascocita Tx. Walmart receive eviction notice 02/05/2017 She has named the three female cats Cute Face, Funny Face and Pretty Face, and said they have not previously caused a problem at the store.
Bomb threat at north Medford Oregon Walmart 02/04/2017
York County Pa. teen delivers signatures to Walmart to get popular greeter’s job reinstated 02/04/2017
POLICE BLOTTER: Boy paints Fla. Walmart, hides behind diapers 02/06/2017
Fort Lauderdale Fla. Wal-Mart evacuated after reported bomb threat; no device found 02/04/2017
Two Men Arrested for Separate Thefts at Herkimer NY Wal-Mart 02/06/2017
Off-duty corrections officer saves newborn's life in Cicero NY WalMart 02/04/2017
Message of hate appears in New Mexico Walmart 02/06/2017
Walmart employees arrested after Framingham Mass. theft 02/06/2017
17-Year-Old Rams Into Vehicle in Tx. Walmart Parking Lot 02/06/2017
Man arrested for exposing himself at Cortana Place La. Walmart 02/06/2017
Police looking for suspect in fraud case at SC Walmart 02/07/2017
Live report on theft trial of man whose arrest at Tx. Walmart went viral 02/06/2017
Waterford Conn. Police Seek Suspect in Wal-Mart Theft 02/04/2017
Sheriff's Office investigating theft at Yorktown Va. Walmart 02/07/2017
Milford Delaware's "Mr. Walmart" Back To Work After Accident 02/07/2017
Duo charged with stealing sodas from Tenn. Walmart 02/08/2017
Southaven Mississippi PD searching for witness to vandalism in Walmart parking lot 02/08/2017
Cape Coral Fla. Walmart funds study to improve dangerous intersection 02/08/2017
1 suspect charged, 2nd sought in $700 theft from East Lampeter Township Pa. Walmart 02/08/2017
Man accused of stealing computers from Dalton Ga. Walmart 02/09/2017
A century later, original Gray's Creek NC 'Walmart' has come home 02/09/2017
Walmart Arkansas worker refuses reward after finding woman's purse 02/09/2017
Man accused of huffing dusting spray in Pa. Walmart parking lot 02/09/2017
Colorado Court rules against Wal-Mart in suit against PPRTA 02/09/2017
Longtime Walmart Executive Announces Departure 02/09/2017
Police answer suspicious suitcase call at Missouri Wal-Mart 02/10/2017
Police say Salem, Indiana, Walmart employee foiled massive credit card scheme 02/08/2017
Police search for man in series of Ga. Walmart thefts 02/07/2017
Scratch on Car in Naugatuck Conn. Walmart Parking Lot Leads to Charges: Police 02/09/2017
New surveillance photos released in Mechanicsville Va. Walmart bomb threat 02/10/2017
Suspicious activity in NC Walmart parking lot leads to charges 02/10/2017
Woman charged for hitting, injuring pedestrian in December at Ind. Walmart 02/10/2017
Skimmers stopped thanks to quick thinking Ind. Walmart employees 02/10/2017
Kingsport Tenn. Police Department officers searching for Walmart shoplifting suspect 02/10/2017
Police seek suspect who robbed Broussard La. Walmart 02/10/2017
2 men accused of stealing more than $1,800 in merchandise from NY Walmart 02/10/2017
Man Gets 20 Years After Pleading Guilty to Oct. 2016 Elm Springs Arkansas Walmart Shooting 02/10/2017
Fourth Person Arrested in Tx. WalMart Robbery 02/10/2017
Police investigating SC Walmart thefts 02/11/2017
Jury finds man guilty for 2009 fatal robbery of armored-car guard at Lakewood Wash. Walmart 02/13/2017
Police look to identify suspects involved in Wal-Mart thefts 02/13/2017
Brothers in Mich. Walmart double homicide had history of mental health troubles 02/14/2017
Over three-thousand dollars shoplifted from Sahuarita Ariz. Walmart 02/14/2017
Woman who crashed into little girl in Dec. 2015 in Mich. Walmart lot, drove away, takes plea 02/15/2017
Old Man Drops Items At Walmart, Mom Breaks Down When She Learns He Tricked Her Into Helping 02/14/2017
Woman wanted for questioning after Ga. Walmart financial card fraud 02/14/2017
Police: Cashier, 2 others conspire to La. Walmart theft 02/14/2017
North Port Fla. police search for 'smiling' suspects stealing $1,750 from Walmart 02/15/2017
Oklahoma City Police: Burglar Broke Into Restricted Area In Local Walmart 02/15/2017
Authorities searching for Prattville Alabama Walmart theft suspect 02/14/2017
Dawsonville Ga. Walmart reopens after bomb threat in the bathroom evacuation 02/12/2017
North Bay Man Arrested for Grand Theft at Solano Walmart 02/14/2017
Normandy man gets 10 years for robbing a Walmart in St. Charles Missouri 02/15/2017
Man who fought NY Walmart firing sentenced to 15 years for bank robberies 02/15/2017
Police: Duo stole video games from Port St. Lucie Fla. Walmarts 02/1/2017
Police Investigating Jewelry Theft At Frankfort Ky. Walmart 02/15/2017
Man sentenced for Dec. 2015 stabbing man at NC Wal-Mart 02/15/2017
Police warn of Walmart refund check scam in Wisconsin 02/16/2017
Police now say Walmart refund checks not a scam 02/17/2017
Accused Ithica NY Walmart Killer Faces Prior Charges, Opposes Mother’s Custody Request 02/15/2017
Va. Walmart bomb threat case advances 02/15/2017
Couple charged in theft of 90-100 car batteries from Pa. Walmart 02/15/2017
Shoplifting Suspect Arrested Near Beatrice Nebraska Walmart Store 02/16/2017
Cuban Couple Arrested For Using Stolen Credit Cards To Purchase Ind. Walmart Gift Cards 02/14/2017
Arnold man arrested for alleged possession of meth labs, thefts at Missouri Walmart, other offenses 02/15/2017
Suspects sought for allegedly stealing alcohol from La. Walmart while wearing employee vest 02/16/2017
Tx. Wal-Mart employee accused of stealing nearly $17,000 from register 02/13/2017
Woman wanted in thefts from Wal-Mart in Louisa, Ky. 02/15/2017
Newport News Va. police looking for woman who stole cash at Wal-Mart 02/15/2017
Suspect uses stolen checks to purchase items at Kennewick Wash. Walmart, JC Penney 02/15/2017
Walmart Continues to Get Thrashed in This One Major International Market 02/07/2017
Kingsport Tenn. Police Department officers searching for Walmart shoplifting suspect 02/10/2017
Walmart opens training center in Viera Fla. 02/16/2017
Federal firearms charge filed against man involved in Augusta Me. Wal-Mart shooting incident 02/16/2017
Dalton Ga. PD seeking Walmart razor thief 02/16/2017
Highland Ill. police looking for man in connection with Walmart thefts 02/16/2017
Thieves wanted in Porter Tx. Walmart theft 02/16/2017
Have you seen… the 2 suspects in this Ga. Walmart video? 02/17/2017
Three charged, others sought in NC Wal-Mart thefts 02/17/2017
LaGrange police seeking identity of man accused of shoplifting from Ga. Wal-Mart 02/17/2017
This video convinced a jury that man did not leave cocaine in Mississippi Wal-Mart training room. 02/17/2017
Trial date set for man charged with opening fire at police outside Pa. Walmart 02/17/2017
Boardman Ohio crime activity: Man arrested after carrying gun in Walmart 02/17/2017
Man Accused of Stealing Xbox from Arkansas Walmart on Pleasant Crossing 02/17/2017
Milwaukee Man Allegedly Steals 90 Cans of Baby Formula from a Wisc. Walmart 02/19/2017 According to Madison Police, Walmart staff members placed the retail value of the stolen items at approximately $1,500, or $16.67 per can.
WV Police: Wal-Mart shoplifter arrested with gun, drugs 02/20/2017
Walmart training academy opens in Navarre Fla. 02/20/2017
Crews extinguish brush fire near Walmart in Fuquay-Varina NC 02/18/2017
Arrests: More Unwanted San Angelo Tx. Walmart ‘Shoppers,’ Forgery, Burglary and Juvenile Evaders 02/20/2017
Smyrna Tenn. Police trying to identify women, man in Walmart theft 02/20/2017
Trial ordered in deadly shooting outside Shawnee Missouri Wal-Mart 02/21/2017
2 men accused of stealing clothing, computers from Franklin Tenn. Walmart 02/21/2017
Rash of car break-ins reported at Brown Deer Wisc. Walmart store 02/22/2017
Warrants issued in Lebanon NH Walmart thefts 02/22/2017
Trio arrested after police chief notices stolen jeep at New Martinsville WV Walmart 02/22/2017
Man wanted for questioning in alleged sexual battery at McDonough Ga. Walmart 02/22/2017
3 wanted for stealing mobile phones from Bobby Jones Ga. Walmart 02/22/2017
Woman Stole Clothes from Walmart: Naugatuck Conn. Police 02/22/2017 The incident occurred back in 2015, police said.
Just Askin': Thefts at Wal-Mart? 02/19/2017 After the Champaign Wal-Mart decided to close from midnight to 6 a.m. due to low foot traffic during those hours, several readers suggested the real reason was late-night theft. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Leslee Wright insisted this wasn't the case, and the data from local police departments appear to back this up.
New Lenox Woman Charged with Retail Theft at Ill. WalMart: Cops 02/22/2017
3 accused of stealing $1,700 in merchandise from Mahoning Pa. Walmart 02/21/2017
Marshfield Wisc. police ask for help in Walmart purse theft 02/23/2017
McDonough Ga. police make arrest in Wal-Mart sexual assault case 02/23/2017
Framingham Mass. Police search for 3 who used funny money at Walmart 02/2/2017
Woman Arrested For Alleged Attempt to Steal Hundreds of Dollars in Wash. Walmart Merchandise 02/23/2017
Woman uses fake coupons to steal $1K at Pa. Wal-Mart, police say 02/23/2017
Police: Jacksonville woman tries stealing more than 100 items from Fla. Walmart, blames husband 02/24/2017 self-checkout?
FBI: Man in Wal-Mart vest robs Albuquerque NM bank 02/24/2017
Man sought after 9-year-old Alabama Walmart shopper said he grabbed her buttocks 02/24/2017
Cops: Man touched woman inappropriately at Wal-Mart 02/24/2017
Walmart Employee Stole $3,378 From Cash Register: East Windsor Conn. Police 02/24/2017
Woman uses fake coupons at a self-checkout lane to steal $1K at Pa. Wal-Mart, police say 02/23/2017
Pa. State police warning against Wal-Mart 'money-gram' scam 02/26/2017
Man crashes truck into a Ga. Walmart after having a seizure 02/26/2017
Nashua pair arrested after report of shoplifting at Hudson NH Walmart 02/26/2017
Police arrest suspects tied to Hawaii Walmart American Savings Bank robbery 02/26/2017
Police accuse couple of shoplifting at Ind. Walmart 02/27/2017
Man wanted for trying to use counterfeit bills at Va. Walmart 02/27/2017
Police: Man found passed out behind wheel of running car in NH Walmart parking lot 02/28/2017
Moments after she pumped gas, credit card used at Va. Walmart 02/27/2017
Mitchell woman injured in two-vehicle crash at SD Walmart 02/27/2017
Bomb threat briefly closes San Marcos Tx. Walmart 02/27/2017
Ga. Walmart theft crew strikes again 02/27/2017
Newfane man charged with stealing purse from Lockport NY Walmart 02/28/2017
Law and Order: Confrontation in NY Walmart parking lot leads to man's arrest 02/2/2017
Police: Wanted woman arrested after shoplifting from Milford Del. Walmart 02/27/2017
Suitcase deemed safe at West Melbourne Fla. Walmart 02/28/2017 A bomb-sniffing dog was brought to the scene.
Phenix City police seek dark sedan after robbery in Ga. Walmart parking lot 02/28/2017
Man arrested after Tx. Walmart trespass and pot possession 02/28/2017
Fire reported at Holland Ohio Walmart on McCord Road 02/28/2017
Stabbing investigated at Walmart Neighborhood Market in Orlando Fla. 03/01/2017
Nampa gang member wants to take back guilty plea in Idaho Walmart lot shooting in June 2016 02/28/2017
Woman found to have heroin arrested after allegedly breaking into Tenn. Walmart jewelry case 02/28/2017
Two caught on surveillance allegedly stealing $700 worth of electronics from NJ Walmart 02/28/2017
Police: Three caught stealing from Anderson Ca. Walmart 02/28/2017
Two charged in Tenn. Kroger, Walmart thefts 02/28/2017
Man suspected of passing counterfeit cash at Festus-Crystal City Missouri Walmart 02/28/2017