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

Lawsuit: Woman claims excessive force by Homewood Alabama police at Dec. Walmart arrest 02/01/2017

A black woman who was taken to the floor and handcuffed inside the Walmart in Homewood by police after she refused to let them search her purse has filed a federal civil rights and excessive force lawsuit.

The incident sparked protests.

Attorneys for Brenda Rivers filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Birmingham. The lawsuit names Homewood's police department and officer Corey Lenard as defendants. Complete article

Woman falsely detained in Homewood Walmart speaks at press conference 02/10/2017

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

Man accused of choking daughter outside Round Rock Tx. Wal-Mart 02/01/2017

A man is accused of choking his 12-year-old daughter until she lost consciousness Tuesday outside a Walmart in Round Rock after she received a citation for shoplifting, according to an arrest affidavit.

Steven Minor, 47, was charged with family violence strangulation and injury to a child, both third-degree felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison each.

An officer gave the 12-year-old girl a citation for shoplifting at the store at 2701 Interstate 35 South on Tuesday, an affidavit said. Officers called her parents, who both arrived at the store, according to the affidavit.

It said officers then went back into the store to talk to employees until a witness told them a male was assaulting a female on the side of the store. The officers went outside and met with the girl, who had a bump on the left side of her head, the affidavit said.

It said the girl’s mother told police the girl and Minor were arguing about the shoplifting incident while leaving the store when Minor grabbed his daughter by the throat and pushed her against a wall.

Minor “then began strangling the victim to the point that her legs began to buckle and she lost consciousness,” the affidavit said. He then released her and she began to fall forward, according to the affidavit.

It said Minor punched her across the face, which caused her to fall to the ground where he punched her several more times. Complete article

Walmart to pay $1M in suit over misleading labels on products 02/0/2017

Walmart will pay about a $1 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it illegally sold plastic products in stores and online that were misleadingly labeled “biodegradable” or “compostable,” prosecutors said Wednesday.

The selling of items with disingenuous labeling is in violation of California law. The action was filed in Napa County by Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley and 22 of her counterparts throughout the state.

The retail giant agreed to fork over $875,000 in civil penalties and an additional $50,000 to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to fund testing of plastic products., a subsidiary of Walmart, will pay an additional $15,000 in civil penalties. Complete article

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

Murder suspect arrested at NC Walmart 02/01/2017

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) — US Marshals arrested a man wanted for murder in Columbus County at a Wilmington Walmart Tuesday night.

According to a spokesperson with the US Marshals, Charles Grant Wilson, 43, of Shallotte, was arrested around 9 p.m. at the Walmart off Market Street. Bonnie Suzanne Hewett, 37, of Rocky Point, was also taken into custody.

Wilson is accused of killing Marion A. Shaw, 65, of Riegelwood. Deputies found Shaw’s body inside a home in the 22000 block of Andrew Jackson Highway East in Bolton on Monday. Officials said he suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body Complete article

Police: Teen arrested for lighting NY Walmart merchandise on fire 02/01/2017

Gates, N.Y. – One person has been arrested in connection with damaging property inside of a Walmart.

Gates police say 16-year-old Adeosun Hughes allegedly damaged a box of furniture by lighting it on fire on January 19.

They say he has been arrested for arson in the fifth degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Complete article

Same crime, different suspects: More TVs stolen from Fairfax Ohio Walmart 02/01/2017

Police: NJ Walmart employee struck by car intentionally in parking lot 02/02/2017

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (WPVI) -- Police have arrested the suspect accused of intentionally hit a man with his car in the parking lot of a New Jersey Walmart.

It happened around 7 a.m. Thursday on the 100 block of Nassau Park Boulevard in West Windsor, Mercer County.

Police say the driver of a light colored sedan believed to be a Cadillac took off after he struck the pedestrian.

The victim, a Hamilton resident, is believed to be a Walmart employee. It's unclear why he was targeted. Complete article

Video released in Walmart hit-and-run, man charged 02/03/2017

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

Driver, 82, hits 3 people at Uniondale NY Walmart bus stop, police say 02/03/2017

An East Meadow woman lost control of her sedan in a Uniondale parking lot Thursday and plowed into three people at a bus stop, seriously injuring one of them, Nassau police said.

The driver’s Toyota Corolla mounted a curb at the Walmart parking lot on Jerusalem Avenue at about 2:45 p.m., went through a fence and hit three women at the bus stop in front of the store, police said.

The victims, ages 58, 42 and 37, were admitted to an area hospital, police said. The 58-year-old victim was in serious condition Thursday night with head trauma, while the other two suffered leg injuries, police said. Complete article

Local man suspected in Ohio Walmart thefts 02/03/2017

Stolen vehicle discovered at Devils Lake ND Wal-Mart, chase suspect at large 02/03/2017

A man facing an attempted murder charge was at large Friday night after shooting at a state trooper, kidnapping a baby and crisscrossing northeast North Dakota in multiple stolen vehicles, authorities say.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol and other agencies have been looking for 23-year-old Daniel Michael Two Hearts since late Thursday.

Law enforcement agencies say he fired a 9 mm at State Trooper Eric Rumple during a chase that spanned two counties Thursday night, according to a news release. The Traill County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Two Hearts with the Class A attempted murder felony, which carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The Highway Patrol said Two Hearts abandoned a stolen 2013 GMC Sierra at the Devils Lake Wal-Mart shortly before 3 p.m. Friday. The vehicle was the fourth -- including three stolen vehicles -- Two Hearts used to elude police. Complete article

Man Arrested After Snorting Heroin, Passing Out with Child in Huntington WV Walmart 02/03/2017

Officers have arrested a man after he was found unconscious in a Huntington Walmart with a young child Wednesday.

Troopers responded the Walmart on U.S. Route 60 in Huntington on the evening of February 1st, 2017, where they discovered Nathan Ferguson had passed out in the electronics section of the store.

Ferguson had a 1-year-old child with him when he passed out. Complete article

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

Hanover Pa. Walmart greeter: A hug got me fired 02/03/2017

Less than a week after a Walmart employee was fired from the South Hanover store after he grabbed a scooter ridden by a child in the store, another longtime greeter got the boot because, he believes, a child hugged him at the store.

Henry Sutherland, 80, no longer works at the 1881 Baltimore Pike location, company spokesman Charles Crowson said. Crowson declined further comment.

Days after Ken Emerick was terminated, Sutherland learned he was losing his job on Tuesday, a decision he said "came from corporate."

Sutherland said he believes his firing stemmed from a December incident when a girl, about 6 or 7 years old he estimated, hugged him after he gave her a sticker.

"She hugged me, but I don’t remember if I hugged her or not," he said. Complete article

Orange County Fla. deputies respond to Walmart, Citgo gas station shooting 02/04/2017

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orange County Sheriff's Office and Orange County Fire Rescue crews responded to an incident on Clarcona Ocoee Road Saturday morning.

Deputies blocked off an area Walmart with police tape. Multiple deputies were also seen at a nearby Citgo gas station that was blocked off, but have not said if the two are related.

One person was transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound, OCFR said. Complete article

Amanda Castro: Witnesses tell me a man was shot in the Walmart parking lot, then ran across the street to this Citgo gas station @news6wkmg #News6

Amanda Castro: We're hearing reports the possible shooting started off as an auto accident. We see this crash in the Walmart parking lot @news6wkmg

Suspected diaper thief dead after shooting at Walmart, deputies say 02/04/2017

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orange County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident that happened Saturday on Clarcona Ocoee Road.

Deputies responded to a call at 8:12 a.m. about a shooting at a Walmart and a person with gunshot wounds at a Citgo. ...

The Sheriff's Office said that four people were trying to steal "shopping cart-fulls" of baby items and load them into a car, which had been carjacked in January, when a Walmart employee confronted them in the parking lot, deputies said.

"I think what was being stolen, I believe, was Pampers, or some type of baby diapers," Sheriff's Office Capt. Angelo Nieves said. ...

The suspects remain at large and the man who fled to the Citgo was taken to a hospital, deputies said. The 19-year-old man was later pronounced dead.

Wal-Mart customer who fatally shot alleged diaper thief also hit second suspect, cops say 02/05/2017

Stealing diapers not a reason to kill, says mother of shoplifter slain outside Orlando Walmart 02/07/2017

Charges likely for shooter who killed Walmart shoplifter, deputies say 02/07/2017

Lancaster man steals $300 security systems from Ephrata Pa. Walmart twice in 5 days 02/05/2017

A Lancaster man is facing charges after stealing the same $300 security system from the same Ephrata store twice in five days, authorities said.

Osvaldo D. Felix, 45, was initially charged after police responded for a vehicle parked illegally in a handicapped space at Walmart, 890 E. Main St., on Jan. 21.

Officers watched as he got in the car with the unpaid merchandise, police said.

Felix was charged with retail theft and committed to Lancaster County Prison on a separate warrant. He was released from prison Jan. 25, according to authorities.

The following day, Felix stole the same security system from the same Walmart and additional retail theft charges were filed, police said. Officials said video surveillance was used to identify him in the second theft.

Felix did not appear to be in custody as of Sunday afternoon. Complete article

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

Walmart tops list of Colorado Springs businesses with most police calls 02/06/2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo — Do you ever get that uneasy feeling when you’re shopping or dining out, worrying you might not be in a safe place?

We found out which locations may not be the safest by analyzing where Colorado Springs police had to visit most often in 2016.

The top six locations were:

Walmart at 3201 East Platte Avenue – 1,108 calls
Memorial Hospital at 1400 East Boulder Street – 922 calls
Walmart at 1575 Space Center Drive – 918 calls
Walmart at 707 South Eighth Street – 727 calls
Memorial Park at 1605 East Pikes Peak Avenue – 661 calls
Citadel Mall at 750 Citadel Drive – 574 calls

We went to the Walmart on East Platte Avenue to see how bad the problem is. This Walmart has a lot of frequent shoppers.

“I am not really surprised. I see police here all the time,” said shopper Cindy Hair. Complete article

Two Men Arrested for Separate Thefts at Herkimer NY Wal-Mart 02/06/2017

Man arrested for hitting pedestrian with car at Abilene Tx. Walmart 02/06/2017

ABILENE, Texas - A 51-year-old Grand Prairie man is accused of intentionally hitting a pedestrian with his car in the parking lot of the Neighborhood Walmart in the 1600 block of Ambler Avenue. Police say Tony Gardner, whose birthplace was listed as Stamford, appeared to be intoxicated when they arrived on scene. A police report said the victim suffered serious injuries. Complete article

Donald Trump And Paul Ryan Are Taking On Walmart And The Koch Brothers 02/03/2017

Time to get right with your God, America, because the end times must be upon us: Paul Ryan is taking on the Koch brothers.

In June, House Republicans sketched a “blueprint” for tax reform that would replace taxes on corporate profits with a new system of “border adjustments.” Companies would pay taxes for shipping stuff into the United States, while goods sold across the border would be exempted. The idea, if the GOP could pull it off, would eliminate a host of strategies private equity firms and hedge fund managers deploy to game the tax code. It would also reduce the total amount of revenue the government brings in, allowing Grover Norquist and other anti-tax hard-liners to tout it as a tax cut. It could be seen as a boost to manufacturing, but retailers are panicked about rising costs of imported products.

The Trump administration hasn’t quite figured out how it feels about this idea. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal last month, President Donald Trump criticized the plan as overly complicated. But last week, White House spokesman Sean Spicer offered a simplified version: a 20-percent tax on imports to pay for a new wall along the Mexican border. But the Spicer plan forgets that with the revenue from the new import tax, Republicans want to give giant tax cuts elsewhere, not build a giant wall. Complete article

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

Police clear Nebraska Walmart store in search for possible armed suspect 02/06/2017

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Omaha Police cleared a Walmart Neighborhood Market in a search for a possible armed suspect late Monday morning. They eventually arrested 19-year-old Sebit Mayot near 45th and California, but not before an all-out search near Saddle Creek Road and Chicago.

The search for Mayot began after D'Angelo Smith told officers he was robbed. Smith said the suspect’s vehicle was parked in a Walgreen’s parking lot. He saw the man who robbed him run on foot.

Witnesses told officers that the suspect possibly ran inside the Wal-Mart at Saddle Creek and Chicago. Officers searched the Wal-Mart. With the information that the suspect may be armed, officers made the decision to clear the store in the interest of safety. Complete article

Waterford Conn. Police Seek Suspect in Wal-Mart Theft 02/04/2017

Sheriff's Office investigating theft at Yorktown Va. Walmart 02/07/2017

State attorney: Suspect bought ammunition at Fla. Walmart before 3rd murder 02/07/2017

NORTHWEST FLORIDA - It's the latest detail in the dramatic manhunt for a triple murder suspect and his alleged accomplice.

According to an official at the Florida State Attorney's Office, wanted fugitives William "Billy" Boyette and Mary Rice stopped at a Walmart in Crestview, Fla., on Thursday afternoon, to buy ammunition.

Investigators said Rice was captured on surveillance cameras at the Walmart store, and a receipt indicates she bought the ammunition. The state attorney official could not confirm specifically what kind of ammunition she purchased. Complete article

Police respond to shooting in Palatine Ill. Walmart parking lot 02/07/2017

PALATINE, Ill. (WLS) -- Police said a man was found shot in the parking lot of a Walmart in northwest suburban Palatine Tuesday night.

Police said they received the reports around 7:30 p.m. to the store in the 1500-block of Rand Road. Police said they found a 19-year-old male victim who had sustained one gunshot wound. The victim was conscious and able to provide information to officers, police said, and was taken to Lutheran General Hospital for treatment.

Witnesses told the police the shooter or shooters may be inside the store, but police said a search of the store indicated they were no longer at the scene.

In the parking lot police checked for bullet holes in parked cars and shell casings.

Witnesses said shots rang out in the parking lot, sending people running for cover. Customers were upset, saying there's gang activity in that area. Complete article

This headline was changed from the one listed above To the following one: "Police: Man found shot in Palatine Walmart parking lot" This is part of a pattern of behavior by traditional media since reports of Walmart crime problem were more widely reported. The most common tactic is to refer to activities “in the parking lot,” the way they previously referred to them as “near Walmart” implying it might not be on the premises. Saying they found the victim in the parking lot may also imply the shooting didn’t take place on the premises which it did.

Teen charged with shooting outside Palatine Wal-Mart 02/15/2017

Milford Delaware's "Mr. Walmart" Back To Work After Accident 02/07/2017

Texting Oregon Wal-Mart worker strikes customer with cart, lawsuit says 02/07/2017

A Wal-Mart shopper who says she was knocked down when an employee texting on his cellphone pushed a cart full of boxes into her filed a $175,000 against the world's largest retailer.

Carol A. Smith claims the employee was texting while rounding a corner and maneuvering a stock cart stacked high with boxes when he crashed into her and her shopping cart. The incident happened at Wal-Mart's Bend store on Aug. 13, 2015, according to Smith's lawsuit filed last week in Deschutes County Circuit Court. Complete article

Duo charged with stealing sodas from Tenn. Walmart 02/08/2017

Hall Elections Board member charged with shoplifting boxers from Ga. Wal-Mart 02/07/2017

Tommy Sandoval, a Hall County Elections Board member who has been an officer in the Hall County Republican Party, has been charged with shoplifting two pairs of men's boxer briefs from Wal-Mart in Gainesville.

The alleged theft took place Jan. 29 at the store at 400 Shallowford Road, according to a Gainesville police incident report.

The boxers were valued at $30. Complete article

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

Police calls to Western NY Walmarts Cost $400,000+ 02/08/2017

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Local, county and state police agencies in Western New York spent an estimated $400,044 over a one-year period responding to the 6 Walmart stores in Erie County, according to data obtained and analyzed by 2 On Your Side.

Between May 24, 2015 and May 24, 2016, police departments reported the following numbers of complaints filed at the respective Walmart stores:

Cheektowaga - 786 calls
Hamburg - 600 calls
Amherst - 461 calls
Lancaster/Depew - 283 calls
Clarence - 265 calls
Springville - 233 calls

Using a national standard, those 2,703 calls, which average 7.4 per day, add up to 10,812 man hours for local authorities. Do the math, and that's a cost to taxpayers of $400,044. Complete article

Man allegedly kidnapped 49-year-old woman, took her to Mass. Walmart and assaulted her, crashing after a chase 02/08/2017

Police in Raynham arrested a man yesterday who they said kidnapped a woman, drove her to a Walmart parking lot and assaulted her.

The department received reports around 3 p.m. Wednesday that a male had assaulted a woman in the parking lot and then drove away in a gray Ford Taurus, authorities said.

That Ford Taurus was being driven by Nathaniel Simmons, 49, of Brockton, police said. Authorities intercepted the Taurus on King Philip Street and attempted to stop the vehicle.

Simmons attempted to speed away, but ended up driving into the back of a vehicle at the intersection Route 104 and King Philip Street. The responding officers managed to arrest Simmons. Complete article

Man pulls gun on Belmont NC Walmart employee 02/08/2017

BELMONT, N.C. - A man pulled a gun on a Walmart employee in Belmont, police said.

Officers were called to the Walmart on Hawley Avenue just after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The man pulled a gun when a loss prevention employee stopped to question him, police said. Complete article

1 suspect charged, 2nd sought in $700 theft from East Lampeter Township Pa. Walmart 02/08/2017

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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

Diabetic denied syringes at Va. Walmart pharmacy calls 12 02/07/2017

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A diabetic trying to buy syringes says a trip to the Brook Road Walmart turned into a nightmare that nearly jeopardized his life.

Jacob Fleming says the pharmacist made assumptions about him and refused to sell him syringes he needed for insulin. NBC 12 On Your Side talked with both sides of the complaint.

Fleming believes Walmart discriminated against him. Walmart corporate says its pharmacist could not verify the needles were for a legitimate purpose.

You don't need a prescription to purchase syringes over-the-counter in Virginia, but you do have to show a history of your insulin dependency.

"I showed him all of my vials," said Fleming. "I showed him my other prescriptions, my lisinopril. Did he ask for them? No, I just showed him to let him know, because all those things are associated with diabetes."

Fleming says he was led to believe he was being taken care of, only to be denied after waiting twenty minutes.

"I could have went into a coma or died. Really. It's that serious. I knew how my body was reacting, and I said all I need to do is just get some insulin," said Fleming. "Basically my legs, my thighs, my muscles were starting to tighten up. I was beginning to have acid reflux, which is a sign of ketoacidosis." Complete article

Walmart builds new high-tech Tx. store with no checkouts 02/10/2017

TOMBALL, Texas -- A new Walmart store in Tomball, Texas, will include new convenience and high-tech features, making it unlike nearly any other store in the country.

The new features will also be tested to see if they'll be put in other Walmart stores across the country, a spokesperson said.

The store, at 25800 Kuykendahl Rd., will include the first Walmart Care Clinic in Houston, and the first Chobani Cafe in Texas.

The cafe will be a "Mediterranean-inspired" food center inside the store.

A drive-through pickup lane will allow customers to pick up anything in the store, gathered by a Walmart personal shopper. Complete article

Woman drinks stolen alcohol in restroom later pulls employee's hair during attempted robbery at Mich. Walmart 02/10/2017

ALPENA, MI-- A woman was arrested on Thursday, Feb. 9 after she allegedly stole from a local Wal-Mart and attempted to rob a cash register, police said.

A 36-year-old Harrisville woman entered the store with a male and a child before taking alcohol and soda to the restroom. Michigan State Police said she consumed the items without paying for them.

After exiting the restroom, police say the woman contacted a store employee about submitting an application for employment.

When the employee attempted to assist the woman with the application process, the woman grabbed the employee by the hair and ordered the employee to give her the money in the register, police said. The register was empty. The male whom the woman entered the store with then removed her from the store. Complete article

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

Suspects steal employee's car from Colorado Walmart parking lot; victim jumps on hood to try to stop them 02/10/2017

AURORA, CO. - Aurora Police are looking for two suspects who stole a Walmart employee's car on January 25.

Police say the victim was restocking shelves at the Walmart located at E. Exposition Ave. and S. Blackhawk St.

The victim was opening boxes with her keys and placed her keys in her work cart, which also contained a laptop. She noticed the two suspects walk close to her cart as they passed her.

The victim feared the suspects might have swiped her laptop, but instead she noticed her keys were missing.

The victim ran out of the store and saw her car pulling away. The woman jumped on the hood of car in an attempt to stop the suspects.

As the suspects drove away, they almost hit two other vehicles, so the victim jumped off of the hood. Complete article

New Orleans police investigate a murder near uptown Walmart 02/10/2017

New Orleans — New Orleans police are investigating a homicide inside a T-Mobile store in the 500 block of St. Andrew Street.

Officers said about 7:30 p.m., an armed man who was trying to rob the store was shot and killed by a customer.

Police said the customer waited for officers to arrive and surrendered his gun. Complete article

New Orleans police investigate a murder near uptown Walmart 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

Driver tries hitting elderly man after Pa. Walmart parking lot argument 02/10/2017

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - Police in Lehigh County are looking for a driver who they say tried to run over an elderly man in a Walmart parking lot.

It happened Wednesday afternoon at the Walmart on Mill Creek Road in Lower Macungie Township.

Police say it all started when the victim was walking across the pedestrian crosswalk outside the store and the suspect failed to stop, driving into the wrong lane and nearly missing the victim.

After a heated exchange between the two, the suspect followed the victim with his vehicle.

Police say when the 81-year-old victim arrived at his parked van, the suspect drove directly at the victim and accelerated, striking the victim's shopping cart.

The victim was hit by the cart, but not the suspect's vehicle. Complete article

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

Indiana man arrested in Maryville for starting fires in Tenn. Walmart 02/10/2017

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- An Indiana man was charged with aggravated arson after Maryville Police say he confessed to starting two fires inside a Walmart.

Police say David Lee Roberts admitted to setting fire to a row of camouflage shirts in the sporting goods section of the store and then setting a bathroom garbage can on fire.

Maryville Police say Roberts was seen on surveillance inside the store and then leaving in a cream colored Cadillac. Complete article

Police investigating SC Walmart thefts 02/11/2017

SAPD: Woman stabbed to death at San Antonio Tx. Walmart parking lot 02/13/2017

Police are seeking a woman in her 30s believed to be connected to a fatal stabbing of another woman Sunday evening in the parking lot of a Walmart on the Far West Side.

Authorities were dispatched about 6 p.m. to 11200 Potranco Road for a report of a cutting. When officers arrived, they found a woman in her 30s lying on the ground with a stab wound to her chest.

The victim suffered one fatal wound to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Jesse Salame, San Antonio Police Department spokesman, who added that the suspect is at large. Complete article

Woman fatally stabbed outside Walmart identified 02/15/2017

Woman accused in Walmart stabbing death arrested 02/21/2017

Alabama Wal-Mart parking lot shooting victim in serious condition 02/13/2017

A shooting at a Huntsville Wal-Mart that sent one person to the hospital and injured a bystander late Sunday remains under investigation.

An argument resulted in shots fired outside the Wal-Mart on Sparkman Drive, sending to the hospital one person who was involved in the altercation and causing minor injury to a woman who was walking into a nearby store, police said. The woman was grazed by a bullet, which caused minor injuries. Lt. Stacy Bates said.

The other victim was taken to the hospital after a friend drove him to the 2000 block of Memorial Parkway at a Kroger Store, Bates said. Complete article

Huntsville police searching for 2 men accused in Wal-Mart parking lot shooting 02/25/2017

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

Pair wanted for setting fire inside Bossier La. Wal-Mart 02/14/2017

Investigators with the Bossier City Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Bureau need help identifying a man and woman who were caught on video setting a fire inside a local business.

The incident happened Feb. 3 at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in the 4000 block of Barksdale Boulevard. The pair of suspects can be seen on video walking down an aisle when the woman points out a package of feminine hygiene products to the man who sets the package on fire with a cigarette lighter. The couple then walks to the end of the aisle and appears to wait until the fire engulfs the package before they walked away and exited the store

Store personnel noticed the fire then called the Bossier City Fire Department. An employee was able to put out the fire with an extinguisher before fire crews arrived on the scene. Complete article

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

Walmart: 'It doesn't matter who occupies the White House' 02/15/2017 Propaganda?

On Nov.4, just a few days before the U.S. presidential election, the science-based targets movement officially went mainstream.

It was the date the world's largest retailer, Walmart, announced an emissions reduction plan approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent by 2025, compared to 2015 levels, and source 50 percent renewable energy by the same date.

Walmart was just the 26th company to get the seal of approval from the SBTI, and the first retailer to secure the accolade. It was seen as a major coup for the SBTI to land the world's largest retailer less than two years after the scheme's launch, but why was Walmart so keen to jump on board?

It was the "increased emphasis" in the corporate world on science-based targets, including from its own suppliers, that convinced Walmart to take the leap, Fred Bedore, senior director of business strategy and sustainability at Walmart, told BusinessGreen. Complete article

Walmart sued for allegedly selling craft beer that isn't 02/15/2017

(NEWSER) – Sensing the way the beer winds were blowing, Walmart started selling its own line of craft beers early last year, the Washington Post reports. Now the retail giant is being accused of selling fake craft beers in order to trick customers into paying more in a lawsuit that calls Walmart's craft beers "wholesale fiction." Walmart says it's working in "collaboration" with Trouble Brewing to brew four styles of craft beer. But here's the catch: There's no such US brewery. Government filings say the beer is actually made by WX Brands, and the address listed is for Genesee Brewing, which is based in Costa Rica and makes "cheap college-party staples." So it's little surprise one taste-tester describes Walmart's Red Flag Amber as "good for flip cup."

The four Trouble Brewing craft beers are stocked at more than 3,000 Walmarts in 45 states, where Consumerist reports they're placed on shelves with other craft beers. But the lawsuit alleges the beers—whose packaging gives no evidence Walmart has anything to do with them—don't meet any of the standards for craft beers listed by the Brewers Association, according to Courthouse News. Complete article

Man stabbed at East Topeka Kansas Walmart, conceal carry holder intervenes 02/11/2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka Police responded to reports of a stabbing at the Walmart on SE California in Topeka just after 4 p.m. Saturday. TPD says two men were involved in an altercation, when a third party conceal carry holder intervened and stopped the assault.

"He intervened, drew his firearm, and held the people to the ground basically at gun-point," said Topeka police Sergeant Joshua Klamm.

One of the men involved in the altercation was stabbed and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say the two men knew each other. Complete article

Woman wanted for questioning after Ga. Walmart financial card fraud 02/14/2017

Police: Glen Rock employee wrote bomb threat at Pa. Wal-Mart 02/15/2017

State police say a Glen Rock woman wrote the bomb threat that caused an evacuation of the Shrewsbury Wal-Mart last May.

Melanie Ann Rowe, 20, of 44 Water St., Apt. B, is charged with bomb threats, risking catastrophe and terroristic threats, according to court records.

Police say Rowe, who was an employee of the store at the time, reported the bomb threat after having left the threat on a note early that morning.

"You have until 8:30 a.m. I will be back with a bomb," the note read, according to charging documents. Complete article

Busted at NC Wal-Mart (Jan. 1 to Feb. 8) 02/14/2017

Getting busted for crimes at Wal-Mart in Morganton is a continuing trend. Find out who was charged Jan. 1 to Feb. 8:

» Cathy Elaine Neilson, 40, of 4644 Harold Shore Drive, in Morganton, was charged with misdemeanor larceny all other. She was cited and released. Her trial date was set for Feb. 28.

» Gilbert Purnell Hice, 34, of 212 Carbondale Lane, in Morganton, was charged with misdemeanor larceny all other. He was transported to Burke-Catawba jail and placed under a $3,000 secured bond. His trial date was set for Jan. 31. Complete article

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

Report: Woman in Tx. Walmart theft hits Port Arthur cop with car 02/13/2017

Southeast Texas police are searching for a woman who was allegedly involved in a theft at the Bridge City Walmart on Sunday and later hit a Port Arthur cop with her car, according to a release from the City of Port Arthur. At about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, the Bridge City Police Department contacted the Port Arthur Police Department in an attempt to locate a teal Honda Civic, which had been involved in a theft at the Bridge City Walmart, the release states. The vehicle was registered to an address in Port Arthur. PAPD located the vehicle and driver at the Cedar Ridge Apartments, where the car was listed, according to the release. Complete article

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

Okmulgee Okla. Police Investigate After Body Found Outside Walmart 02/15/2017

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma - Okmulgee police and other emergency services are investigating after they say a body was found outside the Walmart on Highway 75.

The call came in around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017. When officer arrived they found remains in a dumpster at the Murphy's gas station.

Video from Osage SkyNews 6 HD showed a large suitcase lying on the ground at the front of the dumpster. Emergency personnel could be seen wrapping a large suitcase in plastic and placing it in a hearse. The hearse then left the scene.

The discovery has one local father concerned as he wonders if the remains could be his daughter. Complete article

Suspect served first-degree murder warrant after body found in Okmulgee dumpster 02/16/2017

Police: Murder suspect may have left remains in multiple states 02/17/2017

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

Longmont police arrest man who allegedly head-butted Colorado Walmart manager 02/15/2017

After a man became agitated at Longmont's north Walmart on Wednesday afternoon, customer Roman Avila's instinct was to stop him by tackling him.

"I always tell myself I would do that if it happened, and it happened," Avila said.

Police identified the man as Dustin Robinson-Beaty, 23, who they arrested outside the north entrance of Walmart, 2514 Main St.. Police said when store managers approached his camper that had been parked for several days, they told him to leave and he began yelling obscenities.

Cmdr. Joel Post said police believe Robinson-Beaty followed the managers back through the parking lot to the store, where he began throwing things at the employees and another manager approached. He then reportedly head-butted the female manager, possibly breaking her nose. Complete article

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

Taser stops man from stabbing himself in neck, chest at Tx. Wal-Mart in The Colony 02/11/2017

Police and paramedics in The Colony were called to a Wal-Mart store after a man stabbed himself repeatedly Friday night.

WFAA-TV's Jobin Panicker first reported the stabbing at the SuperCenter off State Highway 121 near Main Street.

#NOW The Colony PD says man stabbed himself several times in Walmart off 121 & Main. Officers tased him. Paramedics on scene @wfaachannel8

A police spokesman said Saturday that the man entered the store and started stabbing himself in the chest and neck. Complete article

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

NY Wegmans, Wal-Mart pay Cayuga County fines for scale violations 02/16/2017

Wegmans and Wal-Mart have both paid fines after the Cayuga County Weights and Measures Department found violations with some of the stores' scales.

Larry G. Roser, director of weights and measures, said January was supermarket scale testing month, where he inspected scales at all 13 supermarkets in the county. In his report to the county Legislature's Public Works Committee, Roser said both Wal-Mart and Wegmans in Auburn had no Weights and Measures seals on several scales, a violation of Agriculture and Markets Law.

Wegmans was penalized with a $2,000 fine after using three scales that Roser had not tested. Roser said this is the sixth time the Auburn store has violated the law in the last eight years.

Wal-Mart was given a fine of $800 for using four new deli scales without being tested by Roser. Though more scales were out of compliance than Wegmans, Roser said Wal-Mart was given a smaller fine because the store had not had as many past violations. Complete article

Wal-Mart annual revenue expected to top $487 billion, net income to decline 02/16/2017

BENTONVILLE (TALK BUSINESS & POLITICS) — Wal-Mart Stores has been mum thus far on the recent holiday season and analysts expect the retail giant did well given that it’s also a grocery store. But full-year net income is likely to fall below that of the previous year.

Wal-Mart will report fourth quarter and fiscal year earnings on Tuesday (Feb. 21) before the market opens. Wall Street consensus is $1.29 in net income per share for the quarter ending Jan. 31, 20 cents below the $1.49 earned a year ago. For the full year the consensus estimate is $4.32, below the $4.59 per share added to the company coffers last year.

Ben Bienvenue, analyst with Little Rock-based Stephens Inc., said his estimate is slightly below the street at $1.26 for the quarter and $4.28 for the year. He expects more of the same from Wal-Mart with slightly improved comparable store sales. He also believes gross margins will be hurt by deflationary food prices. Complete article

Highland Ill. police looking for man in connection with Walmart thefts 02/16/2017

Driver allegedly tries to run down women at Fremont Ca. Walmart 02/16/2017

A woman and her daughter received some unwelcome attention at a Fremont Walmart on Monday when a man tried to run them over with a minivan full of garbage, police said.

The two women had just arrived at a Walmart on Albrae Street when the man angrily confronted the younger woman, apparently without provocation, the older woman told police.

He then got into a minivan full of trash and almost hit the younger woman, police said. The altercation is being treated as an attempted assault with a deadly weapon, according to police. Complete article

Miami Gardens Fla. resident says Walmart employees printed 'Bad City, Florida' on prescription label 02/16/2017

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The nation's largest retailer seems to have a special name for one South Florida city.

A Miami Gardens resident said she was shocked when she picked up her prescription and looked at the printed label and her address.

"It said, 'Bad City Florida,'" the woman, who did not want to be identified, said. "I proceeded to call Walmart to find out why that is. ... They were very nonchalant and very non-caring about it." Complete article

Man stands under broken Tx. Walmart sign hoping to be hit Man hoping to file lawsuit 02/17/2017

A Texas man stood underneath a dangling sign outside of Walmart's pharmacy for two days hoping one of the letters would fall and knock him out, Global News reports.

Manuel Garcia posted photos to his Facebook page on Feb. 14 of him standing against the outside wall of a Walmart store with the caption, "waiting for the P to fall and knock out to be able to sue Walmart."

When he was unsuccessful after the first day, Garcia returned to try his luck the next day, captioning his next picture, "Day 2 still waiting." Complete article

Thieves wanted in Porter Tx. Walmart theft 02/16/2017

Man carrying gun in Ohio Walmart cites 2nd Amendment rights; police disagree 02/17/2017

A township man was arrested Wednesday after he was discovered carrying a gun in Walmart for which he didn’t have a permit.

Christopher Adams, 21, of Afton Avenue is charged with carrying concealed weapons, a fourth-degree felony offense, according to a police report.

The charge stems from an incident reported shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday, while police were at Walmart for a separate incident. Officers were alerted that a man carrying a gun under his jacket had just entered the store.

Police called back-up and entered the store, where an employee told them that Walmart does not prohibit the open carrying of firearms in the store. Openly carrying a gun is legal in Ohio, but concealed carry requires a permit.

Police then found Adams and asked if he was carrying a gun and had a carrying a concealed weapon permit for it. Adams reportedly told police he was carrying a gun and did not have a CCW permit.

“At that point, I calmly displayed my service handgun and pointed it at Adams,” an officer reported. “As Adams put his hands in the air, this caused his jacket to open up, and ... I then observed [tucked in a waistband holster] a fully loaded, Smith and Wesson 9 mm handgun with 16 bullets in it.”

Police also found a knife and two loaded magazines on Adams, according to the report. Complete article

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

Shoplifters set small fire in Pa. Walmart as a diversion: Police 02/18/2017

Two shoplifters intentionally started a fire inside a Walmart in Franklin County then tried to walk out of the store with several items, according to state police.

The incident occurred just before 2 a.m. Saturday at the Walmart along the 1700 block of Lincoln Way East in Guilford Township, police said.

The two men set a small fire in the toy aisle of the store in an effort to distract employees, police said. Complete article

Two arrested for robbery, shooting into Mobile Alabama Walmart 02/17/2017

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) — The Mobile Police Department arrested a man and woman Friday morning after two robberies at separate Walmarts in the Mobile area.

24-year-old Jamie Grimes is charged with shooting into an occupied business and 19-year-old Raquel Cunningham is charged with robbery first degree.

The two were arrested after robberies at the Schillinger Road and I-65 Service Road locations of Walmart in Mobile.

According to police, Grimes and Cunningham tried to exit the Schillinger location with a full shopping cart, and then threatened employees who tried to intervene.

While driving away, Grimes fired out of the car window into the Walmart. Complete article

Patagonia Jackets Won’t Be Cheaper Now that Walmart Owns Moosejaw 02/17/2017

And they won't appear on Walmart shelves. But the acquisition will help the behemoth retailer compete with Amazon and it could even strengthen Moosejaw's brick-and-mortar business.

You might have seen that Walmart swooped in and bought online retailer Moosejaw for $51 million dollars on Tuesday. The question is: What, if anything, will this mean for the outdoor gear consumer?

For one, don't expect to start getting high-end outdoor gear for cheap. “You won't see Patagonia at Walmart,” says Rich Hill, president of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, a trade organization of 130 outdoor specialty shops. But that doesn't mean you won't see certain outdoor brands sold on Walmart's site. Complete article

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

Report: Trent Richardson Arrested For Domestic Violence After Argument at Alabama Walmart 02/17/2017

The last time we heard from former Alabama Crimson Tide RB Trent Richardson, he was getting cut by the Baltimore Ravens last year and pretending to be LSU RB Leonard Fournette on Bama’s scout team.

He may have ended his NFL career for good with his latest move, as he was arrested for domestic violence stemming from an argument that started in Walmart.

“Former Alabama running back Trent Richardson was arrested in Hoover on a domestic violence charge.

Hoover police responded at 8:04 p.m. Thursday to a 911 call reporting a possible domestic disturbance at the Hyatt Place Hotel on John Hawkins Parkway. Complete article

3 sought in theft, assault at South Jackson Tenn. Walmart 02/17/2017

Jackson police are looking for three men they believe stole more than $100 in merchandise from Walmart on South Highland.

According to a news release, three men were seen on surveillance video around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 15 attempting to leave the store with three shopping carts. A Walmart employee was able to prevent two carts from leaving the store, but one of the men assaulted the employee who stopped the men, the release says.

The men were able to leave with one cart of merchandise. Complete article

Mechanicsville woman arrested in Ashland Va. Walmart shooting 02/19/2017

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Ashland police have arrested Brittany L. Wiggins, 24, of Mechanicsville, for the shooting death of Ashley Fricke which happened late Saturday at the Ashland Wal-Mart. Wiggins has been charged with First-Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle.

Wiggins was arrested in Ashland and is currently being held at the Pamunkey Regional Jail.

Police said that they arrived at the scene of the shooting at 11 p.m. Saturday night, at which point they found 25-year-old Fricke suffering from gunshot wounds. Shortly thereafter she was declared dead. Complete article

Walmart murder: No ties between suspect, victim 02/20/2017

Joe Morrissey to represent Walmart murder suspect 02/21/2017

Morrissey: Random gunfire led to Ashland Walmart shooting death 02/21/2017

Walmart murder may have begun as road-rage incident, Crime Insider sources say 02/20/2017

Woman dies after pickup drives off Walmart parking lot, wrecks on Southeast Side San Antonio Tx. 02/19/2017

A 24-year-old woman was killed Saturday night when the pickup in which she was a passenger drove off the edge of a Walmart parking lot and wrecked on the city's Southeast Side, San Antonio police say.

Police say the other woman driving the pickup was 38-years-old and also injured in the accident that happened near midnight at the Walmart in the 4700 block of Pecan Valley Drive.

Both women were transported to San Antonio Military Medical Center where one of them was pronounced dead. Complete article

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

Man arrested at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. after allegedly repeatedly striking woman 02/20/2017

A 25-year-old Ocala man was arrested Sunday night after a woman told Sumter County sheriff’s deputies he had repeatedly struck her.

A woman got out of a vehicle and ran to a deputy at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

“Please help me. He has been hitting me all day. Please help,” the woman told a deputy.

Cody Cilley, still in the vehicle, began cursing at a deputy. He tried to convince law enforcement that the woman frequently hits herself in the face, something the woman denied.

When deputies attempted to take Cilley into custody, he tried to pull away, would not comply with commands and kicked at the doors of a squad car. Complete article

Caller to Walmart store in Branson Missouri threatened to shoot up school 02/20/2017

BRANSON, Mo. - A vague call received by a Walmart store supervisor led to a lockdown of buildings in the Branson School District on Monday afternoon. Superintendent Brad Swofford says junior high and high school students had already left their buildings for the day when he was notified. Lockdown procedures went into effect at the elementary schools until students left for the day.

The Branson Police Department said late Monday afternoon that police found the threat to not be credible. Police Chief Stan Dobbins released this statement:

“At approximately 3:30 p.m., Branson Police were notified by a Wal-Mart supervisor reporting an undocumented phone call that had been received stating that an individual was threatening to first shoot up the Highway 76 Wal-Mart, then would proceed to visit Branson Schools with a subsequent threat. Complete article

Walmart training academy opens in Navarre Fla. 02/20/2017

Stabbing shuts down road outside Westside Jacksonville Fla. Walmart 02/19/2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A man who stabbed multiple times on 103rd Street is now in the hospital recovering.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, police were first called after there were reports of a shooting outside a Walmart near Interstate 295 and 103rd Street. When officers arrived, they found a man had been stabbed nearly five or six times.He was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.

Part of 103rd Street was closed Sunday night due to the investigation.

JSO report the man was trying to get help and there were officers nearby who quickly jumped into action. Complete article

Families in Pa. Valley slayings clear obstacle in suit against Walmart 02/20/2017

The families of three people murdered in a 2015 shooting spree in Allentown and Easton have cleared a significant hurdle in their lawsuit to hold Walmart responsible for selling the ammunition used in the slayings to an underage and possibly intoxicated buyer in the wee hours of the morning.

A Philadelphia judge refused Walmart's request to have the case dismissed under a 2005 federal law that bars lawsuits against firearms dealers. Lawyers for the victims' families have, at first glance, presented enough evidence for the case to proceed under an exception to the ban for certain types of negligence, Judge Linda Carpenter wrote.

Although the ruling is preliminary, and Walmart could still prove that it is entitled to immunity, it's noteworthy because only a small number of cases around the country have tested the exceptions, legal experts say.

"It's quite significant in that it makes clear that while Congress has given retailers like Walmart unprecedented and sweeping immunity, there are exceptions, and under egregious circumstances like this, that immunity is not going to deny victims of gun violence their day in court," said Adam Skaggs, litigation director at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Complete article

Man runs over pedestrian after stealing from Dallas Tx. Walmart, police say 02/21/2017

DALLAS - Police are searching for a man who hit a pedestrian after driving away with stolen items from a Walmart in northwest Dallas.

Witnesses say the suspect left the Walmart parking lot in the 4100 block of LBJ Freeway near Midway Road in a red Nissan Cube on January 24 when he struck the victim. The thief was described as a 230-pound white man, between 50 to 55 years old and roughly 5 feet 11 inches tall.

Police are asking those with any information about the case to call Detective F. Bishop, or you can remain anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers -- because crime stoppers is even offering a reward up to $5,000 -- for information on the case. Complete article

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

Walmart Labelled Britain's Worst Grocery Store, According to Consumer Survey 02/16/2017

Walmart's (WMT) U.K. division, Asda, has been ranked the worst grocery store in the country, according to a consumer survey, with its online offering not faring much better.

Consumers ranked privately-held Waitrose as the best place to buy food in Britain because of its quality and easy-to-navigate stores, according to a survey of 7,004 Britons conducted by consumer advocacy magazine 'Which?'.

Marks & Spencer (MAKSY) came a close second due to the quality of its own-label and fresh food products while Asda ranked last with the grocery chain seen as having good value food but with only average quality.

"We know that we need to do a better job for our customers and our colleagues are working hard to make a real difference," an Asda spokesperson told The Guardian.

Asda also came joint last for its online offering with Sainsbury's (JSAIY) and Waitrose, a placing that will likely embarrass Walmart, which agreed to buy for $3 billion last year in an effort to improve its online offering to compete with Amazon (AMZN). Complete article

Trial ordered in deadly shooting outside Shawnee Missouri Wal-Mart 02/21/2017

Walmart profits drop 18% in 4th quarter despite strong holiday sales 02/21/2017

Walmart, the giant retailer, said Tuesday that it had attracted more customers during the crucial holiday shopping season but that its efforts had come at a cost.

Sales at U.S. stores open at least a year rose 1.8 percent during the fourth quarter, compared with a 1.3 percent increase many analysts were expecting, Walmart reported. But profits fell 18 percent during that period to $3.8 billion, or $1.22 a share.

Big-box retailers such as Walmart have been struggling in recent years as customers did more of their shopping online. Walmart has responded by opening fewer stores while bolstering its online operations. That focus paid off during the holiday shopping season when online sales increased 29 percent. Complete article

Walmart Could Be Facing Big Troubles Coming Out Of Q4 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

Walmart's Ridiculously Wealthy Heirs Just Keep Getting Even Richer -- Here's How 02/22/2017

Who said retail stinks? Tell that to the richest family in America, who got multi-richer Tuesday after shares of Walmart (WMT) rose 3% following a better-than-expected fourth quarter.

Shares have trekked slightly higher on Wednesday to $71.89.

That jump deepens the pockets even more of Sam Walton's three surviving children—Rob, Jim and Alice. On Wednesday, Rob's shares were worth $240 million, Jim's, $755 million, and Alice's, $501 million, according to data compiled by TheStreet.

Rob is on the retailer's board and its retired chairman. He has a net worth of $35.8 billion, the 15th highest in the world, according to Bloomberg data. Jim, whose net worth clocks in at $35.4 billion (17th wealthiest in the world), serves on the company's strategic and finance committees.

Alice has no active role in Walmart. She is an art patron, who spearheaded the Walton Family Foundation's effort to develop the Crystal Bridge Museum of Art, which opened in 2011 in Bentonville, Ark., and is dedicated to American art and artists. Her net worth stands at $34.7 billion, making her the 18th wealthiest person in the world.

Their dad co-founded the world's largest retailer in Rogers, Ark., in 1962. Worldwide, the company now has 11,500 retail units in 28 countries and 2.3 million employees. Complete article

New information in fatal attack inside Tx. Wal-Mart restroom 02/22/2017

CORPUS CHRISTI - An arrest affidavit sheds new light of a brutal attack that happened in a Wal-Mart restroom last week.

According to court documents, last Wednesday (Feb. 15th) Richardson punched fellow contractor John Harley who was on a ladder working in the bathroom at the Walmart on Greenwood.

After the victim had fallen off the ladder, Richardson kicked him in the head three times and left the arrest report stated. The report also added Richardson on his own stood up and demonstrated the violent actions that led to John Harley's severe injuries to his head to Detectives.

He was taken to the hospital where he died on Saturday evening. Complete article

Authorities: Woman shot by husband near Fla. Walmart 02/22/2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — Authorities said a woman was shot during a domestic violence incident Wednesday morning.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) said a woman was shot near Hood Drive and North Palafox Street.

Major Hobbs from ECSO said she was shot in the leg by her 44-year-old husband, Curtis Brown.

Brown was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, possession of a weapon, cocaine possession, drug possession and possession of drug equipment. Complete article

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

Hamden Man Pulls Out Handgun in Walmart Parking Lot: Milford Conn. Police 02/22/2017

MILFORD, CT — A Hamden man is accused of displaying a handgun in the parking lot of the Milford Walmart after being involved in a verbal argument with another patron, police said.

Police stressed that the accused never pointed the gun at the victim. Police said at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 officers responded to Walmart on the report of a male who just displayed a handgun. Investigation led to the arrest of Richard Magliula, 35, of Benham Street, who is accused of pulling out a handgun in the parking lot of Walmart during a verbal argument with another patron, police said. Complete article

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

Suspects on the run after shooting at Tenn. Walmart employee in parking lot 02/23/2017

COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC) - Collierville Police Department is investigating a shooting in the Walmart parking lot. With the shooting coming in the same week as an armed robbery of the Collierville Verizon Wireless store, many are asking if crime has increased in Collierville.

Investigators rushed to the scene on Poplar Avenue near Highway 72 around 7 a.m.

A Walmart employee said he was leaving work when two men in a red car came up to him. One of the men fired one shot at him, and then the car drove off on Poplar Avenue.

"This one is a pretty big shocker, that it happened in this parking lot," resident Steve McGowan said.

Police said the two men took off in a red Mustang. They said the victim and at least one of the suspects knew each other and the shot fired was targeted and isolated. Complete article

2 arrested in Sunday stabbing that critically wounded man who fled to Jacksonville Fla. Wal-Mart 02/23/2017

Two Jacksonville felons have been arrested in Sunday’s stabbing of man wounded in the head, rib area, arms and groin, according to police and court records.

Police were initally called to the 103rd Street Wal-Mart where the bleeding victim flagged down somebody for help. Officers followed a blood trail across 103rd Street to the Forest Apartments on West Norde Drive. They located an apartment with shattered glass, drugs and ammunition, but no witnesses or suspects, according to the incident report.

The unidentified victim, whom police said had life-threatening wounds, told them “they’re coming to get me.” He didn’t know who, other than they were from Niblick Drive, the incident report said. Complete article

Man arrested for swinging swords at Brooksville Fla. Walmart customers 02/23/2017

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. -- A man who allegedly swung swords at customers at a Brooksville Walmart is in custody.

Brooksville Police arrested Shannon Lon Schenck, of Brooksville, who was found in possession of two swords at the Walmart located at 7305 Broad Street.

Police also said that Schenck appeared to be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

BPD officers responded around 12:04 p.m. after the store manager reported that Schenck, 44, was in the Walmart parking lot and approaching customers while armed with the swords.

Witnesses told police that Schenck was in a fighting stance and had both swords unsheathed as he walked up to customers as they left their cars. Complete article

Marshfield Wisc. police ask for help in Walmart purse theft 02/23/2017

Tx. Wal-Mart theft suspect hits man who was trying to stop him with car 02/23/2017

Police have released surveillance video from the Jan. 24 incident at a Wal-Mart in the 4100 block of LBJ Freeway. It shows the theft suspect, a white man in his 50s, walking out of the store at 10 a.m. and then running into a man who tried to stop him in the parking lot. Dallas Police Department Complete article

Orlando Fla. police officer shoots man firing BB gun at Wal-Mart where Lt. Debra Clayton was killed 02/23/2017

An Orlando police officer shot a man accused of randomly firing a BB gun at people Thursday at a Wal-Mart — the same store where Lt. Debra Clayton was killed last month.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said officers were called about 4 p.m. to the store, which is tucked behind trees on Princeton Street.

The incident started when the suspect approached a man who was loading groceries into the back of his pickup.

The suspect said “Hey,” and when the victim turned around, he opened fire, police said.

The victim was hit in the arm, then jumped in the bed of his truck to escape being shot again, Mina said.

The suspect went inside the store, bought something, then came back outside to continue firing.

He shot at two other customers and several vehicles in the parking lot.

“He just came up to the people and started shooting,” Mina said.

The suspect fled after the shootings and was confronted by an officer beside John Young Parkway, just a block from the store.

Mina said the officer exited his vehicle and the suspect pointed the BB gun at him and opened fire. The officer shot back, hitting him at least once. Complete article

Mina: Man shot by cop after firing BB gun at Wal-Mart customers had mental illness 02/24/2017

NC Walmart, Home Depot employees threatened by man with possibly contaminated needle 02/2/2017

Fayetteville police are searching for a man they say threatened to stab loss prevention personnel with hypodermic needles contaminated with a communicable disease during two separate incidents.

At about 9:40 p.m. Feb. 16, officers were dispatched to Walmart at 1550 Skibo Road at the corner of Yadkin Road, a Police Department news release said.

Loss prevention personnel there said, according to the release, that a man concealed several items in a stolen backpack and attempted to run away.

When approached, the man threatened to stab the security people with a hypodermic needle. The man told them he had a communicable disease that could be transferred by the needle stick. Complete article

McDonough Ga. police make arrest in Wal-Mart sexual assault case 02/23/2017

Accident at Chiefland Fla. Walmart leads to death 02/23/2017

CHIEFLAND, Fla. -- A woman is dead after an accident at work. Sandra Quincey was an employee at the Walmart in Chiefland.

"She had been participating in loading pallets from a semi-trailer and those pallets had become dislodged and a stack had fallen on her," said Lt. Jay Bolton with Chiefland Police.

According to the report, a coworker heard a crash and found the 60 year old woman with more than 50 pounds of wood on top of her.

Quincey worked for Walmart for more than 20 years.

"None of the other employees actually witnessed it occur, so the only thing we really had to go on was the scene itself and the condition she was found in," said Lt. Bolton. Complete article

Olathe Kansas woman finds maggots in Great Value plastic sandwich bags, Wal-Mart denies problem 02/23/2017

OLATHE, Kan. - A Olathe woman says she found maggots inside her Wal-Mart Great Value plastic sandwich bags.

Elizabeth Wesson contacted 41 Action News after finding the maggots, that had made webs in the top of the box and in between the bags.

Wesson said she had purchased the bags from the Alden St. Wa-Mart a week prior to finding the maggots. She had been packing her husband’s lunch in the sandwich bags.

After finding the maggots, Wesson contacted the Wal-Mart she purchased the bags from and was directed to loss prevention.

Wesson said the employee in loss prevention asked her ‘What do you want?” after taking the box of bags back.

“It was very insulting. He took the bags and did not refund my money and now they are dropping the issue completely,” Wesson told 41 Action News.

Claims management called Wesson a week later and told her the company that manufactures the product had no reported maggots in their products and therefore would be closing the case. Complete article

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

NC leaders refused to entice Walmart with tax incentives. They came anyway. 02/24/2017

When Charlotte gives incentives for companies to expand or relocate in the city, some question how much the money helps – or whether the business was coming anyway and just looking for the money as a welcome gift.

It’s difficult to know because local incentives are almost always approved. In the last three years, for instance, the City Council has never turned down an incentive proposal.

But two years ago, Walmart proposed to invest $24 million and create 1,000 new jobs at a new center in Charlotte to handle accounting and invoicing, in an office park near the airport.

Some of the management jobs would have paid $83,000. But for the vast majority – 908 positions – the average salary would have been about $32,000.

[Your tax dollars are luring call-center, amusement park jobs. Is that a good idea?]

Many of those 908 positions would qualify for taxpayer-supported “affordable housing,” which can be for people earning 80 percent of the area median income. For a family of two people, that’s someone earning less than $32,160.

The City Council had approved in closed session $278,000 in subsidies for Walmart. But Mecklenburg commissioners balked at approving $483,000 in incentives for the world’s largest retailer, with some officials concerned the company didn’t pay its employees enough. Complete article

Former employee files discrimination complaint against Lafayette Colorado Walmart 02/24/2017

A former employee of a Lafayette Walmart has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that she was discriminated against because she was Hispanic and pregnant and then fired when she filed a complaint.

Anastiacia Moreno, 19, filed the complaint on Wednesday against the Walmart at 745 U.S. 287 in Lafayette.

When reached by phone on Friday, officials at the Walmart declined to comment on the complaint.

Moreno, a former cashier, was hired in September 2016 and became pregnant in November. Moreno alleged in the complaint that she told a personnel manager in a purportedly confidential meeting, but that she was treated differently by supervisors after revealing her pregnancy.

"They made references that made it clear that they knew of her pregnancy and judged her decision to have a baby at age 19, out of wedlock," the complaint read. "Often, supervisors would make off-color comments and call her names, including 'nausea' and 'little baby mama.'" Complete article

Minn. Sheriff’s Office Warns of Walmart Gift Card Phone Scam 02/24/2017

STEARNS COUNTY — Another phone scam has been circulating around Stearns County.

Sheriff John Sanner says the sheriff’s office has received multiple reports about a phone scam where the suspects say the resident needs to bail their grandchild out of jail and to do so they must pay the bail in Walmart gift cards.

Several victims have paid as much as $3,000 and $6,000 in Walmart gift cards.

Sanner says that you should never give out financial information over the phone to someone you are not familiar with or have not worked with before. Jails never deal with gift cards, bails are typically paid in cash, cashier’s check or the jail works with a bonding agent. Complete article

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

Walmart Modernizes The Shopping Experience With Scan & Go 02/25/2017

A new Walmart just opened up a couple miles from my home. I’m not a fan of Walmart. I fought against allowing this Walmart to be built at all. Now that it’s open, though, I did go in just so I could try out the new high-tech future of shopping—Walmart Scan & Go.

I abhor Walmart. I do not like what the company stands for or how it treats its employees. I don’t appreciate the clientele that seems to be unique to Walmart—just search the term “Walmart shoppers” if you don’t know what I mean—and there’s a good chance the proximity of this store will decrease my property value. That said, I’m also a sucker for convenience and new technology, so I had to check out Scan & Go.

The concept is pretty simple. Using the provided scanners or the Walmart Scan & Go app on your smartphone, just scan everything as you put it in the cart. The app maintains a running total of the items in your cart. You can simply click a button to pay for your goods right from the app, and you’re done. Well, almost. You do still have to have a Walmart employee verify the receipt on your smartphone and clear you before you can leave. I’m not sure how it works with the in-store hand scanners, but I assume you would just hand the scanner over to a cashier and then pay whatever the total is.

A Walmart employee explained that they conduct random periodic checks of customers to keep people honest, and suggested that there may be some customer profiling going on as well. Basically, the implication was that if someone looks “shady” they’re more likely to be singled out for a more thorough inspection. Walmart will also perform a more thorough check if you try to purchase any alcohol or age-restricted items like spray paint using the Scan & Go process. Complete article

Man says he was racially profiled by security guard in Calgary Canada Walmart 02/25/2017

In the video posted to his personal Facebook page, University of Calgary student Jean Ventose was approached and followed by a security guard while shopping for headphones.

A man who was followed by a security guard in a Calgary Walmart, and posted a video of it on Facebook, says he believes he was racially profiled while shopping.

In the video, Jean Ventose, a University of Calgary student, says the security guard started following him while he was buying headphones from the electronics section of the store.

“Why were you standing there pretending you were going to buy headphones? Why don’t you follow somebody else who’s going to steal something?” Ventose says to the guard in the video.

“You’re making me feel uncomfortable.”

The video, posted to Ventose’s Facebook page Thursday morning, bears the caption “Here is how I started my morning.” The video has received more than a million views and 10,000 reactions in two days.

At the beginning of the video, the security guard tells Ventose he can’t take her picture because it’s against policy. “It’s illegal,” she says, holding her hand up to block the lens. The guard wordlessly follows behind him for most of the four-minute video. Complete article

Police arrest man accused of stealing shotguns from Iowa Walmart 02/26/2017

West Des Moines Police arrested a man accused of stealing shotguns and ammunition from a West Des Moines Walmart on Saturday, according to a West Des Moines release.

Cody Allen Gebauer, 27, of Des Moines, was arrested on Sunday in connection with the incident and has been charged with third-degree criminal mischief. Theft charges are pending, police say.

Witnesses told officers that at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Walmart at 6365 Stagecoach Drive, a man used a bat from Walmart's sporting goods section to break the glass of a gun case and take weapons.

Police didn't find a suspect at the time of the incident, but found the three shotguns nearby. Complete article

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

Woman injured in robbery, kidnapping attempt at Springfield Tenn. Walmart 02/26/2017

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (WKRN) – A homeless man was arrested for the alleged robbery and attempted kidnapping of a woman at a Springfield Walmart.

According to Smokey Barn News, Willie Joe Bufford was taken into custody Sunday evening.

He’s accused of stalking a 23-year-old woman in Walmart around 9:30 a.m. and attacking her when reached her car.

Bufford reportedly pulled out a knife and forced the victim in the backseat. A struggle ensued and the woman was sliced across her fingers as she reached for the knife. Complete article

Protesters in Lynn Mass. want to ruffle Walmart’s feathers 02/27/2017

LYNN — Animal rights activists are urging Walmart to extend its commitment to sell only cage-free eggs in the United States by 2025, to Mexico and Latin America.

About a dozen protesters associated with The Humane League stood outside Walmart’s parking lot on the Lynnway Sunday afternoon, holding signs reading “Stop Walmart Double Standards” and “End This Abuse.” The hashtag #walmartdoublestandards has been circulating around social media.

Since its founding in 2005, The Humane League has been committed to ending the caging of hens in the egg industry worldwide. Activists say the cage-free campaign highlights Walmart’s unjust food practices and its support of animal cruelty in Mexico by continuing practices that it has already committed to eliminate in the U.S.

“It’s important because right now, millions, actually billions of animals each year, chickens in particular, are confined to cages so small that they can’t extend their limbs and live comfortable lives,” said Chris Hendrickson, Boston grassroots director for The Humane League. “Battery cages have been an industry standard for chicken confinement, but as we saw with Question 3 passing here in Massachusetts, 78 percent of Massachusetts voters think that battery cages are not just animal confinement, but in fact, it’s cruelty and should be banned in the state.”

In November, Massachusetts voters passed Question 3, which prohibits the sale of eggs, veal or pork of a farm animal confined in spaces that prevent the animal from lying down, standing up, extending its limbs or turning around. Complete article

Women Will Tell Big Companies Like Walmart and Amazon to Take a Hike on March 8, When They Strike 02/25/2017

Large retailers such as Walmart (WMT) and Amazon (AMZN) may feel a female-driven sting on March 8.

The A Day Without A Woman strike, scheduled on International Women's Day, aims to capitalize on the enthusiasm of the Jan. 21 Women's March on Washington. If you recall, that event was initially planned only for the nation's capital in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential election, but quickly grew to be a fervent outpouring worldwide, replete with marchers wearing hand-knitted pink "pussyhats" directed at Trump's denigrating words about women. According to the strike's website, strikers are urged to take the day off on March 8 from both paid and unpaid labor, avoid shopping for the day (with the exceptions of small, women- and minority-owned businesses) and wear red in solidarity.

In concert with A Day Without A Woman is a strike organized on the same day by a separate coalition, called the International Women's Strike US. That group formed following the Feb. 6 publication of an op-ed in The Guardian calling for a women's strike. Its platform includes economic and social issues. Complete article

Pedestrian hit by car after aggravated armed robbery at Tyler Tx. Walmart 02/26/2017

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Police say some suspects have been arrested after an aggravated robbery at an East Texas Walmart.

Tyler Police say it happened Saturday around 11:50pm at the Walmart in the 6800th block of South Broadway.

Police say that witnesses stated that several subjects entered the store, displayed a weapon and took an undisclosed amount of cash...even holding a Walmart employee at gunpoint.

A pedestrian was hit by the fleeing suspect's vehicle and treated on scene for minor injuries. Minutes after the robbery took place, a Tyler Police officer located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and made a traffic stop. Complete article

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

Judge Dismisses Suit Against Wal-Mart Linked to Mexico Bribery Allegations 02/27/2017

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that accused Wal-Mart's Mexico operations of misleading shareholders during an alleged bribery scheme.

The federal judge in New York on Monday rejected shareholder claims that former Wal-Mart executives knew about bribery allegations or should have known. U.S. District Judge Katherine Polk Failla also said Wal-Mart could not be liable for former employees' actions.

This and other lawsuits were prompted by allegations in 2012 that Wal-Mart's Mexican unit paid millions of dollars in bribes to speed building permits and gain other favors. The allegations spurred federal investigations in the U.S. and Mexico, and a global anti-corruption compliance review by Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart. Complete article

WREG investigates the high number of Walmart calls to Memphis Tenn. Police Department 02/27/2017

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A News Channel 3 investigation uncovers details about whether one of the country's largest retailers is using your tax dollars to help pay for security.

It's a shopping mecca for deal hunters, but one of the nation's largest retailers is also a haven for petty crime.

Who could forget the viral video of two women scrapping in the shampoo aisle of an Indiana Walmart!

City leaders in Beech Grove, Indiana, fed up with police runs to the retail giant, declared the place a public nuisance and decided to levy fines for excessive calls.

Randy Parraz is the Director for Making Change at Walmart.

He told WREG, "Local communities need to stand up and say we're going to start billing you Walmart, for all the security you're getting from our police officers."

Making Change at Walmart is a campaign spearheaded by a union that monitors issues like workers rights'. Now, the group is taking on Walmart over its calls for service to police.

"We found a pattern where Walmart, instead of doing the right thing and investing and hiring sufficient workers to staff their stores and also invest in appropriate security for their stores, they're off-loading their security at the taxpayer cost to local police officers," said Parraz. Complete article

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

“Mass Chaos” At Fla. Walmart Girl Scout Cookie Stand as Clash Turns Violent Over $20 Debt 02/27/2017

Girl Scout cookies are a nearly $800 million a year business, selling 194 million boxes in 2015 alone. Around this time of year hundreds of the iconic boxes are sold outside Palm Coast’s big box stores by local Girl Scout troupes and their chaperones. One such stand was set up outside of Walmart off Cypress Point Parkway in Palm Coast Saturday evening.

But a dispute between two young passers-by and sellers of the cookies allegedly over an old $20 debt turned ugly, loud then violent, boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas and Trefoils were thrown, so were punches, a man who’d had open-heart surgeries just a few days before was hospitalized with injuries, a woman and a young boy were struck (the boy was hospitalized), and the two alleged assailants were arrested and charged with counts of battery and disorderly conduct.

The confrontation began when Daniel Kennedy, an 18-year-old resident of Pinetree Lane in Palm Coast, and his 16-year-old brother, approached the cookie stand, which was handled by one member of the Ketchum family—parent Lisa Ketchum, 47–and others, including two girl scouts. Ketchum’s husband, Thomas, 49, and their 15-year-old son, happened to be shopping inside Walmart just then. Thomas had had open-heart surgery the previous Wednesday.

According to the Flagler County Sheriff’s arrest and incident reports, based on statements by those at the scene and surveillance video, Erin Kennedy, the mother of Daniel and the younger boy, along with her sons, “confronted the Girl Scout leaders over money that was possibly stolen or loaned several months prior by one of the other Girl Scouts,” a report states. As Lisa Ketchum explained it, the family told her that “one of the Girl Scouts owed their sister $20 from a previous incident involving their respective daughters, who were acquaintances.” Complete article

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

Wal-Mart Upgrades App to Add Pharmacy Refills, Money Transfers 02/28/2017

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., looking to lock in more customers with its mobile-phone app, is updating the software so it can be used to refill prescriptions and skip the line at the pharmacy counter.

The upgrade also will let users sign o

ff on medical forms and view prescription pricing on the application, Wal-Mart said on Tuesday. Once their pharmacy orders have been placed, customers will be able to use new express lanes at the store. They’ll scan a code once at the register and can pay with their Wal-Mart Pay account on the app.

The software is part of Wal-Mart’s bid to improve the experience at its 4,700 U.S. stores, which suffered from disorganization and stocking problems in recent years. In addition to the pharmacy changes, the app will work with the retailer’s 1,200 wire-transfer centers, letting customers cash checks, pay bills and send money without paperwork. Complete article

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

Walmart Employee In Texas Films Man’s Racist Rant Against ‘Foreigners’ 02/28/2017

A woman who posted a Facebook video of a man telling a Texas Walmart worker to “go to your own countries” is demanding the retailer do more to protect its employees.

Liz Colunga told The Huffington Post that her friend of 10 years, whom she’d only identified as Adela, was working at the Walmart vision center in Irving, Texas, last week when a man berated her for appearing to be an immigrant.

Colunga said she posted the video to Facebook on Monday, with Adela’s permission, because of an uptick in xenophobic attacks and remarks made since President Donald Trump became commander in chief.

“It is important that we speak up and share these kind of experiences because only then will our allies know this kind of hate is real,” Colunga wrote in the caption for the video, which has garnered almost 70,000 views and has been shared more than 800 times. Complete article

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

Ex-employee fatally stabs current employee at Walmart gas station, deputies say 03/01/2017

ORLANDO, Fla. - A former employee fatally stabbed a current employee at a Walmart Neighborhood Market gas station Wednesday morning, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The stabbing was reported at the store at 902 Lee Road shortly before 9 a.m.

Officials don't know what led to the stabbing, but a witness said he saw a struggle between the two men continue into the parking lot.

The victim, a 25-year-old man, died from his injuries. The suspect fled the scene on foot, officials said. Deputies said they know the assailant's identity, but aren't releasing the 23-year-old man's name to the media at this time. Complete article

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