Thursday, June 1, 2017
Wal-Mart Crime report May 2017
Since last August when there was a surge in police reports about Walmart’s crime problem they’ve been claiming that they’ve been addressing this problem with what they call a “Restorative Justice” which they’re trying to portray as a success, since there are allegedly fewer calls to the police as a result of it. In some cases even the police call it a "great program." However it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that if they stop calling the police as often for petty offenses it will result in fewer police call; unfortunately the calls for major offenses including shootings stabbings arson etc. almost certainly aren’t going down at all; if anything they seem to be going up.
As I pointed out in Walmart’s “Restorative Justice” Endangers Public Without Reducing Crime major incidents like shootings are breaking records since they escalated this “Restorative Justice” and it isn’t even hard to figure out what many of the biggest problems are, which for some bizarre reason Walmart simply ignores. They broke a record with at least 104 shootings last year and 53 shootings already this year, only five months in and the biggest time for high crime including shootings is often during the holidays which don’t come until the end of the year virtually guaranteeing a new record this year unless something changes fast, which doesn’t seem likely.
As I pointed out in my recent article about “Restorative Justice” it’s not hard to recognize that Walmart’s efforts to reduce crime aren’t effective at all despite their claims and “Making Change at Walmart” have easily recognized this as well; and in addition to protesting them this month demanding better security they’re asking people that have participated in this program to share their stories with them. Amazingly one New York store openly made a deal with the district attorney agreeing not to prosecute for shoplifting “less than $100,” which might make some degree of sense; however when it is reported in the news it might encourage more shoplifting for items under $100 which the local police complained about. However if this is one of the locations where they’re using “Restorative Justice” then it will be part of the plan anyway and they will presumably threaten them with prosecution if they don’t pay $500 for the program, which sounds like extortion and bypasses the justice system and it’s checks and balances and some of security experts and lawyers clearly agree, which is why they’re facing law suites as a result.
There were at least ten shootings with at least three deaths this month, including two alleged thieves killed by police; and at least one more near-by which led to a stand off at Walmart when the person responsible went to their parking lot after it. One of these shootings involved a man threatening to kill himself after killing a seagull and there was another stand off with another person that also threatened to kill himself at Walmart.
There were also at least ten other gun related incidents including at least five or six armed robberies an assault and at least one armed carjacking with a total of at least three kidnappings or attempted kidnappings including one carjacking where the carjacker was only wearing her underwear and bra and crashed into the store.
I don’t have to make these things up; this is Walmart!
There weren’t any suicides this month although they are quite common; but there were at least four more dead bodies in addition to the ones that died in the shootings. Most of these dead bodies are usually not considered suspicious, since they’re usually poor people without health care, often homeless, that have to die somewhere.
They also had a group of men come in with hammers smashing a case to steal cell phones.
They have to know that this is on camera and that they’re guaranteed to be on the news; but this is actually a semi-regular activity.
There was another man that came in to the store took a bat from the sporting goods store and simply went over to the TVs and started smashing them before going out to parking lot bicycling around until police came and surrendered peacefully. There has to be more to some of these stories but police typically don’t report it, or perhaps the media is the ones declining to investigate.
Some people simply hate Walmart and there are probably some people so accustomed to being thrown in jail on a regular basis that they don’t see it as a deterrent in the age of mass incarceration.
Research could be done to figure out some of these things; however the political media and economic systems are mostly if not all designed primarily for short term profit. If research indicates that profitable corporations might be a contributing factor to some of this crime it is often not done or suppressed.
They had at least three stabbings or attempted stabbings this month along with a couple arsons including one by a 7-year-old and another by an employee that wanted to get out of work early as a result of an argument with a co-worker. A significant amount of their employees crime problem results from arguments between co-workers; in some cases there are some indication that it might be at least partially a result of oppressive labor practices; however in most cases, if that is part of the problem, it’s not likely to make it into the news.
They only had one major crash hitting four vehicles; although they always have many more fender benders that aren’t likely to be reported widely. They had at least two or three brawls including a couple with a police officer and one where another officer was helped by a Coast Guard petty officer, and numerous other purse snatches, assaults or threats on employees.
Walmart responded to a racist rant by banning the woman after it went viral, which is the only way a for-profit corporation might be expected to respond to it. If we still have a government that doesn’t transfer all it’s responsibilities to for profit corporations they can respond to problems like this by increasing education and providing social services for abused kids in racist families which could dramatically reduce racism.
That’s clearly not the plan for multi-national corporations like Walmart that want to transfer all government responsibilities to for-profit corporations.
Walmart’s having more problems with alleged organic milk, E. Coli, connections to slave labor, and they’re trying to settle their bribery lawsuit for much less than the Obama administration was willing to settle for. They also obtained another verdict against a city that tried to stand up to them. A close look at Walmart’s history clearly indicates that they obtained their dominance through their political connections not by keeping customers happy. But these connections didn’t stop them from losing a lawsuit about trade secrets.
They’re seeking an “Anti-Corruption Certification.”
If they do a good job with the wink and nod bribery methods or using their political connections there’s a good chance they might get it but what reasonably well informed person would believe this means anything?
Walmart continues to have their share of strange animal incidents including a deer that may have been trying to go shopping inside the store when a man decided to tackle him and a Black Bear that settled for wandering around the parking lot before returning to the woods.
At least the teenage bears and deer weren’t throwing around sex toys and videotaping it.
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. One of the responses they’ve come up with is what they call "Restorative Justice" which gives first time shoplifters a chance to avoid being arrested or any criminal record if they take an on line course which costs $400 up front or $500 in payments, plus perhaps reparations. This has been part of the privatization process and often denies suspects of the due process or access to a lawyer, perhaps even intimidating and extorting from some people that might not even be guilty. Walmart seems to be trying to find a way to turn crime into a profit making situation instead of looking for the most effective ways to reduce it. Making Change at Walmart is asking If you or someone you know has gone through @Walmart's "Restorative Justice" program for first-time suspected shoplifters, send us a DM. 03/30/2017 to ensure that it isn’t doing more harm than good. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in May 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.
Police seek to identify fighting couple at East Windsor Conn. Walmart 05/01/2017
Good Samaritans foil purse snatcher's plans inside Northland Missouri Walmart 05/01/2017
Wal-Mart settles lawsuit with NH pharmacist 05/01/2017
Tooele man arrested in Utah Wal-Mart voyeurism case 05/02/2017
Judge dismisses charges in Fredericksburg Va. Walmart parking lot beating death 05/02/2017
Man Accused Of Exposing Himself To 9-Year-Old In Md. Wal-Mart 05/02/2017
Opelika police trying to identify 2 suspects in Ga. Wal-Mart theft 05/02/2017
Man follows woman home from Ga. Walmart, flashes her in his car 05/02/2017
Citations issued to driver in Nebraska Walmart parking lot death in March 05/02/2017
Chicopee Mass. police investigating stalking after man follows woman through Walmart, posts pictures online 05/02/2017
Police searching for Ariz.Wal-mart shoplifters 05/03/2017
Man pepper sprayed in Tx. Walmart parking lot 05/02/2017
Couple allegedly steals Alabama Walmart electronics with false check 05/02/2017
Fla. Walmart worker breaks into Volusia home while on break, police say 05/03/2017
Woman accused of stealing liquor from La. Walmart identified 05/01/2017
Dorchester Road North Charleston SC Walmart evacuated for bomb threat 05/01/2017
Police looking to identify Okla. Walmart shoplifter 05/03/2017
Police: Man caught ‘huffing’ air cans in baby section of Texas Walmart he was banned from 05/03/2017
Family hopes for justice after deadly Clinton Tenn. Walmart shooting 05/03/2017
Judge orders competency exam for Minn. Walmart suspect 05/03/2017
Police continue to seek public help in finding NY Walmart theft suspect 05/03/2017
Grovetown Ga. Walmart shoplifters still not found 05/04/2017
Driver cited after van crashes into pole near Bristol, Va. Walmart 05/04/2017
Woman tried to use fake bills to get money order from East Windsor Conn. Walmart, police say 05/04/2017
Fraudulent purchases at 33 Wal-Marts made with data from Union County Pa. gas pump skimmer 05/04/2017
Walmart responds to bikes in their dumpster at Streetsboro Ohio store 05/04/2017
2 people accused of shoplifting TVs, household items from Ga. Walmart identified 05/04/2017
Nebraska Walmart thief takes plea deal 05/04/2017
Victim hospitalized after attack at Naples Fla. Walmart 05/04/2017
Traffic stop leads to chase, arrest near Ca. Walmart 05/04/2017
Suspect wanted for stealing $1,400 in merchandise from Franklin Tenn. Walmart 05/05/2017
Wal-Mart employee charged with stealing $16,000 from New Hartford NY store 05/05/2017
PD: Man caught on camera stealing 2 TVs from Arkansas Walmart 05/05/2017
Man arrested in Wisc. Walmart theft case also charged with February felonies 05/05/2017
Central Texas woman confronted at Walmart for breastfeeding 05/05/2017
Suspects seen stealing, returning over $1200 in items from Pasco Wash. Walmart 05/04/2017
Beaufort SC Wal-Mart briefly closed due to fire Saturday 05/06/2017
Bomb threat at Walmart on Decatur & Charleston Las Vegas Nevada turns out to be hoax 05/06/2017
Walmart on Cummings Hwy Chattanooga Tenn. reopens, bomb threat cleared 05/06/2017
Peorian indicted on charges of theft at East Peoria Ill. Walmart 05/07/2017
Walmart is Selling the Most Racist Product Ever 05/07/2017
Outage causes shock to Glenmont NY Walmart employee 05/07/2017
West Warwick RI Man Arrested for Shoplifting BB Gun at Walmart 05/08/2017
Witness to Orlando police lieutenant Debra Clayton's killing in Fla. Walmart parking lot speaks out 05/08/2017
Man steals $2,846 in electronics from Jefferson County Wal-Mart, police say 05/05/2017
Police: suspect drives Land Rover to Arkansas Walmart to steal merchandise 05/08/2017
Woman Reports Up-Skirting at Manassas Va. Wal-Mart 05/08/2017
Man accused of exposing himself Sunday afternoon on Pa. Walmart parking lot 05/09/2017
Suspicious object discovered outside Walmart in Johnson City NY 05/08/2017 The Endicott Bomb Squad has not said what the item is, but say it will be taken away for examination.
Police working to identify two men accused of shoplifting from Okla. Walmart 05/09/2017
Crime: 19 cellphones 2 BB guns stolen from NC Wal-Mart in separate incidents 05/10/2017
Idaho Falls Walmart sees produce shortage 05/09/2017
Man jailed after shoplifting at Tx. Walmart 05/10/2017
Woman, Pushing Tot in Cart, Commits Identity Theft at Ca. Wal-Mart: Deputies 05/09/2017
Woman Accused of Identity Theft at a Santee Ca. Wal-Mart Arrested: SDSO 05/24/2017
Woman sought in connection with Pa. Wal-Mart theft 05/09/2017
Police: Woman distracted cashier, stole $500 from register at Va. Walmart 05/09/2017
Woman arrested after stealing from Missouri Walmart, leaving child at the scene 05/09/2017
Driver hits several vehicles in Bend Oregon Walmart parking lot 05/09/2017 4 people injured; may have involved medical issue
Accident closes offramp near Walmart in Avon 05/10/2017
Clearwater Fla. police seeking trio suspected in Walmart thefts 05/10/2017
Newly released surveillance video shows accused killer Markeith Loyd inside Fla. Walmart 05/10/2017
Springfield Ill. woman arrested for alleged attempted purse snatching at Walmart 05/10/2017
Walmart looking into note found recounting forced labor in China 05/10/2017
Kearny NJ Police Department: Cops were kept busy at Walmart 05/10/2017
Westfield Mass. detectives seek to ID man suspected of stealing nearly $800 in cash from Walmart 05/11/2017
Opelika Ga. police searching for men accused of stealing Wal-Mart cash registers 05/11/2017
Child left in hot car while woman shops for pizza at Fla. Walmart 05/11/2017
Thieves get away with nearly $2,000 in iPads from Hilton Head SC Wal-Mart 05/11/2017
Ashland Va. Police arrest man accused of indecent exposure at Walmart 05/11/2017
2 men wanted for using stolen credit card information at Tenn. Walmart 05/11/2017
Search for Conn. Walmart cell-phone thieves 05/11/2017
Tracy Morgan has forgiven Wal-Mart driver who nearly killed him 05/11/2017
Couple sues Wal-mart for injuries sustained at Lewisburg WV store 05/11/2017
Pa. Walmart thieves identified; police probe additional related thefts 05/11/2017
Man sentenced to life in 2014 Stafford Tx. Walmart shooting death, officials say 05/11/2017
California Couple Arrested for Shoplifting at Walmart with Children 05/11/2017
Hamden Conn. Police investigate fraud claim at Wal-Mart 05/12/2017
Suspect wearing Walmart employee vest robs bank in Norwalk Conn. 05/12/2017
Richland Township police investigate theft from Pa. Wal-Mart 05/12/2017
Suspects found with heroin, baby in car at Madison Walmart 05/1/2017
Mother jailed after young child left in hot car outside Jacksonville Wal-Mart 05/12/2017
Walmart on Billings Montana West End evacuated due to bomb threat 05/13/2017 When officers arrived at the scene, management said an unknown male caller said there was an explosive device in the store and demanded cash and gift cards.
Ephrata Pa. police seek to ID Walmart theft suspect 05/14/2017
Elderly man arrested in Fla. Wal-Mart theft 05/14/2017
$7.5 million settlement proposed between Walmart, employees over same-sex marriage benefits 05/15/2017
Car Break-In Spree Suspect Caught At NC Walmart 05/14/2017
Rapper Travis Scott Arrested After Concert At Arkansas Walmart AMP 05/14/2017
Flowood Mississippi Walmart evacuated Saturday afternoon due to a bomb threat. 05/13/2017
Police looking for alleged flasher at Gastonia NC Walmart 05/15/2017
Shoplifter Falls Flat on Her Face Running Out of Fergus, Ontario Walmart 05/16/2017
Salem Ohio Walmart open again following bomb threat 05/15/2017
VIDEO: Car catches fire in Leland NC Walmart parking lot 05/15/2017
Ignacio man arrested on suspicion of filming upskirt video at Colorado Walmart 05/15/2017
Man charged with robbing Mississippi Walmart customer 05/15/2017
Discrimination claims at Walmart, Coca-Cola 600 changes and more 05/16/2017
Woman Says Man Exposed Himself At Grapevine Tx. Walmart 05/16/2017
Suspected meth dealers arrested in Ga. Walmart parking lot 05/16/2017
Police: Woman leaves newborn in Ohio Walmart parking lot 05/16/2017
Nampa man to spend minimum of 6 years in prison over Idaho Wal-Mart shootout 05/16/2017
Georgetown SC police work to track down couple who left money at Walmart 05/17/2017
Jersey City man tries to steal $236 worth of bacon, Redbull from NJ Walmart: cops 05/18/2017
State police seeking help finding pair for NY Walmart larceny case 05/17/2017
Police Looking For Suspects Who Stole From NW Oklahoma City WalMart 05/17/2017
Lowville man accused of shoplifting at NY Walmart 05/18/2017
19-year-old accused of grabbing stranger's breasts inside Nebraska Wal-Mart 05/16/2017
Florence police release photo of man wanted for questioning in SC Wal-Mart assault 05/18/2017
Mom arrested after police find 4-year-old headed to Ky. Wal-Mart alone 05/1/2017
Clinton Tenn. Walmart shooting suspect accused of leaving woman to die in separate crime 05/18/2017
Lawsuit: Wal-Mart store design, defective barriers complicit in deadly Pella Iowa crash 05/19/2017
Four sentenced in Ga. Walmart check fraud scheme 05/18/2017
Scottsburg parents claim man is lurking in children’s section of Ind. Walmart 05/18/2017
Police: Man Sought For Stealing $1,000 Worth Of Meat From Pa. Walmart 05/19/2017
Woman arrested after overdosing in Myrtle Beach SC Wal-Mart restroom, report says 05/19/2017
Man wanted for allegedly filming 'upskirt' video of woman, daughter, 10, in Va. Walmart 05/19/2017
Hewitt Tx.: Four arrested in Walmart theft cases 05/19/2017
Officials: Five S.C. men targeted Va. Walmart stores to commit credit card fraud 05/19/2017
Police search for woman involved in theft at Tallahassee Fla. Walmart 05/19/2017
Mental evaluation sought for alleged 2015 Pa. Walmart gunman, trial halted 05/22/2017
Man jailed after pushing cartload of merchandise past self checkout lane out of Fla. Wal-Mart without paying for it 05/22/2017
Man allegedly assaults ex-wife at Montana Wal-Mart infant section 05/22/2017
Walmart announces guaranteed pay for military workers 05/23/2017
Man charged with taking upskirt photos of women at Jupiter Walmart 05/23/2017
Owings Woman Arrested for Shoplifting at Dunkirk Md. Walmart 05/23/2017
Opelika Alabama police say men ran out of Walmart with cookware sets, vacuum cleaners 05/23/2017
Wal-Mart bolsters Central Florida footprint with 2 new warehouses, 2,000 jobs 05/23/2017
Person wanted for allegedly stealing credit card; attempts to buy items at Md. Walmart 05/23/2017
Rowlett Wal-Mart Reopens After Suspicious Package Found, Evacuation Ordered 05/23/2017 Bomb squad did not give any details about the package, but added that it did not appear to be part of a hoax or designed to cause any panic.
Boulder Colorado’s Walmart, subject of protests when it opened, to close next month 05/23/2017 The mega-retailer Walmart on Tuesday announced plans to close its Boulder outpost, a Neighborhood Market concept, less than four years after opening.
Florence police search for man accused of shoplifting from SC Walmart 05/23/2017
Suspects steal personally owned wheelchair from Fla. Walmart 05/23/2017
Deputies looking for women wanted in connection to Ga. Walmart theft 05/23/2017
First-degree murder charge dropped in fatal February Ashland Va. Walmart shooting 05/25/2017
Students survive 48 hours in Ind. Walmart without going insane or getting arrested 05/24/2017
Port Arthur Tx. Walmart bomb threat worries shoppers 05/24/2017
Police looking for Pa. Walmart TV thief in Lower Nazareth 05/24/2017
Police: Hudson Valley NY Man Caught Masturbating At Local Walmart 05/25/2017
State police seek public’s help finding Watertown NY Walmart larceny suspect 05/24/2017
Crime Stoppers: Duo steals customer's phone at Alabama Walmart 05/24/2017
Man charged with exposing himself on Pa. Walmart parking lot 05/25/2017
Fayetteville police release suspect photos after SUVs burgled, stolen cards used at NC Walmarts 05/25/2017
Police: Man steals employee's vehicle from metro Oklahoma City Walmart 05/25/2017
Woman arrested after spotted walking out of Fla. Wal-Mart with purple suitcase 05/25/2017
Hagerstown Md. Police seek public's aid in identifying robber of cash center in Walmart 05/25/2017
Springfield Mass. Walmart shopper denies groping 3 female customers; bail set at $2,500 05/26/2017
Henrico Va. Police searching for suspect after sex assault at Walmart parking lot 05/26/2017
Police identify suspect in Santa Fe NM Walmart bomb scare 05/26/2017 Police say Pacheco was seen acting suspiciously while walking through the store before telling a cashier that he left a bomb in the building.
Walmart store in Coventry RI evacuated over small fire 05/26/2017 The fire was reported at about 7 a.m. It started in the pool chemical aisle, as a bottle of liquid chlorine leaked down and into an electrical outlet.
20-year-old to spend 8 years in prison for assaults on Rims, at Montana Walmart April 21, 2016 05/26/2017
Sparks Police search for man who stole bill exchange machine from Nevada Walmart 05/26/2017
Medford Wisc. Walmart reopens after bomb threat 05/26/2017
State Police: Woman tries to steal underwear, cherries from NY Walmart 05/26/2017
Inflated hotel prices? This family decided to camp at SC Wal-Mart, and they’re loving it 05/28/2017
UPDATE: Police to analyze calls after bomb threat hoax at Detroit Lakes Minn. Wal-Mart 05/29/2017
Wal-Mart cash theft suspect jailed for alleged violations 05/30/2017
Pair charged in purse theft at Tx. Walmart 05/26/2017
Pair of women arrested after allegedly concealing merchandise in handbags at Fla. Wal-Mart 05/30/2017
Authorities hope to identify two behind theft at metro Okla. Walmart 05/30/2017
Police: Man donned Walmart vest, tried to steal TVs 05/31/2017
Investigators looking for woman who shoplifted from Ga. Walmart 05/30/2017
Man arrested after allegedly stealing tablet from Idaho Walmart 05/30/2017
Mayetta man with outstanding warrant captured hiding in South Dakota Walmart 05/31/2017
Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs and three separate thefts At Ill. Walmart: New Lenox Blotter 05/30/2017
Charges dropped against remaining defendants in Fredericksburg Pa. Walmart beating case 05/30/2017
Moncks Corner police investigating suspicious activity at SC Walmart 05/31/2017
Employee caught smoking inside Walmart McDonald's in Orange Park Fla. 05/31/2017
Teen accused of April 2016 Ind. Walmart beating will return to jail after judge revokes bond 05/31/2017
Man scammed out of $6,000 in Walmart gift cards: Mayfield Heights Ohio Police Blotter 05/31/2017
EPD arrests man hours after finding stolen 4Runner near Ca. Walmart 05/31/2017 “Near Walmart” is now the way many media outlets refer to Walmart’s parking lot; prior to the large number of police reports last August they virtually always referred to these incidents as happening in “Walmart’s parking lot.”