Saturday, July 1, 2017

Wal-Mart Crime report June 2017

Walmart continues their high crime problems including record breaking number of shootings with at least eleven more this month; which is more than any of the first six months last year. Last year we had one hundred and four shootings for the whole year but most of them were in the second half especially the holiday season where they typically have more crime problems. There were at least thirty nine shootings in the first six months of last year; this year there were at least fourteen in January; nine in February; nine in March; eleven in April; ten in May plus the ten from last month is a total of sixty-four for the first six months of this year virtually guaranteeing that they'll break a second consecutive record, assuming that there weren't a lot more missed shootings from previous years in those reports.

This is also more than a fifty percent jump in shootings and there are almost certainly an increase in other serious crimes as well. However there are almost certainly far fewer reports of petty crime including shoplifting but as I explained in my previous article about "Restorative Justice" that is almost certainly because they're simply not reporting them to the police or the media. This enables them to falsely claim they're addressing their high crime problem.

At least four of these shootings lead to deaths including two suicides in the parking lot and there were also several additional injuries. None of these shootings involved the police, which is unusual; but most of them led to panics, at least for a few people and one of them involved "Band of robbers" that came in shooting just before the store closed panicking the employees, but there were few if any customer.

In addition to these shootings there was another one with a BB gun where young men in late teens or early twenties were shooting customers. There were also two additional shootings that took place off the premises where the victims went to Walmart after being shot including one that made it there on his own and another that was dumped there by the person that shot him; and a third one that didn't actually have anything to do with Walmart but the person who accidentally shot himself falsely claimed he was shot by someone at Walmart.

You would think people would realize that everything is on tape at Walmart and they can confirm this.

They had at least ten more gun related crimes, mostly robberies including four stolen vehicles or armed carjackings; and a disgruntled employee that had an argument when he went in for his final paycheck with a shotgun and caused an evacuation. the police were also sued for one of the officer involved shootings prior to this month and another near-kidnapping led the press to spotlight their high crime problem which now happens almost every month in at least one city, after decades of virtually ignoring most of it.

In addition to the four people killed in shootings there were another six dead bodies found in Walmart parking lots around the country and another person that was killed in a crash. A shoplifting suspect died in a crash after leaving Walmart; and there was a fatal stabbing of a Uber driver after a teen walked out of a Walmart with stolen knives. several customers tried to report this to the workers who did nothing to stop her, at least until it was too late. Walmart is now being sued for that incident. That is at least a total of eleven deaths on the premises and two more of people that died as a result of activities that began at Walmart totaling thirteen. This is probably not a record number of deaths, but it may come close. Most of these deaths aren't considered suspicious, and police seem to treat it as an unavoidable problem; however this problem isn't as bad in all locations and there is evidence that could enable people to find out how to prevent these things from happening if businesses the academic world and the political establishment took it seriously.

Most of these dead people are poor people or drug users that have to die somewhere. At least two of the bodies decomposed for three days this month, including one in Florida which seems to have far more decomposing bodies turn up in Walmart parking lots than any other state, possibly more than all other states, and another in Oklahoma where an employee apparently assumed a locked bathroom was out of order and simply put a sign on it saying so, it wasn't until after the weekend where they unlocked it and found a decomposing body in it. Most of the decomposing bodies found at Walmart are almost always either in cars where poor people often live there for days if not weeks at a time or in the woods nearby.

This problem is clearly getting worse; but it's usually just poor people so it may have to get much worse before they decide to report in in the traditional media and even longer before they argue around in circles before doing , well, probably nothing.

They certainly don't want to do anything if it might impact profits; perhaps they will do something if profits go down as a result of bodies showing up at epidemic levels.

They have another problem with sex offenders that have no place to go so they register at Walmart.

They had at least five knife related crimes, including an attempted kidnapping and another that led to a chase but except for the fatal Uber driver there were few if any serious injuries. there were at least eleven accidents or chases, mostly chases this month, although there are almost certainly many lower profile accidents that don't make it into these reports. There were at least five or six chases mostly involving police and at least two more attempted carjackings in addition to the attempted kidnapping and armed carjackings.

One of these carjacking victims was a "marketing representative" who "felt duped" and said “He acted like he had some manners, for a little bit.” Is it necessary to point out the irony of this?

Yes, it is. In our society the people that control the press treat "marketing representatives," salesmen," "public relations people," "Media pundits," "CEOs" and "politicians" and more professions as respectable people, yet a large part of their job involves spinning the truth to increase profits. we don't even consider the possibility that they're involved in epidemic levels of fraud, which contributes to higher poverty are more disgruntled employees like the one arrested this month with a shot gun.

I'm sorry this person got carjacked but "duping" people is what "marketing representatives" are paid to do; if we cut down on white collar crime then we would cut down on traditional blue collar crime.

When rich or upper middle class people "dupe" people as part of their job it is considered respectable business, when poor people do the same thing it is considered disrespectful and when they realize that they've been duped and there is little or no accountability for professionals a handful of them go over the edge.

We could learn from this; but that might not be good for profits.

Just this month one of their bomb threats clearly came from an "upset customer," but it is almost certain that many more of them also come from people that are angry with Walmart but can't get their grievances addressed through reasonable ways.

The official implied assumption seems to be that if in doubt, or often even if there is evidence indicating there are angry customers or workers striking out, give Walmart the benefit of the doubt. At least that is the way the police, politicians and press treat it.

With the attitudes expressed by the establishment, I'd think carefully before rejecting a "College student caught shoplifting" claiming she's "studying kleptomania." At lest she might be studying something. There certainly isn't anyone trying to find out the real causes of their crime and prevent it.

they also had at least one smash and grab crime where robber picked up their weapons at Walmart and smashed a case; if they were concerned about deterrents it is unlikely that this would happen often if at all, but it is actually semi-common; apparently many people are so accustomed to going to jail and having no opportunities that they don't have qualms about doing this. You could study that assumption if you disagree or just declare that those that don't study it must be right. Another teen threw a lit firecracker into Walmart and also got caught on camera, surprise. They had people that managed to steal millions of dollars worth of cigarettes with hacked credit cards, before technology managed to catch up with them. and some people that dumped hazardous waste at Walmart. the government and corporations are not trying to make it easy to dispose of hazardous waste anymore than they try to figure out what is causing any other problems.

However even though police officers or prison guards, who refer to themselves as "Corrections officers" even though they no longer even pretend to rehabilitate, can often get away with beating or shooting people with little or no accountability if they steal as little as $10 worth of stuff from Walmart they will be prosecuted much faster and often lose their job.

There were at least four recalls at Walmart two for possibly contaminated food including another listeria case, which is much more common now that small food suppliers have been almost eliminated; and another for fireworks and dressers that tip over on children. They often wait till it is they cut a little too many corners before they have these recalls and most people probably never know about them. safety takes a back seat to profits, of course.

Walmart has the usual number of workers complaints which is always a lot, punishing workers for sick days a lawsuit for humiliating a person using a breast pump, donating to Democrats that pretend to represent workers. they want to add to that by asking workers to drop off packages on the way home; wit reasonable discretion this might not be a bad idea in some locations but Walmart is a disaster at everything and they have no reasonable discretion; and they're using virtual reality to train workers which is being added to their indoctrination tactics that they call "training"

They're also trying to continue the consolidation process by acquiring a clothing tore whose customers hate Walmart but they're probably going to let Amazon, which is just as bad acquire Whole Foods so the monopolization process can continue with no regard for customers or workers, dividing up what's left of the market.

But they do have to keep celebrities happy to maintain their reputation, or at least pretend to. Walmart continues their battle with insurance companies and Tracy Morgan. Walmart wants insurance to foot the bill so they can protect their reputation but they would never pay out nearly as much for someone that isn't a celebrity.

You would think that taunting police live on Facebook while stealing a bike, or challenging a cop to an arm-wrestling match if you have warrants out for your arrest and plenty of drugs on you wouldn't be such a good idea.

You would also think that it would be obvious to people that Batman is a fantasy and it really isn't a good way to solve crimes; however when a cop dressed up as batman that is what he did and the media turned it into a big joke. But they really should tell people that it isn't a rational way to solve crimes since the majority of the public doesn't seem to think things through at all.

If someone really was trying to find out how to prevent crime turning this into a joke might not be such a big deal but it sin't going to do anything to solve their crime problem.

If you don't like the taste of maggots don't buy Almond Joy at Walmart.

Just saying.

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. I did my own review of this program as well at Walmart’s “Restorative Justice” Endangers Public Without Reducing Crime. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in June 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 identify body found in Palm Bay Fla. Walmart parking lot 06/01/2017

PALM BAY, Fla. — A body was found in a car outside a Walmart in Palm Bay.

The body was identified as Nicolis Giovani Mangano, 24, of Maryland, according to Palm Bay police.

Police said Mangano's body was found in a gray car Wednesday morning. One witness said they saw a pool of blood underneath the car.

Police believe the body may have been in the parking lot for 3 days.

Authorities said there are no obvious signs of foul play, but they are not ruling it out at this point.

A customer smelling the decomposed body told Walmart employees, who later confirmed there was a body and called police. Complete article

Walmart Is Accused of Punishing Workers for Sick Days 06/01/2017

A report released Thursday by a workers’ advocacy group says Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, routinely refuses to accept doctors’ notes, penalizes workers who need to take care of a sick family member and otherwise punishes employees for lawful absences.

The report, based on a survey of more than 1,000 employees, accuses Walmart of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act, among other worker-protection laws. The group argued in a lawsuit filed last month, and in an earlier complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, that Walmart discriminated against pregnant workers.

“Walmart should fully comply with the law so that no one is illegally punished for a disability-related absence or for taking care of themselves or a loved one with a serious medical condition,” said Dina Bakst, a founder and president of A Better Balance, the advocacy group that prepared the report. Complete article

Group used hacked credit cards at NC Walmart, Sams Club to buy cigarettes 06/01/2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Seven people are facing prison sentences after they were accused of using stolen credit card numbers and counterfeit gift cards to buy more than $1 million in cigarettes in North Carolina, federal prosecutors said.

The defendants then sold those cigarettes on the black market, completing a scheme that began with stolen credit information they obtained from overseas hackers.

Federal prosecutors said the group encoded the credit card information onto gift cards, which they took to Walmart stores and bought genuine Walmart gift cards. The genuine gift cards were then taken to Sam's Club stores to buy the cigarettes, which were then sold to a vendor, according to prosecutors. Complete article

Walmart is training employees with a Black Friday VR simulator 06/01/2017

Walmart’s 200 “Walmart Academy” training centers are all planning to incorporate virtual reality by the end of 2017, after an earlier pilot program. The limited curriculum is being produced by Strivr, a company previously known for helping NFL players train through VR. New Walmart employees will put on an Oculus Rift headset and enter different real-world scenarios, during which they’ll be asked to make simple choices based on what they see. Eventually, Strivr and Walmart hope to expand the program to all stores, not just the academies.

Training simulators have been part of VR since the very beginning, but they’re more frequently associated with industrial labor or military training than with service work. The goal here, says Strivr CEO Derek Belch, is to put employees in scenarios that would be inconvenient to physically re-create — like dealing with spills, or preparing for a Black Friday shopping spree.

“We’re using computer vision to map scenes, so we literally know exactly where someone's looking,” says Belch. “If they don't look at [the right place] and press the button indicating that they have seen the stimuli that we're looking for, we know.” Wearers might look around an environment and find the spill, for example, then answer a multiple-choice question about what effect it could have on the store. Complete article

Walmart’s new VR training program sounds like a bad ‘Black Mirror’ episode 06/05/2017

Walmart invites its employees to deliver packages to customers’ homes 06/01/2017

Looking to expand upon its no-membership-needed two-day shipping option, Walmart is calling upon its own employees to deliver packages to customers. Participation by store employees is completely voluntary, and is being presented as a way to make additional money.

Right now, the service is only active in two stores in New Jersey and a third store in northwest Arkansas. Essentially, an employee tells their home store how they commute home, with the option to also add other after-work destinations. A proprietary system then matches the employee’s travels with potential deliveries, which he or she can choose to fulfill. Complete article

Deputies: Band of robbers storms Orange County Fla. Walmart, fires shots 06/02/2017

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A group of armed robbers stormed into a Walmart Neighborhood Market early Friday in the Pine Hills neighborhood and fired shots, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.

The incident was reported shortly after 12:15 a.m. at the store on Clarcona Ocoee Road and North Pine Hills Road.

Deputies said the men barged into the store as employees were preparing to close the store. Complete article

Employees of Walmart Protest Company Policies 06/02/2017

BENTONVILLE, Ar -- Some Walmart employees protested outside the Bentonville, Arkansas welfare office to raise awareness about conditions for certain employees who struggle to earn a living with the company.

Anthony Leal says he's worked with Walmart for more than five years - yet still needs to rely on government assistance to make ends meet.

A spokesman for the group "Expose Walmart" says there are workers like Leal all over the country, and a business as big as Walmart should give employees enough to avoid any need for financial help from Uncle Sam. Complete article

Authorities identify man fatally shot by police at Wal-Mart parking lot in Hesperia Ca. 06/01/2017

State police seek 3 suspects in multiple Walmart credit card fraud investigations in Western, Central Mass 06/01/2017

Homeless man stole flatscreen TVs 3 times from Pa. Wal-Mart, cops say 06/02/2017

Mother sues Walmart over Portsmouth police shooting, blaming security guard for William Chapman's death 06/01/2017

A black Walmart security guard racially profiled a black Portsmouth man two years ago and ultimately caused his death at the hands of former police Officer Stephen Rankin, who is white, according to a lawsuit filed by the man’s mother.

The lawsuit, which seeks $31 million in damages and was filed without the assistance of an attorney, maintains that 18-year-old William Chapman II did nothing wrong in the store and that the guard called police for no reason.

But it is largely silent on one key fact: A Portsmouth police report obtained in November by The Virginian-Pilot says the security guard believed William Chapman II stole about $31 in clothing from the store on Frederick Boulevard – a gray T-shirt and a gray pair of pants. ...

In court documents, an attorney for Walmart denied responsibility for Chapman’s death. Attorney Cameron Beck Jr. argued there was probable cause to believe that Chapman had shoplifted merchandise. He also noted that another person “over whom Walmart had no control” was responsible for his death, an apparent reference to Rankin.

“Walmart denies that it is indebted to the plaintiff in any manner for any amount,” Beck wrote. He asked the court to order Sallie Chapman to pay the company back for having to respond . Complete article

Va. man charged for allegedly filming 'upskirt' video of mom, 10-year-old girl in Walmart 06/02/2017

Pima County Ariz. Sheriff's investigate attempted theft at a local Walmart 06/02/2017 He was confronted by numerous employees and assaulted at least one staff member before abandoning the items and fleeing

Woman dies in Englewood Fla. Walmart parking lot crash 06/02/2017

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. - An 84-year-old driver backed into and killed an 88-year-old woman against another vehicle in a Walmart parking lot on Thursday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

It happened at 6:45 p.m. at 2391 South McCall Road in Englewood.

Troopers say the driver of the SUV hit the woman against two other vehicles. That impact caused one of those vehicles to hit another. The driver did, however, pull forward back into the parking space and hit the car parked in front of her. Complete article

Reidsville man accused of pulling knife on NC Walmart employee while shoplifting, leading police on chase 06/02/2017

REIDSVILLE, N.C. — A man is accused of pulling a knife on a Walmart employee while shoplifting and leading police on a car chase, according to a news release from Reidsville police.

Oscar Gregory Purcell, 47, of Reidsville, is charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Reidsville police officers came to the Reidsville Walmart at about 1 p.m. Thursday after a reported robbery.

Purcell pulled a knife on a Walmart employee after being confronted for shoplifting, the release said. Complete article

Idaho Walmart robbery suspect taunts police on Facebook Live, pedaling bike down interstate 06/02/2017

A 32-year-old Michigan man tried to rob the Mountain Home Walmart on Thursday morning, and police say they now have him in custody, thanks to a video posted on social media.

Mountain Home police were called to the Walmart at 11:30 a.m. Thursday for a report of threats to a customer. A man later identified as Jason Granger demanded money and displayed a holster in his waistband, police said.

The man, described as having red hair and a beard, was wearing blue jeans. He fled with an unspecified amount of cash on a bicycle later found to be stolen from a local church.

His live broadcast may have given him away. “Investigation found a live video on Facebook from him narrating his traveling on Interstate 84,” according to a news release from Mountain Home Police Friday morning.

Granger appears to reference the police interest early in the video: “You [expletive] cops can’t catch me. Like my new wheels, guys? Isn’t that a sweet bike? I’m still running from any cop I come across. Catch me if you can.” Complete article

Man arrested after attempted Nebraska Walmart armed robbery 06/02/2017

OMAHA, Neb. — Omaha police arrested one suspect in an attempted robbery Thursday at a north Omaha Walmart.

The incident took place around 9:55 p.m. when officers responded to a disturbance call at a Walmart near 50th Street and Ames Avenue.

An employee was attempting to close the door to the cash office when witnesses say the suspect, later identified as Kimani Houston, 26, pushed his way into the cash office.

Houston pushed past the employee and lifted his shirt, which is when a witness saw he had a weapon. Complete article

Know this guy accused of snapping intimate pic at Pa. Walmart? 06/02/2017

Pursuit of stolen vehicle ends at Newport News Va. Wal-Mart 06/02/2017

Glen Burnie Md. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat that turns out to be a "prank call by an upset customer" 06/02/2017

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WBFF) - Walmart SuperCenter in Glen Burnie was evacuated late Friday afternoon after an "unspecified bomb threat" was reported, said Anne Arundel County police.

That threat, however, ended up being a "prank call by an upset customer," confirmed police shortly afterward. Complete article

Tracy Morgan reportedly ordered to testify over Walmart's huge crash payout 06/02/2017

Tracy Morgan has been ordered to testify under oath by Walmart's insurance company, which is fighting the huge settlement the retail giant paid to the comedian in a deadly 2014 crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to a report by

In September 2015, Morgan received a roughly $90-million payout from Walmart after he was seriously injured in the crash involving one of the company's trucks. Morgan's friend and fellow comedian, James McNair, was killed in the crash.

The company's insurer, Ohio Casualty, which ordered the comedian to hand over financial documents earlier this year, is now demanding Morgan be deposed over the settlement. Complete article

Tracy Morgan's lawyer on insurers challenging Walmart settlement 06/06/2017

Marketer's Brief: Once Banned, Sheryl Crow Sings for Walmart 06/01/2017

Sheryl Crow will perform for Walmart associates in Fayetteville, Ark., tonight. No biggie since Walmart typically brings acts to entertain thousands of employees who come from around the world for its Shareholders Week. (Three Doors Down and Daughtry filled this slot last year.) But Crow stands apart for having had one of her albums banned by Walmart in 1996 over the song, "Love Is a Good Thing," which implied the retailer sells guns to children (contrary to law and store policy). No word on whether the song will be in the concert, but we're guessing not.

Another sign of bygones going by: The album is available on from a third-party seller. Said a Walmart spokeswoman: "When it comes to business decisions, every day is a winding road and we've enjoyed many opportunities to work with Sheryl Crow over the last 20 years. We look forward to her entertaining our associates because during our Shareholders' concerts all they want to do is have some fun." Complete article

‘Like a horror movie:’ Shopper describes seeing teen walking out of Skokie Ill. Wal-Mart with machete before fatal stabbing 06/02/2017

SKOKIE, Ill. -- A couple shopping at a Skokie Wal-Mart Tuesday morning said they warned store security about a teen walking out of the store with knives.

The teen, 16-year-old Eliza Wasni, is accused of killing 34-year-old Grant Nelson. Nelson was an Uber driver who picked up Wasni at the Wal-Mart.

Shortly before, Krista Jurasek and her partner were shopping for protein powder at the Wal-Mart and say they saw Wasni.

“It was just suspicious,” Juraseck told WGN News. “She walked over and grabbed a hunting knife and a machete.”

They say the young girl walked around the store grabbing weapons and nobody seemed to notice.

“She was walking around the store with the machete and the knife out,” Juraseck said. “It was aggressive. She was holding the machete in one hand like you would see in a horror movie or something like that.”

Scared and suspicious, they followed the girl around the store. When they saw her walk out with a machete and a 5-inch hunting knife, they alerted Wal-Mart security.

Juraseck said they told security, “In case you haven’t seen yourself, there’s a woman walking around with a machete … a child walking around with a machete. They were supposed to check for receipts and everything but I guess they were fumbling around.” Complete article

Suspects sought after stolen credits used at Manchester Missouri Walmart 06/02/2017

Fla. Wal-Mart cashier charged with stealing 06/04/2017

Woman arrested after allegedly concealing merchandise in her purse at Fla. Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge 06/03/2017

'All clear' after police investigate Arkansas Walmart bomb threat 06/03/2017

Man found in Tx. Wal-Mart parking lot with self-inflicted gunshot wound 06/05/2017

SCHERTZ - A 27-year-old man was found in the parking lot of Walmart Sunday afternoon with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to officials.

Christopher Dillard was found in his vehicle that was parked near the Wal-Mart at 6102 FM 3009 about noon. In a news release, Schertz police say Dillard suffered a self-inflicted single gunshot wound to his head.

Emergency personnel with Schertz Fire Department began life saving techniques upon arrival. Dillard was transported to Brooke Army Medical Center where he later died, officials said. Complete article

Man wanted for robbing Whitehaven Tenn. Walmart at gunpoint 06/05/2017

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis Police Department is looking for a man accused of robbing Walmart in Whitehaven.

Police said the robbery happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday. The man stood in line at the money center, and as he got closer, he went behind the counter and showed employees a handgun while demanding money.

The man took money from the register and ran from the store. Complete article

Family, friends remember man killed by deputy after altercation at Missouri Walmart 06/04/2017

Woman Struck In Md. Walmart Parking Lot; Driver May Have Had Medical Emergency 06/04/2017

Police investigating body found in Tenn. Walmart parking lot 06/04/2017

Officials confirmed they are investigating a body that was found in a local Walmart parking lot.

Sgt. Van Mominee confirmed that officers were called to Walmart, 3111 Browns Mill Road, at about 10:10 Saturday night and found a dead body in a vehicle parked in front of the store.

Mominee said the incident is under investigation, and he could not give out any more information at this time. Complete article

Pursuit Through West Casper Wyoming Ends With Arrest Inside Walmart 06/04/2017

A man in his early forties was arrested Sunday after leading local law enforcement on a pursuit into west Casper.

Kenneth Coons was booked on charges of eluding, reckless driving and possession of methamphetamine, according to Sgt. Aaron Shatto of the Natrona County Sheriff's Office.

Shatto says deputies were dispatched to an area near the lake at roughly 11:30 a.m. for a report of a suspicious person. When deputies arrived, that person -- Coons -- allegedly got into a vehicle and took off eastbound on Highway 220.

Deputies chased him initially, but soon ended the pursuit, likely to protect other drivers.

Another law enforcement agency later spotted Coons and resumed the chase, following him to the west side Walmart.

Coons parked his car and went inside the store, where officers ultimately arrested him at roughly 2 p.m., reportedly in the grocery section. Complete article

Woman attempts to walk out of Baton Rouge La. Walmart with over $800 in stolen items 06/03/2017

Pa. Cop fired over charges he stole $10 worth of meat from Walmart 06/05/2017

BRADFORD — A Pennsylvania police officer has been fired over charges that he shoplifted about $10 worth of meat from a local Walmart.

Citations filed against 45-year-old Shayne Miller allege the Bradford patrolman stole packages of meat worth between $4.50 and $5 on April 21 and April 26. Online court records don't list an attorney for Miller who has been mailed the citations, but not yet scheduled a hearing on either.

Police Chief Chris Lucco told The Bradford Era on Sunday that Miller is no longer employed after an internal investigation. Complete article

Collinsville police seek suspect in armed carjacking at Ill. Walmart 06/05/2017

Collinsville Police are looking for a man suspected of hijacking a woman’s vehicle at gunpoint Monday at a Walmart, according to the Collinsville Police Department.

Police responded at about 8:10 a.m. to the Walmart at 1040 Collinsville Crossing Blvd. to a report of an armed vehicular hijacking.

A female victim told police she pulled into a parking spot near the store’s entrance and left her vehicle. She had returned to her vehicle briefly to retrieve an item when she was approached from behind by a lone male suspect.

The victim said the man brandished a firearm and demanded her keys, cell phone and wallet. She complied, and the man reportedly fled toward the Home Depot in the woman’s vehicle, described as a 2017 charcoal gray Nissan Altima with Illinois plates ZU25099. Complete article

Passenger in car shot in jaw while leaving Walmart in Sanford, NC, officials say 06/05/2017

SANFORD, N.C. (WNCN) — A man was shot in his jaw while riding in a car Sunday afternoon in Sanford, deputies say.

The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. after two men were driving away from the Walmart on N.C. 87 in Sanford, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said.

At least one shot was fired from another vehicle into the victim’s car.

The 28-year-old passenger was hit in his jaw by a bullet that came through the front windshield, deputies said. Complete article

At Least 2 Wounded in Shooting at Wal-Mart: Midlothian Tx. Police 06/06/2017

Police said at least two people were wounded in a shooting at a Midlothian Wal-Mart Monday night.

Midlothian police said they responded to several calls about a shooting in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in the 400 block of U.S. 67 at 11:04 p.m.

Responding officers found one victim with a gunshot wound in the torso. Police said the victim was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas via medical helicoptor in unknown condition.

Witnesses told police another victim was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Waxahachie by a friend. Police said they went to the hospital to question the victim.

Police said they later determined the identity of the shooter and were told he was in the vehicle that took the victim to the hospital in Waxahachie. The suspected shooter was taken into custody and transported to the Midlothian police station for questioning. Complete article

Mom charged after boy’s teeth pulled in Utah Walmart restroom 06/06/2017

Fairfax man charged in ‘upskirting’ incident at a Va. Walmart 06/05/2017

Police investigate connection between purse snatchings at Belmont NC Walmart, Lowes 06/06/2017

Man charged after eating popcorn chicken, shoving cheese sticks in his pants at Tx. Walmart 06/06/2017

Deputies: Man wanted for flashing his genitals at woman inside a Porter Tx. Walmart 06/07/2017
Tx. Walmart exposure suspect surrenders to police after seeing photo on social media 06/09/2017

NC Walmart near-kidnapping shines light on store's crime problem 06/07/2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is searching for a male suspect who showed his genitalia to a 17 year old girl and then tried to kidnap her.

This happened at a local Walmart, highlighting the growing number of crimes happening at the big box store.

"I mean, that's crazy," said Nate Crenshaw, a Walmart shopper. "I have a daughter so that makes me worry a little bit."

The police report says a man exposed his genitals, grabbed her and attempted to move her to his car.

"That's kind of crazy," said Barbara West, a Walmart shopper.

Police are still zeroing in on a suspect. Meanwhile, this has become a troubling trend for the Wilkinson Walmart location.

NBC Charlotte did a little digging, and discovered since March 1st, there have been more than 60 crimes reported at that location. That includes anything from petty larceny to sex crimes.

An NBC Charlotte investigation last Fall revealed shocking statistics when it comes to Walmart stores in the "Queen City." Local Walmarts make up five of the top 15 calls for service for CMPD. Complete article

Police seek man for "suspicious" activity in Wyomissing Pa. Walmart 06/06/2017

Wal-Mart's 'Main Street' Cronyism Campaigns 06/06/2017 Third, simply to note the depth of cynicism for a company to cloak its efforts to tilt the playing field in its favor as "main street" — a concept that stands for literally the opposite of what Wal-Mart is engaged in.

Wal-Mart Counterfeit Problem 06/07/2017 Walmart has a counterfeit problem. Both Walmart, and third-party sellers Walmart allows to list on Walmart’s website, are selling counterfeit products.

Police believe they know who is behind WV Walmart shoplifting ring 06/06/2017

Man arrested in connection with robbery of southwest Tucson Ariz. Walmart 06/06/2017

Boynton Beach police at scene of suspected overdose near Fla. Walmart 06/07/2017

Upstate SC Walmart employee rescues baby from hot car, police say 06/08/2017

Statewide-Organized Cellphone Theft Conspiracy Against Fla. Walmart and Sam’s Club Stores 06/08/2017

Corrections officer charged with stealing from Boardman Ohio Walmart 06/07/2017

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A corrections officer at the Ohio State Penitentiary is on paid administrative leave after she was arrested on a shoplifting charge in Boardman.

Juliana Stefek, 42, was arrested on a theft warrant on Tuesday. The charges stem from an incident last month at the Walmart on Doral Drive.

According to a police report, a Walmart loss prevention employee spotted a woman who bagged several items without paying for them at a self-checkout register. The employee said the woman paid for $24 worth of merchandise but bagged $71 worth.

The employee got the license plate number of the suspect’s car, which was registered to Stefek, according to a police report. Police said she was then identified by the employee in a photo lineup.

Images captured on surveillance video showed Stefek wearing what appears to be a guard’s uniform at the time. Complete article

Williston ND police officer, several Walmart employees pepper sprayed by shoplifter 06/07/2017

WILLISTON, N.D. Williston police say they responded to a report of shoplifting at Walmart Tuesday.

When they arrived, they tried to detain a juvenile girl, who then sprayed one of the officers, and several employees with pepper spray.

An ambulance was called to treat those injured. Complete article

Alleged shoplifter with knife Tazed in Covington Ga. Walmart 06/07/2017

Tx. Police investigate Walmart shoplifting, accidents 06/05/2017

Blountville woman charged with felony shoplifting at Tenn. Walmart 06/03/2017

Fla. Walmart Shoplifting suspect dies in crash during chase on I-10 06/05/2017

LIVE OAK, Fla. - A woman pursued from a shoplifting incident at the Live Oak Walmart store died Saturday afternoon in a car crash on Interstate 10.

The Florida Highway Patrol said 41-year-old Jannie Hodge of Madison was driving east on I-10 near Live Oak about 5 p.m. faster than 100 mph when she lost control of her car and struck a tree. She was thrown from the car and died at the scene.

Troopers said the chase began at the Walmart after she tried to ram a Suwannee County sheriff's deputy's car with hers. Complete article

Diversion Center of Georgia is Helping Convicts With Its Fruitful Shoplifting & Theft Classes 06/06/2017

Marietta, GA, USA - June 6, 2017 - Georgia’s Diversion Center has announced that it is providing court approved therapies and classes for those who have been unfortunately going through the conditions of theft and shoplifting. Based in three locations across Georgia, Diversion Center provides court approved shoplifting classes to offenders that have been arrested and charged for theft, shoplifting, larceny and embezzlement. In addition, the center is known for its reputation in helping people with drug addiction and DUI convictions.

“Many of our clients have been caught shoplifting at Walmart, Kohls, Home Depot and Target.” said Cindy Han of the Diversion Center while talking about the clients that received help from the center. “We are the number one rated provider for court mandated services and we are dealing in several areas including shoplifting, theft, drug abuse and several other domestic issues.” she added. According to Cindy, the center even provides sessions for issues such as anger management and domestic violence. The center operates from three locations in the Peach State at Marietta, Lawrenceville and Duluth.

The Diversion Center offers court approved theft prevention and shoplifting prevention classes in the state of Georgia. These classes are often mandated by the state’s court and the results received by the center have been highly positive. Moreover, the theft classes as well as the shoplifting classes are also offered to the convicts living in the Atlanta Metro Area and all of the cities within and outside of Georgia. Furthermore, these court approved shoplifting prevention classes have been offered to the clients that have been accused of shoplifting in stores such as Walmart or other chains.

Georgia courts and probation do not accept online classes or certificates and this makes is mandatory for the accused to attend these classes in person at the center. However, the good thing about these classes is that they are highly affordable and the accused can use them as the best and most affordable option to complete their court mandated and probationary requirements.

“This class is highly beneficial as I have benefited from every class I've attended, and would definitely suggest this class to anyone who asks me. You will definitely be a better person by the time you're through.” said Michael Spidell from Atlanta in his testimonial. The center has shared several inspiring stories from its clients in the testimonial section of its website. For anyone who is going through tough times emotionally, the center is only one phone call away for a life changing experience. Complete article

Missing Juvenile And Vermont Sex Offender Found In Connecticut Walmart 06/08/2017

Electrical fire causes evacuation at West Manchester Walmart 06/08/2017

Man pleads not guilty in fatal Tx. Walmart altercation 06/08/2017

Ky. Walmart Shoplifting suspect facing drug charges 06/08/2017

Athens Ga. police continue to dismantle major shoplifting ring that targeted area retailers 06/08/2017 On May 21, police said day shift officers took a shoplifting report from Walmart in which suspects got away with merchandise valued at $2,000. Two days later, nightshift officers took another report documenting an attempt to steal items from Walmart valued at another $1,000, but the suspects were thwarted by employees, police said.

Lawsuit: Walmart, other companies, have not done enough to stop prescription opioid abuse 06/09/2017

Oklahoma — Walmart and other major corporations are asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed against them by the Cherokee Nation. That lawsuit argues that the companies have not done enough to stop prescription opioid abuse.

The tribe's lawsuit was filed back in April in tribal court. On Thursday, the companies argued in federal court that the case doesn't belong in tribal court and should be dismissed.

Along with Walmart, the lawsuit names CVS, Walgreens and other major drug distributors in the country.

The lawsuit blames pharmacies and distributors for "conciously oversupplying the market in and around Cherokee Nation with highly addictive prescription opioids." Complete article

Walmart, other major companies ask court to toss Cherokee Nation’s prescription-drug suit 06/09/2017

According to the Tulsa World, (06/08/2017) more than 350 Cherokee citizens died from opioid abuse between 2003 and 2014.

Family hit by truck in 2013 in Ga. Walmart parking lot awarded $11.5 million 06/09/2017

Walmart joins effort to unite police, youth 06/10/2017

Walmart, one of the nation's largest retailers, is now one of many organizations assisting with the Blue Bucket Brigade community awareness program.

The year-round, 16-county program is designed to increase understanding between law enforcement and youth. The program is a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne and the Fraternal Order of Police, along with Fort Wayne United, where youths up to age 18 are exposed to officers in a variety of ways, including as a partnership to raise money to support other youth programs.

Debby Stellwagen, spokeswoman for the Boys & Girls Clubs, said the program is in response to violence seen in Fort Wayne and nationwide.

“These issues affect all of us,” she said. “They affect the whole Fort Wayne community.”

From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, police and youth will be at five Walmart locations to distribute information packets about the program and take donations to enhance similar programs at Boys & Girls Clubs and the Fraternal Order of Police.

Stellwagen said Walmart has been supportive of the Boys & Girls Clubs organization on a national scale. Now, with other organizations and businesses, including The Cellular Connection on Stellhorn Road and Lowe's, local branches are getting involved. Complete article

Report of shooting at Tx. Walmart false; wound self-inflicted 06/09/2017

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Killeen police were looking Friday for a man who claimed he was shot during a robbery at a local Walmart store and have arrested two of his friends who backed up his account of what authorities say was a false report.

“Investigating officers determined that the report was false and that this ‘victim’ had actually been injured in the leg in a self-inflicted firearms accident at his apartment in the 700 block of N. 46th Street,” police said in a press release Friday.

Officers were sent just after 8 p.m. Tuesday to Seton Medical Center Harker Heights where a man identified as Antoine McDaniels told them he was shot during a robbery at the Walmart Supercenter at 1400 Lowes Blvd. in Killeen.

Two of his friends said they witnessed the shooting, police said.

“With the assistance of the Ft Hood Criminal Investigation Division, the victim’s friends eventually admitted the report was false and no robbery had taken place,” police said Friday. Complete article

Clay County deputies investigating BB gun shootings at Orange Park Fla. Walmart 06/09/2017

Deputies are looking for two airsoft gun-wielding shooters who targeted shoppers last Saturday.

It happened outside the Walmart on Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park.

Savannah Nelson, 9, was one of the victims.

Savannah's family was visiting from out of town. She and her mother were walking toward the Walmart entrance when she felt a stinging sensation.

“A black pickup truck was coming by with two people in it, and they missed me,” Savannah told Action News Jax over Skype. “But then they hit my neck because I looked behind to see what it was.”

Savannah had welts on both sides of her neck. Her mother, Cathy Nelson, said it could have been much worse.

“More than anything, my concern was for Savannah,” Nelson said. “But I also have a concern for all the other people out there that could fall victim to this kind of thing.”

Both mother and daughter say they want to prevent this from happening to anyone else. They hope someone reading this will know who was responsible.

“They saw us looking around on the ground for the little pellets that had hit her, and they just started wildly laughing,” Nelson said.

“I hope the boys learn a lesson,” Savannah said.

They described the shooters as being white males in their late teens or early 20s. They said one was wearing his cap backwards and they both had airsoft guns they used to target shoppers entering the store. .....

Action News Jax has been investigating the amount of times police have been called to the Walmart on Blanding Boulevard.

Records from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office show in the last six months, deputies have been called to the store 496 times. Complete article

Wal-Mart fosters innovation culture 06/10/2017 How many of these positive claims describe the opposite of what Walmart actually does? Almost all?

Police still working to identify 'John Doe' found in Walmart parking lot last month 06/09/2017

Missing teen possibly in danger, last seen at Tenn. Walmart looking 'nervous' 06/11/2017

Truck crashes into Walmart store in Raleigh NC 06/11/2017

Teen charged with assaulting Tx. Walmart security guard 06/11/2017

Walmart Under Siege as Germany's Aldi Announces Major U.S. Attack Plan 06/12/2017

Jacksonville Fla. Walmart shooting: Two potential suspects identified 06/12/2017

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for two people who shot someone at a Walmart parking lot Sunday night.

Officers say it happened at the Walmart neighborhood market on San Pablo Road.

Police said the victim has non-life threatening injuries.

Officers found the person inside the store when they arrived around 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Officers said they learned the shooting actually took place in the parking lot.

According to investigators, several people were in the parking lot when the shooting happened.

Witnesses say a JSO helicopter and K-9 units were searching for suspects after the shooting.

This car w/ shattered window still in Wal-Mart parking lot where someone was shot last night. Police looking for 2 suspects @ActionNewsJax — Beth Rousseau (@BethANJax) June 12, 2017 Complete article

Jacksonville Walmart shooting: 62-year-old shot twice during attempted carjacking 06/12/2017

Parma man shot in the chest collapses in Ohio Walmart lobby; woman arrested but not charged 06/12/2017

PARMA, Ohio -- A woman was arrested Monday after a man walked into a Walmart near the Brooklyn-Parma border with a gunshot wound in his chest.

Parma police were called about 12:15 a.m. to the 5200 block of Knollwood Drive, between Brookpark Road and Westview Drive, Parma police spokesman Capt. Kevin Riley said in a statement.

A 29-year-old woman called police to say that she had shot a 35-year-old man, Riley said.

The woman told them that the shooting victim had left after the shooting scene. Police received a call from the victim moments later after he walked into the vestibule of the Brookpark Road Walmart and collapsed, Riley said. Complete article

Body found inside of car near Chesterfield Va. Walmart parking lot 06/12/2017

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - A body was found inside of a car that was either in or near a Chesterfield Walmart parking lot, according to police.

Officers are referring to the Walmart, located at 900 Walmart Way in Midlothian. Police say forensics and investigators were on the scene.

This is classified as a death investigation.

There are no signs of foul play at this point, according to police. Officers are waiting on additional information from the Medical Examiner. Complete article

Man found dead in car at Midlothian Walmart may be drug overdose victim 06/16/2017

Mother turns daughter in for attempted Arkansas Walmart armed robbery 06/12/2017

Less than 12 hours after appearing in court on theft charges, Jonesboro police say a woman attempted to rob an area Walmart. Her mother turned her in for the crime.

Tiasia Foster, 20, appeared in Craighead County District Court Monday on aggravated robbery charges.

Around 2 o'clock on the afternoon of June 5, Foster appeared in Craighead County District Court for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 from her job at Dollar Tree.

She was released from jail on a $1,500 bond.

According to a probable cause affidavit, around 10:15 p.m. that same day, Foster walked into the Parker Road Walmart, pointed a handgun at a clerk, and ordered the clerk to put money on gift cards.

“The clerk and manager explained they couldn’t put the money on the card and the suspect fled the scene,” court documents state.

Two days later, Foster’s mother Michelle Jackson went to the Justice Complex to identify the suspect as her daughter. Complete article

Suspect allegedly left threatening note for Loomis employees picking up money from Oklahoma Walmart 06/12/2017

Franklin Tenn. police looking for suspects in attempted theft at Walmart 06/12/2017

Pair charged after toddler left in hot car at northeast Alabama Walmart 06/12/2017

Man sentenced to 10 years for Iowa Wal-Mart shooting 06/12/2017

Police: Mom Left 3 Year Old Alone in Vehicle While Shopping at Pa. Walmart 06/12/2017

Police find meth, stolen items in car after theft at Mississippi Wal-Mart 06/13/2017

2 in Augusta Me. June 2016 Walmart parking lot gunfire flurry indicted on federal drug charges 06/13/2017

Fla. Walmart shoplifting suspect tries to use taxi as getaway 06/13/2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A bizarre scene played out early Tuesday morning outside a Fort Myers Walmart after a shoplifting suspect tried to use a taxi as a getaway.

It happened at the location at the corner of Colonial Boulevard and Six Mile Cypress Parkway.

Police tell NBC2 the man went inside the store while the cab driver waited outside.

Shortly after, employees tried to stop the man as he walked out on suspicion of shoplifting.

Investigators say the man jumped into the cab, but the driver refused to drive away.

The suspect then reportedly tried to pay him $200 to leave the scene, but the driver didn't budge.

Police say the suspect became angered at the driver's refusal, so he came physical and bit the victim. Complete article

Police: Woman carjacked after giving stranger ride from Daytona Fla. Walmart 06/13/2017

DAYTONA BEACH — Alexia Arnett pulled into Wal-Mart and was bopping and singing as she walked into the store.

She was in such a good mood, she said, she agreed to give a ride to a stranger. The man asked her to drive him to a nearby apartment complex so he could meet up with his cousin. He offered her $20.

Moments later, the 29-year-old marketing representative was punched in the face, pushed out of her own vehicle and carjacked on Acklins Circle. The stranger sped away in her gray 2008 Mazda 6 sedan, which contained more than $3,600 worth of valuables, and neither he nor the vehicle has been seen since Sunday afternoon.

“I don’t feel good,” Arnett said when a News-Journal reporter called her Tuesday morning. She suffered a bump on her head, a swollen right eye, a cut lip and scrapes on her elbows, shoulder, knees and feet.

She not only was injured, but she also felt duped.

“He acted like he had some manners, for a little bit,” she said of her attacker who snapped without warning. Complete article

Police looking for Jacksonville man in Daytona Fla. Walmart carjacking 06/23/2017

Wayne County NC man found with meth at Walmart, deputies say 06/13/2017

2015 Walmart Robbery Lands Springfield Missouri Man 17 Years in Prison 06/13/2017

1 man killed, 1 wounded in shooting outside Wal-Mart in northwest Dallas Tx. 06/14/2017

One man was killed and another was wounded in an overnight shooting outside a Wal-Mart in northwest Dallas, police said.

Officers were dispatched to the 4100 block of Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, near Midway Road, about 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, KXAS-TV (NBC5) reports.

Two suspects fled the scene, police said. A detailed description of the shooter or shooters was not available.

Both victims were transported to hospitals. A 20-year-old man died from his injuries. He has not yet been identified. Complete article

College student caught shoplifting from Wyoming Walmart said she was studying kleptomania 06/14/2017

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming college student who told officers she was working on a term paper on kleptomania after she was caught shoplifting faces three felony charges.

The Gillette News Record reports 23-year-old Lydia Marie Cormaney was arrested on June 5 after trying to leave Walmart with nearly $1,900 worth of merchandise. Complete article

Man kills himself behind Walmart in Monticello Ind. 06/14/2017

MONTICELLO, Ind. — A 38-year-old Remington man shot himself Monday behind the Walmart in Monticello, police said.

Walmart employees noticed the body in the field behind the store and called police about 2:30 p.m., Monticello Police Chief Randy Soliday said.

Initially, police investigated the incident as a death investigation and possible suicide. Further investigation indicated the man took his own life. Complete article

Two arrested outside Ca. Walmart after theft investigation 06/13/2017

Pa. Walmart thief takes $400 in kids clothes, punches officer, cops say 06/12/2017

Unconscious man found in Fla. Walmart parking lot in North Port dies 06/1/2017

NORTH PORT, FL (WWSB) - The North Port Police Department responded to a call at a Walmart involving an unconscious man.

On Monday evening around 9 p.m., Detectives and Crime Scene Investigation responded to a call about a man in the parking lot at 17000 Tamiami Trail. He was unresponsive when they are arrived at the scene.

He was transported to the North Port Emergency care facility, where he was later pronounced dead. The patient has not been identified.

Officials say the initial investigation indicated this as an isolated incident.

The man had entered the store around 7:15 p.m. and purchased three cans of condensed air cleaning spray.

After purchasing the items, he entered his vehicle in the parking lot.

Detectives did locate the three cans along with additional cans purchased at another nearby store. Complete article

Chesterfield police investigating body found in car outside Midlothian Va. Walmart 06/12/2017

Chesterfield County police are investigating the death of a person whose body was found Monday afternoon inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the Walmart in Midlothian, authorities said.

Police were short on details, but Capt. Michael Louth of the department's investigative section confirmed that a death investigation was underway. The store is at 900 Walmart Way, off Midlothian Turnpike and west of Chesterfield Town Center. Complete article

Florida man, woman steal more than $150 of Wal-Mart clothing, resist arrest, police said 06/13/2017

Corporate Democrats' Ties to Wal-Mart's Long Record of Fighting Workers' Rights: Part 1 06/14/2017

MIKE SAINATO: Walmart has led a high-profile campaign against raising their workers receiving a $15 minimum wage, forming a union, and receiving full benefits. In 2016, Walmart increased their minimum wage to $10 an hour but for many, they remain a symbol for everything wrong with how corporate America treats their workers. Since 2011, OUR Walmart has provided a space for workers to organize.

This is Mike Sainato with the Real News Network here at the People's Summit, 2017. I'm here with Katie from the organization OUR Walmart. Katie, can you tell us a little bit about your work at OUR Walmart and some of the issues that you're trying to address for Walmart employees?

KATIE FARINA: Well, some of the things that we work to address at OUR Walmart is sick time leave and maternity leave. Our CEO, Doug McMillon, does not let us use doctor's notes in order to be able to get off of work. In a rolling time period, we have 9 points. The 9 points is used for sick time, for when your kids are sick, but if you're sick and then your kids get sick, you don't have any time with the kids to take care of them. We also have maternity issues that we are working on, with ... To get more maternity leave, and also we would like to be able to have mothers actually be with their kids and not have complications from just working at Walmart. Because when somebody is pregnant at Walmart, they don't give you any ... They don't make it easier for you. They make you work the same what you were working before and they don't think pregnancy is an issue. Complete article

Police looking for shoplifter who targeted Yorktown Va. Walmart twice 06/14/2017

Woods fire scorches 1 acre near NH Walmart 06/14/2017

Waterford Conn. police looking for suspect in Walmart parking lot accident 06/14/2017

Tenn. Walmart employee arrested for stealing $11,000 from store 06/14/2017

Police seeking 3 men in strong arm robbery near Walmart in Butler Twp. Ohio 06/14/2017

Harrison Pa. Wal-Mart reopens after natural gas leak 06/14/2017

Man Sues Police Officer Who Cited Him For Obscene Language In Pa. Walmart 06/14/2017

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) – A Pennsylvania man is suing the police officer who cited him for cursing at a Walmart employee last year, saying his right to free speech was violated.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens’ Voice reports that 67-year-old James Kudrako was convicted of using obscene language, but the ruling was overturned on appeal. He filed suit against a Wilkes-Barre Township police officer last week.

Kudrako acknowledges that he repeatedly used the F-word in the dispute with the employee and police, but his lawyer says courts have ruled that provisions prohibiting obscenity apply only to sexually explicit language. A prosecutor argued that the First Amendment has limits and using swearwords in public could cause “inconvenience, annoyance and alarm.” Complete article

Ohio police officer tackles man accused of exposing himself at Walmart 06/14/2017

MASSILLON, Ohio - A man with a history of public indecency arrests was tackled by a Massillon police officer after he allegedly exposed himself inside a Walmart and tried to run from the store.

Video released to Cleveland-based WEWS shows Jesse Hill, 51, being tackled by Officer Teddy Hyatt near the exit of the business.

"When I jumped on his back, there was a sign sitting in the middle of the exit and we kind of went right through it. When he landed, he hit his head on the ground and busted his front teeth out," Hyatt said. "I busted my knees on the ground. They're a little swollen, but nothing serious." Complete article

Police: Babysitter makes kids steal TVs from Fla. Walmart 06/15/2017

WINTER HAVEN, FL (WFLA) – A Waverly woman was jailed on theft and aggravated battery charges after police said she stole nearly $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Winter Haven Walmart and tried to run down the police officer who confronted her. She was babysitting two children at the time. And the plot thickens—she was arrested for stealing a swimming pool at the same Walmart in April.

The latest incident happened at the Walmart at 355 Cypress Gardens Blvd.

Witnesses watched Elaina West, 29, and the kids select televisions and other electronics and exit the store without paying, police said.

“She had the children assist her filling up the buggies with large electronic items to the tune of almost $1000 worth, then proceeded out of the Garden Center without any attempt to pay,” Winter Haven Police spokesperson Jamie Brown told News Channel 8, our sister station.

A Winter Haven police officer was already at the store speaking with a loss prevention officer when he was approached by an employee who informed him of the theft and pointed him toward West and the two kids, who had already made their way to the parking lot and were loading the merchandise into a car.

The arresting officer, who was wearing his uniform and badge, ordered West to stop. He stood in front of her vehicle to prevent her from leaving the parking lot. The officer said West screamed “Move!” and hit the gas. One of the kids was inside the car, the other was standing in the parking lot when she tried to flee.

“She had the young boy in the vehicle, but she left the girl outside of the vehicle. She attempted to leave, pushing our officer, who was outside of the car, approximately four to five feet,” Brown said. Complete article

Four Hagerstown residents charged in Ellicott City Md. Walmart robbery 06/16/2017

Suspects who dumped hazardous materials in NC Walmart lot sought 06/15/2017

RAEFORD — Deputies with the Hoke County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in finding at least four people who unloaded drums with sulfuric acid in a Walmart parking lot.

A white van towing a large, open trailer pulled into the Walmart at 4545 Fayetteville Road on Thursday, a news release said. Deputies obtained surveillance footage showing at least four people unloading blue drums from the van in the parking lot.

The drums were left in the parking lot for a few hours until someone called the Sheriff’s Office. The release said deputies saw that the drums were labeled as containing sulfuric acid and at least one of the drums had been unsealed.

Sulfuric acid is a chemical used in a number of industrial contexts such as making fertilizer and processing metal. It can cause severe burns and tissue damage if it comes into contact with skin or mucous membranes. Complete article

Man charged with committing fraud transaction at Va. Walmart while carrying two 'weapons' 06/15/2017

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Lynchburg Police are investigating an incident that happened on Wards Road Thursday morning.

Police said officers got a call from the Walmart around 9:30 a.m. about a man attempting to commit a fraud at one of the registers.

Employees told police that the suspect had entered the store wearing a camouflage hat and clothing and was carrying what appeared to be two firearms; one in a shoulder holster and one in a gun case.

They said he attempted and then completed the fraud transaction.

After a brief search, police said officers located the suspect, Terry Antonio Jones, 30, of Lynchburg, hiding in the woods behind Sam's Club and arrested him.

Police determined the two weapons were a paintball gun and a BB gun. Complete article

Mother says she was assaulted, robbed at Missouri City Tx. Walmart 06/15/2017

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - It is not the trip that a mother in Ft. Bend County expected when she went to the Walmart on Highway 6 and University in Missouri City.

She told KPRC 2, "He totally got me out on surprise."

She said a man drove up to her car as if he was parking next to her about 6:30 p.m. May 31. She said he opened her passenger door and grabbed her purse before she could even lock her doors.

"He pulled me over the console pulling at my purse. When he realized I wasn't letting go, he then punched me straight in the face," she said.

She said she started yelling as loud as she could. She told police the man then punched her in the face and grabbed her Louis Vuitton purse with her wallet, makeup bag, iPhone and credit cards before taking off in a dark green Jeep Renegade. Complete article

Walmart: Collier Fla. shopper tried to steal baby formula, fishing gear, meat worth $1,334 06/15/2017

Police: Men stole 55" TV, other items from Old Forest Road Va. Walmart 06/15/2017

Lake City police respond to armed robbery at SC Walmart 06/16/2017

Tenn. Beer board hands down punishments to Walmart, Food City, Aldi and others 06/15/2017

Report: Man at Hilton Head SC Walmart tries to steal three TVs and some delicious snacks 06/16/2017

Suspects sought in Alabama Walmart parking lot holdup; men pistol-whipped victim and stole vehicle 06/16/2017

Authorities are asking for help identifying two suspects who are accused of pistol-whipping a man and stealing his vehicle from the Walmart parking lot in Hazel Green.

Madison County deputies were called to Walmart at 14595 U.S. 231-431 around 11:30 p.m. Thursday to investigate a robbery, Sheriff Blake Dorning said in a news release. Deputies learned that two men approached the victim and asked to use his cellphone. One of the suspects hit the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground, Dorning said. When the victim tried getting up, the second suspect hit him with a gun and knocked the victim unconscious.

The suspects are described as black males wearing khaki shorts and dark colored hoodies. Dorning said one suspect wore green tennis shoes and the other wore white tennis shoes.

The suspects drove away in the victim's white 2012 Nissan 370z after stealing his cellphone, Dorning said. Complete article

Bonobos fans aren't happy about the Walmart takeover 06/16/2017

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Bonobos customers are not having it.

News hit Friday that the online men's clothing brand agreed to be acquired by Walmart for $310 million. Customers took to Bonobos' social media pages in droves—and the vast majority were not happy about the deal.

"Talk about a hugely shocking disappointment," one person wrote on Facebook. "I can't believe my favorite clothing brand sold out this hardcore. Don't think I'll be able to continue my support of Bonobos any longer. Sad day."

Bonobos has been around for about a decade and has developed a niche following among young men. Podcast listeners will probably recognize the brand as a frequent advertiser.

But many customers threatened to abandon the brand after catching wind of the Walmart takeover.

"This decision was for money, not for your customers. Your customers are mainly people like me, millennials who shop online so as to avoid giving our dollars ... to community-killing super stores," one user wrote on Facebook. "Goodbye forever." Complete article

Authorities looking for man who stole 3 TVs from York County Va. Walmart 06/18/2017

Roeland Park Kansas Walmart evacuated due to bomb threat, police say 06/18/2017

Manor police rescue puppy from hot car at Tx. Walmart, arrest owner 06/18/2017

Deputies: Teen steals BB guns, ammunition from Denver NC Walmart; leads officials on chase 06/18/2017

LINCOLNTON, NC (WBTV) - A teen has been arrested and charged in connection to stealing BB guns from a Denver Walmart and then leading police on a chase Sunday morning, deputies say.

According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, they received a call around 2:20 a.m. of a gold SUV leaving the Walmart located on North Carolina Highway 73 in Denver after stealing BB guns, CO2 cartridges and ammunition.

Deputies said the vehicle exited the Walmart parking lot and then headed onto NC 16 Highway. The driver then lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a guardrail near the Highway 273 exit in Gaston County.

Four occupants were inside the SUV at the time of the crash, the sheriff's office said.

The four occupants were taken to the hospital for treatment, because they were all under the age of 18, according to deputies. Officials did not comment on the extent of their injuries.

Deputies said they found three stolen BB pistol boxes, one BB pistol, two boxes of CO2 cartridges and a container with 2,400 BB gun pellets inside the vehicle. Complete article

Dog rawhide chew recall expanded, now includes retail brands Walmart, Petco, others 06/19/2017

Howell NJ Police Seek ID On Couple Seen At Walmart 06/19/2017

Charges Dropped Against Miss Black Texas Winner Arrested In Tx. Walmart Parking Lot 06/16/2017

Man uses fake cash at Marion SC Walmart, police say 06/19/2017

Man used fake money at Walmart in Greenport, NY police say 06/19/2017

4-month-old boy left inside car for 1 hour at Ind. Wal-Mart; rescued by EPD 06/19/2017

Affidavit: S.A. man ran over off-duty officer's foot while making getaway from Tx. Walmart 06/19/2017

A 34-year-old man was jailed Friday after he allegedly stole a pair of boots from Walmart and then ran over the foot of an off-duty police officer during his getaway.

Gabino Flores is now facing a charge of aggravated robbery. He remains in the Bexar County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

According to his affidavit, security camera footage in the Walmart located in the 900 block of Bandera Road captured Flores put on a pair of new boots, place his old shoes in the boot box and then walk out of the store on Wednesday.

A loss prevention employee confronted Flores about the boots at the front entrance to the store. Flores ran out of the store and got into his vehicle, where an off-duty Hondo police officer who was working security tried to stop him.

Flores allegedly ran over the officer's left foot and struck the officer's right knee while driving off. Complete article

Police searching for Sturbridge Mass. Walmart theft suspect 06/20/2017

Opelika Ga. police trying to identify two suspects in Wal-Mart theft 06/20/2017

Walmart Neighborhood Market sign taken down again and replaced with a different sign in Bluffton SC 06/20/2017

Fort Wayne Police officer claims to catch burglary suspect hot-dog-handed at Wal-Mart 06/20/2017 Vertison told the court, "I was looking for something to eat."

Batman came to the rescue, literally, at a Texas Walmart 06/20/2017

It was Batman to the rescue in Fort Worth, Texas.

Far away from Gotham City, a Fort Worth police officer dressed as the Dark Knight flew into a neighborhood Walmart after a man allegedly shoplifted four DVDs from the store. Among the movies he tried to take, according to police: Lego Batman.

Fort Worth Officer Damon Cole, who travels the country dressed as a superhero, was at a neighborhood safety fair for children. That’s when he heard about the alleged theft.

In my 17 years as a police officer this was the first time I have ever made an arrest as Batman. I swear I can't make this stuff up. Complete article

Gainesville Fla. man shot, dumped in Wal-Mart parking lot 06/20/2017

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- William Russell Jr. is looking for justice following a nightmare situation.

His son Shane was shot in the abdomen early Tuesday morning.

“I go running down there to find out he is indeed in intensive care and unconscious and in critical condition,” Russell said.

Investigators say he was shot between 1 and 2 a.m. somewhere in Northwest Gainesville, then left at Wal-mart on 34th Boulevard about 3 a.m.

“He could’ve bled to death. What kind of person does that,” he said.

When first responders got there, Shane was lying on the pavement. They say a white vehicle pulled up and dumped him in the parking lot. Complete article

Hearing continued for man accused in Fla. Walmart diaper thief fatal shooting 06/21/2017

Police hope to identify Okla. Walmart shoplifter 06/20/2017

Woman banned from Ky. Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Kroger kept returning to steal more, police say 06/21/2017

Man revived in Ohio Wal Mart bathroom gets probation 06/21/2017

Chubbuck Idaho police arrest two women in separate incidents at Walmart 06/20/2017

Three brands of hummus sold at Target, Walmart recalled due to possible listeria contamination 06/22/2017

Several brands of hummus sold at Walmart, Target, and other grocery stores has been recalled due to a risk of listeria contamination.

House of Thaller, a company based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, is voluntarily recalling 10 ounce packages of "hummus with pine nut topping." An ingredient supplier notified the company that "their ingredient has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes."

The three hummus brands (Fresh Foods Market, Lantana, and Marketside) were distributed across the country from April 18, 2017 to June 13, 2017. According to the FDA, the products are distributed in a 10 ounce, clear, and round plastic cup with a clear or colored plastic lid. Complete article

No one will lament the end of Wal-Mart as they try to exploit every advantage 06/2/2017

The WSJ reports today that Wal-Mart is "is telling some technology companies that if they want its business, they can't run applications for the retailer's 26% leading cloud-computing service, Amazon Web Services, several tech companies say."

Wal-Mart is framing it as a way to protect it's 'sensitive data' but that's a thin excuse for something that sounds like a clear anti-trust cast. It's also a mistake. In a few years, as Amazon consolidates and grows, it can turn the tables and tell its supplies that they need to use AWS or get out.

Either way, the spat hurts business and competition. Complete article

COLUMBIA CRIME: Man injured in shooting, Md. Walmart robbed at gunpoint 06/19/2017

COLUMBIA, Md. (WBFF) - Howard County police are investigating two separate violent incidents involving guns in Columbia over the weekend.

A man was shot in the leg on the evening of June 17 in a possible drug-related incident. A day later, two men robbed a Walmart at gunpoint, on the evening of June 18.

Police came to Howard County General Hospital at 5:10 p.m., where a man had walked in with a gunshot to the leg.

Police believe the victim was meeting with an acquaintance on Dovecote Drive, near Atholton High School, when the acquaintance pulled out a gun and demanded money. The victim was shot in the knee in the process, while two other people rummaged through his vehicle. Complete article

Police find man suspected of sexual battery at Walmart in West Lafayette 06/20/2017

West Haven PD: Two men arrested after stealing car batteries from Conn. Walmart 06/20/2017

Panhandler arrested outside Athens Ga. Walmart 06/2/2017

Hesperia Ca. Walmart Evacuated After Alleged Bomb Threat 06/19/2017

Man wanted in elderly man’s attempted kidnapping at Nashville Tenn. Walmart 06/21/2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro police are working to identify a man they say attempted to kidnap an 81-year-old from a Walmart parking lot.

It happened on June 14 at the retailer located at 4040 Nolensville Pike.

Police said the suspect watched several elderly customers leave the store before following the victim to his car around 10:50 a.m.

According to a release, the suspect grabbed the elderly man and held him at knifepoint while ordering him to get into the trunk of the victim’s vehicle.

A good Samaritan saw what was happening and kicked the suspect who then fled on foot toward Harding Place.

The good Samaritan, who detectives would like to speak to, left the scene before police arrived to the scene. Complete article

Homeless man attacked with hatchet outside Walmart in Cottage Grove Oregon 06/21/2017

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a homeless man was struck in the face with a hatchet outside a Walmart store in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

The victim, Cody Bradshaw, was in fair condition Tuesday night at a local hospital.

No arrests have been made.

Witness Jason Bowman tells The Register-Guard he found Bradshaw lying on the ground — eye swollen and face sunken in. A man he took to be the assailant was running the opposite way.

Another witness, Roseanne Boigt, has worked at Walmart for 10 years. She says Bradshaw has been coming to the store since he was a teenager — polite even when struggling in the cold and rain. Complete article

She says someone bit her in the checkout line at Ga. Wal-Mart 06/21/2017

A young woman was at Wal-Mart on Harrison Road near Interstate 475 and Eisenhower Parkway in west Macon the night of June 11. It was about 11 o’clock, she said, when she was sitting in her car in the parking lot and waiting for her sister to finish shopping. She saw “four girls that do not like her sister” go inside, a Bibb County sheriff’s report noted. The young woman in the car, 19, headed in to fetch her sister.

While she and her sister were checking out, the report added, “the four girls came up to them and started fighting.” The 19-year-old sister who’d been outside in the car “stated that a female … bit her up under her right arm.” The bitten sister wasn’t sure of the alleged biter’s name. Complete article

Big Firms Like Wal-Mart Are America's Hungriest Wind, Solar Users 06/21/2017

LOS ANGELES - Major U.S. corporations such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and General Motors Co. have become some of America’s biggest buyers of renewable energy, driving growth in an industry seen as key to helping the United States cut carbon emissions.

Last year nearly 40 percent of U.S. wind contracts were signed by corporate power users, along with university and military customers. That's up from just 5 percent in 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association trade group.

These users also accounted for an unprecedented 10 percent of the market for large-scale solar projects in 2016, figures from research firm GTM Research show. Just two years earlier there were none.

The big reason: lower energy bills. Complete article

Customers on edge after shots fired in Tenn. Walmart parking lot 06/21/2017

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - An argument between customers inside turned into gun violence outside of Walmart on Winchester Road.

Memphis police said the people responsible for the crime are still on the run.

Bullets covered the parking lot on Tuesday night after a battle of words turned into violence.

"People's lives feel threatened with going in and out of the store like that. Yes!" said customer Pat Glasper.

According to Memphis police, a Walmart manager saw two men arguing inside the store. Then minutes later, he heard shots being fired.

The official police report reveals officers found about 20 shell casings from a 45-caliber handgun, bullet fragments in the parking lot, and a blood splatter as well.

The incident has customers reconsidering shopping at the store.

"I have to think about it,” Glasper said. “I really have to think about it!" Complete article

$2K shoplifting spree ends for pair at NJ Wal-Mart, cops say 06/21/2017

Man arrested for armed robberies at Marion SC Walmart and jewelry store 06/21/2017

Ga. Walmart Jan. 2016 shoplifting spree ends in store evacuation; Man sentenced to 12 years in prison 06/22/2017

Lakeside mall robbery suspects booked with La. Walmart carjacking 06/22/2017

The two men accused of a Saturday night carjacking spree that began at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie have been booked on new charges.

Larry Washington, 26, and Brennan Allen, 17, are accused of carjacking a man as he waited for his wife and child outside of a Metairie Walmart on June 2, said Col. John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. ....

The victim of the June 2 carjacking at Walmart contacted the Sheriff's Office after he spotted photographs of Washington and Allen published by the press following their Saturday arrests. He recognized them and identified the men as the suspects who stole his green, 2011 Toyota Corolla, Fortunato said.

The 32-year-old man was sitting in the parking lot of the store, located at 8912 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, about 9:30 p.m., waiting for his wife and child who were in inside. That's when two men approached the car, one armed with a gun.

The gunman ordered him out of the vehicle. As the man stepped out, he motioned away his wife and child, who were walking up, according to Fortunato. The suspects drove off with his vehicle, and no one was hurt. Complete article

Wal-Mart asks vendors to not use Amazon’s cloud service 06/22/2017

The battle between the King Kong and Godzilla of retail has moved into the cloud.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT, -0.48% is telling some technology companies that if they want its business, they can’t run applications for the retailer on Inc.’s AMZN, +0.00% leading cloud-computing service, Amazon Web Services, several tech companies say.

Amazon’s rise as the dominant player in renting on-demand, web-based computing power and storage has put some competitors, such as Netflix Inc. NFLX, +0.04% , in the unlikely position of relying on a corporate rival as they move to the cloud.

Wal-Mart, loath to give any business to Amazon, said it keeps most of its data on its own servers and uses services from emerging AWS competitors, such as Microsoft Corp.’s MSFT, +0.06% Azure. Complete article

Houston Tx. woman suing Wal-Mart after maggot-filled Almond Joy leads to injury 06/22/2017

A Houston woman is claiming that a maggoty Almond Joy candy bar sold by Wal-Mart led to her injury last October.

Peables Fowls is seeking $1 million in monetary relief from Wal-Mart after sustaining injuries due to eating the candy bar while her car was in motion.

According to court documents, Fowls purchased the Almond Joy from a Wal-Mart at 9598 Rowlett Road and returned to her car.

"While reversing Peables opened the candy bar's wrapper to find that the candy bar was filled with a large amount of maggots," details the lawsuit, written by Fowl's attorney Carl Gordon. The maggots then "fell out of the wrapper and into Peables' lap and mouth area."

The "unexpected maggots" caused Fowls to "panic and quickly exit the vehicle."

Her attorney claims "Peables injured her finger and ankle, in addition to other injuries" as she was "escaping from the maggots."

Afterward, Fowls went inside the Wal-Mart to file a complaint, but "began to feel nauseated" and a "tightening in her chest" that eventually caused her to vomit, resulting in a hospital visit after an ambulance was called to the scene. Complete article

Police: Man exposed himself to girls at Ind. Walmart – again 06/23/2017

Nebraska Walmart shoplifter takes plea deal 06/23/2017

Deputies working to identify suspect in Fla. Walmart theft 06/22/2017

2 disturbing incidents caught on camera outside Katy Tx. Walmart 06/22/2017

HOUSTON - A video recorded by Regina Sandoval of an alleged peeper in progress has a neighborhood on edge.

We blurred faces because neither the woman nor the so-called peeper have been identified by police.

Sandoval said the man was crawling on the ground trying to catch a peep up the woman's skirt.

"Crawling. He was on all fours," she said. "When I saw him he was directly zoned into this lady's skirt, really."

The alleged incident occurred here in the parking lot of the Walmart on N. Fry Road Wednesday.

Since then, another complaint was filed from the same parking lot.

This one was from Gloria Saenz about an incident she said happened Thursday.

Saenz snapped a picture of the car in which she said a man was sitting inside doing inappropriate things while looking at her daughter.

"Nodding at my daughter, smiling at her and masturbating. I grabbed my daughter and started running," Saenz said. "I had 911 ready just in case I needed to call." Complete article

Walmart theft in South Strabane Pa. results in police chase 06/23/2017

A police chase that started in South Strabane Township ended after a vehicle crash in Allegheny County.

According to a report by South Strabane police, a man and woman backed a U-Haul van with Arizona license plates up to the lawn and garden department of Walmart, 30 Trinity Point Drive, around 4 a.m. They reportedly stole merchandise, including televisions and toys.

When police arrived, the pair fled to Interstate 79, then to Interstate 376 into Pittsburgh.

According to news reports, the woman jumped from the van in Pittsburgh’s North Side. Emergency personnel assisted her while officers pursued the van, which hit a tree in the Woods Run section of the North Side. The driver allegedly fled on foot but was caught by police a short time later. Complete article

Sheriff: Man taking a selfie arrested after pinching, threatening woman at Ca. Walmart 06/22/2017

A 23-year-old man who jumped on the hood of a car to take a selfie outside of Walmart in American Canyon on Wednesday was arrested after police alleged he pinched and threatened a woman, according to the Napa County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, identified as Alec Arena Bernardo of Vallejo, pinched the woman’s face after she grabbed onto him during a confrontation, deputies said. Bernardo fled the scene but was then confronted by the woman’s husband and Walmart employees, deputies said.

Deputies said that Bernardo pulled a large knife out and threatened his confronters before being taken into custody by American Canyon Police officers and K-9 Officer Chase. Complete article

Credit card theft suspects go shopping — and get caught on camera at Fla. Walmart 06/22/2017

Godfrey, Wood River Ill. Walmarts among locations targeted with stolen accounts 06/23/2017

Gas leak forces evacuation of Draper Utah Walmart, other businesses 06/23/2017

Why Walmart might make a push for Whole Foods 06/23/2017

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Could Walmart scoop in and snatch Whole Foods out of Amazon’s claws? It could happen, according to JPMorgan.

Business Insider reports as Whole Foods’ stock is rising since the announcement of the Amazon deal, investors believe the price for Whole Foods could continue to increase. JPMorgan says Walmart would be likely to consider Whole Foods to add new, wealthier customers.

“I think there certainly is a chance because they can come in and offer more money, if that’s an attraction,” says Eric Webber, PR director at McGarrah Jessee. “And there are some things Walmart brings to the table in terms of technology and distribution they already have that could possibly benefit Whole Foods.”

Competitors like Target, Costco and Kroger have been rumored as potential buyers, but JPMorgan says Walmart is the only company with the financial capability to compete. Complete article

Report: Walmart won’t make rival bid for Whole Foods 06/23/2017

Recall issued for 30 tons of beef ravioli sold at Walmart 06/23/2017

WASHINGTON - A Cincinnati Company is recalling 61,538 pounds of beef ravioli products sold at Walmart stores due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Friday that the Wornick Company disclosed that their Sam's Choice Asian Style Beef Wonton Ravioli may contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The problem was discovered when the company received notification from an ingredient supplier that the beef ravioli the company received and used in the recalled products potentially contained undeclared milk. Complete article

Man accused of stealing riding lawnmower from Leland NCWalmart 06/23/2017

Easton Md. man charged with alleged Walmart theft 06/2/2017

Waterline break shuts down Vienna WV Walmart 06/25/2017

After Walmart Bought Jet, It Eliminated In-Office Drinking 06/25/2017

New York State Police: Kingsport fugitives spotted at Pennsylvania Walmart 06/25/2017

Woman hits five parked cars at Clarksville Ind. Walmart on Saturday 06/24/2017

CLARKSVILLE — There were no injuries after a driver lost control and hit five parked cars at the Clarksville Walmart on Saturday.

Clarksville police, fire and EMS respond to the incident, which happened just before 5 p.m.

Drugs or alcohol were not believed to be a factor in the incident, police said. Complete article

Mask-wearing Pa. Walmart patron charged with disorderly conduct 06/26/2017

Shooting at Miss. Walmart gas station on Hwy. 18 leaves one person injured 06/25/2017

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - JPD Commander Tyree Jones says an argument Saturday night on Hwy. 18, at Walmart's gas station, left one person injured.

Saturday Jackson police were on the scene in front of the Walmart on Greenway Road and Highway 18.

Officials say people inside a Chevy Camaro and Dodge Charger fired shots at one another, leading to one person being injured.

The unidentified victim left the Walmart and was taken to the hospital from Woodside Drive

"When the bullet hit him, it went through his flesh, but it didn't go in. You know what I'm saying? It just grazed him like that," said an anonymous woman who saw the injured victim. The woman told us the suspect was shot in the upper thigh.

Our reporter at the scene said at least three people were detained by police. Police could also be heard saying they were looking for a gun. Complete article

Argument leads to shooting at Walmart gas pumps 06/26/2017 Witnesses say his child was with him when the shooting occurred.

Man charged in Jackson Walmart gas station shooting 06/26/2017

Man running from police carjacks driver in Ca. Walmart parking lot 06/25/2017

SAN DIEGO — A carjacking in a Rolando Walmart parking lot this morning ended with the arrest of the suspect, according to San Diego police.

Officers responded at 6 a.m. to the intersection of College Grove Drive and Racine Road to a report of a traffic accident, according to Officer Robert Heims.

The officers noticed 29-year-old David Splendiani sitting in the car, discovered that the car was stolen, then chased Splendiani when he ran, Heims said.

Splendiani ran into the Walmart parking lot in the 3400 block of College Grove Avenue, where there was a man in his car getting ready to leave.

“The suspect got into the front passenger seat and told the victim to go,” Heims said. “The victim drove about 50 yards then stopped when police commanded him to stop.” Complete article

NH Fugitive Caught Stealing TV From Walmart: Report 06/26/2017

Fla. Walmart shopper files suit against FS Property Maintenance after fall in parking lot 06/26/2017

Walmart shuts down price-matching in Minnesota stores 06/23/2017

NC Man accused of lowering Walmart prices 06/24/2017

D’Iberville Mississippi police arrest man they say tried to grab cash from bank drawer 06/25/2017

3 years after shooting man in the buttocks at Alabama Walmart, ex-deputy's criminal case 'still pending' 06/26/2017

Body found inside Walmart bathroom in Sand Springs Okla. 06/27/2017

Police confirm that the body of a woman was found Monday inside a family bathroom at the Walmart in Sand Springs. At this time, police are not sure how long the woman was in the bathroom.

According to police, employees assumed that the family bathroom was out of order because it was locked. Employees placed an out of order sign on the door that remained there through the weekend.

On Monday, employees unlocked the bathroom door and found the woman.

Sand Springs Police say their preliminary investigation shows nothing suspicious about the woman's death. Complete article

WANTED: Police Searching For Smash & Grab Crooks Who Hit Hernando Mississippi Walmart 06/26/2017

HERNANDO, Miss. ( - Hernando, Mississippi police are searching for the crooks who used hammers to smash the electronics case at a Walmart.

Hernando police say the crime happened about 1:40 a.m. Monday. The Hernando Walmart is open 24/7, so there were customers inside at the time.

Hernando detectives say two suspects came into the store, grabbed a shopping cart, then grabbed hammers from the hardware department. Police say the duo used the hammers to smash in the electronics case, where they took at least six gaming systems.

Police say the suspects ditched the cart and took off to the back door of the store. On the way out, one of the suspects grabbed a 55-inch flat screen TV. Complete article

Family of Ill. man killed by girl with machete files suit against Walmart 06/26/2017

The family of a north suburban Uber driver allegedly killed last month by a 16-year-old girl with a machete has sued Walmart for letting her leave the store without paying for the weapon.

Christina Nelson filed the wrongful-death lawsuit Monday in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of the estate of her son, Grant Nelson. It names the retailer, Monterrey Security Consultants and Allied Universal as defendants.

About 3 a.m. on May 30, 16-year-old Eliza Wasni stole the machete and a knife from a display counter at the 24-hour Walmart in Skokie, according to the suit. She left the store with both weapons without paying.

There were two Walmart employees standing near the exit doors. Wasni passed both but was not stopped, questioned or asked to show a receipt, the suit alleges.

After leaving the store, Wasni ordered an Uber and got into a vehicle driven by the 34-year-old Nelson. Within two minutes, she began hacking at him with the machete and knife as the car approached Touhy and Lincoln in Lincolnwood.

Nelson, a Wilmette resident, told police his passenger had stabbed him before he died at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston later that morning, prosecutors said at Wasni’s bond hearing. Wasni is being held without bond.

Besides Walmart, the suit names Allied — which provided an employee stationed at the Skokie store’s exit whose job included monitoring individuals leaving the store — and Monterrey, which provided on-site security staff. The lawsuit claims they were negligent because they failed to follow their own policies by not checking a customer leaving the store for receipts; allowed Wasni unfettered access to dangerous items, and failed to monitor her as she left. Complete article

At least 17 registered sex offenders list same Fla. Walmart as home address 06/26/2017

COCOA, Fla. Shoppers at a Walmart in Cocoa, Florida, expressed concern after learning that at least 17 registered sex offenders, some designated as sexual predators, listed the store as their home address.

State law allows homeless sex offenders to use the address of the closest physical address for their registration.

Most of the sex offenders listing the Walmart as their home address likely live across the street in a homeless camp set up in a wooded area, police said. Complete article

Hudson NH police seek help identifying man taking TVs from Walmart 06/26/2017

Two charged with stealing beer, frozen goods from Tx. Walmart 06/27/2017

Couple Suspected In Coweta Okla. Walmart Electronics Theft 06/27/2017

Tyler Tx. Police investigating lawn mower theft from Walmart 06/27/2017

Men suspected in credit card skimming ring shown in SC Walmart video surveillance, police say 06/27/2017

Teen arrested for throwing lit fireworks into Iowa Walmart on a dare 06/27/2017

ANAMOSA, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - An Anamosa teen was arrested for throwing fireworks into a Walmart.

According to Anamosa police, Owen Michael Moore, 18, was arrested Sunday night for throwing lit fireworks into the front doors of the local Walmart on a dare.

Two employees were injured in the incident. One was taken to the hospital for hearing loss. Complete article

Recall issued for Fireworks sold at Kroger, Walmart, Target 06/27/2017

FOX19 - A recall has been issued for fireworks after three people reported burn injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Tuesday.

TNT Red, White and Blue Smoke fireworks let out colored smoke, but, in some cases, unexpected explosions have happened after the products are lit, CPSC reports.

"The Blue Ammo Smoke effect could rapidly dispel from the bottom of the tube in an explosive manner posing a burn hazard," according to the manufacturer recall notice.

The products were sold in May and June of 2017 at Kroger, Meijer, Walmart and Target stores in Ohio, Vermont, Wisconsin and Illinois. Complete article

Man charged with felony DUI after woman hit at SC Walmart 06/27/2017

GREER, S.C. (WSPA) – A man has been arrested after a woman was hit at the Walmart on East Wade Hampton Boulevard, according to police.

The incident happened around 11:44 p.m. Friday.

Police say 35-year-old Stewart Eugene Nixon has been charged with felony DUI resulting in great bodily injury after a 75-year-old woman was hit and injured in the crosswalk at Walmart.

Witnesses said Nixon was driving too fast in the parking lot and playing loud music when he struck the woman who was coming out of the store with a grocery cart, according to the incident report. Complete article

Armed Robbery and Carjacking at Southside Alabama Walmart 06/27/2017

Police are looking for the person(s) responsible for an armed robbery and carjacking at the Southside Walmart.

Reports are that a female was forced out of her vehicle at gunpoint just after 11-pm Monday night.
The vehicle then traveled down Inez road.

Police are looking at surveillance video from the scene. Complete article

Woman arrested following robbery of elderly woman at Fall River Mass. Walmart 06/28/2017

Police need help identifying Osceola Ind. Walmart shoplifting suspects 06/27/2017

Deadly crash on E. Main St. in front of Walmart in Spartanburg SC 06/27/2017

Police: Five people arrested after Wallingford Conn. officer sees suspicious transaction at Walmart 06/28/2017

Wanted: Couple accused of stealing multiple phones from Huntersville NC Walmart 06/28/2017

Man Pulls Knife Out On Nevada Walmart Employee 06/28/2017

Reno police say a man pulled out a knife on a Walmart employee and is now in custody waiting to be transported to jail.

During the early hours of Wednesday, June 28th a man was confronted for shoplifting at the Walmart in Damonte Ranch. He pulled out a knife, but luckily the Reno police got there in time to detain him.

He is in custody and police charged him with assault with a deadly weapon. Complete article

Police seek NY Walmart larceny suspects 06/28/2017

Ashland Va. Walmart shooting suspect to have 3 day jury trial in November February 19, 2017, Updated: 06/28/2017

Caught on camera: Man chased, struck by SUV in NC Walmart parking lot; man and driver charged 06/28/2017

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — A pregnant woman tells News 13 she chased a man and hit him with her SUV in a Walmart parking lot after she says he attempted to steal her purse. It happened around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Walmart on Bleachery Boulevard. News 13 was there and got exclusive video of the incident.

Christine Braswell, 26, and other witnesses we talked to said the man, later identified as Robert Raines, was rummaging through her SUV prior to the incident.

A witness to the alleged break-in, Blake Bennett, told News 13 he confronted Raines.

"When I walked out of Walmart, he had her purse and was pulling all of her stuff out," Bennett said. "Then me and my friend told him to put it down and 'What are you doing?'"

Braswell said Raines ran away with her purse and dropped some other items when she confronted him. She said she initially chased after him on foot but decided to pursue him in her vehicle because she's pregnant.

"He was with my purse and he took off and I took off after him," Braswell told News 13. "Me being five months pregnant, I chased a little ways then come back, jumped in the car, threw it in gear and come across the curb and ran him over. I was not going to let him get away with it. It's not right, it's not fair." Complete article

Amazon, recall dressers that can tip over and injure children 06/28/2017, Amazon, Wayfair and several other online retailers are recalling a series of 5-drawer chests that can tip over and cause injury or death to children if not anchored to walls. More than 68,000 products have been affected.

The recall involves Summer Breeze style 5-drawer chests sold in four colors. Each drawer has two round knobs. The model number is printed on a label on the back of the chest, which measures 44-inches high, 31-inches wide and 16-inches deep. The items weigh 88 pounds. Complete article

Ga. Walmart shoplifting suspect has ‘panic attack’ when cops find clothes in purse 06/29/2017

Bomb threat at Ca. Wal-Mart in Torrance prompts evacuation 06/28/2017

Maiya Cruz pleads guilty to setting 3 fires inside the Strubridge Mass. Walmart store in 2016 where she worked 06/28/2017

A Southbridge woman has pleaded guilty to setting three fires inside the Walmart store she worked at last year, authorities said.

Maiya Cruz pleaded guilty before Judge William Sullivan in Worcester Superior Court on charges that she set the three fires inside the Walmart on Route 20 in Strubridge in September.

Cruz was sentenced to two and a half years in the House of Correction, one year to serve with the balance suspended for five years on a charge of malicious destruction of property over $250, according to a spokesman for Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. Complete article

Mockumentary video dubs Steelyard Walmart 'Worst in America' 06/28/2017

CLEVELAND - A parody video mocking Cleveland Ohio's Steelyard Commons Walmart has gone viral.

The video, posted by local comedy group Taco Truck, presents itself as a trailer for a documentary called "The Worst Walmart in America." Footage of parking lot fights and messy store conditions is featured, complete with dramatic music and interviews with angry citizens.

A white-shirted man is also presented as the one trying to take on the Steelyard Walmart. As the video itself states, "Cleveland needed a hero."

At one point, the unnamed figure makes a bold promise: "I will not sit idly by as the Steelyard Walmart takes from my city!" Complete article

He bought a knife at Walmart. Now, he's in York County Pa. Prison. 06/29/2017

Mark Lawrence went to Walmart to a buy a knife for a do-it-yourself project — he needed to install drywall and cut tiles. His choice helped land him back in York County Prison.

He got a Kershaw Kuro, which is what’s called an assisted opening knife. It flips open when you press down on a knob that protrudes from the blade.

Later, Lawrence, who had been drinking, passed out behind the wheel of his car at South Richland Avenue and West Market Street in York. It was almost 4 a.m.

Police charged him with DUI and related offenses. But they saw something in his pocket — that knife he had bought at Walmart. He got slapped with an additional charge: Possession of a prohibited offensive weapon. Complete article

Man accused of robbing individual at knife-point in south Tulsa Okla. Walmart parking lot 06/29/2017

Tulsa police arrested a man Wednesday night on allegations he robbed someone in a Walmart parking lot. Police were dispatched about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday to the Walmart located at 6625 S. Memorial Drive, where the victim of the robbery pointed out the suspect and the suspect's vehicle to police, Tulsa Police Cpl. R.W. Solomon said. "Officers conducted a felony take down on the suspect," Solomon said in a news release. Police arrested John Lewis Todd, 42, on a complaint of second-degree robbery. Todd allegedly pulled a knife on the victim and demanded his cash. Complete article

Dallas Tx. Walmart shooter found guilty of aggravted robbery 06/28/2017

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Herkimer NY Police Investigating Early Morning Larceny at Walmart 06/28/2017

RI Walmart Self-Checkout Duo Face Shoplifting, Conspiracy Charges 06/29/2017

Suspicious Package Near Wyoming Walmart Temporarily Shuts Down I-80 On-Ramp 06/2/2017

Firework with wrapper torn off triggers evacuation, bomb squad at Oregon Walmart 06/29/2017 The bomb squad determined the "pipe bomb" was "a confetti pop fireworks with the wrapper torn off," Oregon State Police said before 1 p.m. Thursday.

Former employee with shotgun forced evacuation of Omaha Nebraska-area Walmart 06/29/2017

A man who was arrested Thursday after he carried a shotgun into the Walmart in Irvington is a former store employee who had a strained relationship with some of his colleagues, his mother said.

Kydale Lindsay, 21, was booked into the Douglas County Jail on suspicion of four counts of terroristic threats and four counts of use of a gun to commit a felony, police said.

Neither police nor Walmart provided an account of what happened inside the store.

The store was evacuated and closed for several hours while police investigated.

Police officers went to the store about 11:45 a.m. after an Uber driver reported that he had dropped off an armed person, police said. Officers found two possible suspects in the break room. Both were taken into custody without incident.

A loaded shotgun was recovered at the scene.

The second person who was taken into custody was released after being questioned at Omaha Police Headquarters.

Lindsay’s mother told KMTV that her son had gone to the store to get his final paycheck. She said he’d had problems at the store, where he began as a clerk and worked his way up.

“It wasn’t a threat, it was a young guy out of his right mind,” she said. Complete article

Mother of man charged in Walmart incident says he has mental health issues 06/30/2017

NC woman challenges cop to arm wrestle at Walmart and ends up in jail 06/30/2017

A North Carolina woman ended up in jail this week, after she decided out of the blue to challenge a female police officer at Walmart to an arm wrestling contest.

It happened Sunday at a Walmart in Taylorsville, a mountain town about 60 miles northwest of Charlotte. The Taylorsville Police Department reported that Jessica Maureen Bridges, 36, approached a police officer patrolling a Walmart and dared the officer to arm wrestle with her.

The officer declined, but couldn’t help being suspicious.

“She noticed Bridges’ appreciable impairment and began to investigate,” said a statement from Taylorsville Police.

Bridges, who lives in Statesville, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, buprenorphine and drug paraphernalia, police said.

On top of that, Bridges was wanted for three felony indictments from Catawba County on charges of selling meth. She also had an outstanding warrant from Iredell for assault.

She was placed under a $73,000 bond, said police.

Media outlets have, of course, noted the incident. Complete article

Former Arkansas Walmart Employee Files Discrimination Suit Over Breast Pumping Rebuke 06/29/2017

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A former Walmart employee claims the retail giant “shamed and humiliated” her for pumping breast milk at work and later fired her for filing a complaint with human resources, according to a lawsuit filed June 9 in Benton County Circuit Court.

Rebecca Bacila, who worked for the Bentonville-based company’s Global Sourcing Indirect Spend Management Group, said she was chastised for “spending too much time in the lactation room and not working enough” after she returned from maternity leave in 2015, according to court documents.

Her lawsuit alleges Walmart violated multiple federal and state statutes designed to protect employees against discrimination and retaliation, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Arkansas Civil Rights Act and state labor laws regarding pumping breast milk at work.

After being told in November 2015 to leave a note on her desk indicating she was pumping, her supervisors allegedly forced her “to write her lactation schedule on a white board that took up an entire 4×4 foot wall of (her) pod … in clear view of all employees within (her) group, which removed any shred of privacy,” according to the documents. .... Bacila claims she later was fired in June 2016 for “poor job performance” despite never receiving any “warning or verbal reprimand or discipline of any sort,” according to the documents. Bacila also alleges the only feedback she was received was a 2016 evaluation in which she received high remarks and met employee expectations. Complete article

Armed Man wanted for robbing bank inside Henrico Va. Walmart 06/30/2017

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A man robbed the Woodforest National Bank inside Walmart on Brook Road at about 7 p.m. Thursday, according to Henrico Police.

“A white male entered the business and displayed a weapon,” a Henrico Police spokesman said. “The victim complied with the suspect’s demands, and the suspect fled the business on foot. The suspect was last seen leaving the parking lot in a four-door car which has a sunroof.” Complete article

Madison Co. Mississippi Peeping Tom sentenced for stalking child in WalMart bathroom, touching himself 06/29/2017

Summerville man says he came here to steal from SC Walmart 06/29/2017

Dispute at Henderson's Sleep Inn leads to Ky. Walmart shoplifting, drug arrests 06/30/2017

State Supreme Court: Wal-Mart worker can't get reimbursed for surgery 06/30/2017

MADISON, Wis. - The state Supreme Court says a Chippewa Falls Wal-Mart worker isn't entitled to compensation for surgery she thought would alleviate a work injury.

Tracie Flug had surgery after straining her back at work in 2013. The operation left her partially disabled but she eventually returned to work and filed a compensation claim for her expenses.

A doctor who examined Flug at Wal-Mart's request found she had a pre-existing back condition and the work strain had healed before the surgery.

A state appeals court ruled Flug was entitled to compensation because she honestly believed the surgery was related to the injury.

The Supreme Court ruled 4-3 Friday that Flug isn't owed compensation because the surgery addressed a pre-existing condition. Complete article

Bardstown man accused of firing shot into occupied vehicle near Glasgow Ky. Walmart 06/30/2017

GLASGOW, KY (WAVE) - A Bardstown man is accused of firing a shot into an occupied vehicle after approaching the driver at the Glasgow Walmart.

The alleged victim, Stephen Napier, 23, told police he was getting gas at the Walmart on Happy Valley Road in Glasgow about 5 p.m. ET on Thursday when a man approached him, made comments about him and his car and asked him if he wanted to race. Napier told officers he refused.

Napier said as he was leaving Walmart, the man who had approached him pulled along side his car on Veterans Outer Loop and fired a shot into his vehicle before driving away. Napier gave police a description of the suspect and his car.

Sometime later, photos of the suspect surfaced on social media in an attempt to identify him. Police received a call advising that the man in the photos was Randall Allen, 29, of Bardstown. They tracked him down in Cave City where officers took him into custody on unrelated charges.

Charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and giving an officer false identifying information are pending. Complete article

Homeless Hickory NC Woman Arrested for Shoplifting; Other Outstanding Warrants 06/30/2017

Man not welcome at Fla. Wal-Mart arrested after violating trespassing order 06/30/2017

Man suspected of retail theft at Walmart in East Lampeter Twp. Pa. 06/30/2017

Florida deputies save life of teen who snorted fentanyl, passed out in Walmart 06/30/2017

Man fatally shot, 1 in custody in slaying at Marana's Arizona Pavilions 06/30/2017

A man was fatally shot Friday afternoon in Arizona Pavilions shopping center's parking lot, and another man is in custody, said Marana police.

The identity of the dead man is being withheld, pending notification of family, said Sgt. Chriswell Scott, a Marana Police Department spokesman.

A man, who was detained at the scene, is being questioned. The man was "involved in the shooting," Scott said. He said investigators learned that both men fought prior to the shooting. Complete article

'Good Samaritan' rescues baby from locked car, parents shopping in Ariz. Walmart 06/30/2017

Denton man charged with larceny at NC Walmart 06/2/2017

Prison sentence for Iowa Muscatine Walmart stabbing incident 06/30/2017

Ville Platte police investigate Walmart theft 06/30/2017

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