Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Prevention of violence has to address all causes, not just Guns!

The BBC initially reported on the Parkland School shooting, within hours of when it happened, by describing the standard operating procedure that we go through after each of these shootings declaring that we'll go through the same exact ritual without even changing it or recognizing how absurd it was. There was at least one other pundit that provided the same bleak description in one of the most recent other mass shootings and he turned out to be right.

You might get the impression that there is nothing that can be done about this and that we should simply accept it as a fact of life that is unavoidable!

That would be totally false!

There's plenty of good research on the causes of violence and, contrary to the coverage from the mainstream media, the only contributing factor is not gun control, although there is evidence to indicate that there are less gun deaths in states with more reasonable gun control laws. Nor is it mental illness, although there's significant evidence that this is also a major contributing cause; however, even though it is a major contributing cause the coverage about it provided by the mainstream media is almost useless, explaining little or nothing about how to treat it, or more important, to prevent it from happening in the first place!

I've gone into a series of articles, listed below, a few years ago with numerous contributing causes of escalating violence and it should be clear that they all need to be dressed which would dramatically reduce all violence, not just school shootings.

Reasonable gun control is one of those issues that should be addressed; however I doubt if it's the most important one, although when it comes to the biggest mass shootings, it may be, or at least it may appear to be. The most important contributing cause of violence, including mass shootings in schools or elsewhere, and perhaps even wars based on lies, is almost certainly early child abuse that escalates to bullying, hazing, more domestic abuse and other forms of violence including war and mass shootings. The second most important contributing factor is almost certainly abandoned inner cities where they have highly dysfunctional education and economic systems about a hundred and twenty-five of them throughout the country have more than double the national murder rate, which is already higher than the murder rates in countries like Canada and many European countries.

Two or three dozen countries, mostly in Europe, have murder rates less than 1 per 100,000 people, while the United States has a rate of above 5, which recently dipped below 5 briefly before climbing back up. Most of these countries probably do the best job providing child care and education; and as I have reported previously the majority of them have banned the use of corporal punishment either in home or in schools.

Some of the best researchers, including child psychologist James Garbarino and child rearing and bullying expert Barbara Coloroso, pictured above, have explained how abusing children at an early age teaches them to deal with their problems through violence. They've also explained how to deal with bullying and to prevent it from leading to escalating violence, like Columbine, which happened in Barbara Coloroso's home town of Littleton Colorado. This is also the same general area where James Dobson and his organization "Focus on the Family" is based, which has a very different view about early child rearing.

Unlike Barbara Coloroso he recommends use of corporal punishment starting as early as eighteen months with babies before they even learn how to talk completely or develop critical thinking skills. In addition to evidence from the European states that have banned the use of corporal punishment in both the home and schools, and have murder rates below one, less than a fifth of U.S. rates, additional evidence shows that the nineteen states that still allow it in the schools also have among the highest murder rates in the country. At least six or seven of those nineteen states make it into the top ten every year and until 2016 the only one in the bottom ten was Idaho, with Wyoming coming close, but they're the two states that have it on the books but almost never use it. The states that use it the most are the ones consistently in the top ten, and they also have the most abandoned inner cities where they don't provide adequate education or child care to children.

Early investigation into the causes of violence is almost always incomplete, especially when a large percentage of the public is often in denial about attributing the cause of violence to abuse that the perpetrator might have been subject to. The typical response might be "THAT'S NOT AN EXCUSE!," or "yea but I was spanked or abused and I didn't turn into a mass murderer." This is often accompanied by a desire to get angry at the perpetrator, which is obviously understandable; but this anger often leads people to go into denial about contributing causes if it could be interpreted as an "excuse" or mitigating circumstances.

However, research into many of the worst mass murderers, including from psychologist Dorothy Otnow Lewis, who said that she has always found evidence of major abuse, often including hospital records or police records, and it is almost always much worse than what most people coming from strict authoritarian homes have to deal with. Furthermore, when it comes to preventing violence from escalating wee need to recognize the causes and prevent them from happen before it escalates. When Dylann Roof went on his shooting spree as I reported previously in The Media Is Following The Wrong Script Ignoring Solutions Again he was badly abused long before he became a mass murderer, and this is common among racist people who are often raised by racist and abusive parents that teach their own beliefs using coercive violence. If an abused child blames the minorities whether it's blacks or Jews that the abusive parent says is responsible for problems they don't get abused, if they point out flaws in the logic they know they're be beat, so after repeating lies to themselves long enough people like Dylann adopt the same racists beliefs as their parents.

There isn't as much evidence to indicate the same problems, at least that I know of, with Nikolas Cruz, but there is already some, although the media rarely repeats anything that might be considered as mitigating circumstances or and "excuse" as indicated in the following excerpts:

State investigated shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz after self-harm 02/17/2018

The agency was called to investigate. Cruz, then 18, was listed as an “alleged victim” of medical neglect and inadequate supervision; his adoptive mother, then-68-year-old Lynda Cruz, the “alleged perpetrator.”

“Mr. Cruz was on Snapchat cutting both of his arms,” the Florida DCF abuse hotline was told in August 2016. “Mr. Cruz has fresh cuts on both his arms. Mr. Cruz stated he plans to go out and buy a gun.”

According to the paper, DCF’s investigation was completed that Nov. 12. The agency concluded that Cruz had not been mistreated by his mother, was receiving adequate care from a mental health counselor and was attending school. Complete article Nikolas Cruz, Florida Shooting Suspect, Showed ‘Every Red Flag’ 02/15/2018

He said that Mr. Cruz at one point had gone to a school for students with special needs. “Kids were really picking on him and would gang up on him and beat him up a little,” Mr. Gold said. “They ostracized him. He didn’t have many friends.”

He said that Mr. Cruz’s mother had done what she could to take care of him, and that the two had an extremely strong bond.

“His mother was his entire life and when he lost her, I believe that was it for the boy’s peace of mind,” he said. Complete article

Like Columbine there is apparently evidence to indicate that bullying might have been a contributing factor, however it wasn't reported nearly as widely. When Columbine happened they reported much more on the culture in their school exposing the bullying that was going on and one of the students that helped expose this was Brooks Brown and as he described in his book he was also ostracized for speaking out against it. Barbara Coloroso also investigated this and tried to point out that this was a contributing cause in her book “The Bullied, the Bully and the Bystander” where she wrote, ‘After the video tapes shot by Dylan and Eric were made public well over a year after the shootings, there was still a sense of entitlement and superiority expressed by at least one member of the Columbine football team. In his mind, he had a right to taunt and torment anyone who was “different,” anyone for whom he had contempt: “Columbine is a good, clean place except for those rejects. Most kids don’t want them here. They were into witchcraft. They were into voodoo. Sure we teased them. But what do you expect with kids who come to school with weird hairdos and horns on their hats? It’s not just jocks; the whole schools disgusted with them. They’re a bunch of homos…If you want to get rid of someone, usually you tease ‘em. So the whole school would call them homos….”'

Unfortunately the media didn't report the bullying that Nikolas Cruz nearly as widely, nor, as far as I can tell did they provide much if any opportunity for good researchers like Barbara Coloroso or James Garbarino however they did invite David Cullen, who the media portrays as an expert on Columbine to come on TV at least a couple times, as they often do after more school shootings happen, even though he has demonstrated that he's in denial about how bullying leads to escalating violence as I found out about seven years ago when I encountered him on Open Salon and had this conversation with him and after I pointed out the above quote from Barbara Coloroso, instead of addressing it he said, "for those just tuning in, one flaw in zach's logic: he's citing researchers who DID NOT research columbine, but relied on conclusions about the data they read in the media," and stopped responding to my comments. I accepted his claim that they weren't direct researchers at the time but later found out that Barbara Coloroso lived in that city and was much closer to it and did research it directly. He also relied on Robert Hare as one of his experts who I read up on more after that conversation and found out that he was incredibly incompetent, as I pointed out in the article about that conversation.

Apparently the conservative ideology may have also enabled one of the survivors of the Columbine massacre to get elected to the local legislature according to Colorado state rep, Columbine survivor, pushes to end gun-free zones in schools 02/20/2018 As I indicated previously gun control is almost certainly not as important as important a contributing factor as stopping early abuse or abandoned inner cities, but as one of the articles listed below indicates the evidence does seem to indicate that there is less gun violence in states with more reasonable gun control, and much fewer suicides, not to mention that it would also make it much less likely that a shooting turned into a mass murder if the shooter couldn't get military style assault rifles, which apparently was easier for him to get than a handgun which he couldn't have bought until he was twenty-one.

This same legislature apparently voted to kill a bill, last year that would have banned corporal punishment in Colorado, which is one of the nineteen states that still allows it. A 2002 study, "School Shooting Fatalities and School Corporal Punishment: A Look at the States," reported in The Psychology of Child Torture 01/18/2018 also showed that school shootings and deaths were more common in the states that still allowed corporal punishment at that time, when it was still twenty-three. The surge in shootings this year also indicates that, at least this year they're much more common in the nineteen states that still allow corporal punishment with five out of seven of the school shootings and all twenty of the deaths, as of this writing, in states that allow corporal punishment. However, in the years in between it hasn't been quite as clear, and there seem to have been some odd statistical swings including a surge from only seven incidents in 2011 to thirty-six incidents in 2014 when it peaked before declining to only nine last year, seeming to indicate that it the problem might be getting better for one reason or another, until this year with seven in only seven or eight weeks.

The peak for deaths was in 2012 when the Newtown shooting took place, with an exceptionally high number. However last year only one of the nine shootings took place in schools still allowing corporal punishment. And even though the total number of shootings in between the 2002 study and this year has as many if not more shootings in states that still allow corporal punishment the total number of deaths seems to have been in states that have banned it thanks to a small number of high profile shootings that killed a large number of people.

No doubt the gun control conspiracy theorists might claim that this is part of the conspiracy to advance gun control by using this as an excuse; however since the number of deaths is still very small compared to the total number of murders each year which is usually about fifteen thousand, and they're a result of a small number of big shootings rational skeptics might justifiable claim that this is a statistical anomaly which is more common without a large enough representation, which we shouldn't want, of course. Furthermore the gun rights advocates pushing these conspiracy theories ignore the fact that if that was the objective they probably would have done a far more effective job passing laws to restrict guns than they have; and there's little or no doubt that behind the scenes lobbying by the NRA, as well as their public activity is the real reason why gun control laws are so arbitrary and irrational that they make it easier to get a military style assault rifle that enabled this shooting to kill so many in this shooting.

We may not have enough research to explain all these bizarre swings in gun violence but there is enough to indicate that the media isn't covering the best research and that if they did that we could dramatically reduce violence like Europe does, where many of their countries have less than one murder per hundred thousand people.

Some things should be so incredibly obvious that everyone should understand them like if we spend an enormous amount of money trying to justify cuts to education and child care and more on the military so we can fight wars based on lies that it is bound to backfire one way or another. It shouldn't be hard to figure out that one of the ways this is happening is high violence in abandoned inner cities and occasionally there are even mass shootings in wealthier communities that aren't accustomed to this violence. It should also be clear that if major economic inequality is a major part of the problem, which one of my previous articles listed below indicated it is, that an economic system that rewards professions that are more concerned with deceiving the public like advertising, lobbying, union busting, and other profession that are more concerned about shifting wealth to the rich than providing a service for the public is also a major contributing cause of violence, although it might require a closer look at some of the research assuming people actually want to learn the truth.

The protests demanding gun control resulting from this shooting seems to be building faster than most, and if they get some results that is great but if they only address part of the causes, and not the most important parts then it's not going to help much.

We shouldn't be just trying to eliminate gun violence when it finally hits a wealthy community but protect all of us.

Edit 02/23/2018: Alisyn Camerota got in a debate with Dana Loesch, who said, "many in legacy media love mass shootings," at a CPAC speech; and she was outraged that Loesch would even suggest such a thing saying, "How Dare You!?" and that it's not "helpful" to even suggest such a thing or "have this conversation." Perhaps it's not helpful to put to much of a priority on this conversation, but as long as they refuse to discuss many of the most important contributing causes of violence, and they continue to provide an enormous amount of hype creating more ads trying to present themselves as a reliable sources, I don't think we should completely rule it out.

However it's not just the people in the media providing an enormous amount of hype, including some of whom do seem to enjoy debating around in circles without accomplishing anything, it's also the spokespeople from the NRA. People from both sides of the argument are resorting to demagoguery and demonstrating with their actions that they seem more interested in winning debate points or getting gotcha moments than they are in educating the public about the most important contributing causes.

Their town hall meeting looked more like a prepared cult cheering squad where the crowd was more concerned about humiliating Marco Rubio, than they were discussing the most important contributing causes of violence or accomplishing anything. I don't want to jump on the bandwagon of people saying this is all staged, but some degree of planning must be involved to set the atmosphere for the discussion and they have demonstrated far better skills in the past instead of constantly cheering like it's a foot ball game. I'm not fan of Marco Rubio or obsessive gun rights, and by caving to the NRA so badly he helped set himself up, but reporting to the same demagoguery as the NRA instead of educating the public on all contributing causes of violence, not just access to guns, they're playing into their hands an ensuring that little or nothing will get done!

If Alisyn Camerota thinks it's not helpful to have this debate, then she shouldn't have put it front and center, and she should have discussed, in a calm rational manner, many other issues. This is a classic propaganda tactic repeating the same things over and over with appeals to emotion, ensuring that little or no education takes place!

Alisyn Camerota Confronts Dana Loesch For Saying Media ‘Loves’ Mass Shootings: ‘How Dare You!?’ 02/2/2018

CNN anchor to NRA spokesperson: How dare you 02/23/2018

Edit 02/27/2018: The bickering and scapegoating is going on non-stop but still there's no effort to discuss the most important contributing factors leading up to escalating violence. Trump's claim that he would have gone in even without a gun is so laughable that it's hard to imagine how he could possibly not predict how much he would be ridiculed for it. But even the more serious claims avoids any discussion about how to prevent violence from escalating, instead focusing on how to stop the shootings at the last minute, often in a possible shoot out, blaming each other without providing any rational discussions.

According to Armed Parkland officer believed shots came from outside school, attorney says 02/2/2018, before making that laughable claim that he would have gone in even without a gun Trump said that Peterson was a "coward;" however that alleged "coward" previously won the award for "School Resource Deputy of the Year" for what it's worth. This should be a clear indication that the great and glorious people that they train to save us in a dramatic manner aren't quite as foolish as the media tries to make them appear, nor are they as glorious as they were portrayed before declining to go in.

I can't keep track of all the senseless bickering, but would you go in with guns blazing if you heard an AR-15 going of in the school?

I certainly wouldn't!

You might get the impression that there's no other solution but to wait to the last minute and that we have to accept the fact that school shootings are a fact of life if you rely solely on the traditional media, but once you look at alternative media outlets, if you sort through the best of them there are others that do a much better job reviewing the causes, including Mike Klonsky who speculated about school size in a couple articles including Another look at school size and the Parkland shooting. This is relatively small example, however I've spot checked his articles from time to time and I'm also sure that he supports smaller class room size, not just the schools and opposes privitization of education that is being pushed by the entire political establishment and media along with Diane Ravitch and other good researchers. Given time I could find a lot more of them, but tehy get little or no coverage from the traditional media which only covers hype and distracts the public from the most effective solutions.

After everyone lined up to demonize Scott Peterson, Jake Tapper did the same to Scott Israel, without discussing the best research. I'm no fan of most of these people they're demonizing, since they also ignore the most effective research, but the worst of them are the ones that should be covering the good research including Jake Tapper.

Edit: 03/01/2018: Since this shooting in addition to the bickering on TV without discussing the most rational research they have apparently also tried to start censoring Wikipedia, which isn't the first time. When writing this article I noticed that they broke their list up into separate tables for each year and added a summation so that people could recognize how much it is rising or declining each year, and although I didn't realize it until I went through the history, there was another shooting four days after it which was added to the list but then retracted because it was an attempted suicide. An article circulating on Twitter also reported another one which is not on the list Reported in 3rd-grader accidentally discharges officer's gun 02/05/2018

I haven't joined in the discussion on Wikipedia, although have been a regular cotributor there at one point, which is how I found out about how at some times they have censored things and favored the NRA while pretending to be neutral. An older version that shows the improved organization which has now been retracted is listed here along with the listing about the attempted suicide before it was withdrawn There was also one more school Shooting yesterday, Cops: Teacher who fired shot in classroom once tried confess to murder 03/01/2018 which as of this writing it hasn't been added to Wikipedia, although I'm reasonably certain that it will soon and won't fit the criteria they use to suppress other stories about shootings happening in schools.

I went through similar problems in 2009 when I attempted to write an article about preventing school violence, which they claimed didn't meet the criteria for Wikipedia's neutrality policies; however they did allow obvious biased discussion from supporters of gun rights organizations including discussions about arming teachers and input from Ted Nugent, yet they refused to allow discussion about gun control or input from researchers, including psychologists and child rearing experts, that supported solving problems about child abuse and bullying leading to escalating violence. One of the editors at Wikipedia who was also an administrator there was an admitted member of the NRA and clearly demonstrating his bias in their favor, suppressing any discussion of gun control, and leading the opposition to providing input from academic experts, yet instead of calling him out for his obvious bias most of the other editors supported him. The conspiracy theories that they seem to support about false flags to take away their guns, lack much if any credible evidence, and the fact that there is no success for even the minimal attempts at reasonable gun control implies that is such a conspiracy exists it's incredibly ineffective, yet their bias strongly implies that if there's a conspiracy, with rational and credible evidence, it's to prevent reasonable gun control or other discussion of effective solutions to violence.

I described these problems in two articles at that time one on a Wikipedia user page of my own, User:Zacherystaylor/preventing school violence and a second on a separate page off Wikipedia now re-posted on Blogspot about Wikipedia Censorship (The original article of this is still on Tripod and cited in the Wikipedia User page).

The following are additional sources on the subject:

School shooter showed violence and mental instability at home, police reports reveal 02/17/2018

Florida shooting suspect was adopted and both of his parents recently died 02/15/2018

Florida High School Killing Suspect Nikolas Cruz Vented Racist and Violent Fantasies Against Black, Gay and Hispanic People in Online Group Chat 12/17/2017

White Supremacists Claim Nikolas Cruz Trained With Them; Students Say He Wore Trump Hat in School 12/15/2017

Killer in a Trump hat: Shirtless Florida gunman does backyard target practice wearing one of the President's Make America Great Again baseball caps before murdering 17 children in school massacre 12/16/2017

Snopes: Did the Florida Shooter's Instagram Profile Picture Feature a MAGA Hat? True 12/1/2017

No, Lax Parenting Is Not to Blame for School Shootings 02/16/2018

Alabama school board members take steps to finally get rid of corporal punishment 12/09/2017

Still Separate, Still Unequal: America's Educational Apartheid 09/01/2005 Adapted excerpt from "The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America"

“The Bullied, the Bully and the Bystander” by Barbara Coloroso.

Analysis: Bullying expert Barbara Coloroso provides tips for parents, educators 11/22/2010

National anti-bullying expert defines the problem — and the solutions 09/28/2016

Max Hayman Award 2011 James Garbarino, PhD

The far-right smear campaign against students who survived the Parkland massacre 02/19/2018

School shootings in the United States

List of school shootings in the United States organized by state

Wikipedia: United States presidential election, 2016

The following are my past articles on numerous contributing causes to escalating violence:

Ignored evidence linking corporal punishment, poverty and crime grows

Does lack of education increase violent crime? Religion?

Media is aiding and abetting in Televangelist Fraud

Apartheid States of America

Megalithic Churches correlated with local murder rates

How much does Income Inequality Affects Crime Rates?

States with high murder rates have larger veteran populations

Teach a soldier to kill and he just might

The tragedy of gambling politics in United States

How does gambling and gun control impact violent crime?

Politics, not technology, caused botched executions

Troy, Cameron, Gary all innocent? And executed?

Democrats do a bad job on crime; Republicans and the Media are worse!!

Politicians increase crime; Grass roots efforts reduce crime; Politicians steal the credit

Life Insurance and media companies are encouraging lots of murders

Union Busting adds to corrupt bureaucracy and incites crime

Friday, February 16, 2018

Researching Poor, Slaves, Prisoners, To Benefit Ruling Class With Alien Technology?

There should be little or no doubt that the academic world has been using poor people for research for the benefit of the wealthy that control the patents and the health care system. Occasionally there is a story like car manufacturers studying how much diesel exhaust monkeys or humans can inhale before suffering health problems and in some cases apparently they fake the data as indicated in the following story:

German shock at car exhaust tests on humans and monkeys 01/29/2018

The German government has denounced experiments funded by German carmakers in which humans and monkeys reportedly inhaled diesel exhaust fumes.

German media say the health impact research was done by EUGT, a body funded by Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW.

Such tests could not be justified, the government said, demanding details. A minister called them "abominable".

Daimler also condemned them. VW is embroiled in a scandal over software that gave false diesel exhaust data.

In 2015 VW admitted having fitted "cheat" devices in the US that made their engines appear less polluting than they actually were. Complete article

This was reported by the BBC briefly and quickly forgotten, like a lot of other stories they admit to but don't want to draw much attention to.

This is just a minuscule fraction of research the academic world is doing and it is only reported in a relatively low profile manner so that the vast majority of the public is unaware of it. Some of it clearly indicates they're willing to go to extremes without full disclosure, although it is reported in small bits and pieces but few put them together, including about stories where they've been researching the cloning of monkeys, and some of the same Chinese researchers may also be affiliated with others harvesting organs from prisoners, often for political purposes.

To understand it better the following stories help put a few of the pieces together, indicating there's far more research going on and it's to benefit those with the most political power at the expense of those with the least regardless of where the technology is coming from.

Chinese Scientists Clone Monkeys Using Method That Created Dolly The Sheep 01/24/2018

Chinese researchers have finally figured out how to clone a primate, using the same technique Scottish researchers devised to clone the first mammal, Dolly the sheep, in the mid-1990s.

Scientists in Shanghai say they've produced two cloned macaque monkeys by taking the DNA from the nuclei of fetal monkey cells and putting the genes into monkey eggs that had their own DNA removed. .....


He sees a need to have "genetically identical monkeys for studying many human diseases, especially brain diseases" such as Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's. Complete article

Organ Harvesting From Innocent Prisoners On The Rise In China 01/31/2018

Key points in this article:

* A “Stop Medical Genocide” press conference was held on the China problem
* China conducts between 60,000 to 100,000 organ transplants per year, and the extractions are overwhelmingly made from Falun Gong followers
* The Japanese government and medical practitioners must properly face this problem

Every year China performs around 100,000 organ transplants, and a majority of those organs are extracted from living innocent victims. The truth behind this atrocity was finally unveiled.

On the 24th of January, David Matas (International human rights lawyer from Canada), David Kilgour (Member of Parliament, Canada) and Jacob Lavee (Israeli heart transplantation doctor) opened a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on Stop Medical Genocide to present 10 years’ worth of research into China’s organ harvesting problem.

At the press conference, they played a 20-minute video entitled “Medical Genocide: the hidden genocide in China’s organ transplant industry” while adding verbal commentary. Complete article

Growing market for human organs exploits poor 03/12/2012

EAST LANSING, Mich. — A Michigan State University anthropologist who spent more than a year infiltrating the black market for human kidneys has published the first in-depth study describing the often horrific experiences of poor people who were victims of organ trafficking.

Monir Moniruzzaman interviewed 33 kidney sellers in his native Bangladesh and found they typically didn’t get the money they were promised and were plagued with serious health problems that prevented them from working, shame and depression.

The study, which appears in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and Moniruzzaman’s decade-long research in the field describe a growing worldwide market for body parts that include kidneys, parts of livers and even corneas.

Moniruzzaman said the people selling their organs are exploited by unethical brokers and recipients who are often Bangladeshi-born foreign nationals living in places such as the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Because organ-selling is illegal, the brokers forge documents indicating the recipient and seller are related and claim the act is a family donation.

Doctors, hospital officials and drug companies turn a blind eye to the illicit act because they profit along with the broker and, of course, the recipient, said Moniruzzaman, who questioned many of the people involved. Complete article

These are only a fraction of the stories about the poor or prisoners being used for research or to donate organs, often if they do give some degree of consent, selling their organs, only because they can't support themselves or afford their own medical care otherwise, which means it is coerced due to unethical control of the economic system by one group of wealthy people, that use this control to extort concessions from the poor.

The mainstream media doesn't deny these reports, on a few occasions they provide them, but very selectively and they don't repeat them often at all, which enables the vast majority of the public to quickly forget them without thinking things through or checking the facts to see how much more to this there must be. However there are a small percentage of the public that are keeping much closer track and researching it on their own, and occasionally even staging protests to draw attention to it; however their protests are ignored by the mainstream media which does a very effective job keeping the vast majority of the public obsessed with celebrities, sports or many other distractions, including Donald Trump's insane behavior, distracted.

Many of these reports come from very credible sources and they're not fringe conspiracy theories. Which is why the media deals with it by ignoring them instead of trying to debunk them which would only expose further lies. Alternative media outlets and some of the best non-fiction books also show how much better universal health care is in Europe that that it costs much less and they provide much better preventive care, which is a major part of the reason it's less expensive, so they're healthier and much less likely to need advanced medical treatment. This should show that Single Payer is far more effective and that it could work much better hear as well.

Additional research, also not widely reported in the mainstream media also shows that improving education, protecting the environment, improving safety regulation, preventing wars based on lies and many other things will also reduce medical expenses and make it far more affordable. There is very credible research on all of these subjects to back this up as well; however for one reason or another the mainstream media refuses to report it.

The most likely explanation for this is almost certainly ideological fanaticism and greed of the ruling class far more concerned about controlling the public than looking out for the best interest of them. On one subject after another when there's a conflict between the best interest of the public and corporate profits the political establishment supports profits and the media provides the propaganda to confuse the issue and prevent solutions.

However if there was major reforms in all these subjects then it would be far more difficult for the ruling class to find the donors or medical research subjects they need for their health care. It hardly seems likely that they prevented all these reforms so that they would have opportunities for research, and this would be ridiculed as a fringe conspiracy theory without an enormous amount of evidence, and rightly so. However, there is research including some reported by Harriet Washington in "Medical Apartheid" and "Deadly Monopolies" to indicate that when they have an opportunity to used people injured in wars or accidents that could have been prevented they take those opportunities, and they don't always provide full disclosure, or report on all the details so that the public could support candidates that would use the best science to develop a rational heath care policy, improve product safety ande prevent wars based on lies.

There's little or no hard evidence to indicate that they would be so insane as to create all these wars based on lies or prevent car accidents so they would have more research subjects; however there might be a growing amount of evidence indicating that there is more to UFO sightings than the media is reporting, and that they often distract the public by resorting to ridicule or enormous amounts of misinformation.

However the research on this subject is almost never as high a quality as the research into unethical research by good reporters like Harriet Washington and Marcia Angell; and there are an enormous amount of incredibly obvious blunders coming from both the believers of UFOs and Ancient Aliens, which you might expect since they're portrayed as fringe, and the skeptics, who often use incredibly bad debunking techniques when there is legitimate evidence of major unsolved mysteries, and they routinely indicate they've made up their minds before doing their investigating.

There may not be enough reliable research to figure out most of the details, or even if UFOs are a result of aliens that have been visiting us for thousands of years, as ancient aliens conspiracy theorist claim; however there is enough evidence to prove that either they are are a result of an unknown advanced intelligence that may have been visiting us for thousands of years; or that there's an enormous conspiracy to make it seem like UFOs are real and so are ancient aliens and that they've been sharing technology with corporations since the Roswell crash or a similar event.

Perhaps one of the most credible, and well known, claims that alien technology has been shared with multinational corporations is Philip Corso, (Wikipedia) who wrote "The Day After Roswell" (Free online copy) in 1997 approximately a year before he died. However even his claims have some credibility problems if you look at the details close enough; however a close look at the skeptics claims often shows as many problems.

I've included some links below to some of the skeptical debunking efforts below, so I won't go into all his claims; however there's enough evidence to indicate that he had an enormous amount of support that enabled him to get published and draw a lot of attention from the media establishment which routinely marginalizes those that they want to suppress. And, even though it's virtually guaranteed that there are obvious blunders in his claims, perhaps that he should have caught, there might be some evidence to indicate that it's not completely false.

Philip Corso is one of dozen's, if not hundreds, of military officers that have claimed that there is something to UFOs and that there has been contact with aliens. He was in the military, as he claimed, and he "became Chief of the Pentagon's Foreign Technology desk in Army Research and Development, working under Lt. Gen. Arthur Trudeau," as his Wikipedia article says. The strongest evidence might require a closer look which, would take to long in a relatively short article; however additional sources are listed below including some of my past articles on the subject.

Colonel Philip Corso "The Day After Roswell"

Colonel Philip Corso and his Critics: Crossing the Rubicon between Objective Criticism and Debunking

Stanton T. Friedman critical review: Col. Philip J. Corso’s "The Day After Roswell"

Also he's one of many more people that have made similar claims; and if they're partly true then it could begin to explain an enormous amount of unsolved mysteries, including how massive megaliths were moved thousands of years ago even though experiments have shown that it can't be replicated with primitive technology, other mystics like Padre Pio, Edgar Cayce, although the evidence on them is more confusing, and the incredibly rapid development of technology since World War II and even faster, over the past twenty years.

Some of the most controversial claims about UFOs including alien abductions or exchanging technology is often presented in the least credible manner, either because it's false or because there're mixed up with an enormous amount of disinformation to confuse the issue. Most of the other military disclosures that come from more credible sources are often less extreme, although they leave more questions than answers including Robert Salas, and Lt. Col. Charles I. Halt. However if there has been some contact with aliens there has to be more to it than what they've disclosed. Philip Corso is one of several others that have claimed to work with alien technology including Bob Lazar, who came out with his story eight to ten years before Corso and Boyd Bushman who made a deathbed confession fifteen years after Corso died. Both of them have major credibility problems, like several additional lower profile leakers, but they establish a pattern of behavior that might be intentional disinformation and there are also problems with efforts to completely dismiss their claims.

Bob Lazar (Wikipedia) was the first high profile person to make his disclosures; however he was quickly proven to be an obvious fraud, or so it seemed for a long time. Those that wanted to believe him did so but his alleged degrees were from colleges that claimed they never heard of him and had no records of him attending, nor could he prove that he worked at Area 51.

However as reported in Wikipedia "Regarding the propulsion of the studied vehicles, Lazar claims that the atomic element 115 Moscovium, at that time not discovered, served as the fuel, and that this was used to generate gravity waves."

How could he have even known this element would ever have been developed unless he had some kind of inside information?

Moscovium wasn't synthesized for the first time until 2003 fourteen years after he demonstrated some knowledge of it, and it was another twelve years before it was fully recognized by the scientific community.

Boyd Bushman continued with this pattern of behavior releasing information that is seriously flawed but acceptable to those that wanted to believe in it when he made a deathbed confession about working with alien technology. Rational Wiki refers to him as "batshit crazy" which certainly seems true at a quick glance; however this is hardly a scientific way to debunk false claims by making appeals to emotion and using ridicule.

If the so-called skeptic community really was as scientific as they claim they would realize that this isn't a rational effort to debunk claims. With all the conflicting information about him it's hard to tell but it does appear as if he did work for Lockheed Martin as an engineer, and it's hard to imagine why he would make such wild claims if there wasn't much if any truth to it.

However it's virtually guaranteed that some of his claims are obviously false, and his picture appears to be of a toy that was obviously faked. Even if there is some truth to some of his claims I would be highly skeptical of his claim that the alleged aliens can travel 68 light years in forty-five minutes. What this does seem to indicate is that either there is a major effort to fake it or cover it up, or perhaps disclose accurate information in unreliable ways so that they can follow up on it when it suits their purpose, assuming there is some development of alien technology. If this is the case then Boyd Bushman could be part of an effort to release this information stirring up debate only to discredit it, which actually seems to be quite common in UFO research.

Debunkings are Part of the Conspiracy: A Follow-Up on the Boyd Bushman Alien Video Claims 12/31/2014

Snopes: Boyd Bushman Makes Deathbed Confession About Aliens Did former Lockheed Martin engineer Boyd Bushman provide evidence of alien life on his deathbed? False But he did make a strange death bed confession even if the evidence didn't hold up and there is something strange about that adding to many other similar claims.

Boyd Bushman (Lockheed Martin Senior Scientist) Was The Real Deal And How I Know This To Be True. 06/19/2015

Wikipedia: Boyd Bushman

NSA 'Glomars' FOIA Request on Boyd Bushman 01/24/2018

Video emerges of 'Lockheed Martin scientist' claiming aliens are REAL and that he worked at Area 51 on UFO technology 10/30/2014

We're constantly coming up with amazing scientific break through's like SpaceX's recent spectacular dual landing of booster rockets enabling them to be reused after launching another craft. It's now almost certain that they have the technology to travel to Mars and develop some kind of permanent presence there. There's a strong possibility that travel beyond our solar system, perhaps with the help of Artificial Intelligence, Nanotechnology, even more advanced propulsion and other technologies, may not be far behind. These things and many more that are now rapidly becoming routine were once considered impossible.

There's no doubt that there are still many more questions that need to be answered but if there is something to this theory not only could it help explain how technology has been developed so rapidly, but it could also explain many other major unsolved mysteries from the past including movement of megaliths and other ancient developments that should have been impossible.

If this theory isn't close to the truth then there still has to another explanation for all the major unsolved mysteries, and pretending they don't exist won't make them go away or ensure that they don't impact us one way or another; it will only prevent us from knowing what is going on or why.

Right now we have enough information to know that we should demand full disclosure and a much better health care system that almost certainly should include Single Payer, unless someone can come up with something better. And with strong evidence of powerful institutions using the poor for research without compensation or even public domain for the so-called intellectual property used to justify patents we have enough justification to demand that they end, especially since an enormous amount of the research is funded with tax dollars, as reported by reliable sources like Harriet Washington and Marcia Angell.

However we're constantly being distracted by one absurd subject after another, including claims about Russian meddling in the election, without even discussing the fact that in order to get the name recognition candidates need to be viable they have to have a fair amount of media coverage; but the six oligarchies that control the media only cover candidates that cater to the oligarchy; which means that they did far more than Russia ever could have done to meddle in the election.

The information to confirm this conclusion isn't even secret but they keep distracting us from it with all their garbage including the debate about classified memos, which is virtually guaranteed to be a red herring. If there was anything important to these memos they could have just released them but the hype surrounding what is almost certainly less important than many things that aren't even secret is blowing it out of proportion.

Not that I'm opposed to disclosure; however this is another example of flooding the public with useless garbage to distract them from more important issues; and occasionally the distractions might even come from some of the best alternative media outlets, or at least outlets that seem like the best at times, including the Intercept and Wikileaks or perhaps even Caitlin Johnstone who is currently exposing some of their disagreements.

A few years ago I mentioned that there has been some bickering among alternative media outlets that usually cooperate to expose epidemic levels of corporate corruption and warmongering in Are Naomi Wolf, Edward Snowden, Prism, and ECHELON, dividing us? and Bickering over Prism continues to ignore ECHELON and minimize disclosure! Occasionally there are hints that there might be more of that going on including Wikileaks recent effort to fund raise off the hype about the memos, which I suspect are a Red Herring, "Know someone who has the censored Schiff FISA 'memo'? WikiLeaks will match reward funds up to $1m sent to this unique Bitcoin address:" 02/10/2018 I recognize that we need to raise funds for alternative media outlets that generally provide much better coverage than the mainstream media, which the Intercept, Wikileaks and Caitlin Johnstone almost always do but we have to be careful that this attempt doesn't lead us into another corrupt media establishment creating new biases to replace the old.

Caitlin Johnstone recently pointed out in, The Intercept Is Transitioning From Guard Dog To Attack Dog For The Establishment 02/14/2018, that billionaire Pierre Omidyar is financing the Intercept, which should be a reminder that even though they almost always do a far better job than the mainstream media they're under the influence of the oligarchies, and if there has been some exchange of technology with aliens then many of these billionaires might have benefited from it, and this could be part of a far-fetched controlled disclosure effort. As I speculated about in my past article about Steve Bannon working at Biosphere II, listed below, billionaires profiting from technology or research could be controlling almost all media and pushing in one direction or another when it suits their purpose.

Until there is an enormous amount of disclosure media reform and peer review it may be difficult to know which sources are most reliable and it will be necessary to get information from diverse sources, even if some of them have some doubts about their credibility.

The following are some additional sources that provide information on research including how to keep us distracted by obsessively covering sports or celebrities; however there's much more which you can find on your own:

Report: China still harvesting organs from prisoners at a massive scale 06/24/2016

Enhancing mutual trust is not possible until Communist China stops executing political prisoners to order 12/15/2017

SpaceX stuns with two simultaneous rocket landings, Musk’s Tesla heads to Mars 02/06/2018

Pentagon DOES have 'mystery metals that came from UFOs' says former government insider 01/26/2018

Big Pharma’s control over the news 12/15/2017

N.F.L. Expands Use of Chips in Footballs, Promising Data Trove 09/07/2018

Shriners Hospitals for Children History of Medical Research

Shriners Hospitals for Children

German shock at car exhaust tests on humans and monkeys 01/29/2018

John Oliver Exposes Herbalife And Its Dangerous Focus On Latinos 11/07/2016 In the past, he said, Herbalife has reached out to Latinos via TV spots in hit telenovelas like “La Fea Màs Bella.” And the company even hired former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in 2013 as an advisor. (Now candidate for Governor)

Mortifyingly, both right and left came to believe eugenics was the answer to the poverty and misery they could see all around them. Rather than scrap capitalism,which was actually responsible, the ‘educated’ preferred to believe the poor THEMSELVES were the problem to eradicate 01.10/2018

New Artificial Intelligence That Makes Fake Videos May Be the End of Reality as We Know It 01/12/2018

Delaware State Police showcased at artificial intelligence conference 01/19/2018

Drug overdoses contribute to record number of organ donors 01/10/2018

Naked Capitalism Daily Links 02/08/2018 Chernobyl’s abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community; Melting Permafrost Could Release Massive Amounts of Dangerous Mercury, Study Says; Why Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch is utterly depressing

Regenerative Medicine Helps Rebuild Wounded Warriors 09/13/2012

The Odd Science of Fandom Craig Fehrman 02/02/2018 The psychology behind Patriots fans — and all their haters

IN 2016, THREE Dartmouth professors published a paper on, of all things, Deflategate.

After surveying nearly 3,000 people (and carefully sifting their answers), the political science professors found that Patriots supporters were more likely than other fan bases to believe unproven conspiracy theories — such as one that held the NFL was punishing New England to distract from its other public-relations problems, including player concussions and domestic abuse.

That wasn’t all that surprising. But this was: The more Patriots fans knew about football, the more likely they were to buy into the conspiracies. More information, in other words, did not lead to better beliefs. A rational and informed sports fan seems about as plausible as a warm and fuzzy Bill Belichick.

The most surprising revelation, of course, may be that academics are diligently analyzing sports fans. But in a new book, “Superfans: Into the Heart of Obsessive Sports Fandom,” George Dohrmann shows there’s a lot to learn about our rooting interests.

For some additional details on some of my past articles on the subject see the following:

Top Twelve UFO sightings: based on best evidence or potential significance

UFO Hypothesis with rational use of Occam's Razor

Did Padre Pio Or Other Alleged Mystics Have "Revelations" from "God?"

Phony Apocalyptic Judgement Day May Be Here!

Prophets and Mystics

Hurricane Apocalypse Coming With or Without Fringe Conspiracy Theory

Looming North Korea Nuclear Apocalypse Result of Incompetence? Or Staged?

107 Wonders of the Ancient World

Is “Prism” news? or is it ECHELON?

A Brief History of the Mormon Church

Why so few arrests for Crop Circles makers? Is there microwave evidence?

"God's Not Dead" But Is He Nice?

Multinationals Are Using Public For Research On Massive Scale

Yes Virginia There Is A Trump And Clinton Conspiracy but could it be related to a far-fetched Apocalypse Prophecy or a weak copy of it?

Wanted unsuspecting research subjects

Is Stanton Friedman working for the CIA to refute reverse engineering claims?

Deadly Monopolies and Medical Slavery?

Deadly Monopolies With Alien Technology?

UFO Hypothesis Far More Credible Than Catholic Claim of A "Miracle Of The Sun"

Could Steve Bannon Be Providing Propaganda To Enable Climate Change Research Project?

Monday, February 5, 2018

Pre-"Stockholm Syndrome" is the real problem!

For decades the media and political establishment has been telling us about (Wikipedia:) Stockholm Syndrome which they portray as a mental illness where kidnapped victims are brainwashed by their captors and continue to defend them after being released; and if you accept the common definition, as described by Wikipedia or elsewhere this is a reasonable assumption; however this definition is almost certainly, at best incomplete, and it may not refer to some of the worst indoctrination and abuse of many more people, by the political establishment to accept class differences, where one smaller group of people gets all the wealth while a larger group of people does all the work, as acceptable and desirable.

What they fail to mention is the far more insidious and common indoctrination that people like Patty Hearst go through starting from birth leading them to lead lives that are totally sheltered, often thinking they might be looking out for the best interest of the majority without realizing that large portions of what she may have been taught before being kidnapped are selective lies and propaganda to justify and epidemic level of corruption by one class of people at the expense of the majority. This indoctrination may also involved intimidation from an early age to go along with what she's taught by her leaders or face retaliation.

I don't know what she went through with her kidnappers more than anyone else, but I suspect that when she was forced to listen to them she may have realized that the propaganda she was raised on wasn't entirely true and that the protesters of her time, if not the violent revolutionaries like the Symbionese Liberation Army had a legitimate grievance which should have been addressed peacefully and democratically.

She came from one of the richest and most powerful media families in history, which didn't report accurately on poverty or wage suppression anymore then than they do now. Anyone that relies on the traditional media might not know about the vast majority of problems in this country, especially about economic methods used to suppress wages, media coverage that only enables candidates supported by the oligarchies to get name recognition and get elected, which is why they break almost all promises to the majority once they get elected, even if they pretend to be anti-establishment during campaigns, and the abandoned inner cities that are all over the country, although most people probably only know a little about the ones relatively close to them.

This is reported much better by alternative media outlets or non-fiction authors that get almost no promotional help from the mainstream media who demonstrates, in the following excerpt how another media mogul virtually, and brazenly, admits that he doesn't even want to know how his investments are impacting the poor:

Jonathan Kozol "Ordinary Resurections" 2000 p.250-1

Some years ago she did some legal research and discovered that the CEO of one of the prestigious TV networks was a partner and investor in the company that owned the shamefully neglected buildings in which dozens of the St. Ann's children were residing. "I want you to come to the neighborhood and see the way your tenants live," she said when she was able to get through to him. He indicated that he’d like to come someday but could not do it then because, he said, “My chauffeur’s on vacation.” Clearly, you do not endear yourself to someone with enormous wealth and, in this instance, with the power of retaliation when you try to make him see some of the suffering from which he’s managed to obtain a valuable tax-shelter. Additional excerpts

The vast majority of our press is now controlled by six oligarchies, although, perhaps due to complaints about these six oligarchies, a handful more like the Washington Post were sold off to billionaires like Jeff Bezos or Sheldon Addison who are still members of the oligarchy and have no intention of exposing other members, although some of them might occasionally some routinely pretend to defend the working class, whether they do a good job or not.

Good journalists or researchers into subjects that the mass media refuses to cover well are routinely portrayed as fringe if the media refers to them at all; in most cases they only cover the most extreme right wing fanatics, without mentioning the best ones and imply that almost all alternative media is like that; however those that are familiar with better research or media see right through this.

As I explained in numerous articles including Dobson’s Indoctrination Machine and Authoritarianism early indoctrination to believe what they're told often begins at an early age before children learn to develop critical thinking skills using corporal punishment to teach them to bevel what they're told. This escalates to bullying, hazing and other intimidation to teach many people in the lower classes to stay in their place and in the upper classes to defend the status quo if they want to continue benefiting from it. The people in the ruling class are isolated from the vast majority of the public and as George Carlin says "They'll get it all from you sooner or later 'cause they own this fuckin' place. It's a big club and you ain't in it."

After Patty Hearst was convicted and accused of getting preferential treatment, apparently some people claimed she received the opposite and was treated worse because she came from a rich family; however she only spent twenty-two months in jail before her sentence was commuted by Jimmy Carter and eventually Bill Clinton granted her a full pardon, which the vast majority of people locked up in his fake war on drugs was never eligible for. Apparently she was able to land roles in at least five roles in films, and her daughter was fast tracked as a model, which are not opportunities that anyone from the abandoned inner cities that the media refuses to report on are allowed to have, with the extremely rare exception of someone like Lady Gaga, who, wait a minute, after looking at her Wikipedia page she came from a wealthy family to, not not her.

I'm sure there are a few rare celebrities that rose from poorer backgrounds, but only after being brought into the oligarchy establishment and demonstrating that they're willing to go along with the program and not rock the boat. It's far more common for them to make rich people seem like they came from humble beginnings like when they developed propaganda about George H.W. Bush moving to Texas in a station wagon, or something like that trying to make it appear as if he came from the working class instead of coming from a wealthy family.

Rachel Maddow and Bill Clinton were both Rhodes Scholars which means that although they may not have been from the wealthiest of families they were allowed opportunities that most of us weren't; however they went through college under advisers that presumably picked people that would go along with the program, and were guided along the way to ensure that they do before given opportunities to get to elected office or become a major news caster, and whether my assumptions about Rhodes Scholars, especially the best known ones, are right or not these two have demonstrated repeatedly that they will promote the oligarchy ideology without raiding many of the most important questions or pointing out to the vast majority of the public just how rare it is for "rags to riches" stories in real life or that many minorities routinely promote policies like the get tough on crime that put millions of poor people in jail, while letting the wealthy off the hook, or giving overwhelming amount of coverage to Hillary Clinton to help ensure she can with the rigged primary that enabled Trump to win the General, because she was so incredibly unpopular.

Patty Hearst saga: How an American heiress went from kidnap victim to outlaw 04/03/2017

Edit 02/17/2018: After posting this I found a tip from "The Rombach Report" informing me of conspiracy theories about the CIA allegedly attempting to conduct mind control experiments on Donald David DeFreeze some of them even going so far as to claim that they intentionally set this up as an agent provocateur. It didn't take long to find plenty of more information on this, although I would be cautious about believing, or dismissing all of it. It does sound insane and if I hadn't looked at some of the absurd things that the CIA has been accused of doing, and in some cases admitting that they had done in the past, I might be inclined to dismiss it.

Numerous declassified documents have shown that the CIA was involved in mind control experiments during this period, although they allegedly, ended the worst of them before the 1970s, there is some evidence to indicate they didn't stop them completely and may continue with this research to this day. The following are some additional articles on the DeFreeze conspiracy allegations, which I haven't thoroughly reviewed myself at this time, and some of my own which I reviewed closer and when possible relied on reliable sources:

Book claims CIA, state created SLA – possible psychosurgery in Vacaville 08/07/2016

CIA Devised & Executed Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Claims Expert 'She was a pawn in a government conspiracy.' 08/05/2016

The Parts Left Out Of The Patty Hearst Trial (Part 1) 01/31/2013

On Colston Westbrook, The Slaying Of Dr. Marcus A. Foster & the Human Horror Story 11/07/2012

Anti-violence social experiments could be part of a slippery slope This article includes reports previously reviews from mostly credible sources indicating that the CIA used both Ted Kaczynski and Whitey Bulger in part of their experiments long before they became infamous mass murderers.

Philip Zimbardo, Lucifer Effect, Stanford Prison Experiment Both Zimbardo's so called prison experiment and Milgram's obedience experiments were supported by the military according to professor Alfred McCoy and Philip Zimbardo himself. The military isn't in the business of teaching their recruits to question orders which indicates that these experiments could have been done to accomplish the opposite of what they claim as these articles indicate.

Corruption or Bias in the American Psychological Association

Eli Roth’s Milgram/Obedience experiment much more extensive than most people realize

Wikipedia: Donald David DeFreeze

Intimidation about kneeling for the national anthem or the pledge of allegiance is also part of this form of indoctrination which thirty or forty years ago was becoming much less popular because they recognized that it was a form of indoctrination and that it was more important to stand up for "liberty and justice for all" than to pledge to do so.

When I was a kid and there were some schools that still did ask us to stand for the pledge of allegiance we didn't even understand it nor were we encouraged to do so, until some of the more liberal teachers pointed out that it was a meaningless ritual and it would no longer be required.

I'm not even sure if I can remember the exact words but I think I can come close, perhaps this shouldn't be so controversial, as long as it isn't coerced.

I don't know if I got that right or if it seems a little to corny, but it'll do.

Do you think Donald Trump will like it if I didn't get it quite right?

George Carlin

Forget the politicians. They are irrelevant. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don't. You have no choice! You have OWNERS! They OWN YOU. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls.

They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying, lobbying, to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I'll tell you what they don’t want:

They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That's against their interests.

Thats right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fucking years ago. They don’t want that!

You know what they want? They want obedient workers. Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shitty jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it. They’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fucking place! It's a big club, and you ain’t in it! You, and I, are not in the big club.

By the way, it's the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care! Good honest hard-working people; white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means, continue to elect these rich cock suckers who don’t give a fuck about you….they don’t give a fuck about you… they don’t give a FUCK about you.

They don’t care about you at all… at all… AT ALL. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Thats what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick thats being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth.

It's called the American Dream,because you have to be asleep to believe it.

-George Carlin (May 12, 1937 — June 22, 2008) Complete article

Or was it Mike Barnicle that said that?

When you support the oligarchy you can get away with anything from them!

George Carlin at the Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Walmart Crime Report January 2018

Walmart rarely ever takes a break when it comes to high crime problems including shootings, robberies, arson, crashes and much more.

They had at least nine shootings this month, including at least three that resulted in deaths, one of which was a suicide, one of the non-fatal ones was an officer involved shooting, and another also involved two stabbings, and several others involved injuries big or small. As usual several of them were robberies or domestic violence arguments.

In addition to the suicide there was another attempted suicide by someone that closed his car and put a hose from the tail pipe into it, but a police officer prevented him from completing it. It's surprisingly common for people to go to Walmart to commit suicide, many homeless are herded there because they have no place else to go, including many that die from natural causes, once again because they have no place else to go and they have no access to health care.

Counting the three people that died from gun shots there were a total of at least twelve people that died, or were found dead at Walmart including three that died in accidents or as a result of complications happening after an accident, one that died as a result of an argument leading to him being punched, and several that were presumably natural causes, one that had been in the parking lot for a days if not weeks before being noticed, which isn't that uncommon. One of the deaths was remains that were found in a wooded area nearby that had been there for months if not longer, and another was south of the Texas border in Mexico where the drug cartels left someone’s head with a warning in a shopping cart. However, this is not typical of the Hispanic community, especially on this side of the border as propaganda often implies. On this side of that border at that end is Brownesville and at the other end of the Texas and Mexico border is El Paso; but even though they both have large Hispanic majorities (94% and 80%) and relatively low income, they have less than half the national murder rates in large cities that are usually above average.

There were at least eleven more gun related crimes, mostly robberies either of the store or of customers in the parking lot, including one where they stole a car. One of the armed robbers informed an employee that his gun was his "receipt" when he was asked for it. There were also more thefts at the Self-check-out lane which have been increasing since they began them, and there should be little or no doubt that their attempts to cut down on employee expenses are a major part of the reason for their high crime problems which are putting people in danger. This is not only because it is an invitation for people to shoplift; but it also results in an enormous amount of angry customers and workers, the vast majority of which don't respond with crime, but when they all get ignored it is inevitable that some of them will.

They even have their vendors fighting each other in a feud where one of them damaged the display of another, which might remind people that pay attention that this isn't a competitive market at all anymore, it's an oligarchy where a hand full of corporations divide up the retail sector and control it using divide and rule tactics against their own vendors, workers, and customers, with Walmart taking the lion's share, thanks to help from politicians pushing their stores through with tax breaks enabling them to put sincere businesses out of business. These stores, to a large degree, are actually massive consignment stores where vendors rent space and pay slotting fees, often sending their won workers to stock the shelves.

It's only when they fight each other like this that the traditional media mentions it at all, often so that Walmart can deny responsibility. To find out how our economy really works people need to read alternative media outlets, and even then a large portion of it is kept secret, or as they call it "proprietary," which sounds sophisticated enabling them to try to claim, falsely that this secrecy is for our benefit.

One of their workers stole thousands of dollars for her mother’s surgery, yet there's little or no attempt to make health care available for workers, any more than they make fair wages available enabling them to use this to control them as well. And in case of emergencies like the false air raids in Hawaii, they once again showed that they have little or no concern for the public when they threw panicked customers out. In a real emergency this could be much worse; our government rigs the economy to benefit the oligarchies, yet they have no responsibilities to the public.

There are also more cases where the workers or cops are involved in fraud, or in one case an assistant manager that was caught filming a boy in the restroom. But even though these police, management, or loss prevention officers are treated much more leniently, when they do get caught they're rarely held accountable when they jump to conclusion about their own workers or customers, that are often false.

There were also at least two cases where people were chased with machete's which happens more often than most people would suspect and several additional stabbings or attempted stabbings. They had over half a dozen crashes, chases or carjacking’s, including one where teens were arrested for stalking and robbing an eighty-one year old of her car. This was in Florida and they were surprisingly, or not so surprisingly, quick to decide to try a twelve year old as an adult.

This is now routine, and the only things some of these authoritarian states seem to know how to do is to increase the threat of punishment, even when it doesn't work, it's only applied to the poor, mostly minorities, and other methods have proven more effective. Places that do a better job providing child care or early education, either in the United States, or even better other parts of the developed world, are much less likely to have this problem in the first place.

There were about half a dozen or so fires as well, including what looks like another attempted suicide and at least one or two that were probably arson. Just four or five years ago it was typical to have one or two fires every month, now there are almost always at least two or three times that many.

Those are just a handful of the highest profile cases, but there's always much more including fights with police or loss prevention officer, a variety of threats, sex crimes, an attempted robbery where the robber knocks over a nine year old that happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, several people escaping attempted abductions, and another FBI impersonator stalking people.

Walmart has been exposed again for ruining people’s engines as a result of oil changes done badly. This has happened dozens of times over the years, sometimes they simply forget to put oil back in or don't actually do the work they charge for. Searching Twitter or Google quickly turns up many more of these stories, often with credible confirmation, but the traditional media only reports it in a low profile manner.

They're being sued again for numerous environmental cases, and deceiving people over organic eggs, which is similar to many other cases showing that they have absolutely no credibility. They used Machiavellian tactics, when closing their stores all at once again, but did it in such an incompetent manner that it managed to anger everyone, bragging about raising wages, then only ours later announcing massive layoffs and reports that they closed without any notice to either customers or workers took lots of people by surprise when they often showed up for work or to go shopping only to find that the doors were locked.

There should be no doubt Walmart feels absolutely no responsibility to the public, and there is absolutely no way they would behave this way if they didn't think they had all these politicians in their pockets.

Not only is their behavior atrocious but they should be considered a far greater threat to democracy than these so-called terrorists, many that are incited by outrageous behavior by multinational corporations like Walmart or the oil companies.

Walmart has been exposed again for having the most employees on food stamps, even long term employees that can't earn a living working full time, and when they're done with them they often fire them for flimsy excuses, including another elderly greater that has spent a long time working for them, who is joining the list of people suing.

They're studying how to manipulate people even more trading customer information with suppliers who submit to their demands enabling them to study how to manipulate people based on shopping habits, using robots to keep track of their inventory; and they even want to become health care providers.

If they can't be trusted with anything else, who would even think of trusting Walmart with their health?

They've also had more recalls, including baby rattles that could break and be a choking hazard; and think twice before you trust them to transfer money, one woman had hers stolen through a scam that wasn't committed by Walmart, but they might have enabled it and wouldn't take responsibility for it any more than they take responsibility for anything else.

Even the Bats are going wild at Walmart, literally!

They've always had a big problem with pest control, and frankly, it shouldn't be surprising; how can anyone possibly believe that such a large store would be easy to keep sanitary enough for food? This would be basic sense, anyplace but Walmart!

Walmart insanity is enough to make you want to go running around naked screaming grabbing people!

Well maybe not you, but apparently, possibly, someone else.

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 January 2018. 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.

Shots fired Monday afternoon at Colorado Walmart in west Greeley 01/01/2018

At least three people were involved in an altercation that ended up with a gun being fired Monday afternoon at the Walmart in west Greeley.

According to Greeley Police Lt. Scott Smith, there was a report of shots fired about 2:15 p.m. at the store, 920 47th Ave. There were no reported injuries and minimal damage to property, as there was an uninvolved vehicle that was struck by a bullet, Smith said.

Smith said there was a disturbance in the Walmart parking lot, which led to the shooting, according to witness statements and video surveillance. He did not immediately know how many shots were fired.

"From what we understand, while people were involved in this altercation in the parking lot, somebody came from the store, saw it and fired the gun," Smith said. Complete article

Pa. Woman who thought grandson was in jail is out $4,500 in Walmart gift cards 01/02/2018

Former NJ pastor pleads no-contest to choking 4-month-old girl at Kansas Walmart 01/01/2018

Man flees Va. Walmart in truck after stealing electronics 01/02/2018

Highland Ill. Police looking for suspect in Walmart theft 01/02/2018

Police: Short Pump Va. driver struck Walmart shopper 01/02/2018

SHORT PUMP, Va. — A woman was arrested January 1 after an incident outside the Walmart store in Short Pump.

Henrico Police were called to the 11400 block of West Broad Street, near Pouncey Tract Road, to investigate reports of a car hitting a pedestrian.

“The victim reported a vehicle struck shopping carts which, in turn, struck him,” a Henrico Police spokesperson said about Monday’s incident. “Witnesses attempted to keep the driver at the scene, but she struck one witness with her car and left. The witnesses provided a description of the driver and the license plate of the vehicle. They also stated there was a child in the car.” Complete article

Mobile Alabama man wanted for assaulting elderly customer in Wal-Mart 01/02/2018

Mobile Police are searching for a man they say was caught on camera following an assault on a senior citizen in a Wal-Mart in Tillman's Corner.

The incident occurred on December 14, 2017. According to the MPD Cyber Intelligence Unit, an unknown suspect was attempting to get through an aisle, in which several people were standing in his way.

The suspect, police say, punched a 72-year-old male in his back, causing an incident in the store. Complete article

California man found dead in Kalispell Montana Walmart parking lot 01/02/2018

A homeless man from California was found dead in the back of a van in the early morning hours of Dec. 29 in the parking lot of Walmart in Kalispell.

Walmart employees called in the van after it had been parked for an extended period of time and they noticed there weren't any tracks around it as they removed snow from the parking lot. Upon closer approach to the vehicle, they saw the body.

According to Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry, 61-year-old David Martinez appeared to have been living in the van and died of natural causes. The official cause of death will not be known until the toxicology report is returned from the state crime lab, which Curry said can take weeks. Complete article

Former Ohio Walmart greeter wants to retire on his terms after he says he was wrongfully let go 01/02/2018

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WRGT/WKEF) - A former Walmart greeter is looking to retire on his own terms, after he says the company wrongfully let him go. He became a popular mainstay at the location on Kingsridge Drive in Miami Township, and now he is taking the steps to restore his pride.

George Grubb is charismatic, and spent 22 years greeting people at Walmart.

"He talks to them like he's known him for years or his life," his nephew Tom Cobaugh said. Complete article

Police seek man they say used counterfeit money at Mass. Walmart 01/02/2018

Teen detained in San Antonio Tx. Walmart shoplifting case arrested on heroin charges 01/02/2018

Man flees Va. Walmart in truck after stealing electronics 01/02/2018

New Year's Eve: man arrested in Del. Walmart shoplifting charges 01/02/2018

Suspects in Carson City Nevada Walmart Burglary 01/02/2018

131 Walmart stores stop selling ammo after Calif. Department of Justice error 01/02/2018

Highland Ill. Police looking for suspect in Walmart theft 01/02/2018

Brownwood man arrested for leading police on car chase through Tx. Walmart parking lot 01/03/2018

Police make shoplifting arrest at Okla. Walmart 01/03/2018

Yet another theft investigation at Walmart yields arrest in Milford Delaware 01/03/2018

Mom charged with leaving young kids in freezing temps while shopping at Ky. Walmart 01/03/2018

Police identify woman in Mississippi Walmart surveillance video 01/03/2018

Tenn. Police search for suspects who stole iPhones from Walmart 01/03/2018

Four teens arrested after shoplifting at Brown Deer Wisc. Walmart 01/03/2018

Officer in Beavercreek Ohio Walmart shooting says he never saw Crawford threaten anyone 01/03/2018

10-year-old recalls frightening child luring incident at Wash. Walmart 01/03/2018

Rindge man charged in NH Walmart bomb threat 01/03/2018

Somersworth NH police looking for Walmart Money Center robber 01/04/2018

Judge keeps bulldozers at bay on Fla. Walmart site but too late for swath of rare Miami forest 01/03/2018

A federal judge extended an injunction halting work on a Walmart-anchored shopping center in rare pine rockland on Wednesday after learning the project’s developer has already cleared a wide swath of the disappearing forest.

It’s not yet clear how much damage the work caused, or whether the forest can be restored if environmentalists win their case.

Attorneys for Palm Beach County developer Peter Cummings said trees were cleared on 31 acres near Zoo Miami in just three days last month — the time it took environmentalists to obtain an initial emergency order halting work from U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro. George LeMieux, the developer’s attorney, could not say whether the forest floor was plowed, which would make restoring the rockland nearly impossible. Complete article

Jacksonville Alabama Police investigating shooting, stabbing near Walmart 01/04/2018

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Jacksonville Police are investigating a fight near Walmart that left one man shot and another stabbed.

Authorities say the shooting stemmed from an argument over stolen property.

A 19-year-old is in custody in connection with the shooting and charges are pending.

The shooting victim stumbled from behind the Walmart bleeding from his wound. He was later taken to a hospital where he had surgery Thursday morning. Complete article

Man Dies After Single Punch During Fight in High Point NC Walmart 01/04/2018

HIGH POINT, N.C.-- An Archdale man is facing a murder charge after getting into a fight inside a High Point Walmart Tuesday night.

According to High Point police, officers responded to a call about a fight inside the Walmart Supercenter on North Main Street. Officers started CPR on a man who was unconscious on the floor of the business. Police identified the man as Raymond Collier, 34.

Collier was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for further treatment of severe head trauma. He died Wednesday as a result of his injuries.

Police say after looking at video and talking to witnesses, they were able to determine that Collier injuries resulted from a single punch from 25-year-old Samed Ali Shah. Investigators say Collier and Shah got into a verbal altercation and Shah punched Collier knocking him unconscious. Complete article

Former CEO says Walmart store closures are a good sign for e-commerce 01/04/2018

Unlike some retailers, store closures will be a marker of strength for Walmart, according to former CEO Carter Cast.

"I think there are store closures ahead of Walmart that are going to be good for the company and good for shareholders," Cast said on CNBC's "Power Lunch."

Cast, who worked with Walmart from 2000 to 2007, applauded Walmart's efforts to adapt to online commerce, in a time of change for retail. Complete article

Woman avoids jail after locking kids in trunk to shop at Utah Walmart 01/05/2018

SALT LAKE CITY — A 40-year-old Utah woman who admitted locking her two young children in the trunk of the car while she shopped at a Wal-Mart store has been ordered to perform 60 hours of community service and sentenced to a year’s probation.

Riverdale Justice Court Judge Reuben Renstrom sentenced Tori Lee Castillo of Ogden Thursday after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of reckless child abuse. A second count was dismissed.

Riverdale police say witnesses heard the children ages 2 and 5 making noise and saw the car shaking on May 25, so they got the older child to pull the emergency latch and called 911. Complete article

DeSoto Tx. Police Looking For Man Who Stole 3 TVs From Walmart 01/04/2018

Woman charged with stealing Wisc. Walmart items 01/04/2018

Urbana woman gets probation for stealing from her Ill. Walmart cash drawer 01/04/2018

Simple mistake? Walmart thinks Hilton Head’s Harbour Town SC is actually in Maine 01/05/2018

Dixon police release photos of suspects wanted for Ca. Walmart grand theft 01/05/2018

Abilene Tx. Walmart employee accused of stealing thousands of fake online orders 01/0/2018

Rochester man charged with February Auburn NY Walmart thefts 01/06/2018

Crook uses illusion trick to steal hundreds of dollars from Fla. Walmart in Sarasota, police say 01/05/2018

Cowpens man accused of armed robbery at SC Walmart 01/05/2018

Tallahassee Fla. Police Department: Man stole electronics taken from Walmart 01/05/2018

Man tries to flee after Tx. Walmart theft 01/05/2018

Man accused of stealing $388 compound bow from NY Walmart 01/03/2018

Fire Chief: Leland NC Walmart blocks entrance with carts, causes fire hazard 01/06/2018

Help ID woman who stole purse at Winter Haven Fla. Walmart 01/05/2018

Woman arrested for incident at La. Walmart 01/05/2018

Evans Mills woman charged with petit larceny at NY Walmart 01/04/2018

Pedestrian fatally struck in Moonachie NJ hit-and-run ne4ar Walmart 01/05/2018

Short-staffed due to storm NC Walmart only lets a few customers in at a time 01/04/2018

‘She even had the same purse,’ casino guard tells police of suspect in Mississippi Walmart video 01/04/2018

Police investigate bomb threat at Chickasha Oklahoma Walmart 01/06/2018

Police disarm man sleeping in parked car at Colorado Walmart 01/06/2018

Sheriff’s detective needs your help to identity suspect in theft of merchandise at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 01/07/2018

Feud between two snack company workers ends in damage at Bluffton SC Walmart, police say 01/06/2018

An employee for a snack food company was setting up a display of chips Friday at the Bluffton Walmart when confronted by an employee of a competing snack food company, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.

The competitor purposely pushed the entire display over damaging about 16 bags of chips the man told police.

With a laugh the competitor said, “I hope you’re having a good day,” and then left the store in a delivery van, the report states.

The man said the competitor doesn’t like him because he used to work for his company. He told police the competitor lost the job because of “poor service”.

The total value of damage to the chips was placed at $25. The man told police he thought the competitor had damaged other displays as well in the past but he couldn’t prove it. Complete article

Woman Found Safe After Abducted from Nixa Missouri Walmart Parking Lot 01/07/2018

NIXA, Mo. -- A woman was allegedly abducted from a Nixa Walmart parking lot by a man in a white car with a sunroof Sunday evening.

Nixa Police said in a press release that the man followed the woman in his vehicle, then got out and pulled the woman from her vehicle. He allegedly threw the woman over his shoulder and put her in his car.

The police say the man drove away heading south on U.S. Highway 160.

Nixa Police said officers are reviewing security camera footage.

UPDATE 10:28 p.m.: Nixa Police have located the woman, she is now safe.

Police are still searching for the suspect.

The suspect and victim did know one another, according to the press release.

"We do NOT believe this was a random crime," police said in the release. Complete article

Man drives into Hermitage Pa. Walmart 01/08/2018

HERMITAGE – There were no injuries Thursday morning when a vehicle crashed through the front of the Walmart store in Hermitage.

The accident occurred at 11:48 a.m. at the store, 1275 N Hermitage Road, Hermitage, after a 77-year-old Hermitage man lost control as his vehicle was traveling down a traffic way in front of the building.

Hermitage police and firefighters responded to the scene. Police Chief Eric Jewell said the man had a medical condition that caused the accident.

“It was a blood-sugar incident and he was taken to the hospital,” police Chief Eric Jewell said. “Damage to the building was minor.” Complete article

Woman sets herself on fire near Miami Gardens Fla. Walmart 01/08/2018 (Note article below refers to this taking place in "Walmart Parking Lot," which was typical of references before the August 2016 series of reports about high crime at Walmart when some media began referring to "Walmart Parking Lot" as "near Walmart.")

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) - A woman who caught herself on fire in Miami Gardens was airlifted to a nearby hospital.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, a woman suffered self-inflicted burns to her body. 7Skyforce hovered over the scene at the Walmart in Miami Gardens, located at Northwest 195th Street and 27th Avenue, where she crews responded to the incident.

Fire rescue airlifted the woman to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition. Complete article

Woman Airlifted to Hospital After Suffering 'Self Inflicted Burns' in Miami Gardens Walmart Parking Lot 01/08/2018

Reward offered to catch La. Walmart thieves 01/07/2018

Do you know this man? Cops look for Pa. Walmart theft suspect 01/07/2018

Hobbs NM Police search for Walmart credit card thief 01/07/2018

Defuniak Springs Fla. Police: Foot chase in Walmart leads to arrest 01/08/2018

BPD: Simmons Left Ill. Walmart With Stolen TV, Heroin 01/0/2018

Man wanted for murder in Waukegan Wal-Mart parking lot arrested in California 01/08/2018

3 suspects indicted in Feb. 2017, north Huntsville Alabama Walmart parking lot shooting 01/08/2018

Walmart thief gets new title: Tenn. Walmart burglar 01/08/2018

Burglary suspects targeted Ky. Walmart stores, police say 01/08/2018

Couple arrested after attempted carjacking at Clarksville Ind. Walmart, police say 01/08/2018

CLARKSVILLE — A couple has been arrested after police say they tried to carjack a woman in the parking lot of Walmart Saturday.

Dustin Z. Gouge and Nicole L. Hopkins were arrested after the alleged incident Saturday night. Gouge faces preliminary charges of auto theft, resisting law enforcement and possession of a syringe. Hopkins faces a preliminary charge of assisting a criminal.

According to court records, Clarksville Police were dispatched to the scene around 10:30 Saturday night, on a report of a suspicious person.

On scene, they spoke to a woman who said she had been sitting in her car waiting for her boyfriend when Gouge started knocking on the window, telling her to get out so he could show her a leak in the back of the car.

When she refused, Gouge became more aggressive, the woman told police, continuing to order her out of the car. She said she was afraid and moved to the driver's seat and drove away. The victim said Hopkins stood behind Gouge when he was telling her to get out, but hadn't spoken.

A description given by dispatch led officers to find the two as they exited the store. Complete article

Bats swoop between shoppers in meat section of Alvin Tx. Walmart 01/08/2018

ALVIN, Texas (KTRK) -- Shoppers were transfixed when a group of winged intruders made their way through a Walmart store in Alvin tonight.

Jerry Lattermann shot some incredible video of several bats gliding between shoppers in the meat department of the store on N. Bypass 35.

Lattermann said the bat sightings happened just before 6:30 p.m.

While he couldn't tell us where he thought the bats came from, Lattermann said most of the bystanders seemed to have a good time watching them as they scoped out the store aisles.

At one point, the bats could be seen flying around the bakery, but seemed to prefer the cooler temperatures around the steaks and cold cuts. Complete article

Walmart: We are trying to get rid of bats in Alvin Tx. store 01/09/2018 (Video with Bats going wild!)

The bats are back: Officials work to rid Walmart store of bats 01/21/2018

City workers sent to help evict bats at Alvin Walmart 01/22/2018

Truck catches fire at Gunbarrel Road Tenn. Walmart Friday evening 01/08/2018

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A car caught fire in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter on Gunbarrel Road Friday evening.

We are working to find out how the fire broke out.

Viewers shared photos of the incident as it developed. Complete article

Walmart is Facing a Federal Lawsuit Over Deceiving Buyers of Organic Eggs 01/09/2018

Walmart Stores (WMT, -1.21%) misled U.S. shoppers by selling organic eggs laid by hens raised in enclosed structures under package labels that said the birds had access to the outdoors, a federal lawsuit alleged on Monday.

The suit highlights uncertainty among consumers about production practices in the $500 million organic egg industry, farmers said, after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last month shelved plans to spell out for the first time what it means for birds to have access to the outdoors.

Walmart sells cartons of eggs to shoppers at a premium under its Organic Marketside brand with labels saying the eggs came from hens with “outdoor access,” according to the lawsuit filed by a customer.

However, the birds are raised by Cal-Maine Foods Inc (CALM, +0.34%) inside enclosed structures that have screens to let in air, the complaint said. Complete article

Ill. Walmart employee stole 2K for mother's surgery 01/09/2018

DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - A Walmart employee is behind bars after police say she stole over $2,000 from her cash register.

Decatur police say they arrested Alexandria D. Bell on Tuesday around 1 a.m. on preliminary theft charges.

According to a sworn statement, Bell began stealing from her cash drawer on Dec. 13. A store employee told police that Bell stole money about 12 different times.

Each time Bell had a transaction she would open the cash register and take out cash and hide it. Each transaction was caught on video.

During a police interview, Bell told police that she took the money to pay for her mothers surgery after she had a heart attack. Bell believes she took about $2,020 from her drawer. Complete article

Ohio man with loaded gun arrested after incident at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Plaza 01/09/2018

An Ohio man with a loaded gun was arrested Monday after an incident at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

James Andrew Beckett, 34, of Williamsfield, Ohio, pushed a shopping cart full of stolen merchandise at about 3:30 p.m. out of the grocery store side of the building and was confronted by a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy. Beckett started to push the cart directly at the deputy, but then turned away. The store’s loss prevention officer saw Beckett pull out a gun and toss it into the bushes. It was later determined the gun had a round in the chamber.

The shopping cart contained $405.85 in merchandise, including a pressure washer, 24-pack of Keystone Light beer, orange juice, bleach and Purple Power cleaner. Beckett had in his pocket a cell phone stolen from the store, according to the arrest report. Complete article

Police investigating alleged suicide at Virginia Beach Walmart 01/09/2018

VIRGINIA BEACH — Police do not suspect foul play in connection with a person who was found dead at a Virginia Beach Walmart.

Virginia Beach Police Department officers were called to the 657 Phoenix Drive store at 2:33 p.m. after someone reported that someone shot themselves at the location, Master Police Officer Tonya Pierce wrote in an email.

When police arrived, they found a dead person at the location. Complete article

Thieves steal $11,000 in cell phones from Broken Arrow Okla. Walmart 01/08/2018

Man wanted in laptop thefts at Va. Walmart 01/09/2018

Deputies looking for man who stole TV from WV Walmart 01/09/2018

Woman assaulted at Holly Hill Fla. Walmart store 01/09/2018
Holly Hill Fla. man arrested in punching of woman in Walmart 01/19/2018

Woman witnesses aftermath of alleged assault in Katy Tx. Walmart parking lot 01/09/2018

Tallahassee woman accused of twice stealing TVs from Fla. Walmart 01/10/2018

Jury selection continues in NY Walmart killing 01/10/2018 During his arraignment, Barkley claimed he was trying to kill presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Edwardsville man in custody on intimidation, theft charges at Ill. Walmart 01/0/2018

Hendersonville NC officer cleared of wrongdoing in Walmart shooting 01/09/2018

U.S. Marshals search for murder suspect last seen at Pooler Ga. Walmart 01/10/2018

Police: Derrick Cole Pursued Young Girl At Ill. Walmart 01/0/2018

Pueblo West Coilorado Walmart evacuated due to reports of gas smell 01/09/2018

‘Wristwatch Wranglers’ Steal $180 Worth Of Casio Watches From Missouri Walmart 01/09/2018

Couple use their children to pull off Ill. Walmart Heist, police say 01/09/2018

Group of Walmart shoplifters sought in Bluffton SC 01/09/2018

Police: Man arrested, accused of attacking, robbing another man outside Newport News Va. Walmart 01/08/2018

Lebanon Tenn. police seek assistance to identify suspect in Walmart theft 01/09/2018

Suspects steal $2,000 worth of prepaid cards from Mississippi Walmart 01/10/2018

Accused Colorado Walmart Shooter: ‘I’m Not Prejudiced Against Hispanics’ 01/10/2018

Bismarck man arrested for terrorizing after waving machete in ND Walmart 01/10/2018

BISMARCK, N.D. - A Bismarck man was arrested Wednesday after waving a machete and yelling at the north Walmart.

Bismarck police say they arrested 25-year-old Darvens Jean Mary after being called to store around 11 a.m.

Police say they tried to talk to Jean Mary, but he wouldn't cooperate and law enforcement immobilized him.

He was arrested for terrorizing. Complete article

2 children killed in crash near Tx. Walmart 01/10/2018

Two children died in a crash near a Cedar Park Walmart on Wednesday afternoon, police officials said.

A truck and a van crashed about 3:35 p.m. on West Whitestone Blvd. and Walton Way, near U.S. 183, officials said.

The two children, who were traveling in the van, died at the scene, police said. A woman driving the van was taken to a hospital in critical condition. A man and a woman traveling in the truck were treated for minor injuries at the scene, officials said. Complete article

Walmart to roll out ‘Scan & Go’ technology in another 100 stores 01/10/2018

Walmart will expand its Scan & Go technology in another 100 stores across the U.S. this year.

The retail giant announced its expanding a test of the popular Mobile Express Scan & Go app, which allows customers to scan and bag items, including produce, while they shop and pay directly with their phones. There’s no waiting in line at the register.

Scan & Go is currently being tested in a few select markets, including Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando and Northwest Arkansas, and is expanding to stores in 33 states across the U.S. When customers launch the app, it automatically lists participating stores nearby.

Once customers are done shopping and have paid for their items, they simply walk through the Mobile Express lane on their way out, Walmart officials wrote in a blog. The technology is already available in Sam’s Club locations nationwide. Complete article

Shoppers react to Scan and Go at Walmart 01/30/2018

Like It Or Not, Wal-Mart Increasing Self-Checkout Lanes 01/30/2018

Sam's Club store closings are a PR mess on Walmart's big day 01/11/2018

It started as a good day for Walmart.

The company announced that it will raise its minimum wage to $11, hand out bonuses of up to $1,000 and expand its parental and maternity leave policy, partly as a result of the new lower corporate tax rate.

Ivanka Trump tweeted that "America is on a roll," and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin thanked Walmart from the White House briefing room.

But while the praise was pouring in, something else was happening. According to local news reports, some workers and customers were showing up at Sam's Club, the buy-in-bulk warehouse owned by Walmart (WMT), to find stores had shut their doors.

On its big day, the largest private employer in America had a public relations mess on its hands.

News dribbled out on social media, where some people said they had been laid off suddenly. Some of the details were filled in by notices posted on state government websites in accordance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. Only late in the day -- in a reply to a question someone asked on Twitter -- did Sam's Club say that 53 stores were closing and 10 being converted to fulfillment centers. Complete article

Walmart, Sam’s Club closing in Stonecrest Ga. leaving many wondering why 01/16/2018

Police searching for man wanted in armed robbery at Auburn Ind. Walmart 01/10/2018

AUBURN, Ind. (WANE) – Police said a man robbed the Auburn Walmart Wednesday afternoon. It happened around 2:10 at the business on Touring Drive.

Auburn Police said the man showed a gun and demanded money from the business. He then ran on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

The man, pictured above, is described as white, between 5’10” and 6′ tall, 200-230 lbs. He was wearing a brown coat, blue jeans and brown boots. Complete article

Man claims to be FBI agent, follows women at Upstate SC Walmart, report says 01/10/2018

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. — A man who claimed to be an FBI agent and who is accused of following women around an Upstate Walmart store was arrested Tuesday after a foot pursuit, according to a police report.

Spartanburg County deputies were called to the Walmart on Highway 9 about someone impersonating an officer. A Walmart staff member pointed out a man who was standing outside the store, and said when she and another employee approached him after complaints that he was following women around the store, he identified himself as an FBI agent.

The employees said that the man refused to leave the store, and said he was calling in a SWAT team.

A deputy said that when he approached the man, later identified as James Townsend Davis, 52, Davis started cursing in front of customers in the parking lot and said he was an FBI agent and he did not need to talk to the deputy. Complete article

WV Walmart shopliftings result in three arrests 01/10/2018

Suspects wanted in Alabama Walmart theft of approximately $900 worth of headphones 01/10/2018

Police seized $6,400 worth of liquid meth from Ga. Walmart shopper 01/11/2018

Officers search for three people accused of stealing TV's from Harbison SC-area Walmart 01/11/2018

Oil change at Okla. Walmart ruins Ft. Gibson couple's engine 01/11/2018

FT. GIBSON, Okla. - 2 Works for You Problem Solvers helped a Ft. Gibson couple hold Walmart accountable after an oil change went wrong and ruined their engine.

“It’s been a nightmare," Ft. Gibson resident Zach Reynolds said.

While at the kitchen table, Zach and Daylene Reynolds re-read the only paperwork they have.

“I dread even seeing Walmart’s name pop up on my phone," Reynolds said. Complete article

According to Twitter search words: "Oil change Walmart engine" there are an enormous number of stories of this happening, some backed up by traditional media confirming part or all of the stories, or including comments from Walmart telling people they want to address the problems but that they should contact customer service.

Officials: Stanley Lake near Conroe Tx. may be contaminated after sewage leak at Walmart 01/11/2018

CONROE, Texas (KTRK) -- Homeowners in an idyllic Conroe area neighborhood are frustrated they can't use the small lake behind their homes.

Cape Conroe is a small subdivision that sits next to a Walmart off highway 105 and Stanley Lake near Lake Conroe.

The Municipal Utility District (MUD) posted notices on the doors of homeowners, telling them not to use Stanley Lake for any reason until further notice. "My concerns are I have two, four-year-old boys that play back there. It's in our backyard," said Gretchen Murray, one of the area's homeowners. "I don't know what kind of effect it could have on them."

The problem began on Tuesday when the Walmart on Highway 105 found sewage coming out of a manhole in its back parking lot. Complete article

Anchorage Alaska PD: Machete-wielding man arrested at Midtown Walmart 01/12/2018

A machete-wielding man who authorities say previously robbed a Midtown department store struck again -- this time at Walmart.

Anchorage Police say that last Wednesday, an officer was dispatched to check out a possible robbery at the Walmart located at 3101 A St. The officer who responded spoke with the store's loss prevention officer who said a man had picked out some items from the store and walked out without paying. When the store's officer confronted the suspect, the man "waved a machete at him and continued to walk away with the merchandise," according to charging documents.

Shortly after police responded, a man who matched the description of the suspect was found outside the Walmart by another responding officer. According to charging documents, the officer saw the man was carrying two backpacks with a machete in a sheath hanging off one of them. Complete article

Cops: Man slashes Valley Stream NY Walmart worker, steals TV 01/11/2018

Detectives are seeking a man who stole a television from a Walmart in Valley Stream and slashed an 18-year-old worker who approached him, police said.

The robbery at the Green Acres Road store happened at 7:48 a.m., Nassau County police said.

The man, about 6 feet tall, 40 to 50 years old with a stocky build, “wearing a gray sweater, gray hat, black pants, black shoes and a Walmart vest,” was approached by the employee while trying to leave the store with a television he did not pay for, police said. Complete article

Lexington SC Police searching for suspects accused of shoplifting from Walmart 01/11/2018

Thornton Walmart shooting suspect wanted to fire his public defender 01/11/2018

Suspicious item found near Orlando Fla. Walmart Supercenter, officials say 01/12/2018 A bomb squad responded to the scene.

Robbery at Harstville SC Walmart, police search for four suspects 01/12/2018

HARTSVILLE, SC (WBTW) – Police are looking for four suspects in a Hartsville Walmart robbery that happened on Thursday.

According to a Hartsville Police Department Facebook post, the suspects were stealing and loss prevention noticed. When loss prevention tried to approach them they waved a gun around. After that, they fled the scene in a car. News13 has not been told any information about the type of car they left in. Complete article

Please Do Not Assault the Towering Robot That Roams Walmart 01/12/2018

IF YOU THINK shopping is tedious, try juggling 200,000 products in a Walmart. Not literally, of course, but somehow keeping the shelves stocked over an area of tens of thousands of square feet. For that you need a worker with a barcode scanner and an enviable amount of patience.

Or you could unleash a hard-working robot from a company called Bossa Nova. At over six feet tall, it roams the aisles, blasting shelves with light and snapping photos. In two minutes, it can image 80 feet of aisle, capturing a whopping 2 terabytes of raw data scanning a 100,000-square-foot-plus store. That makes it one of the first truly intelligent robots to work alongside humans in complex ways outside of a factory.

Other than city streets, it’d be hard to think of a more difficult environment for a robot to navigate than a store. The machine has to be able to not only autonomously roam the aisles, but dodge workers and step stools and customers suddenly stopping or pulling U-turns with their carts. Just look around you the next time you’re in a busy grocery store. It’s chaos. Complete article

Walmart, McDonald’s tops in Ohio for employees on food stamps 01/12/2018

Walmart, one of Ohio’s largest employers, announced Thursday it is raising the starting wages of all hourly U.S. employees to $11 an hour.

The company will offer a $2-per-hour wage increase, but that may not quiet critics who claim that the company does not pay a living wage.

In Ohio, about 11,560 Walmart employees and their family members receive food stamps, according to state data published this month by the liberal-leaning research organization Policy Matters Ohio. Complete article

Why Walmart's bait and switch matters 01/13/2018

(CNN)If the man sitting in the Oval Office honestly admitted he made his fortune from exploiting thousands of people, he'd likely be enraged when people pointed out he's small-time compared to the Walton family. Year after year, the Walmart heirs prove no one comes close to their brand of exploitation, which they wrap in public relations fluff and deception.

This week was no exception. With much fanfare, Walmart announced it was raising its minimum starting wage to $11 an hour (from $10) and giving eligible workers a $1,000 bonus, tying its munificence to the recent Republican tax cut. The business media covered the story.

Yet that wasn't the only news Walmart made public.

On the same day, Walmart, with far less fanfare, also announced it would close dozens of Sam's Club wholesale stores, laying off thousands.

But there's a lot more to the story.

A number of companies, principally in the retail sector, are raising wages not because of their corporate generosity but simply because they need to compete for workers. With the unemployment rate relatively low (even as lots of people are still out of the labor force compared to pre-recession), basic economics dictates that workers will usually have more choices to look for higher pay. Complete article

Missing NC man identified as body found behind Walmart in Nov. 2017 01/12/2018

Nothing found after Buda Tx. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 01/13/2018

Md. Walmart Evacuated After Threat Made To Store 01/14/2018

Midtown Ariz. Walmart evacuated after threat 01/14/2018 According to police, a customer was leaving the store, when he told employee, there was a bomb in the building.

This SC Walmart was evacuated by police late Sunday night 01/15/2018

Pair sought for stealing credit card at Pa. Walmart, scurrying away on scooters 01/15/2018

Woman shot and killed at Mississippi Walmart 01/15/2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A woman died after being shot at a Walmart in Mississippi.

The shooting happened at the Walmart in Starkville around 9:30 on Saturday morning.

Officers said a woman was injured and transported to the hospital. She later died from her injuries.

A man was confronted on the scene. After a brief struggle, he was detained by police.

The Starkville Police Department has charged 41-year old William Thomas “Tommy” Chisholm with capital murder.

Investigators believe this was a domestic situation. According to witnesses, the two were in an "on again off again" dating relationship. Complete article

Car Stolen at Gunpoint: Tenn. Walmart on Memorial 01/13/2018

Murfreesboro Police are investigating an armed robbery to a customer who was sitting in her parked car at Walmart on Memorial Boulevard.

The 36 year old Second Avenue resident told Officer Bogle that she was sitting in her 2017 Nissan Sentra when a man knocked on her window and asked for a "smoke".

She told police that after saying "no" he pulled a gun and told her to get out of the car and leave the cellphone on the seat. Complete article

Police: 3 people with small child steal more than $1,000 from Fla. Walmart 01/10/2018

Wal-Mart apologizes for labeling Montana professor toilet cleaner 01/15/2018

Middletown Ohio police: Wheelchair-bound woman sat on Walmart merchandise to steal it 01/16/2018

Hermiston Oregon police catch suspected Walmart thief 01/15/2018

Police Beat : Okla. Walmart shoplifter arrested 01/16/2018 A woman was arrested on Jan. 11 by Tahlequah Police Department officers after she attempted to steal $103 worth of Walmart merchandise. Officer Matthew Frits jailed Lyla Holman after Walmart employees saw her place items in her cart, proceed to self-check out, and fail to scan every item. Holman was transported to the Tahlequah City Jail, where she was booked.

Walmart, other businesses kicked frantic Hawaiians out during missile scare 01/15/2018

A Hawaii resident frantically ran into a local Walmart to seek cover when he heard reports of an incoming missile.

But instead of providing the shelter Dean Sensui had hoped for, the Pearl City store turned him away, he told Hawaii News Now.

“It’s pretty appalling, that kind of behavior,” Sensui told the outlet. “Here’s a community that supports the store and then turns their back on them when they need them the most. What kind of conscience is that? Who does something like that?”

Even a 24 Hour Fitness gym in Honolulu forced alarmed patrons out onto the street, Niki Chan told the outlet.

“I didn’t know what was going on,” Chan said. “They sent me home, they kicked us out, and I just left.” Complete article

Police: 12-year-old arrested after threatening to shoot Ohio Walmart employees, officers 01/15/2018

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A 12-year-old was recently arrested after an incident at a Hamilton Walmart.

Police say the boy threatened to shoot several employees before running away from the business. He was eventually detained in the rear of a cruiser.

During the course of his detainment, police say he threatened to "shoot all y'all" and stated that if he saw any officers who were involved in his arrested coming around his "block" he would shoot them and his "crew" would shoot them.

The boy's mother, Crystal Flores-Ortiz, 34, was arrested for disorderly conduct as a result of the incident, according to police. They said she used offensive language toward officers. Complete article

Iowa Letter: Don’t trust Walmart 01/16/2018

On the day the news broke that Moline's Sam's Club, owned by Walmart Corp. was closing in two weeks, neither customers nor employees were allowed to enter the store. I hope people see how horrible the Walmart Corporation has been to the Quad-Cities over and over.

Let's not forget the store they baited Rock Island with for four years. Rock Island spent $15 million in preparing the site and relocating businesses from that lot. Walmart dragged its feet the whole time and even had the nerve to ask for extensions on the deal. This had the desired effect of scaring away Rock Island’s only Kmart store from re-signing their lease, only to pull the plug on the promised project when they knew their competition was out, which I have very little doubt was their cold, methodical plan the whole time.

Now Walmart has caused three empty lots in the Quad-City area and severely distressed their employees and our communities. There is a lesson to be learned in making deals with Walmart, just ask former Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley and the rest of the City Council members that lost their positions because of the fiasco.

All current and future Quad-City elected officials should never trust the Walmart Corp. again. I promise that I will vote down any future Walmart projects in the city of East Moline for our best interest. Because can we really trust the Walmart Corp. after all this? Complete article

Police: Three men steal headphones, speaker from Ill. Walmart store 01/16/2018

Police: All-clear given after bomb threat at Walmart in Anne Arundel County Md. 01/16/2018

Man, 81, dies three days after crash outside Fla. Wal-Mart 01/16/2018

An 81-year-old Pembroke Pines man died Monday, three days after crashing into an SUV as he exited from Wal-Mart, police said.

Gerald Rothberg failed to yield right of way before turning into the path of the SUV in the 100 block of Southwest 184th Avenue, south of Pines Boulevard, Friday afternoon, said Sgt. John Baker, of the Pembroke Pines Police Department.

Rothberg was driving a 2006 Buick Terraza west in the Wal-Mart exit as he approached Southwest 184th Avenue, Baker said.

Rothberg “failed to yield right of way from the stop sign and turned right into [the] path” of a 2016 Toyota 4Runner driven north on 184th by Antonio Egues, 48, of Miramar, Baker said. Complete article

Man found dead in San Angelo Tx. Walmart parking lot 01/16/2018

San Angelo police were investigating Tuesday after a man was found dead in the parking lot of the Walmart on Sherwood Way.

According to an officer on the scene about 2:30 p.m., the man's wife said the man went through San Angelo on his way to work and must have stopped at the Walmart.

After she realized he was missing, she was able to track his cellphone signal to the Walmart and called the store.

Walmart employees found his body in a blue Chevrolet pickup and called SAPD, according to police, who believed the man died of natural causes. Complete article

Police Identify Man Found Dead in San Angelo Tx. Walmart Parking Lot 01/17/2018

Oklahoma felon arrested at Ariz. Walmart after alleged armed assault 01/16/2018

Sale of bus in PV turns ugly, forcing victim to pull out a gun A fugitive felon from Oklahoma was apprehended in the clothing section of the Walmart Supercenter in Prescott Valley Monday evening, Jan. 15, after he allegedly shattered a Prescott man’s truck window with a knife at the nearby Maverik gas station.

Prescott Valley Police Department officers initially responded to the Maverik on Glassford Hill Road shortly after 5 p.m. with reports of an aggravated assault in progress, according to a news release.

As police officers were responding to the call, it was then reported that the suspect in the incident – 28-year-old Mathew Philip Solan, of Oklahoma — had fled on foot to the Walmart next door. Complete article

Walmart Takes on the Opioid Crisis With a New Tool That Destroys Drugs 01/17/2018

Pa. Walmart employee under-rang merchandise for two retail theft suspects: Police 01/17/2018

Women targeted in Jacksonville Fla. Walmart purse snatchings 01/16/2018

Second suspect arrested in Ga. Walmart kidnapping, carjacking 01/16/2018

Human trafficking at Hardeeville Walmart? What officials say about viral Facebook post 01/17/2018

Environmentalists Suffer Setback In Battle Over Fla. Walmart Site On Sensitive Lands 01/17/2018

Cold weather causes disruption of Missouri Walmart's water service 01/17/2018

Firefighter accused of taking photos up women's skirts at Katy Tx. Buc-ees and Walmart store 01/17/2018

Walmart to Host Free Health Screening Event in AR 01/17/2018

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) - Arkansas Walmart stores will be hosting the first Walmart Wellness Day event of the year on Saturday, Jan. 20. from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This free health screening event provides residents an opportunity to learn valuable health information, including: blood glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, low-cost immunizations; and in select locations, customers can also take advantage of free vision screenings.

New this year, Walmart is introducing a virtual reality experience in select stores to assist with smoking cessation. According to the CDC, approximately 23.6% of adults in Arkansas smoke cigarettes regularly. This free resource is intended to be a step toward quitting tobacco. Complete article

Quitting smoking? Ohio Walmart stores to offer free health screenings 01/17/2018

Police: Man stabs himself in the neck while running through Moses Lake Wash. Walmart 01/17/2018

MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A man reportedly stabbed himself in the neck at the Moses Lake Walmart Tuesday morning.

According to iFIBER One News, Moses Lake police were called the store on North Stratford Road for reports of a distraught 26-year-old man. Employees told officers that the man was yelling that his family was being murdered.

When police arrived to the store, the man began running through the aisles with a large kitchen knife in hand. Police tell iFIBER One that eventually the man began stabbing himself in the neck, while continuing to run down the aisles. Complete article

Pender deputy resigns amid NC Walmart fraud investigation 01/17/2018

Former deputy Jordan Beale Cullifer is charged with obtaining property by false pretenses in New Hanover County. A similar charge is leveled against him in Burgaw.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- A Pender County deputy resigned Saturday just days before he was arrested in New Hanover County for allegedly committing fraud at Walmart, officials said.

Jordan Beale Cullifer, 39, is charged with obtaining property by false pretenses in New Hanover County. A similar charge is leveled against him in Burgaw.

According to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer, on Jan. 10 Cullifer allegedly bought a television from the Porter’s Neck Walmart. He later returned to the store and claimed when he got home and opened it he found an older TV inside. Walmart replaced the used TV and Cullifer then allegedly went to Walmart in Burgaw and returned it for a full refund, Brewer said. During his exchanges with Walmart workers, Cullifer made clear he was a Pender County deputy, Complete article

WATCH: Homeless in Salem Oregon can no longer stay overnight in Walmart parking lots 01/17/2018

Man jailed after scamming Okla. Walmart 01/18/2018 Tahlequah Okla. Police Department officers arrested a man Jan. 15 after he allegedly fled Walmart after stealing $2,296 worth of merchandise.

PD: Man arrested for groping woman in Ariz. Walmart 01/17/2018

2 Cullman County women charged in Decatur Alabama Walmart theft 01/17/2018

Have you seen these suspects shoplifting from Walmart and Target in Lexington SC? 01/18/2018

Multiple employee arrests made after Brown Deer Wisc. Walmart theft investigation 01/17/2018

Body found in vehicle at Pittsburgh Mills Pa. Walmart parking lot 01/18/2018

A man was found dead in a vehicle at the Pittsburgh Mills Walmart parking lot in Frazer, according to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office.

The man's body was found around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The medical examiner did not release the man's name, but said he is 32 years old and from Sharpsburg. Complete article

Officials ID body found in Pittsburgh Mills Walmart parking lot 01/24/2018 “He was there for an extended period,” Kuhns said Wednesday.

Three teens stalked woman, 81, at Fla. Wal-Mart and stole her car 01/18/2018

Three teens, looking no older than 15 to 18, stalked their 81-year-old victim, following her into a Lauderdale Lakes Wal-Mart and back out into the parking lot, a police report said.

There they split up. Two of the boys flanked the woman Monday evening while the third boy approached her from the front, pointed a gun at her and demanded her keys, the report said.

“I was at the car door and suddenly from nowhere come like kids, maybe 16 or not even,” Albina Curik said.

Thinking the youngster was joking, Curik asked him to repeat his demand. Instead he snatched her car keys from her hand, she said. Complete article

12-year-old charged as adult in armed carjacking at Walmart 01/22/2018

Sheriff's Deputy saves man in Wash. Walmart parking lot 01/18/2018

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - On January 14 at around 6:30 p.m., Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Humphrey was driving through the parking lot of the Airway Heights Walmart when his attention was drawn to a vehicle parked on the far west side.

As he drove toward the vehicle, he noticed a dryer hose attached to the exhaust pipe which ran into the open trunk.

Deputy Humphrey parked, approached the vehicle, and observed an adult male covered with a blanket, reclined in the driver’s seat. All the windows of the vehicle were rolled up and the rear passenger seat was folded down, exposing the trunk, allowing the exhaust fumes of the running vehicle to enter the passenger compartment. Complete article

Woman insists she did nothing wrong during arrest at Houston Tx. Walmart 01/18/2018

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Thalia Huynh relives the memories of June 21, 2017 every day. Huynh and her daughter, Dalena Bustos, were both under arrest, twisting and turning on the floor of a west Houston Walmart.

"Oh my gosh, I was so humiliated," Huynh recalled. "It's very embarrassing."

According to Huynh, around 6:30 that night, she and her daughter went to the Walmart at 2700 S. Kirkwood to buy food.

Huynh said they left after her sister called and told them she had already started making dinner. As the pair was leaving, police records show a plain-clothes loss prevention officer approached them.

Huynh said she didn't know at the time that the man worked for Walmart.

"We're walking out and a man approaches me, and he grabs my purse, right before we walk out of the store, and I'm grabbing my purse back from him," she remembers. Complete article

Video of Arrest at Houston Walmart Goes Viral — Months Later 01/19/2018

Police on lookout for sex assault suspect accused of molesting 6-year old boy in Colorado Walmart restroom 01/18/2018

WINDSOR, Colo. -- Police are on the lookout for a man accused of sexually assaulting a six-year old boy, in a restroom at Walmart.

The suspect posted a $1,000 bond after he was arrested, then disappeared.

The alleged assault happened November 29 at the Walmart Supercenter, at I-25 and Harmony Road.

"It was his birthday, which adds insult to injury," the boy's father told Denver7. "A family member took him to Walmart to get a birthday present. He had to use the restroom." Complete article

Man accused of robbery at N. Utica NY Walmart 01/18/2018

Mason City woman accused of stealing keys from truck at Iowa Walmart, hiding meth pipe between legs 01/18/2018

Chelmsford Police: Heroin Trafficker Arrested At Walmart 01/18/2018

Guilty plea in Brimfield Ohio Walmart Nov. 2017 parking lot robbery 01/18/2018

Dubuque Iowa PD asking for help identifying Walmart thief 01/18/2018

Man Sentenced To Over A Year in Prison For Minn. Walmart 2015 Threat 01/18/2018

Ga. Wal-Mart shoplifter found with $6,400 in meth claimed ownership of drugs, police say 01/19/2018

Temple mother arrested after child found wandering in Tx. Walmart parking lot 01/19/2018

Police looking for man accused of stealing from Pa. Walmart 01/19/2018

Man accused of molesting child in Colorado Walmart bathroom Nov. 2017 sought by authorities 01/19/2018

Reports of Masked Person Holding Weapon Outside Ca. Walmart Ends With Deputies Shooting Man in O.C. Neighborhood: Sheriff’s Dept 01/19/2018

A man allegedly armed with some type of weapon who is accused of assaulting a woman while fleeing deputies was shot in Lake Forest Friday evening, authorities said.

About 4:15 p.m., authorities were called out to investigate reports of a man wearing a costume mask who was holding a weapon and running outside the Walmart in Foothill Ranch, located at 26502 Towne Centre Drive, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

By the time deputies responded, the man had left the location.

After that, dispatchers began receiving multiple calls regarding a man matching the person's description in a residential area near Angela Street in Lake Forest, the release stated. Complete article

Police: Two Wanted Felons Injure Two Officers At Arkansas Walmart 01/19/2018

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Two felons wanted for aggravated robbery and other felony charges are accused of injuring two officers Friday (Jan. 19) at Walmart.

Joshua Shawn Coffman, 20, and Braden Collins, 19, are accused of felony second-degree battery, and misdemeanor fleeing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Police said while the two were being arrested, Coffman injured an officer’s shoulder, and Collins injured an officer’s eye.

About 1:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to Walmart on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard after store employees called about “suspicious people”. When officers arrived, the two were at the front of the store and were acting aggressive toward store employees, a police report states. Complete article

Small-town budgets hurting from loss of mini Walmarts 01/20/2018

LUTHER, Okla. (AP) — Luther sold its youth football field to Walmart about three years ago so that the company could build one of its Express stores, using the money from the sale and the new tax revenue to pay off the roughly $200,000 in debt that resulted from an embezzlement scandal involving the former town treasurer.

The store opened in May 2015 and closed only eight months later when Walmart pulled the plug on its Express experiment, shuttering all 102 of the smaller stores it had opened in mostly Southern and Midwestern towns to compete with dollar stores. Although many locations were taken over by Dollar General, the tax collections just don't measure up even though the Dollar General stores offer many of the same products, but not a pharmacy.

Tax collections in Luther, a town of about 1,600 on the outskirts of Oklahoma City, rose by $12,000 to $16,000 per month while the Express store was open, said City Manager Scherrie Pidcock. Since Dollar General opened in the larger building, the town's monthly revenue has recovered about two-thirds of the amount it was collecting with the Walmart Express, Pidcock said.

Luther has tried to pinch pennies any way it can. When its lone paid firefighter - the chief - quit the otherwise all-volunteer department in July, he was replaced by a volunteer, saving the town his roughly $2,800 a month salary. Mayor Jenni White, who took office a few months after the Walmart Express closed, said Luther had to put off buying two new police cars. Complete article

Man accused of leaving child in car while shoplifting at Walmart in Jupiter 01/20/2018

One dead after attempted armed robbery at Dunwoody Ga. Walmart 01/20/2018

Police said he had previously been involved in an armed robbery at a Johns Creek Kroger store.

DUNWOODY, Ga. - The Georgia Bureau of Investigations have identified the man who was shot and killed by a Dunwoody police officer on Saturday, January 20, outside of a Dunwoody Walmart.

Jason Lappe, 44, was shot by a Dunwoody police officer and was transported to Grady Memorial, where he later died.

According to Sgt. Robert Parsons with the Dunwoody Police Department, Lappe was a suspect in an armed robbery that took place at a Johns Creek Kroger. He was later confronted in the Walmart parking lot by Dunwoody police officers and a Johns Creek police officer.

"When confronted by officers, the suspect did not comply with their verbal commands and exited the vehicle," Parsons said in a statement. "Fearing for his safety and the safety of others, an officer fired one shot, striking the suspect." Complete article

Man shot in leg during drug deal outside Ohio Walmart, police say 01/20/2018

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio - Police are looking for the suspect who shot a man during a drug deal around 3 p.m. Saturday in a Walmart parking lot.

According to Sgt. Brandon McCroskey of the Fairfield Township police, the suspect shot the victim in the leg during a drug deal while the victim was in his vehicle. The victim then accelerated his vehicle and struck other vehicles and a cart corral.

The suspect fled the scene on foot. Police believe the suspect was picked up by the same vehicle that dropped him off: a red 2007 Toyota Camry reported stolen Friday. Complete article

Police arrest student at Colerain HS in Ohio Walmart parking lot shooting 01/23/2018

Liar, liar: Someone set pants on fire at Colerain Ohio Walmart, police say 01/20/2018

COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Police are asking for help identifying two people suspected of setting fires in a Walmart store Saturday night.

An officer working a detail noticed someone had set some clothes on fire at about 7 p.m. inside the store at 8451 Colerain Ave., police department spokesman Jim Love said.

The officer scooped up the clothes, took them outside and put them out with a fire extinguisher.

“At that point, he was notified there was another fire going on inside the store,” Love said. “He ran back inside the store and was able to put it out. He was notified once again there was another fire (but) couldn’t find the third fire.” Complete article

Woman robbed at gunpoint in Collierville Tenn. Walmart parking lot 01/20/2018

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A woman was robbed at gunpoint in the Collierville Walmart parking lot, according to Collierville Police Department.

The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Police said the woman was approached by a man wearing blue jeans and a red hoodie.

The suspect pulled a pistol on the woman and took her purse. Complete article

Walmart employee almost stabbed during alleged shoplifting 01/22/2018

Three people from Chattanooga were arrested this past week after they allegedly shoplifted at the Sweetwater Walmart and tried to stab an employee.

Sweetwater Officer Brandon Cansler said he was told two people had pushed a buggy full of merchandise out of the store without paying and as an employee tried to stop them, one pulled out a pair of scissors and tried to stab the employee Monday night around 9:30 p.m.

Cansler said he was given the description of a dark gray Nissan Altima with tinted windows to look for and he soon found it on New Highway 68 near Cleveland Road. Complete article

Police looking for 3 men who flashed woman at Missouri Walmart 01/20/2018

Hundreds Of Dollars' Worth Of Items Stolen From Cleveland, Okla. Wal-Mart, Police Say 01/21/2018

Burglary charged against man banned from NY Walmart 01/20/2018

Blotter: Man trespassed twice at Tx. Walmart, gets multiple charges 01/21/2018

Community member found 11-year-old at Idaho Walmart 01/22/2018

Man accused of assaulting Pa. Walmart employee over air mattresses 01/22/2018

SWATARA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man allegedly enraged over Walmart not having any air mattresses is accused of beating the employee who told him they were out of stock, according to WNEP.

The incident happened at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the Walmart located at 6535 Grayson Road in Swatara Township. The victim was working in the sporting goods section of the store when a man approached him and asked for an air mattress.

The employee checked on their availability and when he returned with the news that the store was out of air mattresses, the customer reportedly became enraged and tackled the employee to the ground, punching him on the head. Complete article

Shoplifter And Off-Duty Trooper Get In A Scuffle At WV Walmart 01/21/2018

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - A shoplifter and an off-duty State Trooper got into a scuffle Saturday evening.

Troopers say store employees noticed a couple attempting to steal items from the store.

Employees recognized an *off-duty* trooper in the store, and asked him for help.

The Trooper tried to detain the male suspect and a scuffle ensued. Complete article

Skeletal human remains found behind Pa. Walmart store: Report 01/22/2018

Forensic experts and state police are at work trying to identify skeletal remains that were found near Shippensburg over the weekend, the Cumberland County coroner's office says.

The human skeletal remains were found Sunday by a hiker in a wooded area behind the Walmart in the 200 block of South Conestoga Drive in Shippensburg Township, said the office of Charley Hall, county coroner.

State police were called to the scene around 12:16 p.m. Sunday, and secured the scene. In addition to state police, forensic experts from Mercyhurst University in Erie are assisting in the investigation.

The person has not been identified, and the cause or manner of death has not been determined. Complete article

GRAPHIC — Human Head Found in Mexican Border State Walmart Cart 01/22/2018 (Just South of Mexican border with Texas and east of Gulf Coast)

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas — Narco-terror suddenly spread after members of the Gulf Cartel left a human head inside a Walmart shopping cart.

The discovery was made at the time when hundreds of families gathered at the popular shopping center in this city, the capital of the border state. Information obtained by Breitbart Texas reveals that the head was found next to a cartel message inside a shopping cart.

Security guards at the shopping plaza were first alerted after terrified customers discovered the macabre scene. Authorities with the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office sealed off the area to collect the remains. Preliminary information revealed that the head belonged to a yet unidentified man who is believed to be between 35 and 40 years old. The victim was dark skinned, had mustache, and sported bushy, dark hair. The head was placed on top of a green fluorescent poster stock with the message: “Greetings from the Gulf Cartel CDG, you will suck CDN, we are here atte El CH.” Complete article

Officials search for Waterford Conn. Walmart robbery suspect 01/22/2018

Donald Smith calls young girls his 'target area,' alludes to Fla. Walmart abduction, say prosecutors 01/22/2018

Two men arrested for allegedly stealing computers from Hampstead Md. Walmart 01/2/2018

Police respond to bomb threat at Carencro La. Walmart, shoppers evacuated 01/22/2018

Walmart dominates north Texas retail market 01/22/2018

Woman claims she was injured by lawn mower at Belleville Ill. Walmart 01/23/2018

Toms River cops bust NJ Walmart TV thief suspects with help from social media, news outlets 01/23/2018

Mississippi woman with 9 outstanding warrants arrested at Wareham Mass. Walmart 01/23/2018

Police seeking suspect in Alabama Walmart theft 01/23/2018

Goose Creek SC police looking for suspects in Walmart credit card theft 01/23/2018

Sahuarita Ariz. Police arrest 3 suspects shortly after items reported stolen from Walmart store 01/23/2018

Manor Tx. PD looking for Walmart gift card theft suspect 01/23/2018

5 suspects allegedly stole $7K worth of electronics from Va. Walmart 01/23/2018

Mom claims teenage daughter was sexually assaulted inside NH Walmart 01/23/2018

HOOKSETT, N.H. — A local mother is sharing the frightening story of her daughter being assaulted right in front of her in a crowded Walmart.

Hooksett police said they are now investigating the incident and that an arrest will be made soon.

“My daughter was standing as close to me as you are right now, and yet she was sexually assaulted three feet from me,” said Heidi Biron, recalling the incident.

Biron said the assault happened last week while she shopping with her three teenage daughters at Walmart in Hooksett.

The family was at the self-checkout when a man grabbed Biron’s 13-year-old daughter's behind and would not let go until the girl hit him.

“I looked at her face and the look of terror, and she just said, ‘He touched me,’” Biron said. “And the way she said it, I knew.” Complete article

Concord man accused of sexually assaulting teen girl, shoplifting at Hooksett Walmart 01/24/2018

State takes custody of child allegedly sexually assaulted in Walmart lot in Worcester Mass. 01/23/2018

Deputies: Man wearing cowboy hat stormed into SC Walmart, pointed gun at customers 01/23/2018

BOILING SPRINGS, SC (FOX Carolina) - Spartanburg County deputies said a 20-year-old man was arrested after multiple witnesses reported a man with a gun entered the Walmart in Boiling Springs and ordered everyone to get on the ground.

According to jail records, Jason Wooten of Wellford is charged with attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime for the incident Monday at the store on Highway 9.

The incident happened just after 2 a.m. Complete article

Armed Woodstock man steals 60-inch TV from Ill. Walmart, police say 01/24/2018

WOODSTOCK – A 24-year-old Woodstock man was arrested Monday night after police said he stole a 60-inch Vizio TV from a Walmart in Woodstock and brandished a handgun when he was asked to pay.

Woodstock police responded about 5 p.m. Monday to the supercenter, 1275 Lake Ave., for reports of a person who might have displayed a weapon to employees, according to a news release from Woodstock police.

Witnesses on the scene told police that the offender tried to take the TV, valued at about $700, from the store without paying. When an employee asked the man to show a receipt for proof of purchase, the man brandished a handgun, Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb said. Complete article

NY Walmart shoplifting turns into police chase and drug bust 01/23/2018

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - One man is behind bars after he led police on a chase from Watkins Glen to Horseheads that ended in a drug bust.

New York State Police identified the suspect as Jedidiah Bradford who led authorities on a chase through Schuyler County.

Police said the suspect tossed drugs out of the window during the course of the chase along with the stolen items from Walmart. Complete article

Couple’s three girls were taken away after Ariz. Walmart reported innocent bath time photos 01/24/2018

Lisa and A.J. Demaree's decade-long legal ordeal started with, by all accounts, an utterly innocent family moment.

In 2008, the couple took their three daughters, then infants 5 months, 4 months and 18 months old, on a vacation to San Diego. They snapped more than 100 photos during the trip, like parents do, including several of the girls playing together during bath time. When they returned to their home in Peoria, Arizona, they dropped the camera's memory stick off at a Walmart for developing.

Within a day, a police detective came knocking. Complete article

BCSO: Suspect stole shrimp, TV from Bluffton SC Walmart 01/23/2018

FWPD Looking For Suspects Who Stole Thousands From Tx. Walmart 01/23/2018

Three cars collide at Ga. Walmart intersection 01/23/2018

Trio From Chattanooga Charged In Shoplifting At Sweetwater Tenn. Walmart In Which Attempt Was Made To Stab Employee 01/23/2018 Three people from Chattanooga were arrested at Sweetwater, Tn., after allegedly walking out with a shopping cart of items without paying, then one of the trio allegedly tried to stab an employee who sought to stop them.

Deputies: Man seen stealing items from Powhatan Va. Walmart 01/24/2018

Police believe man was scamming, harassing people into giving him money at Ill. Walmart 01/24/2018

Armed robbery suspect to Okla. Walmart employee: 'Here's your receipt' 01/24/2018

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Police brought a man into custody after he reportedly pulled out a gun and robbed a store in Broken Arrow.

Broken Arrow police said they arrested Jack Campbell after he pulled out a gun and robbed the Walmart Neighborhood Market near 48th and Houston Tuesday.

The victim told police she was working at the door, checking receipts when Campbell pushed a cart through an unattended register and tried to walk past her.

Police said the cart had a coffee maker, dog food and a dog bowl in it.

Officers said the victim asked to see Campbell’s receipt, to which he reportedly showed her a gun and said, “Here’s your receipt. Now, shut up.” Complete article

Man charged after reportedly pointing BB gun at deputy outside Walmart on Merritt Island Fla. 01/24/2018

A Melbourne man was taken into custody Tuesday morning after deputies say he intentionally pointed what looked like a real handgun at a deputy while crouched behind an electrical box outside a Merritt Island Walmart.

Morgan Murphy, 55, was "ranting" about wanting to kill someone after purchasing a BB gun from the Walmart on Merritt Island Causeway about 6 a.m. Tuesday, according to an arrest report. He also attempted to purchase live ammunition from the store, but employees refused to sell to him.

Employees said Murphy was creating a disturbance and making customers fearful. After purchasing the gun, he left the store on foot.

When deputies arrived, they located the suspect crouched outside the store behind an electrical box. As they approached him, Murphy leaped out from behind the box and pointed the BB gun at a deputy, according to reports. Complete article

Tenn. Woman tries to transfer money at Walmart to pay Arkansas mother's rent, but it never sends 01/24/2018

A Memphis woman is upset with Walmart after she tried to send her mother more than $400....but it went to someone else.

Police were called, and the man behind in her line may have stolen her money. The incident happened at the neighborhood Walmart off Hickory Hill and Mt. Moriah Wednesday morning.

“It's very upsetting,” Barbara Gamble said.

Wednesday morning just before 10 a.m., Gamble walked through the door with the sole goal of sending her sick mother $460 she desperately needs for rent.

“She's sick, and has not been able to work much,” Gamble said.

Gamble spoke with the associate who filled out the paperwork, and it was a done deal...or so she thought.

“About maybe 20 minutes later, I called my mom to make sure she picked it up, and she said 'I’m at Walmart right now,and they won't let me pick it up,'” Gamble said. Complete article

Trio arrested after attempting to wheel out cart containing $1,000 in stolen merchandise at Fla. Wal-Mart 01/24/2018

Katina Powell cited in Ky. Walmart shoplifting case 01/24/2018

Binghamton man punched Johnson City Tenn. Walmart employee in the face after shoplifting, police say 01/24/2018

Wal-Mart Beats Back Suits Against Directors Over Bribes 01/25/2018

Former NJ priest sentenced for choking infant inside Overland Park Kansas Wal-Mart 01/25/2018

Infant rattles sold at Walmart, Kmart, Amazon recalled 01/25/2018

Infant rattles are being recalled because of 53,302 reports of parts breaking off, posing a choking hazard to small children.

The recall involves the "Shake & Sing Elephant Rattle" made by VTech.

Although no injuries have been reported, VTech says there have been 53,302 reports of the ears breaking off of the rattle, which could cause a choking hazard to babies. Complete article

Man injures young girl while attempting to steal from Alabama Walmart in Mobile 01/25/2018

A young girl is recovering from injuries after a trip to a Mobile-area Walmart took a turn for the worst when a shoplifter knocked her to the ground.

Mobile Police have arrested 34-year-old Jacques James, who they say tried to leave the store with a shopping cart filled with items he had not paid for.

The incident took place around 6 p.m. on Wednesday.

An officer at the store, located at 101 E. I-65 Service Road, attempted to apprehend the suspect, who began to flee.

In his attempt to get away, James, police say, pushed a 9-year-old girl onto the concrete. Complete article

Why Clinton Iowa Police have ramped up patrols around Walmart and Hobby Lobby 01/25/2018

CLINTON, Iowa — Officers are ramping up patrols where there have been recent incidents of people being approached by “suspicious subjects,” according the the Clinton Police Department.

The police department said recent social media posts have been describing these incidents near Walmart and Hobby Lobby – located on 25th Street and Jewel – located on 2nd Street. More officers will be on patrol in that area, per the chief’s orders.

In a Facebook post, the department went into detail about the incidents. These were the incidents reported: Complete article

Police Share Safety Tips After Suspicious Person Incident at Area Walmart 01/25/2018

Shots reportedly fired at Johnson City Tenn. Walmart on Market Street 01/26/2018

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - Johnson City dispatchers say they received a report of shots fired at the Market Street Walmart this morning. The incident reportedly happened just after 8:00 a.m.

The city's website says, two men suspected of shoplifting were trying to get away from the store when a man in the parking lot confronted them.

According to police, the suspect pointed the gun at the man and the man got his gun and fired once. Complete article

Bristol Va. police find stolen Jeep believed to be connected with Johnson City Tenn. Walmart shooting 01/28/2018

Small fire sparks Walmart evacuation in Leland NC 01/25/2018

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A fire this afternoon at the Leland Walmart cause employees and shoppers to evacuate.

The call came in just before 3:30 p.m. Leland Fire and Rescue chief, John Grimes, says a fire broke out in the fire pump for sprinkler system.

A fire extinguisher was used to put out the fire. Investigators say there was no danger to employees or customers. Complete article

Milwaukee woman arrested for eating and burning off tags at Wisc. Walmart 01/26/2018

Roane County WV deputies seek public help identifying Walmart shoplifters 01/26/2018

Attorney: Walmart Locked, 'Segregated' African American Hair Products 01/26/2018

Walmart Scan & Go premieres at Terre Haute Ind. store 01/2/2018

Police arrest man found sleeping in stolen car in Okla. Walmart parking lot 01/26/2018

Missouri Walmart assistant manager filmed 12-year-old boy in bathroom of Springfield store, police say 01/26/2018

Police say the assistant manager of a Springfield Walmart used his cell phone to surreptitiously film a 12-year-old boy in the store's bathroom.

According to court documents, the boy was at the Walmart Neighborhood Market with his mother at 3536 W. Mt. Vernon St. on the afternoon of Jan. 18 when an assistant store manager followed him into the bathroom.

Court documents say the boy told police he went into a stall, locked the door, unzipped his pants and looked up.

A phone was held over the stall, the boy allegedly said, and its camera lens was pointed at him. Complete article

State rep says Walmart broke the law when it closed Lithonia Ga. Sam's Club | Company denies his claim 01/26/2018

A state lawmaker said Walmart violated federal law when it abruptly closed a local Sam’s Club last week.

"Walmart violated the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act by abruptly closing the Sam's Club in my community," said state Rep. Vernon Jones (D-Lithonia). "Sam's Club employees, as well as the Georgia Workforce Division and local governing authorities, should have been notified at least 60 days prior to the closure.” Complete article

Woman found with sawed-off shotgun near Clearlake Ca. Walmart 01/26/2018

Clearlake police arrested an Oakland woman Wednesday night near a Walmart on suspicion of carrying a loaded sawed-off shotgun in her backpack.

Police responded to a call of man and a woman arguing around 9:40 p.m., Sgt. Elvis Cook said. As they were detaining the man, Quintin Celestine, 32, Oakland, the woman, Ashley Bell, 29, began yelling at police from a nearby bus stop.

Bell then began walking toward the officers, who noticed a sawed-off shotgun sticking out of a camouflage backpack held in her left hand, Cook said. She then attempted to back away but police grabbed her and seized the firearm.

Officers determined the shotgun was loaded with the safety off, Cook said. The gun was allegedly stolen. Complete article

‘I did it:’ Couple accused of stealing batteries from multiple Wisc. Walmart stores, selling them to buy heroin 01/26/2018

Former employee, wife charged for stealing and using Pa. Walmart gift cards 01/27/2018

Former Missouri Walmart employee charged with stealing more than $2,000 from cash registers 01/26/2018

Police searching for man suspected of trying to rob Walmart Neighborhood Market in Kernersville NC 01/29/2018

Police investigating report of explosive at Fountain and Colorado Springs Walmart 01/27/2018 No bomb found

Bomb Scare at Nixa Missouri Walmart Leads to Full Evacuation, Employee Charged 01/27/2018 (follow up indicates it may have been a misunderstood prank)

Suspect in custody and charged with second degree terrorist threat

NIXA, Mo. — A bomb scare at a Nixa Walmart this morning lead to full evacuation and street closures Saturday morning.

One suspect is under custody and charged with making a terrorist threat in the second degree, police say.

Arif Rahman, 33, an employee at the Walmart, placed a suspicious looking item inside Walmart with the intent to scare people, police say.

City of Nixa Public Information Officer Drew Douglas says 911 dispatch received a call at approximately 9:59 a.m. Saturday morning.

"An employee of Walmart believe that they had a bomb in the back storage area of the store. They described seeing a black box with zip ties and two blinking red lights," said Douglas. Complete article

Nixa Walmart assistant manager's alleged 'prank' results in arrest, charges 01/29/2018 Rahman's girlfriend, Cassie Gardner, who lives in Oregon, wrote on Facebook that the item was a toy and that because of "racial profiling, an innocent person is now suffering".

Naked Woman under medical evaluation after incident at Tx. Walmart 01/28/2018

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - Police say a woman was restrained in a Bryan Walmart late Saturday night for her own safety.

Authorities were dispatched to the Walmart on Briarcrest shortly after 10 p.m. for a disorderly conduct call. They say a woman was reportedly trying to grab people.

Police say when they arrived, a crowd had gathered around a woman who was naked and running through the aisles of the store. Witnesses tell KBTX the woman was screaming as she was running. Complete article

Woman arrested after attempt to rob Tyler Tx. Walmart store 01/28/2018

Teens steal socks, candy from Lancaster Walmart before arrest 01/25/2018

Man accused of shoplifting, assaulting officer at NC Walmart 01/27/2018

Police seek identity of Okla. Walmart thief 01/29/2018 After reviewing cameras, it was determined the woman left the store with about $85 in merchandise.

No charges for officers involved in Shadle Wash. Walmart shooting 01/2/2018

4 Sought in Arkansas Walmart Visa Scams 01/29/2018

Wal-Mart to tell suppliers: Deliver on time or face fines 01/30/2018

Hewitt Tx. police seeking women accused in Walmart gift card scheme 01/29/2018

Shasta County couple arrested in Oroville Ca. Walmart theft 01/29/2018

Two women robbed in Butler Twp. Ohio Walmart parking lot 01/30/2018

BUTLER TWP. — Two women were victims of an armed robbery in a Walmart parking lot in Butler Twp. early Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred just before 1 a.m. at the business located at 3465 York Commons Blvd, per initial reports.

A woman, described in her 40s, was leaving from shopping at the 24-hour store and once at her vehicle, where another female passenger in her 20s was inside, was approached by a man displaying a gun.

According to Butler Twp. police sergeant Mark Morgan, the suspect, who also had another man with him, was able to get away with $150. The other man did not approach the women at the vehicle, but rather stood nearby. Complete article

Man accused of exposing himself to girls at Ga. Walmart 01/30/2018

Hialeah Police Searching For Two Suspects After Fla. Walmart Parking Lot Armed Robbery and shooting 01/30/2018

The Hialeah Police Department is searching for two suspects who fired a weapon during an attempted robbery at a Walmart parking lot on Tuesday.

Two male victims who were shot at were walking to the Walmart located at 9300 NW 77th Avenue at about 9:20 p.m. when two others approached them, pointed a gun and demanded a gold chain one of the victims was wearing, police said.

One of the suspects fired the gun and a bullet grazed the head of one of the unidentified victims. He was not badly injured and is in stable condition, police said. Complete article

Fire forces evacuations at Walmart in Altamonte Springs Fla. 01/30/2018

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — A small fire forced the evacuation Tuesday of a Walmart in Altamonte Springs, officials said.

The Seminole County Fire Department said the fire was reported at the Walmart on State Road 434 and West Town Parkway. Complete article

Forbes: Walmart's Supplier Mandate: Replenish Shelves Faster, And We'll Turn Over Customer Data 01/30/2018

Walmart fired its latest salvo in its battle to compete with Amazon and play to the instant-gratification consumer mindset birthed by online shopping.

The retailer has made a data-in-exchange-for-speedy restocking product pact with the suppliers that line its shelves: It will share more data with its vendors if they in turn expedite replenishment of out-of-stock items, Reuters reported.

Walmart’s On Shelf Customer Availability (OSCA) data, which to date had only been accessible internally, is being shared at the company’s Supplier Growth Forum at its Bentonville, Ark. headquarters this week. Complete article

Walmart offering flu shots in midst of widespread outbreak 01/30/2018

SPOKANE, Wash. - Flu shots will be available at all Washington state Walmarts as health experts say the widespread flu outbreak may only now be hitting its peak. The CDC warned Friday that this year's particularly dangerous flu season is far from over.

Walmart hopes to remind Washington residents that it's not too late to get a flu shot. It could help lessen the effects and symptoms if someone were to catch the flu and could also help prevent others from catching the disease. Complete article

Florida man beats armless, legless girlfriend -- then turns himself in at Walmart 01/30/2018 "Moan said he's tired of taking care of her and pushing her in her wheelchair everywhere," the Indian River Sheriff's Office said. "He said he's also tired of being her primary caregiver and felt if he punched her and confessed it, he would no longer have to take care of her and she would become the state's problem."

PD: Man exposed himself to shopper at Peoria Ariz. Walmart 01/30/2018

Police arrest man for indecent exposure at North Charleston SC Walmart parking lot 01/30/2018

Brooklyn man attempts to hide from Troopers inside Conn. Walmart 01/31/2018

Video voyeur arrested at Kearny Mesa Ca. Walmart 01/31/2018

Judge orders competency hearing for Thornton Colorado Walmart shooting suspect 01/31/2018

Police Searching For Female Suspect Who Abducted, Robbed Woman In Penn. Walmart Parking Lot 01/31/2018

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police are searching for a woman who allegedly abducted another woman and robbed her in the city’s Summerdale section last week.

Police say the female suspect, believed to be in her mid-30s, approached the 24-year-old victim in the parking lot of a Walmart on Roosevelt Boulevard around 7:45 p.m. last Thursday.

Police say the suspect forced the victim into her own car at knife point, then made her drive to an ATM on Rising Sun Avenue where she made the victim withdraw $500.

The suspect left with the cash, and was last seen at a Wawa on Erie Avenue getting out of an early 2000’s vehicle that resembled a Lincoln Town car with a dark roof. Complete article

61 cans of baby formula stolen from Burlington Wisc. Walmart, police looking for suspects 01/31/2018

Fugitive from Tennessee nabbed at NY Walmart 01/31/2018

Police: Criminals using Walmart to scam Ca. residents 01/31/2018

Suspected meth lab near Walmart investigated by Richland County SC sheriff’s deputies 01/31/2018

Man steals more than $430 worth of deodorant from Walmart: Brooklyn Ohio Police Blotter 01/31/2018

Report: Man banned from SC Walmart returns 01/31/2018

Muskego and New Berlin police reports: Shoplifters caught at Wisc. Walmart 01/31/2018