Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Media Black-out Of Ranked Choice Voting Isn't Stopping It!



If you didn't notice that we keep choosing between one incredibly corrupt clown after another and getting politicians from both parties that routinely sell us out. The 2016 election had the two most unpopular nominees in history, otherwise there's no way Donald Trump could have ever been elected. Wikileaks exposed the Clinton strategy of supporting "pied piper" candidates they thought would be easy to beat, and the fact that the mainstream media was working closely with their campaign to give them enormous advantages.

There's no way Donald Trump could have been elected if he weren't running against an incredibly corrupt candidate that Republicans hated and Democrats were at best luke warm about.

Before that Scott Walker outraged an enormous number of people attacking the education system, unions and more, enabling them to rally for a recall election which he should have lost; however most people don't remember the reason that he won it was because the Democrats rallied behind the same unpopular nominee, Tom Barrett, that lost to him in 2010 enabling him to win again and in 2014 they put up a business executive that he was able to beat before finally losing in 2018.

In Maine they put up with an even more extreme governor, Paul LePage, who only won because he was in two three way races. After years of outrage at his bizarre behavior they became the first state in the nation to mandate Ranked Choice voting statewide to ensure that this doesn't happen again!

There have been plenty of local governments across the country that have used it for years on a small scale. Last year Jasiel Correia was being investigated for corruption in Fall River Massachusetts and faced a recall, which he should have lost, with more than 60% of voters voting to remove him; however, the way it was set up was that the person with the most votes would replace him and he was the only one that got more than a third of the vote. There's little or no doubt that if they had ranked choice voting that there's no way he could have gotten over 50% of the vote, once they eliminated the lowest candidates and counted their second or third choices.

This increased the support for Ranked Choice Voting enabling it to get on the Ballot for 2020, possibly making it the second state to use it nation wide.

We're often told that anyone can run for office, and that this ensures that the will of the people is supposed to be done; which, of course, sounds great, and it would be great if it worked that way.

But of course it doesn't even come close to working that way.

Billionaires control which candidates we get to hear from for the most part with rare exceptions where there's an enormous amount of grassroots support for someone like Bernie Sanders for president, although there may be more examples at the local level when some people can get enough attention from the grassroots, but this is much tougher in large states. Ranked Choice Voting, of course, isn't the only partial solution that we need to implement; we also have to have much more diverse media coverage and enable the grassroots to control the interview process among other things. But it is an important step and it can help lead to other parts of the solution.

This is why the media practically never mentions it at all especially at the national level. It has gotten a significant amount of attention at the local level in some areas where there's a lots of grassroots support, and editorialists often try to smear it, in a variety of ways; which shouldn't be too surprising since these are the same media pundits involved in providing propaganda for corporate candidates that dominate almost all elections.

Right off the bat the establishment will be put on notice not to rig nominations for two incredibly bad candidates in the general election like they did at the presidential level in 2016. This will also enable local grassroots candidates to provide a strong showing attracting more attention or better yet win, assuming they can get enough media attention which is more likely in small districts or states.

One of the few relatively high profile pundits that actually challenges the establishment is professor Lawrence Lessig who defends Ranked Choice Voting in the following article:

Ranked-choice voting could guarantee that a candidate is elected by a majority By Lawrence Lessig, 12/12/2019

Ranked-choice voting could guarantee that a candidate is elected by a majority.

In theory, in a democracy, the majority wins. In reality, in America’s democracy, that’s not always so. The winner of an election in most of America is not necessarily the person supported by a majority. The winner is the one who gets the most votes.

Consider the recent Democratic primary in Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District. Six candidates ran to be the nominee. The winner won with just 21.7 percent of the vote, and went on to win the general election with more than 60 percent of the vote. But in the primary, no one can say whether that nominee was supported by a majority of Democrats. All we know is that almost 80 percent cast their vote for someone else.

One way to fix this problem is to implement the system used in Maine and in many democracies around the world — ranked-choice voting or RCV. That system lets voters rank the candidates. If their first choice doesn’t win, then their second-choice vote is counted. If their second choice doesn’t win, the third-choice vote is counted — and so on. The process continues until one candidate receives a majority of the votes. That candidate is the winner — and the one supported by a majority of voters.

Critics complain this system is too complicated. But no American is confused by the sentence “If they don’t have mint chip, then I’ll take chocolate chip.” And nothing requires that anyone vote for more than one candidate. If you want to rank just one candidate, that’s fine. The system would simply give others the chance to say who else, beyond their first choice, they could live with too.

Is it really worth it? No doubt, there are clear cases when it would have mattered — lots. Think about Florida in 2000. George Bush had beaten Al Gore by 537 votes. Yet Ralph Nader had received 97,000 votes in Florida. Even accounting for the 17,000 who voted for Pat Buchanan, it’s hard to believe that if Florida voters could have ranked their preferences, Gore would not have become president.

RCV doesn’t matter unless there are more than two candidates running. But with RCV, more candidates would be encouraged to run. If you knew your first-choice vote wouldn’t help elect your last-choice candidate, more third-party candidates would receive first-choice votes. That, in turn, could encourage other candidates to take the ideas of third-party candidates more seriously.

It could do even more than that. If candidates know they could win — not just with first-choice votes, but second- and third-choice votes — they’d have a strong incentive not to engage in negative campaigning against rivals in the primary. Not always, but certainly more than now, when the norm has become the game of trashing your opponent rather than winning America.

RCV won’t solve all the problems of America’s democracy. No single change could. But it is a critical part of any package of campaign reform by giving every voter in America, whether Republican or Democrat, a more meaningful vote. At the least, after Voter Choice Massachusetts collected more than 110,000 signatures demanding it, voters should have the opportunity to choose that power by referendum on the November ballot. Complete article


Ranked Choice Voting already had an impact on the 2018 election in Maine enabling a Democrat to win over fifty percent of the vote even though the Republican won the first round with less than forty-four percent of the vote; and there's potential for it to impact the 2020 Senate race even more. This could also lead to greater voter turn out, since the supporters of candidates that might previously have been considered spoilers might have been less inclined to turn out, and perhaps already did.

It hasn't elected an independent or third party candidate yet; but it almost certainly enabled Tiffany Bond to get more votes than she previously would have as described in the following article:

Ranked Choice Voting Gains Traction for 2020 01/12/2020

As an independent candidate for public office, Tiffany Bond might typically be seen as a spoiler in a conventional election.

But when she ran for Congress in 2018 in Maine’s second Congressional district, she campaigned in Maine’s first major election using ranked choice voting, enacted for all state and federal elections in 2016.

Ranked choice voting is now in use in 18 cities, and five states—Hawaii, Alaska, Wyoming, Kansas, and Nevada—plan to use it in their Democratic primaries and caucuses in 2020. ......

“I’m positive I got more votes than I would have because of ranked choice voting,” Bond says.

She didn’t win. Bond pulled nearly 6% of the vote, ranking third out of four candidates. Victory instead went to now-U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, a Democrat who unseated the Republican incumbent in a second round of counting when no candidate initially received a majority. But ranked choice voting also led to Golden’s win in a largely rural district, allowing Golden to rack up enough second-choice votes to push him over the top, winning with 50.6% of the vote, even though incumbent Bruce Poliquin led in the first round of counting. Complete article


Tiffany Bond is running for Senate this year along with at least two other third party or independent candidates that could all benefit from Ranked Choice Voting. One of them is Danielle Ravyn VanHelsing who I never heard of and couldn't find much information on, except for her Facebook page. The other one is Lisa Savage, who's a teacher and has been an antiwar and environmental activist for years, if not decades. There's also a lesser known progressive running in the Democratic Party, Betsy Sweet, who supports medicare for all and the Green New Deal.

Betsy Sweet is one of five candidates officially running for the Democratic nomination at this time; as far as I can tell two of the other four are probably less known than she is, and the media isn't giving them much attention. The other two are the Speaker of the Maine House, Sara Gideon, who's apparently involved in campaign finance scandals, and Ross LaJeunesse, a corporate executive with close ties to the Democratic Party, including some that have major credibility problems. Both these candidates are clearly traditional politicians that are not inclined to bring much if any change, although the media is giving them much more coverage which might have virtually guarantee that one of them would get the nomination if not for Ranked Choice Voting.

The one I've been following the most is Lisa Savage, since I was familiar with some of her on line activism several years before she decided to run for Senate. She's the type of candidate that the political establishment try to tell us has a chance, yet the deck is stacked against her in favor of candidates like Sara Gideon, and Ross LaJeunesse. Lisa Savage has made her positions on many issues clear over the years, and isn't a career politician catering to corporate interests. I know most of the fake progressives say that to but I suspect she's one of the rare exceptions.



Both Betsy sweet and Lisa Savage support Medicare for All and a Green new deal, among other progressive issues. Tiffany Bond may be better than the establishment candidates but according to her issues page she wants to improve the ACA instead of supporting Medicare for All saying "the issue with that model is it still fundamentally functions like insurance. Insurance might not be the best model for us, so let’s explore possibilities to get our system built right." The obvious problem with this statement is clearly that the ACA is also still insurance, controlled by private for profit organizations.

My own personal preference in the Democratic primary would almost certainly be Betsy Sweet, but even if she does manage to win it thanks to Ranked Choice Voting in the General Election I would probably pick Lisa Savage as my first choice. Both of them are far better than traditional candidates, and with the advantage of Ranked Choice Voting they may have the best chance of winning, for a good grassroots candidate, in years of not decades. Tiffany Bond or the lesser known candidates, either in the Democratic Primary or General election would still be much better than traditional establishment candidates.

As much as I hope that this could be enough to make the difference, it may also need a lot of grassroots organizing to overcome the inevitable media bias for them to actually win. But even if they don't win if they get a much better showing than previous years for independents or progressives then they could help draw much more attention for themselves if they choose to run again or other future candidates, some of which might overcome the establishment rigging of elections, assuming enough people wake up.

There are still other issues that have to be taken care of, the two most important ones might be media reform and election integrity. There have been plenty of media pundits that have been trying to tell us that this will confuse the issue and that it gives people multiple votes, or other distortions of the truth. Most if not all these claims are seriously flawed; the claim that people are voting twice ignores the fundamentals of Ranked Choice Voting, the second choice isn't considered unless the first is eliminated and only one counts, ensuring that the winning candidate gets over 50%.

Another potential problem is that we have to make sure that the people in charge of voting integrity actually want to preserve it. Establishment politicians have been using a similar tactic to push privatization for decades. they say government is incapable of doing anything right then when they get elected they make it incapable of doing things right, sometimes playing tag team with multiple candidates from both parties corrupting the way government works. But then when they hand government function over to for-profit private corporations it gets much worse.

We have to elect people who actually want government to work for the people, not for corporations and we have to put people in charge of Ranked Choice Voting that want it to work to. And, if something does go wrong, we have to consider the possibility that establishment figures that never wanted it to work in the first place might have some responsibility for it. this has worked at the local level in cities across the country for decades, we can make it work in statewide, and eventually national elections once we get it going!

If the grassroots wakes up a growing number of people, we can make this work and Ranked Choice Voting, along with diverse media coverage from alternative sources, could be an important part of progressive reform that we've needed for decades!



The following are some additional sources for this article about Ranked Choice Voting and some of the candidates running for Senate in Maine under the first election using RCV:

Why Maine’s Ranked-Choice Voting Could Go National 12/04/2019

A former Google executive moved back to Maine and entered the 2020 Senate race. Can he win? 11/12/2019

Maine Democrats running for US Senate united by motivations 12/08/2019 Maine's 2020 Senate race is shaping up to be a fiercely contested election fueled by unprecedented amounts of mostly out-of-state money if Collins, who has yet to formally declare her candidacy, decides to seek a fifth term. Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C., and party donors in Maine and nationwide are already throwing their support and more than $4 million into the primary campaign of Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon of Freeport. Yet the outcome of the June 9 congressional primary is far from guaranteed six months out. Gideon faces at least three competitors for the Democratic nomination: attorney Bre Kidman of Saco, former tech executive and political newcomer Ross LaJeunesse of Biddeford and longtime progressive advocate Betsy Sweet of Hallowell.

Lisa for Maine

U.S. Senate Candidate Lisa Savage Condemns Airstrike In Iraq, Calls For Restoration of Congressional Authority Over Military 01/06/2020

Stop U.S. & Israeli war on Iran! 01/03/2020 US Senate Candidate Lisa Savage Condemns Airstrike Against Iran, Calls For Restoration of Congressional Authority Over US Military

Not just cheap talk but the real deal for once 01/10/2020 I’m Lisa Savage, and I’m running for the US Senate seat currently held by Susan Collins. I’m a teacher, an organizer, and a grandmother, and I want to give Mainers a Senator who works for the people, not the powerful.

Working the doors across Maine for Lisa 01/13/2020

Danielle Ravyn VanHelsing Maine independent candidate for Senate on Facebook

Tiffany Bond, candidate for Maine Senate issues page

Betsy Sweet Democratic candidate for Senate

Dem Opponents Seize on Sara Gideon’s Campaign Finance Violations 08/03/2019

Worried about social media and elections? What about our public media? 11/25/2019

Why Gavin Newsom was wrong in vetoing ranked-choice voting – and how to fix it. Part 1 01/08/2020

Why Gavin Newsom was wrong in vetoing ranked-choice voting – and how to fix it. Part 2 01/09/2020

Utah Tests Ranked-Choice Voting’s Conservative Appeal 12/13/2019 With its pilot program running through 2026, Utah joins 15 cities and the state of Maine in implementing ranked-choice voting. Most of those jurisdictions, such as Berkeley, California, and Takoma Park, Maryland, are politically progressive. In November, voters in New York City approved a ballot measure allowing the voting system in primaries and special elections of certain municipal elections starting in 2021.

Ranked choice voting? Why progressives want it here 12/19/2019

A look ahead at ranked-choice voting in 2020 01/08/2020

Ranked choice voting could be dream come true 12/23/2019 A bill has been introduced to the Illinois General Assembly that has the potential to make these fantasy scenarios reality. SB 2267 introduces ranked choice voting for state offices, and has the potential to upend the dysfunctional state political process we've become accustomed to.

Where Ranked choice voting is used Ranked choice voting (RCV) is a proven voting method that has been used for major elections in the U.S. and other countries for over a century. Multi-winner RCV was invented in the 1850s, as a proportional representation system to be used in multi-winner elections. In the 1870s, it was adapted to the single-winner form. It is sometimes referred to as “instant runoff voting," “preferential voting,” "proportional representation," "single transferable vote" and a number of other names.

Ranked-Choice Voting Could 'Change The Rules' Of Electoral Politics In Mass. 01/07/2020 Last winter, more than 60% of the voters in Fall River opted to remove Mayor Jasiel Correia from office. Then, something remarkable happened. On the same recall ballot, Correia was allowed to run for reelection against the four other candidates listed. He clung to power with just over a third of the vote. It was a classic example of a what political scientists call a "spoiler election." Joe Pereira, an activist in Fall River who helped organize the recall against Correia, is now calling for a new electoral system he said would stop deeply unpopular leaders from winning in spoiler elections.

Gov. Mills allows ranked-choice voting in Maine’s presidential elections 09/06/2019 AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills decided Friday to let a ranked-choice voting bill become law without her signature, meaning Maine will become the first state in the nation to use the balloting system in presidential elections.

Governor Mills Statement on Ranked Choice Voting for Presidential Primary and General Elections in Maine 09/06/2019

Massachusetts voters may consider ranked-choice voting on 2020 ballot 12/25/2019 Four questions on their way to next year’s ballot are first heading to state lawmakers to give them a chance to act on them before voters weigh in. Supporters of the four proposed laws have already submitted the signatures of more than 80,239 registered voters required by the Massachusetts Constitution to secure a spot on the 2020 ballot. The measures would create a “ranked-choice” voting system in Massachusetts, increase funding for the state’s struggling nursing homes, update the right-to-repair law covering car repairs, and allow food stores to sell beer and wine.

Ranked-choice voting threatens to distort election outcomes 12/12/2019 This is one of many attempts to smear Ranked Choice Voting that doesn't check into how it's worked in some cities or offer an alternative solution to the rigged system that serves corporations rigging economy for the wealthy.

Opinion | It’s time for Michigan to join Maine with ranked-choice voting 01/10/2020

Can Ranked-Choice Voting Save American Democracy? 01/10/2020 By Isaac Chotiner

The somewhat absurd controversy over Maine’s ranked-choice voting system, explained 12/09/2018





Thursday, January 9, 2020

Mass Shootings Down Memory Hole While Military Propaganda Creates New Reality



It didn't take the media more than a week or two to move on to the next obsession du jour after there were two mass shootings in two days, without mentioning any of the other mass shootings by veterans on military bases or the hundreds if not thousands more murders by veterans.

At the same time they're constantly promoting propaganda glorifying veterans giving them a false image, especially around the holidays when they play routine surprise homecomings on national and local news shows.

Not that I'm trying to imply that all veterans are mass shooters; this certainly isn't close to the truth. The vast majority of veterans aren't mass killers, and many of them are the first to recognize this problem and try to solve it, in addition to the veterans that have learned that their government has betrayed them and have joined organizations against wars based on lies.

It would be highly inappropriate to stereotype veterans by saying or implying that they're all alike; yet that's exactly what routine propaganda about them all being heroes when they join the military to "fight for our freedom." But then as soon as they question authority, raising doubts about fighting wars based on lies, they're often demonized as being unpatriotic. Or even worse when some of the most violence ones go on mass shooting sprees, which is far more common than most people realize; then they act as if each shooting is an isolated incident.

I went into this more about five years ago in Teach a soldier to kill and he just might where I cited a surprisingly long list of veterans going on shootings sprees or domestic violence, including murder. In many cases the most common victim of veteran shootings are other veterans and their own family members. These are often the first people to acknowledge the problem and try to solve it; but they get little or no help from the military, which is often more concerned with recruiting more veterans and even creating propaganda to glorify wars, often indirectly by creating a false image of veterans which ignores their real concerns.

These veteran shootings continue to happen on a semi-regular basis, although they're typically only reported as isolated incidents at the local level, with a few higher profile ones; I haven't compiled as long a list or as thorough a review since the one in 2014 but I have covered additional veteran shootings since then some which were listed in a Twitter string about Veterans Shootings these continue to day including a veteran that was arrested and charged for murdering a toddler on New Years Day, several higher profile ones including Mikhail Schmidt, Edward Gallagher & Roy H. Murry, and many more much lower profile ones that are only reported at the local level and they may not always report that those charged are veterans.

Roy H. Murry was an Iraq veteran and former Republican nominee for the State Senate convicted of killing three members of his wife's family and burning their house in an attempt to hide the evidence; Mikhail Schmidt was another Iraq veteran and triathlete who competed in the Iron Man Triathlon who allegedly "Craved the Taste of Blood" and "Missed Thrill of Killing" and claims that "a counter-terror group called 'Agent Orange' implanted nanobots in his brain and activated him to carry out the killing at an Oceanside construction site;" and Edward Gallagher has made more news nationally after Trump pardoned him despite the fact that he posed with the dead bodies of his victims in Iraq and one of his fellow Navy SEALs claimed he was "Freaking Evil."

The vast majority of veterans certainly aren't like this many are far more like those that try to stand up to them; however many others go along with them, including other veterans that posed with Gallagher and numerous other similar incidents that have been reported over the years.



Of course that's not the image the military is trying to present, and they go to the complete opposite extreme creating an image that doesn't stand up to basic scrutiny with propaganda glorifying veterans as if they're all heroes including hundreds of "surprise homecomings" that clearly take an enormous amount of planning, and are often broadcast on national or local TV and at sporting events.



I've been seeing "surprise homecomings" for years now almost every holiday, and often in between for birthdays graduations, and apparently a lot at sporting events. these are all caught on video and broadcast on TV, some of the ones at sporting events show them on a large screen to the audience as it happens. There were at least three of them, where the veteran literally jumps out of boxes disguised as birthday or Christmas presents. At first I thought this was a few isolated cases, but after seeing enough of them it became increasingly obvious that these are happening way to often and following a consistent pattern where veterans, and other institutions like sports stadiums, schools, Sea world, and any place else hosting these affairs clearly has to be involved in the planning for this.

I didn't need any hard evidence to see that this is clearly an organized plan, especially once I started checking to see how many of these events would turn up on Google and quickly found dozens of them, and no doubt could find hundreds if not thousands more if I spent enough time searching for "surprise homecomings" for holidays throughout the year, birthdays and a variety of different sporting events or states.

I don't know when they became so common but I suspect that they gradually increased after the Iraq War and after finding this article The NDAA Legalizes The Use Of Propaganda On The US Public 05/21/2012 I wouldn't be surprised if they increased even more after 2012. There's little or no hard evidence, that I know of showing this is intentional propaganda; however, it's incredibly hard to imagine how there could be so many of these surprise homecomings otherwise and checking for "surprise homecomings turns up at least a couple articles strongly confirming this including this one:

Editorial: Tax-funded propaganda is the norm for government 11/17/2016

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society,” wrote Edward Bernays, regarded as the “father of public relations,” in his 1928 book, “Propaganda.” The U.S. government seems to have gotten the message, spending significant resources on public-relations efforts.

Federal agencies have spent about $1 billion a year over the past decade on advertising and public relations, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. Even this figure likely understates the actual costs, the GAO notes, due to imprecise budget classifications and the difficulty in defining “public relations” activities and personnel.

The Defense Department is responsible for the largest share by far, accounting for 40 percent of all federal public-relations personnel and 60 percent of all PR spending. The Department of Veterans Affairs experienced the largest rate of increase in public relations spending during the period, doubling its PR staff from 144 in 2006 to 286 in 2014 (which was, probably not coincidentally, the year the VA hospital negligence and wait time scandal broke).

The government’s public-relations services include perfectly legitimate functions, such as providing notice of impending regulations and public comment periods or informing the public about health and safety threats. But when the Health and Human Services Department launches an expensive pro-Obamacare advertising campaign, or the Pentagon tries to spin and influence media coverage of military actions, the question we must continually ask is: When does public information cross the line to propaganda?

A report last year from Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake criticized what they called “paid patriotism,” the practice of the military paying pro and college sports teams to perform on-field flag ceremonies, surprise homecomings, wounded warrior tributes, ceremonial first pitches and the like.

“Americans deserve the ability to assume that tributes for our men and women in military uniform are genuine displays of national pride, which many are, rather than taxpayer-funded DoD marketing gimmicks,” they said.

A 2008 New York Times investigation revealed that the retired military officers who serve as “military analysts” on many news programs oftentimes parroted administration talking points in exchange for special briefings and access to administration officials, which many of them used to advance their own business interests by pursuing government defense contracts. Complete article


But apparently they're going even further with their propaganda and their choice of family members and retiring veterans clearly has obvious political implications in the following article about a veteran who served in South Korea, which hasn't been a combat zone in almost six decades, and the wife he was surprising also happens to be a cheer leader and a candidate for political office:

Surprise Military Reunions At NFL Games Reach Peak Bullshit 09/02/2015

During last weekend’s preseason St. Louis Rams game, a familiar ritual played out: With a stadium full of fans and a television audience watching, Rams cheerleader Candace Ruocco Valentine was surprised by the arrival of her husband August Valentine, a Marine Corps first lieutenant, who had just returned home from service abroad.

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These headlines accurately capture what’s imparted in the story-like objects over which they run, which tell the tale of the St. Louis Rams surprising a cheerleader with the return of her military husband from service overseas. As far as we can tell, every element of it is true. It could also be described rather differently.

Candace Ruocco Valentine is in fact a cheerleader for the St. Louis Rams. She made her debut this past weekend, at the very game at which her husband surprised her with his return from abroad. She’s several other things as well: a first lieutenant in the USMC (without wanting to scrutinize the gender politics of something that involves Rampage the Ram too closely, one might wonder why no headline writer went with “Husband Surprises Military Wife At Her Job”); a former White House intern who worked under Laura Bush; and a member of the Ruocco family, which is heavily involved in Illinois Republican politics.

August Valentine, meanwhile, is in fact a first lieutenant in the USMC. He made his surprise return to St. Louis, though, not from, say, the anxiety and peril of a security mission in Anbar province, but from a posting in South Korea, where combat operations wound down 62 years ago. He also happens to be not some anonymous leatherneck but a member of the galactically wealthy Busch family, which built the Anheuser-Busch corporation and, years after the sale of the business, retains incredible power in St. Louis. Valentine’s maternal grandfather, Gussie Busch, is generally credited with building the family business into the biggest brewery in the world; the Rams at one point played in a stadium named for the family.

For perspective, the happy couple had their wedding ceremony at the Vatican. That isn’t to say that rich people don’t deserve nice moments, or that their Rampage-approved emotions are less authentic than anyone else’s, but, along with other basic information about the two, it does slightly complicate the story of a photogenic NFL cheerleader being surprised by her photogenic military husband’s surprise return from service at the football game. So does one of Candace Ruocco Valentine’s Facebook posts, in which she lauds not only the Rams for their efforts to make this reunion happen, but “the mom-with-a-plan: Mrs. Katherine Ruocco.”

Speaking of plans, that would be the same Katherine Ruocco who is running for a state representative’s seat in Illinois, and who now has a patriotic viral video featuring her family—lately seen on Fox News—to share on her campaign’s official Facebook page.

It makes sense that an NFL team would go out of its way to do something special for a member of one of the most powerful families in America instead of, say, a local grunt who’d served in a combat zone, because these reunions really aren’t orchestrated and televised for the benefit of the soldiers and families involved. They are done because cozying up to the military is a good way for the NFL to market itself as a noble civic endeavor while making some extra money, and because the American football-loving public loves a chance to share in a bit of un-earned catharsis—watching two smiling, photogenic soldiers embrace in relief is a great way to forget about all the bodies that have piled up. If a given reunion happens to basically be a viral political ad—and given that Candace Ruocco Valentine is not only the member of two connected families and a former White House intern but has pursued or is pursuing both a JD and a doctorate in public policy analysis, one suspects that this moment may be shared on some campaign page of her own before too long—it’s hard to be too put out. That is, after all, what they all are. Complete article


If this isn't considered hard evidence of obvious propaganda I can't imagine what is.

With so many of these surprise homecomings they have to be careful to select veterans that they think will reflect well on the military; they can't all be from privileged families that use their connections to help create propaganda. And they also have to be aware of all the mass shootings or studies showing that rates of domestic violence are higher in the military, as well as in the police force, than they are among the general public.

Hollywood certainly considered this when they created "Wag the Dog" over twenty years ago and Woody Harrelson played the person they chose to present as a "war hero" who they wanted to nickname "Old Shoe" so they picked Sgt. William Schumann. However after committing themselves to this person without running a background check they found out he was in prison for rape and that he was a psychopath; but by the time they learned this they already committed to him and decided to go ahead with it anyway and he was sent t other custody when he escaped, tried to rape someone and was killed, in self defense. They managed to cover this up and changed the plan to glorifying him as a veteran who died serving his country creating what they called "The Ballad of 303" which was a clear variation of "The Ballad of the Green Berets which was a hit song in 1966; however the veteran singer, Barry Sadler who "killed a country music songwriter named Lee Emerson Bellamy ..... According to court records, Sadler had then placed a handgun in Bellamy's van, presumably to strengthen his claim of self-defense."

He served a total of twenty-eight days in jail, which presumably few if any military veterans could get away with that aren't famous; he was eventually shot in the head putting him in a coma and eventually killing him, under circumstances that aren't fully explained.



The Hollywood propaganda version is obviously an exaggeration, if not a total fabrication, of some of the problems they have with violent veterans that have committed murder or gone on mass shootings sprees, including Ivan Lopez who went on a mass shootings spree at Fort Hood Texas after they refused to give him leave time to go home when his mother died.

And there are plenty more stories about the more violent veterans that do get in more trouble, either for murder domestic abuse or lots of fights, including in the memoirs of many of the most famous veterans that don't describe noble attitudes concerned about fighting for freedom at all, including Michael Walsh author of "Seal" and Chris Kyle author of “American Sniper” both who report about large number of fights often bragging about them, sometimes over petty reasons. According to Kyle's book he allegedly encountered a celebrity, who turned out to be Jesse Ventura, who said that they shouldn't have been in Iraq, and that he turned up at a funeral with a black eye after this strongly implying that he punched him out over the argument. Jesse Ventura eventually won a libel suit against him; but even if you accept Kyle's version of events it seems to imply that punching someone out for telling the truth about a war which was based on lies is justification for punching someone out.

Some of these memoirs brag about using force to get their way, and they're often the ones considered most heroic; but of course, that's not all veterans but the military actually encourages this type of behavior in their training starting with boot camp indoctrination where drill instructors teach cadets to blindly obey orders and believe what they're told to believe.

If there were only one or two of these surprise homecomings that might not impact the vast majority of other veterans; however since they're being done on a massive scale it's clear that those chosen to participate in them do so at the expense of those that are turned down. The public never hears about the vast majority of of veterans that are often turned down to make up for shortages; however samples of their stories are told in numerous memoirs. These aren't limited to being unable to go home for the holidays, of course.

One example which is cited in "As You Were: To war And Back" Christian Davenport involved a veteran who tried to call the hotline for veterans with PTSD who wanted to get help and got the run-around with little or no response. She heard about a meeting offering help for veterans with problems and decided to attend; but got so angry that she started yelling at the speaker about how many problems there were with their programs and stormed out. She later encountered the same speaker and instead of reprimanding her for disorderly conduct to an officer seemed sympathetic and told her that he wanted her to call a number that he gave he. She seemed to think he was sincere and thought that this might help; but when she got home and looked at the number she realized that it was the same hotline that had already given her the run around.

On one recent occasion a relatively minor attempt at propaganda backfired in a major way when it was presented on social media; the Army Tweeted "Hear from Pfc. Nathan Spencer, a scout with @FightingFirst who shares how the #USArmy has influenced his life," with a video from a veteran talking about positive things the army did for his life then followed up by asking other veterans How has serving impacted you? 05/23/2019 The vast majority of responses were overwhelmingly negative talking about how much damage the military did to their life. I had to scroll down though a few dozen before seeing a joke that might be considered mildly positive and another dozen or two before seeing a tweet that was clearly positive. It must be at least 95-98% negative with some horrible claims. A few of these were compiled in The US Army Asked Twitter How Service Has Impacted People. The Answers Were Gut-Wrenching. 05/25/2019 and These 30 Responses To U.S. Army Asking ‘How Has Serving Impacted You?’ Was Not What They Were Expecting To Hear June 2019

This is a clear indication that if they allow equal input from social media their propaganda won't even come close to holding up. the only reason they can get away with this is because large institutions are all controlled by wealthy people including the six corporations that control the media and they have hundreds of high paid propagandists that study how to manipulate the public to believing what they're told even when it often contradicts overwhelming evidence!

Stories like this are repeated over and over again from many veterans in memoirs or elsewhere; but they're not the image the military depicts in their propaganda which is nothing like reality. While the version presented by mainstream media and the military is constantly glorifying the military repeating claims that they're fighting for our freedom over and over again, memoirs or alternative media outlets routinely tell a totally different version of reality exposing enormous amount of corrupt, lies about weapons of mass destruction, babies being removed from incubators, the Gulf of Tonkin and reminding the public that the Vietnamese signed their own Declaration of Independence, and that many of the leaders we're fighting against often have far more support from their own people, meaning that our military isn't fighting to defend democracy at all!





If one of the leading propagandist for the Vietnam war can't demonstrate with his actions that they;re fighting for freedom, especially since the Vietnamese people never tried to invade our country and only wanted to choose their own leaders, that should raise major doubts about the media's propaganda. But of course the best research into the truth about wars is absent from mainstream media, so it often goes without scrutiny, even if it doesn't seem to make sense, since it's at best an incomplete story.
Ballad of the Green Berets

Barry Sadler

Fighting Soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the Green Beret

Silver Wings upon their chest
These are men America's best
100 men will test today
But only 3 win the Green Beret

Trained to live of nature's land
Trained in combat hand to hand
Men who fight by night and day
Courage take from the Green Beret

Silver Wings upon their chest
These are men America's best
100 men will test today
But only 3 win the Green Beret

Back at home a young wife waits
Her Green Beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her his last request

Put Silver Wings on my son's chest
Make him one of America's best
He'll be a man he'll test one day
Have him win the Green Beret

There should be no doubt that the vast majority of veterans don't go into the army thinking that they're going to fight wars base don lies, but all to often they find out the hard way, either that or they accept the propaganda without thinking it thorugh and go into denial, which is almost certainly a major contributing factor of PTSD. No one would want to believe that Tim McIlrath's version with "Rise Against" is closer to truth but for many it just might be:
Hero of War

Rise Against

He said son, have you seen the world?
Well, what would you say if I said that you could
Just carry this gun, you'll even get paid
I said that sounds pretty good

Black leather boots
Spit-shined so bright
They cut off my hair but it looked alright
We marched and we sang
We all became friends
As we learned how to fight

A hero of war
Yeah that's what I'll be
And when I come home
They'll be damn proud of me
I'll carry this flag
To the grave if I must
Cause it's a flag that I love
And a flag that I trust

I kicked in the door
I yelled my commands
The children, they cried
But I got my man
We took him away
A bag over his face
From his family and his friends

They took off his clothes
They pissed in his hands
I told them to stop
But then I joined in
We beat him with guns
And batons not just once
But again and again

A hero of war
Yeah that's what I'll be
And when I come home
They'll be damn proud of me
I'll carry this flag
To the grave if I must
Cause it's a flag that I love
And a flag that I trust

She walked through bullets and haze
I asked her to stop
I begged her to stay
But she pressed on
So I lifted my gun
And I fired away

And the shells jumped through the smoke
And into the sand
That the blood now had soaked
She collapsed with a flag in her hand
A flag white as snow

A hero of war
Is that what they see?
Just medals and scars
So damn proud of me
And I brought home that flag
Now it gathers dust
But it's a flag that I love
The only flag that I trust

He said, son, have you seen the world?
Well what would you say, if I said that you could?

It may not be clear in the lyrics but according to Hero of War description he finds out the hard way that the girl he shot was carrying a flag of surrender, and that's the one he took home and trusted more than the one he started out with. The most credible news or propaganda is rarely ever what the media or the government gives to the majority of the public.
Ain’t no use in going back
Jody’s got your Cadillac

Ain’t no use in calling home
Jody’s got your girl and gone

Ain’t no use in feeling blue
Jody’s got your sister too
.....
Mama Mama can’t you see
What this Army’s done for me

Mama Mama can’t you see
This Army life is killing me

The following are some additional sources, including more about violent veterans and dozens of stories or videos about these surprise homecomings which are almost certainly only a small fraction of what they've been putting out:

Gabriel Antonio Romero: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know 12/15/2019

Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting 12/14/2019

The heart-melting moment a soldier surprises his family by jumping out of a gift box after nine months in Afghanistan 12/24/2014

Fort Hood shooter, Ivan Lopez, denied leave day of rampage, source says 04/04/2014

Navy SEALs Call Edward Gallagher “Freaking Evil” and “Toxic” in Leaked Videos 12/28/2019 Three SEALs said they saw Gallagher stab a teenager who was in their custody and barely conscious. Gallagher then conducted a ceremony in which he treated the teenager’s body like a trophy. “I was listening to it, and I was just thinking, like, this is the most disgraceful thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Miller told investigators.

Iraq war veteran found guilty of murder; jury to determine sanity 09/19/2019 An Iraq war veteran who said nanobots injected into his brain by a secret government agency compelled him to kill a sleeping stranger in Oceanside two years ago was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder.

Veteran on trial for murder says Marines put nanobots in his brain 09/17/2019

Family describes slain plumber as 'beautiful soul,' relieved about Oceanside arrest 11/2/2019 Twelve hours later, officers arrested an Oceanside triathlete and former Marine instructor in connection with the homicide. Mikhail Schmidt, 30, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder on Monday and is being held on $3 million bail.

Marine On Trial for Murder ‘Missed Thrill of Killing’: DA 09/11/2019

‘Craved the Taste of Blood’: US Marine Veteran Sentenced for Stabbing and Killing Construction Worker 10/22/2019

Military mom surprises son during Shamu show at SeaWorld 08/10/2015 (1)

US soldier in Iraq surprises son by jumping out of present 01/31/2009 (2)

VIDEO: Soldier surprises mom and sisters with unexpected Christmas homecoming 12/28/2019 (3)

Soldier Surprised Her Son By Jumping Out Of A Gift Box At School 12/24/2012 (4)

The 14 Best Military Homecomings At Sporting Events (5-18)  and there are many more: 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38,39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45,

The NFL and the military: a love affair as strange and cynical as ever 09/11/2015

How Pro Sports Became Part of the U.S. Military’s War Machine 08/20/2018

Surprise Military Reunions At NFL Games Reach Peak Bullshit 09/02/2015 Speaking of plans, that would be the same Katherine Ruocco who is running for a state representative’s seat in Illinois, and who now has a patriotic viral video featuring her family—lately seen on Fox News—to share on her campaign’s official Facebook page.

Mississippi Army Sergeant Charged with Murder of Wife 12/26/2019

Iraq War veteran accused of killing Richmond cop testifies in court 10/24/2017 An Iraq War veteran on trial for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend’s father last year took the stand in his own defense Monday in Solano County Superior Court. Robert J. Vega, 32, of Fairfield is charged with murder and kidnapping.

Iraq War veteran, Roy H. Murry, charged with murder in deaths of relatives 06/02/2015

Iraq veterans leave a trail of death and heartbreak in U.S. 01/13/2008

North Carolina man, an active duty military member, charged with murder in toddler’s death on New Year’s Day 01/06/2020

Marine deserter sought in Virginia murder hid in camper as investigators tore it apart: report 12/14/2019

Marines: Hanukkah stabbing suspect kicked out of boot camp 12/31/2019

90-year-old homicide victim was once linked to contract killing 12/31/2019 Victim was a Marine who stayed out of trouble for decades, often helping others, after serving time for alleged part in contract killing.

UPDATE: Wanted Marine found hiding in attic 12/03/2019 ROANOKE, VIRGINIA (WITN) - Authorities say a Marine that was wanted in the murder of his mother's boyfriend was found hiding in an attic.

Judge blasts former Marine who killed two women, says he'll 'never see a day of freedom in his life' 10/18/2019

Former Marine accused of rape and murder 43 years after woman’s death 06/01/2019 Eddie Lee Anderson, 66, is charged with one count of murder with a special allegation of rape, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. The criminal complaint was filed in Orange County Superior Court on May 24, the day Anderson was arrested at his home in River Ridge, La.

DNA Leads To Arrest Of Marine Veteran In 1976 Slaying Of Woman Who Disappeared In Costa Mesa 05/31/2019

2 active shooters in one week prompt questions about military bases' ban on firearms 12/06/2019 To have two shootings clustered one after another on military bases is unusual. In the past two decades, there have only been about seven other active shootings on bases; the deadliest was a November 2009 shooting spree in Fort Hood, Texas, which killed 13 and injured 32. (Limited definition of "active shootings on bases" presumably ignores many other shootings or murders which haven't been fully complied.)

A History of Shootings at Military Installations in the U.S. 09/16/2013 updated on 12/06/2019

Stop Telling Veterans That They Are Heroes 09/18/2019

The US Army Asked Twitter How Service Has Impacted People. The Answers Were Gut-Wrenching. 05/25/2019

A cross-partisan movement dedicated to promoting and advancing principled veteran leadership in order to reduce polarization

Veterans Campaign These recruitment organizations point out that there are far fewer veterans in Congress than there used to be; however the don't mention that there are also far fewer veterans in the general population than there used to be dropping from above fifty percent of males in the fifties to below ten percent now, and there are still a far higher percentage veterans in Congress than the general population.

Get On Back Home

How has serving impacted you? My children's father used his military leave to periodically return to town to try to kill me and cause other havoc. He was never held accountable. One time he took our son and I haven't seen him since. I'm sure he's ok with his service. I'm still traumatized. Thanks. 01/0/2020 He actually got into the Army because his recruiting officer went to the DA and got his guilty judgment for assault (against me) overturned. The Army has rewarded him well for making my life hell.

“American Sniper” Chris Kyle Distorted His Military Record, Documents Show 05/25/2016





Thursday, January 2, 2020

Walmart Crime Report December 2019



Walmart had at least twelve more shootings this month, with two of them fatal. There were an additional five more people killed at Walmart, four bodies that were found on the premises, which don't appear to involve crimes, one motorcyclist killed in an accident and a man stabbed to death. This doesn't count an additional five people that died in a twin engine plane crash that landed in a field next to Walmart.

This is fewer than average for both shootings and murders this year; however, it would have been above average for both several years ago and this year broke records for both with a total of at least on-hundred-fifty-one shootings for the year and one-hundred-thirty-three deaths. The previous record for shootings was in 2017 which had at least one-hundred-twenty-one shootings and last year there were at least one-hundred-four deaths; if there were more deaths in previous years it certainly wouldn't have been much more than that.

The final shooting on New Year's Eve left a victim in critical condition, if he dies then that would raise the death total by one more; and the first shooting of 2020 happened on New Year's Day, which isn't surprising since this is one of the most violent days of the year. Since the new record is so much higher than the previous one, there's little chance that they'll break it for another year or two at least; however, if they don't do something to bring their crime and violence problem down that's not much to brag about.

The shootings include, 15 shootings and 5 deaths in January; 12 shootings and 9 deaths in February; 13 shootings and 10 deaths in March; 11 shootings and 10 deaths in April; 4 shootings and 8 deaths in May; 14 shootings and 13 deaths in June; 11 shootings and 12 deaths in July; 18-20 shootings and 31 deaths in August; 8-9 shootings and 6 deaths in September; 14 shootings and 8 deaths in October; 19 shootings and 13 deaths in November; and twelve more shootings and eight deaths from December.

One of these shootings didn't turn up in the news on a Google search until eleven days after it happened, even though there were eight shots fired. These shootings include any case where at least one shot was fired on the premises of Walmart or a handful at Sam's Club or as a result of crimes that began there. There's only a handful that took place off the premises often after a chase that began at Walmart.

There was one more shooting that happened after a pursuit of an armed robber this month who evaded police several times for at least three days before they eventually caught him after an officer involved shooting, which took place elsewhere and this isn't counted among the shootings. This was among more than a dozen additional gun crimes that took place at Walmart last month, more than half armed robberies, a couple shootings scares where no shots were actually fired and at least one domestic incident.

Another of their shoplifting suspects was added to the Tennessee most wanted list for a murder that took place elsewhere; and there were at least half a dozen assaults on employees often while trying to prevent shoplifting, including one case where a man beat an elderly employee just for looking at him the wrong way and another where an employee was bit. There were also at least three kidnapping attempts and three major assaults, including two robberies and one where a customer was angry because someone took to long at the self-check-out lane; and four more sexual assaults.

Walmart prosecuted a blind shopper for petty theft in NH at tax payer expense in a trial that must have cost thousands of dollars and the prosecutors and judge went along with it and convicted him, which is a brazen example of bureaucracy gone mad. There's little or no consideration of prosecuting Walmart for deceptive advertising as a bait and switch.

A couple more Walmarts had reports of spikes in crime, including one that specified violent crime; and another that had a 'Shoplifting blitz' where police worked undercover to catch people stealing at the self-checkout lane. there's little or no discussion about whether this should be considered a form of entrapment nor do they make any research to show whether they spend more money than they save by cutting on employees to catch shoplifters at the self checkout lane. If they gather this information, which is almost guaranteed, it's almost certainly considered proprietary, even though the courts foot the bill for a lot of the efforts to arrest people at tax payer expense.

Small business don't get to benefit from this tactic, and they're being driven out of business by Walmart even though they have much less crime problems.

A Texas woman is suing Walmart for razor blades in their shopping carts; this has been a growing problem for years where shoplifters put them there to cut packaging and Walmart and many police departments or media outlets know about it; yet they often act as if they don't know why the razor blades keep turning up. If they're not sharing information so they know what's going on that strongly implies that someone in power is trying to prevent it. Occasionally local news outlets or police report on this but most act as if they don't know about it.

One Walmart employee was arrested for "posing as police officer" in a case that the management almost certainly must have known about yet they're not being investigated. another one is being accused of making homophobic slurs; and a disgruntled employee threatened to blow up the store, yet Cramer, host of "Mad Money says it's a great company, and I suppose we're supposed to assume that he's not being paid to provide propaganda for them even though he does a terrible job at it.

Walmart had at least ten fires last month including at least two arsons, and more that are under investigation that might turn out to be arson, although a few of them are almost certainly maintenance problems; four of them were vehicle fires, including one that killed a dog inside. One of the arsons was intended to distract from a shoplifting, which never works but they keep trying.

In addition to the motorcyclist who was killed, there were another sixteen or so crashes, chases, carjackings hit and runs or other vehicular crimes, including several children or elderly people hit by cars, and one car that crashed right into the store, which happens almost every month, occasionally going right down the aisles, although this crash ended just after it went through the doors.



In addition to the stabbing death there were another half a dozen knife crimes including one that wasn't reported until weeks later. I haven't done what I would consider a conclusive statistical study but delayed reporting of major crime may be getting more common after more people have learned of Walmart's crime problems. There ties to other corporations including Google have been increasing which raises the possibility that they might be subtly suppressing some of the news of their high crime problems. There have been additional hints of this possibility including the increased number of media reports claiming that certain crimes happened "near Walmart" in what used to be reported as happening in Walmart parking lots; this became more common after national reports by Bloomberg in August 2016 spurred an increase in local reports about their crime problems at Walmart.

Walmart had numerous other crimes including several sexual assaults, fights with police, thefts of Salvation Army Kettles, one of which was replaced by an anonymous donor, panics caused by empty threats to ram a military vehicle into the store or loud noises in at least two different examples, one caused by fireworks, assaults, shoplifting sprees that run into thousands of dollars and much more, often that never make it into the news like thousands of shoplifting's that happen every day often walking out with entire shopping carts full of merchandise.

With Walmart's crime problems there's no surprise that they often overreact, and they have regular lawsuits from people claiming to be falsely accused including one this month from someone accused of shoplifting just before Christmas a year or to ago. This year they had a sting to catch people at the self-checkout lane just before Christmas and at the same time they're cutting holiday pay for their workers which is spurring calls for a boycott, this is especially important since the workers are the ones at risk of the crime not the executives that are taking all the money while suppressing worker pay!

One man says his car burst into flames after getting an oil change at Walmart, when he called them to report a problem they told him to drive it back which was when the fire happened then blamed him for driving despite telling him to do just that, not warning him not to. Another customer claims they were scammed after buying a display watch & in both cases Walmart refused to take responsibility, as of these reports they still haven't but usually after getting lots of media attention they reluctantly do in the end, but you have to be prepared to shame them to hold them accountable or boycott them which may be even better.

A 6-year-old girl found a Christmas card with an apparent call for help from a prisoner in China inside, which happens every year, often allegedly done by workers rights advocates, although they rarely prove it. One article starts with a note written in "Mandarin Chinese" that was translated by the person who found it, which raises the possibility that either it's authentic, or if not, then this person who bought might have been involved in faking it, otherwise most people would have tossed it assuming that it's trivial and it would have been an obvious waste. After a long article about their investigation it lists several examples that were probably authentic, although one of them was done at the urging of workers rights groups, but people who only read the beginning would never get this far.

Even if some of these notes are proven to be fake there are plenty of legitimate stories about oppression of workers rights & there's little doubt that they ship manufacturing jobs to the other side of the world so they can do just that and suppress local wages at the same time. We don't need gimmicks to know that we should demand full disclosure and stop requiring local workers to compete with virtual slaves. Consumers don't benefit from this since the money they pay is often used for massive shipping and distribution costs, including union busting leading to lower quality merchandise.

Walmart is also using an "8-Year-Old YouTube Influencer" to create advertising targeting children. the research done to expose how this is a form of indoctrination is never mentioned by mainstream media but has been exposed by good researchers like Susan Linn, author of "Consuming Kids" and Juliet Schor author of "Born to Buy." marketing to children impairs development of critical thinking skills and is a form of legalized fraud!



This marketing isn't limited to kids Al Norman points out that the mainstream media routinely presents obvious advertisements as news stories which is a service that no small business can take advantage of this has become routine, and demonstrates that we have an oligarchy system not a free market. There are only six media companies covering over ninety percent of national news and they play enormous favoritism for a small number of other oligarchs that often have interlocking boards of directors or stockholders.

Walmart had another recall for boiled-eggs after a listeria outbreak that killed at least one person and caused more hospitalization; and another one for infant ibuprofen; Water Gremlin items are no longer available at Walmart but they didn't recall existing ones and "up to 24 children may have been poisoned by take-home lead dust"

Walmart is involved in lawsuits all over the country to lower their property tax assessments, including several where the courts have ruled against them, but also some ruling in their favor, one which is being appealed. They had a history of negotiating lower tax deals across the country which is part of the pay they put other small businesses out of business, and these companies had far less crime problems; so this is part of their ongoing effort to rig the economy in their favor, while also leading to higher crime and depriving local governments of the funds they need to function, since they can no longer collect taxes from companies that were driven out of business by Walmart!

Walmart has reluctantly supported 'Reasonable Controls' over collection and use of personal data, but has kept this use secret along with almost everything else they do. They've been exposed again for not matching employee donations to charity while trying to take credit for the program, as some other companies do match them.

They continue with their revolving door for executives moving from their management to management of other oligarchs, and are routinely being exposed at various petty scams or incompetent bureaucratic blunders like canceling orders for iPhones, giving shoppers empty gift cards, denying a sheriff that wants to buy thousands of dollars of gift cards for charity, even a woman who's daughter allegedly choked on a zipper in a pie bought at Walmart, yet media gives them enormous amount of positive coverage including at least one award for retailer of the year without mentioning the fact that this was a result of preferential treatment by government and the media not high customer satisfaction!

One Walmart is investigating whether local workers misused funds donated for a layaway from a NFL Player who gave them a check worth more than their total layaways, allegedly they distributed the money among top workers at the store but left at least one person out and he blew the whistle on them. They also paid out at least $3.2 million to settle Lehigh Valley shooting case, which may indicate that many other gun dealers might be held liable for mass shootings if they sell to at risk buyers.

In Kansas City they told and African American councilwoman to wait after she rung something up at the self-checkout lane, and she claims that it was racial profiling. If they did a better job coming up with excuses there might be less doubt; but the changing claims indicates that at a minimum they were being deceptive about their denials in this case.



I don't know about you but I', not convinced that the best place to drive a stolen Walmart motorized cart is to the courthouse with a weak explanation that he built it himself; this was easily exposed.

Setting Bibles on fire to create a distraction isn't a very effective way to get away with shoplifting any more than it's an effective way to teach higher morality; however this tactic is still repeated over and over again anyway.

They also had a visit from a local coyote in Michigan; I don't see why they don't let them do their shopping at Walmart although coyotes might be smart enough to go elsewhere.

Walmart may also being sued by Columbia after they were shamed into withdrawing half a dozen or so sweaters on their web page including one saying "let it snow" with Santa sitting behind a table with lines of cocaine, and a reference to it being from Columbia. This is part of an annual ritual that often happens during the holidays, including Christmas and Halloween. They almost always have to apologize for Halloween costumes, and a few months ago they also had to take a shirt off their web site that said "gun control is being able to hit your target."

This year in addition to apologizing for the sweater with Santa doing cocaine they also had to retract several other Santa's that were sexually provocative with cartoon characters that were partially nude. If they only did this once or twice then you might think it's a mistake; however when they keep doing it over and over again it's clear they're not trying to stop it, perhaps are even happy with the publicity.

But at least they're happy to search for missing people including "Mr. Clinton Killdepstein."

Many conspiracy theorists doubt that Epstein killed himself; however that's not a guarantee that he was killed by any of the Clinton's nor does it guarantee that well intended Walmart workers that fall for pranks are the most reliable source for conspiracy theories.



Psst Walmart lawyers, from the corporate office, I notice you haven't sent a cease and desist notification yet; I assume you realize that even though you can afford many more lawyers than me, that the truth is still a defense against libel, in a free country, and that you've learned from past efforts to threaten people that they backfire when attention is drawn to it. That might draw attention to past similar incidents. 😉

Strange things happen at Walmart!





In 2006 Wake Up Walmart did a study, "Is Walmart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Walmart which showed that it increased when Walmarts opened up and that crime was higher at Walmart than at other retailers. Since then Walmart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Walmart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country; now after counting them for several years that average is over two per week. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Walmart 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 Walmart’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 Walmart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Walmart 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 Walmart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Walmart 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 December 2019. According to the "Is Walmart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Walmart, 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 Walmart.



PD: Man exposes himself to girls in Christmas aisle at Ariz. Walmart 12/02/2019

Death investigation underway in Radcliff Ky. near Walmart 12/03/2019

RADCLIFF, Ky. — An Elizabethtown man has been charged with murder in connection to a fatal shooting outside of a Radcliff Walmart.

Officers found the victim's body Monday night in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter off Wilson Road. Police believe the victim is 19 years old.

Police have charged Kendall Lincoln, 21, with murder and robbery.

According to the arrest report, Lincoln shot the victim eight times with a .45 caliber handgun and stole a handgun and promethazine from the victim.

Lincoln confessed to the shooting while being interviewed by police.

"Right now we don’t feel like this was a random act of violence in our community. We feel like the victim was known to the offender," Chief Jeff Cross said. Complete article

Death investigation underway in Radcliff Ky. near Walmart 12/03/2019

Man found shot, killed in Walmart parking lot identified 12/03/2019


Police seeking clues following reported robbery at Okla. Walmart 12/02/2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who allegedly robbed a cash center inside a busy grocery store.

On Nov. 26, Oklahoma City officers were called to a reported robbery at the check-cashing facility inside Walmart, located at 6100 W. Reno Ave.

According to the police report, the victim says she was behind the counter when a man handed her a note on a dirty piece of printer paper.

“[The victim] dropped the note and the [suspect] said in an aggressive tone, ‘Hurry up and read the note or I’ll shoot!’ [The victim] became nervous and read the note which she remembers as saying, ‘Don’t panic or I’ll shoot. I have a gun, put all the money in a bag!” the report states.

The victim says she gave the suspect all of the money from her register, and he left the store. Complete article


BCSO searching for man accused of setting trash on fire at Kirby Tx. Walmart 12/02/2019

Authorities are searching for a man accused of setting a pile of trash on fire next to a Kirby Walmart.

Just before midnight on Sunday, a Walmart employee told the man the store was closing in five minutes, officials on scene said. The employee then saw someone take a propane tank to some wood logs outside and, shortly after, he reported seeing smoke.

The suspect is thought to have escaped through a side door. The store was evacuated, and the fire was extinguished quickly, said Monica Ramos, a spokeswoman with Bexar County. Complete article


Tx. Woman sues Walmart after she says razor blade cut her 12/02/2019

AUSTIN, Texas (KVUE) — A Texas woman never thought she would need to check under store carts for something like a razor blade, until she said a blade cut her several times at a Walmart in Austin, Texas.

“I had several cuts to my hands and at that point. I had lost so much blood I lost consciousness," said Silver Taylor. “[I had] large lacerations on my hands. I also hit my head pretty hard and I fell hard on my back.”

Taylor said she didn't even notice until someone else pointed out the blood on her hands. The incident put her in the hospital and now she's dealing with a slow recovery.

"I can't do normal things, so I feel helpless. I didn't get to make Thanksgiving dinner. That's not fair. It's not fair," said Taylor. Complete article


12-year-old boy molested in Yakima Wash. Walmart store 12/02/2019

YAKIMA, Wash. - Police say they responded to a Walmart store in Yakima where they believe a 12-year-old boy was molested in the bathroom.

Authorities say the victim was washing his hands there on Wednesday when a 29-year-old man approached him and offered to zip up his pants.

The boy told police he did not have a zipper on his pants, but he says the suspect reached inside of his boxer briefs anyway.

That's when the boy pushed the man away and ran out of the bathroom, investigators say. Complete article

Registered sex offender accused of molesting boy, 12, in Wash. Walmart bathroom, police say 12/03/2019


Employee at South Nashville Tenn. Walmart accused of posing as police officer 12/03/2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A 21-year-old Walmart employee in South Nashville has been charged with impersonating law enforcement after investigators say he posed as a Tennessee State University police officer.

According to an arrest warrant, Metro police responded around 4 p.m. Sunday to the business on Nolensville Pike at Harding Place to assist an off-duty TSU officer who was “actively fighting” a suspected shoplifter.

The paperwork states the employee, Seth Mills identified himself as a TSU officer and was wearing full police gear, including police patches, a sidearm and a raid vest with “police” written across the front.

The following day, Metro police said they determined Mills was not a TSU officer and was not certified to wear the police gear and equipment. Complete article


Man accused of shoplifting fights deputy at Cortana La. Walmart, is arrested 12/02/2019

BATON ROUGE – Officials say a deputy with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office worked with one of Cortana Walmart’s Asset Protection Associates to apprehend a particularly resistant shoplifter.

A police report says on the evening of Black Friday, Antoine Parker attempted to leave Walmart with 33 stolen items, amounting to a total of $379.70. Police say Parker tried to hide the stolen goods in multiple gift bags, but his attempt was thwarted when an observant Walmart Asset Protection Associate noticed and called police in to assist.

According to a police report, Parker was nearly out of the store when the Walmart Associate shouted at him to stop. Deputies say Parker did not comply and became increasingly resistant when he was approached by a police officer. Parker allegedly made a scene, attempting to evade both the Walmart Associate and police officer, who were finally able to restrain him by using both handcuffs and leg irons. Complete article


Walmart evacuates after caller threatens to ram military vehicle into store, NC cops say 12/02/2019

A Walmart was evacuated after someone threatened to run a military vehicle into the store, North Carolina officials say.

It turned out to be a prank by a pair of juveniles, according to a Washington Police Department spokesperson. Complete article


Judge finds blind North Conway NH Walmart shopper guilty on two charges 12/02/2019

CONWAY — A judge has found a blind shopper guilty of willfully concealing a can of corned beef hash and a bath towel while using the self-scan checkout last year at the Walmart in North Conway.

Andrew Airey, 39, was cleared of three misdemeanor charges of taking a frozen pizza, toothbrushes and oyster crackers.

Conway District Court Judge Michael H. Garner, who presided over Airey’s Nov. 5 bench trial, released his order last week.

Airey is to be sentenced on Dec. 10. Garner said in his order that the hearing may be waived if Airey and the Conway Police Department agree upon what he called “an appropriate sentence,” adding that the court “will likely ratify it.”

Airey became completely blind a decade ago as the result of juvenile macular degeneration.

At his trial, Airey and his attorneys argued that Walmart’s self-checkout terminals were unfriendly to the disabled and that the married father of four must wear binocular glasses and use devices to help him “see.” ......

On the last occasion, Colella said Airey was determined to have 37 items, valued at almost $148, that had not been scanned and that he did not pay for before leaving the Walmart. Complete article


Social Media Calling for a Boycott of Walmart 12/02/2019

Cancel Culture is in full effect right now. This time Walmart is feeling the wrath of social media. Last week it was brought to light that Walmart does not pay its employees and staff extra to work on the holidays.

Now retailers aren't legally required to pay employees overtime for working holidays. However, many stores like Target, Macy's, and JCPenney still do. Instead of paying their workers overtime for working during Thanksgiving or Christmas, the market instead offers employees 10% and 15% discounts. Not to mention, the 15% discount is only available for two days. Complete article


Cramer: Walmart is a great online and offline company (Video) 12/02/2019 🤦‍♂️ 🤔😆😂🤣🤣🤣 🤦‍♀️

Black Friday shoppers spent less time in stores and more time shopping online this year and that trend is expected to continue through “Cyber Monday.” CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” crew discuss. Complete article


Walmart mistakenly advertises recruiting employees Israel 12/02/2019

The company has been posting job listings on LinkedIn in recent weeks looking for cashiers, food handlers, pharmacists, and merchandise stockers in Jerusalem, the business website Calcalist reported.

As it turned out however, this was in fact, an error in the job listing itself, as when clicking on the link led instead to a listing for Salem, Illinois.

Calcalist reported last year that representatives of Walmart visited Israel to look into the possibility of opening a branch in the country, which seemed to bring credence to the idea that this was indeed possible. In an economic conference in Davos, Switzerland, one of Walmart's senior employees, John Farmer, met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's economic consultant Avi Simhon where they discussed the possibility of Walmart in Israel. Complete article


VIDEO: Shoplifter almost ditches young boy at Winter Haven Fla. Walmart 12/03/2019

Rostraver Pa. Walmart sells lottery ticket worth more than $1 million 12/0/2019

JCPD: Man arrested after fraudulently buying items at Tenn. Walmart, bringing meth into jail 12/03/2019

Family of S.C. man shot and killed by police at Walmart looking for answers 12/02/2019

Dumfries men charged with shoplifting from Sterling Walmart 12/02/2019

Police: Registered sex offender accused of molesting boy in Pa. Walmart bathroom 12/03/2019

Trio accused of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of Apple products from Illinois Walmart 12/03/2019 The officer allegedly found more than $15,000 of unopened Apple products inside the vehicle. Police said their investigation revealed the trio went to several Walmart stores the previous day, including ones in Litchfield and Highland. According to police, additional work by Det. Steve Deist showed the unopened products found in the car were from a Walmart in Taylorville.

$2,000 in Apple products stolen from Galesburg Ill. Walmart 12/04/2019

Montgomery Alabama Police Investigating Armed Robbery at Ann Street Walmart 12/03/2019

Montgomery police are investigating a robbery of a person in the 900 block of Ann Street at about 7 p.m. Monday.

The adult male victim says he met the suspect at Walmart on Ann Street in order to sell electronics. The suspect robbed him of the electronics at gunpoint.

The victim was not injured and no arrests have been made. Complete article


POLICE: Sound of glass shattering prompted Tx. Walmart shooting call 12/03/2019

SAN ANTONIO — Although police were called out to a East Side Walmart for a shooting, they say nothing actually happened.

According to San Antonio police, officers arrived to the Walmart in the 2100 block of SE Loop 410 for a shooting.

Investigation revealed witnesses heard a loud sound and ran to the back of the store. However, officers say the sound they heard was a glass window shattering. Complete article


Warrant issued for Frazee man in Detroit Lakes Minn. Walmart parking lot stabbings 12/03/2019 Major stabbing that wasn't reported in previous monthly crime report for November 2018

A warrant has been issued in Becker County District Court for a man accused of stabbing two other men in the Detroit Lakes Walmart parking lot last year.

Anthony Linus Orner, 35, of Frazee was charged in Becker County District Court with two felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to court records, on Nov. 19, 2018, he showed up at the Walmart parking lot, angry because his girlfriend was at Walmart with two men. He pulled her out of the car that the three were sitting in, then he got into the back seat and started stabbing the two men in the car, according to court records.

A law enforcement officer who went to the emergency room after the stabbing found them lying in hospital beds with occlusive bandages on their sides and tubes in their chests. One had suffered a collapsed lung from a stab wound on the left side and was “moaning in agony,” according to court records.

The second man had stab wounds in his left arm and left chest area and underwent trauma surgery for respiratory distress.

The girlfriend was arrested on a warrant in May, and told investigators that immediately after the assault, Orner told her that he stabbed the two men, seemed proud of it, and said he turned the knife while stabbing the first man. He kept the knife and later threw it out the vehicle window, she said. Complete article


Valrico Fla. Walmart Briefly Evacuated Saturday Due to Fire 12/01/2019

VALRICO, Fla. — A Walmart in Valrico is back open after a brief evacuation on Saturday.

The store was evacuated after a FedEx truck behind the store caught fire.

A shopper sent us video of the huge plum of smoke, which looks like it's coming from the building. Complete article


Domestic incident at Rogersville Tenn. Walmart ends with felony arrest on gun, drug charges 12/03/2019

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man is facing multiple charges including felony drug and gun possession after he was stopped by police at the Rogersville Walmart last week allegedly in possession of a pistol and marijuana during an apparent domestic dispute.

On Nov. 28 around 2 p.m., an off-duty Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputy notified the Rogersville Police Department a woman reported to him her vehicle had been taken from the Walmart parking lot without her permission.

RPD officers responded quickly and stopped the vehicle as it was exiting the parking lot.

The vehicle was being driven by the woman’s boyfriend, Daquion Jakelous Carter, 25, 1909 Carters Valley Road, Rogersville, and contained their infant daughter in the backseat. Complete article


Attorney: Frankfort man told courthouse security he built stolen Ky. Walmart motorized cart 12/03/2019

A Frankfort man is accused of stealing a motorized shopping cart from Walmart.

Stephen D. Baker, 60, was indicted last week on one count of receiving stolen property under $10,000, a Class D felony.

“I don’t know if this is the stupidest or smartest crime I’ve ever heard of,” Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland said.

According to Cleveland, Baker showed up at the courthouse last month with the motorized shopping cart and parked it outside. Security noticed the cart and asked Baker about it.

“At first he told them he built it himself,” Cleveland said. “Then he told them he bought it at the thrift store.”

Courthouse security decided to call Walmart, which confirmed it was missing a motorized cart.

Cleveland said Baker was carrying a McDonald’s cup and a book of the collected works of William Faulkner with him. Cleveland does not believe Baker is disabled. Complete article


Walmart Grocery Thief Takes Swing At Joliet Ill. Officer: Complaint 12/03/2019

JOLIET, IL — A 25-year-old Wilmington woman is no longer in the custody of the Will County Jail following Monday's early morning arrest at the Joliet Walmart on Route 59. The Will County State's Attorney's Office has charged Whitney Martin with one count of retail theft and one count of aggravated assault.

According to prosecutors, Martin is a previously convicted residential burglar who committed that crime in 2012 in Cook County. On Monday, Martin visited the Route 59 Walmart and that's where took possession of several groceries while having no intention of paying for the merchandise, the court documents note.

Joliet Police were alerted to the retail theft and when Officer Jennifer Gruber showed up to make the arrest, Martin "knowingly swung her clenched fist at Jennifer Gruber thereby placing Jennifer Gruber in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery, knowing (that Gruber) was a peace officer performing her official duties," the complaint states.

Martin was let out of the Will County Jail late Tuesday afternoon after posting 10 percent of her $15,000 bail, logs show. The criminal defendant lives on South Buchanan Street in Wilmington. Complete article


First on CNN Business: Gun safety advocates grade stores. Walmart got an A; Home Depot got an F 12/04/2019 Have they considered how many guns have been stolen from Walmart and how bad they are at securing them, or their inconsistent policies and lack of enforcement? Or is another award that can be negotiated and bought behind closed doors?

Serial public masturbator caught again while eyeing women in Walmart, Missouri cops say 12/03/2019

Harrisonville man sentenced in Missouri Walmart theft case 12/04/2019 A Harrisonville man charged with stealing from multiple Walmart stores in Missouri, including the Jefferson City store on West Stadium Boulevard, has been sentenced to prison for charges he was facing in the Jefferson City case.

Police Search For Suspects Accused Of Stealing Nearly $5,000 Worth Of Printer Ink From Indiana Co. Pa. Walmart 12/04/2019

Investigation underway after van bursts into flames outside Saugus Mass. Walmart 12/04/2019

SAUGUS, MASS. (WHDH) - Authorities are investigating after a van burst into flames outside of a Walmart in Saugus on Wednesday.

Video shared by Vinnie Scuderi showed flames ripping through a red van in the parking lot at 770 Broadway.

Firefighters have since extinguished the raging fire but the van was badly charred.

The owner of the van was taken to Melrose-Wakefield Hospital after suffering burnt eyebrows.

There were propane tanks inside the van but the cause of the fire is believed to be mechanical in nature, according to fire officials. Complete article


Cops seeking man accused of beating NJ Walmart worker, 64, for looking at him 12/05/2019

Police in Vineland are asking for the public’s help as the try to find a man who repeatedly punched a Walmart worker in the face on Sunday because the employee was looking at him.

The man, who is in his 20s, struck the 64-year-old employee multiple times at the store on Landis Avenue and then left with two other people, Vineland police said in a statement.

A surveillance image released by police shows the man walking through the store wearing jeans, a black hoodie and black sneakers. Complete article


North Kingsville Ohio man accused of grabbing woman at Walmart 12/04/2019

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — A teen who has an open rape case in the Ashtabula County Court of Common Pleas is accused of grabbing a woman's private area in Walmart.

Cameron Campbell, 18, of North Kingsville, was indicted in October by an Ashtabula County Grand Jury on charges of rape, gross sexual imposition and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, court records state. Co-defendant Michael Hawkins, 56, who lives with Campbell, was indicted on a charge of endangering children in the case.

The crimes the pair are accused of occurred in North Kingsville between June 15 and July 25, according to the indictment. Complete article


Two men arrested for burglary in undercover operation at Cañon City Colorado Walmart 12/04/2019

Two men were arrested for burglary and other charges Friday after an undercover operation at Cañon City Walmart, according to authorities.

Cañon City police posed as shoppers and communicated with uniformed officers who were outside the store to target theft issues, the Cañon City Police Department press release stated.

Kristopher Brackin, 45, of Cañon City was arrested for second-degree burglary, which is a Class 4 felony and theft ($50 to $300), a Class 3 misdemeanor.

Robert Aylor, 57, who is homeless, was arrested for second-degree burglary, a Class 4 felony; introducing contraband, a Class 4 felony; aggravated motor vehicle theft, a Class 6 felony and theft ($2,000 to $5,000), a Class 6 felony. Complete article


Man claims Tx. Walmart security guard made homophobic slur toward him 12/04/2019

SAN ANTONIO — SAN ANTONIO - A local man is accusing a Walmart security guard of using a homophobic slur toward him recently.

Ruben Garza says it happened at the Walmart on Austin Highway, during a confrontation with the guard.

We found out the city's non-discrimination ordinance may have been violated after speaking with local LGBTQ Leaders.

A spokesperson with Walmart says he's reviewed the security camera footage but is not allowed to share it with us. Garza said he was so upset, he called the police.

Garza said he was at the store to make an overnight deposit for work when he noticed the bank terminal was blocked off. Unsure why he asked if he could get around it.

He says that is when the overnight security guard became angry and eventually asked him to leave.

"I start walking and all of a sudden I hear him say, 'Yeah, leave you ******* ****** just out of the blue," Garza said to us.

I turn around and I say excuse me what did you say he just starts walking and laughing," Garza recounted.

Angry and humiliated he called the police. Complete article


Thieves steal Salvation Army donation kettle from Tyler Tx. Walmart 12/04/2019

TYLER, TEXAS (KLTV) - The search is still on for a Salvation Army donation kettle that was stolen from in front of a Tyler Walmart.

Captain Bobby Parker, a commanding officer with The Salvation Army, said the theft occurred Tuesday evening at the Walmart at 450 SSE Loop 323 in Tyler.

Witnesses told authorities a truck pulled up, someone grabbed the stand the kettle was held by, threw it in the back of the truck, and drove off.

“We haven’t recovered the stand or kettle," said Parker.

Parker believes there was around $500 to $600 in donations in the kettle. Complete article

Tyler Tx. man arrested for stealing Salvation Army Kettle from Walmart 12/09/2019


Walmart Favors 'Reasonable Controls' Over Collection and Use of Personal Data 12/04/2019

WASHINGTON — Walmart Inc for the first time on Wednesday revealed the breadth of customer information it collects as it came out in favor of consumers having "reasonable controls" with regard to collection, use and sharing of personal data.

The world's largest retailer said shoppers should have an opportunity to "reasonably access, correct or delete their data while limiting the sale of their data to third parties and its use in digital advertising," as it testified at a hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

The hearing, which was also attended by companies like Microsoft, was convened to examine various legislative proposals to protect consumer data privacy.

More than a dozen privacy bills have been introduced in Congress and concerns have mounted over how information is being collected and used especially by big tech companies. Complete article


Walmart will stop selling Water Gremlin items 12/04/2019

State now says that up to 24 children may have been poisoned by take-home lead dust.

Walmart Inc. said Wednesday it will drop products made by Water Gremlin Co., the White Bear Township manufacturer targeted by state regulators for exposing its employees and their families to toxic lead residue.

The move comes as Minnesota health officials identified what appear to be additional health effects from the company’s lax lead controls. They now suspect that the toxic lead dust tracked home by workers may have poisoned as many as 24 children over the past two years — up from the 12 previously identified — although they still need to rule out other possible sources of lead, such as paint, in the additional cases.

Lead can cause brain damage and neurological problems in children. Complete article


Walmart Employee Pages Store Looking For 'Mr. Clinton Killdepstein' 12/05/2019

Have you ever been lost in a Walmart? It's a pretty scary situation, especially if you're a kid...

Thankfully, the employees at Walmart are always willing to help their customers find their lost party!

Most recently, a very kind Walmart employee took it upon herself to help a man find his company lost in the supercenter, Mr. Clinton Killdepstein.

Sound familiar?! Watch this hilarious video and you might know who he's looking for:

The kind woman never found the missing man, however she did offer to page for Mr. Clinton Killdepstein AGAIN if he didn't come around in a few minutes.

Good bless the employees of Walmart... Complete article

[WATCH] BEST PRANK EVER: Epstein Meme Broadcast Over Walmart Speakers 12/06/2019

Video, must Watch! Someone got Walmart to ask for a Mr. Clinton Killdepstein on the PA system 12/05/2019

Walmart Prank Mr. Clinton Killdepstein 12/04/2019


Sorry! Walmart is not giving you $1,000 12/04/2019

GREENSBORO, N.C. — I got this text out of the blue saying: "Congrats, Ben! Your code 9FR-S3R7 printed on your last receipt is among 7 we randomly picked for $1000 Walmart gift card promotion."

We all want a thousand bucks for free! But clearly it seems too good to be true. So instead of clicking on that link, I Googled it first.

Do this with any strange text or call you ever get. If it's a scam, someone's probably already posted about it online.

When you Google, put the message in quotation marks. That helps you find it faster. In this case, it turned out to be an old scam from 2012.

The CBS station in Denver did an old story about how Walmart does give away $1,000 gift cards for completing surveys online. But they would never text you to say you won. They would send you a certified letter. Complete article


Walmart in Fayetteville NC evacuated because of natural gas smell 12/05/2019

Hillary Clinton: Trump Incited Violent Mass Shootings at Synagogues, Churches and Walmart 12/05/2019

Walmart donates $5K to South Charleston WV Police Department 12/05/2019

Slap On Wrist For Drunken Woman, 20, Who Urinated On Pa. Walmart Potato Stack 12/05/2019

Culpeper Va. police seek local man in Walmart shooting 12/05/2019

A person was shot at the Culpeper Walmart early Thursday, after which several suspects fled the scene, the Culpeper Police Department said in a statement late Thursday.

Police are seeking a suspect, 30-year-old Michael Beach of Culpeper.

At 12:25 a.m. Dec. 5, police received multiple calls that a shooting had just occurred at the Walmart. Before officers could reach the store, the suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, police said.

A 30-year-old person with gunshot wounds was treated at Novant–U.Va. Culpeper Medical Center, then transported to the U.Va. Health System University Hospital in Charlottesville. The victim’s injuries were non-life-threatening, police said. Complete article

Culpeper man arrested in Walmart shooting 12/10/2019

Walmart shooting suspect steals U-Haul, rams cop cars 12/12/2019 A Culpeper man faces a dozen felony charges following an apparent crime spree that started with a shooting just after midnight at the local Walmart and ended with a police pursuit in a U-Haul truck five days later.


Woman’s Body Found Outside NJ Walmart 12/05/2019

TOMS RIVER – Authorities do not suspect foul play after the body of a homeless woman was found outside a Walmart store in the township.

Toms River Police said the woman has been identified as 56-year-old Mary Tomasuolo.

Police said units responded Wednesday December 5 to the Walmart on Route 37 West for a report of a deceased person located in the wood line on the west side of the property. Complete article


Alabama Walmart briefly closes store amid shooting scare 12/05/2019

Dothan, AL (WTVY)-- A large Dothan department store locked down for a few minutes Thursday night after a fight broke out in its parking lot.

“Our information is that there was a dispute at Walmart's southside location this evening and we believe someone may have had a gun but no shots were fired,” Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish said.

Customers scurried to the back of the store after receiving erroneous information that shots had been fired. After police arrived, the retailer resumed normal operations without incident. Complete article


Customer punched over taking too long at Fla. Walmart register, police say 12/05/2019

CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Police have charged a Florida man with battery after he reportedly punched another customer in the checkout line at a Walmart store.

It happened Wednesday evening at the Neighborhood Market store in Cape Coral.

According to Cape Coral police, 69-year-old Henry Harvey became angry over customers ahead of him in line taking too long at the register.

An argument resulted in Harvey allegedly punching the victim in the head. Officers later located Harvey at his home and arrested him. Complete article


Alleged shoplifting mom abandons her baby at Ca. Walmart 12/05/2019

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KSWT, T3)

A 2-month-old baby is now in custody with Child Protective Services after being left behind at the El Centro Walmart Monday evening.

ECPD says the store's loss and prevention team confronted the woman and called the police, but the woman drove off in a car before law enforcement arrived.

According to the El Centro Police Department (ECPD), a 26-year-old woman suspected of stealing toys at Walmart allegedly left her baby at the store to avoid being caught.

"The suspect in the case fled, and left behind a 2-month-old child in the custody of an associate. The direct relationship between the suspect and the associate seems to be simply friends," said Commander Aaron Reel, ECPD.

ECPD says the baby appeared to not be well kept or well cared for, so they took the baby to the hospital. Complete article


Walmart blames a 'technical error' for emails telling customers that their iPhone orders were canceled 12/04/2019

After unexpected Black Friday cancellations of Apple Watch orders left some frustrated Walmart shoppers empty-handed last week, the controversy has continued with yet another holiday deal: the iPhone.

As part of its Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal, Walmart offered $400 gift cards for the purchase of an iPhone XS Max or iPhone XR, as well as a $300 gift card with a purchase of any iPhone 11 model, including the Pro and the Pro Max. However, over the days that followed, several customers told Business Insider they received emails saying their orders would be delayed and likely canceled with no additional information on how to reclaim holiday deals.

Denver resident Laurel Lennon told Business Insider she placed an order on Thanksgiving Day as a Christmas gift for her son and received a confirmation email shortly afterward. She noticed she hadn't received shipping information, but was unconcerned until she received an email from Walmart on Tuesday that her order was delayed.

According to the email, which was viewed by Business Insider, if Lennon didn't receive the phone by December 4, Walmart would cancel the order and she would be refunded. There was no additional information about whether she could reclaim her $300 gift card at a future time. Complete article


Walmart suing Colorado county over property assessments 12/05/2019

The world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer is suing Gunnison County over the value of its bricks and mortar.

Walmart Inc. has filed a complaint against the Gunnison County Board of Equalization (BOE) to protest its 2019 property valuation assessment for the Walmart store on North Main Street in Gunnison.

The property assessment is used for property tax purposes, and the valuation was lowered from $889,500 in 2018 to $838,310 in 2019.

The complaint was filed in Gunnison County District Court on November 25; however, Gunnison County attorney Matthew Hoyt said the county has not yet been officially served with the legal documents, and cannot therefore comment on the matter. Walmart Inc. is an international entity with a principal office in Bentonville, Arkansas. Complete article


No bomb found at Monument Colorado Walmart after reported threat, evacuation 12/04/2019 Wilson also tweeted that he talked with a customer who claimed to have spoken with the woman who first alerted police about the threat, around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, after a man "leaned over to an elderly couple couple and told them he had a bomb."
Suspect at large after bomb threat made over employee radios at Monument Walmart 12/0/2019 (inconsistencies in this story not recognized by reporter.)

Arrested Walmart thief found with gun: South Euclid Ohio Police Blotter 12/05/2019

No, Walmart Is Not Offering Free $75 ‘Anniversary’ Coupon on Facebook 12/03/2019

A family is putting up 22 angels on a Christmas display for the El Paso Tx. Walmart shooting victims 12/06/2019

Teen rescued after being kidnapped from Kentucky Walmart parking lot 12/06/2019

SIMPSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKRN) – Franklin police have arrested 33-year old David Davis on charges of kidnapping a minor.

According to police, an officer spotted a vehicle traveling 60 miles per hour in a 45-mile zone and conducted a traffic stop. The driver, David Davis, appeared to be intoxicated.

After a vehicle search, officers located marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an open alcoholic beverage container. A 14-year-old male juvenile was also found in the vehicle sleep.

Officers stated that after questioning, the juvenile said the last thing he remembered was sleeping in the Walmart parking lot while his parents were inside shopping.

Further into the investigation, officers discovered the driver had recently been released from a Texas prison. Davis was placed under arrest and booked in the Simpson County jail. Complete article


Suspected fugitive leads police on chase, arrested at Kansas Walmart 12/06/2019

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A suspected fugitive is in police custody after ramming a squad car and leading police on a chase.

Officers from the Violent Crimes Community Response Team were looking for a wanted fugitive known to be in the area of the River Walk Apartments near South Broadway and East Marion Road.

Wichita Police say the area had been under surveillance as a known location for the suspect.

The suspected fugitive appeared from a vehicle sometime before 6 p.m. Friday. As officers approached the suspect to make an arrest, the alleged fugitive then tried to elude officers by vehicle.

The suspect backed a vehicle into a Wichita Police Leuteinant’s squad car, before taking off on foot.

The suspect hopped a fence and ran to a nearby Walmart located at South Broadway and West Pawnee. Off-duty officers working in a security capacity at the retailer took the suspected fugitive into custody. Complete article


Salvation Army red kettle stolen at Roseville Mich. Walmart 12/06/2019

Money that was intended to go toward needy families this holiday season has been stolen from a Walmart in Roseville, The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit said in a news release.

As part of the organization's Red Kettle campaign, a kettle was stationed outside the supermarket located at 28804 Gratiot Ave. when it was swiped around 6 p.m. Thursday.

Donations to a red kettle can average around $500 per day, officials said. The money is enough to provide five weeks' worth of meals for a family of four. Donations collected through storefront red kettles account for about a third of all annual red kettle contributions. Complete article


Man accused of recording upskirt video of woman in Tallahassee Fla. Walmart 12/06/2019 He then uploaded them onto adult websites

Springville Man Arrested After Stealing from Ind. WalMart 12/06/2019

Philadelphia man accused of staging fight, starting panic in Commack NY Walmart 12/06/2019 A Philadelphia man has been charged with staging a preholiday altercation at a Commack Walmart store last year that caused a massive panic, separating parents from children and creating concerns about a possible active shooter, Suffolk County police said. Marcquis Graham, 24, was arrested Thursday, more than a year after his orchestrated fight with another individual unnerved shoppers and setoff a massive law enforcement response, according to Chief of Department Stuart Cameron.

‘They are sweet guys’: Owner of dogs found malnourished in Wisc. Walmart parking lot cited, may face charges 12/07/2019

Westfield Mass. Police investigating fight, possible shooting, between 2 armed men in Walmart parking lot 12/08/2019

WESTFIELD – One person reportedly fired a gun during an argument with a man in the Walmart parking lot Saturday evening.

Police responded to reports of a disturbance with shots fired at about 6:20 p.m. at the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter, at 141 Springfield Road, said Westfield Officer Michael Bradley.

A man armed with a knife and a second man carrying a gun were arguing in the parking lot. During the fight the man reportedly fired the gun, he said. Complete article

Police investigating shots fired at a Walmart in Westfield 12/08/2019


Two in custody after police chase, crashing car into OKC Okla. Walmart Neighborhood store 12/09/2019

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two people are in custody after leading police on a chase in a stolen vehicle and crashing that vehicle into a Walmart neighborhood store early Monday morning in southwest Oklahoma City.

According to police, it started with a report of a burglary near Southwest 44th Street and Santa Fe Avenue. An officer spotted the car involved and began chasing it. Police said two people tried to run after crashing a vehicle into a Walmart Neighborhood store near Southwest 59th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. They were both taken into custody.

No one was injured. Complete article

Vehicle crashes into SW Oklahoma City Walmart following pursuit 12/09/2019


Visalia woman’s pants pulled down, choked, in Ca. Walmart parking lot 12/08/2019

VISALIA, California (KSEE/KGPE) — Visalia Police are looking for the suspect who attempted to sexually assault a woman in a Walmart parking lot Sunday.

Police say a woman was approached by a man wearing a black beanie and a grey hoodie in front of the Walmart by Houston Avenue and Demaree Street around 4:12 p.m. The man asked for help with his car as she was putting things in her car.

That’s when the suspect grabbed the woman from behind, pulled her pants down and choked her. The woman began screaming, causing the suspect to run away and drive off.

Police say he drove off in a beige two-door stock looking truck. Complete article


Two men attempt to rob Walmart gas station in Warner Robins Ga. 12/09/2019

Police are still investigating whether any cash was taken from the store.

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Warner Robins police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on North Houston Road Sunday night.

According to Warner Robins Police Chief John Wagner, two masked men wearing hoodies tried to rob the clerk at the store's gas station.

Chief Wagner says the men ran away from the scene on foot. Complete article


RV is total loss after catching fire in parking lot of Fishers Ind. Walmart 12/07/2019

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — Shoppers at the Fishers Walmart encountered quite a surprise Saturday morning.

According to the Fishers Fire Department, a motor home caught fire in the parking lot of the Walmart in Fishers located at 8300 E 96th St.

It is unclear what time the fire was first reported.

Authorities say no one was inside the motor home at the time of the blaze, but one person was checked out by medics after he attempted to alert anyone who may have been inside at the time. Complete article


Walmart apologizes for sweater featuring Santa with cocaine 12/08/2019

Ho, ho, no!

Walmart has apologized for an adults-only Christmas sweater on its Canadian website that appeared to depict Santa with cocaine, according to a report.

The retailer pulled the holiday outfit — along with several other risque seasonal sweaters — Saturday after they caused a stir with social media users, Global News Canada reported.

“These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website,” a spokesperson told the outlet. “We have removed these products from our marketplace. We apologize for any unintended offense this may have caused.” Complete article


Colombia threatens to sue Walmart for linking the country to cocaine for a Christmas sweater 12/10/2019

A Colombian government agency threatened to sue Walmart on Tuesday over a Christmas sweater that associated the country with cocaine.

The sweater, offered by a third-party seller on its Canadian website, featured an image of a bug-eyed Santa Claus seated in front of three white lines that appeared to be cocaine. The sweater’s tagline: “Let it snow.”

For those who weren’t quite sure what the sweater might be suggesting, its product description read:

“We all know how snow works. It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America. That’s bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole. That’s why Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow.” Complete article


VERIFY: This third-party Walmart 'coupon' is not legit 12/09/2019

Washington teacher suspected of trying to meet boy for sex at Wash. Walmart placed on paid leave 12/09/2019

Route 59 Walmart Nintendo Thieves Charged: Joliet Ill. PD 12/08/2019

Police: Pa. Walmart employee pocketed cash 12/09/2019

Kidnapping involved a doctor, blowtorch, Fla. Walmart and strip club. Now it involves prison 12/08/2019 First reported in June Walmart Crime report, five months after it happened in January.

Austin man accused of credit card fraud at Tx. Walmart 12/06/2019

El Paso Tx. man accused of threatening District Judge in Walmart shooting case 12/08/2019 Martinez allegedly threatened to kill Medrano if Crusis did not receive the death penalty. Authorities also say he also threatened to kill Crusius in the phone call.

Bike Peddling Purse Snatcher Nabbed In Ill. Walmart Parking Lot: Cops 12/09/2019

Knoxville woman accused of stealing $1,300 from Walmart till drawer 12/09/2019

Humboldt police investigate man accused of following young girl at Tenn. Walmart, making 'inappropriate' comments 12/09/2019

Longmont Colorado police investigating man’s death in Walmart parking lot 12/09/2019

Longmont police, in conjunction with the Boulder County Coroner, is investigating the death of a man in his mid-50s, who was found in a car in the Walmart parking lot shortly after noon on Sunday.

The man was found dead in the driver’s seat of a silver Ford sedan in the Walmart parking lot at 2514 Main St., according to Cmdr. Joel Post.

Post said there doesn’t appear to be a crime associated with his death, but it’s still under investigation. The man’s name hasn’t been released. Complete article


DeKalb Ga. Police respond to report of armed robbery near greater Decatur Walmart 12/09/2019

DeKalb Police on Dec. 5 responded to a report of an armed robbery near the Walmart at Suburban Plaza.

The crime occurred around 9:30 a.m.

The victim told police he was getting off of a MARTA bus near the Point on Scott apartment complex and was about to cross the street. He told police an “unknown male, wearing a black hoodie, black ski mask, blue jeans and olive shoes” stuck a gun in his back and told the victim to “give me everything.”

The victim said he didn’t have anything and the suspect said he had seen the victim’s wallet. The victim turned over his wallet. The suspect fled toward North Decatur Road and Blackmon Drive. The wallet contained $10 in cash, a MARTA Breeze card and a bank card. Complete article


3-year-old girl in vehicle carjacked at Hickory NC Walmart found safe 12/10/2019

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A 3-year-old child is safe and unharmed after a thief stole a car she was in Monday night at a Hickory gas station, police say.

The incident happened around 8:52 p.m. at the Walmart Neighborhood Market Gas Station on Hwy 70 SW. Police say a man left his 3-year-old daughter in the car as he went in to pay for gas.

While inside, a dark blue Volkswagen Jetta pulled beside his Honda Accord and someone jumped out, got into the man’s car, and took off, police say.

The abandoned vehicle was found on 33rd Ave SW a short time later, around 10:16 p.m., with the 3-year-old inside unharmed. Complete article


Police: 3-year-old hit by vehicle in Georgia Walmart parking lot 12/09/2019

CALHOUN, Ga. (WTVC) — The City of Calhoun Police Department says a 3-year-old child has been hit by a vehicle.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, they say it happened in the Walmart parking lot.

The department says the toddler was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment for their injuries. CPD later said the child did not suffer life-threatening injuries. Complete article


Pedestrian hit in front of Walmart on Belair Road 12/09/2019

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. -- (WRDW/WAGT) Dispatch confirms a pedestrian was hit in front of the Walmart on Belair Road at Colonial Road around 7PM Monday night.

The victim was transported to Doctors Hospital to be treated for injuries, but the Columbia County Sheriff's Office says the injuries are minor.

No charges will be filed against the driver. Complete article


Man says his car burst into flames after Ga. Walmart oil change -- and offered $200 in compensation 12/09/2019

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Joshua Nesbitt went in for an oil change and ended up with his car destroyed by fire.

It happened at a Walmart in College Park and the store is refusing to pay for the damage.

Channel 2’s Justin Gray talked to Nesbitt who said the car’s engine burned up. But he said all Walmart is offering is $200 in compensation.

“Just total shock. I mean, I went for routine oil change, next thing you know my car is gone,” Nesbitt said.

Nesbitt couldn't do anything but watch and record what was happening on his cellphone. His 2012 Nissan Altima was engulfed in flames in the Walmart parking lot.

Nesbitt said he went to the Walmart Auto Center on Old National Highway for his regular oil change and on the way home, he noticed the car smoking.

When he popped the hood, he took pictures of the oil cap missing and called Walmart.

“The only reason I went up there because they were saying they had to see the car, see what was going on and no one from there told me, ‘Do not get into the car,’” Nesbitt said.

Nesbitt only lives one sixth of a mile from the Walmart.

In a letter from Walmart’s insurer, they are only offering Nesbitt $200 in compensation.

Nesbitt said they told him the fire would not have happened if he had not driven back that .6 miles Complete article


Columbus man arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot WV Wal-Mart employees 12/09/2019

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Columbus man has been arrested in Kanawha County after allegedly threatening to shoot Wal-Mart employees on Saturday.

According to the criminal complaint, James Litchfield, 42, of Columbus, has been charged with threats of terroristic acts.

The complaint says that Litchfield entered the Wal-Mart in Nitro and attempted to cash a $1,200 dollar check. When the system would not cash the check, Litchfield allegedly became angry and threatened to return with a gun and shoot employees.

Officers spoke to the clerk who interacted with Litchfield, and he stated that Litchfield had left his name and phone number with the workers. Officers called Litchfield, who allegedly confirmed he was at the Nitro Wal-Mart earlier that day. Complete article


Kingsburg Ca. woman battles Walmart over CRV fees 12/09/2019

A Kingsburg woman claims Walmart in Dinuba is overcharging customers for CRV fees on large bottle drinks.

Marsha Toste says the overcharge only happens when she buys drinks online.

The battle has been ongoing for months. Toste says when she buys a bottle of 64 ounce Snapple, the CRV fee is 30 cents when it should only be a dime.

"Every single time when I buy the tea and they charge me 30 cents a bottle instead of ten cents I call up and complain."

Toste has been complaining for months. "Several times they have given me another number to call and I have been told you know this is the way they do it." Complete article


Walmart Chile pulls court requests for police protection, but warns looting continues 12/09/2019

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Walmart in Chile on Monday pulled requests it filed earlier with Chilean courts demanding police protection for its supermarkets, but said looting of its stores continued and that the situation following weeks of unrest remained “complex.”

The Chilean subsidiary of the U.S.-based retailer (WMT.N) in November told judges in six cities that the attacks on its stores had “gravely” affected its ability to operate in the country. Complete article


Retailer of the Year: Walmart 12/09/2019 Awards for sale to those with political connections!

Walmart has poured money into its stores, employees, technology and digital platform​ since mid-decade when its sales and profits sputtered as it faced challenges on multiple fronts. This year, Walmart has started to really flex its muscles, posting sales and profit gains that would be the envy of most other retailers and setting the pace for much of the industry.

"Customers are responding to the improvements we're making, the productivity loop is working, and we're gaining market share," Doug McMillon, the retailer's CEO, said in August after the company posted strong sales growth and raised its profit expectations for the year. Complete article


Ohio Walmart employee who uses wheelchair offered new position after claim of discrimination 12/09/2019

Two people wanted for theft at Beckley WV Walmart 12/09/2019

Winona Minn. police calls for Monday, Dec. 9: Wisconsin man steals from Walmart and returns later the same day 12/09/2019

Florida police department pays off 26 layaway accounts at Walmart 12/10/2019

Man stabbed to death outside Walmart on Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans La. PD says 12/11/2019

A man was stabbed to death Tuesday night outside the Walmart store on Tchoupitoulas Street, according to New Orleans police.

Update: Man jailed after deadly stabbing

Police said a man was stabbed in the neck around 8:20 p.m. outside Walmart. He then went inside the store by the shopping cart area and collapsed near the front door. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His name and age have not been released. Complete article

Arrest made in murder at Walmart on Tchoupitoulas 12/11/2019


Motorcycle rider killed near NM Walmart Supercenter identified 12/10/2019

Santa Fe police on Tuesday identified the motorcycle driver killed in a crash Monday near the Walmart Supercenter on the city’s south side as Guillermo Castro-Garcia.

Officers were dispatched to the crash at 5:17 p.m. at the intersection of Cerrillos Road and Herrera Drive. According to a police report, officers found a small blue pickup on top of Castro-Garcia’s motorcycle.

When Officer Nathan Kerbel arrived at the scene, the police report says, bystander Christopher Garcia, a volunteer firefighter, was administering CPR to Castro-Garcia about 10 feet away from the vehicles. The two continued to perform CPR together until paramedics arrived, Kerbel wrote, and soon after, Castro-Garcia, who was in his early 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, Richard Robles, is not facing any charges in the crash. He was given a ride home several hours after the accident occurred, according to police reports. Complete article


4 arrested in baseball bat assault, bomb scare at Nebraska Walmart 12/10/2019

OMAHA, Neb. — A case of assault led to a bomb scare outside of a Walmart near N 99th Street and Military Road.

According to police, one person was seriously hurt with a baseball bat Tuesday evening.

That led to a report of a suspicious item in a pickup truck.

Police said the suspicious item turned out to be commercial grade fireworks. Complete article


Police: Man arrested for attacking and biting Walmart employee in Suisun City Ca. 12/10/2019

SUISUN CITY, Calif. (KTXL) — A man is behind bars after the Suisun City Police Department said he attacked and bit a Walmart employee in Suisun City.

Police said 23-year-old Xavier Hodge was actively attacking and biting an employee at the Walmart on Walters Road around 1:22 p.m.

Hodge was arrested and charged for violating his parole and felony assault, according to officials. Police said the attacked employee’s injuries were treated onsite. Complete article


Walmart customers in Boardman Ohio report man came at them with knife 12/10/2019

A store manager said it appeared that the man also left with about $100 of stolen items BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police released photos of a man they say pulled a knife on other customers at Walmart.

It happened just before 3 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report.

A woman reported that she and her boyfriend walked into the store and passed a man with a shopping cart who had a toddler in the cart. She said she commented that the boy was cute at which time the unknown man told her, “If I were you, I’d shut my mouth and keep walking.”

The woman’s boyfriend said he questioned what the shopper said at which time the unknown man came toward him aggressively with a knife in his hand. Complete article


90-year-old injured after being robbed at knifepoint outside La. Walmart; Baton Rouge man arrested 12/11/2019 Not previously reported six weeks ago.

A man arrested Tuesday is accused of robbing and injuring an elderly victim at a Baton Rouge-area Walmart in October.

The sheriff's office says 38-year-old Michael Hines of Baton Rouge is facing one count of armed robbery and one count of aggravated battery.

According to booking records, the incident happened on Oct. 28 around lunchtime in the parking lot of the Cortana Place Walmart.

The 90-year-old victim told authorities that after loading groceries into his vehicle, he was approached by a black male with a knife. The victim told deputies he had a difficult time hearing the suspect because he wasn't wearing his hearing aid. Complete article


Police: Suspected Shoplifter Assaults Loss Prevention Officer On Way Out Of Sonora Ca. Walmart 12/10/2019

SONORA (CBS13) – A 27-year-old man is accused of assaulting a loss prevention officer after he was confronted for shoplifting at the Walmart in Sonora, police say.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Monday. Sonora police say an officer heard a disturbance coming from the entrance of the Walmart and went to check it out. He soon saw a man shoving a loss prevention officer out of the door.

The officer intercepted the man, but he continued to resist and was allegedly verbally aggressive. He was ultimately detained, however, allowing the officer to figure out exactly what happened.

Store staff said the man – identified as 27-year-old Sonora resident Kyle c. Abate – was seen putting food items into his pocket inside the store. A loss prevention officer then confronted him at the exit, prompting the man to get physically aggressive.

Police say Abate stole less than $10 worth of items. However, due of the violence used to commit the theft, Abate is now facing a felony charge. Complete article


Pa. Walmart worker hit in parking lot 12/10/2019 Not previously reported two and a half weeks ago.

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — At around 8:30 p.m. on November 23, State Police in Hollidaysburg responded to a car accident in the Walmart parking lot on Plank Road.

A man was driving a 2006 Chevy Equinox in the parking lot and after checking that it was clear, he turned left into a crosswalk section.

Wade Eischer, 50, Altoona, was pushing the shopping cart returns when the front bumper of the driver’s car hit the motorized shopping cart collector. Eischer tried to jump out of the way.

The force of the impact caused the shopping cart collector to spin and hit the employee. They report that Eischer was able to get up and walk around. Complete article


Walmart Tractor Trailer Splits In Half On Pa. Highway, Blocks Traffic 12/10/2019

SHREWSBURY, Pa. (KDKA) — A Walmart tractor trailer split in half on Interstate 83 northbound and is blocking traffic.
Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company

MOTORIST ALERT, again.....

Well, we almost made it to tomorrow.... I83 NB. A tractor trailer is involved in a mechanical failure. The trailer has split in half and is blocking I83 NB at Exit 4. Rescue Squad 61, Engine 61-1 and Utility 61 are on location. One lane NB is blocked.

The Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Company said that the trailer suffered a “mechanical failure”. The trailer is blocking I-83 North at Exit 4 and one lane northbound. Multiple officials are on site to address the issue. Complete article


Coyote spotted roaming Jackson Mich. Walmart parking lot 12/10/2019

BLACKMAN TWP., MI – It was a Sunday morning trip into town for groceries for Nikki Fisher and her finance.

Entering the Walmart parking lot, 1700 W. Michigan Ave., Fisher thought she saw a dog. Her fiancée thought it looked like a coyote.

“I pulled up, and sure enough, there he was,” Fisher said. “(The coyote was) just standing there, waiting for traffic to go by so he could cross.”

Jolie Callison recorded a video of the coyote roaming the parking lot. She figured no one would believe her without proof. Complete article


Do Walmart, Amazon, McDonald’s and IBM match employees’ donations to charity? The answers may surprise you 12/10/2019

It’s the season for giving to charity, and while some donors maximize their donations by having their employers match their contributions to nonprofits, that option isn’t available at some of America’s biggest employers. Walmart WMT, -0.34%, Amazon AMZN, +0.12% and FedEx FDX, +0.62% are among the companies that don’t have matching gift programs for their employees.

That’s a missed opportunity, says Rick Cohen, spokesman for the National Council of Nonprofits. “Every dollar counts for many of the small and mid-size nonprofits,” Cohen told MarketWatch.

“Many of these organizations would never end up on the radar screens of corporate foundations or corporate social responsibility programs, but through matching employees’ contributions, these nonprofits — and the people they serve — are able to benefit,” he added. Complete article


Walmart partners with self-driving startup Nuro to test autonomous grocery delivery in Houston Tx. 12/10/2019

Walmart this morning announced a new pilot program that will test autonomous grocery delivery in the Houston market starting next year. The retailer is partnering with autonomous vehicle company Nuro, a robotics company that uses driverless technology to deliver goods to customers. Nuro’s vehicles in this case will deliver Walmart online grocery orders to a select group of customers who opt into the service in Houston.

The autonomous delivery service will involve R2, Nuro’s custom-built delivery vehicle that carries products only, with no on-board drivers or passengers, as well as autonomous Toyota Priuses that deliver groceries.

The program’s goal is to learn more about how autonomous grocery delivery could work and how such a service can be improved to better serve Walmart’s shoppers. Complete article


VA Opens Telehealth Clinic In Asheboro Walmart 12/10/2019

Veterans in the Asheboro area have a new place to go for VA health care appointments: Walmart.

The VA is making telehealth — connecting patients with healthcare providers through technology like video — a central part of the way it cares for patients. The idea is mainly to expand access for veterans who might live far from a VA clinic or medical center.

Already, veterans have more than a million such consultations a year, often via computer or phone from their homes.

This year, the VA has begun testing tiny telehealth clinics in VFW and American Legion posts and Walmarts. Complete article


Credit card thieves spotted in Atlanta Ga. Walmart 12/10/2019

Couple arrested with stolen merchandise at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza Fla. 12/10/2019

Nebraska Walmart carts causing clutter at bus stops 12/10/2019

Free hepatitis C screenings at 10 Louisiana Walmart stores 12/11/2019

Holiday spirit: Fla. Deputies, Walmart replace woman's stolen bike 12/11/2019

Man arrested, accused of burglarizing cars in Tx. Walmart parking lot 12/10/2019

Pocatello woman faces multiple burglary charges after spate of alleged Idaho Walmart thefts 12/10/2019

Two arrested on heroin trafficking charges in NC Walmart parking lot 12/10/2019

Kalispell Montana Walmart reopened after bomb scare 12/11/2019

Montgomery man charged in shooting at Vaughn Road Montgomery Alabama Walmart Market 12/11/2019 Shooting, with eight shots fired, didn't show up on Google for eleven days.

A Montgomery man has been charged with robbery after a shooting in late November at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Vaughn Road.

Michael Lee Russell Jr., 20, was served a warrant on a charge of first-degree robbery Tuesday morning.

According to Russell's charging affidavit, he attempted to steal from the store shortly before midnight Nov. 30.

During the robbery he pulled out a firearm, pulling the trigger eight times shooting in the direction of at least one employee. Complete article


Omaha Nebraska Walmart parking lot sees a string of violent crimes 12/11/2019

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT)-- Once again Omaha Police were called to an Omaha Walmart for violence that occurred in the store’s parking lot. Last night police had to break up a violent attack, and last night’s incident is not the first time police were called to the Irvington Walmart near 99th and Blair High Road.

The parking lot at the Irvington Walmart still loaded with the cars of people shopping for Christmas. Police responded to reports of a man being beaten with a baseball bat by four men who he allegedly stole from.

The police took commercial-grade fireworks and what they believe to be stolen weapons from a truck, including an AK-47 type semiautomatic rifle.

Police have charged Trevor Custard with a number of felonies including burglary and possession of stolen firearms. This is the latest in a string of violent crimes at this Walmart parking lot.

In April of 2018, 21-year-old Kyvian Nelson was shot in the parking lot, she later died from her injuries. In June of last year, police were called to the same Walmart again after shots were fired. Complete article


Man arrested for Hawaii Walmart shoplifting 12/11/2019 Headline doesn't mention this is a potential armed robbery charged with "first-degree terroristic threatening"

A Kahului man was arrested after he brandished what appeared to be a handgun as Walmart employees were trying to detain him for shoplifting Saturday evening, according to police.

Brandon Fukumoto, 32, was charged with four counts of first-degree terroristic threatening and third-degree promoting of a dangerous drug. His bail was set at $50,000.

Two loss-prevention officers and a store manager confronted Fukumoto at the exit of the Kahului store at about 6 p.m. Saturday, recovering about $125 in merchandise, police said. When the employees asked Fukumoto to go to a store office, he pulled what appeared to be a black handgun from his waistband and held it at his side, according to police.

Employees backed away, and Fukumoto fled in a 2004 black Toyota Corolla, police said. Complete article

Walmart security ‘feared for our life’ when man pulled gun 12/12/2019


Ex-Walmart employee accused of threatening to blow up a Yakima Wash. store 12/11/2019

Yakima police say a former Walmart employee threatened to blow up a West Valley store and kill two managers Tuesday.

An assistant manager at the store, at 6600 W. Nob Hill Blvd., received a text message from the recently fired employee Tuesday morning saying he was going to bring a bomb to the store and blow up the building, according to a probable cause affidavit.

He stated that his message was real and not a joke, the affidavit said.

Along with blowing up the store, the 41-year-old man also threatened to make the two store managers watch as he killed their families before killing them, the affidavit said. Complete article

Former Walmart worker faces charges of bomb, death threats 12/25/2019


Woman approached in Walmart parking lot, man demands he give her a ride to her car 12/11/2019

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Tis the season for shopping, and distracted shopping, which can be dangerous.

A Springfield woman says she was cornered Tuesday night in between two cars and a shopping car, by a man insisting that he give her a ride to her car.

Security experts offered this advice: Where you park matters. Pay close attention and don't lose your car. Park in ear-shot of the foot traffic, if possible. Realize that in this day and age, there should be no reason someone approaches you in a parking lot. So if someone starts to approach you, that should be a red flag.

The woman initially thought the man was being a gentleman.

"At the exit door he was like, oh, you go ahead and was just being polite."

Minutes later, she found out otherwise.

"As I'm walking out, I notice he's still following me and I'm walking to my car and he pulls his cart up next to me," she explained. "He corners me into what he didn't know was actually my car which helped me because it was my car and I could just hop in." Complete article


Walmart creates supply chain training program in India for micro businesses 12/09/2019

Walmart is creating a supplier development program dubbed Walmart Vriddhi in India to train and equip 50,000 Indian small businesses to work to expand domestic supply chain capabilities and participate in the global economy.

“The Vriddhi program will encourage Indian suppliers to make (manufacture) for online and offline customers around the world, including – but not limited to – the supply chains of Flipkart and Walmart. That openness makes us unique and can truly create opportunities for those who participate. Whether a supplier has ambitions domestically or around the globe, Walmart Vriddhi will give them the tools they need to succeed,” said Judith McKenna, Walmart International CEO. Complete article


Walmart theft suspect wanted for questioning in Richmond County Ga. 12/11/2019

Parma Heights man attempts to steal TV from Walmart: Brooklyn Ohio Police Blotter 12/11/2019

Mom left kids unattended in car outside Levittown Pa. Walmart, police say 12/11/2019

Fraud suspect arrested at Ariz. Walmart 12/11/2019

Police: Woman switched barcodes at Butler County Ohio Walmart to pay less 12/12/2019

Silver City NM Walmart under lockdown after possible shooting 12/12/2019 Shots unlikely

SILVER CITY, N.M. — A lockdown has shut down several stores in Silver City, New Mexico.

Police were called to a Walmart after what sounded like gunfire.

According to a Walmart spokesperson, a customer inside the store heard a loud noise and called police, believing it was a gunfire.

Officials say they have not found any evidence any shots were fired inside the Walmart, but the call is causing confusion in the city. Complete article

UPDATED: Man in custody, no injuries following Walmart scare 12/12/2019


Mother: Man tried to kidnap infant from her arms at Ga. Walmart 12/13/2019

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WFXL) -- A south Georgia mother is speaking out after she says her son was nearly ripped from her arms at a Walmart in Valdosta.

Katie Exum says the attempted kidnapping happened at the Walmart Supercenter on Norman Dr. while she was changing her son's diaper.

"You hear all of the stories about it and you never think it would happen to you," Exum says. Complete article


Andalusia Alabama police seeking suspect in Walmart parking lot assault 12/12/2019

ANDALUSIA, Ala. (WSFA) - The Andalusia Police Department is searching for a suspect in an assault at Walmart Thursday morning.

According to APD, at around 5:30 a.m. a woman was approached in the parking lot by a person driving a red car. After a brief conversation, the suspect forced his way into the victim’s vehicle and began physically attacking her.

The victim said the suspect had a grey beard and wore dark clothing and a black cap. APD provided a photo of the suspect’s vehicle, a Nissan Altima. Complete article


Truck dumps fiery trash on parking lot of Republic, Missouri Walmart 12/12/2019

REPUBLIC, Mo. -- Firefighters battled a trash fire Thursday in the parking lot of the Republic, Mo. Walmart.

Police say the fire started inside a trash truck near the property. The driver then dumped the fiery trash onto the parking lot of the Walmart. The fire burned away from cars.

Firefighters quickly put out the trash fire. Republic Services then cleaned up the mess. Complete article


New York woman claims daughter choked on zipper found in Walmart pie: 'We don't want anyone else to get hurt' 12/13/2019

A woman from upstate New York is claiming that her daughter choked on a zipper that was found inside an apple pie purchased at an area Walmart.

Kelly Carpenter Marek took to Facebook over the weekend to share several photos of what appeared to be a zipper pull found inside the baked good.

“So I went to the north Utica Walmart and bought some pies and as my daughter was eating one she started choking and we found out there was a zipper in the apple pie,” her post read.

Marek told WFRG-FM radio that as soon as she noticed her 10-year-old choking, she began performing the Heimlich Maneuver.

“Good thing I was trained in that instead of panicking,” she said.

Marek alleged that she spoke to a store supervisor who told her that “they were going to take the pies off the shelves, call the main office and then call me right back” but she said she never was contacted again. Complete article


Bonobos founder Andy Dunn to depart Walmart in 2020 12/12/2019

The founder of Bonobos, Andy Dunn, is leaving Walmart, roughly two years after the company acquired the money-losing online apparel retailer and he joined Walmart to help grow its e-commerce operations.

Dunn said in a LinkedIn post on Thursday that he would be departing in early 2020. He didn’t specify where he would be heading next.

“When I joined Walmart in the summer of 2017, my goal was to leave the company better than I found it,” Dunn wrote. “What I am certain of is how much I gained from my time at Walmart.” (See his full post below.) Complete article


UPDATE: Suspicious package cleared at East York Pa. Walmart 12/12/2019

Man charged with masturbating in Schererville Ind. Walmart parking lot, police say 12/12/2019

Teen arrested after Tx. Walmart purse snatching 12/12/2019

Man accused of making 'hoax bomb' at North Austin Tx. Walmart charged by U.S. Attorney's Office 12/12/2019

Menomonee Falls Wisc. police seek 2 women accused of stealing wallet, using credit cards at Walmart 12/13/2019

Jackson Tenn. police seek assistance in Walmart theft 12/12/2019

Public Safety: Woman steals from Wisc. Walmart; red tricycle with American flags missing 12/13/2019

Suspect in custody after teen shot in the head at Smithfield NC Walmart 12/13/2019

SMITHFIELD, N.C. — A suspect was in custody after a shooting at a Walmart in Smithfield on Friday evening.

The Smithfield Police Department said Saturday that 19-year-old Matthew Jason Beddingfield turned himself into authorities on Saturday morning.

Beddingfield was charged with attempted first-degree murder and was held in the Johnston County jail on a $1 million bond.

A 17-year-old was shot in the head around 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Walmart, located at 1299 N. Brightleaf Blvd. Witnesses said chaos broke out after the gunfire.

“I was coming out the door, and we hear bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam — I don’t know, 12, 15 times,” said Bobby Barbour. “Everybody was ducking, running to the door, trying to get in.” Complete article

Father of accused shooter at Smithfield Walmart: 'This wouldn't have happened if he hadn't been robbed' 12/17/2019

Beddingfield was mostly quiet at Monday's hearing and appeared to be tearing up at times. His parents and a friend were present at the hearing.

"They pulled guns on him," Beddingfield's father, Jason Beddingfield, said. "They took his money, tore the console out of his car and then they exited. And in the process of them exiting, one of them got shot." .......

Witnesses said chaos broke out after the gunfire. One said he heard at least a dozen shots.

“I was coming out the door, and we hear bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam — I don’t know, 12, 15 times,” said Bobby Barbour. “Everybody was ducking, running to the door, trying to get in.”

The warrant for Matthew Beddingfield's arrest says he acted "with malice" after "premeditation and deliberation."


Bismarck Police investigating suspicious fire at ND Wal-Mart 12/13/2019

BISMARCK N.D.- UPDATE:Bismarck police say the fire may have started under suspicious circumstances and they're now investigating.

The store is also closed.

The Bismarck Fire Department is on scene of a fire at North Wal-Mart.

The Bismarck Fire Department says the call came in around 8 a.m. Friday morning.

The fire was in the outdoor and garden area of the store. Complete article

Officials say fire at Walmart may have been 'incendiary' 12/13/2019

Police: Man ignited Bible to steal from ND Walmart 12/17/2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man poured lighter fluid on a Bible and ignited it at a Walmart in Bismarck in order to cause a distraction in hopes of stealing items from the store, according to a police affidavit.

The suspect was captured on surveillance video wearing a camouflage ski mask in the store where he went behind some boxes in the garden center area, the affidavit said. Soon a fire appears.

Court documents show 27-year-old Andrew Ells is charged with felony arson and endangering by fire or explosion. They do not list an attorney for him.


Why Don’t Liberals Hate Walmart Anymore? 12/13/2019

During a 2008 Democratic primary debate, then-Sen. Barack Obama scored a major shot against Sen. Hillary Clinton when he pointed out her work for Walmart.

"When I was working on those streets, watching those folks see their jobs shipped overseas, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board of Walmart," Obama said to Clinton after she criticized a statement he had made.

Indeed, it may seem hard to remember, but Walmart used to be a major public enemy for liberal America. Obama's mere mention of Walmart was enough to create an embarrassing debate moment for Clinton.

Fast forward to 2019, and Walmart is in an interesting position, with conservatives viewing the mega-chain in a more skeptical light, while liberals warm up to the company.

Liberal America welcoming corporate powers they once mistrusted is nothing new. Since 2016, much ink has been spilled by political commentators across the board about the rise of "woke capitalism" and the increasing conservative hostility to free market capitalism and companies that exploit American workers.

Indeed, Walmart may be a case study for just how and why liberals have become more supportive of big corporations. Complete article


Walmart is thanking shoppers by giving them empty gift cards 12/10/2019

CARY, N.C. — An unusual new gifting trend is becoming more popular this holiday season -- stores are giving away empty gift cards to shoppers.

It happened to WRAL's Nia Harden at the Walmart off Tryon Road in Cary. When she reached out to others on social media, she learned it was happening a lot.

Someone on Facebook said they ordered groceries online with Walmart. When their order arrived, there was a thank you bag that included a gift card to give to someone else. Complete article


Man with booze in Polar Pop cup nabbed on DUI charge at Fla. Wal-Mart in The Villages 12/13/2019

Natural gas leak clears Hagerstown Md. Walmart 12/13/2019

Nampa Idaho woman sings and dances outside Walmart to raise funds for the Salvation Army 12/13/2019

Thief Stole Drills From Joliet Ill. Walmart: Complaint 12/13/2019

Firecrackers go off at Buena Park Ca. Walmart causing fear of gunshots 12/15/2019

BUENA PARK, Calif. - Panic at a Walmart in Buena Park. Dozens of people inside the store ran for cover after they say they heard gunshots go off. Luckily, the sound they heard was actually firecrackers.

Around 8 p.m. Friday officers raced to the store on La Palma Ave. and Dale St. after receiving a "shots fired" call.
Buena Park Police @BuenaParkPD

December 13, 2019 at 8:05 pm, Buena Park Police Officers responded to reports of shots fired at Walmart located at 8450 La Palma. 14 police officers responded and arrived within seconds of the initial call.

Once on scene police say no shots were fired; but it turns out a group of kids set off firecrackers near the entrance.

One person was taken to the hospital with symptoms of a panic attack. No word on any arrests Complete article


Columbus Police respond to call of person with weapon (Knife) at Ga. Walmart 12/14/2019

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - A man is in custody after reportedly threatening customers while armed with a knife inside the Walmart Supercenter on Whittlesey Blvd. Saturday afternoon. Capt. Ronnie Hastings with the Columbus Police Department says 23-year-old Leo Ricardo Segura faces the following seven charges in regards to the incident:

· Terroristic Threats (Felony)

· Possession of a Knife during the Commission of a Crime (Felony) ...... Complete article


Man Accused Of Making Threat Against Pa. Walmart 12/14/2019

A Montgomery County man is facing charges after allegedly making threats against the Walmart in Tullytown Borough.

William Henry Pratt, 41, of Eagleville, Montgomery County, was charged Saturday afternoon with two counts of terroristic threats and a single count of harassment.

According to court papers, officers were called to the Walmart just after 9 p.m. Friday evening for a report of harassment. The incident stemmed from a Walmart wire transfer with a customer who came into the store was not aware of the correct name of the sender of funds and could not receive the money.

Pratt, who sent the money from a store in Montgomery County, ended up calling the Walmart in Tullytown and making threats and a racist statement, police said.

“I’m going to kill you all if I have to ride up there,” he allegedly said to the store staff. Complete article


FCSO deputies bring Fla. Walmart shoplifting spree to an end, over $6,000-worth of merchandise recovered 12/15/2019

On the night of Friday, Dec. 13, while on patrol, a Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputy located a vehicle parked in a handicap space in the Walmart parking lot. Further investigation revealed that the car had a stolen tag attached to it.

FCSO deputies established a perimeter in the area and as the vehicle left the parking lot a traffic stop was attempted. The driver, Shekeria Wilkins, 24, and her passenger, Amber Phillips, 26, then fled from law enforcement onto Cypress Point Parkway.

The vehicle continued to drive at accelerated speeds and then made a right turn onto Belle Terre Parkway and then onto Palm Coast Parkway towards I-95 South. FCSO Sergeant Weaver successfully deployed stop sticks and deflated both drive-side vehicles tires. Complete article


Possible hit-and-run near Walmart in South Bakersfield Ca. 12/15/2019

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — As of 12:42 p.m: According to Bakersfield Police, they responded to a call near Walmart on Colony Street. This could be a possible hit-and-run incident.

We will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available. Bakersfield Police are currently gathering information. Complete article


Police identify man accused of masturbating on a woman at Fla. Walmart 12/14/2019 WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The man accused of masturbating onto the back of a woman while she was shopping with her child in the Walmart toy section turned himself in to police.

Sumter sheriff’s detectives seek help in nabbing Villages Wal-Mart bandit 12/14/2019

Woman with heroin arrested at Fla. Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages 12/15/2019

Florida Man Tried to Kidnap Girlfriend in Walmart Parking Lot: Sheriff 12/17/2019

A Southwest Florida man found himself behind bars after police say he allegedly tried to kidnap his girlfriend outside a store.

NBC affiliate WBBH-TV says the incident took place outside of a Walmart store in Port Charlotte early Sunday morning as Rusty Fail has been charged with both battery and false imprisonment in the case.

According to deputies, an employee called 911 after hearing the female victim screaming from the car as she was hanging out the window. The victim was able to eventually get out, hurting her knee slightly, and ran into the store for help. Complete article


Peeping Tom accused of trapping teen girl inside bathroom stall at Fla. Walmart 12/17/2019

ORLANDO, Fla. – A 33-year-old man was arrested Saturday in Orange County on suspicion of following an 18-year-old woman into a bathroom stall at Walmart and trapping her inside.

Jeremy Laberee was arrested on charges of false imprisonment and stalking.

According to an Orange County arrest affidavit, the teen, a high school student, was about to leave the bathroom stall at the store on South Avalon Park Boulevard when she noticed a man peeking into the restroom from the main door.

The teen said she made eye contact with the man, later identified, by authorities as Laberee, who then walked into the restroom, according to the affidavit. Complete article


Man wielding knife in Columbus, Ga. Walmart on Whittlesey Boulevard appears in Recorder’s Court 12/16/2019

Columbus, Georgia (WRBL) The man arrested after allegedly threatening customers at a Walmart in Columbus on Saturday made his first appearance in Recorder’s Court.

23-year-old Leo Segura was escorted into the courtroom by deputies before pleading not guilty to multiple charges. Segura’s mother could be seen crying in the courtroom.

Authorities say they were called to the Walmart on Whittlesey Boulevard after reports of a man with a knife.

Officials interviewed at least 5 people who say Segura approached adults and children with a knife and was acting frantic. Police arrested Segura on the scene.

News 3 spoke with Segura’s mother who says her son is diagnosed with Schizophrenia and says jail is not the place for her son.

“I’m very sad that this thing happened because I’m a single parent and I don’t have the tools to help him. My son has too many episodes and is very very sick, it’s very dangerous. He’s sweet and nice, but very aggressive,” says Jilda Segura, Mother. Complete article

‘Super dangerous.’ Mom of man who threatened Columbus Walmart customers speaks in court 12/16/2019

Witnesses: Mentally ill man tried to steal child, cut shoppers at Georgia Walmart 12/17/2019


Dog dies in a vehicle fire in Ottawa Canada Walmart parking lot 12/17/2019

A dog was found dead following a vehicle fire Monday night in the Ottawa Walmart parking lot.

Ottawa firefighters were called at 9:12 p.m. Monday to a report of a vehicle on fire with a dog inside. The vehicle's passenger compartment was fully involved in fire.

After the fire was extinguished, the dog was found in the back seat of the vehicle.

A cause of the fire has not been determined. The vehicle was owned by a Sheridan man. Complete article


DEVELOPING: Fire Engulfs Car Outside of Cadillac Mich. Walmart 12/17/2019

Crews are cleaning up after a major car fire outside of the Cadillac Walmart Tuesday morning.

You can see the car was completely engulfed by flames.

We’re still working to find out what caused the fire and whether anyone was hurt, but we do know the fire has been put out. Complete article


Possible mercury detected at more W. Houston businesses including Walmart: Officials 12/16/2019

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It appears now the mercury spill that was first noticed in a Walmart parking lot in west Houston is now widespread, affecting more locations.

We now know that law enforcement officials believe suspect Christopher Melder broke into the former Geochem building in the 1400 block of Brittmoore sometime during Dec. 13.

It is believed the 19-year-old father of two children stole 11 pounds of mercury and put it in his backpack. Law enforcement sources said he then tried to sell the mercury in small batches for $20 each.

He managed to sell it twice.

Around 60 people were decontaminated as a precaution following the discovery of the heavy metal mercury at a west Houston shopping center located in the area of Westview Drive and West Sam Houston Parkway.

Sources added he was also playing with the mercury, which is how it ended up in the Walmart parking lot, near the Sonic, and now, at the McDonald's and bathrooms inside the Walmart. Authorities also believe it may have made its way into a Bucky's convenience store in the area.

The Houston Health Department urged anyone who visited the Walmart and Bucky's, as well as a Sonic Drive-in and a Shell convenience store nearby, between Dec. 13 and 15, to monitor for symptoms over the next few days and visit their doctor.

Officials also urged pregnant women who visited the locations to be mindful of symptoms.

Symptoms of acute mercury exposure can include headaches, eye and throat irritation, coughing and nausea. Complete article


Walmart Taps ‘SWAT Teams’ to Handle 500 Store Remodels a Year 12/17/2019

American retailers remodel thousands of stores each year, but the process is rarely smooth. Now imagine the headaches for Walmart Inc., which overhauls 500 locations annually on its own.

"Things always come up that you can't plan for," according to Tara Barnes, a store manager in Allen, Texas, whose location went through a refurbishment this summer. Complete article


Porch pirate suspect arrested for shoplifting at Walmart in Greer SC 12/16/2019

Bomb Threat Placed At Lacey NJ Walmart: Police 12/17/2019

Fake bomb threat called in at Portage County Ohio Walmart 12/16/2019

Austintown Ohio police need help identifying Walmart theft suspect 12/17/2019 The man walked out with a 60-inch TV and left through the fire escape.

Drugs sold outside Cobb Ga. Walmart, police say 12/16/2019

Woman jailed for theft, fraud at Iowa Walmart 12/17/2019

ALL CLEAR GIVEN: Tx. Walmart Determined to be Safe to Enter After Possible Bomb Threat 12/17/2019

Ind. Judge rejects probation request for man who shot into busy Walmart, on Sept. 30, 2018, gives him 3 years in prison 12/18/2019

Paoli Police looking for 2 cars after shots fired outside of Ky. Walmart 12/18/2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- The Paoli Police Department is looking for two people who are believed to have fired gun shots outside of a Walmart.

Officials say several shots were fired by two people around 7:15 pm. Tuesday outside the North Gospel Street Walmart. No description of those individuals was given but police did provide a few pictures of the cars the suspects are believed to have left the location in.

Nobody was hurt. Complete article


North Georgia sheriff’s gun goes off inside Walmart, authorities say 12/18/2019

The GBI has been asked to look into a North Georgia sheriff’s “accidental discharge” of a gun inside a Walmart.

Pickens County Sheriff Donnie Craig was wearing the gun in his waistband when it went off inside the Jasper store Tuesday night, according to the sheriff’s office. The round hit the floor.

“At the time of the discharge, the weapon was not being handled and the weapon was secured in the waistband,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. “Sheriff Craig has stated how thankful he is that no one was seriously injured in the incident. All policy protocols will be followed during the investigation into the incident.” Complete article

Sheriff's gun goes off inside Walmart during a 'Shop with a Sheriff' event 12/19/2019

The gunfire came from Sheriff Donnie Craig's backup weapon, a Glock 43 that was in the waistband of his pants. He was standing near the front of the store with several deputies at the time. The Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook "At the time of the discharge, the weapon was not being handled and the weapon was secured in the waistband".

Sheriff's officials said when the bullet hit the floor shrapnel hit a captain with the Sheriff's Office and a teenage girl who was with her mother. Neither were seriously injured.


Shoplifter flashes gun at Tenn. Walmart worker on the way out 12/18/2019 Incident by same suspect at different Walmart may have resulted in shot fired after leaving store and calling off chase due to reckless driving.

A man flashed a gun at employees while shoplifting from the Walmart at Madison Street on Saturday.

At about 5 p.m. at the Walmart at 2315 Madison St., a security sensor activated as a man was walking toward the exit, alerting a Walmart employee, according to Jim Knoll, Clarksville Police spokesman.

The employee asked to see the man's receipt. The man looked at the employee, pulled a gun from his waistband, held it below the waist and continued walking out the door, Knoll said. Complete article

Shoplifter manhunt: Armed couple escape police near second Walmart in Clarksville 12/19/2019

The couple involved in the armed shoplifting incident on Saturday at the Sango Walmart, were spotted again on Wednesday afternoon at the Wilma Rudolph Boulevard location.

Around 3:15 p.m., police were notified that the man and woman involved in flashing a gun at the Sango Walmart were now at the Wilma Rudolph store, according to Clarksville Police spokesman Jim Knoll. The couple had left the store and got in a Ford Fusion.

Officers spotted the car near Wilma and Morris Drive. They tried to stop it, but the driver fled so recklessly, placing the public in danger, the decision was made not to pursue, Knoll said.

Around 3:25 p.m., a 911 a call came in about a man chasing a woman into the woods around Fair Brook Place and a shot being fired. When officers arrived, they found the same Ford Fusion, unoccupied and abandoned.

The area was cordoned off, and officers and a K-9, along with a THP helicopter, searched for the couple. They were not found, and there was no indication anyone had been shot.


Sheriff denied gift cards at NC Walmart due to risk of ‘scammers’ 12/18/2019

Each year, Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats takes anywhere from 18 to 21 children, who might not otherwise receive much at Christmas, on a $300 shopping spree called Shop with the Sheriff. This year, he had planned to do the same at the Walmart where he says they’ve always shopped when he ran into trouble.

Coats goes to the store and purchases gift cards for each of the kids with money his force has raised throughout the year and was looking to buy $7,000 worth of gift cards for this year’s shopping spree when his request was denied, he said.

“We usually go in there and buy cards for around $7,000 for the kids,” Coats said. “When we went in there this year, they said they couldn’t do it. There was a limit of $1,000. They refused to give us what would be around $7,000 to not only Walmart, but back into our community as well.”

Coats said he was told the store could sell no more than $1,000 in gift cards due to the risk of scammers.

“I know they’re worried about scammers,” Coats said. “But this is law enforcement money — money we are using to help kids have a better Christmas and they are telling us ‘no.’”

Coats said this hasn’t been their first issue with the Erwin store.

“I don’t remember them ever having a manager or even another person there at the door when the kids would come in to shop,” he said. “It is really surprising.”

Coats says he plans to take the kids to a different store for the Shop with the Sheriff program on Friday. Complete article

Coats urges residents not to boycott Walmart 12/20/2019


Amid physician pressure, Walmart backs off plan to reject paper Rx 12/17/2019

What’s in the news: Walmart Inc., the world’s largest retailer, said it is delaying a previously announced move to mandate electronic prescriptions for controlled substances (EPCS) that was scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2020. The AMA and other medical societies had been urging the delay.

“The AMA welcomes Walmart’s decision to delay implementation of an electronic prescribing mandate that would have resulted in harm to millions of Americans, including many in rural areas who rely on Walmart as the only pharmacy in reasonable distance,” said AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA.

“The policy, which the AMA urged Walmart to delay, was not developed in consultation with the nation’s physicians, who support electronic prescribing of controlled substances, but want to see it implemented in a manner that supports—rather than disrupts—patient care.” Complete article


Suspect in Anchorage Alaska credit union robbery went shopping at Walmart, put change in donation bucket, charges say 12/17/2019
Alaska Man Robs Credit Union, Buys Disguise At Walmart Afterward 12/19/2019

Woman nabbed with stolen merchandise at Fla. Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza 12/17/2019

Woman accused of grabbing cash from Chesterfield Missouri Walmart self-checkout 12/17/2019

Deputies: Suspect wanted for stealing, using credit cards at Perry Ga. Walmart 12/17/2019

Notorious quick-change scammer accused of hitting New Berlin Wisc. Walmart 12/17/2019

Tucson Ariz. Police identify, arrest suspect allegedly involved in Oct. Walmart armed robbery 12/18/2019

Fire prompted evacuation at Chicopee Mass. Walmart 12/18/2019

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Fire officials were called after a small fire started at the Walmart on Memorial Drive in Chicopee Wednesday night.

Chicopee Police Department spokesman officer Mike Wilk told 22News there was a “small possible electric fire in the pharmacy area,” which caused the store to be evacuated as a precaution.

Members of the Chicopee Fire Department were called to determine what exactly caused the fire Complete article


Police: Shoplifters steal $5,000+ worth of items from Williamsburg Ky. Walmart 12/18/2019

Police asking for help identifying woman in Danville Ind. Walmart theft 12/18/2019

Man gets 3 years for firing shots into busy Indiana Walmart in September 2018 12/19/2019

Walmart in Franklin Wisc. evacuated after bomb threat found 12/19/2019

Bomb threat forces evacuation at Walmart, surrounding stores in Mooresville NC 12/19/2019

Dartmouth Mass. Walmart closed due to ‘maintenance issue’ 12/19/2019 A woman who identified herself as assistant manager at the Dartmouth store said she “was not allowed to comment at this time” and referred inquiries about the situation to corporate.

This is the man killed in the New City Nissan officer-involved shooting following a robbery at Hawaii Sam's Club 12/19/2019

The Honolulu Medical Examiner has identified the man police shot and killed in Kalihi on Monday as 34-year-old Dustin Spencer.

The Honolulu Police Department reports the victim shot first near the New City Nissan on North King Street. Four officers returned fire, and Spencer was hit multiple times.

The incident shattered at least two windows at the car dealership, and sent workers running for cover.

Police say the ordeal started in the parking lot the Sam's Club Pearl City where officers responded to a report of two men wearing ski masks. Complete article


Police searching for man who pulled gun at Goodyear Ariz. Walmart causing evacuation 12/20/2019

GOODYEAR, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Goodyear police are still searching for a man who pulled out a gun at a Walmart causing an evacuation.

According to Lisa Berry with the Goodyear Police Department, officers were called to the Walmart near I-10 and Estrella Parkway just after midnight on Friday for reports of a man with a gun. The shoppers and workers inside the 24-hour Walmart had been evacuated.

Berry said when officers arrived they made contact with the man but he was uncooperative. The man then took off running out of the back of the store. Officers set up a perimeter but they weren't able to find him.

Berry said no shots were fired and no injuries were reported. A description of the suspect is unknown at this time. Complete article

PD: Man who forced Goodyear Ariz. Walmart evacuation escapes custody again after standoff 12/23/2019 Officers pursued the vehicle until the suspect, believed to be Mendoza, bailed out and ran from officers into a home near 109th Avenue and Fourth Street in Avondale, said police. He was believed to be barricaded inside the home. Several law enforcement agencies were on scene along with Goodyear SWAT and crisis negotiators. Mendoza allegedly fled out of the backyard, past the police perimeter and disappeared into the neighborhood during negotiations, said police. A Phoenix police helicopter and K-9 teams continued to search for him, but he has not been located as of 3:30 a.m. Police are still searching house to house attempting to locate him.

Elusive Walmart suspect’s run comes to an end in officer-involved shooting 12/23/2019

PHOENIX – An armed suspect who has eluded authorities for the past couple of days had his crime spree come to an end in a shooting Monday night, authorities said.

Buckeye Police confirmed the man was Christopher Mendoza, 34, a suspect who got away from police at a Goodyear Walmart on Friday and then early Monday morning after an overnight barricade situation in Avondale.

A Buckeye police officer was on his way home when he saw a man that looked like Mendoza walking near Verrado Way and Watkins Street, just south of Lower Buckeye Road, Buckeye Police Department Public Information Officer Donna Rossi said.

The officer called for backup and was able to set up a perimeter.

Buckeye Police said Mendoza tried to break into a nearby home, but was unsuccessful, so he stole a pest control truck Monday afternoon that was left running.

Officers surrounded the vehicle and Mendoza drove towards the officers, who repeatedly told Mendoza to stop and drop his gun. Police officers fired several shots at Mendoza who eventually climbed out of the truck.

Police provided first-aid to Mendoza before he was airlifted to the hospital. His condition is currently unknown.


Walmart shoplifting suspects identified, added to TBI Most Wanted List 12/19/2019

ST. LOUIS, MO (WSMV) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has captured two fugitives on its Most Wanted List.

Brady Witcher, 41, and Brittany McMillan, 28, were wanted in Clarksville for shoplifting, especially aggravated kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle. They were also wanted out of Jefferson County, Alabama, for capital murder and kidnapping.
MOST WANTED ALERT: We’ve added Brittany McMillan and Brady Kane Witcher to our Most Wanted list.

Both are wanted by @clarksvillepd and TBI for Especially Aggravated Kidnapping and Theft of a Motor Vehicle, and in Alabama for Capital Murder.

UPDATE:TBI Most Wanted fugitives Brittany McMillan and Brady Witcher have been captured, after being located by law enforcement in St. Louis, Missouri. Complete article

Suspects in Alabama murder, kidnapping, Tennessee home invasion are captured in Missouri 12/20/2019


Grandma carjacked as she's leaving Tx. Walmart with toys for kids 12/19/2019

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Grinch got away with a car filled with toys, leaving a grandmother of five heartbroken.

Bertha Clark says she was leaving the Walmart near Almeda Mall on Rowlett Road with a friend on Tuesday at around 10:30 a.m. As she was about to get in her truck, police say a man approached her demanding her keys.

"He was just there," explained Clark. "It was a young man, and he told me, 'Give me the keys.' I stopped everything. I went into shock and I said, 'Is this reallly happening to me or is it a joke?'"

On the third attempt of trying to take her keys, he finally was able to get away with the car.

"When he changed his tone of voice on the third time, and then I look down, I saw that he had his hand in his pocket and he had it pointed at me. I don't know if it was a gun or a knife, but I panicked and I said, 'Here.'" Complete article


Woman and 5-year-old grandchild hit by car in Williamsburg Ky. Walmart parking lot 12/19/2019

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Whitley County's emergency manager says a woman and her 5-year-old grandchild were hit by a car in the parking lot of the Walmart in Williamsburg, Ky.

Dispatchers tell WKYT a woman was walking out one of the front doors and fell in the crosswalk when she was hit.

The dispatcher says a car didn't see her and hit her and her grandchild.

The woman and child have serious but non-life threatening injuries according to the dispatcher. Complete article


I was falsely accused of shoplifting at Walmart, arrested just before Christmas, man says in suit 12/19/2019

A Walmart customer who was arrested on a shoplifting charge three days before Christmas in a New Jersey store has filed suit against the company, claiming he was detained under false pretenses and his civil rights were violated.

Pedro F. Vasquez, of New Brunswick, claims in court papers he was waiting at a checkout line at a Walmart in North Brunswick about 5 p.m. on Dec. 22, 2017, when he received an emergency call from a friend.

“(Vasquez) moved himself for a matter of seconds, to an area where there was no possibility of exiting the store, within feet of the checkout line,” states the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Middlesex County Superior Court. Vasquez said “in a loud voice (into the phone) that he was going to pay for the items and then be out to help his friend,” the suit states.

That’s when a security officer approached Vasquez and accused him of stealing, according to the complaint. Vasquez says he was “detained and escorted through the store in front of many other customers.” ......

Court records show Vasquez hired a private attorney and the case was dismissed in December 2018. The lawsuit states the judge found no evidence of probable cause for an arrest. Complete article


Our addiction to stuff: How Walmart enables us to destroy the planet 12/20/2019

"Tis the season when shoppers fill the malls, and UPS and FedEx trucks crowd the roads.

The amount of "stuff" that moves in and out of households during the Christmas season is staggering. According to the business consulting firm Deloitte, the average American household will spend about US$1,500 during the holiday season.

People will fill their living rooms with boxes, only to discard the packaging —and some gifts —the morning after. Many of us can simply look inside our own closets to see the skeletons of Christmas' past.

We are addicted to buying stuff during these holidays.

If we are the addicts, then who are the drug dealers? They are the retailers. Retailers "push" their wares, enabling a habit that is destroying the planet and creating mountains of landfill.

Many retailers make gestures towards sustainable development. They claim to be reducing their own waste or that of their suppliers, but this is simply putting lipstick on a pig. The real harm to the planet is in the stuff they sell. Complete article


Supreme Court sides with Washington County Minn. in October Walmart tax ruling 12/19/2019

Walmart officials took the issue to the state Supreme Court, which issued an order in October affirming the decision of the Tax Court.

In July, the Supreme Court ruled on a similar case concerning three Walmart stores in Anoka County, affirming the Minnesota Tax Court’s decision dismissing the company’s tax petitions and determining that properties such as nail salons, Subway restaurants and beauty salons were income-producing. As such, Walmart was required to disclose certain financial information in order to challenge its property taxes, and, the Court held, it failed to do so.

“We have reviewed carefully all of the … submissions and conclude that County of Anoka is directly on point in all relevant respects and controls the disposition of these consolidated cases,” Associate Justice David Lillehaug wrote in the Oct. 22 order. Complete article


Two arrested after Ky. Walmart shoplifting incident 12/19/2019

SAPD Searching for These Tx. Walmart Shoppers 12/19/2019 According to SAPD, on December 19, the two men above are suspects in a criminal mischief case that occurred at the Walmart on Sherwood Way around 3:20 a.m. this morning.

Oxford woman charged after returning old computer to Mississippi Walmart 12/19/2019

Woman wanted after money is stolen from self check out at Moline Iowa Walmart 12/19/2019

Suspect in stabbing at bus shelter outside Montana Walmart pleads not guilty 12/19/2019

Felony charges filed in case of malnourished Wisc. Walmart dogs 12/1/2019

Man dies after shooting at Red Deer, Alta., Canada Walmart 12/20/2019

A 69-year-old man has died after a shooting inside a Walmart in Red Deer, Alta., on Friday, according to the RCMP.

RCMP spokesperson Shelley Mashiem could not confirm if there was one or multiple shooters, but said two vehicles were involved.

"We don't know where they went," she said.

Preliminary information suggests that the shooting in the front entrance of the store was targeted, according to RCMP.

No one else is reported to have been injured at this time, according to Mashiem. Complete article


UPDATE: Shooting in Walmart parking lot on Tropicana and McLeod Las Vegas Nevada was road rage incident; suspect in custody 12/20/2019

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a shooting that happened Friday morning at a Walmart parking lot on Tropicana Avenue and McLeod Drive.

According to police, it was determined to be a road rage incident that happened West of Tropicana Blvd and escalated. Two males involved in the incident pulled their vehicles into the Walmart parking when one person got out of their vehicle to confront the other person and that person shot them in their leg. The victim shot in the leg was transported to the hospital and the other person was taken into custody, according to the news conference by LVMPD.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department news conference on Dec. 20:

“I want to remind people, you can’t let your road rage carry over. You need to just drive away. I’m glad this was just an isolated incident,” said LVMPD Officer.

The incident occurred Dec. 20 at approximately 11:09 a.m. according to LVMPD officers. When they responded to a call of a shooting in the 3000 block of Tropicana Avenue, officers located a male suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. Complete article


Estranged boyfriend nabbed after stalking woman shopping at Wal-Mart 12/20/2019

An estranged boyfriend was arrested after allegedly stalking a woman who was shopping for groceries at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

The woman had been working at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday when 25-year-old Daequan Raeshard Walker of Leesburg parked outside her workplace, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office. After she closed up the store, he approached her in the parking lot and accused her of seeing another man. She told him he was “delusional” and needed to leave her alone.

She told Walker she was going to Wal-Mart to get groceries and he followed her there. He also trailed her throughout the store. Walker followed her to her home where he continuously rang her doorbell.

He had broken the headlight of her car in October and has been banned from her property, the report indicated. She told deputies the incidents have been “escalating” and she lives in “constant fear.” Complete article


Man accused of robbing Walmart in Franklin County Pa. 12/20/2019

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A man is charged with robbery after police say he stole cash Thursday night from a Walmart in Franklin County.

Washington Township police say they got a call just after 10 p.m. The caller said a man was tailgating him in the Walmart parking lot on Washington Township Boulevard and that the man said he had a gun in his car.

Officers got to the scene and arrested Dustin Yeager, 21, of Waynesboro, after they say he showed a note to a Walmart employee, demanded cash and threatened violence.

It's not clear if Yeager was the driver who was tailgating the caller. Complete article


Car strikes 3-year-old in Zebulon NC Walmart parking lot 12/20/2019

ZEBULON — A Zebulon woman struck a pedestrian who was pushing a child in a grocery cart, causing the 3-year-old to spill onto the road in a Walmart parking lot, authorities say.

According to a press release, officers around 3:50 p.m. Friday found that a vehicle driven by Renee Parry, of Zebulon, hit the pedestrian as she was pushing the cart in the crosswalk near the front of the Walmart on East Gannon Avenue.

Authorities say the cart was knocked over and the child fell onto the street, receiving scrapes and "what appeared to be minor injuries." Complete article


Mother, son attack officer 'without provocation' at Walmart store, chief says 12/20/2019

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Colo. — An officer with the Mountain View Police Department received a minor hand injury when he was assaulted by a woman and her 18-year-old son at Walmart, according to the department's chief.

The officer was at the store near North Harlan Street and West 44th Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Friday when he witnessed a woman hit her adult son, Chief Steve Davis said.

As the officer approached the woman to talk with her, the son came around the officer and shoved him, according to a Facebook post from the agency. The officer had to subdue both the woman and her son as they resisted and attempted to fight, the post says. It also says he was "attacked without provocation."

Other officers arrived and helped deescalate the situation. The officer was treated for a minor injury at the scene. Complete article


Fla. Walmart investigating if store misused donation from NFL player Kahlil Mack, reports say 12/20/2019

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Walmart is investigating after an employee alleged that a Florida store misused funds donated by Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack to pay off layaway items, WFLD-TV in Chicago reports.

Mack stunned hundreds of shoppers earlier this month by paying layaway bills at the Walmart in his hometown of Fort Pierce.

"She rung it up, and everything came up to zero. And I was like, 'Wow! This is really great!'" said one Walmart shopper following Mack's gesture.

But according to WFLD, Mack cut an $80,000 check to pay for the items, but the bill only added up to $60,000. The outlet reports that store managers gave the remaining $20,000 to a handful of employees divide amongst themselves. At least one employee says they were cut out of the money, which sparked the complaint to Walmart corporate.

"We appreciate Khalil Mack's generosity in paying off layaway items for hundreds of customers in the Ft. Pierce community and are looking into how the store handled the transaction to ensure it was appropriate and in keeping with Walmart's guidelines," a Walmart spokesperson said in a statement to WFLD. Complete article


Walmart MoneyCard, Visa gift-card working again after reported outage 12/20/2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Walmart said the Walmart MoneyCard and Visa gift-cards are working properly again after customers across the country reported issues with their accounts.

Users said they were not able to use their cards or access the funds in their accounts.

Most customers reported issues with making payments, accessing their accounts online and withdrawing money from the ATM. Complete article


Woman chooses absolute worst time to steal from Oxford, Ohio, Walmart 12/20/2019

Salvation Army matching donations at any Genesee Co. Walmart or Kroger this weekend 12/20/2019

Freeport man arrested for stealing TV from Ill. Walmart 12/20/2019

Found safe: Deputies say 2 teens reported missing from Crosby Tx. Walmart have been found. 12/22/2019

Walmart in Taylor Pa. Evacuated Due to Water Main Break 12/21/2019

Walmart in Cranberry Township Pa. reopens after 'safety situation' 12/22/2019

2 arrested for allegedly stealing elderly woman's purse, knocking her down at Rockwall Tx. Walmart 12/22/2019

The whole incident was caught on surveillance video. The woman was taken to the hospital for her injuries.

Two men were arrested Saturday evening after they allegedly stole an elderly woman's purse and knocked her to the ground at a Rockwall Walmart, police said.

David E. Heffner, 34, and Jessie James Caston Jr., 29, both of Garland, were arrested on a charge of aggravated robbery from an elderly person following the alleged purse snatching at the Walmart Neighborhood Market on West Rusk Street. Complete article


Suspects steal woman's purse during altercation in parking lot of Fremont Ca. Walmart 12/22/2019

FREMONT, Calif. - A woman was shoved to the ground by a pair of men who wrested her purse away after a struggle Sunday at the Walmart store at 40580 Albrae St. in Fremont, police said.

The attackers dragged the woman across the parking lot during the struggle for the purse and then fled in a black BMW.

"The victim had several scrapes, but did not sustain significant injuries," Fremont police said via social media. Complete article


Man on motorized scooter attempts to rob cashier inside Victorville Ca. Walmart 12/21/2019

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A man on a motorized scooter attempted to rob a Walmart cashier in Victorville Saturday night.

It happened at about 6:00 pm inside the Walmart Supercenter located in the 12200 block of Palmdale Road on December 21, 2019.

Iris Rodriguez was shopping in the busy store at the time of the incident and said the man used his legs to intentionally ram into people.

“He was chased by security and they got the money he stole, less than 3 seconds later he came back in and ran over people including Walmart employees,” stated Iris. “He had a mask on with a black hoodie and black pants.” Complete article


Pedestrian transported to MUSC after collision near Folly Road Charleston SC Walmart 12/21/2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — A pedestrian has been transported to MUSC after a collision along Folly Road on Saturday evening.

According to Charleston Police, the crash took place at 1231 Folly Road.

Authorities were first alerted about the incident at 6:28 p.m.

There has been no word on the severity of any injuries. Complete article


Alaskan Walmart shopper claims she found religious 'Santa is fake' note inside toy purchase: 'Stop lying to your children' 12/22/2019

Is there a war on Santa? According to one Walmart shopper in Alaska, St. Nick is under attack.

Brianna Ridge wrote in a Facebook post last Tuesday that her mom found a note inside a Walmart toy that local reports are calling "anti-Santa."



Ridge’s post claims that her mom found a Christian flier stuck inside a toy box at their local Walmart in Wasilla. The flier she shared photos of features an image of Santa Claus and reads, "HEY KIDS!! Santa is fake. But Jesus is real." The back of the flier includes a typed message urging parents to tell their children the story of Jesus, rather than the tale of Santa. Ridge didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from Yahoo Lifestyle.

"It’s super-upsetting, super-worrisome. I already have gifts under the tree wrapped," Ridge told Alaska's KTVA of the prospect of her children discovering the note. "It adds a little bit of anxiety because I know it would be super-disappointing and devastating for my kiddos. It just wouldn’t be fair." Complete article


Walmart, Target Embrace 8-Year-Old YouTube Influencer’s Brand 12/23/2019

Child who made his name ‘unboxing’ toys now sits atop $150 million empire

Like many children, Ryan Kaji knows what he wants for Christmas: a gift card for the Roblox videogame. What makes him different is that he is also the face of a toy brand himself that buttresses a $150 million retail empire. He is eight years old.

Ryan made his name opening toys in YouTube videos, amassing 23 million subscribers to his Ryan’s World channel and more than $20 million a year in advertising revenue.

Now, the second-grader from Texas is building his knack for “unboxing”—opening boxes of toys on camera—into a formidable franchise, with a TV show on children’s cable channel Nickelodeon and deals with Walmart Inc. and Target Corp. to sell his own line of toys, toothbrushes and even underwear.

Ryan’s first retail products hit shelves in 2018 through an exclusive partnership with Walmart. For this holiday season, Ryan’s parents, Shion and Loann Kaji, and his licensing and entertainment studio, pocket.watch, had bigger ambitions—to have more Ryan products in more stores and in as many departments as possible. To help Ryan understand the magnitude of his popularity, Mr. Kaji has considered presenting Ryan with 23 million beans or marbles. Complete article


Walmart paid at least $3.2 million to settle Lehigh Valley shooting case 12/23/2019

Because the settlement was sealed at Walmart’s request, there is no way to know the full amount of the settlement, estate and personal injury lawyers said. A spokesman for lawyer Matt Casey, who represented the three families, has repeatedly said he cannot comment on the settlement.

A spokesman for Walmart said the retailer isn’t free to discuss the settlement but said the company continues to extend its sympathy to the families.

The lawsuit filed by the Lehigh Valley shooting victims’ families has parallels to a case recently given a green light by the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court’s action allows the families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to proceed with claims against gun-maker Remington.

In both cases, the defendants, Walmart and Remington, claimed the suits were barred by a federal law that gives broad immunity to gun-makers and sellers against liability for crimes committed with their firearms.

Last month, the Supreme Court declined to hear Remington’s appeal of a Connecticut court’s decision that the Sandy Hook families could sue under an exception to the Protection for Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. The families claim Remington’s advertising targeted young, at-risk men, a violation of the state’s consumer protection law.

The Lehigh Valley shooting victims’ families claimed Walmart’s actions constituted negligent entrustment — another exception to the protection for gun sellers — because the cashier who sold the ammunition to then 20-year-old Robert Jourdain, who was underage and intoxicated, should have known there was a risk he would use it to harm others. Complete article


Nothing found after caller reports bomb at Miami Twp. Ohio Walmart 12/23/2019

Southport NC police looking for ‘person of interest’ in Walmart larceny 12/23/2019

Woman wanted for robbery at Ga. Walmart 12/21/2019

Charlevoix man charged for allegedly taking photo up woman's skirt at Walmart in Gaylord Mich. 12/23/2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Wreck by Walmart in east Macon Ga. slows Monday commute 12/23/2019

Man stabbed victim in Mount Pocono Pa. Walmart, charged with attempted homicide, police say 12/23/2019

Pocono Mountain Regional police said a 35-year-old New York man was charged with attempted homicide after a Dec. 22 stabbing attack inside a Walmart.

Yusuf Seifullah, 35, of Bronx, is also charged with aggravated assault and related charges in connection with the stabbing that happened just before 4 p.m. at the Walmart in Mount Pocono, police said. Seifullah is in Monroe County jail without bail, and a district court filing detailing the charges states, “defendant has suffered psychotic breaks for some time.”

Police did not identify the person Seifullah is accused of stabbing. A report states that about an hour after the stabbing call, Seifullah was found along Route 940 and was placed under arrest.

“The victim was stabbed in the neck, lip and cheek,” the report states. The person is being treated at a hospital in the Lehigh Valley, police say. Complete article


Graphic: Monroe man arrested at La. Walmart accused of disturbing the peace, spitting on officers, death threats 12/26/2019

MONROE, La. – (12/24/19) Authorities say a Monroe man is facing several charges after he was accused of causing a disturbance at Walmart on Louisville Avenue.

The Monroe Police Department says they have arrested Lee Fountain, 60, after officers responded to a public disturbance call on Friday (12/20).

Officers say Fountain was cursing and causing a disturbance in the parking lot when they arrived on scene. Officials say the manager told them Fountain was walking up to customers and bothering them. The manager allegedly told Fountain to leave and then fountain started yelling at the manager and reaching in his pocket for something claiming “I’m going to kill you in front of everyone. I’m going to kill you.”

Fountain allegedly told the police officers “They won’t give me my dirty clothes! I am racist, I hate white people! Do you know what racist is?” Complete article


Police: Man arrested after shoplifting from Va. Walmart and leading police on chase 12/25/2019

ALTAVISTA, Va. (WSET) -- The Altavista Police Department said a man has been arrested after leading police on a chase and shoplifting from Walmart.

Police said officers went to the Walmart in Altavista for a shoplifting call around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24.

Loss Prevention told police that a man left the store with a shopping cart of items without paying for any of the items.

Police said an officer approached the car that 28-year-old Daniel Lee McDonald Sr., of Madison Heights, was driving and attempted to stop it but the car did not stop. Complete article


Woman steals from Wash. Walmart, Kennewick man starts police chase in stolen car 12/24/2019

RICHLAND, Wash. - A Kennewick man is behind bars for allegedly stealing from Walmart, taking off from police in a stolen car and then trying to run down officers.

Richland Police say 29-year-old Kaela Lashbrook took items from Walmart on Monday night and ran out of the store to a small SUV, allegedly driven by 46-year-old David Goertzen. Officers caught up to them and realized he was driving a stolen car. As police tried to pull him over, they say he didn't stop.

"This Grinch drove around recklessly and posed a great risk, even trying to run down officers who placed spike strips," the West Richland Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Officers continued to follow him at slow speeds in south Richland. Washington State Patrol and West Richland Police joined the pursuit.

They were able to PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver to stop him near Keene and Shockley roads. Goertzen allegedly resisted arrest, but they were able to detain him.

Some officers suffered minor scrapes and bruises. One police vehicle was damaged due to the chase. Complete article


Car alarm scares off would-be carjackers after woman punched outside Maplewood Missouri Walmart 12/24/2019

MAPLEWOO, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A woman hit the panic alarm on her car’s key fob to foil a carjacking in the parking lot of the Maplewood Commons Shopping Center.

According to police, the woman had just ended her shift working at the Walmart and was walking to her car on the parking lot just after midnight on Dec. 22 when three men approached her from behind. One of the suspects reportedly punched the woman in the head, knocking her to the ground, while the other suspects punched and kicked her while attempting to grab her car keys.

When the woman started yelling for help, one of the suspects covered her mouth and told her to be quiet, police said. The woman then activated her vehicle’s panic alarm on her key fob, which caused the three men to run from the area. Complete article


GPD: Fla. Walmart meat manager arrested for mismanaging meat 12/24/2019

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — A Walmart meat manager was arrested Monday after Gainesville Police said he changed the prices for large amounts of meat and bought them for cheap.

According to the arrest report, Thomas Deon Young, 56, was seen on security footage attaching labels with the incorrect weight to meats and bought them with cash using the self-checkout.

Some of the items included racks of ribs averaging $12 labeled for $1 and boxes of crab legs averaging nearly $20 labeled for just $3. The total amount of meat was valued at over $500. Complete article


A 6-year-old girl found a Christmas card with an apparent call for help from a prisoner in China inside. We'll probably never find out if the message was real. 12/23/2019

Every year or so, this type of message pops up in products bought from large retailers like Zara, Kmart, and Walmart that maintain factories in China.

A 6-year-old girl writing her Christmas cards found that one of them had been daubed with an SOS message from someone claiming to be a prisoner in China, The Sunday Times reported.

The cards, fronted with a picture of a kitten wearing a red Santa hat, were made for Tesco at Zhejiang Yuanguang Printing, about 35 miles south of Wenzhou on China's east coast.

Florence Widdicombe, from South London, found the note, which said: "We are foreign prisoners in Shanghai Qingpu prison China. Forced to work against our will. Please help us and notify human rights organisation." ......

In October 2012, a mother in Oregon found a note in a pack of Halloween decorations sold at Kmart. The New York Times reported (probably authentic) the note said workers "toiled seven days a week, their 15-hour days haunted by sadistic guards."

But in May 2013, a 47-year-old former inmate claimed responsibility for writing the letter, The Times reported, and as many as 20 others.

"For a long time I would fantasize about some of the letters being discovered overseas, but over time I just gave up hope and forgot about them," the man told The Times, in a rare example of an SOS note being authenticated.

In 2017, shoppers in a Zara store in Istanbul found notes scattered around the shop saying: "I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn't get paid for it."

Vox reported that workers at the nearby factory making the items were recently told the factory was closing, meaning they wouldn't get paid. They launched the notes as a protest. Complete article

You buy a purse at Walmart. There’s a note inside from a “Chinese prisoner.” Now what? 10/10/2018

(This article starts with a note written in "Mandarin Chinese" that was translated by the person who found it, which raises the possibility that either it's authentic or if not, then this person might have been involved in faking it, otherwise most people would have tossed it assuming that it's trivial and it would have been an obvious waste. After a long article about their investigation it lists several examples that were probably authentic, although one of them was done at the urging of workers rights groups, but people who only read the beginning would never get this far.)

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But after a few minutes, she got curious. She took the paper out of the wastebasket, unfolding the sheet to reveal a message scrawled in Mandarin Chinese.

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There have been, however, at least two instances in which actual workers have claimed the notes. In 2011, a shopper bought a box of Halloween decorations at an Oregon Kmart. She found a note inside the box, allegedly from a prisoner in China explaining that he had made the item under forced labor conditions.

Two years later, Zhang — a man who asked newsrooms to only use his surname for fear of being arrested and imprisoned again — claimed to be the writer of the note. He said he planted 20 such notes during the two years he spent in prison, with hopes they would reach American stores. His handwriting and modest English language proficiency matched those of the note, but even then, it wasn’t feasible to fully corroborate his story. As the New York Times wrote, “it was impossible to know for sure whether there were perhaps other letter writers, one of whose messages might have reached Oregon.”

The second instance came in 2014, when a shopper in New York found a note in a Saks shopping bag she received when purchasing a pair of Hunter rain boots two years earlier. The note, written in English, claimed to have been written by a man in a Chinese prison; it also included his email address, photo, and name, which led to the finding of the alleged author, Tohnain Emmanuel Njong. Originally from Cameroon, he said he’d been teaching English in China when he was arrested in May 2011 and wrongly jailed for fraud charges.

In both cases, the final step of verification would be to confirm with the prisons mentioned in the notes that Zhang and Njong served sentences at their facilities and that forced labor occurs there. But since Chinese prisons refuse to provide comment on such stories, there’s little way of definitively confirming the prisoners’ accounts.

In 2017, the validity of hidden notes came into question yet again. Shoppers in Istanbul found tags inside clothing items in a Zara store that read: “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.”

It turned out Turkish workers, who produced the clothing for Zara in an Istanbul factory, planted the notes in protest. The factory where they had been employed closed down overnight, leaving them suddenly without jobs or a source of income. The workers wrote notes urging shoppers to pressure Zara into giving them the back pay they were owed. They then went to a Zara store in the center of Istanbul and hid the notes in the pockets of clothing being sold inside.

The Turkish workers didn’t come up with the idea of the notes on their own. The Clean Clothes Campaign and its alliance partner Labour Behind the Label (LBL), an organization that campaigns for garment workers’ rights, helped plan the action.

LBL and other campaign groups have organized “note droppings” like this in retail stores like Zara for many years. The notes describe how poor labor practices are behind the store’s items; LBL gathers information about these practices through its own reports and interviews.


Hard-boiled egg recall expands to products at Walmart, Trader Joe's after deadly listeria outbreak 12/25/2019

A hard-boiled egg recall has expanded to products sold at Walmart and Trader Joe's following a deadly listeria outbreak.

Almark Foods broadened the recall to include all hard-boiled egg products manufactured at its facility in Gainesville, Georgia, due to potential listeria contamination.

The listeria outbreak has been linked to seven cases, including one death and four hospitalizations, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported . The outbreak is contained to five states, but the recalled products were shipped nationwide.

The expanded recall includes popular brands and organic fare, like Egglands Best, Pete & Gerry's and Vital Farms. Complete article


Soldier Surprises Family With Game Of 'Marco Polo' At Okla. Walmart 12/23/2019

McALESTER, Oklahoma - A video of a soldier surprising his niece and nephews at the McAlester Walmart is quickly going viral.

Nathan Hanley is home a little early after being stationed in North Carolina for 7 Months.

Hanley showed up to a McAlester Walmart and yelled “Marco,” as it was part of the game him and his family played if one were to be separated while shopping. Complete article


The Tx. Town That Lost Its Walmart 12/24/2019

For a small town in Texas, the three-decade presence of the world’s largest retailer was a point of civic pride. Then, 18 months ago, all that changed.

EDNA, Texas — Early on the morning of June 20, 2018, Joe Hermes got a call from an executive in Walmart’s corporate offices. The caller was breaking some bad news: After 36 years, Walmart was closing its Edna store.

Mr. Hermes, who had been mayor of the small Texas city for about as long as the Walmart had been open, asked the man if he was joking.

“It was like getting hit by a bomb,” he recalled. Complete article


Hermitage Pa. appeals Walmart decision 12/26/2019

HERMITAGE — City officials will be appealing a property reassessment that is expected to cost Hermitage and its school district significant tax dollars.

Approved at their most recent meeting on Dec. 18, the Hermitage Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to appeal a property reassessment for the Walmart at 1275 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage.

The revision, which was mailed to the taxing bodies on Dec. 10, reduces Walmart’s property assessment from $3,398,250 to $1,991,150. Under the new assessment, Walmart’s payment to the Hermitage School District would drop from $217,171.97 to $127,143.43, and payment to the City of Hermitage would drop from $16,991.25 to $9,955.75. Complete article


Fake Walmart and cases of Dom Prignon: Inside socialist Venezuela's chaotic embrace of the free market 12/25/2019

CARACAS, Venezuela — Last Christmas, devastated Venezuela saw shortages of everything from tinsel to toilet paper. This year, the socialist government has given a weary nation an unexpected holiday gift.

A dose of the free market.

President Nicolás Maduro is making tentative moves away from the socialist policies that once regulated the prices of basic goods, heavily taxed imports and restricted the use of the U.S. dollar. As a result, the South American nation’s economic free fall is beginning to decelerate. The national inflation rate — still the world’s highest — has slowed from a blistering 1.5 million last year to a relatively breezy annualized rate of 15,000 percent.

But as the new measures take hold, once-empty store shelves have overflowed this holiday season with beef, chicken, milk and bread — albeit at prices so high that a significant segment of the population is actually worse off. More moneyed Venezuelans, however, are flocking to dozens of newly opened specialty stores — including at least one fake Walmart — brimming with stacks of Cheerios, slabs of Italian ham and crates of Kirkland Signature Olive Oils, much of it bought and shipped in containers to Venezuela from Costco and other bulk retailers in Miami. Complete article


Grinches ride out of Nebraska Walmart on kids' Christmas presents 12/24/2019

System error delays paychecks for some Walmart employees in West Virginia 12/24/2019

Austin man accused of trying to steal more than $1200 in Tx. Walmart merchandise 12/25/2019

Man accused of meeting teenage girl for sex at Porters Neck NC Walmart 12/24/2019

Bomb threat targets NC Walmart 12/24/2019

Anonymous donor replaces red kettle donations stolen outside Tyler Tx. Walmart 12/24/2019

Kansas authorities, kids arrest the Grinch at Walmart 12/24/2019

Villager’s daughter arrested in theft of toys from Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 12/26/2019

North Las Vegas Walmart reopens after police investigate suspicious package 12/26/2019 The Walmart at Rancho and Lake Mead has reopened after North Las Vegas Nevada Police determined a suspicious package was an empty bag, not as bomb. The store was evacuated earlier.

Bomb threat temporarily evacuates Saratoga Springs Utah Walmart, police find nothing 12/26/2019

No. 6 story of 2019: We all scream: Viral video shows woman licking Blue Bell in Lufkin Tx. Walmart 12/26/2019

Cullman Alabama Walmart robbed of 'tens of thousands of dollars' on Christmas 12/26/2019

CULLMAN, Ala. — A Walmart in Cullman is suffering a huge loss after burglars left with "tens of thousands of dollars" worth of merchandise Christmas morning, according to our news partner The Cullman Tribune.

Cullman Police said the Walmart on Olive Street in south Cullman was burglarized at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. This particular location is typically open 24 hours a day, but it was closed for Christmas when the burglary occurred.

"They were in there for approximately two hours," Sgt. Adam Clark said. "They stole thousands of dollars' worth of property, in the tens of thousands."

Clark said the store doesn't have security guards or alarms, but the crime was caught on surveillance cameras. The people seen in the footage were fully-masked. Complete article


Two men arrested for theft at Walmart in Jackson County Fla. 12/26/2019

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. – The Jackson County Sheriff's Office arrested two men on Christmas Eve for an alleged theft at a local Walmart.

According to a press release, A Jackson County deputy arrived to the Walmart just before 3:30 that afternoon to work an off-duty security detail.

At the same time, another off-duty deputy arrived to the same Walmart to do some last minute shopping.

A Walmart Asset Protection Associate notified both deputies that they had seen two men removing a security device from a 50 inch flat screen television.

One deputy recognized one of the men from surveillance video from prior theft cases that he was actively investigating. Complete article


Family Says They Were Scammed Out of Apple Watch at OK Walmart 12/25/2019

Hopefully this gets resolved cause this is pretty messed up.

Over in Cleveland, Oklahoma, Kristen Boe and her son went to get an Apple Watch at the local Walmart. This happened back on November 30th and they opened the box when they got in the car. The watch wouldn't turn on, but they decided it was just a dead battery. So they put it on the charger and the next day, still doesn't work.

They call Walmart and they said repairs for Apple watches can only be done at an Apple Store. So now, they take their watch to the Apple store and they found out what the problem was. It was a demo watch. Yes, the plastic watches they put out for you to try out that don't actually work.

Kristen has been going up the chain with Walmart for around three weeks now. She has been told the market manager closed the ticket. He’s not going to issue a refund or a return based off of what the store manager had to say," said Boe. She has now taken to Facebook to get her point across and now hundreds of people have seen her story. Complete article

Mom warns Walmart shoppers to ‘be careful’ buying electronics after son was sold a demo Apple Watch 12/27/2019


Al Norman @SprawlBusters: Why Does Fox Business & Other Media Run Promos For Walmart Deals That Look Like “News”? Small merchants never get this kind of free airtime. 12/2/2019

Walmart’s best deals on Christmas Day – don’t miss out

Even though Walmart stores aren’t open today, the company is offering numerous online bargains. Check out some of the best deals Walmart.com saved for Christmas Day. Complete article


NY Walmart needs to pay its fair share in taxes 12/27/2019

I first wanted to commend the LCN, specifically Matt Leader for the story pertaining to Walmart and their tax assessment (“Walmart’s $2.4M reassessment slashes tax revenues for county, town, village, school district,” Dec. 12, 2019). Walmart felt it necessary to force the Town of Geneseo into litigation over their recent property assessment increase.

This is not a new story, they do this regularly whenever their tax assessment is increased, but it never gets the attention it deserves. Walmart gets to use the utilities and infrastructure provided by the taxpayers of the Livingston County and Geneseo, but then refuse to invest their profits into the community by not paying their fair share in taxes. Walmart uses our roads, water, sewer and law enforcement to run their business. If they did not have access those things, they would not exist.

I should point out that I worked for Walmart for five years while I was in college. While I was working for them, I lost my health insurance when I was 21 years old. I went without health insurance for around two years while I was working for the billion dollar corporation. But I digress. Complete article


Walmart e-commerce executive takes the top spot at Michaels 12/272019

The Michaels Companies, Inc. MIK, +1.00% said Friday that Ashley Buchanan, a former Walmart Inc. WMT, -0.03% executive, has been named chief executive, effective Jan. 6, 2020. He succeeds Mark Cosby, who will stay on until April 1, 2020 to complete the transition. Cosby will remain on the board after he steps down from the CEO position. Buchanan joined Walmart in 2007 and was most recently the chief merchandising and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S. e-commerce.

Denise Paulonis, Michaels' chief financial officer, will also leave the company, effective Jan. 31, 2020, for another job. She was with the company for five years. Michaels stock has tumbled 52% over the last year while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% is up 30.5%. Complete article


Marble Falls Tx. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 12/27/2019

Three arrested at Minn. Walmart on multiple charges 12/26/2019

Woodbury Minn. Officer Shows Compassion After Citing Woman for Taking Food from Walmart 12/26/2019

Police need help to identify woman in theft at Walmart in York Pa. 12/26/2019

Top 2019 stories: Plano high grad accused in mass killing at El Paso Tx. Walmart 12/24/2019

This woman’s Guardian Angel works at Va. Walmart 12/27/2019

Kitten rescued from tree in Fla. Walmart parking lot 12/28/2019

Woman wanted for robbery and battery at an Augusta Ga. Walmart 12/27/2019

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- A woman is wanted on charges for a robbery that happened at an Augusta Walmart.

Ebony Sada Scott faces charges for robbery by sudden snatch and simple battery.

The alleged robbery happened Friday at the Walmart at 3338 Wrightsboro Road. Complete article


Yakima Wash. police looking for suspect in assault at Walmart 12/27/2019

YAKIMA, Wash. – The Yakima Police Department is asking the public for help identifying a man who allegedly committed an assault at a local Walmart.

The man appears to be 25 to 30 years old, about 5’8″ to 5’11” and about 160 to 170 pounds. He was last seen with a beard and mustache. Complete article


Police searching for man in connection to Ky. Walmart thefts 12/27/2019

PADUCAH— The Paducah Police Department is asking for the public's help identifying a man who allegedly stole more than $10,000 worth of items from Walmart on Hinkleville Road.

Employees tell police the man concealed thousands of dollars worth of merchandise in duffle bags. The man also did $4,000 worth of damage to curtains outside the garden center to hide the duffle bags, where he could later retrieve them. Complete article


Gas leak prompts evacuation at Ramsey NC Walmart 12/27/2019

Two suspects arrested after theft at Storm Lake Walmart 12/27/2019

The sinkhole near Kansas Walmart parking lot is seen under construction on Friday, December 27. 12/27/2019

Man sought for stealing cash from Pa. Walmart self-checkout 12/27/2019

Teen stole 65 items worth $1,300 from Wisc. Walmart, hid marijuana in underwear, police say 12/27/2019

Police search for woman who allegedly stole money out of a purse at Baraboo Wisc. Walmart 12/27/2019

Puppy found in trash can held shut with bungee cords behind Wood River Ill. Walmart 12/27/2019

’There’s still good people out here:’ man’s wallet returned with $2,500 after he loses it in La. Walmart lot 12/27/2019

Police in Glasgow Ky. looking for suspects in Walmart shoplifting case 12/29/2019

5 dead, at least 2 injured in plane crashes in Lafayette, Louisiana, near a Walmart 12/28/2019

McCord worked for NBC affiliate WDSU in New Orleans and was the daughter-in-law of LSU Tigers offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.

A twin-engine plane headed to Atlanta crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday in Lafayette, Louisiana, killing five and injuring six, officials said.

The plane struck a car when it crashed, Lafayette Fire Department spokesman Alton Trahan told NBC News. Multiple people on the ground were injured, authorities said.

"There was small fire involving the plane and one vehicle was fully engulfed," the fire department said in a statement. "Both fires were quickly extinguished. An immediate search and rescue was conducted." Complete article


Body found by Walmart parking lot in West Valley City, Utah investigation underway 12/30/2019

KUTV — A man was found dead sitting on the ground next to a Walmart sign on Sunday morning in West Valley City.

He was only wearing a t-shirt and long pants, according to West Valley City Police. The Walmart is located at 6200 South and 5600 West.

When officers arrived they realized the man was dead sitting on the grass. Officials said the death does not look suspicious but an investigation is still needed. Complete article


Man behind bars after shoplifting at Walmart, eluding Steubenville Ohio police 12/29/2019

STEUBENVILLE, Oh. (WTOV) — A Mingo Junction man is behind bars after shoplifting at Walmart and attempting to elude police.

Police say 32-year-old Daniel J. Everhart stole more than $573 worth of jewelry and $1,488 worth of household merchandise from the Steubenville Walmart just before 12:10 a.m. Sunday morning.

According to a police report, Everhart broke into a jewelry case and left the store without paying.

Police then located Everhart's vehicle, and when they attempted to stop him, he tried to elude the police at a low rate of speed. Complete article


'Shoplifting blitz' nets four at Niagara Falls NY Walmart 12/29/2019

Four suspects were arrested in separate incidents as police staged a “shoplifting blitz” at the Walmart Supercenter, 1540 Military Road, Niagara Falls, according to reports.

Charged with petit larceny on the weekend before Christmas were Farron E. Henwood, 28, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls; Tyler Lambert, 25, of Buffalo; and Julie Brandon, 24, of 78th Street, Niagara Falls. Charged with petit larceny on Saturday was Cheyenne E. Banks, 25, of Expressway Village, Niagara Falls. Henwood and Lambert also were charged with fifth-degree possession of stolen property.

Police said Henwood was accused of failing to scan 27 items valued at nearly $265. Lambert was accused of taking seven items valued at about $198. Brandon allegedly scanned alternative bar codes for 18 items valued at $146. Banks is accused of stealing five items with a value of about $55. Complete article


Hermitage Ohio Walmart evacuated twice in less than 24 hours 12/30/2019

Police: Woman arrested for multiple shoplifting attempts at La. Walmart 12/30/2019

Bedford Ind. Police Looking for Couple Who Used Counterfeit Money at Walmart 12/30/2019

Star Wars Fan Points Out Walmart Might be the Empire After All 12/28/2019

Lebanon NH Police seek identity of Walmart shoplifter 12/30/2019

Jamestown man accused of drinking milk at NY Walmart, then putting it back 12/30/2019 LAKEWOOD, N.Y. — A Jamestown man is accused of taking two bottles of milk from Walmart, and drinking from them without paying.

Video shows fast-flickering lights in Ohio Walmart during power outage 12/30/2019

Jacksonville Police arrest juvenile in connection to bomb incident at Ill. Walmart 12/30/2019

Police need help finding person of interest in Vermont Walmart robbery 12/31/2019

Police: 2 wounded in shooting outside a Walmart in Tennessee 12/31/2019

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Two men were shot Tuesday in the parking lot outside a Walmart in Tennessee, and one of the victims had life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m., and the suspect fled in a vehicle, Chattanooga Police Department spokeswoman Elisa Myzal said. The second victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, Myzal said. Both were taken to a hospital.

Police were interviewing multiple witnesses on Tuesday afternoon. They also had called in the Tennessee Highway Patrol to help with the investigation. Complete article

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Body found inside vehicle parked outside Whitemarsh Island Ga. Walmart 12/31/2019

WHITEMARSH ISLAND, GA — Chatham County Police are investigating the death of a man who was found inside a parked car in the Whitemarsh Island Walmart parking lot.

CCPD spokeswoman Betsy Nolen tells WJCL 22 News that the discovery was made Monday afternoon by someone who parked nearby.

She said that person noticed the man never moved and called police to check on him.

The coroner has been called out as part of the investigation.

Nolen said the man was 63 years old and that there were no signs of foul play and that the death appears to be natural. Complete article


Teens accused in NC Walmart parking lot armed robbery, police chase 12/31/2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A 15 and 16-year-old are accused of robbing a man of his car in a Charlotte Walmart parking lot and leading officers on a chase into South Carolina early Tuesday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say the situation unfolded around 2 a.m. in the parking lot of the Walmart on Wilkinson Boulevard. The suspects robbed the victim of his vehicle at gunpoint, police say. The victim wasn’t hurt.

The teens are then accused of leading officers on a chase down Interstate 77 southbound. The pursuit came to an end when the stolen vehicle got stuck on the median while trying to turn around on I-77 near Exit 52. Complete article


Boardman police: Man with gun arrested at Ohio Walmart after reported theft 12/30/2019

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man with a gun was arrested at the Boardman Walmart Monday night, according to police.

Boardman police were called to the store on a theft report.

While arresting 33-year-old Shaun Foy, of Alabama, police said they found a gun on him.

Police said he did not use the gun during the theft. Complete article


Fire at Harrisburg Walmart 01/01/2020

HARRISBURG (WSIL) -- Walmart officials released the following statement on Tuesday night's fire at the Harrisburg store:
“Our Harrisburg store is currently closed due to a small isolated fire. We’re grateful no costumers or associates were hurt and appreciate the quick response of local firefighters and law enforcement. We will provide store status updates for the community on our Harrisburg store’s Facebook page.”

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HARRISBURG (WSIL) -- Authorities confirm Harrisburg Walmart is closed due to smoke from a small fire.

Harrisburg Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Walmart just before midnight on Tuesday, December 31. Complete article


Man wanted for multiple thefts at Idaho Walmart arrested after brief struggle 12/30/2019

On Dec. 28, at approximately 12:40 a.m., Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies came in contact with 39-year-old Adam Earl Wise near the Hurricanes bar on E. Elva. Wise was being sought for active warrants relating to multiple petit thefts at the Ammon Walmart as well as reckless driving when he was fleeing the store during one of the thefts.

As deputies contacted Wise, he was observed throwing a drug pipe on the ground and after a brief struggle, he was taken into custody. Deputies found Wise to be in possession of approximately 10 grams of methamphetamine in addition to the drug pipe he attempted to discard.

Wise was transported to the Bonneville County Jail where he was booked for felony possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor warrant for two counts of petit theft and one count of reckless driving. Complete article


The sad reality about Kansas City Missouri councilwoman’s ‘humiliating’ Walmart racial profiling report 12/30/2019

In just the latest installment of “all that can go wrong while driving, studying, eating, standing or shopping while black,” Kansas City Councilwoman Melissa Robinson has complained to Walmart about the “completely humiliating experience” of being racially profiled at their only store in her district, on U.S. Highway 40.

On Sunday, she tweeted: “Racism: Black people being targeted and treated like thieves @Walmart self-check out #JimCrow Perhaps blatant white-only signs are making a comeback. Very disappointed #WalmartBecky would not let me leave until she found my items to price match. You can keep it!...I just imagined all what my ancestors went through when blatantly refused service and being unwelcome where they spent their money.”

Last Friday evening, Robinson said in an interview, she’d stopped at the store to pick up a blanket for her grandmother, and had found “a beautiful throw on sale for only $9.” But after she scanned it in the self-checkout lane, a clerk approached her and said, “I think that item rang up wrong.”

“I was caught off guard and didn’t think anything about it until she said, ‘Don’t leave until I come back.’”

By the time the employee returned, Robinson said, she was angry and the clerk who had told her not to go anywhere wound up explaining that actually, she couldn’t be guilty of racial profiling because she herself has biracial grandchildren.

Then that white employee, Robinson said, pointed to a Hispanic coworker and said, ‘She’s the one who told me to pinpoint you.’”

An African American manager soon showed up, apologized and explained that employees were doing random checks after a rash of tag-switching thefts. But was the check random? Is Walmart going to start advertising “prices so good we’ll accuse you of stealing”? Complete article


Recall of infant ibuprofen sold at Walmart, Family Dollar expanded 12/30/2019

CORRECTION: This recall was expanded on January 29, 2019. This recall affects products that have expired during 2019. There have been no other ibuprofen recalls since January 2019, according to the FDA. The article has been corrected to reflect this information.

(WTNH) — New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company, Tris Pharma Inc., has expanded its voluntary recall of its infants’ liquid ibuprofen after discovering higher concentrations of the medication in some packages.

The company added three additional lots of Ibuprofen Oral Suspension Drops, USP, 50 mg per 1.25 mL, to the retail (pharmacy) level.

The FDA reports infants already susceptible to the adverse effects of ibuprofen may be slightly higher at risk if they receive medication from an impacted bottle. Complete article


India's richest man is ready to take on Amazon and Walmart's Flipkart 12/31/2019

As Amazon and Walmart-owned Flipkart spend billions to make a dent in India’s retail market and reel from recent regulatory hurdles, the two companies have stumbled upon a new challenge: Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s richest man.

Reliance Retail and Reliance Jio, two subsidiaries of Ambani’s Reliance Industries, said they have soft-launched JioMart, their e-commerce venture that works closely with neighborhood stores, in parts of the state of Maharashtra — Navi Mumbai, Kalyan and Thane.

The e-commerce venture, which is being marketed as “Desh Ki Nayi Dukaan” (Hindi for new store of the country), currently offers a catalog of 50,000 grocery items and promises “free and express delivery.” Complete article


Nitro WV police looking for two women accused of stealing items from Walmart 12/31/2019

Shoplifters flee La. Walmart with carts full of hover boards 12/30/2019

Woman arrested for stealing cartloads from Waterloo Iowa Walmart 12/31/2019

Police: Freeport Ill. man caught trying to steal from Walmart on separate occasions 12/31/2019

Woman Arrested After Stealing from Ind. Walmart 12/31/2019

Girl’s plea leads to NM Walmart gifts for homeless vets 12/30/2019

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