Wednesday, November 14, 2018

If Investigators "Wanted To Know Why" Veterans Go On Shootings Sprees They Could!

Thousand Oaks gunman went from Marine vet to mass shooter. Investigators want to know why. 11/09/2018

As usual, after another mass shooting by a veteran, investigators say they want to know why he committed his crimes; however, there have been dozens of these in the past, or if you count the lower profile murders where only one or two people are killed and it's only reported at the local level, thousands, and even without a peer reviewed academic study there are patterns of behavior that can be recognized, and he fits at least some of them.

This time he even taunted investigators with a Facebook post shortly before going on his shooting rampage saying the following:

It doesn't take a genius to realize that he's right on the nose with this one; and people familiar with the best research about the subject might know that it's actually worse than he implied; because there is enough of this research to recognize how to prevent it, although the best research isn't necessarily recognized by the media, government or even many academic institutions. About ten years ago the New York Times and the Colorado Springs Gazette did a couple series reporting on problems with violence and high rates of murder from veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, showing how much more violent some of them were, however even this wasn't as comprehensive as it could have been.

When these reports were covered in the national media for a few months there was an enormous amount of outrage at their findings, and the original reports didn't get nearly as much coverage as the people expressing outrage that they could come to these conclusions, typically without even reviewing the facts. I followed up on this myself with a couple articles in 2014, States with high murder rates have larger veteran populations and Teach a soldier to kill and he just might This review included hundreds of veteran murders and it also attempted to review some statistical studies on the subject; although, after reading many of them it was clear that political bias was extremely common on this subject and it required a careful look to ensure that the statistics aren't being distorted either way.

The vast majority of this bias is almost certainly denying a large portion of the problem, including one study by the government that uses the prison population to argue that veterans are less likely to be in jail. However, even the people carrying out that study admitted that there were problems with it, once you got past the headlines, but they didn't cover all of them. They admitted that even though there were fewer veterans in jail they were more likely to be there for violent offenses, and they were more likely to be older and serving long prison sentences. If you looked closely there was also some acknowledgement that a large portion of the non-veterans were in jail as a result of the drug war for non-violent offenses. After reviewing a large number of these reports about veterans being arrested for murder, I can tell you that a lot of them didn't receive nearly as much time in jail as people from abandoned inner cities that commit similar crimes, often because they use PTSD as a defense, and serve surprisingly short sentences. This is much more common with cases that don't get nearly as much attention, which obviously doesn't include mass murders.

The vast majority of the victims of murder from veterans are either other veterans or their own family members. Other veterans and family members are often the ones most likely to recognize the problem and try to solve it as well, although they often get little or no help from politicians of commanding officers. In many cases the veteran commits suicide after committing murder, is killed by police, or gets killed before actually killing anyone in self defense. In many cases including Ian David Long, Devin Patrick Kelley, the Texas shooter about a year or two ago and Rusty Rumley Jr., who went on a shooting spree killing five counting himself ten years ago, there were obvious warning signs and they were investigated for domestic violence and let go, with little or no action. If you go down the list of other mass shooters, or just those charged with one or two murders, there will no doubt be many more where warning signs were ignored before the shooting.

When a shooter like Ian David Long does get investigated people are often outraged that they didn't respond to the warning signs, and can't understand how the military can be so incompetent. The reason is almost certainly that there are just way to many veterans with emotional problems, and the vast majority of them don't go on shooting sprees, so if they overacted then they would almost certainly be persecuting many that aren't on the verge of going on a shooting spree. And, of course, they need these veterans to fight all these wars based on lies.

Apparently, the first signs of trouble with Long went back to high school when Thousand Oaks gunman Ian David Long once attacked track coach 11/09/2018 and instead of investigating him or holding him accountable they pressured the coach to accept his apology and drop charges, so she wouldn't damage his potential career in the military. They also covered up later incidents and while preparing for this article I found that several studies on PTSD and a lot more material have been removed from the Department of Veterans Affairs web site, and are now only available on the Wayback Machine to those that know where to look for it (additional details and links below).

Of course, no one wants to believe that all these veterans that are supposedly "fighting for our freedom" are actually emotionally unstable time bombs waiting to go off and go on shootings sprees; and the vast majority of them aren't. Some of them even try to expose the wars based on lies after realizing their country has betrayed them; however instead of receiving thanks from the political establishment or, in some cases, other veterans they're often persecuted by the same organizations that occasionally cover up for future mass shooters like Long, Kelley and Rumley, as well as removing the research about PTSD from government web sites so that veterans might know better how to prevent violence or suicides. The persecution of these veterans occasionally shows the hostile work environment in the military, contrary to the glorious propaganda that we watch, almost non-stop on the mainstream media about veterans coming home to surprise their loved ones, or many other types of propaganda pieces, that many veterans have to know doesn't accurately reflect real life.

A more accurate picture of the culture in many military bases may be described in some relatively low profile articles about stories that are almost never mentioned on Cable News, which reaches a much larger audience than most newspapers, even the New York Times, like How the Death of a Muslim Recruit Revealed a Culture of Brutality in the Marines 07/06/2017 which led to an alleged suicide; and A Murder Conspiracy Charge, Alleged Drug Ring, Sexual Harassment and Stalking: Command Crisis at California Marine Base 08/30/2018. This hostile work environment starts in boot camp and continues as long as people are in the military, and perhaps beyond, at least in some bases, although it's almost certainly not the same in all. Boot camp indoctrination is designed to teach blind obedience to authority and prepare veterans for the physical activities they have to endure in combat.

Actually, in many cases this training may begin before cadets join the military and they may be extending authoritarian child rearing tactics more concerned with controlling children than teaching them critical thinking skills, by many parents, often using corporal punishment to teach children to obey. This tactic is more likely to lead to escalating violence including bullying hazing domestic violence and even murder or support for wars based on lies.

This practice is escalated in boot camp where cadets face intimidation from the beginning to teach them to blindly obey orders and go along with the agenda of the group as part of military solidarity, which they often refer to as a "band of brothers" or other flattering terms that often don't reflect reality anymore than the homecoming videos all over the media. Those that question authority are often threatened into compliance, however this almost never makes it into the media unless there's something explosive happening like the veteran shootings that are far more common than the media implies by only reporting one or two at a time as if they're rare or isolated incidents.

Some of the shooting incidents often expose the harassment that led up to it, including Ivan Lopez, the second Fort Hood Shooter that had arguments with other veterans prior to his shooting spree and suicide; Eulalio “Leo” Tordil a police officer and veteran who harassed his own family and forced them to go through military style drills, indicating that boot camp training was a part of his lifestyle leading to domestic abuse and killing of his own family members. There are numerous other stories about how boot camp intimidation became part of veterans lifestyles in many of the other veteran shooting incidents.

And there was of course Nidal Hasan the 2009 Fort Hood shooter who had to put up with harassment about his religion, like Raheel Siddiqui, and went on a shootings spree. This is part of the inevitable problem where they claim that Islam is not the enemy in the so-called "War on Terror" but at the same time they routinely demonize the enemy in their boot camp training which led to his spree, combined with some of the research that he did on wars killing Muslims in foreign countries, that most of us don't learn about in the traditional media. I'm not a Muslim, and disagree with a lot of their beliefs, including some, like other religions, that advocate for violence in some cases; however, a large portion of the "war on terror" involves bombing people all over the world, and there's little or no doubt that if anyone else bombed us the way we bomb many other countries that we would be as outraged as they are and inclined to retaliate.

The political establishment claimed that they're not against Islam, just the terrorists, and that they're trying to recruit allies among Muslims that are willing to help them fight against the extremists, which is why they recruited people like Nidal Hasan and Raheel Siddiqui in the first place. However instead of trying to reconcile the differences between cultures, especially in the military where they train people to fight wars against "terrorists," primarily Muslim, they demonize the enemy teaching cadets to hate them, as part of their indoctrination to convince them to kill without hesitation, leading to the hazing and abuse of these veterans, which contributed to Hasan's decision to go on a shooting rampage, and Siddiqui's alleged suicide. David Philipps, author of "Lethal Warriors" and the Colorado Gazette series cited previously, reported about how they demonize the enemy as part of the training of recruits which inevitably contributed to these problems, although after Hasan went on a shootings spree everyone was so outraged that few were even willing to consider the possibility that this could be a factor, although if it had happened to their side it would obviously be different.

This kind of hazing is also verified in many memoirs, including Chris Kyle's who wrote about how it was routine and even argued that it was desirable, although few people would want to go through it, and there's plenty of evidence that indicates it leads to escalating violence. Kyle even admitted this as well, although he didn't draw the connection, but he wrote about numerous incidents where he often got in fights, and admitted that many other veterans were more likely to get in fights as well, and that it was common for their superiors to discipline them for it and often cover it up letting them off easier that civilians would be. The theme is repeated over and over again, intimidation and violence or the threat of violence or some other retaliation is routinely used to keep people in line and prevent them from questioning authority.

Kyle also wrote about how he felt it was justified to fight someone for questioning the war that was based on lies, when he wrote about a celebrity he allegedly encountered in a bar, and after the celebrity spoke about how they shouldn't have been in Iraq because it was based on lies about weapons of mass destruction, which was true, he implied that he fought him and blackened his eye. He didn't mention the name of the celebrity in the book, but in an interview he admitted that it was Jesse Ventura, who filed a lawsuit for libel, eventually winning, but while it was awaiting trial Kyle was killed by another veteran, in one of the higher profile shootings.

In many cases this culture of intimidation is turned against the people that are often trying to solve the problem, including those that speak out against wars based on lies, and in some cases the victims of murders are often witnesses of atrocities or potential whistle-blowers.

In A Tale of Two Marines 11/09/2018 David Swanson compares Ian David Long to U.S. Marine Josuee Hernandez who spoke out against wars based on lies and drew attention to it during a Portland Trailblazers game. He also reported on his research of "At least 35% of U.S. mass shooters were trained by the U.S. military," based on a Mother Jones list of mass shooters going back to 1982, and he points out that it could be higher since he was only able to research information reported by traditional media, and that he "found no news reports that stated that any of the shooters had not been in the military." However, in all fairness I doubt if many more of them were in the military, so I wouldn't assume there's much more. I did some similar research and, even though I didn't find many claims that the shooters hadn't been in the military, I did find that they reported on their activities during prime military age, and a few of them were too young to be in the military. One of those, however was Nikolas Cruz, who David Swanson points out was in ROTC, and apparently did go through military training, although they banned him from training with guns after they had discipline problems with him. However, it's unclear if they allowed him to train with guns or not before he began acting out, and there were also reports that he was subject to bullying, which may have contributed to his shooting spree.

While they often cover up for future shooters like Ian David Long, Devin Patrick Kelley, Rusty Rumley Jr., and many other veterans that eventually went on to be mass shooters or kill their own family members or fellow veterans, they rarely hesitate to prosecute veterans who speak out about military corruption as indicated in several cases including when Brittany DeBarros began protesting the war with twitter posts like this For those of u who thought that $681 billion military budget was going to “support the troops” or that these wars are to make you safer... 11/0/2018 Aprox. 45% of kids on military bases are eligible for free or reduced cost lunch. and was investigated for it. According to one article, "While Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers are allowed to make public political statements while in a civilian status, those actions are against regulations while the troops are on active orders."

Apparently when you join the military, according to many people, you're required to abandon your right to free speech. We supposedly went through a lot of this after World War II when so many people were outraged by the excuses from Germans at trial, that they were "just following orders." Stanley Milgram supposedly did research to understand why people blindly obeyed orders so they could prevent it; however, as I went into in Eli Roth’s Milgram/Obedience experiment much more extensive than most people realize his research was supported by the Office of Naval Research who also financed Philip Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment which was part of a series of experiments to help develop indoctrination techniques used in boot camp where they teach people to blindly obey, the opposite of what they claimed the research was intended for. This research may ahve taught some people in the academic world not to obey, however some of them used it in the military to indoctrinate working class people that never heard of it.

If the military was sincere about not teaching people to blindly obey orders then there should be little or no doubt that they would welcome input from Brittany DeBarros and other veterans against illegal wars; however then they wouldn't be fighting them in the first place. The response she received from many veterans on Twitter was very positive; however, it showed a large divide among veterans, because there were also many that trolled her with derogatory comments, including several accounts that claimed to be veterans. A large portion of her protest was sticking up for veterans rights as well as other victims of illegal wars yet some of the victims of corporate and military corruption seem to be outraged at her, not those that are abandoning veterans!

One of the things that she's protesting is that the military contractors always get paid but the veterans often get treated like second class citizens that don't have the same rights to free speech that major campaign donors do, and mental health treatment for those with PTSD is often inadequate or they treat them with contempt when they ask for it, which has lead to many of these veterans shootings. When something does go wrong, like Abu Ghraib and they need someone to blame it's the veterans at the bottom that blindly obey orders, like they were trained to do, not those that give the orders, and when people refuse to obey illegal orders they also get prosecuted which means veterans are often screwed either way!

In addition to covering up domestic violence by Ian David Long, Devin Patrick Kelley, Rusty Rumley Jr., and many other veterans that weren't getting proper treatment, or perhaps shouldn't have been eligible for the military in the first place, they're also taking down some of the research on the subject from the Department of Veterans Affairs Web site. Some of this research is probably biased, but There's no good reason to take it down.

These research reports are still available on the Wayback Machine; however, most researchers may not know where to look for it. A close look at some of these reports shows some of the biases including Research Findings on PTSD and Violence: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs which says "Individuals with PTSD are not dangerous. Although PTSD is associated with an increased risk of violence, the majority of Veterans and non-Veterans with PTSD have never engaged in violence." This is clearly contradictory, at least partly; most individuals with PTSD are almost certainly not dangerous, but if there is "an increased risk of violence" then clearly some of them may be. Most of these reports, including this one concludes that individuals with PTSD are far less likely to be violent if they're treated properly. But there are also many reports that are often spread more widely after a mass shooting by a veteran saying that this treatment is often not available to them. Or at least it was mentioned after many other mass shootings by veterans, but I don't remember it in the past week or so and the mainstream media is already cutting back on follow up coverage on him.

Another article from 2012 says in the headline that the "Link between PTSD and violent behavior is weak" 03/31/2012 but then after it explains how "pin down with certainty" it goes on to say that "Veterans with PTSD are two to three times as likely to be physically abusive of their wives and girlfriends as those without the diagnosis. They’re three times as likely to get into fistfights when they go to college. One study showed they are especially prone to 'impulsive aggression,' but that 'premeditated aggression' — the kind of act Bales is accused of — was far more common in veterans without PTSD than in those with it."

Which one is it? That the "link is weak" or that it's "two to three times as likely?"

This is just a sample of the spin put on this subject But removing the research from the Department of Veterans Affairs website certainly can't be helping things.

Taking down good research seems to be increasingly common and it's often done while supposedly "redesigning" or something that often involved improved graphics, or at least seems to. They also did this about four years ago at the Army, Navy, Marines Times, which I used to search for a lot of these cases which involved veteran shootings and found that they had the most concentrated collection of them going back two years that could be searched on their search engine. But shortly after I did this they redesigned their web page making the search engine less effective, but improving the graphics. This may look good but it makes research harder. This was done during the Obama administration; and during the Bush administration while searching NASA web site on a different subject they did something similar, without removing educational material but making it more difficult to research while improving the graphics.

The following are some related articles including copies of studies from the Department of Veterans Affairs through the Wayback Machine; once you go into a couple of the articles you can navigate through the links to find many more pages that may no longer be available:

Partners of Veterans with PTSD: Research Findings: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Research Findings on PTSD and Violence: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Assessing Risk of Violence in Individuals with PTSD:

Anger and Trauma: Why is anger a common response to trauma?

PTSD: National Center for PTSD: Violence and Abuse This section provides information about the effects of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

Violence and Other Trauma This page includes information about the effects of violence, abuse and other types of trauma such as motor vehicle accidents.

Co-Occurring Conditions PTSD often co-occurs with other mental health problems, such as depression, substance abuse, and TBI.

After Combat Stress, Violence Can Show Up At Home 04/27/2016 by Quil Lawrence "The woman operating the hotline began weeping," Bannerman remembered. "She was getting so many of these calls from military spouses all over the country."

Link between PTSD and violent behavior is weak 03/31/2012 By David Brown Veterans with PTSD are two to three times as likely to be physically abusive of their wives and girlfriends as those without the diagnosis. They’re three times as likely to get into fistfights when they go to college. One study showed they are especially prone to “impulsive aggression,” but that “premeditated aggression” — the kind of act Bales is accused of — was far more common in veterans without PTSD than in those with it.

Experts: Vets' PTSD, violence a growing problem 01/17/2012 "You're going to see this more and more over the next 10 years," said Shad Meshad, founder of the National Veterans Foundation, who has been working with veterans since 1970. "... There's a percentage that come back, depending on how much trauma and how much killing they're involved in, they're going to act out."

Another Amazing Coincidence: Man Trained to Mass Murder Commits Mass Murder 11/08/2018 by David Swanson

Ian David Long final Facebook post: I hope they call me insane 11/09/2018

Thousand Oaks gunman Ian David Long once attacked track coach 11/09/2018 Other administrators and coaches pressured her to accept Long’s apology, telling her she was ruining his future since the incident would jeopardize his Marines application. To her regret, she gave in, she said.

California shooting: Mother of man killed after surviving Las Vegas attack says 'I don't want prayers, I want gun control' 11/09/2018

Veterans Responsible For Recent Gun Massacres #ThousandOaks #TallahasseeShooting 11/09/2018

School officials once predicted Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz could be 'model student' 05/19/2018

Florida School’s R.O.T.C. Lost 3 Cadets; Suspect Was a Member 02/20/2018

LIVE: California shooting gunman identified as Ian David Long, a 28-year-old Marine Corps veteran 11/08/2018

Suspect identified, 37-year-old Davance Lamar Reed, after 1 killed, 2 injured in shooting at detox center in San Rafael 11/05/2018

California shooting: Gunmen on the loose after seven people shot at 'The Purge' nightclub event 10/29/2018

Gunman apparently stopped shooting to post online 11/10/2018

Screening for Violence Risk in Military Veterans: Predictive Validity of a Brief Clinical Tool 07/01/2015

Lack of access to mental health services contributing to the high suicide rates among veterans 08/18/2017

While preparing this article I did a quick search which wasn't nearly as comprehensive as the one I did four years ago and found the following articles about veterans that were charge with murder; like previous searches the most common victims are family members or or other veterans:

Two Married Marines Went To The Corps’ Birthday Ball in Va.. Now Cpl. Rodolfo Rivera, 24, is Charged With Murder 11/07/2018

Retired Navy veteran accused of killing girl found on lawn of Charlotte Va. church 11/09/2017

Second Navy SEAL charged in war crimes probe 10/22/2018 Although he wasn’t present during the alleged homicide near the Iraqi city of Mosul in 2017, Lt. Jacob “Jake” Portier faces an upcoming Article 32 hearing for what authorities say was his help in covering up a string of war crimes committed by an enlisted SEAL leader, Special Operations Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher.

FIRST ON WITN: NC Marine arrested for murder of friend while house-sitting 08/26/2018 A New River Air Station Marine, Corporal Javier Garzon, made a brief court appearance this morning after deputies say he killed his roommate who was also a Marine.

Marine, Ewart Odane Bent, 30, accused of Canadian's murder in Taiwan reportedly confesses 11/0/2018 Ramgahan Sanjay Ryan, a 43-year-old Canadian, was murdered with machetes then dismembered and his body parts scattered around a Taipei park.

Twentynine Palms Marine & woman arrested in boyfriend's murder 08/30/2018 Released pending further investigation

A Murder Conspiracy Charge, Alleged Drug Ring, Sexual Harassment and Stalking: Command Crisis at California Marine Base 08/30/2018

Iraq War veteran charged with murder in deaths of relatives 06/02/2015

AWOL Marine, 18, Isaiah Kahleal Evans Caeser, arrested for allegedly killing his grandmother: NC Sheriff 04/28/2018

Quan Charles, 19, A Louisiana Marine accused of murder says gun ‘somehow’ fired multiple times: cops 08/21/2018

Eduardo Arriola, 25, Ex-Marine killed Ca. Navy corpsman as she took dog for walk, prosecutors say 07/24/2018 Arriola was arrested for desertion from the Marines and later discharged and diagnosed with schizophrenia, prosecutors said in court Tuesday. In spite of his mental illness, Arriola was able to buy a five-shot Smith and Wesson revolver at the Iron Sights shooting range, prosecutors said. They say he use that gun to kill Rideout.

Former Marine Arrested: Tried to Kill Backer of Seth Rich Murder Investigation in Virginia 03/22/2018 A former Marine, Kevin Doherty, was charged Monday with Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and two counts of Malicious Wounding in an attack on a Republican lobbyist who had been investigating the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich. That near-fatal attack happened on March 13 in Arlington, Virginia. The lobbyist, Jack Burkman, was meeting a person he believed was an FBI whistleblower in another investigation into the bureau’s handling of both the Clinton e-mail and Russian collusion investigations. He was shot twice, run over by an SUV, and left for dead last Tuesday. Doherty, who Burkman says nearly killed him, was one of the people Burkman had hired to investigate Rich’s murder.

Andrew Urdiales Former Marine found guilty of 5 California murders 05/23/2018 Urdiales was previously convicted of killing three women in Illinois in 2002 and 2004. He was given a death sentence that was commuted to life without parole after Illinois barred the death penalty.

Jorge Avila-Torrez Ex-Marine 'Serial Killer' Sentenced To 100 Years For Mother's Day Murders Of 2 Ill. Girls 11/0/2018 “You’re a serial killer,” Judge Shanes added, referring to Avila-Torrez’s 2010 conviction for murdering Amanda Snell, a Naval Military Intelligence specialist, and abducting or attempting to abduct three other woman, one of whom he raped several times before choking her, covering her face with packing tape and leaving her for dead laying face-down in snow, according to court records.

Shooter's Last 24 Hours Dissected 06/06/2008 It was around 10:30 p.m., and Rusty Rumley Jr. seemed in good spirits to Cloyd and Seth Gillispie, his best friend, as he worked on a Camaro with one of his cousins. After breaking up with Cloyd’s younger sister, Brandy, a lovelorn Rumley had recently showed signs of stabilizing emotionally. He wore a smile on his face that night, did not mention Brandy and proudly donned a cap from the National Guard – which he had recently managed to join despite a federal felony gun conviction. (Edgemont Towers in Bristol, Tenn: Five, people, including the shooter, ultimately died Feb 27, 2008

Edgemont Towers shooting revisited 10 years later 03/02/2018

Army vet goes peacenik & having an impact 11/10/2018

Veterans Support Brittany DeBarros 07/25/2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Do Aliens own Stock in Monsanto, DuPont, or Microsoft?

Officially there's little or no chance that aliens, assuming the exist, have stock in Monsanto, DuPont, or Microsoft; however if Philip Corso's claims that he shared technology allegedly obtained from retrieved alien crafts with Dow Corning, DuPont and Monsanto are partly true, then at a minimum the aliens gave him tacit approval to develop that technology.

If the same aliens, or their ancestors, also influenced the construction of ancient monuments, including megaliths that experiments proved couldn't be moved with the technology allegedly available to ancient civilizations, influenced these monuments as well, then it's virtually guaranteed that there's more than tacit approval to what this technology is being used for.

In "The Day After Roswell" Chapter 15 Philip Corso writes "General Trudeau encouraged me to start contacting plastics and ceramics manufacturers, especially Monsanto and Dow, to find out who was doing research on super-tenacity materials, especially at university laboratories." ...... "But through the general’s impetus and the contacts he set up for me at Du Pont and Monsanto, we aggressively pursued the research into the development of a cross aligned material for bulletproof vests." And there're many more stories about allegedly sharing technology with multinational corporations in this book, as well as numerous other sources, although most aren't nearly as high profile, and often have even more credibility problems.

Of course, there's good reasons for many people to be skeptical of these claims, especially if they haven't looked to closely at them; however, contrary to how it's often portrayed this isn't a matter of "belief," from a scientific point of view, it should be a matter of whether or not the evidence supports these claims. Unfortunately, once you take a close look at this subject, not only does it become clear that some of the strongest and highest profile believers, are doing a terrible job checking their facts, but so are many of the so-called skeptics, who often resort to an enormous amount of ridicule, or some of the same manipulation tactics they criticize when fringe believers use them.

After a close look at many UFO stories, they often don't seem to have what some people might call a "smoking gun," however, some of them are compelling enough to indicate that there might be something to them, especially if you see one major unsolved mystery after another; however, when it comes to the strongest "extraordinary evidence" to "extraordinary claims," I always like to start with megaliths that were moved in ancient times despite the fact that experiments to replicate it failed to do so and proved the opposite. This isn't enough to prove a connection to UFOs; however it is enough to raise major doubts about our social evolution, and if it's added to many other major unsolved mysteries, along with a large portion of the most credible evidence of UFOs it's enough to take this issue seriously.

Furthermore, if there's nothing to alleged UFO claims then in addition to Philip Corso, there are an enormous number of people from prominent and supposedly credible positions that provide some degree of evidence for them, including Maj. Jesse A. Marcel, Paul Hellyer, Canada’s former minister of defense, Lieutenant Colonel Charles I. Halt, Captain Robert Salas, Astronaut and Navy veteran Edgar Mitchell, Governor Fife Symington III, and many more that can be found fairly quickly, which indicates that either there's a legitimate unsolved mystery surrounding alleged UFOs, or there's a massive effort to make it seem as if there is, which would be another bizarre conspiracy.

So-called skeptics that decline to explain some of these mysteries, including how ancient megaliths were moved, or acknowledge that even if there are no aliens visiting us, there still has to be a rational explanation for why all the stories are being spread, aren't being nearly as scientific as they claim. Instead they're just creating another non-scientific belief system competing with other, often irrational beliefs, that don't fix their own mistakes, including the History Channels Ancient Aliens Theorists, who might get a few facts right ignored by skeptics, but add in more blunders than most people can keep track of.

If there was an effort to confuse the issue that might explain why Strom Thurmond wrote the forward to this book saying Philip Corso "had a great deal of credibility and expertise not only as a military officer but also in the fields of intelligence and national security. A veteran of World War II and Korea, Corso had also spent four years working at the National Security Council. In short, he was very familiar with issues that concerned me and my colleagues on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and he very quickly became a valued source of bountiful information that was insightful and, most important, accurate. As a matter of fact, the material he provided was invaluable in helping us prove that the stifling of American military officers was being ordered by individuals in high ranking positions within our own government."

But then shortly after the book came out according to the New York Times Senator Strom Thurmond Regrets Role in Book on Aliens 06/05/1997 saying, "I know of no such 'cover-up, and do not believe one existed." Is he in the habit of writing highly complementary forwards for books that he knows nothing about? Many book reviews are, no doubt phony as hell, and are treated like a commodity or advertisement designed to sell books, but it's hard to believe they're so common that he might write a forward like this without any knowledge about what it's about. If on the other hand, they wanted to release the information and then confuse the issue, they certainly accomplished that. But a best selling book like this can't become this popular without a major amount of institutional support, which it clearly had; so there must have been a lot of people that wanted to promote this idea.

This is part of a pattern, surrounding this subject where people from both sides of the argument routinely make major blunders that obviously should have been caught. In some cases the most credible version comes from sources that have serious credibility problems, making it virtually impossible to tell what's true without some confirmation. But there's certainly evidence of a cover-up of some sort, since if there wasn't then the side that was reporting the truth could easily fix the most obvious of their blunders.

However, if there was an exchange of alien technology, then this has an major impact on an enormous amount of new technology which is virtually guaranteed to go well beyond what he discussed in his book, which doesn't directly mention Microsoft; however, it does mention the development of computer technology and many other things. And this clearly indicates the aliens have a significant interest in the development of our society, which may go back thousands of years, if they also impacted the construction of ancient monuments.

The potential for this technology would obviously be enormous, assuming it was used in a rational manner; however, there's major doubts about that. The overwhelming amount of evidence in the news and reviewing how scientific technology is being used indicates that even though it has enormous potential, it's being used for all the wrong reasons, causing an enormous amount of environmental damage, fighting one war after another based on lies, and to use political power of those controlling this technology to corrupt the democratic process.

This may sound like conspiracy theories about the Illuminati, which are mostly seriously flawed, although I'll go into them a little more below, but even if stereotypes about the Illuminati or Deep State are often filled with logical flaws and other exaggerations, as I went into in Which version of the "Deep State" is the real thing? we do have a ruling class and it can be traced with public records. The majority of the people either running for office or getting high profile jobs in the media are screened by a fraction of one percent of the public. If the media, which is almost entirely controlled by six oligarchs, refuses to cover candidates they don't approve of they never get name recognition needed to get elected and they virtually admit that the first criteria for that coverage is the ability to collect large amounts of campaign donations from the usual multinational corporations.

As I went into previously in Researching Poor, Slaves, Prisoners, To Benefit Ruling Class With Alien Technology? and Hurricane Apocalypse Coming With or Without Fringe Conspiracy Theory if ancient aliens have been sharing technology with the United States government and multinational corporations to develop, there's a strong possibility that they're using it for research, including some that the aliens might not have been willing to do on their own planet, at least not intentionally, like into climate change. If climate change is influenced by man then some degree of geoengineering is clearly happening, although it may not be intentional, and there's no doubt that scientists are trying to study it. If aliens are sharing technology and influencing our economic system, they might be doing so in a way to prevent the most effective solutions to environmental destruction, at least in the short term, to allow climate change to escalate for research purposes.

They may also be sharing this technology with academics developing advanced medical research, that need a ready supply of research subjects, or organ donors, which are currently being found in unethical manners in the third world, or in some cases even in the United States, although they usually use those least educated about the issues that are less likely to raise major objections. As I pointed out in the previous article (Researching Poor, Slaves, ...) this is already happening, and it's being reported by mainstream media in a low profile manner. A large portion of this theory can be confirmed through traditional sources; and even if the source of the advanced technology isn't from aliens, it's still being developed at a rapid pace, and it's still being used primarily to benefit the wealthy often using the poor for research or labor, without allowing many of them to have fair access to health care themselves. In some cases the difficulty getting health care is why many less educated people agree to allow themselves to be used for research purposes.

If this technology is coming from aliens then they're giving at least tacit approval to using it as part of an effort to maintain a constant state of war based on lies, as well. Philip Corso wrote about how Kevlar bullet proof vests are saving lives saying, "I don’t know how many thousands of lives have been saved, but every time I hear of a police officer whose Kevlar vest protected him from a fatal chest or back wound, I think back to those days when we were just beginning to consider the value of cross aligned layers of super-tenacity material and am thankful that our office played a part in the product’s development." This may sound good, and in the short term it is; however, if there was an unknown advanced intelligence studying us for thousands of years they would have also studied our social development and they would have research about preventing violence before it escalates long before many of these shootings occur. and there's also plenty of research into past wars that indicates that they could have been prevented saving many more lives. Taking advantage of this technology clearly would have been far more worthwhile if we weren't passing up on simpler solutions that are far more effective; and, of course, there's no reason we can't spread education about how improved child care and education will make many violent incidents or wars much less likely if they can't prevent all of them.

This technology is also being used to create a massive espionage infrastructure as I pointed out in Is "Prism" news? or is it ECHELON? This article points out that most of Edward Snowden's disclosures in 2013 weren't news at all; all the things that Snowden claimed to be exposing, under the name of Prism, had previously already been disclosed using the name ECHELON, which indicates that this might have been part of a strange controlled disclosure effort of some sort, for propaganda purposes.

Advanced technology is also being used to increased consolidated control of the media in cable television, satellite, and the internet. We now have well over ninety percent of the mass media controlled by just six corporations, and at least three of the largest media outlets that aren't part of these six oligarchs, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Time Magazine, are owned by billionaires; which means that over ninety-five percent of all media is controlled by less than one percent of the public, and they're all multimillionaires and billionaires, providing propaganda that enriches themselves. The biggest social media organizations including Facebook and Twitter are also controlled by billionaires; and the technology that enables them to control so much just might be from aliens, if Corso is right.

One of the few high profile people that allegedly takes the UFO issue seriously in politics and has been presented as a champion that might demand disclosure has been John Podesta; however, if Corso is partly right it doesn't take much research to learn that some of his clients at the Podesta Group are the ones that would be profiting from the technology shared from aliens!

In addition to the hype about Snowden's disclosures, which many people familiar with ECHELON might have recognized as old news with a new spin there may also be some problems with Wikileaks disclosures and the timing of them as well, including John Podesta's E-mails. As I pointed out in an edit at the end of Wanted unsuspecting research subjects, which I posted almost at the same time as the initial disclosure of the release of Podesta E-mails, this looked a lot like a Friday night news dump, which is a common technique by traditional media to bury news they don't like to draw attention to; however, in this case it was guaranteed to draw an enormous amount of attention anyway.

But the fact that this was begun on a Friday night wasn't the most suspicious aspect of this disclosure; even though I'm no fan of the Russia conspiracy theory it really was carefully timed for one reason or another. Wikileaks apparently knew this was going to be leaked weeks ahead of time and announced that they were preparing it, instead of releasing it as soon as they had it. Also, like the disclosure about Prism, a large portion of these leaks was already public knowledge, although in this case the E-mails provided much more details about how the DNC and Podesta conspired with news outlets to rig the primaries, including when Donna Brazile leaked questions so she could help Hillary Clinton have an unfair advantage during the debates. Many Bernie Sanders supporters were easily able to figure out that the media and political establishment were rigging the election, simply by taking notice of the obsession coverage they provided for Clinton declaring her the inevitable nominee months if not years before the majority of the voters were even paying attention. On top of that, of course well over half if not closer to ninety percent of the major politicians lined up to endorse Clinton, long before any voters had any say, even though there was an enormous amount of polling indicating that the public didn't like her at all.

The timing really did help throw the election to Donald Trump, which raises a strong possibility that this was the plan all along, and if there is a coordinated effort of some sort, with alleged aliens sharing technology as part of their plan for one purpose or another then it's worth considering if this is related.

I first went into this possibility in 2016 in Yes Virginia There Is A Trump And Clinton Conspiracy without realizing that this absurd theory would become stronger, instead of falling apart as it should have if traditional skeptics are right.

I try to be a rational skeptic, but the official version of truth has so many problems that at some point it becomes necessary to be skeptical of that as well; however, I still don't support the most absurd conspiracy theories that I often don't even pay attention to, but this is beginning to look like some of the conspiracy theories about the Illuminati might be closer than many people might expect, although the exaggerations and distortions still can't possibly be true, and they don't even represent the original stories of the Wikipedia: Illuminati or Encyclop√¶dia Britannica: Illuminati. According to these historical records the Bavarian Illuminati began this movement to "oppose superstition, obscurantism, religious influence over public life, and abuses of state power." Supposedly they really were looking out for the best interests of society; however some variations allegedly became "illuminated" as a result of revelations of some sort that are most often assumed to have come from God, or historically when they go wrong superstitious people conclude they must have come from the Devil, or whichever demonic being their culture believes in. There are some stories that the Knights Templar were also part of the Illuminati, hundreds of years before the Bavarian Illuminati, and that they became "illuminated" as a result of "revelations from God" however the historical records of this are not nearly as good as more recent events.

The Encyclopædia Britannica claims that (Wikipedia translated from Spanish) Sr. Maria de Santo Domingo was one of the earlier leaders as well and that she was thought to have "revelations" and "could converse directly with Jesus Christ and the Virgin." skeptics routinely dismiss these stories as superstitious; however even if they're right and there is no contact with a higher power of sort, there are hundreds of these alleged revelations throughout history, and they often have major impacts on the development of society. You would think that a good rational skeptic might want to research the subject and find out just how many of these so-called prophets or mystics there are throughout history and how their "revelations" or superstitions, impacted society; however instead of documenting how common they are typical skeptics routinely ridicule and dismiss them.

If there is an unknown advanced intelligence of some sort, whether it's "God," aliens or something else impacting society through mystics or prophets, then this type of treatment by the skeptics plays right into their hands since they can continue with what ever it is they're doing without informed interference from the skeptics that claims to oppose superstition.

One of the more famous alleged mystics of the nineteenth century is Helena Blavatsky which I went into in Helena Blavatsky Ancient Aliens Connection? the evidence of a major unsolved mystery surrounding her is stronger than most of the mystics that I've looked into with thousands of letters allegedly attributed to "Masters" she claimed were part of a "Brotherhood of man" that wanted to bring peace to Earth and unite all people under the same religion or belief system, which incorporated her version of science and religion, as dictated from her "revelations" from the "Masters" she believed were working on "Gods" behalf. Not only is there inadequate evidence to prove that all her claims are true; but there's evidence to prove that large portions of it are false, like a lot of other alleged mystics including Edgar Cayce, Padre Pio, Joseph Smith Jr., Uri Geller and many more; however a close look at the history behind these mystics may indicate that even if the alleged messages they received may be misleading, at best, there often appear to be many things that can't be explained so easily, occasionally including messages that might partially hold out or Padre Pio's Stigmata or many other major mysteries, often ignored by skeptics.

If the so-called skeptics did a better job researching these alleged mystics and reporting them to the majority of the public, then they could debunk a large portion of the false claims about them; and the most irrational conspiracy theories would be discredited long before they expand. However, they would also draw more attention to just how many of them there are, and ins some cases there are a small number of things that they might not be able to explain. The result is that some of the people that do the most in depth research are often those that want to believe and don't fix many of the major superstitions and, in some cases may even add to them.

That doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of research on this subject, or any other subject somewhere; in fact, anyone accustomed to doing research at the library on any given subject will find that there's always much better sources that the mainstream media never mention, and they often start by explaining the basics which is usually enough to recognize that the mainstream media is almost never providing the best reporting on any given subject.

This is enough to show that even if there isn't a major unsolved mystery of some sort involving aliens or anything else, there's an enormous amount of incompetence and political bias in the media. If they wanted to debunk the most absurd conspiracy theories they would allow better research on it; however, if they wanted to take advantage of diametrically opposing views without correcting the mistakes on either it might help cover things up, assuming they are sharing alien technology.

I'm not ruling out the possibility that propagandists take advantage of some of these exaggerated conspiracy theories and add even most distortions so that it's so ridiculous that few if any rational people believe it; then they try to stereotype all conspiracy theories, including those that do a much better job checking the facts, as being alike so they can dismiss them all without reviewing them. There's actually an enormous amount of evidence to support this pattern of behavior, although it's not located in one location that is easy to cite, instead it's a pattern repeated over and over again.

If that's the case then it would explain how some of the most absurd conspiracy theories developed about Obama, Blair, Bush, Greenspan, Gates and more members of an alleged Illuminati or Satanic Cult, and other absurd theories that are all over the internet. When rational people see something like this they assume it's just nuts or an incredibly bad joke, and often dismiss anything that seems similar to it without checking any facts. It's often not hard to fact check these panics, especially after some skeptics had time to research them like Wikipedia: Satanic ritual abuse where some of the most fanatical claims escalated after Geraldo Rivera aired a show on the mainstream media making false claims saying "Estimates are that there are over one million Satanists in [the United States and they are] linked in a highly organized, secretive network." This ironically indicates that some of the biggest conspiracy theories, don't come from the fringes, but from the mass media, which took years if not decades to retract these claims, and Geraldo is still accepted by many as a rational mainstream source of news.

However, a close look at a lot of these unsolved mysteries indicates that many of them can't be completely dismissed, even if the most extreme exaggerations aren't true. In some cases since the traditional so-called skeptics simply decline to research them at all the most thorough research comes from some of the people that might support fringe beliefs, at least partially. A reasonable amount of skepticism is advised but in some cases they do a better job than the so-called skeptics, for example when Michael E. Salla wrote Colonel Philip Corso and his Critics: Crossing the Rubicon between Objective Criticism and Debunking reviewing some of Philip Corso's critics, which include some researchers that claim that UFOs are real and that the government has retrieved some of their crafts including Stanton Friedman. Some of this criticism seems incredibly petty bickering over relatively minor details especially since Friedman himself claims that crafts have crashed and been recovered by the United States Government. Friedman admits that the book "includes many claims with which I agree," presumably including the claim that technology had been retrieved from Roswell, which he had claimed before. He writes in a book review "the implication is that in less than 3 years he could change the world’s technology… Not very likely in my opinion." A Review of Col. Philip J. Corso's Book "The Day After Roswell" December 1997 By Stanton Friedman However this technology was developed over decades, and even if some of Corso's activities did take place over this period, as Friedman seems to claim much more of the research took much longer. This is relatively trivial along with many of Friedman's other concerns, even if I partially agree with some of them. He also complains about the lack of an index or table of context, which I also find frustrating in many non-fiction books; however, even though I agree that good researchers should provide these, there are many authors that don't including some that are reasonable good, and the ones most likely to omit this are the ones accepted by the mainstream media.

Friedman and other critics also claimed that Corso tried to deceive Strom Thurman into writing the review without knowing what the book would be about, however Salla points out that he had a signed release saying he had an "irrevocable right and permission to use and to publish the material described below, in any and all editions of the book presently entitled Roswell Book...,” which was later changed into "The Day After Roswell," indicating that he did know what the subject was about. However, this might raise doubts about the legitimacy of many book reviews, since it also seems to imply that he didn't read the whole thing. I have little or no doubt that this type of agreement is not uncommon in the publishing world raising doubts about many book reviews. Overall, this review isn't perfect but I find Salla's review far more credible, in this case than Stanton Friedman, even though Friedman is usually the more credible of the two. If you take a closer look at Michael E. Salla and some of his other claims you might find many of them very hard to believe as I do.

I wish that there were sources that were consistently reliable on this subject, and many others, however after looking at it close enough, I've found that there are an enormous amount of blunders coming from sources on both sides of the issue which is why I came up with a "Recruit a group of crackpots" hypothesis back in 2008 that I reposted in an article explaining further detail about Friedman and Corso, Is Stanton Friedman working for the CIA to refute reverse engineering claims? This hypothesis was based partly on a semi-fictional documentary on Roswell staring Martin Sheen as a spook who follows Jesse Marcel around a reunion that he went to with his army buddies and meets him in a hanger at the end to explain his own research and speculates about the government releasing reliable information through unreliable sources, and lies through sources that are considered reliable. This may seem like a fringe theory; however, if it's true then things make sense, if it's not true then they don't, which makes it a viable theory, as far as I'm concerned.

Furthermore, whether or not the rapid advancement of technology comes from alien or not, those that control it, along with research on many other subjects that are causing enormous problems, including wars based on lies and environmental destruction, have an enormous amount of influence on our political establishment. Advanced technology is being used to consolidate the mass media and they control the information the public use to make decisions. Now that we have six oligarchies controlling the media they can use this massive propaganda advantage to advance their agenda by controlling the information the majority of the public use to make their decisions.

Andrea Mitchell recently flaunted this when she recently tweeted What will it take for the world to pay attention? @nytimes 11/01/2018 with an article to a New York Times story about a girl who died in Yemen. This predictably recieved an enormous number of people pointing out the incredibly obvious hypocrisy of a media pundit that never covers this story on her show, which could do an enormous amount to inform many more people about this then providing a low profile tweet expressing shock that most people aren't paying attention. This war, and the fact that it's being carried out with US arms by Saudi Arabia, is reported much more widely on alternative media outlets that don't receive nearly as much of an audience as Cable news informing a small percentage of the public, including those who responded to this tweet.

MSNBC Ignores Catastrophic US-Backed War in Yemen 01/08/2018

I can't guarantee that this theory is perfect; however, the official version of truth is often as insane, if not more insane than this. In my previous article Yes Virginia There Is A Trump And Clinton Conspiracy I observed that Hillary Clinton had far more characteristics of the Whore of Babylon than I would have expected, and instead of seeing this theory fall apart as it should have, the political establishment kept getting even more insane with one absurd story after another that continues today. The Book of Apocalypse says that "the beast will turn against the prostitute," meaning the Whore of Babylon, which seems like Trump turning against Hillary, she didn't burn in a fire as the book claims but she did lose the presidency in an incredibly incompetent campaign that looks like it might have been staged as part of an absurd Apocalypse conspiracy. If there is something to this it appears as if they might drag this along with one absurd story after another until the beast is "hurled alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur," which could be a reference to when Trump's eventually removed from office.

Any rational skeptic would, of course call this an insane conspiracy theory, and I agree; however the official version of truth is becoming increasingly insane as well. For one reason or another they keep coming up with one distraction after another from more important issues, often preventing the majority of the public from basing their decisions on the most effective research on any given subject and enabling the oligarchy to do what they want, while the majority of the public falls for the lesser of two evils, one time after another. Stories like Trump behaving like a spoiled six year old, bickering with reporters, and turning on Republicans like he did after the election, are now routine, along with one mass shooting after another, followed by demands that we chip away at constitutional rights, instead of educating the public about how early child abuse, abandoned inner cities, abusive training of veterans in boot camp so they'll blindly obey orders and fight wars based on lies, contribute to many of these shootings. This research is available from reliable sources that don't go into fringe conspiracy theories, yet the media refuses to cover it.

Europe has repeatedly proven that by providing better child care and education along with banning of corporal punishment that they can greatly reducing violence with many of their countries having murder rates eighty percent or lower than ours.

If the political establishment continues to ignore the environmental damage being done along with wars based on lies that could get out of control then it will eventually even destroy themselves; which makes them insane, suicidal, or something even more far-fetched; greed is certainly part of it, but it's unlikely to be the full explanation for this insane quest for power at all costs.

If the official version of truth was true then they could do a much better job presenting it to the public, so until they start trying to do a good job, even though I think reasonable skepticism is appropriate, I'm not completely ruing out some conspiracy theories that seem like fringe to many people.

The claim that ancient civilizations can move megaliths between fifty and a thousands tons dozens if not hundreds of miles with primitive technology despite experiments that failed to replicate this should also be considered fringe!

The following are some additional sources for this article:

Monsanto, alien fans join forces on seeds 08/11/2003

Why is the Gates foundation investing in GM giant Monsanto? 09/29/2010


Reasons to Believe How seriously should you take those recent reports of UFOs? Ask the Pentagon. Or read this primer for the SETI-curious. 03/20/2018

World’s Eyes to Famine Is Dead 11/01/2018

Meet Paul Hellyer, the World's Highest Ranking Alien Believer 08/07/2013

Senator Regrets Role in Book on Aliens 06/05/1997

Alien life and UFOs: 10 top 'believers' 02/21/2011

Wikipedia: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Tag: Michael Gerloff

Eisenhower threatened to invade Area 51 former US Congress members hear testimony from CIA officer Michael Gerloff (not named in this article) 05/03/2013

Podesta Group clients at Open Secrets

Inside the Podesta Group's last days 11/10/2017 The indictment accused Manafort of hiring the Podesta Group — identified as “Company B” — to lobby for an ostensibly independent nonprofit that “was under the ultimate direction” of the Ukrainian president, his party and the Ukrainian government. Neither Podesta nor the Podesta Group has been charged publicly with any crimes. ..... Some Podesta Group lobbyists are now planning to join Fritts at her new firm, which The New York Times reported on Friday would be named Cogent Strategies.

9 questions about the Illuminati you were too afraid to ask 01/19/2016

Scientists Develop Liquid That Can Store Solar Energy For More Than a Decade 11/06/2018

Twelve fiery moments from Trump’s White House press conference 11/07/2018

"Clear Attack on the First Amendment": Authoritarian Trump Denounced for Stripping Press Credentials From CNN's Jim Acosta 11/07/2018

White House appears to share Jim Acosta mic-grab video doctored by far-right Infowars 11/07/2018

What we know about Matthew Whitaker, man who replaces Jeff Sessions 11/07/2018

Why Matthew Whitaker is the wrong choice to replace Jeff Sessions — at exactly the wrong time 11/07/2018

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

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

UFO Hypothesis with rational use of Occam's Razor

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

Phony Apocalyptic Judgement Day May Be Here!

Prophets and Mystics

Hurricane Apocalypse Coming With or Without Fringe Conspiracy Theory

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

107 Wonders of the Ancient World

Is “Prism” news? or is it ECHELON?

A Brief History of the Mormon Church

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

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

Multinationals Are Using Public For Research On Massive Scale

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

Wanted unsuspecting research subjects

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

Deadly Monopolies and Medical Slavery?

Deadly Monopolies With Alien Technology?

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

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

Which version of the "Deep State" is the real thing?

We Must Become The Media And The Scientists!

Is this for real? Or Insane Reverse Psychology Experiment Or Research?

Helena Blavatsky Ancient Aliens Connection?

Scientology connection to the CIA? Ancient Aliens? Other mystics including Helena Blavatsky?

Is Trump A Massive CIA PsyOp?

Spectacular Heart Transplant for Sophia But at What Cost

Is GOP Committing Political Suicide? Or Is Kavanaugh An Insane PsyOp?

False Flag Bombs, Incredible Incompetence or Both?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Walmart Crime Report October 2018

There were at least six shootings at Walmart this month, with one of them killing someone and several more wounded, and at least two more near by; there was also a high profile shooting killing two at Kroger's killing two more. There were at least ten additional gun related crimes, including several robberies, carjackings, and arguments. One of these incidents was a disgruntled customer outraged by the service that threatened to shoot employees.

One of these incidents wasn't initially reported in easy to find stories, but drew additional attention when he was released from jail and threatened to commit suicide at a car accident and had a stand off with police for hours holding up traffic on the highway. There have been several other major stories that weren't initially reported, but drew additional attention later when they were arrested or follow up incidents happened. The most recent shooting last month, which happened in Canada, on the last day of the month didn't turn up in the usual searches but someone tweeted it to me from Twitter, otherwise it wouldn't have made it into this count. I don't know for certain but they might be getting more common.

We rely on the media to provide us with news about violence and crime so we can establish policies to minimize them; however they're funded by advertising, and Walmart has more crime problems than any other store and they provide more advertising to the media as well. There are some subtle, and often not so subtle signs to indicate that this funding may be creating a bias.

There were another three killers that were arrested at Walmart's around the country, two without incident, and another one that was tracked the suspects, who had shot a victim and threw him out of a moving care before fleeing, through their cell phones, and found them sleeping at Walmart at two thirty in the morning. they called in a SWAT team and used flash bang grenades to wake the suspects, although it's hard to imagine why they felt that necessary, since they obviously had them surrounded.

In addition to the death as a result of a shooting there were five more bodies found in Walmart parking lots, or one on the roof of someone working there that may have had an accident or medical incident, but cause of death wasn't reported. There was also a lawsuit about another death that didn't previously attract much attention, since he died days after an accident months ago and another report of someone dying from contaminated beef; but this beef which was recalled was also sold at other stores as well and reports don't indicate where it came from. There was another story about several retailers including Walmart "Phasing Out Paint Strippers linked to dozens of deaths," this was done "In the absence of government action;" if we still had a government interested in looking out for the best interest of the public, when they found out that chemicals were killing people instead of "Phasing" them out they would demand an immediate recall and take them off the shelf immediately. However now that the government seems to be a fully own subsidiary of the corporations that finance political campaigns they let those corporations call the shots despite the flimsy illusion of democracy we have left.

Walmart crime has been getting worse for decades, and there've been several studies, despite limited funding from large institutions to show that it's worse than other stores; however, instead of recognizing this years, if not decades ago, they've continued to expand without addressing these problems or recognizing the causes of them. Now after several attempts previously reported to privatize the justice system, including their "restorative Justice" system, which was a disaster and has been scaled back, they're turning their parking lots into growing surveillance areas with camera towers expanding at some the stores with the highest crime problems. Some of these cameras can supposedly, "read 'a UPC code sitting on a shelf'."

However instead of recognizing that some of the major contributing causes of these crime problems are cuts in services limiting the amount of employees, including at self-check out lanes, they're increasing some of the cuts and adding more automation, with new plans to allow people to scan and buy large items within the store during the holiday season, for starters, even though past efforts like this have lead to increased crime problem. Ironically, while they cut back on services that might help consumers, they seem to be increasing on what they call "security" to catch people stealing as a result of lack of help at the registers, which is a massive entrapment operation, paid for with tax payer dollars, since the court and prison system is paid for by tax payers, not Walmart.

In fact, they routinely negotiate lower tax plans when they move into town often giving them a competitive advantage over other business with less crime problems putting them out of business, and increasingly even suing local governments to get even more tax breaks!

The media and the police often ask the public for their help solving these crimes, sometimes even when it's as petty as stealing "salt and pepper shakers as well as other, unknown items" or thefts less than $100, clearly implying that the government often spends more prosecuting people for some of these petty thefts than the value of the merchandise stolen from Walmart. On one occasion a few years back a loss prevention officer chased and beat a man for stealing a fifty-nine cent doughnut. Occasionally in addition to spending large amounts of tax payer money for petty theft they also spend even more for lawsuits defending against excessive force.

It's not unreasonable to speculate about corporations trying to take full control of the government that pretends to regulate them!

One of the problems with this method of addressing crime may be to be more concerned about whether or not there appears to be more crimes based on reports, instead of whether or not there actually is more crime; on numerous occasions there have been employees told not to call police about certain incidents. This month there was another where a customer attempted to call 911 on a store phone when they saw an unconscious employee and a co-worker took the phone away saying they were aware of the problem, her husband responded by using his cell phone to make the call, but if store policies prevented a quick call it might endanger lives, as they're more concerned about appearances than safety!

They continue to have problems with shoplifter putting razor-blades in shopping carts, to cut packages, and leaving them there so customers get cut but it's only reported on a low profile manner so they don't catch it as quickly and there are more people getting cut. And another disgruntled employee was involved in an incident, yet there's no requirement to disclose their union busting activities or find out if they're inciting some of these incidents by pushing them too far, although there are plenty of other reports of constant lawsuits by workers who don't resort to extremes, although they don't have the same legal resources or political connections as Walmart. And another of the police officer caught switching price tags has turned himself in again. They even entrap the police who can often get away with excessive force even killing people but not shoplifting at Walmart.

Walmart had over a dozen crashes, chases, at least three carjackings, including one at gunpoint and another where the victim was hit in the head with a bag of rocks, and a couple hit and runs. At least a couple of these crashes were major wrecks leading to serious injuries, and two cars flipped, with one incident sending shoplifted beer jewelry and steaks all over the road after a crash.

There were almost a dozen if not over a dozen knife related incidents including robberies, stabbings, and someone attacked with a hatchet. They had at least two arsons this month and an old one went to court and resulted in a not guilty by reason of insanity. Perhaps it shouldn't be surprising, Walmart drives lots of people crazy. They also had someone leaving hazardous material at Walmart.

There were plenty of additional assaults including on police officers, loss prevention officers, other workers, customers, including an 82 year old man that was punched in the face. They had school board members form at least two southern states get caught shoplifting, and the local judge for one of them forced her to carry a sign in front of the courthouse saying she stole, so everyone would know about it. Some of these Southern tactics, including corporal punishment or other punishments designed to humiliate, have been proven to be a failure but that doesn't stop them from doing them over and over again.

In addition to the paint thinners that are being "phased out" because they caused deaths instead of recalled, there are additional recalls for a quarter million hatchets that are a safety hazard and three or four more recalls of food for legionnaires', salmonella, or other food poisonings. At least one of these has supposedly led to a death. Many of these were far less common with a diverse food supply but massive oligarchs are taking over pretty much all industries.

There have been several racists or bigoted incidents, including calling police on a black person for caring for white children, yelling at people for speaking the wrong language, perhaps even when they're talking to other people who understand the language, and demanding that a mother "gag" her baby, often on camera; and additional incidents where people were fired for alleged bigoted reasons.

Walmart is also taking increasing amounts of control over the health care system in a variety of ways, by merging with insurance or other health care companies. One of their justification is that "none of us wants to be Sears," but the rest of us have to think carefully about whether we want a company like Walmart to have increasing control of health care considering how incompetent they do everything else. This is especially true after stories that they may be blacklisting doctors, and optometrist organizations have also expressed their concerns recently.

Healthcare isn't the only thing Walmart is merging with, they're also buying up half a dozen or more other companies, at any given time creating an even bigger oligarchy controlling a growing amount of the economic system; and they often use their smaller subcontractors as scapegoats to take the blame even though they often respond to pressure from Walmart management. It's time to stop pretending that we still have a free market competitive system, which means if we want any accountability for government or corporations we need a different economic system.

Walmart continues to have more than their share of odd activities at their stores including an old man offering to buy a child form a customer, and later acting as if he doesn't know what's wrong with it, smashing pumpkins seems funny when Gallagher does it but they don't like it at Walmart, a shoplifting suspect telling the police to ‘Suck A Pink Cow Udder’ which she happened to be wearing, and of course deer have to shop somewhere too.

However, one job I don't want to be given is to find out who took a shit on the employees uniforms, nor do I want to be the police officer called in to investigate that one!

Hey I know exactly what you're thinking!

And I won't dignify it with a response!

However, it wasn't the naked shopper that did this, he wasn't even in the same state, and I'm not even sure why they care about that.

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 Wal-Mart 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 Wal-Mart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Wal-Mart might be contributing to higher crime rates or at least a slowing of the decline in crime. The study found that. “on average, communities with Walmarts had 17 more property crimes and two more violent crimes per 10,000 people than those communities without Walmarts.” I reviewed this more in 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 October 2018. 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.

Gary man and 9-year-old son injured in gang-related Sept. 30 shooting at Hobart Indiana Walmart, police say 10/01/2018

Police: Serial thief stole liquor from Ill. Walmart stores 10/01/2018

Antioch Ill. man charged with sexual battery at Walmart 10/01/2018

Man robs customer in Kernersville NC Walmart self-checkout lane 10/01/2018

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — A man reportedly robbed a woman at a Walmart self-checkout lane in Kernersville.

At about 2:15 a.m. Monday morning, officers responded to a robbery at a Walmart at 1130 S. Main St.

Witnesses told police an unidentified suspect approached a customer in the self-checkout lane and took her wallet with force.

The victim told FOX8 she only had $14 in her wallet, but the man threatened to cut her. Complete article

Man, 81, Tried to Buy Woman's 8-year-old Daughter for $200,000 at Florida Walmart, Port Orange Police Say 10/01/2018

An 81-year-old man who allegedly offered to pay a mother $200,000 for her 8-year-old daughter in a Port Orange, Florida, Walmart store has been arrested, police have said.

Officials confirmed Monday that the suspect, named as Hellmuth Kolb, was booked into Volusia County Jail on September 29 after the mother, Tracy Nigh, reported the incident. The suspect was charged with battery and false imprisonment, Orlando’s WKMG-TV said.

Police said Nigh was approached by Kolb on Friday while sitting on a bench inside Walmart, on Dunlawton Avenue. The suspect initially asked her if she was married, before turning attention to the child. He allegedly asked if she would accept money in exchange for her daughter.

“The first amount was $100,000, the second amount was $150,000 and then the final amount was $200,000," Nigh said. “I then said ‘no, we have to go.’” When the pair then tried to leave, the suspect grabbed the girl’s arm and kissed her wrist, police added.

The mother told Walmart security what had happened before quickly leaving the store. Complete article

Man accused of trying to buy young girl at Walmart free on bail 10/03/2018 "I don't know what I'm here for," he said at his home.

Three men escape uninjured after shots fired near Ill. Walmart 10/01/2018

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Three male victims escaped safely after police say shots were fired at their car on Saturday.

Police responded to a shots fired call south of the Walmart on Walton Street around 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Police say the victims were smoking marijuana in a car in the 700 block of Gabriela Court. A suspect in another car pulled up and shot at their car three times. Complete article

Self-checkout is terrible: why Walmart, Target, and others still do it. Wouldn’t it be better if self-checkout just died? 10/02/2018

Yes! Because you won’t like what it spawns next.

Rochester, New York, is a notorious model of terrible urban planning and idiotic corporate sponsorship. On the underdeveloped side of the Genesee River, next to the bus station, sits the “National Museum of Play,” an odd institution founded by Margaret Woodbury Strong — a Rochester native who inherited millions of dollars and used it to collect thousands of dolls.

The museum has rotating exhibits, but its centerpiece is an elaborate model of a Wegmans grocery store, sponsored by Wegmans, which is owned by the Wegmans family, which is the area’s sole billion-dollar dynasty.

In the mini Wegmans “Super Kids Market,” children select groceries (plastic produce, but real cereal boxes and genuine Chef Boyardee cans) from real grocery shelves, put them in real (miniaturized) Wegmans shopping carts, ring them up on functioning cash registers with real grocery scanners, and print themselves real receipts with a real Wegmans logo at the top. .....

I saw a self-checkout in the Urban Outfitters in Herald Square and almost called the ACLU: Some lucky employee sits on a stool near the self-checkout stations and does nothing but remove ink tags from things before you buy them? Sure. What is a person if not just a slightly more dexterous arm than the ones that robots so far have?

Blessedly, I am not alone in fearing self-checkout. John Karolefski, a self-proclaimed undercover grocery shopping analyst who runs the blog Grocery Stories and contributes to the site Progressive Grocer, tells me, “I’m in a lot of supermarkets around the country. I watch people. I can tell you that I’ve been in stores where the lines that have cashiers are very, very long, and people are a little upset, and there are three or four self-checkout units open and nobody is using them.

“Wouldn’t the shopper be better served, customer service improved, if those weren’t there?” he asks. I’m not arguing. “Why do I want to scan my own groceries?” he asks. I have no idea! “Why do I want to bag my own groceries?” he asks. An equally reasonable question with no reasonable answer. The simple solution, he points out, would be to hire enough cashiers to serve the number of customers that typically shop at the store. I agree, and this seems very obvious. Complete article

Young boy injured after 2 vehicles collide outside of Tx. Walmart on State Highway 351 10/01/2018

ABILENE, Texas — A collision between two vehicles outside of the Walmart on State Highway 351 in northeast Abilene has sent at a young boy to the hospital on Monday afternoon.

At about 3:35 p.m. on Monday, emergency crews were called out to a two-vehicle collision with possible entrapment and multiple children inside of both vehicles involved.

When authorities arrived on the scene, a silver Honda minivan was found lying on its roof with its right side heavily caved in from being hit.

The silver Honda minivan, which was occupied by a mother and her two young daughters, had been T-boned on the right side while in a turning lane by a white Jeep Wrangler, which had run through a red light. Complete article

Bomb threat shuts down La Mesa Ca.'s Grossmont Center Walmart 10/01/2018

Rapides woman indicted, accused of shooting husband in La. Walmart parking lot in Sept. 10/01/2018

Millcreek Police need your help identifying this suspect, stole mattress from Pa. Walmart 10/0/2018

Man threatened to be banned after stealing from Berry Hill Tenn. Walmart, steals again 10/02/2018

Man allegedly tried to flee from Sand Springs Okla. Walmart with merchandise 10/01/2018

Hamburg Police looking for suspect in theft of items from NY Walmart 10/01/2018

Man Who Stole $3,115 in Computers From Pa. Walmart Sought 10/01/2018

Man made weekly Pa. Walmart trips for backpacks full of stolen formula, cops say 10/01/2018

Power outage temporarily closes Elkins WV Walmart 10/02/2018

Jacksonville Fla. Sheriff's Office searching for man who allegedly stole cellphone from Northside Walmart 10/02/2018

Queens man passed phony money at Walmart in Ulster NY, police say 10/01/2018

Beatrice Nebraska Police Make Shoplifting Arrest, After Investigating Merchandise Return 10/01/2018

Shoplifting at Goshen Ind. Walmart 10/01/2018 David Franklin, 38, Cromwell, was arrested by Goshen police and jailed on a charge of theft after police responded to Walmart, 2304 Lincolnway East, around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rourke Sparks, 33, homeless, was arrested by Goshen police and jailed on a charge of theft after responding to a shoplifting call at Walmart, 4024 Elkhart Road, around 12:40 p.m. Sunday.

Victoria Martinez, 31, and Juana Sims, 28, both of 23695 Florence Ave., Elkhart, were arrested by Goshen police on charges of theft at Walmart, 4024 Elkhart Road, around 2:15 p.m. Sunday. Martinez and Sims were released at the scene with citations to appear in court.

Morgan County SO: Knife-wielding double homicide suspect shot 7 times in Walmart parking lot in May 10/02/2018

Missouri man who left bomb threat note at Walmart given probation 10/02/2018

Man, 26, charged in shooting at Ind. Walmart Sept. 30 in Hobart which injured 9-year-old boy and father 10/02/2018

Three accused of using stolen credit cards at Wilkes-Barre Twp. Pa. Walmart 10/02/2018

Reno Nevada Police Seek Suspect Of Multiple Walmart Burglaries 10/02/2018

Do you know Pa. Walmart shopper using stolen credit card info? (PHOTOS) 10/03/2018

Wreck at Cedartown Ga. Walmart sends 2 to hospital, one by airlift 10/02/2018

Police are still unsure of how a midday wreck in front of the Cedartown Walmart on Highway 27 occurred, but it sent one person to an Atlanta-area hospital and another to Redmond in Rome.

Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome said officers were dispatched around 12:30 p.m. to the intersection in front of the Walmart Supercenter, where they found a pair of vehicles involved in a serious wreck, where one vehicle hit directly into the side of the other.

Newsome said he did not have all the details at the moment of what took place, and that police are still looking into the incident. He added that driver and passenger in one of the vehicles were taken to the hospital, one via an airlift to the Atlanta area by helicopter, and another by road to Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome. Complete article


Wallingford Conn. police: Man stole Pokemon cards from Walmart, led officers on foot pursuit 10/02/2018

After attempted theft, assault alleged at Eldersburg Md. Walmart, authorities trying to identify man 10/02/2018

Prince Frederick Woman Arrested After Caught Shoplifting at Md. Walmart Twice in One Day 10/02/2018

Man exposes himself to teen inside Raymore Missouri Walmart 10/03/2018

Equipment stolen from truck at Ga. Walmart 10/03/2018

Man pleads not guilty to robbing ND Menards, Walmart on Aug. 29, 10/03/2018 He allegedly punched an employee in the shoulder and chest after they tried to stop him from leaving the store.

Mississippi kid arrested after brandishing fake weapon in WalMart 10/03/2018

CLINTON, Ms. (WJTV) - (10/3/18) Clinton Police say a gun that was brandished in front of a customer in WalMart is fake. And the 12 year old who tried to evade a security officer is well known for 'mischevious misbehavior' to both the store and local police.

In a press release, police say WalMart has installed Lot Cop live view high def cameras throughout the building and the parking lot. They say the cameras can read 'a UPC code sitting on a shelf'.

While officers say the juvenile acted alone and was a never a true threat to anyone's safety, he has been charged with misdemeanor Simple Assault by Physical Menace and transported to the Hinds County Youth Detention Center. Walmart has banned the 12 year old child from their stores. Complete article

Police: Man used pellet gun to threaten Wash. Walmart employees during theft 10/03/2018

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick police are trying to identify a man they say pulled a pellet gun on Walmart employees when he was confronted about not paying for his items.

Police said the man pictured pulled what appeared to be a handgun from his waist Wednesday around 2:40 p.m. while leaving the store with unpaid merchandise as Walmart Loss Prevention tried to stop him.

The employees backed off and called 911. Authorities said the man ran across State Route 395 to the Circle K and hid in a Circle K employee's car. Complete article

Tallahassee woman charged in Fla. Walmart carjacking accused in burglary at same store 10/03/2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A woman accused of hitting a victim in the head with a bag of rocks during a carjacking at a local Walmart has now been charged for stealing a 50 inch TV from the same store just four days after the carjacking.

Courtney Knight, 30, has been charged with grand theft and burglary.

According to probable cause documents, officers were dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter at 4400 West Tennessee Street about a delayed theft on Sept. 26.

A loss prevention officer told the officer the he was reviewing surveillance videos from Sept. 21 and noticed that around 5:10 p.m., he saw a woman going into Walmart with an empty shopping cart.

However, the woman soon got a 50 inch flat screen TV valued at $398 loaded into her cart and immediately walked to the grocery side of the store. Documents say the woman then approached the back storage room, which is for employees only. Complete article

Chopped from the Shelves: Walmart Recalls 246,000 Axes for Injury Hazard 10/03/2018

Walmart is recalling 246,000 Ozark Trail camp axes.

The retail giant says the axe head can detach from the handle, posing an injury hazard.

The axes were sold in stores and online from January 2017 through July 2018 for about $8.

The axes have a black, non-slip rubber grip and claw feature. “Ozark Trail” and model number 60111140 are printed on the product packaging. They measure about 14 inches long and weigh about 1.25 pounds.

Walmart has received two reports of axe heads detaching from the handle, resulting in minor cuts and abrasions. Complete article

Walmart is changing how we pay for healthcare: 5 things to know 10/03/2018

With nearly 1.5 million employees across 4,700 stores, Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart is the nation's largest private employer. And with nearly 1 million of those employees self-insured, it's also a heavy influencer on the U.S. healthcare market, according to a MarketWatch analysis.

Here are five things to know about Walmart's influence on healthcare payment:

1. Direct contracting between large employers and health systems is changing how healthcare is priced and paid for in the U.S. Employers are increasingly holding providers responsible for delivering better outcomes to their workers at lower prices. Complete article

Walmart Muscles Into the $12 Billion Collectibles Business 10/03/2018

It’s possible that some investors will skim past Wednesday morning’s news that Walmart (WMT) plans to get into pop-culture collectibles in a big way.

But the announcement—not coincidentally timed, it might be noted, just before the Thursday opening of the New York Comic Con—might be worth a closer look.

The announcement includes a new collectibles section in 3,500 stores starting later this month; a deal to be the exclusive in-store seller of boxes from subscription “stuff” company Loot Crate; and some available-nowhere-but-Walmart products. (Example: six colored variants of a Funko [FNKO] Thanos doll.) Complete article

Walmart to acquire plus-size online retailer Eloquii 10/02/2018

Walmart is adding to its online coterie of brands with its acquisition of plus-sized online retailer, Eloquii.

The big box retailer, which announced the acquisition on Tuesday, has been building up an online collection of labels since its roughly $3 billion acquisition of in 2016. Those brands now include ModCloth, Bonobos and Allswell.

Walmart did not disclose the deal's value, but a person familiar with the terms told CNBC it valued Eloquii at roughly $100 million. It had interest from other retailers in the sale process, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is confidential. Recode first reported the deal price. Complete article

Downers Grove Man Sentenced To 12 Years In Dec. 3 2015 Ill. Walmart Shooting 10/04/2018

Cass County man accused of exposing himself in front of teen girl at mISSOURI Walmart 10/04/2018

Police: Man swiped wallet at RI Walmart 10/04/2018

Troy Mich. Walmart armed robbery suspects arraigned 10/04/2018

Troy — A man and woman were arraigned Wednesday on charges of robbing a Walmart and leading officers on a chase, police said.

Chay Ryan Beckett was arraigned on charges of armed robbery, fleeing and eluding, home invasion and two counts of malicious destruction of police property. Beckett was denied bond.

His counterpart, Christina Maria Vlaz, was arraigned on a charge of armed robbery. Her bond was set at $250,000.

Troy Police said the incident occurred at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Troy Walmart on 2001 West Maple. Beckett and Vlaz were trying to steal several televisions and when store employees approached the pair to stop them, Beckett pointed a gun at them, police said. Complete article

Woman intervenes in Walmart fracas after white woman yells at 2 Hispanic women for speaking Spanish 10/04/2018

A video featuring a female good Samaritan intervening in a Walmart altercation has gone viral.

What’s the video all about?

Facebook user Faby Velsa shared the video on Monday. At the time of this writing, Velsa’s video has received more than 11,000 reactions and has been viewed more than 670,000 times.

Velsa captioned the video in Spanish. Facebook translated the caption to the following:

"I never thought this would happen to me. We were a friend and I talking in the shop in Spanish and suddenly comes a lady to insult us that if we lived in this country we didn’t have to speak Spanish that we would have to speak. Thanks to the other girl (we don’t know) she defended us and called the police, and I think they took arrested the lady who was assaulting us. I always saw the videos on the networks and gave me courage and today, which was my case I can say I felt a great impotence."

In the video, an unidentified white woman can be seen shouting at an older white woman.

The younger woman can be heard saying, “You don’t harass people! … Get out of here! Now!” and later threatens to call the police. Complete article

Too Sick, Too Pregnant, Too Well Paid: Walmart Workers on Why the Company Fires Them by Michael Sainato 10/04/2018

Sixty-one-year-old Jose Ramos says he often experienced racism and discrimination from his department manager toward the end of his 17 years working as a forklift operator at a Grand Prairie, TX, Walmart.

“It was an ugly experience. Nearly every day I was told by my manager I shouldn’t be there because I don’t speak English. I was regularly told to go back to Mexico, and the manager knew I’m not from Mexico, I’m from El Salvador,” Ramos told Splinter in Spanish.

But the manager seemed to have an even bigger problem with Ramos’ salary.

“I was constantly told I was making too much at $18.86 an hour and would be fired soon. I was being told that with my salary, Walmart could hire two new employees,” he said.

Ramos is one of several former Walmart employees who alleged to Splinter that they were wrongfully fired because they were making too much. Several other current and former employees alleged wrongful termination for becoming pregnant or getting sick. There is a pervasive fear among employees, they said, of any combination of these conditions leading to reprisal from management, including job loss. Complete article

USDA: Recalled beef sold at Walmart, other stores 10/04/2018 (A separate news item on morning of 10/05/2018 also referred to one death as a result of this recall.)

TOLLESON, Ariz. (AP/WOOD) — An Arizona company voluntarily recalled more than 6.5 million pounds of beef that could be contaminated with salmonella, federal officials announced Thursday.

An investigation traced products, including ground beef and beef patties to JBS Tolleson, Inc., a meat packing plant west of Phoenix. The raw beef was packed between July 26 and Sept. 7 and shipped to retailers nationwide, including Walmart, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Some of the products have a sell or use by date in late September.

An epidemiological investigation found 57 people in 16 states have become ill so far. That includes 15 cases in Arizona, the state's health officials said. None of those cases were in Michigan. Complete article (A separate news item on morning of 10/05/2018 also referred to one death as a result of this recall.)

Archdale PD looking for suspects who left hazmat liquid at NC Walmart 10/04/2018

ARCHDALE — The Archdale Police Department is asking for assistance from the public in identifying suspects who left hazmet liquid behind an Archdale Walmart in September.

According to a post on the Archdale Police Department’s Facebook page, two individuals in a grey Ford F-250 pulling a larger trailer were seen placing a large container behind the Walmart Neighborhood Marketplace in Archdale, located at 10250 S. Main St., on Sept. 12.

The container was found to contain hazmat liquid.

A male suspect seen in the surveillance photos assisted the driver of the truck in removing the container off of the trailer prior to them leaving the area. Complete article

Walmart To Phase Out Paint Strippers Linked To Dozens Of Deaths 10/04/2018

In the absence of government action on deadly paint strippers, retailers are stepping up to protect consumers.

On August 20, Walmart announced it would phase out paint removers containing methylene chloride and N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP) from its stores and website. Methylene chloride is responsible for more than 50 deaths over the last 35 years, and NMP is linked to fetal development problems, including low birth weight and birth defects.

“It’s great to see Walmart join Lowe’s, Home Depot and others to stop selling these unsafe products,” said Kara Cook-Schultz, director of our national network's Toxics Program. “We now need strong EPA action that will ensure no more families are affected by these deadly paint strippers.” Complete article

NCLAT adjourns hearing over CCI's Walmart-Flipkart deal approval to November 12 10/05/2018

The NCLAT Friday adjourned its hearing over the petition filed by traders' body CAIT against fair trade regulator CCI's approval of Walmart's USD 16 billion acquisition of Flipkart. Now the matter has been listed for the next hearing on November 12 before a two-member bench of the the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT).

Earlier on September 6, the NCLAT which is also an appellate authority over the Competition Commission of India (CCI), had asked Wal-Mart International Holdings Inc to file a reply before it explaining way of doing business in India.

The CAIT, which has filed an appeal before the NCLAT challenging the go-ahead by the CCI on Walmart's acquisition of home-grown Flipkart, was also asked to file its understanding over the Walmart's business model in India. Complete article

Walmart may repeat predatory behavior, adversely affect competition: CAIT to NCLAT 10/05/2018

Tower power: Walmart aims to increase convenience with self-serve pick-up 10/04/2018 Attention, Walmart shoppers: The retail giant is aiming to save you time and money with an imposing innovation. (And mass media is providing propaganda to promote this disguised as news stories.)

Two men shoplift Ill. Walmart with 3 children, baby carrier in tow 10/05/2018

Woman, 88, 'always afraid' after violent carjacking at Livonia Mich. Walmart after Sept. incident 10/04/2018

Bangor Me. Police continue to search for man who fled incident near Walmart 10/05/2018

Plea hearing set for Scott Ostrem in Thornton Colorado Walmart triple-killing case 10/05/2018 According to police, Ostrem casually entered the Walmart at 9901 Grant St. at 6:10 p.m. Nov. 1, pulled out a handgun and began shooting.

Woman carjacked after gun pointed at her head outside Lakeshore Alabama Walmart; 2 in custody 10/05/2018

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) -- Homewood Police have arrested two suspects after a woman had a gun pointed at her head and her vehicle stolen early Friday morning outside the Walmart on Lakeshore Parkway.

According to police, officers responded to the Walmart around 1:06 a.m. Friday morning. The female victim said she approached her car and two black males pointed a gun at her head and demanded her vehicle.

The two took her car and drove towards Lakeshore Parkway.

Homewood PD located her 2005 silver Buick Lesabre on I-65 and attempted to stop it. The suspects refused to pull over, and a chase ensued. The pursuit ended at Oporto Madrid Blvd and First Ave S when the stolen vehicle hit a HPD vehicle and became disabled. Complete article

Shooting investigation underway after incident near Richmond Va. Walmart 10/05/2018

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - Three people are recovering after a shooting near the Richmond Walmart Friday night.

Police were called to Drumheller Drive and Sheila Lane about 10pm Friday for reports of random gunfire. The two locations are separated by a small wooded area.

Two victims were found in the Walmart parking lot on Sheila Lane and another was found at the apartment complex on Drumheller drive.

Police believe the shootings happened at the apartment complex and two of the victims ran to the nearby Walmart for help. Complete article

Man with knife steals from NC Walmart 10/06/2018

A man threatened a clerk with a knife when she tried to stop him from leaving a Walmart with a cart containing a television and garden hose on Wednesday, according to a report to the Greenville Police Department.

The incident occurred about 10:20 p.m. at 210 S.W. Greenville Blvd., the report said. A man was pushing a shopping cart out of the store without paying for a Flexon brand garden hose valued at $11.88 and an Element 39-inch television valued at $198.

When a clerk at the store approached him, the man pulled a pocket knife and continued to exit the store, police department spokeswoman Kristen Hunter said. Complete article

Ithaca NY police investigate stabbing near Walmart 10/05/2018

ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca police are investigating a stabbing believed to have taken place in the Jungle area behind Walmart.

At around 6 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a stabbing victim who had fled into Walmart. Police found the person and rendered medical aid. The person was transported to a regional trauma center for treatment.

Police said they believe the incident took place in the Jungle, the homeless encampment south of Walmart. Police are investigating the incident but said they do not believe it was a random act of violence. Complete article

Police: Wallingford woman charged with DUI struck pole in Conn. Walmart parking lot 10/05/2018

WALLINGFORD — A local woman faces a charge after police said she was driving under the influence when she struck a pole in the Walmart parking lot.

Nancy Smith, 62, of 31 Pine Glenn Terrace, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence.

On Tuesday around 9 p.m. police responded to Walmart, 844 N. Colony Road., for a report of a car that struck a light pole, according to a police report. Officers arrived and found the car with yellow paint transfer and front end damage. Complete article

WalMart removes third-party ad that described plus-sized women as 'fat' 10/06/2018

Amanda Hanson said she was outraged when she discovered an advertisement on Walmart Canada's website that described plus-sized women as "fat."

The third-party ad, which has since been taken down, was titled "elegant floral print fat women swimsuit bellyband style beach wear." It went on to describe the item as the "best choice for fat girls to spend hot summer." Complete article

Walmart says third-party bathing suit ad ‘for fat girls’ was a translation error 10/06/2018

Raw: Surveillance footage at Tumwater Wash. Walmart during June shooting 10/05/2018

Distraction techniques used to steal merchandise at Murdock Walmart 10/05/2018

Attempted abduction at Anderson SC Walmart a misunderstanding, police say 10/05/2018

Walmart arrest: Brick NJ cops say they catch burglar in the act 10/05/2018

Detective needs help finding suspect who made fraudulent return at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart 10/06/2018

Pana Ill. Walmart closure worries residents 10/07/2018

3 stole purse from elderly woman in wheelchair at Walmart, Hillsborough NC police say 10/07/2018

Hudson Wisc. Police: Walmart incident leads to arrests 10/07/2018

Two in custody after handguns come out during Minn. Walmart parking lot dispute 10/07/2018

Two people were arrested and may face charges after a dispute Sunday night in the parking lot of a St. Cloud Walmart store.

According to St. Cloud police, officers were called to the southside Walmart, 3601 Second St. S, just before 7 p.m. for two males who confronted each other in the parking lot.

Both men displayed a handgun toward the other during the argument, according to police, but no shots were fired and both men were detained by police. Complete article

Video Captures Man Pulling Out Gun During St. Cloud Walmart Altercation 10/10/2018

Killer on the loose was found sitting outside Alaska Walmart 10/07/2018

On Saturday, Anchorage police received a number of calls from shoppers at Walmart, saying killer Scott Brodine was sitting outside the store. Officers arrived and took him into custody without incident.

Brodine, 50, had walked away from his halfway house, the Clitheroe Center, early Wednesday morning. He was finishing a 90-day drug treatment program, and police said he was not a danger to the community, even on the loose.

But the public might have felt differently, knowing that Brodine had brutally beat to death his roommate in 1993 and was supposed to be serving a 50-year sentence behind bars, not in a halfway house. Complete article

East Falmouth man arrested for shoplifting at Mass. Walmart, assaulting police officer 10/08/2018

An East Falmouth man was arrested and charged with a slew of offenses Sunday after he allegedly shoplifted from Walmart in Wareham, assaulted a police officer, and fled from the scene in an incident that left an officer with minor injuries.

Samuel Mills, 35, also allegedly lied about his identity at Wareham police's headquarters.
The scene unfolded at around noon on Sunday when Walmart officials reported a shoplifter in the store, Wareham police said in a statement.

Responding Wareham police Officer Nate Aronson confronted Mills, who was initially cooperative, and told him he was being placed under arrest. That’s when Mills allegedly assaulted Aronson, and ran toward the front of the store. Complete article

Pro-life supporters rally in front of Walmart 10/07/2018

PANAMA CITY —Waving signs and praying, about 40 pro-life supporters lined 23rd Street by Walmart on Sunday as part of international demonstrations.

“The Life Chain is a peaceful and prayerful public gather of Pro-Life people coming together for one hour to witness our community and each other,” organizers said in a press release. “We pray for all those affected by this tragedy.”

Between 800,000 and 1 million people participate in the event across the United States and Canada every year. There were 200 registered events in Florida this year. Complete article

Man accused of exposing himself in a Harvey La. Walmart 10/08/2018

Waterford police seek man who allegedly stole 2 televisions from Conn. Walmart 10/08/2018

Arrest made after woman spots her stolen vehicle in Walmart parking lot, Madison Wisc. police say 10/08/2018

Shooting that wounded teen at D’Iberville La. Walmart was over school rivalry, police say 10/08/2018

D'IBERVILLE A shooting reported from a Walmart parking lot led police to a 17-year-old who suffered a gunshot wound to his buttocks.

The shooting, reported Sunday about 11:40 p.m., began inside Walmart between school rivals from D’Iberville, St. Martin and Biloxi, D’Iberville Police Capt. Mary Griffin said.

The argument continued in the parking lot of the store on Sangani Boulevard, where things became dangerous as the parties began to leave, he said.

Occupants in one vehicle reportedly shot at another with a paintball gun, and Austin Phu-Quy Nguyen returned fire with a weapon, Griffin said in a news release. A bullet struck the vehicle near the driver’s-side back seat, where the juvenile was sitting. Complete article

Man with gun arrested at Burbank Ca. Walmart 10/08/2018

BURBANK, Calif. (KABC) -- Police arrested a man who had a handgun inside a Walmart in Burbank on Monday.

Officers were called to the store at 1301 N. Victory Place after employees reported there was a man with a gun inside the store.

Officers responded and detained one person inside the store after confirming he did have a handgun.

Police say there were no shots fired and no one was injured at the store. Complete article

Gun recovered during incident in Walmart this week may have been stolen, Burbank police say 10/10/2018

Why are people finding razor blades stuck to Walmart shopping carts? Trend surprising shoppers 10/08/2018

An Ohio couple is warning shoppers about a surprising danger. The shoppers claim they found a razor stuck on a Walmart shopping cart handle.

The incident happened in a Walmart located in Wadsworth, Ohio earlier this summer, according to local news organizations. Ohio residents Cheryl and Mel Johnson told Cleveland 19 News that they found a razor sticking out of the shopping cart’s handle. The couple reported the incident to Walmart management.

So, why are people finding razor blades stuck to carts? Walmart officials said it’s becoming an issue for many retailers. Shoplifters use the razors to cut off tags from merchandise. The average cost per shoplifting incident doubled in 2017 to $798.48, according to the National Retail Federation.

It’s not the first time shoppers have found razors stuck to shopping carts. It’s happened at Walmart stores before, including when a woman was nicked by a razor blade attached to a shopping cart handle at the Walmart in Catoosa, Oklahoma in 2016. Complete article

Why those camera towers are outside this Pa. Walmart Supercenter 10/08/2018

The Walmart Supercenter in Pohatcong Township is one of about 100 Walmart locations nationwide with a new approach to deterring crime, the company says.

As part of that, about a half-dozen Lot Cop towers are in place in the parking lot of the sprawling store off Route 22.

"As a company we're shifting our focus from detection to deterrence," Walmart spokeswoman Tara Aston said Monday.

Made by Live View Technologies, the mobile, solar-powered Lot Cops sport lights and cameras in hopes of stemming any illegal action. Complete article

Is Walmart Blacklisting Doctors? 10/08/2018

Carolyn Eastin has been a nurse practitioner in Arizona for nearly a decade. She is the only licensed prescriber at a busy pain clinic in Scottsdale, where many patients are on high doses of opioid medication.

Eastin says she was “mortified” by a letter last month from Walmart’s corporate headquarters that said the retail giant’s Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies would no longer fill her prescriptions for opioids.

“In reviewing your controlled substance prescribing patterns and other factors, we have determined that we will no longer be able to continue filling your controlled substance prescriptions,” the letter states. “We regret any inconvenience this may cause you or your patients.”

“It was very humiliating. I was upset about it,” says Eastin. “We’ve already had patients who can’t get prescriptions there.”

The Walmart letter has all the appearances of a form letter. It makes no mention of any complaints against Eastin, whether any of her patients have overdosed, or if her prescribing is medically inappropriate.

Eastin writes prescriptions for nearly 500 chronic pain patients at the Absolute Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine clinic. Most are on high doses of opioids, at levels well above those recommended by the CDC in its 2016 opioid guideline. Eastin believes she was red flagged by Walmart after a prescription database search and is now on a “blacklist” of prescribers.

“I’m the only one who writes prescriptions here. So I would have higher numbers than the average nurse practitioner,” she told PNN. “I’m not doing anything wrong. I’m tapering my patients. I’m trying to do my part to bring people into compliance.”

Does Walmart blacklist doctors who prescribe high doses of opioids? Is Walmart practicing medicine without a license? We posed those questions to Walmart and received a one sentence reply.

“Walmart does not comment on our patients or their prescribers,” wrote Erin Hulliberger, Walmart Corporate Communications. Complete article

Lafayette La. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 10/08/2018

Mama Biscuit's Goes National After Walmart Picks Up Frederick-Based Brand 10/08/2018

Evansville man arrested for using stolen credit card at Wisc. Walmart, police say 10/10/2018

Sahuarita Ariz. police looking for Walmart shoplifting suspect 10/09/2018

Man arrested after charges in Sept. 30 gang-related shooting at Hobart Ind. Walmart 10/09/2018

Suspect sought for stealing iPhones from Tenn. Walmart 10/09/2018

Help Butler Twp. Ohio police identify Walmart theft suspect 10/09/2018

Man who forced I-15 shutdown robbed a Utah Walmart last month, police say 10/09/2018

CLEARFIELD — A Grantsville man who police say walked onto I-15 holding a gun, forcing officials to shut down the freeway for hours on Monday, had been out of jail for about a week after being charged with robbing a Walmart store.

Christopher Scott Lewis, 35, was arrested and booked into the Davis County Jail early Tuesday for investigation of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, failing to stop for law enforcement, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Tuesday, Clearfield police officer Travis Collings was attending to a traffic accident when he was notified of a man slumped over the steering wheel of a car at 650 North under the I-15 overpass, according to a jail report.


As a backup officer arrived at the scene, "Christopher walked to the back of my car, pulled a gun out and said he was going to kill himself. Christopher was told to drop the gun. Christopher then fled on foot ignoring commands to drop the gun and stop. He was stopped on the I-15 650 North overpass," the report states.

After a nearly four-hour standoff on I-15, primarily during the afternoon commute, law enforcement deployed pepper-spray projectiles and took him into custody. During the standoff, Lewis pointed his gun at this head but not at other officers, according to the Utah Highway Patrol.


Lewis is accused of robbing a Walmart in Tooele on Sept. 21. Officers arriving at the scene spotted Lewis wearing a Halloween mask and carrying a television, a drone and a machete," according to a police affidavit.

Just prior to the robbery, police received a call of a bomb threat at the Walmart. Lewis told police that he stole the TV and drone to pay off a drug debt, the affidavit states. The person whom he allegedly owed the debt to was apparently waiting for Lewis in the store parking lot and had threatened him the night before, police say.

"Mr. Lewis said he took the machete with him to make sure he had protection," according to the report. "Mr. Lewis also admitted to calling dispatch and making a false bomb threat. Mr. Lewis said he was trying to make a diversion from the drug dealer that was waiting on him and he was planning on using the bomb threat to get away from the drug dealer." Complete article

Walmart planning 'net-connected trolley' 10/09/2018 (update on patent reported last month)

US retail giant Walmart has applied for a patent for a smart shopping trolley that can track a shopper's heart rate, temperature, grip and walking speed.

Such a system would provide valuable information about how shoppers respond to different stores, it said.

The patent, submitted in February, would see trolleys fitted with sensors which in turn send data over the internet to Walmart's servers.

Walmart said it would not collect any personally identifiable data.

The patent, published in August, is titled "System and Method for a Biometric Feedback Cart Handle". Complete article

Walmart Canada exploring possible sale of cannabis-based products 10/09/2018

Walmart Inc.'s Canadian unit said on Tuesday it is exploring the possibility of selling cannabis-based products, but has no immediate plans to get into the business.

Walmart is the first major retailer to show an interest in being a part of Canada's burgeoning marijuana industry, as other big U.S. companies, mainly in the alcohol and beverage industries, begin to consider entering the market for cannabis-infused products.

Last month Coca-Cola Co. said it was closely watching the marijuana drinks market for a possible entry, while Corona beer maker Constellation Brands has invested more than $4 billion in cannabis producer Canopy Growth. Complete article

Body found in 18-wheeler at Walmart in Greer SC 10/09/2018

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC (WSPA) - Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in an 18-wheeler outside a Greer business.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger confirmed his agency was dispatched Tuesday afternoon to the Walmart store at 14055 E. Wade Hampton Blvd.

Greer police officials said they were conducting a death investigation there. Complete article

Body Of Woman Found In Walmart Parking Lot In Ill. Lockport 10/10/2018

The body of woman was found in a car in the parking lot of the Walmart in Lockport. Lockport City Manager Ben Benson telling WJOL that the body may have been there for a day or two. No foul play suspected. Autopsy and toxicology tests will be done as the investigation progresses. Complete article

Young woman found dead inside car at Lockport Walmart 10/10/2018

The body of a 24-year-old woman was found inside a 2005 Lexus SUV in the employee parking lot of a Walmart in Lockport, police said.

At 4:28 p.m. Tuesday, Lockport police were called out to the store, located at 16241 Farrell Road, after receiving a report of an unresponsive woman found in the back seat of a car, Lockport Deputy Police Chief Ron Huff said.

When the officers arrived, they found the woman was dead with "no obvious signs of life," Huff said. She appeared to have been in the car for awhile, but police are uncertain as to exactly how long she was there before being found, he said.

Alleged murderer arrested by FBI at Me. Walmart 10/09/2018

ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth police assisted the FBI on Oct. 2 in arresting a man wanted for murder in Florida.

Michael Dolias, 45, was arrested by bureau agents at Walmart in Ellsworth, Police Chief Glenn Moshier said.

Police had been “contacted by agents two weeks prior notifying us that Dolias might be in the area,” Moshier said.

But the call that the Florida resident was at Walmart came “out of the blue,” Moshier said.

“The FBI had him in custody when we got there.” Complete article

NY Walmart, police struggle with shoplifters 10/10/2018

GLENMONT — Bethlehem police have arrested and charged at least eight people in the past three weeks alone for attempting to not pay for merchandise at the Walmart located on Route 9W. They typically did not scan them all at the self-checkout counter, tried to hide such merchandise,and passed all final points of sale.

Bethlehem Police Department Cmdr. Adam Hornick said that while those incidents are not connected, it is part of a dangerous pattern where many locals keep on trying to steal mostly because they’re either desperate or planning to resell items on the black market.

When asked whether stealing is common at that Walmart, Hornick deadpanned, “Yes.”

“Often times, when we encounter the shoplifters, a lot of times we hear a variety of explanations for why they were stealing,” he said. “Some steal food for survival, and Walmart sometimes understands that and won’t press charges. But we also encounter a lot who steal items that can be easily resold on the black market.” Complete article

You buy a purse at Walmart. There’s a note inside from a “Chinese prisoner.” Now what? 10/10/2018

Tracing a mysterious message across the world to understand how what we buy is made.

When Christel Wallace found a piece of paper folded up at the bottom of her purse in March 2017, she threw it in the trash. She hadn’t yet used the maroon bag, made by Walmart and purchased from one of its Arizona stores months ago.

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.

Translated, it read: Inmates in China’s Yingshan Prison work 14 hours a day and are not allowed to rest at noon. We have to work overtime until midnight. People are beaten for not finishing their work. There’s no salt and oil in our meals. The boss pays 2,000 yuan every month for the prison to offer better food, but the food is all consumed by the prison guards. Sick inmates have to pay for their own pills. Prisons in China cannot be compared to prisons in the United States. Horse, cow, goat, pig, dog.

Christel’s daughter-in-law Laura Wallace posted a photo of the note to Facebook on April 23. The post first went viral locally, getting shared and liked several hundred times, mostly by fellow Arizonans. After a few days, local media outlets picked up the story; a week or so after that, dozens of mainstream publications like USA Today and HuffPost followed suit. One video report on the incident accumulated 2.9 million views.


You may remember this story or one like it. It follows a long line of SOS-style notes found by shoppers. They crop up a few times a year, and each story follows the same beats. Complete article

Walmart, GM should be 'wake-up call' for private insurers 10/09/2018

Four of the nation's largest managed care organizations may lose dominance in the employer health insurance market if they don't innovate ways to compete with employers, according to an Oct. 5. Leerink brief.

Leerink analysts said managed care companies like UnitedHealth Group, Anthem, Aetna and Cigna "have their work cut out for them." Analysts added that "meaningful action would likely involve less cross-subsidization of the more lucrative and growing Medicare Advantage product through self-insured network contracting, and more innovative approaches and investments on both provider contracts and technology-enabled member engagement and analytics."

Employer-sponsored health plans cover 155 million Americans, or nearly half of the U.S. population, while private spending reflects more than a third of total healthcare spend. As healthcare spending is anticipated to grow 5.5 percent each year on average from 2017-26, Leerink analysts said employers are increasingly driving change in the market to reduce their own costs. Complete article

Goldsboro NC police trying to ID suspect who stole TV set at Walmart 10/10/2018

Confirmed: No shooting Friday at NC Walmart 10/09/2018 The Raleigh County Sheriff's Department confirmed that no shooting occurred at either Walmart in Raleigh County on Friday. Despite rumors that spread rampantly throughout Facebook on Friday night, officers found no evidence of said event.

Neighbors charged with separate Ind. Walmart thefts 10/10/2018

Former employee arrested at Norwalk Conn. Walmart 10/09/2018 NORWALK — A former Walmart employee who had been fired was arrested on larceny charges after returning to the store Monday, eating food not paid for and stealing clothing items, police said. ..... valued at $37,

2 Women Charged In Ellicott City Md. Walmart Assault, Theft: Police 10/09/2018

Woman, 24, charged after child found in vehicle left running at Ga. Walmart 10/10/2018

Scott Ostrem pleads guilty to murder in Thornton Colorado Walmart shooting that killed 3 10/10/2018

Broken Arrow Okla. Police Investigating Bomb Threat At Walmart 10/10/2018

2 men wanted for stealing electronics from Danville Ind. Walmart 10/11/2018

'This is not good:' Walmart to close Murchison Va. store 10/11/2018

Man accused of making a bomb scare at Franklin Wisc. Walmart pleads not guilty 10/10/2018 The charge against Ziehr was filed after a September incident in which Ziehr indicated he had a bomb strapped to his chest at the Walmart in Franklin.

Ga. Walmart shopper calls cops on black man babysitting white children 10/10/2018

A woman sounded a false alarm when she alerted police after being suspicious of a black Marietta man with two white children at a local Walmart.

Corey Lewis, who runs a youth mentorship program, had to explain to Cobb police officers that the children, a brother and sister, were clients of his, and that he had taken them on an afternoon outing to grab sandwiches at the Subway inside the Chastain Meadows Walmart — with their parents’ permission.

The incident began about 5 p.m. Sunday after Lewis and the children, ages 6 and 10, exited the store. ......

He recorded the interaction and streamed it to his Facebook page.

“This lady followed me all the way home because I got two kids with me that don’t look like me,” he says in the video. “2018, you see what I’ve got to deal with.” Complete article

Former Walmart Employee Sentenced For Stealing Company Secrets 10/10/2018

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A former Walmart employee was given two-years probation and fined $4,900 for stealing data from Walmart and supplying it to his next employer.

John Stan Harmon was sentenced Wednesday (Oct. 10) in U.S. District Court on one count of theft of trade secrets.

Harmon worked as a buyer in the furniture department for the Bentonville-based retailer, which gave him access to “highly sensitive” information on profit margins, production, and pricing for items bought and sold by Walmart and its subsidiaries, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. .....

Walmart said it didn’t suffer “any identifiable financial loss” through the theft, but said the information Harmon stole is “highly valuable to both vendors and competitors,” according to court documents. Complete article

Walmart will now allow shoppers to access PayPal cash in stores 10/11/2018

Walmart and PayPal this morning announced a partnership that will see the two collaborating on financial services and products, including new PayPal cash in and cash out services at Walmart stores, as well as the ability for PayPal Cash MasterCard customers to access their cash balance in-store at service desks, ATMs and cash registers.

The PayPal cash in and cash out money services will cost customers a $3 service fee, the companies say, as will the ability to pull cash out from MasterCard while in store. The companies declined to say how that fee is being shared.

Customers are also able to load cash into their PayPal balance while at Walmart, but this is not a new service as of today, we’re told.

The deal marks the first time that PayPal mobile app users will be able to take cash out from their PayPal balance while in a brick-and-mortar environment, though PayPal several years ago had partnered with retailers like Home Depot for integrations at the register. Complete article

Walmart Cuts Online Video Deals in Bid to Become Entertainment Hub 10/11/2018

Walmart Inc. has struck deals with an old-school Hollywood studio and a next-generation interactive-video startup as part of the drive by the world’s largest retailer to become an entertainment hub.

Earlier this week, Walmart reached an agreement with MGM Holdings Inc. for the studio to create original content exclusive to Vudu, the on-demand streaming service Walmart bought in 2010. Separately, Walmart is also creating a joint venture for content with Eko, a video platform that specializes in entertainment and commerce... Complete article

Athens Ga. Walmart workers intercept man trying to steal beer 10/10/2018

Harvey man accused of recording man in Tchoupitoulas La. Walmart bathroom 10/11/2018

Police: Ohio Walmart employee steals $9,000 worth of cellphones 10/11/2018

VIDEO: Police Trying to Identify Suspect in Pa. Walmart Retail Theft 10/11/2018

Stolen car found in Pa. leads back to Salem Ohio Walmart 10/12/2018

Man found dead outside Walmart in Coconut Creek Fla. 10/11/2018

Victim found in parking lot next to car

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. - Police are investigating after a man was found dead in a Walmart parking lot in Coconut Creek.

According to Coconut Creek police, the man was found dead at about 3 a.m. in the parking lot of the Walmart at Hillsboro Boulevard and U.S. Highway 441.

Police said the man was due at a friend's house and the worried friend called police, saying the victim might be at the Walmart.

Officers followed up on the call and found the victim's body in the Walmart parking lot outside his car.

Coconut Creek police said they have no doubt this was a murder -- the first murder in Coconut Creek this year. Complete article

Man found murdered in Walmart parking lot is identified, police say 10/13/2018

Stafford Sheriffs apprehend juvenile who held up Va. Walmart at knife point 10/11/2018

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. — A juvenile is in custody after robbing a local Walmart at knifepoint and making away with money from the cash register.

On October 10 around 5:00 p.m., a deputy responded to the Walmart at 217 Garrisonville Road and was told that a suspect had fled on foot towards the west side of the store.

The suspect was located near a neighboring Chick-fil-a and apprehended. A large sum of money was located on his person and he admitted to taking a knife off the Walmart shelf and using it to commit robbery. Complete article

St. Tammany School Board member accused of shoplifting at La. Wal-Mart 10/11/2018

A St. Tammany Parish School Board member has been accused of shoplifting at a Wal-Mart store in the Covington area.

Sharon Lo Drucker, 53, of Madisonville, was issued a summons to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of theft under $1,000, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Capt. Scott Lee said Thursday (Oct. 11).

Drucker pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Wednesday (Oct. 10) at the St. Tammany Parish Courthouse in Covington. A trial date was set for Nov. 5.

Deputy Walter Eason was working a July 6 paid detail at the store at 880 N. U.S. 190 south of Covington when was notified by a store employee that workers had a shoplifter detained in the loss prevention office, Lee said. Eason issued Drucker a summons in lieu of arrest, he said. Complete article

Walmart to pay $65 million to settle lawsuit over seating for cashiers 10/11/2018

(Reuters) - Walmart Inc has agreed to pay $65 million to nearly 100,000 current and former cashiers in California who accused the retailer of violating state law by refusing to provide them with seating while they worked.

Walmart denied any wrongdoing in the nine-year-old case, which was scheduled to go to trial later this year, in a filing in federal court in San Francisco on Wednesday. The settlement must be approved by a federal judge. Complete article

Suspected Utah Walmart thief nabbed by police 10/11/2018

Man Arrested for Allegedly Grabbing Woman Inappropriately Inside Chehalis Wash. Walmart 10/11/2018

Man accused of stealing employee's bike from Chicopee Mass. Walmart identified 10/12/2018

Woodburn Oregon police search for man accused of stealing equipment from Walmart parking lot 10/12/2018

Michigan man tries to leave Naperville Ill. Walmart with shopping cart of merchandise 10/12/2018

Man charged with abandoning dog at Walmart 10/12/2018

Man found dead on roof of Super Walmart in Albion New York 10/12/2018

ALBION, New York (WHAM) - Sheriff's deputies said a 50-year-old man from Irondequoit, New York was found dead on the roof of the Walmart in Albion Friday afternoon.

Deputies said Irondequoit Police asked for their assistance after the man never returned home after work Thursday.

911 public safety dispatchers found him by using technology to trace his cell phone.

Deputies said the victim, whose name has not been released, was a contractor and had climbed onto the Walmart roof Thursday to check for leaks. Complete article

Gun-Toting Suspect Robs Murphy Canyon Ca. Walmart 10/12/2018

A gun-toting man robbed a Walmart on Friday afternoon in Murphy Canyon, police said.

The man walked into the store on 3382 Murphy Canyon Road around 3:45 p.m., approached a cashier, lifted up his shirt to reveal a gun and demanded money, San Diego police Officer Rober Heims said.

"The suspect took an unknown amount of money and fled out the front door into the parking," he said. "It is unknown where the suspect went from there." Complete article

Henderson charged after Montana Walmart assault leaves man with broken face 10/12/2018

A beating at a local Walmart last week left one man with severe facial injuries and another facing assault charges in district court Friday.

Patrick Lawrence Henderson, 37, is charged with felony aggravated assault for an incident Oct. 1 at the westside Walmart store.

According to court documents, the Great Falls Police Department was called to the Benefis Health System emergency department Oct. 1 for an assault complaint.

The victim reported that he was working at the Walmart store when he went outside for a smoke. At that time, he made contact with his stepmother and a man he’d never seen before who police later identified as Henderson. Complete article

Walmart buys online lingerie retailer Bare Necessities 10/12/2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart says it's buying online lingerie retailer Bare Necessities, the latest acquisition in its niche-brand buying spree.

Walmart declined to disclose how much it's paying for Bare Necessities, but says the deal will help deepen its expertise in the world of bras, swimwear and shapewear. Complete article

Man arrested at Me. Walmart connected to drug-trafficking ring 10/13/2018

Water line break closes Vermont Walmart 10/13/2018

Vodka thieves foiled by police after leaving East side Wisc. Walmart 10/14/2018

Zebulon NC police looking for 2 suspects in Walmart fraud 10/14/2018

Walmart's produce tracking plan will affect Yuma Ariz. agriculture 10/14/2018 Walmart's recent announcement that it will require every producer in its supply chain for leafy green vegetables to join a blockchain traceability network a year from now will clearly affect Yuma County's $2 billion agriculture industry. Local growers and shippers are beginning to look at how the new requirement will affect their workload and bottom line, but Vic Smith, CEO of Yuma-based JV Smith Companies, said he doesn't think the answers will matter very much. "I have no idea what it's going to cost, I have no idea the depth and detail, I suspect it's going to be complicated. But if this helps us deliver consumers safe food, then let's do it," he said.

GPD: Woman steals from Fla. Walmart using her baby’s carrier 10/14/2018

Police: Utica woman switched price tags of items at NY Walmart to buy them cheaper at self-checkout 10/14/2018

Authorities: Woman Leads Police On Wild Chase After Robbing New Jersey Walmart, Injuring 1 Officer 10/14/2018

HAMILTON, N.J. (CBS) — After robbing a Walmart in Hamilton, New Jersey, a woman led police on a chase that left one officer seriously injured and a loss prevention officer reportedly run over, according to Hamilton police.

At approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to a call at the Walmart Supercenter at 1750 Nottingham Way where 21-year-old Courtney Lynn Rumery had reportedly run over a loss prevention officer after robbing the store.

Hamilton Police caught up with the suspect in Trenton and pulled her over. During the stop, the suspect sped away with an officer holding onto the suspect’s vehicle in fear for his life, police say.

When Rumery failed to shake the officer from the vehicle, she crashed the vehicle and fled the scene on foot. She was quickly chased down by responding Trenton police officers and taken into custody. Complete article

Sears' slow death is a gift to Walmart and Home Depot 10/15/2018

New York (CNN Business)The battle for Sears customers is underway. Walmart, Target, Kohl's, Home Depot, and Best Buy are poised to capitalize from Sears' bankruptcy filing.

Sears and Kmart have a combined 700 stores. The company has brought in $8.7 billion in revenue over the past year, leaving market share opportunities and sales of home appliances, TVs, tools, and clothing up for grabs.

About 20% of Sears and Kmart stores will close by the end of the year, and rivals could face short-term pressure if the company heavily marks down merchandise. But big-box players, department chains, and discount stores are in strong positions to win former Sears' shoppers for years to come. Complete article

East Deer man accused of stealing items worth $1,500 from Pittsburgh Mills Pa. Walmart 10/15/2018

Nevada Walmart Pharmacist Saves Customer's Life Using CPR 10/15/2018

Central NY man so mad at NY Walmart service he threatens to shoot employees, deputies say 10/15/2018

CORTLANDVILLE, N.Y. -- A man didn't like the customer service at the Walmart in Cortland County, deputies said.

So the angry customer told employees he was going to shoot everyone inside the Cortlandville store, deputies said.

Veasna H. Pedersen, 32, was charged Monday by the Cortland County Sheriff's Office with making a terroristic threat. He was arrested after employees at the Walmart on Bennie Road reported they were threatened during a phone call at 1:48 a.m.

"The suspect was upset with the customer service he was receiving over the phone," said Sgt. Stacy Billings. Complete article

1-year-old baby abandoned at Ca. Walmart in Lakewood; sheriff’s detectives seeking person of interest 10/15/2018

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives said Monday they want to question a man seen on security camera footage entering, then leaving a few minutes later, the bathroom of the Walmart in Lakewood where a 1-year-old boy was later found abandoned on the floor.

The boy was discovered at the store on Oct. 8 at around 11:45 a.m. A man shopping notified employees after finding the baby in a stall, said Lt. Todd Deeds.

Deeds said the baby was healthy.

“I’m happy to say the baby is doing OK,” Deeds said. “He’s being well taken care of, and he’s safe.”

However, detectives have so far been unable to identify the child or his family.

In the week since he was found, no one has stepped forward to claim the baby. And there have been no recent reports in L.A. County or other nearby counties of a missing baby in the region recently matching the boy’s description, Deeds said. Complete article

Cops: Gwinnett man stabs dad, hits ex for taking too long at Ga. Walmart 10/15/2018

A Gwinnett County man is in jail on assault and battery charges after he allegedly stabbed his father and punched his ex-girlfriend in the face, police said.

Jonathan Allen Fain, 25, has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery, battery and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony.

Fain got his ex-girlfriend to give him a ride to the Walmart on Rockbridge Road the morning of Oct. 11, according to a police report. He began yelling at her that she was taking too long shopping while they were inside, and the yelling continued while she was driving him home, the report says. She told him to get out of the car, but he wouldn’t, so she threw his wallet out of the window, according to police. Fain punched the woman in the face and exited the car to get his wallet; the woman took that opportunity to drive away, the report says.

Soon after, Fain arrived at his father’s house in Lilburn. They got into an argument and at some point, Fain stabbed his father, according to the police report. When an officer arrived around 11 a.m., Fain had fled on foot into some nearby woods, the report said. Fain’s father was laying on the ground with a stab wound to his stomach. The officer found a kitchen knife with its blade missing; the blade had broken off and was still inside Fain’s father, the report says. Complete article

Fire at Anderson SC Walmart prompts police investigation, arson suspected 10/15/2018

A small fire that forced an evacuation of an Anderson Walmart on Monday afternoon is being investigated as a suspected arson, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Kathryn Richardson, a spokeswoman for the state agency, confirmed state arson specialists are at the Walmart on State 28 Bypass and they are treating it as a criminal investigation

She declined to discuss additional details pending the investigation. Complete article

Stuffed animal set ablaze at SC Walmart as distraction from theft 10/18/2018

Man charged after knife incident in Sauk Centre Minn. Walmart parking lot 10/15/2018

SAUK CENTRE — A Browerville man is charged with one count of felony terroristic threats after he was accused of threatening people with a knife in a Sauk Centre Walmart parking lot on Friday.

According to a Stearns County criminal complaint, Sauk Centre law enforcement were sent about 5:10 p.m. Friday to the Walmart at 205-12th St. S in Sauk Centre.

Officers spoke to two people who said Christopher Wilson Dean Stone, 25, waved a large knife at them, according to the complaint. Complete article

Walmart’s looking to sell third-party streaming platform subscriptions, report suggests 10/15/2018

Walmart has big video streaming ambitions. Today, Bloomberg reports that the retailer is in talks with multiple media companies to sell its services through an online store. The publication says Walmart wants to give its Vudu customers the ability to add on premium services, like HBO Now, Showtime, or Starz. Bloomberg attributes the push to declining DVD sales.

Amazon offers a similar service through Channels, which allows customers to sign up for these third-party services. Meanwhile, Variety reported earlier this year that Walmart’s planning to launch a Netflix competitor under its Vudu brand. At the time, it was expected to launch later this year for around $8 a month.

Walmart already sells digital movies to rent or buy. It also offers a few for free through Movies on Us. Clearly, Walmart sees digital streaming as an area worth investing in, although right now, all we have to work with are leaked reports of business deals. Complete article

Walmart is aggressively shifting away from its most legendary shopping format 10/16/2018

Walmart (WMT) continues to kill off the American shopping creation it’s most known for, the massive supercenter that sells everything under one roof.

With the U.S. market already having more than 3,500 Walmart supercenters and a focus by CEO Doug McMillon to increase spending on eCommerce and India, Walmart said Tuesday it will open a mere 10 supercenters in 2019. Capital expenditures are seen at $11 billion next year, unchanged on a year over year basis.

The company has reduced emphasis on the store format pioneered by founder Sam Walton – which could average a gargantuan 178,000 square feet – in recent years. Walmart has opened a fewer number supercenters in the past three years. This year, it plans to open only 15 supercenters. Complete article

Walmart warns it will 'test a lot, fail a lot;' cuts profit forecast 10/16/2018

Deer Released Without Injury After Running Into Montgomery Ill. Walmart Sunday 10/15/2018

Montgomery Police say a deer was released back into the wild uninjured after it made it inside of the Montgomery Walmart in the 2000 block of Orchard Rd. on Sunday.

Police were called to the store around 12:22 p.m. for a report of a deer inside of the store.

According to officials, the deer entered the store and made it inside approximately 10 feet before losing its balance. Police say the deer did not break any glass while entering the store.

Employees of the Walmart were able to detain the deer until police arrived. They assisted the animal to exit back outside. Complete article

Walmart’s Largest Acquisition Ever Will Hit Profit 10/15/2018 Purchase of Indian ecommerce firm Flipkart earlier this year for $16 billion will weigh on profit this year and next. Walmart Inc. lowered its profit targets and said it would open just 10 new U.S. stores next fiscal year, as the world’s biggest retailer focuses its efforts on e-commerce shopping. The lowered profit goal for the current year reflects the acquisition of Indian e-commerce company Flipkart, which Walmart paid $16 billion to buy earlier this year. At the time, Walmart said the deal was a long-term bet on a fast-growing market that would depress earnings.

Massillon Ohio police seize meth from woman at Walmart 10/18/2018

Man Convicted In Deadly Stabbing Outside Temecula Ca. Walmart in Nov. 2017 10/15/2018 James Beckham Fortney, 41, "recorded the victim as he was dying and later joined in the life-saving efforts," the D.A.'s office said.

Handcuffed man flees police at Walmart in Cocoa Fla. — twice 10/16/2018 The homeless man pocketed about $65 worth of clothing at Walmart in the 2700 block of Clearlake Road about 4 p.m. .... Prebor was being held at the Brevard County Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $16,500 bail.

Police: Man stole from same Ill. Walmart four times 10/16/2018

Man free on bond in Best Buy theft arrested at Fla. Wal-Mart in The Villages 10/16/2018

Dalton Ga. Police searching for woman who tried to steal $700 in Walmart merchandise 10/16/2018

Man walks out of Mich. Walmart with 55-inch TV, speeds away, police say 10/16/2018 The vehicle, occupied by two women, "left the parking lot in a reckless manner almost striking multiple vehicles," police said.

Walmart cleared after bomb threat; Gaylord Mich. police determine store safe 10/16/2018

Man arrested for shoplifting $2,100 worth of items from Columbus Ind. Walmart 10/16/2018

Man wanted for stealing computers from Beloit Ill. Walmart 10/16/2018

Attempted Tenn. Walmart shoplifter accused of hitting officer with car, police say 10/17/2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An attempted shoplifting suspect was taken into custody after police say he hit an officer with his car while trying to flee from a Walmart parking lot.

According to police, the officer was flagged down by a security guard at the Raleigh Lagrange Walmart store in regards to an attempted shoplifting.

After having the suspect identified to him, the officer asked the man to stop, but the man refused. Instead he took off running to a 2006 Pontiac Grand Am and jumped in the front seat.

A struggle ensued and the suspect eventually was able to start the car and pull away from the scene, hitting the officer in the process. Police said the suspect then drove approximately half a mile before he parked his car and tried to hide from officers. Complete article

Va. Walmart confrontation leads to tasing, arrest 10/16/2018

Police say a 64-year Haymarket man was tased and eventually arrested Sunday after a confrontation and assault on an officer at the Manassas Walmart on Liberia Avenue.

Police were called to the store at 10:29 a.m. for a report of a man screaming and damaging property, Prince William County police spokesman Nathan Probus said in a news release.

When the officer arrived, he found the suspect in front of the customer service counter. He attempted to detain the man, who refused to comply to commands, Probus said. During the confrontation, the officer deployed pepper spray and the man lunged at him, striking him in the chest, Probus said.

At that point, the officer tased the man who was eventually detained after a struggle. No officers were injured. The man, identified as George Warren Cummings of Mountain Road, was treated at the hospital for minor injuries. Complete article

Resisting arrest, 64-year-old Va. man pepper sprayed, tased at Manassas Walmart (Video) 10/18/2018

Indy pastor concerned about Walmart's sale of toy guns 10/15/2018

Fanny pack wearing man sought in Pa. Walmart theft 10/14/2018

Two Lebanon residents found with heroin while attempting to steal from Pa. Walmart 10/16/2018

Dubuque Iowa police asking for help identifying Walmart shoplifting suspects 10/17/2018

Pampa Tx. police find no threats to Walmart 10/17/2018 UPDATE at 8:46 a.m. 10/17: The city of Pampa confirms that police are investigating a bomb threat to the Walmart Supercenter.

Former Miss America, best-selling author, Missouri Walmart founder honored 10/17/2018

Walmart will save $20 million annually on floor wax 10/18/2018

Man’s body found in truck at Warner Robins Ga. Walmart 10/17/2018

A man was found dead in a pickup truck Wednesday morning in the parking lot of a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Warner Robins.

Jennifer Parson with Warner Robins Police did confirm a body was found at the location on Russell Parkway and she said they believe the man has been in the car since Tuesday, but they’re not sure about his time of death.

Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin said the man died of natural causes and he’d have to do an autopsy to officially confirm the man’s cause of death. Complete article

Thief River Falls man accused of kidnapping woman from Minn. Walmart parking lot 10/17/2018

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn.— A Thief River Falls man has been accused of kidnapping a woman and repeatedly assaulting her, with court documents detailing how they were let go by a Minnesota state trooper during a traffic stop before he was later chased down by police.

Frank Anthony Kaiser, 32, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 16, in Thief River Falls on felony charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, domestic assault by strangulation, three controlled substance crimes and fleeing in a motor vehicle. His first court appearance was Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Pennington County District Court.

The woman said Kaiser showed up at Walmart, climbed into her car and told her to drive, according to court documents. The woman, who knew Kaiser, drove a couple miles outside Thief River Falls on Minnesota Highway 32 when they were stopped at 12:15 p.m. by State Trooper Sylvia Maurstad after the vehicle swerved and was going 73 mph, court documents said. Complete article

South Bend Ind. police officer accused of switching price tags turns himself in 10/18/2018

SOUTH BEND — A South Bend police officer has been charged with theft after reportedly switching the price tags on items at a local Walmart.

Brandon Jones, 33, turned himself in at 2:23 a.m. today, according to the St. Joseph County Jail.

Jones was charged Wednesday with theft, a Class A Misdemeanor, and delivery of a false sales document, a Level 6 Felony. A warrant for Jones’ arrest was issued.

South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski requested the Indiana State Police investigate the officer after he was stopped by employees at the Walmart on Ireland Road in South Bend about a month ago, according to a news release. Jones was placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the criminal proceedings and an internal investigation.

On Sept. 25, Jones was reportedly seen on surveillance video at self-scan register scanning University of Notre Dame apparel and placing the item into a shopping bag, according to a probable cause affidavit. Complete article

Man leaves unwanted deposit at Ohio Walmart 10/18/2018

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — After nature called for a man at Walmart, sheriff’s deputies were called.

Deputies investigated an incident earlier this week where a man was caught on camera defecating in a mechanic’s hamper at Walmart, 3551 North Ridge Road. The man, 53, of Concord, has not yet been charged, but could be charged with criminal damaging, according to a police report.

A Walmart security guard told police that around 8 a.m. Oct. 14 a man dressed in camouflage clothing entered the back room of the automotive department, pulled his pants down and went to the bathroom in a garbage can where employees put dirty uniforms.

The security guard reviewed surveillance footage and saw a man dressed in camouflage walk in and do just that, the report states. After purchasing a few items at the self checkout, the man got in a pickup truck and drove off. Complete article

Wadsworth Ohio Walmart reopens after hazmat situation 10/17/2018

The Wadsworth Walmart was evacuated and closed on Wednesday for a hazmat situation, according to the Wadsworth Police Department. The store is located at 222 Smokerise Drive.

No injuries were reported.

Authorities have not released any additional information regarding the situation or why the store was closed. Complete article

Man in motorized shopping cart accused of inappropriately touching teens at NC Walmart 10/18/2018

Waterbury woman attempted theft at Naugatuck Conn. Walmart 10/18/2018

After Hurricane Michael, new parents spend baby's first night in Fla. Walmart parking lot 10/18/2018

Shoplifting suspects stole $1,300 worth of items from Fla. Walmart, police say 10/18/2018

Man who may have knowledge about Mich. Walmart incident identified 10/17/2018

Beloit Wisc. Police seek thief who stole computers from Walmart 10/17/2018

Police looking for suspect after purse stolen out of Ohio Walmart cart 10/17/2018

BCSO Seeks To ID Suspects In Ga. Walmart Price Tag Scheme 10/17/2018 The sheriff's office said on its Facebook page that the pair used the store's self checkout lane to scan several packets of Kool-Aid in place of the actual tag of items they took from the store.

Walmart cutting big check to San Antonio children's hospital 10/18/2018

Ardmore Okla. police investigate shooting outside Walmart 10/18/2018

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Ardmore police are investigating a shooting that happened overnight in a Wal Mart parking lot that left one man hurt.

They say just after midnight they were called about a fight in the parking lot outside the store.

Detective Matt Miller says they are still investigating what led up to the fight but a group of people were involved and several shots were fired.

Miller says the man who was shot was taken to Mercy hospital and later flown to an Oklahoma City hospital. Complete article

Video shows Walmart employee telling man to speak English 'because we're in Texas' 10/18/2018

HOUSTON — A Houston area man is receiving threats for posting a video online showing a prejudiced comment from a Walmart employee.

Joel Aparicio said he was doing his Sunday shopping at a Pasadena Walmart when the self-checkout machine malfunctioned and a staffer arrived to help.

As the problem was worked out, Aparicio said he asked the Walmart employee if she spoke Spanish. She said no.

Aparicio said he then asked her if there was anyone available who did speak Spanish who could help him. He said the employee managed to fix the problem anyway and left, but the error occurred again moments later.

When the same woman returned to help him, Aparicio said she told him, in Spanish, that he shouldn't be in this country if he couldn't speak English.

That's when Aparicio said he began recording their interaction.

"It's necessary to speak English then?" Aparicio asks the woman in Spanish.

"Yes, because we're in Texas," she responds. Complete article

RECALL: Walmart salad blend with corn may have deadly Salmonella and Listeria contamination 10/18/2018

The following information has been released by the USDA:

GHSE, LLC, a Green Cove Springs, Florida establishment, is recalling approximately 738 pounds of ready-to-eat salad with meat products that contain a corn ingredient that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The salads are sold at Walmart and other locations. Complete article

Walmart teams up with Gerber to test fresh baby meals in Texas and compete with delivery startups 10/15/2018

Gerber, the 91-year-old baby food brand, is being disrupted by demographics and competition from startups emphasizing freshness and transparency. Dallas-area babies and parents will be among the first to decide if Gerber can win back some market share.

Walmart and Gerber have teamed up to test a fresh baby and toddler food brand beginning this week in 50 stores in Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri. Walmart has installed refrigerated cases in its baby food aisles for the new Gerber brand called Freshful Start, said Diana Marshall, vice president of baby merchandising for Walmart U.S. Walmart selected stores for the Freshful Start test where parents are already using its online grocery pickup service, she said. Complete article

Gerber has turned into an oligarch as unethical as Walmart with several recalls and other consumer complains, but even more blatant is their fraudulent Gerber Life Insurance scams which don't provide a fair investment as they claim but as pointed out in Killing Kids For Insurance Is Semi-Routine they do provide incentive for unstable and desperate parents to try to get a return on their investment by killing their own kids.

Arkansas Woman Wearing Cow Costume Arrested For Shoplifting At Walmart Tells Officer ‘Suck A Pink Cow Udder’ 10/18/2018

PINE BLUFF (KATV) — An Arkansas woman dressed as a cow had beef with a Pine Bluff police officer after being arrested on a shoplifting charge Tuesday (Oct. 16) afternoon, our CNN affiliate in Little Rock KATV reports.

27-year-old Ashley Curry was caught on surveillance camera trying to steal a package of Flonase from a Pine Bluff Walmart, KATV says. An officer watched her as she decided to take off, dressed in a cow costume with pink udders, with the allergy spray.

After Curry was detained and was being searched by officers, she allegedly “stuck out her stomach area and told me I could ‘suck a pink cow udder,'” one of the arresting officers said.

The officers did not take Curry up on her offer, and she was charged with shoplifting and resisting arrest, KATV said. Complete article

2nd man charged with helping suspect in Hobart Ind. Walmart shooting that injured 2, including 9-year-old 10/18/2018

Scott Ostrem who pleaded guilty to Nov. 2017 Colorado Walmart slayings Sentenced To Life In Prison 10/19/2018

Memphis man wanted for stealing 2 TVs from Tenn. Walmart Supercenter 10/18/2018

Police try to ID suspects accused of stealing from Ind. Walmart 10/18/2018

Accidental 911 call leads to arrest at Brown Deer Wisc. Walmart store for an open warrant 10/18/2018

Franklin Ohio police: 2 sought after counterfeit $100 bills passed at Walmart 10/18/2018

Joliet Ill. Thief Stole From Menards And Walmart: Complaint 10/18/2018 Bail was set at $100,000 for two thefts exceeding $300 each.

Two women wanted in Ga. Walmart shoplifting cases 10/18/2018

Police searching for Pa. Walmart robbery suspect 10/19/2018

Help Bellefontaine Ohio police identify Walmart theft suspect 10/19/2018

Mich. Widow suing Walmart after husband dies days after slip and fall at store 10/19/2018

JONESVILLE, MI - A federal lawsuit was filed against Walmart Wednesday that claims a man died because of injuries he suffered from a slip and fall at the company's Jonesville store in May.

The lawsuit, originally filed in Hillsdale County Circuit Court on Aug. 17, claims James R. Secord was seriously injured on May 27 while exiting his vehicle in the store's automotive service department at 701 Olds Street, according to the lawsuit.

Secord, 67, of North Adams, died June 1, leaving behind his wife of 48 years, Pamala Secord, who is now seeking compensation for her husband's death in excess of $25,000, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit was moved to federal court Oct. 17 as Walmart is a nationwide business.

After parking his car in at the automotive service department, Secord stepped out of his vehicle and tripped on a concrete defect on the floor which caused him to fall, according to the lawsuit. Complete article

Suspect allegedly caught on video punching 82-year-old man at Ohio Walmart arrested 10/19/2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) - A man who was allegedly captured on camera punching an 82-year-old man with Alzheimer's in Walmart on Morse Road has been arrested by the Columbus Division of Police.

Patrick "Pimpin Pat" Brown, 29, was arrested on Wednesday at a condo near Polaris Parkway in Lewis Center, police said. He has been charged with assault.

Police say Brown also had traffic warrants for his arrest.

The elderly man was with his wife at the Walmart on Morse Road on June 9 at 1pm when he was assaulted. Brown allegedly spoke to the victim and then punches him in video recorded and posted to YouTube. Complete article

Smashing pumpkins gets man into trouble at Pa. Walmart store 10/19/2018

Smashing Pumpkins might be a great name for a rock band, but it's not something you should do in a Walmart store.

Yet that is exactly what happened in the Walmart just outside Shippensburg on Thursday night, state police said.

Trooper Scott Dojka reported he was called to the store on South Conestoga Drive in Shippensburg Township just before 7 p.m. to deal with a man who was in the store smashing pumpkins.

The man also had damaged a wheelchair and attacked a store employee, the trooper said. The suspect had then been tackled by customers. Complete article

Arson suspect who took jug of gas into Collin County Tx. Walmart Jan. 2017 found not guilty by reason of insanity 10/19/2018

A Princeton man accused of setting a fire inside a Walmart last year was found not guilty Thursday by reason of insanity.

Jairo Briceno-Barrientos, 30, was charged with arson and criminal mischief in connection with the store fire in Princeton, east of McKinney. The criminal mischief charge was a first-degree felony because it caused losses of more than $300,000, court records state.

State District Judge Richard Davis issued the insanity ruling during a hearing Thursday. He also issued a finding of dangerousness, which means there is likely a risk to others if Briceno-Barrientos is not provided with treatment and supervision. Complete article

"None of us wants to be Sears": A Walmart exec explains why the retailer will be making more "aggressive" strides into healthcare 10/19/2018

Walmart's VP of health and wellness transformation said the retailer will be making more aggressive strides into healthcare.

Marcus Osborne highlighted a few key projects that have been successful, including the self-service health kiosks that it has installed in stores and free health assessments.

Osborne said that retailers have to evolve to cater to what consumers need, or risk going bankrupt like Sears.

Walmart is gearing up to play a more active role in healthcare.

The biggest U.S. retailer has been testing a number of approaches for both its workers and customers, and is preparing to play a more "aggressive'' role, Marcus Osborne, Walmart's vice president of health and wellness transformation, said at the Financial Times Digital Health Summit on Wednesday.

"There's a need to create a real, true front door for healthcare that hasn't existed," said Osborne. "And to put that door where people are and use technology in an appropriate way, that's what we're trying to do."

An increasing number of retailers are rethinking their approaches to healthcare as they grapple with changing shopping habits. CVS Health has touted the benefits of delivering more care in its stores as a big reason for its $69 billion acquisition of insurer Aetna. Walgreens is putting telemedicine kiosks in some locations.

Walmart has been experimenting with healthcare for years, and Osborne highlighted some successes, such as the retailer's wellness events and the health check-up kiosks the retailer has in thousands of stores. The kiosks have been particularly popular with middle-aged white men who wouldn't otherwise see a doctor, he said.

The company also has medical clinics in a handful of stores and recently opened a dentist's office in one. Osborne said the dental office was a hit, and that during dental services, blood pressure and weight can also be checked to give consumers more "bang for your buck."

"The olden days, they had big palaces of healthcare they built, hoping people show up, or fail," Osborne said. "Trying to address the need where people are and doing it in a way where you don't ask them to have to come out of their lives is the challenge."

Osborne said that in the next 5 to 10 years, retail is going to transform because consumers' demands are changing. Retailers are also facing a big challenge from Amazon, which is drawing shoppers away from stores by offering convenience and low prices, and is getting into healthcare as well. He said retailers like Walmart are working to adapt to avoid the fate of Sears, which filed for bankruptcy this week.

"We all want to exist in 10 years," Osborne said. "None of us wants to be Sears." Complete article

Doctor on Demand expands through Walmart collaboration 10/19/2018

Walmart and the parent company of Mucinex are partnering with Doctor On Demand, a virtual care provider headquartered in California that has spread nationwide and is steadily expanding.

On Wednesday, RB, the English-based health and hygiene company, announced that consumers who purchase their products Mucinex, Airborne or Digestive Advantage at Walmart stores or through would receive a limited-time offer for a medical video visit with a Doctor on Demand physician at no cost.

Doctor on Demand already has a number of direct contracts with large employers including Walmart, Wells Fargo, Comcast, American and United Airlines. Employees at these companies are able to use Doctor on Demand services.


Virtual care is a big part of the future of healthcare. It is not replacing face-to-face physician visits, but represents a less expensive, more convenient consumer care experience, exactly the direction the healthcare industry has been told to head. Complete article

Fort Smith Arkansas Walmart Offers Online Payment for Welfare Customers 10/19/2018

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA) - People on welfare in Fort Smith can now use Walmart's online pickup option.

This new program not only advances the store's offerings, but makes things like grocery shopping easier for shoppers in Fort Smith and the surrounding areas.

"We have people that come from Oklahoma to use our service so it's not just affecting Fort Smith it's affecting the surrounding areas giving them an opportunity to have a new service," said Walmart associate Heath Grady. Complete article

America’s Biggest Employer Isn’t Hiring Seasonal Employees This Year. Here’s the Reason Why 10/19/2018 Instead, Walmart is forgoing the long-standing practice in favor of giving it’s full- and part-time employees more hours and opportunities to earn extra cash.

Suspects in Anaheim Ca. Walmart robbery caught near Cal State Fullerton 10/21/2018

Slow recovery for man shot in Walmart parking lot in Tumwater Wash. on Father's Day 10/21/2018

UPDATE: Suspect in Theft at Cadillac Mich. Walmart Turns Himself In 10/21/2018

Witnesses: Alleged shootout behind Panda Express at busy Jacksonville Fla. shopping center including Walmart 10/22/2018

Multiple witnesses have described a shootout that happened behind the Panda Express on Beach Blvd. near Hodges Blvd. midday Sunday.

According to witnesses, two people were seen shooting at each other behind the restaurant in a busy shopping center that includes a Walmart, First Watch restaurant and Nothing Bundt Cakes.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, at 11:36 a.m. officers responded to the scene of 13460 Beach Boulevard in reference to a dispute outside where shots were fired. Complete article

Arson charge after man begins setting clothes on fire in Ky. Walmart 10/21/2018

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Russell Craycraft faces an arson charge after police say he started lighting clothes on fire at the Walmart in Hamburg Pavilion.

According to an arrest citation, around 6 PM Friday night, Craycraft used a lighter to burn clothes in the men’s department of Walmart.

The citation also says surveillance video shows Craycraft starting the fires, as employees try to put them out.

Craycraft even admitted he did it, according to the citation, telling police it was because he wanted to. Complete article

Man Arrested After Flipping Car In Parking Lot Of Frankfort Ky. Walmart 10/20/2018

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – A man was arrested for wanton endangerment after flipping his car in the Walmart parking lot in Frankfort.

Frankfort Police say before 7:00p.m. on Saturday evening, Timothy Drew was backing out of a parking spot at Walmart when he accelerated at a high rate of speed.

Reportedly Drew then cut the wheel sharply, causing the car to overturn.

Police say there were two children inside the car, luckily they were not hurt aside from a few cuts and bruises. Complete article

Cartersville Ga. Walmart self checkout lane Price Tag-Swapping Suspects Arrested 10/22/2018

Sheriff's Office: 2 shoplifters wanted after $5,000+ in merchandise stolen from Cut Off La. Walmart 10/22/2018

Two Milwaukee Wisc. teens, 13, arrested for retail theft at Walmart 10/22/2018

Police close Fremont Ohio Walmart for threat claims 10/22/2018 Fremont police evacuated a Walmart store on the city’s north side Monday afternoon after the store reported receiving threats from telephone callers who claimed to be inside or nearby with a gun. The police department said it has identified two out-of-state individuals who they believe made several phone calls.

Man living with grandmother in The Villages arrested after seizure at Fla. Wal-Mart 10/22/2018

Bond set for woman accused in Louisiana Sept. Walmart shooting 10/22/2018

Police: Man steals 24 energy drinks from Hillsborough NC Walmart, acted like 'Energizer bunny' 10/22/2018

Police: Shoplifter pulled knife on employee at Anchorage Alaska Walmart 10/23/2018

A 21-year-old man was charged with robbery and assault after he shoplifted at an East Anchorage Walmart, pulled a pocketknife on an employee then ran out of the store, police said.

Joshua Pressley was arrested Sunday night in a mobile home park off Muldoon Road, police said.

Police were called to the Walmart on DeBarr Road around 10:30 p.m., and an employee reported that a man was seen shoplifting then pulled a blue-handled pocketknife on an employee, police wrote in an online report. Complete article

Westminster man accused of shoplifting at self-checkout allegedly pepper-sprayed Md. Walmart employee 10/22/2018

Westminster man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly sprayed a Walmart loss prevention manager with pepper spray after being confronted about theft.

Kyle Nathan Begly, 31, of no fixed address, was charged with eight counts including second-degree assault, use of pepper mace with the intent to injure and malicious destruction of property less than $1,000. He is being held on $5,000, according to Carroll County Central Booking records. .....

The manager said he observed Begly on closed-circuit footage going through self-checkout without paying for items he had attempted to conceal. Two managers attempted to confront Begly after he exited the store. Begly sprayed one manager with pepper spray before placing the stolen items down and leaving, the manager told police, according to the statement. Complete article

Kentucky Walmart employee accused of stealing $28K from store 10/22/2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A woman is accused of stealing $28,000 from the Walmart she worked at in Kentucky.

WDRB reports 39-year-old Tiffany Cecil was charged with theft after stealing the large sum of money from a Louisville Walmart.

A store manager stopped Cecil Friday when she was seen taking $1,300 from her drawer.

Police say all of the thefts were captured on security video. Complete article

Massive food recall hits Harris Teeter, Kroger, Walmart and more 10/22/2018

You may want to think twice about those grab-and-go-food items.

Millions of pounds of ready-to-eat salads and premade food items including entrees, burritos, wraps and pizzas at several big name retailers such as Harris Teeter, Kroger, Whole Foods, 7-Eleven, Trader Joe's and Walmart have been recalled due to the potential risk of listeria and salmonella contamination. The recalls stem from those issued by a dozen food manufacturers including Bakkavor Foods, Envolve Foods and Ruiz Food Products. The food makers notified the U.S. Department of Agriculture about products they shipped that could include ingredients such as corn, diced onions and other vegetables possibly tainted with bacteria – all provided from a single company, McCain Foods, the USDA says.

The initial recalls, announced by the USDA on Oct. 17, involved relatively small quantities, ranging from 217 pounds to 940 pounds of salads. Among those products recalled last week were Whole Foods' santa fe style salad with chicken, sold at stores in California; Trader Joe's labeled BBQ flavored chicken salad, sold in several states; and Walmart's marketside fiesta salad with steak, sold in some of its stores.

But some of the latest recalls involve far larger quantities of ingredients including 795,261 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry products such as Harris Teeter Deli-Bakery brand bacon, egg and cheese burritos, and chicken sausage, egg white and cheese breakfast burritos. Complete article

Man runs after crashing into safety poles at Ariz. Walmart 10/23/2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Police chased down a man after he crashed his vehicle into safety bollards at Walmart in Bullhead City.

Anthony Milo Garcia, 39, was cited and released at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center for leaving the scene of an accident of a fixed structure, said Emily Fromelt, Bullhead City Police Department spokeswoman. Complete article

BPD looking for a Southwest Bakersfield Ca. Walmart robbery suspect 10/22/2018 Police said that on Aug. 30 when the suspect attempted to leave, he was confronted by an employee who tried to stop him. During the confrontation, the suspect assaulted the employee and fled the business.

Man arrested for petty larceny from Okla. Walmart, unlawful carrying of a firearm 10/22/2018

Gypsy band members target Mount Pleasant Iowa Walmart 10/23/2018

Wareham Mass. Police say tips led to Providence man’s arrest for dragging 76-year-old Walmart employee 10/23/2018

Pryor Okla. Walmart Evacuated Because Of Bomb Threat 10/23/2018

Woman faces charges in connection with man accused of Sept. Hobart Ind. Walmart shooting 10/23/2018

Plea deal to be offered in Ariz. Walmart fraud case 10/23/2018

Police: Help Identify Suspects Who Choked Md. Walmart Employee During Robbery 10/23/2018

BALTIMORE COUNTY (WJZ) — Police are asking for help in identifying two suspects who assaulted a Walmart employee as they attempted to escape with a shopping cart of stolen goods.

Baltimore County police say the suspects attempted to leave the store in the 3600 block of Washington Boulevard in Arbutus from the auto department around 2:37 p.m. on Monday when they were stopped by a woman who worked at the Walmart, who asked for a receipt for the items in the shopping cart.

As the suspect in the red shirt pushed the cart forward into her the suspect in the black shirt grabbed her arm and tried to push her out of the way, then began to choke her around the neck. Complete article

Man arrested for assaulting woman in Fla. Walmart parking lot 10/23/2018

Deputies in Charlotte County are investigating after a woman was assaulted in a Port Charlotte Walmart parking lot.

Timothy Hill, 57, is charged with carjacking using a weapon and kidnapping.

The woman was sitting in her vehicle at the store on Murdock Circle just before 11 a.m. Tuesday and started to get out of her car when a man approached, pointed a gun at her, and demanded that she get out, according to officials. Complete article

Walmart strikes renewable energy deal with SunPower 10/24/2018

Grocery giant Walmart has entered into an agreement with SunPower that will see the renewable energy firm install solar power at two distribution centers and 19 stores in Illinois.

A combination of rooftop and ground-mount systems will be installed, and are set to account for 23 megawatts of power.

Walmart's vice president for energy, Mark Vanderhelm, said in a statement Tuesday that solar was a vital component of the firm's expanding renewable energy portfolio. Complete article

Walmart employees can now use their cell phones during work — and the company is giving them discounts on their phone bills 10/23/2018

Walmart employees are getting new cell phone privileges.

The company plans to announce Tuesday that starting this month, Walmart will allow store employees to use their cell phones on the sales floor to clock in, check inventory and prices, scan products, review sales data, and perform other work-related tasks.

Previously, Walmart employees were banned from using their phones on the sales floor.

Employees who participate in the new program, which Walmart is calling "bring your own device," or BYOD, will get a discount on their cell phone bills, the company said. The program is optional. Complete article

Women accused of robbing 81-year-old victim outside Fla. Walmart 10/23/2018

Police: Suspected shoplifter pushes elderly man when escaping Berea Ky. Walmart 10/23/2018

Ohio Walmart employees report damaged vehicles 10/24/2018 The victims think that the suspect is someone they had arrested for shoplifting. One victim told police that a few months ago a shoplifting suspect said to her, “it would be a shame if one of the shoplifters you catch gets mad and damaged your car.”

Walmart exec in Atlanta: We want to redevelop our parking lots into bustling town centers 10/24/2018 A top executive with Walmart shared the company's vision during an Atlanta retail conference.

Sharp-eyed Nebraska Walmart North employee credited in arrest 10/24/2018

Police searching for Mililani Hawaii Walmart voyeur 10/24/2018

Couple says Ariz. Walmart employee prevented them from calling 911 for an unconscious co-worker 10/24/2018

MESA, AZ - When calling 911, every second matters.

One Valley couple claims a Walmart employee hung up the phone as they tried to dial for help.

It all happened after another employee fainted inside the Mesa Walmart off Baseline Road and Country Club Drive.

Cindee and Matthew Larkin said a young lady passed out and collapsed on the floor.

It was initially supposed to be a quick shopping trip for phone cases when all of a sudden there was panic.

"My husband and I witnessed a Walmart employee faint and hit the floor. My first concern was, we need to get help," said Cindee Larkin, who has worked as a paramedic in the past.

Larkin followed her instincts and grabbed the nearest Walmart landline.

"Reached out, picked it up, attempted to dial 911. Another Walmart employee ran up to me, hung up the phone, and handled my wrist," she said. "Physically stopped me from calling 911." Complete article

Man Tells SC Mom To 'Gag' Baby For Being Too Loud At Walmart Humming 'Baby Shark' Song 10/24/2018

Ashley Hamilton claimed her one-year-old son, Rio, was humming the popular "Baby Shark" song when a customer told her to shut him up.

A confrontation between a mother and a man in a Gaffney, South Carolina Walmart is going viral after the woman recorded the man instructing her to gag her one-year-old son.

The video, which was posted on Monday, now has more than 300,000 views.

"I'm shocked that it went that far," said Ashley Hamilton, the mother who shot the video. Complete article

Mom uses lit cigarette to stop Fla. Walmart carjacking 10/24/2018

Deputies in Charlotte County arrested a man for assaulting a woman in a Port Charlotte Walmart parking lot.

Timothy Ray Hill, 57, is charged with carjacking using a weapon, kidnapping, and battery.

Megan Adams, a single mother of two kids, was sitting in her vehicle at the store on Murdock Circle just before 11 a.m. Tuesday and started to get out of her car when Hill approached, pointed a gun at her, and demanded that she get out. Complete article

Two shot dead at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky, police say 10/24/2018

A male suspect fatally shot a man and a woman at a Kroger grocery store on the outskirts of Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, and then exchanged fire with an armed bystander before fleeing the scene, police said. He was captured shortly afterward.

Both victims died at the store, said Jeffersontown Police Chief Sam Rogers. He did not say whether police had determined a motive. He also did not identify the suspect.

Police received a call about 3 p.m. reporting the shooting, Rogers said. He said the suspect fired multiple rounds at the man inside the store, and shot the female victim multiple times out in the parking lot. A citizen armed with a gun engaged the shooter in the parking lot, but the suspect was able to flee before he was captured on a nearby road, Rogers said. Complete article

US: Two Dead in Racist Shooting At Kentucky Grocery Store 10/24/2018 "He (the armed man) said, ‘please don’t shoot and I won’t shoot you,’ whites don’t kill whites,” Zinninger told Wave3 News. Wave3 News reported that the female victim was black.

Man who killed 2 at Kroger tried to enter a predominantly black church minutes earlier, police say 10/26/2018

Fired, arrested Ind. Walmart worker loses appeal 10/25/2018

The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary judgment for Walmart when it found a former employee at its Greencastle store who was fired and arrested for theft after buying deeply discounted tires could not support his claims against the retail giant.

Denny Neff worked as a service writer in the tire and lube express department at the store. In September 2014, Neff and two other Walmart employees removed tires, described by Neff as “outdated and deleted” from the service area and then purchased them at a steeply discounted price. The employees claimed the assistant manager had approved of the discount, which was one-fifth to one-tenth the tires’ retail price. Neff and the two other employees then rang up the transactions for one another at the cash register.

The next day, Neff was arrested on suspicion of theft and terminated from his employment with Walmart after an investigation and interview conducted by Walmart’s asset protection manager. The asset protection manager confirmed that pursuant to the store’s associate purchase policy, Neff had no authority to set the discounted price without prior managerial approval. He then concluded that Neff had intended to commit a theft of the tires. The state declined to press charges against Neff, who in 2015 sued Walmart as well as the city of Greencastle and the Greencastle Police Department, which have been dismissed from the suit. Complete article

Hendersonville Tenn. Police: Man responsible for Walmart bomb threat arrested 10/25/2018

Counterfeit Money At Pa. Walmart 10/25/2018

Woman involved in 2016 shots fired incident at Augusta Me. Walmart pleads guilty to federal drug charges 10/25/2018

3 arrested for Missouri Walmart theft of Apple electronics possibly part of larger operation, police say 10/25/2018

Person fatally shot in Westminster Colorado Walmart parking lot, police searching for Dodge Durango 10/26/2018

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — One person was killed in a shooting in the parking lot of a Walmart early Friday morning and police are looking for the suspects.

False Flag Bombs, incredible Incompetence or Both? The shooting happened around 2:20 a.m. outside the store, which is located off of I-25 at W. 136th Avenue.

A person in a black Dodge Durango is suspected of shooting and killing the driver of another vehicle, after the two had been parked for about 20 minutes, according to Investigator Wayne Read with the Westminster Police Department. Complete article

Surveillance Video Shows Cars Involved In Walmart Parking Lot Shooting 10/26/2018

Man in his 50s fatally shot in Walmart parking lot in Westminster 10/26/2018

Vacaville Ca. Police Post Video Of Suspects In Unprovoked Attack At Wal-Mart 10/25/2018

VACAVILLE (CBS SF) – Police in Vacaville are asking for the public’s help in identifying three suspects in an unprovoked attack at a Wal-Mart store earlier this month.

The three males in their late teens to early 20s approached a male who went to Wal-Mart at 2050 Nut Tree Road on Oct. 11 to make a purchase but the store was closed, police said.

Without warning, the three males threw the victim to the ground, struck him in the head and face with their fists and kicked his body, police said. The victim was not robbed.

Two witnesses interrupted the attack and the male suspects fled in a vehicle believed to be an early 2000s model Saturn Ion. Complete article

Pair uses kids to help break into, steal from Evendale Ohio Walmart 10/25/2018

CINCINNATI — A man and woman took children with them when they decided to steal thousands of dollars worth of stuff from a Walmart in Evendale, police said.

Authorities said Jayson Pedroza, 38, and Christina Beavan, 38, trespassed at the store on Cunningham Drive a week ago with who are believed to be Pedroza's kids by their side.

The children's ages were not available, but police said they were juveniles. Complete article

Deputies looking for 2 suspects accused of stealing from Walmart in Wimauma Fla. 10/26/2018

Hudson Falls woman pleads guilty to two NY Walmart burglaries 10/26/2018

Would-Be Wash. Walmart Shoplifters Pile Up the Goods 10/2/2018 Pasco police are seeking these two suspects who Monday evening allegedly piled all the items on the receipt pictured, and then pushed their cart out without paying. They were confronted by a loss prevention officer, and they fled on foot and got away.

DCS: Mom allegedly left 2 toddlers alone to hang out at Tenn. Walmart 10/26/2018

Mail Bomb suspect cited for stealing from Walmart in West Palm Beach Fla. 10/26/2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — The man suspected of being behind the slew of suspicious packages sent to high level officials was once cited for retail theft from a local Walmart.

Documents show 56-year-old Cesar Altieri Sayoc was questioned in 2015 for trying to steal luggage from the Walmart on 45th Street in West Palm Beach. According to the police report, Sayoc was shopping in the Walmart when he placed a rolling briefcase and a garment bag into his car with other items. When he went up to the cash register, he paid for the other items, except for the briefcase and garment bag, the report said. Complete article

Legionnaires' Found in McHenry County Ill. Walmart, Chicago Nursing Home 10/26/2018

Two new clusters of Legionnaires' disease cases were being investigated Friday by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

A Johnsburg Walmart in McHenry County has been identified by health officials as a potential exposure source. Three people who reported being at the store were diagnosed with the lung infection. At the Warren Barr South Loop nursing home in Chicago, two residents also contracted Legionnaires' disease.

"I'm very shocked," Walmart shopper Shelby Nelson said. "Never had to worry about before, now it's a huge concern."

Legionnaires' disease is a form of pneumonia that people can get by breathing in small droplets of water containing Legionella bacteria. Walmart has taken action: including turning off produce water sprays. Some shoppers say they are concerned, while others say the store is doing all it can. Complete article

Blind Marylanders sue Walmart, saying self-serve checkouts violate ADA 10/26/2018

Three blind Maryland residents and the National Federation of the Blind are suing Walmart, alleging that the company violates the Americans with Disabilities Act because its self-checkout kiosks are not fully accessible to blind customers.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, also claims that an employee at the Walmart in Owings Mills allegedly attempted to take money from one of the plaintiffs while she was checking out at the store.

The suit claims that a staff member at the Owings Mills store on Reisterstown Road was assisting Cynthia Morales with a purchase at a self-checkout kiosk in July 2017 when the employee selected an option for cash back from her debit card and took $40 without her knowledge.

“It’s important for blind people to be able to use the machines independently … so that people are not stealing from us,” Morales, a Parkville resident, said in an interview. “We should be treated like everybody else — when we come into the store we would like to check out at the self-checkout quickly just like everybody else, and I know that the technology is out there.” Complete article

Man charged with hit and run after accident at La. Walmart parking lot 10/26/2018

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A man was arrested following a hit and run accident at a Walmart parking lot in Baton Rouge.

On Sunday, a deputy with the East Baton Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a hit and run incident at the Walmart on College Drive, according to the probable cause report.

The deputy reported, based on witnesses' account, that Carlos Dominguez hit a parked vehicle while he was trying to pull into a parking space. Complete article

Accused Palatka Fla. Walmart shoplifter walks in front of courthouse with 'I stole' sign 10/26/2018

The suspended Putnam County school board member who reportedly shoplifted from Walmart was sentenced to walk in front the courthouse with a 'I stole from a local store' sign.

Nikki Cummings was arrested earlier this year after she was accused of grand theft after an incident at the Palatka Walmart.

Photos showed Cummings carrying the sign on Friday in front of the Putnam County Courthouse while holding a beverage. Complete article

Walmart to Pay $160 Million to Settle Shareholder Suit - WSJ 10/26/2018

Walmart Inc. agreed to pay $160 million to settle a long-running shareholder class-action suit related to the U.S. government’s continuing investigation of the retailer for alleged bribery.

The settlement with the City of Pontiac General Employees Retirement System adds to the hundreds of millions of dollars the retailer has spent over six years related to the investigation. Walmart didn’t admit fault as part of the settlement, the company said. Complete article

Man sentenced for July 2016 gun threat at Ariz. Walmart 10/26/2018

UPDATE: Criminal investigation opened into bomb hoax at Walmart store in Anderson Ca. 10/26/2018

Three sought after Tx. Walmart cashier conned 10/26/2018

Trio arrested in statewide Missouri Walmart theft 10/26/2018

From entire lawn sets to used toilets, these are the most ridiculous returns employees from Costco, Walmart, and Target say they've ever gotten 10/25/2018

Man convicted of Nov. 2016 armed robbery outside of La. Walmart 10/26/2018

Local woman harassed at SC Walmart; posts video on Facebook that gets attention 10/26/2018

Gary firefighter charged with hiding Ind. Walmart shooter from police last month is off payroll, but was allowed to finish training 10/26/2018

Sapulpa Okla. police search for suspect accused of using victim's credit card at Walmart 10/28/2018

Battery burglars hit Pa. Walmart 10/29/2018

Naked man goes shopping in Wahpeton ND Walmart 10/27/2018

WAHPETON, ND. (Valley News Live) - A man in the Wahpeton Walmart was captured shopping naked.

An eyewitness tells us she saw the naked man shopping for produce around 5 p.m. on October 25.

It's also said that the same man was seen in Econofoods in Wahpeton.

He was seen wearing shoes and a hat, but no other clothing. Complete article

17-year-old disgruntled Clarence NY Walmart employee arrested following incident 10/28/2018

CLARENCE, NY (WIVB) - A Walmart employee was pepper-sprayed and arrested following an incident at the Clarence Walmart on Saturday, according to New York State Police.

State Police said in a news release that a 17-year-old employee became angry over a job assignment and began knocking over merchandise.

The employee also harassed co-workers, according to the news release.

State Police said she refused to comply with commands, leading to the pepper-spraying and her arrest. Complete article

Man attacked with hatchet found in south side Indianapolis Ind. Walmart parking lot, in serious condition 10/29/2018

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A man who had been attacked by a hatchet was found in a Walmart parking lot on the city's south side, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Just before noon on Monday, officers responded to the Walmart in the 7200 block of U.S. 31 for a man who had been attacked.

After arriving on scene, police learned that the victim had been attacked by a hatchet. He then drove himself to the Walmart parking lot, where he was discovered, following the attack. Complete article

Walmart Is Testing a Smaller, Cashierless Sam’s Club 10/29/2018

Amazon’s cashierless stores are about to get some competition — from Amazon’s archrival.

Walmart will soon open a Sam’s Club Now store in Dallas. The concept store measures about a quarter of the size of a regular Sam’s Club — or about 32,000 square feet — and will focus on selling fresh food and alcohol.

The idea of the new store evolved from the Sam’s Club Scan and Go app, which lets customers scan barcodes and pay directly within the app at its other stores.

Shoppers at the Dallas store will need to use a custom Sam’s Club Now app. It comes loaded with features, including shopping lists that auto-fill based on past purchases, an interactive store map that navigates shoppers along the “best route,” and augmented reality features that will give shoppers additional product information.

In the future, 700 cameras will help the store “manage inventory in new ways.” Complete article

Police search for man they say shoved woman, stole purse in Walmart parking lot 10/29/2018

Doctors Say Walmart Opioid Policy Tough to Swallow 10/29/2018 Walmart's new strategy to help stop opioid abuse isn't sitting well with some doctors.

Police: Suspicious Car Reported Near Lodi Ca. Walmart, 30 Grams Of Ecstasy Found Inside 10/29/2018

Most Wanted: Suspected Walmart serial shoplifter sought in Wilson County Tenn. 10/29/2018

Ill. Walmart evacuated after threat from teen 10/29/2018

Police searching for woman suspected of shoplifting from Walmart on Sunset Blvd Lexington SC 10/29/2018

SWAT team swarmed Lincoln slaying suspects as they slept in NM Walmart parking lot, police say in filings 10/29/2018

SWAT team officers swarmed a Walmart parking lot in New Mexico over the weekend to arrest two of the people sought in connection with a slaying in north Lincoln.

Jesse J. Wilson, Sherry L. Thomas and James R. Howard had all been identified by police as persons of interest in the death of Stacy Talbot, who police believe was shoved out of a car while dying of gunshot wounds the night of Oct. 18.

Howard was arrested in Texas early Friday; the other two were arrested the following night in Clovis, New Mexico, inside a stolen car police say might have been used in Talbot's killing.

Clovis police described launching flash bangs and tear gas at the Hyundai Sonata after spotting Thomas, 34, and Wilson, 32, sleeping inside. Officers then blocked them with an armored vehicle as they tried to drive away and sent a police dog into the Sonata after the pair refused to climb out.

The scene unfolded just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday, after the U.S. Marshals Service and Clovis police geo-located a cellphone belonging to one of the pair that was “pinging” to the Walmart on the city’s northwest side, Clovis police spokesman Capt. Roman Romero said in a news release. Complete article

Police investigating armed robbery at Owensboro Ky. Walmart 10/29/2018

OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - Police are investigating a robbery in Owensboro.

It happened Saturday night just before midnight at the Walmart on Highway 54.

Police say the victims told officers someone with a gun walked up to them and demanded their vehicles. Both victims were able to run away and police say nothing was actually stolen during the robbery. Complete article

Man wanted in attack, theft in Wisc. Walmart parking lot earlier this month 10/29/2018

WEST MILWAUKEE, Wis. — West Milwaukee police on Monday continued their search for a man who attacked a woman in a Walmart parking lot earlier this month.

Surveillance video from the store on the 4400 block of West Greenfield Avenue shows the man walk up behind the 52-year-old victim on Oct. 13, knock her to the ground and steal her purse.

Police said the man got away in a white Pontiac Grand Prix. Complete article

Walmart to use roving checkout scanners to streamline holiday shopping 10/30/2018

Walmart Inc. is aiming to get customers in and out of its stores more smoothly this upcoming holiday season, adding roving checkout scanners and digital maps to help shoppers.

The retail giant announced Tuesday a host of improvements intended to streamline how its customers shop over the busy holidays, including Check Out With Me, a service that will place Walmart workers with handheld scanners in the busiest areas of its stores, such as the garden center and electronics, so customers can grab a big item and pay for it right there, skipping the regular checkout lines.

While the service is intended for shoppers with one or two bulky items, it will be available for all, Walmart said. Complete article

Walmart Doubles Down On Its Transformation Into A Technology Company 10/22/2018

UPS, Walmart Find Electric Vehicles Offer Benefits, Opportunities 10/29/2018

Walmart And Unilever's Push To Halt Deforestation May Signal Change For Business 10/25/2018

Man accused of up-skirt photo in Hawaii Walmart is a sex offender in Texas 10/29/2018

LCSO: Man stole 14-year-old's wallet from Fla. Walmart checkout register 10/29/2018

Walmart files another lawsuit against the city of Delafield Wisc., claiming it was over assessed on its 2018 taxes 10/31/2018

Police search for Tx. Walmart shoplifting suspect 10/30/2018 The woman stole clothes and food totally almost $150.

Mount Pleasant Wisc. Police searching for Walmart theft suspects 10/30/2018

Ochsner Health Network and La. Walmart to launch new health plan 10/30/2018

Teen, adult arrested in Pasco Wash. drive-by shooting after returning to Walmart store 10/29/2018

PASCO, Wash. - Police say a man and a teen have been arrested in a shooting that critically injured a Pasco man.

The Pasco Police Department said two victims were shot at after leaving the Walmart store in Pasco Saturday night.

According to police reports, a group of four was nearby while the two men were leaving and possibly misidentified the two as members of a rival group.

The group tailgated the two in their car and pulled up next to them after turning onto Court Street.

According to reports, the group then yelled at the victims, then one or more of the occupants fired shots at them.

The passenger, a 20-year-old man from Pasco, was shot in the chest. He was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Police said the latest information they received indicated the victim's condition was improving.

Following an investigation, Walmart employees informed detectives some of the suspects in the shooting were back at the store Sunday evening. Complete article

Man Arrested for Pointing Gun Outside Meadville Pa. Walmart 10/31/2018

One person is in custody following a reported incident involving a gun in a Crawford County Walmart parking lot.

Vernon Township Police say they got called to the home and garden side of the Meadville Walmart around 7 p.m. Tuesday. It was a report of someone pointing a gun at another shopper outside the store.

Police got a description of the suspect, and found him inside another store nearby. They took that man into custody without further incident. Complete article

Beer, steaks and jewelry go flying after SC Walmart shoplifting suspect crashes moped 10/30/2018

SPARTANBURG, SC A shoplifting suspect who drove away after taking a variety of food and jewelry items from a South Carolina store was arrested after his moped crashed, scattering the stolen merchandise in the roadway, according to police.

Spartanburg police officers responded to a wreck involving a moped on East Main Street at Dawn Redwood Drive around 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to a Spartanburg Police Department incident report. They found a yellow moped that had crashed and a man laying in the street.

The man was taken to a hospital for treatment. While police searched his book bag and clothing for identification, they found several items that were believed to have been recently stolen, according to the report. Complete article

Three women arrested for attempting to fight employee at Brown Deer Wisc. Walmart 10/31/2018

BROWN DEER, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Three women were arrested Monday after allegedly attempting to fight a Walmart employee.

Police were called to the Brown Deer location around 5:09 p.m. for a report of the three females inside of the store who wanted to fight an employee. The business wanted the women to leave.

Officers arrived on scene and took a 36-year-old Milwaukee woman and two 20-year-old Milwaukee women into custody for valid warrants. Complete article

Electrical fire at Walmart in Delray Beach Fla. 10/31/2018

KCSO looking for suspect in Idaho Walmart theft 10/31/2018

VIDEO: Heavy damaged reported at Ocean Springs Walmart, parts of South Mississippi 10/31/2018

Smyrna Tenn. police looking for suspects in diaper and formula thefts from Walmart 10/31/2018

Man opens fire in Miramichi Canada Walmart, leads police on 70 km car chase 10/31/2018

A man opened fire inside a Walmart in Miramichi and led police on a lengthy car chase Wednesday before being stopped near Richibucto, according to Miramichi city police.

Police were en route to the store in response to a complaint shortly after 5 p.m. when a firearm was discharged, said Sgt. Bob Bruce in a release. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle and headed south on Route 11.

The vehicle was stopped with the help of Richibucto RCMP and the occupants were taken into custody. .....

Street said a Walmart employee member told her three shots were fired but no one was hit.

"She explained it was a shoplifting thing that kind of went wrong … and he hauled out a gun," Street said. Complete article

Police: Skowhegan woman tried to leave Augusta Me. Walmart with $1,500 in stolen merchandise 10/31/2018

AUGUSTA — A shopper seen on surveillance video Tuesday throwing numerous items into a cart at the Augusta Walmart without checking the prices triggered the attention of loss prevention personnel, authorities said.

When the woman then pushed the full cart past the registers without stopping to pay for anything, two theft prevention workers stopped her.

The woman, Ruth Higginbotham, 28, of Skowhegan, now faces a felony-level charge of theft by unauthorized taking for allegedly trying to sneak out of the store without paying for about $1,500 worth of merchandise. Complete article

Troopers seek public’s help in NY Walmart larceny 10/31/2018 Troopers said at about 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Walmart located at 7494 Route 11 in the town, a woman stole salt and pepper shakers as well as other, unknown items.

Man Charged With Stealing Jeep From Missouri Walmart 10/31/2018

Burlington police: 2 charged after NC Walmart parking lot robbery attempt 11/01/2018

Md. 'Walmart Cowboy' sentenced in LSD case 10/30/2018

Suspect in 2017 Shawnee teen’s stabbing at Okla. Walmart gets life sentences 10/31/2018

Stabbing in Walmart parking lot leads to police chase in West Jordan Utah 11/01/2018