Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Walmart had at least nineteen shootings in May of 2021, including one nearby where the victim headed to Walmart, which is one shy of the record. The only two times with twenty shootings were both in December, which is typically the worst month of the year with November as a close second some years. If we excluded the Holidays this would be a record. Four of those shootings, including one officer involved shooting, were fatal. There were at least seven or eight more injuries, including another officer involved shooting, and at least a few of those shootings are life threatening, so the total number of fatalities from the shootings could go up. Three of the four fatal shootings, including the officer involved shooting, and another officer involved shooting causing an injury all happened in Arizona.
These shootings all happened as a result of robberies, arguments or police chases. There was almost one more mass shooting in Texas, according to the police, but they caught a white supremacist before he could carry it out. There were over half a dozen more gun related crimes, which is actually low, but many more may not have been reported widely. News reports on crime at Walmart, even major crimes, are more likely to be buried where they're harder to find than they used to be. This is clear as a result of some that get reported late, which used to be reported in a higher profile manner. One example is an overdose death that took place last December which wasn't widely reported until this month.
In addition to the four deaths from shootings there was another body found on the premises, and three people killed in two auto accidents. This comes to a total of at least seven deaths and if you add the one from December that's eight new reports of deaths. There was also a former Walmart worker arrested for killing a co-worker about twenty five years ago, but they didn't have evidence to arrest him until this month, and that evidence is still not public.
A couple Colorado police officers were arrested following the release of a video where they broke the arm of a 73 year old woman with dementia who allegedly tried to steal $14 worth of merchandise but had already left without it. Some of them were caught on camera laughing about how they tackled her and even turning their recorder off while discussing it at the police station, but there was another recorder still running. Another police officer in Maryland was quickly arrested for stealing hundreds of dollars of merchandise while off duty, working security at Walmart. When police kill working class people, especially minorities they rarely get charged, often even when there's overwhelming evidence against them; but if they get caught stealing from wealthy oligarchs they get fired and charged very quickly.
Walmart also had numerous assaults including one where a man's leg was broken, several strong arm robberies, an attempted kidnapping, and at least one major police round up catching thirty-five shoplifters. Before Big-box stores were designed to make it easy to steal, especially with self checkout there was never enough of these crimes to create task forces to catch large number of people stealing like assembly line policing.
You would think that with all the problems with growing shoplifting at self-checkout lanes they would reverse it; but they're trying to expand it even more than before, even though they're also getting an enormous amount of complaints. They're not responding to the wishes of customers like they would in a free enterprise system, but to be honest, that was eliminated and replaced with an oligarchy system, or in some areas a monopoly system where shoppers have no other place to shop.
In addition to the white supremacist in Texas that planned to shoot up Walmart there was another white supremacist in Vermont that was already facing gun charges is now being charged with tampering with a witness at Walmart. Another man was arrested for trying to distract security with bomb threats while he stole a scooter. Complicated schemes like this practically never work and even when they do they're on camera ensuring they eventually find them. However Walmart may be the only place where someone can find the keys to registers and steal $21K from numerous stores in the Virginia area; or another group of people that managed to steal $250K from stores in at least thirty-five states. Some clumsy efforts to steal keep happening and the thieves get caught quickly; but others have much more success and they stay at large longer, or if they quit while their ahead, indefinitely. Presumably this thief had inside information, possibly a current or former employee or someone that knows workers there.
After they found a homeless person living in their air ducts they called the police who responded by sending in a SWAT team. This is a recipe for disaster when police overreact to petty crimes. This is especially true when research has shown that housing the homeless is actually less expensive than dealing with the problem afterwards. This happened in Houston which supposedly adopts a housing first policy which is allegedly more successful than most American cities; however it's still not nearly as good as Norway which implemented a national program solving an enormous amount of social problems and saving money at the same time.
A local resident near several Maine Walmart has been expressing outrage for years because they don't pick up their trash and may even be raking it downhill so it will pollute the river. He finally decided to clean it up himself, and Walmart responded by calling the police who threatened to put him in jail, instead of cleaning it up themselves.
In addition to the three fatalities in two accidents there were also at least another half dozen major crashes, including one that went into the store, police chases, and a carjacking. One of these police chases was also the fatal police shooting in Arizona. There were also at least four attempted stabbings, at least one which was successful at Walmarts.
Walmart had at least ten major fires last month, at least half of them were arson, and there's a possibility that a couple different arsonists, setting fires a day apart in Alabama were related; one of them was set after the first arsonist was arrested. One of the Alabama fires started out very small, but according to a witness it grew very fast. One of the fires was near a gas station which could have been much worse, although most fires at the gas station don't result in big explosions.
There were also numerous assaults, vandalism, purse thefts, sexual assaults, including of children, attacks on employees, especially loss prevention employees, and various other crimes most of which aren't reported widely.
Walmart had a couple new recalls of almost 800,000 chairs after some broke and caused broken bones, and acuvue contact lenses. The news of their recalls are rarely spread widely, so most people with recalled items probably never know. Walmart is constantly facing numerous discrimination lawsuits and many other legal problems. If you shop there a portion of the money you give them goes to legal defense, but if you wind up involved in legal disputes with them you have to pay your own legal expenses.
Walmart also sent out a large number of racists E-mails, supposedly because someone hacked their account or sent in a bunch of standard requests resulting in automated replies using a given name, which apparently was ni****. They apologized, although many are still outraged that they set up their accounts so they could be hacked.
Some of Walmart assaults get downright bizarre like a woman who was assaulted with a ten pound "Log of meat."
There were also a couple brazen attempts at wide spread vandalism at Walmart, including one case where a man threw wine bottles at a police officer while he tried to stop him, and another case where a man was filmed destroying an enormous amount of merchandise, starting by pouring a bottle of milk over himself, and tossing much more food everywhere, in a three minute video while numerous customers and workers watch without doing anything. The video didn't show the end, but presumably the police showed up eventually.
There were also at least two brawls caught on camera in one case with at least four people, and another case only two both of whom had their pants fall down while brawling.
Even a bear behaves better than this; but for some reason they wouldn't let the bear that showed up go shopping even though he behaved better than the brawlers or vandals.
Strange things happen at Walmart!
In 2006 Wake Up Walmart did a study, "Is Walmart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Walmart which showed that it increased when Walmarts opened up and that crime was higher at Walmart than at other retailers. Since then Walmart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Walmart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country; now after counting them for several years that average is over two per week. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Walmart might be contributing to higher crime rates or at least a slowing of the decline in crime. The study found that. “on average, communities with Walmarts had 17 more property crimes and two more violent crimes per 10,000 people than those communities without Walmarts.” I reviewed this more in Walmart’s crime problem, Rolling Back Safety more than prices? where I explained that although this study is helpful they could have done better with additional data that is available and I reviewed some of that. I also added my own review about why I think that Walmart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Walmart high crime rate continues un-investigaterd and have provided additional information under the author tag Walmart Crime Watch.
Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Walmart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Walmart has done as little as they seem to get away with, often relying on rhetoric that isn't backed up with action, when it comes to addressing any of their critics concerns, including crime. One of the responses they’ve come up with is what they call "Restorative Justice" which gives first time shoplifters a chance to avoid being arrested or any criminal record if they take an on line course which costs $400 up front or $500 in payments, plus perhaps, reparations. This has been part of the privatization process and often denies suspects of the due process or access to a lawyer, perhaps even intimidating and extorting from some people that might not even be guilty. Walmart seems to be trying to find a way to turn crime into a profit making situation instead of looking for the most effective ways to reduce it. Making Change at Walmart is asking If you or someone you know has gone through @Walmart's "Restorative Justice" program for first-time suspected shoplifters, send us a DM. 03/30/2017 to ensure that it isn’t doing more harm than good. I did my own review of this program as well at Walmart’s “Restorative Justice” Endangers Public Without Reducing Crime. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in May 2021. 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.
Waterford Conn. police seek 2 men who stole TV, grill from Walmart 05/04/2021
3 suspects caused $2K in damage vandalizing Macon Ga. Walmart: BCSO 05/04/2021
Franklin Ky. Walmart temporarily closing due to COVID-19 05/01/2021
Hail is so strong it breaks through roof of Okla. Walmart store 05/05/2021
Lincoln Ill. Walmart Supercenter temporarily closed for sanitation related reasons 05/05/2021
If You See This at Walmart, Don't Go Inside 05/05/2021
Pittsburgh man arrested for suspected Frazer Pa. Walmart thefts, illicit drugs 05/06/2021
Man accused of Napoleon Ohio Walmart stabbing, last March, enters insanity plea 05/05/2021
Ocala Fla. Police searching for wallet bandit who targeted Walmart electric cart 05/05/2021
Couple seen arguing in Ill. Walmart parking lot arrested for theft 05/05/2021
Man accused of sexual abuse at Idaho Walmart 05/07/2021
Two women arrested after not paying for items at Ind. Walmart 05/04/2021
When we got this email about an Idaho Walmart worker, we knew we needed to surprise her for Feel Good Friday 05/07/2021
6 years in prison for Richmond man who punched Ill. Walmart employee, possessed switchblade knife 05/07/2021
CCSO: Suspects attempted to use stolen debit card at Mount Pleasant SC Walmart 05/07/2021
Sheriff: Missing Hall County woman last seen at Ga. Walmart in Canton, Cherokee area 05/10/2021
Experts baffled by Walmart’s trademark dispute with Kanye West 05/10/2021
Truck carrying milk for a Walmart delivery hits railroad overpass in Ind. 05/10/2021 A truck delivering gallons of milk was peeled open like a sardine can Monday after it struck a railroad overpass on Samuelson Road in Portage, closing both the road and the bridge until the accident could be cleaned up and the bridge deemed structurally sound.Pictures of the accident provided by Portage police show spilled milk and crushed milk gallons all over the road near Samuelson Bridge, and a badly damaged Walmart delivery truck.Police got a call about the accident at 11:16 a.m., according to Police Chief Mike Candiano.“It looks like driver error in relation to the clearance of the bridge and the height of the truck,” he said, adding CSX was called to the scene and officials from the railroad did not believe there was structural damage to the bridge.The overpass has a height of 11 feet and 5 inches and was posted as such, at least until Monday’s accident. “I think it got knocked down,” Candiano said of the sign.
Sebastian Man Arrested After Causing Disturbance at Fla. Walmart 05/10/2021 Eric Lemon Broomall, of Sebastian, was upset due to the lack of open registers and was asked repeatedly by Walmart employees to leave the store.
NYSP: 'Frequent Felony Offender' Stole From Hudson Valley Walmart 05/11/2021
Woman faces Nevada Walmart robbery charge 05/10/2021
Mason Ohio Walmart temporarily closes to 'thoroughly clean and sanitize' the building 05/11/2021
Woman pleads guilty to elevated assault charge after fight about Me. Walmart 05/11/2021
88-year-old reported missing from Walmart in Bay City Mich. 05/12/2021
Deputies: Suspect wanted for robbing Pensacola Fla. Walmart 05/11/2021
State police looking for woman suspected in Potsdam NY Walmart larceny 05/11/2021
In Aurora and other cities, Walmart sales soared but essential workers got scant protection 05/13/2021
Suspect previously nabbed in Fla. Wal-Mart heist lands back behind bars 05/13/2021
Judge Sends Va. Walmart Shooter’s Case, from Jan, 2021, to Grand Jury 05/13/2021
Walmart Is Still Shutting Stores Down Over This COVID Precaution 05/14/2021
Store evacuated following unfounded bomb threat at Walmart in Antioch Ill. 05/13/2021
Times Square Shooting Suspect Arrested in Florida 05/12/2021 Investigators got a break in the case on Tuesday when Mr. Muhammad, who was traveling with his girlfriend, was caught on video stopping at a Walmart in Fayetteville, N.C., for supplies and food for the couple’s two dogs, who were also in the car, police officials said at the news conference. Mr. Muhammad’s girlfriend was questioned by the police, who did not release her name.
Suspects wanted in Bartlett Tenn. for stealing jewelry from Walmart 05/14/2021
Couple arrested for allegedly dealing drugs at WV Walmart 05/15/2021
Veterans get COVID-19 shot at Walmart vaccine clinic 05/15/2021
Police charge suspect in Elkton Walmart assault 05/17/2021 ELKTON — A 28-year-old woman who allegedly pushed an 81-year-old woman inside the Walmart in Elkton last month, knocking the elderly shopper to the floor, now stands charged with assault and two other offenses, according to Cecil County District Court records. Charging documents identify the suspect as Doniesha Artell Homer, of Wilmington, Del., and indicate that she is charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace, all of which are misdemeanors, court records show. (Second-degree assault, which is the most serious charge in the case, is punishable by up to 10 years in prison if convicted.)
Two men charged in connection to Martinsville Va. Walmart bomb threat 05/20/2021
Man took young girl shopping at Fla. Walmart before having sex with her, sheriff says 05/17/2021
Va. Beach Police trying to identify suspects accused of stealing thousands from Walmart 05/18/2021
Police: Two people arrested after trying to shoplift at Ky. Walmart 05/19/2021
NC woman wins $100,000 prize after buying ticket at Walmart 05/1/2021
Man who disappeared after leaving Tx. Walmart store found safe 05/18/2021
A Flagstaff Ariz. Walmart Briefly Closes Wednesday After A Bomb Threat 05//2021
Ca. Walmart employee saves customer’s life 05/21/2021 A California Walmart employee is being hailed a hero after she helped a customer who suffered a medical emergency while shopping.
Lewis County woman arrested for allegedly stealing from Lowville NY Walmart several times 05/21/2021
Pennsylvania child sex-crime fugitive captured in Oxford Alabama Walmart 05/21/2021
Ryan Guettler drops suit against Walmart, Hyper and others 05/20/2021
New film '915: Hunting Hispanics' documents fear, loss related to 2019 El Paso Walmart shooting 05/21/2021
Sales associate to manager: How Forest Mississippi Walmart employee went to school for $1 a day 05/21/2021
Wallet stolen from woman at Saint Marys Pa. Walmart 05/22/2021
White Lake Mich. police want to ID suspect in Walmart incident 05/24/2021
Subject wanted for shoplifting at Ga. Walmart on Wrightsboro Road 05/24/2021
Mitchell woman arrested after stealing items from Ind. Walmart 05/24/2021
Walmart unveils one Lincoln Nebraska remodel as it prepares for 2 more 05/24/2021
Bomb threat investigated at Wallingford Conn. Walmart 05/26/2021
Customers rushing a Walmart store looking for Pokémon cards is the latest example of trading-card fever 05/25/2021
BREAKING: Police investigate bomb threat at Walmart in Salisbury Md. 05/26/2021
These 2 tried to shoplift $1,290 from Martinez SC Walmart, deputies say 05/25/2021
Ruston La. Police investigate theft from local WalMart 05/25/2021
El Paso Tx. lawmakers say gun reform promises after Walmart massacre were broken 05/25/2021
Ariz. Walmart makes good on bad gift card as Let Joe Know team gets money back for consumers 05/27/2021
Police investigate bomb threat at Elkton, Cecil County Md. Walmart 05/26/2021
Man Steals Headphones From Fla. Walmart, Leaving Behind Packaging 05/28/2021
Galesburg Ill. man arrested again after attempting to steal from Walmart 05/28/2021
Four arrested for breaking into homes, using stolen credit cards at NC Walmart 05/28/2021
Man faces death penalty in double homicide at Whitehall Pa. Walmart custody exchange last Feb. 05/28/2021
Walmart ranked 6 on LGBT support 05/29/2021 Walmart Inc. placed sixth on Diversity Inc.'s recently released 2021 list of large U.S. companies that support gay and transgender employees and suppliers.
Police incident reported at Walmart in York Pa. 05/29/2021
Ocala woman arrested on 18 theft charges at Fla. Walmart 05/29/2021
Suspicious Package Report Under Investigation At Dundalk Md. Walmart 05/31/2021
THEFT: Police looking to identify two men in Altoona Walmart 05/31/2021
Vestal NY Police provide details into what lead to Walmart evacuation 05/30/2021