Friday, April 2, 2021
Walmart had at least eight shootings last month, fortunately none of them were fatal, although there were at least three or four injuries, including at least one critical injury. There was, however, another fatality from a February shooting at Walmart where he died of injuries previously. At least one of these shootings involved police officers after a chase and another involved a woman who found her own stolen car for sale on the internet and attempted to retrieve it at Walmart.
There were also at least a dozen other gun related crimes at Walmart, and at least one more from a previous month showing that Google and traditional media isn't reporting major crimes as consistently as they did in the past, indicating that even though many crimes, especially minor ones, aren't being reported as often doesn't mean they're going down. A lot of these gun related crimes were armed robberies, including an attempt to steal cars by a man with a pellet rifle that might have looked real, but some were threats following arguments, and one was an investigation at gunpoint after an employee jumped to conclusions when he saw a toddler playing with a toy gun.
There may not have been any fatal shootings, which is unusual in the past few years, but there were at least four dead bodies found on the premises and two more killed in accidents, making it a total of six people killed.
Even though they have to know that increased reliance on self-check-out is contributing to their high crime problems and a lot of the savings from cutting employees is being used for security they're increasing the use of this even more with stores in four states relying entirely on it. The tax payers often pick up the tab for court and police costs so this presumably enables them to increase profit; but we're subsidizing their crime problem.
There were a couple more brawls or attacks on employees, including someone hit in the head by a shovel. One of Walmart's delivery drivers was caught on camera stealing a package left behind by a previous delivery driver; and they had two incidents where cases were smashed and expensive electronics or jewelry were stolen. At least electronics serves a practical purpose for the consumer, but the value of jewelry is based on advertising hype, not any practical use. This might seem reasonable if both jewelry ads and opposing views were allowed on mass media to give people fair access to information; however when adbusters tried to buy what they called "uncommercials" to tell people not to buy things they don't need the media refused to air them, which is another way of subsidizing crime to increase profits for corporations.
COVID related problems have become routine as well now, including an outbreak with at least 24 positive tests at one store in Washington State, a mask-less man arrested by force, which is under investigation for refusing to leave, and another person swinging a stick at people, coughing on them, and creating additional disturbances while yelling, "I am not COVID."
In addition to the two people killed in accidents, there was another boy seriously injured in one of those accidents and there were at least a dozen major accidents, police chases, stolen vehicles, or a combination of the three, including at least one or two major injuries and five more lesser injuries, a car striking a major gas line creating a fire or explosion hazard, although this didn't happen, a car that flipped over after hitting a bent safety post, and a police chase after five girls no more than fourteen years old in a stolen vehicle.
There was also a garbage truck that caught fire and at least ten more fires, including at least four or five arsons, with two of them allegedly set by the same suspect. Most if not all of these resulted in evacuations and possible panics.
Walmart also had at least eight knife attacks with at least five of them resulting in stabbings, one of them resulted in three stabbings alone, and another one also resulted in a police cruiser catching fire.
Walmart also had a variety assaults, purse snatchings, bomb threats, or threats to shoot up the store, missing persons last seen at their store, and much more. Many of these low level crimes are much less likely to be reported by the media so it's virtually guaranteed that the ones listed here are only a fraction of the incidents.
Walmart is facing at least two more lawsuits for theft of "intellectual property," which is semi-routine, although they rarely report on how these suits are settled. They also routinely claim to be selling made in the USA getting caught several times a year violating these claims, and now unions are highlighting how they off-sore good jobs, although media hardly covers it. They're facing more complaints or lawsuits about racial bias and many more labor violations, which are routine for them.
Have you ever found body parts in the food you buy at Walmart?
One woman claims she found a "fingertip" in a bag of frozen fruit.
If this is true how could the "fingertip" have gotten into the fruit? The most likely explanation seems to be that the workers in the packaging plant accidentally cut the tip of their finger and they didn't retrieve it. Why no follow-up or explanation? In modern production even the location of their processing plants are often secret and they often move them to countries with little or no protection for workers rights. However, it's unlikely that Walmart accepts responsibility instead claiming they hold all their suppliers or contractors to the highest standards, which sounds good; but at the same time they routinely squeeze everyone they can to increase profits and fight any laws to protect workers or decrease secrecy.
For now there might be some limited justice for the person that bought the fruit, but rights for workers cutting it in dangerous conditions are unlikely.
Upton Sinclair author of "The Jungle" "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach."
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 March 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.
Woman who fired shots in Broomfield Colorado Walmart, in Feb. 2020, sentenced to probation 03/01/2021
Morrisdale Man Gets State Prison for Robbing Pa. Walmart Employee 03/02/2021
Cameras show missing Mississippi EMT at Quality Inn, Walmart in Carthage Tx. and Walmart in Longview 03/01/2021 CARTHAGE, Texas (KSLA) — Surveillance camera photos show a missing Mississippi woman may be altering her appearance in an attempt to conceal her identity, authorities say.
State Police Seek Suspects Accused of Stealing From Cadillac Mich. Walmart 03/02/2021
Salem Mass. Man, 20, Facing Charges After Walmart Incident That Involved Air Rifle, BBs: Police 03/01/2021
Elderly couple caught stealing from Tx. Walmart 03/02/2021
Two arrested after stealing from Ind. Walmart 03/02/2021
Child custody argument preceded fatal shooting outside Whitehall Pa. Walmart, at the end of last month, cops say 03/01/2021
Saratoga Springs woman arrested on four charges after Wilton NY Walmart visit 03/03/2021
Man shot dead by West Sacramento Ca. police near Walmart, at the end of last month, is identified 03/02/2021
Galesburg woman and female juvenile arrested for theft at Ill. Walmart 03/04/2021
Aurora Ill. Police Evacuate Walmart Store After Bomb Threat 03/04/2021
Walmart offering vaccines to Florida teachers of any age 03/04/2021
Gov. Northam visits Walmart vaccine clinic in Norfolk Va. on Wednesday 03/03/2021
Police searching for woman involved in Tx. Walmart theft 03/04/2021
Northern California homeless man robbed of wheelchair, clothes by four suspects 03/01/2021
Numerous Rockbridge Va. residents receive fake Walmart customer survey, Sheriff’s Office warns of scam 03/04/2021
Ohio Walmart employee cited for theft 03/0/2021
Farmington man arrested at NM Walmart accused of trafficking meth, distributing heroin 03/0/2021
'God had a plan': Bishop Seitz comforts victims family during Gilbert Anchondo's funeral in El Paso Tx. 03/05/2021
Missing 74-year-old sought after last seen at southside Tucson Ariz. Walmart 03/05/2021
NIPD seeking to identify shoplifter at La. Walmart 03/05/2021
Police Seeking to Identify Shoplifters at Pa. Walmart 03/0/2021
Sheriff: Secret camera used at NC Walmart; man faces more peeping charges 03/05/2021
Suspects wanted in New Hanover County NC Walmart theft 03/06/2021
Subject wanted for theft at Walmart in Richmond County Ga. 03/07/2021
Police: Walmart traffic stop leads to multiple arrests in Middlesboro Ky. 03/07/2021
WPD arrests 2 following Iowa Walmart theft 03/07/2021
Suspect in double shooting at Roanoke Rapids NC Walmart, last month, turns self in, police say 03/08/2021
Farmington Me. Walmart evacuated after false bomb threat 03/08/2021
NE Miami-Dade Fla. Walmart reopens after suspicious package prompts evacuation 03/08/2021
Man charged with sexually assaulting woman in Davenport Iowa Walmart, last Oct., pleads guilty 03/08/2021
Harris pleads guilty in Alabama Walmart parking lot robbery 03/08/2021 Harris pleaded guilty to robbery first-degree and was sentenced to 20 years in the Alabama Department of Corrections by Circuit Judge Lara M. Alvis. Lt. Clint Blackmon of the Hoover Police Department investigated the case.
Guilty plea in Geneseo NY Walmart stabbing last June 03/08/2021
2nd teen arrested in crash that killed Gwinnett Ga. dad outside Walmart last November 03/10/2021
Woman arrested for stealing items at Ind. Walmart 03/10/2021
Repeat sex offender sent back to prison for filming women in NY Walmart bathroom 03/0/2021
Police arrest man after ‘suspicious’ purchases made at Boardman Ohio Walmart 03/11/2021
Ind. Walmart security stop leads to theft and drug charges 03/11/2021
DA: Hilltown Man Who Pointed Gun At Woman In Pa. Walmart, last Aug., Facing Up To 4 Years In Prison 03/10/2021
Wichita Falls man sentenced for taking improper photos of woman at Tx. Walmart 03/12/2021
Canandaigua woman charged with burglary after NY Walmart incident 03/12/2021
West Sacramento Ca. police release video of deadly shooting outside Walmart 03/11/2021
Thomasville Ga. Police Department searching for men who robbed Walmart Wednesday 03/11/2021
PA. POLICE LOOKING TO ID SUSPECT IN WALMART THEFT IN EARLY MARCH 03/1/2021
Greeley Colorado cop log: Man walks around Walmart exposing himself; caller asks for help finding lost cellphone 03/1/2021 11:30 a.m.: A caller reported that a man in his late 20s to early 30s was walking around the Walmart on 47th Avenue with his penis out. 11:30 a.m.: A caller in the 2600 block of 23rd Avenue was upset that a dealership in Denver was not answering its phones. The caller wanted the police department to call the dealership and get them to open up so he could get his car. Caller stated that he could not drive down there and this was illegal. Caller kept asking why the police department wasn’t doing anything. 10 a.m.: A caller in the 2000 block of 27th Street inquired if police officers could come over to tell his brother to stop slamming doors or he would go to jail. Caller stated that officers needed to fix this for him and kick his brother out. Caller was unhappy and said he will call his mom even though the caller and his brother are adults.
Oxnard Ca. police arrest suspect in shooting at Walmart shopping center last month 03/11/2021
Walla Walla man pleads guilty to stealing from College Place Wash. Walmart 03/12/2021
Denver Colorado Police Need Help Tracking Down ID Theft Suspects After Walmart Shopping Spree 03/13/2021
Midland Tx. police investigating 'suspicious package' found in Walmart parking lot off Loop 250 03/14/2021
Officers arrest local man found unresponsive in Ind. Walmart parking lot 03/15/2021
Some St. Louis-area residents learn their COVID-19 vaccination appointments at Walmart are canceled 03/15/2021
Three wanted for questioning in Ga. Walmart shoplifting: Perry PD 03/15/2021
Elsa police respond to bomb threat at Tx. Walmart, ‘no device’ found 03/15/2021
Lanett woman arrested for faking Alabama Walmart bomb threat because she was “mad at her boyfriend” 03/16/2021
Drivers spend hours sheltering from storm in Colorado Walmart parking lot 03/15/2021
Skip Scanning Fla. Walmart Pair is Arrested 03/17/2021
Both Casper Wyoming Walmart's Have Announced They Are Closed 03/14/2021
Suspect wanted in fatal Monkey Junction NC Walmart shooting, last November surrenders to deputies 03/15/2021
Fake Walmart anniversary promotion circulates online 03/17/2021
Employee injured after industrial accident at East Syracuse NY Walmart 03/18/2021
Skip Scanner At Walmart Casually Makes His Way Out Of Fla. Walmart With Stolen Items 03/17/2021
Driver’s ‘drifting’ in Ohio Walmart parking lot leads to ticket 03/17/2021
Deputies: Greenville Co. SC man who disappeared on way to Walmart still missing 5 years later. 03/18/2021
Suspected Canada Walmart arsonist pleads guilty, again 03/17/2021
Elderly Florida man exposed himself while riding scooter at Walmart: Police 03/19/2021
Fire intentionally set at Ca. Walmart, in Jan., could have been ‘catastrophic,’ report says 03/18/2021
WBRSO searching for suspect who stole from La. Walmart twice in one day 03/18/2021
Women are accused of shoplifting at Pa. Walmart 03/19/2021
2 men wanted in robbery of East Bakersfield Ca. Walmart 03/19/2021
Ocala man charged in Fla. Walmart shoplifting spree 03/18/2021
Puppy-carrying shoplifter steals cart-full from Tenn. Walmart 03/19/2021
Does Photo Show Lice Sores on Chicken at Walmart? 03/19/2021 Raw chicken is rarely pretty, but that doesn't mean there is something wrong with it.
Manitowoc Woman Allegedly Caught Stealing From Wisc. Walmart 03/19/2021
Leon County Fla. Sheriff’s Office asking public for help identifying man who robbed Walmart on North Monroe 03/19/2021
Man sentenced for role in Tx. Walmart theft ring 03/22/2021
Pa. State police, bomb squad called to Walmart in Westmoreland County for suspicious package 03/22/2021
Shoppers asked to evacuate Walmart on West Riverside Rockford Ill. Tuesday night 03/23/2021
From the border to Walmart 03/24/2021
Police looking for witnesses to sex assault near Tysons Va. Walmart 03/24/2021
Walmart warns customers against plastic bag scam on social media 03/24/2021
Butte Montana Police blotter: Disorderly, disturbance; two televisions shoplifted from Walmart; inebriated and napping 03/25/2021
RS Man Arrested after Stealing Over $6,900 in Merchandise from Wyoming Walmart 03/25/2021
Sun Prairie police has no record of alleged Wisc. Walmart attack; looking for victim 03/24/2021
SMCSO Seeking Identity for Theft Suspect at Md. Walmart 03/26/2021
Man arrested for Idaho Walmart burglary 03/29/2021
Police: Clearfield man exposes himself in Pa. Walmart parking lot 03/29/2021
Bomb threat forces evacuation of Colorado Springs Walmart 03/28/2021
Police: Waterloo woman faces felony charge after NY Walmart larceny 03/29/2021
Police: Handwritten threat led to evacuation of Ebensburg Pa. Walmart 03/28/2021 Police say an employee discovered a handwritten note stating that there was a bomb inside the store.
Two Mitchell women arrested after stealing from Ind. Walmart 03/29/2021
Report: No explosives found after Jackson Mississippi Walmart evacuated for bomb threat 03/30/2021
Walmart 2021 Shareholders' Meeting to be held virtually 03/30/2021
Man arrested on suspicion of starting fire in Sacramento Ca. Walmart in Feb. 03/30/2021
$735 worth of merchandise stolen at Va. Walmart self-checkout 03/30/2021
Bloom Charged for Allegedly Pleasuring Himself in Pa. Walmart Parking Lot 03/29/2021
Police seeking help with identifying suspect who stole from Ill. Walmart 03/31/2021
Yorktown man gets 68 years in Muncie Ind. Walmart slaying case from Feb. 2020 03/31/2021