Sunday, January 17, 2021
Do you think media oligarchs should get a cut every time you donate to charity, buy insurance or make many other purchases? With our current economic system you may not always have a choice, especially if you don't pay attention to how many organizations spend the money they collect from you. Even if you do pay attention, you may not have access to reliable information to make your decisions, although there are some cases where you can minimize the amount they virtually extort from the public, thanks to the fact that a fraction of 1% controls over 95% of the media and they treat speech like a commodity, that is far from free.
Treating speech as a commodity brazenly contradicts the fundamentals of our economic system; or at least it wiould if critics of the system had a fair chance to get their views across, which they don't since speech isn't free. The basic principles of our competitive economic system, which almost go without saying now, are that business compete by providing a better quality product, better service or a lower price, which sounds good, and would be good if it's still true. However many industries, including insurance, charity, weight loss programs etc. compete primarily by selling the most effective propaganda ads, which drive their bureaucratic expenses up, without improving the quality of their service or product, or worse they make it even less effective, which is the case with insurance and charities, among other things.
To put it simply, the more they spend on deceptive advertising, the less they have available for insurance claims, care for a charitable cause, or any other product being advertised; and the ads have an incentive to distort the truth whenever they can to increase profits or donations. When corporations or charities have enormous advertising budgets, often with strong appeals to emotions and little or no fact checking, a large part of what they're selling is propaganda, with the media taking a large cut, not the product, service, or charity they claim to be selling.
Fortunately there are some charity accountability groups that help expose the biggest frauds; unfortunately, some of these organizations, including "Charity Navigator," have given surprisingly high ratings for some major charities which have been caught in repeated scams. Fortunately they do expose some of the biggest scams including 10 Charities Overpaying their For-Profit Fundraisers; these 10 charities spend more than 50% of its budget paying for-profit fundraising professionals to solicit your hard-earned money, and only between 5% and 27% is directed towards its programs and services. There are other smaller charities that are even worse, often raising money through telemarketing or other means, and either spending almost all of it on fundraising and pocketing the rest or only spending one or two percent on charities. These aren't on TV, which would draw more scrutiny, and when they get caught they often shut down and start right back up again under a new name.
One of the biggest charities advertising on TV, the ASPCA, which didn't spend nearly as much money on advertising twenty to thirty years ago, isn't nearly as inefficient as these charities, but it's far from the most efficient charity either, and some critics raise doubts about the leading fact checkers. Activist Facts have raised even more doubts about the ASPCA, including the fact that they don't necessarily give much, if anything to local SPCAs, which many people are unaware of and they reviewed scandals both recent and years or decades old. Furthermore, if you accept the ratings from Charity Navigator, both Pet Smart and PAWS Chicago spend less than a quarter of the percentage on fund raising; they report that ASPCA spend just over 20% on fund raising while Pet Smart spends less than 2% and PAWS Chicago less than 5%, although further fact checking them before donating is advisable. Those wanting to donate to protect animals might be far better off donating to local shelters, which might include local SPCAs that may not get a cut of the donations collected through these commercials, while the media does get a cut.
However some charities advertising on television have a much worse track record including Wounded Warrior Project which I went into more in Wounded Warrior Project finances War Propaganda with donations five years ago. According to Charity Navigator they spend about 24% of their revenue on fund raising; however Paddock Post indicates the waste is higher, Where Does $100 to Wounded Warriors Go (2019)? 07/16/2020 and they also report on Executive Compensation at the Wounded Warriors 02/09/2018 they have fifteen executives making more than $100,000, thirteen of those make over $200,000 and the highest paid person, while they were being caught in numerous scandals, was making over $600,000, yet they have relatively high rankings on several Charity review organizations, including Charity Navigator.
Shortly after that I reviewed "Mind of the Market" by Michael Shermer and I immediately recognized that World Vision, which he provided positive propaganda for, without questioning how much they spent on fundraising, which had to be a lot judging by his review; and in addition to that I Googled them and found out they were involved in several scandals, some going back decades. When I checked back again a couple years ago in We Must Become The Media And The Scientists! I found that there were even more scandals; and while preparing this article I checked again and found even more which are listed below. Despite all these scandals they're ranked fairly well by several charity watch groups including Charity Navigator, although they don't make their best rankings.
Now that over 95% of national media is controlled by a fraction of 1% and that tehy get their funds and profits from selling these deceptive ads they have an incentive to minimize coverage of these scandals, if they cover it all. Some of the best reporting on these scandals either come from smaller organizations that few are familiar with or it took place before the consolidations of the media was complete, including the following article, which raises many questions that are still relevant today:
This was published thirty-five years ago, yet little or nothing has been done to increase accountability; if anything, it may be much worse, since the consolidation of the media escalated in the nineties, and we now have only five or six corporations controlling over 95% of national media and some of the largest remaining media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, which published that article, are owned by billionaires.
World Vision doesn't advertise nearly as much as they used to, possibly because they've been caught in way to many scams, but there are many more fraudulent charities, or at least ones that spend too much on ads, to take their place. Even though World Vision doesn't advertise nearly as much as they used to they still keep coming back, otherwise they couldn't get caught in new scams. If you Google their ads, you'll find them, and it's clear they're still running them on some TV stations even though I haven't seen many if any in years. Wounded Warriors was one of the rare charity scams to actually be exposed on national TV about six years ago, and there ads stopped for several years before gradually coming back, after people had time to forget the scams, which were never addressed.
Many business ads are also incredibly obvious scams, often even worse than charities, including just about any financial ad selling pooled risk like insurance, which I've reviewed before, and aftermarket warranties, which operate on the same basic financial principles. Just like insurance, aftermarket warranties have to cover expenses, including advertising, which makes it less efficient, and make a profit before paying for repairs, which means they have to charge more than the warranty is worth or refuse to cover repairs, using one excuse or another to stay in business and make a profit. Once you understand fundamental principles of financial scams it's easy to recognize them and often find others exposing the scam including the Better Business Bureau which reports many complaints with CarShield They rarely ever provide reviews this bad. It should be obvious that Ice-T and many other celebrities are obvious scam artists.
This scam is so obvious that even one local news outlet from Atlanta exposed their scam a couple years ago, Investigation finds extended warranty company falls short on coverage 08/26/2019 Their consumer advisor Clark Howard said, “If you want an extended service contract or warranty on your vehicle, only buy the manufacturers own. If you have a Ford, buy a Ford. If you have GM, buy a GM, Toyota, etc. That's the only way you know the money you're spending will actually work for you.” I would go one step further and recommend that consumers settle for the standard warranty, and if they consider it inadequate they might want to take their business elsewhere. Good manufacturers want to preserve their reputation and they make their money selling the product not deceptive financial services.
The fact that this news station even reported it is extremely rare, and it's virtually guaranteed that they didn't get any business from CarShield, which is still buying an enormous amount of ads just about everywhere else. This is why commercial media is so reluctant to expose these scams, but occasionally they do try to get brownie points for drawing attention to scams and forcing them to pay one claim here or there, presenting the media as the hero.
Diet programs and exercise programs are among the biggest scams, constantly trying to convince people they have to spend more in order to lose weight or exercise. More often than not, if people buy expensive exercise equipment, it's a matter time before they start hanging their clothes on it without using it. The best deals on low fat food don't require buy a specific brand name and letting someone else dictate your diet, especially since few stick to those diets.
On the other hand, those that do the best job losing weight and staying fit, don't need to pay those selling scams in all these ads; they just eat less and exercise more without paying extra for it. Many people may have motivational and insecurity problems; however, giving money to someone pitching a scam isn't going to help solve that, and they often jump from one scam to another. One possible solution for some people might involve joining an exercise group that meets in public places. These can be organized for little or no money among friends. If there's a professional group leader meeting in public parks, they shouldn't have to charge much money, but non-professional groups would probably be better for those willing to organize them. In some cases, depression or other emotional issues might be a factor in their weight problem, but falling for scams certainly won't make those problems better, if anything they make them worse.
In at least one case Dr. Oz, was implicated in a diet product that proved to be a scam. Dr. Oz isn't the only high profile pundit or media expert that has been implicated in fraud; Drew Pinsky and Phillip McGraw have both been implicated in major scandals, including using pseudo-science to treat drug and alcohol problems while being more concerned with increasing ratings than with treating patients.
So called media experts that have financial conflicts of interests like Dr. Oz, Phil or Drew, aren't the exception, they're the rule. A lot of these professional scam artists have been introduced on Oprah Winfrey's show, including Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz and Suzy Orman, all who have been caught in major scams. They all took advantage of massive media coverage from mainstream media, but were usually only exposed in their scams at a much lower profile, so they can repeat them over and over again.
Officially the media is required to serve the public's interests, which to some degree they may have done decades ago; however after the consolidation of the media so that six corporations control over 95% of national media and massive amounts of deregulation for all corporations any accountability the media once might have had is now gone. They're now a for profit organization with little or no accountability that maximizes their profits by selling fraudulent ads.
Almost all the national media pundits that you see on TV and many local news people are all multimillionaires. They don't get that rich be exposing the scams they sell, they get rich by looking the other way giving tacit support for all these scams! In most cases, if you see something with a large advertising budget on TV you would be better off researching them before buying them, even if the scam isn't quite so obvious. If you rely on traditional media there's little or no chance that you'll find the best exposes of these scams, but in many cases, if you check alternative media or start Googling any given product, service or charity, you might find they're involved in scams.
One thing we should never forget is the old saying, which applies to most commercials, "If it sounds to good to be true, it probably is!"
The following are some additional sources or related articles:
9 Crazy Weight-Loss Scams People Fell For This Year 12/30/2014 7. Green coffee extract that can eliminate 10% of your body weight — a claim that got a boost from The Dr. Oz Show
Physicians urge Columbia to drop its "unacceptable" affiliation with pseudoscience promoter Dr. Oz 04/17/2015
How to Spot a Weight-Loss Scam 02/26/2021
Where does $100 to St. Jude’s Go? 02/12/2017
ASPCA CEO Made $750,000 in 2018 03/13/2020
Why did ASPCA pres Matt Bershadker get $852,231, while we got $9.70 an hour? 08/25/2020
Shriners CFO pleads guilty to stealing $828K from hospital 08/21/2008
In Shriner Spending, a Blurry Line of Giving 02/19/2007
Leaked Report Alleges Wrongdoing within Shriners Hospitals for Children 10/01/2008
FACTS CAST A SHADOW ON SHRINER FUNDS 04/24/1987
Telemarketers turn charity into profits 10/10/2016
Charity Continues to Deceive Donors In the Name of Fallen Police 12/05/2016
Quora: Do charities have to pay to advertise on TV?
Quora: How much does it cost to make and air ASPCA commercials?
Quora: How do charities afford such expensive commercials?
Quora: Why are charities allowed to waste people’s donations on TV advertising?
Charity Navigator: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Fundraising Expenses: 20.4%
Charity Navigator: Shriners Hospitals for Children Fundraising Expenses: 6.4%
Charity Navigator: Wounded Warrior Project Fundraising Expenses: 22.9%
Charity Navigator: Covenant House Fundraising Expenses: 14.9%
Charity Navigator: World Wildlife Fund Fundraising Expenses: 20.3%
Charity Navigator: ALSAC - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraising Expenses: 16.1
Charity Navigator: PETA Fundraising Expenses: 16.1%
Charity Navigator: PetSmart Charities Fundraising Expenses: 1.8%
Charity Navigator: PAWS Chicago Fundraising Expenses: 4.7%
Charity Navigator: American Red Cross Fundraising Expenses: 6.3%
Charity Navigator: World Vision Fundraising Expenses: 8.4%
Charity Navigator: 10 Charities Overpaying their For-Profit Fundraisers These 10 charities spend more than 50% of its budget paying for-profit fundraising professionals to solicit your hard-earned money. They are ranked by the percentage of their total functional expenses spent on professional fundraising fees. As a result, very little of the charity's spending is directed towards its programs and services.
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Where does $1 to the ASPCA go? 02/17/2016 $63 million (33% of revenue): Salaries, Pension, Benefits, and Payroll Taxes; $ 6 million (3% of revenue): Compensation to 23 key employees (avg. $260,869); $27 million (14% of revenue): Advertising and Promotion; Three professional fundraisers were paid $2 million to raise $12 million through direct marketing, fundraising services, and membership appeals. In other words, for every dollar raised, 17 cents was paid to the fundraiser while 83 cents was given to the ASPCA.
ASPCA says 80 percent of donations go to animals 07/18/2015 The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance rated the ASPCA using financial data from 2012 and said it spent 77 percent of donations on programs, 19 percent on fundraising and 4 percent on administration. Its expenses for that year were nearly $168 million.
TV CHARITIES: LET THE GIVER BEWARE 01/20/1985
A World Vision Donor Sponsored a Boy. The Outcome Was a Mystery to Both. 08/02/2016 It was their Othman, who turned 18 on Monday but at the time was 5. None of his relatives recalled signing him up for the World Vision program — nor receiving any money. “We want to know: Who took the photo? What was their aim?” asked Othman’s uncle Abdul-Hamid Sabateen, a chicken farmer in Husan, a Palestinian village on the outskirts of Bethlehem.
World Vision charity named in sex-for-aid allegations 02/17/2018
World Vision clouded by corruption scandal 03/0/2020
Charity World Vision in allegations of corruption and nepotism 03/08/2020
Exclusive: Aid charities reluctant to reveal full scale of fraud 07/14/2015
World Vision Australia corruption allegations: What's happening and lessons for NGOs 03/16/2020
Where does your $1 to World Vision go? 11/11/2015
Five Things You Need to Know About World Vision 08/18/2016
World Vision's Problems Go Beyond the Gaza Corruption Trial 11/06/2016
ASPCA Launches Rebranding Effort 10/15/2005
Activist Facts: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Sarah McLachlan Reveals the Truth About Those Sad ASPCA Ads 01/04/2016
Is The ASPCA’s Tear-Jerking Commercial Deceptive? 05/04/2011
The 15 Biggest Lies Ever Told By Major Advertisers 11/26/2012
93 Percent of the Biggest Celebrity Instagram Ads Are Kinda Lying to You 06/14/2017
6 celebrity endorsements that enraged consumers 04/19/2015
Celebrities shouldn't be answerable for misleading ads, say brand gurus 05/02/2016
Holding the celebrity responsible for false claims in ads is looking for a easy scapegoat 09/04/2016
How Dr. Drew Sold His Cred to Big Pharma 07/06/2012
Sketchy Things About Dr. Drew That Everyone Ignores
Dr. Phil peddles lies, manipulates guests for TV fame 02/20/2020 First, it’s important to understand that Dr. Phil is not a real doctor. While he does have a Ph.D. in psychology and used to have a license, he is no longer a licensed psychologist and cannot legally practice in the state of California, where he lives and films his show (Everyday Psychology, “Is Dr. Phil actually a psychologist?” 01.29.2008). Why did he leave the profession? We’re not sure, but his career was marred in 1988 by serious scandal.
Dr. Phil’s guest drug abuse scandal: Latest in history of lawsuits and allegations of unethical conduct 12/30/2017 A joint investigation by the Boston Globe and the medical news site Stat has chronicled new and disturbing allegations of treatment of guests who came to McGraw for help with substance abuse struggles. The expose presents accounts from multiple guests on his syndicated show who say their addictions were enabled by members of McGraw’s staff in hopes of boosting ratings.
Dr. Phil says he rescues people from addiction. Others say his show puts guests’ health at risk 12/28/2017
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Clint Eastwood Sues Over Phony CBD Endorsements 07/22/2020 If this claim is true, then they may also be faking the endorsements of Tom Selleck and Anderson Cooper in the following two articles as well; although even if Selleck and Cooper aren't involved in this scam, they have been exposed in others.
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Friday, January 1, 2021
Walmart had at least eighteen shootings in December 2020, which is close to the previous record of twenty in one month set a couple years ago. Three of those were fatal, including one that was an officer involved shooting, killing a suspect who had previously driven her car through Walmart after she was involved in a shooting, then was killed by police. There were also three bodies found on the premises, and one other person killed in an accident, bringing the total of dead to at least seven. In addition to the shootings and deaths last month there were fifteen shootings and six deaths in January; eighteen shootings and fifteen deaths in February; seven shootings and four deaths in March; eleven shootings and nineteen deaths in April; eleven shootings and nine deaths in May; eleven shootings and ten deaths in June; eight shootings and three deaths in July; nine shootings and thirteen deaths in August; eleven shootings and six deaths in September; thirteen shootings and eight deaths in October; and nine shootings and seven deaths in November. This brings the total for 2020 to at least one-hundred-and-forty-one shootings and one-hundred-and-seven deaths, which is the second highest number of shootings ever, beat only by 2019, which had the mass shooting in El Paso.
Most of the non-fatal shootings resulted in at least one injury, along with at least one non-fatal injury in one of the double shootings that was fatal. There were almost as many, if not more other gun related crimes without shootings, including many armed robberies, at least one gun stolen from Walmart and at least two people threatening to commit mass shootings, one which was investigated by a SWAT team and a false claim of an "active shooter."
There was a report of a kidnapping that happened three months ago that was finally reported this month. Even though the kidnapper punched the mother and kidnapped both her and a baby in front of witnesses there was little if any media coverage of it when it happened. This strongly implies that many more major crimes may be ignored by mainstream media.
There were at least three stampedes, brawls or fights over a Playstation 5, in three different states, which was out of stock in at least two of these cases. This is semi-routine around the holidays, yet there's never any discussion about how to improve supply, or stop advertising and hyping things they can't keep in stock. Instead they routinely put all the blame on the consumers, even though by now there's plenty of evidence indicating that excessive hype and ads are a major contributing factor.
There were several other fights, unrelated to Playstation 5, including an assault on a Salvation Army bell ringer, two employees, one that was seventy years old, and another fight that was caught on video, which, of course, went viral. Walmart continues to ignore the root causes of their high crime problems; however, that hasn't stopped them from putting "Crime-fighting kiosks" in their stores, showing pictures of mostly petty criminals, while much worse white collar crime is uninvestigated.
Walmart's computers were impacted by the Christmas bombing in Nashville, even though they weren't involved with it; however, they routinely get many bomb threats every month, and even though everything is caught on camera at Walmart, it may be a matter of time before someone leaves a tape saying, If you hear this, evacuate now.”
Walmart has been accused of forcing employees back to work without proper precautions for the pandemic; and they continue having more cases where people intentionally cough on others to scare them, creating a new routine crime. An off-duty cop was arrested after refusing to wear a mask and trying to intimidate someone that asked him to wear a mask, and was suspended pending an investigation. They may be more accountable for things like this or shoplifting than they are for shooting unarmed people.
In addition to the pedestrian killed in an accident there were at least three vehicles stolen or retrieved at Walmart, and a couple more major crashes, which is lower than usual, although there may be more that weren't widely reported. There were also at least two vehicles that caught fire, one as a result of a crash, another as a result of arson. There were at least two more arsons inside stores as well. Walmart had at least one incident with a man threatening people with a machete, and another person stealing knifes. In many cases, when robbers commit armed robbery, they just steal their weapons from Walmart, which appears quite easy to do, even if they rarely get away with it since they're on camera.
Walmart had several purse snatchings, assaults on employees, sexual assaults, several catalytic converters stolen from cars parked at their stores, and numerous other assaults, as well as the usually daily shoplifting's across the country that are hardly newsworthy.
Another study has come out showing that taxpayers are subsidizing Walmart and other oligarchs “starvation wages.” Many people may forget that Walmart didn't dominate the market as a result of doing a good job competing with other stores, but as a result of negotiations with politicians to give them unfair advantages, which led to this situation, unless they get an occasional reminder, which the media doesn't provide. The pandemic is only making this worse, driving many small businesses out of business, while Walmart profits went through the roof. Some of these small business owners are protesting to their government, without getting any help, while Walmart get more subsidies.
Walmart had more recalls for gas stoves because of a fire hazard and kids toys that moved on their own and may have endangered people, although they weren't widely reported so most people with dangerous products subject to recall almost never know about it.
Walmart has also been sued by the Federal government for their part in the opioid crisis; and at the same time they're trying to increase their influence on health care industries. Yet there's little or no consideration of how much they should be trusted with health care, considering their track record with just about everything else.
They also caught a man masturbating in the women's rest room, which isn't the first time this has happened.
One unnamed employee may be in a lot of trouble, assuming he still has his job, after he called Josh Hawley a ‘Sore Loser’ on Twitter, supposedly because he accidentally posted on the company account when he meant to post on his personal account. This was quickly deleted, of course, but it still resulted in calls to boycott them, and forced them to publicly apologize, which got far more media coverage than their recalls, of most of their crime problems.
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 November 2020. 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.
Walmart resumes customer counting, addresses toilet paper shortages 12/01/2020
Walmart at Eastport Plaza Portland Oregon closed after coronavirus outbreak 12/02/2020
Southport NC Police looking for suspects involved in ‘criminal incident’ at Walmart 12/02/2020
Police arrest two at Hartselle Alabama Walmart 12/0/2020
Ossining Man Accused Of Shoplifting At NY Walmart 12/01/2020
Ashland Ky. Walmart Superstore to close until Dec. 4 12/02/2020
Documentary on El Paso Walmart mass shooting premieres in Las Vegas Friday 12/02/2020
Police looking for woman who used stolen credit card at Aurora Ind. Walmart 12/02/2020
Did twins leave Mich. Walmart lot to surveil Whitmer's home for terrorism? Attorneys spar. 12/02/2020
One Lubbock Tx. Walmart temporarily closed for cleaning 12/02/2020
Police: Man uses stolen debit card at Petersburg Va. Walmart 12/03/2020
Winona Minn. Police calls for Tuesday, Dec. 2: Walmart reports theft of $430 of merchandise in two incidents 12/02/2020
Two Charged with Retail Theft from Plano Ill. Walmart 12/02/2020
Cordele man arrested while picking up items bought from Ga. Walmart with stolen CC info 12/03/2020
A dog was missing for weeks. Then it wandered into Alabama Walmart and found its owner working at the register 12/04/2020 June Rountree and her husband circled their neighborhood night after night looking for their beloved lost dog Abby. Rountree, 60, realized the dog was missing Nov. 8, when she went to the backyard of their home in Dothan, Ala., and instead of seeing her 4-year-old black-and-white dog, she was horrified to see only Abby’s collar and leash, which was secured to a ground stake.
This woman took $166 in items from Ga. Walmart without paying, deputies say 12/04/2020
Farmington NM Walmart Supercenter temporarily closes for sanitization 12/03/2020
Police Need Help Finding Men Who Stole From West Branch Mich. Walmart 12/04/2020
Pair make off with $200 worth of Ga. Walmart merchandise 12/01/2020
Watertown NY Walmart closes two days for cleaning because of COVID-19 12/0/2020
Police looking for man, woman in theft at Tx. Walmart 12/04/2020
Two men charged with stealing keys, demagnetizer from Redmond Oregon Walmart 12/04/2020
St. Cloud man suspected in series of electronics thefts from Sartell Minn. Walmart 12/04/2020
Police: Man uses stolen debit card at Petersburg Va. Walmart 12/03/2020
Crimestoppers seeks tips on theft from Kansas Walmart 12/04/2020
Man arrested in Crisp Co. Ga. Walmart theft 12/03/2020
Another accused of stealing from Worthington Minn. Walmart 12/06/2020
Walmart Canada site crashes selling PS5, upsetting potential buyers 12/03/2020
Person of interest wanted in Enterprise Alabama Walmart theft 12/07/2020
81-year-old Big Run man arrested for exposing himself to Pa. Walmart employee, DUI 12/07/2020
Williamsburg Ky. Walmart closing at 2 p.m. Monday, set to reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday 12/07/2020
Two Arrested On Theft And Drug Charges After Stealing From Ind. Walmart 12/07/2020
Man charged with theft after impersonating Walmart employee in order to shoplift in South Euclid Ohio 12/06/2020
Walla Walla man Michael Tingle pleads guilty in Wash. Walmart incident 12/07/2020
Person of interest wanted in Enterprise Alabam Walmart theft 12/07/2020
Were you at Ithaca NY Walmart, The Home Depot on these dates? You should go and get tested 12/08/2020
Suspect arrested in August bomb threat at Casper Wy. Walmart locations 12/07/2020
Grinches Attempt To Steal Toys From Md. Walmart Parking Lot: Police 12/07/2020
DuBois Pa. Walmart closed temporarily 12/08/2020
Spartanburg SC police officer back at work after attack at Walmart 12/08/2020
Police looking for suspects accused of stealing $2,000 worth of merchandise at Indiana County Pa. Walmart 12/09/2020
Keene NH Walmart sees unspecified number of COVID cases 12/08/2020
Police Say Tenn. Woman With Lifetime Ban From Walmart Was Back Skip Scanning 12/08/2020
Walmart announces temporary closure of Oklahoma City location for cleaning 12/08/2020
Walmart closing Paragould Arkansas store for ‘additional cleaning,’ leaving community scrambling 12/0/2020
Jasper Alabama Walmart closes for two days to sanitize 12/09/2020
Ammon Idaho Walmart closes suddenly for cleaning 12/09/2020
Employee who caused bomb scare at Nixa Missouri Walmart pleads guilty to spoiling some food 12/10/2020
Two men steal from Elyria Ohio Walmart twice in same day, police say 12/09/2020
Blotter: Woman allegedly switched prices on bedding at Tx. Walmart 12/09/2020
Ohio Man Impersonates Walmart Employee, Busted for Shoplifting 12/10/2020
Scottsboro Walmart closes for deep cleaning for COVID safety 12/10/2020
Bluefield Va. Walmart closing Thursday for cleaning, will reopen on Saturday 12/10/2020
Walmart Outlines Vaccine Distribution Plans 12/10/2020
Okla. Walmart, QuikTrip rack up complaints from public about non-compliance to mask mandate 12/10/2020
2 women wanted for shoplifting at Murfreesboro Tenn. Walmart 12/10/2020
Somonauk Woman Arrested For Shoplifting at Ill. Walmart and Possession of Drugs 12/10/2020
Starbucks joins McDonald's and Walmart in calling for Congress to pass stimulus package, as CEO announces plans for $15 minimum wage 12/10/2020
Walmart closes Hot Springs Arkansas location for cleaning, sanitization 12/11/2020
At height of holiday shopping season, Walmart shuts down Carmel Ind. store for two days 12/11/2020
Walmart to give COVID-19 vaccine following FDA approval 12/12/2020
Westfield Ind. Walmart closes until Dec. 13 to ‘clean and sanitize the building’ 12/11/2020
Fruitland Park woman and her guy pal jailed after theft at Summerfield Wal-Mart 12/12/2020
Man Wanted For Stealing Two Televisions, Clothing From Long Island NY Walmart 12/13/2020
Three Charged in Retail Theft of Over $1,300 at Oswego Ill. Walmart 12/12/2020
Ind. Walmart closes 2 area stores for cleaning 12/12/2020
Woman steals bag of Christmas money from Bainbridge Township Ohio Walmart, police say 12/13/2020
Trespasser admits to stealing from Tenn. Walmart when caught by loss prevention 12/13/2020
This week in TikTok: When Walmart and Amazon employees go viral 12/15/2020 Walmart wants its workers to be influencers — but only on their own terms. There’s a TikTok that’s stuck with me ever since I saw it earlier this fall. It’s of a Walmart employee named Shana announcing all the racist and sexist behavior she witnessed during her time on the job over the store microphone, calling out her coworkers by name. She ended with, “I fucking quit.”
Man accused of sexually assaulting teen at Mich. Walmart heads to trial 12/15/2020
Savannah Tenn. police investigating bomb threat at Walmart 12/14/2020
Police: 2 New York City Woman Stole From Hudson Valley Walmart 12/15/2020
Court affirms $17M jury verdict for woman injured at WV Walmart 12/14/2020
SD Walmart Evacuated Briefly Monday Over Gas Leak Concern 12/14/2020
La. Walmart employees praised for saving woman’s life 12/15/2020
Police: Norwalk man left children alone while shoplifting from Conn. Walmart 12/15/2020
Deputies looking for man accused of showing lewd photo to Walmart cashier in Palm Coast Fla. 12/16/2020
Bedford Woman Issued Summons After Stealing From Ind. Walmart 12/15/2020
Walmart to temporarily close Supercenter in Shawnee Okla. 12/16/2020
Woman claiming to steal items for kids at children’s home nailed at Summerfield Fla. Wal-Mart 12/16/2020
Walmart reopens in Kirkwood Missouri following bomb threat 12/16/2020
Cantonment Man Facing Multiple Charges For Stealing Electronics From Fla. Target, Walmart Stores 12/17/2020
Pico Rivera Ca.’s Walmart closed for two days for deep cleaning 12/16/2020
Anderson Ca. Walmart Supermarket customers speak out on the store reopening after a deep clean 12/16/2020
Walmart closing Huntsville Alabama location for deep cleaning 12/15/2020
Maskless shoppers at Walmart? Concerned citizen suggests a non-confrontational approach 12/15/2020
Palm Springs Ca. Walmart closed for cleaning; Store will reopen on Saturday 12/17/2020
Bloomington Woman Arrested After Stealing Items from Ind. Walmart 12/18/2020 According to a probable cause affidavit, on April 28, 2019, a woman was captured on video scanning a Kool-aid package that cost 24 cents and then putting a stack of folded clothing into a bag. She admitted she knew she shouldn’t have stolen the items. However, she then stated that she was caught up in the moment and was trying to just get items for her child.
Local police warn of ‘free money’ scam via fake Walmart letter 12/17/2020
CRIME STOPPERS: Man wanted after sound bar is stolen from Ill. Walmart 12/17/2020
How eBay’s, Walmart’s Engineering Teams Tackle Test Automation 12/17/2020
North Texas Walmart Neighborhood Market Closing To Sanitize For COVID-19 12/18/2020
Man wanted in reference to shoplifting at Walmart on Beltline Drive in Florence SC 12/18/2020
Bartlesville Okla. police: Man exposes himself to young girl at Walmart 12/18/2020
Clarksburg WV Walmart to close for 41 hours for deep cleaning 12/20/2020
S.C. Johnson joins with Coke, Walmart, Pepsi and others to implement 'circular approach' to plastic waste 12/20/2020
Snopes: Did Walmart Employees Hide a PS5 Stash for Themselves? 12/19/2020 False
Law Log: Woman reportedly left NC Walmart through fire exit with cart full of toys 12/20/2020
Walmart store in Grand Blanc closing to allow third party crews to come in and clean 12/21/2020
Busted- Walking Out of Fla. Walmart With More than $725 Worth of Unpaid For Items 12/21/2020
Woman attempting to return merchandise arrested at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza Fla. 12/21/2020
Man wanted for sexually assaulting women shoppers at Walmart, Dollar Tree in Gastonia NC 12/21/2020
Oregon Health Authority: BLM faces workplace outbreak; Walmart’s is resolved 12/21/2020
Police searching for missing woman last seen at Ga. Walmart 12/22/2020
Bartlesville Okla. police: Man arrested after exposing himself to child at Walmart 12/22/2020
Target, Walmart in Fresno Ca. to be shut down under proposed emergency order 12/22/2020
Ithaca NY Walmart latest public COVID-19 exposure alert from health department 12/22/2020
Flash flooding swamps Garner NC Walmart parking lot 12/24/2020
Swansboro NC Walmart shuts down after report of "suspicious bag" 12/24/2020
Two arrested after shoplifting at Kansas Walmart 12/24/2020
Maryville Tenn. Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 12/24/2020
Youngstown Ohio police warn of scam involving fake Walmart checks 12/24/2020
Cops Use License Plate Number To Catch Alleged Orange County NY Walmart Thief 12/26/2020
Holiday Gift Return Rules FL Retailers: Amazon, Target, Walmart 12/26/2020
Lincoln Nebraska Walmart temporarily closing for deep clean 12/28/2020
Chula Vista Ca. Walmart Closes for Cleaning 12/28/2020
Walmart on Serene, Eastern in Las Vegas Nevada temporarily closed 12/22/2020
Walmart will not sell COVID-19 vaccine for $ 400 Mexican pesos in the US Why the confusion? 12/27/2020
LETTER: Maskless customers at Walmart drive me away 12/28/2020
Clio Mich. Walmart to temporarily close for cleaning, sanitizing 12/27/2020
Deputies arrest LSU football player for theft from Port Allen La. Walmart 12/24/2020
Parkersburg WV Walmart closing for deep cleaning 12/29/2020
South Euclid Ohio police: WalMart worker attempted to steal nearly $6k in Apple Watches 12/28/2020
Walmart provided 16 million pounds of food to Indiana food banks this year 12/28/2020
Walmart Supercenter in San Jacinto Ca. closes 2 days for deep clean 12/2/2020
Bryan Tx. Walmart on Briarcrest closing today at 2 p.m. 12/28/2020
Pawhuska Man Charged with Indecent Exposure for Okla. Walmart Incident 12/28/2020
Lodi Ca. Walmart closes for COVID-19-related deep cleaning 12/28/2020
Two Issued Summons After Stealing from Ind. Walmart 12/28/2020
Bomb Threat At Greenville Tx. Walmart 12/29/2020
Logan Utah Police look for victim groped by man in Walmart 12/29/2020
Walmart store in Midland Mich. closing Wednesday for 40-hour deep clean 12/30/2020
State College Pa. police search for suspect in Walmart theft 12/30/2020
2 Orange County Ca. Walmart Supercenters Close For COVID Sanitization 12/29/2020
Montoursville Pa. WalMart evacuated for gas leak 12/30/2020
Opelika Alabama Police release surveillance footage of suspects in Walmart theft, credit fraud case 12/30/2020
Police presence at Ill. Walmart 12/30/2020 Police said a Walmart store is now clear after they responded to a possible bomb threat earlier Wednesday night.
Walmart puts its workers on shots list 12/31/2020
Woman wanted for walking out of Walmart with full shopping cart in Marion County 12/30/2020
Manning SC Police Chief gives all clear to Walmart after suspicious package scare 12/31/2020
Missing Volusia Fla. teen last seen getting into Lyft at Walmart 12/31/2020 Emily Gustafsson may have run away from home
Woman arrested after allegedly switching UPC codes at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge 12/31/2020
Walmart temporarily closes Weatherford Okla. store for cleaning 12/31/2020
Man arrested after allegedly stealing from La. Walmart employee 12/31/2020
Delta Colorado Walmart evacuated; police say no more threat at this time 12/31/2020