Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Walmart Crime Report June 2020

The pandemic took a back seat to massive protests over police shootings, including George Floyd, across the country and at Walmart, this included dozens of riots at Walmart and lots of looting. Walmart may have closed as many, if not more stores as a result of the protests as they did because of the pandemic. But that hasn't slowed the shootings down at their own stores, much if at all. They had at least another eleven shootings, with two people killed by police, one after he killed a Walmart employee and another after a carjacking. (This article was originally posted citing only ten shootings; the eleventh was reported and added a day later.)

The person killed by police after killing an employee was a disgruntled ex-employee that was fired a year ago and another one of the murder suspects was a current employee. There haven't been many other shootings by employees of Walmart in the past few months, but over the years, they've probably had more than any other employer, including much more than the Post Office which previously had a reputation for having a lot of employees "going postal," not because they have more work place shootings than other companies, but because the media drew much more attention to them while reporting each Walmart shooting as an isolated incident, often only covering them locally and declining to keep track of how often they happen.

There were relatively few additional gun related crimes last month, but there were another three bodies found on the premises, including two that were probably natural causes, with one of the bodies decomposing for days if not weeks before being found, another one was a Walmart employee, and the third was an alleged suicide by hanging, which has become much more common since the George Floyd protests and not everyone is convinced all these are suicides. There was another alleged suicide by hanging the month before which hadn't been reported promptly, and a shooting at the very end of May, during a protest about police shootings, that resulted in a death, although that part wasn't reported promptly either. There was also one more death of a Walmart worker from Coronavirus, which brings the total dead for the month to ten.

There were also two previous fatal police shootings from April 2020 and November 2019 that are being investigated further; one where an emotionally unstable person was waving a bat, but family believes he could have been subdued with non-lethal force; and a shootings of a handcuffed man that was trying to escape after stealing a lock-set worth less than $50. The Mayor of that SC town is calling for the removal of the police officers involved in that shooting.

Even though the pandemic was put on the back burner it hasn't gone completely away. The daily death toll is way down from it's peak in April and there are few if any reports of deaths at Walmart; however, infections supposedly continue to rise. This may be partly because they're doing much more testing, including a lot at Walmart. Walmart is often reluctant to report on infections that allegedly happen in their own stores, including employees that test positive, although other sources continue reporting them. And there are still people outraged at the restrictions reacting with violence.

It's not just Walmart that's causing all these problems. A senior citizen and armed robber at Walmart plead guilty at the beginning of last month to a robbery that only took place four weeks earlier and accepted a fifteen year sentence, which, at his age, means life, assuming he serves the full sentence.this is a surprisingly quick plea bargain, but it means he'll have health care provided by the state for the rest of his life, which he might not have had otherwise. Something is seriously wrong with an economic system that spends money on prisons, and wars based on lies, but not health care, education, child care or other programs that reduce violence, like other countries with much lower rates of violence.

Walmart is also being implicated in a murder spree that took place in December 2016, because they didn't secure their ammunition properly, and the suspect was able to steal it from them, even though he couldn't buy it legally, which enabled the shootings spree. That month was a record breaker with 20 shootings at Walmart, which is still the record for a month today, but if these shootings, which didn't happen at the store it would have been at least two or three higher.

There were also numerous major assaults at their stores including a 79-year-old that was dragged during a purse snatching, a man who had his jaw broken, a couple assaulting a teen, a man left naked tied to a tree behind the store, and 83-year-old man arrested for road rage and assault; and a police officer that was filmed beating a Spanish speaking man that just wanted to go through the checkout as they were closing. He couldn't understand English and the cop, who had been disciplined numerous times, interpreted that as resisting arrest, claiming he was assaulted by the video shows otherwise.

Walmart had a few more hit and run incidents last month, at least one auto theft, and another police chase, plus another RV destroyed by fire on the premises and one or two arsons, although a fire behind the store hasn't been conclusively ruled arson. Walmart also had at least five or six more stabbings, including two on police officers at one store, and a couple more threats to stab someone.

Walmart is constantly trying to test even more automation, including self-checkouts even though they know that they lead to much more crime and they ahve to hire more people to watch them on cameras taking up a lot of the money they save. Tax payers pay even more in court costs but that isn't taken into consideration, since it's an externatity paid for by others so it doesn't impact their profits and amounts to a subsidy on crime. Yet they're still testing a store with no more cashiers, and if it increases profits, even at the expense higher crime partly paid for by of taxpayers, then they intend to increase it nationwide, subsidizing their crime problems even more.

The vast majority of crime, including petty shoplifting, but also many more minor assaults hardly gets any media attention, including a continuing practice of walking out with entire shopping carts full of merchandise, partly encouraged by store design, assaults, thefts from other customers, various sexual assaults, and much more.

Walmart had recalls of ground beef for possible E. coli contamination and garden salad mixes potentially linked to growing Cyclospora outbreak, which happens just about every month but reporting on it is minimal so many people may not know to return it. The number of attorney generals calling on them to protect their workers from the pandemic continues to rise as well.

Walmart has a growing revolving door among their executives with other stores that they're supposed to be competing with as well. This is a characteristic of an oligarchy system not a free market economy. The market has been divided up among a small percentage of the public, and only those from the wealthiest class get any control over the economic system. Workers are demanding a voice on the board, yet they're bing denied and the government supports union suppression practices carried out by campaign donors. The fed is now buying up their debt as well, along with many other major corporations, which further concentrates power in the hands of oligarchs, and they're steadily increasing their control of the health care system as well, which should alarm everyone.

Walmart is also having a growing discrimination problem, even though they're spending millions on public relations to portray them as supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Few if any of the organizers consider this sincere, especially since there are many more black people being racially profiled at their stores, by both police and loss prevention officers, who are often off-duty police in many states. Black executives are also losing ground at Walmart. Any small changes like removing multicultural hair products from locked cases or confederate flags only happen after enormous amounts of protests.

Walmart also has periodical problems with roaches and rats across the country, at least one store was shut down for roaches and there was also a large rat caught on camera running down the aisles.

Compared to this the visiting alligators are relatively mild, they just want to do their shopping too, I don't see what the big deal is.

They also get upset when a man strips naked before shopping and then does it again at Sam's club.

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 June 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.

Police search for suspect that stole elderly woman's credit card at Aberdeen Md. Walmart 06/01/2020

Protesters gather outside Fla. Walmart 06/01/2020

Woman, 22, killed at protest as civil unrest roils Davenport Iowa 06/01/2020

Relatives of a 22-year-old woman say she was shot and killed while leaving a protest against police brutality outside a Walmart store in Davenport.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Relatives of a 22-year-old woman say she was shot and killed while leaving a protest against police brutality outside a Walmart store in Davenport.

Italia Marie Kelly was one of two people fatally shot overnight as civil unrest roiled the city.

Kelly's aunt says she joined a protest late Sunday over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Complete article

Woman’s Body Found Hanging from Tree Near Georgia Walmart, Police Don’t Suspect Foul Play 05/14/2020

An investigation is being conducted after a body was found hanging from a tree in South Fulton, Georgia on Old National Highway Monday morning.

Patrol cars surrounded the local Walmart’s parking lot as authorities tried to determine the cause of death. Channel 2 news reporter Rikki Klaus said the South Fulton detective confirmed that the case was ruled a suicide and no foul play was suspected. Klaus tweeted at 4:29 a.m., “BREAKING- This is truly disturbing…The medical examiner’s office is here.”

She then wrote, “I just got off the phone with the South Fulton detective authorized to share information with the media. She said an unidentified woman was found hanging from a tree overnight near a Walmart on Old National Highway. She said the investigation revealed the woman killed herself. ” Complete article

Man shot, killed during argument inside metro Atlanta Ga. Walmart 06/01/2020

DeKalb County police are investigating a deadly shooting at a Walmart Monday afternoon.

Police tell Channel 2 Action News that officers responded to the store off Gresham Road around 2 p.m. An argument inside the store started between two men.

A man in his mid-60s was shot inside the store and later died on the way to the hospital. A man in his late-50s has been taken into custody. Complete article

Deadly Gresham Rd. DeKalb Ga. Walmart shooting ruled self-defense 06/01/2020

Large Rat Caught on Video at Chalmette La. Walmart 03/15/2020

Oh, and this happened yesterday at the Chalmette Walmart!!

We heard some screaming and turned to see this huge rat running along the dairy wall!

Not something you see everyday. Thankfully! Complete video

Suspected Fla. Wal-Mart shoplifter chased down at McDonald’s in The Villages 06/01/2020

A suspected Wal-Mart shoplifter was chased down at McDonald’s at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

Lee Roland Johnston, 30, of Leesburg, was carrying a backpack loaded with stolen merchandise shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday when he ran from the nearby Wal-Mart store, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.

A Wildwood police officer assisted deputies in apprehending Johnston, who admitted he had thrown the backpack into the bushes. When law enforcement officers retrieved the backpack, they found the $300 in stolen merchandise inside.

Johnston, who had a can of pepper spray in his pocket, said he “screwed up” and shouldn’t have stolen the merchandise, the arrest report said. He also had drug paraphernalia in his possession.

A loss prevention officer at Wal-Mart said Johnston set off a fire alarm when he ran out of a door at the store. Complete article

Walmart stores close early in Winston-Salem NC over social media rumor 06/01/2020

Two of Winston-Salem's Walmart Supercenter stores closed early Monday because of disturbing posts on social media, as the chain closed hundreds stores across the country because of property damage fears.

The stores that closed are on Kester Mill Road off Hanes Mall Boulevard and on Hanes Mill Road near University Parkway. Security guards said the stores closed at 2 p.m.

Charles Crowson, a spokesman for Walmart Inc., declined to confirm the closings in Winston-Salem. Complete article

George Floyd: Beavercreek Ohio police take a knee with protesters; "It’s a beautiful thing," demonstrator says 06/01/2020

Protesters report officers at one point removed their tactical gear and took a knee in solidarity with those demonstrating.

“They stripped their helmets and their shields, laid them down and they started coming toward us. A couple of them actually took a knee. I almost have no words. It was just a moment you had to be here for,” said Corey Parks of Englewood.

“It’s just a beautiful thing and I’m happy to be a part of it," Parks said. Complete article

Police: Suspects broke into, stole from Jacksonville Ill. Walmart 06/02/2020

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - Suspects broke into and burglarized a Jacksonville Walmart, authorities said.

Jacksonville police said they received a report at 11:44 p.m. Monday about a possible burglary at the store, which is located at 1941 W. Morton Ave. They discovered suspects broke a door on the east side of the store while it was closed.

The suspects stole several items and fled, per a press release from police.

Officers said they pursued a maroon Chevrolet Impala that was speeding from the store and tried to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle did not yield to emergency lights and sirens. Complete article

Arlington Tx. protesters vandalize Walmart across from AT&T Stadium, police say 06/02/2020

After marching around downtown Arlington for two hours Monday evening, some protesters vandalized stores, according to police.

Around a dozen protesters broke into the Walmart across from AT&T Stadium, at 915 E. Randol Mill Road, after 11 p.m., according to Lt. Christopher Cook, an Arlington Police Department spokesman. Employees were still working in the store. Five were arrested and face charges of felony commercial burglary, Cook said.

He also reported protesters shattered the glass door of Jared Jewelry near Parks Mall, at 3951 S. Cooper St. Complete article

Man, 3 Minors Arrested On Suspicion Of Looting Stockton Walmart 06/01/2020

STOCKTON (CBS13) — Police have named one of the suspects arrested on suspicion of looting the Stockton Walmart on Sunday night.

Stockton police said, a little after 9 p.m., officers started getting reports of about 20 to 30 people looting the Walmart along Trinity Parkway.

People scattered as officers showed up, but four people were eventually arrested.
Stockton Police Dept ✔ @StocktonPolice

Tonight, at 9:12 pm, officers responded to a report of a large group of looters breaking into the Walmart on Trinity Parkway. When officers arrived, four people were taken into custody, one adult male and three juvenile males. This is still an active investigation.

Complete article

Several people arrested for looting Walmart in Greenacres Fla. during protests 06/01/2020

GREENACRES, Fla. (CBS12) — Several people were arrested after looting a Walmart during Sunday's protests for George Floyd's death, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said.

On Sunday around 11:30 p.m., deputies responded to the Walmart on Forest Hill Boulevard for reports of a large mob looting the store, according to the sheriff's office. The Walmart Asset Protection Manager told deputies that around 11 pm, he saw an unknown white vehicle park in the parking lot. Since the store was closed at the time, he said he didn't think anything of it.

Shortly after, another unknown vehicle drove by and shouted, “It’s about to go down on Facebook Live!”

Then just before 11:30 p.m., several cars pulled into the parking lot and a large passenger van backed up into the cement blocks that protect the front doors, the sheriff's office said. At this time, the manager announced to all the remaining Walmart employees still in the store to lock themselves in the cash office. Complete article

Former Walmart execs take leadership posts at Target, Sprouts, Michaels 05/26/2020

Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series about retail industry executives who worked at Walmart.

Walmart is a stepping stone for retail industry executives who spend a few years at the retail giant and then leave for jobs with other companies. The most high profile is Brian Cornell, CEO of Target since mid-2014. Cornell spent three years at Walmart as the CEO of Sam’s Club. Prior to that he was CEO of Michaels.

During his short tenure at Sam’s Club, the club’s revenue grew to $53.8 billion, a gain of $6 billion over his three years at the helm. When Cornell left Walmart, Sam’s Club was seen as the shining star in the retail giant’s portfolio compared with the struggling Walmart U.S. stores. Cornell earned total compensation of $5.043 million his last year at Walmart.

Target continues to be a formidable retail competitor for Walmart and Amazon. While there have been short-term challenges from COVID-19 the mass retailer is still considered one of the best run in the industry, according to Barclays analyst Karen Short. Complete article

Sprouts appoints Walmart veteran as chief fresh merchandising officer 06/09/2020

Former Walmart execs find challenging roles to fill after leaving Bentonville 05/27/2020

Editor’s note: This is the final of a two-part series about retail industry executives who worked at Walmart. Link here for the first article.

Walmart is known as a talent builder in the retail industry so it’s no surprise many of its employees rise through the ranks and eventually leave to work at other companies and organizations. Three top Walmart execs left the retailer in 2019 to lead other companies.

Jamie Iannone was a rising star at Walmart through his work at bringing Sam’s Club into the technology forefront. Iannone joined Sam’s Club in 2014 as CEO of and headed up the retailer’s membership and technology divisions. During his tenure, Sam’s Club worked to improve Scan & Go, launched Sam’s Garage and Ask Sam apps to help customers and employees do their jobs and access services more efficiently. He also oversaw the concept club located in Dallas that is a technology laboratory for the larger retail chain.

“When Jamie came to Sam’s Club they were pretty far behind Walmart in terms of technology capabilities for the front and back-end of clubs. When he left earlier this year, Sam’s Club was seen as the leader of technology innovation within the Walmart portfolio,” said Scott Benedict, director of retail studies at Texas A&M and former Walmart executive. Complete article

Nearly 200 protesters gather in front of Walmart in West Melbourne Fla. to call for justice in the Floyd case 06/01/2020

Woodstock Va. Walmart holds ceremony for graduating employees 06/01/2020

Pendleton Oregon Walmart celebrates graduating employees 06/01/2020

Sumter SC Walmart closes after looting rumor spreads on social media 06/01/2020

Walmart in Leeds Alabama closing early over protest concerns 06/01/2020

Power outage at Texarkana Tx. Walmart restored 06/01/2020

Bomb threat called into the Walmart in Lisbon Conn. 06/02/2020

Suspects accused of stealing clothes, TV from Tenn. Walmart amid night of unrest 06/02/2020

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three people were detained after officers say they broke into the Walmart on Elvis Presley Boulevard. According to police, officers received a tip that several people were on their way to the store to loot and vandalize it early Monday morning. The store had been closed since 5 p.m. on May 31.

When they arrived, they saw two suspects running from the store with stolen items in their possession. They jumped into a white Hyundai Sonata that was driven by Jamal Johnson.

According to a probable cause statement, the Facebook event invited people to show up at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the Raytown Walmart, gather items then “run out” at 8 p.m.

Lewis told the detective the post “was a little joke that I guess went too far” and that he didn’t think anybody would really do it. Complete article

‘Large mob’ storms into closed South Florida Walmart, police say 06/03/2020

A “large mob” ransacked a Walmart Sunday night, stole thousands of dollars of merchandise and caused thousands of dollars of damage, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Eight people were later arrested, including three minors.

Items found stolen included two smart TVs, a movie projector, a turntable, a speaker and a gaming mouse pad, according to a police report. Doors, locks, merchandise displays and demo electronics were also damaged at the Walmart at 6294 Forest Hill Blvd. near the suburban city of Greenacres.

The value of the merchandise stolen and recovered was $2,531,73, plus damages. Complete article

Senior citizen who robbed a Texas-side Walmart last month at gunpoint recently pleads guilty, gets 15 years 06/02/2020

A 77-year-old man who robbed a local Walmart before attempting to make his getaway in a Smart Car was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison as part of a plea bargain. TEXARKANA, Texas — A 77-year-old man who robbed a local Walmart before attempting to make his getaway in a Smart Car was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison as part of a plea bargain.

Ronnie Dean Seymour appeared from the Bi-State jail via video before 102nd District Judge Jeff Addison with Assistant Public Defender Deborah Moore.

"I'm guilty sir," Seymour said when asked to enter a plea to a charge of aggravated robbery. ......

According to earlier reports, Seymour is also wanted in connection with the robbery of a Walmart in Bossier City, La. In Louisiana, Seymour allegedly attempted to rob the Money Center of the Walmart Super Center on Airline Drive on May 7, according to a news release from the Bossier City Police Department. The suspect in the Louisiana holdup was wearing a security guard jacket and a black hat with the word security written on it. He was also wearing a face mask, according to the news release. Complete article

Raytown teen charged for post about looting Walmart 06/02/2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A teenager from Raytown Missouri has been charged with making a terrorist threat for creating a Facebook event that invited people to loot a Walmart on Missouri 350.

Bryant Lewis, 18, is charged with first-degree making a terrorist threat, which is punishable by at least one year in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Complete article

We know and run Walmart but are denied a voice 06/02/2020

In the nearly 32 years I have worked at my Walmart store in Kenosha, Wisconsin, I’ve seen a lot of changes — from the products we sell, to the associates I work with, to the customers who come through our doors. What has not changed is a management culture that refuses to listen to employees on the front lines.

We are the people who know our company best, who see at first hand what’s working and what isn’t, but when we make recommendations to protect customers and the brand’s reputation and long-term success, it’s still radio silence from the top. Walmart’s response to Covid-19 — slow, inadequate, failing to prioritise our health and public health — underscores why workers like me need a voice in shaping corporate policy.

A study by United for Respect found that it took weeks — in some cases almost two months — for Walmart fully to adopt Centers for Disease Control recommendations for employers. While most retailers started launching social-distancing strategies and protective partitions in February and March, Walmart didn’t start limiting customers in its stores or installing sneeze guards until early to mid-April.

And a survey of 1,500 Walmart associates nationwide conducted in early May found that only 9 per cent were able always to maintain at least a six-foot distance from other people at work in April. Only two in five said they trusted Walmart to keep them, their co-workers and customers safe. In my store, many associates are afraid to go to work. This makes the Black Friday-like crowds all the more difficult to handle, especially now that our state has started to reopen. Complete article

Hourly employees should be represented on Walmart's board of directors 06/02/2020

Ca. AG Becerra Joins Coalition Calling on Walmart to Step Up Efforts to Protect Workers and the Public During COVID-19 06/02/2020

SACRAMENTO, June 2, 2020– California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a coalition of 12 attorneys general in a letter calling on Walmart to step up efforts to protect workers and the public during COVID-19. Walmart’s current limited paid leave policies, and the pressure that workers feel to continue working even if they are ill or symptomatic, hampers the ability of states and local authorities to protect public health. With high rates of infection already prompting the closure of several stores, it is time for Walmart to step up and take action to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, putting its workers and our communities at risk.

“If we want to save lives and protect our economy, we’re all going to have to do our part,” said Attorney General Becerra. “That includes big corporations like Walmart. It’s past time for paid leave policies to reflect the seriousness of this crisis — the health of our workers and the American public depends on it. We’re calling on Walmart to stand with us, so that we can confront this crisis together.”

Walmart’s current paid leave policies fall woefully short of the basic standards set by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Currently, the company only offers half pay for paid leave to employees who are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive — upping the pressure to keep working even when sick or symptomatic. In addition, there have been reports of overcrowded stores and a general failure by Walmart to implement measures to ensure that customers and employees maintain a distance of six feet from each other. This is on top of reports of failures by Walmart to adequately sanitize its stores, even after learning of confirmed COVID-19 cases in its workforce — with some employees and customers reporting that they are not being informed of their potential exposure to people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 at Walmart stores. Complete article

Ill. Attorney General Raoul Urges Walmart To Strengthen Worker Protections During COVID-19 Pandemic 06/03/2020

Walmart reopening all damaged Chicago Ill. locations, squashing rumors 06/02/2020

Woman cited for shoplifting at Walmart 06/02/2020

Walmart in Stevenson Ranch Ca. boards up windows 06/02/2020

Danville Va. police say social media rumors of ‘smash & grab’ planned at Walmart are false 06/02/2020

Protesters gather at north Salisbury Md. Walmart 06/02/2020

Heartbroken South Side alderman doesn’t understand looting – or police response: ‘I think we should have had a better plan’ 06/01/2020

Jasper Ind. Police investigate IGA, Riverwalk, Walmart vandalism 06/02/2020

Lock Haven woman charged with felony theft from Pa. Walmart 06/02/2020

WALLACE NC: Dispute over Walmart parking space leads to gunfire 06/03/2020

WALLACE, NC (WITN) - Police say an argument over a parking space at Walmart led to a gun being fired in one Eastern Carolina town.

Wallace police say as the two people were arguing over who could park in the space, one of them pulled out a handgun. During a struggle, police say a gunshot went off, but fortunately, no one was hit.

Police say the weapon was recovered and they have interviewed everyone involved. There's no immediate word yet if anyone will be charged. Complete article

Lawsuit: Walmart deserves some blame for deadly crime spree in South Valley Ca. 06/03/2020

Rolando Soto died alone on a Sunday afternoon in December 2018, the first victim in a violent one-man rampage through Tulare County.

VISALIA, Calif. (KFSN) -- A South Valley family says Walmart deserves some of the blame for a deadly crime spree by an undocumented immigrant.

Rolando Soto died alone on a Sunday afternoon in December 2018, the first victim in a violent one-man rampage through Tulare County. ....

Police determined Gustavo Garcia killed Soto on the same day he shot a farm worker, robbed an Exeter gas station, and shot a woman outside a motel.

The next day, he killed Farmersville father Rocky Jones outside a Visalia gas station before a gunfight with sheriff's deputies, a high-speed police chase, and finally, a crash that killed him.

Garcia was an undocumented immigrant with an armed robbery conviction.

"Mr. Garcia couldn't get ammunition legitimately anywhere, so he had learned that the Walmart in Tulare was an easy place to take ammunition because they didn't have the ammunition properly secured," Wagner said. .....

"So someone could just reach in there, as he did, and just move the glass a little bit with his hand pushing it, reach in there," Wagner said. "And Mr. Garcia took three boxes of Winchester 9mm ammunition, 50 rounds each. And then he proceeded to go on his killing spree." Complete article

Police make five arrests in looting of Centerville Road Wilmington Delaware Walmart 06/02/2020

Five suspects are in custody after Delaware State Police said they looted the Centerville Road Walmart Tuesday evening.

Police said 26-year-old Lamont Davis of Wilmington gained access to the store by shattering the front glass with with a baseball bat and a shopping cart, allowing 31-year-old Traci Roane of Wilmington, and three teenagers, to also enter, where they took an undisclosed amount of property and displays.

Police were able to recovery all lost property, and it was returned to the store, the business sustained more than an estimated $2,000 in damage.

Davis was charged with felony 3rd degree burglary, 2nd degree conspiracy, theft under $1500, and criminal mischief. He was issued a $5,000 unsecured bond. Complete article

As nationwide protests continue, Walmart removes firearms and ammunition from some stores 06/03/2020

Walmart is removing firearms and ammunition from sales floors in some of its stores following nationwide protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, an unarmed 46-year-old black man, died last week at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Protests erupted across the US, demanding justice for Floyd and an end to police brutality.

Many businesses — including major retailers such as Target — were damaged or looted during the unrest. Cities across the US have imposed curfews in an attempt to avoid violent protests.

“As a responsible seller of hunting and sporting firearms, we have temporarily removed firearms and ammunition from the sales floor in some stores out of an abundance of caution,” Walmart said in a statement to CNN. Complete article

Walmart Goes Off Script at Annual Meeting 06/03/2020

Walmart Inc. executives weighed in on a range of topics at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Wednesday, from the global coronavirus pandemic and the retailer’s role in healing America’s racial wounds to out-of-stock products and the intense demand for puzzles.

The company’s 50th shareholder meeting was held over a conference-call line, one of several signs of unusual times. The annual gathering typically draws tens of thousands of Walmart workers to its Bentonville, Ark., headquarters for a festive affair with musical... Complete article

Pa. Dept. Of Health Announces New Walmart, Quest Diagnostics Coronavirus Drive-Thru Testing Sites In Southwestern Pennsylvania 06/03/2020

NC Walmart reopens days ahead of schedule after looters ransacked store amid George Floyd protests 06/03/2020

Walmart evaluates reopening city stores 06/03/2020

Protesters march in Middletown NY; police stake out Walmart 06/04/2020

Report: Shoplifting suspect arrested after returning to Liberty Ohio Walmart for dropped backpack 06/03/2020

Woman cited for shoplifting at Iowa Walmart 06/02/2020

God's Storehouse in Danville, Va. presented a $10,000 check from Walmart 06/0/2020

RV destroyed in fire at Denison Walmart 06/05/2020

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - A motorhome was destroyed in a fire Wednesday afternoon at the Denison Walmart.

A Denison firefighter said there were no injuries and no other property damage.

The home was already fully consumed by flames when firefighters arrived at the scene.

Denison firefighters say the department was able to get it under control fairly quickly.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Complete article

Crimestoppers Seeks Info on Recent Ill. Walmart Break In 06/04/2020

Crime Stoppers of Morgan, Scott & Cass Counties is seeking information to assist the Jacksonville Police Department in the ongoing investigation into the recent burglary of the Walmart Supercenter in Jacksonvile.

At 11:45p.m. on Monday June 1; an unknown group of suspects caused damage to gain entry to an East side door located at the Super Walmart on West Morton.

The suspects reportedly removed several undisclosed items and then fled form the business.

Responding officers observed a maroon Chevrolet Impala traveling at a high rate of speed from the location and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. After a brief, high-speed pursuit, the vehicle was eventually found abandoned in the 200 block of Caldwell Street. Several items believed to have been stolen from Walmart were recovered inside the vehicle.

The police are searching for information on multiple vehicles and up to as many as 12 individuals who were involved in the break in. Complete article

Fla. Police: Man waves at Walmart employee as he walks out with cart full of stolen electronics 06/04/2020

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Winter Haven police are looking for the man who was recorded by Walmart surveillance cameras waving to an employee as he walked out with more than $2,000 of electronics.

It happened at the Walmart on Cypress Gardens Boulevard. Winter Haven PD says alarms sounded when the man wheeled out the shopping cart, which was stacked at least 7 feet high with boxes of items he didn’t pay for.

As he strolls through the entryway, the throws up one hand, apparently waving at a store associate.

By the time employees got out to the parking lot, the guy had loaded up a dark-colored Dodge Durango and was getting in to leave.

Officers say he got away with $2,300 in electronics. Anyone who recognizes him is asked to call Det. Al-Shaair at 863-401-2256 or those wishing to remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward can call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Complete article

83-year-old Villager jailed after road rage incident in Fla. Wal-Mart parking lot 06/04/2020

A Villager found himself behind bars Wednesday after a nasty skirmish with a woman in the parking lot of the Summerfield Wal-Mart.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy was called to the store, located at 17961 S. U.S. Hwy. 27/441, and when he arrived, the woman told him she had been involved in a collision in the parking lot with 83-year-old Roy Maurice Hall, of the Village of Palo Alto. She said when she got out of her vehicle an argument ensued with Hall, a sheriff’s office report states.

The woman told deputies that Hall repeatedly said he was “going to punch her in the face” if she didn’t stop cursing at him. She said she attempted to take a photo of the Hall’s vehicle for insurance purposes and he stepped toward her and struck her in the face with a closed fist, a sheriff’s office report states.

The deputy noted that the woman, who was wearing glasses, had a red, puffy area under her left eye. She said she didn’t need medical attention and reported overhearing Hall telling his wife, who was a passenger in his vehicle, “to not say anything and he was going to lie about the situation,” the report says. Complete article

San Leandro Ca. wants AG to investigate death of man shot, killed by police at Walmart in April 06/04/2020

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. - In an unusual move, the San Leandro City Council is asking California's Attorney General to conduct an independent investigation into the death of Steven Taylor, a black, mentally ill man who was shot and killed wielding a bat in Walmart.

Councilman Victor Aguilar said he seconded the motion first made by Councilwoman Corina Lopez.

"I hope that the Attorney General will investigate the killing and make findings as to whether it was or was not justified," Aguilar said. "I also hope that the Attorney General will provide a statement on whether criminal charges should or should not be brought against the officers involved. I want the public to know that we hear them, and that for some, having the District Attorney investigate is not a direction they want this to go. I believe that my colleagues on the city council and I understand the current political climate, and are extremely sensitive to this situation."

Taylor, 33, who suffered from bipolarity and schizophrenia, was shot to death by police inside the Hesperian Boulevard store on April 18. Taylor is African American and the two officers appear to be white. Complete article

Should Amazon, Walmart, others be held liable for workers sickened by COVID-19? 06/05/2020

Early last month, the National Retail Federation (NRF) sent a memo to Congress with a list of the priorities that the trade group believed should be in any new stimulus legislation. At the top of that list was liability reform.

The NRF, along with other business groups, is urging lawmakers to limit the liability of employers in cases brought by workers sickened with COVID-19 or individuals who may have become infected with the virus after coming in contact with workers.

Some have suggested that a more equitable response to employees sickened by the novel coronavirus may be alternative “no-fault” civil litigation. The thinking here is that workers would be compensated for having become ill while working in a store or a warehouse, but that companies would not be bankrupted in addressing all the potential claims against them.

Employee suits being brought against retailers is not a hypothetical. is being sued after a worker at its warehouse in Staten Island, NY contracted the novel coronavirus and later saw family members become ill, including a cousin who died. Reuters reports that the lawsuit claims Amazon puts its warehouse workers in a “place of danger” by forcing them to meet job requirements that prevent them “from socially distancing, washing their hands, and sanitizing their workspaces.” Complete article

Walmart is making a permanent change to its stores due to coronavirus 06/04/2020

I visited a Walmart store near me during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and I found it to be generally pretty early about making coronavirus-related changes to its operation compared to other, similar retailers.

This was the first retailer near me that also carried groceries which adjusted its operating hours, for example, in addition to limiting the number of people who could be inside the store at any one time. It was the first place I encountered an employee at the door with a clicker only allowing a few shoppers in at a time, as well as giant speakers outside blaring constant messages from the Walmart CEO on a loop, in a kind of dystopian “thank you for your cooperation” style. Another of the changes included carving out a portion of the store’s operating hours to serve only the elderly and vulnerable populations — a coronavirus-inspired change which Walmart is now keeping in place indefinitely. Complete article

COVID-19 test site at Culpeper Va. Walmart processes about 140 test-seekers per week 06/04/2020

Cattaraugus NY Woman Arrested for Walmart Shoplifting Incident 06/04/2020

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Pleads With Walmart, Other Retailers to Not Abandon City 06/05/2020

Silenced Walmart fest echoes in Northwest Arkansas 06/05/2020

Walmart CEO in email condemns racial violence and pledges $100 million to address systematic racism 06/05/2020

Man accused of stabbing, pepper-spraying Louisiana Walmart employees 06/05/2020

SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A man accused of stabbing two Louisiana Walmart employees and injuring a third Friday afternoon is now in custody.

It happened just before 4 p.m. near the entrance of the Walmart Shopping Center Shreveport-Barksdale Highway in Shreve City, where a Subway used to operate inside the store but is now closed. Initial information from police indicating the victims were Subway employees was incorrect.

According to police, 31-year-old Roger Lindsay pepper-sprayed the employees when they tried to stop him from shoplifting candy and a soft drink, and then stabbed two of them.

“They tried to thwart shoplifting and he turned violent on those employees who were trying to do their job and stop him and get the police here to get him detained,” said SPD Cpl. Angie Willhite.

Two of the employees were taken to the hospital, one of them with injuries that are believed to be life-threatening. Complete article

Bedford Va. Police seeks woman after hit and run at Walmart 06/05/2020

BEDFORD, Va. (WSET) -- The Bedford Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a woman in response to a hit and run at Walmart.

Police say the hit and run took place at the Walmart in Bedford on May 19 at approximately 12:14 p.m. Complete article

A mother and daughter’s act of kindness in Ferguson Missouri leads to life-changing moment for Walmart greeter 06/05/2020

Salisbury NC Letter: Walmart should open more registers 06/05/2020

Wallet lost at British Columbia Canada Walmart returned with more than $5,000 still inside 06/05/2020

Safety Concerns Behind Walmart’s Early Closures in Tysons Va., Employees Say 06/05/2020

Cherryville NC Walmart closed as police investigate death 06/06/2020

The Walmart in Cherryville was closed for several hours Saturday morning as police investigated the death of a store employee.

Gaston Emergency Medical Services were called out to the scene at 8:02 a.m. Saturday, but the call was cancelled enroute.

Officers with the Cherryville Police Department responded and determined that the male employee found inside a bathroom at the store had died of natural causes.

“There’s nothing suspicious about it. There’s no signs of foul play or anything like that,” said Lt. Brandon Parker with the Cherryville Police Department. Complete article

Detectives arrest suspect after a fire is set to clothing rack in Wash. Walmart 06/06/2020

EAST BREMERTON — Detectives late Saturday arrested a suspect they believe started a fire in the children's clothing section earlier in the day at the Walmart on Highway 303.

The sheriff's office said the fire caused $3 million in damage. No injuries were reported.

Authorities were called to the store just before 11 a.m. There were more than 325 people in the store, the sheriff's office said. The store's fire suppression system and "the quick actions of several Walmart employees" contained the fire, the office added.

Surveillance footage showed a person entering the store wearing dark clothing who changed clothes after the fire. The sheriff's office said the suspect rode away on a bicycle. Complete article

Walmart gets tax break in Queensbury NY 06/06/2020

QUEENSBURY — The Town Board accepted a settlement with Walmart that would lower the retailer’s property assessment by $2.45 million.

The school board will vote Monday.

The settlement resolves tax appeals that Walmart has filed for the past three years. Walmart agreed to drop those, without any refund, in exchange for a reduced assessment beginning now.

The store on Route 9 had an assessment of $14.3 million. It will be reduced to $11.85 million.

That will save the store about $40,000 in school taxes, $10,000 in county taxes and $1,300 in town taxes. Complete article

Johnstown Pa. Walmart closing in response to Saturday's protests, other stores follow 06/06/2020

Troy woman accused of stealing over $900 from NY Walmart 06/06/2020

Fact Check: Are empty meat shelves at Walmart an anti-Trump conspiracy? 06/08/2020

Ill. Walmart closes again due to potential looting 06/07/2020

A man has a broken jaw after he was punched in Myrtle Beach SC Walmart parking lot 06/07/2020

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) – A man has a broken left jaw after he was punched in the mouth in a Walmart parking lot in Myrtle Beach, according to a police report.

In the report, officers said the male victim said he was walking through the Walmart parking lot on S Kings Hwy Saturday when a suspect approached him.

The victim told the officers the suspect punched him in his mouth, and then left the area. He said he believes the suspect hit him, because "he was the reason that he went to prison," according to the report. Complete article

Alligator spotted outside of Walmart in Fort Myers Beach Fla. 06/07/2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Oh snap! Shoppers at Walmart ran into an alligator outside the store in Fort Myers Beach Sunday afternoon.

A viewer who was on scene captured footage of the gator roaming in the parking lot before authorities arrived.

Complete article

Wandering alligator wrangled in Walmart parking lot 06/08/2020

Walmart Just Announced an Unusual Change. Here's How Customers Are Responding 06/07/2020

This is a story about a change at Walmart, the Covid-19 pandemic, and revenue.

It contains a lesson you should pay attention to no matter what kind of business you're running, and regardless of whether you shop at Walmart.

The change is pretty simple. In March, Walmart announced that it was adjusting its U.S. store hours as a result of the pandemic.

That meant that 5,000 Walmart stores, some of which had been open 24 hours a day, shifted to a 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. schedule (unless they already had shorter hours). As part of that change, Walmart also added a temporary "senior hour," one hour before stores open on Tuesdays, during which only people over the age of 60 were allowed to shop. .......

"I'd have to wake up at 4:30 get dressed and out the door by 5:30 in order to arrive at Walmart by 6:00," wrote one reader, who is 84 years old and who called the Walmart idea "idiotic," since it's only one day per week. "I don't drive in the dark for your safety." Complete article

Walmart to require its canned tuna to be MSC or FIP-sourced by 2025 06/08/2020

From Walmart: Taking Steps Towards Real Change 06/07/2020

Fla. Wal-Mart shoplifting suspect offers to pay for merchandise on way to jail 06/08/2020

Pa.Walmart now offers COVID-19 testing 06/08/2020

Police: Cedar Knolls NJ Shoplifter Punched, Shoved Walmart Employee 06/08/2020

A Cedar Knolls man was caught on surveillance video punching and shoving a Walmart employee who confronted him for shoplifting, authorities charged.

A man later identified as Tyler R. Negron was seen by a Walmart worker only scanning some items at a self-checkout station on May 16, Hanover Police Chief Mark D. Roddy said.

When the employee asked to see his receipt, 21-year-old Negron punched him in the face and fled with the stolen items, Roddy said.

Authorities identified Negron using surveillance footage, and arrested him at his home on May 21, authorities said. Complete article

Fire that threatened Walmart market on Geer Road in Turlock Ca. is under investigation 06/08/2020

Authorities are investigating a fire that threatened the Walmart Neighborhood Market on the 2400 block of Geer Road in Turlock early Sunday.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m., the Turlock Fire Department responded to a report of a commercial structure fire. Crews found a large storage pile of cardboard pallets, plastic crates and more on fire, extending to the loading-dock doors at the rear of the store.

According to a post on the Fire Department’s Facebook page, crews laid out large attack lines to start fighting the fire, secured a supply line to a hydrant, made entry to the store to check for extension and used a ladder to check the roof. Complete article

Sheriff: NY Walmart shoplifting leads to drug bust 06/08/2020

CORTLANDVILLE— A Sunday shoplifting incident led Sheriff’s deputies to arrest a Cortland man for possessing a large narcotics stash he intended to sell, according to the department.

Christopher Duers, 25, was arrested at 7:40 p.m. at Walmart, after the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports of a small group of disorderly shoplifters at the store, stated Lt. Karl Altmann.

Once there, officers discovered Duers, of 1 E. Main St., stealing items along with 33-year-old Stacy Updike, also of 1 E. Main St., and James Wright, 30, of 18 Sands St., according to the department. Outside, waiting to drive the group away, was Philicia Twomey, 30, of 58 East Court St., Altmann said.

When officers searched Duers they discovered a large cache of narcotics big enough to indicate he intended to sell the drugs, according to the news release. Twomey had a small amount of narcotics and some hypodermic needles on her, Altmann stated. Complete article

Oregon Ohio police looking for man who stole kids' bicycles outside Walmart on Navarre Avenue 06/08/2020

OREGON, Ohio — Detectives from the Oregon Police Division is looking for a man who stole bicycles parked at Walmart.

He was driving black sedan when he stole a customer's bicycle and returned in a red truck to steal four more bicycles.

All of the bikes belonged to juveniles from the community, according to police. Complete article

Juvenile Gravois Bluffs Missouri Walmart shoplifter seriously injured after falling down bluff 06/08/2020

A juvenile suspect was seriously injured Monday after allegedly trying to shoplift from the Gravois Bluffs Walmart.

Police received a call for shoplifting about 12:13 p.m. Monday at the Gravois Bluffs Walmart in Fenton, 653 Gravois Bluffs Blvd.

A citizen told police that a suspect had tried to steal an entire cart full of electronics from the store. An employee confronted the suspect, who left the merchandise and left Walmart. Complete article

Firefighters say bug fogger led to closing of Springfield Missouri Walmart; 2 hospitalized 06/08/2020

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Firefighters evacuated a Springfield Walmart after what they now say is a bug fogger sprayed in the store. Two customers inside the store suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Firefighters arrived to the Walmart Supercenter at Sunshine and West Bypass Road around 2 p.m. Monday.

"He told me to get out. I said okay," said shopper Ronnie Gregory.

He was one of the dozens of shoppers, forced to leave the store.

"They were hectic boy, the workers, trying to get everybody out," he said.

We asked, "Would you say there was a panic?"

"Yeah there was a panic. They were trippin' man. Something blew up and we got to get everybody out. There's a chemical," said Gregory. Complete article

Montbello Walmart Customer Believes Retailer Discriminates Against People Of Color 06/08/2020

DENVER (CBS4) — A Walmart customer says its Montbello location discriminates against people of color, after noticing only multicultural hair products locked behind glass in her local store.

“If I want Suave or Tresumme or Pantene, it’s out. The multi-cultural hair care is all locked behind the glass. That’s so ridiculous,” said Lauren Epps, a black woman looking to purchase a scarf for her hair.

Multicultural products are made specifically for textured hair, designed for people of color. Epps says it’s frustrating that women with finer hair get the luxury of browsing and reading product descriptions, while she feels pressured to make an immediate choice. Complete article

Walmart's 'digital eye' system of overhead cameras used to catch shoplifting attempts at the store's self-checkout kiosks is described by employees as 'fake AI that just pretends to safeguard' 06/08/2020

A group of anonymous Walmart workers have raised concerns about the anti-shoplifting technology used to monitor the company's self-checkout kiosks.

A group that calls themselves 'Concerned Home Office Associates' has circulated a video documenting the system's flaws, including frequent failures to identify unscanned items, and incorrectly identifying personal items potentially shoplifted.

In an email sent to company management at Walmart's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, the group claims to be 'past their breaking point,' saying the system's frequent false positives are irritating customers and putting workers at greater risk of COVID-19 exposure by unnecessarily having to verify customer's purchases at unsafe distances. Complete article

Marine recognized for performing CPR, saving life of unresponsive man at NC Walmart gas station 06/08/2020

Walmart is Oversold 06/08/2020

Mitchell Woman Arrested For Stealing From Ind. Walmart 06/08/2020

New COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites open in Lansing and Richton Park Ill. Walmart parking lots 06/09/2020

Suspect shot, killed by deputies after carjacking at Walmart in Vero Beach Fla. 06/09/2020

VERO BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — A suspect was killed and two people were injured during what authorities say was a carjacking and shooting Tuesday at a Vero Beach Walmart. A 43-year-old man, who hasn't been identified, was allegedly shoplifting at Walmart, then tried to steal a car in the parking lot, the Indian River County Sheriff's Office said.
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Details from Vero Beach Walmart shooting:
- Shoplifting turned attempted carjacking
- 43 yo male suspect walked out of store, tried to steal car, and shot two people in car
- stole 2nd car, drove to nearby store, shot and killed by deputies. @CBS12 @IRCSheriff

An anti-shoplifting team at Walmart called deputies Tuesday night, according to the sheriff's office. A deputy confronted the suspect in the parking lot and at one pointed pulled his taser. The suspect then pulled out a gun and opened fire at the deputy.

"He fired at our deputies this evening," said Major Eric Flowers, spokesperson for the Indian River County Sheriff's Office. "After he shot at our deputies, he tried to enter another vehicle." Complete article

Indian River County Sheriff's office offers update on shooting at Walmart in Vero Beach 06/09/2020

Walmart carjacking suspect had 88 felony convictions 06/10/2020 After stealing the car, the suspect led deputies on a brief pursuit through the parking lot and stopped at a nearby AutoZone where authorities say he pointed a gun out the window. Deputies opened fire, but Loar said the man took his own life in the front seat.

Officials say Vero Beach Walmart shooter likely had gun 'trouble'; Personal injury lawyers look into Walmart security 06/18/2020

Witnesses describe chaos after woman is stabbed at NY Walmart 06/09/2020

Geneseo, N.Y. - Tuesday seemed like a typical afternoon at the Walmart store in Geneseo, until screams punctuated the air.

Joan Olsowsky was in the checkout line when she heard a woman screaming "at the top of her lungs," she said.

“Then it started to make more sense as our cashier was telling her to slow down, calm down. She was chasing after her asking her what was going on and she kept saying “I’m going to die! I’m going to die! Somebody stabbed me!””

Just after 4 p.m., Geneseo Police say a man stabbed a woman in a random attack inside the store. The 34-year-old victim, stabbed multiple times, is in stable condition, according to Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian.

Late Tuesday night, police identified the suspect as Gregory Cunningham, 24, of Schuyler County. He was taken into custody without incident and is charged with first-degree assault. Complete article

Court paperwork reveals new details in Geneseo Walmart stabbing 06/15/2020

HanesBrands appoints former Walmart manager as new chief executive officer and board member 06/09/2020

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — HanesBrands has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Stephen B. Bratspies as chief executive officer and board member, effective Aug. 3, 2020, Business Wire reports.

Bratspies will succeed Gerald W. Evans Jr., who previously announced his plans to retire after a 37-year career at HanesBrands.

Bratspies, 52, recently served as chief merchandising officer at Walmart Inc. Complete article

Why some shoppers are angry about Walmart's new policy 06/09/2020

Boulder Group Closes Sale of Texas Walmart Property 06/10/2020

Ocala Fla. police are looking for four suspected Walmart thieves 06/10/2020

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing offered at Walmart 06/09/2020

Bullhead City man pleads guilty to injuring Ariz. Walmart employee 06/10/2020

Panama City Beach Fla. Walmart employee comes through in family’s hour of need 06/09/2020

DAVID CARROLL: Is Walmart set up to be the last store standing? 06/09/2020 Do these names mean anything to you? Zayre. Miller Brothers. Loveman’s. Proffitt’s. Hill’s. G.C. Murphy’s. Gibson’s. Woolworth’s.

Man pleads guilty to theft from Wash. Walmart 06/10/2020

Police: 85-year-old Arkansas man recovering after being stabbed in the neck in Walmart parking lot 06/11/2020

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — An 85-year-old man is recovering after police say he was stabbed in the neck in a Walmart parking lot.

The victim told police he was leaving Walmart Helena-West Helena Walmart on Monday, June 8, when a man came up behind him and stabbed him in the left side of the neck. The victim was able to get inside his vehicle and drive to a friend’s house for aid.

Authorities have not made an arrest in this case. If you know anything, call the Helena-West Helena Police Department at (870) 572-3441. Complete article

Lincoln Nebraska man facing charges after taking off clothes, walking around Walmart 06/10/2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A Lincoln man is facing indecent exposure charges after officers say he took off his clothing at two stores in front of witnesses.

On Tuesday at 9 a.m., Walmart staff called Lincoln Police after a man in the store took off his clothes and while walking around was yelling.

Officers arrived at the Walmart on N 27th Street and were notified that the man had put shorts on and was running away.

LPD said the man was then seen removing his clothing and started running to Sam's Club. Complete article

Walmart Says It Will Stop Putting Multicultural Hair Care Products In Locked Cases 06/10/2020

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Walmart says it will stop putting haircare products for multicultural customers in locked cases.

The company says the practice was only in place at a dozen of its stores nationwide, including several Walmart locations in the Sacramento area.

CBS Denver reporter Tori Mason contacted Walmart about the issue after a viewer told her about it, saying: “This Walmart is in the heart of Montbello (Denver). There are black and brown people all over the place. The message is clear: We don’t trust you.” Complete article

Ocala Fla. police are looking for four Walmart thieves 06/10/2020

BradfordPa. Walmart opens COVID-19 testing site 06/10/2020

After Riot Threat, Carroll Iowa Walmart Management Closes Store Early Wednesday Night 06/10/2020

Caught on camera: Muskego Wisc. police seek suspect after attempted theft from Walmart 06/10/2020

Woman indicted for murder of boyfriend, body found near Walmart last month 06/10/2020

Sheriff: Hundreds storm Tampa Fla. Walmart during protests 06/11/2020

TAMPA, Fla. — The sheriff's office is asking the public's help in identifying people seen in surveillance video storming a Walmart in Tampa.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said video released on Thursday shows hundreds of people rush into the closed store and steal or damage more than $100,000 in merchandise.

This happened around 9:10 p.m. on May 30 at the store located at 2701 E Fletcher Ave.

The store was closed due to the protests occurring outside the University Mall.

People used hammers and other objects to break the glass entrance doors and run into the store, according to the sheriff's department. Complete article

PHOTOS: Authorities release 100+ images of suspected looters at Fayetteville NC Walmart 06/11/2020

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Authorities in Fayetteville are looking for help identifying people in more than 100 images retrieved from surveillance cameras during the looting of a Walmart.

The looting took place on May 30 at the Walmart on Skibo Road. Protests over the death of George Floyd turned violent shortly before 7 p.m.

Anyone who recognizes people shown in the images is asked to submit a tip online.

Protesters broke into the historic Market House in Fayetteville. They set fire to the building around 7:15 p.m. Police ended up closing downtown to all traffic. They said a civil emergency response unit was deployed just after 9 p.m. on May 30. Complete article

Walmart picks Indiana for distribution center that would dwarf most others 06/10/2020

Walmart Inc. has chosen central Indiana to build one of the largest distribution centers in the country.

The 2.2 million-square-foot facility in Hancock County is expected to serve as a hub for the retail giant’s e-commerce operations.

The Bentonville, Arkansas-based company is developing the facility at 5300 W. 500 N. on about 204 acres in an unincorporated part of the county north of Mount Comfort and south of McCordsville, two industry sources told IBJ.

The facility is expected to feature 146 docks and parking for 1,985 cars and up to 916 trailers, according to public filings.

“This is the largest out-of-the-gate industrial distribution building that’s been constructed in the Indianapolis market,” said Jared Scaringe, an industrial broker with the Indianapolis office of CBRE who is not connected to the project. Complete article

Walmart awards $20,000 grant to Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank 06/1/2020

Shallotte NC police looking for Walmart larceny suspects 06/11/2020

Man charged with Ind. Walmart shoplifting 06/11/2020

Danville Va. Police set record straight on recent arrest at Walmart 06/11/2020

Walmart expands debt-free education benefit to include skilled trades 06/10/2020

Verbatim: Auburn Ind. Walmart offering virus testing 06/12/2020

Woman Struck By Vehicle At Crossville Tenn. Walmart Parking Lot 06/12/2020

A woman was hit by a vehicle around 12:30 this afternoon in the parking lot of Walmart in Crossville.

Medics and police arrived to find the female in her 70’s on her back on the asphalt in front of the pharmacy entrance with injuries to her shoulder and left knee. She was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries considered non-life threatening.

She was alert and talking with medics prior to being placed into the ambulance. Complete article


LIVE COVERAGE: Demonstrators gather at Beavercreek Ohio Walmart to call for justice 06/13/2020

BEAVERCREEK — More than 100 demonstrators have gathered outside the Beavercreek Walmart to advocate for social justice.

A March for Justice is scheduled today from noon to 3 p.m. The march was scheduled to start and end at the Walmart on Pentagon Boulevard.

Protesters began to march after they gathered at Walmart. They carried signs and umbrellas as they walked and chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Complete article

Walmart testing new self-checkout system in Fayetteville Arkansas 06/12/2020

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - According to NBC affiliate KNWA, the Walmart Supercenter on Joyce Boulevard in Fayetteville will be the test site of all new self-checkout counters.

This store will no longer have cashiers and will only have self-checkout available.

There will be self-checkout hosts available at the front of the stores to assist customers if needed, and those hosts will be able to check out shoppers' groceries as they always have.

Walmart representatives say all you have to do is ask. Walmart says they can’t give an exact time frame.

However, if the test in Fayetteville is successful, they will launch the new self-checkout systems at stores across the country. Complete article

Pa. Walmart, Quest team up to provide free COVID tests 06/13/2020

Two charged with forgery at Somerset Pa. Walmart 06/12/2020

Walgreens, CVS Change Policy After Walmart Unlocks Multicultural Hair Products 06/12/2020

Lewisburg Pa. Walmart to have virus self-testing site 06/13/2020

Mississippi Walmart worker recovering after shoplifter pulls knife, cuts 06/13/2020

A shoplifter came away from Walmart with a little more than he intended on Friday night after he was arrested and charged with a felony. Complete article

Ice Cube offers to pay Walmart $100K if looters are not charged 06/14/2020

Ice Cube is offering to pay $100K to the retail giant Walmart.

The rapper is hoping to pay the amount of money that looters are alleged to have stolen from one of their Florida stores, in hopes that the city will not press charges on those who participated in stealing from the store.

Fox 13 reported that The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office asked the public for its help in identifying hundreds who stole merchandise at a Walmart late last month.

HCSO released footage of looters who broke into the department store which had been closed due to protests centered on police brutality after the death of George Floyd. Hammers and other blunt objects were used to gain entry on May 30. Complete article

4 Walmart stores closed in Little Rock Arkansas due to protests 06/14/2020

Mobile Alabama PD: Police investigate bomb threat at Walmart, nothing found 06/14/2020
Mobile Alabama woman charged for Walmart bomb threat 06/16/2020

Walmart closure, pandemic worsen struggles in Anson County NC 06/12/2020

Watch: Purse snatcher drags 79-year-old woman outside Houston Tx. Walmart store 06/15/2020

HOUSTON — Houston police hope someone will be able to help identify the suspect in a violent purse snatching that was recently caught on video outside a Walmart store.

A 79-year-old woman was loading groceries into her vehicle in the 2300 block of S. Wayside on June 1 at about 3:20 p.m.

The woman told police a man pulled up in a truck and got out. He asked her for directions and then grabbed her purse, knocking her to the ground. The robber dragged the woman until he was able to get away with the purse, surveillance video from the store shows. Complete article

Couple accosts teen girl waiting in car in NY Walmart parking lot 06/14/2020

A 13-year-old girl told police that a middle-aged couple accosted her Saturday afternoon while she waited in her family car in the parking lot of the ... Complete article

2 women sue Pearland Tx. Walmart after claiming racial discrimination 06/15/2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two women are suing a Pearland Walmart after they say they were assaulted and discriminated because of their race by an employee.

Samantha Sharpe and her aunt, Cleatris Johnson, say they were walking out of the store around Thanksgiving last year, when an employee asked to see their receipt.

After Sharpe and Johnson noticed two white men walk out the store before them without being stopped, they say they decided to continue walking out the store.

A person, later identified as a loss prevention employee, approached the women before allegedly grabbing a bag out of Sharpe's hand while screaming accusations.

According to a statement from Sharpe's lawyer, the employee damaged Sharpe's cellphone, earbuds and glasses.

According to lawyers, employees in the store called police, who they say showed up and placed Sharpe in handcuffs, then released her after verifying her purchases. Complete article

Ground beef sold at Walmart, other stores recalled for possible E. coli contamination 06/14/2020

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced late Saturday that Lakeside Refrigerated Services, of Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling select packages of ground beef produced on June 1.

Nearly 43,000 pounds of ground beef including packages sold at Walmart stores are being recalled because of possible E. coli contamination.

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced late Saturday that Lakeside Refrigerated Services, of Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling select packages of ground beef produced on June 1. Complete article

What you need to know about Walmart's massive ground beef recall 06/15/2020

New photos released of Fayetteville NC Walmart looting; 123 images now made public 06/15/2020

Las Cruces man arrested after being found with forged checks and heroin at NM Walmart 06/15/2020

Is Walmart Playing In-Store Audio Supporting BLM? 06/15/2020 Snopes, No

Two Walmart stores in Port St. Lucie Fla. to begin free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Tuesday 06/15/2020

Two shot outside Grenada Mississippi Walmart 06/15/2020

Law officers confirm that two people were shot while in the parking lot of Grenada’s Walmart this evening.

No fatalities were reported, officers said at the scene, but both victims were transported to UMMC Grenada.

Reports of a child being shot inside the store are false, officials said. Complete article

Suspected thief identified after getting into struggle with deputy at Cortana La. Walmart, firing deputy’s gun 06/15/2020

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Emergency crews responded to the Cortana Walmart parking lot Monday afternoon after a shot was fired as an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy struggled with an alleged thief.

The call went out around 2 p.m. Monday, June 15.

A spokesperson with EBRSO says a deputy who was working an extra duty shift at the Walmart was notified by the store’s loss prevention department that someone was trying to steal from the store. The man was reportedly seen on surveillance footage switching tags for various items and then trying bypass the cash registers without paying. Complete article

EBRSO: Arrest made in Cortana La. Walmart case 06/16/2020

Suspected thief who fired deputy's gun during struggle at BR Walmart caught in Indianapolis 06/17/2020

Video shows off-duty Jacksonville Fla. officer punching man during a dispute at Walmart 06/15/2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville man was arrested Sunday night and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer after a scuffle with an off-duty police officer inside a Northside Walmart.

According to an arrest report released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the incident began when an employee at the Walmart at River City Marketplace told security that Yoel Rodriguez, 43, and his family refused to leave the store after it had closed.

The JSO officer, who according to the report was working in an off-duty capacity while in uniform providing extra patrols in the area, then confronted Rodriguez in the checkout line while multiple bystanders recorded video on cell phones.

The video begins with the JSO officer and Rodriguez arguing while Rodriguez’s wife and a small child look on. It’s unclear exactly what is being said, and large portions of the arrest report that likely contain more context were redacted by JSO.

The officer then tries to grab Rodriguez’s arm in an apparent attempt to detain him, the video shows, but Rodriguez pulls away and pushes the officer’s arm away. The officer tries to grab Rodriguez again and once again Rodriguez pulls away.

In translating this video, Rodriguez is telling the officer in Spanish: “Let me go, don’t touch me."

That’s when the officer punches Rodriguez in the face multiple times, knocking him to the ground and bloodying his face while his wife screams in the background.

After a struggle, Rodriguez is handcuffed while his wife pulls at the officer’s arms.

David Rodriguez, Yoel’s nephew, said his uncle and aunt shown in the video don’t speak English which played a role in what happened.

“They told me that the officer asked Yoel to leave but Yoel didn’t understand what was going on and he was just shopping. Honestly, I don’t understand why the officer did what he did,” David Rodriguez said. Complete article

Florida man charged with battery after scuffle with off-duty officer at Walmart 06/16/2020 But a witness says it was the off-duty officer who threw the first punches.

Jacksonville Sheriff officer who punched man in Walmart has been investigated 6 times 06/18/2020

Man Frustrated With COVID-19 Protocols Makes Threatening Comments at Conn. Walmart: Police 06/15/2020

Naugatuck police arrested a man accused of making a shooting threat because he was upset about waiting in line due to COVID-19 protocols.

Police said the suspect, 51-year-old Randy Engelhardt, made threatening comments at the Walmart on New Haven Road Saturday.

Witnesses told police Engelhardt said "I swear I am going to get a gun and start just shooting s--- away." He then refused to leave the store, police said. Complete article

Woman charged in stabbing at Hudson Ave. Rochester NY Walmart 06/15/2020

Several Fla. Walmart locations begin free coronavirus testing 06/16/2020

SMCSO Seeking Identity for Theft Suspect at Md. Walmart 06/15/2020

San Antonio Tx. Zoo, Walmart & Centro Replace Planters Destroyed During Protests 06/16/2020

Deputies looking for man who pulled out gun inside Walmart in NW Harris Co. Tx. 06/16/2020

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A man is on the run after he brandished a gun inside a Walmart store in northwest Harris County, deputies said.

It happened at the Walmart Supercenter located on FM-1960 near Eldridge Parkway around 4:15 p.m on Tuesday.

Initial reports from the Harris County Sheriff's Office said a man fired a gun inside the store and fled the scene.
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Deputies responded to a Walmart located at the 12300 block of FM 1960 where a Hispanic male discharged a firearm inside the store. Deputies are now clearing the store. Suspect fled the location. #HouNews

In an update issued later in the evening, deputies said two men were involved in some sort of altercation inside the store and one of the men pulled out a gun.

They said the gun was never fired and believe the loud noises shoppers believed were gunshots might've been items falling off of store shelves. Complete article

Man charged in sex abuse incidents at Dothan Alabama clinic, Walmart 06/16/2020

DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A Midland City man has been charged with first-degree sex abuse after an incident at a Dothan clinic Monday.

A Dothan Police Department release states that Luther Hutto, 22, forced himself on a female victim at a psychiatric clinic on the 2800 block of Hartford Highway.

After responding to the report, Dothan officers took Hutto, who was still at the scene, into custody. The DPD then looked into a previous report involving Hutto at a local Walmart on May 7, 2020, according to Lt. Scott Owens.

According to the department, it was found that Hutto forced himself on a female customer then as well. As a result, Hutto faces two charges for the incidents. Complete article

Staunton Walmart — masks and social distancing check 06/16/2020

Glendale Ariz. police receives $500 grant from Walmart 06/16/2020

Walmart in Storm Lake Iowa closing to sanitize and restock store 06/16/2020

Walmart delivers goody bags to Jackson County Alabama Sheriff’s Office 06/16/2020

Individual Steals Sound Bar, Backpack and Windshield Wipers From Fla. Walmart 06/16/2020

Beckley WV Police looking for suspects in connection to theft at Walmart 06/16/2020

Jasper Ind. police arrest alleged Walmart shoplifter 06/16/2020

Police seek man who stole thousands in jewelry from Walmart in Exton Pa. 06/16/2020

LETTER: North Logan Utah Walmart Doesn’t Support Victims of Covid 06/17/2020

I got kicked out of the North Logan Walmart tonight. I had been shopping there for 1.5 hours and had filled 2 carts full of groceries for my dozens of employees that are in mandatory quarantine because of Covid and can’t shop for themselves.

At 8:25 p.m. the Walmart suddenly announced on the speakers that the Walmart was closing at 8:30 p.m. and to finish shopping. At 8:30 p.m. they announced they were closed and for everybody to immediately go to the checkout stands. I only had two items left on my list, but a Walmart employee was suddenly standing in the aisle rounding everybody up, physically forcing everybody to immediately go to the check out.

I explained that all of the groceries I had were for victims of Covid and these people can’t leave their house for groceries because of mandatory quarantine and that I only needed 2 more items. It all fell on deaf ears without one ounce of sympathy. I got the last 2 items on my way out and I was at the checkout stands at 8:36 p.m., but apparently they had radioed up to the cashiers and told them not to allow me to check out.

And sure enough, another Walmart employee came over and physically blocked me from checking out saying I was not allowed to check out and to leave my two carts full of groceries and leave the store. I explained that my understanding was that certain checkers stay until 9:00 p.m from my experience last week shopping there for these same Covid victims were I was able to check out at 8:45 pm, and I explained that these important groceries were for victims of Covid. Complete article

Walmart's Black executives have lost ground since five years ago 06/18/2020

As civil unrest over systemic racism roils the U.S., Walmart's chief executive officer has pledged to make changes giving the company's 340,000 Black workers more opportunities.

According to the company's latest diversity report, they need them.

The share of senior Black executives at the world's largest retailer has declined since 2015, while the share of Black mid-level managers has stagnated, the report shows. The information is only updated through 2018, so does not account for recent promotions and departures, and the company says the numbers have improved since then. Complete article

Cooper County issues notice of COVID exposure at Walmart 06/17/2020

Coral Springs Fla. Police: Woman Stole $649 Worth of Merchandise From Walmart 06/17/2020

Two Individuals Steal From Fla. Walmart On Two Occasions 06/17/2020

3 more wanted in Aurora Ill. Walmart looting, bringing total to 21 charged 06/17/2020

Fayetteville NC man facing charges after destroying property at Walmart 06/18/2020

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Fayetteville police arrested a man after he damaged several pieces of electronic equipment at a Walmart on Thursday.

Police said Shon Patrick Fults, 38, of Henderson Avenue in Fayetteville, was arrested and charged with damage to personal property, damage to computers and possession of drug paraphernalia. Officials said he used a baseball bat to damage six televisions, 10 cellphones, two Apple watches, nine laptop computers/tablets and the baseball bat.

The estimated damages are $9,944.97. Complete article

SC Walmart surveillance video shows events leading up to McCree shooting last November 06/18/2020 Shot while handcuffed over a door lock worth less than fifty dollars, which he allegedly returned to the store to pay for.

Internal and external surveillance footage captured at Walmart on the day Ariane McCree died in the store’s parking lot do not give broader insight into his death. They do, however, illustrate the circumstances that led up to the officer-involved shooting that took his life.

The News & Reporter obtained the videos from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED, which conducted the initial investigation into the incident) through a Freedom of Information Act request. The series of videos, which actually cover a time period of almost two hours, demonstrate that the events inside the store unfolded much as incident reports and the SLED narrative indicate they did.

The first video captured McCree’s initial visit to Walmart on November 23. He went to the store to obtain a door handle and lock combo (valued at less than $50). An overhead view shows McCree hand the item to a checkout clerk, who rings it up. McCree then takes the item and briskly walks away without paying. There is no audio, but the clerk clearly turns as McCree walks off, points in his direction and says something.

The next video takes place almost two hours later, when McCree returned to the store (his family and the attorneys in their civil suit claim he did so with the intention of paying for the item he took). McCree is seen talking with officers who escort him to the front foyer of the store. He is handcuffed there as other customers enter and exit the store. There is no indication at that point of the physical confrontations to come. Complete article

Video shows SC police shot and killed a handcuffed man. They said he pointed a gun. 06/12/2020

Mullins McLeod, a Charleston attorney who has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Police Department on behalf of McCree’s family, has said there is no way McCree could have aimed a gun at officers with his hands cuffed behind his back.

Shell casings recovered from the scene showed the officers fired on McCree at least two dozen times, but there was no forensic evidence that McCree had ever fired his gun, according to the State Law Enforcement Division’s report on its investigation. The Post and Courier obtained the report this week through an open records request.

Chester mayor wants officers who shot handcuffed man outside Walmart fired 06/18/2020

Renewed call for federal investigation after body camera footage released from Chester officer-involved shooting 06/14/2020

Chester SC mayor calls for firing of three officers involved in 2019 Walmart shooting 06/22/2020

Two cited after incident at Algood Tenn. Walmart 06/18/2020

Two people were cited following an altercation with Algood Police officers at Walmart on Main Street Wednesday.

Allyson Young was reportedly shoplifting at the store when Sgt. Ryan Allred was called to the scene.

Allred detained Young while he was investigating the incident, according to the APD release.

"At that time, a male subject, identified as Brandon Loughman, attempted to aggressively interfere with Sgt. Allred's investigation, which caused Sgt. Allred to tase him," the release states.

While Allred was placing Loughman into custody, Young allegedly tried to run away from the scene.

"Thanks to a situationally aware citizen, Young was unable to flee any further than the sidewalk where Officer Jason Winningham apprehended her," according to the release.

According to the release, the Putnam County Justice Center refused to accept either arrest because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Young received citations for shoplifting, evading arrest, resisting arrest, simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm while under the influence. Complete article

‘Terrified’: Black Kansas couple says they were racially profiled at Walmart 06/18/2020

Bracey Myles was loading groceries into his trunk Wednesday evening when two police cars pulled up next to his car.

The 26-year-old Black man said he put his hands in the air as police told him and his fiance, Alfreda Lange, 20, that they’d been accused of stealing from the store.

The encounter in the parking lot of a Holton, Kansas, Walmart went on for about 20 minutes, Lange said, while their infant son was left in the hot car. When police told Lange she couldn’t turn the car on to keep her son from overheating, Myles said, he started recording. ......

The three officers, who were from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Holton Police Department, asked to see the couples’ receipt and their ID’s but did not look through their groceries, Lange said. For those 20 minutes, she said, an officer held the receipt as they told the couple they were investigating.

“I think after they realized that there was nothing that occurred they were looking for an excuse as to why we were still being detained and why they were still there,” Lange said.

As they stood outside, asking the officers again and again what they were investigating, Lange said she worried her husband would become the victim of the next “unjustified shooting” by a police officer. Complete article

Jackson Co. Kansas Sheriff's Office says no racial profiling was involved in Holton Walmart incident 06/20/2020

Walmart exploits Black lives while paying lip service to Black Lives Matter 06/18/2020

Following weeks of riveting nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic anti-Black racism, some of the nation's largest corporations responded with public declarations that Black Lives Matter. Among them was Walmart, the largest corporate employer of America's Black workforce. Earlier this month, CEO Doug McMillon announced that his company was committing $100 million over five years to build a "center on racial equity."

Walmart's self-aggrandizing gesture is emblematic of a long-running problem in how corporate America deals with race: McMillon's pronouncement was a soothing delay tactic that failed to offer any tangible solutions. Walmart's Black employees cannot wait five years for changes that our communities have been calling for for decades. If Walmart truly wants to be a corporate leader in addressing systemic anti-Black racism, it needs to start by changing workforce practices that are exacerbating our country's inexcusable racial wealth gap.

One of us is a Walmart associate of 12 years, the other a leader of Community Change, a national community-based organization dedicated to building local and national people power, particularly among low-income people of color. Both of us are Black and know the shameful reality of corporate America: It has built its profits off the exploitation of Black bodies like ours, with policies and practices that dehumanize and subjugate us.

Its policies, from inadequate health insurance to poverty wages to insufficient paid leave, have helped lay the groundwork for staggeringly disparate health and economic outcomes. Complete article

Walmart Faces Pension-Fund Suits Over Internal Opioid Files 06/18/2020

(Bloomberg) -- Walmart Inc. illegally mishandled opioid painkillers sold through its in-store pharmacies for years, two pension funds contend in lawsuits seeking access to internal records of the world’s second-largest retailer.Media reports and information revealed in a mass of opioid lawsuits in federal court show how Walmart failed to comply with laws mandating monitoring of sales of the highly addictive painkillers, attorneys for the Norfolk County Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System of Detroit said in their suits.Lawyers for states, cities and counties suing the chain to recoup billions of dollars spent dealing with the fallout from the U.S. opioid epidemic contend Walmart “failed to implement basic compliance controls to protect its pharmacies and drug distribution business from being used as cover for the illegal dissemination of opioids,” according to the complaints, filed Wednesday in Delaware Chancery Court.

“Walmart takes its responsibility to shareholders seriously,” Randy Hargrove, a company spokesman, said in an emailed statement. “There is no credible basis to conclude Walmart or its board engaged in any misconduct. We will respond in court as appropriate.”

Walmart and several U.S. pharmacy chains face a November trial before a federal jury in Cleveland in which states and municipalities will seek billions in damages for the companies’ alleged failure to recognize “red flags” about heavily repeated sales of the painkillers.The funds, which own Walmart shares, said evidence shows some executives of the giant retailer ensured a steady stream of opioids to so-called pill mills -- doctors’ practices that routinely wrote hundreds of prescriptions for opioid painkillers that were then used for illegal purposes.When the federal government moved to investigate and then prosecute the chain, Walmart used its political clout to “thwart any such enforcement action, causing career public servants to quit their jobs in frustration and disgust,” the funds alleged. Complete article

Suspect arrested in connection with online orders at Fla. Wal-Mart in The Villages 06/18/2020

Jennings joins other AG’s in demanding that Walmart do a better job at stores 06/18/2020 Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings earlier this month joined AGs in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Washington, and the District of Columbia to express concern over how the giant company is handling coronavirus.

Springdale Arkansas getting a Walmart Health 06/19/2020

Walmart, Sam’s Club launching Children’s Miracle Network campaign 06/19/2020

Family of San Leandro Ca. man killed by officer inside Walmart demands justice 06/19/2020

City and county move to clean up illegal dump site near Colorado Walmart 06/19/2020

Me. Walmart No Longer Sees Long Lines As They Are Allowed to Have More People In the Store 06/17/2020

Va. Sheriff’s working to identify man possibly involved in Walmart larceny 06/17/2020

VIDEO: Man’s Shopping Trip To Vacaville Ca. Walmart Ends With Alleged Racial Profiling 06/19/2020

VACAVILLE (KPIX 5) — A Vacaville man claims his recent shopping trip to Walmart ended with him being racially profiled and eventually told to leave or get arrested for trespassing.

Joshua Lane, an African American married father of two was shopping for a movie projector for his children at the Walmart in Vacaville on March 28. When he began to be followed by security personnel.

Lane, who works as a longshoreman in Oakland says he had a conversation initially with one man working security.

“I told him I’m a working man, and showed him a picture of my wife and kids,” said Lane. “He kind of apologized but told me ‘You fit the description,'” said Lane.

Lane said he went over to another aisle and noticed other people trailing him, including a woman who began closely monitoring him.

“We moved to another aisle and continued speaking. That’s when the lady followed me again,” said Lane. “This happened at least three different times in three different aisles.”

Lane began recording the encounter on his cell phone, which his wife posted on Facebook soon after the incident. In the video, the woman who did not identify herself is seen calling someone on the phone and is heard saying, “He’s being hostile and threatening.”

“She then asked me to leave” said Lane. ‘When she said those words and I knew she was on the phone as well, I ceased everything and I headed towards the exit.” Complete article

Target, Walmart say they won’t release COVID-19 cases in San Antonio Tx. stores 06/19/2020

SAN ANTONIO – Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in Texas, some major grocery chains are saying they will not disclose infections among staff.

Walmart and Target told they will not release a positive employee’s store location, date of positive result or date last worked, citing the worker’s personal safety and privacy. Costco has not responded to requests for comment by

San Antonio-based grocery giant H-E-B has made public cases at dozens of stores, including details about when the employee was last in the store, on its website. Complete article

Young girl's kind gesture to help Oxford NC Walmart employee sparks unlikely friendship 06/19/2020

Police arrest Lufkin man after report of indecent exposure at Tx. Walmart 06/20/2020

East Dallas Tx. Walmart Closes Temporarily For Deep Cleaning After Employees Test Positive for COVID-19 06/19/2020

Masked bandit uses stolen credit card to buy Air Pods, other merchandise from Airway Heights Wash. Walmart 06/19/2020

Dog locked in red pickup outside NY Walmart prompts call to dispatch 06/19/2020

Mayor says Walmart silent about reopening looted stores 06/19/2020

Detroit Lakes Minn. man accused of shoplifting 9 times in 1 year at Walmart 06/19/2020

Judge says in-person deposition on Walmart’s home turf poses safety risk 06/18/2020 In February 2019, Learning Resources Inc. filed a lawsuit in federal court in Chicago accusing Walmart and four other defendants of violating the Copyright Act of 1976.

Man Wanted in Ex-Wife's Slaying in Keller Found Dead in Truck at Midlothian Tx. Walmart 06/20/2020

The man suspected of killing his ex-wife Tuesday was found dead Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Midlothian, Keller police say.

Police had been searching for Mark Bowen Stanush, 59, in connection with the death of his ex-wife, Teresa Anne Salyer.

Salyer, 58, was fatally shot Tuesday night at a home in the 500 block of Manchester Court in Keller, police said. Complete article

Suspect in custody, charged with stabbing two deputies outside Walmart 06/20/2020

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A suspect is now in custody after two deputies were stabbed near Walmart at Quaker and the South Loop.

Lubbock police released this statement on Saturday night:

Miko Devon Butler, 28, was taken into custody at approximately 10:30 p.m. at Motel 6 located on 66th & I-27. The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office SWAT, Metro Crimes Unit, Lubbock Police Department and the TAG Unit all assisted with locating and arresting the suspect.”

The suspect has been transported by EMS to an area hospital to be treated for a Sheriff’s Office K-9 dog bite. Complete article

Bomb threat forces early closure of NC Walmart near Triangle Town Center 06/20/2020

Missouri Walmart, Mexican Villa among potential COVID-19 exposures, health department says 06/20/2020

Walmart in Palm Desert Ca. closed for “deep cleaning” 06/20/2020

COVID-19 reported at Modesto Ca. Walmart, Walgreens, more; What to do when staff is sick?06/20/2020

PHOTO: Man pushes woman's stopped motorized cart outside Hendersonville Walmart 06/20/2020

Man without mask shoves Fla. Walmart employee trying to enforce rule, video shows 06/22/2020

Some people just don’t get it.

An agitated man in Florida was recently filmed shoving a Walmart employee who tried to stop him from entering the store without a mask.

The video, which was reportedly filmed in Orlando, Fla., shows the man walking up to the entrance of the store before an employee appears and attempts to stop the man from entering. The mask-less man then shoves the employee backward into the store — not once, but thrice — and ends up falling on the ground after the third attempt.

“Bro, you gotta wear a mask,” says an onlooker just off-camera. Complete article

WATCH: Man facing 3 charges from police pursuit that followed Franklin Ohio Walmart theft 06/22/2020

FRANKLIN — A Moraine man will be arraigned on felony charges of fleeing and robbery as well as misdemeanor theft in Franklin Municipal Court following a police pursuit on Friday afternoon.

Robert Anthony Cochran, 35, is slated for video arraignment on at 2 p.m. Tuesday on charges of robbery, a second-degree felony; fleeing, a third-degree felony; and theft, a first-degree misdemeanor. He is being held in the Warren County Jail under a $135,000 bond. He was booked into the jail at 10:36 a.m. Saturday after receiving medical treatment following the crash Friday afternoon in downtown Franklin at the intersection of Riley Boulevard and East Second Street.

Police Chief Russell Whitman said police were called about 2:25 p.m. at the Walmart on East Second Street about a theft in progress.Whitman said the suspect left the Walmart store in a small green Jeep Liberty towards Springboro. An unmarked police vehicle got behind the suspect’s vehicle on East Second Street. Once marked police units caught up, the suspect did not stop his vehicle for the officer’s lights and siren, Whitman said. .......

Cochran is accused taking several boxes of golf balls, valued at about $300, according to police. Complete article

Turlock Ca. police escort family out of Walmart for not following mask guidelines 06/21/2020

Pa. Police identify Walmart theft suspect 06/21/2020

Jersey City Woman Caught Stealing at WalMart Faces Additional Charge of Resisting Arrest 06/22/2020

Three Walmart employees test positive for COVID-19 06/22/2020

Former Walmart Lawyer Says His Firing Was Punishment 06/22/2020 A former in-house attorney for Walmart Inc. said he knew in February 2017 that his career at the Bentonville retailer was coming to an end when he refused to make changes to a memo he had written years earlier about a bribery investigation in Mexico.

Drive-through COVID testing begins Tuesday at Morgan City La. Walmart 06/21/2020

Body found inside van at Williston Vermont Walmart 06/23/2020

Officers responded at around 2 a.m. to investigate an odor coming from the vehicle, according to police. WILLISTON, Vt. — Police are investigating after what they believe is a body was found early Tuesday morning inside a van at the Walmart store in Williston.

The Williston Police Department said they responded at around 2 a.m. to investigate an smell coming from the vehicle, which was parked in the store's parking lot off of Harvest Lane.

Officers said they later discovered what appeared to be a dead person inside the back of the van. Complete article

Decomposing Body found in back of vehicle at Williston Walmart 06/24/2020

New Hampshire man left naked, tied to a tree behind Walmart over $500 debt: Cops 06/22/2020

A New Hampshire man allegedly kidnapped and left naked and tied to a tree Friday night reportedly owned his assailant $500, Manchester police said in court documents, the Union Leader reported Monday.

Ronny “Spanish Jay” Betances, 37, has been charged with kidnapping, robbery, criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, and two counts of simple assault charges, the paper said.

Betances was arrested on Saturday, as CrimeOnline originally reported, after the victim, identified as 45-year-old Christopher Upham, freed himself and called police. Upham also identified Ariel Dupuis, 29, as one of his assailants. She was arrested Sunday night on charges of criminal liability to kidnapping and criminal liability to robbery.

Upham told police that the saga began on Thursday in Manchester, when he was a passenger in a car driven by Betances, who got into an accident, according to a police report. Betances gave Upham $100 and some heroin and told him to rent a car for him, but Upham told detectives ignored messages from Betances for the rest of the day. ........

The group drove to Derry, about 13 miles away from Manchester, and Betances bought bleach, a rope, and a winch cable from the Walmart.

Behind the store, Betances allegedly tied Upham to a tree, poured bleach over his body and face, and slashed him in the chest with his knife. Complete article

Roach activity closes Fla. Subway in Walmart for two days 06/22/2020

An immediate closure order was issued for a Santa Rosa County restaurant earlier this month due to the presence of roaches.

The Subway, located inside the Walmart at 4965 U.S. Highway 90 between Milton and Pace, was closed June 17 after an inspector from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation said conditions endanger public health and safety.

Five total violations were cited in the report, four of which were high-priority.

About six live roaches were found, one on a prep table next to the bread warmer station, one on the wall next to the prep station, two on a box underneath the prep table and two in the back kitchen, according to the report.

Dead roaches and roach excrement and/or droppings were also found by the inspector in the reach-in cooler.

Other violations included the presence of flying insects and potentially hazardous temperatures for the tomatoes and lettuce, the report said. Complete article

Larceny at the NY Walmart in Painted Post 06/23/2020

Health department announces new COVID-19 exposures at Missouri Walmart, Andy's 06/2/2020


Orlando Fla. Walmart closes for sanitation during coronavirus pandemic 06/23/2020

One arrested after weekend incident at Tx. Walmart 06/24/2020

Gloria Bedham, 26, of Marshall, was arrested Saturday, following an altercation at Walmart located at 1701 East End Blvd.

According to MPD Public Information Officer Lieutenant Len Ames, officers were dispatched to the store around 5:30 p.m. following an incident with Bedham and another woman, identified as Ashley Cartwright.

The incident ended when Bedham was arrested for one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Bedham livestreamed the incident on Facebook after the initial encounter with Cartwright in the store. She stated during the video that the issues with Cartwright come from a family dispute. During the video Bedham did display a firearm on the passenger side floor of her vehicle, though she is never seen explicitly threatening Cartwright with the weapon.

However, Bedham does express her desire to shoot and fight Cartwright during the livestream video. Complete article

Merrill Wisc. police looking for Walmart hit and run suspect 06/23/2020

Merrill, Wis. (WAOW) -- The Merrill Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a man involved in a hit and run crash at Walmart.

The person of interest was captured on security wearing a cat t-shirt and driving a white truck. Police believe he is a resident of the area.

Police are anyone who knows the man, or were at Walmart when the crash to contact them in one of the following ways: Complete article

Girlfriend of man killed in San Leandro Ca. Walmart says don't defund the police this way 06/23/2020

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. - When San Leandro nixed $1.7-million from its police budget last week, the city council also ended up cutting $700,000 from a special program that caters to the city's homeless population. Now, the former fiancee of Steven Taylor -- the 33-year-old man who was killed by officers in April after customers reported that he was waving a bat inside a Walmart -- is imploring the council to slow down on making a drastic change to the police budget. She says the council should reconsider indiscriminately defunding the department amid the national outcry in the wake of George Floyd's death and anger toward police officers.

In fact, Edna Jane Reed wrote a letter to KTVU as well as to San Leandro's mayor, asking to save the police department's two officers and two case managers who are tasked with helping the homeless, like herself and Taylor

Specifically, Reed said the case managers and Officers Joseph Camarillo and Warren de Guzman literally saved Taylor's life a few years ago.

One of the officers, she said, stopped Taylor, who lived near the tracks, from running in front of a train when he was having a mental breakdown and wanted to kill himself. Complete article

Walmart Says It Will Stop Displaying Confederate-Themed Mississippi State Flag 06/23/2020

JACKSON, Miss. — The Confederate-themed Mississippi flag drew opposition Tuesday from two big forces in the culturally conservative state: Southern Baptists and Walmart.

Walmart said it will stop displaying the Mississippi flag while the state debates whether to change the design. The Mississippi Baptist Convention said lawmakers have a moral obligation to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag because many people are “hurt and shamed” by it.

“We believe it’s the right thing to do, and is consistent with Walmart’s position to not sell merchandise with the confederate flag from stores and online sites, as part of our commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive experience for all of our customers in the communities we serve,” company spokesperson Anne Hatfield said. Complete article

Walmart Canada investigating after outrage over 'All Lives Matter,' 'Blue Lives Matter' apparel 06/23/2020

Kodak Black Threatens to Sue Walmart for Selling Fake $40 Chain 06/24/2020

According to a report from TMZ on Wednesday (June 24), the national retail franchise is selling a replica version of the Florida rapper's Sniper Gang chain for $40. Sniper Gang is the record label founded by Kodak. The neckpiece is listed as "Hip-Hop Fashion Icy Bling Sniper Gang Pendant w/ 11mm 20" White Gold Tone Half Iced Cuban Chain." Although the chain is available via a third-party vendor, the item is being sold on Walmart's website and Kodak is threatening to sue.

Bradford Cohen, the attorney for the 23-year-old rapper, told XXL this morning, "The willful blindness of Walmart in regards to allowing 3rd party vendors selling on their platform, will come to an end. We cannot allow a company that knows fake items are being sold on their site to profit from those sales or pretend they don't know about it. We will hold them legally responsible if the items are not removed in 48 hours."

Meanwhile, Sniper Gang affiliate, Jackboy, called Walmart out via Twitter. "Y’all Better Hope Y’all Can’t Get Sued Because If So Sniper Gang About To Have Are Own Walmart SniperMart Coming Soon," he wrote. Complete article

Lil Baby Responds to Walmart Selling Knock-Off Version of His 4PF Chain 06/23/2020

Springfield Missouri Walmart employee tests positive for COVID-19, attended baseball game 06/2/2020

Elizabethton woman banned from Walmart for shoplifting arrested for shoplifting at Tenn. Walmart, police say 06/24/2020

Walmart to temporarily shut Nogales Ariz. store for sanitization 06/23/2020

Accused Aug. 2019 El Paso Tx. Walmart shooter facing new indictment for ‘Memo’ Garcia’s death 06/24/2020

Police track down car after shots fired at a Hartsville SC Walmart, ending in a crash 06/24/2020

HARTSVILLE, S.C. (WPDE) — Officers found the people and car they were looking for after shots were fired at a Hartsville Walmart, according to Hartsville Police Lt. Mark Blair.

Lt. Blair initially told ABC 15 it was a chase but now says an officer was trying to catch up to the car and the people weren't trying to flee.

It ended in a crash at 151 and Center Road. Complete article

Rockford Ill. Walmart evacuated after man pulls legal firearm to protect himself from attacker, suspect in custody 06/24/2020

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — On Wednesday, officers with the Rockford Police Department responded to a weapons call at the Northridge Walmart near Alpine and Riverside.

Officials say the store was evacuated after several reports of an adult male waving a gun. After investigating, officials say that the suspect saw another man who he knew in the produce section and began to batter him. The victim’s 20-year-old son tried to intervene but the victim pulled out his legal firearm and stopped the scuffle.

Officials say that the man had a legal concealed carry license. Complete article

Walmart reviews prison labor policy amid civil unrest over race 06/24/2020

Walmart is reviewing its policy on working with suppliers that use prison labor as civil unrest over systemic racism roils the U.S. and activists target companies that benefit from the practice.

“As permitted by law, a small number of our U.S. suppliers use voluntary labor as part of prison rehabilitation programs,” Walmart said in an emailed statement provided by spokesperson Tricia Moriarty. The company’s policies “strictly prohibit involuntary prison labor” and workers that are employed by Walmart suppliers are paid “prevailing wages,” the retailer said.

The review is part of the firm’s racial equity initiatives announced this month as protests broke out worldwide following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart said on June 10 that it would stop keeping “multicultural” hair care and beauty products in locked cases.

Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon also pledged to make changes to give the company’s 340,000 Black workers in the U.S. more opportunities. A $100 million pledge to address systemic racism by Walmart and the founding Walton family is the second-largest corporate commitment to date.

While the U.S. makes up close to 5% of the global population, it has almost 25% of the world’s prisoners, with about 2.3 million inmates, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Black men are disproportionately more likely to go to prison than White men.

Prison labor is legal in the U.S., but it’s used mostly for the public sector. Only about 6,000 prisoners work for private industry, according to Paul Wright, editor of Prison Legal News and director of the Human Rights Defense Center. Complete article

Walmart buys technology, intellectual property behind Rx management app 06/23/2020

Walmart has acquired the technology behind CareZone, a medication-management startup, in a move to strengthen its digital health presence.

Walmart purchased patents, intellectual property and technology from CareZone, which will remain a separate company. CareZone will continue to operate an online pharmacy.

CareZone’s technology includes a mobile app that helps individuals and families organize health information and manage medications. That includes a method it developed to scan prescription labels and insurance cards so that users can input that information directly into the app.

Employees of CareZone’s product and technology teams that built the app will join Walmart as part of the deal. Complete article

FBI Nabs Clovis Ca. Walmart Assistant Manager for Credit Card Fraud 06/24/2020

Mich. Walmart evacuated for gas leak 06/25/2020

Some ransacked Walmart stores will reopen by end of July 06/26/2020

Family Demands Justice for Black Man Shot Dead by Police at San Leandro Ca. Walmart 06/2/2020

Peoria Ariz. Walmart receives empty bomb threat 06/26/2020

Online appliance scam uses Walmart addresses in Durham, Chapel Hill, NC BBB finds 06/26/2020

Woman pleads guilty to using Kool-Aid packet to help shoplift from Artesia NM Walmart 06/26/2020

Gunman kills one employee at Walmart distribution center in California before police fatally shoot him 06/28/2020

A man entered a Walmart distribution center in California and started firing at random targets, killing one person before officers fatally shot him during an exchange of gunfire, authorities said.

The shooter was identified as Louis Lane, 31, according to the Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston. After the shooting at the facility in Red Bluff, he engaged with officers in the parking lot, where they exchanged about 20-30 rounds, Johnston said. Police added that he was using a semi-automatic rifle.

He was shot by police and was pronounced dead at a local hospital, the Tehama County Sheriff's Office said.

The victim was Walmart employee Martin Haro-Lozano. He was transported to the hospital by an on-duty deputy sheriff due to the extent of his injuries, but later died, officials said. His relationship to the shooter is unknown at this time.

Lane worked at the Red Bluff area center in February 2019, but had been released from his job for failing to show up for his shift, authorities said. Complete article

Red Bluff Walmart Shooter Identified As Disgruntled Former Employee Louis Lane 06/28/2020

Criminal past didn't keep guns from alleged Walmart shooter 06/30/2020

Additional details released on Walmart shooting 06/30/2020

Apple Valley Ca. man arrested after threatening Walmart employees with a machete 06/27/2020

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. ( — Police arrested a 32-year-old Apple Valley after he allegedly stole a machete and threaten to kill Walmart employees, officials said.

It happened at about 2:15 PM on June 26, 2020, at 20251 State Highway 18 in Apple Valley.

Store employees attempted to make contact with the suspect, Andrew Steely, and he swung the machete at them and threaten to kill them before running away, officials said.

When deputies from the Apple Valley Station arrived they located the suspect matching the description and was armed with the machete. Steely fled from police and attempted to run toward the large rock hillside behind the store waving the weapon, officials said.

According to a sheriff’s news release, “deputies armed with both lethal and less-lethal tools, contacted Steely on the hillside. Fortunately, Steely obeyed their commands and was arrested without incident.” Complete article

Walmart, Aldi recall some Fresh Express garden salad mixes potentially linked to growing Cyclospora outbreak 06/27/2020

Days after health officials warned of a growing outbreak of Cyclospora infections “potentially linked” to certain store brands of garden salad mixes, more salads have been recalled and illnesses confirmed.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated alerts Friday that the number of reported cases grew to 206 with 23 hospitalizations. The agencies are advising consumers to avoid select salads sold at Walmart, Hy-Vee, Aldi and Jewel-Osco stores.

According to the FDA, all of the recalled salads were sold in mid-western states and manufactured by a Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, Illinois. Other retail brands of salad may be impacted, the FDA said.

“Consumers should not eat and restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve any Fresh Express products currently on the market that were made in the Streamwood, Illinois, production facility and contain either iceberg lettuce, red cabbage or carrots,” the FDA notice said. Complete article

The Fed now owns Walmart's debt. Here's why it matters 06/29/2020

London (CNN Business)Coca-Cola. Berkshire Hathaway. Marriott. Philip Morris. Walmart.

These are just some of the companies whose debt was snapped up by the Federal Reserve as of mid-June, part of the central bank's unprecedented intervention in credit markets. CNN parent company AT&T is another.

What's happening: The Fed disclosed hundreds of millions of dollars in purchases of individual corporate bonds on Sunday, while identifying nearly 800 eligible issuers whose bonds it could buy down the line.

The action by the Federal Reserve has been lauded by investors for easing conditions in credit markets after they rapidly deteriorated in March, avoiding a potentially catastrophic corporate cash crunch that could have triggered a wave of bankruptcies. Complete article

Walmart divulges plans for ‘healthcare supercenters’ 06/28/2020

The company says it’s looking beyond traditional retail clinics as it seeks to create “supercenters” with comprehensive healthcare services.

In the past few months, Walmart has been designing a different kind of supercenter — one focused on healthcare.

The company rolled out two Walmart Health clinics this month, in Loganville, Georgia and Springdale, Arkansas.

These aren’t your usual walk-in clinics that might serve as a quick place to get vaccinated or get a cold checked out. Rather, they’re more like a one-stop shop for healthcare, with primary care, urgent care, diagnostics, x-rays, behavioral health and dental care. Complete article

Recent COVID-19 cases visited Missouri Sam's Club, Walmart, tanning salon without masks 06/27/2020

Mike Copeland: Venting with an ax, sledge hammer; Walmart bonuses; The Containery's colors 06/27/2020

Sumter sheriff searching for bandit who ripped off Fla. Villages Wal-Mart 06/2/2020

Massacre at Walmart: Did the President’s words inspire a real-world tragedy? 06/29/2020

Gresham Road Walmart in DeKalb Ga. reopens after reported bomb threat 06/29/2020

'I'm very concerned': Dublin Ga. Police investigating after deadly shooting in Walmart Parking lot 06/29/2020

Police say Walmart employee Jaron Darrisaw killed 28-year-old Kristopher Oneal.

DUBLIN, Ga. — A Walmart employee is in jail on murder charges and a man is dead after a shooting in Dublin. Wanya Reese went to Dublin to find more information on the investigation.

The latest homicide in Dublin happened in the parking lot of Walmart on Sunday night. We spoke with a detective with the Dublin Police department and a community leader to get their reaction on this recent shooting in the city.

"I'm very concerned," Christopher Johnson said, following three weeks of shootings in the city of Dublin.

"It really disrupts what I know -- this community is a very loving, very peaceful community," Johnson said.

Johnson leads Oconee Community Mentoring Association helping keep kids on the right path, but he wasn't happy to hear about Sunday's deadly shooting. Complete article

Wichita Falls Tx. PD investigating reported Walmart parking lot shooting 06/29/2020

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Officials with the Wichita Falls Police Department said they are investigating a report of a shooting at the Walmart on Greenbriar Road late Friday night, June 26.

According to authorities, two victims showed up at the emergency room at United Regional at about 11 p.m. Friday, June 26 with non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

Authorities said the victims reported they were shot in the parking lot of Walmart in a car with two other occupants.

Police said they could not give a description of the suspect or suspects, but said the shots came from a dark colored Jeep. Complete article

Family of Las Vegas man found hanging behind Walmart confirms death was suicide 06/30/2020

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — The story of a local black man found hanging behind a Walmart near Decatur and Charleston went viral in the valley on Monday.

Many viewers tagged News 3 on social media and called on our station for answers. We have confirmed with family and the coroner that it was in fact a suicide.

On Wednesday someone found 35-year-old Marcus Carr hanging from a fence behind the Walmart, he died on the way to the hospital.

His family tells News 3, Las Vegas police told them that Marcus died by suicide, but they were left with so many other questions. Complete article

Police respond to reported fight at Charlotte NC Walmart 06/29/2020

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Police are investigating a stabbing incident after a reported fight broke out inside of a Charlotte Walmart Monday afternoon.

Officers were called to the store on Wilkinson Boulevard around 1:30 p.m. after a call was received in regard to several people fighting.

Police said one person said they were stabbed, but injuries appear to be non-life-threatening. Complete article

Woman facing charges following alleged Saugus Mass. Walmart assault and battery 06/29/2020

A Fall River woman is facing charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery after allegedly striking a Walmart shopper repeatedly in the head with her cell phone.

Saugus Police Lt. Ronald Giorgetti said a woman contacted police Sunday morning to report she saw a video online of an assault that occurred at the Saugus Walmart on June 27.

The woman sent the video to police and reported that one of the women who commented on the post identified herself as the aggressor, Giorgetti said.

Just before noon on June 28, a 28-year-old Winthrop woman came to the station to report she was the victim of the assault and battery at Walmart, Giorgetti said. Complete article

Walmart, Humana Expand Coronavirus Testing at Smaller Stores 06/30/2020

Killeen man pleads guilty to felony theft from Tx. Walmart 06/29/2020

Jefferson County NY’s Walmart stores are subject of many complaints during pandemic 06/30/2020

Suspect sought after stealing vacuum cleaner, food processor from Wetumpka Alabama Walmart 06/30/2020

Mayor Cantrell threatens to close New Orleans La. East Walmart, calls out other stores over lack of masks 06/30/2020

Police: Shots fired during fight near Marietta Ga. Walmart injure three 06/30/2020

Three people were hospitalized for gunshot wounds Tuesday after police say shots were exchanged during an altercation in Marietta.

According to an email from Marietta Police spokesperson Chuck McPhilamy, the incident occurred near the Walmart at 1785 Cobb Parkway South, but an exact address was not known as of Tuesday night.

"Preliminary indications are that some sort of dispute led to a fight, including gunfire between the two parties," McPhilamy wrote. "All individuals involved are in custody." Complete article

Ga. Walmart to honor long-time employee, Green, who died earlier this week 06/30/2020

Carl Green, a longtime Walmart employee known in the community for his work ethic and kindness, died earlier this week.

Green worked as a stockman at the Walmart Supercenter on New Franklin Road for 26 years. His job included greeting and assisting customers, as well as moving and arranging shopping carts for easy access. Regular customers knew Green for assisting elderly customers and making people smile.

In early June, Green’s coworkers celebrated his 26th anniversary with the company, singing his praises and presenting gifts to him. Members of the LaGrange Fire Department attended and paraded fire trucks — Green had a love for the sirens. Complete article

Brookhaven Mississippi police search for man accused of stealing vehicle from Walmart 06/30/2020

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (WLBT) - The Brookhaven Police Department is searching for a man accused of stealing a vehicle on Sunday, June 28. Police say they received a report of a stolen vehicle, a silver Ford Taurus with Copiah County Plates, from Wal-Mart. Video surveillance of the suspect was provided by Walmart. The Brookhaven Police Department is asking for public assistance in the identification of this individual. Complete article

Police: Woman tried to spend $420 in fake cash at Md. Walmart 06/30/2020

Collinsville Ill.’s Arubah Community Clinic receives $1,000 donation from Walmart 06/30/2020