Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Czech Dream - Garden Row
According to one of the advertising people, the one with his back to the camera, in the Czech Dream, "We don't lie in advertising." He expressed concerns about the deception about a hypermarket that doesn't exist.
Some people might not be convinced; so perhaps it would help to get an opinion from a respected elder statesman.
What do you think Dick?
Thanks Dick, um that's always good to know.
But I'm not quite sure how that addresses the claim by the advertiser.
I tell you what; a couple of the other advertisers that contributed more to the ad campaign and ahd doubts about it justified it in a little more detail.
Perhaps their comments would help elaborate.
Does that make sense Dick?
Thanks Dick, um, it's good to make that clear but I'm still not sure what that has to do with the issue at hand.
That clip is presented much better in the video; assuming you haven't seen it. toward the end the girl who denied all responsibility was laughing when she held up her hand to block the camera and told them to stop; perhaps she suspected that many people might not think her denials had any integrity.
Whether they lie in advertising or not they have been steadily increasing the amount of money they spend on ads for decades, so much that it is taking up a growing percentage of the GDP; and it does nothing to improve the quality of products or services being advertised, although corporations can't make profits unless they find a way to pass these costs on to the consumers. The amount of money being spent on advertising rose from $39 billion in 1950 to $256 billion in 1990 (Benjamin Barber “Jihad Vs. McWorld” 1995 p.62); it increased even more in the nineties reaching $435 billion in 1998 (Naomi Klein “No Logo” p.8-9). Other sources indicate that advertising continues to rise faster than other expenditures.
Whether they lie or not they make little or no effort to inform the public of this nor do they try to remind the public that similar figures could be cited when it comes to political advertising.
Whether it is politics or advertising for products the vast majority of the information that people make their decisions with, except for a small percentage of the public that takes the trouble to do their own research from alternative sources, is bought and paid for by someone that has a motive to distort the truth.
At the same time the amount of money being spent on manufacturing and services is being cut.
This isn't the only expense that is going through the roof faster than expenses that benefit the public; campaign contributions have also been rising faster than the rate of inflation; which means that it is also accounting for a growing portion of the GDP. Additional expenses like union busting activities and research into child psychology, for the purposes of marketing to them, not helping them, have also been rising.
Expenditures that shift wealth to the rich are rising, thanks to their centralized control of the economy; and we are replacing quality merchandise and services with hype and lies!
Trade secrecy laws make it difficult to tell how much this is going up; but there is evidence to indicate that it is. Some of it was revealed by researchers into marketing to children like Roy Fox and Susan Linn or by Marty Jay Levit, a former union busting consultant.
Whether they lie in advertising or not they don't make any effort to inform the public about these inconvenient facts or many others like the enormous amount of environmental damage that is escalating despite all the ads from the oil companies about how "safe" they or the coal companies telling us about "clean coal."
Paid speech has little or no credibility, yet it gets much more protection than unpaid speech and the expense of it is passed on to consumers who don't necessarily have nearly as much protection under the first amendment.
Does that make any sense Dick?
If the President does it then it is not illegal.
Yea Dick that helps a lot, thanks.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Wal-mart has been getting hundreds if not thousands of bomb threats for years, yet once in a while when people hear about them they often get the impression that this is something new.
One of the most common times for these bomb threats might be during the holiday season although that isn't always the case; however as I begin writing this bomb threats have been reported in Florida, Maine, Connecticut and Idaho. This might be slightly higher than normal but not much. The reporting of these threats is much lower profile and it has been for years; they only seem to report them briefly in the areas that they occur without mentioning that they're also happening in other areas as well.
So one important question that should also be answered is; are the police and the media reporting them properly? It might be reasonable to respond that they don't want the public to panic and that the vast majority of them are false threats. However there have been at least half a dozen actual explosions over the years and they have causes several hospitalizations and thousands of dollars of damages. The cost of evacuation for the false ones are almost certainly more than the cost of the real ones. And there have also been numerous examples where there have been explosive devices that didn't go off, either because they haven't been competent or they were lucky enough to catch them first.
If you consider the number of people that have died as a result of this as the leading measurement it isn't nearly as serious as problems with shootings or many other things at Wal-Mart including people that have died in stampedes during black Friday riots. As far as I know no one has died as a result of the few bombs that have actually gone off and some of them aren't much more powerful than firecrackers; but the fear factor is higher and one single incident could increase the deaths much faster if it does turn out to be real.
If this is the case then it might also be reasonable to investigate them and find out what social causes might be contributing to them. If this is done than a better effort could be made to prevent them. With limited resources I have already found what I consider potential contributing causes to some of them that can be prevented without waiting for the last minute.
Unfortunately investigating them and learning from them isn't what those with political power seem to have in mind.
Many of the people making these bombs and threats almost certainly have the same problems that perpetrators of other types of violence do which is why I have no doubt that addressing the early root causes of violence would reduce this type of crime as well ass any other as I attempted to explain in Does child abuse and bullying lead to more violence? and Child abuse and bullying link in study long over due. As indicated in these posts I believe there is an enormous amount of evidence from credible peer reviewed researchers to indicate that by reducing child abuse long term crime can be dramatically reduced.
Unfortunately the mainstream media isn't reporting on this properly either, nor is the political establishment; fortunately some academics and people at the grass roots level are doing better.
However that doesn't address this specific problem and there are some other major contributing factors that will almost certainly turn up with a closer look. Part of this would be helped by the fact that many of the people calling in these threats have already been caught and they indicate certain trends which the police must already be aware of. Unfortunately the most effective way to prevent them might not be the jurisdiction of the police, unless we continue to wait until the last minute before trying to prevent them, which will inevitably fail.
If past tactics were effective then they would have succeeded by now.
Almost five years ago a California police officer said that he thought Wal-Mart Bomb Threats might be Part of National Movement (02/20/2009); however based on the arrests that have been reported on the internet it doesn't seem as if the vast majority are part of a single movement. Instead it is usually a single individual that often calls them in or in some cases calls in many. there may be social causes to this that repeat themselves over and over again which could be addressed but there doesn't appear to be a single conspiracy although there could be some Small conspiracies for some of them.
Earlier this month an incident occurred in Oklahoma involving a man that had what looked like an explosive devise and had doused himself with flammable liquids. It didn't turn out to be a bomb but it still could have started a fire and done a lot of damage. This was only reported in a low profile manner but a closer look at the story indicates that they could just as easily have turned it into as high a profile story as the incompetent Time Square bombing attempt which was also a useless bomb but they turned it into a national obsession. Not that I think they should have overblown this anymore than they should with the Time Square bombing but it shows the priorities of the chimerical media, as indicated in the following excerpt.
This man turned out to be homeless and possibly had problems with mental illness. He isn't the only one in this situation that has either been involved in bomb threats or other incidents including shootings and kidnappings. Yet there is little competent efforts to address the problems with either homeless or mental illnesses. Instead the government continues to cater to business interests preserving corporate welfare while cutting programs to help those at risk of becoming offenders. Not that this would be an excuse for bomb threats but when we have an economic system that isn't serving a growing percentage of the people due to corporate corruption it makes these types of incidents more likely.
A lot of the other people that call in bomb threats or make them in other manners are Wal-Mart employees. This shouldn't be implied that there is a problem with all Wal-Mart employees however it should raise questions about their hiring practices and there is plenty of indications that many of these people might be retaliating against what they consider abusive behavior by their employers. It is easy to conclude that this is no excuse and it may be true but when employees have a lot of legitimate concerns and they can't get them addressed through normal means it makes this type of incident more likely.
When employees express their concerns in legitimate ways then they should be addressed because they are legitimate concerns not because they might increase the risk of bomb threats; however when they also increase the risk of bomb threats they shouldn't use this as an excuse not to address the concerns of those that express their complaints properly. Then people with grievances may be less likely to feel they have to resort to extreme measures as an added benefit.
Another problem that should be considered is the possibility that when they fire people that take the initiative to stand up for their rights in retaliation, they might be getting rid of some of their best workers and, in some cases, keeping the worst or convincing them to suppress their complaints and any anger they might feel towards their employers. The people in the corporate office that make policy decisions seem to have little or no idea how they might be impacting people in the stores.
At least two incidents in Reno Nevada make it clear that some of these are the result of disgruntled workers including the following story.
The story of John Gillane is told in "John Gillane found guilty but What about Wal-Mart?" 12/14/2011 Wal-Mart spokesman Dan Fogleman said “We want to be diligent about protecting the safety of the employees and the store, especially after what happened in the past;” however there is little or no sign that they seem to believe that their own practices help create a hostile work environment.
Many of the people constantly protesting Wal-Mart clearly disagree.
Whether they acknowledge the potential for their oppressive actions to contribute to backlash or not they could reduce the potential threat from disgruntled workers if they were more likely to address their concerns and the current protest could provide them an opportunity to do just that.
Their policies aren't just angering the employees that have to put up with their policies but they're also angering a lot of customers as well. Despite an enormous amount of propaganda about how Wal-Mart is "saving low income people a lot of money" many people know better. They have cut their prices in many cases by cutting manufacturing expenses dramatically and this has led to lower quality products which often have to be replaced much more often than they used to and it also leads to a lot more defective products that are broken right out of the package.
This means that a lot of people have to go out of their way to return them or just accept the loss. The vasts majority of these people deal with this reasonably but like the small minority of disgruntled employees some of them strike out in anger once in a while and one of the ways they might do this is to call in a bomb threat. Or in a few cases they might just start yelling bomb in person, which inevitably leads to them getting caught.
Whether it is a disgruntled employee or disgruntled customer that resorts to extreme measures there is almost always other contributing factors that can be pointed to that aren't Wal-Mart's responsibility; this often involves problems in their upbringing as I indicated previously. However to put all the blame on that would be inappropriate, since there is an enormous amount of evidence to indicate that Wal-Mart's policies are also contributing as well.
Even if they did blame other contributing factors, in many cases, it is the same politicians and propagandists that are arguing to cut funds to social programs that would help prevent them from creating more violent adults including programs that reduce child abuse before it escalates. This would be much less expensive than spending an enormous amount of money on prisons after these abused children grow up and turn out to be as violent as their abusers.
Wal-Mart didn't gain their dominant position in the m,market solely by being competitive; they gained it largely due to their enormous wealth and political connections that helped them get many subsidies and bankrupt their competition. Once they dominate a market they stop trying to cater to the wishes of their customers as much and take them for granted. This inevitably leads to problems of one sort or another.
One of these problems are an enormous number of angry people calling in bomb threats; and they obviously aren't deterred by the threat of punishment which clearly doesn't apply to those with political connections. In many cases they are even suicidal.
The people that make these decisions in the corporate office don't even seem to want to know about the results of their decisions. Our elected officials have pulled a bait and switch over the past thirty or forty years; they told us that we should watch out for the communist menace that makes decisions in a centralized authoritarian government bureaucracy then they gave us a centralized authoritarian corporate bureaucracy without acknowledging the results of their policies in the stores, or the factories for that matter.
The following are some bombs that have actually gone off.
Homemade bomb explodes at Ohio Wal-Mart 01/19/2006
Teens Charged With Setting Off Bombs in Maine Wal-Mart 11/26/2006
Five people were injured in an explosion at a Wal-Mart in Sylva, NC which is west of Asheville. 09/26/2007
Explosive Device Discovered at a Boone NC Wal-Mart 07/20/2008
Homemade bomb explodes at Maryland Wal-Mart 03/16/2009
Two Arrested in “MacGyver Bomb” Incident at Woodman’s in Rockford Ill. 07/23/2010
HPD: Homemade bomb explodes at southwest Houston Walmart 11/04/2010
"Buck Bomb" at Chambersburg Pa. Wal-Mart causes $12,840 in damage 10/10/2012
Police: Exploding chemical bomb at Wichita Wal-Mart may have been a diversion tactic for theft 01/17/2013
Update at 9:30 p.m.: Blast heard at West Monroe Louisiana Walmart 04/17/2013
Two Men Arrested in Connection with Explosive Devices in Camden Del. Walmart 10/23/2013
The following are incidents where they found bombs that weren't made properly and never posed a threat; however they didn't know this until after the fact in most cases.
Nevada Walmart evacuated over suspicious device 11/07/2010
Birmingham police explode package at Roebuck Wal-Mart 11/26/2011
Arizona Walmart associate arrested in fake bomb scare 12/14/2011
Bomb squad called to Beaufort SC Walmart after suspicious objects found in vehicles 04/09/2013
Altus Airman Arrested For Allegedly Stockpiling Bomb-Making Materials 10/24/2013 Carey said he could use explosives at Walmart to "tie up" law enforcement and other city resources. .... they found bomb-making materials.
The following is a long list of the many people that have been caught in these bomb scares; it isn't enough to be statistically representative, especially since it doesn't screen out those that more effectively avoid being traced and it is based on often erratic reporting by the media.
Man arrested for bomb threat at Russellville Ark. Wal-Mart 12/17/2008
Lusby Md. Woman Arrested for Wal-Mart Bomb Threats 02/21/2009
Wal Mart bomb threat suspect arrested in El Dorado County 08/17/2010
Former mall employee charged with bomb threats at West Park Mo. Mall, Jackson Walmart 06/27/2010
Man threatens to kill people at Walmart: Second incident at Old Saybrook Conn. store in 2 days 10/14/2010
Daniel Larson charged with making bomb threats in Green Bay Wisc. area 04/01/2012
Golden Meadow La. employee arrested for calling in bomb threat to Wal-Mart 05/19/2011 "so he wouldn’t have to do participate in some of his job duties"
You Can't Say 'Bomb' In a New Ulm Minn. Wal-Mart 06/20/2012
Nampa Id. store employee charged for fake Walmart bomb threat 09/12/2012
Slidell Police Department books man with causing Walmart bomb scare 07/07/2012 "I think it's safe to say that Mr. Hamilton will probably lose his opportunity to work for Walmart," Seuzeneau said
Suspect Arrested In Ca. Walmart Bomb Threat 08/02/2012
Employee Arrested for Making Bomb Threats at Copperas Cove Tx Wal-Mart 08/15/2012
Walmart Bomb Threat Suspect Arrested 10/09/2012
Man charged with making terrorist threats at Gulf Shores Ala. Walmart 11/01/2012
Man accused of bomb threat at NC Walmart 01/16/2013
Two youth charged after Strathmore Canada Walmart bomb threat 01/23/2013
UPDATE: Suspect arrested after bomb threat made at Calcutta Ohio Walmart 04/09/2013
Cops: Portage Ind. man arrested after making bomb threats at Walmart 04/25/2013
Walmart bomb threat suspect says he has schizophrenia 05/03/2013
Police: Man made fake bomb threats outside Fla. Walmart 06/02/2013
Man Threatened to Bomb Willow Grove Pa. Walmart, Police Say 06/27/2013
Police charge man in Russellville Ark. Wal-Mart bomb threat 07/06/2013 "scared patrons with a disparaging remark about Walmart"
Police Arrest Walmart Or. Bomb Threat Caller 07/10/2013
False Bomb Threat Gets San Pedro Man in Jail 07/25/2013
Employee charged in connection with Ky. Walmart bomb threat 08/03/2013 "as a joke"
Bomb threat strikes Minn. Walmart 08/08/2013
Bomb threats in Utah could be part of national scam 09/18/2013
Man threatens to blow up New Iberia La. Wal-Mart, leaves on pink bike 09/20/2013
Man Jailed After Police Said He Threatened To Blow Up Beckley WV Walmart 09/22/2013
UPDATE: Arrest made following bomb threat at Va. Walmart 10/13/2013
Man issues bomb threat in Russellville ark. Wal-Mart 11/15/2013
These are related stories as well.
Black Friday bomb threat clears East Stroudsburg Pa. Wal-Mart 11/29/2008
Bomb threats called into Utah pharmacies including Wal-Mart 09/18/2013
Police Believe Walmart Bomb Threats are Connected 07/30/2012
Wal-Mart Stays Open During Bomb Scare 12/28/2006
Ikea bomber: vendetta campaigns 06/15/2011
Psst one other thing, for you, no not most of you, just the FBI or NSA agent that is surely checking this post. Is this really the way you want to handle the problem with bomb threats at Wal-Mart?
Wouldn't it be better to share some of your data with sociologists and psychologists that are sincerely interested in finding out how to solve problems? Then if the commercial media continues to try to report on accurate research at least you could share it with alternative media outlets.
Also some of these protestors that you investigate and even arrest for trivial charges are actually trying to implement reforms so that these problems can be solved. Maybe that isn't the best way of handling things.
I'm sure you wouldn't sell out but the people that give you orders might and keep in mind in past authoritarian purges like in the Soviet Union those who carried out the early purges were often victims of the later ones even when they did follow orders.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Indigenous Protesters in Brazil, Burma, Nigeria and other poor countries lead the way protecting the environment!
Indigenous Protesters in Brazil, Burma, Nigeria and other poor countries lead the way protecting the environment; while the U.S. supports the oil companies!!
If you're relying on the traditional media for your information, you might not know it, but some of the people that previously may have had the least amount amount of political power are now having a significant degree of success standing up to powerful energy companies or loggers.
If on the other hand you already check out other alternative news outlets like Earth First Newswire or some of the other good reporting outlets that are ignored by the political establishment, you might already know this.
They know they're already in danger of being the victims of environmental genocide.
Those that rely on the traditional commercial media might think that this sounds alarmists; however others might not have that option.
The following are a few of the stories they're reported on that have indicated some degree of success but much more is necessary.
In many cases these are the people that have been considered the least political active and the media has virtually ignored them. And, at least in the case of Burma, it is taking place in a country that is supposed to be much more oppressive than the U.S.
Not only that but the media is also ignoring the vast majority of environmental destruction that continues to escalate. When they do report some of these stories they report very limited details and then they quickly forget it; while the propaganda from the oil companies is repeated over and over again.
As I reported in a previous post about, Trade Secrecy laws provide license to commit negligent mass murder, trade secrecy laws often enable corporations to avoid reporting on many environmental disasters; and when they are reported there is little or no effort to compile the full cumulative amount of damage that is taking place. The list of environmental disasters that have been getting little or no attention from the commercial media has continued to expand since then; but in order to keep up with even a relatively small fraction of it people need to watch an enormous amount of news for the rare isolated story in the traditional media or search for more reliable information from other sources.
Fortunately, to some degree, the potential for some real reform is also happening even though it is not being reported by the media.
A large percentage of the public in the developed world might be somewhat ignorant of all the damage that is being done but those that live near where the worst of it is happening have no choice but to acknowledge it.
Do we have to wait until the amount of environmental damage escalates again in the back yards of many more Americans?
Of course this is already happening for many people even in the U.S.; but they tend to be the ones with the least amount of political power as well and in many places they have been speaking out as well but the media doesn't give them more than a token amount of attention either.
The commercial media often attempts to present the environmentalists like Earth first as extremists or in many cases they even portray them as terrorists; but a closer look clearly indicates that the energy companies are much more likely to resort to violence, or in many cases those that tehy associate with resort to violence but somehow the media doesn't report on this as terrorism. Instead, if they address it at all, they attempt to portray it as activities of rogue criminal organizations with no connection to the energy companies although they decline to consider who would benefit by these activities.
The following are a sample of some of the stories i thought might be worth more attention, including more reports of environmental damage that hasn't been reported nearly as much as it should have, examples where environmentalists have been oppressed and additional comments from Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky about why we need to do more and the fact that indigenous people already are.
Romania Rejects Giant Rosia Montana Gold Mine
Worlds Apart: Indigenous Leaders Abandon Faith in UN to Find Climate Solution.
Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples Council Statement on Fukushima
Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights; Censored News
Noam Chomsky: Indigenous People Are In The Lead
Kicked Out of UN Climate Talks for Showing Solidarity with the Phillipines
Colombia: Mine Opponents Assassinated
Burma: Village Protests Shut Down Coal Mine
Loggers Face Removal from Land of Earth’s Most Threatened Tribe
Koch Pipeline Spills 400 Barrels Of Crude Oil In Texas
These Are The Keystone XL Protesters That Interrupted Obama During His Boston Health Care Speech
Report: Pipeline Regulators Spent More Time With Industry Than On Oil Spills
B.C. home of most pipeline safety incidents since 2000
CN Fuel Cars Derail, Explode West of Edmonton
ND Spills Went Unreported; State Testing Website (AP)
14 Incredible Photos of Brazilian Activists Liberating Beagles from Cruel Lab
FBI Investigated PETA for Anthrax Plot Based on Rumors
Naomi Klein: How Science is Telling Us All to Revolt
Fracking Victim Sued for Defamation After Proving Drinking Water Flammable
Unist’ot’en Camp Site of Late Night Bombing
Mi’kmaq Warrior Society Members Beaten in Jail
Monday, November 11, 2013
Walmart: Stop treating your customers poorly!
Black Friday is coming, just in case you didn't know.
Major corporations are once again running an enormous number of promotions for items that are almost certainly a bunch of junk and they will fall apart as soon as anyone uses them; but since they expect them to be given away they think they can get away with minimum amounts of returns.
At the same time Wal-Mart and other corporations are relying on tax payer money to arrest people for stealing trivial things like Oreo cookies.
No one seems to think it is wrong to complain when a shoplifter steals things but corporations steal much more.
If you think it is just as reasonable to report corporations stealing as shoplifters you might want to consider the following event which might happen on Black Friday. Someone, perhaps you, walks into Wal-Mart at the busiest time of Black Friday and says, at the top of his, or your lungs:
If this person or you like you could get creative and bring in documentation about many of the fraudulent things Wal-Mart has done; there are literally dozens of books written about it and at least four or five of them are very well done with sources for their claims.
It really isn't hard to find accurate and reliable information implicating Wal-Mart in fraud, as long as you don't rely on the commercial media. They never report the worst of what Wal-Mart does if they can avoid it and when they have to say something they spin it and report it in a low profile manner. After all a large portion of the money they steal from consumers is spent on advertising or campaign contributions instead of putting it into the quality of their products.
Without the help from corrupt politicians and incompetent or corrupt media outlets they never would have been able to get away with this much fraud.
The Supreme Court has declared that we're not allowed to shout fire in a crowded theater; I guess we're supposed to let people die when it burns down.
I know the original decision says that "The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic;" but a closer look at the case indicates that the speech that was being suppressed wasn't causing a panic nor was it false. In fact the government was telling much more lies than the anti-war protesters.
Hence my conclusion that the supreme Court thinks we should let people burn in a fire and let Wal-Mart rob people blind.
If you think the Supreme Court is full of shit why hesitate to warn people when Wal-Mart is robbing them blind?
If you happen to be part of an ambitious protest organization feel free to be more creative and have multiple people speak out one after another with more legitimate concerns.
Try not to give the impression that the workers are at fault since these decisions are all made by the thieves in the corporate office who also happen to be cowards; they know they don't have to deal directly with the people that are impacted by their decisions and they arrange for others with little or no influence to listen to complaints even though they aren't the ones responsible.
Let me know how it turns out.
By the way be careful of riots or shootings. There is a shooting on average once every four or five days if not more often and riots and shootings as well as many other bizarre incidents are much more common on Black Friday when the police routinely arrest many of the shoppers but ignore all the deceptive things that Wal-Mart does.
Edit: Associate Voices have come up with their own more organized web page to help promote protests. See "Walmart Associates Share Stories, Request Black Friday Events at Their Stores" if you want to join them.
I Called The Police On Walmart Today ;-)
Non-Violent Walmart Protesters In Ellwood, Illinois, Arrested By Riot Police And they're doing the same thing now in Los Angeles.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
In addition to the usual large number of incidents including shootings and bomb threats as well as many other things, there has been several indicators about how badly Wal-Mart is handling crimes in their stores. At the beginning of the month a 13 year old girl was stalked at an Orange County Ca. Wal-Mart; her grandmother was told by a Wal-Mart employee, "Well, our security is just for shoplifters" and she responded, "Come on, what’s more important? Merchandise or children?” Lack of concern about the safety of their own shoppers has been indicated by many other past stories about Wal-Mart. While reviewing these stories I have seen dozens of stories where they over reacted to shoplifters but not one where they over reacted to defend their customers. Not that I think they should over react for either but it indicates their priorities.
In 2008, two years after the 2006 statistical study showing many problems with crime at Wal-Mart Mesa, Arizona Police say Wal-Mart snubbed efforts to cut shoplifting and now additional reports seem to have come out of Pennsylvania. An article, Walmart's tough stance on shoplifters taxes local police departments was followed up by a request that the Public Safety Commission look into shoplifting incidents at Walmarr. According to Commissioner Ryan Conrad, "People have told me they don't want to shop there They're afraid."
This seems to have been followed up with a clamp down on shoplifters but little or no effort to look into why there is so much crime at Wal-Mart. As I have indicated previously it is almost certainly related to Wal-Mart policies as well as other contributing factors. This almost certainly includes increased poverty that has accompanied Wal-Mart's and their efforts to suppress wages. Closer research into this would help but when research raises doubts about policies of those with political power it often isn't done or attempts are made to cover it up.
To make matters worse on one occasion when a Walmart employee attempted to help a victim of assault he was fired, Michigan Wal-Mart staffer Kristopher Oswald says he was sacked for trying to save woman in parking lot assault. It wasn't until there was an enormous amount of outrage that they offered him his job back but he refused because he still feared additional retaliation from Wal-Mart among other things, Man fired by Wal-Mart rejects job offer from store.
Wal-Mart's security may have even harassed someone for being unable to produce a receipt for his own jacket, Madison County man sues Wal-Mart, says security held him because he had no receipt for his own jacket. This story seems to indicate that they might be outsourcing some of their own security and there might be doubts about whether or not the employees even know about it. If this is the case it might be because a surprisingly large amount of the problems with crime in their stores are carried out by their own employees. The vast majority of them are underpaid and can't get by with what they get from Wal-Mart and it is difficult if not impossible for them to get their legitimate grievances addressed; yet it is only a small minority that are involved in these incidents. Most of them don't resort to extremes but when they fire many of their most sincere and best workers for standing up for their rights it should be a problem if some of the remaining ones resent it.
Also Al Norman is celebrating 20 years of battling Walmart; but they still have enormous problems including people coming up with increasingly strange ways to stir up things, for one reason or another, like stabbing meat with a potentially tainted needle sending white powder in the mail, both of which turned out to be false alarms. On top of that another fire killed more people in a Bangladesh sweatshop and of course Wal-Mart executives don't seem to face any potential consequences; not only that but Alic Walton is apparently having her record expunged for DWI.
Strange things happen at Wal-Mart.
In 2006 Wake Up Wal-Mart did a study, "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Wal-Mart which showed that it increased when Wal-Marts opened up and that crime was higher at Wal-Mart than at other retailers. Since then Wal-Mart Shootings began compliling a list of gun related incidents at Wal-Mart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country. I also added my own review about why I think that Wal-Mart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a blog, Wal-Mart high crime rate continues uninvestigaterd and have provided additional information under the author tag Walmart Crime Watch. Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Wal-Mart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Wal-Mart 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. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in October 2013. According to the "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Wal-Mart, and presumably, the ones most likely to make the news on the internet nationwide. To minimize redundancy most gun related incidents will only be one lines, since they have been highlighted by Wal-Mart Shootings; some of the other more relevant incidents may have additional summations.
Crime reports: Bomb threat called into Montgomery Walmart, 72-year-old woman robbed 09/27/2013
Mother And Son Arrested For Strong-Arm Robbery Spree Outside Houston 09/27/2013
William Lee Dumford arrested on suspicion of arson at Walmart 10/01/2013
Walmart self-fondling arrest leads to child-porn charges for EMT 10/02/2013
Police: Woman robbed, dragged across OKC Walmart parking lot 10/01/2013
NC stabbing suspect caught at Rock Hill Walmart 10/01/2013
George County sheriff warns of scam involving bogus checks that appear to be from Walmart 10/01/2013
Gallatin La police search for Walmart robbery suspect 10/01/2013
Theft at Tenn. Walmart caught on video, police seek thieves identity 10/01/2013
Cherryville NC police release surveillance pictures of Walmart robbers 10/01/2013
Shots fired during attempted robbery in California Walmart parking lot 09/28/2013
Texas woman charged with stealing nearly $80K from Walmart 10/02/2013
Armed man robs Walmart liquor store (last month) 10/02/2013
Man commits suicide at West End Billings, Montana Walmart after buying shotgun there 10/02/2013
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office targets theft at Wal-Mart, Target 10/02/2013
Man Accidentally Shoots Himself In Antioch Tenn. Walmart 10/02/2013
Wal-Mart reciept leads to arrest of Lubbock man in August arson case 10/03/2013
Recaptured inmate tracked to Salt Lake City Utah Wal-Mart 10/02/2013
Woman assaulted, robbed at Walmart in Seabrook NH 10/04/2013
Package found outside Fla. Walmart causes bomb scare 10/04/2013
Boynton Beach Fla. Police Search for Walmart Purse-Snatcher 10/04/2013
Two arrested for SANTA ROSA BEACH Fl. Walmart thefts 10/04/2013
Eastlake Co Ohio. police arrest mother, daughter in Walmart theft, pick up another shoplifter at the scene 10/04/2013
Police search for suspect in midtown Tulsa Walmart Neighborhood Market robbery 10/07/2013
Man gets 35 years for fatally stabbing wife in Walmart 10/08/2013
Police seek two for retail theft at Silver Spring Walmart 10/07/2013
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Wake Forest police charge man in theft of computers, phones from Walmart 10/08/2013
Shoplifting suspect at Ga. Walmart nabbed with 17 items 10/09/2013
Shoplifter found with loaded gun and drugs in Pennsylvania Walmart 11/09/2013
Police: Man jumped into North Carolina Walmart bin, struck elderly man in face 10/09/2013
Walmarts top W.Va. list for retail sales of meth's pseudoephedrine 10/09/2013
Woman injured during attempted robbery at Tyler Tx Walmart 10/09/2013
Police arrest man accused of taking upskirt photos of women in Fla. Target, Walmart 10/10/2013
Two suspects nabbed in Me. Walmart computer theft 10/10/2013
Family members indicted in theft from Rocky Mount Va. Walmart 10/10/2013
Suspect wanted in connection to Amherst Co. Va. Walmart theft 10/10/2013
ID needed for Fort Myers Fla. Walmart theft suspects 10/10/2013
Glendale PD: Suspected rapist seen at Phoenix Walmart 10/11/2013
Police trying to ID trio that stole 21 smartphones from NC Walmart 10/10/2013
Police arrest mom for trying to steal 42 items from Ind. Walmart 10/11/2013
Armed gunman threatens employees in California Walmart 10/11/2013
Armed robbery by a gunman in a Virginia Walmart 10/11/2013
Woman arrested for leaving 1-year-old in car at Va. Walmart 10/11/2013 Police said the child, who was left unattended for less than 20 minutes, was not injured and was turned over to a relative.
Fire Crews Respond To Car Fire At Kan. Walmart 10/12/2013
Berlin Md. woman charged in Walmart theft 10/13/2013
Man attempts to steal shotgun at gunpoint in South Carolina Walmart 10/13/2013 A Clover man was arrested at York’s Walmart Sunday after threatening to “shoot up” the store if a clerk didn’t let him leave with a shotgun, according to a York police report.
Three injured when SUV hits objects in Las Vegas Nav. Wal-Mart parking lot 10/13/2013
EBT benefit card glitch sparks Walmart shopping sprees in Louisiana 10/13/2013: Blog post with several articles on subject: Have practice runs for Wal-Mart food riots begun?
Oswego County NY trio charged in Walmart scheme to steal, return coffee press, shower curtains 10/14/2013
Couple walk out of Walmart Pa. with four televisions 10/14/2013
Winona Mn. man gets nearly 2 years in prison for attempted Walmart robbery 10/15/2013
Cash Reward Offered For Spokane Wa. Walmart Robbery Suspect 10/15/2013
Police investigate shooting in Sumter SC Walmart parking lot 10/15/2013
Lubbock police seeking accomplice in shoplifting at Wal-Mart 10/16/2013
Man accused of taking photos under woman's dress at Bossier Pa. Walmart 10/16/2013
KPD: Woman steals flat screen from Kingsport Tenn. Walmart using a motorized scooter 10/16/2013
Shoplifter posing as policeman threatens Ky. Walmart employees with gun 10/17/2013
Man Burglarizes Three Tenn. Walmart Stores In One Day 10/17/2013
Police: Man facing child pornography charges shot video of girls at New Castle Pa. Walmart with hidden camera 10/17/2013
DEA: Fla. Walmart pharmacy worker stole $100,000 in pills 10/18/2013
Greenville NC Man Accused Of Stealing Shrimp, Steaks, And Perfume 10/18/2013
Pa. Wal-Mart deer hunter gets probation 10/18/2013
Walmart Scam Targets Victims by Mail 10/18/2013
Alligator forces Walmart to lock doors 10/20/2013
Two women accused of taking 614 items from Walmart in Utica 10/20/2013
Nashville man steals from Walmart with minors 10/20/2013
Info needed in Walmart cellphone theft 10/20/2013
Fire department evacuates Staunton Va. Walmart 10/21/2013
Here's The Weirdest Stuff That Happened At Walmart This Week 10/18/2013
Three people shot in argument outside Arizona Walmart 11/20/2013
Suspects stole TVs, computer, Airsoft guns from Meijer Inc., Walmart, Big Rapids Mich. police say 10/21/2013
Salisbury NC man charged with threatening Walmart loss prevention officer with box cutter 10/21/2013
Oswego County duo charged with stealing 25 iPhone cases from Granby NY Walmart 10/21/2013
Woman accused of shoplifting from Walmart leads Baytown Tx. police on chase 10/21/2013
Carlsbad NM police: Walmart employee embezzles money to pay for medical bills 10/2/2013
Man accused of flashing woman at Lake Wylie NC Walmart receives threats 10/22/2013
Surveillance shows thieves stealing expensive items from Mt. Pleasant Pa. Walmart 10/22/2013
Charges lodged against Rochester NY woman following theft from Walmart 10/22/2013
Report of a gun stolen from a New York Walmart 11/22/2013
Credit card thieves shopped at Conn. Walmart 10/22/2013
Prosecutors: Man killed Noblesville aunt, in 2011, bought gold chain at Pa. Wal-Mart with her credit cards 10/22/2013
State Police Cracking Down After Recent Thefts At Pa. Wal-Marts 10/22/2013
Registered Sex Offender Arrested After Allegedly Exposing Himself To Teen At OC Wal-Mart 10/22/2013
Police looking for man responsible for 'quick change' scam at Wal-Mart in Silver Spring Township Pa. 10/23/2013
2 Arrested After Homemade Explosive Devices Discharge Inside Walmart 10/23/2013
West Milwaukee Walmart store evacuated after bomb threat 10/23/2013
Police searching for suspect in Fla. Walmart robbery 10/24/2013
IMPD: Man took pictures up women's dresses at Ind. Walmart store 10/25/2013
UPDATE: Man’s body found inside Portsmouth Va. Walmart 10/25/2013
Donation box containing $100 stolen from NM Walmart 10/25/2013
Local Wal-Mart evacuated third time in a week after bomb threats 10/26/2013
Negligent Walmart shopper loses $3,000 in theft of purse 10/26/2013
Walmart Heiress Asks To Expunge DWI Arrest 10/27/2013
Charges: Alabaster man sexually exposed himself at Pelham Al. Walmart parking lot 10/28/2013
Fla. Police seek Walmart parking lot power tool thief 10/28/2013
Death penalty decision coming in SD Walmart stabbing 10/28/2013
Drive-by shooting reported at Rock Hill NC Walmart 10/28/2013
Gainesville Fla. man hides Wal-Mart headphones in pants, fights officer 10/29/2013
Arrest made in abduction, rape outside Gwinnett Ga. Walmart 10/29/2013
Tenn. Walmart employee steals Halloween 10/29/2013
Lake Worth Fla. Walmart employee accused of stealing lottery tickets 10/29/2013
Police charge Waterloo Ia. woman with Wal-Mart toilet scam 10/29/2013
"Lewd act" in Walmart parking lot in Macomb prompts arrest: Kentucky man faces charges in McDonough and Schuyler Ill. counties 10/30/2013
Woman caught attempting to steal Okla. Walmart linens 10/30/2013
Ill. Walmart workers arrested in debit card scam 10/29/2013
3 Charged in Thefts from Waynesboro Va. Walmart 10/30/2013
Man arrested in connection to Va. Walmart larcenies 10/29/2013
Three Arrested for Shoplifting From Lacey NJ Walmart 10/30/2013
Onlooker fires shot as shoplifting suspect pursued at West Chatham Ga. Wal-Mart 10/30/2013
UPDATE: Police ID man found dead at Portsmouth Va. Walmart 10/31/2013
Man Charged in Receipt Scam at Delaware Wal-Mart 10/31/2013
Grand Island Neb.'s north Walmart evacuated after bomb threat 10/31/2013
Career criminal arrested for stealing carts full of merchandise from North Fort Myers Fla. Walmart 10/31/2013
Gas leak forces evacuation of Shawnee Ks. Walmart 10/31/2013
Firefighters: Small fire at NC Walmart extinguished by employee 10/31/2013
Man Walks into Ark. Walmart with 3 Women, Walks Out with 3 Stolen TVs 10/31/2013
Walmart: the next clean energy giant? 10/30/2013
Walmart Disabled Greeter Matt Wood Fired For Clocking In Late 11/28/2013
Al Norman celebrates 20 years of battling Walmart 10/24/2013
Dollar General Beats Walmart 10/27/2013
24 Sad Photos Of Wal-Mart Doing It Wrong 10/28/2013
Walmart Investigates Minn. Pork Farm after Animal Abuse Claims 10/30/2013
Babe star James Cromwell attacks Walmart Minn. supplier's treatment of pigs 10/30/2013
Wal-Mart to promote 25,000 workers. Policy change or publicity stunt? (+video) 10/29/2013
Wal-Mart: We felt the government shutdown: The head of the retailer's US operations said sales were hurt by the closure, especially in neighborhoods with federal workers. 10/29/2013
Neb. Walmart teacher recognition 10/29/2013
Liquor license suspensions for two Wash. Walmart stores 10/28/2013
Local Alabama pharmacist reacts to Walmart's proposal to become main provider of Medicaid drugs 10/28/2013
Wal-Mart Checking Complaints About Greeter Firing 10/28/2013
Walmart grocery developer makes changes to plan 10/26/2013
Or. Walmart appeal headed to high court; Matt Langer recall returns: Sherwood news 10/26/2013
Walmart makes pitch to become Alabama's main provider of presciption drugs through Medicaid 10/25/2013
Sherwood Councilor Dave Grant responds to Walmart-driven recall effort against him 10/24/2013
Walmart makes push to galvanize position, in Northbrook Ill., opponents stand their ground 10/23/2013
Northbrook Ill. issues order mandating Walmart not use its seal 10/23/2013
With Walmart as a lab, PSU investigates how green roofs work 10/23/2013
Walmart and Protestors Clash Over Wages 10/23/2013
5 ways Wal-Mart is changing 10/22/2013 More self-checkout lanes; More 'made in the USA' goods; Smaller locations; Deeper holiday discounts; Tons of ads
Matthew Yglesius: Why Wal-Mart's E-Commerce Efforts Will Fail 10/22/2013
Breaking: Wal-Mart workers on strike, defying firings 10/18/2013
Alaska fisheries battle Walmart over sustainability label 10/20/2013
New York Times: Wal-Mart Heavies Up on Talent in Retail Battle with Amazon 10/20/2013
14 Wal-Mart facts that will blow your mind 10/18/2013
Asia's Week: Wal-Mart's Checkouts, Retail Rough-Go 10/18/2013 The mammoth U.S. chain said this week it would close 20 underperforming stores even as it continues to build more on net elsewhere in the country.
Walmart rolls out aggressive plans for holidays 10/18/2013
Outrage over Wal-Mart's sacking of hero employee 10/18/2013
Fired Walmart worker: Retailer ready to rehire Good Samaritan (+video) 10/18/2013
Hialeah Gardens Walmart Employees Rally Against Managers for More Hours 10/18/2013
Wal-Mart Is Cleared by India in Probe of 2010 Purchase 10/17/2013
Streets to be named after Walmart, St. Jude 10/17/2013
'Walmart moms' air disgust with D.C. 10/16/2013
Miss. won't have to cover Walmart, other stores' losses in EBT card malfunction 10/16/2013
UAH engineering professor: 'No reason' to question findings of Wal-Mart-financed traffic study 10/15/2013 .... The city paid Anderson $7,000 to review Skipper's findings after members of the Midtown Huntsville Association requested a second, independent traffic study. The association is largely comprised of residents of the Piedmont neighborhood behind Mason Plaza.
Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke: US Economy Tough, Unpredictable 10/15/2013
Government shutdown thins Wal-Mart shopping list 10/15/2013 Government paralysis has led to less spending by shoppers, Wal-Mart executives told analysts and investors Tuesday.
India's Bureaucratic Nightmare Kills Wal-Mart Retail That Could Benefit Millions in Poverty 10/15/2013 This report came out as Wal-Mart had it's own bureaucratic problems with EBT cards and there is mucyh more evidence to indicate that their bureaucratic problems are growing as bad if not worse than India's. Furthermore it ignore the fact that Wal-Mart brings poverty to many places and their products are so low quality that they ahve to be replace much more often.
Walmart upping NFL ad buys on Thanksgiving Day to push ‘Black Friday’ sales 10/14/2013 Walmart has been an advertiser on National Football League broadcasts in the past, but the retail giant rarely has bought a lot of TV spots during games because of the high cost. But, all that appears to be changing as the retailer is increasing its NFL advertising this Thanksgiving to support its Black Friday sales, reports AdAge.
After quarter-century fight, Walmart arrives in St. Albans 10/11/2013
Wal-Mart employee recalls time spent in concentration camp 10/11/2013
At Walmart and Other Retailers, Price-Matching Has Its Perils 10/09/2013
Where Wal-Mart Isn't: Four Countries the Retailer Can't Conquer 10/10/2013 Wal-Mart (WMT) is the biggest retailer in the world, with sales of $135 billion in 26 countries outside the U.S. But it doesn’t have stores in some of the world’s biggest markets. Not in Germany, not in South Korea, not in Russia. And as of this week, not in India, either.
School district says ‘no’ to Walmart 10/10/2013 Why did a small school district in suburban Chicago just tell Walmart that it would not provide major tax breaks for the company to build a 300,000-square-foot store? ...... That apparently quashes the deal.
Lecturers to discuss Walmart labor practices 10/10/2013
Pumpkins, hay catch fire outside Cornelius Walmart 10/09/2013
Wal-Mart parts ways from India partner, delays retail store plans until 'conditions allow' 10/09/2013 MUMBAI, India – Wal-Mart Stores said Wednesday it is splitting from its Indian business partner and suspending plans for its own retail stores in India because strict government regulations on sourcing from local small businesses make it impossible.
VCU student reaches finals in national Walmart competition 10/08/2013
Virginia Mason wins another exclusive contract to care for Walmart employees 10/08/2013 With "exclusive contracts" how can they claim this is a competitive market? Furthermore should Wal-Mart be controlling anyones health care? Should the patients ahve their say?
Gas Line Break At North Spokane Wal-Mart 10/08/2013
Walmart Stores In India? Retailer Fights Losing Battle With Bureaucracy 10/07/2013
How Angry Walmart Workers Helped Convince Foreign Investors To Dump Shares 10/07/2013
Forbes: Update on Walmart Pittsfield: Cleaner, But Out of Stock 10/07/2013
Update: Lamont Ca. residents oppose Walmart development 10/04/2013
Portland takes stand against investing in Walmart 10/04/2013
Cibolo residents file lawsuit in Walmart case 10/04/2013
Wal-Mart Stores Eyeing Acquisitions in China 10/04/2013
City asks judge to throw out Sarasota Walmart lawsuit 10/04/2013
Portland takes stand against Walmart 10/03/2013
Dollar stores win as Wal-Mart fumbles 10/03/2013
Sherwood camping ban, with anti-Walmart roots, back to staff for final touches 10/02/2013
Suffolk Walmart temporarily closes after carbon monoxide detected 10/01/2013
Suit puts Mt. Laurel Walmart on hold 10/01/2013