Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Walmart Crime Report September 2019
Walmart had at least eighth shootings last month killing at least three people which is a large drop over the previous month with 18 killing at least 25 people, thanks to the El Paso shooting racking up a high death toll. But even without the ElPaso shooting that was near the record and this month is still higher than the average from just a few years ago. One of the shootings from last month wasn't reported until two weeks after the fact raising additional doubts about whether or not these are adequately reported in the media. It would be unreasonable to assume they report most minor incidents, but you would think that shootings would be reported promptly.
Edit 10/11/2019: Another shooting has been added, bringing the total up to eighth, this was also fatal with the victim dying eleven days after the shooting, so that brings the shooting deaths up to three, and total deaths up to six. This shooting wasn't reported in the media for two weeks which is a growing occurrence, possibly indicating a reluctance among some media outlets to report on Walmart crime. There was also an armed robbery that wasn't reported promptly.
There were at least two more panics that some thought might be a shooting, one of them was a man that fell hurting his head & causing a lot of bleeding, the other was reported by numerous people but police found no evidence of a shooting, although they didn't completely rule it out.
They had at least one more shooting nearby, where a man was caught burglarizing his neighbors house which led to a SWAT stand-off for six hours before realizing that he wasn't at his own hours and they caught him at Walmart. They also had another shooting that turned out to be an airgun on the premises.
There were also at least three more deaths for other reasons, including one body found on the premises, one person that died trying to repair his car when it fell on him, and a third person who allegedly swallowed narcotics or some other substance after police confronted him for a trespassing complaint. These six deaths don't count eight traffic related deaths over the past six years at one store where they're finally redesigning the intersection.
They had at least half a dozen additional gun related crimes, which didn't involve shootings including robberies and panics when they saw people they thought might have been going on a shootings spree. They stopped selling many types of guns and there were numerous reports of people bearing arms specifically to test how they would respond, some saying they didn't enforce it at all, others saying they went to extreme measures to ban people instead of just asking them to leave, and they claimed they might in their new policies. And at least two of the so-called heroes from the El Paso shooting were allegedly exposed when the video didn't back up their stories, one of them was arrested on unrelated charges as he was preparing to be recognized by Donald Trump about the same time he was exposed.
At least two more police departments have reported at the local level that they're having major problems with crime at Walmart, which is part of a major national trend yet the mainstream media rarely reports on it. There was a report from Bloomberg about it three years ago which was followed by dozens of local reports with at least two or three cities reporting on crime problems every month since then. Prior to that report there ware at similar reports at the local level about half as often.
they follow the same pattern of behavior, meeting behind closed door saying they're going to increase security and change things, yet nothing happens & the reports continue to rise. Even though September was the second slowest months for shootings of the year we broke a hundred earlier than ever before & are heading towards a new record.
A man was cleared for a standoff following a heist after they proved that he couldn't have done it in the first place, which adds to evidence that Walmart's high crime problem is leading to many false accusations. The police were baffled about why he didn't get out of his car, since he turned out to be innocent; however, I suspect many minorities are accustomed to being falsely accused and targeted far more often than White people, and with all the police shootings taking place occasionally killing people for the wrong reasons, assuming they had any reason at all, this shouldn't be that surprising, which is why we should address root causes of high crime problems before they lead to confrontations, yet media doesn't report on the best research on how to do this.
They said they "never want to jump to conclusions or charge the wrong individual,” yet they did just that when they sent a SWAT team to pull over the wrong guy without evidence & even though "he would not get out of the car for fear of being shot," they charged him with obstruction anyway!
There were also at least three alleged attempted child abductions, one that was confirmed by police the other two refuted, one that possibly lead to an arrest for a false complaint. Several employees or police were assaulted in various incidents. And one police officer was convicted of switching bar codes after being charged over three years ago.
Walmart offered a $30 gift card for trading in car seats from infants for a few weeks cutting it short, because of massive response; what they tried to downplay was that it also provided an incentive for a large number of break ins to cars to steal them and collect the $30 as reported in both Ohio and California, and there were probably additional incidents around the country that got less attention.
They had close to if not more than a dozen major accidents, police chases, or carjackings, including several major injuries and a person that crashed into a motorized cart twice while trying to get away after being caught shoplifting. One of these was a truck that exploded.
In addition to that truck fire there were at least four more fires at stores, one of which was definitely arson, although the others may not be conclusive. They had at least four knife crimes, including two stabbings & two more threats with a knife.
There were dozens more incidents including two infants that were abandoned or suspected victims of abuse, one that was buried under an enormous amount of merchandise, theft of $90 K worth of phones, which is becoming a regular occurrence, although usually not quite that many, various assaults purse snatchings, and other crimes.
Walmart was accused of selling a used tablet which they deny. The reporting isn't adequate to know what happened; however, even though it's unlikely that they're doing this on a large scale, there's a fair chance that someone sent back a used one as part of a scam return and they passed it onto another customer. They were also accused of selling bad meat putting it back in the cooler after it had been sitting on the shelf unrefrigerated. This is part of a pattern of behavior that is reported every few months, if not more often.
They also had another recall of Zantac and were exposed trying to sell moldy toys, some that were so obvious no one would fall for it but others that might have been less obvious not acting after a customer told them about it, instead waiting until it was clear the media would report them. This is the kind of problems they have when they seek people that blindly fallow orders without critical thinking skills, firing those that stand up for their own rights.
The moldy toys is mild compared to a tire that fell off after being worked on at their shop, which is another result of their corner cutting policies. Other problems that may have resulted from corner cutting include a lawsuit over gift cards that weren't secure and that they must have known were being hacked, refusing to refund money of victims, a defective vending machine that leaked and may have contributed to an accident, and a contractor that din't call dig safe breaking a gas main, and much more just about every month, although most of their problems don't get much media attention.
A bigger potential problem is their escalating plans to increase their influence in both the education system and health care system. They're offering their workers a program that say is a college education plan for just a dollar a day, however once you look closer this is an online course. Few people have looked to close at this program yet; however Diane Ravitch has taken a close look at online charter schools which are virtually identical to this and they've proven to be a disaster. Now they're including health care training courses in this college education offer, which should worry everyone.
A Forbes article says You Might Soon Go To Walmart To See A Doctor 09/30/2019 He starts to explain that stocks have sky rocketed for health care industry before going on to say "Believe it or not, America’s largest retailer, Walmart (WMT), is my top choice to disrupt healthcare." The thought doesn't seem to cross his mind to consider the obvious movement toward Single Payer which would be far more effective than going to an oligarch that has a history of screwing everything up and may be the only way to make our health care system worse!
Could he be using reverse psychology?
Or does he really believe this crap? Perhaps that's more likely people in the financial sector often target each other with their propaganda so they don't hear feedback from the majority right away, at least, then they seem to dismiss them as "radicals" which is why we've been stuck with such an insane economic system. It's kind of like the old Russian sayings from people that believed state propaganda when they often said "If Stalin (or the Tsar before him) knew about this he would do something about it," not knowing that neither the Tsar or Stalin cared about the people as long as they could continue to control them!
They're already offering health care screenings that include minor tests and clinic work, along with their Pharmacy and optometrist operations and some other health care services, which is turning the health care industry into a fast food version. This is part of the reason why they're cutting back on their sales of tobacco products, but it's still a recipe for disaster. One example of this is a politician that's promoting their $25 insulin, however people familiar with diabetes know that this is a recipe for disaster since the cheap insulin is outdated and methods of injecting it are more complicated, so people buying it without proper advice from a doctor are at risk.
They were also implicated in an old sex discrimination lawsuit, more revolving door hiring from executives from companies supposedly competing against them and a massive tax scam, according to a former executive dodging $2.6 billion in US tax through a “fictitious” Chinese entity.
They had a couple guys spray bee repellent on products making at least one person sick and forcing a store to close down and at another store they found another person living there and even getting drunk eating their snacks before getting caught. This isn't the first time things like that happened at Walmart, they're semi-routine with no one paying attention at some store while other store have massive clamp downs on shoplifting , or other activities, which is highly erratic.
Benjamin Franklin once said three men can keep a secret if two of them are dead; some of Walmart's successful shoplifters of liqueur could have learned from that and known that posting “Party bussssss free liquor all night,” with a “be quiet” emoji on the internet isn't the best way to avoid getting caught. It was only after a Walmart manager found out about his that he decided to check security footage and call the police to arrest them.
This was trivial compared to a customer that found blood on the toilet paper which she somehow concluded was from a drug user wiping off needles and a couple different naked women at Walmart at two separate stores, one of them was arrested for being drunk.
The other one was falsely accused of shoplifting and decided to prove that she wasn't stealing anything by stripping and walking out of the store with her clothes in hand.
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 September 2019. According to the "Is Walmart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Walmart, and presumably, the ones most likely to make the news on the internet nationwide. This isn't statistically representative, as the 2006 or the "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" study or some of the studies cited by Stacy Mitchell; but it does provide some additional information that may help recognize how many problems there are at Walmart.
Walmart closing stores ahead of Hurricane Dorian 09/02/2019
20 used car batteries stolen from Rantoul Ill. Walmart 09/02/2019
People make last-minute run as Vero Beach Fla. Walmart prepares to close at noon 09/02/2019
Robots show up in Delaware’s Walmart stores 09/01/2019
Man arrested, charged with evading police after Tx. Walmart robbery in July 09/02/2019
Desloge Missouri Walmart Employee Charged After Laptop Theft 09/02/2019
Man, woman wanted after stolen credit card used at La. Walmart 09/03/2019
Man arrested after shot fired outside Benson Ariz. Walmart Aug. 31st 09/03/2019
A Month After Minn. Walmart Parking Lot Fire That Killed Her Sister, Taraji White Remains Hospitalized 09/03/2019
Baby left in car at Geneva Alabama Walmart; police investigating 09/03/2019
Probe into Me. Walmart last month threat continues 09/03/2019
Suspect wanted for stealing TV from Walmart in White Lake Township Mich. 09/03/2019
Authorities arrest four teens for driving stolen car to Monona Wisc. Walmart 09/03/2019
Westfield Mass. Police looking for suspects in connection with stolen phone at Walmart 09/03/2019
Customer Steals Cash From Another At Tenn. Walmart 09/03/2019
The Oregon Property Owner Wanted a Walmart. Instead, He Got an Empty Field—and a Massive Fire. 09/04/2019
Man connected in NM Walmart shooting off Coors in Aug. held until trial 09/04/2019
Woman Steals $100 From Ill. Walmart Check-Out Kiosk, Police Say 09/04/2019
East Side man arrested at Pa. Walmart 09/04/2019
Pa. court backs midstate man’s conviction for attempted sex assault in Walmart parking lot 09/04/2019 A state appeals court panel Wednesday rejected the appeal of a Shippensburg man who is serving a prison term for trying to sexually assault a female co-worker in a Walmart parking lot.
The Ben Shapiro Show: Ep. 853 - Tear Down This Walmart 09/04/2019
Woman pocketed someone else’s cash at Pa. Walmart checkout, police say 09/04/2019
Two charged with shoplifting from Leesburg Va. Walmart 09/04/2019
Florida man arrested in Aug. Walmart shooting threat called himself white nationalist in Facebook post, cops say 09/06/2019
Details in Burlington Walmart shooting emerge slowly 09/05/2019
Court hearing reveals new details in deadly Me. Walmart parking lot shooting in late July 09/06/2019
Woman arrested after spotted stuffing merchandise into her bag at Fla. Wal-Mart 09/06/2019
Police Searching For Suspect Accused Of Inappropriately Touching 10-Year-Old Girl In South Jersey Walmart 09/06/2019
Man charged in Aug. shooting over parking space at Lakewood Colorado Walmart 09/06/2019
Jackson Tenn. police seek 3 in Walmart theft investigation 09/06/2019
Bandits sought after attempted theft at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 09/07/2019
Woman Accused Of Altering Price Tags At Pa. Walmart 09/08/2019
Police: O'Fallon, Missouri Walmart back open after bomb threat unfounded 09/08/2019
Update: Washington Twp. police identify man after alleged NJ Walmart incident 09/06/2019
Police: Trio stole thousands from Ill. Walmart 09/09/2019
Police searching for stolen Walmart fishing gear thief in Clearwater Fla. 09/08/2019
Jane, MO Walmart evacuated due to bomb threat 09/10/2019
Mississippi gov signs extradition warrant in Walmart killing on July 30 09/09/2019
Man accused of setting Oregon Walmart fire faces additional charge of arson 09/09/2019
New York woman involved in shootout at Augusta Walmart in June 2016 gets 54 months 09/09/2019
Safer? Hardly, Walmart 09/09/2019
Shoplifter steals 10 packs of hearing aid batteries from Walmart, cops say 09/10/2019
‘It’ was taken from Minn. Walmart 09/09/2019
Judge won’t dismiss charges against Wash. Walmart employee 09/10/2019
University of Texas at El Paso Police focuses on community safety after Walmart shooting 09/09/2019
Police: Woman left baby in hot car while she went into Walmart for diapers 09/10/2019
Three-peat Mich. Walmart thief gets a year 09/11/2019
Mitchell Woman Arrested After Stealing Items from Ind. Walmart 09/10/2019
Meme Misleads on Walmart Gun Sales 09/11/2019
Police seek identification of Ind. Walmart theft suspects 09/11/2019 eight iPads, valued at $249 each, and one Samsung S3 smart watch, valued at $458, authorities said. The theft total $2,450.
Police: Another man charged after exposing himself at a Tx. Walmart 09/11/2019 In his own car, woman took pictures.
Lakewood Colorado Walmart Shooting Suspect Facing Additional Charges 09/11/2019
Police look to ID suspect in Ind. Walmart battery 09/11/2019
Woman found guilty of first-degree murder, abduction in Feb. 2018 Yorktown Va. Walmart shooting 09/12/2019
Court hearing for man charged with shooting 3 at Mississippi Walmart 09/13/2019
Video shows ruckus at Port Isabel Tx. Walmart 09/12/2019
Thief takes computer out of Minn. Walmart 09/12/2019
Main break leaves East County Ca. homes, Walmart without water 09/12/2019
Man freed of murder charges from 2015 stabbing in Rockford Ill. Walmart parking lot 09/12/2019
Man accused of knife assault last Aug. at Jamestown ND Walmart pleads not guilty 09/12/2019
Roanoke Rapids NC Police Department roundup: Walmart larceny; larceny by employee 09/12/2019
2 sought in Ill. Walmart wallet theft, fraud 09/12/2019
Kohl's, BJ's, Walmart among retailers cited by Brookhaven Town NY fire marshal for code violations 09/12/2019
Winter Park Fla. white supremacist can't possess gun for 1 year after making threat to Walmart on Facebook 09/13/2019
D.A. now estimates $5 million cost for trial of accused El Paso Tx. Walmart shooter 09/13/2019
Mt. Juliet Tenn. Police searching for Walmart shoplifters 09/13/2019
Southaven Walmart shooting suspect waives extradition, heads back to Mississippi 09/13/2019
CMPD: Woman leaves disabled person in hot car, shoplifts at NC Walmart 09/13/2019
Three charged with fraudulent returns activity at WV Walmart 09/14/2019
What Happened After Walmart Sued Tesla 09/13/2019
VIDEO: PA. WALMART SHOOTING CAUGHT ON CAMERA AFTER WOMAN ATTACKED BY 2 FEMALES IN JULY 09/14/2019
Pair of alleged Ca. Walmart thieves sought 09/14/2019
Parolees caught red-handed stealing at NY Walmart 09/14/2019
Augusta man arrested in Ga. Walmart theft 09/13/2019
JUST IN: All-clear given after bomb scare at Ga. Walmart distribution center 09/14/2019 Bomb threats at distribution centers may mean disgruntled employee.
Walmart's car seat recycling event underway through Sept. 30. What you need to know. 09/16/2019
Three charged with fraudulent returns activity at Ohio Walmart 09/16/2019
Walmart Removes Armed Customer From Store Enforcing ‘No Open Carry’ Policy 09/15/2019
UPDATE: Judge sentences man to 2 years in Mandan ND Walmart assault case last month 09/16/2019
Deputies: Walmart 'mystery shoppers' scam circulating community 09/17/2019 "We assure you that this is 100% a SCAM! Do not deposit this check into your bank account, or purchase the Walmart gift cards with the money," deputies wrote in a Facebook post. Deputies say those who fall victim to the scam will lose around $900 when your bank discovers that the checks are fraudulent.
LCSO: Man stole vehicle battery from Tallahassee Fla. Walmart 09/16/2019
Suspect buys electronics from La. Walmart using stolen credit card, goes back for 2 TVs 09/16/2019
Orange County man pleads no contest in shooting of suspected shoplifter stealing diapers at Fla. Walmart 09/16/2019
El Paso Tx. Walmart victim Chris Grant responds to claims he made up story 09/17/2019
Wash. Walmart Thief Boldly, Casually, Strides Out of Store 09/17/2019
Cops: North Huntingdon woman, teen tried to steal dog clothes from Pa. Walmart 09/17/2019
Kenton man charged with robbery after Ohio Walmart incident 09/18/2019 A Kenton man was charged with robbery after allegedly pushing down a Walmart employee Tuesday morning, according to Tiffin Police Department.
Woman charged after Va. Walmart shoppers rescue baby from hot car 09/18/2019
Walmart unveils new rewards credit card, but some experts say proceed with caution 09/19/2019
$12K in iPhones stolen from Xenia Ohio Walmart: Can you ID suspects? 09/18/2019
Men stole $1K worth of vacuums from Mount Pleasant Wisc. Walmart, police said 09/18/2019
Spencer Man Arrested at Ind. Walmart After Police Find Meth 09/18/2019
Man wanted for stealing electronic items from multiple Va. Walmart stores 09/19/2019
Probation ordered for woman convicted of stealing thousands from Walmarts, including in Eau Claire Wisc. 09/19/2019
‘Mortified, Embarrassed’: Woman Accused Of Urinating On Pa. Walmart Potato Bin Appears Before Judge 09/19/2019
NH Walmart theft suspect rolled big-ticket items out the door 09/19/2019
Police: Rochester man stole over $3,000 in tobacco products from Auburn NY Walmart 09/19/2019
Man suspected of stealing several times from Gulf Breeze Fla. Walmart behind bars 09/19/2019
Judge may drop charge against woman who allegedly urinated on potatoes at West Mifflin Walmart 09/20/2019
No credible bomb threat at Foley Alabama Walmart, one arrested 09/20/2019
Ga. Walmart, Target stolen credit card scheme in Fulton has cops seeking 3 09/20/2019
WHO AM I? Person of interest wanted in NC Walmart theft 09/19/2019
Osage Beach Missouri Walmart reopened after gas leak 09/2/2019
Woman who stole LED bulb at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart sentenced to jail time 09/21/2019 A woman who contacted Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages to reclaim a $20 bill and was arrested in the theft of a LED bulb is serving time behind bars.
Deputies seek serial Walmart thief last spotted in Powhatan Va. 09/21/2019
Man accused of exposing himself at Oregon Walmart 09/23/2019
Thomasville Police say man “targeting younger women” at Alabama Walmart 09/23/2019
Webster Man Arrested for Stealing Hoverboards, Chainsaw from Mass. Walmart 09/23/2019
Michigan man arrested for discharging fire extinguisher in Walmart: Avon Ohio Police Blotter 09/23/2019
Jefferson Police Department searching for man suspected of following women around Walmart 09/24/2019
Va. Walmart Arrests: Men accused of stealing from same store twice in one week 09/24/2019
Ill. Walmart shoplifter in red robe caught red-handed 09/24/2019
Oxford man nabbed at Villages Fla. Wal-Mart gives Sumter deputy false name 09/24/2019
Crash closes northbound Del Prado Boulevard at the 1400 block, near Fla. Walmart 09/24/2019
State College Pa. police look for information on theft suspect at Walmart 09/24/2019
Couple charged in massive identity fraud case bought $30K worth of iPhones at Pa. Walmart 09/25/2019
Judge recuses self from El Paso Tx. Walmart shooting case 09/25/2019
East Norriton Pa. Walmart set to close its doors after 17 years 09/26/2019
Suspect in theft of electronics at Englewood Pa. Walmart identified, still sought 09/25/2019
Boardman crime activity: Woman tries using child to shoplift from Ohio Walmart, police say 09/25/2019 That, and other crime reported in Boardman over the past week
1-year-old unconscious after falling out of shopping cart at Milford Ohio Walmart, officials say 09/26/2019
Couple sought after woman reports purse stolen from Villages Fla. Wal-Mart 09/26/2019
Tx. Walmart to reopen store on Nov. 6 where massacre happened 09/27/2019
Mich. State Police: 2 Wanted For Using Fake Traveler's Checks At Walmart Stores 09/26/2019
Officials say bomb threat at Springville Utah Walmart was not credible 09/26/2019
Warrant served for man accused of stealing vacuum, air fryer from Pa. Walmart in May 09/26/2019
Rome Ga. police seek Walmart thief 09/27/2019
Police seek man suspected in Ind. Walmart merchandise theft 09/27/2019
WV Lottery, Walmart strike deal after years of talks 09/29/2019
Controversial Walmart site in Midtown Miami Fla. sells for $26M 09/27/2019
Missing NH teen found with 23-year-old boyfriend in Pennsylvania Walmart 09/29/2019
Report: Man banned from Ga. WalMart wanted in 3 counties 09/29/2019
Man who threatened Maine Walmart in august may face federal charges 09/30/2019
Walmart takes on Amazon in India with enhancements to Flipkart’s ‘Big Billion Days’ 09/30/2019
Walmart closing Montco Pa. store 09/30/2019
Woman accused of retail theft at Lancaster Pa. Walmart 09/2/2019
Three arrested in alleged $2,200 Woodland Wash. Walmart theft 09/30/2019
Man arrested for cutting security tags off merchandise at NY Walmart 09/30/2019