Friday, November 1, 2019

Walmart Crime Report October 2019

Walmart had at least thirteen shootings on the premises, or one might be just beyond the parking lot, killing at least five people, and injuring several more. (This was initially reported with only twelve shootings; however, one more at Sam's Club has been added bringing the total to thirteen, counting a shooting of a dog off the premises that resulted from a swatting incident described below it's fourteen.) They also had at least three more related to Walmart including a shoplifting incident where the suspect allegedly called 911 to report a man with a gun at another location where police shot a dog, and arrested two people on outstanding warrants even though the report turned out to be false and they suspect it was a distraction so the shoplifter could get away.

There were two more shooting incidents where suspects threatened to shoot up Walmart or kill someone there; one that led to a police stand-off before the suspect could get to an unnamed Walmart the other involved a phone call to corporate office where the person taking the call reported hearing shots during it, and suspect admitted the shootings. Three of the fatal shootings were by police, including one of a murder suspect, unrelated to Walmart, and one was a suicide. several of them were related to domestic disputes or robberies.

To get a monthly Walmart shooting count I usually include all the ones that take place on the premises or as a result of crime that began at the store, this would include twelve, on the premises this month and one that involved the police shooting of a dog as a result of the alleged false report but not the two angry people threatening to shoot it up without making it there, bringing the total for this month to fourteen. This makes it one hundred and eighteen for the year with two months to go. This is tied with the second highest for a year and only five below the record which is one hundred and twenty one, virtually guaranteeing they'll set a new record by end of November with the worst month for shootings, most of the time to go. Since I show articles to each shooting anyone that wants to check the facts can apply their own criteria.

There was another shooting that actually took place last month, but wasn't reported for a few weeks, which is happening more often than it used to, perhaps in some cases, they just omit references to Walmart so it doesn't turn up in searches, which might be part of effort to downplay their high crime problems. Hard evidence of this conclusion is limited, but there's plenty of circumstantial evidence.

Walmart also had over a dozen other gun related crimes including several armed robberies and threats to shoot the store up which weren't carried out, an attempted carjacking, and one that turned out to be a BB gun from a disgruntled customer that just said he wanted to return it, although employees said otherwise. One of these armed robberies lead to a police chase, crashing into both the deputy and another driver killing that person as well. There was one other death as a result of an accident and a body found in NJ parking lot, with a total death toll of at least eight.

The police shot another innocent man with a stun gun in Georgia, which is the same state they reported last month that a previous two hour stand off on the highway with another suspected shoplifter also turned out to be the wrong guy, in both cases they were still charged with obstructing justice of failure to obey a police officers, even though they had no way of knowing why they were arbitrarily being accused of something they didn't do, or even knew why they were being targeted by police. Both cases were also minorities.

Another police officer in Arizona was arrested on charges of shoplifting, which they're far more likely to be charged with than police misconduct or excessive force. Abuse the public, and there's little or no accountability but steal from Walmart or another oligarch and they're quickly charged.

Police were slow to investigate an alleged assault that took place five months ago, and is only being re-investigated within the past few weeks. However, they often investigate petty thefts like taking handful of snacks without paying for them, if loss prevention finds out about it by reviewing tapes, which means we often have to spend more on criminal charges then the cost of the products, even while Walmart is suppressing wages with the help of politicians they donate campaign money to.

This might be why most people consider this a rigged economy.

A Delaware man allegedly arbitrarily began choking a cashier without provocation in Florida. This adds to an enormous amount of evidence that while the people in the corporate office are taking the vast majority of the profits the employees that have their wages suppressed are the ones taking all the risks.

Of course they don't donate to campaigns, not that that has anything to do with it.

They reported a scam where someone is allegedly trying to steal from OTHER CUSTOMERS, not Walmart by scanning in a gift card at the self-checkout then walking out without paying for it. They claim he's trying to trick the next person to use the self-checkout into paying for it, instead of saying that Walmart checkout system is enabling them and that Walmart should be the ones liable not the next customer! They're doing a similar thing with truck drivers in Kentucky where they have small signs saying there's no parking and when Truck drivers, don't notice them they get booted and charged hundreds of dollars to have them removed by a for-profit private contractor hired by Walmart. when local farmers started warning truckers instead of posting it with bigger signs they tried to intimidate the farmers.

They also had at least four kidnappings or attempted kidnappings, mostly clustered in the last couple days of the month with one of them six days earlier. This is probably only slightly above average for the month but well above average for the last weekend.

In addition to the two fatal crashes, Walmart also had close to a dozen or more crashes, chases, hit and runs, or automobile fires. Many of these were major crashes with serious injuries. Several of them were following shoplifting's or robberies.

One of those crashes was a police officer that was responding o a call about an knife attack at Walmart, although the suspect wasn't in the crash; this was one of at least half a dozen knife related crimes with most involving threats or slashing that din't make contact, but at least one included a stabbing.

Walmart also had at least half a dozen fires mostly arson, including one that was intended to distract from a shoplifting, which almost never works, although it's starting to happen almost every month now. Another person was sentenced to fifteen years in jail last month for starting a fire last year so he could steal beer. They usually also charge restitution, which Walmart is constantly pushing, but even if they awarded that it comes to $1.2 million in this case so the purpose for this wouldn't be to get the money since it would never be paid but to ensure that he never has any money legally again.

This is supposedly as a deterrent, although it's only applied to poor people from their crimes not to wealthy well-connected people involved in white collar crimes. If the goal was to minimize future crimes they would think it through more carefully often trying to eliminate causes of crime like a rigged economy or lack of reasonable employment opportunities; but of course the goal is to create a government b=y the corporations and for the corporations.

There were dozens if not hundreds of other crimes including many assaults, shoplifting, purse snatching and much more; as usual some of the people most likely to be attacked are often employees or police responding to their massive shoplifting problem. It doesn't take a genius to realize that their store design, corner cutting, and union busting policies are major contributing factors to their high crime problems; however the only thing the corporate office seems to care about is maximizing profits regardless of how much danger their policies seem to put both customers & workers. Politicians and media seems to be more concerned with collecting campaign donations or advertising dollars than trying to draw attention to solutions that would work.

Walmart always has at least several recalls or reports of problems with their merchandise every month, most of which are't reported widely; but this month seems to be even higher than usual with close to a dozen high profile articles. They had recalls for 6,000 pounds of sausage patties, exercise equipment, J&J baby powder and a couple recalls of Zantac. They also had hats that got the local teams name wrong, complaints about tampered pills, ground beef that had glass in it, and and a pair of child's sneakers that supposedly had a razor blade in it.

This is simply not a new problem and they go through many of the same recalls over an over again, but then cut corners again leading to more problems. the same corner cutting to increase profits causing their high crime problems is causing many other problems as well.

Now Walmart want to take their practices into the health care industry, and they have a lot of support on Wall Street and in the media to help with their propaganda. They're opening a growing number of clinics and creating alliances with major health care companies consolidating into Oligarchies with little accountability, like the retail sector.

In some cases this is combined with their efforts to influence the education field as well which is a disaster; for the past year or so they've been promising what they call a college education for a dollar a day; now they're including medical training in this program. But when they don't tell you at first is that it's an online college and that existing ones like K-12 that have been around longer have proven to be a disaster, with much less personal contact or help with lessons. This may not be much, if any better than research you can do online for free, which can be very effective for self-motivated people but most people need more advice than that. Those that don't will see through this scam.

Walmart is also involved in a larger number of lawsuits than usual, which is a lot. They've lost a few and even under Trump the EEOC is filing some suits against them. there are still many judges that are friendly to their oppressive policies but others are overturning some of their rulings, which're so outrageous. the constant revolving door with other corporations often that they're supposedly competing against continues to turn every month almost without exception with half a dozen executives moving to or from Walmart.

They're becoming a leader in high tech thanks to alliances with many advanced technology corporations or buying them up with a growing number of patents for Drones artificial intelligence, robots, and data scientists often to spy on customers and workers. there's little or no input from privacy rights advocates on these policies nor is the public being told about it except in a large number of articles that are scattered in low profile locations most people don't read so they won't be able to figure out how it impacts them.

They have media outlets trying to portray them the victim of union bullying despite fact that their practices are legendary suppressing workers rights. they've been caught charging double or more for bottle deposits in California. they've been censoring their own ads, to cover up guns while ignoring other contributing causes of violence. And they're using market power to extract fees from sellers using their online store, although Amazon is even worse about this. There's little or no doubt that the free enterprise system was eliminated years if not decades ago replaced with an oligarchy system.

One of the most blatant signs that the oligarchy system is breaking down is an absurd shortage on dish soap that they supposedly have according to signs they've been putting in their aisles, although most reports say that there's plenty of soap on the shelves. As absurd as it sounds I'm not ruling out possibility they might be trying to encourage people to buy soap up as part of an experiment for marketing purposes.

They had at least two women in two different states bite police officers while they were trying to arrest them, and another sixty year-old women was caught bottomless in her care with legs in the air, well masturbating. she didn't bite the police that I know of but did resist.

Another man high on PCP broke into a closed Walmart to use hair clippers to carve a $2 dollar pumpkin before being arrest.

And supposedly "voodoo" made a Texas man shoplift at Walmart.

This isn't unprecedented; they've had people going on rampages because they were told to by a "Hookah smoking rabbit" or becasue tehy were being chased by "zombies" during the "Apocalypse" and many more strange things.

I didn't have to make these things up.

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 October 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.

After argument at Mount Airy Md. Walmart, man charged with assaulting woman 10/01/2019

A man allegedly dragged a woman out of a vehicle in the parking lot of the Mount Airy Walmart, then punched himself in the face and told police that she struck him, police say.

Thomas J. Caron, 32, of the 9200 block of Gue Road in Damascus, was charged with second-degree assault and released on $5,000 bail Sunday, online court records show.

According to the statement of probable cause, Caron told Mount Airy police he argued with a woman while they were sitting in a truck in the Walmart parking lot at 209 E Ridgeville Blvd. and she hit him with the back of her hand Saturday at about 6:54 p.m. Caron said he took the woman’s cellphone and money, went into the Walmart, and when he returned they argued and he called 911, the statement reads. Police noticed redness and slight bruising on Caron’s right eye and right side of his face, according to the statement.

The woman had a different story to tell. According to her, when Caron returned to the vehicle he grabbed her arm and pulled her out of the truck, cutting her foot, the statement reads. The woman’s arm had “white marks” from where she was allegedly grabbed and there was a small cut bleeding on her right foot, according to the statement.

A witness said he heard loud yelling coming from the vehicle and heard Caron say he was going to hit himself and call the cops on the woman, then Caron proceeded to hit himself in the face, the statement reads. The woman came to the witness for help, according to the statement. Complete article

Ask An Expert: Can Walmart Win With Stand-Alone Clinics? 10/01/2019

Walmart recently opened its first-ever stand-alone health center, offering everything from primary care to EKGs to counseling to dental services. The Dallas, Georgia test site is Walmart’s boldest healthcare move yet. And it comes as rivals CVS, Walgreens, Target and Amazon are all muscling into medicine as well.

But how open are Americans to healthcare delivered at the end of the chewing-gum aisle? Marketing Daily asked Ateev Mehrotra, MD, a policy analyst at Rand Corp. and associate professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, to weigh in.

Marketing Daily: Retailers have been running health clinics for years, yet they’ve never really taken off. What’s the growth potential?

Ateev Mehrotra: In one study of a big national insurer, the numbers of visits to retail clinics went from about 11 visits per thousand in 2008 to about 38 visits per thousand in 2015, a 250% increase over eight years. So it may be growing rapidly, but it’s off a low base, and 38 per thousand still isn’t that many. Complete article

Walmart Suspends Sales of Zantac as Tainted-Pill Worries Grow 10/02/2019

Walmart Inc. plans to suspend the sale of all over-the-counter versions of Zantac, becoming the latest retailer to take such a step as concern over the presence of cancer-causing contaminants in the stomach drug increases.

The world's largest retailer said in a statement on Wednesday that it made the move after closely monitoring a recent alert from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that the products, which are also sold under the generic name ranitidine, may contain low levels of the potential human carcinogen NDMA.

A recent series of drug recalls has raised concerns about the safety and integrity of the U.S. drug-supply chain and the capacity of regulators to adequately police a sprawling global network of pharmaceutical suppliers. NDMA was previously detected in generic blood-pressure pills, sparking a recall of millions of pills in about 30 countries.

Walmart said patients could return the drugs, including medicine sold under the Equate and Member's Mark brands, to its Walmart and Sam's Club stores for a refund. Walmart has pharmacies in thousands of its U.S. stores. The FDA has advised consumers who take ranitidine medications for heartburn and other stomach ailments to consider alternative therapies while the agency investigates the contamination.

Complete article

Columbus Ind. woman spills drugs in patrol car after being arrested at Walmart 10/01/2019

Bemidji man gets 17 months for attempted theft at Detroit Lakes Minn. Walmart 10/01/2019

Elvis Presley wanted for stealing from Tennessee Walmart 10/01/2019

Two women arrested after stealing from Sonora Walmart, one had meth hidden in underwear 10/02/2019

Walmart is closing Norwalk Ca. location 10/02/2019

SC man gets 15 years for setting Walmart fire to steal beer 10/02/2019

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) - A man who set a fire at a South Carolina Walmart to divert attention as he stole a case of beer has been sentenced to the maximum of 15 years in prison.

Solicitor David Stumbo said 34-year-old Russell Geddings pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree arson _ the same day his trial was set to start.

Stumbo says Geddings set a clothes rack on fire at a Greenwood Walmart on Dec. 5 then stole the beer in the chaos.

Stumbo said in a statement no one was injured, but $1.2 million worth of damage was done to the store and merchandise. Complete article

Baby born in Bristow Okla. Walmart restroom 10/02/2019

BRISTOW, Okla. — “I have never in 23 years ran across this!”

That's how assistant Bristow police chief, Kendra Raney described what happened in the ladies restroom of Walmart on Tuesday.

"A Walmart employee requesting an ambulance for a lady that was inside the women's bathroom either having a miscarriage, or having a baby," Raney said. Complete article

Walmart to test new health care services for workers 10/03/2019

NEW YORK — Walmart is rolling out a health care pilot program for its employees that will come up with a curated list of high quality providers but offer fewer choices than under the current plan.

Through the program, Walmart will help employees connect with local doctors in areas like primary care, cardiology and obstetrics. It is working with Nashville-based data analytics company Embold Health, which will cull through vast amounts of data from public and private insurance plans to come up with recommended providers based on effectiveness and cost-efficiency. Walmart will in turn use that data to curate a list for employees.

“It’s a thoughtful approach to a goal of better health and better health care,” said Adam Stavisky, senior vice president US benefits, Walmart during a media call on Wednesday. ......

The downside of the program is that employees will be faced with fewer doctor choices. Walmart says that workers can use doctors who are not on the company’s curated list but it will cost more. .....

That can mean offering coverage that steers patients away from expensive hospitals for routine imaging exams or pushes them toward doctors that are considered higher quality. .......

As part of the pilot program, Walmart is expanding its telehealth program where workers get diagnosed with a live doctor via video. Currently, Walmart offers basic telehealth to nearly everyone on its medical plans for minor medical issues like a sore throat. However, as of Jan. 1, workers in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin can opt to access a personal online doctor and a team to manage chronic conditions like diabetes as well as preventative care. Complete article

EEOC sues Walmart 10/03/2019

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against Walmart.

The suit alleges Walmart engaged in discriminatory hiring practices at a Ochelata, Oklahoma, distribution center.

A job applicant, who was born with her right arm ending at the elbow, allegedly was not allowed to take a physical assessment test without a prosthetic, even though she had warehouse experience without one. The alleged conduct violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. Complete article

Former Walmart Labs exec joins luxury fashion startup 10/03/2019

Arpan Nanavati is the chief technology officer at Moda Operandi.

In his new role as chief technology officer of Moda Operandi, Arpan Nanavati is hoping to use consumer data to solve one of the industry's core problems: understanding fashion taste.

The role requires Nanavati to figure out how to better personalize recommendations for customers and deliver products more quickly, both of which are underscored by advanced technology like machine learning.

Nanavati pushes a culture of "extreme ownership" under which employees feel empowered to make decisions without explicit approval from management. Complete article

Judge denies Auburn man bail in Me. Walmart shooting death 10/02/2019

Man flees Ky. Walmart after shoplifting 10/02/2019

Paoli Woman Arrested After Stealing Items from Ind. Walmart 10/02/2019

New details reveal how investigators tracked down threats that closed Thomaston Me. Walmart in Aug. 10/02/2019

Fort Wayne man arrested after printing off child pornography at Ind. Walmart 10/02/2019

JUST ANNOUNCED: Walmart Neighborhood Market to close Cypress Tx. location this fall 09/30/2019

Man wanted for swapping boxes before self-checkout, stealing computer from Tx. Walmart 10/02/2019

Man shot in chest after disturbance near Corpus Christi Tx. Walmart dies, suspect in custody 10/03/2019

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Police Department was dispatched to Silverberry Drive near Greenwood and SPID shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday after a disturbance resulted in a shooting.

According to police, there was a confrontation between two people on Silverberry Drive that resulted in a shooting. Police said the victim, a 62-year-old male, was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

A male suspect has been taken into custody and will be charged with murder. He has been identified as 55-year-old Marcus Villarreal. Complete article

One in custody after shots fired outside Petersburg Va. Walmart 10/03/2019

PETERSBURG, Va. -- One person is in custody after shots were fired outside of a Petersburg Walmart.

Police were called to the Walmart at 3500 S Crater Rd after a fight inside the store spilled out to the parking lot.

A person involved in the fight pulled out a gun and fired one shot before being wrestled to the ground.

With the help of witnesses, police identified the suspect's vehicle and took him into custody. Complete article

Man held after Sam's Club shooting not involved in crimes, police say 10/03/2019

Montgomery police are still searching for a suspect believed to have burglarized the Sam's Club, shot at an officer and drove the getaway car after a potential suspect was found to have had no knowledge of the crimes as they occurred.

Wednesday evening an officer responded to the store in regards to a burglary. As the officer confronted the suspect, there was a struggle, shots were fired and two people fled the scene.

The officer was not shot, but he did suffer minor injuries, Duckett said.

Shortly after the two people fled the scene, one was located in "Oak Street area," Duckett said.

"After further investigation it was determined that he had no knowledge of the theft, did not enter the business or fire a weapon, and was the passenger when the vehicle fled," Duckett wrote in an email Thursday. "He is cooperating with the investigation, and no charges have been filed at this time." Complete article

Officer injured in altercation at Montgomery Alabama Sam’s Club 10/03/2019

Police: Man with gun sparks alarm at Walmart in Columbia SC 10/03/2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A man who brought his shotgun on a shopping trip caused some public alarm at a Walmart in Columbia on Thursday evening.

It happened around 6 p.m. at the Walmart on Bush River Road, police confirmed.

A man walked into the store carrying his shotgun and headed to the sports department to see if it could be fixed, the Columbia Police Department told WIS. Complete article

Springfield K9 OK after struggle to arrest man at Oregon Walmart 10/03/2019

A Springfield police K9 is OK after it was hit several times in the head by a man involved in a standoff with police Wednesday morning outside of the Walmart in Springfield.

The man, 19, was eventually taken into custody on suspicion of resisting arrest, seven counts of reckless endangering, delivery and possession of heroin and methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a firearm, obliteration of identification number on a firearm, reckless driving, interfering with a law enforcement animal and interfering with police. Formal charges are anticipated Thursday afternoon.

The man, who was reported as a missing person in Eugene, reportedly suicidal and in possession of a handgun, told Springfield police officers that he hoped his actions would lead police to shoot him.

The incident began just after 3 a.m. Wednesday in the Walmart parking lot on Olympic Street. He also had a warrant out for his arrest from Eugene Municipal Court for failing to appear on a disorderly conduct charge.

Officers found the man in his car and allegedly refused to exit, despite officers telling him to exit and that there was a warrant for his arrest.

According to police, offices parked their patrol vehicles in front and behind the car to prevent him from driving away. After 20 minutes, he agreed to exit, but instead put the car in gear, ramming a patrol vehicle parked in front of him and then the patrol vehicle behind him, police said.

An officer broke out the man's driver's side window and K9 Gryff was used to take the man into custody. The man allegedly struck the dog several times in the head. Officers got the man into custody after a brief struggle. Springfield police said Gryff the K9 is OK.

Springfield police located a loaded handgun, a digital scale, and several packages of heroin and meth in the man's possession. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and was then booked into the Lane County Jail. Complete article

Man stabbed in fight near Montana Walmart; officer responding involved in accident 10/03/2019

A man was stabbed three times in the rib cage during a fight at the bus shelter in front of Walmart Thursday morning, but his injuries were not life-threatening, police say.

A man suspected in the stabbing took off on foot but officers caught him behind the nearby Fuel Fitness, and he was being held for questioning. His name was not released.

Meanwhile, an officer responding to the scene was involved in an accident with another vehicle on Harrison Avenue just north of Walmart. The officer was OK and he was released from St. James Health Care after getting checked. Complete article

Warner Robins woman steals car from Ga. Walmart, then wrecks it in early morning traffic 10/04/2019

WARNER ROBINS, Ga -- According to the W.R. Police Department it was at 7:30 a.m. when officers were called to a vehicle that was stolen from the Walmart Neighborhood Market on North Houston Road.

The release put on Facebook by the WRPD goes on to say the vehicles description was immediately sent out for any officers to spot.

Within minutes the vehicle was seen on Knodishall Drive approaching Watson Boulevard.

The officer then attempted a traffic stop but the vehicle then accelerated west on Watson and continued on.

When the vehicle did not stop it continued on and crashed into another vehicle in front of the Discount Tire on Watson just past Collins Avenue. Complete article

Fenton man accused of breaking into Porsche at Walmart in New Mexico 10/03/2019

ROSWELL, N.M. (WJRT) (10/3/2019) - A Fenton man is accused of breaking into a Porsche and possibly trying to steal it from the parking lot of a Walmart near Roswell, N.M.

Police arrested 31-year-old Robert Clark on several charges related to the crime on Monday. He told officers from the Roswell Police Department that he may have had "a little too much to drink."

Witnesses called 911 around 4:45 p.m. Monday after seeing Clark break out the back window of a Porsche Cayman. He crawled through the shattered back window of the sports car and an officer found him sitting in the driver's seat.

The officer reported Clark refused to get out of the car, so the officer pulled him out and handcuffed him. A screwdriver was jammed into the ignition, which police say is a common way of starting a car to steal it. Complete article

Man wanted for allegedly punching employee at Port Allen La. Walmart 10/03/2019

PORT ALLEN, La. (WAFB) - Sheriff’s deputies in West Baton Rouge Parish are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man wanted for allegedly punching a Walmart employee.

Authorities say the unidentified man walked into the Port Allen Walmart on Sept. 27 walked up to an employee in the toy department, punched the employee in the face and ran out of the store. Complete article

Delaware man faces charges after attack on Walmart cashier in Florida 10/03/2019

A man was arrested and faced multiple charges after attacking a checkout employee at a Walmart in Stuart, Florida, on October 2, police said.

The Stuart Police Department said Peter McGuaghran of Wilmington, Delaware, was checking out just after 5.30 pm when he walked around the bagging area, pushed the cashier against a counter, and “began to choke her without provocation.”

Other staff tried to detain the suspect, and when officers arrived McGuaghran tried to kick and head-butt them, police said. Complete article

Stuart Walmart clerk relives horrors of being attacked, choked by customer 10/04/2019

Mansfield Ohio Police calls: Walmart employee accused of eating snacks he didn't pay for 10/03/2019

2485 Possum Run Road - An employee Wednesday told officers that after reviewing surveillance he saw an employee stealing random consumable goods while working. The man told police the employee eats the snack items while on shift without paying for them.

The employee said he did not believe he stole any items but agreed that the items he was accused of stealing are those that he frequently eats. The 39-year-old man was arrested and issued a summons on a charge of theft and taken to jail. Complete article

Walmart Healthcare Strategy Continues to Evolve 10/03/2019 Obvious entry for the too good to be true category!)

Millions of Walmart’s associates can now earn college degrees in health-related fields.

Walmart’s 1.5 million associates in the U.S. can now apply for one of seven bachelor’s degrees and two career diplomas in health-related fields for $1 a day through the Live Better U education program.

“The degrees will prepare associates for the next generation of healthcare jobs and provide a clear path to higher-paying jobs in a growing area of the company and in the economy,” says Michelle Malashock, director, media relations and corporate communications, Walmart.

The program includes the debt-free $1 a day degree program, free high school completion for associates and eligible family members, discounts on higher education programs like master’s degrees, and free foreign language learning in partnership with Guild Education. Additionally, associates can get college credit for training they receive on the job through the retailer’s Academies. Complete article

Ill. Walmart workers hold protest after filing discrimination complaint against retailer 10/03/2019 (1 minute video after ad)

Hundreds of workers are protesting after filing a discrimination complaint against Walmart, accusing the company of denying them jobs at its warehouse in Elwood. Complete article

Police: Man & woman wanted for stealing multiple items from Bedford Va. Walmart 10/03/2019

Walmart is closing a Norristown Pa.-area location, affecting 150 employees 10/01/2019

UPDATED: Gas leak causes evacuation at Evans Mills NY Walmart, store reopened 10/03/2019

FBI: Suspect bought ammo at Thomaston Me. Walmart prior to Aug. arrest 10/02/2019

Police: Woman who had been banned from NC Walmart caught stealing items from the store, giving fake ID 10/04/2019

Wal-Mart Hanover Mass. store preparing for Oct. 25 closing 10/04/2019
Market Basket to replace Massachusetts Walmart store that's closing 10/04/2019

Officer shoots, kills man outside Northside Jacksonville Fla. Walmart 10/05/2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A police officer shot and killed a man outside a Northside Walmart Friday night, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Officers responded to a disturbance inside the Walmart at the River City Marketplace around 10:40 p.m.

Assistant Chief T.K. Waters said a man inside the store was making employees uncomfortable. The man, who police said was seen with a weapon, was asked to leave but refused.

When the man eventually left Walmart, Officer S. Dorcelian approached him.

Waters said the man crouched down as if he was hiding something, keeping one hand out of the officer's view. The suspect then sprayed officer Dorcelian in the face with an unknown substance, JSO said. Complete article

Police: Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting at Northside Walmart sprayed wasp killer into officer's face 10/06/2019 JSO Chief T.K. Waters said police were called to the Walmart at 13277 City Square Dr. in reference to a disturbance at 10:40 p.m. Friday. Once that disturbance was handled peacefully, Waters said the responding officer, Officer S. Doreseliun, was approached by an employee regarding a man reportedly causing another disturbance.

Suspect In Sykesville Md. Walmart Robbery Seen In Same Store, Wearing Same Style Clothing Nearly 2 Months Later 10/04/2019

SYKESVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in a robbery at a Sykesville Walmart back in August.

Police say that on Oct. 2, 2019, the suspect was again seen at the Walmart located at 6400 Ridge Road in Sykesville. However, no robbery occurred.

He was, however, wearing the same style clothing as during an August 9 robbery.

On August 9, 2019, police were called to the Walmart Super Center on Ridge Road around 7:08 a.m. for a report of a robbery that had just occurred. Complete article

Police: Thief threatens employee with knife at Spanaway Wash. Walmart 10/04/2019

SPANAWAY, Wash. - Police released an image of a man they say threatened an employee with knife at the Spanaway Walmart and then fled with stolen items.

It happened at 4:40 a.m. on Aug. 31 when the man entered the employee-only back room at the store. When an employee confronted the man, the suspect pulled out a knife and then left the store with merchandise, according to deputies.

The man is described as white, in his late 20s, about 6-feet tall, 180 pounds with light brown hair and a beard. Complete article

WANTED: Woman accused of spraying customer with mace at Gonzales La. Walmart 10/04/2019

GONZALES, La. (WAFB) - Police are asking for the public’s help looking for a woman who allegedly sprayed someone in the face at Walmart.

According to the Gonzales Police Department, a woman drove up next to a customer at Walmart in Gonzales, sprayed the victim in the face with mace, then drove off. Complete article

Lufkin Tx. police: Man claimed ‘voodoo’ made him shoplift from Walmart 10/04/2019

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A 29-year-old man told Lufkin police officers that the “voodoo” made him try to smuggle items out of Walmart without paying for them Thursday, according to the LPD media report.

Joshua Allen Renfroe, of Hemphill, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a Class B misdemeanor theft between $100 and $750 charge. He was released from jail later Thursday after he posted bail on a $1,500 bond amount, according to jail records.

According to the Lufkin PD media report, the alleged incident occurred at the Walmart store located at 2500 Daniel McCall Drive at about 4:36 p.m. Thursday. Renfroe was caught after he allegedly tried to smuggle more than $400 worth of merchandise out of the store in a plastic tote.

After Renfroe was arrested, he kept telling LPD officers that the “voodoo” made him try to steal the items from Walmart, the media report stated. He also told them that the “voodoo” told him not to brush his teeth that morning. Complete article

Woman says she bought tampered pills at a Medford Oregon Walmart 10/05/2019

MEDFORD, Ore. (KTVL) — A Medford woman says she's upset because she bought tampered Excedrin at Walmart in Medford.

Toni Weatherly said as soon as she opened the bottle Thursday, she called the police.

"I was opening up the box, and I was like, 'wow, this is hard to open.' I thought, I was going to have to go get scissors, but I finally got it open," Weatherly said.

What she found was a mixture of pills and a coating around the inside of the bottle that stained her hands.

Weatherly washed her hands and called the police immediately.

News 10 spoke to Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau, who said he hasn't seen anything like this in his 25 years of law enforcement.

Budreau said it might've been a manufacturing malfunction.

"The bottle is filled with multiple different brands of Excedrin," Budreau said. Complete article

Resistance Bands Sold At Walmart Recalled After Breaking And Injuring Users 10/04/2019

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Resistance bands sold at Walmart are being recalled after at least a half dozen people were injured while using them.

In all ten incidents reported, the SPRI Ultra-Heavy Resistance Bands separated from the handle and hit the users. Those who reported injuries had bruises, cuts, and scrapes.

The 95-thousand SPRI bands were sold at Walmart both in-store and online from August 2018 through July 2019 for about ten dollars. The bands are black with nylon webbing and have the name SPRI printed on the handles in white. Model number 02-71669 is printed on the bottom of the packaging. Complete article

Breast-pumping Oregon worker sues Wal-Mart for alleged retaliation 10/05/2019

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Wal-Mart employee has sued the company after suspecting she was fired for complaining about not getting adequate break time to pump breast milk for her 5-month-old baby.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Friday that Mary Thomas filed the $125,000 lawsuit this week against the retail giant after her initial Sept. 13 complaint against the Oregon store.

Thomas’ attorney says the Arkansas-based company retaliated when management fired her six days after she asked for a break at the beginning of her shift. Complete article

Houston-area, Cypress, Tx. Walmart set to close this fall 10/04/2019

Gas spill at Walmart in Burton Mich. 10/05/2019 Approximately 10-20 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled at the pharmacy drive-thru window at the Burton Walmart location at around 10:30 p.m., according to dispatch.

Cops: Gainesville man stole from Fla. Walmart to pay bills, gang debt 10/04/2019 A Gainesville man was arrested Thursday after police say he stole $25,000 from Walmart over the past few months.

Thomasville Alabama Walmart damaged by lightning 10/05/2019

Detectives want to identify woman in Naples Fla. Walmart 10/04/2019

Meadville Pa. area Walmart employee charged with stealing phones worth $6K 10/0/2019

Gila Ridge Ariz. Physical Education Department Receives $2,000 From Walmart 10/05/2019

2 wounded in El Paso Tx. Walmart attack remain hospitalized 10/05/2019

Service dog stolen from Salt Lake City Utah Walmart parking lot 10/06/2019

SALT LAKE CITY - Police are looking for a woman suspected of stealing someone's service dog in the Walmart parking lot near 1300 South 300 West.

It all started with what was supposed to be a quick shopping trip. Jacqueline Hatch's fiance brought both of her service dogs to Walmart when one of them got out of the car and became lost.

The case is now being investigated as a theft because Walmart surveillance video shows a woman taking the dog.

"I can’t imagine somebody actually doing this on purpose. I really can’t," Hatch said. " Complete article

Register to vote at Walmart? It could happen if N.J. Republican gets his way. 10/07/2019

Thanks to a law Gov. Phil Murphy signed last year, you’re automatically registered to vote when you apply for a driver’s license in New Jersey.

Now, a Republican state lawmaker wants to take it further — you’d be register to vote if you apply for a fishing or hunting license in the state.

State Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-Ocean, recently introduced a bill that would establish automatic and paper voter registration processes through the state Division of Fish and Wildlife and places that provide hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses.

That could include places like Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and other outdoor- and sports- centric businesses where you can get the licenses. Complete article

Walmart And Kohl's Thefts, DWI: Wantagh-Seaford NY Crime Roundup 10/06/2019

Missing Louisiana autistic teen found safely at Mississippi Walmart after two-week search 10/06/2019

Rome Couple Charged with Ga. Walmart Theft 10/06/2019

Stratford Conn. cops seeking Walmart shoplifter 10/07/2019 “He shoplifted approximately $1,000 in clothing, toys and power tools,” Eannotti said.

Police presence near Rutland Vermont Walmart parking lot: Police investigating officer involved shooting in Rutland 10/08/2019

RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) The Vermont State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting that killed a suspect Tuesday morning.

Authorities say the suspect drove by the Rutland City Police Department at about 5:30 a.m. and fired a gun multiple times into the front entrance of the building. No one was injured.

An hour-and-a-half later Police located the car and chased the suspect. They say it ended with a shootout in which Rutland City and Rutland Town police officers shot the suspect. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect's name has not been released. Complete article

Former Vt. mayor's son killed in police shootout; may be linked to homicide 10/08/2019 Our Adam Sullivan has been following the story in Rutland, where the fatal officer-involved shooting ended in a parking lot near Walmart.

Police: Thief robs woman of purse inside DeLand Fla. Walmart 10/07/2019

Markee Parker didn’t count on an off duty deputy shopping at the same Walmart where he decided to rob a 75-year-old woman of her purse, according to authorities’ reports.

A homeless Markee Parker didn’t count on an off duty deputy shopping at the same Walmart where he decided to rob a 75-year-old woman of her purse, according to authorities’ reports.

DeLand police said Parker, 27, cornered the elderly woman in the back area of the Walmart at 1699 N. Woodland Blvd. on Thursday around 7:23 p.m. and grabbed her purse, the strap of which she had in her hand. The woman tussled with Parker over the purse while screaming for help, police said.

Parker, described by police as 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, pulled the woman into the suitcase aisle, knocking her to the ground. The woman injured her knee and let go of her purse, police said.

Parker then fled, telling a customer he passed in the store “someone better help that lady” as the 75-year-old woman continued to scream and cry, a report states. Complete article

Pace man allegedly threatened to "shoot up" Fla. Walmart, Whataburger 10/07/2019

A Pace disgruntled employee allegedly called a Walmart in Santa Rosa County where he used to work and threatened to “shoot the place up.”

Stephen Johnson, 20, was arrested Friday and charged with making a false report to use a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction.

According to his arrest report, a woman working at Walmart off Highway 90 in Pace received a call on June 4 from an unknown man threatening the store. The store manager contacted law enforcement out of concern over a possible active shooter.

The woman told Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies that the male voice had said that when he came into work the next morning, he was going to “shoot the place up” because “Walmart had f----- him over,” the report stated. Complete article

Woman used torch to burn off price tags at Columbus Ind. Walmart, police say 10/07/2019

COLUMBUS, Ind. – Police in Columbus arrested an Edinburgh woman at Walmart after they say she burned priced tags on merchandise.

Officers were dispatched to the Walmart located at 735 Whitfield Drive on Sunday around 5 p.m.

Employees called police about a woman burning off price tags with a butane torch and then placing the merchandise in a bag.

Police say the woman, later identified as 34-year-old Jennifer Durbin, attempted to exit the store with the unpaid merchandise, but she was stopped by store security and CPD.

After officers handcuffed Durbin, CPD says she attempted to kick and headbutt officers. Complete article

Filing: Walmart not complying in suit 10/08/2019

Walmart Inc. should be sanctioned and held in contempt for failing to give the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "crucial" information in a lawsuit claiming the retailer discriminated against pregnant women at a Wisconsin distribution center, the agency said in a recent federal court filing.

The EEOC document, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, says Walmart failed to comply with a June 13 court order regarding discovery. Specifically, the Bentonville-based retailer only provided some of the requested information about nonpregnant employees who received "light-duty" assignments because of work-related injuries, the filing states.

"After engaging in lengthy delay tactics, Defendant has recently informed EEOC that it will not provide a complete response" to the agency's nine-part question concerning light-duty accommodations for injured employees, according to the filing. Walmart has provided the requested information on all but two parts of the question, the document states: the medical restrictions of each employee who received light duty, and the type of light-duty assignment each was given.

Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said Monday that the EEOC's claims "do not reflect the high ethical standards and careful and reasonable approach we take in litigation, including this case. We take our discovery obligations seriously, and believe we have complied with the Court's rulings related to document disclosure." Complete article

Report: Walmart has big plans for drone delivery 10/07/2019

Walmart is not ceding drone-based delivery innovation to rivals.

According to Supply Chain Dive, the discount giant has filed two recent patents for systems that would help ensure safe delivery and drop-off of packages by drone. One patent filing is for a system that would have a drone land on an outdoor platform and then send a signal that would open a trap door, enabling an automated system to move the package inside.

The second filing is for a window unit including a net that would automatically catch drone deliveries, with sensors confirming the package has been dropped off. Other drone delivery pilots and publicly identified drone delivery patent filings have involved packages being dropped on the ground. Complete article

Walmart to close northwest Houston Tx. store 10/07/2019

Williams Woman Arrested After Stealing from Ind. Walmart 10/07/2019

Robert Hamm: Don’t bring guns to Walmart 10/08/2019

Police investigate Roanoke Rapids NC Walmart larcenies 10/07/2019

Two People Arrested After Stealing from Ind. Walmart 10/07/2019

Auburn Me. man pleads not guilty to July Walmart killing 10/08/2019

Woman arrested with syringes full of meth after leaving Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza Fla. 10/08/2019 Sunni Marie Hogan, 31, of Ocala, at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday was driving a Dodge pickup truck when she made a left turn out of the Wal-Mart parking lot as a deputy noticed the vehicle had a faintly illuminated headlight and a broken taillight. A K-9 unit responded to the scene and the dog alerted on the vehicle, indicating the likely presence of drugs.

Man who triggered SWAT situation threatened to kill girlfriend, shoot up a Ga. Walmart: Officials 10/08/2019 (Shooting not at Walmart)

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A wanted man is in custody after a massive standoff shut down a busy interstate for hours.

But before that, authorities said that suspect, Timothy James O'Neil,threatened his girlfriend's life, hundreds of miles away in Nebraska.

U.S. Marshals said O'Neil and his girlfriend were involved in some sort of argument there before he got in his car and drove to the Atlanta area where he allegedly said he was "taking his gun to shoot up a Walmart." Authorities aren't sure which store he was referring to.

Marshals got wind that his journey took him to his sister's Bimini Road home in Forest Park, just off I-75, so they followed him to try and serve a warrant for his arrest for allegedly making terroristic threats.

Instead, O'Neil ended up in a standoff with officers for hours after firing off 10 rounds at Marshals. No one was hit. Complete article

2 syringes sit in Helotes Tx. Walmart parking lot for at least two days 10/08/2019

HELOTES - The most amazing thing about two syringes sitting in plain sight in a San Antonio-area Walmart parking lot since at least Sunday may be that no one was particularly surprised.

Not a pair of Walmart shoppers.

Not Helotes police.

Not Walmart.

"I hate to see it in my neighborhood but it's been here for years," says Tucker Smith, who was shopping at Walmart on Leslie Road today when we pointed out the syringes to him.

"I'm not scandalized by it at all. It doesn't shock me." Complete article

Is Walmart Setting Its Sights on the Healthcare Market? 10/08/2019

Like rival Amazon, the retail giant is testing some employee programs that could someday evolve into offerings for the public.

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) dipped another toe into the healthcare business last month, debuting a program for its employees called Amazon Care. The company hasn't spoken of any plans to expand it to the consumer market yet -- indeed, so far, only its Seattle employees and their families are eligible to sign up for the pilot program, which it describes as "a mobile application that allows you to access virtual and in-person healthcare service."

Nor it is part of Haven, Amazon's healthcare joint venture with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase. However, it's logical to assume that if the program proves successful within the company's walls, it will eventually be offered to the public.

Now, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) is following its retail rival into the healthcare market -- in a similarly small fashion -- by testing out some new healthcare options with some of its employees. It's a first step toward revamping its healthcare benefits and may eventually lead to a day when Walmart, too, connects its customers to the medical system. Complete article

Walmart has 1,500 data scientists and is hiring more amid a push to adopt artificial intelligence. The retailer's chief data officer recently shared the 3 questions that guide all its AI projects. 10/0/2019

Walmart is leading retailers in adopting artificial intelligence and machine learning, but the world's largest retailer still runs into cultural issues that undermine the push to implement the advanced technology.

The company currently has roughly 1,500 data scientists, according to chief data officer Bill Groves, and is hiring more, including a role to develop voice-activated shopping applications.

Walmart has three core questions that guide all of its AI and machine-learning projects. If the answer to any of them is "no" then the initiative is shelved immediately.

Walmart is a leader in the push to adopt artificial intelligence and machine learning. Still, the world's largest retailer runs into many of the problems other organizations experience when pursuing the advanced technology.

The company currently employs roughly 1,500 data scientists and 50,000 software engineers throughout the enterprise, according to chief data officer Bill Groves, who directly oversees a smaller staff of 100 tech workers. A Walmart spokesperson did not respond to a request to confirm those numbers.

Those employees help support the over 100,000 different machine learning or AI-based projects the organization currently has in production. Among the applications that Walmart is currently rolling-out are AI-powered cameras to monitor for theft. Complete article

Walmart paid $300 million for Bonobos. Two years later, the men’s fashion brand is laying off staff. 10/07/2019

Walmart is currently trying to turn its money-losing digital brands into profitable businesses.

Online menswear brand Bonobos laid off dozens of employees on Monday amid a broader push by its parent company Walmart to rein in e-commerce losses.

A spokesperson would not say exactly how many jobs were cut or what prompted the layoffs, and she wouldn’t answer whether the affected employees worked in corporate roles or in Bonobos’s 60-plus retail locations in the US. She said Bonobos has around 600 employees, which includes those who work in the company’s stores. Complete article

Former Walmart Exec Joins Phillips 66 Board 10/07/2019

The Phillips 66 board of directors has named Charles M. Holley an independent director, effective Oct. 4, 2019, Phillips 66 reported Monday.

With Holley’s appointment, Phillips 66 noted in a written statement emailed to Rigzone that its board now comprises 10 directors – nine of whom are independent. The Houston-based downstream firm added that Holley will serve on the board’s Audit and Finance as well as Public Policy committees.

Holley, 63, served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart) from 2010 to 2015 and as executive vice president from Jan. 1 to 31, 2016, Phillips 66 stated. The firm added that Holley’s tenure with Walmart dates back to 1994, when he began an eight-year stint with Wal-Mart International. Subsequently, he served as senior vice president and controller (2003 to 2005), senior vice president (2005 to 2006) and executive vice president, finance and treasurer of Walmart (2007 to 2010). Complete article

Family of El Paso Tx. Walmart shooting victim files second lawsuit against Walmart 10/09/2019

Man arrested at Glasgow Ky. Walmart on shoplifting, drug charges 10/08/2019

Pierce County Wash. deputies searching for suspect who was seen abandoning stolen vehicle at Walmart 10/08/2019

Lacomb-area man pleads to Lebanon Oregon Walmart arson 10/09/2019

Mother of an El Paso Tx. shooting victim becomes latest to sue Walmart over lack of security 10/08/2019

Second teen arrested in armed robbery at Bryan Tx. Walmart 10/09/2019

A second teen has been arrested in connection to an aggravated robbery last month in Bryan.

According to Bryan police, a 17-year-old from Bremond was arrested Tuesday in College Station. He is charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison, as well as misdemeanor marijuana possession and a theft charge punishable by up to two years in a state jail.

Police said the robbery charge stems from an incident outside of Walmart on Harvey Mitchell Parkway on the night of Sept. 30. Authorities said two people approached a Walmart employee in the parking lot and held her at gunpoint. The two took her personal belongings and her car, which was located the next day. A 16-year-old was arrested the day the vehicle was found. Complete article

Police: No active shooter threat at Toledo Ohio area Walmart 10/09/2019

Toledo police investigated threats of an active shooter Wednesday at area Walmarts but said no actual danger existed to the public.

Officers were dispatched to all area Walmart locations after an individual reportedly made threats to harm a store in the Toledo area, police spokesman Lt. Kevan Toney said. He did not give details about the threat.

Police negotiators were in phone contact with that individual, who is not in the Toledo area and is not believed to pose an immediate threat, Lieutenant Toney said. The person was located shortly after.

“The investigation is ongoing; however, there is no longer a threat to area Walmart locations,” the department said in a tweet. ....

The individual who made the threat is believed to have an association with the store at 5821 Central Ave., Lieutenant Toney said. Complete article

Walmart Adds Kidney Transplants At Mayo To Centers Of Excellence Program 10/10/2019

Walmart is adding kidney transplants to the list of specialized medical procedures it will cover for its workers under its now 22-year-old Centers of Excellence Program for organ transplantation.

The world’s largest retailer in 1997 began its Centers of Excellence program as a way to get organ transplants to workers in need. In a conference call Wednesday with employers put on by the Catalyst for Payment Reform, Lisa Woods, Walmart’s senior director of U.S. healthcare, said centers of excellence would be performing kidney transplants as a covered benefit starting in 2020. The transplant locations are Mayo Clinic sites in Rochester, Minn.; Phoenix, Ariz. and Jacksonville, Fla. where Walmart already sends patients for other transplant procedures and certain other treatments in Walmart’s broader Centers of Excellence program.

Catalyst for Payment Reform is a nonprofit working with employers and other purchasers of medical care to coax the U.S. healthcare system into offering more value for the dollars they are spending. Walmart was discussing its various healthcare programs it is launching next year for its employees and large employers are watching these efforts closely, those on the call said. Complete article

Appeals Court Vacates Order Requiring Worker To Pay Costs to Walmart After Losing Age Discrimination Case 10/09/2019

A federal appeals court this week vacated an order requiring a former Walmart worker who lost his age discrimination lawsuit against the corporation to pay a portion of Walmart’s costs.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner had ordered Warren Mauran, who sued Walmart for age discrimination after he was fired, to pay Walmart a total of $6,012.80 in costs.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit based in San Francisco, CA, voided the charge in a split 2-to-1 decision. The majority ruled that Klausner abused its discretion when it granted Walmart’s application for costs as the prevailing party in the case.

At the time of his termination, Mauran worked at a Pasadena area Walmart store earning $11.50 an hour. Complete article

Walmart filings seek patents for high-rise drone delivery ideas 10/10/2019

In the race to offer customers the fastest delivery of online orders, many retailers are exploring the use of drones to deliver merchandise. One of the challenges they face is finding a safe and simple way to drop off the packages at their destination, especially in crowded urban areas. Walmart Inc. has filed two patent applications for delivery systems that aim to solve this problem. Both are designs for a drone system to make deliveries to high-rise and medium-rise apartment buildings or offices.

Perhaps the simpler of the two is a window unit for receiving packages from an “unmanned aerial vehicle,” as drones are called in the sphere of autonomous delivery. According to the patent application, it consists of a frame attached to a building wall and window ledge, with a net inside the frame. The net receives the package, and the customer opens the window to retrieve it. Complete article

Walmart’s latest robot is helping employees complete inventory 10/09/2019

COLORADO SPRINGS — Walmart has a new Bossa Nova robot that is scanning the aisles and helping employees complete inventory.

Nicknamed “Bob,” the latest robot has sensors and cameras that scan the shelves and tells employees how much is currently in stock. Employees then re-stock items as needed.

“It runs multiple times throughout the day, as long as there’s no issues or obstacles in its way. People run into it, but it won’t run into anyone,” explained Co-Manager Heather Fryar. Complete article

Walmart on Woodruff Road Greenville SC evacuated 10/09/2019 Store evacuated after man makes a gesture with his hand in shape of gun

Pedestrian hit at Walmart on Bobby Jones Augusta Ga. 10/09/2019

Employee accused of taking upskirt photos at Pasadena Tx. Walmart 10/09/2019

Man jailed after leaving dog in crate on sidewalk in Ohio Walmart parking lot 10/10/2019 Incident occurred in June and an arrest warrant was issued for the man based on investigation and video review.

Lake City SC Police investigating Walmart shoplifting case 10/09/2019

Local man accused of stealing $5K worth of cigarettes from NY Walmart 10/09/2019

New York State Police need your help identifying two people who stole items from Walmart in Clarence 10/10/2019

El Paso Tx. Walmart shooting suspect pleads not guilty 10/10/2019

Men charged with passing counterfeit money at Plattsburgh Vermont Walmart 10/10/2019

Suspect in SC Walmart parking lot shooting to face murder charge after victim dies 10/10/2019

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Police say they have obtained a warrant for murder for the man accused in a September shooting after the victim died Monday.

Ke’Varius Sparks, 18, had been charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the incident. He was captured in Georgia and extradited to South Carolina where he faced a bond court judge on Oct. 2.

Kevin Lamar Holmes, 25, of Summerville, died Monday at 10:01 p.m., 11 days after being shot, Dorchester County Coroner Paul Brouthers said. An autopsy for Holmes was scheduled for Thursday at MUSC.

The report states officers obtained a murder warrant against Sparks Wednesday, the report states.

The shooting happened on Sept. 26 at approximately 10:22 p.m. where police found a victim in a BMW SUV with a gunshot wound to the right side of his face, the incident report states. Complete article

Video shows deputy shoot, kill man suspected of shoplifting from Missouri Walmart in 2017 10/10/2019

Surveillance video made public Thursday shows a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy shoot and kill a man suspected of shoplifting multiple times as he lay in a Walmart parking lot May 28, 2017.

The video was obtained by The Star Thursday, soon after the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office announced it will revisit the shooting of Donald Sneed III, whose family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Sneed’s family had called for the case to be reopened after the deputy, Lauren Michael, was charged Wednesday in a separate, more recent shooting that shows troubling similarities. Complete article

Police work to identify women seen fighting in Pa. Walmart 10/10/2019

Lancaster County — Police are working to identify five women who were seen fighting at a Walmart in Lancaster County.

On Aug. 24 a group of five women engaged in a physical altercation at the front entrance of the Walmart along Fruitville Pike in Manheim Township.

According to police, there were three black females and two Hispanic females involved in yelling, screaming and shoving one another.

Those actions alarmed other patrons in the store, who called police.

The women fled the store prior to police response, leaving the cause of the fight unknown. Complete article

Union fails again in bid to bully Walmart 10/10/2019

Despite failing in a legal dispute this summer, the United Food and Commercial Workers shows no sign of backing off its ongoing smear campaign against Walmart.

For years, the union has been using loopholes in labor law in an attempt to strong-arm Walmart into taking the secret ballot away from its employees, the better to organize the retail giant's workers.

The National Labor Relations Board recently vindicated Walmart after its six-year legal battle with Organization United for Respect at Walmart, known as OUR Walmart, a group supported by the United Food and Commercial Workers and founded by its former president, Joseph Hansen. Complete article

John Furner to Lead Walmart's US Stores; Greg Foran Joins Air New Zealand 10/10/2019

Walmart Inc. of Bentonville said Thursday that Sam's Club CEO John Furner will become the president and CEO of Walmart U.S. as Greg Foran takes a job as CEO at Air New Zealand Limited.

The publicly traded retailer said Furner, 45, will take on the new role on Nov. 1. Foran will stay on with Walmart through Jan. 31 to "ensure a smooth transition," the retailer said.

"John has done a fantastic job at Sam's Club, and he will continue the momentum we have in Walmart U.S.," Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a news release. "John knows our business well, having held many different jobs in the company over more than 25 years, and he is helping transform it for the future. Complete article

Florida woman accused of pepper-spraying, swinging knife at Walmart security last month arrested 10/10/2019

Sexual battery suspect caught on camera at Ga. Walmart 10/1/2019

Man Arrested For Recording Video Under Woman’s Skirt At Grapevine Walmart 10/11/2019

New Jersey transplant with long criminal record nabbed at Summerfield Fla. Wal-Mart 10/11/2019

Reports: Former suspect in Joliet Ill. Walmart shooting claimed he was 'sleeping' during incident 10/11/2019

Burlington NC Police Looking For Man In Connection To Walmart Parking Lot Stabbing 10/11/2019

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Burlington Police are searching for a man tied to a Walmart parking lot stabbing of a 48-year-old woman.

According to Burlington Police, Jose Manuel Murrillo-Flores is the person of interest in the stabbing which took place Sunday, Oct. 6, on S. Graham Hopedale Road.

Police say Flores and the victim had previously had a separate domestic incident. Complete article

News, $5.2 million ruling issued against Beloit Wisc. Walmart 10/11/2019

MADISON - A jury has awarded $5.2 million in damages to a long-time Beloit Walmart employee who claimed he was discriminated against because of his disabilities.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said the ruling was issued in federal court in Madison on Thursday on the discrimination lawsuit filed in September of 2017.

The lawsuit claimed Walmart violated federal law when it refused to accommodate the disabilities of Paul Reina, who has a developmental disability, is deaf and visually impaired. He had worked for 16 years for the Beloit Walmart and was a cart pusher.

The lawsuit claimed, shortly after a new store manager started working at the Beloit Walmart, Reina was suspended and he was told to resubmit medical paperwork in order to keep his accommodations. Prior to the suspension, the Reina performed his job with assistance from a job coach provided by public funding. Complete article

'Justice was served': Family speaks after former Walmart employee is awarded damages 10/12/2019

Customer allegedly grabs employee after she catches price switch in Woodhaven Mich. Walmart 10/11/2019

Suspect Wanted In Wyoming Walmart Theft 10/11/2019

Paris Tenn. Police Department gets AEDs with Walmart grant 10/11/2019

Bandit flees Summerfield Fla. Wal-Mart with stolen flat-screen TVs 10/12/2019

Ill. Walmart Parking Lot Gunman May Lose Chevy Tahoe: Forfeiture 10/13/2019 Joliet Police made a swift arrest following the gunfire that erupted near the Joliet Walmart store on Aug. 21.

One person hurt in early morning shooting at Blaine Minn. Walmart 10/14/2019

Authorities investigate the scene at a Walmart in Blaine. At least one person was injured in a shooting Monday morning at the Walmart. At least one person was injured in a shooting Monday morning at a Walmart in Blaine.

Police and paramedics were called to the store at 11505 NE. Ulysses St. about 5:15 a.m. on a call of a shooting, according to a dispatcher with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.

“There were no fatalities,” the dispatcher said, but it was not immediately known how serious the victim was hurt, she said. Complete article

Suspect shoots man in ear outside Blaine Walmart parking lot, arrested at Wisconsin hospital 10/15/2019

Alleged Colorado Walmart shoplifter assaults police officer 10/13/2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A police officer was assaulted at Walmart when attempting to apprehend a shoplifter. The incident happened on Saturday at the 8th Street Walmart. Officer C. Gardner confronted a suspected shoplifter when the suspect became aggressive.

Police identified that suspect as 29-year-old Garin Shaw.

Gardner then deployed his taser; however, it had little effect. Shaw attempted to leave when the officer tried to restrain him, leading to a fight between the two. The suspect then punched the officer in the face. Complete article

Barefoot Bay woman accused of masturbating at Fla. Walmart 10/12/2019

A Barefoot Bay woman was arrested in the Walmart parking lot on Malabar Road after customers called 911, according to the Palm Bay Police Department.

“The defendant was sitting in the driver’s seat of her vehicle, with no lower clothes on, legs in the air, appearing to be masturbating in the public parking lot,” the officer said.

Evelyn Fries Luchesi, 62, had symptoms of impairment with an odor of an alcoholic beverage whenever she spoke. Luchesi also resisted police as they were helping to put her pants back on, according to the affidavit.

When Luchesi walked, she stumbled and slurred her speech when she spoke. She provided police with a breath sample that read .240 before refusing the second sample. Complete article

Walmart in Ellsworth Me. evacuated due to fire 10/13/2019

ELLSWORTH, Maine (WABI) - Folks and employees at Walmart in Ellsworth were evacuated this afternoon after the fire alarm was set off.

Fire officials were called to the Walmart for an active fire in the roof top h-vac unit.

We are told the fire was contained to that unit and there was no other damage to the building. Complete article

Daybreak Resident Faces 3 Walmart Charges in Ill. 10/13/2019 A 48-year-old Joliet man who lives at the Daybreak Shelter on East Cass Street was formally charged last week with three crimes in connection with a Sept. 5 incident at the Walmart on West Jefferson Street.

Augusta Me. Police Look to Identify Walmart Shoplifter 10/14/2019

Suspects wanted for targeting and robbing elderly women at Tx. Walmart 10/12/2019

Man who was tackled after stealing video games from Greenfield Wisc. Walmart Dec. 5, 2018 sentenced to probation 10/12/2019

Aransas Pass Tx. Police Department searching for Walmart thieves 10/13/2019

Nevada Walmart closed Monday due to power problem, shoppers turned away 10/14/2019

Shots fired call at Walmart leads to two arrests in Fort Stockton Tx. 10/15/2019

FORT STOCKTON, Tx. (KOSA) -- Fort Stockton police say they have taken two suspects into custody after their officers responded to a shots fired call at Walmart on Monday night.

According to the Fort Stockton Police Department, their dispatch received a call of shots fired at 9:37 p.m.

An off-duty officer who was in the area heard shots and followed a suspicious vehicle out of the parking lot onto West Dickinson Boulevard.

State troopers and other Fort Stockton police officers arrived at the scene and were able to find the suspect vehicle at the intersection of Dickson and Missouri Street.

Two suspects who were in the vehicle were taken into custody. Police found a 9mm handgun inside of the vehicle that had been reported as stolen out of Odessa. Complete article

Search underway for man who fired gun at Tx. Walmart store in The Woodlands 10/16/2019

There are unconfirmed reports the man fled the store out of the back into a wooded area, dropping a backpack.

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a man who fired a gunshot at a Walmart store in The Woodlands early Wednesday.

At about 2:41 a.m. calls came into 911 from the store on College Park. Multiple agencies, including sheriff’s deputies, responded as many people evacuated.

Witnesses said a man wearing short and a mask came into the store and fired a shot in the air. He then fled the store. Complete article

Armed man confronts elderly couple outside Walmart in Colorado Springs 10/15/2019

Colorado Springs police are searching for a suspect who tried to hijack an elderly couple's vehicle outside a Walmart Neighborhood Market on Tuesday.

About 2:45 p.m., police said the couple was loading groceries into their vehicle outside the Walmart at 1725 N. Union Blvd. when a man with his face covered and dressed in dark clothing approached them with a shotgun. Complete article

Police respond to complaint about man allegedly planning killing spree at Ind. Walmart 10/15/2019

Police responded to a complaint Sunday night at a southside Circle K gas station of a 42-year-old man allegedly saying he was planning to go on a killing spree at an unspecified Walmart store.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office personnel located the suspect at the North Walnut Street Taco Bell. Bloomington Police Department took him to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for immediate detention and a mental evaluation, BPD Lt. John Kovach said.

BPD officers responded at 9 p.m to a Circle K gas station after a 22-year-old complainant reported hearing the 42-year-old making comments about his plans to go on a killing spree at Walmart. The complainant said the man appeared to be in his mid-30s and was wearing a blue sweatshirt. Complete article

Police: Woman hit by car in Okla. Walmart parking lot has died 10/14/2019

TULSA — According to Tulsa police, the victim hit in the auto-ped at a neighborhood Walmart Sunday afternoon has died.

Tulsa Police Officers responded to the area of 3116 S. Garnett Road for reports of an auto-ped Sunday.

An elderly woman was leaving a store in the area when she was struck by the front passenger side of a vehicle.

The collision caused the elderly woman to fall to the ground striking her head, the car drove over the woman's leg causing it to break. Complete article

Police said she was knocked over, hit her head on the ground, and the driver ran over her leg. Tulsa Okla. PD: Elderly woman in serious condition after being hit by car in Walmart parking lot 10/13/2019

Family identifies woman hit, killed in Okla. Walmart parking lot 10/22/2019

Police Need Assistance Following Hit-And-Run Crash At Connellsville Walmart 10/14/2019

FAYETTE COUNTY (KDKA) — Officials need help identifying a man allegedly involved in a hit-and-run crash in Fayette County.

It happened at the Walmart in Connellsville on Friday, the Fayette County police announced. Complete article

Domestic disturbance at Henrico Va. Walmart leads to police chase, crash 10/14/2019

HENRICO, Va. -- An altercation in a Henrico Walmart parking lot on Brook Road ended about 18 miles north, with a crashed car and an injured suspect on Route 1 north of Ashland.

Hanover deputies directed traffic Monday evening while Henrico and State Police studied the scene around the mangled car.

The driver was taken away in an ambulance after an afternoon that started with a domestic disturbance over text messages.

"He was holding what appeared to be his girlfriend from behind and then he slammed her to the ground in the Walmart parking lot,” said an eyewitness who asked us to hide her identity. Complete article

Duluth Ga. police shock wrong man with stun gun outside Walmart 10/15/2019

DULUTH, Ga. - Duluth Police officers used a taser to take down a shoplifting suspect outside a Walmart, but moments later, they discovered they shocked the wrong man.

The man, identified as Chiedu Amahagwu, was leaving the store on Pleasant Hill Road on September 22, but when Duluth Police asked him to stop, they said he got into a fight with the officer.

Officers said the Walmart Loss Prevention team identified Amahagwu as one of two people involved in stealing a ring from the jewelry section of the store.

“We take their word for it until we figure out, and this time ultimately it wasn’t the suspect,” said Duluth Police Officer Ted Sadowski. .......

Even though he didn't steal, the police didn't release the Amahagwu.

Amahagwu faces two counts of obstruction of a law enforcement officer. Complete article

Bronx woman bites cop after shoplifting at Secaucus NJ Walmart, police say 10/14/2019

When police take a bite out of crime, sometimes the crime bites back.

A Bronx woman bit a Secaucus police officer’s hand last week when she was apprehended outside the Park Plaza Drive Walmart after stealing $850 worth of merchandise from the store, Secaucus police Capt. Dennis Miller said.

Shamina Burton, 26, was one of three Bronx women charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery on Oct. 8. She was additionally charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, obstruction, and drug offenses related to marijuana, police said. Complete article

A woman bit a police officer at Walmart in Brown Deer, Wisc. police say 10/15/2019

A woman bit a Brown Deer police officer at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, according to police.

The officer responded to Walmart, 6300 W. Brown Deer Road, for a fight between an employee and some people inside the store. One of those people refused to identify herself and obstructed police, according to Lt. Daniel Krohn.

The woman became "combative" and bit an officer when she was taken into custody, Krohn said. Complete article

Brown Deer police release bodycam footage of woman who bit officer at Walmart 10/18/2019

Will Walmart’s Health Care Gamble Pay Off? 10/15/2019

Pushing deeper into the high-risk business of health services, Walmart has opened its first standalone primary care clinic in suburban Atlanta. Walmart Health, which has a separate entrance adjacent to the Dallas, Georgia, supercenter, offers what the company describes as transparent pricing for an array of services including dental, lab tests, X-rays, hearing, optical and mental health counseling.

Walmart already operates 19 clinics across Georgia, Texas and South Carolina that are more limited in scope, but the pilot Walmart Health signals a bigger commitment by the world’s largest retailer to capture a share of the $1.3 trillion health care industry. Walmart runs one of the largest pharmacy chains in America, and health and wellness accounted for 9%, or $36 billion, of sales for fiscal year 2018.

“We are creating a super center for basic health services,” Sean Slovenski, senior vice president and president of Walmart Health and Wellness, told Forbes. He said the clinic was part of a “serious” strategy and “not a dabble.” Complete article

The future of health care at Walmart includes root canals next to garden rakes 10/15/2019

Employee Protests Are on the Rise at Retailers Like Amazon and Walmart 10/14/2019

Corporate change may follow, but not as quickly as desired

With a rallying cry of “We are humans, not robots,” workers in Amazon’s warehouses have walked out multiple times this year over issues like a 30-hour-per-week cap and working conditions. Complete article

Walmart skips the front porch and delivers right to your refrigerator starting today 10/15/2019

The delivery wars ramped up Tuesday, as Walmart began delivering groceries right into their customers' refrigerators.

The InHome Delivery service, first announced by the world's largest retailer in June, will officially launch in Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Vero Beach, Fla.

Walmart has said that more than 1 million shoppers will be able to use the new delivery option, which has Walmart employees select produce and other household items ordered by a customer online. They then deliver the items right into the shopper's kitchen or garage using smart technology that gives them a one-time code to enter. Complete article

Walmart subsidizing some vendors in price war with Amazon 10/14/2019

Hold on to your smartphone — the holiday price wars between Walmart and are heating up.

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, has introduced a program to temporarily lower the price consumers pay for some items on its marketplace site, where third-party vendors pay Walmart a fee to list their goods. The merchants selling on the site, however, will still be paid the same amount that was listed before the cuts, with Walmart subsidizing the difference, according to a description of the plan obtained by Bloomberg that was confirmed by a Walmart spokeswoman. The price reductions won’t affect shipping fees.

The move appears to be a response to a program Amazon rolled out over the summer where the e-commerce giant has full control to set prices of third-party products sold on its marketplace — in return for a minimum payout. Amazon has also come under scrutiny for increasingly leaning on vendors to ensure that their products aren’t offered for a lower price on or any other rival website. Complete article

Police: Woman's plan to steal items from Somerset Ky. Walmart captured on camera 10/15/2019

In Walmart August 2018 shooting trial, Philadelphia Pa. man to mount insanity defense 10/15/2019

Police search for man suspected of theft at Anna, Ill. Walmart 10/15/2019

Thieves steal almost $4,000 from North Fort Myers Fla. Walmart 10/14/2019

Mayfield, Ky. man arrested after punching electronics at Walmart and resisting arrest 10/14/2019

Men wanted for break-ins at Albuquerque NM Walmart, Albertsons 10/14/2019

‘Cold-blooded’ violence or psychotic break? Questions linger as August 2018 Walmart shooting trial begins in Pa. 10/16/2019

Casper Wyoming Police: Drunk Man Threatened Walmart Employee With A Gun 10/16/2019

Casper police arrested a man early Wednesday at the west side Walmart after he allegedly threatened a store employee with a handgun.

Police arrested 21-year-old James B. Early at roughly 2 a.m. Wednesday on recommended charges of aggravated robbery, breach of peace and interference with a peace officer.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, several Casper police officers responded to the store after receiving a report that an "obviously intoxicated" and armed man was in the store being vulgar toward employees and trying to buy a gun.

When officers arrived, they saw Early standing at the gun counter with his sweatshirt lifted up displaying a firearm he had in the front of his pants, the affidavit says. Officers could tell Early was drunk because he had alcohol on his breath and was slurring his words. Complete article

Woman attacked at Stillwater Okla. Walmart; no charges or arrest in case made 10/16/2019 Five months ago.

STILLWATER, Okla. (KFOR) – A shopping cart scuffle led to an Oklahoma grandmother's attack in the parking lot of a Stillwater Walmart.

She says she was pinned against her car and nearly strangled, all while her daughter and 5-month-old grandson watched.

Nancy Nelson says she was running errands when a stranger went on a rampage. Nelson says the whole thing kicked off by her simply trying to move a shopping cart.

She says she was attacked in broad daylight in the parking lot.

“I have no doubt in my mind if she had a gun she would have tried and used it on me. She was that crazy,” Nelson said. .......

But five months later, her alleged attacker hasn’t been arrested or charged.

“They said they would try and investigate it, again nothing. This happened four times – I was told four times they would get back to me, but not once did they call."

Turns out, they didn't call us back either.

News 4 has been reaching out to the Payne County District Attorney`s Office for more than a week, and each time a spokesperson told us no comment or that the District Attorney Laura Thomas doesn`t speak to the media. Complete article

SPD: Walmart assault case to go to Payne County District Attorney’s Office 10/17/2019

Jamestown woman accused of stealing clothes, attacking worker at Lakewood NY Walmart 10/16/2019

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — A Jamestown woman has been charged with shoplifting from the Walmart in Lakewood, and attacking a Walmart employee Tuesday afternoon.

Jessica McAdoo, 26, allegedly stole $195.93 worth of clothes and hurt an asset protection associate at Walmart during the theft. McAdoo allegedly hit the Walmart employee several times in the head with a stolen Red Bull can. Complete article

No threat at Saginaw Mich.-area Walmart after rumors of gunman spread on social media 10/16/2019

SAGINAW, MI — Police responded to an altercation between a man and a woman at a Walmart store in Saginaw County Wednesday morning, Oct. 16, prompting unfounded social media rumors of a possible gunman or active-shooter situation.

Saginaw County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Lt. Miguel “Mike” Gomez confirmed deputies and Michigan State Police responded to the Walmart and Sam’s Club shopping complex on Bay Road in Saginaw County’s Kochville Township about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday after a man and woman reportedly had an argument on store property and the woman yelled that the man had a gun. Responding officers recovered no gun, however, Gomez said.

Gomez said contrary to rumors circulating on social media, there was never any active shooter situation at the stores nor was there ever any threat made against the stores or the public.

One shopper said although there turned out to be no real threat against Walmart patrons and employees, the fear she and others in the store felt at the time was real. Complete article

Clear Lake Tx. man's pet parrot stolen from Walmart parking lot 10/16/2019

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Keith Wirsing has had his double yellow-headed amazon parrot named Verdi for nearly 40 years.

"He's not just a pet, he's my best friend," said Wirsing.

Wirsing was at Walmart on El Dorado on Sunday, returning something and brought Verdi along for the trip. He left the parrot in his running car with AC on while he went inside, but when came back outside, Verdi was gone.

Wirsing said, "As soon as I saw the lights weren't on, I saw the engine wasn't running, I looked in and saw Verdi wasn't there. I panicked and started looking through the van, hoping that, you know, he had just climbed down or something."

Wirsing called Houston police. He believes whoever took the bird knows of Verdi or knows something about birds.

"Not many people would risk reaching in and grabbing an unknown bird -- not a bird that size," said Wirsing.

He says he brings the bird everywhere with him.

He added, "We've been through a lot in 37 years and he's the only one that's been there." Complete article

Parrot found safe after it was stolen from Walmart parking lot 10/17/2019

The pockets of America where Walmart is king 10/16/2019

The cities and towns where Walmart gobbles up more than half of all grocery sales are concentrated in the South and the middle of the country, illustrating a broader division in U.S. retail.

Why it matters: Retail has become one of the forces driving American inequality. While some cities build glitzy, revamped main streets and get same-day shipping, others have few options beyond Walmart super-centers and dollar stores.

By the numbers:

* Walmart owns 50% or more of grocery sales in 203 U.S. markets, per an analysis by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a nonprofit research and advocacy group that opposes concentrated economic power.

* In 38 of those markets, Walmart has 70% or more of the grocery sales.

* And in some places, the retail giant has virtually wiped out all other competition. Walmart owns 95% of the market in Portales, New Mexico; 95% in Atchison, Kansas; and 90% in Guymon, Oklahoma.

The bottom line: No grocer in U.S. history has ever been so dominant. Complete article

Viewpoint: Walmart's healthcare strategy is 'a little offense and a little defense' 10/16/2019

Though healthcare is not known for being particularly open to lasting change, Walmart's ongoing attempt to revolutionize care delivery with its consumer-first approach could be the one that sticks, according to Knowledge@Wharton.

In a recent podcast from the business analysis journal, Mark Pauly, PhD, a professor of healthcare management at the Philadelphia-based Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Robert Field, PhD, a professor of health management and policy at Philadelphia-based Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health, discussed Walmart's push into healthcare.

Dr. Field described the strategy as "a little offense and a little defense." Walmart has gone on the offensive by attempting to translate its longstanding retail dominance into the level of trust needed to be successful as a healthcare provider, and on the defensive by quickly expanding its healthcare efforts in order to stay ahead of competitors. Complete article

Amazon and Walmart Reportedly May Buy FreshDirect 10/16/2019

Amazon and Walmart are reportedly considering purchasing FreshDirect, as the grocery delivery service’s largest investor, J.P. Morgan, seeks potential buyers.

According to the New York Post, the two retailers have examined the financial and performance data of FreshDirect, making it at least the third time that Amazon and Walmart have considered acquiring FreshDirect.

FreshDirect has suffered service glitches since it moved to New York City’s South Bronx from Long Island City in July of 2018. The move was expected to enable the company to add thousands of new products and accelerate its expansion into new geographies. However, since that time, the Post reports, FreshDirect has been losing customers due to late and incomplete deliveries caused by difficulties with a new technology platform for FreshDirect’s pick-and-packing functions, which didn’t work with the customer-facing software. Complete article

Walmart agrees to settle lawsuit over pregnancy rules 10/17/2019

Walmart Inc. has agreed to pay $14 million to settle an Illinois class-action lawsuit by workers who said the retailer's pregnancy accommodation policies violate civil-rights laws.

Randy Hargrove, a spokesman for the Bentonville-based retailer, said Wednesday that the company is "happy both sides could come together to reach a resolution" in the matter.

Attorneys for plaintiffs Talisa Borders, Otisha Woolbright and Stacey Lewis filed a motion Tuesday seeking preliminary approval of the settlement and conditional certification of the settlement class. The proposed class consists of current and former female Walmart employees who were subject to the company's policies and practices between March 19, 2013, and March 2014. Complete article

Walmart beats age claim by demonstrating evenly applied discipline 10/16/2019

Dive Brief: * A former Walmart employee was unable to prove that he was illegally fired due to his age, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled (Mauran v. Walmart Inc., No. 17-56494 (9th Cir. Sept. 12, 2019)).

* Although Warren Mauran established a prima facie case of age bias, Walmart offered legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons for his termination. There was evidence to support Walmart's allegation that Mauran had violated a policy, and a much younger employee had been terminated for the same behavior for which Mauran was initially "coached" but not fired.

* Because Mauran failed to present sufficient evidence to create a triable issue of pretext, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court's summary judgment for Walmart. However, the 9th Circuit vacated and remanded the district court's decision to have Mauran pay Walmart's court costs, saying "the district court failed to appreciate the potential chilling effect on future civil rights actions" or the economic disparity between the parties.

Walmart has been in the headlines a lot recently, and not all of the coverage has been positive. Earlier this month, a jury awarded a Walmart cart pusher $5.2 million following a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit alleging disability discrimination. In another suit, the agency alleged Walmart violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by refusing to allow an applicant with a disability to take a physical assessment. And earlier this year, the store settled a separate EEOC suit to settle allegations it refused to provide accommodations to deaf employees working at a Washington, D.C., store.

The company did recently emerge victorious in a gender bias class action, but the court deciding the case concluded that something was "rotten" within Walmart's corporate culture. Complete article

Cheers to convenience! Ga. Walmart includes alcohol to pickup orders 10/16/2019

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- Cheers to convenience! Walmart is making it easier for customers to pick up alcohol purchases without leaving their cars.

Walmart announced on Wednesday that customers can now utilize the Walmart’s Grocery Pickup service to pick up wine and beer purchases without leaving their cars.

However, only a few Walmart locations offer this service. Complete article

Ky. Walmart stores donate money, clothes to Harlan miners 10/16/2019

Man wanted for shoplifting at Martinez Ga. Walmart 10/16/2019

Jury sees Fla. Walmart video for the first time in Rodgers June 2015 murder trial 10/17/2019

Route 59 Walmart: Joliet Ill. Police Arrest Convicted Thief 10/15/2019

Columbus Ind. PD catches shoplifter at local Walmart 10/17/2019

Man wanted for allegedly using fraudulently-obtained gift card at Tx. Walmart 10/1/2019

Gas leak closes roads near Walmart in Hanover Va. 10/17/2019

Crime Stoppers: Over $10,000 worth of iPhones stolen from Tenn. Walmart 10/17/2019

Four People Hospitalized After High Speed Crash Following Theft Report At Aurora Ill. Walmart 10/18/2019

AURORA, Ill. (CBS) — Four people have been hospitalized following a high speed crash in Aurora late Thursday night, according to the Aurora Police Department.

Shortly after 10:20 p.m., Aurora police responded to a call of a theft at Walmart in the 2900 block of Kirk Road. While responding an officer saw a speeding vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle, police said.

Aurora Illinois Police Department


An investigation is underway after a serious accident sent four people to the hospital in Aurora late Thursday night.

Just after 10:20 p.m. on Thursday, Aurora Police officers were called to theft in progress, at the Walmart, in the 2900 block of Kirk Road. While officers were responding to the store, an APD officer spotted a.

The officer tried to follow but lost sight of the vehicle. Two minutes later, officers were notified the suspect’s car slammed into a car with three people inside at the intersection of Aurora Avenue and Sullivan Road. Complete article

Glass found in ground beef bought from Hilo Hawaii Walmart 10/17/2019

Ground beef is a staple at Baba Botelho’s family dinner table.

“My wife makes spaghetti meatballs we make meatloaf hamburger cream of mushroom and corn,” he says.

Botelho says his family has been buying ground beef from the Walmart in Hilo for years.

However, when he bit into his patty on Wednesday night, things took a sharp turn for the worst. He noticed he was bleeding.

“I was tripping I was speechless my wife then thought I was joking so I bit into another patty and pulled out some more glass then I bit into a third and there was more glass.”

Walmart’s response left him with a bad taste in his mouth.

“I went to walmart and all they did was give me my money back,” says Botelho. Complete article

Faulty hats that read 'NMSU Eagles' sold at Las Cruces NM Walmart 10/17/2019

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - How does New Mexico State University Eagles instead of Aggies sound? That’s exactly what a hat read that was being sold at a Walmart store in Las Cruces.

The faulty hats were being sold at the Walmart on Walton Boulevard in Las Cruces. The “NMSU Eagles” hat circulated after a Facebook user posted a photo of it.

NMSU officials reportedly called the Walmart location asking them to remove the hats. When ABC-7 visited the store late Thursday afternoon, the hats had been taken off the shelves. Complete article

Walmart Dismisses $5.2M Fine After Firing Disabled Employee, Says It Does 'Not Believe the Verdict is Supported by the Evidence' 10/15/2019

Walmart is looking at its options after a jury determined it violated federal law by firing a longtime disabled employee who was awarded $5.2 million in damages.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced on October 11 that the worker, who has a developmental disability and is deaf and visually impaired, was awarded the multimillion dollar damages after being let go from his job as a cart pusher in Beloit, Wisconsin, after 16 years when a new manager began at the store.

According to a lawsuit, within a month the employee in question was suspended and asked to resubmit medical paperwork in order to keep his reasonable accommodations required for his job. Complete article

After failed mediation, Brunswick Me. and Walmart still at odds over how much the retail giant should pay in property taxes 10/17/2019

BRUNSWICK — After a full day of mediation Friday, Brunswick town officials and representatives from Walmart are no closer to agreeing on how much the Brunswick superstore is worth, or how much the retail giant should have to pay in property taxes.

Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer and the seventh-highest payer of property taxes in Brunswick, claims it’s being over-taxed in Brunswick, a claim repeated in communities across the state and nation. Walmart asked Brunswick to slash its taxable value for 2017 and 2018 on the grounds that the building’s $16.9 million assessed value “exceeds the property’s fair market value;” a move that, if granted, would cost Brunswick more than $236,000 in tax revenue for the two-year period. Cloutier said he anticipates Walmart will likely request an abatement for 2019/2020 as well.

In 2017, then-Brunswick Assessor Cathy Jamison denied the company’s request for an abatement. At the time, Walmart claimed the property was only worth about $10 million, citing a Walmart appraisal that Brunswick Town Attorney Stephen Langsdorf said this summer was “very, very flawed.” If granted, Walmart would pay about $184,000 in property taxes, rather than the $311,000 it paid in 2017. Complete article

Walmart opens first in-store health center: Here's why it's different from other store clinics 10/17/2019

Retail giant Walmart's exploration of expanding further into the health care market turned into action last month when the company opened its first Walmart Health center in Dallas, Georgia. Walmart has been working with health care professionals for the last year to design a one-stop-shop for affordable health care.

Health and wellness are already a large part of Walmart's business model, with $35.79 billion in U.S. net sales in the fiscal year ending January 2019. That's about 10.8% of the total. Included in that figure are prescription drug sales, vision services, medical product sales, over-the-counter drug sales and services offered in its 19 Care Clinics, including immunizations, lab tests, physicals and referring to specialists. Complete article

Alabama Suspect wore Walmart uniform to walk out of store with stolen items, police say 10/18/2019

2 Men Botch Attempted Theft Of Suffolk NY Walmart 10/17/2019

Couple allegedly steals computers from NY Walmart; police seeks public assistance 10/18/2019

Police seek assistance to ID woman in connection with Tenn. Walmart theft 10/1/2019

Police: Stolen credit cards used at Franklin NJ Walmart 10/17/2019

Walmart theft investigation leads to meth arrest in Mattoon Ill. 10/17/2019

Suspects accused of stealing Apple phones from Ohio Walmart 10/18/2019

Dude Has Brass, Steals This from Richland Wash. Walmart 10/18/2019

Man arrested after allegedly passing fake $20 bills at multiple Ind. Walmart stores 10/18/2019

Spouse Of U.S. Army Veteran Killed In El Paso Tx. Walmart Shooting Files Suit 10/18/2019

Person of interest in alleged theft from Tenn. Walmart identified 10/18/2019

Man accidentally shoots himself in the foot in a Walmart parking lot, NC police say 10/20/2019

A man literally shot himself in the foot at a North Carolina Walmart.

The man was getting out of his car in a Walmart parking lot in Leland on Saturday morning when police say his gun fell out of his pocket, the Wilmington StarNews reported.

The gun then hit the ground and fired a bullet into the man’s foot, WWAY reported. Complete article

Police investigating fire at Flagstaff Ariz. Walmart as suspected arson 10/19/2019

Flagstaff police evacuated a Walmart on East Huntington Drive at about 3 a.m. Saturday after receiving reports of a fire inside the store, according to Sgt. Charles Hernandez II, a spokesman for the police department.

Police who responded saw heavy smoke inside the store, and noted that the store's fire suppression sprinkler system had been activated. All Walmart staff were evacuated.

The store sustained severe fire and water damage and will be closed until further notice, Flagstaff police said. Complete article

Flagstaff police arrest man suspected of arson at a Walmart 10/21/2019

Truck hits pedestrian outside La. Walmart then leaves 10/21/2019

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A pickup struck a pedestrian outside a Walmart store in west Shreveport, police say.

It happened at 5:57 p.m. Sunday on Westport Avenue off Pines Road, Caddo 911 dispatch records show.

The elderly woman was hit by a black truck that kept going, police Cpl. Marcus Hines said.

He described her injuries as serious. Complete article

VIDEO: NJ Walmart Shoplifter Runs Down Elderly Man On Scooter While Fleeing 10/20/2019

Siedah Smith ran over an elderly man on a scooter twice in the Walmart parking lot as she tried to flee police.

Bayonne, NJ – A shoplifter who was trying to make a getaway from the Walmart in Bayonne on Sunday ran over a disabled man on his scooter twice before she hit a police car (video below).

The Bayonne Police Department said that incident began on Oct. 13 after 34-year-old Siedah Smith got caught stealing $235 in merchandise from the Walmart, the New York Post reported.

Police said she tried to get out of the store using a receipt she had found in the garbage, a “common practice” amongst shoplifters.

But Smith’s escape was hampered when she ran her car into an elderly, disabled man on a scooter in the store’s parking lot. Complete article

Car on fire in Ill. Walmart parking lot 10/19/2019

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford Fire responded to a car on fire in the Walmart parking lot on E. State St. Saturday, around 11:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

The story is currently developing. Complete article

Men with crowbar rob Houston Tx. Walmart, authorities say then crashed 10/19/2019

HOUSTON - Harris County deputies responded Saturday to a robbery at a Houston Walmart.

Around 11 a.m. Saturday, two men in blue hoodies with face masks walked into the Walmart at 5655 E. Sam Houston Parkway N., went to the customer service area and allegedly pried open the till with a crowbar. They pushed the till in a shopping cart. Then they fled the scene in a white GMC Sierra, authorities said.

Soon after, the thieves crashed their getaway car into a utility pole at 13421 Castilian Drive, near Uvalde Road, less than 2 miles from the Walmart, authorities said. The men fled the scene. Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies said they believe the men jumped a fence nearby and ran.

The getaway vehicle the thieves crashed was stolen in Baytown, according to HCSO. Complete article

Police say a man is in custody after incident in East El Paso Tx. Walmart 10/20/2019

EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — Police say a man is in custody after incident in East El Paso Walmart

Police responded to a subject with a weapon call at the Walmart on 10727 Gateway West at 1:21 p.m. Sunday.

Police said an altercation was taking place between an off-duty police officer and a subject who appeared to be committing a crime.

The off-duty officer was monitoring a subject in the store along with crime prevention. The subject appeared to be committing a theft and was confronted by the off-duty officer as the individual was leaving the store.

Police said an altercation between the officer and the individual began. The officer used a Taser on the individual, who was taken into custody. Complete article

Police: Robbery suspect struggled with NY Walmart worker 10/20/2019

Authorities say a man is facing charges after a robbery attempt at a Valley Stream Walmart store turned violent.

Police say Maximo Burdier, of Queens, tried to steal items from the store on Green Acres Road Saturday night.

When an employee stepped in, police say a struggle ensued. The worker suffered cuts to his knee, hand and face. Complete article

Man arrested for attempted robbery outside Visalia Ca. Walmart 10/20/2019

RESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Visalia Police say a man resisted arrest after officers were called for an attempted robbery outside of a Walmart Saturday night.

Officials say 23-year-old Andre Rhodes was "aggressively" walked up to customers outside of the store on East Noble Avenue and tried to take a person's cell phone when they called 911.

Rhodes resisted officers but was eventually taken into custody. No one was injured. Complete article

Diane Ravitch: Maurice Cunningham: Waltons Are Trying to Block Funding Increase for Massachusetts Schools 10/19/2019

Maurice Cunningham is the ghostbuster of Dark Money in education. He is a professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts. He is a hero of the Resistance in my forthcoming book SLAYING GOLIATH.

In this post, he details the efforts of the Walton Family of Arkansas to block the Massachusetts’ legislators who are trying to increase funding for the public schools of their state.

He writes:

The three interest groups pushing to undermine the Massachusetts senate’s education funding bill are all Walton funded, two of them essentially full-time agents of the Waltons. They have to solve a problem for the right-wing Wal-Mart heirs: not that funding public education might fail, but that it will succeed.

The Waltons, who contributed over $2 million in dark and gray money to the pro-charters side in 2016 through mechanisms set up by Democrats for Education Reform Massachusetts, would prefer to promote charter schools and charge toward a fully privatized system with employee relations mimicking those of Wal-Mart itself. But the political momentum now is all in the direction of a vast increase in public funding, and the Waltons’ best hope is to throw sand into the implementation gears. Complete article

Over 6,000 Pounds Of Ready-To-Eat Sausage Patties Sold At Walmart Recalled 10/20/2019

SACRAMENTO(CBS13) — Some frozen sausage patties sold at Walmart are being pulled off the shelves due to possible salmonella contamination.

Tennesse-based George’s Prepared Foods is recalling more than 6,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and turkey sausage patties sold at Walmart. The recall is all because of a shipment mixup prompting fears of salmonella contamination.

The following items are included in the recall:

* 24.92-oz. packages containing “Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties” with a use-by date of 10/16/19 and lot code 1091971894.
* 24.92-oz. packages containing “Great Value Fully Cooked Original Breakfast Turkey Patties” with a use-by date of 10/24/19 and lot code 1171971897.
* 35.6-oz. packages containing “Family Size Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties” with a use-by date of 11/03/19 and lot code 1271972894 or use by date 11/05/19 and lot code 1291972894. Complete article

Sheriff’s office looking for suspect in NC Walmart larceny 10/21/2019

Possible bomb threat at Clinton Mississippi Walmart 10/20/2019

Woman 'snorted Suboxone', then drove kids to Pa. Taco Bell and Walmart, police say 10/20/2019

Police catch Vermont Walmart thief with stolen goods and drugs 10/21/2019

Man striking child caught on video at Savannah Ga. Walmart 10/20/2019

Caddo Sheriff seeks info in television thefts from north Shreveport La. Wal-Mart 10/21/2019

Philadelphia Pa. man found guilty of wounding five people in August 2018 Walmart shooting 10/2/2019

Livingston man pleads not guilty to taking ‘surreptitious’ photos last August at Montana Walmart 10/21/2019

Police investigate armed robbery at Money Center inside NE Wichita Kansas Walmart 10/21/2019

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Wichita Police Department investigates an armed robbery reported Sunday evening at the Money Center inside the Walmart near 29th North and Rock Road. Wichita police say officer responded to the call a little after 5 p.m. Sunday.

When they arrived, the officers contacted two employees who reported a man approaching the service counter, handing over a note demanding money and then pointing a gun at them.

"one employee gave the suspect case from the register, and he fled the business on foot, running eastbound along 29th Street," police say. Complete article

Officers searching for suspect connected to Baindbridge Ga. Walmart armed robbery 10/21/2019

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (WTXL) — Officers are searching for a man who they say walked inside of a Walmart and robbed an employee at gunpoint.

According to Bainbridge Public Safety, a suspect approached a Walmart employee who was standing in the front entrance area, placed a gun to his back, and removed his wallet from his back pocket.

The robber then left the scene on foot through the side door. Complete article

Actions of driver minimize Tx. Walmart gas tank fire damage, officials say 10/21/2019

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Tyler Fire Department responded to a fire at a gas station on Highway 64 Monday evening.

The fire was at 3820 Hwy 64 West. That is the location of the Walmart store on the west side of Tyler, which has a gas station in its parking lot.

The Walmart is open for its regular hours following the fire, but the gas pumps are closed for tonight until the state can investigate and make sure it’s safe to reopen them.

Tyler Fire Marshal Paul Findley said that the fire was called in at 7:24 p.m. There were four engine companies, a battalion chief, a ladder company and a fire investigator at the scene. Complete article

Md. Walmart workers make a hilarious attempt at stopping a leak 10/21/2019

When it rains, it pours … right into a garbage can. Watch as someone in this Cambridge, Maryland, Walmart hilariously tried to stop a massive water “leak” with just a single garbage can.

The not-so-bright idea proved to be ineffective, as the broken sprinkler continued to flood the floor.

Complete article

Two Okla. Walmart stores, Oakwood Mall evacuated due to nonspecific bomb threats 10/22/2019

Deltona Fla. Walmart worker steals $4,500 from register, deputies say 10/22/2019

Wife of El Paso Tx. shooting victim with transit center just named in his honor is latest to sue Walmart 10/18/2019

Former Ill. Walmart employee who stole $7,510 from registers gets second-chance probation 10/22/2019

Missing Toms River man found dead in Brick NJ Walmart parking lot 10/22/2019

BRICK - A missing Toms River man was found dead in a Walmart parking lot Monday night, police Sgt. James Kelly said in a news release.

Craig Turner, 43, was found unresponsive in a parked car when police were patrolling the parking lot around 6:45 p.m.

Police discovered that Turner was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Police began lifesaving measures and were assisted by EMS.

Despite the efforts made, officers and medical staff were unable to revive Turner, Kelly said.

Turner recently was reported missing out of Toms River, and the cause of the death is still under investigation, with nothing at the scene indicating foul play. Complete article

Walmart theft leads to police pursuit, rollover crash in Brown Deer Wisc. 10/22/2019

BROWN DEER, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Police in Brown Deer say thieves caused a rollover crash the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 22.

Brown Deer police say they stole from the Walmart on Brown Deer Road just before 3 p.m. Police chased them until they crashed into another car.

Both occupants of the suspect vehicle were taken to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle struck by the suspects was uninjured. Complete article

Afternoon crash resulted in Mississippi Walmart evacuation 10/22/2019

HOUSTON – At approximately 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, both Chickasaw County and the City of Houston emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene of an accident at Walmart at 660 East Madison Street in Houston.

A vehicle had driven through the front of the store. This prompted an evacuation of the store. Initial reports were that there were two injuries. The nature of the injuries and the cause of the crash are undetermined at this time. Complete article

Valley police have alleged Alabama Walmart arsonist in custody 10/23/2019

VALLEY, Ala. (WRBL) – Valley police have arrested a man suspected of setting fire to a shopping cart full of toilet paper inside the Valley Walmart.

Troy Maloy Brown, 28, of Valley, was taken into custody around 10:15 p.m. the night of Oct. 22.

During the Tuesday fire, police say Brown tried to leave the Walmart with a cart full of groceries, but a sales associate stopped him. Outside the store, Brown was picked up by a silver van. ......

Brown resisted arrest, police say, and was tazed before being transported to Chambers County Detention Facility. He is being held on charges of Burglary 2nd Degree, Arson 1st Degree, and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree. .......

Fire officials say the blaze injured one person who had to be treated for smoke inhalation. The Walmart suffered significant fire, smoke and water damage. No word yet on when the damage will be repaired or how much it will cost. Complete article

Two men charged with sexually assaulting minor in parking lot of Chester SC Walmart 10/22/2019

CHESTER, S.C. (WBTV) - Two individuals were placed in custody on Sunday evening after a reported sexual assault involving a juvenile.

Officials report that a female victim between the ages of 11 and 14 stated that she had been assaulted by two males in the parking lot of a Walmart located off of JA Cochran Bypass in Chester.

Officers later arrested Lamar Cruz, 19, and Randle Huff, 21, in connection with the case. Complete article

Father left 2-year-old in car overnight while he worked at Kenner La. Walmart, police say 10/22/2019

Jamar Davis, 30, faces child desertion charges after his 2-year-old son was found alone in a Walmart parking lot Monday morning in Kenner, police said. NEW ORLEANS — Police say a New Orleans man was arrested after leaving his son alone in a car overnight in a Walmart parking lot.

Jamar Davis,30, faces child desertion charges after his 2-year-old son was found alone in a Walmart parking lot Monday morning in Kenner, police said.

While trying to find out the boy's identity, Kenner police officers saw Davis looking for something or someone in the area where the boy was found, a Kenner Police Department spokesperson said in a report. Complete article

Walmart stores post ominous signs warning of a 'national supply shortage' of dish soap that's expected to persist for weeks 10/22/2019

Walmart stores are warning shoppers of a "national supply shortage" of dish soap that could last until December 1.

A sign posted in a Virginia Walmart store said: "Dish soap is experiencing a national supply shortage, impacting product availability for our customers. These shortages will remain until Dec. 1. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you."

In a statement to Business Insider, Procter & Gamble, which makes Dawn and Gain, confirmed a dish-soap shortage.

"We're aware that some P&G hand dish products may be harder to find at the moment. For a brief period, demand exceeded what we were able to supply, but this was temporary. We value the loyalty people have to our brands, and apologize for this short-term inconvenience. Our team is working around the clock to refill shelves and supply is catching up with demand, so all sizes should be available soon," Procter & Gamble said in the statement. Complete article

Walmart Sparks Panic and Confusion in the Dish Soap Aisle 10/26/2019 The signs sparked a mix of concern and confusion. Some customers posted photos on social media showing the warning signs taped to shelves that were fully stocked. “Is Walmart making this up or is there really a national dish soap shortage?” asked one account on Twitter.

Walmart found to be charging double for CRV bottle deposits; untold numbers have overpaid 10/22/2019

VACAVILLE, Calif. (KGO) -- Mitch Ross of Vacaville knew something wasn't right. As he was ordering a supply of bottled water, he found the bottle deposits cost almost as much as the water itself.

His receipt showed $51 for water, and $48 for the bottle fee.

"Forty-eight dollars for bottle deposits?'' Ross recalls. "My first reaction was, wow the CRV is almost as much as the water. That doesn't seem right.''

And it wasn't.

Ross had ordered twenty cases of Walmart brand Great Value drinking water on the website. The Walmart site doesn't show the bottle fee until checkout - so he says it's easy to miss.

But there it was: Water, $51. Bottle fee, $48. Complete article

Turn in old cell phones for cash at Walmart 10/22/2019

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Old cell phones can earn you cash at ECO ATM's located inside Walmart stores.

No matter the make, model or condition you can now drop off old cell phones, ipads and cell phones.

The kiosk mascot is friendly, knowledgeable and he helps with giving you cash for old electronics.

"I'm excited, I have a lot of old phones that I can get some cash for," said Walmart customer Suzy Vorhees.

Cash is dispensed in minutes and the better condition the phone is in, the more money you'll get.

I've probably gone through seven phones within the last few months, it's hard to keep a good phones especially with a daughter, she likes to drop it a lot," said Jordyn Fayle, Mom. Complete article

Engie to build wind farm in Texas under Walmart deal 10/22/2019

France-based Engie SA — whose North American arm is based in Houston — will sell wind power from a new Texas asset to Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) under a new agreement.

The deal has Engie providing 366 megawatts of power generation capacity to the retail giant from two new wind farms, one in Texas and the other in Oklahoma, according to an Oct. 22 statement by the company. The Texas project, the 300 megawatt Prairie Hill Wind Project, would build a $307 million wind farm near Mart, Texas, in Limestone County, according to tax incentive applications published by the Texas Comptroller. Complete article

Suspect stole $4K worth of electronics from Kitty Hawk NC Walmart 10/22/2019

Leland NC police looking for man accused of stealing several headphones from Walmart 10/23/2019

Don’t fall for new Walmart secret shopper scam 10/23/2019

Thief accused of leaving with cart full of items from Lynchburg Va. Walmart 10/22/2019

Father arrested after kids are left in van for over an hour while shopping at Yulee Fla. Walmart 10/23/2019

Police Shooting Outside El Paso Tx. Walmart Leaves Shoppers Stuck in Store and Suspected Car Thief Dead 10/24/2019

A police shooting outside a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Wednesday night left shoppers stuck inside the store and a suspected car thief dead.

Few details of what happened were immediately available, but the El Paso Police Department on Thursday morning tweeted that the incident began when two officers approached a possible stolen vehicle in a Walmart parking lot on Montana Avenue. “The driver attempted to flee,” according to the tweet, “and the officers were dragged.”


Officer involved shooting occurred outside of a parking lot located at 12236 Montana shoppers at the Walmart are being escorted out of the store. If you have family that was in the Walmart please pick them up at the LOWES parking lot

When the driver attempted to escape, according to the police department, one officer shot and killed the driver. Both officers were transported to a local hospital to treat their injuries, which were described as “relatively minor” by Charley Wilkison, the head of the Texas’ biggest police union.

The incident comes two and a half months after a gunman targeting Hispanic shoppers opened fire at another Walmart store in the border city, killing 22 people. Wednesday’s shooting happened about 9 miles from the Walmart that was the site of the Aug. 3 mass shooting. Complete article

Pair Arrested for Attempted Murder After Pregnancy Test Dispute Leads to Shooting at Salisbury Md. Walmart 10/23/2019

SALISBURY, Md.- Authorities say an argument over a pregnancy test at the Salisbury Walmart led to the arrests of two men on attempted murder and related charges.

The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to shots being fired at around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Salisbury Walmart, followed by someone screaming.

The sheriff's office said that a deputy within the area observed a vehicle that matched the description of a potential suspect seen leaving the area. Complete article

Man threatens Tx. Walmart multiple times, says he's killed and will again 10/23/2019

SAN ANTONIO — A man has been arrested after months of threats he allegedly made toward a Converse Walmart.

It originally started in June when Robert Franklin Keene, 72, received a criminal trespass notice at the Walmart on FM 78, according to court records. Walmart management told officials it rescinded the notice when Keene complained. However, he received a new one a month later.

This is because Keene told employees "I kill people for a living," and "I've killed before and will again," according to the affidavit.

Then, police say he called Walmart Corporate.

In this phone call, Keene allegedly said, "When things like this happen three times people get shot." The call taker told officials he heard gun shots during the call, to which Keene said he was "shooting things because I'm *****." Complete article

Pima County sheriff's deputy arrested on charges of shoplifting at Oro Valley Ariz. Walmart 10/23/2019

A Pima County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday for allegedly shoplifting at a Walmart in Oro Valley, Ariz. officials said.

Ryan Fuller, 35, turned himself in to the Oro Valley Police Department on Monday and was booked into the Pima County jail, said Carmen Trevizo, a department spokeswoman.

He was arrested on suspicion of one count of organized retail theft and four counts of fraudulent schemes. Complete article

Man gropes kids and tries to pull them away from mothers at Walmart, Texas police say 10/23/2019

A 62-year-old man is accused of groping children and women at a Walmart in Mount Pleasant, Texas police said on Wednesday.

Police said on Facebook that they received a call on Sunday of a man groping women and children. Before their arrival, Wal-Mart staff and security identified Gary Kilpatrick as the suspect, police said.

Surveillance video showed Kilpatrick groped at least three children and a woman, police said, along with a fourth child early Sunday and a fifth child at Super Suds Laundry near Walmart. Complete article

Target, Walmart, Walgreens versions of Zantac among store brands recalled for a carcinogen 10/23/2019

More store brand versions of heartburn medicine ranitidine — name brand version: Zantac — as well as prescription ranitidine got recalled Wednesday by manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories.

While you might not have heard of Dr. Reddy’s, based in India, you might have heard of Walmart, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Target, Kroger, CVS, GeriCare and ThirtyMadison. All are among the store brands of ranitidine manufactured by Dr. Reddy’s, which admitted the ranitidine has probable carcinogen NDMA (N-Nitrosodimethylamine) above FDA approved levels.

If this sounds familiar, some Walmart, Walgreens and Rite Aid house brand ranitidine tablets were recalled earlier this month for the same reason. Sanofi, makers of Zantac, recalled all versions in the United States and Canada on Friday as a precaution while companies and the FDA figure out just how much NDMA can exist in a product without harm. Complete article

Toy brands are reportedly paying Amazon millions of dollars for the chance to be featured in its annual holiday gift guide (Walmart also does this.) 10/21/2019

Amazon charges brands just to be considered for its annual holiday toy list, Spencer Soper and Matthew Townsend at Bloomberg reported.

The ecommerce website releases a list of hundreds of toy recommendations each year, with categories like "tech toys" and "kid picks." Amazon calls the list "thoughtfully curated," and the landing page has no indication that the choices are sponsored by brands.

Bloomberg saw documents confirming that brands pay as much as $2 million to have their toys considered for the list. If they pay more, they can submit more toys. For this year's gift guide, Amazon aimed to net $20 million in sponsorships, accord to the report. ......

Toy brands advertising on Amazon is legal, and other websites do it too, although for much lower prices. Walmart charges $10,000 per month for brands to appear in its "Buyer's Picks" list, Bloomberg reported. Amazon charges more than its online competitors for most advertisements, like $150,000 per month for an ad at the top of the webpage, which jumps up to $500,000 per month in November and December. Complete article

West Virginia Lottery rolls out games at Walmart stores 10/23/2019

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Lottery is finding its frontier at Walmart.

After announcing a few weeks ago that automated lottery machines would appear in Walmart Supercenter locations in West Virginia for the first time, the rollout is well under way.

“It’s all about making Lottery relevant,” said Kayla Brown Giordano, deputy director of marketing for West Virginia Lottery.

“You have to have the exposure, the availability of the product and also secure that integrity. They have what we need. They have the volume and traffic counts.” Complete article

A Walmart VP explains why the company pays its truck drivers twice the national median salary 10/22/2019

Walmart's investment in its own trucking and supply-chain operations goes further than many of its competitors — and as a result, the retailer doesn't have a problem retaining truck drivers, according to Ken Braunbach, Walmart's vice president of transportation.

For years, trucking companies have warned about an ostensible truck-driver shortage in the US, with the American Trucking Association claiming that the US is short 50,000 truck drivers.

However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and truck drivers themselves have said that no such shortage exists — rather, there's a lack of truckers willing to work 70-hour weeks for the low wages offered by most shipping companies. Complete article

Walmart pharmacies participating in National Drug Take Back Day 10/23/2019

U.S. — There are over 600 Walmart pharmacies nationwide that are participating in National Drug Take-Back Day.

According to Walmart, The DEA’s drug take-back day allows patients to safely dispose of their unwanted or expired prescription medications.

Walmart participates in this day in order to combat opioid abuse. This will take place on October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Complete article

Police searching for females accused of stealing iPhones from Walmart in Lake Charles & Jennings La. 10/23/2019

Hutchinson Kansas Walmart manager running for Congress 10/24/2019

Three Men Arrested for Theft After Mother Warns of Unusual Activity at Pella Iowa WalMart 10/24/2019

Stolen Wal-Mart electronic shopping cart turns up at Summerfield Fla. doctor’s office 10/24/2019

Ga. Walmart gives customer $6,000 check after botched repair job 10/24/2019 Callaway said she went to the Walmart Auto Center on Willow Lane in McDonough last month to have her back tires balanced. When she picked up the van, she realized a service technician also rotated her tires and in doing so made a huge mistake. The front tire fell off her specialized van in the parking lot.

Colorado Walmart Theft Incident Turns Into Two Unrelated Arrests 10/24/2019 False call leads to shooting of a dog off the premises.

A Thursday morning press release from Chief Russell Johnson with the Salida Police Department explained a situation that happened during the evening of Wednesday, October 23. Salida Police Officers were dispatched to Walmart for a theft and upon arrival. discovered the store loss prevention team had chased a male subject out of the store and that the individual was headed toward the Monarch Spur Trail.

Officers arrived in the area and began looking for the suspect. During the search for the suspect, Salida Police Officers received a 911 call to the address of 610 Walnut St. The caller said that there was a white male at the residence in possession of a gun. As the communications center began to ask questions, the caller hung up.

Officers immediately cleared the Walmart call and responded to 610 Walnut St. When officers arrived, they attempted to contact the occupants at 610 Walnut St. Officers made contact with several of the residents in the area, when a dog that was in the yard charged at one of the officers.

The officer backed all the way out to the alley behind the residence, but the dog continued to come at him. Fearing for his safety and knowing that an officer had been bitten by a dog at that address several months prior, the officer discharged his firearm shooting the dog one time. The dog was said to then have run off.

Johnson’s media notification indicated his officers spoke with the occupants of the residence, t0 get more information about the man with the gun. Then they learned that no one at that residence had called the police. While officers were at the residence, they placed two male subjects under arrest for outstanding warrants.

As the officers further investigated the 911 call, they had the communication center run a trace on where the 911 phone call originated. It was later found that the caller who placed the 911 call to 610 Walnut St. placed the call from Monarch Spur Trail area. Johnson said Salida Police dept.’s conclusion was that the call was most likely a diversion so the Walmart thief could get away. Complete article

FBI seeks man who robbed Woodforest National Bank inside Ohio Walmart 10/24/2019

The FBI and other law enforcement officials are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a bank located inside a South Toledo Walmart Thursday afternoon.

The robbery occurred at about 1:45 p.m. at Woodforest National Bank, located inside the Walmart at 2925 Glendale Ave., according to an FBI news release. Officials say a man presented a note to a teller, adding he at some point made the threat that he had a weapon but never brandished one. He then took an undisclosed amount of money and left on foot.

The suspected robber is described as a black man in his late forties to early fifties, standing at about 5 feet, 11 inches to 6 feet tall with a medium build. He was wearing a blue jacket, blue pants, sunglasses, a stocking cap, and black shoes. The man was also carrying a dark-colored satchel. Complete article

Police: Man high on PCP breaks into Germantown Md. Walmart, uses hair clippers on $2 pumpkin 10/24/2019

GERMANTOWN, Md. (ABC7) — A PCP-induced bender led a DC man to break into a local Walmart, use hair clippers on a pumpkin and get physical with store employees, Montgomery County Police allege in court documents obtained by ABC7.

Around 3:30 a.m. on October 1, Marqis Dudley, 26, of the 2900 block of Minnesota Avenue in SE Washington, allegedly entered the non-24-hour Walmart through the pharmacy doors. A store employee spotted Dudley allegedly kick a phone display causing a glass door to fall off its hinges. Dudley also reportedly cut a $2 pumpkin with hair clippers.

A handful of Walmart workers attempted to remove Dudley from the discount department store, however, the six-foot, 255-pound man resisted until police arrived. Complete article

CVS, Walmart and Rite Aid pull some J&J baby powder from shelves 10/24/2019

CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart have stopped selling 22-ounce bottles of Johnson & Johnson baby powder. The move is tied to J&J's recall of 33,000 bottles last week, after regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in a single bottle purchased online, according to the companies and media reports.

J&J shares fell $2.40, or about 2%, to $127.50 after news of the retailers' actions Thursday.

For J&J, last week's recall was the latest setback for a company combating thousands of lawsuits claiming the talc-based powder contains the cancer-causing mineral. According to the company, the voluntary recall is limited to just one lot of 33,000 bottles of Johnson's Baby Powder produced and shipped in the U.S. last year. J&J last week called the recall a precautionary measure and maintained that its baby powder does not contain asbestos.

"[J&J] has a rigorous testing standard in place to ensure its cosmetic talc is safe and years of testing, including the FDA's own testing on prior occasions — and as recently as last month — found no asbestos," the company said in a statement. Complete article

Huge PETA Win! World’s Largest Retailer, Walmart, Ends Live Fish Sales 10/24/2019

Following a decade-long PETA effort and urging from tens of thousands of PETA supporters, Walmart is ending the sale of live fish. The move comes after scores of concerned individuals contacted PETA and have posted online disturbing reports of cruelty and neglect, describing incidents in which fish were cruelly tossed out with the trash, left to suffocate to death slowly, or flushed down toilets.

Others lingered in filthy water inside containers stacked one on top of another—along with some who were already dead—on the shelves. In thanks for Walmart’s decision to end this cruel practice, PETA is sending the company a box of vegan fish-shaped chocolates.

“Walmart’s decision will spare countless sensitive, vulnerable fish immense suffering and miserable, lonely deaths,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Walmart has wisely stopped tormenting fish and horrifying its customers, and PETA is calling on Petco and other businesses still selling living, breathing beings as merchandise to follow suit.” Complete article

Walmart wants robots in stores. Target doesn’t 10/24/2019

Walmart and Target are taking different approaches to adding robots in stores, a split that will have an impact on the companies’ massive workforces and shape the future of automation in retail.

Both of these legacy brick-and-mortar companies are testing robots in their warehouses. Walmart, the country’s largest retailer and private employer, expects to add self-driving robots that scrub floors to 1,860 of its more-than 4,700 US stores by February. It will also add robots that scan shelf inventory at 350 stores and bots at 1,700 stores that automatically scan boxes as they come off delivery trucks and sort them by department onto conveyer belts.

Walmart’s 178,000-square-foot supercenters are expensive to operate, especially as more shoppers shift online. The company is adding robots to help it increase worker productivity and control costs. Walmart has around one million hourly workers in its stores. Complete article

Tennessee man charged in Ind. Walmart thefts 10/24/2019

Methuen Police Arrest Former Haverhill Man Hines for Allegedly Breaking Into Walmart, Mann’s Orchard 10/24/2019

Wood River Police Seek Identity of Man in Photos After Ill. Walmart Incident 10/24/2019

Oklahoma City police looking for man accused of inappropriately touching teen, woman at Walmart 10/25/2019

Man arrested with drugs at Fla. Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza 10/25/2019

3 sought after using fake $100 bills at St. Augustine Fla. Walmart: deputies 10/25/2019

Police: Man fires several rounds inside Waycross Ga. Walmart, turns gun on himself 10/26/2019

One man is dead after firing several rounds inside a Waycross Walmart on Saturday morning before turning the gun on himself, police say.

Officers with the Waycross Police Department says there were Walmart employees and customers inside the store during the incident, but they have all been declared safe. ....

Police responded to the Walmart at 2425 Memorial Dr. to report of an active shooter incident at approximately 1 a.m. Police say Kinnitt went into the store and shot multiple times.

Officers were on scene within a minute of being dispatched. The officers entered the store and begin searching for the suspect, who was located in seconds.

Police say at that point, Kinnitt turned the gun on himself. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died. Complete article

What we know about the man who allegedly fired several rounds inside a Walmart in Waycross 10/26/2019 A coworker of Kinnitt's says she worked alongside him at a nearby Burger King and described him as "quiet but sweet." The coworker tells First Coast News that Kinnitt had been going through a rough patch recently and that they had just worked together hours before the shooting took place. The Walmart where the incident occurred is approximately two miles away from Burger King.

New details released in Waycross Walmart incident where man fired gun, turned it on himself 10/28/2019 A witness told police he saw Kinnett try to shoot himself with the gun, but it didn't fire and in frustration Kinnitt fired two shots, one of which nearly hit a woman in an aisle.

Police warn about a scam targeting Walmart shoppers 10/25/2019

SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (WDRB) -- Police want you to know about a scam targeting Walmart shoppers.

Police in Scottsburg say they were notified by Walmart’s loss prevention department about a man using self-checkouts and gift cards to con customers.

“It was a male, he appeared to be of Asian descent,” Scottsburg Police Department Assistant Police Chief, Major David Hardin said.

They say the man takes Walmart gift cards to the self -checkout aisle.

He scans the cards, takes off without paying, and the next shopper in line gets tricked into buying the gift cards.

“You go to Walmart and you spend about $100 dollars, just about everybody does,” Hardin said. “You wouldn't pay attention to a $20 or $30 dollar charge.” Complete article

Farmers to the rescue in Ky. Walmart parking lot notorious for booting truckers 10/25/2019

Numerous drivers have reported being booted with little or no warning and then being forced to pay hundreds to get the boot removed.

A group of farmers recently stepped in to help save truckers from a costly boot removal fee for parking in a Kentucky Walmart lot.

Kentucky news outlet WKYT recently shared a story about how three farmers took it upon themselves to warn truck drivers parked at the Berea, Kentucky, Walmart about a boot-happy security company called R and R Parking Management.

One of the farmers featured in the story, Chris Young, says that he stops by the Walmart frequently after work and has noticed employees with R and R Parking Management booting parked semi trucks with little or no warning.

Young says that there are signs warning about the Walmart’s truck parking policy, but that they aren’t very easy to spot.

According to the report, one night Young and the two other farmers decided to warn the truckers that they were about to be booted and eventually got into a verbal confrontation with an R and R Parking Management employee who told them to stop warning the truckers.

During the confrontation, Young told the worker “It’s common decency to say, ‘Hey, you should have read that sign. You need to move now.'”

The R and R Parking Management employee left the premises soon after.

There have been numerous news reports and social media posts about truck drivers who have been booted at the Berea parking lot in the last year. Many drivers say that they received little or no warning before waking up to a fine of up to $800 to remove the boot. Complete article

Sylacauga Alabama woman sues Walmart over alleged tomato crate mishap 10/25/2019

A woman is suing Walmart over injuries she said she sustained at the retail giant’s Sylacauga store when a tomato crate fell on her.

The lawsuit, filed in Talladega County Circuit Court this month, seeks general, compensatory and punitive damages. In addition to Walmart, the suit also names defendants including employees who could have prevented the incident.

Walmart did not respond to a request for comment. Complete article

Deputies: Woman shoplifting from Macon Ga. Walmart tries to roll away in electronic cart 10/25/2019

Southport NC police looking for person of interest in Walmart theft 10/25/2019

Man takes plea deal in Longmont Colorado Walmart menacing case 10/25/2019 Longmont police said Hall threatened people with a camping knife outside of Walmart, 2514 Main St., on May 7, 2018.

Twin Falls Idaho couple faces more felony charges after Walmart theft 10/25/2019

Two bandits sought after stealing items from Wal-Mart in Summerfield Fla. 10/26/2019

Man accused of stealing baby formula from a Brandon Fla. Walmart 10/27/2019

Walmart armed robbery suspect crashes into deputy, then kills another driver, NC cops say 10/27/2019

A driver was killed after police say a fleeing robbery suspect crashed into his car in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Deputies with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an armed robbery at a Walmart in Porters Neck at about 10 a.m. Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook.

The suspect’s vehicle was then stopped about 10 miles away from the store after 911 calls reported it was moving “erratically and at a high rate of speed,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. During the stop, the suspect rammed a deputy’s car and then took off, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies chased the suspect, who the Sheriff’s Office said ran two red lights before crashing into another car.

The other driver was thrown from his car and died at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office says. Complete article

Police ID innocent man killed in NC chase following Walmart armed robbery 10/28/2019

Warren County man accused of pulling knife on officer during Tenn. Walmart arrest due in court 10/27/2019

A Warren County man accused of pulling a knife on an officer inside a Walmart while being placed under arrest is reportedly scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

Jacob J. George, 28, was charged with aggravated assault, resisting stop and public intoxication, according to the Southern Standard.

Police said George appeared to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident. Complete article

Andrew Yang warns Walmart robots will sideline workers in 'winner-take-all-economy' 10/26/2019

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang sees Walmart's plan to use more robots in its stores as a symptom of a larger problem: a march toward automation with the potential to crush the U.S. labor market.

The retailer, which is the largest U.S. employer with about 1 million hourly workers, is adding automatons to buoy productivity and curb costs, according to a report from CNN. They will handle tasks such as scrubbing floors and scanning shipment boxes. Worker advocates, however, fear their responsibilities are likely to grow as they become more sophisticated.

“We are in the midst of the greatest winner-take-all economy in world history,” Yang, who has repeatedly warned of a "trickle-up" system that benefits the rich at the expense of others, told FOX Business on Friday. “This will only accelerate as artificial intelligence leaves the labs and transforms industries and companies. The best path forward is to make us all shareholders in the progress and innovation of the 21st century through a Freedom Dividend for all American adults.” Complete article

Hartsville SC Walmart evacuated after bomb threat made, police say 10/27/2019 A Walmart in Hartsville is now open after being evacuated Sunday afternoon due to a bomb threat, police say. (This article was taken down within a few hours after being posted, which may be part of larger effort to minimize reporting of news so people don't realize how much crime is at Walmart, intentionally or not.)

Kitty Hawk Police seek NC Walmart theft suspect 10/27/2019

Arrest recorded in front of Tenn. Walmart linked to shoplifting 10/28/2019

Suspect in intimate items theft at Fla. Walmart identified 10/29/2019

Suspects sought in check forgery at Prattville Alabama Walmart 10/28/2019

Police seek suspects in reported robbery at Colorado Walmart 10/28/2019

Police are searching for two people they suspect in a robbery at Walmart Sunday night.

According to preliminary information from the Montrose Police Department, a man and woman were leaving the South Townsend Avenue store with items for which they had not paid. When a clerk confronted them, the man allegedly drew and knife and slashed at the clerk in what was described by a patrol sergeant as a “near miss,” Chief Blaine Hall said. Complete article

Westminster Md. man charged with assault of woman in Walmart parking lot 10/28/2019

A Westminster man was charged with second-degree assault after he allegedly punched and tried to strangle a woman in the Westminster Walmart parking lot Oct. 19.

Dustin L. Snead, 22, of the unit block of Winchester Avenue, was arrested Oct. 21 and released on recognizance Oct. 22, online court records indicate.

According to the statement of charges, a woman said she and Snead were arguing in a vehicle parked in the lot at 280 Woodward Road when Snead took her car key and they began fighting over it. The woman told police Snead punched her in her arms several times, threw the key out the window, then grabbed the woman when she tried to climb out the window to get the key, according to the statement. Complete article

Blade found in son's shoe purchased at Wash. Walmart, Kennewick mother says 10/28/2019

KENNEWICK, Wash. - A Kennewick mom said she found a box-cutter blade in her son's shoe that she bought from Walmart on Saturday.

Nikki Relyea went to the Walmart on Quillian Street and 27th Avenue in Kennewick with her five-year-old. She said she grabbed a pair of Wonder Nation shoes. Relyea said she didn't need to have her son try them on because she has the same pair in a different color.

Relyea put the shoes on her son that afternoon to go to a birthday party. Later on, she went to remove them.

"I went to take it off of him and I noticed there was a shiny thing on the outside, and when I looked in there was a box-cutter knife blade up," Relyea said. "How in the heck it did not filet his foot, by the grace of God, not a scratch, but it's very concerning." Complete article

Vernal Utah Walmart will be site of police, EMS training Tuesday night 10/29/2019

The El Paso Tx. Walmart where 22 people were killed will reopen, with a permanent memorial in the works 10/29/2019

Warwick police looking for a 'chip smuggler' in Walmart shoplifting case 10/29/2019

Civil lawsuit filed against suspected El Paso Tx. Walmart shooter 10/29/2019

Police investigating bomb threat that caused Wisc. Walmart to evacuate Monday night 10/29/2019

Woman chased into Wilton Delaware-area Walmart, beaten & robbed 10/29/2019

A 24-year-old woman was chased into a Wilton-area Walmart, assaulted, and robbed, Delaware State Police said Tuesday.

According to authorities, the victim was chased by two unknown female suspects into the Walmart at 117 Wilton Boulevard around 9 p.m. on Monday, October 28, 2019, and physically assaulted.

During the assault, the suspects took personal property from the victim and fled. Both were described as black females, 20 to 25 years old, standing 5'5" to 5'6" and weighing between 170 to 180 lbs. Both were wearing grey sweatsuits, police said. Complete article

Pitt prospect Timothy Brown arrested in Florida on charges of robbery, battery and kidnapping at Fla. Walmart 10/28/2019

Palm Beach (Fla.) Gardens High School defensive tackle Timothy Brown, who verbally committed to Pitt in June, is under house arrest after he was charged with robbery, felony battery and kidnapping in connection with an incident Thursday in Lake Park, Fla.

The Palm Beach Post, citing a police report, reported four students, including Brown, jumped a man outside a Walmart Supercenter, pointed a gun in his face and threw him out of a moving SUV.

The Post reported Brown played in Palm Beach Gardens’ football game Thursday, hours after the attack is alleged to have occurred.

The unidentified 18-year-old, who had several scrapes and cuts on his arms and legs, initially refused to press charges, fearing retaliation, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff Office’s report.

Later, he said he would cooperate but had a violent seizure and fell unconscious and was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, the report said.

At the hospital, the man told investigators he previously had been “jumped” by the men while leaving his ROTC program. Complete article

Woman claims mentally disabled son kidnapped from Fla. Wal-Mart and dumped at nearby eatery 10/29/2019

A 62-year-old woman claims her mentally disabled adult son was abducted from the Summerfield Wal-Mart and then kicked out of a car at a nearby fast-food restaurant.

The woman called a Marion County sheriff’s deputy for help on Monday and told him that she and her 31-year-old son were at the cash register in the store on Oct. 9 getting ready to check out. She said she was holding her son’s hand before she briefly let go and he walked over to a wall near the restrooms inside the store, located at 17961 S U.S. Hwy. 27/441.

The woman said she remained at the cash register waiting for a gift card and once she had it, she realized her son was missing. She said a Wal-Mart manager quickly locked down the store and helped her search for him.

The woman said someone then apparently called into the sheriff’s office to report her son being found at the Sonic Drive-In restaurant at 11211 SE 178th Place – right outside the boundaries of the Wal-Mart parking lot. The woman said she went to the eatery and found her son with a Sonic manager, a sheriff’s office report states.

The woman said the manager told her that her son was in a silver sedan and was kicking and screaming. The manager said someone then pushed him out of the vehicle and sped off, the report says. Complete article

Man charged in Knoxville Tenn. Walmart parking lot kidnapping 10/30/2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A man is charged tonight after a reported kidnapping from the Clinton Highway Walmart parking lot, on Monday.

Shane Canipe is the man accused in this incident.

Court documents saying everything started with a 911 call from a witness who says she saw the kidnapping happen.

Authorities then pulling over a vehicle that matched the description on Clinton Highway.

The driver, identified as the victim who said she was forced to drive against her will.

Canipe was identified as the passenger in the vehicle.

The victim also alleging Canipe threatened to stab her in the chest. Complete article

Man arrested after assault in Wash. Walmart parking lot 10/30/2019

KENNEWICK, Wash. — One man is behind bars after allegedly assaulting another man in the Walmart parking lot in Kennewick. It happened around 4:30 P.M. on Tuesday.

Ernest Holmes, 57, has been booked into the Benton County Jail on charges of attempted robbery, attempted auto theft and possession of a stolen car. Complete article

6 exposed to unknown substance after Ohio police respond to overdose in Walmart parking lot 10/29/2019

OBERLIN, Ohio — Authorities have confirmed that six people were exposed to an unknown substance after officers responded to an overdose call at a Walmart store in Oberlin, Ohio, on Tuesday afternoon that triggered a hazmat situation and decontamination procedures at nearby Mercy Health Allen Hospital.

According to police sources, the hazmat situation started when officers responded to a drug overdose in the Walmart parking lot. While they were interacting with the person who overdosed, police were exposed to a substance that caused them to become unresponsive.

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Hazmat situation started when police were called for a suspected overdose in Walmart parking lot in Oberlin. During response ofc&suspect were exposed to substance which caused them to become unresponsive according to police. #WEWS

The unknown substance is now being tested at the Lorain County crime lab, police said. A total of six people came into contact with the substance or the suspect. The emergency room at the hospital was temporarily closed for mandatory decontamination. Complete article

Police warn about several purse snatchings outside Ill. Walmart stores in north suburbs 10/29/2019

LAKE COUNTY, Ill, (WLS) -- Police are investigating a rash of recent purse snatchings outside of Walmart stores in Lake County, Illinois.

At least four incidents happened on October 24 as customers returned to their vehicles, police said.

A 45-year-old woman and a 75-year-old woman were both attacked outside an Antioch store.

"Our first initial reports were that only one victim was robbed of her purse, as the officers arrived they noticed that there was another elderly female who was bleeding from her head," said Sgt. Charles Smith, Antioch Public Information Officer. Complete article

Three Lake County police departments investigating robberies in Walmart parking lots 10/28/2019

Kroger division president exits; former Walmart executive steps in 10/29/2019

The president of one of Kroger Co.’s divisions is stepping down.

Jerry Clontz, president of the Cincinnati-based retailer’s (NYSE: KR) Mid-Atlantic Division, will retire at the end of the month after more than 48 years with the company. He will be replaced on Nov. 1 by Paula Ginnett.

“Jerry has been an outstanding leader and colleague over his nearly five decades with the organization,” Kroger executive vice president and COO Mike Donnelly said in a statement. “His passion for both people and results has been exemplified throughout his career. We applaud his mentorship and development of associates and teams across our family of companies.” ......

Ginnett will be moving into the role from her current position as vice president. She joined Kroger five years ago after more than 25 years with Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT), where she most recently oversaw 188 stores and 45,000 employees as vice president, regional manager for Walmart U.S. She was previously vice president, store planning and held a variety of leadership positions in merchandising and operations. Complete article

Walmart Replaces CEO of Struggling Jetblack Shopping Service 10/29/2019

Walmart Inc. has replaced the head of Jetblack, a personal-shopping service for upscale urbanites, a widely expected move that could presage a spinoff of the unprofitable venture.

Jenny Fleiss, who has run Jetblack since its launch a year ago, is taking a new advisory role reporting to Janey Whiteside, Walmart’s chief customer officer, a spokesman said in an email. Nate Faust, a senior vice president of logistics for the company’s online arm who had been working on the Jetblack business over the past few months, will take over.

The shuffle was an open secret for weeks inside Walmart and could precede a sale or spinoff of Jetblack, which was a pet project of U.S. online chief Marc Lore and the first business to emerge from Walmart's internal incubation arm. Jetblack promised to deliver just about anything to busy city dwellers for $50 a month, but it has proved costly to operate and never expanded beyond doormen-serviced buildings in New York City. Complete article

The Outer Worlds Walmart Advertisement Censors Protagonist's Gun 10/29/2019

A Walmart advertisement for The Outer Worlds was discovered to be censoring the protagonist's gun with the game's popular Moon Man helmet from the game's narrative. Walmart had previously indicated that the company would begin enacting a harsher policy in terms of advertising firearms after a mass shooting in the United States earlier this year, a move that many consumers met with criticism given the retailer's decision to continue selling actual firearms regardless.

Video game censorship is in a delicate spot at the moment, as fans are beginning to rally behind the notion that they aren't having their voices heard by publishers and retailers. The most obvious example of that recent trend comes from Blizzard's handling of the blitzchung Hearthstone incident, which saw the Chinese professional player harshly penalized for voicing his support for the protests on-going in Hong Kong. While the company later back-tracked on some of the punishment, it maintained its stance overall, leading to fans attempting to organize protests for public events. While some public events, like the Blizzard Overwatch Nintendo Switch launch event in New York, were canceled, the same won't be happening at BlizzCon 2019 - which is the site many expect will play host to the next stage in the struggle between consumers and video game publishers over censorship. Complete article

Walmart Foundation commits cash to wildfire support 10/29/2019 LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Walmart Foundation has committed $250,000 in cash grants to support California wildfire relief efforts.

Des Moines Man Receives Felony Drug Charge Following Shoplifting Incident at Iowa Walmart 10/30/2019

Walmart Clamps Down On Firearm And Ammunition Sales 10/30/2019

Walmart CEO says 'status quo is unacceptable' on gun safety 09/04/2019 updated 10/30/2019 Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a memo to employees that "the status quo is unacceptable" in regards to gun safety. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Walmart announced Tuesday it will stop selling handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition as well as asking customers to not openly carry guns in its stores. The Arkansas-based store chain was joined by Kroger, which is also asking customers not to open carry in its stores.

Muskogee Okla. Police: Man arrested after firing gun at Walmart parking lot 10/31/2019

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — A man is facing several charges after he fired a gun at a Walmart parking lot in Muskogee Wednesday evening.

Police arrested Kirk Kuykendall after they found a gun wrapped in a jacket from behind a pink dumpster, according to the Muskogee Police Department.

Authorities say Kuykendall told them he was chasing a female that he said stole his ex-wife’s wallet and he shot one round into the air from his weapon. Complete article

70-year-old arrested after bringing BB gun into West Chester Ohio Walmart says he was trying to return it 10/30/2019

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio — An incident at a West Chester Walmart had employees and customers fearing for their safety last Saturday afternoon.

"We are in the Walmart store on Cincinnati-Dayton Road, and there is a man threatening to shoot people with a gun in his hand," said a customer who called 911. A Walmart employee told police dispatchers the gun looked like a rifle.

West Chester police arrived at the store and arrested 70-year old Milton Baum, of Liberty Township.

According to court documents, the rifle was a BB gun. Baum said he had previously bought the gun at Walmart for his grandson, but it wouldn't cock, so, he returned to the store Saturday. He said that, at first, he left the gun in his car.

"I said, 'Look, I bought this defective BB gun, and I want to return it,'" Baum said. "This guy is giving me attitude, and I said, 'Sir, I don't know how much common sense you have.' I said, 'You know who you remind me of? The hall monitor in high school.'" Complete article

Woman arrested after allegedly trespassing, brandishing knife at Oklahoma Walmart 10/30/2019

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) – A woman has been taken into custody after she allegedly brandished a knife at an Ardmore Walmart.

Around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday morning, officers were called to Walmart after learning that a woman who had been forbidden from coming to the store was trespassing.

After being confronted by officers, KXII reports that 66-year-old Virginia Williamson pulled out a large kitchen knife from her coat.

Capt. Keith Ingle, with the Ardmore Police Department, says officers tried to tase Williamson, but the probes couldn’t get through her jacket. Fortunately, police were able to handcuff her without anyone getting hurt. Complete article

Officials: Small fires at Niles Mich. Walmart were set intentionally 10/31/2019

NILES, Mich. -- Crews are investigating a number of small fires set at the Walmart in Niles. Officials tell us the fires were set intentionally.

It happened at the Walmart in the 2000 block of South 11th Street. The call came in just before 1:45 a.m. Thursday.

We're told several small fires were set in the clothing areas of the store. Employees put most of them out before firefighters got to the scene. Complete article

Arson inside Southwest Michigan Walmart destroys clothing, causes evacuation 10/31/2019

Department of Justice Sues Walmart to Enforce Employment Rights of Colorado Naval Reservist 10/30/2019

DENVER – The Department of Justice filed a civil complaint today in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado on behalf of Naval Petty Officer Third Class Lindsey Hunger against Walmart Inc. The complaint alleges that Walmart violated the law when it declined to hire Hunger due to her upcoming naval reserve duties.

“The members of our Armed Forces routinely make personal sacrifices to protect our nation. The least we can do as a nation is ensure they aren’t discriminated against for making these sacrifices,” said U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn of the District of Colorado. “When such discrimination does occur, this office and the Department of Justice will step in to right that wrong.”

“Servicemembers risk their lives to protect all of us. They deserve our full support, and the law does not permit employers to use military service as a reason to deny service members jobs and other employment opportunities,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. “Defending service members is very important, and the U.S. Department of Justice will continue to aggressively enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and other federal laws that protect service members.”

Hunger alleges that in May 2016 she applied for a summer job at Walmart while she was a member of the United States Naval Reserve. After applying online, she received a call from Walmart’s personnel coordinator for the Walmart located at 2545 Rimrock Avenue in Grand Junction, Colorado. At the end of the call, Hunger mentioned that she was required to complete a mandatory two-week annual training for her Navy Reserve duty during the summer. The Personnel Coordinator responded by telling Hunger that Walmart could not support that time off, and ended the call. Walmart never called Hunger again about her application for employment. Hunger, who was supporting two young children at the time, could not find other employment in Grand Junction during the summer and fall of 2016. Complete article

DOJ sues Walmart for allegedly refusing to hire employee with naval reserve obligations 10/30/2019

Walmart, Costco recall baby formulas because of potentially deadly bacteria 10/30/2019

Retail giants Walmart and Costco are recalling Parent’s Choice and Kirkland branded baby formula because of possible contamination with Cronobacter spp., which has a fatality rate up to 80 percent in newborns and young infants.

The recalls posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) follow two in early October by Loblaw Companies Ltd. that involved President’s Choice. All of the recall notices say the actions were initiated because of CFIA test results.

Walmart reported distributing the implicated Parent’s Choice brand “Infant Formula for Babies Sensitive to Lactose” nationwide in Canada. Similarily, Costco reported national distribution of its Kirkland Signature brand “Non-GMO Infant Formula for Babies Sensitive to Lactose.”

None of the four notices say how much formula is subject to recall. None of the notices name of the formula manufacturer(s) or ingredient suppliers. Complete article

Walmart Pulls 'Black' Costume Featuring White Model Dressed In A Dashiki And Afro After Backlash 10/30/2019

Thanks to culturally insensitive Halloween costumes, every year a handful of stores—and customers who are silly enough to support the foolishness—find themselves publicly canceled for their obvious ignorance.

The latest company to make the list? None other than retail mega-giant, Walmart, courtesy of their “Hippie Dude Costume” advertised with a white man dressed in a colorful dashiki and afro wig. Complete article

Ky. Walmart says alcohol can now be included in pickup orders 10/30/2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Walmart shoppers now don’t even need to leave their cars to pick up their favorite beers or wines.

The discount-retail giant announced Wednesday that alcoholic products can now be included in the chain’s Grocery Pickup orders at 2,000 locations in 29 states.

Seven of those locations are in Louisville, with at least nine others in La Grange, Shelbyville, Elizabethtown and other areas across WAVE Country. Complete article

Police searching for suspect who stole from Clearfield County Walmart 10/3/2019

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Walmart invests in its associates 10/31/2019 "One day, I was looking at Walmart’s website and started researching the Live Better U program —" an initiative allowing employees to work toward a college degree for just $1 a day. this is obvious Propaganda for a program that sounds to good to be true, because it is; Walmart is part of education privatization movement which has an incredibly long track record of deceiving people.

BPD looking for man who stole from vehicle in Ca. Walmart parking lot on Aug. 29 10/30/2019

Police: 10 Chihuahuas Inside Walmart Bags Were Dumped In 4 Conn. Towns 10/30/2019

Suspect used phony work badge to steal 3 iPhones from Alabama Walmart, police say 10/31/2019

Criminal hearing for man that walked into Springfield Missouri Walmart with guns and tactical vest last Aug. 10/31/2019

Colorado Cops Blew Up a House Trying to Find a Walmart Shoplifter, Court Rules the City Owes the Innocent Homeowner Not a Damn Thing 10/31/2019

A federal appeals court has ruled the homeowners of a Greenwood Village, Colo., house blown to pieces after a SWAT team attempted to get a shoplifting suspect out of it are entitled to absolutely no compensation from the city.

The homeowner, Leo Lech, was left with a blown-out shell of a house after a suspected Walmart shoplifter, Robert Jonathan Seacat, ran into the house trying to avoid the police, reports the Washington Post:

Projectiles were still lodged in the walls. Glass and wooden paneling crumbled on the ground below the gaping holes, and inside, the family’s belongings and furniture appeared thrashed in a heap of insulation and drywall. Leo Lech, who rented the home to his son, thought it looked like al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s compound after the raid that killed him.

The June 2015 incident was long and drawn out, according to the Post, leaving the home in such disrepair it had to be condemned.
For 19 hours, the suspect holed up in a bathroom as a SWAT team fired gas munition and 40-millimeter rounds through the windows, drove an armored vehicle through the doors, tossed flash-bang grenades inside and used explosives to blow out the walls.

For his pain, the city offered a mere $5,000—less than the cost of his luxury leather sectional sofa—which would be needed to go toward temporary rental assistance and the insurance deductible. For their losses, the Lech family would receive nothing.

After Lech sued the city, a three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled on Tuesday that the family is not entitled to any more money from the city, writing that since the police were trying to enforce the law when they destroyed the Lech home, eminent domain doesn’t apply.

The Lechs had sued under the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause, which guarantees citizens compensation if their property is seized by the government for public use. But the court said that Greenwood Village was acting within its “police power” when it damaged the house, which the court said doesn’t qualify as a “taking” under the Fifth Amendment. The court acknowledged that this may seem “unfair,” but when police have to protect the public, they can’t be “burdened with the condition” that they compensate whomever is damaged by their actions along the way.

Yes, wow, how dare police need to do what most every working person in America needs to do—which is compensate someone if they literally blow up their home (while on the job). Complete article

Woman Arrested After Being Found On Roof Of Pa. Walmart 10/31/2019

A Philadelphia woman was arrested earlier this week after she was found on the roof of the Walmart in Tullytown Borough.

Rita Lawton, 30, was arraigned Tuesday before District Judge Robert Wagner Jr. on charges of criminal trespass and public drunkenness. She was sent to the Bucks County Correctional Facility on 10 percent of $25,000.

Tulltown officers were called to the Levittown Town Center around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday for a suspicious person in the area of the Home Depot. They arrived to find that a woman had used some electrical infrastructure by the Subway restaurant to gain access to the roof of the shopping center, according to court papers.

An officer ended up spotting Lawton on the roof and realize he had contact with the 30 year old earlier for items that were possibly taken from Walmart, police said. Complete article

Select Walmarts in Virginia offer adult beverage pickup orders 10/31/2019

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Walmart announced customers at select stores in Virginia can now use the Grocery Pickup service to also pick up beer and wine without ever leaving their cars.

Shoppers can select a wide variety of wine and beer options, under state and local regulations, often including regional or local brands. Walmart said it's a milestone for their Grocery Pickup service. Complete article

Wichita Kansas police looking for alleged Walmart shoplifters 10/31/2019

Police: Man stole large-screen TV worth over $2K from Walmart in Lower Nazareth Township Pa. 10/31/2019

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