Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Walmart Crime Report November 2019

Walmart had at least nineteen shootings this month, only one shy of the record for a month, and bringing the total up to one-hundred-thirty-five for the year which breaks the annual record that was previously only one-hundred-twenty-one, with another month to go. At least nine deaths resulted from six of these shootings, although one of them was a suspect after leaving the property; there were another two people killed in automobile accidents, including one that was hit by a Walmart employee and two more bodies found on their property, which brings the total of deaths to thirteen which is as high a count as they've ever had except for a couple months with mass casualty incidents including the El Paso shooting last Augusts and the eleven immigrants found dead in a semi a few years ago.

Walmart and the city of El Paso used the shooting as an excuse to justify asking Walmart to hire off-duty police officers as security guard with little or no public discussion about potential conflicts of interests. This is much more common in the South where it's accepted without question. In the North or West Coast it seems to be far less common but even there it's not being discussed publicly or reported in the news.

Two of those deaths were suspects killed by police and three of them were suicides, including one person that killed two other people first. These resulted in numerous police stand offs, and one of them caused a car crash as a police officer was rushing to the scene and hit another car, which also happened a couple months ago in Missouri. The first dead body of December was found on the second.

There was also a couple suspects arrested at Walmart that were linked to murders elsewhere. In addition to the shootings they had at least a dozen other gun crimes including robberies, stolen guns, false alarms, and impersonating a police officer. There were more annual riots or brawls during holiday shopping including Black Friday and at least three or four kidnappings or attempted kidnappings, and much more.

It's been routine for them to treat random customers like criminals for years, often by demanding receipts; several fact checkers have reported this month that you have no legal obligation to show a receipt unless they indicate they have probable cause to think you stole something. There should be some doubt about there right to detain people even when they do for minor items especially since they intentionally cut corners creating a magnet for crime which is virtual entrapment!

Not only do they endanger their workers more during the holidays because of excessive hype leading to more brawls but they refuse to give them holiday pay which is creating more calls to boycott Walmart. They also blacklisted a customer for bad reviews, instead of addressing her concerns.

They've also been taking credit for hiring lots of veterans; however what's mentioned far less often is that in at least one case, where a veteran sued them, they refused to hire national guards veterans, because they had to take off two weeks per year, despite law banning discrimination for this reason.

They also had at least two more cases where razor blades were found on shopping carts without explaining why this is happening so often, even reporting them as isolated incidents. This is a common tactic around the country used by shoplifters putting these blades there to cut packaging; and Walmart and the police have known it for years, yet they often decline to report this in the news. A lawsuit was filed against them in Texas as a result of these incidents.

A police officer was sentenced to probation for switching price tags at Walmart despite the fact that it was a level 6 felony in South Bend. This is part of a national trend, although most of these laws are being enacted at the state level of increasing penalties for petty crimes against corporations but little or no accountability when corporations commit fraud against consumers, and when police officers get caught doing it they get off easier than the rest of us. In all fairness some of these laws are so extreme that they never intended to enforce them to their full extent anyway, but this allows for selective prejudicial enforcement.

In addition to the two fatal accidents there were at least ten to twelve other serious accidents including two crashes into the store, two police chases that resulted in crashes, two carjackings and several other incidents, including some causing major injuries, plus many more fender benders that are often not widely reported. There were also three cars that caught fire including two arson, one of which was set by the wife of the owner because it was "dirty."

There were at least three additional fires or attempted arson last month, including one arson that was stopped before it did much damage but the arsonist had already done much more damage at a movie theater in another fire before going to Walmart. One of the fires from October, in Michigan turned out to be part of a series of at least four arsons, although they were either reported as isolated incidents or ignored initially. Walmart crime has been getting steadily worse for years but mainstream media isn't reporting on it adequately, often downplaying it, or saying they're addressing it, often when it continues to get worse.

They had at least half a dozen knife, hatchet or box cutter attacks, including two stabbings and more incidents where people were threatened in robberies. Both customers and workers are often the target of these attacks.

there was a woman and her baby that were pepper-sprayed and many other assaults, often against employees but some were against other customers, including elderly people, one of whom was a veteran, and some of these were domestic arguments. They had several people threatening to shoot or blow up stores up or burn them down; there were also plenty of false alarms and at least one report of a major robbery from months ago that was initially ignored by the media.

Walmart had at least another five recalls this month, including veggies that might contain listeria, salads, soup, burn pads that might poison young children, and a hammer that has a grip that might fall off endangering users. There was also an investigation into the safety of their pork, although this is inconclusive and it's not being recalled that I know of; an investigation into the safety of one of their bakeries; and another investigation into counterfeit and unsafe goods sold online including a helmet. Most of these recalls aren't reported very widely so the majority of people buying these products may not even know about it.

Walmart has been exposed by a whistle-blower for dodging taxes; and at the same time they're constantly suing local towns for over assessing their stores in a "dark Store" argument that has been successfully discredited in some states, but others are approving settlements in Walmart's favor. Small businesses don't have the legal resources to challenge their assessments and often pay much more, which is why they've been going out of business for decades, and some of these town are on the verge of bankruptcy or forced to cut back on services, including police, even though Walmart brings much more crime to their towns, one of the most extreme examples of this has been Raytown Missouri.

The government is handing over many responsibilities to corporations including police, and in Maryland tax payers are funding a high tech "smart pond" for one reason or another; yet this privatization of government services is typically not accountable directly to the public so it erodes democracy.

The media has been flooding the internet with news stories that are obviously promoting Walmart sales over and over again; this often drowns out other real news stories about crime, so many of those could easily be missed and this can be even worse. Walmart also has close ties to other high tech corporations including Google as reported previously in Walmart partners with Google on voice-enabled grocery shopping. 04/02/2019 It's difficult to know whether or not this is impacting their search practices, but a look through all the repeat hits for some high profile stories and flooding of Black Friday sales strongly implies it's a real possibility.

One former employee refused to serve a police officer and was fired for it, surprisingly the police spent a lot of time threatening to investigate her at tax payer expense; this might be inappropriate, but not nearly as important as many other crimes, including those committed by police.

Next time you want to avoid getting a DWI the most effective way to do it might not involve using a stolen Walmart shopping cart from one bar to another; you might not get the DWI but they'll charge you with something worse, just sayin'. Climbing through the ceiling usually doesn't work out much better either and might get you shocked by the police with their taser.

There have been repeated incidents where deer or other animals have decided they want to shop at Walmart to; I really don't see what the problem is they should have rights too, and it's no excuse to tackle the deer and force him out, just ask next time, or let them do their shopping!

Strange things happen at Walmart!

In 2006 Wake Up Walmart did a study, "Is Walmart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Walmart which showed that it increased when Walmarts opened up and that crime was higher at Walmart than at other retailers. Since then Walmart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Walmart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country; now after counting them for several years that average is over two per week. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Walmart might be contributing to higher crime rates or at least a slowing of the decline in crime. The study found that. “on average, communities with Walmarts had 17 more property crimes and two more violent crimes per 10,000 people than those communities without Walmarts.” I reviewed this more in Walmart’s crime problem, Rolling Back Safety more than prices? where I explained that although this study is helpful they could have done better with additional data that is available and I reviewed some of that. I also added my own review about why I think that Walmart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Walmart high crime rate continues un-investigaterd and have provided additional information under the author tag Walmart Crime Watch.

Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Walmart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Walmart has done as little as they seem to get away with, often relying on rhetoric that isn't backed up with action, when it comes to addressing any of their critics concerns, including crime. One of the responses they’ve come up with is what they call "Restorative Justice" which gives first time shoplifters a chance to avoid being arrested or any criminal record if they take an on line course which costs $400 up front or $500 in payments, plus perhaps, reparations. This has been part of the privatization process and often denies suspects of the due process or access to a lawyer, perhaps even intimidating and extorting from some people that might not even be guilty. Walmart seems to be trying to find a way to turn crime into a profit making situation instead of looking for the most effective ways to reduce it. Making Change at Walmart is asking If you or someone you know has gone through @Walmart's "Restorative Justice" program for first-time suspected shoplifters, send us a DM. 03/30/2017 to ensure that it isn’t doing more harm than good. I did my own review of this program as well at Walmart’s “Restorative Justice” Endangers Public Without Reducing Crime. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in November 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.

Man accused in terroristic threat inside a Springfield Missouri Walmart pleads guilty to amended charge 11/01/2019

Man Pointed Gun at Woman Outside Suburban St. Charles Ill. Walmart: Police 11/01/2019

Police in west suburban St. Charles were searching for a man who pointed a gun at a woman outside the entrance of a Walmart, police said in a news release issued Friday.

The incident was reported at approximately 10:17 p.m. Thursday at the Walmart located at 150 Smith Road.

Police released a surveillance photo of the suspect on Friday afternoon. According to investigators, the victim ran back into the store after the suspect pointed the gun at her. Complete article

St. Charles police arrest man accused of pointing gun at Walmart customer 11/02/2019

Walmart Toy Lab is coming to Indianapolis Ind. area Saturday 11/01/2019

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — If you want to make sure those gifts going on your kid's holiday wish list are something they're actually going to play with, Walmart has a solution.

It's called the "Walmart Toy Lab" and gives children a chance to play with the hottest toys this year.

The toy lab is coming to several central Indiana stores and will include scavenger hunts and giveaways. Complete article

Why supermarkets are building 'dark stores' 11/01/2019

New York (CNN Busines)America's top supermarkets are facing a new challenge: Grocery aisles in stores aren't suited to meet the growing demand for online orders.

So Walmart, Albertsons, Stop & Shop, Meijer, Hy-Vee and others are building automated mini-warehouses inside their stores and opening up "dark stores" — locations that look like supermarkets but are closed to customers — to make deliveries and prepare pickup orders.

Although only around 5% of US shoppers buy their groceries online today, analysts expect that number to rise in the coming years.

Walmart has trained more than 30,000 workers to fulfill customers' online grocery orders, but in some cases that has led to congested aisles with workers in its own stores during peak shopping times, such as weekends. Complete article

Tampa Fla. Walmart is latest to get pickup tower technology 11/01/2019

TAMPA — The Walmart on Gunn Highway is the latest Florida store to get the retailer’s high-tech pickup tower.

Walmart pledged last year that it would continue adding the pickup towers to its Florida stores as a way to make shopping quicker for customers. The towers are robotic lockers that work like a giant vending machine to retrieve online orders. Complete article

Mound House man held in Nevada Walmart theft 11/02/2019

Police investigating series of arsons inside Niles Mich. Walmart 11/01/2019 This isn't the first time this has happened. This is the fourth arson to occur at the Walmart on 11th street in Niles this year. The other arsons occurred on April 26, June 13 and July 19.

Man charged with indecent exposure at Norman Walmart store 11/01/2019

Ind. Walmart crosswalk driver (three years ago) in jail again 11/02/2019

Alleged Walmart shoplifter tried to escape Bibb deputy Ga. Walmart on electric shopping cart 11/01/2019

Macon Ga. man arrested for shoplifting, meth possession 11/01/2019 Bibb deputies arrest 36-year-old Allan Wayne Stanley for shoplifting and possession of Meth at the Walmart on Harrison Road.

Flag representing unity vandalized at Tx. Walmart memorial 11/01/2019

Domestic altercation leads to shot fired into air outside Newton Mississippi Walmart 11/03/2019

NEWTON, Miss. (WTOK) - Newton Police Chief Harvey Curry says no one was injured after a domestic situation led to a shot being fired in the Newton Walmart parking lot. Chief Curry says a father was dropping his child off with the mother at Walmart Sunday evening when it happened.

Curry says the mother’s boyfriend and the husband got into an altercation. He says the boyfriend allegedly pulled out a bat and was trying to hit the husband and that’s when the husband pulled a gun and shot into the air.

Chief Curry says the husband and the boyfriend were both arrested. The boyfriend, who has not been named, was charged with simple assault and the husband, also not names, was charged with discharging a firearm. Complete article

Vehicle hits Walmart in Houma, La., causing ‘moderate’ damage 11/02/2019

A vehicle accident earlier this morning at the Walmart of Martin Luther King Boulevard resulted in some water damage inside the store’s salon.

The Bayou Cane Fire Department reported crews were dispatched to the store this morning after a vehicle collided with the side of the building. When they arrived, the vehicle’s front end, the building and its water and electrical lines had “moderate” damage.

About one inch of water was found inside the store’s hair salon, flowing into the front of the checkout area.

Two occupants of the vehicle were treated for minor injuries and transported by Acadian Medics. Bayou Cane personnel secured the power and water to the hair salon to stop the leak. No other injuries were reported and further water damage was kept to a minimum, the department said. Complete article

Fire in wall forces evacuation of Lewisburg Pa. Walmart 11/03/2019

LEWISBURG — An electrical fire in the Walmart Supercenter grocery section forced the evacuation of customers on Sunday morning.

The fire in the wall of the Kelly Township store was quickly contained. Crews from William Cameron Engine Company, of Lewisburg, Milton Fire Department and Warrior Run Area Volunteer Fire Department were on the scene for an hour following the 9:47 a.m. alarm, reported a Union County 911 center dispatcher. No one was injured, Lewisburg Fire Chief James Blount said.

"It appears it was just a short in the wiring of one of the compressor units in the grocery section," Blount said. Complete article

Walmart teaching area employees at second-only U.S. academy here in Ohio 11/04/2019

Walmart has created a supply chain academy in Ohio to train its employees on ways to deliver products to stores quicker, better use of technology and how to be more efficient.

Area managers from 15 distribution centers will be the first to graduate from the new training facility at the company’s large distribution location in Washington Court House, an hour east of Dayton.

The academy is only the second of its kind in the United States, following the first that launched in Sanger, Texas in September. Complete article

Man sought for allegedly kicking service dog in Niagara Falls NY Walmart 11/03/2019

Man Wanted For Stealing From Long Island NY Walmart 11/04/2019

Crime Stoppers | Wanted: Would-be Ill. Walmart thieves 11/04/2019

Police seek warrants for pair accused of taking a purse from a RI Walmart carriage 11/04/2019

Cobb County Ga. Walmart sells winning $276,000 lottery ticket -- are you the winner? 11/04/2019

A man stole an electric shopping cart from La. Walmart and drove it from one bar to another to avoid a DWI, police say 11/05/2019

A Louisiana man was arrested after stealing an electric powered shopping cart from Walmart to avoid getting a DWI, police said.

Brice Kendell Williams, 32, was charged with felony unauthorized use of a moveable after driving the motorized shopping cart over half a mile away from one bar to another, according to the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office. His bond was set at $2,500, police said in a statement.

A deputy with the sheriff's office responded to a bar in Houma, Louisiana, around 12:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving a complaint about someone arriving to a bar in a shopping cart, according to the statement. The town is about 60 miles southwest of New Orleans.

When the deputy arrived, he found the shopping cart parked between two cars in the bar's parking lot.

Williams told the responding deputy that he was at a different bar and thought that if he drove his car, he could get charged with a DWI, the sheriff's office said. Instead, Williams opted to steal the electric shopping cart, which is meant for disabled people, and drive it to a different bar, the sheriff's office said. Complete article

Blotter: WV Walmart employee threatened with hatchet 11/05/2019

HUNTINGTON — The following information is provided by reports from the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department:

ARMED ROBBERY: Employees of Walmart on U.S. 60 in Huntington were threatened Sunday morning with a hatchet wielded by a man attempting to steal more than $500 worth of cigarettes.

The unknown male suspect jumped over the barrier of the cigarette check-out counter and stuffed cigarette cartons into a backpack that had been taken from another department in the store. When confronted, the suspect turned back into the store, cutting through the registers. When the suspect was by the vision center, he dropped the backpack and threatened the employee with a hatchet, according to the report. The suspect then fled the store.

A total of $543.70 worth of merchandise was recovered. The suspect fled on a bike. Complete article

Shoplifting suspect armed with knife arrested at Buffalo Ridge Fla. Wal-Mart 11/04/2019

A shoplifting suspect armed with an open-carry knife was arrested Sunday night at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza in The Villages.

Eric Paul Miglin, 35, of Fruitland Park, was placed in handcuffs by Sumter County sheriff’s deputies at about 9 p.m. after he was found to be in possession of $168.67 worth of stolen merchandise. The merchandise included a Google Chromecast streaming device, Blackweb headphones and two flashlights, according to the arrest report.

“The defendant was secured in handcuffs due to the defendant having an open carried knife on his side,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report.

A search of a backpack Miglin was carrying turned up two syringes, methamphetamine, marijuana and a glass pipe. Complete article

Homeless woman arrested after threat to burn down a Michigan Walmart 11/04/2019

LUDINGTON, MI – A homeless woman was arrested Sunday for allegedly threatening to burn down a Walmart.

The 23-year-old woman was inside the Walmart on U.S. 10 near Ludington when she threatened to burn it down, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Office. She had dumped motor oil down an aisle.

County dispatchers received a call about the woman’s alleged threats around 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, police said. She was also throwing merchandise around the store.

When deputies approached the woman, she threw her cell phone at them, police said. She then fought with the deputies as they took her into custody. Complete article

Report: Man threatened to shoot gun, complained of ‘illegal immigrants’ at SC Walmart 11/05/2019

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - Mount Pleasant police say a man involved in a standoff at a shopping center on Monday afternoon threatened to shoot a gun inside a Walmart and complained of “illegal immigrants” at the Wando Crossing location.

Around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office stated they had been advised of a man by the name of Richard Rushing, 60. making a threat to shoot a gun inside a Walmart.

Deputies said he was also threatening to harm himself. ......

Rushing is currently facing one charge of disorderly conduct. Googe said he doesn’t believe any more charges will be coming. He added no guns were found on him or in the vehicle. Complete article

Police looking to identify Steuben County NY grand larceny suspect 11/05/2019

ERWIN, N.Y. (WENY) – The Steuben County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a grand larceny suspect.

According to police, the incident happened at the Erwin Walmart location on Sunday, November 3.

If you have any information regarding the identification of the person in this photo, call 607-622-3911 or message the Sheriff's Office on Facebook. Complete article

Veggies sold at Walmart, other stores recalled over Listeria concern 11/05/2019

Some packaged vegetables sold at Valley Walmart stores and other retailers around the country have been recalled over Listeria concerns.

The Food and Drug Administration announced this week that Mann Packing Co., Inc. of Salinas, California is recalling a series of vegetable products sold to select some in the United States and Canada.

Among those retailers are Walmart stores in several states, including those locations in Austintown, Cortland, East Liverpool, Middlefield, Poland, Salem, Liberty, Greenville, Hermitage, and New Castle.

The recall is a response to a notification by the Food and Drug Administration and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. To date, Mann Packing says public health officials have not reported any illness associated with these products. Complete article

Walk-in clinics at Walmart are getting schooled in cannabis 11/04/2019

Medical practitioners at Walmart walk-in clinics will soon be equipped to dispense cannabis advice to patients.

That’s right. Medicinal cannabis knowledge is now coming to a Walmart near you.

Spectrum Therapeutics, the medical branch of Canopy Growth, is teaming up with Tree of Knowledge, an international biomedical corporation focused on cannabis products, to deliver online cannabis education at Tree of Knowledge’s partner clinic, Jack Nathan Health. Complete article

Walmart’s Strategy When Wading Into Culture Wars: Offend Few 11/04/2019

Walmart is getting out of the vaping business, but still sells cigarettes. It is working to reduce plastic packaging for the products on its shelves, but continues to use plastic grocery bags in its checkout lines. After a gunman killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso this summer, the retailer said it would no longer offer certain types of ammunition, but stopped short of banning customers from carrying their guns into stores.

When navigating the nation’s culture wars, Walmart follows a strategy it has honed for years: alienate as few customers as possible and do no harm to its core business. In many cases, it appears to be working.

Walmart’s stance on guns, for example, drew a lot of attention but had “no discernible impact” on overall sales, according to a top executive, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters. Complete article

McDonald's ex-CEO Steve Easterbrook steps down from Walmart's board 11/05/2019

New York (CNN Business)Steve Easterbrook resigned from Walmart's board a day after announcing his exit from McDonald's.

Easterbrook informed Walmart (WMT) on Monday that he was stepping down from its board of directors effective immediately, according to a regulatory filing. The departure follows his dismissal as CEO of the fast food chain for having a consensual relationship with a McDonald's employee.

Easterbrook joined Walmart's board of directors in 2018. He sat on committees that focused on management development and finance.

Walmart said his resignation "was not due to any disagreement with the company on any matter relating to its operations, policies or practices." Complete article

VIDEO: Thieves snatch woman's wallet in Papillion Nebraska Walmart parking lot as she's unloading cart 11/04/2019

Freeport woman arrested for Ill. Walmart theft 11/04/2019

Two arrested, accused of stealing flat-screen TVs from Edinburg Tx. Walmart 11/04/2019

Colorado Walmart robbery suspects arrested 11/04/2019 From late October.

Bomb Squad Called To Walmart Parking Lot In Lansdowne Md. 11/04/2019 "It was not a bomb. It was just a package that was left out there by mistake," Julia Hardgrove of the Baltimore County Police Department told Patch.

Man sentenced to 30 days for threatening to shoot ‘Mexicans’ at Carpentersville Ill. Walmart 11/05/2019 On Sept. 14, Cline and another man bought beer and cigarettes from Walmart, 365 Lake Marian Rd., in Carpentersville, prosecutors said. As they were walking out of the store, a greeter asked them for their receipt. Cline stated he should come back to the store and shoot all of the “Mexicans,” which alarmed and disturbed employees, prosecutors said.

Body cam footage shows arrest of 70-year-old accused of threatening Ohio Walmart employees with BB gun 11/05/2019

Woman, Man Shot in Virginia Walmart Parking Lot: Sheriff's Office 11/05/2019

A woman and a man were shot and wounded during a confrontation in the parking lot of a Walmart in Fauquier County, Virginia, Tuesday, authorities say.

A spokesperson for the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened about 5:15 p.m. at the Walmart at 700 James Madison Highway in Warrenton.

The man and woman were in a confrontation with someone while they were inside a car when the suspect shot them, the sheriff's office said. At least one suspect took off in a small white car, and the victims went to the nearby Home Depot parking lot on Alwington Boulevard to call 911. ......

As the investigation unfolded, deputies responded to a crash at the intersection of Ritchie Road and Elk Run Road in the Midland area. One of the vehicles involved, a white Acura, matched the description of the suspect's car. Complete article

Officials: Counterfeit money may have sparked Va. Walmart parking lot shooting 11/13/2019

2 adults, 2 teens charged in Walmart shooting 11/06/2019

Police: Man Threatens To ‘Shoot Up’ Bethlehem Pa. Walmart 11/05/2019

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (CBS) — Bethlehem police are looking for a man they say threatened to “shoot up” the Walmart on Nazareth Pike. The suspect made the threats to an employee on Friday.

Bethlehem Township Police Dept.: THREATS: On November 1, 2019 at approximately 10pm the depicted male threatened an employee at Walmart, 3926 Nazareth Pike, stating he was going to “come back and shoot up this place.”
Complete article

Bomb threat called into Semmes Alabama Walmart, deputies say 11/05/2019

Police: Bulging pockets gave away theft from Craig Colorado Walmart 11/05/2019

Uniontown Pa. Walmart to open Beer and Wine Café on Thursday 11/07/2019

Officer shoots, kills sexual assault suspect in Tx. Walmart parking lot 11/06/2019

SAN ANTONIO — Federal, state and local officials are investigating a shooting in a Walmart parking lot Wednesday night involving one of their own.

According to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, a team of his deputies and the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force were following a sexual assault suspect. We're told a San Antonio Police Officer was assigned to the unit as well.

Salazar said the group had been conducting a moving surveillance on the suspect for a few days, before ending up at the Walmart in the 7000 block of the Ray Ellison, where the suspect pulled into the gas station.

SAPD Chief William McManus said it's unclear whether the suspect was aware he was being followed or if he needed gas. However, once he was parked, officers began to corner him.

"We approached the vehicle and an SAPD officer wound up firing a shot, striking the suspect in the vehicle," McManus said. "He had a long rifle, not sure what type of weapon it was, but he had a long rifle with a drum magazine attached."

McManus said he believes the officer shot once and the suspect was alive and taken to a hospital. He later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. Neither agency was able to identify the suspect, giving very little information as to who it may be. Complete article

73-year-old pedestrian struck, killed in Cedar Park Tx. Walmart parking lot 11/06/2019

A driver hit and killed a 73-year-old woman earlier this week in a Walmart parking lot in Cedar Park, police said.

Juanita Lopez died in the hospital Tuesday morning after she was hit Monday afternoon, Cedar Park police said.

“Based on our initial investigation, we believe this was a slow-speed accident,” police said. “However, the incident remains under investigation at this time.” Complete article

Police say armed group robbed woman in parking lot of Bolivar, Mo. Walmart 11/06/2019

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Police in Bolivar, Mo. are searching for a group of robbers who held a woman at gunpoint in the Walmart parking lot. Officers say the armed robbery of the shopper happened Saturday night.

Investigators say the woman, 18, told police a man in a vehicle with others showed a handgun and a stun gun and demanded the cash she had. Police say she knew at least one of the suspects driving. At one point, she had withdrawn money from an ATM, so they knew she had cash.

Police say after taking the money, the robbers forced the young woman out of the van, as she was also trying to escape. That's when one of them used the stun gun on her arm, causing minor injuries. Police say they have identified a couple of the robbers and are pursuing leads. They believe at least one of them is from Springfield, and feel confident they will be able to identify them all. Complete article

Carjacking at Walmart in Shrewsbury Pa. leads state police to retail theft ring 11/06/2019

SHREWSBURY, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police said a carjacking in York County led them to a retail theft ring.

A woman left her 83-year-old mother and a dog in a van Saturday morning while she went into the Walmart in Shrewsbury, state police said.

According to state police, Cornell Johnson Jr. knocked on the van's window and told the 83-year-old woman to take her purse and the dog and get out.

Two days later, state police said, someone spotted the van in the Walmart parking lot. Complete article

Statesville NC man charged in robberies of Walmart, Dollar General 11/06/2019

A Statesville man is facing charges that he robbed two stores in as many days.

Lemuel Charles Hoover III was charged with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon and received a $150,000 bond from a magistrate. Hoover is also facing charges for tampering with an ankle monitor, police said.

The Statesville Police Department reported that a man came into the Walmart on Crossroads Drive around 10:27 p.m. Tuesday. Complete article

Oklahoma City police looking for man accused of punching Walmart employee in face 11/06/2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City police are looking for a man accused of punching a Walmart employee in the face.

Just before 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, police responded to a Walmart Neighborhood Market near SW 44th and Western in reference to an assault call.

According to a police report, an employee said he had just arrived at work and was standing by the front entrance when an unknown man walked up to him and punched him in the left cheek.

“The [victim] stated he had never seen the [suspect] before and did not know who he was,” the report states. Complete article

Tesla and Walmart settle lawsuit over issues concerning solar panel installations 11/05/2019

Tesla’s lawsuit with American multinational retail giant Walmart has come to a close according to a joint statement made by the two companies. Walmart filed a complaint with the New York County Supreme Court in August 2019, alleging the electric car maker’s solar panels were the cause of roof fires at “no fewer than” seven locations within the United States.

On November 4, Walmart requested a discontinuance in the case, voluntarily ending the lawsuit with Tesla. The following day, the companies jointly announced the case had been thrown out, and they would resume working toward a future involving sustainable energy together. “Walmart and Tesla are pleased to have resolved the issues raised by Walmart concerning the Tesla solar installations at Walmart stores. Safety is a top priority for each company and with the concerns being addressed, we both look forward to a safe re-energization of our sustainable energy systems,” the statement said. Complete article

Man wanted for stealing NY Strip Steaks from La. Walmart 11/06/2019

Crime Stoppers: Ky. Walmart Jewelry Theft 11/06/2019

Love triangle shooting at Merritt Island Fla. Walmart in June ruled self-defense 11/07/2019

State won't seek death penalty in SD Walmart vehicle-murder case from May 11/07/2019

Eye in the Sky: New tool to deter crime at Westwood Ohio Walmart shows promising results 11/07/2019

Gwinnett Ga. Walmart employee accused of running over, killing customer outside store 11/07/2019

A Gwinnett County Walmart employee is behind bars after allegedly running over a 65-year-old customer outside the store and then leaving the scene, police said.

The fatal collision occurred about 7:30 a.m. Oct. 27 outside the store on Sardis Church Road in unincorporated Buford, police said Thursday. The victim, identified as Lawrenceville resident Geffrey Frankovich, died at a hospital Tuesday.

Authorities said Frankovich was in the crosswalk in front of the store when he was hit by a silver Nissan Versa driven by 20-year-old Mario De Paz Hurtarte.

Hurtarte then sped away, police said, but he was involved in another hit-and-run near the intersection of Sardis Church and Hamilton Mill roads. Complete article

Gwinnett County man hit, killed by Walmart employee in store parking lot, police say 11/07/2019

Oklahoma City police looking for two accused of stealing rifle from Walmart 11/07/2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City police are looking for two men accused of stealing a rifle from Walmart over the weekend.

On Nov. 2, police responded to Walmart near SW 104th and I-44 in reference to a larceny.

According to a police report, two men allegedly removed a black powder rifle with no scope from a rifle rack and put it in a shopping cart. The men then reportedly took other items off the shelf and walked out of the store without paying. Complete article

State Police Investigating Robbery at Walmart in Vernon Township Pa. 11/07/2019

Pennsylvania State Police are asking for your help to identify the suspects in a robbery at the Walmart in Vernon Township, Crawford County.

It happened Oct. 30 at approximately 9:15 p.m.

A man and woman went into the store, stole an iPhone 6S Plus and ran out of the store, according to troopers.

Two Walmart employees tried to stop the man but were sprayed with pepper spray, State Police said. Complete article

Four sentenced in Independence Iowa Walmart robbery in January 11/07/2019 Not listed in previous monthly report.

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (KCRG) - Four people have been sentenced in connection with a robbery that took place at the Independence Walmart.

Jasmine Nicole Donald, 19, Kaila Marie Johnson,19, and Naviea Jeanne Steele, 19, all from Waterloo were sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery in the second degree. Jalissa Marlene Simmons, 28, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact for assisting the others flee the scene. She will serve a two year suspended sentence.

The robbery happened on January 21, 2019, at the Walmart in Independence. The individuals entered the store intending to shoplift. Donald attempted to leave the store with a cart full of unpaid items before an employee stopped her. Johnson then pepper-sprayed the worker for them to escape. Complete article

Roseburg Oregon woman sues Walmart after slipping on sugar 11/07/2019

A Roseburg woman is suing Walmart for $550,000 after allegedly slipping on spilled sugar in 2017, according to documents filed with the Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday.

Regina Trent, the plaintiff, claims that on Nov. 4, 2017, she was shopping at the Roseburg Walmart when she slipped on sugar that had been spilled in the checkout area.

Trent “fell violently to the floor,” the lawsuit said, giving her a concussion, injuries to her neck, back and knees, and aggravating an area where she had undergone spinal fusion surgery.

The lawsuit alleges that at least one of the store’s employees knew that the sugar had been spilled, but did not take action to alert customers, clean up the spill, or close the checkstand until the alleged hazard could be removed. Complete article

Charges pending against man suspected of releasing hazardous substance at Oberlin Ohio Walmart that sent several to hospital 11/07/2019

Judge reduces bail for suspect caught with drugs, scale in Hawaii Walmart parking lot 11/08/2019

Odd encounters at Rimrock Colorado Walmart 11/08/2019 Reports of being approached late at night to attend a church or join a Bible study have frightened some people.

Dog found in trash can at Wilkesboro NC Walmart; police looking for person responsible 11/08/2019

Mother, baby pepper-sprayed by stranger in Georgia Walmart, police say 11/09/2019

ST. MARY'S, Ga. - Sheree Campbell of Folkston, Georgia, is behind bars, accused of attacking Briona Wimbush and her baby in a St. Marys, Georgia, Walmart on Tuesday.

According to the report, Campbell pepper-sprayed both Wimbush and her baby, and punched Wimbush in the face.

"She was able to come up on this side, grab this side of my hair, still pepper spraying me, and hitting me, to where I had cuts on my eyes and my lip was busted," Wimbsuh said. Complete article

Louisville Metro PD: Walmart cashier pocketed $50,000 over several months 11/08/2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Walmart cashier was arrested Thursday after she allegedly stole more than $50,000 from the retailer.

Police said Jeanette Taylor, 47, of Louisville, was caught on camera taking large amounts of cash from her register drawer and pocketing some of the money. Complete article

Judge refuses any further delay; defendant in Ind. Walmart August 2018 shooting to face jury next week 11/09/2019

Shoplifting suspect arrested with drugs at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 11/09/2019

Jackson Tenn. police respond to bomb threat at Walmart on South Highland 11/10/2019

Worthington teenage employees accused of stealing cash from Minn. Walmart 11/09/2019

Deputies respond to reports of shots fired at Laurel County Ky. Walmart 11/10/2019

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Sunday evening deputies from the Laurel County Sheriff’s department responded to the Walmart in the southern part of Laurel County.

They say someone reported that a person shot at the building in the back of the store near the automotive section.

Deputies said some ‘projectiles’ were found and there were marks on the side of the building and near a building gutter that might indicate the building was shot at.

Deputies said no injuries were reported. Complete article

2 hurt in shooting near Hutchinson Kansas Walmart 11/09/2019

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KWCH) Two people were shot near a Hutchinson Walmart Saturday night.

Officers responded just before 5:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting at 17th and Ring Road.

When officers arrived, they found a 54-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the lower body.

Through the investigation, police learned an argument took place between the victim and occupants of another car while they were both stopped in traffic on Ring Road just south of 17th Avenue.

Police say when the victim got out of the car, a rear seat passenger in the other vehicle identified as 20-year-old Deante Jones fired one shot, striking the victim. The bullet then went through the open door of the victim's car, ricocheted off the interior, and grazed the driver of the suspect's car, a 74-year-old woman. Complete article

Rape suspect dies in apparent suicide in Kansas Walmart parking lot 11/10/2019

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) A rape suspect died in an apparent suicide Sunday morning in west Wichita.

Officers were called around 2 a.m. to check the welfare of a man in the Walmart parking lot near 21st and Maize.

Police say officers initially approached, but took positions of cover and gained distance after seeing that the man was armed.

Investigators say officers tried to de-escalate the situation, but the man killed himself in their presence. Complete article

Man who died after being found unresponsive behind Springfield Ill. Walmart identified 11/11/2019

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - A man who died after being found unresponsive behind a Springfield Walmart has been identified.

The coroner reports 47-year-old Ahmad Verdell of Springfield was pronounced dead at Memorial Medical Center on Friday, Nov. 8 at 1:09 p.m.

He was rushed to the emergency room by EMS after being found unresponsive behind the Walmart on North Dirksen.

An autopsy was performed Monday morning in Springfield. Complete article

Little Rock man carjacked in Arkansas Walmart parking lot 11/08/2019

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — A Little Rock man was robbed of his vehicle in a Walmart parking lot Thursday, police reported.

Officers were called at 11:23 p.m. to the store at 2710 S. Shackleford Road. Billy Henson, 60, said that someone had pushed him out of his red 1999 Ford F-150, according to a police report. The person began driving away in the pickup as Henson held onto the door.

The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound on Shackleford Road. Officers searched the area but made no arrests. Complete article

Trenton man arrested after making menacing threats about Hamilton NJ Walmart 11/10/2019

PRINCETON — A Trenton man was arrested Friday and his cache of legally registered weapons was seized after he allegedly made threatening posts on Facebook seeming to suggest he was going to commit a mass shooting at a Walmart in Hamilton Township, sources said.

Detectives from the Trenton Police violent crimes rapid response unit and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s office hauled in Hasheem D. Williams, 27, around 2 p.m. Friday at an Albert Way home in Princeton, where he lived with family, sources said.

According to sources, search warrants were served on the Princeton home and another on the first block of Titus Avenue in Trenton. Authorities recovered at least five legally registered handguns, two shotguns and a stockpile of ammunition, sources said. Complete article

Princeton man posted about bringing his AR-15 rifle to Walmart, so cops seized all his guns 11/11/2019 “Walmart count ya days tonight,” he wrote in one of the posts, quoted in an affidavit of probable cause filed in Superior Court of Mercer County. “If anybody got sumn slick to sa, say it to me now. I’m about to shut the whole Nottingham Walmart down wassup!"

Fla. Walmart Employee Who Refused Service To Officer Fired 11/11/2019

A Florida Wal-Mart worker was terminated after she allegedly refused service to a police officer in uniform.

An officer told a friend the cashier in question pointed to her skin color and declined to ring him up at the superstore in St. Cloud, WFTV reported. According to the officer, a second worker laughed at the way he was treated.

An investigation began after the accusations against the store’s employee was filed by the St. Cloud Police Department. Complete article

Carlisle Police search for two who under-rang items at Pa. Walmart 11/11/2019

Walmart buys license to sell beer, wine in Beaver County Pa. 11/11/2019

Gas Leak at San Marcos Ca. Walmart Causes Evacuations 11/10/2019

Do you know this woman? Police look for Pa. Walmart theft suspect 11/11/2019

Illegal gun discharge reported in Stillwater Okla. Walmart 11/11/2019

A man is reported to have accidentally fired a round from his pistol on Monday in a Stillwater Walmart.

Just before 1 p.m., Stillwater Police received a report that a shot had been fired at the Walmart Supercenter located at 4545 W. 6th Ave. The call was logged as “illegal discharge of a weapon,” Capt. Kyle Gibbs said.

The incident occurred almost two hours before police were notified.

Gibbs said the report indicates that an older man accidentally fired a round near the store’s jewelry department. The gun appears to have still been in his holster when the shot was fired.

“He said he’d dropped it earlier,” Gibbs said. “There is speculation that his jacket snagged the trigger.”

No one was injured and the man was asked to leave the store. ......

People first began hearing about the incident when a shopper who was in the store when the gun went off made a personal Facebook post about it.

She said it had taken her two hours to calm down.

“While walking to the checkout at Walmart, I heard an extremely loud pop right behind me,” she wrote. “I heard someone yell, ‘Oh my gosh, are you okay?’ I turned to see an older gentleman putting his revolver back in his pocket. He had accidentally fired his gun in Walmart just a few feet away from me. As soon as I saw him I wasn’t afraid because I knew it was an accident. .......

But when she learned about the delay in contacting police, she expressed anger, saying she did not feel the situation was handled properly.

The case is still open but police don’t have a name for the suspect, who was long gone before officers arrived. Complete article

Puppy dies after found sick, then abandoned in Walmart bathroom in Wilkesboro NC 11/11/2019

WILKESBORO, N.C. — A puppy died after it was found and then abandoned in a Walmart bathroom, according to a report from the Wilkesboro Police Department.

On Friday, police learned that a Walmart employee had found a small puppy, possibly a collie, in the men’s bathroom at the store on Congo Road.

A customer brought it to the employee’s attention after discovering the dog. The employee found it behind a trash can in the bathroom. Complete article

'Treated as a criminal': Walmart receipt and bag checks anger customers. Your rights explained 11/12/2019

Customers don't have to comply with routine receipt checks, civil rights expert says

An apparent step-up of receipt and shopping bag checks at Walmart has sparked customer complaints, raising concerns about shoppers' rights.

"It was not a request, it was a demand," said Penny Rintoul of Vaughan, Ont., about a recent receipt check just before she exited Walmart with her purchases. She said her local Walmart increased its checks in the spring.

"It's very angering and demeaning."

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) said it's investigating the practice of retailers doing routine security checks at the exit, concerned that the way they're conducted may jeopardize customers' rights.

Michael Bryant, CCLA's executive director and general counsel, said retailers should get consent before checking receipts or bags. And if no consent is provided, he said, customers are under no obligation to comply. ......

In a 2016 ruling on a case involving a suspected shoplifter, an Ontario Superior Court judge wrote that a retailer can detain a suspect if there are reasonable grounds, but — even then — it would have to get consent to do a search.

Walmart didn't directly address questions from CBC News about customers' rights including what happens if shoppers refuse receipt checks. The retail giant also didn't say if it has stepped up its security checks.

"To assist in our efforts to manage costs and offer everyday low prices, customers may be asked to show their receipts as they exit our store to ensure the checkout process went smoothly," said Walmart Canada spokesperson Adam Grachnik in an email. .......

"I don't like being treated as a criminal," she said. "If they don't trust us, they shouldn't have self-checkout." Complete article

Footage Shows Trina Putting Fla. Walmart Shopper in Her Place for Allegedly Using Racial Slur 11/11/2019

Police were called after a fellow Walmart shopper allegedly used a racial slur against Trina.

According to a report on the incident from TMZ, Trina was at a Walmart location in Cooper City, Florida when an unidentified shopper called her a "n****r bitch." A short video of what followed, embedded up top, sees Trina responding to the slur with understandable shock and disgust. The clip then jumps to someone notifying Trina authorities are being called, to which Trina expresses indifference.

"Say it again!" Trina says in the clip. "Say it the motherfuck again! Say it again! Say it again! Say it the fuck again, you dirty ass bitch! Say it the motherfuck again. I am a n****r. I am a n****r bitch. Say it again! Say it again. I dare you to say it. I dare you to motherfuckin' say it."

The TMZ report claims the woman used the slur against Trina after her they bumped into each other in an aisle. The publication's law enforcement sources added that a police report wasn't taken, as Trina ultimately decided against doing so. Citing "safety measure" reasons, Trina was reportedly escorted out of the Walmart and to her vehicle. As for the woman who allegedly used the slur against Trina to begin with, she reportedly did not speak with responding officers at all. Complete article

Trina Speaks on Altercation With Walmart Shopper Who Allegedly Called Her the N-Word 11/12/2019

Walmart Says Its Hired 2,850 Veterans In Maryland Since ‘Veterans Welcome Home Commitment’ Launched In 2013 11/11/2019

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Walmart says it has hired more than 243,000 veterans nationwide since 2013 as part of its “Veterans Welcome Home Commitment,” the company said Monday.

In Maryland, Walmart said it has hired more than 2,850 veterans since the initiative was brought up six years ago.

“The reason why I chose Walmart is that their core values coincided with my core values,” said former U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class, David Jones. “The commitment they have to veterans and their spouses reflects on the company’s values and respect they have for those who have served. At Walmart, we work together as a team and everyone takes care of everyone – from the top down.” Complete article

Colorado Naval petty officer third class files civil complaint against Walmart 11/01/2019

Ill. Walmart Bans Violated, Speedway Threats: Homewood Police Blotter 11/11/2019

Shopper falls inside Niles Ill. Walmart 11/11/2019

Police: Pair passed 38 fake $20 bills at Pa. Walmart 11/1/2019

Suspect sought for two thefts at North Naples Fla. Walmart 11/11/2019

Delavan police seek suspects who used fake $100 at Walmart 11/12/2019

Kettering cruiser struck during chase that ends at Moraine Ohio Walmart 11/12/2019

A suspect has been identified in a pursuit that occurred Tuesday where a driver rammed into a police cruiser.

Ra’von D. Hampton, 23, has been charged with OVI and felonious assault on an officer, along with other charges such as criminal endangerment and obstructing official business.

Hampton suffered minor injuries from a K9 officer on the scene of the initial pursuit, but he has been released from the hospital and was booked into Montgomery County Jail.

An officer attempting to arrest Hampton also received minor injuries, according to police reports.

Kettering police are looking into whether a pickup truck driver involved in a pursuit Tuesday night was intoxicated who hit a police cruiser twice in addition to other parked vehicles before he was finally stopped. Complete article

Pennsylvania mother, 2 children found alive after 'frantic' phone call at Walmart, father-in-law arrested 11/12/2019

Pennsylvania authorities located a missing woman and her two children after a "frantic" phone call made near a Walmart late Monday night that sent cops scrambling and ultimately resulted in the arrest of her father-in-law, according to officials.

Pennsylvania State Police said Tuesday in a news release that 31-year-old Alicia Brumbaugh and her two children -- Maverick Lee Brumbaugh, 1, and Aleah Nicole Rose Brumbaugh, 2 -- were last seen around 4 a.m. in their hometown of Imler, located about 27 miles south of Altoona.

Officials said they believed the trio had been traveling with Alicia Brumbaugh's father-in-law, 56-year-old Edgar Lee Decker, Jr. of Roaring Spring, Pa., who had an active felony warrant and was recently released from rehab.

State police said Brumbaugh “made a frantic phone call” just after 11:20 p.m. from or near the parking lot of the Walmart in Indiana, Pa., roughly a 60-mile drive from her hometown. Complete article

Raleigh man with box cutter threatens NC Walmart worker, steals detergent, police say 11/12/2019

GARNER, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Raleigh man is in hot water with the law after Garner Police said he stole laundry detergent and threatened a worker with a box cutter.

It happened Sunday at the Walmart at 4500 Fayetteville Road in Garner. Police said 62-year-old Garland Ardel Booker made off with $80 worth of laundry detergent.

Booker allegedly threatened a female worker with a box cutter. The employee was not injured. Complete article

SE Iowa man cuts finger on blade hidden under Walmart cart handle 11/12/2019

OTTUMWA, Iowa (KTVO) -- An Ottumwa shopper says his finger was cut by a razor blade that was stuck to the handle of a Walmart shopping cart.

Briar Scully, of Kirkville, Iowa, was shopping with his wife and 1-year-old son in Ottumwa on Thursday when he noticed the small cut on his finger.

"... and when I looked down, underneath the cart, I just found a little, itty-bitty, about probably an inch wide, inch long piece of razor blade that somebody had stuck up in there," he said.

Scully said his son was gripping the same handle. The child’s hands were not injured by the blade.

“We’re lucky it wasn’t his fingers," he said. “It’s a little upsetting that somebody would actually do that to harm somebody." Complete article

Chinese National Student Arrested In Rogers For Million-Dollar Walmart Gift Card Scam 11/12/2019

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — A Chinese National student was arrested for theft by deception for his involvement in a nationwide multi-million dollar Walmart gift card scam.

On Nov. 4, 2019, the Benton County Sheriff's Office - Criminal Investigations Divison was contacted by a Walmart Global Investigator about an on-going theft investigation involving a variety of phone and internet scams.

Walmart Global Investigators had been surveilling a person of interest, 23-year-old Songhua Liu, for the last several hours as he traveled through the state of Arkansas. Complete article

Texas congressional candidate calls for DOJ to investigate Walmart after Dallas-based dairy producer announces bankruptcy filing 11/12/2019

Walmart ended its partnership with Dean Foods in 2017.

DALLAS, Texas — *Editor's Note: The video above is from a previous story about the struggles of dairy farmers.

Dean Foods, the largest dairy company in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Tuesday.

The Dallas-based company produces dairy products under a number of brands across the country including DairyPure and Oak Farms. Dean Foods also has transportation hubs in three East Texas cities: Tyler, Longview and Lufkin. Complete article

El Paso Tx. removes mass shooting memorial before Walmart reopening 11/12/2019

Tomball man linked to 8 Tx. Walmart robberies charged 11/12/2019 A man has confessed to robberies at multiple Walmart locations, including one in The Woodlands where he allegedly fired a gun while trying to force an employee to open a safe.

Plumbing issue causes Cedar Falls Iowa Walmart to close temporarily 11/12/2019

Trial begins for man charged in Aug. 2018 shooting at Hobart Ind. Walmart parking lot; key witness may not testify 11/1/2019

2 sought in $900 theft from Pa. Walmart store 11/12/2019

Florence police want help solving shoplifting case at Beltline SC Walmart 11/12/2019

Alabama man accused of pushing burning shopping cart into Walmart last month 11/13/2019

Woman’s new car goes up in flames in Ga. Walmart parking lot 11/14/2019

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A woman got quite the shock Wednesday evening when she went to the Walmart on Ogeechee Road.

She was in a car she bought just 4 days ago. Tiffany Bonapart went to the store to buy her grandmother a birthday cake. As she turned off the car, a fire started.

She says a man at the bus stop saw the flames and yelled for her to get out of the car. She quickly jumped out as the car went up in flames. Complete article

Razor blade on handle of Tx. Walmart cart leaves woman with cuts on hand 11/13/2019

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KWTX) A razor blade that someone stuck underneath the plastic part of the handle of a shopping cart at a Walmart store in Cedar Park left a woman with cuts to the hand serious enough to require hospital treatment Wednesday.

Officers and firefighters responded to the store at around 11 a.m. Wednesday at 201 Walton Way in Cedar Park.

“At this time, the incident is under investigation to determine if this was an intentional act or possibly an accident,” police spokeswoman Alicia Inns said in a press release. Complete article

Woman Wearing Blonde Wig and All Black Clothes Tries to Rob NC Walmart, Police Say 11/14/2019

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro Police are searching for a woman who tried to rob a Walmart Neighborhood Store early Thursday morning.

Authorities were called to the Walmart Neighborhood Store on 1050 Alamance Church Road just after midnight.

According to a release, the woman implied she was armed and demanded a cashier to open the register, but left before taking any money. She was last seen running towards Advance Auto. Complete article

Off-Duty Officers On Staff As Walmart Reopens El Paso Store Where 22 Were Killed 11/14/2019

EL PASO (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Today Walmart is planning to reopen the El Paso location where police say a man from North Texas entered the store with an assault rifle, targeted Mexicans, opened fire and killed 22 people.

The mass shooting happened in August and the reopening comes as Walmart faces ongoing lawsuits over store safety. There was no guard in the Cielo Vista Walmart on the day of the shooting.

The reopening will happen unceremoniously, spokeswoman Delia Garcia said, and will follow a brief meeting with employees. She declined comment on security measures. Police say Patrick Crusius drove more than 10 hours from his grandparents’ house where he lived in of Allen, Texas to carry out the attack. Crusius, 21, has pleaded not guilty. More than 3,000 people from largely Latino El Paso and neighboring Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, were at the store when the attack happened.

“There was a time that Walmart hired off-duty officers and for some time prior (to) August 3rd that ceased,” said El Paso police spokesman Enrique Carrillo, in an email. He declined to provide more details.

When El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen first revealed the phasing out of officers in a city council meeting, council members discussed possibly mandating that off-duty officers be hired at large stores. The idea hadn’t been implemented. Complete article

East St. Louis Ill. woman part of $14 million settlement of claims that Walmart discriminated against pregnant workers 11/14/2019

EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal judge here on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a $14 million settlement of a lawsuit that claimed Walmart discriminated against pregnant workers.

The settlement could mean roughly seven weeks of pay for thousands of current and former Walmart workers, said Ellen Eardley, one of the workers’ lawyers. But Eardley cautioned that it was only an estimate, as they don’t yet have complete records from Walmart and the final amount will depend on how many workers participate in the settlement.

The settlement approved by U.S. District Judge Staci M. Yandle covers workers who were denied light duty or another accommodation for pregnancy by local supervisors from March 19, 2013, to March 5, 2014. It also covers employees in 39 states, including Illinois and Missouri, whose requests were handled and denied by Walmart’s centralized Accommodation Service Center during that same period. In 11 states, that center generally granted pregnant employees’ requests because it followed those states’ policies, the filings say. Complete article

Walmart Inc. sues 32 Colorado counties to shrink tax bills 11/13/2019

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The parent company of Walmart has sued dozens of counties in Colorado in a bid to reduce its tax bills.

The Durango Herald reports that county assessors are tasked with taking inventory of businesses’ assets and determining the items’ value.

Authorities say Walmart Stores Inc. filed the lawsuit against 32 of the state’s 64 counties saying the valuations don’t reflect the stores’ equipment which wears out faster because of overnight hours of operation.

Corporate officials say the lawsuit seeks to reduce the value of its personal property at 95 of its stores and recoup attorney fees.

County officials say their attorneys across the state are expected to coordinate their defense. Complete article

Inside the restructuring of Walmart's law department 11/12/2019

The retail giant Walmart is restructuring its law department, and a raft of changes have unsettled some insiders responsible for handling its massive caseload.

The reorganization including job eliminations, rehires, and a reporting shift dates back to the summer, but changes are ongoing.

So far, insiders said it has been marked by delays in a promised rollout of a new organizational structure, the outsourcing of some functions, and departures that have rattled morale.

Walmart has said that its caseload would not be adversely affected by the restructuring, and that one reason for the changes was to better support the company's legal needs.

Walmart's in-house team is handling a case accusing the retailer of contributing to the opioid epidemic and another in which the families of victims in a mass shooting at a store in El Paso, Texas, allege it should have had better security. In both high-profile cases, Walmart has denied the accusations. Complete article

Dog abandoned in East Syracuse NY Walmart parking lot 11/13/2019

Driver was asleep in SUV before fatal El Paso Tx. police shooting in parking lot 11/12/2019

Woman sought for stealing purse at Walmart, Carson City Nevada Sheriff’s Office says 11/14/2019

Two arrests made in West Michigan Walmart Oct. arson case 11/14/2019

Police: Joliet man inside Ill. Walmart claimed he was a cop with a gun 11/14/2019

A Joliet man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of false impersonation of a police officer after an altercation inside a bank at the Walmart on West Jefferson Street.

Police said that Demarkus D. Bailey, 42, of the 400 block of Western Avenue, claimed that he was a police officer and that he had a loaded gun during a verbal altercation with customers of the Woodforest National Bank inside the Walmart at 2424 W. Jefferson St.

Joliet police received a report of Bailey causing a disturbance inside the Walmart shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said.

After the officers arrived, they were told that Bailey got into a verbal altercation with customers of the bank and then claimed he was a police officer with a loaded gun, Botzum said. He said he didn’t know why Bailey was causing the disturbance or why he claimed to be an officer. Complete article

Woman struck by car near Wash. Walmart; rushed to hospital 11/15/2019

PASCO, Wash. -- Medics rushed a woman to the hospital after a vehicle struck her near the area of the Walmart on Road 68.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Road 68 and Burden Blvd.

Police say the driver of a silver car tried to make a left-hand turn and didn't see a woman standing in the middle of the street.

Officers tell Action News that the driver tried to stop but couldn't stop in time. Complete article

Customers help deer trapped in Wooster Ohio Walmart 11/15/2019

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - It sounds like the start of a bad joke, a deer walks into a store.

But, Bert Moore says he saw the deer walk right into the Walmart in Wooster on Wednesday afternoon.

He says when others saw it, the animal panicked and took off running down the aisles.

There’s picture proof that Moore helped catch the animal.

“I thought nobody is going to believe me,” he said. Complete article

2 Alabama Walmart employees accused of stealing customers’ credit card numbers, gift cards 11/12/2019

BIBB CO., Ala. (WBRC) - A Walmart employee in Bibb County is accused of stealing credit card numbers from customers.

Brent police said they took reports on fraudulent charges on credit cards from Oct. 31 to Nov. 6.

Officers said after an investigation, they determined employee Tinisia Dena Hill was stealing customers’ credit card numbers and making fraudulent purchases with them online. She is currently suspended from her job. Complete article

Burn pads recalled due to risk of poisoning young children 11/15/2019

Close to 153,000 ALOCANE® Emergency Burn Pads are being recalled as the packaging is not child-resistant.

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the pads contain lidocaine, which poses a risk to young children being poisoned if they put the pad in their mouth.

The affected products were sold from March 2018 to June 2019 at Walgreens, Walmart, Target, Kroger, Meijer, Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com, Overstock.com, MyQuestStore.com, Alocane.com, and other pharmacies. Complete article

Walmart Beats 3Q Expectations – Continues To Sell Guns And Still Uses Plastic Bags 11/15/2019

Walmart’s third quarter 2020 sales and earnings were above expectations. The company reported third quarter comparable sales grew 3.2%, and U.S. e-commerce sales grew 41%. Third quarter fully diluted earnings rose to $1.16 from $0.58 in the previous year. The street consensus opinion was $1.09 a share. Strong value promotions added to the sales momentum in the quarter. The company raised annual guidance slightly and now expects to report an earnings increase in the high single digits. I estimate that the company will report $2.35 per fully diluted share for the year. In contrast, fiscal 2019 earnings (that year ended on January 31, 2019) were $2.26.

Domestic sales (excluding fuel) rose 3.2% after achieving an increase of 3.4% in the previous year. With the strong e-commerce results, the company achieved operating income of $4.2 Billion. Sam’s Club comparable sales increased 0.6%. E-commerce sales for that division also were strong. Complete article

Will the blue flashing lights at Walmart deter crime this holiday season? 11/15/2019 REDDING, Calif. — You have probably noticed the blue lights in the parking lot if you shop at the Walmart in Redding, but will these flashing lights stop shoplifters this holiday season? Security workers seem to think so.

Four arrested in Red Wing Minn. Walmart theft 11/16/2019

Hawaii Walmart renovations blessed 11/16/2019

Pinellas Park Fla. Walmart employee shot and killed in apparent drive-by behind store 11/15/2019

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. --- A Walmart employee was killed after a shooting outside of a Walmart in Pinellas Park.

Pinellas Park police said the incident happened at around 11 a.m. at the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 6900 US Highway 19.

Officials said they responded to a person shot at the location. When they arrived, they found a victim, later identified as 21-year-old Terrell Williams, on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Williams was transported to Bayfront Hospital where was later pronounced dead.

Police said Williams was on his break and was standing or sitting behind the store. They said there were at least two shooters that pulled up in a white car described as a Honda Accord or similar, then left the scene. Complete article

Employee killed in targeted shooting outside Pinellas Park Walmart, police say 11/15/2019

Man wanted in NY Walmart theft rams U-Haul van into NJ police cars, cops say 11/15/2019

A 31-year-old man suspected of stealing at Walmart on Thursday drove a U-Haul van into several police cars in Bergen County before jumping out and trying to run off, authorities said.

Paramus police said they received an alert from New York State Police about 10:40 p.m. that a man driving a rented van with Arizona plates had fled after stealing from the store in Cairo, New York.

A short time later, officers saw the van enter Paramus on “two front rims, a rear flat tire with the front bumper dragging on the roadway,” Deputy Police Chief Robert M. Guidetti said in an email.

“The (driver), not having full control of the vehicle, caused a hazard to the motoring public,” Guidetti said.

When patrol cars tried to pull him over, the driver “deliberately rammed Paramus police vehicles,” Guidetti said. Complete article

Woman hit by car near Pasco Wash. Walmart suffers broken leg, head wound 11/15/2019

PASCO, Wash. - A 44-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night after being hit by a car in Pasco.

Police tell KAPP-KVEW it happened around 9 p.m. near the intersection of Road 68 and Burden Boulevard near Walmart. Complete article

REPORT: Escambia County Fla. shoplifting suspect pulls gun at Walmart, runs 11/14/2019

Escambia County (WEAR-TV) — An Escambia County man is charged with pointing a firearm at a Walmart employee and fleeing, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded to the Walmart on Mobile Highway on October 21, 2017.

A loss prevention officer told deputies Teddy Robinson, Jr. went into the bathrooms at the front of the store and concealed a BB gun on his person, the report says.

The report states he grabbed a bunch of Walmart bags at an empty register before bagging up items in the ladies’ wear area.

The loss prevention officer confronted Robinson when he passed all points of sale and tried to leave, according to the report.

The report says Robinson pulled out the gun and pointed it at the loss prevention officer, who wasn’t sure if it was the BB gun or a real firearm. Complete article

Havasu Ariz. police clear Walmart after reports of man with gun; Call being investigated as hoax 11/15/2019

Shoppers are being allowed back into the Lake Havasu City Walmart store after police responded to reports of a man with a gun.

Police Lt. Kirk Cessna says officers got a report of a person in the bathroom area of the store with a gun, pointing it at people.

Officers on scene were seen responding with issued sidearms and AR-15 rifles to respond to the apparent weapon situation.

Officers arrived and evacuated the store, but they didn't find anyone with a weapon. The evacuation was lifted around 10:40 a.m. Complete article

Mother of two said she was taking a friend to Walmart. She's been missing for days 11/1/2019

She also said, Wednesday, that she was headed to a doctor's appointment. But her phone was shut off by Wednesday evening.

HARALSON COUNTY, Ga. — Police in a west Georgia county are concerned for the safety of a 22-year-old woman who told her mom she was taking a friend to a local store and then lost all contact.

Alecia Elizabeth Newsome left home in Haralson County on Wednesday driving a light blue Chevrolet Aveo. According to the sheriff's office, she texted her mom that afternoon saying she was helping a friend by going to his house and taking him to the store - which is in Bremen. The sheriff's office also said she was heading to a doctor's appointment. Complete article

Woman who went missing after saying she was taking a friend to Ga. Walmart found; charges filed in case 11/18/2019 ..... On Monday, deputies executed a search warrant on Cox's home, where they found Newsome. She told deputies she needed help, so they took her to the hospital. Authorities said she will later face charges connected to the case, though they did not indicate what those charges may be. ....

Have you bought soup from Walmart lately? There may be more in container than cauliflower (Recall) 11/13/2019

If you have purchased Marketside soup from Walmart recently, you may want to take notice.

Massachusetts-based Kettle Cuisine voluntarily recalled its 16-ounce Creamy Cauliflower Parmesan Soup under the brand Marketside because some containers may have fish and wheat allergens not declared on the label.

“People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat and/or fish should not consume the product as it may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction,” the notice reads. Complete article

Mexican Walmart employees strike to demand wages 11/15/2019

I've spent a lot of time in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It's a beautiful place, filled with friendly people and an insanely low cost of living... if you're from somewhere further north in North America. In my experience, Mexicans are a hard-working people. They want to earn their way. That's not easy to do in a nation where many citizens, when they can find work are forced to work for pauper's wages.

In some cases, the only compensation for doing your job in Mexico comes in the form of tips from those willing to help you get by. The folks that bag groceries and other consumer goods in big box stores like Walmart? Nothing but tips, baby. With any luck, at least in Cancun, this could soon change.

With the support of la Confederación Revolucionaria de Obreros y Campesinos (CROC) workers at Walmart stores including Sam’s Club, Bodega Aurrerá, Superama and Walmart demanded a salary for their work.

The workers, who are grocery baggers at the various Walmart outlets, are not paid anything beyond tips. El Comité Ejecutivo Nacional of CROC says that the Walmart chain has refused talks to solve the lack-of-pay issues with its workers.

El Comité Ejecutivo Nacional says the American chain store violates their labor rights. The workers protested outside a 24-hour Cancun Walmart where they demanded a salary and legal benefits for the packers since their tips have drastically decreased due to the ban on plastic bags. Complete article

Walmart settles disabled Maine worker’s discrimination lawsuit 11/15/2019

Walmart Inc. has agreed to pay a former Augusta worker $80,000 in back wages and change its national policies to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

According to the settlement, which was approved by U.S. District Court in Bangor on Thursday, Walmart must offer a qualified disabled worker a job reassignment to a vacant position in up to five nearby stores, not just the employee’s so-called home store.

The settlement stemmed from an EEOC lawsuit filed on behalf of Veronica Resendez, a cashier who was working at the Augusta store when she developed stenosis of the spine and bone degeneration. She sought reassignment to an open greeter or fitting room job in January 2013. Complete article

Comptroller: Former Kingsport Tenn. PTA official reportedly went on personal Walmart shopping sprees with PTA funds 11/15/2019

Jury acquits man of 3 of 4 counts in Aug. 2018 Ind. Walmart shooting 11/15/2019

Walmart employees who work on Thanksgiving get a free holiday dinner and discounts 11/13/2019

DeLand woman steals 7 purses from older ladies at Walmart, deputies say 11/16/2019

Waiehu woman gets probation for Sept. 2017 Walmart stabbing 11/16/2019

Walmart alters disability reassignment policy to settle Maine suit 11/16/2019 AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Walmart has agreed to change its national policy for reassigning disabled workers to settle a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Maine. The settlement requires Walmart to offer disabled workers a vacant position in up to five nearby stores instead of just an employee’s current location. Walmart also agreed to pay $80,000 to a worker who was not offered the opportunity to transfer to another store.

Woman gets 40 years in prison for killing wife in Feb. 2018 near Va. Walmart 11/16/2019

Two men arrested during reported retail theft spree at Utah Walmart stores 11/16/2019

Oklahoma Walmart shooting leaves three dead, including suspect 11/18/2019

A shooting outside an Oklahoma Walmart Monday morning left at least three people dead, including the suspected gunman, officials said.

A woman and a man were fatally shot in a car, and another man was fatally shot outside of the car in the parking lot of the store in Duncan, about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City, according to the Duncan Police Department.

Duncan City Manager Kimberly Meek told NBC News that one of the dead people was the suspected shooter. She said police had secured the scene, and investigators do not believe a threat remains. Complete article

Gunman kills at least 2 people in the parking lot of an Oklahoma Walmart, police say 11/18/2019

Latest: Prosecutor calls Walmart shooting isolated incident 11/18/2019 There were at least two more shootings at Walmart in Texas and Louisiana within 24 hours after this, one of them fatal, & over a dozen for the month. If this is "isolated" it's one of a record breaking number of "isolated incidents."

Report: Armed Citizen Stopped Oklahoma Walmart Shooting 11/18/2019 Gun rights activists have gone viral claiming that this person was stopped by another armed man; however he committed suicide. Some of these reports claim that the shootings stopped after being confronted, admitting that he committed suicide, but not putting it in the headlines, misleading public; others don't even admit he committed suicide.

3 people dead after suspect opens fire at Okla. Walmart. A good guy with a gun reportedly stopped suspect from shooting more. 11/1/2019

Police: Double-Murder Suicide At Oklahoma Walmart Was Domestic-Related 11/20/2019

Police release chilling 911 calls of shooting outside Duncan Walmart 11/20/2019

Woman arrested, accused of attempted child abduction at Mich. Walmart 11/15/2019

VIENNA TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (11/15/2019) - The Genesee County Sheriff's Department is investigating after a woman attempted to take a 2-year-old from a shopping cart in the parking lot outside the Vienna Township Walmart on Friday morning.

Genesee County Undersheriff Chris Swanson says the woman is in custody and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.

The little girl was not harmed and no one else was involved in the incident. Complete article

Lawsuit alleges El Paso Tx. Walmart pulled security before mass shooting 11/18/2019

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A Dallas law firm is gearing up for a huge legal battle against Walmart on behalf of more than six victims’ families and others who were hurt in the August 3 mass shooting.

The Fears Natchawati alleges that three years ago, the Cielo Vista Walmart had armed security guards but pulled them for financial reasons.

The firm is now joining a pre-litigation investigation on behalf of victims and family members in order to fully investigate whether improved security at Walmart could have prevented the mass shooting. They say the families just want answers. Complete article

He was shot 5 times at the El Paso Walmart and spent 2 months at hospitals. This is his fight to get back his life 11/17/2019

Walmart, shopping plaza in Westerville Ohio evacuated after bomb threat 11/17/2019

Update: Anderson Ca. police say Walmart bomb threat was a hoax 11/16/2019

Cleveland woman arrested for serial shoplifting at Tenn. JC Penney and Walmart 11/15/2019

Walmart evacuated in Montgomery County Tenn. 11/16/2019 The Manager tells News 2 that the carbon monoxide detector went off in a small portion of the store. He said protocol is to evacuate and have fire Dept investigate. Clarksville Fire Rescue responded. Everything is clear.

Four arrested in Red Wing Minn. Walmart theft 11/16/2019

Shooting in Parking Lot of Kerrville Tx. Walmart 11/19/2019

A woman was shot to death overnight in the parking lot of the Walmart on Junction Highway in Kerrville, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Police say SH 173 is closed between SH 16 and Loop 534 due to the investigation.

Police believe that the male suspect, who remains at large, and the victim knew each other. The suspect remains at large. Complete article

Update: Suspect in standoff with police after shooting, killing woman in a Walmart parking lot 11/19/2019 KERRVILLE, Texas — The Kerrville Police Department arrested Fernando Rolon, Jr., accused of shooting a woman in a Walmart parking lot Monday night.

Suspect kills himself in movie theater after killing woman in Walmart parking lot 11/19/2019 After almost 12 hours of standoff procedures, Kerrville Police entered the theater using tear gas to convince Rolon to surrender. When they found him at 2:55 p.m., officials say he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Rolon was rushed to a hospital, but did not survive his injury and was pronounced dead.

Coworker provides insight into deadly Walmart shooting 11/19/2019 On Tuesday, an anonymous Walmart employee agreed to speak with us exclusively about the shooting. According to the coworker, both the suspect and the victim worked at the Walmart. “There were rumors they were dating or something like that,” said the anonymous Walmart worker. ..... “Pretty shocked that one of the [assistant store managers] got shot by the overnight maintenance guy,” said the anonymous Walmart employee. “It was a big shocker. I didn’t think small town Kerrville would ever have a shooting at Walmart.”

1 shot, injured at Bullard Avenue New Orleans La. Walmart 11/18/2019

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Police Department is investigating a shooting at the Bullard Avenue Walmart in New Orleans East.

The shooting happened Monday night in the 6000 block of Bullard Avenue.

Police say one man was shot and injured.

The man was taken to an area hospital. Complete article

With stores burned and looted, Walmart seeks police protection in riot-hit Chile 11/18/2019

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Walmart has sought court orders for police protection in protest-wracked Chile after more than 120 of its supermarkets were looted or burned.

The Chilean subsidiary of the U.S.-headquartered retailer (WMT.N) lodged orders with courts in six Chilean cities, saying the attacks on its stores had put its staff’s safety and jobs at risk, “gravely” affected its ability to operate in the country and caused it “enormous economic damage”.

“The state of Chile has failed to fulfill its duty to guarantee public order and internal public security,” it said in court documents submitted on Wednesday and made public on Monday.

It said the state had failed to protect its premises and staff with a “lack of timely reaction to evident vandalism”. The stores operate under the brandnames Lider, Express, aCuenta and Ekono in Chile. Complete article

Galesburg Ill. man battered Walmart staff, customers on Saturday 11/18/2019

GALESBURG — Police headed to Walmart at 2:32 p.m. Saturday following a call saying a Galesburg man was battering customers and staff.

The 60-year-old man was found in the store and was already known by officers, from previous interactions, to be affected by mental disabilities.

Police searched the man and found a pocket knife, although it was not reported to be used in the assaults.

The man was issued a ban notice from Walmart staff. He was transported to Cottage Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Victims described the man punching them without provocation, largely on the face. The man had reportedly done a similar thing the previous night near the Subway kiosk, where he struck another employee without being provoked. Complete article

Why Walmart is turning its new headquarters into a walkable town square 11/19/2019

Before Walmart became the nation’s biggest employer, before it was synonymous with big-box retail, and before it was an international business competing with Amazon, it was a simple local store selling home goods in northwest Arkansas. In the company’s hometown of Bentonville, visitors to the Walmart Museum can see a to-scale replica of one of the company’s first locations, a quaint corner store captured in amber.

Today, Walmart’s footprint in Bentonville is much larger than a handful of folksy five-and-dime stores, and poised to become larger still. In May, the company announced plans to build a new campus spread across 350 acres just blocks from Bentonville’s downtown. A vast reimagining of the company’s headquarters, complete with of-the-moment design trends—mass timber construction and bike paths bisecting cafes and outdoor meeting rooms—the planned campus offers a vision of corporate evolution, showcasing the retailer as a high-tech, cutting-edge talent magnet. An early rendering shows a bolt of sunshine streaking across the campus, as if corporate Eden has arrived in northwest Arkansas. Complete article

Fedora-wearing thief wanted for shoplifting at La. Walmart 11/18/2019

Police blotter: Shoplifting spree at Mich. Walmart 11/19/2019

Couple arrested in weekend Ind. Walmart incident 11/18/2019

Wichita Falls police arrest two for shoplifting at Tx. Walmart 11/18/2019

Hartselle Alabama police charge woman in Walmart theft 11/18/2019

Omaha Nebraska Walmart evacuated due to bomb threat 11/19/2019

Walking down the (greeting card) aisle: Sevierville couple gets married in Tenn. Walmart 11/19/2019

Pasco County Fla. Walmart evacuated after person climbed into ceiling 11/20/2019

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Walmart was evacuated after a person was found inside the crawl space above its ceiling.

News outlets report the New Port Richey store was evacuated Tuesday morning as Pasco County deputies worked to get the person out. A sheriff’s statement says the person appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance.
Pasco Sheriff's Office
Pasco Sheriff's deputies are currently on scene of a subject who appears to be under the influence of an unknown substance, who was in the crawl space above the ceiling inside the Walmart at SR54 and Little Rd. in New Port Richey. Walmart was temporarily evacuated while deputies were working with the subject to come out of the crawl space.

Deputies say they used a stun gun while getting the person out of the crawl space. It’s unclear if the person was shocked with the weapon. Complete article

Florida Walmart ceiling climber stabbed at deputy with lightbulb shard: report 11/25/2019

NC Walmart blacklists customer after negative reviews 11/19/2019

SANFORD, N.C. — A Sanford Walmart customer says she is being blacklisted for sharing her honest opinion online of the store, WTVD reports.

Melissa Meeks she was “just being honest” when she wrote several reviews of Walmart’s online grocery service.

She says the service got her orders wrong multiple times.

“It’s strictly about the one problem: you order something on their grocery pickup site and it says it’s available and then you get to your delivery and it’s not,” Meeks said.

Walmart has reportedly tried to fix the situation by giving Meeks gift cards and rebates. She says she still fills out the automated surveys sent out after each order online, though.

“I’m trying to give you feedback to fix the problem so that it makes it a better system for all of us,” Meeks said. “If my orders were completed the way they were supposed to be completed, I fill out positive feedback. That doesn’t happen very often but it does happen.”

When Meeks’ last order was canceled abruptly, she was told by a manager that her account was canceled by the store’s management.

“It isn’t a common occurrence to cancel a customer’s online grocery pickup account, but the store has discretion to do this and is decided on a case-by-case basis. Ms. Meeks has been given gift cards, full order refunds, and free items in an effort to satisfy her,” said Tara Alston, a Walmart spokeswoman. Complete article

Woman charged in stabbing outside Town of Wallkill NY Walmart 11/19/2019

TOWN OF WALLKILL - Police say a Town of Wallkill woman stabbed another woman outside the Walmart Monday afternoon.

Wallkill town police said they got a report at 4:18 p.m. of an assault with a weapon at 470 Route 211 East. Police said officers learned that Chiyoka Williams, 37, of the Town of Wallkill, had stabbed a 24-year-old woman.

The 24-year-old was taken by Wallkill Volunteer Ambulance Corps to Orange Regional Medical Center for treatment, and was admitted in stable condition, police said. Complete article

Four arrested in attempted robbery at knife-point at Ariz. Walmart 11/19/2019

SHOW LOW – Show Low Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Shawn Roby said in a press release that officers were called to Walmart in Show Low just before 1 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 after four people tried to rob the store of merchandise at knifepoint.

Samantha J. Davis, 30, of Show Low, Jonathan N. Faust, 32, of Show Low, Tiffany S. Potter, 30, of Show Low, and Joseph J. Scovel, 25, of Show Low, were all arrested and booked into jail on various charges related to the robbery.

Roby said $2,500 in stolen Walmart merchandise was also recovered during the investigation.

“Information was received that a male subject had brandished a knife and threatened store employees as he was pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise out of the store,” Roby said in the press release. Complete article

Two Adult Pedestrians, Child, 4, Struck Outside Garfield NJ Walmart 11/19/2019

Two adults and a 4-year-old were knocked down by a vehicle outside the Garfield Walmart early Tuesday afternoon, authorities confirmed.

A 28-year-old driver was making a turn in front of the Passaic Street superstore when his vehicle hit the three just after 12:30 p.m., police Lt. Richard Uram said.

All three were taken to a local hospital with minor bumps and bruises, Uram said. Complete article

Walmart offering point-of-sale loans 11/20/2019

(NBC) — There’s an alternative to cash, credit or layaway this holiday season.

Walmart will let customers take out a loan at the checkout line.

The purchase will be broken up into monthly payments.

Experts say point-of-sale loans will likely be a hot trend this holiday season, as retailers attempt to drive sales and shoppers demand easy-to-understand credit. Complete article

Can a retention pond be high-tech? Walmart and Maryland officials hope so. 11/20/2019

It may look just like a regular water retention pond, but the murky hole in the ground adjacent to the Walmart Supercenter in Fruitland is actually pretty smart.

In a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership, the state of Maryland is teaming up with private companies to transform basic, overlooked water retention ponds into artificial-intelligence-powered sites for reducing the flow of pollutants into the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland is contributing $4 million to install "smart pond" technology into four ponds —three owned by Walmart and one owned by Sam's Club — across the state. Complete article

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon: ‘We could go away at any minute’ 11/19/2019

Mayfield Heights Ohio Walmart inexplicably closes Monday; will re-open Tuesday 11/19/2019

Walmart’s court filing against the Aug. 3 shooting suspect has gone under-the-radar 11/19/2019 One of the more under-the-radar development’s in one lawsuit has been Walmart filing a cross-claim against the shooting suspect last month. .... In Walmart’s response, the store says the shooter is the sole person to blame for the tragedy.

$2K stolen from Lee Co. Ga. Walmart customer; suspects at large 11/19/2019

Man wanted for multiple Walmart thefts captured in Onslow County NC 11/19/2019

Deputies: Walmart shoplifter was wanted in Kentucky, Virginia 11/19/2019

Police blotter: Shoplifting spree at Mich. Walmart 11/19/2019

Body found in vehicle near Caldwell Tx. Walmart 11/20/2019

CALDWELL, Tex. (KBTX) - Law enforcement responded to a medical call at the Conoco gas station near the parking lot of Walmart and Brookshire Brothers in Caldwell. When they arrived, Caldwell's police chief says they found a man's body in a vehicle. They are now investigating.

Police say the deceased male was in his 50s and is from Liberty Hill, northwest of Austin.

Police say they also found two dogs inside of the vehicle. We're told that they were okay. Complete article

Ohio woman accused of lighting car on fire in Walmart parking lot because it was 'dirty' 11/20/2019

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - An Ohio woman is accused of lighting her car on fire in a Walmart parking lot Saturday, authorities said.

Stephanie Carlson, 40, was arrested on charges of arson, inducing panic, and criminal damaging, WKBN reported. According to police, Carlson initially said there was a can of gasoline in the vehicle's trunk and she had lit a candle to remove the smell, WFMJ reported.

Carlson later changed her story, according to police, saying she poured gas on the seats of the car and started the fire using a lighter, the television station reported.

Carlson added the car was "dirty" and there was a problem with the vehicle's front wheel, WFMJ reported. Complete article

Ohio Woman Arrested After Setting a Car on Fire in Walmart Parking Lot Because It Was 'Dirty' 11/20/2019 An Ohio woman who was arrested last weekend for allegedly setting fire to her husband's car outside Walmart said she did so because it was dirty, police say.

Man accused of beating elderly disabled veteran outside La. Walmart on Nov. 8 11/21/2019

HOUMA, La. — A 32-year-old Houma man was arrested Tuesday after authorities say he beat an elderly disabled veteran outside a Walmart earlier this month.

The Terrebonne Parish Sherrif's Office said Thomas McDaniel faces a felony charge of second-degree battery following an attack on Nov. 8.

Deputies were called to investigate a disturbance in the Walmart parking lot on Martin Luther King Boulevard. When they arrived at the scene, a deputy found a "71-year-old disabled veteran" bent over and bleeding from the face.

The veteran reportedly told investigators that he accidentally hit McDaniel's car with his door when loading groceries into his own car, which sparked an argument. McDaniel then allegedly slammed the veteran's arm in his own car door and punched him multiple times. Complete article

Former South Bend cop sentenced to probation for switching price tags at Walmart 11/21/2019 A Level 6 felony. $66

SOUTH BEND — A former South Bend police officer who pleaded guilty to switching price tags on items at a local Walmart was sentenced to 180 days of probation on Thursday.

Brandon Jones, 34, pleaded guilty to delivery of a false sales document — a Level 6 felony. In the plea deal, a second charge of misdemeanor theft was dropped.

During Jones’ sentencing, St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Hurley said the mitigating factors in his case — Jones’ lack of a criminal history and his education — led her to treat Jones’ case as a misdemeanor.

However, Hurley noted that Jones’ position with the South Bend police at the time of the crime created a “breach of trust with the community.”

..... The second receipt shows the total amount of all the items Jones allegedly price- switched, which showed a total loss of roughly $66 for Walmart. Complete article

Salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart and other stores recalled for possible E.coli contamination 11/21/2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WOIO) - A New Jersey company is recalling about 97,271 pounds of salad products sold at Giant Eagle, Walmart, Target and other stores throughout Ohio because they may be contaminated with E. coli, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

FSIS announced the recall on Thursday saying that salad products that contain meat or poultry may be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7.

The products were produced from Oct. 14 through Oct. 16. Complete article

Walmart to pilot UnitedHealth-backed telehealth services for its Minnesota workers 11/20/2019

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) said Tuesday it plans to pilot a telehealth program for its over 21,000 employees in Minnesota. The program will have a $4 copay, a steep decrease from the $49 copay Walmart’s previous telehealth offerings cost.

Many companies have rolled out virtual doctors that service what Lisa Woods, Walmart’s senior director of U.S. benefits, calls the “simple sick.” Those are people suffering from a sore throat or an ear infection, who can receive a diagnosis over the phone or a video chat.

The difference is that the pilot will function as something like a “virtual primary care physician” (Walmart’s term), which means it can tackle more complex care. That includes management of chronic conditions like diabetes, urgent care and behavioral health. A plan that comprehensive, Woods said, is unique to Walmart. Complete article

Walmart doubles down on China with 500 new stores 11/21/2019

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Walmart is doubling down in China despite an economic slowdown.

The Arkansas-based retailer announced Thursday that it plans to open 500 new stores in China over the next five to seven years. That would more than double Walmart's footprint in China, which is expected to become the world's biggest grocery market by 2023.

The expansion comes as China's huge economy is cooling. The country is grappling with slumping growth and a prolonged trade war with the United States. China's GDP growth dropped last quarter to its lowest level in nearly three decades, and Beijing has been rolling out stimulus measures to jump start the economy. Complete article

Police: Man wanted for series of thefts at Decatur Ill. Walmart 11/20/2019

Mexican Government Helping Ten Citizens Sue Walmart over El Paso Shooting 11/22/2019

Police Seeking Suspect Who Stole Nearly $400 Worth Of Hunting Equipment From Indiana County Pa. Walmart 11/20/2019

Walmart CEO says the biggest ‘hazard’ for in-home grocery delivery is dogs 11/20/2019

Sheriff’s office: Pair distracted Va. Walmart employee, stole laptop 11/20/2019

Woman arrested at Ky. Walmart on shoplifting, drug charges 11/20/2019

Police: Man threatened to blow up Subway inside Omaha Nebraska Walmart, prompting evacuation 11/21/2019

Police have identified the man allegedly responsible for threatening to blow up an Omaha Walmart.

According to police, around 3 p.m. Tuesday, someone called the Subway restaurant inside the Walmart in the area of 72nd and Pacific, threatening to blow it up. After a brief evacuation, employees and customers were allowed back inside the store.

The caller was identified by officers as David Gautier, 54. Gautier reportedly had an argument with Subway staff around 15 minutes before the threat was called in. Complete article

McDonald’s calls a pest company and Walmart’s bakery is written up in this week’s Restaurant Ratings in Alabama 11/21/2019

DECATUR, Ala. - A fast food place in Decatur shut down for some renovations, Walmart's bakery is in hot water, and the inspector told a Madison burger joint, 'you can't dump that there'.

McDonald's on 6th avenue in Decatur was closed on Monday, with several pest control trucks on site. A flyer on the door told customers they were closed for two days to prepare for a renovation. A representative for McDonald's says the restaurant is now under new ownership. And on Wednesday, the golden arches were back open. In their last inspection, McDonald's scored an 86.

The Walmart bakery on Spring Avenue was written up for toxic cleaner being kept next to cake boxes and no temperature color strips in its dish washing equipment. Walmart scored an 86. Complete article

Turkeys stored in ‘we recycle’ bins causing concerns at Collinsville Missouri Walmart 11/22/2019

Man previously accused of groping at Tx. Walmart being accused of trying to grope again 11/21/2019

Bay Minette Alabama police investigate ‘suspicious persons’ at Walmart 11/21/2019

3 busted in major Ill. Walmart theft 11/22/2019

Monroe Man Repeatedly Stole From East Brunswick NJ Walmart, Cops Say 11/21/2019

Three charged with trying to steal from Bayonne NJ Walmart in 2 incidents 11/21/2019

Lee Co. Ga. deputies on the lookout for Walmart theft suspect 11/21/2019

Walmart Foundation Supports Arkansas Student Success Center With $5 Million Grant 11/21/2019

Mississippi Walmart shoplifter surrendered, arrested 11/21/2019

Woman arrested after attacking couple with screwdriver in Fla. Walmart parking lot, police say 11/22/2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The Tallahassee Police Department says it arrested a woman accused of attacking a couple with a screwdriver in a Walmart parking lot on November 3.

Ozana Horel was charged with aggravated assault and battery, police say.

According to TPD, the victim of the assault filled out an online incident report saying they were attacked at the Walmart at 3535 Apalachee Parkway at about 6:10 a.m. on November 3.

The victim told police he and his wife got out of their car and started walking towards the store when Horel started walking their direction, according to the probable cause affidavit. The report says the couple kept walking towards the store, then Horel started hitting the driver side window of their car with the butt of a screwdriver.

The victim reported that he ran over and pushed Horel away from the car, then Horel ran at him and his wife with the pointed end of the screwdriver pointed at them. Complete article

St. Charles man accused of pointing BB gun at woman outside Ill Walmart says he does not remember incident 11/22/2019

A St. Charles man accused of pointing a BB gun at a woman on Halloween outside a Walmart store on the city’s east side told police he doesn’t remember the incident after he was drinking at a party and took medication.

Frederick Murphy II, 61, was charged with aggravated assault and disorderly conduct less than 24 hours after he was accused of pointing a gun at a woman shopper outside the store. Murphy was arrested at his home without incident after a city employee who saw the Walmart surveillance photo on social media alerted police, police reports show.

When asked about the case, Murphy told police he doesn’t recall going to Walmart at 150 Smith Road after getting home from a party, according to reports.

After work on Halloween, Murphy told police he went with a coworker to a party at his boss’ house around 3:30 p.m. where he and his friend finished a fifth of Jack Daniels, he got a ride home after the party and woke up around 6:30 a.m. Friday, reports state.

Murphy went on to explain that his brother told him his picture was in the paper and he said he does not recall going to Walmart after getting home. He believes he blacked out after taking his medication. Complete article

DUI crash into Ill. Walmart 11/22/2019

Emergency personnel responded shortly after noon Friday to the Waterloo Walmart, 961 N. Market Street, after a vehicle came to rest next to the grocery door entrance following a collision with another vehicle.

A 1995 Jeep Cherokee operated by a 68-year-old male from Waterloo backed into a parked motor vehicle before striking the concrete traffic barriers, police said.

The Waterloo Police Department arrested the driver for DUI. Charges are forthcoming per the Monroe County State’s Attorney’s office. Complete article

Florida Walmart stores employ robots to clean floors, scan shelves 11/22/2019

Customers at some Orlando-area Walmart stores may have noticed a machine scanning shelves of chips, canned goods or other merchandise.

Autonomous shelf scanners that check inventory or for issues with prices or labels, along with autonomous floor scrubbers, have rolled out this year in stores across Florida.

The floor-cleaning machine has debuted at many of the retail giant’s Central Florida locations, while the shelf scanners are at some stores in Orlando, Sanford, Kissimmee, Winter Garden, Leesburg, Mount Dora, Orange City, DeLand, Port Orange and Ormond Beach, according to the company. Complete article

Walmart Proves It Can Compete on Amazon's Turf 11/22/2019

Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) posted strong quarterly results last week, with, most notably, a robust comparable sales increase of 3.2%, capping off five consecutive quarterly gains. Other indicators demonstrate the company is taking market share away from competitors, whose e-commerce efforts are languishing.

Walmart's online sales rose by an impressive 41% from the same period last year. That increase is almost double Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) third-quarter online sales growth of 21%. The big-box retailer's strong results were buoyed by continuously strong consumer spending, raising hopes for other retailers for a strong holiday shopping season. Complete article

Man seen swapping tags of Ky. Walmart items arrested 11/22/2019

Man charged for allegedly sexually harassing patrons at Loveland Colorado Walmart 11/22/2019

Columbus Mississippi teen accused of embezzling thousands from Walmart 11/22/2019

Grand jury indicts man accused of threatening Tyler Tx. WalMart employees, last Sept., customers with gun 11/22/2019

Alleged shoplifter killed in officer-involved shooting at Chester SC Walmart 11/23/2019

CHESTER, SC (WBTV) - One person was killed in an officer-involved shooting at a Walmart in Chester, South Carolina Saturday morning.

The incident happened around 11:15 a.m. at the Walmart off Hwy 321 on the J A Cochran Bypass.

Initial reports were that one person was injured from the shooting. The Chester coroner later confirmed that one person was killed in the incident. Complete article

Police say man killed in officer-involved shooting at SC Walmart ‘presented a firearm’ 11/23/2019

San Antonio Tx. PD: Man shot outside northwest-side Walmart, not cooperating with authorities 11/23/2019

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Police are working to find out more details on what led up to a victim being shot at a Walmart on the city's northwest side Saturday evening.

Officials told KENS 5 that the unidentified victim, a man, drove himself to a clinic on Martin Street before being taken to a local hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. SAPD says the wound is not self-inflicted, but the victim is not cooperating.

It's unclear if authorities are searching for suspects at this time. Complete article

Police respond to possible stabbing at Picayune Mississippi Walmart 11/23/2019

PICAYUNE, Miss. (WLOX) - A possible assault is under investigation by the Picayune Police Department Saturday night.

According to a Facebook post from the Picayune Police Department, officers responded to the Picayune Walmart around 5 p.m. for reports of an altercation involving a possible stabbing.

The incident remains under investigation, so details are limited. We do know the victim is listed as in stable condition at the Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, and the suspect is also being treated for minor injuries.

In the comments on the post, multiple residents referenced a video of what possibly led up to the altercation, claiming the victim was trying to “pick a fight with multiple people.” Complete article

Sheriff’s office looking for suspect in robbery at Wilmington NC Walmart 11/25/2019

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man it says is a suspect in a robbery.

According to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office, the incident took place Saturday at the Walmart located at 5135 Carolina Beach Rd.

The post doesn’t specify if the store or a customer was robbed. Complete article

Pell City Alabama Police investigate claims man attempting to lure teen to car at Walmart 11/22/2019 false alarm

A 19-year-old says she was at the Pell City Walmart when a man came up to her in the makeup aisle trying to lure her to his car.

Police are applauding her for the way she handled herself in the situation.

"Right now, the public is alarmed at some of the incidents that have been occurring," said Police Chief Paul Irwin. .....

"After a further investigation it appears the gentleman was trying to sell makeup in the make up section at Walmart," said Irwin. Complete article

Woman foils her own kidnapping by passing notes to Texas Walmart employees 11/25/2019

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A quick-thinking woman was able to save herself from a bad situation Sunday night.

Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) Lt. Mel Goce said that a woman in her 30s was able to alert staff at a local Walmart that she had been kidnapped.

"She was writing little notes and giving them to employees to call the police that she was kidnapped," Goce said.

The woman reportedly told police that she had been kidnapped because she testified against a suspect in court. Complete article

What is Lurking in the Pork at Walmart stores? 11/25/2019

NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, World Animal Protection, a global animal-welfare organization with offices in 14 countries released US pork and the superbug crisis: how higher welfare farming is better for pigs and people. The new report reveals that bacteria resistant to antibiotics considered highly important or critically important to human health were present in pork products purchased at Walmart stores in the eastern US.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as "superbugs," pose a threat to all human life. The spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a public health crisis affecting more and more people each day. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate that more than 2.8 million antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the United States each year, and more than 35,000 people die as a result. Superbugs are emerging on farms from antibiotic overuse and entering our food chain and environment. When antibiotic resistant superbugs are passed to people, they make us less able to fight disease.

"The presence of multidrug-resistant bacteria on pork products illustrates the role the pork supply chain plays in the global health crisis caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria," said Alesia Soltanpanah, Executive Director of World Animal Protection US. "The fact that pork purchased from several Walmart stores, one of the nation's largest retailers, contains bacteria resistant to antibiotics critically important to human health is particularly alarming and should raise concerns for all Walmart customers." Complete article

Walmart Pork Products Containing Superbugs Resistant to Critically Important Antibiotics Discovered 11/25/2019

Perfect Storm Of Driver Chaos Hits Timnath Colorado Walmart Parking Lot 11/25/2019

Springfield Mass. Police, Walmart treat families to early Thanksgiving dinner 11/25/2019

Firefighters extinguish brush fire near Kapolei Hawaii Walmart 11/25/2019

Police: Teenager shot by sister's ex-boyfriend after being followed home from Mississippi Walmart 11/25/2019

NATCHEZ, Miss. — Natchez police responded to a call just after midnight Friday about shots fired along Groves Acres Rd.

While en-route, deputies were notified that a victim, Kendra Hunter, 19, was at Merit Health being treated for a gunshot wound to the back.

Hunter said she was approached by her sister's ex-boyfriend, Kishaun Marquez Woods, at the Natchez Walmart. Hunter called her sister, Kiera Harper, and told her Woods was being aggressive toward her, so she left the store. Woods followed Hunter home where there was another confrontation. Woods was accused of pulling a gun and firing a shot.

Kishaun Woods turned himself in at the Adams County Sheriff's Office.

"Kishaun was interviewed by investigators who declined to place him under arrest pending further investigation," Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten said in a statement. Complete article

Walmart employee helps woman escape suspected batterer 11/23/2019

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - An employee at a local Walmart made the difference early Saturday after Jonesboro police say a Poinsett County man broke into a woman’s home, assaulted her, and then made her go to Walmart to make a key to her apartment.

Byron Martin, 27, Marked Tree was arrested around 4 a.m. Nov. 23 after Jonesboro police went to the Walmart on Parker Road.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on Nov. 21, Martin broke into the woman’s apartment with a crowbar to look through her phone. A judge had already issued a no-contact order earlier this month against Martin for beating her with a table leg, then drove her to Marked Tree.

On Nov. 23, Martin broke into her home and assaulted her again. He and the victim traveled to Walmart on Parker Road where the victim was able to make contact with an employee who called the police on her behalf, the Jonesboro Police Department told Region 8 News.

When police arrived, they met Martin and the victim as they were walking out of Walmart. Complete article

Woman left two dogs in her car while she went on a 9-hour shopping trip to Missouri Walmart 11/26/2019

Village of Polo Ridge resident jailed after attempted heist at Fla. Wal-Mart 11/26/2019

Police: 2 men stole electronics from Route 59 Ill. Walmart store 11/26/2019

Man charged with sex crime in a Kirkwood Missouri Walmart 11/26/2019

No active shooter inside Chesterfield Va. Walmart, but a gun was fired in the bathroom 11/26/2019

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A 66-year-old Richmond man has been charged with reckless handling of a firearm following an active shooter scare Tuesday at Walmart on Chattanooga Plaza in Midlothian.

"At about 2:16 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, police responded to a report of a shooting at Walmart. On scene, police found that an adult male had accidentally fired a shot in the bathroom of the store," a Chesterfield Police spokesperson said. "No one was hurt in the shooting."

Clifford C. Shook, Jr. was released on a misdemeanor warrant. He will appear in court December 9. Complete article

Chesterfield Va. Police vehicle crashes while responding to Midlothian Walmart incident 11/2/2019

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Chesterfield Police vehicle was involved in a crash while responding to a reported shooting at a Midlothian Walmart.

All lanes of Hull Street Road were closed near Pocoshock Boulevard as a result of the crash. Lanes have since reopened.

According to police, the officer’s vehicle struck another vehicle on Tuesday afternoon while responding to reports of an active shooter at the Walmart on Chattanooga Plaza.

Police say suspects seen at Walmart are linked to death in Dallas Tx. 11/26/2019

DALLAS — Dallas police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men they say are linked to a death investigation.

According to authorities, the two suspects were seen on Nov. 10 using a credit card at Walmart near the 4122 block of Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway.

Police say the “credit card abuse” is related to a death investigation that occurred at the 1700 block of Pacific Avenue. Complete article

Janesville Wisc. police search for man who assaulted female employees at Walmart 11/26/2019

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Janesville police are searching for a man who approached several female employees at the Walmart Supercenter and tried kissing them without warning, according to a news release.

On Thursday, the man approached several female employees at the store and engaged in conversation with them. According to the release, he offered them money and asked a 17-year-old employee if she was a virgin before slapping her on her butt and telling her he is not a pervert.

The release also said he attempted to kiss each woman without warning.

Officials said he was seen pushing a cart with food items in it around the store, but when he got to the checkout, he left the cart behind. Complete article

Janesville police arrest man accused of sexually assaulting female employees at Walmart 11/26/2019

Man who tried kissing women at Walmart charged with child abuse: Janesville Wisc. police 11/28/2019

Police investigating NM Walmart parking lot vehicle fire 11/26/2019 Arson

Alamogordo police and fire officials are investigating a passenger vehicle fire which occurred in the parking lot of a Walmart in mid-November.

On Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3:53 a.m., Alamogordo police and firefighters arrived to the Walmart located at 233 S. New York Avenue.

According to bodycam footage viewed by the Alamogordo Daily News and an Alamogordo Fire Department report on the incident obtained through an Inspection of Public Records Act request, the fire was out by the time police and firefighters arrived.

APD confirmed the fire was started when an unknown person put a rag in the fuel tank and set it on fire.

The fire report listed the cause of ignition as intentional. Complete article

L.A. Officials Warn of Counterfeit and Unsafe Gifts, Including Helmet Sold on Walmart Website 11/26/2019

Untested makeup, faulty phone chargers and unsafe toys were some of the recalled or counterfeit items that Los Angeles officials warned against buying for holiday gifts.

L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer and District Attorney Jackie Lacey held a news conference Tuesday alerting consumers about unsafe goods, including a bike helmet with a faulty strap that that was recalled but they said was still being sold on Walmart's website.

The City Attorney's Office sent Walmart a cease-and-desist letter after finding the helmet online, Feuer said.

“Especially as the federal government has retreated from consumer protection, leading offices like Ms. Lacey's and I to have to step in, it’s especially important that Walmart do this itself," Feuer said. "It shouldn’t be dependent on the City Attorney of Los Angeles to identify recalled items on its website.” Complete article

Judge rules Walmart in Seneca Falls NY gets property tax refund 11/26/2019

WATERLOO — After 10 years of trying to get its Seneca Falls store assessment reduced, corporate giant Walmart has got a judge to agree.

State Supreme Court Justice Daniel Doyle issued an order and judgment Oct. 2, reducing the town of Seneca Falls assessment on its retail store at 1860 North Road from $9.5 million, to $8.75 million for 2017 and 2018 and $8.25 million for 2019.

Walmart filed a grievance over its assessment with the town Board of Assessment Review and when agreement could not be reached, filed a challenge in State Supreme Court. Complete article

Shoplifting suspects arrested during police ‘Cram a Cruiser’ event at Mich. Walmart 11/27/2019

Caught on Camera: Thieves steal $800 worth of items from Va. Walmart 11/26/2019

Police seek group of five in Walmart theft in Lower Allen Pa. 11/27/2019

Police find heroin on Wash. Walmart burglary suspect 11/27/2019

Police search for man who allegedly offered money for sex at SC Walmart 11/27/2019

Suspect sought for using stolen debit card at Ga. Walmart 11/27/2019

Opinion: These companies help Amazon and Walmart haul away all the stuff Americans buy online 11/27/2019

Bomb threats to Georgetown Delaware Walmart, school get NM man two-plus years in prison 11/27/2019

Shooting At Lauderdale Lakes Fla. Walmart Leaves 2 Injured 11/27/2019

LAUDERDALE LAKES (CBSMiami) – More than a dozen Broward Sheriff’s Office marked units descended on a Lauderdale Lakes Walmart late Wednesday night. BSO confirmed that two people were shot at the Walmart and taken to the hospital.

It appears the shooting happened outside the store. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue said at least one of those people was in critical condition. Shoppers, meanwhile, were stuck inside for more than an hour.

“All we heard was all customers go to the front of the building,” said an 11-year-old who was stuck with her mom. “They didn’t tell us anything. Then they said there was a shooting outside.”

She struggled to comprehend the violence.

“Why would they do this here at Walmart?” she said.

People sat in their cars at an exit unable to leave. Meanwhile, a BSO helicopter circled overhead throughout the evening clearly looking for someone. A shopper said it began inside the store with a fight between about 10 men.

“In two of three minutes the security guards came and escorted them out,” one shopper told us. Complete article

Shot fired at Paw Paw Mich. Walmart, police confirm 11/27/2019

PAW PAW, MI — A single shot was fired at a Walmart in Paw Paw Nov. 27, police confirmed.

No one was hurt in the incident that police know of and the shot was not fired directly at someone, a Paw Paw police officer told MLive.

The officer would not confirm whether anyone had been taken into custody on the matter. Complete article

Brazen robbery attempt at Paw Paw Walmart 11/30/2019 Reference to a warning shot nearend of article not headline.

Man wanted for kidnapping woman, forcing her to ride to La. Walmart 11/27/2019

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - NOPD is seeking help in finding 42-year-old Robert Bond.

On Nov. 26, Bond forced the victim to ride in his truck to the Walmart on Bullard Avenue in New Orleans East, where he purchased a cell phone in the parking lot.

After driving her back to her residence, he held her at gunpoint for around 45 minutes before she escaped into her residence to call the police.

Bond will be arrested for second-degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to the NOPD report. Complete article

Clerk staged convenience store robbery with boyfriend, then got engaged at NC Walmart, police say 11/28/2019

MORGANTON, N.C. -- It seemed like a typical convenience store robbery. An armed man walked in and demanded money from the frightened clerk, then walked out with a fistful of cash.

But when authorities in Morganton took a closer look at Monday night's robbery at Big Daddy's Minit Mart, they realized something was amiss and it soon unraveled into a tale of greed and love gone wrong.

Police said the clerk, Callie Elizabeth Carswell, staged the heist with her boyfriend at the store, used the money to buy rings hours later and made a video of their engagement at a Walmart.

The caper began late Monday night when Carswell told police a man entered Big Daddy's carrying a long, curved knife and demanded money from her, according to a Morganton Department of Public Safety news release. Complete article

Sheriff's Office: Man tries to steal TV from Wash. Walmart, punches and spits on employee 11/27/2019

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives need help identifying a robbery suspect.

According to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect walked out of the Walmart store on Sprague with a 50” Vizio TV in his shopping cart.

Spokane County Sheriff's Office

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Spokane Valley Major Crimes Detectives are asking for your help to identify the male robbery suspect in this photo.

The suspect walked out of the Walmart Store on E. Sprague with a 50” Vizio TV in a cart. A store employee asked to see his receipt, but the suspect failed to produce one. Store security contacted the suspect and told him to stop. The suspect yelled profanity at the employees as he continued to walk away.

When the employees attempted to recover the TV in the parking lot, a physical altercation ensued, ending with the suspect hitting one of the employees and spitting in his face. The merchandise was recovered, and the suspect left the area on foot.

An employee asked to see his receipt, but the suspect did not show one, and continued to walk to the parking lot. Store security and other employees tried to stop the suspect, who swore at them. When they tried to take the TV back, the man punched one of the employees and spat in his face. Complete article

Walmart shoppers threaten boycott after discovering employees aren’t paid extra to work Thanksgiving 11/29/2019

(WTVO) — The world’s largest retailer is facing a shopper boycott after it was revealed Wednesday that Walmart doesn’t pay its staff extra to work the holidays.

Instead, the store offers employees who have to work 10% and 15% discounts, according to The Guardian. And the 15% discount is only available for two days.

“We simplified our paid time-off policies in 2016 to combine vacation, holiday, sick and personal time into one bucket. We did this to give our associates greater flexibility and more choice to use their time off when and how they want to. As part of this change, we no longer pay holiday pay. Associates can now cash out any unused PTO at the end of the year,” according to a Walmart spokesperson.

Shoppers are threatening a Walmart boycott:

Nancy Armstrong

Please boycott @Walmart ! Instead of paying their employees properly for working on holidays they give them a cheap discount that they have to spend their money at the store to use! This has to be one of the really rotten places to work
John Price

Shame on you @Walmart. Taking away Holiday pay from your associates, those driving your bottom line. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Complete article

Walmart Hammer Recalled Over Loose Grip 11/27/2019

(CBS) — A hammers sold exclusively at Walmart is being recalled because the grip can come loose. About 200,000 of the Stanley wooden handle hammers were sold between July 2018 and August 2019.

If the grip slips while someone is using the hammer, they could injure themselves.

You can return the hammers to the store for a full refund. Complete article

VERIFY: Are you legally required to show your receipt when leaving a Ca. Walmart? 11/27/2019

FOLSOM, Calif. (KXTV) — If you've noticed some Walmarts have started scanning your receipts when you leave, you're not alone.

The policy has gotten many people talking on Facebook, with some saying it's no big deal and others expressing concern. One person had a different kind of comment.

"You do not have to stop," he wrote. "There is no law stating as such."

So, is that true? Can you legally just not stop and show your receipt at a Walmart checkpoint?


To start, we can say that this is happening. Not only did Walmart confirm it, but the ABC10 team in northern California went by the store and saw it happening. But are you legally required to engage?

What Folsom PD said: Sgt. Andrew Bates with the Folsom Police Department directed ABC10 to California Penal code 490.5, which states:

"(f) (1) A merchant may detain a person for a reasonable time for the purpose of conducting an investigation in a reasonable manner whenever the merchant has probable cause to believe the person to be detained is attempting to unlawfully take or has unlawfully taken merchandise from the merchant's premises."

In short: "To answer your question," Bates said. "A person would not have to stop unless the merchant had probable cause to believe the person had taken merchandise without paying."

VERIFY: Knowing that, we can verify that it's TRUE. You are not legally required to stop and show your receipt at a Walmart if you do not want to. Complete article

Verify: Can Tx. Walmart make you show a receipt? 11/22/2019

To verify, we went to Fort Bent County Pct. 3 Constable Wayne Thompson.

“There is no law (penal code) that allows a store to demand you show your receipt,” explained Thompson. “You can walk on by if you wish.”

However, it can get a little tricky, according to KHOU legal analyst Gerald Treece, who explained a law called Shopkeeper’s Privilege in Texas.

Shopkeeper’s Privilege allows a store to detain a suspected shoplifter for a limited amount of time if there’s probable cause.

Although not showing a receipt alone isn’t enough reason for detention, it can compound with other suspicions the store may have leading to detention.

Even though a customer isn’t legally required to show a receipt at Walmart in Texas, they are required to show one at Sam’s Club and Cosco, according to Treece.

Since those stores require a membership with their own terms and services, as soon as a person signs the terms and conditions, they have agreed to show their receipts.

Sleepy habitual shoplifter jailed after failed cosmetics haul at Summerfield Fla. Wal-Mart 11/27/2019

Cashier arrested after pocketing $1,800 at Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza Fla. 11/27/2019

Walmart presents $10K check to Food For Families 11/27/2019

Police: Whitehall Township Pa. Walmart Evacuated Due To Bomb Threat Just Ahead Of Black Friday Rush 11/28/2019

Man Intoxicated With Baby At Lacey NJ Walmart: Police 11/29/2019

Police seeking to identify women in West Ashley SC Walmart robbery 11/27/2019

Owner who abandoned malnourished dogs in Delavan Wisc. Walmart parking lot to face charges 11/29/2019

Woman Hospitalized After Shock At Hudson NH Walmart 11/28/2019

Police: Man exposed himself, rubbed private part inside Fort Pierce Fla. Walmart 11/2/2019

Oshkosh Wisc. approves settlement with Walmart over 'dark store' lawsuit 11/27/2019

Police respond to shooting in Nevada Walmart parking lot 11/29/2019

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police say one person was shot in the parking lot of a Walmart. It happened at the store at Cheyenne Avenue and North Rainbow.

Police say the shooting appears to be related to a domestic situation. The victim has been taken to UMC with injuries, but they do not appear to be life threatening.

Police do not have a suspect in custody, but the suspect has been identified. Complete article

Fire forces brief evacuation of Las Vegas Nevada Walmart on Black Friday 11/29/2019

A fryer fire at a McDonald’s restaurant inside a Walmart in central Las Vegas forced Black Friday shoppers out of the superstore for nearly an hour Friday morning.

Smoke was reported just before 9:20 a.m. at 4505 W. Charleston Blvd., near Decatur Boulevard, according to the Las Vegas Fire Department. The blaze was out by 9:45 a.m. thanks to the fast-food restaurant’s sprinkler system.

Customers were allowed back into the store at 10:05 a.m., a Walmart spokesman said. Complete article

Black Friday: Tx. Walmart Shopper Takes Selfies as Fight Rages Behind Them 11/29/2019

With Thanksgiving 2019 in the books, America and the rest of the world move on to the marathon that is Holiday Shopping Season. .....

But the gold of the day are the numerous fights and clashes that break out as people try to seal those deals. This one from a Dallas, Texas Walmart was shared by Twitter user Angel Garcia and shows a group of people battling over a pile of flat screen TVs.

What makes it unique is Garcia's decision as the melee breaks out.

"Took selfies w/the Black Friday fight at Walmart," Garcia wrote on the post alongside three snapshots of part of his face and the gang behind him. Complete article

Fight breaks out on Black Friday at Tenn. Walmart 11/29/2019

HENDERSONVILLE, TENNESSEE (WSPA) – A fight broke out on Black Friday at a Tennessee Walmart.

The video was posted to Facebook and has been shared thousands of times.

The footage shows several people getting into a tussle at the checkout line. It is unclear what started the fight.

Police and Walmart employees can be seen quickly responding and breaking up the fight. Complete article

Fight breaks out at Albuquerque NM Walmart on Black Friday 11/29/2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A fight broke out at an Albuquerque Walmart on Black Friday.

A witness said it occurred around midnight at the Walmart on Wyoming and Menaul.

A video shows several people pulling each other's hair and throwing punches.

A person involved in the altercation said they were not fighting over Black Friday deals. Instead, she said that they know each other and do not like each other. Complete article

Chivalry isn’t dead, but it results in a bloody nose in a videotaped fight at Murrieta Ca. Walmart 11/30/2019

Two men were videotaped fighting in the Walmart in Murrieta on Thursday, but it was not a wrestling match over the last-available 60-inch television in a Black Friday sale, police said.

The men — one an active Marine and the other a retired Marine — were waiting in the checkout line in the store at 41200 Murrieta Hot Springs Road just after 6 p.m. when an elderly woman repeatedly and apparently inadvertently bumped one of the men with her shopping cart, Murrieta police Sgt. Sean Lawlor said Friday.

That prompted one of the men to make a comment to the woman. The other man rebuked him, demanding he respect his elders, Lawlor said, and the fight was on.

The video begins with the men in hand-to-hand combat in the Christmas wrap aisle. One man takes down the other, and it is then that two Murrieta police officers hired by Walmart break up the fight. An officer pulls one man away and orders the other to let go. The officer then forces the man to the ground as the second officer arrives.
One man suffered a broken nose. No arrests were made because neither man asked to press charges, Lawlor said. Complete article

Police use Taser during struggle with teen at Prices Corner Delaware Walmart 11/29/2019

A Thanksgiving evening altercation between several shoplifting suspects and New Castle County Police at the Walmart in Prices Corner led to officers using a Taser on one teen and arresting two, police said.

According to department spokesman Master Cpl. Michel Eckerd, New Castle County officers were providing security for a pre-Black Friday event at Walmart when two employees told the officers that three teens were trying to steal video games.

The employees identified the trio to the officers, who confronted them, Eckerd said. At that point, he said, the teens tried to run. Complete article

2 juveniles charged with shoplifting at Prices Corner Walmart 'Black Friday' event 11/29/2019 No mention of the tasing or video with three troopers wrestling with a teen

Man Had Loaded Gun At Cinnaminson NJ Walmart On Black Friday: Cops 11/30/2019

CINNAMINSON, NJ — A Pennsylvania man was found to be in possession of a loaded gun during a shoplifting incident at Walmart in Cinnaminson on Black Friday, police announced.

Cinnaminson police responded to the Walmart at 5:42 p.m. on Nov. 29 for a report of a shoplifter, police said Saturday morning. John A. Maier II, 40 of Levittown, Pa., was arrested without incident, police said.

As police searched him, they said they found a loaded Smith and Wesson handgun, as well as illicit drugs, prescription medication and drug paraphernalia. Complete article

Black Friday evacuation at Walmart in Camillus; police suspect bomb threat 11/29/2019

BPS needs community’s help in identifying Ga. Walmart shoplifter 11/29/2019

Power restored at Walmart, Target in West Manchester Township Pa. on Thanksgiving Day 11/28/2019

Police: Men stole wheelchair from Pa. Walmart customer 11/30/2019

Man accused of sexually harassing Tulsa Okla. Walmart employees 11/30/2019 A Tulsa County deputy working security escorted the man out of the store, and as he was doing so, police said, Smith assaulted the deputy.

Belgrade man accused of stealing $2,000 worth of merchandise from Montana Walmart 12/02/2019

Police investigating accidental shooting at Onley Va. Walmart 12/02/2019

ONLEY, Va. – The Accomack County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accidental shooting that happened at the Onley Walmart on Saturday Nov. 30.

Police responded to the scene at around 2:11 p.m., and on arrival found a 66-year-old male suffering from an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the hand. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. Complete article

Storm Lake Iowa man arrested for lighting Molotov cocktail in Walmart 12/02/2019

STORM LAKE, Iowa (KCAU) – Police in Storm Lake arrested a man over the weekend after they say he tried to start a fire in a movie theater and then caused another incident at a Walmart.

The Storm Lake Police Department said in a release that officers were called to the Vista 3 Theater at 712 Lake Avenue in Storm Lake Saturday just before 10 p.m. for a report of arson. Theater staff told police that between showings, a person poured diesel fuel additive on the movie screen and a theater seat before he then tried to ignite them. The suspect, later identified as Alejandro Vargas-Lopez, 21, of Storm Lake, then fled.

While people were in the theater complex, no one else was in the theater itself. Damage to the screen and seat were estimated at $5,500.

While investigating the incident, the police received a report of a person at the Walmart on North Lake Avenue in the movie aisle trying to start paper towel rolls on fire.

The police said that Vargas-Lopez made a make-shift Molotov cocktail using a bottle of alcohol and a piece of children’s clothing from the store and ignited it. He then took paper towels and placed them on shelves and tried to light them. Walmart staff intervened and extinguished the fire before the police arrived. The quick actions by the staff stopped what could have been a more serious incident, police said.

While taking Vargas-Lopez into custody, police said he spit in an officer’s face. They also said they found $25 of merchandise on him. The estimated damage to the store was $30. Complete article

Walmart dodged US tax on $2 billion by routing cash through multiple countries, whistleblower says 11/29/2019

Walmart, the world’s biggest company, underpaid US taxes on nearly $2 billion worth of offshore cash, according to whistleblower documents filed by a former Walmart executive to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2011, and recently obtained by Quartz.

The firm avoided nearly $200 million in taxes on that money and “dramatically” overstated its foreign tax credits in 2009 and 2010 by routing payments from Luxembourg to the United States via the United Kingdom and not declaring they came from a tax haven, the whistleblower wrote.

If Walmart claimed all the tax credits, it could have improperly avoided paying close to $600 million in total via the maneuvers, according to the files. The whistleblower argued in the documents that the company should owe all that money to the IRS. A second former executive, who shared the files with Quartz, confirmed the whistleblower’s allegations.

Walmart denied any wrongdoing. “The transactions brought to our attention were appropriately reported to and audited by the IRS,” a spokesman said in an emailed statement. “The tax years covering this matter were closed by the IRS more than seven years ago.”

The spokesman declined to say whether the company explicitly told the IRS that the money originated in Luxembourg, rather than the United Kingdom.

Walmart’s history of alleged tax dodging poses a challenge to the firm’s efforts to rebrand itself as an exemplar of conscious capitalism, especially as it regroups from settling a seven-year bribery investigation for $282 million in June. In September, Quartz obtained files showing the firm may owe up to $2.6 billion in US taxes, avoided by creating a “fictitious” Chinese entity. And in 2015, a report by the Americans for Tax Fairness alleged that Walmart had placed assets worth at least $76 billion in tax havens where it had no retail stores—a figure equal to 37% of the company’s total assets at the time. Walmart has contested both reports. Complete article

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