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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
One man suffered a broken nose. No arrests were made because neither man asked to press charges, Lawlor said. 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
Sheriff: Two men caught shoplifting at Ky. Walmart during Black Friday hours 12/01/2019
Death investigation underway in Radcliff Ky. near Walmart 12/03/2019
Tx. Woman sues Walmart after she says razor blade cut her 12/02/2019
Employee at South Nashville Tenn. Walmart accused of posing as police officer 12/03/2019