Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Walmart Crime Report February 2021
Walmart had at least twelve shootings in February 2021, with four of them fatal; two of those shootings, including one of the fatal ones, were officer involved shootings. The other three are apparently murders, with at least one of them intentional. There were also at least seven or eight more injuries from these shootings. There was one other death in an accident and three bodies found on their property, one that is being investigated as a murder. This makes it a total of eight dead. The dead bodies found on their premises are semi-routine; but most of them are poor people or drug addicts and they don't consider these to be "foul play," or try to figure out why they're happening or how to prevent them. One of the dead bodies found last month turned out to be murder, as I suspected when I realized the "cargo area" was a trunk not the back of a SUV or minivan, but the police or media didn't describe it this way in early reports.
Another two shooting, one fatal, were reported last month that actually took place in December, but they weren't reported previously. This means that last December tied the previous record of twenty shootings in one month, which was also the month of December a few years earlier. It also adds to a growing amount of evidence showing that even many major crimes at Walmart are often not reported in a high profile manner. There has never been any doubt that they couldn't report all the petty crimes at their stores, but it was reasonable to expect that most if not all the major crimes would get a reasonable amount of media coverage. They have increased their partnerships with Google and some news outlets, but there's no way of knowing if this enables them to minimize coverage of their crime problems.
There was also another alleged shooting that turned out to be an airgun; however, before they figured this out there was a massive panic and they called in a SWAT team. In addition to the shooting there were several armed robberies, which is lower than usual, assuming they're all the ones that happened, which may not be a good assumption anymore.
One town in Alabama assigned a crime fighting unit to Walmart after a shooting at the beginning of the month and as a result of high crime problems there, netting a lot more arrests than usual; however, there's no reason to believe they're taking a close look at the root causes of Walmart's high crime problems. Most of it is almost certainly the same root causes of all crime; however, the fact that Walmart has more crime than other stores, per capita, indicates they're doing something different. There's little doubt that their corner cutting, including relying on self-check-outs, are part of the problem, along with store design making it easier to get out without paying and union busting and poor service angering both customers and workers.
Another police department in North Carolina has reported how crime is worse at Walmart than elsewhere. There's almost always at least one town or police department making similar reports every month, although they're only reported locally. There were several more fights, including a customer hit with a bicycle, employees punched or attacked with pepperspray, including at least one over sixty, a Native American dragged from Walmart accused of trespassing, and a black worker harassed and arrested while walking home in the snow.
They also had one employee arrested for putting a co-worker, who allegedly did nothing to antagonize him, in a choke hold. Walmart had at least one more assault for enforcing capacity limits, due to COVID. There were also numerous blunders in planning the shots for the vaccine, especially in Florida. This includes a class action lawsuit for not paying workers for time at screenings.
In addition to the fatal car accident killing a 73-year-old, there were at least half a dozen major accidents, including one armed carjacking at Walmart that ended in a crash into a house, and at least three stolen vehicles, including one with a six year old in the back, the child was released as soon as the thief realized she was there. On the first day of March they had a car crash into one of their stores following a police chase too.
Walmart had at least nine major fires across the country last month, with at least two of them clearly arson, including one set with fireworks, more of these were almost certainly arson but at least two were clearly accidental. They also had at least four knife attacks, resulting in at least one stabbing.
As usual this is only a small fraction of the crime at Walmart. Other incidents include a woman fighting cops, numerous large thefts of hundreds if not thousands of dollars, including one person wearing a Walmart vest that had a key to to electronic devises that were worth close to $3,000 which he got away with for now, although it's on camera and much more.
Walmart had at least two or three more recalls this month, including one of arsenic, lead and toxic metals in baby food and hand soap with a bacterial problem. They also sold beef from a firm involved in the destruction of the Amazon, although it's not being recalled.
Walmart is introducing more pet insurance, which is an obvious scam. The basic fundamentals of insurance mean they have to collect enough money from premiums to pay claims, plus profits and bureaucratic expenses, including ads, lobbying, campaign donations and many things that have nothing to do with caring for pets or what ever else is being insured. This is why we should never buy more insurance than we need, especially since we already have information to determine that when they sold insurance for pets it increased the number of desperate pet owners killing their own pets to try to collect insurance, just like with insurance for kids. This does far more harm than good!
Walmart continues to violate workers rights, including refusal to give a Maine worker a set schedule in violation of the law. And Bernie Sanders, once again, expressed outrage with them for not paying a living wage. Union Workers are protesting attempts to increase outsourcing again, despite routine false claims from businesses and politicians they're doing the opposite.
At a time when it's obvious that self-checkout is a major contributing factor to their crime problem they're trying to increase it again with one store that only uses it. There's no doubt that they'll try to do this even more, even though it increases crime and violence.
Walmart seems to have lots of people reported in the news for masturbating on the premises; I can understand why they report it in the store publicly, but wonder about people peeking in cars to catch others doing this. My best guess is it's far more common there, although most people just shake their heads and look away.
Have you ever stolen a running vehicle before realizing there's a dead body in the back, then noticed a large number cops while you shop at Walmart? No? Well a couple people in Missouri probably hate it when that happens.
Would you consider it a prank if someone pretended to hit you at Walmart? Some do, but the police weren't amused, at least not officially.
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 February 2021. 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.
Oxford Mississippi Police: Walmart deemed safe after bomb threat 02/01/2021 Oxford Police were called to the Walmart around 4 p.m. Sunday after management became aware that a man was going around the store telling others he had planted a bomb and they needed to leave.
Federal hate crimes case against accused Tx. Walmart shooter delayed due to Covid & complexities 02/01/2021
Car burglar identified after using stolen credit card at Tx. Walmart 02/01/2021
Suspicious wires from toilet paper dispenser at Ohio Walmart is a dud, not a bomb 02/01/2021
Pair arrested after deputies respond to attempted theft at Walmart store in Holton Kansas 02/01/2021
Man Steals Hoverboards and Soundbar From Fla. Walmart 02/01/2021
These 6 Chicago Ill. Walmart Locations Are Administering COVID-19 Vaccinations 02/02/2021
Suspect charged in weekend bombing threat at Mid-South Mississippi Walmart 02/02/2021
Walmart to give COVID-19 vaccines at Florida pharmacies under Biden retail distribution program 02/02/2021
30 Walmarts in Mississippi will soon offer limited COVID-19 vaccines, state says 02/02/2021
Inver Grove Heights Minn. Walmart evacuated due to 'suspicious item' 02/02/2021 Saint Paul Police Department bomb squad disposed of the item.
Police Blotter: Tenn. Walmart Shoplifting Cases Highlight Police Activity; Man Falsely Accused Of Credit Card Theft 02/02/2021
SILVER ALERT: Deputies say Beaufort County man could be at NC Walmart 02/03/2021
Police: Sussex County Man, 66, Caught Publicly Masturbating In NJ Walmart 02/03/2021 A woman who spotted him took photos of him and his vehicle, and he was tracked down, identified and charged with fourth-degree lewdness on Jan. 21, police said.
Two people arrested on drug charges in Glasgow Ky. Walmart parking lot 02/03/2021
Crime and fire report: Multiple shoplifters reported at Minn. Walmart and L & M Fleet Supply; snowmobile and trailer fire damage Detroit Lakes home 02/02/2021
Walmart To Close Down Underperforming Irvine Ca. Supercenter Next Month 02/03/2021
Walmart to temporarily close Sulphur La. location 02/03/2021
New Haven Teen Mother, Baby Found In Washington Missouri Walmart 02/03/2021
Ferndale Mich. business nearly shut down from pandemic goes national with Walmart sales 02/04/2021
Police in Selinsgrove Pa. searching for Walmart scammers 02/04/2021
Man arrested after allegedly exposing himself to Missouri Walmart shopper 02/05/2021
BUSTED! NJ ’Serial Shoplifter’ Found With Thousands In Stolen Walmart, Home Depot Merchandise 02/03/2021
Fact check: No, Walmart was not sold to a Chinese investment group 02/04/2021
Two arrested in connection with December larceny at Potsdam NY Walmart 02/05/2021
Saddle Brook NJ Walmart propane tank hit by plow, forcing stores and homes to be evacuated 02/05/2021
PA. STATE POLICE SAY WALMART THEFT STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION 02/05/2021
Affidavit: Man instructed to deliver cocaine at Tx. Walmart 02/05/2021 A man said he was tasked with delivering cocaine at a local Walmart in Laredo, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Thursday.
Thieves go on Fla. Walmart spending spree after stealing credit cards 02/05/2021
Woman banned from NY Walmart charged with burglary 02/08/2021
Biden, Yellen to discuss $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan with JPMorgan, Walmart, Gap CEOs 02/09/2021
Gov. DeSantis to deliver update from Walmart in Jacksonville Fla. 02/09/2021
Deputies: 'All-clear' given for SC Walmart Neighborhood Market to reopen after bomb threat investigation 02/09/2021
Sebastian woman arrested for shoplifting at Palm Bay Fla. Walmart 02/07/2021
Suspect alters stolen check to buy gift cards at Walmart, Murfreesboro Tenn. police investigate 02/09/2021
Police: Woman stole from a NY Walmart 02/09/2021
Three men use counterfeit money to buy TV from Cape Coral Fla. Walmart 02/09/2021
Walmart employee ‘steaks’ out meat thief: Brooklyn Ohio Police Blotter 02/10/2021
2 suspects arrested for a robbery at Walmart in Hesperia Ca. (VIDEO) 02/10/2021
Man Sentenced To Probation For Comments Made At Pa. Walmart in August 2019 02/09/2021
Cowboys for Trump head, El Paso Tx. Walmart shooting mentioned in Trump impeachment trial 02/11/2021
Power restored at Walmart in Boyd County Ky. 02/12/2021
Loganville Ga. Police Need IDs On Women They Say Stole From Walmart 02/11/2021
Butler County Ohio Walmart employee accused of $700-plus in thefts from the store 02/11/2021
Loudoun Va. deputy shot at Sterling Walmart to be released from hospital 02/12/2021
CRIME STOPPERS: Suspects wanted after theft at Moline Ill. Walmart 02/11/2021
Cops: City manager among victims of theft ID scheme at Tx. Walmart 02/13/2021 Police say Wichita Falls’ city manager was one of several victims of ID theft that resulted from a scheme involving a contractor working out of the Walmart store on Lawrence Road.
Judge donates $15,000 in honor of teen fatally stabbed at La. Walmart 02/12/2021 Melanie Lyons was stabbed to death on her 15th birthday. A $15,000 donation has been made in Melanie’s honor for several causes including a mentoring group for teen girls.
Trio jailed in connection with Fla. Walmart theft, cocaine charges 02/16/2021
Rose incident at Coshocton Ohio Walmart was an act of kindness 02/15/2021
Walmart closing some stores due to winter weather - here's how to check if a store near you is impacted 02/15/2021
Couple accused of walking out of Pa. Walmart stores with stolen televisions 02/17/2021
Man who lost family heirloom at Fla. Walmart 3 weeks ago gets it back after Channel 9 report 02/17/2021
Unwelcome shopper arrested after showing up at Fla. Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza 02/18/2021
Deputies: Claims of attempted abduction at Monroe Co. Ga. Walmart false, no arrests made 02/18/2021
Law Log: NC Walmart, Tractor Supply reported larcenies 02/19/2021
Body Shop Owner, Father of El Paso Tx. Walmart Shooting Victim Passes Away 02/19/2021
Store Burglary, Walmart Theft: Darien Ill. Cops 02/18/2021
Walmart apologizes, "re-educating" pharmacy teams after confusion over vaccine appointments 02/19/2021
Police Asking for Help Identifying Pa. Walmart Theft Suspects 02/20/2021
Williston man caught stealing Apple products from Louisiana Walmart 02/19/2021
Police: St. Helena Island man arrested after exposing himself in Beaufort SC Walmart 02/22/2021
Watch | Woman loses wallet in Jacksonville Fla. Walmart, Good Samaritan drives to her Yulee home to return it 02/22/2021
North Olmsted Ohio police respond to two Walmart thefts 02/22/2021
Two-month-long investigation lands former Clinton Ind. Walmart employee behind bars 02/22/2021
Man pleads guilty to murder in baseball bat beating outside Fort Wayne Ind. Walmart last March 02/24/2021
Umpqua man cited for spying on woman in Oregon Walmart restroom 02/23/2021
Wichita man accused of kidnapping ex from Kansas Walmart parking lot sentenced to probation 02/25/2021
Walmart closing Brainerd area Neighborhood Market in Chattanooga Tenn. 02/26/2021
As Walmart vaccinates Alabamians, one major group is being left out 02/25/2021
Man pleads guilty to gift card scheme at Walmart stores including one in Albion NY 02/25/2021
NY Walmart Supercenter evacuated after payloader strikes gas line 02/23/2021
Shoplifting Suspect Leaves Murfreesboro Tenn. Walmart Without Paying 02/26/2021
Multi-County Police Chase Ends With Driver Running Into Orange County Walmart 03/02/2021