Thursday, September 2, 2021
Walmart Crime Report August 2021
Walmart had at least a dozen more shootings in August of 2021 with at least four of them fatal, and at least eleven more injuries. One of the fatal shootings was an officer involved shooting where a suspect who shot at them was killed. Another one of the fatal shootings hardly got any media coverage until seventeen days later when he died of his injuries, adding to the evidence that even some of the worst crimes aren't being reported promptly in a high profile manner, indicating there could be even more that haven't been reported. Almost all of the shootings resulted in deaths or injuries with some more than one.
There were also close to a dozen, if not more, other gun related crimes including several false alarms about active shooters, armed robberies, an argument over excessive towing fees leading to an armed stand-off, and other petty arguments leading to threats of gun violence. Another threatened shootout also involved a police chase and at least two arsons, one at Walmart, the other at a separate location. If actual shooters aren't being reported promptly and consistently there's a good chance many more gun incidents aren't being reported either, since they're considered less important.
In addition to the four killed in shootings there were at least seven more dead bodies found on the premises, one more dead body that was last seen alive at Walmart, another person that was killed after being hit by a car, and a lawsuit about one other dead person who died as a result of injuries sustained at Walmart, allegedly for not maintaining the bathrooms which injured a handicapped person. If you count all of these this comes to fourteen dead bodies, which except for the mass shooting at El Paso and the month where ten bodies were found in a Texas Walmart, plus additional deaths on each of those months, this would be one of the deadliest months at Walmart, if not the deadliest.
There were at least two police officers fired or charged with sexual assault at Walmart last month, including one that was also dismissed for not filing charges against a shoplifter, in addition to inappropriate behavior with a Walmart employee. Another Ex-firefighter went on a racist rant at Walmart, going viral on the internet. Walmart also had another major brawl at one store, an attempted kidnapping or a teen and the courts allowed them to avoid answering questions about their security practices at El Paso as a result of the mass shooting two years ago, which are part of the reason for their high crime problems, although policies like cutting corners, store design, self-checkout and more are as important if not more important to solve their crime problems, but they ignore that too.
One Walmart worker showed how they caught customers when they steal at self-checkouts, but doesn't report on how often it escalates to greater violence, which is quite common. A customer bragged about how she forced workers to check her out and bag her products at the self-checkout as a way to show how displeased she was with their policies, which is a legitimate concern; however many people came to the conclusion that it was racists and humiliated good workers. Even if this wasn't the best way to make a point the point is legitimate, and it's better than a few other outraged people that responded with violence due to lack of cashiers.
In addition to the fatal crash and police chase followed up by a threatened shootout, there were at least seven or eight major crashes, or chases with at least a couple major injuries and one truck that crashed into the store; this is probably a large underestimate since they're often not reported widely. There were also at least four major fires, including the arson previously mentioned and at least two more, the fourth one may also be arson although they didn't report the cause.
Walmart also had at least seven or eight knife attacks or threats, including at least three machete attacks with at least one resulting in injuries, one stabbing and several other threats to stab more people, including one that happened last June, but wasn't reported widely before raising questions about how many major knife threats assaults or other incidents are happening without being widely reported. It's almost certainly much more than most people realize.
Walmart is also going back into panic mode over COVID-19, with at least one outbreak among their staff, and closing dozens if not hundreds of stores across the country for deep cleaning again. Walmart is now mandating vaccines for workers in the corporate office, supposedly because they care about saving lives along with the rest of the corporate world and political and media establishment. However the establishment isn't so concerned with saving lives that they support Medicare for All which is supported by a large majority of the public and according to numerous studies will save thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars every year; nor are they concerned with eliminating or restricting patents, most of which are developed with taxpayer money.
This clearly shows how concerned they really are with saving lives.
There was also an Alabama pastor that went up to a Missouri Walmart store and threatened them with execution if they continued administering vaccinations, especially mandated ones. I'm no fan of these methods or right wing fanaticism, and certainly don't believe most conspiracy theories about are rational and should be trusted. However, even though the establishment experts sound much more rational and I hope they're telling the truth, instead of using good educational tactics to inform the public about the science, they're using massive propaganda tactics, which at times makes me wonder if they're much if any more credible than the conspiracy theorists.
We certainly should be very careful before allowing the government and corporations from depriving the public about choosing their own health care treatments with informed consent.
And of course Walmart had many more lower profile crimes including a woman ramming her cart through a locked door to steal it, a pepper spray incident leading to a couple girls being arrested, a few panics due to a prank call or other false alarm, a couple thefts of $2,000 and $40,000 by customers or employees, and at least one more fight. Walmart also had another employee that was caught putting a camera in the bathroom and was arrested, and presumably fired for it.
Walmart had at least seven major recalls last month including dehumidifiers that may catch fire, hoverboards with defective batteries, cookie cakes, chicken salads, breaded stuffed chicken, and at least two separate potato chip brands. Some of these food items may have listeria, salmonella or pieces of plastic in them. Recalls rarely get much if any attention; one news outlet claims to report on them all, but clearly misses some. This should not be considered a complete list, since there's no way to know if more have happened without being widely reported.
Recent Walmart lawsuits include a couple African Americans, including a pastor and an ex-police officer, who were arrested for returning a broken TV who were falsely accused of presenting someone else's receipt, opioid cases, some of which they're trying to get dropped, a travel mug that exploded after juice fermented in it, a slipped foot mat leading to an accident, a free speech case which was dismissed when they wouldn't let a Trump supporter campaign for him, wrongfully firing an employee with Down syndrome which the EEOC says should lead to more scrutiny, and another suit filed by them to avoid paying property taxes. No small business has the legal funds to avoid these taxes and many of them were put out of business by Walmart who isn't willing to provide enough funds to make up the difference, and can get away with it due to their political and legal connections.
For years Walmart has gradually been cutting so many corners that their products break or wear out much quicker than they used to, which some may think makes their products fake merchandise. Perhaps at least one woman thinks that under these circumstances it would be appropriate to pay for fake merchandise with fake prop money.
Apparently most Walmarts don't allow you to shop naked, whether you're human, a bear, a seagull or a deer. Apparently Walmart has been visited by all of these last month, although the bear went through another grocery store before visiting Walmart's parking lot where he was detained. I don't see why animals shouldn't be able to shop at Walmart, and if the seagull didn't pay for his snack it's probably because he didn't understand our customs and he's not to blame.
These animals are more polite than a Pastor that was stalking a woman and bit a police officer when confronted so I don't see the problem.
For those who were wondering there's no evidence to support the claim that Walmart was “kidnapping kids” and selling them for $5,000 on Walmart.com.
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 August 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.
Two arrested, one facing burglary charge after Seneca Falls NY Walmart incident 08/02/2021
Nassau Man Touched Women Shopping At NY Walmart: Police 08/01/2021
Thief comes back next day; caught with grill from NC WalMart 08/02/2021
Man allegedly followed women in Tx. Walmart while touching himself, police say 08/01/2021
Bodycam shows armed response to false reports of active shooting at Sevierville Tenn. Walmart 08/02/2021 Two days before Christmas 2020, officers responded to a packed Walmart on the Parkway in Sevierville after reports of an active shooting. This is what they found.
Fla. Walmart shoplifting suspect allegedly switched labels on Legos and whiskey glasses 08/02/2021
OPD searching for Tx. Walmart thief 08/03/2021
Polson Montana Walmart manager helps those affected by Boulder 2700 fire 08/02/2021
Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for Geneseo NY Walmart stabbing in June 2020 08/03/2021
Leesburg man accused of stealing wings and corn dog from Fla. Walmart 08/02/2021
Shreveport La. PD seeks ID of man tied to wallet theft at Walmart 08/03/2021
Walmart in Marianna Fla. to temporarily close 08/04/2021
Citing low COVID vaccine rate, Marianna Fla.'s only Walmart to temporarily close for cleaning 08/04/2021
Suspect accused of firing shots inside south side Indianapolis Ind. Walmart arrested 08/05/2021
Suspect accused of calculating theft from La. Walmart 08/05/2021
Lewiston Maine man indicted in June Walmart shooting 08/04/2021
UPDATE: "Suspicious device" at West Valley Walmart "not explosive" 08/04/2021
Suspect steals $1,700 from Kansas Walmart register 08/04/2021
Montana Walmart accuses employee of theft 08/04/2021 A check of surveillance allegedly shows Blackcrow “palm” bills, give cigarettes to certain patrons and take merchandise from the store starting March 1. An estimated $5,830 in cash was taken, along with more than $10,000 in merchandise.
Walmart in Rolla, Missouri, to close for sanitation and cleaning 08/05/2021
Walmart Neighborhood Market reopens in Broken Arrow Okla. after deep cleaning 08/05/2021
Jacksonville Fla. Walmart to temporarily close for additional cleaning amid COVID-19 surge 08/06/2021
Walmart in Eastern Kentucky closed for two days for cleaning 08/06/2021
Walmart closing Beach Boulevard Fla. store to clean, sanitize 08/06/2021
South Alabama Walmart to close for cleaning, sanitizing 08/06/2021
London Ky. Walmart temporarily closed for sanitizing 08/06/2021
'Cultural misunderstanding' leads Perry police to respond to Ga. Walmart 08/08/2021
Woodlands Tx. Walmart Closed Until Monday for “Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Stocking” 08/08/2021
Man sentenced to 15 years for stabbing death in July 2018 behind Shrewsbury Missouri Walmart 08/09/2021
Clarkston Wash. Walmart temporarily closes for deep cleaning over COVID concerns 08/09/2021
Walmart temporarily closes Fort Smith Arkansas location for cleaning 08/0/2021
Gulfport Mississippi Walmart Neighborhood Market to close for deep cleaning 08/10/2021
VERIFY: No, sex traffickers were not found at Perry Ga. Walmart 08/09/2021
Rome woman arrested on meth possession outside West Rome Walmart 08/10/2021
Woman’s Purse Stolen After Unknowingly Dropping It Outside of Walmart 08/11/2021
Walmart in Saraland Alabama temporarily shuts down due to COVID-19 08/11/2021
Man sentenced to serve 4-15 years in prison for sexually assaulting teen in Walmart in Oct. 2020 08/11/2021
2 Walmart stores in south Alabama closing until Friday for cleaning, sanitizing 08/11/2021
Summerfield man arrested in alleged shoplifting case at Fla. Walmart 08/11/2021
Flippin Arkansas Walmart to close for 40 hours for deep cleaning, restocking 08/11/2021
Contractor electrocuted at old Walmart on Richmond Road Lexington Ky. 08/11/2021
Lake Wales Fla. Walmart location closing temporarily for thorough cleaning 08/13/2021
Police hosting safety resource fair at Walmart in Springfield Mass. 08/13/2021
Crime Solvers looking for suspects who stole $3k in electronics from Powhatan Va. Walmart 08/13/2021
JANESVILLE: Police in search of man after Wisc. Walmart theft 08/13/2021
CRIME STOPPERS: Moline Ill. police looking for Walmart shoplifters 08/12/2021
Walmart applicant alleges retailer's criminal history test is discriminatory 08/12/2021
Wiggins Mississippi Walmart Supercenter to close for deep cleaning, stocking 08/12/2021
Dog Missing for Weeks Wanders Into Alabama Walmart and Finds Owner Working at the Register 08/12/2021
Walmart to close two La. locations temporarily for cleaning, sanitizing 08/13/2021
A 3rd Walmart store in South Missippi will close for COVID-19 cleaning this weekend 08/13/2021
Mystery man stole $4,200 from Walmart in Vero Beach Fla. 08/14/2021
Walmart temporarily closes Plant City Fla. location 08/14/2021
Norman Drive Valdosta Fla. Walmart closes for weekend cleaning 08/14/2021
Temporary Walmart closures leave customers stuck shopping elsewhere 08/15/2021
Husband of woman killed in Texas Walmart mass shooting dies 08/15/2021
Bomb threat evacuates Walmart in Port Angeles Wash. 08/14/2021
Morgan Hill Ca. Police Seek Trio of Thieves Spotted at Walmart 08/14/2021
State Police cancel Senior Alert for missing 83-year-old man last seen at Danville Va. Walmart 08/15/2021
Walmart staff puts an end to man’s gift card scam: Mayfield Heights Ohio Police Blotter 08/15/2021
Walmart to close Sumter County Fla. location for cleaning amid COVID-19 spike 08/17/2021
Man arrested for animal cruelty after leaving his dog in hot car outside Milford Conn. Walmart 08/17/2021
Sarcoxie man charged with fleeing Missouri Walmart with iPhone 08/17/2021
Sheriff’s office: Woman stole over $700 worth of merchandise from Gloucester Va. Walmart 08/17/2021
Pascagoula Mississippi Walmart Supercenter to close for deep cleaning, stocking 08/16/2021
Dubuque Iowa Police looking to identify two people who allegedly stole from Walmart 08/18/2021
Gretna La. Walmart is third store to close for cleaning in past week on Southshore 08/18/2021
LaBelle Fla. Walmart closes due to COVID-19 08/18/2021
Walmart closing Jacksonville neighborhood market location for cleaning and sanitizing 08/2/2021
Spokane Valley Wash. Walmart temporarily closes for cleaning 08/20/2021
Lufkin Tx. Walmart closed for weekend for sanitizing, cleaning 08/20/2021
Dothan Alabama Walmart Neighborhood Market closes for cleaning 08/21/2021
Glenpool Okla. Walmart temporarily closing for cleaning 08/22/2021
People protest Walmart's COVID-19 vaccine mandate in Bentonville Arkansas 08/23/2021
South Medford Oregon Walmart closed for cleaning 08/23/2021
Man used phone to film up woman’s skirt at Fla. Walmart, cops say 08/24/2021
Ga. Walmart closes for ‘cleaning’ 08/25/2021
Report of overdose at Winchester Ind. Walmart leads to felony charges 08/25/2021
Ohio man working at Moundsville, West Virginia, Walmart steals about $125K worth of gift cards 08/24/2021
Plea deal drops murder charge for NM June 2019 Walmart parking lot killing 08/24/2021
Allegedly shoplifting at Walmart in Washington Ind. ends in drug charges for Illinois woman 08/25/2021
Corinth Mississippi Walmart will be closed until Friday morning for deep cleaning 08/25/2021
Ex-Fracker at Walmart Reveals One Risk to U.S. Oil Supply Growth 08/26/2021
Police: Woman shoplifts $250 of merchandise from SC Walmart 08/26/2021
Tampa Fla. Walmart closes temporarily for deep cleaning 08/26/2021
Walmart closing store at North Decatur, 215 Beltway Las Vegas Nevada for deep cleaning 08/26/2021
Roseburg Oregon Walmart set to close 'for additional cleaning, sanitizing and stocking' 08/26/2021
A Mississippi Coast Walmart store closing for COVID cleaning as Ida nears Gulf of Mexico 08/27/2021
Woman arrested after fleeing Walmart in Summerfield Fla. through emergency exit 08/27/2021
North Bay businesses skeptical of Walmart’s offer to handle their last-mile delivery 08/27/2021 “I think for the customer who is trying to support small business, it would be a turnoff to see the Walmart name attached to it,” said Emily Rich, who owns the Village Child in Novato. “Walmart, don’t you have enough of the pie?”
From Kabul Airport to a Houston Tx. Walmart: ‘Desperate to Get to America’ 08/28/2021
DA: Task Force legally justified in using deadly force in shooting at Whiteville NC Walmart last June 08/27/2021
Trial Delayed for January Va. Walmart Shooting Suspect 08/26/2021
Grants Pass Oregon Walmart temporarily closes for thorough sanitizing 08/28/2021
Protesters line the street outside of Walmart in Marietta Ohio 08/28/2021
Stranger exposes himself to shopper at Manassas Va. Walmart 08/29/2021
Oxford woman arrested with stolen merchandise in purse at Walmart at Buffalo Ridge Fla. 08/30/2021
Walmart to temporarily close Orange Park Fla. store for deep cleaning 08/31/2021
Tiffin man charged after allegedly acting erratically at Ohio Walmart 08/30/2021
Walmart customer arrested after argument over $1 item: Mayfield Heights Ohio Police Blotter 08/30/2021
PepsiCo, Walmart and Sam’s Club pilot new recycling program in Oklahoma 08/31/2021
Woman: $2,000 stolen from purse at Orangeburg SC Walmart 08/31/2021
Bradenton Fla. Walmart temporarily closes its doors for additional COVID sanitation 08/31/2021
Police Search For Man Accused Of Committing Lewd Act In Suffolk County NY Walmart 08/31/2021
Walmart in Lake Wales Fla. evacuated after receiving a bomb threat 08/29/2021
Fla. Walmart to temporarily close Orange Park store for deep cleaning 08/31/2021