Saturday, October 2, 2021
Walmart had another eight shootings in the month of September 2021, which is tied for the lowest they've had all year; however, this is still higher than average five or six years ago, and there were four deaths related to these shootings, which is tied for the worst this year. There were also at least two or three injuries from these shootings, which is fewer than usual, although one of them was a five year old child. Several of these started over petty arguments which escalated from there, which is common. There was also one other fatality from a Walmart shooting last June, who died from injuries related to the shooting, and wasn't previously counted. And there was a Walmart worker shot and killed while off-duty in an incident unrelated to Walmart, and they had a memorial at the store. And the first shooting of October happened on the first afternoon of October.
The media and search engines are clearly not as vigilant about reporting crime problems as they used to be, so this means that the amount turning up on search engines are far less complete, and this may include reports on shootings, but is much more likely to apply to lower profile crimes of all sorts, which weren't consistently reported in the first place, and is being reported even less now. Nevertheless there were at least half a dozen additional gun crimes, including petty arguments, including some that are racist, or robberies, and like most less severe crimes there were probably more that weren't widely reported.
In addition to the four people killed in shootings there were three more bodies found in their parking lots, including one murder, and one more Walmart employee and former cop was killed in a tractor trailer accident, bringing the total killed to at least eight. In most cases the bodies found in thier parking lot were allegedly natural causes, but there should be some concern about why so many people have no place to go and wind up dying at Walmart.
At another location unrelated to Walmart a Homeless man could face 7 years in prison for shortchanging store 43 cents 09/22/2021; however, there are many similar incidents constantly happening at Walmart, which is constantly pushing for tougher penalties for the poor while suppressing wages, and as I reported in previous articles, often getting caught at wage theft, which is treated as a civil matter not a criminal matter. There are numerous stories every month including this one about shopliftings of minor items are being turned into felonies sometimes calling them burglaries, which used to involve people breaking into houses.
They've taken this to such an extreme that when police tried to shame a person for stealing diapers in Florida after two credit or debit cards were declined, people all over the country were outraged at the police and Walmart not the father trying to take care of his kids and offered to pay for them if they let the guy go; but Walmart and the police insisted on enforcing their policies without reasonable discretion, at least for now. In another case, a homeless man set at least two fires, including one at Walmart and quickly admitted it. His motive wasn't disclosed, but there've been many other cases where poor or homeless people did things like this just to get free housing in jail. We have plenty of research showing that it's far less expensive to house the homeless or take care of other social problems but our government is controlled by Machiavellian oligarchs that want to "keep the citizens poor," as Machiavelli taught, so they can control them, while only pretending to support Democracy and serve the people.
There are an enormous number of trivial incidents where the people rigging the economy aren't held accountable while the victims who often are driven to desperation get all the blame including a homeless person who was beaten with a baton after spitting on an officer was charged with assault but officers using excessive force are almost never charged, as they serve interests of oligarchs. Other incidents include employees that brawl over petty disagreements before going back to work; an assistant prosecutor starting an argument over a $1 drink koozie who's actually arrested for it; and many other petty arguments, most that get little or no media coverage and are only discussed at the local level. There was also a recent report about an attempt to buy parts for a fake bomb twenty years ago at Walmart that was allegedly used on 9/11 but hardly got any coverage previously.
Fortunately another Walmart employee quit loud and clear over the PA system getting an enormous amount of attention in the store and on the internet where it went viral; it's only been a few months since the last time an employee did that and there was at least one other incident years ago where another employee did this. It's virtually guaranteed that Walmart will be restricting access to the PA system soon if they haven't done it already. However, this wont stop all viral videos of people quitting, since there have been even more made with videos that don't involve the PA system, some limited to loud speeches for all to hear, others involving knocking items off shelves or breaking things. One way or another this will be semi-routine as long as Walmart continues to abuse their workers and often customers as well.
There was also an incident where a Walmart Hairstyle salon was closed because all the employees quit at once to protest abusive work practices. There were also various robberies at Walmart and an attempted kidnapping.
In addition to the person killed in a tractor trailer accident there were several stolen cars, including one with a disabled dog in it, a road rage incident and numerous car accidents, including one where a Tesla drove through some bushes and landed on two other cars when going over a retaining wall from an elevated lot. Walmart had at least one other fire in addition to the one started by a homeless man, which was a vehicle at a gas station that was extinguished before causing much more damage if the tanks caught fire, which is rare since they're underground.
Walmart had at least four more knife attacks, including two stabbings, which is lower than usual, but the reason for this is almost certainly less reporting, not necessarily fewer incidents. Without reliable reporting there's no way of knowing if it's going up or down; however, if it's being suppressed as it appears, there's probably something to cover up. There was also a man threatening people with a stick; numerous sexual assaults or other assaults; a girl-fight over jealousy about the same man; a panic that was started over an exploding bike tire that people overreacted to; and a large theft of $55,000 by a cashier.
One Walmart customer went in for an oil change and had her car blow up before it was done; fortunately her child, which she usually keeps with her wasn't there at this time so she wasn't hurt or killed, but she was stranded for a while and Walmart broke promises to get her a rental while the case was settled. Walmart actually has incidents like this happen on a regular bases, and intentionally or not follow a consistent incompetent patterns of behavior. Even though they're a multi billion dollar company they routinely fight to minimize the damages from the beginning leaving many people stranded, and often, only after the media pays attention they quickly settle, which they can easily afford, but customers get stranded in the mean time. It would obviously be easier to settle right from the beginning, which will cost less and avoid bad publicity but they never seem to do this. There was another incident a year ago where an accident with their tractor trailer wiped out all the tow trucks for a small company which put them out of business until recently when they got a settlement, although there's a non-disclosure agreement which is routine to prevent future victims from knowing what to expect so they can minimize liability for their negligence, which is routine.
A fake news outlet released an article saying Walmart was accepting cryptocurrency from a specific company and dozens of real news outlets reposted this sending the stock surging in possible pump and dump scam. Walmart refuted this within a day but other news outlets were still reporting it. This is either incredible incompetence on the part of news outlets repeating it and possibly Walmart, or they were in on it pretending to be incompetent. Either way it raises major questions about how our economic system works rewarding major scams.
Walmart had a recall for a propane tank adapter, and they're involved in the usual non-stop lawsuits over more things than anyone can keep track of, often wining them, not based on their merits but on their political connections. And they found out their parking lot in Georgia is over an unmarked graveyard for former slaves.
Walmart is also renewing a lawsuit against Kanye West's Yeezy logo, which they claim looks like their logo; both of them look like an image of the sun. This has been copied for thousands of years in many forms with many variations, even though I'm not a fan of Kanye West I can't imagine how Walmart could get intellectual property rights for a replica of the sun. We used to have professionals that were actually concerned about fair play and the rights of the majority, like Dr. Jonas Salk who was once asked "Who owns the patent on this [polio] vaccine?" he replied, "Well, the people I would say. There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?" The Supreme Court eventually agreed and when Walmart first objected they lost, but now they're trying again.
Apparently, if Walmart can get away with it the would "patent the sun!" And even the current court system isn't letting them, at least not yet, but they bend over backwards for them in many other cases, and it may be a matter of time before Walmart and other oligarchs get absolute power overruling the last shreds of Democracy if we let them!
Lin Wood went on a wild rant about the Illuminati and a fringe conspiracy theory about Walmart that doesn't make sense, which traditional media gave coverage to helping to promote misleading stereotypes about conspiracy theories; however, just because his claims don't have any credibility doesn't mean there isn't an enormous amount of reason to boycott Walmart when they're constantly suppressing worker and consumer rights, as well as doing their part, along with other oligarchs, to corrupt the Democratic process and even the courts. Nor does it mean that many conspiracy theories aren't much more rational and often turn out to be true, when they're well researched. Governments and corporations are constantly acting in secret and fail to keep all their secrets so good rational researchers often expose real conspiracies, and yes, wealthy people are rigging the economy in their favor and getting away with massive fraud.
There are even some semi-sophisticated scams, like a couple people that convinced an elderly woman from withdrawing $15,000 at Walmart which they robbed her of.
Furthermore, even if you don't call it a conspiracy, our culture of celebrity worship of so-called reality TV stars like a former reality TV "teen mom" who is now almost thirty years old going viral for visiting Walmart while her husband flashes his gun for publicity before crashing his car with children in the back seat. It's hard to imagine why anyone would follow these clowns on social media, but mainstream media is constantly promoting hype like this then, in some cases, like this one, firing them, as if they're taking the high ground while encouraging more foolish behavior for other reality TV stars that can't do anything but behave foolish to get attention.
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 September 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.
Odessa man caught inappropriately recording women in Tx. Walmart in September of 2020 sentenced to prison 09/01/2021 Ector County Judge John Shrode has sentenced a man to two years in prison for taking improper videos of unsuspecting women. Donald Porter, 35, pled guilty this week to Invasive Visual Recording. In addition to jail time, Porter was also given a ten-thousand dollar fine.
WALMART TO CLOSE FOR COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS 09/02/2021
Woodward Okla. Walmart evacuates over suspicious message 09/02/2021 According to Interim Chief of Police Billy Parker, a pencil was found on the counter-top by the sink in the ladies restroom that said, “bomb, boom, (expletive), you’re dead.”
Niles Ill. Blotter: Thief Steals TV From Walmart 09/01/2021
FLEEING PA. WALMART THIEF 09/01/2021
Freddie Mitchell Went to Pa. Walmart in His Underwear to Buy Clothes After Being Rescued from Flooded Home 09/02/2021
WALMART READY TO GIVE COVID BOOSTER SHOTS, PENDING FDA, CDC APPROVAL 09/01/2021
PURSE THEFT AT PA. WALMART 08/24/2021
Two people warned for trespassing, shoplifting at Walmart 09/04/2021
Tyler Tx. PD searching for 3 people involved in Walmart theft 09/03/2021
Cashier arrested after theft of over $2,700 from Arkansas Walmart 09/04/2021
Crestview Fla. Walmart closing temporarily for COVID sanitization, restocking 09/03/2021
Iowa Man Sentenced In July 2018 Missouri Walmart Stabbing Death 09/05/2021
Skowhegan Me. police arrest Oxford man at Walmart 09/06/2021
Lawnmower taken, recovered from Mich. Walmart 09/05/2021
Judge orders man held without bail in shooting at Walmart in Hadley Mass. 09/06/2021
Forest City NC police need help identifying suspects in Walmart theft 09/08/2021
Indiana Walmart employee almost did the right thing after finding wallet, police say 09/08/2021
Woman posing as Walmart employee steals from North Fort Myers Fla. store 09/07/2021
Man Steals Nearly $700 Worth of Digital DVD Codes From Fla. Walmart 09/08/2021
Chehalis Wash. Walmart Temporarily Closed for Cleaning, Sanitizing, Store Says 09/07/2021
Groton Conn. Police Search For Suspects In Walmart Register Theft 09/07/2021
Walmart in Liberty Tx. closed until Friday for cleaning and restocking 09/08/2021
McAlester Okla. Walmart to temporarily close 09/09/2021
Man, woman wanted for using stolen credit card at Shreveport La. Walmart 09/09/2021
Newnan Ga. Walmart closes temporarily for deep cleaning 09/10/2021
Locust Grove Okla. Police investigating bomb threat at Walmart 09/11/2021
6-year-old unaccompanied migrant found in Brownsville Tx. Walmart 09/10/2021
Many Gulf Coast Walmart Supercenters temporarily suspend pickup, delivery services 09/12/2021
Suspicious package prompts south Abilene Tx. Walmart evacuation; All clear given 09/12/2021
Man faces drug charges after shoplifting SC Walmart 09/13/2021
Officers stopped three at Tenn. Walmart, alleged shoplifting, intent to sell heroin 09/12/2021
Suspected shoplifter nabbed after failing to scan items in self-checkout lane at Fla. Walmart 09/13/2021
$115M Judgment Against Walmart on Ice 09/13/2021 U.S. District Judge James M. Moody Jr. last month put a $115 million judgment against Walmart Inc. on hold “until further notice by the Court.”
Walmart hit with $115 million verdict over food-waste trade secrets 04/12/2021
Walmart to temporarily close Meridian Idaho store for thorough cleaning and sanitizing 09/13/2021
Time To Get $100 Walmart Gift Cards For Colorado COVID-19 Vaccine Coming To A Close 09/13/2021
Man accused of shooting 'upskirt' video of shopper at La Grange Ky. Walmart 09/14/2021
Detectives seeking suspected vodka thief from Walmart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza Fla. 09/14/2021
Police: Baby rescued from hot car parked at Madison Township Ohio Walmart, mother arrested 09/15/2021
Corbin Ky. Walmart to close at 2 p.m. Wednesday until Friday morning 09/14/2021
Man committed 'lewd act' at Islandia NY Walmart, Suffolk police say 09/14/2021 Suffolk County police are looking for this man, seen in a frame grab from surveillence video, who allegedly committed a lewd act in an Islandia Walmart in July.
Necklace urn containing ashes found in Missouri Walmart parking lot 09/14/2021
Walmart on Fourth Street in Longview Tx. closed until Friday morning 09/15/2021
Rochester Minn. PD: Two arrested after stealing $1,000 worth of goods from Walmart north 09/16/2021
Auburn Maine Walmart victim shot twice in back after July 2019 confrontation, autopsy shows 09/16/2021
Man Walks Out of Fla. Walmart With Unpaid For Shark Vacuum Under Cart 09/16/2021
Lawyer: Man charged in Ariz. Walmart killing acted in self-defense 09/15/2021
BCSO: Drill resulted in false call to Gray Highway Ga. Walmart 09/17/2021
Walmart Just Suspended Delivery and Pickup in La. 09/15/2021
Judge sentences pair who fought with cops after mask request at Ariz. Walmart in 2020 09/17/2021
NC Walmart employees catch man taking upskirt photos with cell phone, Goldsboro police say 09/17/2021
Mountain Home Idaho Walmart to close for deep cleaning 09/17/2021
Tyler Tx. police looking for man they say stole from Walmart, returned the items for cash 09/17/2021
Police Seeking Information on Credit Card Fraud at Pa. Walmart 09/18/2021
Two Circleville Men Were Arrested for Theft at Ohio Walmart on Friday 09/17/2021
Man Slumped Over In Car At Lacey NJ Walmart Charged With Drug Possession, Set Free 09/19/2021
Ky. Walmart cashier treats customers to special closing time announcement 09/17/2021
Child approached by unknown man at Grand Haven Mich. Walmart, deputies say 09/19/2021
Recognize Him? Tyler Police Seek Man Who Stole from a Tyler Tx. Wal-Mart 09/19/2021
State Police arrest two after shoplifting incidents at Walmart in Allegany NY 09/19/2021
Police blotter: Va. Walmart customer pepper-sprayed in aisle 09/20/2021 Walmart 125 Washington Square Plaza, 9/18, 2:33 p.m. Deputies responded to the Walmart for a fight in progress. They learned the victim exchanged words with another customer in an aisle of the store. The suspect sprayed the victim in the face with pepper spray and fled the store. Camera footage is being used to create a wanted poster of the suspect.
Tenn. Walmart to temporarily close Hixson story to be cleaned, sanitized 09/21/2021
Police Seek Pair Accused of Stealing LEGO Set from Pa. Walmart 09/20/2021
Thief stole $1,200 worth of items from Walmart store, Tupelo Mississippi Police say 09/20/2021
Bedford woman arrested after stealing items from Ind. Walmart 09/21/2021
Jury finds Auburn Maine man not guilty of murder in 2019 Walmart parking lot shooting 09/22/2021
Police searching for couple who stole baby products at Walmart 09/22/2021
2 arrested for drug related charges after shoplifting call at Valdosta Ga. Walmart 09/22/2021
Midland Tx. PD investigating Walmart theft 09/22/2021
Judge affirms bond in fatal Ariz. Walmart shooting 09/22/2021
Two women suspected of stealing wallet out of Walmart shopping cart, returning to RI Walmart to use stolen credit cards, police invesitgating 09/23/2021
Va. Towing company able to replace fleet year after Walmart truck wreck 09/24/2021
More than 25% of Walmart's corporate officers are people of color, new report shows 09/25/2021
Police investigate bomb threat at Lexington Ky. Walmart 09/25/2021
RETAIL THEFT ARRESTS AT PA. WALMART 09/27/2021
Tyler Tx. Police Seek Man Who Stole from a Tyler Wal-Mart. Seen Him? 09/2/2021
Police: Man walks out of East Texas Walmart without paying for $175 speaker, tool kit 09/28/2021
Bismarck ND Walmart temporarily closes for cleaning, restocking 09/28/2021
Man wanted after buying ring at Tx. Wal-Mart with stolen credit card 09/28/2021
Police: Cambria County Pa. shoplifter caught with meth, heroin at Walmart 09/29/2021
Boil notice issued for Killeen Tx. Walmart 09/28/2021
Bloomfield man arrested after switching price tags on tires at Ind. Walmart 09/28/2021
Missouri couple accused of child abuse want home confinement eased to go to Walmart 09/30/2021
Meat moved after SD Walmart coolers give out 09/30/2021
Iowa Walmart jewelry thief pleads not guilty 09/30/2021