Sunday, May 2, 2021
Walmart had at least ten more shootings in April of 2021, including at least two that were fatal, one from road rage, another from a small child who found a gun owned by his mother and accidentally killed another child. This also includes at least two attempted robberies with one deterred by an armed customer, and another involving a shootout between two cars with at least one armed shooter in each car.
There was also one more Walmart related fatal shooting reported this month, which happened in November of 2020, but wasn't widely reported until recently. A Walmart worker previously expressed a desire to commit suicide, and according to a lawsuit, Walmart management decided not to put him on the list of people not to sell firearms to and after he bought a rifle during break he went to a nearby parking lot and committed suicide. The fact that this wasn't previously reported in a high profile manner adds to the evidence that the media or Google are no longer reporting on some high profile crimes as consistently as they were a couple years ago. There was also an update saying that a fatal police shooting from April 2020 was a violation of policies; one officer was previously charged with voluntary manslaughter.
There were also at least nine or ten other gun related crimes without shootings, including several threats against employees, often while getting caught shoplifting or armed robberies, at least one or two threats against customers and at least one gun stolen from a woman's holster. I'm sure there's plenty of research showing that gun owners are often the victims of people using their own guns.
In addition to the two people that died as a result of shootings there were another two bodies found on the premises and one drive dying as a result of a crash two weeks after it happened at Walmart bringing the total death toll to at least five; however, this doesn't count the deaths of at least four elderly or disabled people that bought bed-rails from Walmart and other retailers. These were recalled years ago and sold again with safety straps, which didn't work. It's unclear when these people died of how many were bought from Walmart.
These deaths may actually be trivial compared to the total deaths that might have happened as a result of denying paid sick leave to employees during the pandemic. According to one report, 133 people may have died as a result of this policy and 7,500 COVID cases could have been prevented.
Just about every year there about three or four cops that get caught shoplifting at Walmart, and are relieved of duty immediately. This month alone there were at least three, including one stealing women's underwear, although there's no explanation what he did with it. The third one was actually credit card fraud stealing credit card information and trying to use it at Walmart.
Despite the fact that police are routinely fired very quickly when they steal from a powerful oligarch, it's extremely difficult to get them fired when they kill members of the working class, especially minorities. After an enormous amount of protests there has been a modest improvement, but it's still only a fraction of the police misconduct cases, including the one mentioned above in California, which was fatal, and another from Loveland Colorado which happened almost a year ago when police broke the arm of a 73 year old woman with dementia for trying to steal less than $14.00 worth of merchandise. They weren't forced to resign until tapes of them laughing about the incident were released as a result of a lawsuit, which could easily cost the city millions of dollars. They were literally bragging about how at least two possibly three police officers were able to take down a 73 year old woman who only weighed about 80 pounds, and didn't seem to know what was going on. Furthermore they didn't even get her medical attention right away, while they were laughing at her.
There was also another incident in Alabama where the police sent a dog after a shoplifting suspect, without necessarily having strong evidence, and he attacked him so badly that he required five surgeries to save his arm, which could lead to another multi-million dollar lawsuit. Not only is this use of dogs to attack people for petty crimes, that may or may not have been committed, but it's also abusive to the dogs to put them at risk and teach them to behave in a violent manner. This type of training routinely involves abusing them to teach blind obedience and violent behavior.
Walmart also had a couple massive fraud schemes, as well as many more smaller ones, one by an employee stealing $124 thousand in gift cards, another by at least four people, including one local rapper stealing $360,000 through a money transfer scheme, and another employee caught on camera stealing personal information to make purchases for himself. Another employee got caught stealing a package from a porch on video camera; in this case he delivered it, took a picture to prove it, then just took it back. This is now semi-routine. There was also one more employee fired and jailed for sexual assault of a fellow employee.
In addition to the driver that died a couple weeks after his accident, there were close to if not more than a dozen additional major accidents, hit and runs, chases, stolen vehicles, carjackings or other auto-related incidents. This includes at least two police chases, one that was supposedly very dramatic. With all the dramatic chances starting at Walmart, often after petty shoplifting, you would think they would look at simple way to reduce crime and violence like store design self-check-out and other practices that virtually invite large amounts of theft by making it easy, and occasionally escalating to more extreme violence.
The most dramatic crash wasn't an accident at all, a former employee intentionally drove his car into the Walmart and down the aisles. This isn't the first time this has happened there are typically several times per year where vehicle drive through the store, including some by other angry employees or customers. One article refers to this as "Going Postal," repeating the false assumption that postal workers are more likely to go on rampages, usually shooting sprees, not crashes. However, studies have shown that the Post Office isn't more likely to have employees go on shootings sprees, they just get much more media attention; and based on reports from Walmart, they have far more employees go on major shootings sprees, and if you include other shootings it's more than ten time worse; but media rarely tries to figure out how common Walmart shootings or other rampages are.
This wasn't even the only crash into the store this month, another vehicle also crashed into the store right next to the cooler trapping workers in it, until they were rescued. There was also another vehicle catching fire in their parking lot.
In addition to the car fire, there were at least four more fires in or on top of the stores; two of them were clearly arson, with one starting on the roof in solar panels, which are almost always accidental. There were also at least half a dozen knife attacks or threats, including two resulting in stabbings, one of them stabbing at least two people, at least one robbery and several road or shopping rages.
Walmart also had numerous assaults, attacking both customers and employees often when they catch them stealing, at least two incidents where angry people threatened to bomb Walmart, including one person angry because he couldn't get a refund, numerous purse snatchings, at least one assault on a police officer, and many more petty crimes that normally don't even make the traditional media. In one incident there was a fight on camera where a big guy was knocked down and people claimed an ex-NFL player, which proved to be false.
Walmart has had increasing amounts of crime since they began expanding self-checkout, yet instead of acknowledging this they keep making it worse. A growing number of stores are eliminating cashiers in some parts of the country, other stores are trying to direct over three quarters of customers to self-checkout. In many cases they must be spending a large amount of the money they save on cameras and security people to watch them so they can catch people stealing, instead cashiers that discourage these attempts. The thefts often lead to increased violence when they get caught or more police chances. However, a lot of these external expenses are paid for by taxpayers, or people that might be injured or even killed as a result of the increase crime, therefore it might not impact their profits, which seems to be all Walmart executives care about.
Our tax payer funds are being used to subsidize profits for people who are already richer than they deserve and increased crime! If we made Walmart pay for the additional expenses caused by this they would be quick to hire back those cashiers and drastically reduce their crime problems!
Walmart also had at least five major recalls including the one for bed-rails previously mentioned, which is actually an older recall, and it may not be clear if you can get your money back, even though four people were killed as a result of it. Another recall is for vitamins that may endanger your health and a recall of Meow Mix that may give your cats salmonella. Additional recalls include one on child toys that may provide a choking hazard and pressure washers. Recalls rarely get much media attention so most of the people with these products may not even know they're dangerous or they should return them.
Walmart is constantly defending themselves on dozens of lawsuits including a couple for $115 million and $5 million, but there's no guarantee they won't appeal these if they think they can wait people out, which is standard operating procedure for oligarchs, because they know that people are much more willing to settle if they think it could be dragged out for years. This is a tactic that is clearly only available to the wealthy and shows how badly the so-called "justice" system is. Another law suit is for a local towing company where a Walmart Drive is clearly at fault; the damage is less than a million dollars, which Walmart can clearly afford, and the small company can't go without, yet they're even fighting that tooth and nail and haven't given them a penny yet, falsely claiming they're trying to get a settlement in good faith.
One woman claimed that she was insulted with a racial slur while trying to return a TV, which Walmart tried to blame on a contractor, which they say they no longer deal with. If this was an isolated incident this might seem credible, but they constantly blame things on their contractors, when they could train people themselves. They routinely squeeze their contractors just like they squeeze everyone else virtually guaranteeing problems like this and worse.
Walmart is also increasing their investments in self-driving cars. There's already been dozens of accidents with these and at least one death and they're still only being used on a small scale. Walmart has an incredibly long history of cutting corners and causing inevitable problems; can there be any doubt they'll do that with this as well? You would think they would use as much caution during the testing phase as they can; which may mean that the potential for accidents could be much higher once it's done on a large scale, and even if it could be done safely, it's hard to imagine Walmart is the company to do it.
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 April 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.
Fruitland Park woman claims stolen Fla. Walmart items to help her cash-strapped mom 04/01/2021
Man arrested on suspicion of robbery at Ventura Ca. Walmart 04/01/2021
MISSING: Teen girl last seen at Walker La. Walmart 04/01/2021
Police seeking information from Pa. Walmart theft 04/02/2021
Clearfield man sentenced for robbing Pa. Walmart employee last Oct. 04/02/2021
Sahuarita Ariz. Walmart to temporarily close, reopens Monday 04/03/2021
Dearborn Mich. Walmart closed until Monday morning for deep clean 04/03/2021
Imperial woman arrested outside Arnold Missouri Walmart for alleged possession of meth 04/03/2021
Dog locked in Dodge Caravan for over an hour at NY Walmart 04/03/2021
WANTED: Police searching for woman suspected of stealing air fryer, vacuum from Pa. Walmart 04/05/2021
Derry man arrested for DUI again after problem at Salem NH WalMart 04/05/2021
Walmart's Trial Over Alleged Stolen Tech 04/05/2021 Walmart Inc. of Bentonville stands accused in a Little Rock courtroom of stealing another company's technology, and it's not the first such allegation the world's largest retailer has faced in recent years.
Couple accused of shoplifting at NY Walmart 14 times this year 04/06/2021
Findlay Ohio Police respond to bomb threat at Walmart 04/06/2021
MyPillow Petition for Amazon, Walmart to Pull Items Passes 100,000 Signatures 04/06/2021
Woman arrested for stealing pots and pans from Ind. Walmart 04/06/2021
'Just for fun' Tx. Walmart shoplifting spree ends in arrest 04/06/2021
Dearborn Mich. Walmart closed until Monday morning for deep clean 04/03/2021
Troy man charged with theft at Brunswick NY Walmart 04/07/2021
Wanted man arrested near Merrill Wisc. Walmart after running from police 04/07/2021
Amelia Ohio Walmart reopened after bomb threat causes evacuation 04/07/2021
Confusion and arrest after NM Walmart bomb threat 04/06/2021
Woman left 4-year-old boy in car for nearly an hour in South Euclid Ohio Walmart parking lot, police say 04/06/2021
Pressure cooker in parking lot leads Bangor Maine Walmart to briefly shut down 04/07/2021
Tucker slams Arkansas governor over 'castration' veto: He did 'exactly' what Walmart scion 'wanted him to do' 04/07/2021
Lincoln Nebraska police arrest three people on drug charges in Walmart parking lot 04/08/2021
Authorities searching for suspect who stole from Gardnerville Nevada Walmart 04/07/2021
More than 100,000 people sign a petition urging Walmart, Amazon, and other retailers to pull MyPillow's products 04/07/2021
Police: Felony charge for Lyons woman after incident at Seneca Falls NY Walmart 04/09/2021
Auburn Alabama police arrest man for Harassment, groping women at Walmart 04/08/2021
Woman charged with falsely reporting assault outside Covington Ga. Walmart 04/09/2021
Niles Ill. Blotter: Walmart Shopper Rips Off Clerk To Tune Of $350 04/09/2021
Police identify NH Walmart shoplifting subjects 04/09/2021
Beaufort SC Walmart back open after investigating bomb threat, police say 04/09/2021
Two arrested in Seneca Falls NY following a shoplifting at Walmart 04/10/2021
Officials evacuate Morehead City NC Walmart in response to bomb threat 04/10/2021
CCSO continue search for thief dressed in Ga. Walmart work vest 04/12/2021
Woman wanted for barcode switch shopping spree at Florida Walmart 04/12/2021
Authorities seek identity of Nevada Walmart shoplifter 04/09/2021
‘All clear’ given at two separate Tx. Walmart stores following bomb threats, police say 04/11/2021
Shoplifting suspects from Walmart in Chicopee Mass. 04/12/2021
Two arrested after shoplifting from Ky. Walmart 04/13/2021
Shoplifting suspects at Walmart in Sturbridge Mass. 04/13/2021
Warren County Pair Banned From NJ Walmart For Shoplifting, Harassing Loss Prevention Officer 04/13/2021
Man shot by LMPD officers after chase, shootout at Ky. Walmart, last month, pleads not guilty in court 04/13/2021
Cave City woman arrested at Ky. Walmart with stolen merchandise, pills 04/14/2021
Sheriff: Man arrested for drug possession in Ky. Walmart parking lot 04/14/2021
Red Bluff Ca. Police shooting at Walmart Distribution Center in June 2020 deemed lawful, justified 04/13/2021 TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. — The police shooting of 31-year-old Louis Lane, a former employee, at a Walmart Distribution Center in Red Bluff in 2020 was deemed reasonable, lawful, and justified in court on Tuesday.
Police blotter: Threatening manager at Montana Walmart; search turns up meth; wanted on warrant 04/14/2021
Thief disguised as Ga. Walmart employee strikes again: Sheriff’s Office asks for your help 04/15/2021
Englewood Fla. Walmart incident sparks search for two shoppers 04/15/2021
Man used fake money for purchases at Manheim Township Pa. Walmart: police 04/15/2021 Police in Manheim Township say a man used counterfeit $50 bills to pay for a purchase at Walmart on Monday, April 12, 2021.
Peoria man sentenced to federal prison after livestreaming himself with a gun at Ill. Walmart last June 04/15/2021
Women sentenced in large EC Wisc. Walmart theft case 04/17/2021
Convicted killer in Walmart parking lot beating, March 2020, learns sentence 04/16/2021
After 100 days in office, new El Paso Tx. DA defends plea deals, pursues death penalty for Walmart shooter 04/17/2021
Knightdale, Durham, Zebulon NC Walmart stores reopened after bomb threats prompted evacuations 04/18/2021
Midlands SC Walmarts evacuated after bomb threats 04/18/2021
Northeast El Paso Tx. Walmart store closes to clean over virus concerns 04/19/2021
Salt Lake City man stays at Orem Utah Walmart past closing, calls 911 for taxi 04/19/2021
Police search for Va. Walmart “peeping Tom” 04/19/2021
Woman ticketed after failing to self-scan items at Mich. Walmart 04/20/2021
Walmart theft investigation Odessa Tx. 04/19/2021
Mom and dad arrested, mom accused of child endangering at Ohio Walmart 04/19/2021
Lexington SC PD asking for help identifying shoplifter from Walmart on Sunset Boulevard 04/20/2021
Man, woman charged with using heroin in Md. Walmart parking lot 04/20/2021
Bettendorf man sentenced in Iowa Walmart sex assault case 04/21/2021
Man arrested for stealing from NY Walmart 04/20/2021
Illegal immigrant nabbed at Ohio Walmart for shoplifting Deputy unravels web of fake identities 04/20/2021
Williston ND Walmart closed until Friday morning for cleaning 04/21/2021
Trial for Jacksonville Fla. man charged with driving into Republican tent at Walmart continues Thursday 04/22/2021
Man Arrested After Stealing Food from Manitowoc Wisc. Walmart, Yelling He Was Hungry 04/22/2021
Persuasive 3rd grader convinces Walmart to start selling Pokémon stuffed animals 04/22/2021
Man accused of shoplifting from Savannah Ga. Walmart wanted by police 04/22/2021
Henry County Sheriff's Office issues scam alert involving Walmart and a check 04/22/2021
Police: Newark woman faces felony burglary charge after NY Walmart incident 04/23/2021
Nevada Walmart assistant manager arrested 04/23/2021 This isn’t the first employee at the Pahrump Walmart to be arrested for financial crimes. Back in April of 2019, another Walmart assistant manager was arrested and charged for embezzling $40,000 from the retailer.
SEEN THEM? West Manchester Pa. Police Search For Walmart Thieves 04/22/2021
Man charged in Pa. Walmart double homicide, in Feb. 2021, lost patience over child custody exchange, detective testifies 04/23/2021
Threat leads to evacuation of North’d Pa. Walmart 04/23/2021
Police: Woman impersonated Dothan Alabama Walmart manager to steal merchandise 04/23/2021
Man arrested after putting fake barcodes on products at Dearborn Mich. Walmart 04/24/2021
New Hartford man charged with stealing from Walmart in Lowville NY 04/23/2021
Man sentenced to prison for exposing self to girl at Waverly Iowa Walmart 04/26/2021
Bedford Ind. woman arrested after stealing items from Walmart 04/26/2021
Police and Ariz. Walmart Rally to Replace Boy's 'Priceless' Stolen Tractor 04/26/2021
Woman with history of arrests in Connecticut nabbed at Wal-Mart in The Villages 04/26/2021 Marybel Cortes, 53, of Wildwood, was in the self-checkout line at the store on Friday and was using pricetags from cheaper items to scan higher-price merchandise she had selected, according to an arrest report from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Walmart calls out Kanye West for copycat logo 04/27/2021
Hudson Falls man charged with felony in NY Walmart theft 04/27/2021
Shoplifting at Walmart: Have you seen them? Mattoon Ill. police asking for your help 04/26/2021
Pennsylvania Police continue search for identifying suspect in Harborcreek Walmart theft 04/26/2021
York County Pa. food inspections: Walmart that had rodent problem passes follow up inspection 04/26/2021
Walmart says customers, employees still required to wear masks 04/28/2021
Sulphur Springs Tx. Walmart Evacuated After Threat 04/28/2021
Walmart Worker Tipped Authorities In Arrest Of Moorhead Minn. Mosque Vandalism Suspect 04/28/2021
Police respond to attempted robbery at Missouri Walmart on Conley 04/29/2021
Attention La. Walmart Shoppers: NPD seeks 3 women who allegedly found lost cellphone and kept it 04/28/2021
Pa. State Police Look to Identify Suspect in Walmart Futon Theft 04/30/2021 The man in his early 20s went through the self-checkout without scanning or paying for the $200 futon in his cart, troopers said.
Crime Stoppers: Ky. Walmart Jewelry Theft 04/28/2021