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DECEMBER 3, 2013 10:20AM

Wal-Mart Crime report November 2013 Black Friday Madness

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Video shows violent melee at Albuquerque NM Walmart 11/20/2013


Wal-Mart has had plenty of time to anticipate the madness that typically comes with Black Friday; however they did little or nothing to prevent the problems that have become typical. They made some claims to prepare for it but as far as I can tell they don’t involve addressing some of the most important issues including the way they market Black Friday and hype things up about how sales are only available for a short time. To make things worse there have been several problems with items not being available once again and in one case they even sent the police instead of managers to inform customers they couldn't get their deals.

This isn't the only time they relied on police for what should have been their responsibility and it almost certainly should raise questions about conflicts of interests. In many cases they have a beefed up police presence, either because they hire off duty police officers or because the town pays for it. This should raise questions about who the police represent; if they work for Wal-Mart and they’re required to mediate a dispute that a customer might have it should be considered a conflict of interest and some acknowledgement of this potential problem should be made. Even when they work for the town they often answer to politicians who take campaign contributions from Wal-Mart. This would be through their police chief presumably but they’re hired by politicians.

Occupy Wal-Mart has called to Nationalize the Walton Family Wealth on Black Friday. By any reasonable standards this should be considered outrageous, assuming that the Walton Family earned their wealth fairly; however they haven’t even come close to this and there is an enormous amount of evidence to support this conclusion including hundreds of articles and at least a half dozen, if not dozens, of good books that have been written about how Wal-Mart gained market superiority, not by being competitive but by shopping for tax payer subsidies through their political connections and suppressing wages, also with the help of political connections; and they have used their market share to pressure factories to reduce the quality of their merchandise so that customers have to replace them more often.

This means that they gained their wealth by fraud.

On top of that they’re getting much more subsidies with their practices that cost the tax payer much more money to deal with the enormous amount of crime on their premises especially in the holiday season. This isn’t just Black Friday; incidents have been happening before Black Friday including one shooting that scared a lot of customers in California and they typically stay high through the holidays.

They have had their usual number of incidents including a brawl in New Mexico, a man who hit a complete stranger in the back of the head for no apparent reason and a couple of arsons which is apparently a semi regular thing at Wal-Marts across the country although they aren't as common as bomb threats. This month they had an unusually dramatic bomb threat that involved a man that appeared suicidal with a simulated bomb that looked like the real thing and combustible materials that could have been dangerous any way; but it received little national news as usual. They also had a couple of unusual incidents including a man in a dress that was accused of urinating on merchandise and another that allegedly released mice into the cheese coolers.

They also had another incident reported nationally about how they made a big issue about an employee who drank a soda without paying for it although there was reason to believe it was a misunderstanding and when they attracted publicity for this intimidation tacit they offered to hire him back. They have also been exposed for financing a smear campaign instead of paying their workers. They refused to pay a fine from a trampling that was much less than their legal fees, which is highly foolish for a company that claims to be frugal and efficient.

The number of incidents surrounding Black Friday might actually be going down but it doesn't seem to be a result of Wal-Mart correcting their policies; in response to lowering sales they increased their promotions and adverrtisings which almost certainly contribute to the crowd problem. If the number of incidents is going down I suspect it is more likely that it is because a growing number of people are learning about these tactics.

There was also a consumer report about a tablet which had serious problems at the beginning of the month. This might be important since they are stampeding over these “great deals.” I don’t know if it is the same one they have been fighting over but many of their products have the same problems. I wouldn’t be surprised if these people that lined up and fought over these items might find that they may have to do it again to return them. The people fighting over great deals" at Wal-Mart just might be fighting over disposable garbage, which is typical of the quality of Wal-Mart merchandise since they're constantly cutting manufacturing expenses.

Strange things happen at Wal-Mart!



In 2006 Wake Up Wal-Mart did a study, "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Wal-Mart which showed that it increased when Wal-Marts opened up and that crime was higher at Wal-Mart than at other retailers. Since then Wal-Mart Shootings began compliling a list of gun related incidents at Wal-Mart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country. I also added my own review about why I think that Wal-Mart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a blog, Wal-Mart high crime rate continues uninvestigaterd and have provided additional information under the author tag Walmart Crime Watch. Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Wal-Mart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Wal-Mart 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. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in November 2013. According to the "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Wal-Mart, and presumably, the ones most likely to make the news on the internet nationwide. To minimize redundancy most gun related incidents will only be one lines, since they have been highlighted by Wal-Mart Shootings; some of the other more relevant incidents may have additional summations.



Accidental shooting at Glendora Ca. Sam’s Club leads to arrest of husband, wife 10/20/2013

Shooting in Walmart parking lot in Victorville, California 10/22/2013

Shot fired from Texas Walmart parking lot hits a home 10/22/2013

Man with gun robs Tumwater Wash. Walmart Thursday night 10/31/2013

Woman charged with attempted murder after Kenai, Alaska Walmart shooting incident 11/01/2013

Man steals items from California Walmart and threatens employees with realistic pellet gun 11/01/2013

N.C. man charged in Craigslist armed robbery in Georgetown SC Wal-Mart parking lot 11/01/2013

Fla. Wal-Mart theft suspect flees, dies in crash 11/01/2013

Orangevale Cal. man arrested over rape, kidnap from Walmart parking lot 11/01/2013 11/08/2013

A 34-year-old man suspected of kidnapping a woman from the parking lot of an Orangevale Walmart and then raping her might have harassed other women the night of the attack, according to authorities.

Orangevale resident Joseph Lee Bonderer was booked Thursday at the Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of rape, sodomy, penetration by a foreign object and kidnapping – all felonies – in connection with the Wednesday night assault, according to jail booking records. He is being held in lieu of $1.5million bail. Complete article


Chesterfield Police tracking accused Wal-Mart laptop bandits 11/01/2013

Wanted man chased across Bradenton Fla. Walmart parking lot 11/02/2013

Man unintentionally shot with shotgun by toddler son in Russellville Arkansas Walmart parking lot 11/02/2013

Hickory police investigating intentional fire at a Wal-Mart 11/02/2013

Crowd of onlookers witness fatal shooting of armed Covington, Tenn woman by police 11/0/2013

Woman threatens employees with BB gun at Missouri Walmart 11/03/2013

Follow up: Man Wanted for Setting Jeans on Fire in N.C. Walmart 11/05/2013

Police: Armed suspect takes giftcards from Spartanburg SC Walmart 11/04/2013

Jacksonville man arrested for groping woman at two area East Texas Walmart 11/04/2013

3 Suspected Gun-Wielding Teens Arrested Following Alleged Ca. Walmart Heist 11/03/2013

Woman arrested after disturbance at Ca. Walmart 11/02/2013

Police: Man stole 3 razor scooters, chainsaw from Walmart 11/04/2013

PD: Woman altered Va. Wal-Mart price tags 11/01/2013

Man steals $600 TV from Mt. Juliet Tenn. Walmart 11/04/2013

Three Batavia NY men arrested in WalMart thefts 11/04/2013

Tulsa Ok Police: Man Caught Leaving Walmart With Shopping Cart Of Stolen Goods 11/05/2013

TULSA, Oklahoma - Police arrested a 20-year-old man after he was reportedly caught trying to leave through the back door of a Walmart with a shopping cart of stolen merchandise.

Ryan Alyn Ward was caught with 32 stolen items including the shoes on his feet, an arrest report states.

The arresting officer says employees stopped Ward as he tried to leave the 81st and Lewis Walmart at 4:20 a.m. with about $500 in goods.

Ward, who is homeless, resisted arrest as officers tried to cuff him, police say.

"Suspect repeatedly threatened to hunt officers down, harm their family and kill the officers," the report states. He also reportedly spit all over the patrol car on his way to jail and threatened to have his "home boys" find and kill officers. Complete article


Suspect arrested, accused of attacking man with hammer at Oklahoma City Walmart 11/05/2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – One man is recovering and another has been arrested after a man said he was attacked with a hammer at the Belle Isle Walmart.

Officials arrested 28-year-old William Raymond Allen, III who is accused of hitting another man in the head with a hammer Monday.

According to the police report, the victim said he didn’t know the man who ran up and hit him in the back of the head leaving a gash. Complete article


Man Wanted In Brazen TV Theft At Mt. Juliet Tenn. Walmart 11/05/2013

Sacramento Ca. Police Searching For Alleged Walmart Masturbator 11/05/2013

Felon caught in possession of realistic BB gun in Bristol Conn. Walmart 11/05/2013

Salem Or. teen dies after falling off moving car in Wal-Mart parking lot 11/05/2013

A 17-year-old girl died Monday at OHSU Hospital from injuries sustained when she fell from a moving car last Saturday, Salem Police said.

Marisol Quesada had been a student at North Salem High School.

Quesada was one of two teens who were riding on the trunk of a car driven by a 16-year-old girl around the Wal-Mart parking lot at 5250 Commercial St. SE around 12:15 a.m. Saturday. As the car turned, both girls fell off the trunk, police said. Quesada sustained life-threatening injuries while the other girl, 16, sustained less serious injuries. Complete article


Belmont NH teen allegedly makes prank bomb threat to Walmart in Maine 11/05/2013

Meth-ingredient sales plunge at Southridge WV Walmart 11/05/2013

Shoplifter arrested at NH Wal-Mart 11/05/2013

Men banned from Wi. Walmart following incident 11/05/2013

Man accused of urinating on products in Wash. Walmart 11/06/2013

WOODLAND, WA (KPTV) - A Longview man in women's clothing was arrested on Saturday after police say he urinated on products at the Woodland Walmart.

Police say the man, Rick Jeffers, told them he had to use the restroom, but he didn't want to use the men's room because he was dressed like a woman. They say he also tried to steal a bra and a woman's belt. Complete article


Police need help ID'ing 2 women shoppers at West Manchester Pa. Walmart 11/06/2013

Ga. Walmart Employee Faces Theft Charge 11/06/2013

Staunton Va. Walmart evacuated again 11/05/2013

WV Walmart aids in Meth Lab bust 11/05/2013

Conway SC police seek help in identifying suspect in Wal-Mart theft 11/06/2013

Wanted man chased across Bradenton Fla. Walmart parking lot 11/03/2013

Springfield, Mo. woman's wheelchair stolen from Walmart 11/05/2013

Police: Man Arrested After Huffing in Salem Ma. Walmart 11/05/2013

Police: Men drove from Jacksonville Fla. to steal from area Walmarts 11/06/2013

Guilty Plea From NC Walmart Predator 11/06/2013

Walmart Larceny Suspects Sought by Niagara County NY Sheriff's Office 11/06/2013

Woman attacked in Ok. Wal-Mart parking lot over phone 11/06/2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – A woman is attacked for her phone in a local parking lot and authorities say she is not alone.

Sarah Smith says she was walking into the Wal-Mart at Belle Isle a few weeks ago.

She admits that she was texting a friend when she noticed something strange as she headed toward the doors.

Smith said, “I noticed two feet go past me pretty quickly and I thought that was kind of weird.”

She says she should have listened to her gut instinct because of what happened next.

She said, “The next thing I knew, one of them came back around and grabbed me.”

Smith added, “We struggled for my phone and I wasn’t going to let go. He took me further out into the parking lot where the other guy pulled up the vehicle.”

She was halfway in the car when she decided to let go of her phone.

Last month, a young mother also had her phone taken while she was in the parking lot of Gordman’s, located at N.W. 59th St. and May. Complete article


Person Collapses Outside Of Walmart In Greensboro, NC, Dies 11/07/2013

Bystander, dog chase down thief at Pa. Walmart 11/07/2013

Police charge man accused of stealing TVs from Tenn. Walmart 11/07/2013

Lubbock Tx. police arrest 2 men in Thursday morning Wal-Mart robbery 11/07/2013

Athens Al. police arrest 1 of 2 men involved in Walmart theft 11/07/2013

“They have blood on their hands”: Meet Wal-Mart’s worst nightmare 11/07/2013

Fired while trying to unionize her sweatshop as a teenager and then jailed while mobilizing other workers to resist, Kalpona Akter is now a key leader in the Bangladesh labor movement – a cause cast into an intermittent spotlight by horrific disasters and mass strikes. Over the past year, Akter — now executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity — has salvaged and exposed U.S. brands’ garments from the site of a deadly factory fire, challenged Wal-Mart from the floor of its shareholder meeting, and sought to transform the fashion industry by organizing in concert with U.S. fashion models. (Wal-Mart has blamed production of Wal-Mart apparel in factories where disasters later took place on rogue suppliers, and said in July that the industry-backed safety plan it helped instigate “will move quickly and decisively to create uniform safety standards.”)

I sat down with Akter last week in New York, where she had addressed a conference. In an hour-long conversation, we discussed the alleged murder of her activist colleague, what role Western companies and customers play in shaping Bangladesh working conditions, and what connects Bangladesh garment sweatshops and U.S. fashion photo shoots. What follows is an edited and condensed version of our conversation.

Over the past year we’ve seen two of the worst disasters in the garment industry’s history: the Tazreen fire last November and the Rana Plaza building collapse in April. Are tragedies like that any less likely now in Bangladesh than they were a year ago? Complete article


Man attempts to steal $1,232 of DVDs from Wi. Walmart 11/08/2013

Louisiana food stamp abusers will lose benefits over Wal-mart free for all 11/07/2013

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and his administration took steps late Wednesday to strip food stamp benefits from those who loaded up their shopping carts knowing they had insufficient funds in their Electronic Benefits Transfer accounts during a system failure in October.

As a result of the temporary outage, over 12,000 transactions in Louisiana showed non-sufficient funds once the system got back online and retailers were able to process the purchases, according to The Advocate.

The Oct. 12 computer glitch wasn’t limited to Louisiana. At least 17 states were affected, resulting in many shoppers overflowing their carts to take advantage of the outage.

Under Jindal’s new directive, recipients will lose benefits for one year, two years or permanently, depending on how many prior violations they have on their record. Complete article


Walmart near Panama Lane Ca. cleared after evacuated for possible bomb threat 11/08/2013

Child molesting case grows against NY Walmart worker 11/07/2013

The Walmart employee accused of molesting a child in the bathroom of the Islandia store last month has been charged with sexually abusing another boy over a six-year period, according to a 24-count indictment released Thursday at his arraignment.

The case against Matthew Bulmer, 22, of Islip Terrace ballooned after he was arrested Oct. 19, the day he lured a 5-year-old boy into a toilet stall and molested him, authorities said.

He had sex with another boy from August 2007 to last August, according to the indictment. Complete article


Attempted Wednesday Chickasha Ok. Walmart theft results in 2 arrests 11/08/2013

UPDATE: Bomb squad now investigating Chickasha Ok Walmart suspicious package 11/08/2013

Suspect in possible Walmart bomb threat in custody 11/08/2013

CHICKASHA — UPDATE: Chickasha Police are now focusing search on white vehicle in Walmart parking lot. Police say one suspect is in custody.

Chickasha Police Department is responding to a possible bomb threat at the local Walmart.

Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson said he does not know if the suspect has any connection to Walmart.

"Police responded to a call of a suspect in a truck acting suspiciously," said Adamson. "When we approached him, he was incoherent and refused exit the vehicle."

The suspect was bound in duct tape, but had no wires on his person. Adamson said upon the suspects removal, police noticed suspicious wiring in the truck.

Adamson said the suspect claimed he had a bomb strapped to his body.

Adamson confirmed the store is currently shutdown and all associates, and some customers have been moved to the back of the building.

"Police and fire fighters who responded to the initial threat said they saw suspicious wiring in a white truck that caused them concern," he said. "No one is going in or out of the building at the moment."

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Bomb Squad is en route, said Adamson.

Walmart associate April Bevill said all associates have been moved to the general merchandise and grocery receiving areas of the store.

Bevill said she saw police break the window of the truck in question, and pull a convulsing man out of the vehicle. She said the man was in his underwear with his pants around ankles and masking tape around each of his legs.

Bevill said the man is not a janitor who was recently let go from this location for asking a gay Chickasha couple to leave the store.

Traffic is being detoured out of Walmart parking lot.

More on this story as it develops. Complete article


UPDATE: Man arrested with legs wrapped in duct tape after Chickasha Ok. bomb scare 11/08/2013

UPDATE 1:22 p.m. Suspect in possible Chickasha Ok. Walmart bomb threat identified 11/08/2013

Metro man arrested following alleged hammer assault at Oklahoma City Wal-Mart 11/08/2013

3 suspects arrested in Pa. Walmart armed robbery 11/09/2013

Woman charged with stealing more than $700 in liquor from Ill. Walmart 11/08/2013

Gun-wielding citizens corral Ga. Walmart shoplifters 11/08/2013

Police Seek Suspect In North Fayette Pa. Wal-Mart Assault 11/09/2013

Fire Forces Evacuations At Unity Twp. Pa. Walmart 11/09/2013

Police: Boise Id. man pulled knife during argument in Walmart parking lot Sunday 11/10/2013

Palm Bay Fla. Walmart evacuated after smoke reported 11/10/2013

Police Learn of Possible Beer Heist at Tenn. Walmart 11/11/2013

$4K in items stolen from Rock Hill SC Walmart 11/11/2013

Police Say Shoplifting Parent Left Two Kids at Tx. Wal-Mart 11/12/2013

UPDATE: Police: Marshfield Wisc. man found dead in Walmart bathroom 11/12/2013

Burglar forces woman to drive him to SD Walmart 11/12/2013

Jersey City NJ man bites Walmart security officer on neck, charged with robbery: cops 11/12/2013

Laramie & Casper Wy. Wal-Marts Receives Bomb Threats; No explosives found 11/12/2013

Pair sought in computer theft at Valrico Fla. Wal-Mart 11/13/2013

Police: Tips lead to arrest in Hickory NC Walmart fire 11/13/2013

UPDATE: Identity released in Wisc. Walmart death 11/13/2013

Shots fired outside Airport Thruway Ga. Walmart 11/14/2013

Walmart scuffle leads to robbery charge for Billings Mont. man 11/13/2013

DSP: Delaware WalMart security guard threatened by shopper 11/14/2013

Police: Man pilfered PC, vacuums and clothes from Culpeper Va. Walmart 11/14/2013

Fla. Police officer attacked by 2 women in Walmart, scuffle caught on camera 11/15/2013

CLERMONT, Fla. - Clermont police say two women are facing charges after attacking an officer at a local Walmart, and the incident was caught on store surveillance video.

Police said Officer Ethan Bell had to be taken to an area hospital after being punched in the face on Nov. 7 while at the store located on Johns Lake Road. The officer was complaining of a headache and dizziness, but has since returned to work.

Tiana Harrison, 34, and Alicia McCormick, 37, are now facing charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer. Complete article


Elderly woman robbed at gunpoint in Wyoming Walmart parking lot 11/10/2013

Man issues bomb threat in Russellville Wal-Mart 11/15/2013

Newport, Pittsfield Me. school districts on alert after Walmart caller says he needs assault rifle ‘for school tomorrow’ 11/15/2013

Elizabethton Tenn. police charge two in Walmart theft from other customer 11/15/2013

Hallandale Beach Walmart Evacuated for Bomb Threat 11/15/2013

Bomb threats reported at Walmart stores in Calais, Thomaston, Palmyra Me. 11/15/2013

Police: Edmond Ok. Grandma Steals Wal-Mart Merchandise For Christmas Gifts 11/15/2013

Garden City Id. Wal-Mart evacuated after bomb threat 11/15/2013

Gates NY police called to Walmart for stabbing incident 11/15/2013

Two Maine teens charged with shoplifting at Walmart 11/15/2013

Woman charged after allegedly stealing from NY Walmart 11/16/2013

Aberdeen Id. Wal-Mart evacuated after bomb threat 11/16/2013

Officials Investigating Bomb Threat At Sandpoint Id. Walmart 11/16/2013

Woman killed while leaving work at Union Township Pa. Walmart 11/18/2013

Man Armed with Pickaxe Robs Breaks Open Jewelry Case at Ark. Walmart Store 11/18/2013

All clear given after report of bomb threat in Torrington Conn. 11/18/2013

Stapleton Co. Walmart tops Denver's, nation's shoplifting destinations 11/18/2013

In one week alone at the Walmart Supercenter in Stapleton, two men walked off with a paintball gun, another tried to steal a futon and a pair of pillows, and a fourth told a Denver police officer he had no receipt for the 97 items in his shopping cart because "Aw... Um. ... Because I didn't pay for any of this."

Walmart officials told police this year that the store at 7800 E. Smith Road loses $1.5 million each year to theft, putting it among the top 5 percent of the chain's locations nationwide for shoplifting. The store is far and away the city's leading destination for shoplifters, with 283 offenses reported in the past year — 179 more than the second-highest location, a Rite Aid on the 16th Street Mall.

Police officers, frustrated by 841 calls for service at the Stapleton Walmart in the past year, even tried parking empty squad cars in front of the doors as decoys until those, too, became crime victims.

"At the end of the day we pick up the car, and it's been spit on and kicked, and you can only cry wolf so often," said Cmdr. Les Perry of the District 5 police station, which inherited coverage of the Walmart when the police district boundary lines shifted in July. Since then, he has met regularly with store managers to strategize against shoplifters. He urges his officers to do foot patrols there when they can.

"It's too soon to measure what results I'm yielding," Perry said, adding that the start of the holiday season could bring an uptick. "I'm still seeing my numbers climbing."

The company's recent abandonment of zero-tolerance shoplifting policies, and the removal of door greeters who would look out for thieves, could be partly to blame, police said. Walmart no longer prosecutes first-time shoplifters unless they take more than $25 of merchandise and are between 18 and 65. And the chain allows its "asset-protection associates," who are trained to spot and stop thefts, to hold a shoplifter for police for only an hour. Perry said he is trying to improve response times to the store to deal with that. .....

Asset-protection associates, some in plain clothes, roam Walmart stores, eyeing shoplifters or watching them on surveillance cameras. One employee on Nov. 10 watched a woman hide $79.14 of items in her bag then pass through several registers with no attempt to pay. Police reports show she was allowed to walk outside — and into the waiting handcuffs of a Denver officer who arrested her. .... Complete article


Greensboro NC police looking for 2 men accused of stealing from Wal-Mart 11/19/2013

Bomb threat empties Ponderay Id. Walmart 11/17/2013

Anniston Ala. Police release photo of man sought in connection with Walmart TV theft 11/19/2013

2 Suspects Arrested for Benton Walmart Theft 11/19/2013

Lubbock police seeking man and woman in connection with October Wal-Mart robbery 11/19/2013

Former worker accused of stealing $7,000 from Ga. Walmart 11/19/2013

Woman found sleeping in Tenn. Walmart aisle arrested 11/19/2013

Another shoplifting arrest at Dover NH Wal-Mart 11/19/2013

Video shows violent melee at Albuquerque NM Walmart 11/20/2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —An explosive blowout brawl in the middle of a crowded Albuquerque store was caught on camera, and it's not the first time the store has been the scene of a violent crime.

The video shows two men trading blows in the frozen food section of a local Walmart. The video shot by a KOAT Action 7 News employee shows one of the men losing his pants during the melee.

Walmart employees separated the two, and both walked away from the scrap without their shirts.

But this isn't the first time the popular Walmart has been in the news for violence. In August, two men were arrested and charged in connection to a deadly stabbing in the parking lot. In October, there was a violent purse snatching. Complete article


Shippensburg man gets up to 3 years for Silver Spring Twp. Pa. Wal-Mart robbery 11/20/2013

Indecent exposure suspect arrested at south Tulsa Ok. Walmart 11/20/2013

2 Ga. men bilked Walmart, others in nationwide gift card scheme 11/21/2013

Detectives: Robbery trio caught following Ga. Walmart purse snatching 11/21/2013

Mass. man convicted of sexually assaulting girl at Wal-Mart in Plaistow NH 11/21/2013 Beausoleil faces a second trial in January for allegedly exposing himself to another young girl at a Wal-Mart in Salem on Sept. 19, 2011.

UPDATE: Bank Robbed inside Walmart in Gallipolis, Ohio 11/22/2013

Huntsville Ala. man accused of shoplifting, charged with robbery after fleeing from Walmart 11/22/2013

New Richmond Wisc. men accused of releasing mice at McDonald's, Walmart 11/22/2013

Two New Richmond men face charges of disorderly conduct after being accused of releasing mice in local businesses. ...

He also allegedly released three mice onto the cheese in the cheese cooler at Walmart that same day. Complete article


Why Are Shoplifters Flocking to This One Walmart in Denver Co.? 11/20/2013

Racine Wisc. man accused of drunken turkey theft from Walmart 11/22/2013

Alleged counterfeit bills recovered at Ca. Walmart 11/21/2013

Officer Shot, Double-Shooting Suspect Killed In Ohio Walmart Parking Lot 11/22/2013

Conceal carry gun owner unintentionally fires gun in Iowa Walmart and continues shopping 11/17/2013

Police: Man frightens Scott Twp. Pa. Walmart employees, shoppers, saying ‘I’ll kill you’ 11/22/2013

Pa. Police searching for woman who walked out of Walmart with mixer without paying for it 11/23/2013

Robber fires shot at College Grove Ca. Walmart 11/23/2013

McClellan: Crime and punishment at the Highland Mo. Walmart 11/24/2013

Ben Woods is 20 years old. He lives just outside of Highland. During his senior year at Triad High School, he worked at a movie theater in Granite City. He worked the concession stand and did some janitorial work. He kept that job after he graduated. It wasn’t a great job, but it was something.

In April 2012, nearly a year after he graduated, he was hired at the Walmart in Highland. He worked in the deli department. He made $9.55 an hour and he generally worked about 35 hours a week. He lived at home with his parents and his sister.

After a few months, he put in for a transfer to the automotive department. His transfer was approved, and he went to the Tire and Lube Express section. He changed oil, replaced burned-out bulbs in headlights and did some basic tire work. When he became eligible for a raise, he got one. He was bounced up to $9.95 an hour. ....

On this particular day, Ben grabbed a low-carb energy drink — a Monster. It costs $1.78. Ben told me he swiped his debit card, but his card is worn, and sometimes it doesn’t swipe. He said he tried it again. It still didn’t work. He said the cashier said, “We’ll get it later.” She then buzzed him back into the automotive work area. .....

On Thursday afternoon, the woman from media relations called. “We have offered Ben his job back,” she said. “We will be happy to have him back.” I asked about the cashier. There were other issues involved with her, she said. Complete article


Fayette Co. Pa. Walmart Evacuated After Bomb Scare 11/24/2013

Mother suing Conroe Tx. officer indicted in shooting of son during shoplifting incident at Walmart 11/25/2013

West Michigan Wal-Mart manager dies after responding to fight 11/25/2013

Armed woman robs shopper outside Walmart in Wentzville Mo. 11/25/2013

Mo. Area woman gets shock time for Walmart theft 11/26/2013

A Mokane woman pleaded guilty to trying to steal more than 150 items from a Walmart in Jefferson City in June and was sentenced to 120 days of shock detention.

Court records show Jessica Harris, 26, has a lengthy criminal history involving multiple stealing arrests and drug violations. She pleaded guilty to one count of felony stealing in this case.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement stated Harris was walking out of the Walmart on Supercenter Drive, pushing a cart full of items out a closed fire door and onto the parking lot. Complete article


Research has shown that this type of punishment leads to escalating violence and doesn't work, although it often seems to in the short term. Unfortunately, authoritarian researchers and politicians refuse to address many of the most important details of this research; this might be because it is also the same tactics they use to control those without political power.

Greene Me. man admits to misdemeanor after racial slurs, threatening in Walmart parking lot 11/26/2013

Cops: Weaverville woman stole from Walmart 11/26/2013

Ca. Walmart shooter caught on camera 11/25/2013

Bayonne NJ police arrest 3 local residents in Walmart, Loew's shoplifting incidents 11/26/2013

Manlius woman in Florida for Thanksgiving holiday learns thief was caught at NY Walmart with her checks 11/26/2013

Car with meth labs found in Knoxville Tenn. Walmart parking lot 11/26/2013

Driver: 'I'm so sorry' after employee killed in Walmart parking lot wreck 11/26/2013

UPDATE: Athens WV Walmart Fire Ruled Arson; Store Reopens 11/27/2013

ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Athens Walmart is back open following a fire that closed the store Tuesday. The fire has been ruled arson.

A Walmart spokesperson tells WSAZ.com the store reopened at 6 a.m. Wednesday, after cleanup crews and associates spent most of Tuesday removing damaged items and cleaning up from the fire.

A spokesperson with Walmart tells WSAZ.com the fire started about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the paper towel aisle.

The Athens County Sheriff's Office says the fire was deliberately set and that the suspect used an accelerant.

The State Fire Marshal's Office says the fire has been ruled arson. They say the fire was intentionally set and caused significant damage to the building, which is now undergoing repairs and restoration. Complete article


Man Arrested in Huntington for Gallipolis Ohio Walmart Bank Robbery 11/26/2013

Money stolen from Apex NC Walmart 11/26/2013

Suspects Bought $20,000 Worth Of Gift Cards At Col. Walmart 11/26/2013

Ga. WalMart TV theft suspects sought 11/26/2013

Man charged with impersonating a police officer to cash forged checks in Kearny NJ Walmart 11/26/2013

Hurricane Ut. Wal-Mart evacuated after bomb threat 11/26/2013

Victim of purse snatching, last March, at Westmoreland Co. Pa. Walmart dies 11/26/2013

Police: Women stole four TVs, five computers from NY Wal-Mart 11/27/2013

Suspects perform 'quick change' scam at Paulding Ga. Walmart 11/27/2013

Men with guns rob Stockton, California Walmart 11/27/2013

Men with gun rob Manteca California Walmart 11/27/2013

Three arrested in connection to Boone NC Walmart thefts 11/27/2013

Women accused of NY Walmart theft 11/27/2013

Video Voyeurism: Eric Walters accused of taking upskirt pictures of woman at Brooksville Fla. Walmart 11/27/2013

Wake County Walmart robbery suspect wanted 11/27/2013

Man arrested in shopping fracas at Walmart in Garfield NJ on Thanksgiving Day 11/28/2013 Walmart had contracted with 22 police officers to help with crowd control for the early evening and late-night sales.

“It was an isolated incident that was taken care of,” Gray said.

Black Friday shoppers have 'wild' experience at Tenn. Walmart 11/28/2013 "People hitting each other. They knocked a lady down in the floor and grabbed the thing out of her hand," said shopper Niita Kenker recalling the experience.

Rialto Ca. Walmart Thanksgiving brawl sends one police officer to hospital 11/28/2013 “The fight at the Rialto store was an unfortunate and isolated incident to an otherwise very safe event,” corporate spokeswoman Betsy Harden said.

Black Friday shoppers trample woman at Clinton Ut. Wal-Mart 11/28/2013

How is Black Friday 2013 going? #Walmartfights and #Brawlmart are a thing (video) 11/28/2013 However, there have been gunshots reported in Illinois outside of a Kohl's

‘Fight’ breaks out over TVs at Walmart in Elkin NC 11/29/2013 The man who posted the video says he was kicked out of the store for recording the video.

Robbery Suspects Crash Into Parked Car In Tenn. Walmart Parking Lot 11/29/2013

Walmart Kicked Me Out For THIS NC video 11/29/2013

Black Friday Madness - Fort Worth, or Saginaw TX 11/29/2013

Huffington Post: Walmart's Black Friday Going About As Badly As You'd Expect 11/28/2013

Man Stabbed at Va. Walmart Over Parking Spot 11/29/2013

Brian Hounslow, Alleged Walmart Masturbator, Caught On Tape By Angry Beth Davis in Ok. (VIDEO) 11/25/2013 She ran out of the bathroom and repeatedly shouted "There's a naked man in the bathroom masturbating," but no one came to her aid.

Police: Man Tried to Rob Walmart in Pittston Township Pa. 11/28/2013

Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation Of Perry Ga. Walmart 11/28/2013

Walmart Supply Factory in Bangladesh Set on Fire on Rumours Worker Shot Dead by Police [VIDEO] 11/29/2013

A massive fire has destroyed one of Bangladesh's largest garment factories, which supplies major Western brands such as Gap and Walmart, after a group of angry workers torched the facility in response to rumours that a colleague died in a police shooting.

According to authorities, a number of workers set fire to their own factory, a ten-story Standard Group building at Gazipur, 40 km from the capital, Dhaka, even though police officials have dismissed the shooting claim as 'baseless'.

"We are investigating to find out the reason for this heinous act," said Mohammad Kamruzzaman, the officer in charge of the Joydevpur police station that guards the area, according to a number media reports.

The rumoured shooting reportedly occured at a road-block demonstration against the factory by workers, as police attempted to break up the crowds.

Garment manufacturing in Bangladesh results in $22bn (£13.5bn, €16.1bn) a year as the government grants subsidies and tax concessions for Western countries.

Over four million people, mostly women, work in Bangladesh's clothing sector and work for an average monthly salary of $38. Complete article


Fayette Co. Pa. Walmart Evacuated After Bomb Scare 11/24/2013

Scene cleared after bomb threat at Warren Ohio Wal-Mart 11/26/2013

Court testimony gives details of Ill.Walmart bomb threat 11/26/2013

Man steals gun from Illinois Walmart and uses it to rob other businesses that day 11/25/2013

Fights Break Out In Walmart Stores 11/29/2013

11 year old child reportedly trampled at a New Boston, OH Walmart 11/29/2013

New Boston, OH - An 11 year old child was reportedly trampled at the New Boston, OH Walmart Thanksgiving night.

According to Judy Boggs of the Portsmouth Ambulance service, the call came in shortly before 8 p.m. to the 911 center in New Boston. When she and a second paramedic arrived on scene, they were told the female child had been pushed down and then stepped on by shoppers inside the store. Boggs said the child was transported to an area hospital and later released.

A second incident involving an elderly woman was also reported to the 911 center around the same time. Boggs said she believed the elderly woman was also the victim of a similar incident. It is unclear the extent of the elderly woman's injuries, according to Boggs. Complete article


Man pepper sprays armored vehicle employee at Tenn. Walmart store 11/29/2013

Black Friday shopping turns violent at Clinton Ut. Walmart 11/29/2013

West Palm woman charged with stealing perfume, light bulb from Lake Park Fla. Walmart 11/29/2013

3 women flee after employees at Dearborn Mich. Wal-Mart pepper-sprayed 11/29/2013

Detroit Lakes Minn. Walmart evacuated for bomb threat 11/29/2013

Black Friday videos show fights, chaos at Walmarts across US 11/29/2013

Three people arrested for theft at NC Walmart 11/30/2013

Man injured at Saginaw Tx. Walmart says scene was 'complete chaos' 11/30/2013 "When they said go, I started to approach the pallet where the products were at, and as I was grabbing some of the products, the display gave way," he said. "I fell on top of the display and I had probably 10 or 15 people on top of me. The next thing I know, my wife is pulling people off, my brother's trying to get to me, the cops were pulling people off. After that it was just a blur."

Cloquet Minn. cops find TV theft suspect in dumpster near Walmart 11/30/2013

Video shows Black Friday chaos at local Johnson City Tenn. Walmart 11/2/2013

Bomb Scare Prompts Evacuation Of White Plains NY Walmart On Black Friday 11/29/2013

Bomb threat disrupts Phoenix Ar. Walmart’s Black Friday 11/29/2013

Gawker: The Best Walmart Thanksgiving Day Fight Videos 11/28/2013

Walmart Black Friday Shopping Battles in Tennessee, Puerto Rico (Video) 11/29/2013

Newport, Arkansas Walmart employee injured during Black Friday sales 11/29/2013

Police: Old Forge man tried to rob Walmart employee on Gray Thursday 11/30/2013

Woman Recounts Black Friday Fight at Meridian, Miss. Walmart 11/29/2013

Black Friday Madness Breaks Out at Local Odessa Tx, Wal-Mart 11/29/2013

Elkin police respond to YouTube Walmart incident 11/30/2013 Elkin police said they had two off duty police officers working security at the Walmart at the time. ....

Kayla Whaling, a Walmart spokeswoman, said the company is investigating the scuffle, which she described as an isolated incident.

Woman Threatened Shopper With Stun Gun at NJ Walmart: Cops 11/30/2013

Cops: Asheville NC woman stole from Walmart 11/30/2013

Shoppers pepper sprayed at Odessa Tx. Walmart 11/2/2013 Walmart says it was an isolated incident that doesn’t represent the Black Friday experience at it’s stores.

Tardy Black Friday shopper telephones threat to "blow up" Town of Lockport NY Walmart 11/30/2013

People Beat Each Other Up Over Towels At Walmart On Black Friday 11/30/2013

Video: Police Injured And Two Arrested In Ca. Walmart Black Friday Fight 11/30/2013

Audio track questions surface in Elkin NC Walmart video 12/01/2013

Black Friday Actions Empower Wal-Mart Workers 11/30/2013

The Hunger Games at Walmart 11/3/2013

Why Costco Will Continue Outgrowing Wal-Mart and Target 11/30/2013

4 Shocking Facts About Wal-Mart 11/30/2013

WAL-MART EXECS: Thanksgiving Brawls Were Isolated, Customers Were 'Calm' 11/29/2013

Fox News Helps Walmart Argue Against Raising Wages 12/01/2013

Ten Arrested at Chicago Il. Wal-Mart in Black Friday Civil Disobedience 12/01/2013

Police called to labor protest at Sterling Heights Walmart 11/29/2013

Wal-Mart’s bizarre self-defense: Retailer defends activists’ firings to Salon 11/29/2013

Area politicians join Black Friday protest at Hadley NH Wal-Mart 11/29/2013

A Walmart Thanksgiving -- poverty wages and worker intimidation 11/27/2013

'We don't want them here': Protesters picket Boulder Co.'s Walmart on Black Friday 11/29/2013

At Least 116 Arrested in Planned Civil Disobedience at Walmart Stores on Black Friday By: Kevin Gosztola 11/29/2013

Protests planned by current and former Walmart Associates and a coalition anchored by the United Food & Commercial Workers (UCFW) were held at various Walmart locations across the United States. Over 110 arrested were arrested while engaging in civil disobedience.

UFCW, which consists of “small business owners, religious leaders, community organizations, women’s advocacy groups, multi-ethnic coalitions, elected officials and ordinary citizens,” helped mobilize people through a campaign called Making Change at Walmart. It was designed to call attention to the hundreds of thousands of employees at Walmart living in poverty, including those who work full time. Complete article


Debunking Wal-Mart’s latest lie: “Unions paid $50 to anyone who protested” 11/29/2013

A list of deals Wal-Mart won't let customers keep after Web site pricing error 11/29/2013

Wal-Mart Protestor Turns to President Obama for Help 11/30/2013

On Black Friday, Strikes and Counterstrikes at Wal-Mart's Stores 11/29/2013

Customers say Walmart sent cops to announce an out-of-stock Black Friday sale item in Lutz, Fla. 11/29/2013

LUTZ, Fla. - "It was handled very poorly," said Cheri Schabel.

She says she was trying to get what the Walmart Black Friday ad promised.

"This is the $98, 32 inch LED TV that we were interested in purchasing with the one hour in stock guarantee," Schabel pointed out.

But Schabel said within ten minutes, all of the $98 TVs at the Lutz store were gone and so were the vouchers for the guaranteed price.

"People were very unhappy about the situation and many people just did not want to leave," Schabel recalled.

When customers asked for an explanation, Schabel said instead of sending a manager, cops came. Complete article


Walmart workers’ Black Friday protest in Ontario leads to arrests, including man in Santa suit 11/29/2013

15 Protesters Arrested At Walmart In Roseville Ca. 11/29/2013

Amid nationwide Black Friday protests, Sen. Ed Markey joins Democrats calling for Walmart to increase employee pay 11/29/2013

Protestors Arrested Outside Alexandria Walmart 11/29/2013

Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Steps Up Security as Fights Break Out Over TVs 11/29/2013 Taubman Centers Inc.’s Dolphin Mall in Miami is upping to 24 from 22 the number of uniformed off-duty cops he is hiring to manage the crowd outside and at the entrances, said Pete Marrero, the general manager.

Judge bars protesters from Md. Walmart 11/26/2013

Walmart Now Possesses Info On An Estimated 145 Million Americans: Analysis 11/26/2013

Walmart has amassed a trove of personal data on 60 percent of adult Americans -- possibly over 145 million people -- according to estimates from a report released Tuesday.

The retailing giant collects information on what shoppers buy, where they live and what they like via in-store Wi-Fi, Walmart.com and other company apps, according to the report. The analysis was prepared by three pro-worker advocacy groups, The Center for Media Justice, ColorofChange.org and SumOfUs. Information on shoppers allows Walmart and more than 50 third-party sites to profile customers and infer things like relative age, income, gender and race in order to target people for specific products and deals, according to the report.

“This is part of a growing trend that leaves American consumers -- particularly consumers of color and poor consumers -- really vulnerable to violations of their online privacy,” said Malkia Cyril, the head of the Center for Media Justice, a left-leaning media rights advocacy group. In order to compile its figure, the report's authors used a Walmart statement in which the company's CEO said that 60 percent of Americans shop at the store each month. The authors then used U.S. adult population estimates, and assumed the company had information on all shoppers based on statements about Walmart data collection. Complete article


The Nation: Former Walmart Exec Leads Shadowy Smear Campaign Against Black Friday Activists (Video) 11/26/2013

As activists continue to organize demonstrations at McDonalds, Walmart and other low-wage firms, big protests are planned against retailers for mistreating their workers this Black Friday. In response, union-busting consultants are ramping up efforts to marginalize them.

Last night—Worker Center Watch, a new website dedicated to attacking labor-affiliated activist groups like OUR Walmart, Restaurant Opportunities Center, and Fast Food Forward—began sponsoring advertisements on Twitter to promote smears against the protests planned for Black Friday. In one video sponsored by the group, activists demanding a living wage and better working conditions for workers are portrayed as lazy “professional protesters” who “haven’t bothered to get jobs themselves.”

“This Black Friday, just buy your gifts, not their lies,” instructs the Worker Center Watch narrator.

Worker Center Watch has no information its website about its sponsors. Yet the group attacks labor activists and community labor groups for lacking transparency. “Hiding behind these non-profits, unions mask their true motivations, circumvent operational requirements and skirt reporting and disclosure obligations,” says Worker Center Watch, referring to labor-supported worker centers like OUR Walmart.

TheNation.com has discovered that Worker Center Watch was registered by the former head lobbyist for Walmart. Parquet Public Affairs, a Florida-based government relations and crisis management firm for retailers and fast food companies, registered the Worker Center Watch website. Complete article


Forbes: Walmart On PR Offensive As Thanksgiving Fights Go Public, With Protests Scheduled For Black Friday 11/29/2013

Walmart and Downton Abbey: rampant inequality and detachment from reality 11/29/2013

Michigan labor leaders set to join rally at Wal-Mart 11/29/2013

Wal-Mart gives out wristbands to prevent shopping rush 11/28/2013

Walmart settles suit over construction worker’s death in Ma. 11/27/2013

Group plans Black Friday protest at Homewood Wal-Mart focusing on wages, hours 11/27/2013

Black Friday 2013: 71 percent of Walmart employees will work on Thanksgiving 11/27/2013

Activists to picket in front of Walmarts across Maine 11/27/2013

Wisc. Businesses opposed to Walmart want say in On Broadway's leadership 11/27/2013

Cullman Ala. Walmart reopens after gas leak forces evacuation, according to report 11/26/2013

Black Friday protests expected at Walmarts in Sacramento Ca. area, nationwide 11/26/2013

Outgoing Walmart CEO, tied to bribery scandal, to remain with company as advisor 11/26/2013

Upper Mich. Peninsula family finds black widow spider in grape bag bought from Wal-Mart 11/26/2013

CHATHAM, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan family found a black widow spider inside a bag of grapes bought at a Wal-Mart store.

Gloria Johnson says the spider crawled out of the bag after her mother washed the grapes in the sink.

The 11-year-old from the Upper Peninsula community of Chatham tells WLUC-TV she saw the red hourglass shape on the bottom of the spider, then put it in a jar of alcohol and killed it.

Gloria says her 3-year-old sister already had eaten some of the black seedless grapes before they noticed the spider. She wasn't hurt. Complete article


Wal-Mart goes for youth with new CEO Doug McMillon 11/26/2013

WCSO Presents Walmart With Check For Nv. Charity Event 11/25/2013

Walmart Workers In Brooklyn Center Minn. Walk Out, Protest Low Wages 11/25/2013

Bangladesh factory owners dispute Walmart claim 11/24/2013

The world’s biggest retailer couldn't solve the problems of the garment sector in Bangladesh on its own, but it figured $50 million worth of low-cost loans was a good start.

After 1,129 garment workers were killed in the Rana Plaza factory collapse, Walmart announced a $50-million fund for factory owners during an August conference call with investors. Walmart said owners could draw low-interest loans from the fund and use the money to improve structural, electrical and fire safety systems in their factories.

But even as Walmart won public goodwill with its announcement, four garment suppliers in Bangladesh who provide clothing to Walmart told the Star that the retailer never mentioned any such loan offering.

“Walmart has not offered any loan, but certainly it would be a welcome step,” said Itemad Ud-Daulah, managing director of Dird Garments, which makes blue jeans for Walmart in two factories near Dhaka and employs 10,000 workers. “Low-cost loans would create a lot of goodwill.” Complete article


Walmart, NY State Senate Republicans under fire for campaign donations 11/24/2013

WalMart program ends; food pantry hit hard 11/24/2013

Small marts stand up to Walmart 11/22/2013

Wal-Mart Doesn't Just Employ Poor People, It Makes Fun of Them 11/22/2013

Forbes: Demos On WalMart, Let's Make Capitalism Better By Abolishing Capitalism 11/21/2013

Here's How Wal-Mart Is Preparing For The Chaos Of Black Friday 11/19/2013

Consumerist: Walmart Hasn't Paid $7,000 Fine For 2008 Black Friday Trampling Death 11/21/2013

We mentioned the other day that it’s been five years since the tragic Black Friday trampling death of a Walmart employee. In the years since, Walmart has spent millions of dollars trying to avoid the meager $7,000 fine from OSHA, and still has yet to pay it.

Back in 2010, the company said it was fighting the $7,000 penalty because it felt that an employee being trampled by a crowd of shoppers at an annual sales event heavily marketed and advertised by your company doesn't count as an occupational hazard and that assessing the fine “has far-reaching implications for the retail industry that could subject retailers to unfairly harsh penalties and restrictions on future sales promotions.”

The case is currently stuck in appeal, and one former OSHA analyst tells Huffington Post that this is a case of Walmart flexing its muscles to prove it’s the biggest bruiser in the room.

“It’s not about the penalty,” said the former OSHA staffer. “It’s this interest in seeing how far Walmart can push back against the decision.” Complete article


Alleged Animal Abuse At Former Walmart Oklahoma Pork Supplier Caught On Camera (GRAPHIC VIDEO) 11/21/2013

Wal-Mart’s outstanding death fine: Retailer still hasn't paid up for failing to protect employee killed in Black Friday crush five years ago 11/21/2013

Mother Jones: Here's How Walmart Could Pay Workers a Decent Wage Without Raising Prices 11/20/2013

Marissa Mayer Pokes Fun At Walmart Protestors 11/20/2013

Wal-Mart workers question Thanksgiving pay 11/22/2013 The problem is that Gertz and other Wal-Mart workers say their hours are cut prior to the holidays, so their average daily wage also goes down.

Southington Conn. Walmart Closed Due to Electrical Odor 11/21/2013

Seabrook NH upset with delay of Rt. 1 widening near Walmart Supercenter 11/21/2013

Ashton Kutcher's Anti-Walmart Twitter War 11/21/2013

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer interrupted by Walmart protesters at Salesforce.com conference 11/19/2013

Forbes: Walmart Will Win Black Friday Despite Worker Strikes, Labor Violations And Food Bank Woes 11/19/2013

After viral photo, Walmart defends having donation bins for needy workers 11/19/2013

Nationwide Walmart boycott to start Black Friday 11/18/2013

Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth downplays crime fears related to possible 24-hour Walmart 07/30/2013

SHERWOOD--The 145,000-square-foot elephant in city hall came into full view as Police Chief Jeff Groth addressed resident concerns about the Walmart scheduled to open in 2014.

Last night, Groth told Sherwood's special committee on business regulation that the police force needs more officers, but not just because of Walmart. The committee was mulling limits on overnight hours of operation at retail businesses, overnight parking and camping.

One of the common complaints voiced in the backlash to Walmart was that it would attract crime and disturbances if it allowed overnight parking in its lot. Councilors considered regulations addressing those concerns, before punting to a special 7-person committee that would refer ordinances to council to send to voters this fall. Complete article


Garbage bills rising, camping ban with anti-Walmart roots: Sherwood Or. council preview 11/18/2013

Charges set to be filed against Wal-Mart for labour violations 11/18/2013

Evendale Walmart strike for better wages and employment practices 11/18/2013

Walmart Ohio Store Accepts Thanksgiving Donations for Its Workers 11/18/2013

One in six Walmart factories in Bangladesh fail safety review 11/18/2013

Walmart to host multi-city Black Friday town hall meeting with employees 11/18/2013

Report: Wal-Mart has safety problems in Bangladesh 11/16/2013

Judge rejects one Ringling Fla. Walmart lawsuit 11/16/2013

Wal-Mart's pre-holiday sales disappoint: Bad omen for the economy? 11/14/2013 And same-store sales — sales at stores open more than a year — slid 0.3 percent at Wal-Mart locations in the U.S. The slide was the third in as many quarters.

Wal-mart’s big green con: Environmentalists blast megastore, as workers strike 11/13/2013

Bloomberg: How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens 11/13/2013

BREAKING: Wal-Mart workers strike, Target workers threaten to join Black Friday walkout 11/12/2013

Walmart Worker Strikes Over Low Wages Reach Chicago 11/13/2013

Walmart earnings report fails to wow Wall Street 11/14/2013

Forbes: The Workers Respond To The WalMart Results 11/14/2013

Forbes: Apologies, But Welfare Payments To Employees Are Not Subsidies To WalMart And McDonalds 11/13/2013

Protest at Federal Way Wa. Walmart calls for better wages, end of 'bullying' 11/12/2013

Walmart Makes it Official: Thanksgiving Is Dead 11/12/2013

Why Wal-Mart can afford to give its workers a 50% raise 11/12/2013

Urban Planner Debunks The Myth That Wal-Mart Is Good For Local Economies 11/11/2013

Letter: Why is Walmart giving Palin a platform? 11/09/2013

Cleveland Heights Ohio woman demands Walmart fill canceled PlayStation 4 Christmas pre-order 11/11/2013

Salon: Anonymous Wal-Mart workers unload and urge protests on new website 11/07/2013

Wal-Mart: An economic cancer on our cities 11/10/2013

Dozens arrested in Los Angeles Ca. Walmart protest as anger against retail chain escalates 11/08/2013

CNN: Five Wal-Mart workers arrested while protesting in Los Angeles Ca. 11/08/2013

Family wants Walmart to honor low prices 11/07/2013

Python found in West Melbourne Fla. Walmart parking lot 11/08/2013

Walmart worker protest ends with more than 50 arrested in Los Angeles (Photos Including one with all too common police dressed in riot gear for peaceful protesters at tax payers expense.) 11/09/2013

More than 50 people demanding better wages for Walmart workers in a protest organized by a union activists were arrested outside the retailer’s store in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles on Thursday night.

The protesters were taken into custody without incident after refusing an order by officers to disperse, and would be held overnight unless they posted $500 bail, said Detective Gus Villanueva, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman. Complete article


54 Arrests Made During Walmart Protest In Chinatown Los Angeles, Ca. 11/0/2013

Wal-Mart responds after gay couple told to leave in Chickasha Ok. 11/07/2013

Consumer Reports: Wal-Mart tablet comes up short 11/07/2013

MEMPHIS, TN - (CONSUMER REPORTS) - Tablets are on many gift-giving lists this year, but Consumer Reports has identified one tablet that comes up short.

The Monster M7 is sold exclusively at Walmart for 150 dollars. But in Consumer Reports' labs, testers found a problem. The tablet locked up regularly during use.

To show what happened, testers set up a camera over the tablet. An app ran a slideshow of news headlines.

In a time-lapse video, viewers can see the slideshow stopped suddenly and the screen went blank.

"We tested three Monster 7 tablets and the screen froze or went blank on each of them. Sometimes it happened in less than an hour, other times it took several hours for the screen to freeze," said Dean Gallea, Consumer Reports. Complete article


Ill. Wal-Mart protestor turns to President Obama for help 11/07/2013

Walmart Defends Canceling Mispriced Website Orders 11/07/2013

Walmart employees protest in Paramount Ca. 11/06/2013

Wal-Mart blames technical glitch for price errors 11/06/2013

Walmart accused of not providing baskets in ADA lawsuit (WV) 11/06/2013

Wal-Mart Error Prices Computer Monitors at Steep Discount 11/06/2013

California Wal-Mart workers strike today, following stunning Florida victory 11/06/2013

EDF sells green cred to Walmart for the low, low price of $66 million By Stacy Mitchell 11/06/2013

Reser's Fine Foods recall expands to items sold at Safeway, Walmart, King Soopers, Krogers, more 11/05/2013

Neighbors band together to protest construction on new SC Walmart 11/04/2013

Wal-Mart “borders on the ludicrous,” Rep. Conyers tells Salon 11/01/2013

Forbes: A New Wal-Mart Mandate Goes Into Effect 11/04/2013

Mother Jones: Walmart Is Trying to Block Workers' Disability Benefits 11/04/2013

Wal-Mart Is Losing Its Hold on Retail 11/02/2013

Activists Accuse Walmart of Condoning Torture of Pigs by Pork Suppliers 11/01/2013

Wal-Mart says it wants to bring jobs back to the U.S. This time, it might mean it. 11/01/2013

Wal-Mart to Widows Will Feel U.S. Food Stamp Cuts 11/01/2013

Wal-Mart announces plans for Georgia shoe plant 11/01/2013

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My Lord but what a post!!! Well done but since Wal Mart is an infamous scofflaw when it comes to wages, working conditions, benefits and such for their "associates," why would anyone expect that they'd spend a penny extra to provide security for their customers... perhaps Amazon's drone delivery systems will persevere in the new Hunger Games scenarios of 21st Century America and all those WalMart Big Box stores will end up as shelters for the homeless folks who once upon a time were their customers and employees.
I really look forward to your updates about the evil deeds of the largest employer in the world. Perhaps the only solution is to set up a citizen vigilante force to patrol Wal Mart - like they have in several Mexican cities.
Jmac, The lack of security isn't the biggest problem. If they weren't carrying out policies that partially incite many of these incidents then they wouldn't need as much security. However reasonable security would help especially in the short run.

In the long run if they paid their workers reasonably and stopped cutting their quality and advertising things that get people expectations up then that would do more to reduce these problems than security.

By increasing poverty in a variety of ways they indirectly increase crime too.

Dr Bramhall, they already have that at times, but not rational ones and they often contribute to additional incidents. More civil citizens groups would be run off by Wal-Mart, especially if they dared discuss Wal-Mart's policies that contribute to crime.