Wal-Mart crime magnet,
Foes of Wal-Mart turned up the heat yesterday in their campaign to keep the giant retailer out of the city by charging that its stores are "a magnet for crime."
They cited a nationwide study analyzing police crime reports during 2004 involving 551 randomly selected Wal-Mart stores in 434 cities in 30 states.
The surveyed stores generated 148,331 calls for police service, or an average of 269 police incidents per store. And 2,909 of those calls were for violent or serious crimes, the report said.
"Once again, we have evidence that Wal-Mart is not a good citizen in the communities where it exists," said Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum at a City Hall press conference with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn, Queens) and Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. "This is why we have to keep them out of New York City."
Appelbaum said the survey demonstrates that Wal-Mart stints on security measures and parking lot patrols.
Only a union hack would make this type of lame claim......"Once again, we have evidence that Wal-Mart is not a good citizen in the communities where it exists," said Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum at a City Hall press conference with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn, Queens) and Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. "This is why we have to keep them out of New York City
Does WMT commit the crimes ? By this logic, the entire city of NY should be shuttered because the city is a magnet for mobsters, pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers, child molesters, forgers, counterfieters, and all sorts of criminal elements.
All you bashers need to get on the NYC sucks message board , doree will administer, and advocate the closing of NYC. I am sure it will make a difference and lead to the eventual closing of the city. You are such a powerful and influencial voice of reason in this world of clouded messages and shifting social mores.
I wish you the best of luck in your efforts to close the city as soon as possible.
>>New York City is the Unions stroghold
>>I suggest it is not a fit place to do business. Thank you for keeping WalMart out.
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Everywhere, USA. Plenty of Crime Available At Wal-Mart
You can find just about anything you want at Wal-Mart---and that includes crime as well. Whatever kind of heinous act you prefer, you can get it at Wal-Mart. The company likes to say it is a "retail magnet." Unfortunately, it seems to be a magnet for criminal activity too. Here are eight examples from last week's news. Murder, rape, sexual assault, assault and battery, bombs--you can find it any week at a Wal-Mart supercenter near you. It's the family place to shop:
Salt Lake City, UT: A judge sentenced a man accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl inside a Salt Lake City Wal-Mart. Police arrested the defendant last December after a shopper caught him inappropriately touching a girl in the store.
Minnehaha County, SD: A jury deliberated for about an hour Wednesday before finding a Sioux Falls man guilty of assaulting a co-worker with his car in a store parking lot. The defendant was convicted of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and violation of a protection order. The man struck and dragged his victim in the Wal-Mart lot. "This was a very violent vehicular assault," Nelson said. "It was clear from the evidence that the defendant targeted the victim."
Ithaca, NY: Federal officials say the package found last month behind the Wal-Mart in Ithaca was an improvised explosive device. It had a battery on the bottom and a kitchen timer on top. The Wal-Mart and surrounding businesses were evacuated and a bomb dog called in. Authorities destroyed the package by shooting it with a shotgun. It broke apart, but did not explode. Nine officers came in contact with a liquid from the package that forced them to be quarantine for a short time.
Ventura County, CA: A man went on a two-day crime spree that left three people dead and five hospitalized before he killed himself inside a Wal-Mart in California's Simi Valley. The suspect was chased by police to the Wal-Mart store. About 100 employees and customers were evacuated from the sprawling store as 40 to 50 officers surrounded it. Officers who entered found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Myrtle Beach, FL: A 27-year-old man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a woman at a Myrtle Beach Wal-Mart parking lot. A fight broke out in the Wal-Mart parking lot, where the woman was stabbed to death.
Harris County, TX: A 33-year-old shopper was fatally shot during an armed robbery in west Harris County on Friday night. The victim was approaching his car in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart about midnight when a man jumped out of a beige or champagne-colored van and shot him once in the chest, officials said. The shooter got back in the van, driven by another man, and fled.
Marietta, GA: A 72-year-old Wal-Mart greeter was seriously injured when he was run over while trying to stop a suspected shoplifter. The incident began Saturday afternoon when a security officer at the store saw a man stealing DVDs. When the security officer and the greeter confronted the man at his car, the man's door hit the greeter, and knocked him down. The man then drove over the greeter's leg, chest and head. The greeter suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and facial injuries. "He is expected to live. But he was hurt pretty bad," a policeman said. "He was just trying to do his job and protect the store against shoplifters."
Tyler, TX: Prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty against a former Marine accused of kidnapping and killing a Wal-Mart store clerk. The defendant is charged with capital murder in the death of the 19-year-old Wal-Mart worker. The clerk was abducted after her nightshift ended on Jan. 19 at a Tyler Wal-Mart. The defendant followedthe clerk to her pickup, then rushed behind her and pushed her inside. He then sexually assaulted, strangled and shot the woman to death before dumping her body in a West Texas ditch.
Tucson, AZ. Wal-Mart Worst Spot For Police Calls 4 Years Straight
It�s official. The results are in. For the fourth year straight, Wal-Mart has won the top spot as the crime magnet in Tucson, Arizona. The Wal-Mart supercenter at West Valencia Road on the southwest side of the city has a �super� amount of police calls, according to the Arizona Daily Star. It seems the cops in Tucson know the Wal-Mart address quite well. Police responded to calls from Wal-Mart 908 times in 2005, or an average of nearly 2.5 police calls a day. The good news is that the number is down from 2004, when the Tucson police drove over to the Wal-Mart 1,195 times, or 3.3 calls per day. Roughly 45% of the Wal-Mart calls are for shoplifting. Tucson police had to set up �special deployments� at Wal-Mart during the Xmas season to try to hold down the incidence of shoplifting. Looking to put a Smiley Face on the subject, Tucson Police Sgt. Mark Robinson told the Daily Star: "Because they're on the Top 10 doesn't mean they're dangerous places to be. In fact, being on the Top 10 could mean it's a safe place to be because people care enough to call police." He described Wal-Mart�s security force as �aggressive.� It turns out that Wal-Mart store officials have been meeting monthly with police, on the public dime, to talk crime-prevention strategy. "We work closely with the TPD to ensure that they spend a minimal amount of time at our stores," a Wal-Mart spokesman noted. The Daily Star added, however, that along with the petty crimes there were more serious incidents on the incident reports, such as assaults, robberies and shootings.
What you can do: You won�t find a �We�re #1� sign on this issue in Wal-Mart�s window, but the world�s largest retailer has arguably the largest crime statistics in the retail industry.