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Incidents at Walmart responsible for 46% of this city's crime rate: Weird business news

·Nicole Goodkind

This has been a big week for weird business news. Ikea rolled out veggie meatballs in most U.S. stores, Burger King sponsored the wedding of Joel Burger and Ashley King and “Price is Right” model Manuela Arbeláez accidently gave away a $21,960 car to a contestant. Here are some more odd stories that you might have missed:

Taco Bell on Fleek

Taco Bell is going Hipster. They’re trying to appeal to Millennials, hard. The Yum-brands owned company recently released a 1984-esque film bashing McDonalds breakfast food, created sriracha-inspired meals and even told the world via Twitter that they’re on fleek (that’s Millennial speak for on point).

Now the company has announced that they will start opening restaurants inside of shipping containers and…ready for this? Start a delivery service…Congratulations Taco Bell; you’ve just brought Netflix binges to the next level.

People of Walmart

Port Richey, a small city in the Tampa area of Florida has a crime problem and it all stems from the local Walmart. According to police statistics 46% of crime in the city comes from the super store. Police Captain Bill Fergison is sick of it. “We have some problems with shoplifting, pick-pocketing, some of the cars are broken into," he says. "We do have some domestic incidences, and some road-rage incidents in the parking lot." Police typically respond to problems at the store twice a day.

Police surveillance showed one 77-year old woman getting into a fight over a parking spot, hitting a man with her car and driving around the parking lot with him on the hood. Maybe she was just excited about the everyday low prices? Police are currently working with Walmart officials to come up with a crime reduction plan.

In a statement to Bay 9 News, Walmart officals wrote, “Our asset protection team does a great job in identifying people who break the law in our stores which demonstrates that Walmart is the wrong place to attempt these crimes. And while Walmart is effective at detecting these crimes, we will continue to collaborate with local police to focus on crime prevention." 

Missing house

Hold on to your houses! But seriously…be careful. This week a family in eastern Washington was baffled to find that their vacation cabin was missing. “We drove up to the cabin and the cabin was gone, it was just an empty hole where it used to sit,” said owner Chris Hempel. “We’re just kind of at a loss right now. Like, seriously?” But fear not, just three days after the cabin went missing it was found a few miles away, stolen via flatbed truck by people who intended to live in it. Police say they have identified the likely suspects.

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