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  • NY woman charged with slugging Walmart greeter, 70

    12/27/2011 5:19:37 AM PST · by patriot08 · 47 replies
    My SA San Antonio's home page ^ | Dec 26 | My SA San Antonio's home page
    <p>BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York woman is accused of slugging a 70-year-old Walmart greeter who asked to see a receipt for merchandise the woman was carrying out of the store.</p> <p>State Trooper Tracy Patterson says 26-year-old Jacquetta Simmons of Batavia was charged with two counts of assault for the attack that knocked 70-year-old Grace Suozzi to the ground. Patterson says Suozzi suffered fractures to the side of her face.</p>
  • Handicap Scooter Bumper Car Competition At Walmart Ends In 2:30 AM Arrest Of Drunken Louisiana Guy

    12/22/2011 9:43:33 AM PST · by Gamecock · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | December 19, 2011
    An early morning game of drunken bumper cars--using Walmart handicap scooters--was broken up Saturday morning by Louisiana cops who arrested a 22-year-old man who copped to driving to the store while intoxicated. Officers with the West Monroe Police Department arrived at the Walmart around 2:30 AM in response to a call about a disturbance. Store management told cops that a group of intoxicated suspects were “playing ‘bumper cars’ with the handicap scooters in the store,” according to a probable cause affidavit. A police sergeant contacted Christopher Butler, who appeared “very intoxicated.” Butler, pictured at right, admitted driving his 2004 Ford...
  • Springfield Secret Santas Pay Off Layaway Bills for Needy Families (Check out these headlines!)

    12/21/2011 7:38:04 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    KSPR ^ | 12/17/11 | Mary Moloney
    Springfield Secret Santas Pay Off Layaway Bills for Needy FamiliesDecember 17, 2011 | Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Good Samaritans have found a way to help needy Springfield families this holiday season. About a dozen people walked into the South Campbell Kmart and paid for the presents of strangers whose gifts sat on layaway. "One young man came in who had gotten a $500 bonus from work. He just thought it was a great thing. He's even posted it online challenging his friends to do the same thing and he's come in and paid off several people's...
  • Police respond to fight at Walmart(AZ)

    12/19/2011 3:46:11 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | 15 December, 2011 | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — No fewer than half a dozen Sierra Vista police officers responded to Walmart Wednesday afternoon after it was reported that four people with guns were involved in a fight. As police arrived shortly after 1:40 p.m. and blocked off entry into the parking lot, it was soon discovered that the fight, which occurred in the foyer of the northern entrance of the building, involved only one legally-owned firearm. “One of the subjects was hit. He took out his gun and that discontinued the altercation,” said Tracy Grady, public information officer for the police department. “He was injured...
  • Thousands Of Birds Died After Mistaking This Walmart Parking Lot For Water

    12/15/2011 6:21:13 AM PST · by fruser1 · 77 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Dina Spector and Gus Lubin
    A Walmart parking lot in Cedar City, Utah was the site of mass carnage when thousands of birds crashed into the pavement Monday night, reports Brian Ahern at The Spectrum. Wildlife officials believe that the flock of migrating Grebes, a duck-like aquatic bird, was confused by storm clouds that made the parking lot look like a flat body of water...
  • Six Waltons Have More Wealth Than the Bottom 30% of Americans

    12/15/2011 2:50:14 PM PST · by matt04 · 56 replies · 1+ views
    Different people will take this different ways, but Jeffrey Goldberg tells us that six members of the Walton family (the original owners of Walmart) have more wealth than the bottom 30% of Americans. Here's where he says it: In 2007, according to the labor economist Sylvia Allegretto, the six Walton family members on the Forbes 400 had a net worth equal to the bottom 30 percent of all Americans. And given that he quotes us here at Forbes on the point, he's almost certainly right. The question is, what are we to make of this point? I think we all...
  • My Time at Walmart: Why We Need Serious Welfare Reform

    12/13/2011 12:23:23 PM PST · by gabriellah · 190 replies · 3+ views
    TheCollegeConservative ^ | 12/13/2011 | Christine Rouselle
    During the 2010 and 2011 summers, I was a cashier at Wal-Mart #1788 in Scarborough, Maine. I spent hours upon hours toiling away at a register, scanning, bagging, and dealing with questionable clientele. These were all expected parts of the job, and I was okay with it. What I didn’t expect to be part of my job at Wal-Mart was to witness massive amounts of welfare fraud and abuse.
  • Occupy attempts to blockade Wal-Mart distribution center in Loveland, Co.

    12/12/2011 3:26:48 PM PST · by invaderzim · 13 replies
    Hear Us Now ^ | 12.12.11 | Hear Us Now
    Some video from the attempted blockade by occupy, of the Wal-Mart distribution center in Loveland. I didn't stay long, so didn't get any of the arrests on video. They happened about 10 min after I left it seems.
  • Occupy Denver to Picket Colorado Walmart Distribution Center tomorrow.

    12/11/2011 3:59:46 PM PST · by Trteamer · 37 replies
    Occupy Denver ^ | 12-11-11 | trteamer
    In response to rumors, lies, and hearsay that have circulated regarding the 12/12 Walmart Action, we, as the General Assembly of Occupy Denver and the planners of the action in Loveland, hereby reaffirm that the 12/12 Action is and has always been a non-violent action, and that we do not and have never condoned or sanctioned violence of any kind or the destruction of property.......
  • Black Friday Pepper Sprayer Elizabeth Macias Threatens to Sue Walmart

    12/10/2011 2:39:27 PM PST · by Melissa 24 · 21 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | Dec. 10, 2011 | Katti Gray
    A California woman who won't face felony charges for pepper spraying Black Friday Walmart shoppers is considering a lawsuit claiming that the national retailer didn't provide enough security for the post-Thanksgiving shopping spree. Elizabeth Macias, 32, said she fired the stinging spray after shoppers attacked her two teenage children as they tried to obtain X-Box video game consoles for purchase, attorney Michael Champ, Macias' lawyer, told CBS News' Los Angeles station KCBS Friday
  • Woman arrested for making meth in Wal-Mart

    12/09/2011 7:07:08 AM PST · by mnehring · 68 replies
    TULSA, OK (KTUL/CNN) - Police arrested a woman they said mixed meth chemicals inside a Wal-Mart store. They reported the suspect, Elizabeth Alisha Greta Halfmoon, had been in the store for about six hours, taking chemicals from bottles and mixing them in order to make meth. One police officer received minor injuries when the chemicals in the bottle burned his hand. Nobody else was hurt. Tulsa Police Officer David Shelby said it was the first time he had seen anyone actually try to mix meth in a store. "There are elderly people, there are children, there are all kinds of...
  • Ending Income Inequality?

    12/01/2011 10:38:15 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11-30-11 | Walter E. Williams
    Benefiting from a hint from an article titled "Is Harry Potter Making You Poorer?", written by my colleague Dr. John Goodman, president of the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis, I've come up with an explanation and a way to end income inequality in America, possibly around the world.
  • Waiting for midnight, hungry families on food stamps give Walmart 'enormous spike'

    11/28/2011 1:37:21 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 11/28/11 | Jessica Hooper
    At the stroke of midnight, a growing number of Americans are lining up at Walmart not to cash in on a holiday sale, but because they’re hungry. The increasing number of Americans relying on food stamps to survive the sluggish economic recovery has changed the way the largest retailer in the United States does business. Carol Johnston, Walmart’s senior vice president of store development, said that store managers have seen an “enormous spike” in the number of consumers shopping at midnight on the first of the month. That’s typically when those receiving federal food assistance have their accounts refilled each
  • DUmmie FUnnies 11-28-11 ("Occupy San Diego Flash Mob Invades Wal-Mart")

    11/28/2011 9:07:16 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 45 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | November 28, 2011 | DUmmie/OWSie Juneboarder, DUmmies, and Charles Henrickson
    OCCUPY EVERYTHING! ANNOY EVERYONE! That seems to be the motto of the OWSies. And the DUmmies are right with them, at least in spirit, even if the only thing they're occupying is Mom's basement. So this past Friday, "Black Friday," the OWSies of San Diego decided to "flash mob" Wal-Mart. Load up lots of shopping carts, move to the check-out lines, shout out some DUmb manifesto, then leave the carts there and walk out the store. Turn "Black Friday" into "Block Friday": Block people from checking out. Really effective protest there, OWSies. You are breaking the back of the...
  • Triple Lutz Report--Black Friday Unrest Escalates

    11/27/2011 6:23:59 AM PST · by appeal2 · 17 replies ^ | 11-27-11 | Kerry Lutz
    Record numbers of Americans found themselves stuck in Black Friday mob scenes across the country. There were reports of shootings, pepper sprayings, riots and a lot of bad behavior. As said, "Look what's happening when people are trying to save $20, can you imagine what it will be like when millions of people don't know where their next meal is coming from?" This orgy of consumerism seems to bring out the worst in people. Understanding why is beyond the scope of this report, however, it seems to be indicative of a larger problem that is confronting the country and...
  • Occupy San Diego Flash Mob Invades Wal-Mart (Filled 75 carts and LEFT them)

    11/26/2011 11:42:33 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 98 replies
    Youtube ^ | November 25, 2011
    <p>MIC CHECK! Citizens of Walmart!! Greetings and welcome back from the food coma!! In the spirit of holiday giving, we believe a discussion is in order about the meaning of value and low cost. For every low-priced product purchased at Walmart, your communities pay the difference. Every price drop represents mistreated workers who STILL cannot feed their families, STILL cannot afford their homes, and STILL cannot payoff their tuitions. Every sweet deal can be attributed to our jobs being outsourced from American communities. Each item on sale helps bankrupt small businesses. YOU, YOUR COMMUNITIES, AND YOUR WORKERS ARE BEING ABUSED!! Walmart intentionally underemploys, forgoing REAL benefits for social services, costing California taxpayers $86 million annually. Walmart employees are overworked, underpaid, and left under-insured in poor and unsafe conditions. Walmart could fire its employees for the mere mention of forming a workers union; which is the best tool American workers have to protect their rights. Corporate beasts such as this one bleed our communities dry by putting the local business owners, who actually have personal stake in your communities, at a disadvantage against these gluttonous juggernauts. Yet they have the nerve to tell you it's for your benefit. WE DO NOT HAVE TO BUY THE SCAM!! WE DO NOT HAVE TO BUY DOLLAR-COLLARS FOR OUR FAMILIES!! WE DO NOT HAVE TO BUY ANY OF THIS!! SELF-MADE GIFTS HAVE MORE POWER ANYWAY!! So this holiday season, give yourselves, your families, and your communities the gift of empowerment!! ACT LOCALLY!! SHOP SMALL BUSINESS!! BUY AMERICAN!! Thank you, Exit Safely, and remember to smile...</p>
  • In Positive Economic Sign, Walmart Customers Killing Each Other to Buy ----

    11/25/2011 5:20:15 PM PST · by EveningStar · 31 replies
    Borowitz Report ^ | November 25, 2011 | Andy Borowitz
    In what economists are hailing as a clear sign of economic recovery, Walmart customers across the USA jammed into stores on Black Friday, sometimes killing each other to buy useless ----.
  • Buckeye Police "Body-Planted" Grandpa at WalMart in Black Friday Mayhem

    11/25/2011 1:52:39 PM PST · by Altariel · 38 replies
    Phoenix News Times ^ | November 25, 2011 | Ray Stern
    The Buckeye incident is catching national attention this morning. According to news reports, a crowd of fired-up shoppers at the Walmart were clawing at a box of videos games when a little boy was "trampled" and cut his lip. The boy's grandfather then tried to lift the kid, first sticking a video game he was holding in his waistband. The guy reportedly had $600 worth of other merchandise with him he intended to buy -- not exactly the shoplifter type. One witness of the incident quoted by Channel 10 news (KSAZ-TV) seems to indicate that police wildly over-reacted: "You would...
  • Black Friday shoppers pepper-sprayed in Calif.

    11/25/2011 6:14:05 AM PST · by Malone LaVeigh · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 25, 2011
    Twenty people, including children, were injured when a woman at a San Fernando Valley Walmart store used mace against other customers in what authorities referred to as a "competitive shopping" incident.
  • Walmart wins big with California initiatives

    11/24/2011 10:09:03 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 46 replies
    San Francisco Comical ^ | November 24, 2011 | Will Evans
    In a push to expand across California without interference, Walmart is increasingly taking advantage of the state's initiative system to threaten elected officials with costly special elections and to avoid environmental lawsuits. The Arkansas-based retailer has hired paid signature gatherers to circulate petitions to build new superstores or repeal local restrictions on big-box stores. Once 15 percent of eligible voters sign the petitions, state election law puts cash-strapped cities in a bind: City councils must either approve the Walmart-drafted measure without changes or put it to a special election. As local officials grapple with whether to spend tens of thousands...
  • India moves closer to opening up supermarket sector (Wal-Mart and other retailers)

    11/24/2011 6:32:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Reuters India ^ | November 23, 2011 | Matthias Williams, Rajesh Kumar Singh and Manoj Kumar
    NEW DELHI-India could decide this week to throw open its supermarket sector to foreign firms such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc, clearing one of the most hotly anticipated economic reforms of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's tenure. Policymakers have for years talked about opening multi-brand retail sector to foreign direct investors, a policy aimed at attracting foreign capital, unclogging supply bottlenecks and helping tackle stubbornly high inflation. But the move has snagged on protests by opposition parties and many domestic retailers, who say an influx of foreign players will drive down prices and cause huge job losses. Some voices within the ruling...
  • Occupy flash mob fails to impress Walmart workers

    11/23/2011 8:29:07 PM PST · by Fast Moving Angel · 19 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 22, 2011 | Andrew Galvin
    The folks from Occupy Orange County might need to work on their delivery if they want to get their message across. A two minute “flash mob” by members of Occupy’s Santa Ana contingent left some Walmart employees feeling disrespected and confused.
  • Occupiers Protest $1.4 Billion Free Art Museum to Bash Wal-Mart

    11/22/2011 12:46:20 PM PST · by Clint N. Suhks · 24 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/22/11 | By Julia Seymour
    In their zeal to bash Wal-Mart, Occupy Wall Street protesters are even complaining about the company giving $1.4 billion to found a free art museum in Arkansas. Alice Walton, Wal-Mart heiress, is being criticized by Occupy Wall Street for giving $1.4 billion to found an Arkansas art museum. The incoherent and absurd messaging of the Occupy Wall Street movement continues. Recently, the OWS crowd joined forces with Wal-Mart workers to protest Crystal Bridges, an American art museum that opened on Nov. 11 in Bentonville, Ark. Art snobs are outraged by the notion of a major art collection in Arkansas, but...
  • Walmart ruining holidays for workers

    11/13/2011 11:06:23 AM PST · by eccentric · 500 replies
    vanity | November 13, 2011 | Linda Martine
    Around the country, night workers at Walmart stores are being told to come in five hours early ON Thanksgiving. After having work until 7am that morning, they must get whatever sleep they can and then reutrn to work at 5pm for a 12 hour shift. How much time does this leave for them to spend the holiday with their family? Walmart wants to call their employees associates. No, they are just workers.
  • High Bank Fees Give Wal-Mart a Money Aisle

    11/08/2011 4:12:30 PM PST · by Cardhu · 15 replies
    NY Times1 ^ | November 7th 2011 | ANDREW MARTIN and STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
    DICKSON CITY, Pa. — Americans say they are fed up with banks. They are protesting on Wall Street and raising a ruckus over outsize fees. Now there is a surprising beneficiary: Wal-Mart. Geoffrey Cardone, a 26-year-old factory worker, said he dumped his bank account because he felt that he was being nickeled and dimed by fees. His new payday ritual includes a trip to the Wal-Mart here in northeastern Pennsylvania. “It’s cheaper,” said Mr. Cardone, who was charged a flat fee of $3 to cash his paycheck. Many check-cashing stores keep a percentage of the check, which tends to be...
  • Police: Shoplifting Suspect Shot At Walmart

    11/02/2011 5:18:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies ^ | 11/2/2011 | Steve Tellier/WLKY
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A shoplifting incident led to a shooting at a Walmart, according to police dispatchers. The shooting happened at the Walmart at 7100 Raggard Road. Police said off-duty Jefferson County constable David Whitlaw was shopping at the store around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when he heard there was a shoplifting suspect outside the store in the parking lot. Police said Whitlaw went to the parking lot, where the female suspect was in a car. Police said she ran over Whitlaw's foot, and he in turn fired a shot into the car, wounding the woman in her arm and hand....
  • Walmart-Endorsed Obamacare Can't Save Employees from Skyrocketing Insurance Costs

    10/27/2011 8:08:36 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 27, 2011 | Paul Chesser
    We told you so. Last week Walmart announced it will severely cut back health benefits for its employees, proving that the Obamacare law that the company endorsed will not save the day for its many low-income workers. Under the new company policy, new part-time associates will no longer be eligible to receive health insurance. Reuters also reports that the amount Walmart puts in employee healthcare savings accounts will be cut in half. “The current healthcare system is unsustainable for everyone and like other businesses we've had to make choices we wish we didn't have to make," said Walmart spokesman...
  • Wal-Mart Ups the ante in holiday price matching

    10/24/2011 12:51:23 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 19 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/24/2011 | Anne D'Innocenzio
    NEW YORK — Wal-Mart announced a new strategy that it hopes will pull in procrastinators early by giving them a big incentive: a guarantee that they'll get the lowest price no matter when they buy during the holiday season. The discounter said Monday it will match prices on many of its products. Shoppers who buy something at a Walmart store between Nov. 1 and Dec. 25, but then find the identical product elsewhere for less, can get a gift card in the amount of the difference. The offer excludes some items, such as groceries. To qualify, shoppers need to bring...
  • Wal-Mart rolls back health care benefits

    10/21/2011 9:12:04 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 31 replies
    msnbc ^ | 10/21/2011 | msnbc
    Prices aren't the only thing being slashed at Wal-Mart. Amid rising costs, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer, said Friday that it is cutting health benefits for part-time workers and raising premiums for many of its full-time staff. The news was first reported in The New York Times. New part-time employees who work less than 24 hours per week on average will not be eligible for any of the company's health insurance plans. New employees who work 24 to 33 hours per week would not be allowed to add a spouse to their...
  • Best Non-Coupon Food Bargain Out There

    10/21/2011 7:54:42 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 52 replies
    Self | October 21, 2011 | PJ-Comix
    Okay, you want a GREAT food deal but you don't like fiddling around with coupons. Good news! I have been taking advantage of an incredible bargain at Walmart for several weeks. Here it is: A 2 lb bag of frozen WILD flounder for just $5.27. That is only $2.63 per pound. I stress WILD because wild caught fish are much better than farm raised fish which just don't have the same rich taste. I am now eating this WILD flounder at least 3 times per week, including last night. What is great about it is not only the flavor but...
  • Occupy Wal-Mart: Police pour into Oak Cliff store after protesters' covert op gets noisy

    10/20/2011 7:22:52 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/19/11 | Avi Selk
    Occupy Dallas protesters infiltrated an Oak Cliff Wal-Mart this evening -- a demonstration that ended when as many as a dozen Dallas police cars showed up to hustle them out. "They went in slow, four at a time," said Richard Beebe, who watched the operation unfold as he sat outside the store, off Cockrell Hill Road at Interstate 30, collecting donations for homeless veterans. A few of the protesters dropped money into his box, Beebe said, before "they started raising hell." I got there after the protestors had been dispersed. And police and Wal-Mart managers wouldn't comment. But back at...
  • The Protestors ALREADY Occupy Wall Street

    10/11/2011 10:35:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 11, 2011 | Peter Flaherty
    Are the anti-Wall Street protestors demonstrating against themselves? The richest and most prominent Wall Street executives almost overwhelmingly supported and bankrolled Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008. And on Wall Street, little distinction is made between liberal Democrats and avowedly socialist activist groups. The big banks financed ACORN. Although ACORN has disbanded in the wake of scandal, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, formerly headed by White House Chief of Staff William Daley, continues to fund similar groups committed to undermining capitalism and debasing democracy. Goldman Sachs and other big financial institutions lobbied for Dodd-Frank, which institutionalizes the "too big to...
  • "When He Comes To Walmart He Gets Aroused." Man busted for exposure offers a novel explanation

    10/11/2011 5:59:25 AM PDT · by AnAmericanAbroad · 29 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | August 10, 2011 | Staff
    A Louisiana man arrested yesterday for driving around a Walmart parking lot with his penis exposed explained to cops that “he gets aroused” when visiting the retail giant, according to a police report.
  • 19 Hospitalized After Wal-Mart Bleach Attack

    10/08/2011 1:21:56 PM PDT · by freespirited · 26 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | 10/08/11
    One person was arrested and nineteen were transported to hospitals after a woman poured bleach and Pine-Sol on a fellow customer at a Wal-Mart in Arbutus. The Baltimore County Fire Department said that the store at 3601 Washington Boulevard had to be evacuated for nearly two hours Saturday after the department received reports of people throwing bleach and ammonia at each other. Baltimore County Police issued a statement Saturday afternoon saying that the woman who committed the assault left the store and turned herself in at the Wilkens Precinct, where she was placed under arrest. Most of the injuries were...
  • Thank Walmart for Your New Bank Card Fee

    10/03/2011 6:30:23 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 46 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2 October 2011 | Timothy P. Carney
    When Bank of America announced last week that it would charge $5 a month to customers who make purchases with their debit card, customers railed against the bank. Many conservatives and libertarians said the anger should be aimed at Congress and the Obama administration, which, through last year's Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, effectively outlawed the old debit card business model, spurring Bank of America to make this change. But the real culprit is Walmart and the retail lobby, which used government to squeeze banks and fatten their own bottom line. Walmart won, banks lost, and now customers are stuck with...
  • Woman sentenced for Wal-Mart choking (Attacked 71-year-old greeter)

    09/30/2011 11:53:18 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 115 replies ^ | September 30, 2011 | n/a
    (Elyria) - A judge in Lorain County has sentenced a woman to 15 days in jail for choking a 71-year-old Wal-Mart greeter who asked to see a receipt as the woman left the store. Elyria Municipal Judge Lisa Locke graves sentenced 49-year-old Toni Duncan on Thursday for what she calls the “absolutely reprehensible” attack last March. Duncan was sentenced after pleading no contest and being found guilty of assault. According to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, the defendant also was ordered to take an anger management course by year's end and stay away from the Elyria Wal-Mart and the victim for five...
  • Murrysville (PA) Woman Beats Walmart Again

    09/30/2011 4:39:48 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 27 replies
    WTAE ^ | September 30, 2011
    EXPORT, Pa. -- Consumer advocate Mary Bach won a civil judgment Thursday against Walmart in a case in which she alleged the retail giant misrepresented prices and overcharged her. District Judge Charles Conway awarded Bach $180.50 in damages. The Murrysville woman's complaint alleged that Walmart advertised goods at one price but intended to sell them at a higher price, violating the Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act of 1968. It was the fifth time Bach has sued Walmart over pricing issues at the same store in Delmont.
  • The Solyndra - Walmart Connection

    09/29/2011 9:44:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 29, 2011 | Paul Chesser
    A lot has been said about the ties of George Kaiser, a campaign contribution bundler for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, to the Solyndra bankruptcy scandal that likely has cost taxpayers $535 million thanks to a Department of Energy loan guarantee. Kaiser’s investment firm, Argonaut Venture Capital, held over 35 percent of the failed solar company’s stock – more than anyone else. But next in line (with 11 percent) behind Argonaut in the Solyndra stakes is Madrone Capital Partners, which is managed by a trio whom the political Left has attempted to tie to support for Republicans. Of course, “they...
  • California group vows to back candidates with 'courage'

    09/26/2011 2:55:37 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 9/16/11 | Torey Van Oot
    Three wealthy Californians have launched a new effort aimed at helping elect state legislators who demonstrate the "courage" to tackle major issues facing the Golden State. "Govern for California" is backed by Democrat David Crane, who worked as an advisor to former GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republican investor Ron Conway, and Greg Penner, a WalMart Board of Directors member who is registered decline-to-state. The group has created a website website to educate voters about the importance and actions of the state's 120 legislators, arguing that the Golden State's governance woes "will never turn around unless the good people of California...
  • UPDATE: Charges Dismissed in Walmart Fatal Shooting

    09/20/2011 6:45:02 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies ^ | 9/20/2011 | Michael Hyland; Josh McComas, Randy Yohe, Cathleen Moxley
    LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- From victim to murder suspect to now a free man, it's a shooting investigation that's caused a lot of controversy. Jesus "Jesse" Canul was recently charged with murder after killing a person who robbed him in the Walmart parking lot in Logan. Click here to find out more! Logan County Prosecutor John Bennett tells that he dismissed a murder charge without prejudice against Jesus Canul. That means the charges could be refiled at another time. Bennett says he dismissed the charges so he could spend more time investigating the case. Canul was scheduled to be...
  • Walmart Bringing Back Layaway For Holiday Shopping Season

    09/10/2011 5:58:10 PM PDT · by BBell · 47 replies ^ | September 8, 2011 | Chris Morran
    Five years after Walmart stopped offering customers the option to put most purchases on layaway, the nation's largest retailer has decided to bring it back for brief run during the 2011 holiday shopping season. Of course, this being Walmart, the holiday shopping season begins in October. Sales at Walmart stores open for at least one year have fallen for nine consecutive quarters, so Big W is hoping that it will see some of the benefits its competitors have seen by offering the layaway option.The layaway plan will become available starting October 17 and will be offered for toys and electronics...
  • Two supermarket workers 'steal $45,000 to fund a sex change'

    Two supermarket workers are accused of stealing $45,000 from their own workplace to fund a sex change. Spencer Cullen, 23, is a woman who wants to become a man and allegedly helped take the cash from a Walmart store in Prescott, Arizona, so she could pay for the operation. Cullen, whose middle name is Danger, is still physically a woman but is said to have been preparing for the gender-swap for some time. Adriano Altiveros, 19, bought himself a new car from his half of the proceeds, police have said. The Walmart, which is around around 80 miles north west...
  • North Branch Girl, 5, Suffers Bat Bite At Wal-Mart

    09/02/2011 3:59:33 AM PDT · by rawhide · 39 replies ^ | 8-31-11 | Rachel Slavik
    NORTH BRANCH, MN— A 5-year-old North Branch girl is recovering after an unusual run-in with a bat at a retail store. On these final days of summer, Zoe Zachrison would normally be enjoying the outdoors. Instead, she’s barely able to move, all because of what happened on a trip to a Wal-Mart in Cambridge. “She’s very traumatized,” said Holly Townley, Zoe’s mother. Last week, Zoe and her mom were grocery shopping. “She was sitting in the child part of the cart, minding her own business,”said Holly. When they walked down the frozen food section, they encountered the unexpected visitor. “The...
  • Jury finds Delray teen guilty in murder of mother's boyfriend

    09/01/2011 9:12:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 1, 2011 | Erika Pesantes
    Berenice Juarez was found guilty Thursday afternoon of first-degree murder in the 2010 stabbing death of her mother's boyfriend in Delray Beach. The jury deliberated less than a day before coming back with its verdict. Juarez, 18, immediately was sentenced to life in prison by Circuit Judge Karen Miller.
  • UPDATE: Supporters Rally for Walmart Shooting Suspect; Judge Sets Bond

    08/29/2011 5:44:04 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies ^ | 8/29/2011 | Michael Hyland; Josh McComas, Randy Yohe, Cathleen Moxley
    LOGAN, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A community is split down the middle after a restaurant worker shot the man who robbed him. It happened last week at the Walmart in Logan. Click here to find out more! Police say David Abbott threatened to cut Jesus Canul's neck and demanded cash. Abbott took his wallet and was leaving when Canul took action. He is accused of shooting and killing Abbott. Canul was back in court Monday for a bond hearing, but the real story took place outside the courtroom. Dozens rallied the streets of Logan in support of Canul. “He is somebody...
  • Big-Box Stores' Hurricane Prep Starts Early

    08/27/2011 5:27:46 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | August 26, 2011 | JON HAMILTON
    Forecasters don't expect Hurricane Irene to make landfall until Saturday. But for nearly a week now, big-box retailers like Walmart and Home Depot have been getting ready. They've deployed hundreds of trucks carrying everything from plywood to Pop-Tarts to stores in the storm's path. It's all possible because these retailers have turned hurricane preparation into a science — one that government emergency agencies have begun to embrace.At Home Depot's Hurricane Command Center in Atlanta, for example, about 100 associates have been trying to anticipate how Irene will affect its East Coast stores from the Carolinas to New York.At times like...
  • Walmart Heirs Fund Anti-Fishing Activists

    08/24/2011 4:08:36 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Nationaal Legal & Policy Center ^ | August 24, 2011 | Paul Chesser
    Recently NLPC reported that Walmart’s top “sustainability” adviser, who provided significant help in getting the company’s “Green” credibility with environmentalist groups in gear, was Jib Ellison – a former wilderness expeditionist and river guide, and author of a guide on whitewater rafting. The story of his relationship with Walmart, which began with the introduction of Ellison by Rob Walton (son of founder Sam) to former company CEO Lee Scott, is documented in the new book Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Walmart’s Green Revolution by Edward Humes.The passion for environmental concerns (which has also included foolish corporate support for...
  • Local Man Arrested for Merchandise Tampering at Area Walmart

    08/12/2011 5:41:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 24 replies
    Country California ^ | August 4, 2011 | by Trailer
    Local country fan Reginald Spears was arrested over the weekend for merchandise tampering at the new Super Walmart out on the bypass. The details of his infractions are unique, to say the least. Third-shift electronics cashier Lena Johnston first noticed Spears rifling through the country CD section and filling a grocery cart with at least 100 discs before leaving the department. She thought he was just a rabid music fan until he returned 15 minutes later with the same cart and began slipping CDs back onto the shelves while looking around suspiciously. Johnston walked over to Spears and asked if...
  • Sandy McMillin Kicked Out of Wal-Mart for Violating Dress Code (Article, Picture, and Video)

    07/29/2011 3:49:30 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 61 replies
    Wiz Bang Pop ^ | July 2011 | unknown
  • CEOs say yes to Congress on removing tax breaks

    07/28/2011 9:06:14 PM PDT · by MrsEmmaPeel · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/27/2011 | Nanette Byrnes - Reuters
    (Reuters) - The CEO of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other major U.S. employers told Congress on Wednesday they would be willing to give up tax breaks that benefit their companies in return for a steep drop in the country's 35 percent corporate tax rate.