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Cops: Guy Shoplifted ... at 'Shop With a Cop' Event

There were lots of deputies around to see what allegedly happened

(Newser) - Pro tip for would-be thieves: It's probably not a good idea to attempt shoplifting ... during a "Shop with a Cop" event. That's what police say Grant Scott Timm of Lecanto, Fla., did last Wednesday night at the city's Walmart, according to the Citrus County Chronicle . The... More »

Walmart Worker Gives Own Cash to Help Customer

Jenny Karpen pulled $40 out of her wallet to help pay for man's groceries

(Newser) - She may have been new, but she knew just what to do. Jenny Karpen, who had only recently started working at a Walmart in Rotterdam, NY, was helping check out an elderly customer when she realized he didn't have enough cash on hand to pay for his whole order,... More »

Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Making People Rich

Demand for festive garb shows no sign of slowing

(Newser) - It's time to raid your grandma's closet for all those bauble-covered holiday jumpers, because ugly Christmas sweaters are the coolest thing in festive fashion—and a booming business. Not only do many retailers carry the hideous getups—sometimes with a hefty price tag—the sweaters have their own... More »

Walmart Spent $2M Fighting $7K Fine for Worker Death

Jdimytai Damour was trampled to death by Black Friday shoppers in 2008

(Newser) - It's been six years since 34-year-old Jdimytai Damour, who was one week into his temporary employment at a Long Island Walmart, was trampled to death by a mob of Black Friday shoppers. But while Walmart was hit with a $7,000 fine for its role in his death, it... More »

Walmart Holds Food Drive for Needy Walmart Workers

We'd prefer more pay and hours, workers say

(Newser) - Walmart employees in at least two locations are holding a food drive and bake sale, respectively, to benefit some needy people this holiday season: Walmart employees. According to the Consumerist , a canned food drive was launched to benefit employees at a superstore in Oklahoma City ( reads a sign : "... More »

Get the New Usher Song... in Cheerios Boxes

'Clueless' single available in select boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios at Walmart

(Newser) - Commonly found at the bottom of cereal boxes: cheap plastic toys and, now, Usher singles? Yes, a code to download Usher's new song, "Clueless," will be available inside select boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios at nationwide Walmart stores, Billboard reports. No one's sure if the exclusive... More »

Walmart: Sorry We Advertised Costumes for 'Fat Girls'

Company switches label to 'Women's Plus-Size'

(Newser) - Walmart is feeling the heat after Twitter users caught an alarming label on the company's website: It advertised plus-size Halloween outfits in a category dubbed "Fat Girl Costumes," Time reports. "This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize," the... More »

Florida Teen Busted for Humping Toy at Walmart

Police report is pretty disgusting

(Newser) - Warning: This one gets a little graphic. A 19-year-old in Florida was arrested after he humped a toy in Walmart to the point of orgasm yesterday, the Smoking Gun reports. Sean Johnson took a stuffed horse off a shelf and headed to the housewares section of the Brooksville store, where... More »

30K Walmart Part-Timers to Lose Health Insurance

If they're not working an average of 30 hours or more a week, they won't be eligible

(Newser) - As of Jan. 1, Walmart will no longer offer 30,000 of its employees health insurance. Bloomberg notes that's about 2% of its workforce. The move comes as a reaction to the company's rising health care costs as far more of its employees and their families enrolled in... More »

Docs Don't Know if Tracy Morgan Will Perform Again

Morgan's lawyer says the comedian's future is uncertain

(Newser) - Tracy Morgan has recovered enough to give Walmart a piece of his mind after the company blamed the comedian for the injuries he sustained in the June crash that killed one of his colleagues—but will he ever perform again? "The jury’s still out," Morgan's lawyer,... More »

Tracy Morgan: Walmart Is Blaming Me?

Statement from comedian hits back at chain's allegation in lawsuit

(Newser) - Walmart's new strategy of blaming Tracy Morgan for the injuries he suffered when a company truck plowed into his limo has caught the attention of Morgan himself. "After I heard what Walmart said in court, I felt I had to speak out," reads a statement from the... More »

Walmart Blames Tracy Morgan for His Crash Injuries

Injuries tied to lack of proper restraint, says company in lawsuit

(Newser) - Facing a lawsuit by those injured in a six-car collision—among them comedian Tracy Morgan —Walmart has responded that Morgan and Co. should have been wearing their seatbelts. Injuries in the accident, which involved Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper, "were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs'... More »

Walmart Texts Made Paranoid Killer Confess

He thought someone knew his secret after 17 years

(Newser) - Matthew Gibson killed a woman in Arizona 17 years ago and he would have gotten away with it ... if it wasn't for Walmart. The 55-year-old—who drove from North Carolina to Arizona to confess —told police that he thought somebody knew about the crime after he started receiving... More »

Woman's Sloooow Getaway: Via Motorized Wheelchair

Shirley Mason, 46, accused of stealing motorized cart, clothes

(Newser) - A Michigan woman says she "didn't feel like walking" home after allegedly stealing $600 in clothing from Walmart, the Muskegon Chronicle reports. Shirley Mason's turtle-paced getaway on one of the store's motorized wheelchairs ended two miles down the road when police caught up with her. A... More »

How Not to Get to a Meeting With Your Probation Officer

New Mexico man admits stealing scooter from Walmart

(Newser) - On the bright side, 18-year-old Michael Johnson of Albuquerque made it to a meeting with his probation officer on time. Unfortunately, as KOAT-TV reports, he did so by zipping over in a stolen electric shopping cart. When Johnson's probation officer asked about the unusual ride, the teen admitted taking... More »

Runaway, 14, Lived in Walmart for 2 Days

He spent 54 hours at an around-the-clock store before being discovered

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy who was sent to stay with his aunt in Corsicana, Texas, when his parents went out of town found an interesting place to live for a few days. On July 28, the boy, who the family says has a history of running away, was reported missing, and... More »

Injured Tracy Morgan 'Still Struggling': Lawyer

Attorney explains lawsuit against Walmart

(Newser) - Tracy Morgan is home from rehab , but that doesn't mean he's recovered from a June car accident. "He's still struggling, but he's a fighter and he's had issues before that he's fought through," his lawyer, Benedict Morelli, told the Today show. Matt... More »

Dollar Tree to Buy Family Dollar for $8.5B

Combined chain will have triple the stores of Walmart

(Newser) - Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion. Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser says the deal will give Dollar Tree more than 13,000 stores in the US and Canada. That is nearly three times as many stores as... More »

Costco, Trader Joe's Peaches, Plums Recalled

California packing company says it has fixed the listeria risk

(Newser) - Watch out for those plums and peaches: A California packing company has recalled fruit sent to big stores around the country after internal testing revealed possible listeria contamination. The recall affects whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums, and pluots sent to stores, including Costco, Trader Joe'... More »

Endangered Florida Habitat Getting a Walmart

Dwindling rockland is home to many rare species

(Newser) - A South Florida forest that's home to a trove of endangered and almost-endangered plant and animal species, including the bald eagle, indigo snake, and Florida bonneted bat, is about to be invaded by a far less rare creature: Walmart. The University of Miami this month sold 88 acres of... More »

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