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In Just One Year, 53 Walmarts Called Police 16,800 Times

Fla. stores average 2 calls an hour instead of hiring guards

(Newser) - Walmart is letting taxpayers pick up the tab for securing its stores by relying on police instead of hiring its own guards, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis. In the four counties surrounding the bay, there were 16,800 calls to police from Walmart stores in 2014 alone. That... More »

Walmart's Firing of Hug-Happy Cashier Causes a Stir

Supporters are planning a protest

(Newser) - Just a few weeks before he marked his 20th anniversary working for Walmart, Frank Swanson was fired Saturday—partly for hugging his customers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The 52-year-old West Plains, Mo., cashier was canned after his supervisors told him his hugging was inappropriate, as well as for selling... More »

Walmart Is No Longer World's Largest Retailer

The new king: Alibaba

(Newser) - Walmart is no longer king of the retail castle. Alibaba says it surpassed Walmart's $482.1 billion in annual gross merchandise volume during its last fiscal year. Alibaba has yet to reveal its figures but says it reached about $476 billion 10 days before its fiscal year ended on... More »

Missing Woman's Body Sat in Walmart Lot for Months

Employees had noticed Lauren Moss' car but didn't think it suspicious—at first

(Newser) - Authorities say the body of a 22-year-old woman who went missing in California in mid-November after leaving a rehab center was found in her car in a Walmart parking lot on Feb. 3—and it had likely been there for months, KTLA reports. The car in which Lauren Moss was... More »

Pepsi, Coke Donating Water to Flint

Walmart and Nestle, too

(Newser) - Walmart and several global beverage-makers have pledged to deliver about 175 truckloads of bottled water to Flint as the Michigan city deals with a public health emergency caused by lead-tainted water, the AP reports. The retail giant, along with Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestle, announced Tuesday the collective donation will include... More »

Walmart Closing 154 US Stores

And more worldwide

(Newser) - In an attempt to boost struggling finances, Walmart is closing 269 stores—154 of them in the United States. Two-thirds of the US stores to be closed are smaller "Walmart Express" locations, KTLA reports; 12 are Walmart Supercenters and four are Sam's Club stores. Most of the stores... More »

Cops: Woman 'Consumed Everything She Could' in Walmart

Josseleen Elida Lopez tells police she knew it was wrong

(Newser) - From psychosis to tooth decay, the ravages of meth are well documented. Here's a new one: Police say a 25-year-old woman told them she shot up meth, after which she allegedly drove a motorized shopping cart through a Florida Walmart while gorging on purloined grub and guzzling five-finger-discount wine,... More »

'Layaway Angel' Pays Off $106K at 2 Ohio Walmarts

'It's such a blessing to know there are still people out there [who] care'

(Newser) - There's a secret Santa in northeast Ohio who likes to celebrate the season every year in a special way. This year, he decided to spend it paying for other people's purchases, plying his philanthropy at two different Walmarts by contributing more than $106,000 to pay for the... More »

Cops Kill Man With Guns, Machete in Pa. Walmart

20-year-old making threats was shot after refusing to put down weapons

(Newser) - Pennsylvania State Police say a man armed with two handguns and a machete was shot and killed by police inside a northeastern Walmart. Andrew Joseph Todd, 20, of Mount Bethel, Pa., was shot when he refused officers' orders to drop his weapon inside the East Stroudsburg Walmart late Saturday. Police... More »

Study: Walmart's Chinese Imports Cost 400K US Jobs

The world's largest retailer disagrees

(Newser) - America's favorite big-box retailer may be responsible for the loss of hundreds of thousands of US jobs since 2001, Fortune reports. According to a new study from the Economic Policy Institute, Walmart's importing of cheap Chinese goods resulted in the elimination of 400,000 American jobs between 2001... More »

Walmart: Crying Cashier Story Seems to Be a Hoax

Colo. woman shared story from Walmart, says everyone is 'fighting a battle'

(Newser) - Treat people with kindness, "because they are fighting a battle that none of us know about." That’s the message Paige Yore wants people to take to heart, but the story she told to drive her point home is shaping up to be a hoax. In a Facebook... More »

5 Websites Where We Spent the Most on Black Friday

Amazon takes the cake with a 35.7% share of spending

(Newser) - Black Friday sales were up 7% this year over 2014 while Thanksgiving Day sales jumped 16%, according to Slice Intelligence 's analysis of online sales data. Not only that, but the weeks leading up to the biggest shopping day of the year saw a 14% boost with many sales... More »

Walmart's Big Black Friday Deals Revealed

All sales available in store at 6pm on Nov. 26, and earlier online

(Newser) - Walmart is doing away with hourly doorbusters and will instead make all of its Black Friday deals available immediately at 6pm on Thanksgiving—the same time sales kicked off last year, reports NorthJersey.com . The company says its strategy will simplify holiday shopping, which can get a little crazy . More »

Walmart Heir Is Way Less Rich Than Anyone Knew

But still not, you know, poor poor

(Newser) - It turns out the woman once thought to be America's richest female isn't all that rich after all. But don't feel too bad for her; she still has more money than most of us will ever see. It was long assumed Christy Walton was worth approximately $32... More »

Plane's Parachute Helps Save Life of Ex-Walmart CEO

Bill Simon comes down relatively unscathed in Arkansas

(Newser) - A parachute helped save the life of a pilot in trouble, but not in the traditional manner. In this case, the parachute was attached to the plane, not a human, reports the Arkansas Democrat Gazette . The drama unfolded Tuesday morning after former Walmart CEO Bill Simon ran into trouble with... More »

Cops: Flag Fanatic Bombed a Walmart

Tupelo, Miss., device didn't do much damage

(Newser) - A man outraged by attempts to get rid of the Mississippi state flag carried out an extremely short-lived terror campaign in Tupelo, police say. Marshall Leonard, 61, was arrested after a bomb was thrown into a Walmart in the Mississippi city at around 1:30am on Sunday, Tupelo's Daily ... More »

Cops Called After Mom Tries to Shame Son at Walmart

SC mother being investigated for publicly shaming her child

(Newser) - Authorities say a South Carolina mother is under investigation by the Department of Social Services after dressing her son in women's clothes and parading him around a Walmart store as punishment. The Herald reports that officers were called to the Rock Hill store Sunday evening and found the boy... More »

Walmart To Stop Selling AR-15s

Retailer claims the decision was financial, not political

(Newser) - Walmart, which sells more guns and ammunition than any other retailer in the country, will stop stocking AR-15s and other high-capacity firearms known as modern sporting rifles in the coming weeks, Quartz reports. Rumors about the change were circulated yesterday and confirmed to multiple sources today. Interestingly, a Walmart spokesperson... More »

Indiana Mayor Declares Walmart a Public Nuisance

Police have been called to Beech Grove store more than 1.2K times since 2014

(Newser) - An Indiana mayor has finally reached his breaking point after a third serious incident in as many months led police to a local Walmart store on Thursday—so he's declared it a public nuisance. Police say Gillace Samples, 42, waved a gun at employees of the Beech Grove location... More »

6 Hurt as Tornado Whips Through Walmart

It happened in Alabama; injuries weren't serious

(Newser) - Six people suffered minor injuries when a tornado partially collapsed the roof of a Walmart yesterday in Alabama. The storm, which hit the town of Troy shortly before 11pm, caused significant damage to the Walmart roof and destroyed the wall of a nearby sporting goods store. It's unclear how... More »

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