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Fired Workers Scuffle With Walmart to Get Jobs Back

2.2K employees laid off abruptly over what company calls plumbing issues

(Newser) - The 2,200 Walmart workers who were abruptly laid off because of what the company claims were plumbing problems at the stores where they worked are taking steps to ensure they get their jobs back. A union representing the workers will today file a claim with the National Labor Relations... More »

2K Walmart Workers Lose Jobs Over ... Plumbing?

5 stores shuttered with little warning, some workers suspect ulterior motive

(Newser) - In a surprise announcement Monday, Walmart revealed it was closing two stores in Texas, and three others in California, Florida, and Oklahoma, for six months for "extended repairs" to plumbing. Some 2,200 employees were told they would be out of work just hours before the stores shut their... More »

Fight Begins in Walmart Bathroom, Ends With 1 Dead

7 arrested after melee in Cottonwood, Ariz., parking lot

(Newser) - An overnight brawl in an Arizona Walmart parking lot has left one person dead and two others wounded, including a police officer who was shot in the leg. The Arizona Department of Public Safety says a Cottonwood police officer was shot just before midnight last night as he and a... More »

Kids of Tracy Morgan Friend Getting $10M From Walmart

Settlement is for death of James McNair in accident

(Newser) - The two children of comedian James McNair, who was killed in the New Jersey Turnpike crash that injured Tracy Morgan, are getting a $10 million settlement from Walmart. The $10 million figure for Jamel McNair, 26, and Denita McNair, 19, was disclosed in documents filed in Surrogate's Court in... More »

Attention Walmart Shoppers, Restroom Is Not a Meth Lab

Police discover one inside a store in Indiana

(Newser) - A restroom at a Walmart in Indiana has been closed for the time being after an employee discovered a working meth lab inside. The worker got suspicious after seeing a man enter the restroom about 11:30pm Thursday with a backpack and leave without it, say police. As the Star ... More »

Walmart Workers: We Need More Hours, Too

Retailer's employees say they often can't get hours they need to stay afloat

(Newser) - Last week Walmart announced it'll raise wages for 40% of its US workforce. But for many employees, low pay isn't the only issue: They also can't get the hours they need to make a decent living, the New York Times reports. Part-time workers complain that when they... More »

40% of US Walmart Workers to Get Raises: CEO

"We are trying to create a meritocracy," Doug McMillon says

(Newser) - Walmart is spending $1 billion to make changes to how it pays and trains US hourly workers as the embattled retailer tries to reshape the image that its stores offer dead-end jobs. As part of its biggest investment in worker training and pay ever, Walmart says that within the next... More »

Feds: Walmart Discriminated Against Lesbian Couple

Retailer must make amends on health bills

(Newser) - A federal agency says Walmart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered the retail giant to work with Jacqueline Cote of New Bedford, Mass., who... More »

Man Proposes to Wife He Divorced 43 Years Ago

Louis Demetriades, Renate Stumpf set to walk down aisle again

(Newser) - Louis Demetriades and Renate Stumpf's marriage ended 43 years ago, but in December, they spoke again for the first time in years. Apparently the flames were rekindled, because on Valentine's Day, Demetriades drove all the way from Tennessee to a Walmart in Fort Smith, Ark., where Stumpf works... More »

4 Retailers Selling Misleading Herbal Supplements: NY AG

GNC, Walmart, Target, Walgreen accused of hawking possibly dangerous products

(Newser) - Consumers who've been popping herbal supplements may want to take note after the New York State attorney general announced yesterday that four retail giants are selling herbal items that may be mislabeled, crammed with fillers, and potentially dangerous, the Guardian reports. Eric Schneiderman sent cease-and-desist letters to Walmart, GNC,... More »

Walmart Caves, Will Let Greeter Say 'Have a Blessed Day'

James Phillips was banned from using trademark phrase in Ga. store

(Newser) - James Phillips just wants to "be one of the best greeters I know how to be," he tells KTRK , which involved Phillips' signature salutation at the Walmart where he works: "Have a blessed day." But after a customer at the store in Blue Ridge, Ga., complained... More »

Cops: Deputy Stole From Walmart ... While in Uniform

Theodore Parrish turned himself in after being caught on video

(Newser) - Authorities in Coral Springs, Fla., caught one of their own allegedly stealing from Walmart ... and the Broward Sheriff's Office detention deputy didn't even bother taking off his uniform to do it. A BSO rep says Theodore Parrish turned himself in this week after he was spotted on surveillance... More »

Mom's Fatal Shooting by Toddler Was 'Perfect Storm'

But don't blame guns for Veronica Rutledge's death at Walmart, father-in-law fumes

(Newser) - Terry Rutledge, father-in-law of the 29-year-old Idaho woman accidentally shot to death by her 2-year-old son in Walmart yesterday, is angry—at anyone railing against gun rights. "They are painting Veronica as irresponsible, and that is not the case," he tells the Washington Post . She "was a... More »

Toddler Accidentally Shoots, Kills Mom at Walmart

Idaho police say boy, 2, fired handgun that was in mother's purse

(Newser) - Tragedy unfolded inside a Walmart store in Hayden, Idaho, this morning when a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother, reports the Coeur d'Alene Press . Police say the toddler was in a shopping cart when he reached into his mother's purse and somehow discharged a handgun inside,... More »

There's a Company America Dislikes More Than Comcast

Losers abound in this year's American Consumer Satisfaction Index

(Newser) - Time Warner is still beating Comcast —if by "beating" we mean coming in first in "least popular company" surveys. The University of Michigan's American Consumer Satisfaction Index is out, and Time Warner Cable's ISP ranks dead last on a list of 230 household brands, scoring... More »

Guy's PlayStation 4 Box Has Rocks in It Instead

Walmart eventually gave him a refund

(Newser) - A Colorado shopper got a very unpleasant surprise when he got home from Walmart and opened the PlayStation 4 bundle he'd purchased ... to find not the game console but two bags of rocks. Igor Baksht says the employee who took the package out of a locked cabinet said it... More »

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 »

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