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Kid Rock Pays Off Strangers' Layaway Balances

Musician follows Tyler Perry's lead in generosity

(Newser) - Tyler Perry may have started a celebrity trend, and it's a pretty good one. After Perry paid off the layaway balances of Walmart customers in Atlanta, Kid Rock decided he'd do the same in Nashville. The musician gave $81,000 to his local store, enough to wipe out... More »

Tyler Perry Just Gave the Best Gift to Lots of Walmart Patrons

Filmmaker pays off layaways at 2 Atlanta-area stores

(Newser) - This isn't quite a Madea Christmas, but it just may be better. "I was trying to do this anonymously, but … y'all know how nothing stays secret these days," Tyler Perry, the star of the Madea franchise, confessed in a short video on Twitter Thursday, letting... More »

Walmart Wants Donations Back After Senator's Joke

Mississippi's Cindy Hyde-Smith joked about attending a 'public hanging'

(Newser) - A week before a runoff election that will determine whether she remains a senator, Mississippi's Cindy Hyde-Smith continues to fend off bad publicity over a "public hanging" joke . The latest development is that Walmart has asked the Republican incumbent to return its campaign donations, reports CNBC . "Sen.... More »

Bernie Sanders Goes After the 'Wealthiest Family in America'

Senator rolls out the Stop WALMART Act

(Newser) - The bigger they come, the harder Bernie Sanders will go after them, apparently. The senator from Vermont, whose recent campaign to improve conditions for Amazon workers led to the company raising its minimum wage to $15 , now has Walmart in his sights, CNN reports. The independent senator, who calls the... More »

6 Injured in Walmart Checkout Line Shooting

Suspect opened fire after dispute, police say, 'was definitely on some type of drugs'

(Newser) - A man pulled a gun during a dispute with another customer in Walmart checkout lines near Philadelphia and opened fire, wounding several people before fleeing, but was later arrested after crashing into a police vehicle, police said Tuesday night. All victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the gunfire reported just after... More »

Mom's Facebook Claim About Abduction Attempt a Lie: Cops

Chelsie Hendel allegedly posted a live video about a crime that never happened

(Newser) - An Ohio mom's Facebook video about the attempted abduction of her child in a Walmart parking lot was all made up, per local authorities. Chelsie Hendel was arrested Friday after the Marion County Sheriff's Office says the 27-year-old mother recorded a live video about her experience in the... More »

Walmart Cashier Uses Her Break to Right a Wrong

Gives disabled woman a manicure after salon refused

(Newser) - Painting someone's nails surely qualifies as work. But that's how Walmart cashier Ebony Harris spent her break during a shift last week after learning a woman with cerebral palsy had been refused service at a nail salon within the Walmart in Burton, Mich., because her hands shake. "... More »

His Cover of a Hank Williams Song Went Viral. Now, a Record

11-year-old Mason Ramsey, who yodeled in a Walmart, drops 'Famous' on July 20

(Newser) - It was only a matter of time—just a couple of months, actually—before a preteen boy captured in a viral video yodeling in a Walmart put out a record. Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old whose version of a Hank Williams classic has been watched more than 50 million times on... More »

After 'Impeach 45' Shirts Found on Walmart Site, an Uproar

#BoycottWalmart ensues

(Newser) - It's not every day Americans are rankled by baby clothes, but today is apparently that day. Fortune reports that Walmart is finding itself in President Trump supporters' crosshairs after the presence of a T-shirt sloganed "Impeach 45" was found on its website. Per a tweet , searching for the... More »

She Reached for a Cart, Got Shot With Her Own Gun

Walmart shopper had the weapon in a holster at her side, police say

(Newser) - Police in Tennessee say a woman was injured when a gun she carried into a Walmart fired a shot after falling from its holster and hitting the floor. Lexington police Capt. Jeff Middleton says the woman walked into the store with the gun in the holster at her side. He... More »

Bystander Who Stopped Carjacker Is a Pastor

47-year-old also aided victim after the attack

(Newser) - Danner Barton's quick thinking meant he escaped an armed carjacking attempt Sunday with only a bullet wound to his hand. "I ducked my head and I gunned it" as the culprit opened fire in Tumwater, Wash., leaving a bullet lodged in his steering wheel, the 16-year-old tells KING5... More »

Police: Guy Made $1.3M Worth of Fake Walmart Returns

Thomas Frudaker busted after allegedly attempting to return computer with parts missing

(Newser) - It was a lucrative scheme, until it wasn't: Authorities say a 23-year-old made $1.3 million worth of fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 Walmart stores over a period of 18 months. Thomas Frudaker was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly attempted to return a computer in Yuma, Arizona;... More »

Cops: Bystander Kills Carjacker at Walmart

A driver shot by the carjacker is hospitalized in Tumwater, Wash.

(Newser) - A violent and chaotic scene unfolded in Tumwater, Wash., late Sunday afternoon, ending when police say an armed bystander shot and killed a carjacker in a Walmart parking lot. A driver who was shot by the carjacker is in critical condition, and a 16-year-old girl suffered non-serious injuries. The details... More »

Walmart's Huge Bet on India Involves Short-Term Pain

Pays $16B for stake in Flipkart

(Newser) - Walmart is breaking into India's massive and growing consumer market with its biggest acquisition yet, spending $16 billion for a controlling stake in the online retailer Flipkart, whose delivery drivers, with their motorcycles and oversized backpacks, have become ubiquitous across the nation of 1.3 billion people. Flipkart's... More »

8-Second Walmart Intercom Plea Goes Viral

Forrest Hunter wanted help in sporting goods, and took action to get it

(Newser) - It took only eight seconds of footage for Forrest Hunter to become a viral sensation. Hardly the first customer to get acquainted with the Walmart intercom, Hunter wasn't interested in pranks when he went live over the speakers at a store in Lawrenceburg, Ky. He was just tired of... More »

Walmart Kicks Cosmo Out of Its Checkout Lines

'Hypersexualized' women's magazine will still be found in magazine racks

(Newser) - No longer will you see headlines like "Best. Sex. Ever." in the Walmart checkout line. The retail giant partnered with the National Center on Sexual Exploitation to announce Tuesday that it will remove women's magazine Cosmopolitan from checkout lines at more than 5,000 stores across the... More »

Walmart Touts Same-Day Delivery to Almost Half of US Homes

Grocery delivery sure is competitive

(Newser) - Look out, Amazon: Trying to keep pace with the online leader, Walmart is expanding its same-day online grocery delivery service to more than 40% of US households, or 100 metro areas, by year-end, reports the AP . Tom Ward, VP of Walmart's digital operations, says the retail giant is powering... More »

Dick's and Walmart Wouldn't Sell Him a Gun. Now He's Suing

20-year-old man says chains are discriminating against potential gun buyers under 21

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Oregon man filed suit Monday claiming Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart discriminated against him when they refused to sell him a rifle. The move comes after Dick's and Walmart restricted gun sales to adults 21 and older in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., high school... More »

US' Biggest Gun-Seller Just Changed Its Gun-Selling Policy

Walmart joins Dick's in raising age to buy firearms

(Newser) - After Dick's Sporting Goods announced it would stop selling assault-style rifles and raised the age to purchase firearms to 21, gun-control advocates took to social media to ask Walmart—the biggest gun-seller in the US—to make similar changes, Business Insider reports. It apparently worked. According to the Hill... More »

Next in Line to Oversee Mueller Resigns to Work at Walmart

It's unclear why Rachel Brand left Justice Department on Friday

(Newser) - After just nine months as the third-ranking official at the Justice Department, Rachel Brand resigned Friday to take a job at Walmart, the New York Times reports. According to CBS News , the department says the associate attorney general will be leaving "in the coming weeks." It's unclear... More »

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