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'Horrific Tragedy': 8 Dead in Tractor Trailer at Walmart

San Antonio cops suspect human trafficking after dozens found crammed in truck

(Newser) - Eight people have been found dead in a tractor-trailer outside a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas, in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case. Some 30 other people were found in the truck, which didn't have a working air conditioning system, and they were taken to hospitals,... More »

Notorious Jewel Thief Caught Shoplifting in Walmart

Cops say Doris Payne's latest theft was worth $86.22

(Newser) - A notorious jewel thief with an illicit career spanning six decades has been caught stealing again, but she wasn't after sparkly gems this time, police near Atlanta say. Doris Payne, 86, was arrested at a Walmart store around 5pm Monday and charged with shoplifting $86.22 worth of merchandise,... More »

Walmart Scrambles After Racist Product Description Found

Third-party seller used a racial slur to describe a product on site

(Newser) - Walmart has some explaining to do. Per WCVB , sports journalist Kwani Lunis called out the big box store in a tweet that instantly went viral after finding a hair weaving product described as “N*****-Brown” on its website. “Hey @Walmart what are you doing?” she wrote in a post... More »

Walmart's Shifting Strategy Is a Gut Punch to Rural US

For Exhibit A, look to McDowell County in West Virginia

(Newser) - Reporter Ed Pilkington points out in the Guardian that much has been written about what happens when Walmart opens a store in a particular community. Less so about what happens when Walmart closes a store. Thus, he digs into the consequences for rural McDowell County in West Virginia, where the... More »

Amazon Just Made a Major Play for Walmart Customers

Company offers discounted Prime memberships to low-income customers

(Newser) - Amazon figured out a great way to appear altruistic while also taking a shot at its biggest competitor, announcing a discounted Prime member for low-income Americans on Tuesday. Yahoo reports the 45% discount lowers the cost of Prime, which bestows free two-day delivery, to $5.99 for anyone with an... More »

Mom Charged After Boy's Teeth Pulled in Walmart Restroom

Mom allegedly used pliers to pull two of son's teeth without anesthesia

(Newser) - Authorities say a Utah woman pulled two of her son's teeth in a Walmart restroom. Prosecutors said Monday that the 47-year-old woman bought hand sanitizer and needle-nose pliers from the store, then took them into the restroom and pulled two of her 7-year-old son's teeth. Police in American... More »

Insurers Sue Walmart Over Tracy Morgan Settlement

The comedian is refusing the insurers' demand for a deposition

(Newser) - Walmart settled with Tracy Morgan after a truck owned by the company plowed into the comedian's limousine van in 2014— injuring Morgan and killing one of his friends—but it seems Walmart's insurers aren't too happy about that settlement. CBS News reports Ohio Casualty and Liberty Insurance... More »

Walmart Takes on Amazon With New Delivery Scheme

Company tests plan in which employees drop off orders on their way home

(Newser) - Walmart is now fully in the e-commerce ring with Amazon in a fight that is decidedly giant versus giant. And to try to gain an edge, the retailer behemoth is testing a new scheme: having employees drop off packages to customers on their way home, reports Quartz . The idea is... More »

Utah Mom Stuffed Kids in Trunk While Shopping: Cops

Tori Lee Castillo is facing child abuse charges

(Newser) - A 39-year-old woman in Utah is facing child abuse charges in what witnesses are describing as an appalling incident: Tori Lee Castillo is accused of locking her two children, ages 2 and 5, in the trunk of her car while she left to shop at a local Walmart. The Riverdale... More »

Racist Walmart Customer Is Now Only One of Those Things

Walmart asks woman from viral video not to shop there anymore

(Newser) - Walmart is attempting to identity the racist Arkansas customer seen in a viral video this week in order to ban her from shopping at its stores, BuzzFeed reports. The video was posted to Facebook on Monday by Eva Hicks, a mother of three. Hicks tells CNN she nicely asked the... More »

Walmart Discriminated Against Pregnant Employees: Lawsuit

Pregnant workers say they were made to do potentially harmful work

(Newser) - Two former Walmart workers say the retail giant discriminated against thousands of pregnant women, and they've filed a proposed class-action lawsuit . The suit from Talisa Borders and Otisha Woolbright says that until three years ago, Walmart's policy was to deny pregnant women the accommodations that workers with disabilities... More »

Cops: 7 Bounty Hunters Made Fatal Mistake Outside Walmart

All 7 charged with murder after allegedly shooting at wrong car, killing unarmed man

(Newser) - Seven bounty hunters who descended on the wrong car outside a Walmart have been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the killing of an unarmed man and the wounding of another, Tennessee cops announced Wednesday. The charges come after a chaotic scene in Clarksville on April 23, where police said... More »

Cherokees Sue: CVS, Walmart 'Flooded' Them With Opioids

Cherokee Nation files complaint against 6 companies in tribal court over Okla. 'epidemic'

(Newser) - Native American communities experience some of the highest substance-abuse rates in the US: Babies are born addicted to prescription drugs due to exposure in utero, while Native American high school students take OxyContin at much higher rates than other teens, per NPR . Now the Cherokee Nation is fighting back in... More »

Prof Sues Walmart for License That Called Him 'Toilet Cleaner'

Employee filled out fishing license that labeled his profession as 'clean toilets'

(Newser) - A Montana State University professor is suing Walmart for libel after he says an employee at the Bozeman store listed his occupation on a fishing license as a "toilet cleaner." Gilbert Kalonde, assistant professor of technology education at MSU, filed the suit this past week in Gallatin County... More »

Walmart to Discount 1M Online Items—But There's a Catch

You have to pick them up at the store instead of getting them delivered to your home

(Newser) - Walmart is losing the e-commerce battle to Amazon—badly. In its latest bid to turn things around online, Walmart will offer discounts on more than a million items sold on the web—provided customers agree to pick them up at a Walmart store rather than have them delivered to their... More »

Walmart Sued for Allegedly Selling Craft Beer That Isn't

Chain is collaborating with Trouble Brewing, which doesn't exist

(Newser) - Sensing the way the beer winds were blowing, Walmart started selling its own line of craft beers early last year, the Washington Post reports. Now the retail giant is being accused of selling fake craft beers in order to trick customers into paying more in a lawsuit that calls Walmart'... More »

Walmart Sued After Firing Employee With Down Syndrome

And allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act

(Newser) - The US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission is suing Walmart for allegedly violating the Americans With Disabilities Act after the company fired an employee with Down syndrome, the Mighty reports. Marlo Spaeth had worked at a Walmart in Milwaukee for 15 years. According to the EEOC , she was a good employee... More »

Run-DMC Sues Amazon and Walmart for $50M

Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels says retailers are infringing on their trademark

(Newser) - You know what they say about trademark law: It's tricky, tricky, tricky. Reuters reports Run-DMC founder Darryl "DMC" McDaniels filed a lawsuit Thursday in New York seeking at least $50 million from Amazon, Walmart, and a number of other retailers. The lawsuit accuses the retailers of infringing on... More »

6 Major Retailers Agree to Stop On-Call Scheduling

9 state AGs were investigating worker-unfriendly system

(Newser) - Disney and Aeropostale are among six retailers that have agreed to stop using on-call scheduling, a system worker advocates have said means too much unpredictability for employees. The change in scheduling was made following an inquiry by nine attorneys general. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday about 50,... More »

Pickup Truck Crashes Through Walmart, Kills 3

Iowa incident appears to be an accident

(Newser) - A pickup truck smashed into an Iowa Walmart store on Thursday, killing three people, scattering merchandise on the floor, and stopping at the fresh produce section in what authorities believe was a tragic accident, the AP reports. A photograph posted by the Des Moines Register showed the pickup resting under... More »

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