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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 »

Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Crash

Lawsuit says company negligent in regard to truck driver

(Newser) - Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart over the crash that still has him struggling to recover after more than a month, reports CNN . Morgan and others in his limo say the chain was "careless and negligent" in regard to the Walmart tractor-trailer that slammed into their vehicle on the New... More »

Walmart Sorry for Decorative Death Camp Poster

Picture of Dachau gate removed from sale at Sears, Amazon

(Newser) - A decorative poster that would supposedly "make a great addition to your home or office" according to its online listing was quickly pulled from sale by Walmart and other retailers over the weekend after customers pointed out that it featured the front gate of a Nazi concentration camp. Walmart... More »

Velveeta Recalled Over Lack of Preservatives

Affected product is marked 021000611614

(Newser) - If you buy your Velveeta at Walmart, read on: Kraft is recalling some 260 cases of the cheese product sent to Walmart stores because overly low levels of a preservative—that would be sorbic acid—could lead to spoiling and food-borne illness, the AP reports. The cases were shipped to... More »

5 Dead in Las Vegas Police Ambush

Shooters attack officers eating lunch at pizza restaurant

(Newser) - A man and a woman gunned down two Las Vegas police officers today at a pizza restaurant before killing a civilian at a Walmart and taking their own lives, police said. In an apparent ambush, the female suspect shot an officer in the back of the head as he refilled... More »

Walmart, Widow in Nasty Suit Over ... Family Photos

Waltons sues photographer's widow for photo negatives

(Newser) - Today in the ugly lawsuit department: Walmart and the Walton family are suing for the rights to photo negatives, some half-a-century old, in what has been classified as "a total David vs. Goliath situation." The story goes like this: Robert Huff—who owned a photography studio in Fayetteville,... More »

Among US' Most Rabid Fee Collectors: Walmart Banks

Top 5 in-store branches among top 10 nationwide

(Newser) - Walmart's famously low prices don't extend to the banks that operate inside of it. The five banks that have the most branches within Walmart stores are among the most aggressive fee collectors in the nation, the Wall Street Journal reports. Its analysis revealed that all five were among... More »

Cops: Walmart Toe-Sucker Pretended to Be Podiatrist

North Carolina's Michael Brown is in custody

(Newser) - Police in North Carolina have arrested a 31-year-old man accused of the creepy crime of sucking a woman's toes in Walmart, reports the Smoking Gun . How did he manage it? Fox Carolina reports that Michael Brown allegedly convinced a woman shopping for shoes that he was an aspiring foot... More »

Retailers Get Official Letter: 'Don't Sell Cigarettes'

Attorneys general urge major retailers to stop selling smokes

(Newser) - Five of America's major retailers received a letter yesterday urging them to do one thing: stop selling cigarettes. Written by a group of attorneys general, the letter asked Walmart, Kroger, Rite Aid, Safeway, and Walgreen to follow CVS's lead and pull tobacco products from the shelves entirely, NPR... More »

Shoplifting Bust Ends in Siblings Admitting to Affair

Woman allegedly admits to 'sexual relationship' with her brother

(Newser) - All Charlene Ellet wanted to do, authorities say, was shoplift at a Walmart—but her day went downhill from there. While officers detained the 25-year-old, her brother, Cameron Beck, showed up looking for her, and in his backpack deputies found a "cut pen with a crystal substance on it"... More »

Gap Workers Will Soon Make $10 an Hour

Retailer announces two-step wage hike

(Newser) - Gap is staying a step ahead of moves to raise the minimum wage by setting $9 as its minimum wage this summer and raising it to $10 in 2015. The company says the move will affect around 65,000 workers at its stores, which include Old Navy and Banana Republic,... More »

300 Companies Promise to Help Long-Term Jobless

Apple, Walmart, others will reassess hiring practices

(Newser) - President Obama says he has secured a pledge from more than 300 companies to rethink their hiring practices with the goal of helping the long-term unemployed. The president is meeting with top business leaders today at the White House, but he offered some details to CNN about the initiative last... More »

Shopper, 77, Charged With Express Lane Assault

Attacked man with too many items: cops

(Newser) - The sign said 20 items or less, so 77-year-old William Golladay started counting. When the shopper ahead of him placed 22 items on the belt, police say Golladay wigged out on the 65-year-old man, reports NBC Miami . He yelled, he got in his face, and, finally, he jammed his own... More »

Alert Target Employee Foils Kidnapping

Meanwhile, Walmart fires a worker who tried to stop beer theft

(Newser) - Two crazy tales from annals of US retail:
  • Hero at Target: Police in California's Bay Area say Target employee Roxanna Ramirez saved a kidnapped girl by being alert. Ramirez explains to ABC 7 that she grew suspicious of a fidgety man in her Pittsburg store—her job is to
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