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Off-Duty Cop Opens Fire on Shoplifting Suspect

Police are investigating the incident in Del City, Oklahoma

(Newser) - An off-duty police officer in Oklahoma opened fire on a customer who allegedly stole a BBQ grill from a Walmart, TMZ reports. The Langston University cop was caught on video (WARNING: violence) struggling with the suspect, who was in the driver's seat of a car in the Walmart parking... More »

2 Dead in Walmart Shooting

Suspect rammed Calif. distribution center, killed employee before being shot himself

(Newser) - A man drove into a Northern California distribution center and started shooting people, killing an employee and wounding four others before he was killed by police. The shooting by a 31-year-old man with a semi-automatic rifle started about 3:30pm Saturday at the Walmart distribution center south of Red Bluff,... More »

What You Won't See Anymore in Walmarts in This State

Miss. state flag, which bears Confederate symbol, will no longer be flown in retailer's stores there

(Newser) - The NCAA has already warned Mississippi that it may be losing out on championship games if it doesn't change its state flag, the only one left in the US to still bear the Confederate symbol of a blue cross with 13 stars. Now, the biggest retailer in the country... More »

Walmart, CVS End 'Out of Step' Practice

Drugstore chains will no longer lock up beauty products for people of color

(Newser) - Companies and brands are now making extra efforts to get rid of discriminatory policies after the killing of George Floyd , and drugstore chains are following in Walmart's footsteps in terms of one merchandise segment. Earlier this week, the retailer announced it would be taking hair and beauty products made... More »

Walmart Ends Policy Panned as Racist

African-American beauty products won't be locked up anymore

(Newser) - Walmart says it will no longer lock up African American beauty products, ending a practice viewed as racist. At some Walmart stores, hair and beauty products designed for black people were kept in glass cases accessible only with an employee key, in some cases across the aisle from shelves of... More »

Walmart Stats Present a Snapshot of Pandemic

Sales surged, especially online, as Americans stocked up

(Newser) - The pandemic has brought financial ruin to some retailers . Not so with Walmart, whose sales boomed in the quarter that ended May 1, reports CNBC . Overall, same-store sales were up 10%, but the details show how the coronavirus radically altered shopping patterns. For one thing, online sales rose a staggering... More »

Female CEOs Just Made a Record Fortune 500 List

37 of the companies in the annual ranking are run by women—a record high

(Newser) - This year's Fortune 500 list is out, and the top 10 companies are the same ones that made it in 2019, with Walmart in the No. 1 spot for the eighth year in a row. The real story attracting buzz, though, is that 37 of the companies are led... More »

Cops: Booted From McDonald's, Guy Throws Rock, Steals Panties

Jason Daddario, 37, was charged with criminal mischief and breach of peace

(Newser) - A man who'd been kicked out of a McDonald's restaurant for having no face mask threw a rock through the window, stole some underwear from a Walmart, and surrendered when police threatened to set a dog on him, authorities said. The AP reports that Jason Daddario, 37, was... More »

Workers at Amazon, Other Firms Plan 'General Strike'

They say they're going to walk off the job Friday

(Newser) - Workers who say major companies like Amazon aren't doing enough to protect them during the pandemic are planning a strike Friday—and they would like shoppers to show their support by staying away. Organizers say a walkout planned for May 1, International Workers' Day, will also involve workers from... More »

Walmart Shooting Claims Another Victim, 8 Months on

Guillermo 'Memo' Garcia dies of his injuries

(Newser) - The death toll from the August mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart is now 23. More than eight months after he was shot in the store's parking lot, Guillermo “Memo” Garcia has died, KTSM reports. The soccer coach leaves behind his wife and two children . Twenty girls... More »

New Sign of the Times: One-Way Shopping Aisles

Walmart is the latest to implement the coronavirus change

(Newser) - One-way lanes in supermarket parking lots are common. Now, one-way aisles in the supermarkets themselves? Walmart has become the latest chain to implement the policy amid the coronavirus outbreak, reports the New York Post . Signs and floor arrows direct people the right way to go, all in the name of... More »

Walmart Sells Shirts, Not Pants Amid Coronavirus

The pandemic is also affecting real estate and book sales

(Newser) - When you teleconference, no one can see your pants—and that's driving a spike in shirt sales as more Americans work at home during the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reports. "We're seeing increased sales in tops, but not bottoms. So, people who are concerned, obviously, from the... More »

Walmart's Mystery Deodorant Licker Is Allegedly Found

Cody Pfister of Missouri charged with making terrorist threats

(Newser) - A Missouri man who allegedly filmed himself licking a bunch of deodorant for sale at Walmart is now charged with making terrorist threats. Police in Warrenton, 55 miles west of St. Louis, said they received reports about the March 11 video from as far away as the Netherlands before arresting... More »

Customers Cheer After Miracle in Toilet Paper Aisle

It came as a surprise for Walmart customers in Springfield, Missouri

(Newser) - Customers cheered at a Walmart in Missouri after a woman gave birth to a baby girl in the store's toilet paper aisle, the AP reports. Jessica Hinkle, manager of the store in Springfield, said the woman told employees Wednesday that her water broke. Hinkle held up a sheet for... More »

Walmart Is Rewarding Staff for 'Herculean' Efforts

Company is paying out $550M in bonuses

(Newser) - With pandemic panic buying and widespread uncertainty, these are tough times for Walmart workers—but the company says they will be rewarded. Walmart exec Dan Bartlett says the company is paying cash bonuses totalling around $550 million to its hourly workers the Wall Street Journal reports. "We felt this... More »

US Stores Cut Hours, Close Doors

Shortened hours give chains like Walmart time to restock, clean

(Newser) - For those Americans whose answer to social distancing is to crowd their local grocery stores and frantically empty paper product aisles like there would never be Charmin to be squeezed again, well, those stores see you and they are reacting. Walmart is typical in its efforts, reports NPR , announcing this... More »

Walmart Makes Big Change in Face of 'Uncharted Times'

Company revises leave policy for hourly US workers due to coronavirus

(Newser) - Walmart is enacting an emergency leave policy for its 1.4 million hourly US workers that allows them to take time off without penalty if they fear the spread of the new coronavirus, the AP reports. The nation's largest private employer said Tuesday that a worker at its store... More »

He Licked the Ice Cream, Then Bought It. But It Was Too Late

D'Adrien Anderson, 24, sentenced after licking Blue Bell ice cream at Texas market

(Newser) - Last summer came headline after headline about someone taking a carton of Blue Bell ice cream out of supermarket freezers, licking the ice cream contained therein, then putting the carton back on store shelves. A punishment has been handed down over one of those stunts: D'Adrien Anderson was sentenced... More »

Walmart Worker Goes Viral as 'Grumpy Gran'

Charlene Mull has become an internet sensation thanks to quirky photos taken on the job

(Newser) - A petition to get a "national icon for the working woman" on Ellen DeGeneres' show has nearly 19,000 signatures so far—and it's all because of the photos Charlene Mull poses for at work. The 64-year-old Walmart employee has become an internet sensation thanks to quirky pics... More »

New Walmart Service May Poke the Amazon Prime Bear

Walmart confirms it's working on Walmart Plus to compete with Amazon's membership program

(Newser) - Walmart used to be the big cheese on the retail landscape. Then along came Amazon, and with it, its Amazon Prime membership program, giving the latter company dominance in the online sales arena. Now Walmart is making a move to put a dent in that dominance: Sources tell Recode the... More »

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