Skip to main content

View Diary: Walmart Employees Kill Another Alleged Shoplifter (256 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Yes, it's big deal (10+ / 0-)

    If a single human being out of 8 billion was killed by some un-trained thug protecting plastic shit, it's a big deal.

    It's the sort of thing that should never happen.  It is abhorrent no matter how rare.  If it's happening at other stores, they are equally as culpable as WalMart, but I have Googled like mad and not found a single case of a person being killed by store security guards.  That's at all the other stores, way more than 9,000.  There are over 350,000 retail "doors" in the U.S. alone, and I can't find a single case beyond these three.

    So WalMart deaths are 3/9000 in under a year...

    ... versus none found for all other stores in all of history.

    But, as I said, it doesn't really matter. If it happened to one person on the planet at any store, it's a big deal.  People were not supposed to die this way, and the fact that you would try to reduce it to "data" simply illustrates the appallingly low level of respect for basic humanity that exists in a WallyWorld.

    •  That's just an idiotic claim, that (3+ / 0-)

      no suspects have ever died at other stores. I'm sure it is actually a pretty big number, but wouldn't guess at what it is. You have guessed the number zero, but for you a guess is the same as a fact.

      You must think that cars should be banned, because people do die in them, and even one death is "unacceptable". This is just silliness IMO. If you think it possible that an organization with 2.2 million employees should have an absolutely perfect record when it comes to apprehending shoplifting suspects, you just don't have a sense for large numbers.

    •  I guess you better hone your (0+ / 0-)

      google skills. I found this site that lists shoplifter and shoplifter-associated deaths. There are (ahem) a lot of them.

      •  I guess your reading skills aren't that good. (3+ / 0-)

        Many of those deaths associated with shoplifters involved more than cheap plastic shit, and many of them involved police officers.  There was the guy shot by police after taking hostages, the guy who shot a cop, the guy who killed himself after shooting a WalMart security officer, the mall cop dragged to death in a valiant effort to save merchandise, etc.  We're not talking, in most cases, about someone being tackled and choked to death or until they had a heart attack because they had the audacity to steal $60 worth of crap from the Walton family.

        And right at the top of the page, it lists the number by retailer.

        Wal-Mart – 20, K-Mart – 6, CVS 4, Rite Aid 4

        True, WalMart is bigger than the other three, but it has a similar number of doors to CVS;  WalMart is clearly the worst offender, considering the great number of unarmed people who died directly at the hands of store security.

        But, as stated, it is irrelevant.  If it happens once, anywhere, it's too much.  But thanks to that site you pointed to, we can clearly see that it happens a lot more often at WalMart than anywhere else.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site