Posts Tagged ‘Walmart’

Feds Looking To House Illegal Kids In Abandoned Walmart

June 27, 2014

Scrambling to secure accommodations for the overwhelming surge of Central American minors crossing into the U.S. illegally, the federal government is looking at several sites in New York as potential shelters, including a rundown former Walmart building.Though the location has been vacant for about seven years, and is in many respects what some might term a “fixer-upper,” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and General Services Administration are looking at an old Walmart store in Sweden, New York, “to determine whether it may be used as a facility for temporarily housing children who have come into the United States from other countries without an adult guardian.”The proposal is not without opposition, however. The town’s supervisor, a New York congressman and residents all say it’s a terrible idea.

Meanwhile back at Walmart.

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Walmart To Use Wrist Bands For Repeat Offender Customers

November 29, 2013

With an estimated 140 million Americans predicted to shop this weekend, retailers are bolstering security, deploying Segway patrols and putting on live music to distract shoppers and avoid the deal-hunting scrums that can foster Black Friday tramplings. Malls are beefing up patrols with off-duty cops. Chains including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) are using quota systems for popular doorbusters from iPads to jewelry. In recent years, Wal-Mart worked with crowd management experts and devised plans to address how shoppers flow through and out of its stores. This year, Wal-Mart will distribute wristbands for its special events on Thanksgiving Day. Walmart is hoping to coordinate the Walmart wristband roll-out with their earlier release of their popular Lindsey Lohan ankle bracelet monitor collection.

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Eye View Selects Best Retirement Area In The US For Living On The Grid

November 3, 2013

If you’ve ever tried to sleep in your car on a long trip without planning ahead, you may have run into the law at some point. Each U.S. city has a different policy and tolerance for car-sleeping and it’s hard to find a legit spot if you don’t know where exactly you’ll be stopping.

What you can count on is one of Walmart’s over 3,000 stores being nearby. The company’s policy of allowing overnight stays in their parking lots is intended to boost sales, but has the tangential effect of creating a subculture around its locations (though they’re still at the mercy of local laws).

The two separate Walmart parking lots in Flagstaff, Arizona are specifically known for their long-term residents, and this past summer photographer Nolan Conway spent several days making a series of portraits of both the overnighters and the people who call these asphalt grids a temporary home. “Flagstaff is the one place in America where it’s not too hot in the summer and a lot of people who live in their cars or RVs stay.

Best retirement city Flagstaff  for living on the grid.

 

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Federal Government Producing More Low Wage Jobs Than Walmart and McDonalds Put Together

May 14, 2013

The federal government is better at creating low-paying jobs than Wal-Mart and McDonald’s combined, according to a new report. A study released earlier this month from the public policy group Demos states that through various forms of government funding in the private sector, nearly two million people are making $12 an hour or less. The number of workers at Wal-Mart and McDonald’s together at $12 an hour or less is currently around 1.5 million.

More federal employees living with low pay jobs than Walmart and McDonalds combined..

 

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Meth Lab Discovered In Walmart Parking Lot, Lowest Meth Prices In Town

December 25, 2012

Shoppers doing some last-minute Christmas shopping at a Wal-Mart in eastern Pennsylvania came across an unusual scene.
Members of a state police emergency team say a van was stocked like a mobile methamphetamine lab.Saint Clair police discovered the Ford Windstar about 5 a.m. Sunday while investigating a hit-and-run crash in the Wal-Mart parking lot.They say 39-year-old Felix Ferrer Jr. of Reading, was found sleeping inside the van that was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Police arrested him and the drug team removed the hazardous meth-making materials.

Walmart mobile meth lab. Rolling back prices..

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Walmart Workers Planning Black Friday Protests. Labor Reports Workers In Front Of Store Could Discourage Shoppers

November 16, 2012

A group of Wal-Mart workers are planning to stage a walkout next week on Black Friday, arguably the biggest holiday shopping day for the world’s largest retail store.

A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said the number of workers who are raising concerns is very small and don’t represent the views of the vast majority of its workforce of 1.3 million.

But labor experts say that even a small number of workers could make an impact.”Even if there aren’t that many people, it could have an effect, because their campaign in front of stores could discourage shoppers,” said Ken Margolies, senior associate at the Worker Institute a Cornell University.

Walmart workers in front of store could discourage shoppers.. Hardly

Walmart Refuses To Accept A Million Dollar Bill From Customer, Looking To Post Bond

December 31, 2011

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Do you have change for a million-dollar bill?

Police say a North Carolina man insisted his million-dollar note was real when he was buying $476 worth of items at a Walmart.

Investigators told the Winston-Salem Journal  that 53-year-old Michael Fuller tried to buy a vacuum cleaner, a microwave oven and other items. Store employees called police after his insistence that the bill was legit, and Fuller was arrested.

The largest bill in circulation is $100. The government stopped making bills of up to $10,000 in 1969.

Fuller was charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument. He is in jail on a $17,500 bond, and it isn’t clear if he has an attorney. He is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

Fuller is looking to post his $17,500 bond with a Walmart money order..

 

Nursing Moms Hold Nurse- In At Target Then Shops At Walmart

December 29, 2011

Nursing moms upset with breastfeeding preferences at Target  stores staged a “nurse-in” Wednesday at locations in Chicago and across the  country.

Local moms say the demonstration is meant to raise awareness  about controversies over nursing in public. This latest outcry, they say, stems  from a recent incident in Texas.

Michelle Hickman, a Houston mother of four, apparently was  nursing in a remote area of a Target store when staffers told her to move into a  fitting room. There were so many employees confronting her, she said, that it  was time to speak up.

“Basically I got harassed by a whole handful of women  Target employees,” she said.

The  “nurse-in” lasted about a half hour at which time they left to shop at Walmart.

 

Florida Enacts Pants On The Ground Legislation, Unintended Consequences Hits Private Sector

August 31, 2011

Democratic State Senator Gary Siplin of Orlando pushed for six years for the so-called Pull Your Pants Up law, and finally got his wish last spring.

The state legislature voted overwhelmingly to enact the ban at the start of the 2011-12 school year, making Florida and Arkansas the only two states with such a widespread prohibition against saggy pants for students.

“We want our kids to believe they’re going to college, and part of that is an attitude, and part of that is being dressed professionally,” Siplin told Reuters.

The statewide school dress code bucks a fashion trend with roots in prison attire and the rap and hip-hop music community. Siplin, who admits to sporting an Afro and platform shoes in his youth, grew tired of seeing young men wearing their pants so low their underwear was exposed.

Early Monday, Siplin handed out a dozen belts donated by a local church to students who showed up with droopy drawers at Oak Ridge High School in Orlando. He left another 25 belts with school administrators to hand out as needed.

Inintended consequences created by shortage of belts in private sector..

The Clinton First Home Museum Blue Light Special

December 15, 2010

Hope, Arkansas The Clinton First Home Museum in Hope will display the trappings of its new status as a national historic site come the first of the year.

The future president lived in the two-story, wood-frame house on South Hervey Street until he was 4 years old, though the home served as the center of life for his extended family until he was 10. The home was sold after Bill Clinton’s maternal grandfather, Eldridge Cassidy, died in 1956.

More than 80,000 people from 159 countries have toured the home since the museum opened in 1997, according to the museum. Director Martha Berryman said international visitors compose a large portion of tourists who seek out the home.