June 17th, 2013
NAPLES, FL – Not the average place you would go out to have a drink. Deputies say two women were arrested Friday for drinking wine inside a Wal-Mart.
According to the arrest report, Alicia Potter and Megan Beck took wine from the shelf and started drinking it while walking around the store.
Both women were taken out of the store– as they yelled and cursed at the people nearby.
The report says that Potter was pepper sprayed because she kicked and fought deputies while they tried to put her into the patrol car.
Both were arrested for disorderly intoxication and were taken to the Naples Jail Center.
May 28th, 2013
WOODBRIDGE, Va. – A Prince William County man says he was suspected by Walmart security of possibly kidnapping his three young daughters — all because they aren’t the same race.
Joseph, who doesn’t want his family’s last name revealed, and his wife Keana are an interracial couple. They have been married for nearly 10 years and have three daughters: a 4-year-old and 2-year-old twins.
On Thursday evening, Joseph took all three girls to the Walmart in Potomac Mills in Woodbridge to cash a check. He says they weren’t there long, but spent a few extra minutes in the parking lot while he buckled the girls in and then made a phone call.
Joseph says he then went to up his wife, Keana, and as they were arriving home, they were shocked to find a Prince William County police officer waiting for them.
“He asks us very sincerely, ‘Hey, I was sent here by Walmart security. I just need to make sure that the children that you have are your own,’” Joseph says.
“I was dumbfounded,” says Keana. “I sat there for a minute and I thought, ‘Did he just ask us if these were our kids knowing what we went through to have our children?’
“He took my ID and asked my 4-year-old to point out who her mother and father were.”
Joseph says the officer told them a Walmart security guard reported seeing him in the parking lot with the girls and thought it was strange.
Soon after the officer left, Keana called Walmart demanding an explanation. She says after asking to speak with a manager, she was transferred to a Walmart security officer who denied raising the alarm. The officer said it was a customer that came forward.
Keana says she was told, “Well, the customer was concerned because they saw the children with your husband and he didn’t think that they fit. And I said, ‘What do you mean by they don’t fit?’ And I was trying to get her to say it. And she says, ‘Well, they just don’t match up.’”
Keana and Joseph say the incident at Walmart is troubling, but not surprising. They say throughout their courtship and marriage, they have been subjected to racism in various forms.
They say now that their daughters are in the picture, they are speaking out to help shed light on the ignorance that still exists. They want to show people that love sees no color, especially when it comes to family.
Walmart issued a statement saying: “There’s still a lot of unknowns at this time and we’re currently looking into the situation.”
Joseph and Keana say they will never shop at Walmart again.
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April 30th, 2013
A Carbon County man used a mirror to peek at three men sitting on a toilet next to his stall Sunday afternoon in the restroom of the Walmart in Mahoning Township, police said.
Anthony Mistretta, 48, of Nesquehoning was charged Monday with three counts of invasion of privacy, a misdemeanor, for the alleged offenses at the Walmart on Route 443.
Mistretta admitted sneaking the looks in the men’s room after one of the other men noticed the mirror, chased Mistretta and called police, police said.
The man first suspected something amiss when he saw Mistretta’s feet, police said.
“When he went into a stall he noticed that the male using the stall next to him was standing with his feet in an unusual position,” Mahoning officer-in-charge Audie Mertz said.
“While using the toilet [the man] looked up and observed a male watching him,” Mertz said. “The male offender was using a round mirror with a blue edge to view [the man] over the top of the stall divider.”
The man yelled and chased Mistretta out of the restroom about 2:45 p.m., police said. As Mistretta ran, he tried to hide his mirror on Walmart’s display shelves, but he took the mirror back when he saw the man chasing him, police said.
The man wrote down the license number of Mistretta’s fleeing car and relayed the information to Nesquehoning police, who called Mistretta to the borough police station, police said.
Mertz and Nesquehoning police Chief Sean Smith talked with Mistretta, who initially said he was in the restroom only five minutes and someone surprised him there by calling him a pervert, police said.
Mistretta changed his story after police told him that Walmart security video showed he went into the restroom at 1:49 p.m. and was chased out at 2:45 p.m., police said.
He then admitted peeking at three men in the restroom and he told police he tossed his mirror along Route 209 between Lansford and Nesquehoning, police said.
Police said they went to that area and recovered a mirror with a blue edge.
April 25th, 2013
Queensbury (WSYR-TV) – State Police have arrested a Walmart employee who they say was prostituting himself at a store in Eastern New York.
Police charged Foster Bills, 22, of Stony Creek, with prostitution, a misdemeanor, after their investigation revealed that he was accepting cash to perform sex acts in Walmart’s Quaker Road location in the town of Queensbury.
Bills was arrested after he received cash from an undercover police investigator.
He was issued an appearance ticket. Bills is scheduled to appear in court on April 29.
Police say no photo of the suspect is available.