TV thief threatens to run over Walmart employees


A man threatened to run over two Walmart employees with his minivan on Dec. 23 after walking out of the Mountain View store with a television and several handheld videogame consoles he hadn't paid for, police said.

The suspect -- who the employees described as a Hispanic male in his 40s, of medium build and wearing a dark shirt and light blue jeans -- walked out of the rear emergency exit of the Walmart at 600 Showers Drive pushing a shopping cart filled with a flat-screen plasma TV and multiple Nintendo DSi devices, setting off a door alarm, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

Two employees who heard the alarm pursued the man and yelled for him to stop, Wylie said. He refused, and said he would run the employees over if they attempted to stop him.

He loaded the TV into his car but left the Nintendo units, and drove off, Wylie said. Police do not know the make of his light blue minivan or where he went.

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Posted by incompetent
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Walmart has incompetent security guards if they if they couldn't get the minvan's license plate or even make and model. How about security cameras?

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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

"Walmart has incompetent security guards if they if they couldn't get the minvan's license plate or even make and model. How about security cameras?"

You get what you pay for and Walmart don't pay squat.

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Posted by amazed
a resident of South of Midtown
on Dec 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm

The article said "2 employees" gave chase, that does not not neccassarily mean they were security guards ! Security is usually contracted through other companies & I guarentee you security does not give hot pursuit, why do you think the purp went out the back door, easy pickens !

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Posted by incompetent
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm

If not security guards, they were probably the "Loss Prevention Engineers" that stand around near the front doors annoying customers. Not too good at "loss prevention" this time.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 29, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Just enough to discourage the practice, not enough to shut it down completely.

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Posted by Raye
a resident of Mountain View
on Dec 30, 2010 at 9:38 am

so, it's unfortunate that Walmart doesn't hire the personnel or technology to keep their employees, customers, community safe. I was there one night and some guy was literally taking stuff out of packages and stuffing it in his sweatshirt and pockets. I called the MV police from inside the store and the only way that they could arrest him was with a citizen's arrest... apparently, I was told the security cameras weren't working that night and the loss prevention team wasn't in.... sounds strange to me that loss prevention takes holidays and vacation... cause thieves don't.

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Posted by K-Dub
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Dec 30, 2010 at 10:46 am

Hilarious! Every time I go to Walmart, the security lady, who has to be about 300 pounds, is sitting in her van in front of the store and on the phone!

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Posted by Palo Parent
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Dec 30, 2010 at 10:53 am


She has to be 300 pounds as she has to sit on the thieves until the police arrive!

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Posted by laughing
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 30, 2010 at 12:56 pm

As if anyone hasn't considered an inside job... Wal Mart has no Union and is notoriously hard on its employees physically and pays incredibly low wages. They reject workers comp claims even when absolutely legitimate. It isn't hard to find a chink in the armour in an incredibly cheap company.... whose employees cannot even afford the stuff they are selling... incredibly sad when it comes to Wal Mart. If it is not an inside job, how many of YOU would want to save the butt of Wal Mart at the expense of losing your life? I think not.

All of this is just STUFF. It CAN be replaced. I assure you Wal Mart isn't going to suffer

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Posted by to laughing
a resident of Meadow Park
on Dec 30, 2010 at 2:10 pm

"laughing" - if the Walmart employees were unionized, with fat pensions and thug protection, I'm sure they would be working a lot harder - alert, passionate, caring, hard-working, proud... sure sounds like union workers - yea, right!! laughing indeed!

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Posted by carlito ways
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm

The majority of the population don't see the downside of those low paying, no benefits "jobs". At the end the taxpayers end up subsidizing those corporations, by footing the bill for services their workers receive at public institutions.

Obviously Walmart and likes are this successful thanks to those cheapskates that conform their client base, and unknowingly contribute to the rise of China as an economic powerhouse and the delayed demise of the United States as the economic beacon of the world.

Should their workers unionize? in the past Walmart has fought tooth and nail against it and won every time. I believe the workers should unionize to get the protections of the Labor Laws of the Land and also better pay and benefits, believe me Walmart can afford it. I could see some opposition from those cheapskate customers that would see the prices rise.

For all those that cry foul every time Union is mentioned, let's not forget that thanks to the Union Movement,today the workers get to enjoy things like holiday pay, 40 hr workweek, overtime pay and many others. Greedy corporations will not provide a decent pay and benefits out of the kindness of their hearts.

Of course there are some Unions nowadays that took the wrong way: State Public employees unions,UAW, Fire Dept Union, Police Unions.

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Posted by Double D
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Dec 30, 2010 at 11:13 pm

The Walmart I go to, sometimes early in the morning the employees gather in one part of the store and have a mandatory "round of joy." They try to pump each other up emotionally ("Up With People"), shout stuff, and I suppose try to outdo each other in the "enthusiastic employee" category. Maybe I could do with the low wages if I needed the money, but not the enforced cheering. It reminds me of a place where I worked one time, when the supervisor called a meeting, and said, "Don't you all wake up in the morning and just LOVE to come to work?"

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