Imagine that you are walking out of your neighborhood Walmart when you are stopped and accused of theft, after paying for everything in your cart. Gina Lescarbeau does not have to imagine, because that is exactly what happened to her on July 21, 2017, at the Walmart in Burnsville, Minnesota located at 12200 River Ridge Blvd, Burnsville, MN 55337 telephone number (952) 356-0018. After paying for everything in her cart store employees Kenny Swanson-Peck and Thomas Ewalt, demand her receipt as they surround her and demand that she come with them to the loss prevention office.
It is Swanson-Peck that does most of the talking, claiming the item in question a Disney Junior toy, is priced at $15.00 and receipt shows a no purchase of any $15.00 item. The employee then takes a device and scans the barcode and it was like Disney magic the price reads $7.00 and the once confident and aggressive bully was now reduced to a blushing, flustered fool who instead of apologizing for his massive mistake he chooses to continue his embarrassing behavior.
Attention to detail and professional demeanor must not be a job requirement as one can easily see in two different locations on the packing materials of the toy the price of $7.00.
This is just one of many stories that occur in and or around Walmart stores such as the police killing of John Crawford III to the recent abuse and arrest of Carmen Ponder by a Texas Police Chief. Thankfully this a shopper who paid for everything being accused of theft, this time the shopper was not beaten and arrested then falsely arrested and wrongfully prosecuted story. Could the reason be that she documented the encounter streaming it live to Facebook? Maybe?
A Multi-National Corporation, Walmart makes $14.7 billion a year in profit and $482 billion a year in total revenue. That would make Walmart the 12th biggest country in the world, if it were a country.
Walmart makes $40 million a day in profit and $466 in profit every second. Contrast that with the typical Walmart employee making about $22,137 a year. Add that up across all of Walmart’s 2,200,000 though, adjusting for lower pay in the developing world, and you get an annual payroll of about $40 billion.
As far as spending goes, $15,288 gets spent at Walmart every second. Walmart pays on average $7.5 billion in taxes every year. That’s about half as much as it makes in annual profit, or about 1.6% of its total sales. according to Money Nation .
Does not seem any of the profits go into properly training and/or supervising their Loss Prevention staff and it shows.
Gina Lescarbeau is not proud of her language and admits that this not her normal demeanor and as a result of this encounter, she is committed to shopping elsewhere where they value shoppers that patronize stores multiple times a week and spend their hard earned wages.