Man Exposes Himself at Walmart, Staff ‘Slow’

It seems that it’s not just boiling babies that Walmart is under-trained to deal with, they also can’t handle registered sex offenders exposing themselves and groping customers.

After Dale Bush exposed himself and made obscene gestures to Katie Cimbalik, she reported it to the Oshetemo Michigan Walmart staff. Based on her description, they found a man with a walker, but were unable to locate Bush before he groped another woman in front of her child.

Cimbalik, in a letter to Walmart, said the “staff seemed aloof and slow…no effort was made to document the incident…there was no action plan.” When she confronted a manager, he said he “didn’t know how to handle the situation.”

For a store visited by such a large swath of humanity, Walmart staff needs better training in dealing with its range of peccadilloes.

In a cost-saving move, perhaps one person per store could be trained to deal with emergency situations. Well, maybe two, because of course they wouldn’t be allowed to work more than part-time.

(Thanks to Jason!)


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  1. Hooray4Zoidberg says:

    I’m not sure why people keep expecting WalMart employees to be trained in emergancy response. You don’t exactly get into the business because of your knack for quick thinking and fast acting.

  2. Magister says:

    Why didn’t the woman call the police first instead of Walmart staff? She is a poor example of humanity.

  3. AcilletaM says:

    While I don’t disagree with you Hooray4Zoidberg I do think the store has to provide a safe environment to shop in and these articles are pointing out that this is not the case. Really, a safe shopping environment doesn’t even appear to be a priority. But if Dale Bush had stuffed a $5.99 shirt in his pants you know security would have been all over him.

  4. Ben Popken says:

    Why didn’t Walmart call the police?

    People should have a reasonable expectation that they’re not going to be exposed and fondled while shopping, and if they are, the store will care about it.

  5. Paul D says:

    I love the word “grope”. It covers a lot of ground.

    That is all.

  6. thatabbygirl says:

    Walmart has made a big deal about positioning itself as a “third space”
    – not work, not home, but another place to spend time, relax, gather
    with friends, etc. Whether or not this is true or desirable is another
    issue. But if that’s how they’re trying to characterize themselves, an
    expectation that Walmart would prevent other customers/gatherers from
    groping or harassing you seems more than reasonable.

    If Walmart doesn’t want to take on the responsibility for preventing or
    responding to those kinds of things, then it should make clear it’s a
    place where you can get low cost items while dodging a gauntlet of
    trapped babies and sex offenders.

  7. adamondi says:

    thatabbygirl, Wal-Mart has made it abundantly clear that it is a place to get low cost items, and nothing more. It is not a community center, a hang-out spot, a school, or anything else. Now, the low cost of the items will undoubtedly attract undesirable people. That is just the nature of discount shopping (or, really, any kind of shopping). It is not incumbent on Wal-Mart or any other retailer to warn people about its typical clientele. After all, a cursory glance around any Wal-Mart will provide warning enough about the typical clientele.

    The truth of the matter is that the store should have loosed Security on the pervert and immediately called police. The staff did not, and so are negligent in their duty to remove criminals from the store. But then, has anyone ever been to a Wal-Mart and seen staff that was not negligent in their duties or their care for the well-being and safety of their customers?

  8. Anonymously says:

    “Walmart has made a big deal about positioning itself as a “third space” – not work, not home, but another place to spend time, relax, gather with friends, etc.”

    It has? I thought that was Starbucks. I thought Wal-mart’s game was to destroy every mom & pop shop in the country, thereby changing America’s culture forever.

  9. hobobobo says:

    Wally World actually has a paid full-time staff dedicated to security
    who are trained to deal with things like this. They are called loss
    prevention or asset protection depending on the district. At any point
    in time, there are a minimum of two in the store with as many as seven
    being present. It is their job, among other things, to deal with pervy
    customers and Peeping Toms. Once the lady informed the staff of the
    incident, loss prevention should have been swiftly notified so that
    they could deal with it.

    I was the LP manager of a retail store for a couple years and we had
    dozens of pervert problems … it’s a lot more common than you’d think.
    In addition to immediately escorting the man out or to the shoplifter
    detention area, the staff should have called the police once the guy
    was identified as still being present. Sounds to me like no one told
    the loss prevention associates, or they were scared to do their job.

  10. Tankueray says:

    A few years back, my grandmother had a guy try to mug her in our local Wal-Mart. This guy was easily bigger than her 4’11, 105lb. feisty little frame. Somehow she kept hold of her purse but was screaming for help the entire time. This was around 10am, no one came to her rescue, he apparently was scared off by her screaming and ran away. It wasn’t until after she dialed 911 on her cell and went to the customer service desk that they bothered to pay any attention, after she explained the police were on their way. A day later the local news claimed that the local PD had apprehended a “ring of Wal-Mart muggers that stretched from Louisiana to Texas.” They had been stealing little old ladies’ purses for months, and Wal-Mart apparently failed to use their “security measures” to catch these people until she made a stink about it. By “making a stink” I mean that she called the cops and they came, asking for security tapes – sheesh.