a reply to: boncho
This post made me face palm so hard it took me a few days to pull a response together...
For sake of full disclosure I spent the last year working as an Asset Protection Manager (loss prevention manager) for a large Wal-Mart...Now I work
for the government muahahah, lol I work for my local county in social services. Notice that' I was an Asset Protection Manager and not loss
prevention, as the OP states the link to LP no longer works? APMs are salaried members of management and make a base pay of $48K per year.
Yes walmart closed many stores abroad and a less than a hundred or so in the US. As for those that closed for plumbing issues I cannot say, but my
walmart had all sorts of issues, mostly due to the sheer volume of use and the crap people flushed down the toilet. People steal an item and flush the
packaging down the toilets, heck 3 times in the year they ta plumber snaked out a box cutter because an associate dropped it in the toilet and flushed
As for security, my store had an overnight guard that was from a local company. Other stores in the more urban areas had armed security...from local
security companies...These stores have this level of security because people steal SO MUCH STUFF it's insane!!
Walmart did start cutting AP because it just doesn't pay to have AP anymore, too many lawsuits, too many criminals that just don't care, the rise in
violent criminals, and the insane laws that are coming out that practically protect and help criminals (see California's AB 109 and Prop 47). Some
walmarts lost their APMs, all had a reduction in APAs (Asset Protection Associates) those "undercover" guys that find shoplifters. Yet walmart is
pushing a program called More At the Door, or MAD. The MAD program uses associates in yellow vests to check receipts at the front door and be a visual
deterrent against theft. Surprisingly this helps deter theft a lot more than knowing there are undercover associates looking for shoplifters. Walmart
is also doing a restorative justice program to help first time offenders avoid a citation by the police, and this will hopefully reduce call volumes.
Does any walmart use G4S for security? I highly doubt it, we use local security that must go through a bidding process, and trust me, we went with the
cheapest security service. Interesting enough however is that Walmart is rolling out an electric cash office program, utilizing these huge coin and
note recycler machines to both dispense cash tills and deposit at the end of the night...These huge cash office cash handling machines are built and
serviced by, you guessed it, G4S...no idea what that means and i tried to think of a conspiracy theory...I know G4S has exclusive access to each
walmarts account at that point, I figured G4S could either launder money or steal money by changing the numbers remotely and making a deposit to their
Anyhoo, that's my response...I highly doubt walmart is in on anything, or preparing for anything, yet what do I know I'm just a corporate/government