I've been reading Al Norman since before we started The Writing On The Wal née No Cleveland Walmart back in 2005. I respect his work and until today I don't think I've ever questioned what he's written. I left the this comment on Al's latest at Huffington Post:
Shalom Al, I love your work. I quote you often and if you're Walmart's Public Enemy No. 1, I like to think that Jonathan Rees and I at The Writing On The Wal are in the top 10 on that august list. Having said that, I think you're wrong on this story. I have steadily followed and written about Walmart for five years now and I read all those crime stories too and have come to the conclusion that as an entity in the United States with square footage equal to the island of Manhattan and a transient population per week that is more than 17 times that of New York City, crime in and around Walmart's stores is remarkably small. Assaults and murders at Walmarts make national news because Walmart is a national name, not because there is any statistical reason to suggest that serious crime at Walmart is greater than any other parking lot where people congregate. I have many reasons why I don't want anyone to shop at Walmart, but fear of being killed there is not among them. B'shalom, Jeff Hess The Writing On The Wal Have Coffee Will WriteI did a check of our past posts and only 40 stories have concerned crime. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.