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Mayor Declares Local Wal-Mart A Public Nuisance

| by Maura Turcotte

After yet another violent incident at a Wal-Mart in Indiana, the mayor has had enough, reports WGN.

In Beech Grove, Indiana, Mayor Dennis Buckley recently declared the Wal-Mart in his small town a public nuisance after a string of scuffles occurred at the business.

Just last week, the 42-year-old Gillace Monroe Samples tried to steal the from the store. After security caught him, Samples waved his gun at the employees, ran off to a nearby restaurant and then shot himself in the head, according to the IndyStar. Samples later died.

That same Wal-Mart earlier this year also witnessed a fight between two women in the shampoo aisle that went viral online and an additional shoplifting incident in which the suspect killed a 63-year-old woman while fleeing from the police.

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After news of the latest episode, Buckley had enough. The mayor claimed the store, with more than three police visits a day, has been a detriment for the small town of 14,000 residents.

“Wal-Mart is draining our resources, it’s bleeding us. They only pay property taxes into the local taxing district, not back to us in the town. So Wal-Mart is using our cops we pay for, for their security,” Buckley explained to Fox Business. “Wal-Mart has just one off-duty cop in the store, but he’s not there 24/7, he often leaves at noon. They also use our fire department services, too.”

In response, managers at the Wal-Mart defended the store, telling Fox Business, “We certainly don’t want people in our stores for the wrong reasons any more than other businesses do and we have safety and security measures in place to handle accordingly.”

Buckley does not blame his own Beech Grove residents for sparking these incidents at the business, but rather, he believes people passing through the town are the source of the the problem.

“The people who are creating these problems are not our residents. They come in from outside the town. It’s a shame, Wal-Mart could really be a good asset. Who knows, an incident is probably going on right now at the Wal-Mart there. It’s got to stop,” Buckley said.

Sources: WGN, FOX Business, IndyStar / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons