Guest Author - Vance R. Rowe
If you have a Facebook page, you have undoubtedly come across pictures of people and the strange attire they wear and crazy antics that are pulled in Walmart stores across the melting pot that is America. Sometimes you will even hear about some weird crimes being perpetrated in the big discount store, like someone setting up a meth lab in one of the rest rooms. It’s been a while since I have written an article about weird crime news, which is slightly different than my dumb criminals articles because while dumb criminals baffle the mind, weird crimes are well…weird. So in searching the internet super highway for weird crimes, I was treated to a page that had weird crimes done in a Walmart or in its parking lot. Here are a few of the weird crimes I am talking about:
In 2013, a 42-year-old man kidnapped his estranged wife from a Walmart parking lot, along with help from his 20-year-old son. Their objective was not to harm her or hold her for ransom but to take her back to his home to help improve their marriage relations by performing an exorcism on her. That’s right. They believe the devil was in her and is the reason she left the family. Along with the help of a couple of priests, they poured a sacred oil over her body and forced her to swallow some of it which she then began to throw up and the priest said that there were three devils inside of her. Her husband and son were arrested for false imprisonment, felony kidnapping, and conspiracy to kidnapping. The woman had agreed to meet her husband at the Walmart so they could talk about their marriage. The husband said that his estranged wife had to be possessed because she was reportedly seeing another man during their separation.
In 2015, in Florida, a woman riding through a Walmart in one of their motorized shopping carts, began acting strangely. Really? In Florida? I say that because if you have a Facebook page you also have undoubtedly come across a lot of weird and strange news out of Florida as well. Anyway, this woman who later would be discovered to being high on meth, had turned the store into her personal buffet. She started by opening a package of sushi and eating one before putting the package back on the shelf. For the next course she decided to snack on some mini-donuts and cinnamon coffee cakes before settling down and eating half of a rotisserie chicken. After eating about 32 dollars’ worth of food in total, she was arrested and charged with petit larceny and when three syringes were found in one of her backpacks, she was also charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.
I will finish up with a story out of an Exton, Pennsylvania Walmart where a 6’4", 300 pound, naked man walked into the store, went to the customer service counter, where he found a pair of socks and put them on. If that isn’t weird enough, surveillance video in the parking lot caught the man undressing out there and then walked into the store. Police finally arrived as the man was walking around the store. When he refused their orders to give up, the big man was tased by police and he proceeded to spit in their faces. He was finally arrested and charged with indecent exposure, aggravated assault, simple assault, retail theft, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct.