[M]y favorite part is when the mom climbs out of the motorized shopping cart and proceeds to show more athleticism than either Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. I love that those carts are put their for the infirm, the elderly, wounded veterans, the disabled. But they end up being ridden by podunk hillbilly trash who can’t be bothered to walk the aisles under their own power. The Handifat.What's more instructive: the reaction of Beech Grove's mayor.
The future that was predicted in “Wall-E” said we’d become a race of lazy, gelatinous slobs, laying back on hover chairs while we stare into little screens and buy everything they own from one giant retailer. And that future is now.
When Handifat Mom bounces out of that scooter and starts throwing haymakers, it has to be the most Walmart moment ever recorded.
Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley called the situation “embarrassing” and pointed the finger at Walmart.Like many other large companies, Wal-Mart seek tax benefits as inducements to locate stores. (Here's Naperville, a few years ago.) A few minutes research failed to turn up such a tax benefit from the select-men of Beech Grove. If one exists, perhaps they're rethinking it.
“I think it’s disgusting and it sure sheds a poor light on Walmart and I’m pretty disappointed in them,” he told FOX59 over the phone.
Buckley said the store is a public nuisance that’s draining the city’s resources.
“I go over there a lot, plenty of times there’s been cops with people standing there in handcuffs, bags full of stuff,” said Jacqueline Abbott.
Abbott said seeing police at the Beech Grove Walmart is a given. In fact, a FOX59 crew spotted some around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
But Abbott’s eyes are opened for another reason. She lives next door to the store.
“It does worry me that somebody might jump the wall after doing something, and my house is right here,” she said.
“I make no bones about it. I consider Walmart a public nuisance. And that’s based on the number of times that we go down there every day. We’re down there at least four to six times every single day on petty theft matters the police have to deal with,” Buckley said.
City officials recently passed a nuisance ordinance, which police said would apply to the excessive police activity at Walmart.
“Most of the people committing the crimes at Walmart are not Beech Grove residents. They’re from outside, and they’re coming in. And we’re having to clean it up and to deal with it,” said Deputy Chief Michael Maurice with the Beech Grove Police Department.Or perhaps it says something about Wal-Mart and suburban blight. (Is it any accident that this video appeared close to the beginning of the month?)
Maurice said Walmart runs typically require two officers, and sometimes that leaves the department short-staffed to cover other duties.
“It’s very taxing on our police department,” he said.
Abbott doesn’t want to trouble showing up at her home.
“There has been cops through there a few times, and when we asked what the problem was, they told us they were looking for someone who was stealing,” she said.
Beech Grove officials said they’ll meet with Walmart to discuss these issues, as they’ve done in the past.
A Walmart spokesman told FOX59 the store is willing to work with the community to reduce the number of times officers have to come to the store, but acknowledged Walmart does have systems in place of catching shoplifters. The high call volume shows their internal systems are working, the spokesman said.