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Catching Up with Wal-Mart Bomb Threats

John on April 27, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Update: This post has been called stupid and evil for suggesting that the public campaign against Wal-Mart could possibly have any affect on the number of bomb threats its stores receive. The person attacking my intelligence offers a Google search showing 7000+ results for the phrase “bomb threat.”

Fair enough, but a couple things should be noted. First off, a significant number of those hits are multiple hits for the same story. Google counts each news source that reprints a story by the AP (for instance) as a separate hit. Second, a quick scan shows that most of the results involve schools. Some are related to the war in Iraq or other international hot spots. Very few that I see (admittedly I didn’t read all 7,000) involve bomb threats at retail outlets.

For comparison sake, I offer one more Google search. A search for “bomb threat target store” yields one incident in the past month. Expanding the search to include the last year results in one additional hit. That’s two bomb threats on Target stores in one year, the same number Wal-Mart racked up last week.

To be fair, Target has only 1500 stores in the US, while Wal-Mart has about 3500 (that doesn’t include Sam’s Club or stores outside the US). But even if we divide the number of threats received at Wal-Mart over the last year by a factor of two to account for this difference, Wal-Mart still received something like 5-10 times as many threats as Target.

Why isn’t Target a target?

[End update - Note: number of stores corrected and links added.]

Last November I wrote a post pointing out the liberal crusade against Wal-Mart. I noted at the time that this effort appeared to be bearing some ugly fruit in the form of dozens of bomb threats against Wal-Mart stores. I listed about 20 incidents, most of which had taken place within the previous month.

Well, as you’ve probably guessed, I’ve got a new list:

No actual bombs were found in any of these incidents. Still, one has to wonder why Wal-Mart seems to be the target of so many false alarms.

Addendum: Not everyone hates Wal-Mart. They are the first for profit organization ever to receive the Salvation Army’s highest honor, the Evangeline Booth award:

Last year, during the 2006 Red Kettle Campaign alone, Wal-Mart helped raise more than $30 million in front of stores and clubs. This was the most funds raised by a single corporate partner and amounted to a quarter of all Red Kettle fundraising.

“We honor Wal-Mart Stores because of its demonstrated commitment to go above and beyond the call of duty, not only for The Salvation Army, but for philanthropic organizations across the country who are intent on assisting Americans in their times of greatest need,” said Gaither.

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