Mark Walker with the Disheveled Leader did a great article on police calls and Walmart in Sioux Falls;
Wal-Mart stores draw more calls to police in Sioux Falls than any other retailer, far exceeding call volumes for similar big-box competitors in the city.
In 2015, Sioux Falls Police were called to a Wal-Mart store more than three times a day for offenses ranging from shopliftingÂ to sex offenses.
This of course is no shocker, back in 2014 Forbes Magazine did an article about how much Walmart costs Federal taxpayers;
Walmart’s low-wage workers cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing, according to a report published to coincide with Tax Day, April 15.
Americans for Tax Fairness, a coalition of 400 national and state-level progressive groups, made this estimate using data from a 2013 study by Democratic Staff of the U.S. Committee on Education and the Workforce.
“The study estimated the cost to Wisconsin’s taxpayers of Walmart’s low wages and benefits, which often force workers to rely on various public assistance programs,” reads the report, available in full here.
“It found that a single Walmart Supercenter cost taxpayers between $904,542 and $1.75 million per year, or between $3,015 and $5,815 on average for each of 300 workers.”
They are a leach of the highest order. I hope the city council takes action on limiting their police calls.