It’s been a while since I’ve stepped foot in a Walmart store and I plan on making that visit my last. The things that have happened in the chain’s stores across the U.S. this year alone are enough to pay whatever extra cost you’ll incur at Target, Kmart, or some other big box store.
Avery Blandin, 46, of South Carolina has been charged with murder for fatally stabbing his wife inside a Greenville County Walmart this weekend, and while you’d think that would be enough to make store management take a break from rolling back prices, they simply roped off the area for homicide investigators and continued with business as usual.
Witnesses told deputies they heard a verbal fight between Blandin and his wife Lilia Blandin, 38. Then things became physical.
Phillip Talent, who was shopping at the time, told WYFF4, “When I looked, I could see a couple of stabbing motions, and I really started to run towards the front (of the store).
“I seen it when [the man] was making a stomping motion at [Lilia Blandin] across her chest and neck area. I picked up the chair and I hit him.”
After pulling out a second knife, Tallent said the man fled the scene. “That’s when I let him go because I already seen what he did with the first one, so I wasn’t going to get involved with the next one.” Blandin was later apprehended when he was involved in a traffic accident.
Walmart company spokesman Dianna Gee told Greenville’s News Channel 4 the company is assisting with the investigation and turned over surveillance video footage from the store, but she seemed oblivious to the oddity of keeping the store open.
“We did, as requested, close our grocery checkout area to allow the police to do their work and provide some level of privacy, given the circumstances.”
I wonder what sales looked like at the end of the day. Do you think Walmart should have shut down its entire store in lieu of this incident? Have you noticed a trend of odd things happening at Walmart stores?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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