Man Stabs Wife to Death in Walmart, Store Continues Business as Usual

December 14, 2011  |  

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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  • cb

    It’s Wally World; in South Carolina…this is not surprising

  • cappy

    People,really ask yourself this question! When I used to go to Walmart I would get this gloomy, erry feeling to the point that I would have to leave the store!!!! I’ve never like Walmart Stores!!!!!! Don’t you get an erry feeling?????

  • ohmysweetstars

    Why does so much go done in Walmarts?  Something ain’t right! 

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  • Coffindancer38

    Another trend in wal-mart is to take out large life insurance policies on employees whove had cancer or other potentially terminal didease and keep the dough when they die. 1,000,000$ policies are what ive heard. It is internally refered to by upper management as the “dead peasant” program. If this is true then capital punishment should be meated out to convicted creeps.!!!!!!

    • Girliusmaximus

      Hmm gives me something to ponder when I pass the senior citizens at the door greeting customers….

  • They could have at least closed up for a day or so. That’s some cold stuff. Already knew Walmart was wrong but this is taking it to a new level.

  • God’sChildCOC!

    I work at another Walmart store in South Carolina and our pharmacy was recently robbed at gunpoint and we remained OPEN! They didn’t even have the decency to tell the employees what had happen or what was going on. They simply expected everyone including customer’s to act as if nothing ever happened. And one of my co-workers calculated the total gross income that day and it was slightly higher which proves Walmart is only out to make a quick buck. Regardless if your safety is compromised or not! Lord knows I’ll be glad once I graduate college and get a career and leave this choatic mess known as WAL-MART!

    • Girliusmaximus

      Talking ’bout rolling back prices, I would have rolled up on out of there that day. And threatened to go to the media if they tried to fire me…

  • Girliusmaximus

    Eew… Attention Walmart customers: There is a dead woman in aisle 6. Due to the police investigation, that section of the store will be closed. But for your shopping convenience the rest of the store will continue to operate. Be sure to head over to our home goods section where we have rolled back prices an additional 25%. And as always, thank you for shopping Walmart.

    • sofie212

      And speaking of a bloody mess, Clorox Bleach is now buy 1 get one free, while supplies last.

      • Girliusmaximus

        LMAO! Not available at other Walmart shopping centers…

  • Guest

    Just heartless! A similar situation happened in a KFC in my neighborhood.  Young man was shot and killed running into the restaurant.  You could see blood all over the door from the street.  Although they did close down that evening, they were back open for business the next day even with the police tape still around the door where the young man was killed.  I have not gone back to that KFC since that day. 

  • Jubilee

    just goes to show what kind of a world we are living in.  God forbid the manager of the wal-mart or the person who made the call to keep the store open for business should ever end up in a similar situation. inhumane isn’t even strong enough to describe this disgusting behaviour.

  • Sugar_Spice

    Walmart should have absolutely closed the store.  I worked in retail for several years, & obviously this is the busiest time of year so all they care about is the money.  Walmart is so d*mn concerned about beating their competitors & making their daily budget, but I bet this’ll cause that particular store to lose some business. 

    • sofie212

      after everything that’s happened this year, not to mention the employee who was stomped to death on black friday in 2008 :-/