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Community Activists Demanding Wal-Mart To Hire Security

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Community activists are demanding Wal-Mart makes some changes. Community activists are demanding Wal-Mart makes some changes.
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Just last week, News 9 investigated the amount of crime happening at area Wal-Mart’s. Records show over the last two years, more than 6,000 calls were made to dispatch regarding five stores.

12/8/16 Related Story: Wal-Mart Looking To Reduce Excessive Calls For OKC Police Response

Now, community activists are demanding the company to make some changes.

Jimmy Curry, President of Oklahoma City AFL-CIO, said his biggest concern is for Oklahoma residents. He said every time police are called to Wal-Mart, that money is coming out of taxpayer’s wallets.

At the Walmart off E. Interstate 240 Service Road, Curry said, “This Wal-Mart alone through September this year has had 1,762 police calls just to this one store.”

He is part of an organization called “Making Change At Wal-Mart”. They are proposing the giant retailer to take preventative measures.  

“We’re asking Wal-Mart to step up and do like other stores and provide security at their stores,” said Curry. He believes it will benefit the safety of Wal-Mart employees and customers.

Making Change At Wal-Mart has mapped out a proposal for a city ordinance. “We’re going to take it to city council that if they have more than the average number of calls, they should be fined for it. That, or, they should provide their own security.”

In a statement to News 9, Wal-Mart said, “No retailer is immune to the challenge of crime. […] We are moving aggressively to address these issues.”

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