Cops Overwhelmed by Excessive Calls to Walmart: 'There Are Days I Run Out of Handcuffs'
Chaos at Walmart stores across the country has gotten so bad that the mayhem is spilling out into parking lots, and the amount of calls to police has left many departments stretched thin.
Ashlyne Rogers, 20, was at an Arkansas Walmart shopping for a DVD two years ago when 25-year-old Corey Mosley took a swing at her with a baseball bat, striking her in the head.
"All of a sudden, I hear a 'swoosh' and I collapsed on the floor," she told Inside Edition's Lisa Guerrero. "I had no idea what had happened. I just remember being hurtled to the floor, not being able to move because I was in so much shock and so much pain."
The attacker was caught and later sentenced to three years in prison.
“You don't expect something like that to happen to you," she said. "For it to happen one time, it makes you think it could happen a second time because there is not going to be anyone there to save you."
Last year in Jacksonville, Florida, there were 5,298 calls involving 15 Walmart stores.
Since 2015, police in Chicopee, Massachusetts, have received 1,294 calls about alleged incidents at the town's only Walmart.
Chicopee Officer Mike Wilk said patrol cars had to be repositioned in the city to accommodate the numerous calls. “It is kinda shocking when you realize on average that once or twice police are at a Walmart a day, especially in our city.”
In Westminster, Colorado, 2,140 calls were made regarding four Walmart stores. Seven miles away in Lakeside, Colorado — which has a police force of just 12 officers — authorities have received 1,270 calls about incidents at Walmart since 2015.
“There are days I run out of handcuffs,” one Lakeside police officer told Inside Edition.
A scuffle in the parking lot of the Lakeside Walmart, which has gone viral, was caught on camera by Devin Jones. He was also involved in the altercation.
“I made myself look like a jerk, just a fool,” he told Inside Edition. “Two morons grunting at each other for no reason.”
Lakeside Police Department Sgt. Richard Harris took Inside Edition on a ride-along. Two calls were made from the Walmart before nightfall and Sgt. Harris expected more that evening.
One call was about an alleged shoplifting.
As Sgt. Harris predicted, there was a shoplifter apprehended by a Walmart employee. The man was allegedly caught rushing out of the store trying to steal a shopping cart full of sporting goods, snacks, shoes and even a watch.
Sgt. Harris arrested the shoplifter who admitted to Guerrero that he did indeed attempt to steal the items.
Walmart says customer safety and reducing crime is a top priority.
In a statement to Inside Edition, the company said: “We’ve made additional investments in people and technology to support our stores, as well as increased our outreach to law enforcement across the country.
"We are pleased with the early results in many communities and are seeing firsthand reduction in calls for police service.”