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O. Keith Wanke, a Loss Prevention Professional with over 49 years of experience, announces his retirement

On April 8, 2021, Keith will retire from Dunham's Sports, currently serving as Sr. VP Loss Prevention, Audit and Firearms Compliance. He has been employed by Dunham's for the past nineteen years. Keith holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Sociology and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University. He began his criminal justice career in 1972 with the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission in Chicago where he worked as a crime analyst and then moved in to the private sector as a Loss Prevention and Safety Manager with Montgomery Ward Inc.

Keith then joined Wick's Companies as a Corporate Regional Loss Prevention Manager learning from Wick's forty-eight different retail brands and businesses ranging from department stores to banks. He credits his time with the Wicks Group of Companies for his training and foundation in the loss prevention industry. Keith then accepted a position as Regional Loss Prevention Manager with The Musicland Group, where he earned a number of promotions, including V. P. of Loss Prevention during his nineteen years of employment.

Keith is looking forward to spending more time with family, especially his granddaughter, and pursuing his hobbies and travel. Click here to read Keith's full retirement announcement

The D&D Daily wishes Keith all the best in the next chapter of his life!

Josh Phillips promoted to Associate Vice President of Asset Protection for Bath and Body Works

Before his latest stint at Bath & Body Works, Josh spent more than nine years with L Brands / Bath and Body Works in multiple roles, including Zone Director, Asset Protection (4 years), Area Loss Prevention Manager (nearly 3 years), and Regional Loss Prevention Manager (nearly 3 years). Earlier in his career, he held roles with Liz Claiborne Inc. and Starbucks Coffee Company. Congratulations, Josh!

Glenn Master named Director, Asset Protection for McLane Company, Inc.
McLane Company, Inc. is one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the United States, providing grocery and foodservice fulfillment for convenience stores, mass merchants, drug stores and chain restaurants. Glenn will be leading the company's Loss Prevention strategy for the corporate office, 80 distribution centers and proprietary trucking fleet. Before joining McLane, Glenn managed Loss Prevention programs for Pitney Bowes, Newgistics, Office Depot, Henry Schein and Motorola. He is also the co-founder and current board director of the International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO). Congratulations, Glenn!

Will Pratt, CFI promoted to Physical Security Manager for Lyft

Will has been with Lyft for more than a year and a half. Before his promotion to Physical Security Manager, he served as Acting Physical Security Director - West and HQ Physical Security Leader. Prior to joining Lyft, he spent over a year with Old Navy as Regional Loss Prevention Manager. Earlier in his career, he also held loss prevention roles with Loomis and Gap. Congratulations, Will!

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Protests & Violence

Seattle - Los Angeles - Portland Riots
West Coast cities erupt in violence on Breonna Taylor anniversary
Major cities on the West Coast were among those seeing riots and protests Saturday night as demonstrators marked the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death in a police raid in Louisville, Kentucky.

Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland all saw clashes between crowds and police, with numerous arrests reported. At least one officer was injured in the clashes, police said, according to an on-air report from KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. The officer's condition was not reported. It was unclear if any protesters were injured.

In Seattle, videos posted to social media early Sunday showed police moving aggressively against demonstrators. In one video, police on bicycles are seen making arrests, while another video showed police in a van as they followed a group of marchers. Earlier, a violent clash broke out as police used pepper spray while moving in against a crowd. A downtown Starbucks shop was seen with smashed windows and spray-painted messages on the outside. Seattle police say 13 people were taken into custody there Saturday night.

Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, some demonstrators smashed store windows and threw rocks at police officers in Hollywood. A total of 11 people were arrested, according to Officer Cooper. That includes five for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, three for possession of a prohibited item, two for unlawful assembly and one for battery on a police officer.

In Portland, a federal courthouse in the downtown area appeared to be the main staging area for another faceoff with authorities. On Saturday night and into Sunday morning, new messages were seen spray-painted outside the courthouse, including, "Police are murderers." Just one night earlier, police had made 13 arrests and "kettled" about 100 demonstrators before allowing them to leave one by one, according to reports.  foxnews.com abc7.com

   'Armed' protesters in Louisville prompt police to declare 'unlawful assembly'

The Start of a Nationwide Trend?
City Council advances proposal to replace Minneapolis Police Department
A measure that would allow voters to decide whether to replace the Minneapolis Police Department after George Floyd's death won a decisive vote Friday by the City Council.

While the proposal still faces more tests, the 11-2 vote signals the measure has a good chance of making it onto the November ballot. It now heads to the court-appointed Charter Commission for review.

"The vote was an acknowledgment of the need to fundamentally change a system that serves white people better than it serves people of color, and that disproportionately exposes some in our city to harm," said Council Member Steve Fletcher, a sponsor.

Minneapolis has become a testing ground for proposals that would change cities' approaches to policing and public safety in the wake of Floyd's death during a police encounter, which prompted protests around the world after a video of a now-fired officer placing his knee on Floyd's neck went viral. startribune.com

Record Settlement
Minneapolis to pay record $27M to settle lawsuit with George Floyd's family
Minneapolis leaders on Friday agreed to pay a record $27 million to settle a lawsuit brought by George Floyd's family, closing the civil case just as the murder trial for one of the ex-officers accused of killing him is beginning.

Attorneys for the Floyd family hailed it as the largest pretrial settlement in a civil rights wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. history, saying the payout sent a powerful statement about the value of Black lives in America. startribune.com

   Derek Chauvin's defense asks to delay trial in light of $27M settlement

   Second week of George Floyd jury selection begins with 7 jurors seated, 7 to go

Largest Probe in U.S. History? - 400 Charges Expected
Justice Dept. calls Jan. 6 'Capitol Attack' probe one of largest in U.S. history, expects at least 400 to be charged
U.S. prosecutors on Friday sketched out the gargantuan scope of the investigation in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, asking for courts to delay most cases by at least two months after being pressed by a handful of defendants and some judges to speed up trials and plea offers.

"The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence," the U.S. attorney's office in D.C. wrote in morning court filings in seeking a delay before turning over evidence to defendants.

In a sign of the hurdles facing the government, a judge on Friday ordered the release on bond of one of the highest-profile defendants, saying he did not see evidence that Thomas E. Caldwell of Virginia entered the Capitol or "that he was planning to do so that day."

Charges have been brought against 312 people and are expected against at least 100 more, according to court officials and prosecutors.

Investigators have executed more than 900 electronic and physical search warrants, and amassed more than 15,000 hours of law enforcement surveillance and body-camera video, 1,600 electronic devices and 210,000 tips, prosecutors said. washingtonpost.com

   Two men arrested for assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

   Bipartisan group of lawmakers want Capitol security fortress scaled back


COVID Update

107M Vaccinations Given

US: Over 30M Cases - 547K Dead - 22.1M Recovered
Worldwide: 120.5M Cases - 2.6M Dead - 97M Recovered

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5,500+ Unreported COVID Deaths Discovered
States Are Finding More Unreported Covid-19 Deaths
While Covid-19 deaths head lower, raising hopes that the U.S. is turning a corner as vaccinations continue, states around the country are steadily finding previously unreported deaths that are causing data confusion.

The issues largely involve systems that states are using to try to report Covid-19 data in near real time, and not deaths reported more slowly through death certificates. These front-line numbers are the ones that fuel state dashboards and data trackers, like the closely watched one created by Johns Hopkins University, which help policy makers and the public closely monitor pandemic trends.

Ohio in February announced more than 4,000 additional deaths while reconciling its data, and Indiana added about 1,500. Smaller revisions have also recently come from Virginia, Minnesota and Rhode Island. On Thursday, authorities in West Virginia said medical providers hadn't properly reported 168 deaths to the state's public-health department.

These issues underscore ways in which Covid-19 can still challenge data-reporting systems in the U.S. Like many countries, the U.S. is trying to track pandemic events nearly as they happen, and a big part of this effort has required speeding up how deaths are reported. wsj.com

U.S. on the Verge of Europe-Style Surge?
Fauci Warns Against Easing Covid-19 Restrictions
Anthony Fauci on Sunday warned that the U.S. could experience another Covid-19 surge like Europe if it lifts restrictions too soon and called on Donald Trump to urge his supporters to get vaccinated.

Referring to Europe, Dr. Fauci said, "They always seem to be a few weeks ahead of us in the dynamics of the outbreak. Then they plateaued because they pulled back a bit. They thought that they were home-free and they weren't. And now they're seeing an increase."

His warnings came as some states, such as Texas, have begun allowing businesses to reopen at full capacity and dropping mask mandates against the advice of public-health officials. Mr. Fauci called the decision in Texas "risky and potentially dangerous." wsj.com

   Covid-19 cases have flattened. Here's why that may predict another surge

'Alarming' Number of Prison Guards Won't Get Vaccinated
US prison guards refusing vaccine despite COVID-19 outbreaks
A Florida correctional officer polled his colleagues earlier this year in a private Facebook group: "Will you take the COVID-19 vaccine if offered?"

The answer from more than half: "Hell no." Only 40 of the 475 respondents said yes.

In Massachusetts, more than half the people employed by the Department of Correction declined to be immunized. A statewide survey in California showed that half of all correction employees will wait to be vaccinated. In Rhode Island, prison staff have refused the vaccine at higher rates than the incarcerated, according to medical director Dr. Justin Berk. And in Iowa, early polling among employees showed a little more than half the staff said they'd get vaccinated.

As states have begun COVID-19 inoculations at prisons across the country, corrections employees are refusing vaccines at alarming rates, causing some public health experts to worry about the prospect of controlling the pandemic both inside and outside. Infection rates in prisons are more than three times as high as in the general public. Prison staff helped accelerate outbreaks by refusing to wear masks, downplaying people's symptoms, and haphazardly enforcing social distancing and hygiene protocols in confined, poorly ventilated spaces ripe for viral spread. apnews.com

New CDC-Retail Partnership in the Works

CDC in Talks With Dollar General to Expand Vaccinations
The CDC is exploring a partnership with the retail chain Dollar General to deliver the coronavirus vaccine to rural sections of the nation.

"In rural areas, residents often don't have access to big-box stores," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, said this week at the Health Action Alliance's virtual National Business Summit, according to USA Today. "We're exploring a promising collaboration with Dollar General stores, which have locations that include refrigeration capacity within 10 or 15 miles of our rural communities in all but four states."

Dollar General confirmed the discussions in a statement on its website, but it was unclear if vaccinations would be given at Dollar General stores. USA Today noted that Dollar General stores do not have pharmacies, which is where vaccinations are given at chains such as Kroger or Publix.

"Dollar General continues to have constructive conversations with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on ways the company can support the nation's COVID-19 testing and vaccine efforts, particularly in the communities we serve," a statement on the company website said.

Dollar General has about 16,000 locations -- three times the number of Walmart stores and more stores than either CVS or Walgreens. Those three chains are administering the vaccine at their pharmacies. webmd.com

Vaccine Shopping?
Some Minnesotans are shopping for the COVID-19 vaccine they want

Despite public health advice, not all shot-seekers choose the first available.

Minnesotans are starting to shop more selectively, as President Joe Biden recently pledged to make all U.S. adults eligible for a vaccine by May 1.

Despite the oft-repeated public health advice that people should get whatever vaccine is first available to them, some vaccine-seekers are using online tools like vaccinespotter.org to locate a specific brand at a retail site. Some public sites, like the Dakota County vaccine page, also list vaccine availability by brand.

Minnesota infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann acknowledged that there's value in someone obtaining the specific vaccine they want, even if it takes a few extra days to get it. startribune.com

   Cuomo Signs Legislation Granting Employees Time off to Receive Vaccination

Hybrid Work Model to Become New Normal?
How much HQ space will disappear as hybrid work becomes a retailing thing?
Target last week announced plans to significantly downsize its corporate offices, joining a number of other retailers embracing a flexible, hybrid work model that enables some employees to continue working from home. Target recently disclosed employees won't be expected to return to downtown Minneapolis until the fall.

The hybrid model promises the flexibility, office space savings and increased employee satisfaction that comes from remote working while maintaining the benefits of collaboration, networking and culture that comes from regular face-to-face interactions.

In February, Nordstrom, Old Navy and Ralph Lauren all announced plans for reducing office space to adapt to changing work styles. CVS Health said the company would reduce 30 percent of its corporate office space in a cost-savings initiative.

REI last year sold its new headquarters in Bellevue, WA, and in late February opened the first of several planned satellite offices around the Puget Sound area to support mobile work practices.

Many offices are being reimagined to reduce individual work spaces and support more collaboration. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review warned that under a hybrid model, some employees with better access to resources and higher levels of visibility may be able to wield more power. The article also states that some individuals won't be as skilled at navigating within a hybrid environment. retailwire.com

Voluntary Turnover is Surging
Turnover 'Tsunami' Expected Once Pandemic Ends

Studies show as many as half of workers intend to look for a new job this year

More than half of employees surveyed in North America plan to look for a new job in 2021, according to a new report, while separate research shows that a quarter of workers plan to quit their jobs outright once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and recruiting efforts ramp up.

Employers were experiencing high rates of turnover prior to the economic shutdown triggered by the pandemic last spring, but since then, quit rates reached their lowest level in nine years. Retention and turnover experts now predict voluntary job-leaving will increase significantly in 2021 as employees resume job searches they put off for the past year.

"There is absolutely pent-up turnover demand in the U.S. workforce," said Danny Nelms, president of The Work Institute, a research and consulting firm in Franklin, Tenn., focused on employee engagement and retention. "Just prior to the pandemic, you had about 3.5 million people leaving their jobs monthly, then that dropped to 1.9 million in April 2020. The projected number for December is 3.3 million, so we're already seeing a substantial return of voluntary turnover. It's only going to increase."

Nelms said that 2021 will see less labor force participation and unemployment and more job openings, which "will lead to the same supply and demand issues we had before the pandemic, putting an emphasis on recruiting and fueling voluntary turnover." shrm.org

Large Retailers Required to Pay Workers $4.00 More Per Hour
Pomona, Calif. Enacts COVID 'Hero Pay' Ordinance For Retail Employees
On March 1, 2021, the City Council of Pomona, California, passed an ordinance that establishes premium pay for retail food workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pomona is an incorporated city located in Los Angeles County and is not subject to the county's hero pay ordinance. The new Pomona ordinance requires large retail establishments to provide their workers with premium pay of $4.00 for each hour worked. The city also published a "Hero Pay" Ordinance Fact Sheet. The ordinance took effect immediately and will remain in effect at least until June 29, 2021. mondaq.com

   New database shows where you still need to wear a mask in Dallas

   Despite differing COVID policies, CA & FL have experienced near-identical outcomes


The 'Big Business' of iTunes Gift Card Scams
Apple not responsible for gift card scams, judge says

Apple was sued last year for refusing to help iTunes gift card scam victims

A federal judge in early March tossed out a lawsuit alleging that Apple had held some responsibility for certain gift card scams. Courthouse News reports U.S. District Judge Ed Davila found that Apple was not responsible for the scams that had victimized the seven plaintiffs.

"Plaintiffs failed to establish that Apple gave 'substantial assistance or encouragement' to the alleged perpetrators of the gift card scam," the judge wrote.

As the D&D Daily reported in July 2020, iTunes gift card scams are big business. Apple was sued last year for allegedly refusing to help those who have fallen victim to a iTunes gift card scam. An 11-count class action lawsuit has been filed against the company. Apple was accused of lying when it says that there is no way to trace or refund the value of the cards.

There are a large number of scams which involve pre-paid gift cards like store cards and iTunes gift cards. (Here's how the FTC describes them.)

With store cards, the scammers usually buy high-value products like laptops and smartphones, which are then sold. iTunes gift card scams usually work in a slightly different way, typically being used to buy paid apps owned by the scammers, so they receive 70% of the money when paid by Apple. Additionally, Apple takes a 30% commission, so would always be in a position to refund this much, even after the scammer has been paid.

As Patently Apple reports, "Even if only 10% of scam victims report to the FTC (versus local police, attorney general offices, Apple, or nobody at all), the iTunes gift card scam would approach $1 billion, with Apple retaining $300 million in commissions." appleinsider.com

Retailers to Benefit from Stimulus Checks
Americans are expected to spend their third stimulus checks on clothes, home improvement, and dining out - and it could boost stores like Kohl's and Home Depot
Apparel, home improvement, outdoor dining, and travel companies are set to benefit from Americans who receive the extra $1,400 in their bank accounts, analysts at Jefferies said in a Monday note.

After the last stimulus checks in January, retail sales that month saw an 8.9% bump, indicating consumers want to spend the extra dollars, Jefferies said. This time around, the checks, which in most cases are more than twice the amount of January's, could boost sales once again.

Some retailers who didn't see much of a lift in the last stimulus round because of the "dead of winter" will likely benefit this time because of the spring season. With the nice weather, home-improvement projects and outdoor dining will be on the rise, so Home Depot, Lowe's, Olive Garden-owner Darden Restaurants, and Outback Steakhouse-owner Bloomin' Brands are poised to benefit. Apparel stores such as Ross and Burlington Coat Factory also will see a bump, per the report. businessinsider.com

   Why GameStop & AMC Could Benefit From the $1.9T Stimulus Package

Rapid Slowdown in Retail Bankruptcies

Retail Bankruptcy Filings Have Seen Marked Slowdown Since Fall

Only two major retailers have filed for bankruptcy this year, according to a BDO report

The pace of bankruptcy filings by major retailers has slowed markedly since the fall, according to a report by professional services firm BDO USA LLP.

Last year was the biggest for retail bankruptcies since the aftermath of the financial crisis in 2010, as 2020 generated 35 large chapter 11 filings compared with the previous peak of 48 a decade earlier, according to the BDO report released Monday. wsj.com

McKinsey & Company Study
Leaders Need to Provide Psychological Safety for Employees
As the pandemic has demonstrated, business runs better when employees feel a high level of trust in their company. They need to feel comfortable to ask for help or offer new ways of thinking to adjust to a new normal. However, not many leaders are able to demonstrate the positive behaviors that can provide psychological safety for workers, according to a recent McKinsey Global Survey.

Their research has shown that a "positive team climate-in which team members value one another's contributions, care about one another's well-being and have input into how the team carries out its work-is the most important driver of a team's psychological safety." ehstoday.com

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Ahead of Derek Chauvin trial, 150 protesters rally Saturday in St. Paul
 - No Shows in Minneapolis
Protesters said they want the cases of people who died in encounters with police reexamined. About 150 people attended the rally and the short march on Saturday.

Saturday's protest kick-started what will likely be weeks of demonstrations around the Chauvin trial.
Garraway and her coalition, Families Supporting Families Against Police Violence, are pushing for other cases to be reopened and reevaluated, as well as for legislation aimed at addressing racial injustice and police reform. startribune.com

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Capitol Riots Exposed IT Security Risks
Compromised devices and data protection: Be prepared or else
Authorized device users within the Capitol abandoned their devices (understandably) quickly and, unfortunately, while still logged into credentialed sessions, thus neutralizing any password and encryption protections. The rioters posted photos of computer screens with emails clearly displayed.

This event serves as a reminder that any of our devices can be lost or stolen instantly and absolutely unexpectedly, and that the only way to protect data is through the security processes that were previously put in place. It is critical that organizations truly recognize that hardware is now cheaper than ever, and that data has never been more valuable. Hardware loss by an organization is ultimately acceptable and survivable, but data loss may not be.

Implementing effective layers of protection to prevent data breaches stemming from compromised hardware requires vigilance across several fronts, from encryption to remote access controls to more effective employee training.

A single layer of encryption simply isn't enough
While encryption alone isn't fully sufficient to secure data, it's also the case that multiple layers of encryption are often necessary to ensure that any exposed data is rendered unreadable and unusable. For example, an encryption tool like Bitlocker, if used on its own, can leave data vulnerable in certain scenarios such as if a power failure interrupts the encryption process, or if a system administrator's credentials are compromised.

Remote data deletion and data quarantine capabilities are essential
Businesses require security solutions that enable remote oversight of sensitive data, even when that data is accessed and stored across countless employee-used devices in myriad locations. This necessity has been made all the clearer by the widespread adoption of work-from-home policies accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Enforceable employee training is the single most important security measure
It is often said that employees and their behavior are the greatest threat to data security - and it's never been truer. Employees are ultimately the caretakers of their devices and the data access they're entrusted with. They therefore have many opportunities to make attackers' lives easier: leaving devices unattended and unsecured, being careless with their credentials, clicking on phishing emails, etc. helpnetsecurity.com

Microsoft investigates potential ties between partner security firm,
Exchange Server attack code leak

Updated: Exploit tools used in widespread attacks reportedly are similar to PoC code privately distributed by Microsoft to vendors.

Microsoft is reportedly investigating a potential partner leak that could have exacerbated the current wave of attacks against Microsoft Exchange servers.

AdvertisementThe Redmond giant is examining whether potentially "sensitive information" required to conduct the attacks was obtained through "private disclosures it made with some of its security partners," according to the Wall Street Journal.

On March 2, Microsoft issued emergency patches to tackle four zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server which were being actively exploited in the wild.

The critical bugs were disclosed privately in January, and since then, exploit usage has gained traction to the point researchers estimate that tens of thousands of businesses worldwide have been impacted.

The suspected state-sponsored Chinese hacking group Hafnium was originally attributed to exploitation of the zero-days. Now, however, proof-of-concept (PoC) code has been released and more advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are attempting to capitalize on the situation. Ransomware, too, is now being deployed in some attacks. zdnet.com

3 Security Issues Overlooked By the NIST Framework

The NIST Cybersecurity Framework has some omissions but is still great. It should be considered the start of a journey and not the end destination.

NIST is not a catch-all tool for cybersecurity. There are a number of pitfalls of the NIST framework that contribute to several of the big security challenges we face today. In this article, we'll look at some of these and what can be done about them.

Log files and audits
The most glaring omission from NIST is the fact that the framework says that log files and systems audits only need to be kept for thirty days. When you think about the information contained in these logs, how valuable it can be during investigations into cyber breaches, and how long the average cyber forensics investigation lasts, it's obvious that this is far too short a time to hold these records.

The cloud
Another issue with the NIST framework, and another area in which the framework is fast becoming obsolete, is cloud computing. Or rather, contemporary approaches to cloud computing.

The problem with RBAC
Our final problem with the NIST framework is not due to omission but rather to obsolescence. One of the outcomes of the rise of SaaS and PaaS models, as we've just described them, is that the roles that staff are expected to perform within these environments are more complex than ever. NIST, having been developed almost a decade ago now, has a hard time dealing with this. networkcomputing.com

Just Released: Version 3.1 of the PCI PIN Security Standard
In this post we talk with PCI SSC SVP and Standards Officer Emma Sutcliffe about the revised Standard.

What are the PCI PIN Security Requirements and Testing Procedures?

Emma Sutcliffe: PIN (Personal Identification Number) data provides an authentication method to help protect payments from fraudulent use. The PCI PIN Security Standard provides requirements and testing procedures for the secure management, processing, and transmission of PIN data at ATMs and attended and unattended point-of-sale (POS) terminals.

Why is the Standard being updated?

Emma Sutcliffe: Industry feedback drove many of the changes to the Standard, which consist primarily of minor revisions and errata updates. Revisions include clarifications and updates previously released via technical FAQs and bulletins, corrections to proofing errors, and responses to stakeholder comments. blog.pcisecuritystandards.org

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Amazon Front & Center at Senate Hearing
Sanders brings Amazon union battle to D.C., calling warehouse worker to testify at income inequality hearing

The Vermont independent and frequent Amazon critic will focus on the Bessemer, Ala., union drive as part of a Senate Budget Committee hearing on income inequality

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will bring the high-stakes labor battle against Amazon to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, when a union-supporting worker will testify before the Senate Budget Committee.

The hearing, which will focus on income inequality, will include testimony from Jennifer Bates, who trains employees at Amazon's warehouse in Bessemer, Ala. That's the facility where 5,805 employees are in the middle of an election to decide whether they will be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Sanders also invited Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos, the world's wealthiest person, to testify at the hearing, but Mike Casca, a spokesman for the senator, said Amazon declined the offer Friday. (Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

"What you are seeing right now in Bessemer is an example of the richest person in this country spending a whole lot of money to make it harder for ordinary working people to live with dignity and safety," Sanders said in an interview with The Post.

Amazon has been trying to thwart unionization, even as Bezos saw his fortune climb $58 billion to $176.6 billion during the pandemic. It represents the growing chasm in income inequality that Sanders hopes the hearing will address. washingtonpost.com

How Amazon and Walmart's head-to-head competition is changing retail
Two of the biggest retailers are raising the bar for what it means to be a true one-stop-shop. While some companies have downsized their inventories and closed physical locations, retail giants, namely Amazon and Walmart, are giving customers a broader array of both products and services.

Walmart reigns supreme in brick-and-mortar retail, while Amazon dominates e-commerce. Both retailers set themselves apart by doing more than selling merchandise. They also generate revenue from categories like financial and clinical services, third-party sellers and subscriptions.

Following the money
The pandemic has altered where and how retailers invest their money. Dong said some retailers have now entered the service space due to its low operation cost, unlike selling goods that require fulfillment and shipping fees.

Even so, Dong said the retail sector will continue to drive consumer purchases, citing that personal consumption expenditures still account for about two-thirds of the U.S. economy. And based on Amazon and Walmart's financial reports, that seems to be the case.

Some pandemic-driven initiatives have born fruit. Only five months after the launch of Walmart+, the retailer's subscription service, between 7.4 million and 8.2 million customers were willing to pay $98 a year for its perks, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners' estimates. That means that the subscription service could generate up to $803.6 million a year in revenue. retaildive.com

Sen. Marco Rubio: Amazon should face unionization drive without GOP support

E-commerce profits may become harder to make







Memphis, TN: Woman pretending to be with Lowe's corporate office accused of stealing from store
Shelby County deputies arrested a woman they say pretended to be a Lowe's corporate employee to steal money from the store. Coyoti Carter, 43, is charged with property theft. According to the sheriff's office, she falsely claimed to be a Lowe's corporate employee and stole cash from a cashier March 7. She's also suspected of the same crime at a Lowe's in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Deputies picked Carter up on an outstanding warrant March 11. She's charged with theft of property between $2,500 and $10,000. wmcactionnews5.com

Placer County, CA: Woman arrested on grand theft after buying electronics with fraudulent gift cards
A San Francisco woman was arrested March 8 on suspicion of grand theft in Auburn. The Placer County Sheriff's Office reported receiving a call from a Best Buy employee advising of a woman that fraudulently purchased an Apple MacBook, worth $1,700, and was attempting a second purchase. The woman used a fraudulent electronic gift card to purchase the laptop, but employees did not realize the gift card was fraudulent until after the purchase, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies were called to the store when the suspect returned and attempted to purchase another MacBook.

The suspect was identified as Xiaohui Xu, 25. A search of Xu's vehicle revealed numerous high-end electronics in unopened boxes with Best Buy receipts. According to the Sheriff's Office, the receipts showed the items were purchased from multiple Best Buy stores with fraudulent gift cards. Xu was charged with grand theft, burglary, identity theft, possession of stolen property and fraudulent use of an access card.  goldcountrymedia.com

Bradenton, FL: Burglars stole 6 puppies from Bradenton Petland, cops say
They're worth $35,000. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary that resulted in the theft of six puppies worth thousands of dollars from a Bradenton pet store. Deputies responded to Petland, 3530 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton, just before 1 a.m. Friday, after receiving reports of a shattered front door. According to a release, surveillance footage at the store captured two female suspects who smashed the front door with a brick before entering the store with a bag. bradenton.com

Houston, TX: Suspect caught on video stealing 3 small puppies from
Webster pet store
A Webster pet store is asking the public's help in rescuing three small puppies stolen from the facility. Petland Webster said the burglary occurred at 19722 Gulf Freeway overnight, the company confirmed. According to the surveillance video provided by Petland, the suspect survived the containers hopping along where the dogs were being held before handpicking three dogs and placing them into a duffle bag. The pet store said the dogs stolen were Rusty, an English Bulldog; Dulce, a Boston Terrier; and Milo, a French Bulldog. Petland is working with local authorities to identify the suspect and recover the dogs, who were ready to be taken home by a loving family. click2houston.com

Federal Way, WA: Walgreens Shoplifting stop leads to shots fired inside the store
On 3/8 at about 5:42 p.m. on Hoyt Road SW, employees contacted a man inside the store who was filling up a cart with liquor and tobacco. The suspect became verbally confrontational and the situation escalated to the man fighting with employees. During the struggle, the suspect fired off two rounds inside the store that impacted into the floor. The suspect fled on foot and got into a dark colored sedan. An area check for the vehicle was negative and the suspect has not yet been located. No injuries were reported as a result of the shooting. Security footage from the store captured the incident. federalwaymirror.com

Menomonee Falls, WI: Police seek suspect wanted for retail theft from
Woodman's Food Market

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Shoplifter Shoots Officer
Omaha, NE: Police Officer shot in face and head during a shoplifting incident inside JC Penney
Officer Jeffrey Wittstruck was shot in the face and on the top of his head during a theft encounter at a JC Penney store in Omaha, Nebraska. The shooting was on March 12, 2021 at the Westroads Mall. 21-year-old Kenya Jenkins allegedly fired 4 shots at Officer Wittstruck during a confrontation. The situation unfolded when JC Penney employees called police to report a shoplifting attempt.

Kenya allegedly was caught stealing a package of t-shirts, he tried to run but was detained by mall security. Omaha police say Kenya was not cooperative and initially gave a false name. Officer Wittstruck tried to arrest Kenya but he pulled away, the officer then shot a taser at Kenya but the prongs missed.

Another physical struggle ensued, and that is when authorities say Kenya pulled a gun out of his sweatshirt pocket and fired four times at Officer Wittstruck. The officer was shot in the face and on the top of his head. Kenya ran out of the mall and drove off in a white BMW. A high speed chase soon followed. Kenya ended up crashing on a railroad after his BMW stalled on the center of the train tracks. The suspect was arrested and charged with suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and use of a gun to commit a felony. Officer Wittstruck was rushed to the hospital and is in stable condition.  kpvi.com

Parma, OH: Security Guard and Patron shot and killed outside Restaurant
The Parma sports bar where a patron and security guard were gunned down early Saturday released a statement on social media Sunday morning, expressing condolences for the victims. A Facebook post from Rookies Sports Bar & Grill, on Pearl Road, says, in part, that the staff's "hearts are broken," and "we are at a loss for words!" The statement also says that Timoteo "Tim" Cruz, the bar's security guard who also worked as a Cuyahoga County Corrections Officer, was "more than just a coworker. He was family and a good friend to us all." The post describes the patron, 29-year-old Sean Acierno, as a "happy, positive person" loved by many.

Cruz and Acierno were shot about 2:15 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the bar, Parma police said. Acierno was shot first by an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, police said. Cruz, while working security, shot at the men after they shot and killed Acierno. The suspects returned fire and fatally shot Cruz. One of the shooters was injured by a shot fired by Cruz, but police did not say which one was hurt. Parma police arrested two brothers, 27-year-old Juan Carlos Perez and 30-year-old Luis Carlos Candelairo, in connection with the shooting. cleveland.com

Phoenix, AZ: Police Release body cam footage from deadly Desert Sky Mall shooting
The Phoenix Police Department on Saturday released body camera footage of a shooting at Desert Sky Mall near 75th Avenue on Feb. 14 that left one man dead and another injured. (Warning: graphic violence) Footage showed the officer running through the Phoenix mall and being directed to the scene of the shooting where he found a man bleeding on the ground. The officer picked up the man and put the victim on his shoulder. "You're alright, you're alright," the officer could be heard telling the man as he was running to exit the mall and get him medical attention. The victim on the ground outside of the mall asked the officer if he was going to die - to which the officer said, "No dude, you're ok. I promise you you're not going to die." Phoenix police say the man was taken to the hospital and is recovering. The other gunshot victim, 17-year-old Alejandro Martinez, died at the hospital, authorities said. ktar.com

Auburn, WA: Man, 19, fatally shot during confrontation outside gas station


Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Arlington, VA: Police officer stabbed by alleged shoplifter at Safeway in NE D.C
The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating after a special police officer was stabbed while attempting to stop a shoplifter at the Safeway store in Northeast Washington. Police tell ABC7 that the special police officer was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, and no arrest has been made at this time. Authorities say the incident occurred at 11:18 a.m. Saturday at a Safeway store located at 322 40th Street N.E. The special police officer employed by Safeway confronted a man who was allegedly trying to leave the store without paying for several cans of beer. According to the police report, after the special police officer asked the suspect to give him the beer or pay for it, the suspect lifted his shirt and displayed a knife. At this point, MPD says the special police officer pulled out his baton which the suspect was able to snatch away from him. The suspect then allegedly stabbed the victim in the left upper arm. wjla.com

San Bernardino, CA: Police find 150 stolen catalytic converters, arrest 3 believed to be part of 'large-scale catalytic theft ring'
A driver who fled a police traffic stop led San Bernardino officers to the location of 150 stolen catalytic converters, resulting in the arrest of three men believed to be part of a "large-scale catalytic theft ring," police said Saturday. Officers tried to stop the vehicle about 1:45 p.m. Friday, but the car didn't yield. Police tracked it down to N. Barton Street, where they discovered it was a sub-plated stolen vehicle, the San Bernardino Police Department said in a news release. Recovered catalytic converters are seen in a photo released by the San Bernardino Police Department on March 13, 2021. While searching the area, detectives found approximately 150 stolen catalytic converters at the home, in addition to tools used for cutting metal and more than $180,000 in cash. ktla.com

San Carlos, CA: Police Search For Smash-And-Grab Suspect In Early Morning Jewelry Store Burglary
A male suspect busted into the Emkay Diamonds store in San Carlos early Saturday, smashing display cases and escaping with $32,000 worth of high-priced jewelry, authorities said. The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to an alarm at the store located at 538 B El Camino Real at about 2:47 a.m. sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Folsom, CA: Woman arrested, accused of impersonating officer during robbery
A woman was arrested Sunday after police say she impersonated an officer while robbing a convenience store. Just before 2 p.m., a convenience store clerk from a store on Natoma Street reported that a woman had gone into the store with a badge on her belt and a pistol in her waistband, the Folsom Police Department said. Police said the woman, later identified as 32-year-old Tiffany Winter of Antelope, reportedly stole items from the store. kcra.com

Chicago, IL: Two Men Charged In String Of South Loop Burglaries; Police Probe Whether They're Connected To More Incidents
Two men have been charged in a string of burglaries in the South Loop, amid an investigation into whether the break-ins were connected to a series of ATM thefts, burglaries, or carjackings across the city over the last several weeks. Police said 25-year-old Kenneth Maxey and 22-year-old Tyshawn Jones both face three felony counts of burglary. chicago.cbslocal.com

Reading, PA: A Berks County trio is facing theft charges for allegedly stealing merchandise valued at $24,000 from their employer, authorities said
Local police were initially dispatched to a business in the 500 block of Penn Avenue around 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 for a report of theft according to the West Reading Police Department. Police declined comments about the name of the business. An investigation allowed police to identify two employees, Jennifer Santiago and Lynn Evans as two suspects who allegedly stole valuable items from the business, police said. It is alleged that Santiago stole items valued at $4,000 and Evans stole items valued at $8,000, police said. dailyvoice.com




C-Store - Folsom, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Charleston, SC - Burglary
Dollar General - Waynesville, NC - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Phoenix, AZ - Armed Robbery
Grocery - Arlington, VA - Armed Robbery
Guns - Holland, MI - Burglary
Guns - Conway, SC - Burglary
Jewelry - Concord, NC - Robbery
Jewelry - Vero Beach, FL - Robbery
Jewelry - Tukwila, WA - Robbery
Jewelry - San Carlos, CA - Burglary
Pet - Houston, TX - Burglary
Pets - Bradenton, FL - Burglary
Rite Aid - Simi Valley, CA - Armed Robbery
Vape - Lincoln, NE - Burglary
Walgreens - Federal Way, WA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Costa Mesa, CA - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Magna, UT - Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 11 robberies
• 7 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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