San Jose man drives car into Walmart, beats customers

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A man drove a car into a San Jose Walmart, then grabbed a blunt object and began beating customers Sunday morning, police said.

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Coming soon: lockers for shoppers at Walmart

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SAN BRUNO, California — Wal-Mart Stores Inc., facing growing competition for quick delivery of physical goods from online retailers like Amazon.com Inc, said on Tuesday it would start using its stores to get Internet orders to customers faster.

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Walmart: iPad-throwing employee video ‘made us wince’

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 ”Hi! This is why you don’t buy an iPad from Walmart,” a young man explains at the beginning of a YouTube video before turning the camera to his fellow Walmart associates, who are throwing — and occasionally dropping — some boxes.

"See? We like to throw s***," the man clarifies, while standing in the stockroom of a Walmart in Pikeville, Kentucky. "That’s iPad number three we’ve thrown."

Those at Walmart’s corporate offices were not amused by the antics.

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Wal-Mart offers its earliest Black Friday ever

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Attention frustrated Black Friday shoppers who can never grab that hot product: Wal-Mart is hoping to relieve some of that anxiety.

The world’s largest retailer is throwing its doors open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than a year ago. It’s also guaranteeing shoppers that it will have three of the most popular items it sells if they line up inside the store during a one-hour event that day.

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Send me to jail, says woman once of accused to trying to sell baby outside Wal-Mart

A California woman who was once accused along with her ex-boyfriend of trying to sell their 8-month-old daughter in a Wal-Mart parking lot for $25 asked a judge to send her to prison instead of giving her probation, The Monterey County Herald reported.

Samantha Tomasini, 22, told the judge Wednesday that her emotional issues and drug addiction have made it hard for her to stick with court-ordered treatment programs.

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At the stroke of midnight, a growing number of Americans are lining up at Walmart not to cash in on a holiday sale, but because they’re hungry. The increasing number of Americans relying on food stamps to survive the sluggish economic recovery has changed the way the largest retailer in the United States does business.

Carol Johnston, Walmart’s senior vice president of store development, said that store managers have seen an “enormous spike” in the number of consumers shopping at midnight on the first of the month.  That’s typically when those receiving federal food assistance have their accounts refilled each month.

To learn more about this story, check out the article here and watch Kate Snow’s report tonight on Rock Center with Brian Williams at 10pm ET on NBC.