A woman has been banned from every Walmart in the world after her most recent shoplifting arrest.
The woman, Leslie Claire Farless, 55, entered guilty pleas Tuesday before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of shoplifting and criminal trespass. She was ordered to serve 90 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and must perform 24 hours public service work. It was also announced by loss prevention officer Casey Tubb that the Walmart Corporation has banned Farless worldwide given her history as a shoplifter.
Farless had already been banned from the local Walmart six months ago, but she still walked in the store earlier this month. Walmart security spotted her immediately and began surveillance, tracking her through the store.
Tubb said he saw her go into the sewing department where she picked up a sewing ripper before heading over to the health and beauty section where she picked up nail polish and Orajel. The total cost of the items amounted to just $10. She then headed for the tire and lube exit and was stopped when she went out the last door.
The worldwide ban has been decreed by Walmart. The local court can only enforce a local ban during the duration of a person's sentence and probation. The corporation, however, can enforce a ban throughout its chain of stores by charging her with criminal trespass for simply setting foot in a Walmart store. Security officials say they do share pictures and information about banned shoplifters with other stores in the chain.
There are more than 11,000 Walmart stores in the world, including stores in 27 countries. Farless is now banned from every one of those stores.
Walmart is in the process of opening much smaller stores called Walmart Neighborhood Market and Walmart Express. These stores carry basic merchandise and are located in rural areas, much like Dollar General stores. Farless is banned from those smaller Walmarts too.