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Dunn chief: Man planned attack on Wal-Mart

Posted March 2, 2009
Updated March 3, 2009

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— A man climbed to the rafters of the Wal-Mart in Dunn Saturday and cut down hanging signs because he held long-standing grudge against the retailer, Chief B. P. Jones of the Dunn Police Department said Monday.

William Arthur Palmer, 46, entered the store at 590 Jackson Blvd around 11 p.m., took some pliers from the hardware department and set about his task, Jones said.

A witness said that when Palmer finished cutting down signs, he slid down a support column  “looking like a fireman."

Police arrested Palmer on charges of injury to real property and disorderly conduct. He was placed in the Harnett County jail on $1,000 bond.

Jones postulated that Palmer, whose wife was injured by a falling sign at that store, had “stewed on this for sometime" and planned the incident.

No one was injured, although the store closed temporarily while workers cleaned up the mess.


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  • down by the pond Mar 3, 2009

    I have been asked to add that he posted and was released on a 1,000 bond,,,, not much ,,,,,read the story on Dunndailyrecord.com.... this is a family who it seems has been through a lot and he was at a breaking point,,,hopefully( unfortunately) maybe this will help get he and his wife the help they need....

  • down by the pond Mar 3, 2009

    Dunn Daily Record has below as THEIR headline in today's edition..this is more of an appropriate headline for the story.

    "Man angry at Walmart Snaps"

  • tnt4kps Mar 3, 2009

    I rec'd an email from an Editor at WRAL about my comment. I thought it was very nice of them to email me. They explained the tough balance in choosing words and such. I thought that was very nice of them to write me about it and I respect the for it. We are all entitled to our feelings. That's what makes the world go around but isn't it refreshing when we can agree to disagree with respect...? I think so...Thanks, T

  • GWALLY Mar 3, 2009

    Falling prices I suppose..????

  • tnt4kps Mar 3, 2009

    I agree. I hope they change the title and I'm sure through the proper channels his wife will be compensated for medical bills through Wal-Mart but please WRAL, change the title. It creeped me out. I read it thinking this man did something very serious.

  • iron fist Mar 3, 2009

    Cutting down the signs is minor to what he could have done, they should be glad he didn't hurt anyone.

  • TStills Mar 3, 2009

    I hate going to the Mix, but I would have paid admission to witness this little gem.

  • runny29840 Mar 3, 2009

    People do win law suits against Wal-Mart.


  • realowboy Mar 3, 2009

    His wife was hit by falling prices.

  • dhamma Mar 2, 2009

    I had some books fall on my head off a shelf in a Walmart. It took a few min for me to figure out where I was. I did not say anything about it. Left a small bump on my head but that was about it. Now, had I been knocked out or spent time in the hospital I would have taken some action against them, but not damage to the store. If the was loosing the legal battle there are other ways to make them roll over. I agree with the other posters comment about the story, WRAL obviously used the WRONG title for this. How is cutting down signs an attack. Title is irresponsible and could be seen as biased towards Walmart.