LOCAL NEWS

Fred Meyer managers plea for better protections as Everett stores become more dangerous

Oct 27, 2022, 1:24 PM | Updated: 3:07 pm
fred meyer...
Fred Meyer (Flickr)
(Flickr)

David Webster, a manager of a Fred Meyer store in Everett, had one clear message for the city council when they gathered yesterday: “Our store has taken all the safety measures we can and we need help.”

Fred Meyer associates have had their cars vandalized and stolen, according to Webster, who claimed even one of his associates was abducted while mentioning the dangers the closest bus stop poses for his employees.

SPU lawsuit dismissed, investigation into LGBTQ+ discrimination continues

He wasn’t the only Fred Meyer manager who spoke out in front of the city council.

“At our store, we have an open-air drug market that is on the corner of Evergreen Way and Casino Road at an abandoned bank,” said Tyler Stumpf, a manager of a Fred Meyer located near the Bothell-Everett Highway, at the city council’s public forum. “What happens is the drug dealers shows up in their cars, they give the users a list of what they need to come in and steal and they come in and steal.

“They leave drug paraphernalia all over the store, whether its needles, foils with fentanyl, they also use our restrooms as a place to shoot up or do fentanyl,” Stumpf continued. “We just need some help.”

working with stores involved in the city’s Retail Theft Program, including Fred Meyer, which produced 49 arrests in an undercover theft operation six months ago.

In Washington state alone, shoplifting costs stores more than $62 million each year, accounting for as much as 40% of a store’s theft loss, according to Shoreline Police Business Watch.

Stumpf stated he called 911 about someone with two knives in the store, but only received a text message as a response saying Everett Police was currently busy.

“We are looking into this call today involving knives, and our police response. We use a program that automatically sends text messages to 911 callers,” Everett Deputy Chief John DeRousse said in an interview with MyEverettNews. “I heard the call getting dispatched today and thought there was an immediate response, but it may have been delayed for some reason unknown to me.”

DeRousse told MyEverettNews that he and his department will continue to work with businesses, citing many of the problems Everett has faced with the homeless, addicted, and mentally ill population is interrelated to the issues the Fred Meyer’s managers expressed publicly.

Earlier this month, Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin joined more than a dozen other mayors in Snohomish County in forming a county-wide public safety coalition to address crime and public safety.

Mayors join forces to fight crime in Snohomish County

Local News

world cup...
Frank Sumrall

Where to watch the World Cup: A guide to local soccer pubs

Now its time to support them by touring the best soccer bars in the region, all open for the match against the Netherlands.
22 hours ago
Seattle likes Taylor Swift songs...
Micki Gamez

Seattle’s most downloaded songs and artists may surprise you

Newly released Spotify data says Taylor Swift is Seattle's most downloaded and listened to artist of the year 2022.
22 hours ago
Stevens Pass skiing...
Heather Bosch

Stevens Pass vows to do better during this ski and snowboard season

The Stevens Pass Ski resort is open and it's under pressure to show skiers and snowboarders it has changed for the better.
22 hours ago
Sunken ship Pacific...
Feliks Banel

Sunken ship lost 150 years ago, found off WA coast

The wreck of a sunken ship off the coast of Washington nearly 150 years ago has been found by a pair of maritime historians.
22 hours ago
Puget Sound snow...
Bill Kaczaraba

Some snow into the Puget Sound region overnight

Friday snow is always a little bit different than Monday through Thursday snow. Friday snow is generally part of the holiday wonder.
22 hours ago
human caused...
L.B. Gilbert

Small Business Administration offers disaster relief after Bolt Creek Fire

The SBA announced Thursday that they would be offering disaster relief loans to businesses impacted by the Bolt Creek Fire.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Comcast Ready for Business Fund...
Ilona Lohrey | President and CEO, GSBA

GSBA is closing the disparity gap with Ready for Business Fund

GSBA, Comcast, and other partners are working to address disparities in access to financial resources with the Ready for Business fund.
SHIBA WA...

Medicare open enrollment is here and SHIBA can help!

The SHIBA program – part of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner – is ready to help with your Medicare open enrollment decisions.
Lake Washington Windows...

Choosing Best Windows for Your Home

Lake Washington Windows and Doors is a local window dealer offering the exclusive Leak Armor installation.
Anacortes Christmas Tree...

Come one, come all! Food, Drink, and Coastal Christmas – Anacortes has it all!

Come celebrate Anacortes’ 11th annual Bier on the Pier! Bier on the Pier takes place on October 7th and 8th and features local ciders, food trucks and live music - not to mention the beautiful views of the Guemes Channel and backdrop of downtown Anacortes.
Swedish Cyberknife Treatment...

The revolutionary treatment of Swedish CyberKnife provides better quality of life for majority of patients

There are a wide variety of treatments options available for men with prostate cancer. One of the most technologically advanced treatment options in the Pacific Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform at Swedish Medical Center.
Work at Zum Services...

Seattle Public Schools announces three-year contract with Zum

Seattle Public Schools just announced a three-year contract with a brand-new company to the Pacific Northwest to assist with their student transportation: Zum.
Fred Meyer managers plea for better protections as Everett stores become more dangerous