Retail giant Walmart says it is against putting panic buttons in stores – a move that the New York legislature wants to require under a new law aimed at keeping retail workers safe.
On Friday, the New York State Senate passed legislation that would make most big retail chains, including Walmart to put panic buttons in their New York stores where employees can easily access them or provide staff with wearable, or mobile-phone-activated, panic buttons that summon emergency services.
The law, which is a reaction to rising threats to store clerks from thefts and violence, was already passed by the state’s Assembly and now goes to Governor Kathy Hochul for signature. Retail groups have criticized the law in part because installing the panic buttons would be costly.
Walmart’s top corporate affairs officer told Reuters that the company opposes the panic button idea because it believes there are likely to be many false alarms.