“We go there, like, 10 times a week,” Poole said. “We literally live right down the street.
“It’s pretty scary, you know? We have kids and, you know, you don’t want (the sex offenders) being around and you don’t know who it is.”
In a statement, Walmart said that the company goes to great lengths to keep shoppers safe.
Walmart admitted, though, that it did not know about the homeless sex offenders using the Clearlake Road store as their home address.
Walmart’s full statement:
“We work to maintain a safe environment for our customers and associates. It’s disturbing to learn that convicted felons would list our store as their residential address. We condemn such a practice and must refer any other questions to local law enforcement.”
According to the Cocoa Police Department, after registered sex offenders are released from prison, officers verify the address listed on their paperwork and check on the individual again in six months.