Mom and son arrested at Walmart for doing karate, stripping down

Benny Vann and mom Lisa Smith were arrested at a Wisconsin Walmart. (Photo: Eau Claire Police Department/TMJ 4)
Benny Vann and mom Lisa Smith were arrested at a Wisconsin Walmart. (Photo: Eau Claire Police Department/TMJ 4)

Performing in Walmart gained yodeling sensation Mason Ramsey national attention. But it’s not always a great idea to make a scene at the store.

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The Eau Claire Police Department in Eau Claire, Wis. posted a statement to its Facebook page about an incident at the local Walmart last Wednesday. A mother and son duo caused plenty of commotion at the store, and the family dog didn’t exactly help matters, either.

As Milwaukee’s TMJ 4 reports, Lisa Smith, 46, and her 25-year-old son, Benny Vann, went to Walmart on Wednesday with Smith’s dog, Bo. Bo wasn’t on a leash and reportedly caused some distress by running around the store. After trying to catch the dog and “pulling apart store displays,” Smith was asked to leave the Walmart, a police statement explains.

Smith didn’t vacate the store’s premises entirely, though — instead, she decided to practice some karate in the store parking lot. It wasn’t just shadowboxing, either; the woman allegedly tried to kick a window of a police vehicle in the lot.

Vann, meanwhile, allegedly stripped down inside the Walmart and tried to put on new clothes that the store was selling. “When officers approached Vann he refused to stop and attempted to run over an officer with his scooter,” the police statement reads.

Vann was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior, disorderly conduct and retail theft, while his mom was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and misdemeanor bail jumping,” the statement notes. The police even had a bit of fun with the story, ending the post by saying that Bo “was not charged.”

There are more than 2,000 Facebook comments on the police department’s post, with many of the commenters wondering about Bo’s safety. “Who knows when the last time was poor Bo had a good meal,” one commenter wrote. “Run Bo Run,” another person commented.

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