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Have you seen the NCJ blogthing’s Walmart post?

walmartCarrie Peyton Dahlberg mentions a “hell of a read” in a post at the NCJ blogthing entitled “Just in time for last minute shoppers” — the original she links to is at The New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/18/business/walmart-bribes-teotihuacan.html?_r=0

In short, a naive observer might think Walmart (Walmart de Mexico, at least) is crooked.  Forgive my shocking language.

  1. Plain Jane
    December 18, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Yeah, I posted that NYT link in Quick Notes this morning.

  2. Plain Jane
    December 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    and how funny that Carrie and I chose the same paragraph to quote.

  3. December 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks for posting more widely. Was there ever any doubt? (about Walmart).

  4. December 18, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I thought WalMart was taken to court for bribery in the dealings with Mexico? did it get washed under the table?

  5. Dave Kirby
    December 19, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Not making excuses for WM but anyone who has spent any time in Mexico understands that bribery is part of doing anything that entails dealing with a civil servant be it a traffic cop,a building inspector or a cabinet minister. It is called La Mordida which translates as ” the bite” and is an accepted way of supplementing ones income especially the underpaid public employee. I suspect this is more a case of when in Rome as anything.

  6. Anonymous
    December 19, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Even if it was in Rome it would still fall under the Foreign Corrupt Practices act. Walmart was committing felonies in Mexico – under US law.

  7. Anonymous
    December 19, 2012 at 2:25 pm
  8. Plain Jane
    December 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Dave Kirby, apparently you didn’t read the article. Walmart’s bribery went far beyond greasing the wheels. As someone who has spent a great deal of time in Mexico and knows how hard it is for the little people to make an honest living and how they struggle against that culture of mordida, I find that excuse for corruption to be disgusting. Your claim that it is just the accepted way of doing business is nothing but BS.

  9. Dave Kirby
    December 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Jane I’m just saying that Mexico tolerates “corruption” always has. The real beginning of the end as far as fair trade and big box dominance was Bush I and Clinton’s dog and pony show when they started talking about a “Global Economy” and how NAFTA was going to be good for what ails ya. Clinton was no better than a moderate Republican who had been bought.

  10. Anonymous
    December 19, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I agree with Dave. The parasites on the councils that pass the zoning laws use force to implement their decisions — and to get paid, for that matter. Walmart sells stuff to people who buy it voluntarily.

    ‘Course, here in the States — who ever heard of a politician being influenced by a little extra cash? How shocking is that?

  11. Anonymous
    December 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    “Jane I’m just saying that Mexico tolerates “corruption” always has.”

    Get your history strait!

    Every empire, including the U.S., makes damn sure other nations remain corrupt, always have.

    It was the same corporation handling the Mexican election that got Bush II elected twice. (Choice Point).

  12. Anonymous
    December 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Anonymous :
    “Jane I’m just saying that Mexico tolerates “corruption” always has.”
    Get your history strait!
    Every empire, including the U.S., makes damn sure other nations remain corrupt, always have.
    It was the same corporation handling the Mexican election that got Bush II elected twice. (Choice Point).

    Hatred of the US as exhibited in your posts is hard for most of us to understand. You must have had a pathetic life.

  13. Steve Lewis
    December 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    My grandkids get their very own computer for the first time because grandpa could finally afford to buy them one: at Walmart.

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