Wal Mart bribbed Mexican officials to speed up their expansion into Mexico

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Wal Mart is in hot water today following an extensive New York Times report alleging that the retail giant bribed government officials in Mexico to speed up the company’s expansion into the market down south. According to the Times – Wal Mart’s bribes – often in the form of envelopes of cash, “bought zoning approvals, reductions in environmental impact fees and the allegiance of neighborhood leaders.”

Wal Mart responded to the allegations with a statement saying they “don’t have a full explanation of what happened.” I guess now we know how they have those “always low prices.”

Thom Hartmann Administrator's picture
Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 10:59 am


I think bribery is just a common method used to conduct business in Ameri . . . er Mexico.

I wonder if Mexicans go into a Wal Mart and complain of "nothing but cheap Chinese-made crap?"

Choco's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Sounds about right, not surprised at all; that is how Mexico works. I can give you more examples then you would ever need.

Walmart in Mexico is one of the most expensive stores to shop...

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Christine Cornell
Apr. 23, 2012 12:33 pm

More "gambling at Rick's." Agua muy caliente, por favor!

DRC's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Cash payments is what makes the whole criminal capitalist system work. Take the case of the former prime minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney, who took hundreds of thousand of dollar from a German-Canadian business man,

"In the judge's report on the Mulroney-Schreiber Airbus scandal, Mulroney had an obligation to tell the truth about his business dealings with German-Canadian arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber, who gave him three envelopes stuffed with at least $225,000 cash for helping to push through the sale."

And then what happened? The Canadian criminal secret services escorted Schreiber to his residence after temporarily releasing him from jail but they didn't allow him to wear his belt to keep his pants up, so when his pants fell halfway down they, accorrding to a devious plan, photographed that and put it on the national news as a way of embarrassing him publicly for daring to reveal to the world that the real crooks in Canada are the gang that is supposed to be running the country as a legitimate government. With such juvenile treatment the criminal capitalists try to keep their shady way of life from reaching the light of day. But, really folks, that way of life has reached it's nadir and from now on all of those criminal scum are in line for their true recompense from history.

jmacneil's picture
Mar. 6, 2012 7:24 pm

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