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Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:59 AM

In Wal-Mart's Mexico: There's a Bribe for That

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/12/18-0


A protest against a planned Wal-Mart is seen Teotihuacan, Mexico State, in October, 2004. (AFP/Getty Images)

The global retail giant Wal-Mart ran neither a casual nor introverted bribery scheme when it came to getting what it wanted in Mexico.

As a new exposé by The New York Times reveals, efforts by Wal-mart to get what they wanted, regardless of local concerns and opposition, were extremely effective and "Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited."

Building near sacred lands? There's was a bribe for that. Want a store in an overpopulated neighborhood? No problem. A zoning restriction hiccup or building without an environmental impact plan? Wal-mart had a answer for it all: a little money in the right hand. Or hands.

According to the Times, Wal-mart offered

bribes to subvert democratic governance — public votes, open debates, transparent procedures. It used bribes to circumvent regulatory safeguards that protect Mexican citizens from unsafe construction. It used bribes to outflank rivals.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:00 AM

1. Like they don't do that here?

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Response to ananda (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 18, 2012, 10:02 AM

2. I'm reminded of Rodney Dangerfield's first economics class

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