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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 08:08 AM

9. WalMart isn't the problem

here (but they do create plenty of problems). Greasing palms is the traditional way of getting things done south of the border.

Mexicans spent a whopping US$2.58 billion in bribes in 2007, some 42% more than they doled out just two years ago, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The survey, conducted by the non-profit group Transparency Mexico, showed that 197 million bribes were paid nationwide in 2007 compared to 115 million in 2005.

USA Today 4/16/2008

"LA MORDIDA", translation "the bite" is the term used for a bribe in this country. It is the traditional and customary way of getting things done. The bureaucrat who does your bidding takes a bite out of the cost of completing your objective. Mexican reformers are trying to change this condition with little success. It is so institutionalized that it could take decades before the situation changes appreciably. Bribing a cop, a judge or a permit agent is not the exclusive domain of Mexico. News stories about bribery scandals in the United States are not uncommon but in Mexico it is a way of life instead of an aberration in the system. Source

It happens from top to bottom in Mexico and is, unfortunately, accepted there.

I know that most companies that do business in Mexico (and other countries where bribery/(large) gift giving is par for the course) have extremely specific policies on dealing with this. I know that mine does.

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