Skip to comments.The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico (Schadenfreude Never Sounded So Ecstatic)
Posted on 12/18/2012 9:15:19 PM PST by lbryce
Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited, an examination by The New York Times found.
AN JUAN TEOTIHUACÁN, Mexico Wal-Mart longed to build in Elda Pinedas alfalfa field. It was an ideal location, just off this towns bustling main entrance and barely a mile from its ancient pyramids, which draw tourists from around the world. With its usual precision, Wal-Mart calculated it would attract 250 customers an hour if only it could put a store in Mrs. Pinedas field.
One major obstacle stood in Wal-Marts way.
After years of study, the towns elected leaders had just approved a new zoning map. The leaders wanted to limit growth near the pyramids, and they considered the towns main entrance too congested already. As a result, the 2003 zoning map prohibited commercial development on Mrs. Pinedas field, seemingly dooming Wal-Marts hopes.
But 30 miles away in Mexico City, at the headquarters of Wal-Mart de Mexico, executives were not about to be thwarted by an unfavorable zoning decision. Instead, records and interviews show, they decided to undo the damage with one well-placed $52,000 bribe.
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But with this article I was totally taken aback by the vituperative ferocity in which the Slimes chose to describe what Walmart allegedly had done, the language, the overall abandonment of the slightest sense of objectivity, the gleefulness in which they held nothing back, written in the most malevolent, sinister way, the physiogonomy in which the article conveyed unbridled vehemence surprised me with its viciousness.
The entire piece was if it was written against Jews by Der Shturmer, as if The New York Times acquired the exclusive use of the word Schandenfreude for just this one article for its very own exclusive use.
So what would the NYT have preferred to Wal Mart being there? I’ve heard so many stories about how the Mexican political culture is influenced by bribery so what makes Wal Mart such a target? Oh yes, when you are big enough than somebody must take you down because we must all live in an egalitarian world where nobody is better or worse or bigger or smaller than anybody and we can all live mediocre lives.
So much for being “progressive”
LOL! The New York Times is exposing bribery and corruption in Mexico??
Say it ain’t so!!
The Slimes would prefer the peasants work for the drug cartels rather than earn money from a dirty capitalist like Wal Mart, especially THAT company!
This is news. Mexico has always resorted to bribery.
Maybe that is why the Fast and Furious operation went the way it did. Why not send weapons to the drug cartels to increase their firepower so that they can threaten “interlopers” like Wal Mart? Down with American cultural imperialist hegemonic power. Up with chaos, terror and murders!
This is the same way the New York Times dug deep into the Obama-Solyndra corruption, and Holder’s “fast and furious” corruption, and the Obama-Benghazi corruption... And it’s the same way the Times’ crack investigative journalists relentlessly vetted Barack Hussein Obama and kicked over rocks to try to get at least a little background information about him before he ran for president... Isn’t it?
Wal-Mart dares to be non union, of course the Times hates Wal-Mart.
“Maybe that is why the Fast and Furious operation went the way it did. Why not send weapons to the drug cartels to increase their firepower so that they can threaten interlopers like Wal Mart? Down with American cultural imperialist hegemonic power. Up with chaos, terror and murders!”
You forgot to include a word that I included in my post - fence.
when in Rome, Do as the Romans do?
Excellent point. They had to gloss over other low-priority events like Fast & Furious, Benghazi, to martial their journalistic resources for the real scandals, ones that affect national security directly,like WalMart and investigating the GOP for not using real butter in the “buttered” popcorn distributed at the GOP Convention’s film
If youn know thr right people in Mexico you get it for free.
If you don’t you pay to get what you want.
I don't like that I'm probably paying for the Mexican bribe by shopping at Wal-Mart.
Paying for access? How does any company get a foothold in Mexico? The WalMart haters have suddenly discovered the grease that makes the wheels turn.
I’m not going to hold it against a company who bribes government officials just so that they may conduct normal business. These government officials deliberately put up road blocks for businesses SO THAT THEY CAN GET BRIBED. Economists call it “rent-seeking.”
You are correct. I knew that Walmart was anti-union and that it was the impetus for the Times being so vehement in reporting the story. No doubt, had Walmart been pro-union there would not be any story by the Times on this issue.
nothing major gets done in mehico without bribes. no lie.
Wal-Mart dumped at least $1-million into Obama’s campaign. They can burn in Hell for all I care.