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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wal-Mart, Corruption, and Mrs. Pineda’s Alfalfa Field

Posted by on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 9:21 AM

This New York Times article, documenting the inventive bribery and corruption techniques of Wal-Mart de Mexico, is a fascinating, enraging read:

SAN JUAN TEOTIHUACÁN, Mexico — Wal-Mart longed to build in Elda Pineda’s alfalfa field. It was an ideal location, just off this town’s 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. Pineda’s field.

One major obstacle stood in Wal-Mart’s way.

After years of study, the town’s elected leaders had just approved a new zoning map. The leaders wanted to limit growth near the pyramids, and they considered the town’s main entrance too congested already. As a result, the 2003 zoning map prohibited commercial development on Mrs. Pineda’s field, seemingly dooming Wal-Mart’s 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...


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Simone 4
I was at the top of the Pyramid of the Sun in 2004. I want to go back.
Posted by Simone on December 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM · Report this
Dougsf 3
I may have the reading comprehension of a stoned hamster, but isn't there something in Sarbanes–Oxley Act or the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act that addresses this sort of thing? Might be too small potatoes for a legislator to pick up, but it's the sort of thing that might build a career for someone in the enforcement wing.
Posted by Dougsf on December 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
A couple of executives will take the fall and Wal-Mart will pay a nominal fine. Story over.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM · Report this

That Wal*Mart detracts from that semi-circle of tin shacks surrounding it.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 18, 2012 at 10:22 AM · Report this

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