Xeni Jardin at 1:58 pm Thu, Dec 20, 2012
ADVERTISE AT BOING BOING!
Umm… http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/ and slammer time?
Oh, wait, different sort of person, sorry about that.
It’s okay, we don’t indict large corporations on criminal charges anymore. They’re too big to fail, they didn’t mean it, and they’ll change, they promise.
Walmart and HSBC, sitting in a tree (in Mexico), S-C-R-E-W-I-N-G (everyone else).
Perhaps everyone knows this one already but there is a great paper online written by two researchers of University of Bremen (Germany) about why and how Walmart failed in Germany. It’s a fascinating read because it provides two tired information: the tone deaf nature of Walmart and the refusal of the German people to be pushed into a consumer experience that was alien to their culture. Worth the time (it’s long) because of how it sheds light into Walmart’s international tactics, including breaking the local laws.
(link to PDF)
What say you, libertarian, corporatist apologists? Big gub’mint must be to blame for this somehow, right?
Well, if those laws hadn’t been there in the first place, Walmart wouldn’t have had to bribe officials to look the other way when they broke them.
See? Bad government! Bad bad government!
As a mexican i can assure you nothing happens in México without corruption
It’s not like Walmart invented la mordida. Maybe they just took to it more readily than most.
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