COMMENTARY | Wal-Mart may be a successful capitalist enterprise, but it has not grown as such through hard work and honest practices.
While founder Sam Walton was an ethical gent, sadly his moral principles died with him. Ever since his death, Wal-Mart has had major problems with ethics and morality with its top executives.
While Wal-Mart may be every neighborhood’s local store in the U.S. (sadly the only store in majority cases, having killed other businesses in the area), its corruption to rise and stay at the top continues to thrive.
Most U.S. citizens have no choice but to shop at Wal-Mart.
This is not the first time Wal-Mart has had serious corruption issues to tangle with. Yet surprisingly, Wal-Mart is always way ahead of its own game. Every time a criminal situation arises with Wal-Mart, the megacompany is ready to “investigate themselves” for fear the U.S. Dept. of Justice should step in and begin its own internal investigation. Thus in the end, Wal-Mart miraculously always seems to justify itself from any corruption, perhaps through the power of bribery.
While the $24 million bribery by Wal-Mart in Mexico may seem a distance away and, with Mexico’s international reputation for such scandal, it is important to see how once again Wal-Mart is on the ball, ready to plays its “innocent” card to meet their own end.
It is very possible that such bribery could be taking place here in the U.S. also with small town politicians. Perhaps, that is why we have Wal-Marts cropping up everywhere here on the homefront, and as always, at the expense of local businesses.
The bribery issues between Wal-Mart and Mexico took place in 2002 and than again in 2005, and each time Wal-Mart’s top executives knew about it, but somehow managed to sweep it under the carpet, through its “own investigation.”
Once again, top executives at Wal-Mart act in “wonder” at this recent Mexico bribery scandal, with its quick internal investigation so as to make the bribery case once again go away.
Top executive Mike Duke, who may have been aware of the Mexico bribery, is planning to retire from his position as quickly as he can (with the excuse he wants to spend time with his family). But the fact remains, he wants out of this rising storm before he is plugged in with the tide of events and the every possibility of facing criminal charges. Other top executives involved in this bribery case are desperately trying to remedy this situation to also avoid criminal charges.
It is really important that an investigation be done by the U.S. Justice Dept. and maybe, just maybe, they might sift out some local top U.S. politicians also. This would certainly give the much-needed break so many U.S. businesses yearn for, and let the country move forward economically, creating honest jobs for our citizens too.
Labor issues have become a major egress with Wal-Mart over many years. Consumeraffairs displays a flurry of consumer complaints and reviews by ex Wal-Mart employees. From undocumented janitorial workers to poor pay and working conditions. Employees are often told by their supervisors to “clock out” and then complete their assigned duties to avoid overtime. This work is done without pay.
According to Sarah Jones of Politicususa, the Wal-Mart employee in charge of the Mexican bribery campaign, was actually “awarded’ for his efforts, with a promotion. And to that I would like to add, since corporations in the U.S. are often labeled “people” by some politicians looking to financial support for elections (as is happening today), then Wal Mart should have been executed a long time ago!