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Walmart facing a bribery probe. Only the best for P-town!

Original post made by Sal, Downtown, on Apr 23, 2012

It's great to know Pleasanton will be getting a second Walmart. I can't wait to buy lead-tainted produce from China at the new location. They are really keeping it classy with the criminal probe. By hey, as long as the new Walmart pleases the Gods of Tax Revenue and adheres to the demands of a comparatively small number of screaming Tea Party members, that is what really matters in Pleasanton.

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Posted by Frances
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Apr 23, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Oh good grief here we go again.
Your comments Sal are absolutely stupid!!!
Are you hoping to start some sort of big whoop here.
Let the party begin!!
Oh and just so you get your facts straight Sal, the new store is a grocery store, not a full Walmart.
And it will be a nice addition to that part of town.
If you don't like it, don't shop there.
What a concept!!!


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Posted by Mittens
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm

'.... and adheres to the demands of a comparatively small number of screaming Tea Party members, that is what really matters in Pleasanton. '. Sal, we all know you're attempting to insult the majority of the residents of our town, but is that really in your best interest. What do you and your union goons hope to gain by insulting the very people that pay your inflated wages and benefits so you can sit on your lazy butt enjoying 5 hour 'work' days while being paid for 8 hours?
As far as the accusations of bribery, guilty until proven innocent, although that's the way business is done south of the border, assuming you don't get ripped off or killed in the process.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm

This does seem like a pretty big deal to me, if proven true. If a company lies and flouts the laws of two countries like this, I've got to wonder what else it is doing.


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Frances,

You said "If you don't like it, don't shop there". But if the allegations are true, that doesn't really solve the problem, does it? If Walmart isn't fairly competing, consumers suffer because Walmart has an unfair advantage over its competitors. Only a government remedy would be effective in this case.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Del Prado
on Apr 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I am a proponent of Voting With Your Dollars, and it appears that the investors in Wal-Mart today did exactly that. The stock was down 4.6% on the news of the alleged bribery. It's bad business and can only hurt a company in the long run, no matter what the local business conditions might be.

If this bribery allegation bothers you, don't shop there. Perhaps the stock will fall another 4.6%.


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Posted by ssteve
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 23, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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a resident of Parkside
on Apr 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm

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Posted by Sal's dog
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm

are you telling me that American companies have bribed Mexican officials, alledgedly?! No way, i am shocked beyond belief, couldn't happen!!!


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Posted by Realist
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2012 at 12:04 am

We have no 'problem to solve'. Much ado about nothing...when in Rome, do as the Romans do ! ! That should be the beginning and end of it. It's Mexico ! ! ! That's how things are done....stop with the very weak, frail, pathetic hypocrisy.. Nothing like that happens in our 50 states. (well, not by walmart anyway) I guess we should start with the long list of councils and supers who have sold out the TAXPAYERS !...which is FAR worse, and that's in our backyard, and it's a much longer list.
As far a Mexico, the 200,000, are grateful for their jobs, since there are not that many employers close to that size. They are grateful to have paychecks to buy food !!


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2012 at 8:02 am

Realist,

If Walmart is doing this in Mexico, it is unfairly competing against all the ethical, law-abiding companies who are also trying to create jobs in Mexico, and for whom thousands of Mexicans would also be happy to work. It is one thing to be a fierce competitor who plays by the rules, and I always defended Walmart when that was their reputation. But it is quite another thing to break the law to eliminate competition. The Justice Department needs to examine this aggressively, and it behooves Pleasanton to take a close look at the businesses we allow to set up shop here.


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Posted by Ssteve
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

The liberal loon editors will probably erase me because I say this, but I don't care whether companies are ethical or law-abiding. Companies are our best hope against the unions that are trying to ruin the US and Mexico. Besides, its only a grocery store.


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Posted by Ssteve
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

Who needs better evidence of Obamas Emperial Presidency then this? See what the Democrat Party does when the unions votethem in?

"In February, for instance, Albert "Jack" Stanley, a former KBR Inc. CEO got a 2 1/2 year prison sentence for his role in a scheme to bribe Nigerian government officials in return for $6 billion in engineering and construction contracts. KBR, an engineering and construction firm, was a Halliburton subsidiary at the time of the bribes.

And in March, medical device maker Biomet Inc. agreed to pay $22.7 million to settle U.S. criminal and civil allegations that it bribed government-employed doctors in Argentina, Brazil and China for more than eight years to win business with hospitals."

Source: The Dredge Report


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm

What's the difference between US companies lobbying congress and paying Mexican officals bribes.....nothing!


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Bill,

The difference is that lobbying congress is legal. If Walmart violated FCPA rules, then what they did is illegal.


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Posted by Realist
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Bill,to your question, I'd say what's the difference with WalMart bribing MEXICAN officials like all their OTHER COMPANIES DO, and our PUBLIC UNIONS BRIBING OUR COUNCIL MEMBERS and SACTO LEGISLATORS in a QUID PRO QUO, ...BUYING ELECTIONs for PENSIONS... and THAT's in our USofA , NOT Rome MEXICO ! ! Where's that outrage.


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Posted by Fergie
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Apr 24, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Exactly. Its one thing to bribe politicians with money. We expect our corporations to do that. Because that's capitalism.

But we shouldn't attempt to influence politicians with our votes, because that's not democratic. People shouldn't be able to organize as voting blocs. People should be forced to be individuals like the Constitution says. Unless you're a corporation. Then its okay. But again, that's only using money.

I'm plenty outraged.


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 24, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Why shouldn't people be allowed to organize as voting blocs?


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Posted by bud
a resident of Downtown
on Apr 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

sSteve...Who needs better evidence of Obamas Emperial Presidency then this? See what the Democrat Party does when the unions vote them in?

This a joke right. You can't be that looney... If you are, then you represent why America is going downhill. It's not the left, it's little people like you that are frighten.


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Posted by Fergie
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Apr 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Unions organize as voting blocs and they vote. This is not democratic. This is what you'd expect in Russia, where Obama wants to take us.

Now, to buy off politicians with money, that's another matter. That happens everywhere. I may be able to buy off the politician you voted into office, but you got to vote and that's democracy. In free market capitalism, where the wealthy are genuinely free, they should be able to buy off whoever they want. Isn't that, after all, what the Supreme Court ruled? Isn't that what the superpacs are doing?

But we need to get rid of unions. They don't act fairly. They vote in blocs and that's not right. They crimp the style of corporations, which are our truly patriotic citizens, our heroes.


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Posted by Mittens
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Bud, don't feed the trolls. Fergie ans sSteve are one and the same and will be captured and sent back to their facility soon. Unless they resist, in which case they may be apprehended by force....please resist.......


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Posted by Ssteve
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Yet another apsect of the Empirical Presidency is people like Mittens calling everyone trolls and one and the same person. Sheeesh! Can't we all just disagree?


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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Fergie, why do you say that bloc voting is not democratic? It's the basis of political parties!


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Posted by Ssteve
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 24, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Fergie is probably a troll, I don't know. But obviously bloc voting is not democratic. Oh, its okay for some political parties, but not the Demcrats. They allow blocs within blocs. Unions, for example, use their organization and numbers to pressure politicians who don't get the opportunity to respond to Republicans and wealthy individuals who only have bribe money to dole out. That's obviously why the Supreme Court ruled that Corporations are people. They saw the unfair advantage unions had, controlling all the media, and all the commericals, and controlling everything from here to Sacramento not because of their money (the union bosses just fritter that away on big black cadillacs like the kind used in the robbery last week) but because of their number of voters who vote as a bloc. This is in opposition to everything the Founding Fathers and their Grandfathers wanted. Namely, individualism. Anything more than that - unions - is Bullshivik and can only destroy this country. I hope that helps. And I hope Fergie chimes in. By the way, we need stricter voter laws to prevent unions from voting twice. They do that a lot. Especially in Chicago as well as here, which my neighbor tells me is really really bad.


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Posted by mittens
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2012 at 8:32 am

It's pretty obvious what's happening here---democrats have infiltrated the management team at WalMart. How else to you explain the change in a previously squeeky clean manangement structure, now suddenly losing it's morals?


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