Mexico Angry Over Wal-Mart Bribery Allegations
By Chris McKerracher
MEXICO CITY – A highly placed lieutenant in the government of Felipe Calderón is furious over charges that Wal-Mart de Mexico paid over $24 million in bribes to various government officials.
Miguel Knute Garcia, a long-time advisor to the Mexican President explained their concerns.
“Twenty-four million?” addressed a sputtering Garcia before the crowd of reporters at the press conference. “That’s a lot of Coronas, and Felipe and I never even got a sniff of one peso. As you Americans say, ‘What’s up with that?’ We’re glad our people managed to catch them. We’ll show them the proper way to do business in our country.”
When advised that it was US law, not Mexican law, from which Wal-Mart ran afoul, Garcia appeared astounded.
“The US government is angry because they didn’t get any of the $24 million either?” the politico frowned, scratching his head. “That must be it. Maybe they could think of it as foreign aid.”