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“No admission of guilt” from Wal-Mart, just gonna pay $2M for ki

Our orgy of capitalism and greed shall not be restrained in the slightest:

Wal-Mart pays $2M to avoid charges in death probe

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Wal-Mart agreed Wednesday to pay nearly $2 million and improve safety at its 92 New York stores as part of a deal with prosecutors that avoids criminal charges in the trampling death of a temporary worker last year.

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that if she had brought criminal charges against the retailer in the worker’s death, the company would have been subject to only a $10,000 fine if convicted. Rice declined to say what charges were considered against Wal-Mart, citing the secrecy of grand jury proceedings.

Instead, she said, the company has agreed to implement an improved crowd-management plan for post-Thanksgiving Day sales, set up a $400,000 victims’ compensation and remuneration fund, and give $1.5 million to Nassau County social services programs and nonprofit groups.

The agreement included no admission of guilt by Wal-Mart.</em>

So Walmart can just pay $2M and agree to implement some bullshit plan to lessen the stampedes it purposely incites, and then just wash their hands of it all? People have been getting crushed (although not to death, thankfully) at Walmart sales for years. So now they’ve assisted in the manslaughter (at least) of an employee, and nothing will change.

Charge the CEO with manslaughter and throw his Chinese crap peddling ass in jail for a while, and perhaps they’ll actually take this seriously. Otherwise, shove that grinning logo up your greedy ass.

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