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Wal-Mart Tapes Could Bring Trouble

Wal-Mart Employees, Uncensored

Like an angry-ex releasing sex tapes on the internet, Flagler Productions Inc. is threatening revenge on Wal-Mart after the retail giant stopped using the company to film internal meetings and executives in action. Wal-Mart was such a large part of the small company's business that the decision almost put Flagler out of business. Now they're dangling the 15,000 tapes in front of Wal-Mart's face and offering the footage up for sale. Unsurprisingly, the tapes would be a hot commodity for a number of groups like documentary filmmakers, plaintiffs' lawyers, and union organizers. Flagler never signed a contract with Wal-Mart, but Wal-Mart did pay for the production and video work.

Flagler offered to sell the archive for several million dollars and Wal-Mart countered with a low-ball $500,000 offer, with the explanation that there wouldn't be a market for the videos elsewhere. But the videos showcase a Wal-Mart basically uncensored, and include events like executives making fun of a possibly dangerous product sold on their shelves and conversations among executives about opposing unionization.

If there were archived videos of your company meetings, would there be anything of interest to those on the outside?


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Ha! I've worked for wal-mart and I know what they do and this would definitely make for an interesting documentary. I'm sure all companies are like this on some level but the store I worked at was horrible. All the male managers were married and my direct manager would flirt with them and I'm pretty sure she was sleeping with at least one of them. They would disappear for 20-30 minutes and be completely unreachable even though they both had walkie talkies on them. They were so stupid that they'd talk to each other over the walkie talkie before meeting up. The best part is that she was also married and his wife was 9 months pregnant.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
I don't want to come across as being preachy, but every single penny that we spend is equal to a vote in our economy. You buy at Wal-Mart, you are condoning their practices. Same goes for any huge corporation or "big box store." Not that I haven't been guilty of grabbing something quick while on the run. But these days, you really do have to be aware of where your dollar is going and what it is supporting. A pretty good argument for trying to shop locally, as far as I am concerned.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Yep, one of those things no level of economic distress will force me to do, either.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
You couldn't pay me enough to walk into and shop a WallyWorld store.
linds1019 linds1019 9 years
Just go watch Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. Very eye-opening.
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm not interested in anything having to do with Walmart. Hate that store.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
They would just say: "wow those women sure can eat"
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
The only thing videos of my work meetings would be good for would be as an alternative to sleeping pills.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I am interested to see how this plays out.
linb linb 9 years
It's not blackmail. The tapes legally belong to Flagler Productions.
StayUpEarly StayUpEarly 9 years
Extortion... Blackmail... Bitter Ex it all works
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
in my profession i don't think that anything said would be relevant to people outside the agency or industry for that matter...i thin kthat the concern here though is what was said - maybe about people in the never know what people say during 'casual' meetings when they are trying to get things off their chests etc.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
What the public would find out is how what we actually do, instead of assuming its all trading spaces over here. It is blackmail I guess, but I don't care because I hate walmart.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
"Unsurprisingly, the tapes would be a hot commodity for a number of groups like documentary filmmakers, plaintiffs' lawyers, and union organizers." Yup, here's Michael Moore's next project!
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 9 years
Isn't this blackmailing? Isn't blackmailing against the law? I think you're right, Savvy - this does sound like an angry ex. In our meetings, we always have someone documenting what we've talked about. If something needs to go off the record, we say so and the topic isn't included in the minutes.
EML13 EML13 9 years
I think Wal-Mart isn't taking a stand against Flagler because it doesn't want to demonstrate how important those tapes can potentially be. I'm sure there are plenty of executives who are wishing they could take back some past remarks now that they're available on tape.
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