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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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