10 April 2008

[liff] News Item:"They Never Should Have Gotten Rid Of Us"

1478. (MSNBC) Wal-Mart has gained one more enemy: the company that documented their meetings, full of frank and candid portrayals of how Wal-Mart thought and grew, was sacked last year. Being 95% of Flagler Productions' business, the company nearly collapsed, but realized there's gold in those corporate archives.

After apparently-briefly considering Wal-Mart's "Always the Low Price ... Always" bid of $500,000 for the whole magila (note to Wal-Mart: that low-price strategy only really works with feckless customers) the company opened up the archive to, essentially, anyone who will pay a fee to watch:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. dropped longtime contractor Flagler Productions in 2006. In response to losing its biggest customer, the small company has opened its archive, for a fee, to researchers who include plaintiffs’ lawyers and union critics seeking clips of unguarded moments at the world’s largest retailer.

Umm ... oopsey.

Company spokespeople immediately displayed an admirable grasp of the obvious:

Wal-Mart said it is unhappy with the public airing of its video record.

“Needless to say, we did not pay Flagler Productions to tape internal meetings with this aftermarket in mind,” Wal-Mart spokeswoman Daphne Moore said.

Needless to say. But she was paid to say it, so.

It's just one danged thing after another some days; if one of your surly, underpaid senior-citizen employees isn't working one of the others over with a pricing gun, then your former family videographer is airing your dirty laundry for $225/hour. I mean, I thought I had problems.

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