Safety measures too ‘costly’ for Walmart

Officials at the retail monster couldn’t afford emergency exits at the Bangladesh factory where more than 100 workers died in a Nov. 4 fire. Too cash-strapped, it seems:

… In a meeting last year, Walmart officials decided against agreeing to pay suppliers more so that they could upgrade their manufacturing facilities and pay for the costs of safety improvements. “Specifically to the issue of any corrections on electrical and fire safety, we are talking about 4,500 factories, and in most cases very extensive and costly modifications would need to be undertaken to some factories,” Walmart officials said in documents obtained by Bloomberg News. “It is not financially feasible for the brands to make such investments.”

More than 300 Bangladeshi garment factory workers have died since 2006. Walmart reported a 9 percent increase in third-quarter net income, earning $3.63 billion.

7 Responses to Safety measures too ‘costly’ for Walmart

  1. Thomas Ware December 6, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    I am currently serving a temp gig remodeling the local WalMart (beggars can’t be chosers) and over the past couple of months have witnesses at least ten exit lights go to the dumpster.

  2. susie December 6, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Jesus. Here’s hoping there’s no fire.

  3. Allie December 6, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    There is no hell horrific enough for those Walmart executives. I refuse to shop there although I understand there aren’t many job alternatives out there and I don’t fault the in-store employees.

  4. imhotep December 6, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    A friend recently took a job as the part-time executioner at the local state prison. He/she pulls the swicth if the regular person is sick or on vacation. But, you know, beggers can’t be chosers. He/she says that his/her services wouldn’t be needed if the state did away with capital punishment. In the meantime he/she says that it’s not her/his problem and his/her conscience is clear. It’s good to live in a society where nobody takes responsibilty for their own choices and actions.

  5. Thomas Ware December 6, 2012 at 11:37 am #

    Susie recently e-mailed wondering why I don’t hang around here much anymore.

    Go fuck yourself Im

  6. lless December 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    Thomas: Don’t let Walmart get too far out there on any bill. They stiff contractors, too.

  7. ts December 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    You sillies! The 1% WANT us to be like Bangladesh. No regulations whatsoever. Take a look at what’s happening.

    Stop shopping.

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