posted by Mark Moore (Moderator) at Sunday, August 07, 2005
KURM Radio reported yesterday that the Chief Financial Officer for Wal-Mart was caught doing 110 mph down interstate 540. He was travelling in a red corvette convertable at about 1:30 AM. He has apoligized for using poor judgement.Those are the facts. What follows is my editorial comment. This poor man was set up! He should be able to drive as fast as he wants to because he is a top official with Wal-Mart. They can do anything they want, including get approval to build a liquor store inside a SAMs in clear violation of state law. This poor guy had a reasonable expectation that his position in the World's Top Retailer would make him exempt from the laws all of us little people have to follow.If the government is going to let Wal-Mart break some laws and not others, then at least they should be clear about which laws they can break and which they have to follow. The present situation is too confusing.Or maybe they could have standards based on function. In other words, Wal-Mart can break all laws, but the action must somehow be related to Wal-Mart making money. So in the case of the special case of Wal-Mart breaking laws for the liquor store, they can't be touched. Since the CFO's lawbreaking did not make the company any money, he can be held accountable.Given that standard, unless the CFO can prove that Wal-Mart can make money by his going 110 in a 70, I am afraid he will just have to take his lumps with the rest of us!
Just in case someone doesn't know about the liquor store issue:The law states:"AR 3-4-218No new liquor permit shall be issued to, nor any outstanding liquor permit be transferred to any person, firm, or corporation wherein the permitted premises of the liquor permit-tee is operated as part of the profit making business of any drug, grocery, sporting goods, dry goods, hardware, or any general mercantile stores or any other business unrelated to the retail package sale of such liquor."Yet SAM's used their influence and got the state ABC board to grant them a liquor permit inside the soon-to-be-built Fayetteville SAMs.
What was the CFO's name?
The account is 100% true. They gave his name on the radio, but I cannot remember it. While I am sure I could GOOGLE and find the name of Wal-Mart's CFO, I don't want to do that. He has apoligized and so there is no need to call him out by name. That is not what I am trying to do by posting this. I think the discerning reader can tell the real point I am trying to make.
So what is the problem with Sam's opening a liquor store? As far as I can tell, every product they sell is RELATED "to the retail package sale of such liquor."Last night we got rowdy drunk at my house. We were sitting on furniture bought at Sam's, blaring music bought at Sam's on a stereo bought at Sam's. We had Girls Gone Wild (the necked version, NOT purchased at Sam's) playing on the TV that I bought at Sam's, and we cooked steak and hamburgers that I bought at Sam's on a grill that I bought at Sam's, with seasoning that I bought at Sam's.My smokey clothes and dirty bed sheets (that were both purchased at Sam's) are as I speak being washed with detergent I bought at Sam's.I have uploaded the pictures I took last night of myself and many drunk and loose people (with a camera purchased at Sam's) to Samsclub.com and will pick them up after 1 hour for 11 cents a piece.Tomorrow I will return to Sam's to purchase flowers and jewelry for my girlfriend who was pissed off by my brief drunken rage (for 5 minutes) last night, and while I am there I will have her tires rotated due to her erratic impaired driving afterwards (curbs hit, etc...)This morning I am half-drunk typing this comment on a computer that I bought at Sam's, and this afternoon I will put on my swimsuit which was purchased at Sam's, grab a book, towel, and sunglasses that were purchased at Sam's, and sit out by the pool for several hours.The only conclusion I can come to is that Sam's Club shouldn't be able to sell liquor because they don't sell and explicit or profane music and videos and I just don't know how you can drink without them.
Time to get a life, Mr. Moore.
So what is the problem with Sam's opening a liquor store? Other than it's blatantly against Arkansas law? That's not enough of a reason for you? You must be part of the good 'ol boy system that's been keeping this state lagging behind just about every other in the Union since the civil war. Please, stay drunk at home on election day.
hanal, you would make a good lawyer. Everything is relative, so it is all "related" somehow, right?Yep. It is one-stop-shopping for whiskey, guns, and prescription drugs that don't mix with booze.When SAMs opens up I plan to buy all three at the same time and use them all before I get home!
Just think how long it will take to this gentleman to "pay" off his fine. Lets say his fine is 1000 bucks. With his compensation package he might have to "work" 5 minutes. A appropriate "fine" would be to make him go on a shopping spree at target for 5 large and donate the stuff to charity. Heaven known I'm not a "tee totaler" but your point about the wal mart liquor store is right on the "mark".
Beebe breaks campaign law! Look: http://arkansasfamilycoalition.blogspot.com/
Wow! I trust that hanal isn't a representative of the constitution party is he?This world is in a world of hurting.
no, hanal is not CP. He just enjoys crossing swords with us once in a while, as we do with him.
What does going 110 on the freeway at 01:30 and liquor have in common? The man had a vehicle capable of performing those speeds safely and it was at a time when very few people were up and about. Let Him pay His fine and get on with your life! Try worring about things that matter.
Mike you seemed to have missed my point. I am not upset with the CFO, I am upset that SAMs used its influence to circumvent the law. I think it is a dangerous precident when the laws to not apply equally to small and great alike. It takes courage and integrity for public officials to tell the mighty that they have to follow the same rules that the common man does. I hope our current crop has courage and intergrity.
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