Most of you know that Wal-Mart had ripped off thousands of workers, failing to pay overtime pay. So, the Beast of Bentonville has made a deal: $33 million to pay back tens of thousands of workers for wages that should have been over the past five years. Wal-Mart Watch has a compilation of the media stories.
$33 million may seem like a lot of money to you and me but it's small change for the Waltons. The only way to stop this kind of behavior is for executives to spend some time vacationing on the dime of the county: three square meals a day and a little time in the exercise yard at the local jail. Believe me, you put one or two of these folks in prison and the violations will dry up over night. Think of it as a government efficiency program: fewer violations means a lot less time grinding the cases through the court system. Hey, maybe some Republicans might like the efficiency rap, don't you think?