WAL*MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE -- SCREENCAP GALLERY
[ABC News Announcer] Here's what Wal-Mart did not want to show. As early as 1994, as you can see in this internal document, a Wal-Mart study showed that 80% of crime at Wal-Mart locations occurred in the parking lot. And when the company added roving patrols at several sites, the crime rate dropped to as low as zero.
[Local 6 News Brief, News Announcer] A district judge in Beaumont tonight is fining Wal-Mart stores $18 million.
[Local 6 News Brief, News Announcer] Wal-Mart Sanctioned. James Judge Mehaffy is sanctioning Wal-Mart for what the Court believes was a pattern of deception that involves the case of a southeast Texas woman who was sexually assaulted and raped in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. The Court found that Wal-Mart did not disclose that it had conducted a safety study, a study that found if Wal-Mart would put employees in golf carts patroling its parking lots, crime there would drop to zero.
[News Announcer] Judge Sharolyn Wood heard a case against Wal-Mart in Houston, Texas, in 1999, involving an assault in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
[News Announcer] She says that in 17 years on the bench, and over 25,000 cases, she's rarely seen such flagrant abuse of the system.
[Judge Sharolyn Wood] It was very disturbing to see such an intentional course of conduct. It was corrupt.