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Walmart's New Headache: Allegations of In-Store Cockfighting

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Walmart faced unflattering headlines this month about its controversial new dress code. Meanwhile, another, more bizarre PR mess is brewing in Mexico, where a Walmart is under investigation for allegedly hosting a cockfight right in the store to promote a soda company. Bloomberg reports that photos on social media showed "brawling roosters ringed by shoppers in a supermarket aisle."

Walmex Antonio Ocaranza spokesman told Bloomberg that the event was totally fine because the roosters weren't armed with blades. Really, he said that. And he said that no birds were harmed during the store promotion and there was no betting. "It wasn't a cockfight," Ocaranza told Bloomberg. Betting on fighting roosters is illegal in the city of Boca del Rio, which could fine the store up to $7,240.

· Walmart Mexico Investigated Over Promotional Cockfight [Consumerist]
· Wal-Mart Mexico Unit Probed on Complaints of Cockfight [Bloomberg]
· Controversy Just Won't Stop For Walmart's New Uniforms [Racked]
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