For Sale: Video Vault of Wal-Mart Inner Workings

Spurned by retailer, production company sells years of footage
By Greg Atwan,  Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2008 12:00 PM CDT
A customer leaves a Wal-Mart in Mountain View, Calif. in this Nov. 7, 2007 file photo.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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(Newser) – A tiny production company has decades of behind-the-scenes moments from Wal-Mart on film—and up for grabs. The chain hired Flagler Productions to film its inner workings for corporate events, but fired it two years ago, the Wall Street Journal reports. After Wal-Mart low-balled Flagler on the archive, it’s selling browsing rights to interested bidders, including some curious antagonists.

Wal-Mart says it’s looking into legal options, but the behemoth may be helpless to censor the footage. Attorneys for some of Wal-Mart’s legal adversaries say the tapes depict executives bashing unions and acting especially callous—in one case joking about a gas can that later injured a young boy, in another acknowledging the gender disparity in management that the company had denied in court. (Read more Walmart stories.)