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    Arrests over China Wal-Mart death

    BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Arrests over China Wal-Mart death

    Two Wal-Mart employees have been arrested in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen, in connection with the death of a customer, local police say.

    Reports say Yu Xiaochun was intercepted and badly beaten by five Wal-Mart security guards who suspected her of shoplifting.

    She died in hospital three days after the 30 August beating.

    Wal-Mart has confirmed the incident and said it was fully co-operating with the relevant authorities.

    Horrific scene

    An eyewitness said she saw four or five young men beating the woman a few hundred yards away from the Wal-Mart store, and she had even gone over to tell them off. She said the scene was horrific.

    The dead woman's husband told the media that he had found a shopping receipt in his wife's pocket after he got to the scene.

    The victim was 37 years old and had a young son.

    The police say they are doing all they can to prevent any public anger from fomenting into a so-called 'mass incident'.
    Here is the real question! What will WalMart do to prevent a repeat of this incident, and will they be liable for this? Thoughts?

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    Re: Arrests over China Wal-Mart death

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
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    Here is the real question! What will WalMart do to prevent a repeat of this incident, and will they be liable for this? Thoughts?
    Hopefully they are held liable. If this happened in the United States, they certainly would be held liable and could be sued for millions of dollars...but I don't know if Chinese liability laws regarding employee actions are the same as the laws here.

    If I was the CEO of Wal-Mart, I would be on the phone with every international branch in the world, demanding that they educate their stores in how to PROPERLY deal with suspected shoplifters.
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    Re: Arrests over China Wal-Mart death

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    Hopefully they are held liable. If this happened in the United States, they certainly would be held liable and could be sued for millions of dollars...but I don't know if Chinese liability laws regarding employee actions are the same as the laws here.
    The question of whether they would be liable here is definitely not as clear-cut as you imply. The fact that they worked for Wal-Mart doesn't automatically make the company liable for all of their actions.

    If I was the CEO of Wal-Mart, I would be on the phone with every international branch in the world, demanding that they educate their stores in how to PROPERLY deal with suspected shoplifters.
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    Re: Arrests over China Wal-Mart death

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    The question of whether they would be liable here is definitely not as clear-cut as you imply. The fact that they worked for Wal-Mart doesn't automatically make the company liable for all of their actions.
    Yes, but these actions were taking while they were working, on Wal-Mart property, because they suspected her of shoplifting from the store. They are definitely liable.

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    Re: Arrests over China Wal-Mart death

    Someone must be responsible for the training and upbringing of the security guards.
    The nation ?
    IMO, they created the problem.
    Walmart ?
    Well, who else ??, they are ones raking in the millions.
    This goes right up to the top, as it should.
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    Re: Arrests over China Wal-Mart death

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Yes, but these actions were taking while they were working, on Wal-Mart property, because they suspected her of shoplifting from the store. They are definitely liable.
    Those aren't the only factors in determining liability. The actions have to be within the course and the scope of the employment, which means that it has to be something that is naturally incidental to the job requirements as well as directly related to the employer's interest.

    Depending on the training policies and rules of engagement for security guards (which tend to be very restrained at Wal-Mart), they might have a very good argument that what the security guards did was in no way related to the employer's interest.
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    Re: Arrests over China Wal-Mart death

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Yes, but these actions were taking while they were working, on Wal-Mart property, because they suspected her of shoplifting from the store. They are definitely liable.
    It says they were a few hundred yards away from the store, so they were probably not on store property.

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    Re: Arrests over China Wal-Mart death

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    It says they were a few hundred yards away from the store, so they were probably not on store property.
    Have you ever been to a Wal-Mart? Their parking lots are more than a few hundred yards. Either way, I see WalMart taking some major blows for this one.

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    Re: Arrests over China Wal-Mart death

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Have you ever been to a Wal-Mart? Their parking lots are more than a few hundred yards. Either way, I see WalMart taking some major blows for this one.
    I doubt they would have much of a parking lot in China, if any at all. Not enough people in cars.

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    Re: Arrests over China Wal-Mart death

    Quote Originally Posted by Coronado View Post
    I doubt they would have much of a parking lot in China, if any at all. Not enough people in cars.
    China's car sales boom, reshaping a way of life - USATODAY.com

    China is the number two consumer of the world's oil supplies behind the U.S.

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