Yes, Roosters Fought Inside a Walmart. No, the Company Says, It Wasn't a Cockfight

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It’s been a bad week for Wal-Mart Stores, at least as far as its public relations are concerned. Today is news that a Walmart store in Mexico hosted a cockfight to promote soda. The incident, which has brought the retailer’s Mexican unit under investigation by local officials, prompted an unintentionally amusing response from a company spokesman. He admitted to Bloomberg News that there were cocks in the store, and those cocks were indeed fighting each other. But since the roosters weren’t armed with blades, and no betting took place at the store, Walmex spokesman Antonio Ocaranza stood his ground: “It wasn’t a cockfight.”

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