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1998-12-06
Springdale, AR. Go ask Alice.

Newsflash reported on May 30, 1998 (see below) that Sam Walton's daughter, Alice, now 49, had been found guilty of driving while impaired, failure to wear a seatbelt, and failure to maintain control of her car. She also refused to take a blood alcohol test. The "second richest woman in the world" (her mom is first) slammed her SUV into a telephone box and broke her nose in the accident. She reportedly told police: "You know who I am, don't you? You know my last name?" Alice Walton chose to fight her charges in court, and hired a lawyer to defend herself. Walton was eventually found guilty, and fined $350, plus $300 in court costs, and 24 hours of public service -- which was the plea deal city attorneys offered her in the first place. According to a news account in the Charlotte Observor, Alice Walton has moved her legal residence to Texas, "which would enable her to shield her $11 billion in net worth from Arkansas state income tax". Which just goes to show that something good can come out of the bad. Just ask Alice.

What you can do: According to Bob Ortega, in his new book In Sam We Trust, Alice Walton has had an unpleasant history with cars. In 1983, during a family holiday in Mexico, Alice rented a jeep and "somehow, she lost control on a curve and plunged into a ravine, shattering one leg." Again in 1989, "speeding down the highway in her 1987 Porsche on her way from the farm to work, Alice Walton slammed into a woman trying to cross the road, killing her instantly. Oleta Hardin was killed, a 50 year old mother of two . Although Walton had been ticketed twice in the previous year, and had been speeding when she hit Hardin, local police decided not to file any charges against Alice.










 
 
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