Tenth-Richest Person in America Arrested for DWI… Again
3:21 pm, October 13th | by Amy Tennery
She might be worth $20.9 billion, but that doesn’t mean she’ll spring for a driver.
For the record: drunk driving is inexcusable, for anyone. But when it’s someone worth billions of dollars, it becomes inexcusable on whole new levels. Particularly in Walton’s case:
1. She’s worth nearly $21 billion. She could get a car and driver, anywhere, anytime. Hell, she could get a freaking gold-plated helicopter anywhere, anytime, if she really wanted.
2. The arrest allegedly occurred the night of her 62nd birthday, after she left a dinner with friends. So she must have known she was going out to a party of some variety. Think ahead. Get a driver. A cab. Anything.
3. This actually isn’t her first drunk driving incident. Or her second. She once allegedly hit and killed a 50-year-old mother while driving drunk, according to the Independent, and was never charged. Then, 13 years ago, she was arrested for DWI (also according to the Independent), at which point she yelled at her arresting officer “I’m Alice Walton, bitch!” Charming.
4. With that in mind, it’s hard to argue that she drove last week because she didn’t realize she was drunk. Anyone with a history like that should just plan on hiring a driver whenever they consume alcohol, right?
A spokesperson for Walton acknowledged the incident and, according to Gawker, the billionairess has apologized.