Archive for the ‘Bad Business’ Category
If people’s comments on this blog are any indication (and they are), it’s really rough out there. Really, really rough.
Educated, bright, hard-working, do-everything-right-their-whole-life types are finding themselves out of work. Some for different reasons than others.
Some might be “too smart.”
Some might not have experience (employers love that word, don’t they?).
Some might be overqualified or have “too much” experience.
Others might live in areas that are even more economically depressed than other areas of the country and job prospects are nill.
Regardless, you are still making purchases.
You still have to replace things that broke in your home from Lowe’s or The Home Depot.
You still have to buy dress pants or a suit (because your current suit pants that you have split when you sat down for your job interview).
You still try and buy people birthday gifts, baby shower gifts, etc. from Target, the Home Shopping Network, QVC, Babies R US, Nordstrom, etc.
If you’re lucky, you might even book a vacation through Orbitz, Hotels.com, The Holiday Inn, etc.
During tough times, it makes sense to SAVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, right?
Well, I have GREAT news.
There is a way to save money by making purchases at your favorite online stores.
Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Sears, Disney, Avon, Walmart, Pro Flowers, Sony, Netflix, or whatever store you fancy — you can save money!
How? Through Ebates! All you do is create a FREE and SIMPLE account through Ebates and viola, you’re done!
You find your favorite store on the Ebates site, click a link, and you appear right on your favorite store’s website.
The best part? You can earn from 2-20% back on each purchase for simply doing nothing! You get money back just for clicking a link through Ebates and going to your favorite store’s website.
Don’t be stupid. Save where you can. You have to check this out.
P.S. Between my fiance and I, we got checks back for well over $300 in less than a year for simply using Ebates for everyday online orders. That’s $300 more in your pocket for NOTHING!
My local area is currently getting blasted with a massive snowstorm as forecasters suspect 12 to 18 inches of the white stuff being dumped before it’s all over. I called out of work today not so much because I couldn’t make it to work but it was getting back that was questionable. It would have been a slick commute in but a horrible commute home as I would be leaving when the storm was beginning to kick into high gear.
However, I can’t help but feel guilty that I called out. But I also felt the company made the wrong and irresponsible decision to open as they put people’s financial and physical well-being at risk by tempting them to drive into work when dangerous conditions were present. If I were to injure myself, disability and medical bills would not be worth a day’s pay. If I totaled my car, I couldn’t afford to go out and buy a new car. I simply wouldn’t have a car and when I could manage to purchase another one, I would be adding an unnecessary financial burden to myself amidst an already-tight budget.
Employers would have you think that if you, an employee, don’t show up or make an effort to show up during inclement weather, you aren’t “A” material, a team player, dedicated, or serious about your job.
What do you think? I can’t help but think I made a smart decision because while others might have exposed themselves to car accidents or worse, I know that I avoided exposing myself to a dangerous storm.
Reuters is reporting that the economic recession (soon to be a depression, in my opinion) have taken its toll on young Americans in particular. Since the recession began in late 2007, young people, particularly black and low-income young people, have found it increasingly difficult to find a job according to a new report published by Reuters.
Reuters stated, “Overall, 26 percent of American teenagers aged 16 to 19 had jobs in late 2009, said the report, which was based on U.S. Census Bureau data. That figure is a record low since statistics began to be kept in 1948, the researchers said.”
It’s no secret young people are having a hard time finding jobs in this economy. Just think why I started this blog in the first place. You have a plethora of recent college graduates that have great degrees that are doing nothing with themselves post-college. No jobs, no cars, no moving out of mom and dad’s house. Instead, they wallow with no work at all, temporary work, part-time work, or low-level service jobs (i.e. retail). Being that a good deal of college graduates or recently laid off skilled works now apply for temporary jobs, part-time work, or retail jobs, imagine how this effects those without a work history, hard skills, or a degree. What does the high school grad or G.E.D. grad do when jobs they once sought are being filled by those with higher credentials?
The New York Post is reporting that a first-of-its-kind study linked cell phone usage to brain tumors. The $30 million dollar study has prompted serious concern as the World Health Organization is posed to announce the results of the study. This shocking study comes after years of assurance by cell phone companies and scientists that cell phone usage is safe.
The study reported a significantly increased risk for brain tumors related to use of mobile phones for 10 years or more. The study was conducted in 13 countries and researchers interviewed 12,800 people (some who had brain tumors and other healthy cell phone users).
I never thought cell phone use was harmless. I knew that it couldn’t be good for you but always questioned how bad it truly was. I always thought that people that believed the crap cell phone companies were feeding them were naïve. How could a device that is put directly against your head, that emits radiation, not be harmful in some way?
What do you think about this most recent study? How do you normally use your cell phone? Will you be changing your cell phone habits as a result of these new results?
The weather is getting a bit crisper, people are preparing for the upcoming holiday season, and Goldman Sachs is announcing their annual bonuses. Most people recognize the beginning of the holiday season by the weather changing or displays in store windows as the holidays approach. I, on the other hand, realize that the holiday season is upon us when I hear the insanely large bonuses for Goldman Sachs executives.
Goldman’s bonus pool hit an all-time record of $23 BILLION DOLLARS! Yes, top execs will be divvying up $23 billion Washingtons amongst themselves and will inevitably buy yachts and mansions abroad.
These bonuses are funded by the average Joe that usually loses his money in stock market investing because the market has nothing to do with company performance, but rather market manipulation by large firms like Sachs that trade and short sell stocks. Besides running the stock market, they also run the damn country, having a direct line to every White House administration ($150 million was contributed to Obama’s campaign).
Furthermore, bankrupt AIG has been paying retention bonuses to keep “key employees.” Well, they just paid a $7,700 retention bonus to a kitchen worker. Nice.
Fox News is reporting that the manager of an Abercrombie & Fitch store in Oklahoma refused to hire a 17-year-old Muslim girl because wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf was inconsistent with their look policy.
What is the girl’s reaction? To sue of course. Attorneys for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa and the suit seeks back pay for the teen and an injunction against the company to prevent them from ever doing this again.
There are so many things wrong with this I don’t even know where to begin. First, if you’re such a strict Muslim, why would you work in a store where advertising borders soft-core porn and clothes reveal more than they cover? Second, the company is trying to sell a brand and an image. A hijab simply doesn’t fit into the store’s image nor should it. If they don’t want a hijab to be on one of their brand reps, they don’t have to! It’s their right! It’s like walking into Hooters and demanding that you need to wear head-to-toe Muslim attire with only a slit for your eyes to see out of. How about YOU DON’T WORK THERE and find someplace that’s more accommodating to your lifestyle?
Do you sue Calvin Klein because you’re 400 pounds and they won’t hire you as a model? We’ve already had obese people sue airlines because they forced them to buy two tickets when traveling. Does that mean if you’re morbidly obese you should only have to buy one ticket and the person sitting next to you has to have your rolls on their lap the entire flight because you have “rights?” What about the other person’s damn rights?
This society is teeter-tottering on the verge of collapse because people are afraid to call it like it is and are hyper-alert to being politically correct. It is bogus lawsuits like these that cater to such notions. I can only hope it’s thrown out before it sets precedent for other companies.
What do you think?
Meet Stanley Williams, 57, of Newark, NJ. Mr. Williams is a special education teacher at New Brunswick High School in New Brunswick, NJ and has been for the past 20-years. During the 2006-2007 school year, Stanley missed 33 days which included 23 unpaid days. That is, he was only paid for 10 of the 33 days he missed and when at trial, said he missed so many days due a drug habit. When his habit would render him unable to work, he didn’t make it to school to teach.
On June 13, 2007, school officials asked for documentation that would explain missing a rather large amount of days for a 180-day school year. To this end, Stanley forged a doctor’s note with information from a prescription blank he had from a Newark, NJ pediatrician. Schools officials looked into the letter, found out it was fraudulent, and pressed charges against Williams.
Williams, on the recommendation of his attorney, accepted a plea deal that would make him surrender his teaching certificate, accept the fact that he would never be able to hold a public job again, pay a $655 fine, and receive 5 years probation IN ADDITION TO SERVING ONE YEAR IN JAIL!
Really? Are you kidding me? This is wrong on so many levels.
First, this guy obviously has a problem. At the very least, he is a drug addict. At most, he’s a drug addict with some sort of mental issue be it depression or otherwise. The man needs help. He doesn’t have a criminal record and has served as a special education teacher for 20 freakin’ years. And he misses a rather large amount of days due to his drug use and when pressed for documentation to substantiate missing such a large number of days, he forges a doctor’s note to save his job. Is it right? No, it was bad judgment. Fire him and move on. Or better yet, let this be his warning, help him, and let him keep his job when he’s better.
Second, does losing his job and his ability to teach, the way he has made an income for at least 20 years, help this man in any way? He loses a year of pay, now has to deal with the Scarlet Letter of having a criminal record for the rest of his life, and will more than likely lose whatever he has be it a house, car, etc. as a result of his incarceration. When he gets out, I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns right back to his vice – drugs.
Third, the guy has to do a year in prison. How many people across the country forge doctor’s notes on any given day? Sure, pointing to wrong behavior in others is no way to justify your own wrong doings, but give me a break. How does the punishment fit the crime? How many serious thugs are caught with illegal handguns on the streets of America on any given day and never see a day of jail time? Heck, you can commit a triple-homicide and do less time than Williams.
Fourth, who the hell is this guy’s lawyer? This is the best you could do? A year in prison for forging a doctor’s note? I can see the scenario now.
“So tell me, Mr. Lawyer, why I should choose your firm?”
“Well, one of my clients had a clean criminal record and forged a doctor’s note to explain why he took off so many days from work. All he got was a year in prison with 5 years probation.”
I think the punishment is overly severe and clearly indicative of an awfully imbalanced legal system. Clearly jail space could be occupied with someone that has done a little more wrong than Williams. Don’t you think?