From Huff Po:
Open carry activists seek to force broader social acceptance of guns in public. Disciples of the movement wear guns while shopping or dining out. Tension over this practice has flared up in several states, especially Texas, where openly carrying a handgun in public is banned, but carrying long rifles is not. (On Friday, Open Carry Texas canceled a planned walk through a historically black neighborhood in Houston after residents protested).
Moms Demand Action, which was formed in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre, has seized on open carry as an effective issue to rally support for one of its ambitions: to limit the prevalence of guns in public places. The group has cleverly leveraged the power of social media, distributing photos of people armed with assault rifles in popular dining chains, and betting that the sometimes jarring images will prompt companies to react.
The gun control group has also circulated online petitions and staged several rallies outside of retailers.
The strategy has worked.
These policies stop short of outright bans, but each company has announced that guns are no longer welcome in stores.
Given the current political climate, in which even overwhelmingly popular proposals like expanded background checks can't gain any legislative traction, what the gun control activists have accomplished via low-budget Twitter and Facebook campaigns is impressive.
In taking on Kroger, Moms Demand Action seeks to force the biggest grocery chain in the U.S. to take a stance on guns, something few major companies want to do.
Contacted on Friday, company spokesman Keith Dailey said the grocery chain had no plans to change existing policy, which is to abide by state and local laws.
"Millions of customers are present in our busy grocery stores every day and we don't want to put our associates in a position of having to confront a customer who is legally carrying a gun," Dailey said. "We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores."
In a letter sent to Kroger CEO Michael Ellis last week, Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said those existing laws aren't sufficient to keep customers safe.
"In most states, gun laws are exceedingly lax, especially when it comes to the open carry of firearms," Watts wrote. "In many states, virtually anyone can openly carry a loaded gun without going through any licensing, permitting or training."
Moms Demand Action has logged a dozen shootings that have taken place inside a Kroger or in the parking lot of one since 2012.
In June 2013, a 2-year-old girl was shot in a Kroger parking lot in Stone Mountain, Georgia, after a customer tried to intervene in an attempted mugging.
In February, in another incident in Georgia, a 42-year-old man shot and wounded two Kroger customers at a store in Lawrenceville, east of Atlanta.
It's impossible to say whether these incidents would have happened if Kroger were to advertise a no-gun policy. Gun advocates are quick to note that criminals are unlikely to abide by polite requests to leave their guns at home.
From Reddit: After dealing with an employer who was an absolute idiot, this is my subtle way of quitting.
This has to be one of the top ten most creative ways to quit your job! Must have been a real hell hole for someone to quit like that. No info yet on what company this went down at. Shaun gets a Retail Balls Award!
Jimmy John's, the "freaky fast" sandwich staple of America's college towns, is being sued by two former employees for what they describe as "systematic wage theft" at the fast food chain.
In their lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, Karolis Kubelskas and Emily Brunner claim that they were forced to regularly work off the clock because of unreasonably low payroll budgets provided to individual Jimmy John's stores, leading to minimum wage and overtime violations.
Jimmy John's has "intentionally and repeatedly misrepresented the true time worked by their hourly employees" in order to keep costs down and dodge overtime laws, the complaint alleges. The lawsuit is a proposed class action, with Kubelskas and Brunner arguing that such pay practices come from "corporate set policies" and would apply to other workers.
Jimmy John's did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to Kubelskas and Brunner, Jimmy John's workers aren't given enough time to complete all their closing duties at the end of the day, at which point managers clock them out regardless of whether or not they continue to work. The practice is exacerbated, they claim, by a company policy that bases managers' bonuses largely on whether or not they hit their targets on labor costs.
The system, they say, "has the practical effect of creating widespread wage theft."
Brunner originally filed suit against the company in July, but she refiled a joint complaint with Kubelskas last week. The suit names JS Fort Group, which it describes as a franchisee, as a defendant alongside Jimmy John's Enterprises.
Founded in Illinois in 1983, Jimmy John's has built its foundation on the "irreverent attitude and dirt-cheap prices" championed by its founder, Jimmy John Liautaud, according to the company's website. The sandwich chain now has more than 1,900 locations throughout the U.S., and it was often highlighted as an entrepreneurial success story by failed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on the 2012 campaign trail.
Of Jimmy John's employees, the company's site says, "They don't mind doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Their hustle is part of how they live their daily lives, and they enjoy the fruits of a hard-earned entrepreneurial lifestyle."
The proposed class action isn't the first time Jimmy John's has been the target of a lawsuit from workers. Last November, 300 delivery drivers sued a major Jimmy John's franchise operator, claiming that the auto expenses they were forced to bear pushed their earnings below the minimum wage.
In 2011, a group of 10 Jimmy John's locations became the target of a heated labor organizing campaign by the Industrial Workers of the World, who'd launched a then-rare bid to unionize fast food workers. The union narrowly lost the election, and six workers later claimed they were fired due to their union support. In 2012, an administrative law judge sided with the workers.
The Internet/Cable TV companies are so out of control... In fact, I'm having my own shit show at the moment with AT&T...everyone is really nice, they just aren't doing what they said they'd do. I was supposed to have a new box for my TV delivered on Saturday and as of today Monday, it hasn't shown up, and I'm so dreading calling them...and finding the hour it will take to do so, because it never just takes a few minutes to call the cable company....seems like it's always an hour or more whenever you call!
We had some Corporate Incompetence happen at our store a couple years ago... a handful of long-term, loyal employees were let-go because they "made too much money for the company to afford them."
I thought that was a bullshit move. I could have thought of twice as many people who were on their last warning for attendance, had poor customer service skills, or generally just slacked around. Why not fire 10 lazy or already near-termination employees who make less instead of five devoted employees who have been around long enough to make more than the minimum?
The money would have added up about the same and we would have kept the better quality workers and cleared out some scum.
From Business Insider:
A McDonald's franchisee claims that she was encouraged by the company to cut employees' pay as a means of increasing her profits.
Kathryn Slater-Carter, who owns a McDonald's in Daly City, California, told the Washington Post that she and other franchisees are squeezed for money because operations costs are high and McDonald's frequent promotions hurt sales.
She approached the company with that complaint several years ago and was allegedly told by a McDonald's representative, "You guys can make more money if you pay your employees less," she told the Post.
"We try and accommodate our workers, but there’s several issues," Slater-Carter said. "The way McDonalds does it, they work to bring customers into the stores with their very low prices. So the difference for us between a dollar hamburger and a $3 hamburger is huge. So that was why I was telling McDonald's that you have to get away from these low value sandwiches years ago, and they said, 'just pay your employees less.'"
We reached out to McDonald's for comment and will update when we hear back.
McDonald's managers have spoken out in the past regarding pressure from the company to cut costs, which in some cases, resulted in employees getting their pay docked.
In April, two managers admitted to engaging in illegal practices — such as asking employees to clock out and continue working — in order to cut costs.
"There was so much pressure," Lakia Williams, a former assistant manager at a McDonald’s in Charleston, S.C., said in an interview with Bloomberg. "It’s not only the franchisees group and the general managers, it is corporate. It’s something internal, it’s something deeper, and it’s something that has been going on for years."
The managers came forward on behalf of Fast Food Forward, an advocacy group fighting for better pay and working conditions for fast food employees. The group has received funding from the Service Employees International Union.
Since 1985, McDonald's has been found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and had to pay back wages more than 300 times, according to CNN.
Welcome once again to Story Time about the D-GAS Scrub store, and the glorious tales described within! Reminder: D-GAS means Don't Give A Shit.
Our store was falling apart after nine months of not having a manager. By the way, I don't know how malls work, but I'm assuming the mall had an account with the company itself, otherwise we worked there rent free for 10 months... None of us lowly retail slaves knew anything about bills.
The lights were going out one by one, and having no one to order or install new ones, the store was getting progressively darker. But that wasn't even the most joyous part of it.
Our store gate was electronic, and you unlocked the door itself, then stuck a key in a lock embedded in the wall and turned it just so to get the mall gate to rise. Guess what happened? If you guessed that "gate work bad no," have a cookie!
I come in for my opening shift (no managers, so I just took a copy of the store key home with me from my previous shift) stick the key in the lock ON the door and unlock it. Then I stick the key in the wall and turn it to the "open" position.
Normally the gate makes this huge WHUMMMMM CLATTER CLATTER CLATTER sound as the gate rises. I do not hear this. Instead, I hear an itty bitty whirrrrr like a can opener and nothing's moving.
Me: "... fuck shit damn another thing broken?!"
I skitter around to the back door, unlock it, turn off the alarm and turn on the lights.
Me: "Okay, maybe it's just unhappy with me..?"
I approach the gate from inside the store, stick the key in THAT lock, and turn it to the "open" position.
So now what do I do? I can't get the gate open, I'm the only one here till noon, and there's no way I'm going to direct custys through the back hallway to our back door. Nor will I let them go tromping through our extremely cluttered and unsecured back room past my unsecured purse. It's 8:45am, the stores open at 9am, and I'm at a loss.
I call Mall Maintenance, and their rendition of "help" is to tell me to call the store's/company's contracted maintenance company to fix it. "Oh and for every day that you don't get the gate open, we will be charging your store $1,000."
*siiiiggghhh* I already know what kind of answer I'm going to get, but I put a call in to the Useless Manager at a sister store.
Me: Hey, we've got a problem in store ###, the front gate won't open.
Useless Manager: So call mall maintenance.
Me: I did, they said to call the company that our company has on call, but I don't know what that number is.
Useless Manager: It should be posted somewhere in your store. Just ask a manager.
Me: *annoyed* I AM asking a manager. Our store doesn't have one at our location. We've been without one for almost a year now. Look, will you please just check your back room and give me the number for the company we're supposed to be contracted with?
Useless Manager: Why can't you stop waiting for someone to hold your hand and just look yourself?!
Me: *pissed* And where would that be? The empty Rolodex on the counter or in the locked desk that no one has a key to?! The mall is going to charge [Store] $1,000 PER DAY that we don't get that gate open!
Useless Manager: *huff puff grumble growl sigh* All right. Please hold. *click*
I'm waiting on hold for 20 minutes (it's officially 30 minutes past the time the store should have opened) and I keep having to call out to custys at the gate that we're having technical difficulties.
Useless Manager: *click* We don't have a company contracted. The mall is responsible for all maintenance on your location.
Me; "Mall maintenance said that we are responsible."
Useless Manager: "You're not. They are. Stop being such a pushover and make them do their job." *hangs up on me*
Random Custy: So when will you guys open?
Me: "I guess whenever they fix the gate."
Random Custy 2: "And when will that be?"
Me: "Your guess is as good as mine."
I call Mall Maintenance and get someone else, who shows up to have a look at the gate. He asks for the key, sticks it in the lock.
Mall Maintenance Man: "Yep, something's wrong with the motor." He hands the key back to me and stares expectantly at me.
Me: "Sooo.. what do I do?"
Mall Maintenance Man: "Call somebody to fix it."
Me (I swear in a cartoon my eyeballs would have turned into tombstones): "So that would be you. When will you fix the gate?"
Him: "I dunno. I'll file a work order. We'll get to it when we can."
Me: "You know they charge the store $1,000 a day for every day that the store doesn't get opened..."
Him: "Yep they do. Guess you better hope someone comes to fix your gate soon then."
Oh hey look, a cartoon volcano just went off over my head.
Me: "I see."
I grab a pen and paper, scribble down his name and smile at him with all the friendliness of a cobra looking at a tasty looking bird.
Me: "I'll be documenting everything you've said and done today, as well as anything and everything you either do, or fail to do, until the door gets repaired. We will then dispute all of the charges in court and provide evidence that you are actively refusing to do a job that you are contracted to do. I'm quite sure that this will be extremely messy both on YOUR head, and on the Mall's head. Have a nice day sir."
He fled like his tail feathers were on fire. A repairman appeared at 11am, got the door fixed by noon and we were in business again. It only took two hours, RHU's 3D's, the threat of court-related problems and fallout on his personal head to get it taken care of.
Memorable Custy Quotes from that day:
"You're about the same size as me, just model them. If I like the look of them on you, I'll pass my card through the gate and you just ring them up and then run them out to me." (Ew, creepy, no.)
"Just open the gate a few inches and pass one out to me. I'll try it on in the public bathroom and buy them if I like them." (1) gate doesn't open at all. 2) What the flying fuck? Do you potential NATS seriously think I'm going to do THAT?!)
"But I need scrubs! What am I supposed to do?!" (Go to our sister store.)
"But I don't want to drive all the way to [sister store!] Just open the gate and let me in!" (To be fair, the next store was a good 30 minute drive away. But again, gate no workie.)
May all your companies be more competent than this.