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2012-11-01 03:18:40 PM
John Menard is piece of shiat. He preaches free market capitalism, but when Lowes wanted to open a store in his home town of Eau Claire WI he threatened to
close all of the local operations and put hundreds out of work.

He also fired a manager who build a wheelchair ramp for his paralyzed child because managers are not allowed to build onto their homes because they might
steal materials from his stores.

What about the time he tried to place arsenic wood ash into his home garbage service so he could try and bypass the EPA rules on proper disposal.

Oh yea. I was at the 1st wedding of his son where he got drunk and called the bride a "gold digging whore". When the bride's brother went after him he was restrained
by the other guests and told to go to the parking lot and cool off. A few minutes later John Menard drove around the corner in his car and swerved towards the bride's brother, barely missing him.

That's just the start of this rich pricks bad behavior.
 
2012-11-01 03:23:10 PM

Shaggy_C: Diogenes: My politics are non of my employer's business.

They are when you're participating in activities directly designed to hurt your employer. Really, what's the difference between advocating high-tax, low-profit Democrat policies and burning down a Company warehouse? In both cases, you're hurting the Company and should be fired.


I have actually met small business owners who really do believe this. In fact, in 2008, I was working with a company where the owner was very pro-McCain/anti-Obama. At lunch, one of the new workers, during a conversation over the elections, had mentioned in the break-room they had voted earlier in the day for Obama. An employee who had been with the company for 4 years replied they had also voted for Obama. The next day the owner fired both employees but never gave a reason.

I overheard the owner at a local bar, talking to a friend of his who also owns a small company, using pretty much the same wording/logic described in your post. Thing is, since most of the fly-over states are at-will employment, employers can fire you pretty much for any reason they want with a couple exceptions. I quit a few months later since I couldn't work for such an asshat.
 
2012-11-01 03:33:20 PM

jgilb: John Menard is piece of shiat. He preaches free market capitalism, but when Lowes wanted to open a store in his home town of Eau Claire WI he threatened to
close all of the local operations and put hundreds out of work.

He also fired a manager who build a wheelchair ramp for his paralyzed child because managers are not allowed to build onto their homes because they might
steal materials from his stores.

What about the time he tried to place arsenic wood ash into his home garbage service so he could try and bypass the EPA rules on proper disposal.

Oh yea. I was at the 1st wedding of his son where he got drunk and called the bride a "gold digging whore". When the bride's brother went after him he was restrained
by the other guests and told to go to the parking lot and cool off. A few minutes later John Menard drove around the corner in his car and swerved towards the bride's brother, barely missing him.

That's just the start of this rich pricks bad behavior.


Sounds bootstrappy. Thank God for the job creators!
 
2012-11-01 03:44:39 PM

Killahertz: Not to belabor the point, but I for one am relieved that subby fails in every way imaginable. As someone who regularly engages in home improvement projects, has only a Lowe's local, and prefers Home Depot when it's available, I was concerned for a moment. After reading TFA, I'm relieved to be able to justify my gut instinct which had always warned me against Menard's.

/Always thought it was just their creepy-as-fark spokesman
//Runs in the family - me, my dad, and my grandpa all got the screaming heebie-jeebies from him


I was going to lambaste subby as well. I happen to work part-time at night at HD (work FT as the Senior Network Engineer and Service Manager at an IT company.) and nowhere in our training system, which is called "The Knowledge Depot", are their any training videos or literature about the elections.

In fact, we just had a store meeting where the district manager talked about how managers, department heads, and employees are to keep political talk off the sales floor and that Atlanta (corporate HQ) just put out a memo reaffirming the SOP that all employees are to not push political viewpoints or campaign in the stores. We had this talk two months ago and just a couple days ago as well.
 
2012-11-01 03:51:37 PM

yeegrek: Subby here. Believe it or not, my reading comprehension is intact. I fully admit I was playing fast and loose with the story's facts. The story did say that employees felt they had to take the course since their overlords were watching (and apparently very ideological). However, The company owning Lowe's and Home Depot (among others) to their employees: "Obama's economic policies are A) bad, B) very bad C) catastrophically bad or D) you may or may not suffer some career-oriented consequences soon or possibly further down the road, we haven't decided yet, let's just see who wins the election first" wouldn't make for much of a headline.

Honestly, after the avalanche we've seen over this election season of right wing troll headlines, I just wanted to get in on the fun. Why can't we libs not suck it just for once?

Anyhow, lighten up.


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I'll give you some leeway but seriously, HD and Lowes are not owned by the same company. You are not that stupid.
 
2012-11-01 03:52:53 PM
randomjsa (farkied: "Holy fnck you're an idiot." - Nina_Hartley's_Ass): Liberals: "Hey! Only we're allowed to tell workers who they should be voting for! At least form a union to funnel money to Democrats before you do it!"

1) Everyone who works has a boss. Unions aren't worth jack these days outside of a few industries.
2) Workers with a union could tell the boss to put a sock in it when he starts doing the Koch Brothers' dirty work.
3) Holy fnck you're an idiot.
 
2012-11-01 03:54:05 PM

sprawl15: I used to love just touching Menards, but as I've aged it's gotten less satisfying.


You're doing it wrong.
 
2012-11-01 04:16:02 PM
wtf is a Menard? How do you pronounce this creature? Maynard? Me-Nard? Men-ard?

I don't like its jib.
 
2012-11-01 05:04:30 PM
You never go full Menard's.
 
2012-11-01 05:18:34 PM

Kevin72: Corporations are sitting on $5.3 trillion dollars. Record profits. So where are the jobs?


Within recent memory there was an article in the Minneapolis paper business section describing how Menards has been thriving and replacing "smaller" stores with even larger ones. So the last four years can't have been too horrible for them. They've certainly absorbed my home improvement dollars without too much difficulty.
 
2012-11-01 08:30:08 PM

Oreamnos: Kevin72: Corporations are sitting on $5.3 trillion dollars. Record profits. So where are the jobs?

Within recent memory there was an article in the Minneapolis paper business section describing how Menards has been thriving and replacing "smaller" stores with even larger ones. So the last four years can't have been too horrible for them. They've certainly absorbed my home improvement dollars without too much difficulty.


The equation is simple - people are stupid, so you can convince them that taxes on business are too high if you have the right propaganda "news" outlet, and said outlet will conveniently ignore that taxes are at historic lows, the stock market is at historic highs and corporate profits and cash-on-hand are VERY healthy in order to appease the US Chamber of Commerce and ALEC outfits who have their dicks so far up Ailes' ass that his tonsils have foreskin.
 
2012-11-01 10:07:18 PM
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2012-11-01 10:39:03 PM

s2s2s2: That reminds me. What ARE Obama's economic policies(other than letting the bush tax cut expire)?


PPACA (aka "Obamacare").
 
2012-11-01 11:11:31 PM
You should never go full Menard, man.
 
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