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(Denver Channel)   OSHA hits Dollar General with $1.2 million in fines for unsafe work practices, not understanding that Dollar General finds this more cost effective than actually making their stores safer for workers   (thedenverchannel.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Occupational safety and health, Dollar General, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Occupational Safety, Health Doug Parker, Assistant Secretary, Occupational health psychology, U.S. Department of Labor  
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352 clicks; posted to Business » on 19 Aug 2022 at 1:53 AM (5 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-08-18 11:14:33 PM  
I swear most dollar generals are nothing more than understaffed fire hazards. Between the narrow layout and the insane practices concerning how freight is handled I'm shocked that they haven't had any serious incidents.
 
2022-08-19 12:03:03 AM  
It works like this:

Expected Costs of producing the Pinto with fuel tank modifications:
Expected unit sales: 11 million vehicles (includes utility vehicles built on same chassis)
Modification costs per unit: $11.00

Total Cost: $121 million (11,000,000 vehicles x $11.00 per unit)

Expected Costs of producing the Pinto without fuel tank modifications:
Expected accident results (assuming 2100 accidents)
180 burn deaths
180 serious burn injuries
2100 burned out vehicles

Unit costs of accident results (assuming out of court settlements)
$200,000 per burn death
$67,000 per serious injury
$700 per burned out vehicle

Total Costs: $49.53 million (180 deaths x $200k) + (180 injuries x $67k) + (2100 vehicles x $700 per vehicle)
 
2022-08-19 2:13:26 AM  
At least OSHA didn't have to get all dressed up like when they fine Wal-Mart.
 
2022-08-19 5:10:22 AM  

alechemist: I swear most dollar generals are nothing more than understaffed fire hazards. Between the narrow layout and the insane practices concerning how freight is handled I'm shocked that they haven't had any serious incidents.


bingo. they set themselves up for slip and fall lawsuits as a standard practice.
 
2022-08-19 7:56:14 AM  

Dr.Fey: It works like this:

Expected Costs of producing the Pinto with fuel tank modifications:
Expected unit sales: 11 million vehicles (includes utility vehicles built on same chassis)
Modification costs per unit: $11.00

Total Cost: $121 million (11,000,000 vehicles x $11.00 per unit)

Expected Costs of producing the Pinto without fuel tank modifications:
Expected accident results (assuming 2100 accidents)
180 burn deaths
180 serious burn injuries
2100 burned out vehicles

Unit costs of accident results (assuming out of court settlements)
$200,000 per burn death
$67,000 per serious injury
$700 per burned out vehicle

Total Costs: $49.53 million (180 deaths x $200k) + (180 injuries x $67k) + (2100 vehicles x $700 per vehicle)


And then you can use some of the excess to lobby Congress to pass laws limiting payouts to people injured or killed by your negligence, so you'll save even more money in the future!
 
2022-08-19 8:24:00 AM  
dollar general near me moved across the street, from a dump of a store to a nicer new one.   There ain't much that I buy there, but every week regardless of what you purchase, you get a coupon for 5$ off of an order of 25$ or more on Saturdays only.

so, every couple weeks I'll pop in there and get a snack, get the 5$ coupon, come back on a Saturday and buy toiletries/paper towels/etc until I hit as close to that 25$ mark as possible.   DG pales in comparison to dollar tree in terms of value, but some things are the same price/package as the grocery store and same price, so on things like that it ends up being a pretty good bargain.

That being said, if they ever stop the coupon promotion, I doubt I'd be stopping there for anything.

I do feel bad for their workers, because theres never more than one person in there working.  And one of them only has one of his arms, which im sure makes stocking a lot of things a real pain in the ass.
 
2022-08-19 9:19:13 AM  
Is this for blocking all the isles in the store with freight?   I havnt been to a Dollar General in years that you can walk the isles.
 
2022-08-19 10:02:14 AM  
Eh,a Dollar General opened in a town I pass on my way into work not too long ago, and it's actually pretty decent. It beats getting ripped off by CVS or Walgreens when you need something in a hurry.
 
2022-08-19 10:21:23 AM  

MBZ321: Eh,a Dollar General opened in a town I pass on my way into work not too long ago, and it's actually pretty decent. It beats getting ripped off by CVS or Walgreens when you need something in a hurry.


CVS is obviously a rip off, but an occasional stop for me for a bag of ice/snack.  The same dude, every time, asks me if i want to sign up for care pass.

I know he's just doing his job, but he saw me once a week.  And i know he can see the increased annoyance in my face when I have to say that no, i don't want to sign up for care pass.  The fact that he continued to ask despite my repeated purchases of maybe 2.50 worth of goods made me actively stop going there.

its okay, dude.  you recognize me.  just hit no on your cash register.
 
2022-08-19 1:39:38 PM  

phedex: MBZ321: Eh,a Dollar General opened in a town I pass on my way into work not too long ago, and it's actually pretty decent. It beats getting ripped off by CVS or Walgreens when you need something in a hurry.

CVS is obviously a rip off, but an occasional stop for me for a bag of ice/snack.  The same dude, every time, asks me if i want to sign up for care pass.

I know he's just doing his job, but he saw me once a week.  And i know he can see the increased annoyance in my face when I have to say that no, i don't want to sign up for care pass.  The fact that he continued to ask despite my repeated purchases of maybe 2.50 worth of goods made me actively stop going there.

its okay, dude.  you recognize me.  just hit no on your cash register.


And possibly get fired for not offering? I don't know their policies on that but depending on who is in the store at that moment it could happen. Especially if they are recording with audio.
 
2022-08-19 3:37:38 PM  
Dollar General bought the domain name of Data General, the company I worked for out of school. I kinda miss the old dg.com

Old guy mumbling over, continue with your browsing.
 
2022-08-19 4:46:51 PM  

BolloxReader: phedex: MBZ321: Eh,a Dollar General opened in a town I pass on my way into work not too long ago, and it's actually pretty decent. It beats getting ripped off by CVS or Walgreens when you need something in a hurry.

CVS is obviously a rip off, but an occasional stop for me for a bag of ice/snack.  The same dude, every time, asks me if i want to sign up for care pass.

I know he's just doing his job, but he saw me once a week.  And i know he can see the increased annoyance in my face when I have to say that no, i don't want to sign up for care pass.  The fact that he continued to ask despite my repeated purchases of maybe 2.50 worth of goods made me actively stop going there.

its okay, dude.  you recognize me.  just hit no on your cash register.

And possibly get fired for not offering? I don't know their policies on that but depending on who is in the store at that moment it could happen. Especially if they are recording with audio.


Right, he's on about the lowest rung in a giant corporation. He doesn't give a shiat whether you sign up or ever return to the store. He's probably given extremely clear instruction that asking every customer, every time, is one of his basic and important job duties.
 
2022-08-19 7:24:48 PM  
When a business can offer you cheaper goods and services than someone down the road, then they are cutting corners somewhere.
Dollar General is not reducing prices out of kindness.
 
2022-08-19 8:06:32 PM  

OccamsWhiskers: BolloxReader: phedex: MBZ321: Eh,a Dollar General opened in a town I pass on my way into work not too long ago, and it's actually pretty decent. It beats getting ripped off by CVS or Walgreens when you need something in a hurry.

CVS is obviously a rip off, but an occasional stop for me for a bag of ice/snack.  The same dude, every time, asks me if i want to sign up for care pass.

I know he's just doing his job, but he saw me once a week.  And i know he can see the increased annoyance in my face when I have to say that no, i don't want to sign up for care pass.  The fact that he continued to ask despite my repeated purchases of maybe 2.50 worth of goods made me actively stop going there.

its okay, dude.  you recognize me.  just hit no on your cash register.

And possibly get fired for not offering? I don't know their policies on that but depending on who is in the store at that moment it could happen. Especially if they are recording with audio.

Right, he's on about the lowest rung in a giant corporation. He doesn't give a shiat whether you sign up or ever return to the store. He's probably given extremely clear instruction that asking every customer, every time, is one of his basic and important job duties.


It sucks. Employees don't want to do it, customers don't wanna hear it. But it happens anyway. Because f*ck you, that's why.
 
2022-08-20 9:42:13 AM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: When a business can offer you cheaper goods and services than someone down the road, then they are cutting corners somewhere.
Dollar General is not reducing prices out of kindness.


Se this is what I don't understand about "big business" I do understand keeping costs to a minimum, as I do this in my own household.

Taking this example of Dollar General or any other Shait Box Corner Store: If they invested in just 2 to 4 more employees per store and some of them to do nothing more than put stock from the truck to the shelves the would accomplish a few things.
Once the stock is put away and aisles clear they would not be subject to the millions of fines from OSHA.
When the stock is on the shelves customers will find what they want easily.
When stock is put away train the stockers to help with cashing customers out in a timely manner.
When customers get what they need they will likely browse the store and impulse buy things they want and don't need.
Customers more likely to return and spend more due to a clean store, ability to find what they need and get out of there.
But no, upper management need to hit those stupid labor numbers. Idiots.
 
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