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Things to Remember about "Things Remembered" Stores [Dec. 23rd, 2007|09:57 am]
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I've worked at the Things Remembered store location in the Northwest Arkansas Mall for almost a month and I still have not been paid for my work. My water has been shut off, my electricity is about to be and the only thing I've eaten in the last 48 hours was a bread stick.

I am not frivolous with my money despite it being the Christmas season. I even had to skip out on buying food for myself because I STILL HAVEN'T BEEN PAID!

Apparently their payroll department doesn't realize that refusing to pay it's employees is highly illegal.

Don't shop or apply for work at one of these stores, these greedy people have destroyed my Christmas and now I have to pay almost $200 in re-connect fees for my utilities at the end of the month.
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BOYCOTT PetWorks Petstore in Grossmont Shopping Center/La Mesa in San Diego, CA [Jun. 5th, 2007|10:22 pm]
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[mood |depresseddepressed]

     PetWorks PetStore located in Grossmont Center/La Mesa in San Diego, CA sells sick, unhealthy puppies to unsuspecting customers and doesn't stand behind their warranty if you should have problems. This is not a chain store, but an individually owned and operated pet store whose owner is Richard Fuller, of Richard Fuller Inc. d.b.a. PetWorks. If I can prevent one person or family from going through what I went through, then this blog will have been worth it! 
     We all hear the horror stories about pet stores, puppy mills and how it's best to go through a reputable breeder or adopt from  the humane society right? But we all see those cute, adorable puppies in the window and think..."it could never happen to me?" But if you look up Petworks on Yahoo Reviews, Google Blogs or My Space or even the Better Business Bureau of San Diego, like I should have done first, then you will see the numerous stories of families devastated by PetWorks' ruthless and unscrupulous practice of selling sick, defective and unhealthy puppies to people. It's been going on for years and has been getting more frequent. 
     So here's my story to add to the list of people victimized by this heartless pet store PetWorks in the Grossmont Shopping Center of La Mesa/San Diego:

     I went in on 01/02/07 and fell in love with a 3 month old Golden Retriever and was wanting a puppy in my life to train as a service dog. I am a disabled, U.S. Navy veteran and wanted a canine companion. I had been to the store before and seen the smiling faces and joy of all the people looking at puppies. People buying them impulsively like we tend to do. I ,also, had a store credit from earlier in the year when I almost bought a Westie from them and changed my mind because when I got home I realized I truly couldn't afford the purchse price for the Westie. So they seemed to understand and gave me a year to use this credit at their store, but no refund. I was impressed and thought it was very nice of them to do that for me. 
     Well, I should have used my store credit to buy pet supplies and donate them to the animal shelter as good karma, but No! I saw this 3 month old golden retriever puppy, had saved up my money this time, and yep, I went for it. The puppy was so sweet and smart. I came back 3 days after I had paid for the pup in full earlier on Tuesday,01/02/07, to bring the puppy home on that Friday, 01/05/07, over weekend so we could have time to bond. When I got to the store, a store employee told me "I have some bad news...the puppy has contracted kennel cough (a highly contagious illness btw) and can't go home yet." That was Friday, 01/05/07, and I was finally able to bring the golden retriever puppy home on 01/30/07 after the puppy had finished all the antibiotics. I had the puppy home for less than 24 hours when I noticed the puppy had severe dry skin, couldn't stop chewing and scratching, and was obviously very uncomfortable. The veterinarian diagnosed the puppy's skin problem as Primary Seborrhea which is a hereditary defect. 
    They only gave me a 50% refund minus $80 for some trumped up kenneling fees took the puppy back and resold it. I tried to get all my money back in small claims court. But I lost! I had signed two addendum forms after the original contract so the judge had to decide in their favor. He did say that he was definitely convinced they intended to sell me a sick dog, that the kennel fees was in his opinion "chinsy" and that if it were his business he would have given me all my money back with an apology.
     Not only did they refuse to honor their 1 year warranty, but the two addendum forms they had me sign voided their warranty....pretty sneaky huh? So I am out $540, still have no service dog and they took the dog back and resold it! I hope to prevent anyone else from going thru what I did. This place needs to be shutdown and put out of business! 


     Oh and the BBB which they belong too wasn't much help either in resolving this either. Petworks uses BBB logo as just a ploy. PetWorks belongs to the BBB and is using them, in my opinion, to appear to be a reputable business. If you do your research like I did not do first, then you will see that this is a very sad, but true story similiar to other people who have bought pets from PetWorks.


Boycott Match.com [Feb. 2nd, 2007|10:42 am]
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I'm wondering how many people know that Match.com sends fake emails to its members to get them to subscribe?
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Not necessarily a boycot, buuuuttttt....... [May. 29th, 2005|09:28 pm]
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I don't think anyone (including myself) is aware of how bad things are getting. Here's some information that anyone who reads this should pass on to others.

Without any press conferences, grand announcements, or hyperbolic advertising campaigns, the Exxon Mobil Corporation, one of the world's largest publicly owned petroleum companies, has quietly joined the ranks of those who are predicting an impending plateau in non-OPEC oil production. Their report, The Outlook for Energy: A 2030 View, forecasts a peak in just five years.

History may judge it as one of the capital moves of the 21st century's New Great Game: May 25, the day high-quality Caspian light crude started flowing through the Caucasus toward the Mediterranean in Turkey. The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline (BTC) - conceived by the US as the ultimate Western escape route from dependence on oil from the Persian Gulf - is finally in business.

If you find this information disturbing, try investigating further.
I understand how hard it is to pull out of a fast downward spiral, but we need to blast the urgency of these situations across the media and drill the cold hard truth into peoples' skulls NOW! We need drastic change yesterday.

Sometimes the oblivious nature of the human race sickens me and pisses me off.

Guess what people...i ride my fat ass to and from work every day on a bike when i don't really have to. I do what i can to limit how many trips i need to take in the van.

And i grit my teeth when ignorant SUV driving soccer whores from "upper-middle-class-utopia" bitch about gas prices getting so high. GET YOUR COSMETICALLY LIFTED ASS OUT THERE AND WALK!!!

If we all did our tiny, seemingly insignifigant, part to reduce natural fuel consumption it would add up exponentially. Think about it, if a town with 500,000 people with vehicles were to reduce their consumpyion by 1 gallon a week, then in that one little city, in one insignifigant week, they would save FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND GALLONS OF GAS. Multiply that by how many vehicle owning people there are in america alone. It's a staggering product, to come from something as insignifigant cutting out one gallon of gas a week from our lives.

French sociologist, Gustave Le Bon once said, "The masses live by, and are ruled by, subconscious and emotional thought process. The crowd has never thirsted for the truth. It turns aside from evidence that is not to its taste, preferring to glorify and to follow error, if the way of error appears attractive enough, and seduces them. Whoever can supply the crowd with attractive emotional illusions may easily become their master; and whoever attempts to destroy such firmly entrenched illusions of the crowd is almost sure to be rejected."

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some on going Boycotts [Apr. 29th, 2005|12:57 am]
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Here are some on-going boycotts:

World Bank Bonds (Center for Economic Justice):
The World Bank raises 80% of its funds through bonds which are sold to private investors. The Center for Economic Justice has launched a boycott against these bonds. The boycott asks that unions, universities, and municipalities to stop using pension-fund money to buy the bonds. The boycott is being organized in eleven countries, including South Africa, Ecuador, and Pakistan.

Mitsubishi (Rainforest Action Network):
It saved some whales, but now it needs to focus on the trees. Since 1990, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) has targeted the company over its logging activities in the world's tropical, temperate and boreal forests. RAN is calling for a boycott of products and services from Mitsubishi companies. Among the myriad of companies owned by Mitsubishi include: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Union Bank of California, Nikon cameras and Kirin beer.

Shell (Essential Action):
Oil exploration and development have wreaked havoc on the lives of the native Ogoni people of Nigeria. Although Shell is just one of many corporations operating in Nigeria, (others include Mobil, Chevron, Texaco, Agip and Elf) it runs half of all oil and gas operations in that country. Shell has admitted to supporting the brutal Nigerian military, which crushed any protest against the oil companies by attacking villages. Protesters have been executed by the judgment of a military court.

Free Burma (Carleton University):
This boycott covers all companies still conducting business in Burma. Corporate investments in Burma directly feed a brutal military regime that is responsible for attacking, torturing, raping and enslaving millions of civilians.

Unocal (International Rivers Network):
As co-owners of a natural gas pipeline Unocal has directly involved itself with Burma's vicious military regime. This military force has been condemned by the US Congress, the US State Department, the European Parliament, the United Nations Human Rights Commission, the International Labor Organization, Amnesty International, and ten Nobel Peace Laureates. (This boycott does not include Unocal 76 gas stations which were sold off to a separate entity.)

Give Swordfish a Break (NRDC):
Since 1998 (The International Year of the Ocean) chefs from across the country have been encouraged not to buy or serve swordfish. The reason? Swordfish stocks have been depleted and fishermen have been catching and selling juveniles. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says it will stop the campaign when adequate conservation measures to restore swordfish are enforced.
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More about pet facilities [Oct. 15th, 2004|03:19 pm]
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[mood |aggravatedaggravated]

Don't buy dogs/cats... from pet stores ....any pet stores....

U see the cute little puppies and the cute little kittens.... but once they are too grown up they put it to sleep... because noone wants a grown one but a small cute little puppy/kitten....
They breed these animals to make money out of them....

There is always posts on the net of people who had just pupps or kittens and want to give away...
there are plenty of pets waiting to get adopted....maybe in your own neighbourhood....
Never give them money for that!!!!!!!

Speaking of adoption it also goes to humans people don't want a 3/4 yr old if they can have a 3/4 months old child... that will be another post though.....
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boycott for sexual equality [Oct. 4th, 2004|10:10 pm]
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[mood |busy]

On Oct 8 there will be an national ecomonic boycott to send a message that discrimination against gays can have economic consequences. In the text below you can see the details of prescribed actions:

1. don't go to work
2. don't spend money
3. don't use cell phone
4. withdraw $80.00 from the ATM and use receipt to
send message to elected officials

Please pass this on to friends.
Cheers, Anice

Because money is power. They know it. So should we.Collapse )
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-excited- [Oct. 3rd, 2004|06:00 pm]
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I am so glad their is a lj community for this. Money is our power. Fucking kudos to whoever started this.

Here are some links for you guys:

This is the Boycott Coke Campaign that someone mentioned. I work with the Peace and Justice Center in Memphis, and we've done a lot of research on this one. Unfortunately, it is totally legit. The only people who are going to make a difference in Coke Columbia are the Coke U.S. representatives. Boycotting and bad publicity is wearing them down.

This is the link for Boycott Israel. It targets companies that specifically send money for weapons and for the Apartheid wall they are currently building. Funding Occupation only allows the violence to contunue and lets Israeli leaders make excuses about peace. Ending the occupation and forcing both sides back to the negotiating table is what will save lives. Personally, I think this boycott is too broad and not strategic enough. Most people, instead of boycotting these companies directly, go after their colleges, pension funds, etc trying to get them to defund these companies and invest in others.

There is also a boycott against the company Caterpiller, though I can't find the links. They donate bulldozers to the Israeli military that are used specifically to tear down the homes, wells, and schools of Palestinian civilians. 

{waits to hear more about the boycotts you guys know about, and the work you are doing}
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iams pet food [Sep. 22nd, 2004|08:31 am]
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i just recieved this in the mail:

In another undercover investigation, PETA caught pet-food company Iams funding a veritable torture chamber for dogs and cats. In various nutritional studies, dogs and cats were being confined to tiny steel cages with nothing to rest on but the cold metal slatted floor—sometimes for years. The lab director even told workers there to cut the vocal cords of some of the dogs so that he wouldn't have to listen to their cries of distress.

We are, as a result, lobbying pet supply stores and animal shelters to stop selling and using Iams products, and the list of boycotters continues to grow each and every week. Iams has also cut its ties to the laboratory that we investigated and has, it claims, plans to stop some of its nutritional studies altogether, but we need your financial support to keep the pressure on Iams until the day that it is literally forced to halt its cruel laboratory studies on animals—none of which are required by any law!
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a long post but.. [Sep. 3rd, 2004|08:26 am]
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[mood |sleepysleepy]
[music |Bright Eyes - Perfect Sonnet]

last year i heard about the coca cola boycott and told myself id find out more before jumping on the band wagon.
in a nut shell its all to do with the bottling plants in columbia...coca cola have been involved in the killings of trade unionists and figures say that for every 5 trade union killings, over 3 are to do with coca cola.... so theres a significant problem here. i stole this from the website:
"Colombian troops connected with the paramilitaries have trained at the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas (SOA) at Fort Benning, Ga., where trainees were encouraged to torture and murder those who do “union organizing and recruiting;” pass out “propaganda in favor of workers;” and “sympathize with demonstrators or strikes.”
Listed below are union leaders at Coca-Cola's Colombian bottling plants who have been murdered. Hundreds of other Coke workers have been tortured, kidnapped and/or illegally detained by violent paramilitaries, often working closely with plant managements.

Date Name Coca-Cola Plant

1989 Avelino Chicanoy Pasto
4/8/94 Jose Elaseasar MancoDavid Carepa
4/20/94 Luis Enrique Giraldo Arango Carepa
4/23/95 Luis Enrique Gomez Garado Carepa
12/5/96 Isidro Segundo Gil Carepa
12/26/96 Jose Librado Herrera Osorio Carepa
6/21/2001 Oscar Dario Soto Polo Monteria
8/31/2002 Adolfo de Jesus Munera Lopez Baranquilla "


so as you can see... its not actually coca cola doing the killings, as you may think if u just read some of the 'boycott coca cola' info.... but the fact is they arent doing enough to protect their workers. if that was where i work id expect a hell of a lot more protection! and we take our trade unions for granted... we have posters all over the place, regular meetings and events etc etc... these guys would get assassinated for just discussing it...

obviously boycotting coke wont directly change much but it does help spread the word a little.. it would be nice to think that everyone would stop drinking the stuff and the worlds dental problems would be relieved a little ... but hey thats a different story.. anyway.. though coca cola isnt the route of the problem (the fact that theres a series of trade unionist killings is quite obviously the main problem here) the fact that a worldwide product - a really famous name - is associated in some way makes it a lot easier to tackle... because your every day happy go lucky coca cola drinkers dont want to be associated with some killer shooting a man as he walked his youngest daughter to their family home. it doesnt really fit in with their nice image...
the guy i just mentioned was shot after starting talks with coca cola about giving trade unionists more security.
the problem is that not one person has been prosecuted over the thousands of trade union assassinations which have been ongoing since 1986 (ya see? i do my homework...hehe)
basically this thing is now going to court over violation of human rights and a couple of other charges involving big law words that mean nothing to me..one of the guys bringing the charges was kidnapped and tortured, another was injured somehow... the list goes on and none of it is very nice... but as no one has been prosecuted before and because coca cola is such a big name and is so rich i honestly dont see anything coming out of this... but still.. just becuase there'll be no justice and just because none of this will ever appear on our ever truthful news channels it doesnt mean we cant do stuff to help.. even the little things like drinking a beer in the pub instead of coca cola (ok... that may be just another excuse to drink...) or even just stick your name on the online petition... just little things that show there are a few nice people out there who would help given half the chance.
anyway.. the full court papers are here: http://www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/cocacolacampaign/COKEFINComplaint%5B1%5D.pdf
if u have as much free time as me (bored at work!) then go read it!

clearly this is a massive court case and we cant begin to understand all the complexities of it without being there.... but the basics are enough to make me think we should get involved: poeple have died, people have been tortured and threatened, basic human rights have been abused, no one is helping them

other reasons not to drink the stuff:
1. bad for your teeth!
2. the bottling plants contaminate local water supplies
3. apparantly they discriminate against both black people and people with Aids
4. apparantly they stole water sources from communities in india
5. this isnt some 'what shall we boycott next' campaign... its supported by Unison, theyre the UKs biggest trade union... so if theyre behind it then it shows its serious... http://cms.unison.co.uk/MotionText.asp?DocumentID=994447 - this is from their conference data base... they make some good points.

now the boycott was supposed to be from july 03 - july 04 ... so as u can see im kinda late... and the international day against coca cola was the 22nd july... but hey... better late than never, right?!

ooh i just found this too: "Many multinational corporations, including BP, Coca Cola, Nestle, Anglo-American and Billiton, are profiting from a regime that allows them to avoid the costs of respecting trade union rights, the environment and communities while being deeply implicated in military and paramilitary violence. We have a responsibility to hold British multinational corporations to account for their role;" looks like there may be more boycotting to come....... so, no BP, no Esso... looks like i'll be cycling to work everyday.... hee hee.
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