What the hell is wrong with America?

It’s a stretch to say this is a parenting post, but in a tight economy, who doesn’t shop at a dollar store? I buy craft supplies at Dollar Tree.

As it turns out, a working mom was murdered as she was on-shift working at Dollar Tree in 2006 in Fairfield, California. The company is denying her family workers compensation death benefits. Why? Because she was black and the murderer killed her merely because she was black. She had never met the murderer before, but according to ABC News, the company says she had a “personal connection” with her murderer because it was a racially motivated attack. This releases the company from having to pay, or so the company claims.

I, for one, will be buying my craft supplies elsewhere. The CEOs of this company are inhuman, treating people as dollar figures, as cattle.

Here’s a tangential video about the cultural divide between America and Japan (and many other countries, too.). Hint: some CEOs are not evil.

And here’s a blog post about how Toyota treats its employees during a recession. Hint: it doesn’t lay them off and it doesn’t ask for a government bailout. It handles the situation by making its employees better people.

What the hell is wrong with America? What have we become?

I apologize for not making this a coordinated, comprehensive rant. These were just three items I read/watched in the last couple days, but really, this sort of news can be found every week.

A baby product review will be coming later today…


4 Responses to “What the hell is wrong with America?”

  1. Stephanie says:

    This was worth a rant. And it’s your blog. You could go on forever if you wanted. (And I would probably read it.)

    November 25th, 2008 at 11:17 am

  2. Christy says:

    I will not be shopping at the dollar tree anymore.

    And yes, Toyota rocks. I love my Minivan!

    November 25th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

  3. Melody says:

    Your rant is well-placed. Thank you! We lived in Japan for several years, returning to the U.S. this past spring. Since we have family and friends still there, I try to keep up with the news in Japan. When the insurance company, AIG, faced worldwide financial difficulty a few months ago, several Japanese banks came together to address the Japanese AIG branch and ensured the public that they would work things out with the customers. In a nutshell, the industry fixed itself, without need of a government bailout. Another instance of Japanese cultural differences: when a branch of government or a large company faces a scandle of any size, the top man on the totem pole will usually resign within a couple of weeks after it breaks. The cost may be high for him, but his family name retains a semblance of honor and business can continue. We rarely hear about CEOs stepping down voluntarily in our news but it hits the front page in Asia. Can you imagine that happening here in the U.S.? They are not a perfect society (who is?) but we Westerners could learn a thing or two from them. PS: Check out the Daiso hundred yen store (similar to our dollar store but with much better quality; they have their own quality control and product development). There are a couple in Washington State. http://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp/english/products/ You would LOVE their products!!!

    November 26th, 2008 at 2:23 am

  4. sara says:

    just wanted to pop in to say i agree 100%

    November 29th, 2008 at 9:36 am

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