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ONLY IN AMERICA: Don't Help the Poor Too Much


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Cal
- 349 days ago - theweek.com
A Goodwill employee is arrested for giving discounts to the needy -- and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation



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Lindsey O. (19)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 11:31 am
Goodwill was foolish to have him arrested since they had to have known it would generate negative publicity. But they were actually right - an employee, even of Goodwill, doesn't have the right to give away items for sale even though his motivation may be good (and it sound like he was trying to do something good.)
 

Roger Skinner (14)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 4:08 pm
From the article this one links to:

According to Goodwill's website, the nonprofit's mission is to "enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by strengthening communities, eliminating barriers to opportunity, and helping people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work."

Earlier this year, Watchdog.org released a report showing that scores of Goodwill stores around the country paid employees less than minimum wage, while "top Goodwill execs pull in six-figure salaries."
[ http://gawker.com/goodwill-has-employee-arrested-for-giving-discount-to-p-1412758184 ]
 

Susanne R. (249)
Sunday October 6, 2013, 8:49 pm
There's a Care2 petition being circulated regarding the employee who gave discounts to the needy. To access it, click on this link: Aiding Poor Customers Is Not A Crime!

It appears that some enterprising (albeit heartless) executives think that employing the disabled and providing clothing for the neediest among us can be a very profitable business. I guess they didn't bother to read Goodwill's mission/vision statement...
 

Ben Oscarsito (336)
Monday October 7, 2013, 5:26 am
Right: -Let them starve to death!
(Attention! Sarcasm!)
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday October 7, 2013, 5:32 am
noted
 

PrimaSICK B. (1278)
Monday October 7, 2013, 6:33 am
I have gone to donate sme things which i would rather give away to anyone in need. I have been outside a goodwill and other places when people were going in and just gave away everything I was bringing instead of donating.
I'm not an employee so that's my business.
That person was ONLY helping in a way he felt was necessary I think. I keep reading this story and one other similar not on C2 I don't think.

I have this issue of where the money is really going....I would rather give directly.
 

PrimaSICK B. (1278)
Monday October 7, 2013, 6:38 am
They need to let that employee go without an issue and keep the job....
 

John S. (304)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:05 am
You must be disappointed when you post a article that has 305 stories, and people comment only on the one that makes it to this page.
 

Peggy A. (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:09 am
noted.
 

Gloria picchetti (290)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:26 am
"If you don't want your tax dollars to help the poor - then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values because you don't." President Jimmy Carter.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:49 am
To arrest an already underpaid worker for trying to do some good, makes Goodwill look petty. Repremand the employee, and get on with it.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday October 7, 2013, 8:44 am
I actually tried looking at some of the other stories. I didn't get very far. Those worthy of attention have been posted from other sources by other members. Most are not.
 

Sheri J. (16)
Monday October 7, 2013, 9:48 am
They already have an abundance of donated goods that's probably going to take years to be sold. I don't understand why they have to punish this employee. It doesn't make any sense. When I got divorced, I gave most of my goods away at a "free garage sale".
 

SusanAWAYaWEEK Allen (221)
Monday October 7, 2013, 10:20 am
I am appalled by this. Goodwill doesn't even pay it's employees a living wage while at the same time, paying their executives six-figure salaries. As all items they sell are donated by people like you and me, everything they sell is for pure profit. They should be giving items to the very neediest of people that come in or certainly, as in this case, dropping the prices down appreciably. I already do not donate to Goodwill and certainly won't now. I find smaller charities to donate to and I'm glad now. Noted and shared.
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday October 7, 2013, 10:21 am
Charitable organizations are there to help those in need, but they have to function according to their own policies. If Anderson wanted to make a new program to help the needy as he saw fit then he should have sought a policy-position, not a front-line one.
 

Lindsey O. (19)
Monday October 7, 2013, 11:29 am
Gloria, you mention Jimmy Carter's quotation, ""If you don't want your tax dollars to help the poor - then stop saying you want a country based on Christian values because you don't."

But it's charity that Jesus preached was required, not compulsory taxes being taken from all to be given to those whom elected officials choose. While I have no problem with some of the ways our tax dollars are spent in terms of human welfare programs, that isn't charity - it's forced taxation. Nowhere that I recall did Jesus say that we must, to be good Christians, be forced to use the government as a conduit for giving away other people's money as well as our own.
 

Carol D. (109)
Monday October 7, 2013, 11:56 am
Maybe the company in question should have been aiding the needy
 

Esther Z. (101)
Monday October 7, 2013, 12:56 pm
Goodwill a non-profit? How can you call a company a non-profit when they had revenues of 4 billion, and paid collectively, in 2011, their top executives compensation of 53.7 million? To note, a lot of their branches also pay lots of their employees, who they claim to "help", less than the minimum wage. So much for goodwill.....
 

Jamie Clemons (280)
Monday October 7, 2013, 1:24 pm
My wife used to work at Goodwill and she had a horrible time working for them. They constantly badgered her to meet a rediculous quota and treated her with very little respect. She said they were not allowed to give away or take anything no matter if most of it was going in the garbage. They always wanted her to mark the prices up if it was a brand name. They may be a non-profit, but they act as if they are for profit.
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Monday October 7, 2013, 1:46 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting this info, Cal, I had no idea.
Gladly signed the petition Susanne R. posted.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (62)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:39 pm
noted, thanks
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:50 pm
noted
 

Birgit W. (144)
Monday October 7, 2013, 3:53 pm
Thanks Susanne R., I signed. We are living in a heartless world.
 

Vicky P. (464)
Monday October 7, 2013, 4:10 pm
I don't know how any of this happens, how heartless and greedy some people are, and they still support the companies and the government who do all of this.
 

John Wesen (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 4:20 pm
That figures.
 

Dale O. (190)
Monday October 7, 2013, 8:43 pm
Add another customer to The For Profit Prison System. Depressing, reprimand the employee, don't jail them.
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:59 am
Noted, thanks Cal. And thanks for the link Susanne, I signed!
 

Peggy A. (0)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 12:54 pm
Noted how sad.
 

Marija Mohoric (50)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 1:29 pm
noted, tks Cal
 

Carmen S. (611)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 1:36 pm
Thanks Cal.
 

Dave C. (214)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 2:12 pm
sad, but true comment on our modern society
 

Frances Darcy (219)
Saturday October 26, 2013, 12:27 am
noted
 
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