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Jan 26, 2012, 5:49 AM

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Re: [petsfed] Boating Fail
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petsfed wrote:
curt wrote:
scrapedape wrote:
Do they know what caused it?


Not yet, but I'm fairly sure that boulder shouldn't be stuck in there like that.


I thought that came standard, like anti-lock brakes. Shows you what I know...

As far as business owners and greed, I think the less understanding of the product or service a business owner has, the more likely they will be motivated by greed, or at least the bottom line over the quality of the service or product they delivered. I always chafed under requirements done for reasons of economy (or more accurately, expanding profit margin) that specifically contravened my ability to ensure that the customer would come back.

To my mind, getting your customers killed is a pretty good way to make sure the dead ones don't come back.

There was a great segment on NPR this AM that spoke, at least marginally, to this issue. The commentor was talking about how Starbucks (I know, I know...burnt coffee) had been brought back from financial troubles and now was quite profitable. The salient point, for me, was the observation that, in order for a publicly traded company to keep stock holders happy, it had to continue to expand. The commenter suggested that Starbucks had maxed out the coffee market (how many Starbucks can you see from your window right now?) and needed to diversify into other areas. This is probably the genesis of the issue Petsy is pointing out. A LOT of major corporations are no longer in the business of actually MAKING anyting...except money. What you now have is a board that is beholding to the stockholders and only marginally associated with day-to-day running of the company and their products. When stockholders start selling because growth is stagnent, the board directs the varied companies to become more profitable...and some of the best ways to do this is by laying off workers, making products cheaper to manufacture, aportioning more of the budget to advertising (and less to manufacturing) and generally cutting corners. As I pointed out in an earlier post, this is what happened in the airline industry and led to "toumbstone engineering"; the airlines predicted more of a boost in profits from an investment for in-flight entertainment than for safety equipment.
Does anyone remember the Alaska Airlines plane that went down because the elevator trim jack screw malfunctioned? A friend of mine was the pilot/sales rep that delivered that plane to the airline. The jack screw malfunctioned because an inspection was made with the wrong tool, one that was made by the airline rather than the manufacturer. You can read about it here:
The gist is: there were deficiencies up and down the line, from regulatory understaffing to AA cutting corners.
What is the root cause to all of the above problems? Money. I am so sick and tired of the "a few bad apples" argument where workers get blamed while the corporate culture of greed that almost requires cutting corners still remains in place.

Also. Too.

(This post was edited by traddad on Jan 26, 2012, 6:24 AM)

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Post edited by traddad () on Jan 26, 2012, 6:24 AM

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