Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Essay 4105

Cleaning up the news in a MultiCultClassics Monologue…

• The lawsuit involving a Washington judge seeking $54 million from a dry cleaners for misplacing his trousers is finally over, and the judge is the big loser. For starters, the judge was ordered to pay about $1,000 in court costs; plus, he may have to cover the legal fees of his opponents. He originally charged that the dry cleaners failed to live up to store signs stating “Satisfaction Guaranteed.” But the judge ruling on the case wrote, “A reasonable consumer would not interpret ‘Satisfaction Guaranteed’ to mean that a merchant is required to satisfy a customer’s unreasonable demands.” So much for the customer always being right.

• A new study released by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility showed that it will take over 100 years before Latinos are well-represented in the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies. Despite the fact that Latinos are the fastest-growing segment in the U.S., the group has been slow to gain access at top corporate levels. “The majority of companies are run by white guys over 50. The majority of boards are run by white folks,” said the HACR President. “The customer base is different — in Miami, Dallas, LA, the majority of these markets are minority. At some point, people have to wake up.” Yeah, but it will take over 100 years.

1 comment:

HustleKnocker said...

that dry cleaners case was bizarre. but the coverage was awful. for starters that case was two years old before the verdict came down. it started at $67 million, got knocked down to $54 mill, then $2.5mill, then lower...

the defendants only recently offered to replace the guy's pants which were ruined. They refused to cover his clothing damages after ruining his clothes which is what prompted the litigation in the first case.

funny how almost none of that got covered by the media, tho. the only reason he sued for so much was to bankrupt them.

both parties got out of hand, but had they offered to replace his pants/suit when they ruined them in the first place i bet there wouldn't have even been a trial.