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Shelves Empty As Market Basket Employees Bring Dispute To Stores

At the Somerville Market Basket, produce shelves were empty, but most of the rest of the store was still full stocked. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The produce aisles were mostly empty at the Somerville Market Basket on Tuesday, as employees protested out front. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

BOSTON — Market Basket locations were mostly empty Tuesday, as customers heeded requests from employees calling for a boycott until ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas is reinstated.

In their first statement since the weekend, the two new Market Basket CEOs, Felicia Thornton and James Gooch, urged employees to return their focus to the “customers, their needs and expectations.”

“We understand the strain and emotion facing Market Basket associates. We know and understand that trust and acceptance are earned and cannot be demanded or imposed,” the statement read. “We are committed to earning the trust and acceptance of our associates and Market Basket’s customers and hope that our associates will judge us not on our promises, but on our actions as we move forward.”

Outside the Burlington store Tuesday afternoon, about 15 employees were joking, cheering and telling customers to stay away.

“Do not shop here, please!” one shouted.

The workers are not on strike. The store is still fully staffed. It’s just not stocked.

“We usually get four produce trucks between Friday and Saturday. We didn’t receive one truck at all on Friday or Saturday,” said Mark Lambert, a manager in Reading, where, like many other company stores, produce shelves were barren. “So that’s four tractor trailers full of produce that we didn’t receive.”

Lambert says produce usually generates $65,000 in sales per day. Since deliveries stopped coming in, sales have averaged less than a quarter of that.

“[Overall], we’re down $251,856 over last week.”

That $250,000 figure, Lambert says, is just from Sunday and Monday. Add Saturday and Tuesday to the mix, and that store — just one of the company’s 71 — is looking at nearly $500,000 in lost revenue.

Employees elsewhere say the situation is similar.

The Burlington store says it’s gotten only half of its scheduled deliveries since Friday, none of it produce. What little fresh food is left is quickly going bad — moldy grapefruit, discolored lettuce, apples with growing brown spots.

But almost all of the few customers in the stores say they support the employees.

“I am 100 percent behind the workers,” said Rod Mason, of Lincoln, one of the dozen or so people shopping in Burlington. He added that employees have a right to be angry, given the treatment they received under Arthur T.

“I think they’ve been treated well,” he said. “You know, not the highest-paying jobs in the world, but then again, they do all right.”

Out of roughly 20 customers who spoke with WBUR, only one person thought the employee action was a bad idea.

“I question whether the reaction by the employees isn’t a little extreme,” said Mary Miller, of Lexington. Miller doesn’t care whether Demoulas comes back as CEO or not. But she’s worried the employees calling for a boycott will put Market Basket out of business.

“Frankly, I’m here because I do think Market Basket is going to be gone, and I want to get the last bargains that I can before some high-priced chain takes it over,” Miller said.

Signs urging customers not to shop at the store until Arthur T. was reinstated lined some empty racks in Somerville. (Jack Lepiarz/WBUR)

Signs urging customers not to shop at the store lined some empty racks in Somerville. (Jack Lepiarz/WBUR)

Miller said she wants the employees to come back to work, but most of the company’s 21,000 workers are actually still on the job. The employees picketing and collecting petition signatures in front of stores are doing so on their own time.

Inside, the stores are fully staffed, there are just so few customers there’s almost nothing to do. But that doesn’t mean workers aren’t performing small acts of disobedience.

One store had “Boycott Market Basket” written in its front window.

Workers at another location left frozen dairy products out in an unrefrigerated aisle, where they could melt and spoil.

At a third store, one employee said they still had food in the back room, but that workers were told not to restock shelves in protest.

But with so few customers in the stores anyway, manager Rob Harrington says they’ll likely have non-perishables on the shelves for weeks.

“Assuming we had our normal business in here, we wouldn’t last probably a week,” Harrington said. “But the way it’s going right now, we’ll be able to last a few weeks.”

In the statement released Tuesday, Thornton and Gooch also defended their decision to fire eight employees, saying the actions they took significantly harmed the company’s ability to provide good service to its customers.

“Our cashiers and store associates are as important as senior executives,” the statement said. “We took the difficult step of termination only after we saw no alternative. We are committed to continuing the tradition of excellence and dedication that has been built over several decades.”

Meantime, there appears to be no movement on either side toward a resolution. Steve Paulenka, one of the fired employees, says workers have gathered more than 100,000 signatures to reinstate their former CEO.

Thornton and Gooch are expected to meet with the company’s board on Friday.

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  • NotKennedy

    Fire them all.

    • Argle_Bargle

      Do you mean the interloper management team led by CEO Gooch? He ran Radio Shack into the ground: http://tinyurl.com/kqz7njp

      • NotKennedy

        Running Radio Shack into the ground did not require a lot of talent!

        • Vandermeer

          What do you know?

          • NotKennedy

            I know that shelves are not stocked. So I shopped elsewhere. This is what happens in a competitive economy.

          • Argle_Bargle

            And in a competitive economy, disrupting a profitable grocery chain’s leadership and operations makes perfect sense, yes? CEO Gooch represents vulture capitalism at its worst.

          • NotKennedy

            ‘Vulture capitalism’! Too funny!

      • NotKennedy

        The interlopers in this matter are the employees who have thrust themselves into a matter for which they have no standing.

        You wouldn’t suppose that Amazon had any impact on Radio Shack’s business? Or Best Buy? Staples?

        If you are looking for a villain, you might find that there aren’t any villains at the water hole. At most, Jeff Bezos created consumer confidence in internet marketing. The beneficiaries of price competition have affirmed their approval of that business model.

        • Argle_Bargle

          PR TROLL ALERT! Would an average citizen attempt to conflate Amazon with the takeover of Market Basket? The use of paid staff to monitor and bend comment threads is a common tactic of corporations and the far right.

          Here’s a more apt line of inquiry: interloper CEO Gooch was also with Sears and KMart, two formerly-proud retail chains now in tatters. Is destroying companies his job description?

          • NotKennedy

            Run along. You are definitely not capable of sustaining a coherent thought, deluded into name calling and casting aspersions about persons and matters you know nothing about. Paid staff, tactics and far right? What a HOOT. BTW, destroying corporations IS your senators specialty. But, what’eva, you don’t own that, you didn’t build that and the Demoulas Board of Directors doesn’t owe you anything.

          • Argle_Bargle

            If you don’t like democracy, move to North Korea.

          • NotKennedy

            Well, of course! Spoke as the Voice of Democracy. Market Basket, LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT! Have you thought about starting one of those White House petitions? Go ahead and really put the pressure on them. By God, democracy is at stake in this. FDR is jealous in his grave.

          • Argle_Bargle

            Does this mean we can’t count on your support?

          • NotKennedy

            Aha… so the story is really only about you and MB employees?

            Market Basket employees are on a frolic of their own creation.

            They were never asked, have nothing to say about the matter and have, as you put it, INTERLOPED, into a non-event.

            Without the media coverage, there isn’t a story. Arthur T is attempting punish someone and using MB employees as pawns in the game to inflict payback when there is no villain.

            It is becoming more evident as the days go by why there was a needed change in the executive management in the organizational structure.

            As to support for you or ‘we”… I owe you nothing and am ashamed for you as well as of you.

            You have been manipulated by some subversive group think into an ad hoc mutiny.

            As this point, the entire operation is suspect, I do not feel that customers can confidently purchase perishable foods from the company for concern that employees are serving some other ulterior motive.

            Better bring in some public health inspectors and inspect those stores where the employees have opted to condemn the store and impose themselves against the real victims, ordinary consumers.

          • Argle_Bargle

            So, all you have is the plantation owner argument?!? “Them thar slaves, lookit how happy they is, not complainin’ about anythin’. And yew Yankees comin’ down and stirrin’ up truble.”

            You sound like a typical Fox News troll; you don’t care about employees, customers, or the community (apparently because you’re a billionaire, or soon to be), but have all kinds of abstract, frothy nonsense to spew, culminating in manufactured threats to your well-being.

            It’s a 25c bet that you recently complained about how no one cares about anything, anymore, even as you howl about employees and customers taking modest steps to oppose a greedhead takeover of a beloved company.

            What is suspect is your appearance on this thread. What are you doing here? (No, really.) Sure, you’re allowed to be here, and no one would seek to bar you, but why are you here?

          • NotKennedy

            The story is no more about me than it is Market Basket.

            As to my appearance here… not everyone in Massachusetts voted for Warren. I don’t belief that she is a Cherokee, in any measure.

            And I don’t believe that Arthur T has the best interests of Market Basket, the employees, the customers or anyone else in mind.

            What you are seeing is the result of poor succession planning and the ruination of a family owned business that has outlived the family owned model.

            I have come to understand why there was a necessary reorganization.

            The next step should be to enjoin certain persons from Market Basket properties and then the pursuit of administrative remedies.

            Market Basket has a cause in action. They have been sufficiently charitable and patient. Too charitable, too patient. Time to feed the lawyers.

          • NotKennedy

            What about racist? Hater? Oh, yes, you did insert slaves and plantations in there. And that anti-southern contempt, good gracious, no bigotry in that opening paragraph–definitely the voice of experience!
            Do you know what the thread is about? It is not about me. It is not about your opinion of someone you disagree with. I owe you NO explanation and have no intention of providing a reason for being here.
            As to greed… telling Market Basket that ‘it’s gotta be my way or the highway?” is generous? Counting someone else’s money, when you know nothing about the money is not greedy?
            There are wage makers and wage takers.

          • Argle_Bargle

            Using history to show up a troll is not racist. See how that works? Very tricky…

    • Vandermeer

      These are dedicated workers… they and MB customers deserve to keep the DeMoulas family stores as the always have been,

      • NotKennedy

        So buy enough shares to vote your voice. Dedicated workers do their work and serve the customers. Empty shelves reflect the dedication to jobs that someone else will have to do.

        • SomeOtherDude

          It’s a privately held company. It has maybe 10 shareholders. There are likely severe restrictions to selling.

          • NotKennedy

            The Mars Company is similarly held. Levi Strauss, as well. It certainly makes management easier. There aren’t a great many shareholders in Berkshire Hathaway, either, but none of them are poor and despite the level of investor sophistication, many shareholders appreciate Mr. Buffet’s management style.

        • Lawrence

          We vote when we decide to purchase or not to purchase.

    • bobjones271828

      Well, firing the protesters would likely hasten the inevitable conclusion of the new Market Basket management replacement. Most regional and smaller grocery chains are having difficulty competing these days. Market Basket has two things most others don’t: loyal long-term employees and great prices. That has led to fiercely loyal customers unlike I’ve ever seen for other supermarkets. I’ve seen multiple MB customers try to convince others of the virtues of shopping at MB; I’ve never seen a similar advocate for Hannaford or Stop and Shop or whatever. Never in any other place in the US have I seen a line of cabs waiting in front of a supermarket ready to transport people who’d make the trip to MB even without a car because they know it’s so much better, but you often see that at the Somerville location for example.

      You don’t mess with that, or else you become another nameless generic supermarket. The stores will fail and the employees will eventually be out of a job anyway. Apparently the long-time employees think that management is going to ruin the MB “culture,” and that would likely lead to MB’s demise. I don’t know the internal details, but I trust the employees wouldn’t be taking such actions unless they were quite worried.

      • NotKennedy

        It’s a great opportunity for Wegman’s to come in and offer a really nice market experience. Such are the ways of competition. The grocery store model is thoroughly studied, easily modeled, but it does take some serious capital investment.

        • OrangeGina

          True, but the special culture of a place cannot be easily replicated and has to be nurtured. MB has a special vibe/culture that you can’t bottle and sell.

          • NotKennedy

            That has been said of South Boston, as well.

  • Vandermeer

    As a Market Basket customer, I support the employees’ strike. We need more family owned companies– these new CEOs will probably restructure the company and then sell it. I’m supporting the strike.

    • Lawrence

      Exactly right.

  • Vandermeer

    I support the workers’ strike. I’m with you Larry C.

    • Samuel Sitar

      NO. they should half fill the shelves for the customer.

  • Reyeton

    Wasn’t “New” co-CEO Gooch the former CEO of Radio Shack? That business model didn’t work very well being they just recently closed hundreds of Radio Shack stores. As a former business major, the Market Basket business model always impressed me. Seems to me the “New” leadership is showing its stripes right out of the gate. A sad story indeed.

  • madmax

    Start closing the owned sites then sell them off. The end is near as none of the past and present board members will lose… ok maybe it’s a “bummer” but… part time cashiers saying they need to “save” Art T ?? he needs saving…me thinks it’s done!

    • Samuel Sitar

      yeah strip MB management for this HUGE MISTAKE.

      • NotKennedy

        Haha, yeah, there you go Sam! Rip him a new one!

  • madmax

    Bingo! otherwise the board would have met already… when you drain 300 million out of cash flow…things be a little tight… 2 stores are still sitting in MA not open and empty for a few months now..cash flow after this nightmare DRYING UP ! and I can guarantee the vendors are screaming for payments fast! terms will be changing… the end is near…

    • NotKennedy

      “…and I can guarantee the vendors are screaming for payments fast! terms will be changing… the end is near…”
      You have actually seen the financial reports? Unlikely. Rumors of their imminent demise are not sustainable without something more substantial than disgruntled employees whining about decisions they are not involved with.

      • madmax

        it’s over Johnny!!

        • NotKennedy

          Sounds like Arthur T has ‘gone around the bend’, now he proposes to purchase the company.

          This could be more entertaining than Ross Perot and Roger Smith and the EDP deal a few decades back. Of course, that would likely mean the end of Market Basket as a closely held business–maybe it will be an employee owned company!!!!! ROTF

          Whatever the outcome, it has been a real windfall for Stop & Shop, Hannaford’s, Shaw’s and whatever other collateral opportunities have developed.

  • NotKennedy

    Your understanding betrays your position.

  • SomeOtherDude

    As the sayings go, you gotta be ready to shoot the hostages, pull the pin from the grenade, …

  • Reyeton

    If Gooch stays, I’m gone as a customer. I went to Radio Shack about a month ago before going to Europe. Guess what? What I needed was sold out. In other words, the rack was empty. Now look at Market Basket…the shelves are empty. Empty is not good mr co-ceo.

    • NotKennedy

      Was Gooch supposed to have stocked the shelves while you were on a month long European vacation, in a company he no longer worked for? Did you expect a CEO to stock the shelves in the Market Basket you used to shop in?
      There is considerably more involved in operating a business than stocking the shelves. But, with nothing on the shelves, the rest doesn’t matter. Maybe some Obamigrants will be willing to do the work.
      As to a ‘co-ceo’? It will never work. You are either the CHIEF or you are not the CHIEF.

      • MadasAHatterson

        You should apply for the position you seem to know absolutely everything about managing a supermarket chain.

        • NotKennedy

          I might have some actual experience in that industry but I am not the subject and your argument is known as ad hominem.

  • Samuel Sitar

    prod them into working

  • Samuel Sitar

    Help Market Basket people half fill their shelves. 5 items are placed where 10 are normally found. This makes labor, management and the customer meet in the middle.

    • NotKennedy

      No. That makes for a halfassed job. Do the job you agreed to do. What you are missing is that the customers are not a party in interest to this kangaroo court of employee mutiny. If you are not selling groceries, then don’t hold out as a grocery store. Seriously, this has NOTHING to do with employee relations. If you don’t like the company… be happy to have options.

      • Samuel Sitar

        it insulates the customer from the dispute.

        • NotKennedy

          What part of their job description or employment agreement provides for insulating customers from disputes?

          By what authorization are employees engaged as mediators or negotiators?

          As has been demonstrated, employees are ill advised to expand their authority or responsibility beyond the area for which they have been employed.

          Just imagine if the store manager decided to take a days receipts and try his luck in a lottery machine instead of transferring the funds to the bank?

          Even if that manager truly believed that ‘hitting the big one’ was a virtual certainty and a better rate of return than retail mark-up, it is not within the scope or realm of their employment.

          Inventory stocking decisions, as you have recommended, are nothing more than a frolic of your own imagination and quite likely a justifiable basis for discharge.

      • MadasAHatterson

        You claim to be a customer, and you seem rather interested so perhaps it is you who are missing something.

        • NotKennedy

          Former customer. Missing something? Hmm, what could it be… groceries?

      • Lawrence

        The customers are not a party in interest? I was a customer and I am interested in keeping the store as it always was. If these proposed changes don’t effect the customer who do they effect, ultimately? The purpose of the store is to serve customers.

        Therefore customers like myself decide to stand with labor, those employees and say no to the horrible changes they know are in store for them.

        • NotKennedy

          Yes, I see, it is a tragedy.

  • NotKennedy

    Good will is an intangible that most businesses pay a LOT to have. Bad will never goes away. Putting the customer into a context that has nothing to do with their situation is BAD WILL.
    Holding inventory hostage left me with a wasted trip to the grocery store.
    I don’t care who manages the company or what the employees think of their management. I wanted to shop for product that was removed from the shelves and I had to go somewhere else to purchase those items.
    I drove past two other grocery stores to go to Market Basket. And then I drove back to the other stores and purchased the same item from a company that was open for business.

    • Lawrence

      So, you’re upset because you had a wasted trip to the store??? Big deal. these loyal and dedicated employees are fighting for their rights to keep the store that you like, the way it always was.

      All you tried to do by shopping there was to prevent them from fighting for US the customers.
      It’s the typical lazy person’s attitude. So you don’t care about the management or this issue etc… as long as you selfishly get what you want. Until of course you walk in someday and find it NOT the store you loved, and then wonder what happened, only to realize it was people like you that helped it’s demise.

      • NotKennedy

        I cannot think of a better recommendation to never go to Market Basket, again, than your context. Market Basket is an ordinary grocery store in an ordinary competitive market, there is NOTHING that recommends going to that store over any other store. And that is the fact of retail.
        Loyal and dedicated employees do not commit mutiny over a matter they have nothing to say about. Shopping in a retail store is not a matter of ‘rights’. I am not lazy but I WAS a customer who SELFISHLY went to get what they had previously offered for sale.
        I do not LOVE the store and do not even know the names of the persons who work there, beyond their name tags. I take no responsibility for the store’s ‘demise’ and do not expect for their to be a demise so much as a lot of new employment opportunities.
        Furthermore, I absolutely have NO interest in who manages the store or how they go about it. It is retail. You either buy or you don’t buy it. You can’t buy what isn’t there. The employees are not authorized to negotiate the prices or the means of payment.
        It’s a big country. Live the way you like.

        • MadasAHatterson

          Considering your attitude towards the employees who have taken this stand why would they put any stock in your opinions at all? You’re obviously not the sort of customer that employee’s of a retail establishment would lament the loss of.

          • NotKennedy

            My attitude is yet another of your attempts at ad hominem. The employees might derive better results by placing stock on the shelves, they have already expressed their opinions of customers, indelicately and rudely, as in your lamentation.
            Money is dispassionate, the same dollar is as desired by a Priest as by a crack addict. If you think that customers are interested in becoming pre-qualified to shop at Market Basket, you may want to evaluate the meaning of obvious as a refinement of subtlety. BTW, the shoppers at Trader Joe’s are much more attractive than some of the regulars… probably just a matter of packaging. Some folks like the bulk sizes!!

          • It_is_I

            Hmm sounds like the board director who got caught with the Twitter post…

          • NotKennedy

            Given your evident emotional sensitivity, it is understandable that many things would seem fraught with special meaning.

            Don’t you think that I am a racist, xenophobe of some sort, phobic,and a hateful-hatey-hater-one-percenter-apartheid-champion for the Klan and probably in-bred?

            Get to know your adversaries, real or imagined. But, first, read Don Quixote.

      • Samuel Sitar

        help Market Basket people work. having a customer at them makes working ok.

  • Lawrence

    So Gooch fired the workers because it “harmed customers????. It’s because it harmed his greedy bottom line. That’s all he cares about. That’s what this is all about and the employees know it and that’s what they are picketing against.

    • Samuel Sitar

      half stocking the shelves keeps the dispute away from the customer. working pays more.

  • MadasAHatterson

    If the board members have any sense what so ever they will tuck their tails between their legs and retreat. It is in their own fiduciary interests not to go bankrupt over this, and doing an about face now is likely their best and perhaps only opportunity to do so.

    • NotKennedy

      Whatsoever can be written as one word and convey a different meaning than suggesting someone you disagree with has a tail and ought to retreat at the behest of unknown and unrelated third parties.

      What fiduciary interests have been compromised that warrant alarm over the viability of a mature, well established and adequately capitalized firm’s continuing operations as a going concern?

      Any financial improvidence has derived from the actions of unruly employees, at the behest of a small group of renegade former employees, on a frolic of their own.

      Market Basket may want to obtain restraining orders to protect their property from certain persons who have expressed actual intent to harm Market Basket’s business.

      • It_is_I

        Who has harmed Market Basket property? I haven’t seen nor heard of it yet.

        Restraining orders? To do what? Order a person back to work? Can’t do that, NotKennedy.

        “You better get back to work – or else! Because WE said so!” “Do you know who we are? You’ll be sorry!” “There won’t be any ice cream parties after work if you don’t go back! I’ll call your parents and tell on you! ”

        I can imagine a board meeting. “I know, I have an idea, let’s go to court and MAKE them go back to work. We can do that , right? Huh? Why not? Oh….”

        So the ads = Harum Scarum. I don’t think that’s going to work. Plan A = ignore what’s going on. Plan B = yell at the protestors. Plan C= Threaten to replace them. Plan D, Plan D?? Uh, Plan D. We’ll get back to you on that.

        The wonderful thing about this – the movement’s solidarity WITHOUT a union.

        • NotKennedy

          Aha, a noble and just social cause justifies an emo movement?

          Well, comrade, this is not solidarnosc, it is trespassing and there are very definite laws that prohibit damaging property including trespassing.

          Restraining orders are more frequently issued to keep malingerers from the complaining party.

          Belief it or not, MB quite likely does NOT want anyone to come back after demonstrating their passive/aggressive behavior and are offering to continue employment to avoid creeps like Marsha Coakley from inserting herself in something she has no authority nor comprehension about.

          Alternate plans… sorry comrade, that burden falls on those persons who got caught up with some manic frenzy for which they have no complaint or remedy. You have NO complaint.

          Let me tell you what else, comrade, you will not qualify for unemployment benefits. You quit.

          One thing is absolutely certain, none of those store directors who made their emotional mania a matter of pubic record will ever find employment at that level, again, anywhere.

          The windfall in this story is for competitors, of course, but also for those upwardly mobile personnel who can maintain composure and restraint while demonstrating maturity and leadership.

          Having a hissy fit in the parking lot is what some people do in Las Angeles when some jury renders a decision they don’t like.

          Market Basket lot lizards have behaved about the same the OJ crowds, Rodney King crowds, outcome of sporting events and similar situations where they never had any input, control or vested interest than what yours is in Demoulas family passion play.

          Power to the people, bro’!

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  • OrangeGina

    “I told protesters that their actions, however principled, were naive and all but certain to fail, that their moves would only hasten the end of their jobs and the demise of a business that has become a regional institution.”

    They were betting that the new mgmt. would result in your scenario, and opted to fight back. Good on them. I think they are at step 2 or maybe 3 of Ghandi’s observation: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

  • NotKennedy

    That is a creative imagination. Paper or plastic?

    • It_is_I

      I think you need PAPER, if your pants are in the condition the MB Board’s are in now….

      • NotKennedy

        It’s the first of the month, rent’s due. Do you think the MB Board members are wondering how they will pay the rent or mortgage?
        Paper or plastic, for lot lizards, is like cash or credit.

        • It_is_I

          Be sure to send your money to WBUR’s Silbergate fund, ok?

          • NotKennedy

            I don’t even know what that is but I would not likely ever spend a dime, not even of your money, on PBS or NPR or other socialist indoctrination propaganda generating organizations. Cookie cutter socialist dogma. There is a good time in life to be liberal, college should be enough to get that out of your system. If not, just wait until you get mugged by reality.

          • It_is_I

            Then what are you doing on this bulletin board? WBUR is an NPR station. Did you NOT know that? Receiving tax-deductible contributions, and NPR receives some public trough money? You didn’t know that? Uh, wait a minute, you don’t need to answer that.

  • NotKennedy

    Emotional? How did Limbaugh get involved in the story? This is just a matter of business operations, not some exposition on political didacticism. From many accounts, neither of the Arthurs is new to the business. Internecine warfare has brought down more than a few closely held family businesses. Bringing in some fresh management may be essential to preserving the company. Maybe Wegman’s can help them out!

  • NotKennedy

    “In Middlesex Superior Court Civil Action No. 90–2344, after a lengthy trial a jury found extensive wrongdoing by members of the branch of the family that is now associated with Arthur T. against members of the branch that is now associated with Arthur S..
    See more at: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ma-superior-court/1647655.html#sthash.D5GRbbzf.dpuf

  • NotKennedy

    ” Now before the Court is the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent implementation of certain decisions, particularly the board’s recent decision to distribute $300 million to shareholders, pending trial on the merits.   After hearing and review of all materials submitted, for the reasons that will be explained the motion will be denied.”
    – See more at: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/ma-superior-court/1647655.html#sthash.D5GRbbzf.dpuf

  • Stephanie L

    Many customers are boycotting, not because employees ask us to but because we have a big stake in the outcome and want our voices to be heard. The media needs to get that aspect straight. No one asked me to boycott and I am not forced to shop elsewhere because of the events of the last week +. It is my choice to shop elsewhere.

  • It_is_I

    No they TRIED to change the locks and fire the management. Then the staff threatened to walk out and the members were about to complain vociferously.

    They called THEIR bosses and asked “gee whiz, whatdo we do? whattdo we do? We don’t know what to do! They’re going to shut the place down!” Uh, gee whiz, what do we do?”

    At the risk of offending NotKennedy – Gooch and his sidekick dropped the scheme, turned tail, and took off.

    With tails between their legs…..

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