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    Thumbs Down Companies & The Rich and Powerful Acting Despicably - Lest We Forget

    I think we should make a point of highlighting non-football Companies (as those are covered on another thread), plus the rich and powerful, that are acting the most despicably during this time of crisis.

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    What got me thinking about this is that the behaviour of Tim Martin (estimated wealth, ~£500m), the founder of JD Wetherspoons, seems to get worse as each day passes.

    He's already stated that he will not pay his staff until the money arrives from the government to help him out, and he's now refusing to pay suppliers bills (those that have already delivered goods and to whom he owes the money) until his chain of pubs is allowed to re-open.

    He's already on record as saying that closing down pubs and restaurants was an over-reaction in the first place, presumably caring a lot more about increasing his wealth than the health of his customers and staff.

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    it's up to everybody to choose what they do, and I'm not imposing my viewpoint on anybody else, but I'll never set foot in one of his 'restaurants' again.


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    Have you noticed 95% of workers still required to attend work are amongst the poorest paid.

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    It’s almost as if Tim Martin is a total p****.

    Who knew eh?


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    Coylumbridge hotel firing their staff and evicting them with a particularly unpleasant letter.

    Britannia hotels - you'll get through this with government help, but you don't deserve to.

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    Could we have a thread for companies that have helped out too, might cheer us up a bit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith_M View Post
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    I think we should make a point of highlighting non-football Companies (as those are covered on another thread), plus the rich and powerful, that are acting the most despicably during this time of crisis.

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    What got me thinking about this is that the behaviour of Tim Martin (estimated wealth, ~£500m), the founder of JD Wetherspoons, seems to get worse as each day passes.

    He's already stated that he will not pay his staff until the money arrives from the government to help him out, and he's now refusing to pay suppliers bills (those that have already delivered goods and to whom he owes the money) until his chain of pubs is allowed to re-open.

    He's already on record as saying that closing down pubs and restaurants was an over-reaction in the first place, presumably caring a lot more about increasing his wealth than the health of his customers and staff.

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    it's up to everybody to choose what they do, and I'm not imposing my viewpoint on anybody else, but I'll never set foot in one of his 'restaurants' again.


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    He also told his staff to go and work part time in Tesco until the contagion passes

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    Richard Branson, Virgin Airlines. His personal wealth is £3.8 Billion.

    The guy who once sued the NHS for £2 million now runs to the government looking for a bail out. This after telling his staff to take 8 weeks unpaid leave or be made redundant.

    Despicable human being.

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    Mike Ashley Sports Direct trying to make out his employees priority workers then jacking his prices

    Ended up closing all his stores

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    If it’s specifically non football related companies why’s it in the main football board!?

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    Richard Branson, Virgin Airlines. His personal wealth is £3.8 Billion.

    The guy who once sued the NHS for £2 million now runs to the government looking for a bail out. This after telling his staff to take 8 weeks unpaid leave or be made redundant.

    Despicable human being.
    Agree total weapon can I ask why did he sue the NHS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhileTheChief.. View Post
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    If it’s specifically non football related companies why’s it in the main football board!?

    Everything's in the Football Board just now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith_M View Post
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    Everything's in the Football Board just now
    Is that because of the Coronavirus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoreTheGreen View Post
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    Agree total weapon can I ask why did he sue the NHS?
    His Virgin Care company lost out on an £82 million NHS contract then argued that there were flaws in the way that the contract was awarded to the successful company.

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    Cheers for that maybe these blood sucking companies reap what they sow when things level out. Leaches

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groathillgrump View Post
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    Richard Branson, Virgin Airlines. His personal wealth is £3.8 Billion.

    The guy who once sued the NHS for £2 million now runs to the government looking for a bail out. This after telling his staff to take 8 weeks unpaid leave or be made redundant.

    Despicable human being.
    Definitely No 1 horrible human being. Why does anybody need 3.8 billion.

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    Definitely No 1 horrible human being. Why does anybody need 3.8 billion.
    As a famous man once said “you can only eat one steak pie at a time “

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    I was speaking about this today with an MP and it’s absolutely shocking treatment of people and suppliers. The sad things is that it shows that people are just commodities to dispose off without any care. I for one won’t step in one his bars and restaurants again.

    Social enterprises are the future of work for people as they only exist to support local communities and the people in them and not greedy shareholders.

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    Just read a article saying that Gordon Ramsey has let go 500 staff at his restaurants, this is despite the government being willing to fund there salaries for the next 3 months. These people will have no chance of finding employment in the next 3 months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kojock View Post
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    Definitely No 1 horrible human being. Why does anybody need 3.8 billion.
    Yup. The worst part is he's avoided scrutiny for years. He's somehow managed to paint the himself as Mr Niceguy, man of the people rather than another Philip Green, minus the sexual harassment.

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    Its always a tough one this, because whenever you call to boycott a business it has to be considered that if said boycott is successful folk could well lose their jobs ... at the end of the day the Tim Martins and Richard Bransons will sod off into the sunset with their fortunes intact and not give their ex employees any more thought than they do now.

    But when you think about it perhaps in the long run the folk who do work for Wetherspoons or Sports Direct would be better off in alternative employment and have plenty of time to re train or find better more sustainable employment ... its unusual to see anybody under 30 working in a Wetherspoons or Sports Direct, time is on their side ... you are probably doing them a favour. I am not suggesting the job they do isn't without merit, it clearly is, the folk in Wetherspoons seem to work like dogs.

    But these greedy arrogant pricks need to be taught a lesson, their attitude in this time of crisis shows what a bunch of self entitled out of touch selfish *******s they really are and a bit of shaming when the time comes wont go amiss if you ask me. Their businesses going tits up will hit them where it hurts most, their egos ... look at Tim Martin pontificating to everybody in his in house magazine as if his opinion was solid gold, Branson with his Peter Griffin like 'look at me' stunts and Ashley who was an arrogant twat before any of this started.

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    If it’s specifically non football related companies why’s it in the main football board!?
    Yes, seems bizarre. Holy Ground thread surely.

    FWIW tho there are far more good news stories to be found within the private sector at this time of crisis, in particular the way production lines are being converted to provide vital resources - perhaps most importantly hospital equipment and protective clothing for frontline health workers.

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    Could we have a thread for companies that have helped out too, might cheer us up a bit!
    Indeed.

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    Pretty much all of them hide their money offshore in a network of fiscal paradises that our kingdom created. Ultimately, this stops governments taking the action that needs to be taken in moments of imminent peril as a large % of wealth is hidden away were it cannot be put to any useful purpose. Not to mention the giving up of control over currencies, credit and banking systems. A huge amount of blood is on the hands of the generations of politicians who have weakened the role of the state. ****.

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    Alot of workers here at avon cosmetics are not happy at still having to come to work.

    Every manager or team coordinator are not coming to work but the workers are, most of us are agency workers on £8.25 an hour.

    We have had no hand sanitizer for the past 3 days but then a health and safety rep makes there own which when squirts out is just water.

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    I dislike companies like Wetherspoons and Sports Direct as much as the next man. However, mass boycotts after this is over is just going to mean it’s the employees who suffer.

    Mike Ashley, Richard Branson and the twat who runs Wetherspoons, sitting on millions/billions, aren’t the ones who really suffer.

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    There are numerous booking companies still arranging for people to travel to and stay in the Scottish Highlands. Do they not realise just how scarce resources are there? The local medical infrastructure simply can't cope with any kind of mass outbreak at all. It's the height of irresponsibility.

    I suppose when the 1st in line to the throne ignores the government and sods off to his mother's holiday home then you can't expect Joe Public to act any differently.

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    Add all G1 pubs ghillie dhu, golf tavern, 3 sisters etc. Cineworld. Did McDonald’s not announce something too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    There are numerous booking companies still arranging for people to travel to and stay in the Scottish Highlands. Do they not realise just how scarce resources are there? The local medical infrastructure simply can't cope with any kind of mass outbreak at all. It's the height of irresponsibility.

    I suppose when the 1st in line to the throne ignores the government and sods off to his mother's holiday home then you can't expect Joe Public to act any differently.
    If the family and friends I’ve been talking to on Islay are anything to go by no visitors will be getting a traditional Island welcome any time soon. They’ll be lucky to make it off the ferry.
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    If the family and friends I’ve been talking to on Islay are anything to go by no visitors will be getting a traditional Island welcome any time soon. They’ll be lucky to make it off the ferry.
    My mum and her pal were booked to go over in a couple of weeks. Since they are not dicks, they cancelled.

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    Feel sorry for frontline staff when Charles swans up to his hide away and suddenly fulfills criteria for the coronavirus.Totaly out of order.

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