Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Go to Hell Mattel, partie deux, deuxième partie, or some crap like that*

$30 Million Dollars. That is the answer to a rhetorical question alluded to in my last post. That is what the last recall will cost Mattel to recall all or the Made-In-China treats they've been feeding us, in a rhetorical way of course. It could have been spent paying Americans to build toys here. But Mr. Eckert gots to get paid, his services are expensive after all. You can't outsource executives....or can you?

Well, it doesn't take long for more news to come out about Mattel preferring the cheaper standards of a developing nation and higher profits in deference to ..., well, something I couldn't imagine happening in Murray Kentucky. It might have cost them more, but they decided it was not worth it. Also, as it turns out, someone will not be benefiting from the organs harvested from at least one soon to be Chinese prisoner, as I recently callously predicted. Imagine if we treated convicted criminals, such as the former leadership of Enron, in such a way that they would prefer death? A lot of people would still have their retirement savings I would bet.

To be fair, Mattel is not the only multinational corporation that prefers the higher profits of cheap production to the safety standards they would have been forced to follow if they had manufactured the same thing here in the good ol' US of A. I recently stumbled upon this blog that apparently exist for the purpose of stories such as this, the aptly-named Who Sucks blog has compiled a list of similar Sad Sacks of Corporate Shit such as the American-Job-Dumping Mattel. Behold the time line they compiled for just this year!!!

Mattel hasn't even made the list yet.

*I would have used Chinese, but you know, there is that thing with character sets, blabetty blah, blah, which would have rendered the translation useless on most non-Western browsers.



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