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post #73441 of 114364
The perils of thrifting. I made my long route today. Wound up getting broadsided by a deer while doing 70 down I-24. How he managed to dodge the 18 wheeler to my left and make it to my side of the interstate I will never know. Somehow he just managed to dent the back door and leave a massive trail of slobber on my driver side window.




And this was a big boy, there was no reason that at least one of the windows should not have broken. Just counting my blessings I did not catch him head on. I don't think the old Corolla could have taken it. A bit of fur remains (Click to show)
post #73442 of 114364
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Originally Posted by wilay05 View Post

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Found this today but left it because it was missing the pants...should I go back and get it!? Also it was made in usa and $15...thanks!

 

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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

Umm, pretty sure that's a sportcoat. I'd go and get it.

+1 Pretty wild for a suit... lol

 

Go grab it as long as no holes, etc!! fing02[1].gif

post #73443 of 114364
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Originally Posted by talitashaloma View Post

Absolutely despicable. Goodwill is cheating disabled workers. 

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100834276

Yeah, they get $0.22 (where is the cent sign on a keyboard??) an hour but they get first dibs on the clothes devil.gif

jk. that's terrible to exploit the people your whole joke of a "charity" is supposed to help.
post #73444 of 114364
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Originally Posted by talitashaloma View Post

Absolutely despicable. Goodwill is cheating disabled workers. 

 

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100834276

Wondering who's going to chime in with "better then them not having a job at all, leaning skills to get a real/better job, etc, etc"...... anyone? stirpot.gif

 

IMO though CEO vs. employee compensation is a really bad way to spin this article.

post #73445 of 114364
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Originally Posted by wilay05 View Post

Found this today but left it because it was missing the pants...should I go back and get it!? Also it was made in usa and $15...thanks! [IMG]

 

Sport coat - no missing pants - grab it if it fits...don't expect a whole lot more if you plan to flip.  Likely a nice blend - wool / linen / silk or variation thereof.

post #73446 of 114364
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Wondering who's going to chime in with "better then them not having a job at all, leaning skills to get a real/better job, etc, etc"...... anyone? stirpot.gif

 

IMO though CEO vs. employee compensation is a really bad way to spin this article.

Unfortunately, for many low-functioning individuals with disabilities, this is the best they can get. 

post #73447 of 114364
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Originally Posted by wcl View Post

The perils of thrifting. I made my long route today. Wound up getting broadsided by a deer while doing 70 down I-24. How he managed to dodge the 18 wheeler to my left and make it to my side of the interstate I will never know. Somehow he just managed to dent the back door and leave a massive trail of slobber on my driver side window.

A bit of fur remains (Click to show)
 

 

THAT is insane!  I have an irrational fear of hitting a deer head-on at highway speeds - not sure why I worry about it when I see those "Deer next 20 miles" signs, but I do.  Ungh.

post #73448 of 114364
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Originally Posted by wilay05 View Post

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Found this today but left it because it was missing the pants...should I go back and get it!? Also it was made in usa and $15...thanks! [IMG]

Sport coat - no missing pants - grab it if it fits...don't expect a whole lot more if you plan to flip.  Likely a nice blend - wool / linen / silk or variation thereof.

Ebay talk inside...enter at your own risk (Click to show)

HUH WHAT!? not sure what you consider "a whole lot more", but that's easy ebay money if I've seen it. Would list it for $125 and expect to get $95-100 for it if you wait and have good picture.

post #73449 of 114364
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Originally Posted by Brianpore View Post

Wondering who's going to chime in with "better then them not having a job at all, leaning skills to get a real/better job, etc, etc"...... anyone? stirpot.gif

IMO though CEO vs. employee compensation is a really bad way to spin this article.

I'll chime in.

First off, let's be clear on what Goodwill is and what Goodwill is not. Goodwill is not a monolithic organization. It is composed of chapters that operate independently of each other. There are some good Goodwills and some bad Goodwills, just like there are good witches and bad witches. There have been some pretty big scandals at Goodwills. A chapter in Wisconsin--I believe that was the state--was racked by a huge embezzlement a few years back. There was one in California where the folks who ran it were engaged in organized skimming and made off with huge amounts of money that should have been going toward charitable endeavors. There have been instances in which Goodwill administrators have committed Medicaid fraud via government funded programs to help the developmentally disabled. Does that make all Goodwills bad? No. It means that there were some crooks who slipped through the cracks, usually due to lax oversight by boards of directors. To say that Goodwill is this or Goodwill is that is like saying Little League coaches are pedophiles because one guy turned out that way.

What's missing, critically, from these stories is the fact that the folks who are getting pennies per hour do not depend on their wages to live. They are getting SSI benefits because they are unemployable due to their disabilities. It doesn't make them lazy, it doesn't make them somehow inferior, it doesn't make them bad folks in any way. It simply means that they cannot get jobs on the open market. Should they just sit on their asses doing nothing? I don't think so, and I don't think that they think so.

I can only speak for the Goodwill where I live, but I can say, unequivocally, that whoever is writing this tripe has their proverbial head up their ass when it comes to the way they do business. Does the Goodwill here do time studies? Yes. Do they pay below prison wages? Yes. Do they also promote folks from sheltered workshops to work in stores? Very occasionally, yes, and that's a good thing. I've toured the sheltered workshop, I've studied the 990s (the equivalent of a 1040 for a 501(c)3) and I can't see anything remotely close to nefarious. Remember, we're talking folks who, for the most part, have profound disabilities--they recently put someone here at the entrance to offer a cart (are you listening Frenchy) to every shopper as they walk in. She's loud, she obviously has some kind of disability. She's also harmless, but she just ain't gonna get a job anywhere else. She's been there about a week and seems extremely happy, judging by the way she smiles every time I see her. Much as I hate carts, I can't hate her. To me, she's a reminder of the good things that Goodwill does. I should add that the Goodwill here provides paid vacation and health insurance for all employees in their stores, and they've done that for years.

If the blind guy in the article who hangs clothes for Goodwill doesn't like it, he is free to seek work elsewhere. My guess is, he's not going to find it because if he could find other work, he would have found other work. This is, end of the day, a capitalistic system, and we on this thread should understand that if we understand nothing else. My guess is that the blind guy is receiving SSI and that his benefit isn't reduced because he also works at Goodwill. It doesn't make him a crook, it doesn't make him a bad person, it doesn't make him a double dipper in any respect--in fact, he should be applauded. But it doesn't mean that he should be getting $10 an hour or whatever minimum wage is if he can only hang half the clothes that a sighted person can. Again, GW does time studies to determine rates of pay. That's fine by the government, and there are government regulators to guard against abuse and exploitation. Goodwill encourages that--read the statement that's included in a link embedded in one of the stories. The national chapter condemns any exploitation if any exploitation is going on and encourages that it be reported to proper authorities. So, the folks who have concerns should be calling the Department of Labor and Medicaid and whoever else is in charge of oversight. My guess is that reports have been made, given that folks are going to the media. And, maybe, something will come of those reports, if in fact they have been made. But these stories I've seen about exploitation strike me as hatchet jobs that tell just part of the story. Disabled workers exploited by charity with high-paid executives--it's an easy, sexy headline. The truth isn't nearly so dramatic, and that's why we're not reading it.
post #73450 of 114364
Some cool finds from today.

Cashmere shawl lapel J. Press dinner jacket with cocktail cuffs.









Wings + Horns hoodie



post #73451 of 114364
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Originally Posted by talitashaloma View Post

Absolutely despicable. Goodwill is cheating disabled workers. 

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100834276


Who's going to pay blind people minumum wage to hang clothes on a rack when they probably work at 1/8 the pace of a person that can see? Be real. Such a stupid article. Goodwill isn't giving these people a career, it's giving them something meaningful to do with their time and some purpose. If they had to pay them all $10 an hour they probably wouldn't be able to hire these people at all.
post #73452 of 114364
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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

Some cool finds from today.

Cashmere shawl lapel J. Press dinner jacket with cocktail cuffs.


that jpress jacket is so freaking cool. wow
post #73453 of 114364
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Originally Posted by talitashaloma View Post

Absolutely despicable. Goodwill is cheating disabled workers. 

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100834276

This is really sad and a reason why I don't like doing at goodwill anymore...that and their prices are getting really high...they are making more money and should really pass it on to their employees
post #73454 of 114364

Thanks guys! I went back to go get it...its in perfect condition...a size 43R...I'm a noob at this so how do you tell if a jacket is part of a suit or just a sports coat? Are there any identifiers to look for? 

 

Thanks

post #73455 of 114364
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Originally Posted by pnutpug View Post

I'll chime in.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
First off, let's be clear on what Goodwill is and what Goodwill is not. Goodwill is not a monolithic organization. It is composed of chapters that operate independently of each other. There are some good Goodwills and some bad Goodwills, just like there are good witches and bad witches. There have been some pretty big scandals at Goodwills. A chapter in Wisconsin--I believe that was the state--was racked by a huge embezzlement a few years back. There was one in California where the folks who ran it were engaged in organized skimming and made off with huge amounts of money that should have been going toward charitable endeavors. There have been instances in which Goodwill administrators have committed Medicaid fraud via government funded programs to help the developmentally disabled. Does that make all Goodwills bad? No. It means that there were some crooks who slipped through the cracks, usually due to lax oversight by boards of directors. To say that Goodwill is this or Goodwill is that is like saying Little League coaches are pedophiles because one guy turned out that way.

What's missing, critically, from these stories is the fact that the folks who are getting pennies per hour do not depend on their wages to live. They are getting SSI benefits because they are unemployable due to their disabilities. It doesn't make them lazy, it doesn't make them somehow inferior, it doesn't make them bad folks in any way. It simply means that they cannot get jobs on the open market. Should they just sit on their asses doing nothing? I don't think so, and I don't think that they think so.

I can only speak for the Goodwill where I live, but I can say, unequivocally, that whoever is writing this tripe has their proverbial head up their ass when it comes to the way they do business. Does the Goodwill here do time studies? Yes. Do they pay below prison wages? Yes. Do they also promote folks from sheltered workshops to work in stores? Very occasionally, yes, and that's a good thing. I've toured the sheltered workshop, I've studied the 990s (the equivalent of a 1040 for a 501(c)3) and I can't see anything remotely close to nefarious. Remember, we're talking folks who, for the most part, have profound disabilities--they recently put someone here at the entrance to offer a cart (are you listening Frenchy) to every shopper as they walk in. She's loud, she obviously has some kind of disability. She's also harmless, but she just ain't gonna get a job anywhere else. She's been there about a week and seems extremely happy, judging by the way she smiles every time I see her. Much as I hate carts, I can't hate her. To me, she's a reminder of the good things that Goodwill does. I should add that the Goodwill here provides paid vacation and health insurance for all employees in their stores, and they've done that for years.

If the blind guy in the article who hangs clothes for Goodwill doesn't like it, he is free to seek work elsewhere. My guess is, he's not going to find it because if he could find other work, he would have found other work. This is, end of the day, a capitalistic system, and we on this thread should understand that if we understand nothing else. My guess is that the blind guy is receiving SSI and that his benefit isn't reduced because he also works at Goodwill. It doesn't make him a crook, it doesn't make him a bad person, it doesn't make him a double dipper in any respect--in fact, he should be applauded. But it doesn't mean that he should be getting $10 an hour or whatever minimum wage is if he can only hang half the clothes that a sighted person can. Again, GW does time studies to determine rates of pay. That's fine by the government, and there are government regulators to guard against abuse and exploitation. Goodwill encourages that--read the statement that's included in a link embedded in one of the stories. The national chapter condemns any exploitation if any exploitation is going on and encourages that it be reported to proper authorities. So, the folks who have concerns should be calling the Department of Labor and Medicaid and whoever else is in charge of oversight. My guess is that reports have been made, given that folks are going to the media. And, maybe, something will come of those reports, if in fact they have been made. But these stories I've seen about exploitation strike me as hatchet jobs that tell just part of the story. Disabled workers exploited by charity with high-paid executives--it's an easy, sexy headline. The truth isn't nearly so dramatic, and that's why we're not reading it.



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Originally Posted by Nataku View Post

Some cool finds from today.

Cashmere shawl lapel J. Press dinner jacket with cocktail cuffs.

Please post that in the vintage thread! that is AWESOME
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