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March 4, 2010

Corporate Psychopathy/Snakes in Suits

Filed under: Uncategorized — urbandumpsterdiver @ 2:48 am

Have you all heard of the book Snakes in Suits? It’s about corporate psychopaths. I’m firmly convinced many levels and heads of government and corporate CEO’s are narcisstic sociopaths who care about no one and the bottom line OR they’re out and out psychopaths, hence snakes in suits.

Went to one of the giant retailers tonight to buy a new keyboard for my laptop. My laptop is about 3 years old and the G button is stuck. Rather than try to fix it myself and screw up my PC, I decided to buy a new keyboard. Got a LogicTech pretty cheap.

Had an interesting conversation with an employee. This big giant retailer treats its employees pretty lousy. Several class action lawsuits have been instituted against this retailer for overtime violations and other harassment and retaliatory issues against good employees who speak out.

We got into the conversation of how much they throw away. He told me that it makes him sick how much they put into the compactor. He said that if there were a 6 pack of soda and one was missing, instead of marking it down, they throw it out. He also told me that if one pair of socks was missing in a bag, they throw it out. They also throw out TONS of clothes, especially kid’s clothes. He told me tonight that he would gladly buy a lot of this stuff if they’d mark it down and sell it to the employees.

Instead these corporate psychopathic managers are throwing brand new stuff needlessly into the landfill to sit and rot instead of (here’s a thought) GIVING it to the employees or selling it to them at a deeply discounted rate. To throw that stuff in the trash is mean spirited and cruel.

Next stop a local grocer where I’ve found dived produce. As I neared the dumpster I noticed 2 large shopping carts FULL of bread, tortillas and other sweets. Upon walking further I saw 3 more shopping carts full of Cornish game hens, chicken, meat, prepared salads, about $500 worth of food to be THROWN OUT!

I stopped one of the kids outside and asked if they were throwing it out. He said yes.

At first he copped at attitude. When I finally explained what I was trying to do – feed the hungry he agreed to let me talk to the shift supervisor. Shift supervisor was wishy washy and at first seemed hostile. He finally calmed down and said he understood where I was coming from. He also told me that he cringes every time they throw all this stuff away. He also told me that if they could have someone consistently come by and pick up this food, he feels the corporate manager would gladly let me take some of that food.

I’m calling the Manager tomorrow morning. There was enough food there tonight to feed 10 families for a couple of days. I’ll detail the results this week.

There is a show on NBC called undercover boss. I wish one of these corporate CEO’s would contact me as I have PROOF of the waste that is hitting our landfills nightly.

Tonight’s finds for me, 1 dozen new hangers, 1 brand new in box Pro X Oil of Olay moisturizing cream, 6 bottles of water and 1 pair of gloves.



  1. Some great scores lately. And, some rude awakenings to the inside of corporate food. Send me an email with the companies you want to contact, and I will get you info on how to really contact the CEO, not some lackey who’ll just toss your letter.

    As for the manager that wants a regular pick up, direct him to LA Regional Foodbank (not sure if there is one closer). I used to work at the Santa Barbara County Foodbank, and one of my co-workers there is now the Chief Programs and Policy Officer for the LA Regional. He can help get a foodbank to pick that stuff up.

    Lastly, haven’t seen you over at Moonbattery in a while, so I thought I would extend this to you:

    You are invited to attend the Annual 7-Gun Shoot & BBQ:


    Facebook link here.

    Bring your family, bring your friends!

    Comment by Henry — March 4, 2010 @ 5:28 pm

  2. Thank you for the invite, I think I’ll be there!

    The one store that the manager talked to me HAS a few people coming by now to get the stuff, I just want to get on his list, but I will shoot you an email of whom I want to contact.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — March 5, 2010 @ 1:45 am

  3. Just wanted to check in and say that I’m glad you’re continuing this blog and that I hope you get a UI extension–

    warm regards,
    charles hugh smith

    Comment by charles — March 5, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

  4. Hey Charles – thank you! I’m starting a temporary job the middle of this month, no telling how long it will last. My UI fund for me is out of money. I’ll have to work a while to build up my fund, that OK. I’ll find something else.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — March 5, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

  5. Sarah – thank you for your kind words and I’m glad you like my blog. Please tell your friends.

    Comment by urbandumpsterdiver — March 30, 2010 @ 2:13 am

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