Marketing, Motherhood, and Mayhem

Business Blunders 2010

January 5th, 2011 by Deb McLean

One thing you can count on the beginning and end of every NEW YEAR… “LISTS”.   Lists of best dressed, worst dressed, sexiest  man, richest woman.  I just want to share my list of what I feel are some of the stupidest blunders of 2010.  I’m keeping it to my top three so as not to bore you or further frustrate me.

These are just three of the many examples of sheer incompetence, arrogance, or good old-fashioned stupidness that boggles the mind. 

 #1 Walmart fires Heather Ravenstein, a customer service manager at a store in Wichita, Kan., for preventing a shoplifter from walking out with a $600 computer. Though the thief let go of the PC after punching and kicking her, Ravenstein was terminated the next day for “violating company policy as it pertains to how we treat people in our stores.” 

#2 Despite the chaos gripping nearby Port au Prince, Royal Caribbean Cruises forges ahead with plans to drop vacationers at its private beach in Haiti in the aftermath of an earthquake that killed more than 200,000. An article in Advertising Age says the company’s brand could suffer “lasting damage from the visuals of mostly white vacationers frolicking in the sun … while only 60 miles away thousands of people are fighting over food and water.” A headline in the New York Post sums things up even more succinctly: “Ship of Ghouls.” 

#3 Two months and roughly 3 million barrels of spilled crude into the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster—and fresh off criticism for saying “I’d like my life back” after the accident had cost 11 workers theirs—BP CEO Tony Hayward adds insult to injury by spending the day off the Isle of Wight aboard his $270,000 Farr 52 racing yacht.

Come on Man!

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