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Agency Fires Employee for Falling While Drunk

A not-so-sure-footed man earned some media attention on Monday for this incident, in which he slipped and fell off the upper deck at a Buffalo Bills game and landed on a fan in the section below (they’re both OK now).

Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 6.20.07 PMIt was the sort of “funny ’cause it’s not me” moment that we Internet layabouts seem to love so much.

Yesterday, however, it got serious when reports revealed that the overly excited fan was also a creative director at Eric Mower and Associates, a New York-based ad/PR/marketing agency—and that the accident had cost him his job.

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Ikea Sorry for Using East German Slave Labor

Ikea We love Ikea for its particleboard dorm-room tables, its interactive catalogs and its maze-like retail monoliths–masterpieces of psychological trickery designed to make it impossible for visitors to leave without walking past every single cupboard and toothbrush holder stocked in the company’s massive basement warehouses.

But this week we learned that Ikea hasn’t always been a group of good guys distributing meatballs and cheap full-length mirrors to Americans on a budget. While the company’s “official code of conduct” currently includes “zero tolerance for child and forced labor”, its European executives apparently didn’t feel any ethical qualms about utilizing prison labor in the 70’s and 80’s.

A recent report on Ikea’s past practices by auditor Ernst and Young–which the company requested after outside parties accused it of using slave labor–revealed that the workers who made some of the company’s signature furniture in its East German factories didn’t work by choice: they were prisoners who’d been sentenced to hard labor due to their political beliefs, which in most cases amounted to opposing the Soviet-backed Communist government after the post-war division of Germany. Seems like Ikea had a “don’t ask, don’t tell”-style arrangement with its Eastern partners.

Ikea can’t claim ignorance either; the Ernst and Young report found that company executives received tip-offs about the practice but did nothing to curb it.

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Progressive Responds to Controversy, Still Looks Very Bad

We aren’t privy to all the sad details of the growing Progressive Insurance PR scandal, but we can give you the basics as reported so far:

  • Progressive customer Kaitlyn Fisher died in a tragic 2010 collision
  • The other driver was ruled responsible; his insurance provider immediately settled for a very small sum in keeping with his policy
  • Because the other driver was “underinsured,” a special clause in Kaitlyn’s policy required that Progressive also pay the difference between his total and hers
  • Progressive refused to pay the full total due to Kaitlyn’s estate, forcing her family to take legal action (recent graduate Kaitlyn had considerable student loans due at the time of her death)
  • Under Maryland law, the Fisher family could not sue Progressive directly; their only option was to sue the responsible driver and then use the judgment as leverage against the company
  • The driver was deemed negligent; during the trial, he was represented by Progressive’s own lawyer.

Sounds like a big headache, huh? It gets worse: Read more