Larry Jaques (in firstname.lastname@example.org) said:
| What, you feel that encouraging bad lawsuits should be praised?
| Encouraging a change in corporate policy may be in order, though.
Not at all what I said. I recognize that there are people in this
world for whom "because I can" is sufficient justification for
anything they might want to do. As authority figures in a business
setting (managers), these are the people who demand limitless unpaid
overtime and sexual favors, they're the gropers, the defective
merchandise recyclers, the bait and switch merchants, and the customer
abusers. In a less legalistic society, they'd probably end up beaten
by one of their victims or the victim's family. In our society the
only recourse that minimizes further victimization is through the
I'm not sure that fairness and justice are always best served by our
courts; but that's what we have to work with. If all you have is a
hammer, then that's how you drive screws. :-(
When one of these low-life types is made an authority figure
(manager), it is the result of a decision made by someone within the
organization who already carries more authority (a higher level
manager, an officer, or a director). In our society we associate
freedom to choose (and especially to make the choices that constitute
the exercise of authority) and responsibility very tightly - as if
they were two sides of a single coin. We have also granted
"personhood" to commercial entities, in order to encompass them within
a legal framework originally designed and evolved for individual
When a manager commits a misdeed in the corporate context, it is as if
the corporation comitted the misdeed. Any attempt to separate the
manager's responsibility from the corporate responsibility would be
like telling a traffic cop: "Honest, officer, I wasn't speeding - it
was my right foot's fault. I was just along for the ride." To finish
the analogy, a corporation is a person with many feet.
|| Still, Wal-Mart
|| management issued a false felony accusation (is that libel?) and
|| the Tampa PD fielded an inadequately trained/screened officer who
|| preempted judicial powers by assuming guilt without evidence and
|| spoke falsely of that guilt in a public setting (as an official
|| representative of the City of Tampa).
"?" what? The felony allegation on the part of the W-M manager - or
the official status of the cop who presumed (and vocalized his
presumptions) that an innocent man was guilty?
DeSoto, Iowa USA