Not to be a spoilsport, but….

Everyone knows this is a time in which jobs are at a premium and in which politicians and developers are happy to welcome just about any new business to their communities.

But, isn’t somebody going to mention the fact that Charlotte’s new big, new soon-to-be resident, Chiquita Brands International (aka United Fruit), is a corporation with a well-earned reputation as one of the most notorious and rapacious corporate exploiters in modern history?

Add to this the fact that to land the company, state and local officials had to ply it with public funds and lure it away from another American “Queen City” in need of jobs and it’s enough to make the whole thing feel extremely dirty and distasteful.

Maybe “Chiquita” has mended some of its ways since the days in which its bosses were treating entire nations as play things, but if its most recently displayed willingness to extort public funds is any indication, it still has a long way to go.


  1. Cyndi Bunn

    December 2, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I had been thinking about these very issues myself. Moving jobs from one U.S. city to another is NOT job creation! And I have issues with the entire banana industry — from the way it treats its workers to the carbon footprint cost of getting a banana to my cereal bowl.

  2. Eunice

    December 2, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Bev Perdue would sell her soul for a job announcement !

  3. JeffS

    December 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I agree with you, but can you find me a single public corporation that is not extorting funds from governments?

    I know the “small government” people will cringe at this, but we need a federal law to prohibit these kickbacks across the board.. This is not job-creation, as every local politician would bill it. This is a nationwide corporate subsidy.

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