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Not to be a spoilsport, but….

Posted By Rob Schofield On December 2, 2011 @ 8:34 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

[1]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 [2] 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 [3] and lure it away from another American ”Queen City” in need of jobs [4] 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.


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[2] a well-earned reputation: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/02/books/review/Kurtz-Phelan-t.html

[3] to ply it with public funds: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/12/01/2816928/chiquita-payout-called-unique.html

[4] another American ”Queen City” in need of jobs: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/11/30/2814269/leaving-one-queen-city-for-another.html

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