December 5th, 2005

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Wonderful, Wacky Wally-World

Yet another reason to hate Wally-World.

GAF Materials Corp. is handing out gift cards from Target as a reward to select employees this holiday season. That's because Wal-Mart, the discount store that held the business for years, last week called sheriff's deputies to apprehend a GAF manager on a bogus bad check rap while he was trying to buy this year's gift card supply.

"I keep going over and over the incident in my mind," said Reginald Pitts, the 34-year-old human resources manager for the roof material manufacturer's Tampa distribution center. "I cannot come up with any possible reason why I was treated like this except that I am black."


GAF has been spending about $50,000 a year on gift cards at the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 11110 Causeway Blvd. in Brandon. For years GAF sent a white, female administrator to buy them without incident. This time, when she was on vacation the day before Thanksgiving, Pitts did the job himself. He phoned in the order for 520 cards, got the accounting department to issue Wal-Mart a $13,600 check and then encountered a royal hassle trying to exchange it for gift cards at the store.

"For a while there I thought I was going to prison," he said. "It was a totally humiliating experience."

For about two hours, store managers stalled on accepting the check for the already-printed gift cards, while Pitts stood waiting by the customer service desk. He had handed over his GAF business card, his driver's license and the toll-free numbers to GAF's bank. His accounting supervisor assured them over the phone that GAF, the nation's biggest roofing systems maker with revenues of $1.6-billion in 2004, was good for the check.

Two African-American Wal-Mart clerks watching all this from nearby told Pitts that several similarly sized transactions were made for other companies that day without delay, Pitts said. They suggested to Pitts that he was subjected to all the extra scrutiny by their bosses because he is black.

Read the whole thing -- it gets even better. When Pitts tried to take the check back and take his business elsewhere, the store manager called the cops to arrest him for trying to pass a forged check.

I swear, this company is the Christmas gift that keeps on giving to those who believe that these meta-nats are evil incarnate.

By the way, let me just state again that I am glad I no longer work for individuals who provide consulting services to Wal-Mart. I now sleep a little better each night, thank you very much.
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Oh, Tannenbaum!

Yesterday, we finally put up the Christmas tree. Because Tank's overflowing toychest is literally taking over the living room, we needed to move some furniture around to make space for the tree. We did this during his afternoon nap, so he was surprised to see the changes that happened while he slept. Unfortunately, he wasn't as excited or pleasantly surprised as we would've liked, but overall he loved the decorated tree with all it's lights and ornaments, a couple of which he helped put on the tree.

To help Tank get into the holiday spirit, we put the Baby Einstein Baby Santa DVD. Unfortunately, portions of the disc actually scared Tank, so we replaced it with a Wiggles DVD and his mood markedly improved. Unfortunately, it wasn't a Christmas DVD as we don't own yet either of the ones that the Wiggles have released.

While he was sleeping and we were getting the decorations out, I mentioned to Mrs. Moose how much I loved the fact that we don't care which tradition our holiday music comes from. In particular, the large number of Hanukkah songs that we have in our music collection. Back during that dark period in college where I experimented with fundamentalist Christianity (some experiment with sex and drugs in college, but I experimented with religion -- so figure), openly playing and enjoying anything religious and non-Christian was practically unthinkable, and I can't imagine willfully ignoring other wonderful music for such a closed-minded reason.

By the way, I really do wish I could tell the fundies here in the US that people such as me are not trying to dilute or completely secularize the meaning of Christmas. We're just acknowledging and enjoying some of the other wonderful traditions that occur at this time of the year. I wish these people would really just get a fucking grip and celebrate Christmas the why they want to in their own churches and homes, using that tree which was originally a symbol from a Northern European pagan faith.

But I digress.

Even with our recent financial issues, Mrs. Moose and I both acknowledged yesterday that we have very little to complain about, and that in fact we have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. We're looking forward to celebrating it together and with as many of our friends and family as possible over the upcoming weeks.

Now, I need to somehow create/find a proper Moose-themed holiday user pic.
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There's No Proof That Global Warming Is Happening...

... however, there is a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean that is defying every computer weather modeling system ever assembled. From the actual National Weather Center bulletin issued today:


[emphasis added]

Attytood has more on this hurricane, and some of the scary implications of such a storm.
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