American Grocers: Joins A Stellar List Of Companies Ripping Off Troops
As noted in the story, "the case stretched far past Itani, unraveling to include food wholesalers in rural Texas, a Saudi sheik living in California, the largest commercial "merchant family" in Kuwait and some of the most prominent food companies in the United States." That's a whole lot of people ripping off the troops.
Which we think is bad. But it happens a whole bunch, and here are three other examples of American companies giving our troops the short end of the stick.
|Brooks Brothers used shoddy wool.|
The uniforms didn't fit well and some "lacked buttons or buttonholes." Brooks Brothers replaced the shoddy uniforms.
|GM and Standard Oil: friend of the Nazis.|
The company continued to produce equipment for the German military and did such a good job that Hitler himself awarded the GM president with the Order of Merit or the Golden Eagle for "his services to Nazi Germany."
Standard Oil was playing the same game, determined to keep a foothold in whichever nation won the war.
The company was accused of treason, denying it by saying the relationship with the Nazis was actually an attempt to learn Hitler's secrets.
|KBR = BAD|
Apparently, the company disposes of toxic waste at military bases by way of burn pits. They burn things like "mangled bits of metal, paint, solvent, medical waste, even dead animals."
Military personnel living on the bases have, in the worst cases, gotten cancer and died. Others have trouble breathing. KBR blames the Army for the burn pits.
Then there are the electrocutions in the showers. According to the New York Times, a KBR electrician wrote in his resignation letter to the company that "unsafe electrical work was 'a disaster waiting to happen.'"
Apparently, KBR did nothing, and the disasters happened. In 2008, a "highly decorated Green Beret...died a painful death in Iraq..." when he turned on his shower and was electrocuted. There had been similar deaths, and the Army even had to issue to its soldiers "Electrocution: the Unexpected Killer."
KBR says it is not responsible for the deaths.